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Our Staff Highlights Some Potential Summer Jams of 2013

By PMc Magazine Staff

Summer 2013

Today is the official first day of Summer. So we decided to list for you our top ten songs that we think will be the ubiquitous Summer jams of the season–the ones that you won’t be able to turn off for the next few months when you’re laying out on the beach, chilling on your stoop, dancing in the club, or lounging on the roof, soaking up the sun.

10. Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”

Even though the single was actually originally released in 2011, “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities only recently gained traction and radioplay. It’s got a great MGMT-style electro-indie sound, with some catchy horn stabs. And though it may never reach MGMT’s “Kids” level of ubiquity, expect to hear it around this Summer. Their debut album just finally dropped, and “Safe and Sound” has all the ingredients to make a huge crossover this Summer and be one of the truly catchiest of Summer jams.

Ariana Grande’s first single “The Way,” which takes the same sample as rap classic “Still Not a Player” by Big Pun (namely Brenda Russell’s “A Little Bit of Love”), harkens back to late 90s and early 2000s Mariah Carey / J.Lo rap-sung collaboration Summer jams. It’s already become an unexpected hit, and we predict it’ll only grow as the Summer goes on. It’s the kind of song you want to listen to with the sun out and the fire hydrant shooting water into the city streets.

This feel good bubblegum pop song from The Smurfs 2 soundtrack sounds like it was crafted with Summer jam lists like this one in mind. It’s built for buoyancy, it’s built for the beaches, so there’s no doubt in our minds that you’ll be hearing this emerging from the speakers of various sand-covered stereos perched on towels at beaches everywhere this season. Why are we so sure? Because when Britney Spears sings, “Baby come with me and be my ooh la la,” we all collectively come with her and be her ooh la la, right? Isn’t that how this works?

Electro-indie pop darlings Empire of the Sun are back, and their newest single celebrates being “Alive,” and what would be a better thing to celebrate in the Summer than being alive? We picture this becoming one of the big Summer jams, and expect to hear countless people mouthing the joyous chorus: “Loving every minute cause you make me feel so alive.” We’re loving every minute of this song because it makes us feel so alive.

This is the kind of song that reminds us of driving through LA under palm trees on a Summer day. So when it’s muggy and sweaty and hotter than shit in New York City, sometimes a sweet little ditty like this is enough to make you feel like you’re in the passenger seat of a convertible with the wind in your hair. It makes you feel exactly like the song says, like “you’re in love,” and everyone loves a little Summer love. It’s probably the most under the radar of the songs on our list, but it has major potential to be a big hit this Summer if it could start gaining some traction. It’s just that kind of feel good jam that no one can say no to.

Miley Cyrus’ new video for “We Can’t Stop” dropped this week and it’s weird and wild…and it has her twerkin’ it. Everyone loves Taylor Swift, but to be honest, we’ve always been more partial to Miley. She’s just more fun, and less whiny–and as she enters her twenties, she’s turned a new musical leaf, with a more urban sound to go with her twerking. Say what you will, but we can’t stop listening to (and watching) “We Can’t Stop.” The only thing that could push this out of its title as a prospective Summer jam of 2013 is if Miley releases another, even more catchy, Summer jam to eclipse this one.

4. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell – “Lose Yourself to Dance”

“Get Lucky” may be the obvious crowd-pleaser, but Daft Punk’s “Lose Yourself to Dance” is arguably as good, and some might even say better than that first single. It’s already received some radio play and hasn’t even been released as a single, but mark our words, if Daft Punk does release this as a single, it’ll be everywhere on the radio just in time for Summer, and just in time for us to lose ourselves to dance the whole damn season.

3. Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

Though Kanye West’s new album Yeezus, doesn’t have many songs that feel like they could potentially be singles, “Black Skinhead” undeniably could be, and inevitably will be. It’s the catchiest track on the album, and thanks to its use in filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s brilliant first teaser trailer for his new film The Wolf of Wall Street (which will hit theaters later this year), it was already stuck in our heads even before Ye’s album dropped this Tuesday. Why? Because we literally watched that trailer hundreds of times last weekend. Mostly for Matthew McConaughey’s beating chest weirdness and Leonardo DiCaprio getting his groove on, but also because “Black Skinhead” is a dope song, destined to be one of this year’s big Summer jams.

2. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines”

If you’re gonna try to make the ultimate chill party jam of the Summer, you might as well steal from one of the ultimate party jams of all time. So here Robin Thicke and crew mine Marvin Gaye’s classic “Got to Give It Up.” There’s no actual sample from Gaye’s track apparently, but there’s no denying that “Blurred Lines” is a direct descendant of “Got to Give It Up.” Taking sexual raciness–and some have argued misogyny–to new heights in both lyric and video (the uncensored version has the three artists playing around with three topless women), “Blurred Lines” is Robin Thicke blurring the lines at his soulful, seductive best.

1. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell – “Get Lucky”

Could it be any other song other than “Get Lucky” topping our list of Summer jams? Of course not! We all got lucky this year to have some new Daft Punk tracks in our lives. And though some of us at PMc Magazine are partial towards “Lose Yourself to Dance,” there’s really nothing anyone can do–not even Daft Punk or Pharrell themselves–to top the magic they’ve made with “Get Lucky.” Though you can’t deny they’re both trying. I mean, all four of our top Summer jams feature either Daft Punk (1 & 3 are from their new album Random Access Memories, and 4 is one of the songs they produced on Kanye West’s new album Yeezus) or Pharrell (1 & 3 feature him on Daft Punk tracks, and 2 features him on a Robin Thicke track) or both.

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