Welp, it was easy to see this one coming: Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX's "Fancy" is the official song of the summer of 2014, according to Billboard, which derives its rankings from a combination of airplay and sales data (white privilege and black magic are, apparently, not part of the criteria or so they say). "Fancy" spent every week atop Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart (which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day) and has sold about 3.5 million units in the U.S. It spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the pop chart) and provoked a lot of thoughtful discourse (some of it angry), much like last year's official song of the summer, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams. Though they're associated with feel-good times and lazy days, our songs of the summer tend to make us think hard (or at least act like we're doing so on Twitter).
The Top 10 Songs of the Summer, according to Billboard, were:
10. DJ Snake & Lil Jon "Turn Down for What"
9. Pharrell Williams "Happy"
8. Calvin Harris "Summer"
7. Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg "Wiggle"
6. John Legend "All of Me"
5. Nico & Vinz "Am I Wrong?"
4. Sam Smith "Stay with Me"
3. Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea "Problem"
2. MAGIC! "Rude"
1. Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX "Fancy"
"These songs don't represent me or my experience!" you may be saying, if you are the type of person to take such exceptions. Indeed, this may be true. Songs of the summer are not to be confused with summer jams, which are a personal choice based on your taste and life events. You can share those below, if you are so inclined, or just cry about the fact that summer is over (unofficially, yeah, but you go to the beach this weekend and see if it has retained its magic [it hasn't]). The next time of year that gets its own celebrated sounds of the season is—gulp—Christmas.
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