Back when songs had creative lyrics and tunes were memorable, we turned up the volume on our record players and cassette tapes and sang along with the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. Most of the summer hits from our childhood are still popular today.
It's the time of year where the sun, beach and music work together to make the perfect combination. Summer has well off begun and I've made my annual playlist. With that being said, here are my top ten favorite songs for the summer.
Is it Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' sweet "Same Love"? Is it Miley Cyrus' not-so-sweet "We Can't Stop"? What about Mariah Carey's Twitter-ready "#Beautiful"? I rank the 10 biggest songs of summer 2013 and pick a winner -- and I give Ke$ha the greatest nickname she'll ever, ever have.
What is a summer song? This question used to haunt me in my younger years. As I have reached the wise, mature age of 17, I have gained a deeper understanding of what a "summer song" really is. It's more than just being about beaches or the sun.
Our summer soundtrack in Florida -- the party songs, the sunset songs, the songs that remind us of that one time in Destin, in Miami, in love on St. Pete Beach -- has shifted with the times just like the top of pop charts.
As in any ecosystem, a new and parasitic mutation is coming to fill the void, giving us the tunes that will become part of our lives, our history, our shared cultural identity. I speak, of course, of the jingle.