The 2016 Song of the Summer Is... | Connecticut Public Radio

The 2016 Song of the Summer Is...

Jun 8, 2016

Every year, we do a Song of the Summer show. It always makes people angry. There is no evidence that it has ever made people happy. A lot of it has to do with the way we define the term.

This was accomplished perfectly last year by Amanda Dobbins: "Let’s be clear about how this works: There is no such thing as a 'personal' song of summer. We do not anoint multiple songs of summer. There can only be one; the Song of Summer, by its very definition, is a consensus choice. It is the song that wrecks wedding dance floors. It is the song that you and your mother begrudgingly agree on (even though your mom has no idea what rhymes with 'hug me' and won't stop yelling it in public.) It does not necessarily have to hit No. 1 on the charts, but it should probably be on the charts, because it must be widely played. It must bring people together. It must be a shared enthusiasm."

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THE SONGS WE PLAYED (in order of appearance):


Chion Wolf contributed to this show.