Songs of the Summer
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 23:05
These summer songs will set whatever mood you’re looking for whether you’re working hard at an internship or hardly working on the beach.
“Princess of China”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna
Coldplay’s newest album, Mylo Xyloto, has already made a huge mark on both the airwaves and music charts. This summer, listen for their incredibly catchy and infectious “Princess of China,” featuring fellow pop superstar Rihanna. With what’s sure to be an awesome music video on the way, this song, with its powerful influences from both electropop and R&B, won’t leave your head as you travel abroad.
fun. already exploded onto the popular music scene with their song “We Are Young,” released last fall. But “Some Nights,” with its bombastic backbeat, is a better example of the exciting tracks this band produces. With its strong beat and powerful sound from the band’s lead vocalist, Nate Reuss, this track is sure to be a mainstay all summer long.
“Where Have You Been?”
No list of surefire summer hits is complete without a Rihanna solo track. While this track is not her most original song, its video follows the tried and true formula for creating another one of Rihanna’s chart-topping hits: a heavy beat, strong vocals and Rihanna showing off her best dance moves.
Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo
Mixing catchy dance beats and Ne-Yo’s dulcet tones, this track balances the best of both the electronic music scene and classically smooth R&B Ne-Yo is known for. While it’s a little repetitive, the song will be sure to make you want to let go.
"Chasing the Sun"
Following a huge hit like “Glad You Came” may be difficult for some acts, but The Wanted have another winner on their hands with this summer’s “Chasing the Sun.” With heavy backbeats and nightclub influences, the boy band will prove that they are more than just a group of pretty faces and are able to make more than one hit song. This hit will be the dance song of the summer.
While Kimbra may not yet be a household name, you know her voice for sure. Lending her talents to Goyte’s hit “Somebody That I Used to Know,” this Australian-based songbird is an amazing talent in her own right. Her voice is both strong and jazzy, and “Good Intent,” with its smooth melodies, is sure to solidify Kimbra’s status as a rising star in modern music.
Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa
Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa may seem a strange match for collaboration. However, the results of the pairing combine the best of both talents. “Payphone” is a fun, lighthearted song that combines Adam Levine’s soulful vocals and Wiz’s smart rhymes to create a great song.
New act Santigold is going to earn her spot on this summer’s charts with this gritty and grimy track. The tropical vibes combined with Santigold’s husky voice make this the perfect song for strolling through the city or sipping drinks on the beach. This song will help make Santigold much more well known, and it’s not without good reason.
"Hurt Me Tomorrow"
From start to finish, this song is full of earthy and tropical pop beats with easy-swinging lyrics. K’naan, best known for “Wavin’ Flag,” finds his footing as the master of easy soul. This acoustic song is sure to be relaxing, no matter where you find yourself this summer.