Let's get this out of the way: The whole notion of a "Song of the Summer" is a bullshit media construct. Major League Baseball is seasonal.
Music shouldn't be. While we may mentally file a ubiquitous summer song or two as the soundtrack to a given year's set of barbecues and casual Fridays, a so-called Song of the Summer classic like Rihanna's "Umbrella" could've peaked any given January and been just as ubiquitous. Same for "Pumped Up Kicks. By extension, lists like this one, or any series of tweets hashtagged SOTS, are bullshit, too. Here's how to make your own: In early May, point your browser to billboard.
Click "Charts. Radio programmers are doing the work for us, and extrapolating their next moves couldn't be easier: Songs from big stars, songs from rising stars with cameos from big stars, double entendres, and handclaps cut to the front of the line. None of this is to say a song can't somehow sound "summery. The Walkmen's new album, Heaven , is out June 5 — making it a summer album — and, call me a hypocrite twice, but I wouldn't hesitate to hashtag it SOTS.
It's a non-traditional pick only because pop radio isn't going to play it, and a crossover to pop radio is a prerequisite for traditional "Song of the Summer" status. And this is also a summer song you wouldn't take to the beach. So it's got that going against it. But for long highway drives — the kind you keep yourself awake on by burying your fist in the dashboard — this is going to be unbeatable. It ends with a huge round of simple but memorable U2-style"Oh-oh-oh-ohs. But mostly, it's my "Song of the Summer" because it's summer, and it's a song I know I'll feel just as strongly about in December, when I'm making a top-ten list, as I do now making a summer list.
That it also makes me feel less dirty for liking "Whistle" as much as I do is just icing on the cake. Because the line "I'm a little drunk on you, and high on summertime" doesn't sound nearly as shallow and pandering as it looks on paper. Because it's so bad it's good? Conventional wisdom suggests this is the "Song of the Summer" frontrunner, even if it isn't the 75th best song of the week, let alone the best fking song ever. Play it only to know your musical enemy. Because on a playlist of not-so-subtle double entendres, this plays second fiddle only to "Big Ten Inch Record.
Because there's something perverse about Icelandic folk artists making summery music. And because the way she sings "I've been everywhere, man" suggests it's copped from Johnny Cash's version of "I've Been Everywhere. Because, pound for pound, this might be the most perfectly constructed sing-songy pop song on the list.
Instantly likeable and just as loveable on the twentieth pass, if this wins, score one for the good guys. Because this Black Hippy member skips the double entendre altogether. And because, even if you're stuck listening all summer to a radio edit, the Lissie sample is perfection. Because as huge as this sounds now, it's gonna sound even bigger blowing the tented walls off Perry's Stage at Lollapalooza. Because if, in the unlikely event it were to crossover at all to pop radio, it would more likely be in fall than summer, so you'll be ahead of the curve.
And because that this sounds so much like the Strokes crossing paths with the Stray Cats it could just make it this year's "Tighten Up. United States. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Join Esquire Select. The Best Netflix Original Shows of Beach-appropriate but also timeless songs you should be listening to now. Listen to this week's playlist on Esquire Spotify and come back every Music Monday. Luke Bryan, "Drunk on You". Wallpaper, "Fucking Best Song Everrr". Flo Rida, "Whistle". Fun, "Some Nights". Because while it's not "We Are Young," it's still bombastic and bloated in all the right ways.
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