Tuesday, August 27, 2013
What is REALLY the 2013 Song of the Summer?
MTV caught some flack on Sunday when the network's Video Music Awards let fans vote to proclaim the 2013 song of the summer. I assume millions of pre-teen girls texted their choice, because the winner was... "Best Song Ever" by One Direction. Wait, what's "Best Song Ever"? Exactly. It's not a song that dominated the airwaves and was inescapable this summer. I have no idea what it even sounds like.
No, this summer belonged to Pharrell. The hitmaker was behind the two leading contenders: Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Daft Punk had the "song of the summer" title in the bag until July. "Get Lucky" was such a major crossover hit that you could hear it on alternative rock, top 40, hip-hop and hot AC radio stations. That's the mark of a dominant hit. But no so fast. Thicke's "Blurred Lines" isn't quite the crossover hit (you'll never hear it on KROQ), but it became so ubiquitous that it was impossible to escape.
So let's put it to the test. No ringers, no songs you've barely heard of. Let's pit the two contenders opposite each other. Franklin Avenue readers, as we head into Labor Day weekend, what was truly the "song of the summer"?