The song of the summer is not always pretty, but there always is one, and unless something is done quickly, this year's will be "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, which will make you nostalgic for last year's "Blurred Lines."
Amanda Dobbins writes: "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."
Our music mavens, Eric Danton, Joan Holiday, and Wally Lamb, put on their coveralls and earbuds to tackle popular music's greatest crisis.
What's your song of the summer? Comment below, email Colin@wnpr.org, or tweet @wnprcolin.
- Wally Lamb is the author of many books, including his latest, We Are Water
- Joan Holliday is a radio host on The River 93.9
- Eric Danton is a writer and music reviewer for Rolling Stone and the Wall Street Journal