Every summer has its song.
From the stomping beats and ethereal choruses of “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys in 1964, to the electric drums and synth lines of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” in 1987, to Robin Thicke dominating the airwaves in 2013 with “Blurred Lines,” the hot weather months are known for producing infectious anthems.
A month into Summer 2014, some serious contenders are emerging.
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Billboard’s Hot 100 currently lists “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, “Rude” by Magic! and “Problem” by Ariana Grande, featuring Iggy Azalea, as the top three songs.
“Rude” also tops the ranks at iTunes, followed by “Dirt” by Florida Georgia Line, and “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.
The themes of summer hits haven’t changed much over the years. Breakups, dance parties, insecurity, adolescence and summer itself seem to hit the right note with music fans when the temperature ticks up and school uniforms and textbooks are swapped for bikinis and sunscreen.