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10 Songs of the Summer That Never Were

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As a kid, I don’t remember hearing the phrase “song of the summer,” but it must come with a certain maturity, the need to define a season by a musical moment to make the inevitable nostalgia that much easier. And, as each of us has our own preferred palette of musical colors, this seasonal signifier will have a large degree of subjectivity. That said, there are also pop smash mega-hits, songs that become ubiquitous in a way that, in retrospect, made them the capital S “Song of the Summer” in an overarching sort of way.

There’s some potential crossover there, too, songs that by any sort of justice would’ve wound up qualifying for that crossover status but never got there, that just missed that echelon for some reason. Using Billboard‘s analysis of their own charts (in which they broke down chart position exclusively over the summer months) as a comparison point, we’ve listed some songs that by all rights could’ve (or perhaps should’ve) been the Song of the Summer.

Of course, there are tons of options for each and every year, so add yours in the comment section below!

–Adam Kivel
Managing Editior

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July 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Passion Pit – Little Secrets (2009)

Not sure I can really bear to listen to this tune anymore due to overplay but hot damn if it wasn’t on repeat in that golden, glorious summer of ’09.

June 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I like to share information that will I have built up with the 12 months to help enhance group overall performance.

June 20, 2014 at 4:21 am

I live in the Southern Hemisphere so I’ve always missed out on ‘summer songs’.

June 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm

During the entire summer of 2013, Acid Rap was playing.

James Hrivnak
June 19, 2014 at 6:08 am

I second both “I Turn My Camera On” and “Kill for Love.”

Steven Connor
June 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

When it comes to summer and Fiery Furnaces’ songs, “Here Comes the Summer” wins the prize.

June 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Make it a Spotify Playlist!!

Mike Kulick
June 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Nice. Sounds like you guys should create a Spotify playlist with some more of these! Great timing for summer get-togethers…


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