NEW YORK -- You're listening to it on the way to the beach or when your toes are resting in the sand. Or you're on a crowded train without a seat, sweating as funky smells scorch from the left or right. Luckily, you're jamming to funky summertime beats, you're doing OK.
Or maybe it's when you're walking your dog or you're on a road trip with friends or family. Songs of the summer not only get you through the day, they also get you through the months before winter's cold kills your fun vibes.
We asked Robin Thicke and Icona Pop why their multiplatinum hits should be named "song of the summer." And for Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk and Bruno Mars, who weren't available to chat, we pulled lyrics from their anthems to defend their honor.
YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT
• "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke, featuring T.I. and Pharrell
"It has a [nice] tempo, it has a sense of humor and it feels like live music instead of that synth and digital sound, which Daft Punk has [with 'Get Lucky'] and [Bruno Mars'] 'Treasure' has," Mr. Thicke said of his infectious, naughty jam, the longest-running song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year at eight weeks (and counting). "It makes you laugh, it's soulful, and it's got an organic sound to it."
CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP
• "We Can't Stop," Miley Cyrus
"It's our party we can do what we want to, it's our house we can love who we want to, it's our song we can sing if we want to, it's my mouth I can say what I want to," Ms. Cyrus sings on her musical coming-out anthem that was originally meant for Rihanna.
She's ready for the spotlight.
CALL IT LUCK
• "Get Lucky," Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell
"We've come too far to give up who we are, so let's raise the bar and our cups to the stars," Pharrell sings on a disco-flavored beat that heals the soul. "The present has no ribbon, your gift keeps on giving, what is this I'm feeling, if you wanna leave I'm with it."
Sounds like a plan!
A 2012 SONG DOMINATES IN 2013
• "I Love It," Icona Pop, featuring Charli XCX
"People get wild when they hear it, and it's like liberating, and everybody can sing along to it. It's a party song or it's at least a song you can party to even though the message is coming out from a really hard heartbreak," said Caroline Hjelt of the Swedish duo. "If you're in the car on your way to something or festivals or pre-parties or out at the club, it works in so many ways."
GOLDEN HIT FROM POP'S GOLDEN BOY
• "Treasure," Bruno Mars
"Pretty girl, pretty girl, pretty girl, you should be smiling, a girl like you should never look so blue," Mars sings in a matter-of-fact manner over a welcoming beat on his 11th top 10 hit. "You're everything I see in my dreams, I wouldn't say that to you if it wasn't true."
First Published August 9, 2013 4:00 AM