The weather is supposed to be positively summer-like in New York this weekend, and we've already seen the release of several major superhero movies, so it's not too early to start thinking about the music that will define our respective summers.
The goal of this post is simple: Let's collect some songs that you could see yourself listening to well into the year's hottest period. I want to differentiate "summer jam" from "song of summer." While the latter is a monolithic label applied to the most popular/ubiquitous song in any given summer and determined by data (thus 2014's was Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," with Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" just behind it), a "summer jam" is a personal choice. Time will tell what the song of summer is; you can determine what a summer jam is.
In the comments below, name your song and its artist and embed the track. State your case for why it's a summer jam if you like, or let the music speak for itself. This should be easy.
Here, I'll start:
Tink featuring Jeremih "Don't Tell Nobody"
This is my favorite song of the year so far. The sung/rapped verses that have a "Drunk in Love"-type complexity, basically changing every four bars. The lyrical drama. The atmosphere via deflating synths. The section that goes, "I'mma text Ryan, Facetime Bryan / Call up Keenan, tell him I need him..." The fact that the hook comes from Jeremih's character's pleas to keep all this on the low, while the song itself punishes his philandering by laying it all out. It's all perfect to me.
What's perfect to you?
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