Summer isn't only known for its pleasant weather. Labels, producers and artists all release their best material at the start of summer only hoping their tunes will be the one to hold the number one spot on the charts until September. With the season fully under way, all the best music has been released; we've gathered our picks to ride the airwaves through August. Which one will be your summer anthem?
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams
"What do they make dreams for when you've got those jeans on?" This playful song that creatively combines R&B and rap epitomizes the meaning of a summer anthem, a song that can be played over and over again and never get tired. "Blurred Lines" only reinforces the idea that the season should be laid-back and exciting with its fun lyrics and balanced rhythm that will be agreeable with any hot, summer night.
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
Released on the extremely popular "Great Gatsby" soundtrack, Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" is an option for those hopeless romantics who have already found their summer love. "Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful," is the first stanza of the chorus and is a line that will stick with any soul who hears this song. Although a depressing and ominous tune, the song tells a beautiful story of a summer relationship that is doomed from the start. Opt for Del Rey on the summer days when the rain just won't stop falling.
Can't Hold Us – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
Already topping charts around the world and currently holding the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, there's no doubt that "Can't Hold Us" is already a summer hit. Ever since this duo's hit single "Thrift Shop," they've been on the music radar and haven't let any fans down. Their 2011 collaboration article is still the source of their success. If anyone stereotyped Macklemore and his material as the one-hit-wonder type, "Can't Hold Us" proves they'll be around for a good while.
Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams is all over the music map this summer, marking new territory in his collaboration with Daft Punk on their album "Random Access Memories." When "Get Lucky" hit airwaves, it was an instant success and put Daft Punk within the top 10 of pop charts in more than 28 nations. The second Daft Punk/Pharrell song on the album is "Lose Yourself to Dance," a mellow melody with a classic Daft Punk beat that have you dancing in no time.
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
For country music fans, Florida Georgia Line is quickly establishing themselves among the best of country. Comparable to Darius Rucker and Kenny Chesney, the two southern hunks that front the band know how to make girls swoon with their twangy accents and cool use of the banjo in their music. "Cruise" is yet another summertime love story, but its typical, country storytelling is exactly what makes it so likeable.
Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
The single, creatively using computerized effects to manipulate lead singer Ezra Koenig's voice, contains a harmonious cacophony of sounds that is complex and paradoxical but makes for an amazing song. Containing the elements that make Vampire Weekend the band that it is, "Diane Young" is guaranteed to be on the summer playlist of any indie music fan.
Really Don't Care – Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd
"Heart Attack" put this retired Disney star on the pop music map and she has only gotten better with her new album,creatively titled "Demi." Backing up her last single with this one featuring the "Want U Back" Brit Cher Lloyd, "Really Don't Care" is a summer jam suited for girls that just want to have fun. Comparable to Icona Pop's "I Don't Care," this tune is already a hit on the radio.
Dance With Me Tonight – Olly Murs
A lively tune paired with adorable lyrics calls for a tune fitted for a drive with the windows down and the stereo turned all the way up. Olly Murs, a 29-year-old Brit who finished as the runner-up in The X-Factor's sixth season toured with One Direction a few years ago, which helped his rise to fame. "Dance With Me Tonight" is a great sequel to Murs' first single, "Troublemaker," featuring Flo Rida.
Turnt – The-Dream, Beyonce, 2 Chainz
Featured on his newly released album "IV Play," The-Dream brings both Beyonce and 2 Chainz on the song "Turnt." Sure to please both pop and rap genre fans, the tune has a consistently pounding beat but brings diverse voices to the track. With a chorus revolving around the meaning of summertime, this song is perfect background music to your next crazy summer night.
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Having influences in both R&B and reggae, Bruno Mars is a pop artist whose best songs are anti-hits, hidden among the crowd-pleasers. Such is the case with "Treasure," a fantastically fun and exciting tune that arrived on Mars' late 2012 release "Unorthodox Jukebox." The song got more publicity after Mars opened the Billboard Music Awards with a wonderful performance of this single. Nevertheless, it's a hidden summer song "treasure."
Summer Paradise – Simple Plan feat. Sean Paul
Simple Plan fans may have themselves scratching their head with this track, but its groovy tune is undeniable. Summing up the typical summertime relationship, the meaning beyond this song is not only relatable but Sean Paul's contribution to the song only makes it that much more interesting, and adds to its quirky nature. Definitely a tune that will leave listeners whistling it's tune, "Summer Paradise" is a crowd-pleaser all around.
We Can't Stop – Miley Cyrus
The delayed debut of this Franklin, Tenn. native's long-awaited single release is finally ovwer. As if her dramatic hair cut didn't do the job, "We Can't Stop" separates the pop star from her Hannah Montana days even further. "We can't stop, and we won't stop," is the basic understanding of this song, and although its message isn't extremely enlightening, it definitely summarizes summer.