The 11 Songs That Defined Our Summer

As warmth and sunshine get replaced by thunderstorms and terrible traffic, let’s take a moment to recap the songs that defined the summer of 2015. Whether you were creeping it up in LaBoracay, twerking it up in Valkyrie or soaking it up on some random seaside, the songs of the summer were right there with you. Some songs became instant classics and some songs wore out their welcome quickly. Speaking of…

Song Of The Summer We Don’t Want To Hear Ever Again:

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

From the crowded dance floor of URBN to the crowded sands of White House to hours and hours on the radio, it feels like there wasn’t a corner we could hide from this massive (and massively overplayed) hit. Although Mark Ronson does have some chops and Bruno Mars has proven to be something more than a flash-in-the-pan pop star, this duo and this song have to go away now. Enough is enough.

(Nope. No video. Stop it.)

Feel The Power:

The Blacker The Berry – Kendrick Lamar

Arguably the best album to drop this year, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly contains several masterpieces, but none as powerful as this meditation on racism in the U.S. Several pop acts have risen to prominence the last few months, but this summer undoubtedly belongs to Kendrick.

Annoyingly Catchy (Again):

I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepsen

She did it again. This might become a yearly thing with her.

So Glad You’re Back:

Cause I’m A Man – Tame Impala

The Australian alt-psychedelica group make a fiery return in an effort to top their 2012 stunner Lonerism. This is the perfect song to drive to with your windows down as the sun rises and you’re headed for the beach to make new friends and new mistakes. ‘Cause I’m a man, woman; don’t always think before I do.

Making A Name For Herself:

Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett

Aussies figure prominently on this list. Courtney Barnett’s 2015 album “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” is an album as good as any this year.

Hey I Know That Guy!:

Can’t Deny My Love – Brandon Flowers

The former Killers frontman’s sophomore release shows he’s developed his own signature sound outside of his post-punk Killers roots. With help from the likes of Danielle Haim, Flowers has managed to thrust himself back into relevance. “Can’t Deny My Love” is an amazing blend of 80s electronica, pop and some of that post-punk flavor that made The Killers famous.

Dropped Out Of Nowhere:

Know Yourself – Drake


Her Majesty’s Secret Weapon:

I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie XX feat. Young Thug, Popcaan

Who knew the third member of The xx had so much range? Ranging from mellow synth-pop to classic The xx-style indie ballads and now showing some soul with Young Thug, Jamie xx is on fire. There is no better feel-good track for this summer than this one.

Source Of a Million Annoying Dubsmash Videos:

Twerk it Like Miley – Brandon Beal


Summer Song No One Listened To:

M.I.L.K. – If We Want To

Listen to it, watch the video and thank us after.

Thunder From Down Under:

Boo Seeka – Kingdom Leader

2015: The summer from down under.

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