But things are looking up. While at Lollapalooza this weekend, HuffPost Entertainment asked some of the big names on the bill which tracks they had been playing on repeat this summer. André Allen Anjos of RAC picked an old Fleetwood Mac jam. El-P of Run The Jewels had a sweet, sweet story about listening to a boombox on Coney Island. Two groups even picked the same one (hats off to Caribou!). Here are 12 songs that were the soundtracks to these artists' summers:
Bombay Bicycle Club: "Can't Do Without You" by Caribou
"As a band that's what we've been listening to in the van a lot, but before we get on stage we get our sound engineer to put on 'Turn Down For What' and that really gets us pumped up for the gig. Then we start punching each other." -- Jack Steadman
Run The Jewels: "Criminal Minded" by Boogie Down Productions and "God Bless Our Love" by Al Green"
"I have a weird one: I have a really clear memory of going to Coney Island as a kid and hearing 'Criminal Minded.' A friend of mine had a boombox and had 'Criminal Minded' and playing it on the beach by the boardwalk. That was one of my biggest summer moments because that record changed my life in a lot of ways and I was hearing it for the first time." -- El-P
"My current jam is 'God Bless Our Love' by Al Green. Before I left for tour I'd watch my girls sleep and just play that like four times because I'm going to be gone for the next month." -- Killer Mike
Jenny Lewis: "Red Eyes" by The War On Drugs
"I could opt for Weird Al's version of 'Fancy,' but I think the song of the summer is 'Red Eyes' by the War on Drugs. That's the one."
Betty Who: "I Want To Get Better" by Bleachers
"I didn't get to see them at Lolla! I’m so sad I didn’t get to watch them ... it's just so much fun."
Fitz & The Tantrums: "Dangerous" by Big Data ft. Joywave and "Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn
"I think my song of the summer right now may be Big Data’s 'Dangerous,' Big Data and Joywave, I should say. -- Noelle Scaggs
"I have twin 5-year-old daughters that are turning me on to music all the time. That swedish artist with 'Call Your Girlfriend' ... Robyn!" -- John Wicks
Cut Copy: "Can't Do Without You" by Caribou
"That Caribou tune. It's just killer." -- Tim Hoey
RAC: "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac
"I've always been into Fleetwood Mac, but this summer I got into one of their records, 'Tango In The Night.' It's so good and there's this song, 'Everywhere.' Obviously it's not some underground track, but it kind of clicked for me this summer. I've had it on repeat quite a bit." -- André Allen Anjos
Chromeo: "Pompeii" by Bastille
"But if you close your eyes!" -- David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel, singing simultaneously
Kate Nash: "Hold My Breath" by D. Wing
"Just great summer vibes."
Grouplove: "Street Fighting Man" by the Rolling Stones
"And I've been really into silence recently, which is not that inspiring ... that's my side project." -- Hannah Hooper