Song of the Summer 2013 Contender: "Blurred Lines"

Tons of magazines, shows, and podcasts dedicate the warmer months of the year to selecting their official "Song of the Summer". The rules vary from place to place, but in general, the Song of the Summer should encapsulate the feel of the season. It's upbeat and catchy. It's the tune you'll hear coming out of the car sitting next to you at the stoplight or emanating from the neighborhood BBQ. My current source for the songlist to choose from is the Too Beautiful to Live podcast, which has given me a nice handful of tracks to start with. They've also exposed me to some easily-discardable duds that may well be wildly popular, but that I don't enjoy.

The first song that does have a serious shot at being my choice to represent Summer 2013 is "Blurred Lines", performed by Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams):

Keep in mind that the only thing being considered is the song, so I'm disregarding everything about how awesome or awful or sexy or puzzling the video is. It's not difficult to figure out why "Blurred Lines" is in the finals. It's got a backbeat that renders the human body incapable of NOT dancing, and includes possibly the most insanely catchy hook ever with its repeated "hey-Hey-HEY".

The bulk of the lyrics are pretty forgettable, but that's almost totally immaterial. This song delivers such a groove that it's looking more and more like it'll be one of the final tributes left in the arena.

Song of the Summer Odds: 2:1


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