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."
What's your pick for 2016's Song of the Summer? Comment below, or email Colin@wnpr.org.
THE SONGS WE PLAYED (in order of appearance):
- “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
- “Panda” by Desiigner
- "Me Too" by Meghan Trainor
- "Cake By The Ocean" by DNCE
- "One Dance" by Drake
- "Don't Let Me Down" by Chainsmokers
- "Sorry" by Justin Bieber
- "If It Ain't Love" by Jason Derulo
- "I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)" by Michael Posner
- "Freedom" by Beyonce
- Brendan Jay Sullivan - Writer, producer, and DJ best known for his work with Lady Gaga, which you can read about in his first book, “Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side and the Prime of Our Lives”
- Joan Holliday - Afternoon drive DJ at 93.9 The River WRSI in Northampton, MA., and is the former host of The Happy Club on WWUH
- Eric Danton - Writes about music and pop culture. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Paste and Salon, and he was rock critic at the Hartford Courant from 2002-2012
- Madyson Frame - Student at the Journalism & Media Academy
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.