The official “song of the summer” designation is not one we take lightly. Last year’s default winner “Fancy” was a major disappointment and paled in comparison to classic winners like “Umbrella,” “Crazy In Love” and “Call Me Maybe.” This year, sadly, seems to be an even worse situation. That “Cheerleader” song seems to be frontrunner, and while we admit it’s very catchy (as all songs of the summer must be), it is enough for our precious crown. Neither is Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” remix with Kendrick Lamar (which is probably second in line, chart wise), or most of the other underwhelming tracks that currently make up the top end of the Billboard 100.
But there’s still time! And certainly not a lack of options. We have 10 definite favorites that for whatever reason aren’t quite high enough on the charts to be made official. But your iTunes purchase can go a little way toward changing that….
10. Icona Pop – Emergency
It’s not quite the anthem “I Love It” was when it deserved to be the song of the summer two years ago, but “Emergency” definitely proves Icona Pop is more than just “Love.”
Featured on one of last summer’s best songs — Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” — Jess Glynne’s solo single is already huge in the UK and should be here by now too.
8. Beck – Dreams
Beck has released his catchiest, poppiest song in years and your ears will thank him.
7. Royksopp – I Had This Thing
A bit of a downer as far as the season should go (Royksopp’s heart be heavy), this is definitely the song of summertime sadness circa 2015.
6. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Maybe not the song of the summer, but definitely the video of it (and of the year, in all likelihood — sorry Rihanna).
5. Robyn and La Bagatelle Magique – Love is Free
Everything Robyn does should be an event, and while we wish this was the first single off her massively anticipated (for us and anyone who knows whats good for them, at least) follow-up to “Body Talk” (which basically had 7 songs worthy of the “sots” title), we’ll take what we can get.
4. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
This Michael Jackson-y single is actually climbing the charts fast and is definitely the most likely to succeed officially on this list. We’d be happy if that happens, though there are 3 songs we’d prefer over it (though don’t get us wrong: this song is amazing).
3. A$AP Rocky feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson – Everyday
Rod Stewart! A$AP Rocky has effectively brought Rod back into the limelight with a little help from Miguel, Mark Ronson and a great hook. This is one for the BBQs, for sure.
For some reason Carly Rae Jepsen’s post-“Call Me Maybe” career hasn’t gone as well as it should. This song — just like “I Really Like You” and “All That” before it — certainly should suggest otherwise.
1. Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)
This is the one, hands down. Why this isn’t #1 for 7 weeks running already is a low down dirty shame. Go download it and hit repeat!