Song of the Summer 2013: The Winner!

Weather-wise, this has mostly been a delightful summer. St. Louis summers are generally miserable, with humidity running so high, you have to cut the air with a cake knife. But this year, the gross, sweaty heat held off until late August. Now that we're halfway through September, I'm hopeful that these last gasps of summer will soon yield to the welcoming coolness of autumn.

But before it does, let's put the Song of the Summer contest to bed. The Too Beautiful to Live podcast is far from the only entity putting the season's jams through the wringer, but they were the ones to bring a lot of the contenders to my attention. Unfortunately, their listeners chose that wretched Icona Pop song that I hate. Oh, well. There's no accounting for taste. I hope the voters are very happy with those two women screaming at them in perfect non-harmony. Over here where the winner isn't year-old crap chosen because it's associated with a show about Lena Dunham's tits and ironic tattoos, there were some difficult decisions to be made.

The odds would have you believe that Tegan and Sara's "Closer" would be the clear choice. I still love that song, but something about it just didn't scream summer to me. "Blurred Lines" was like a match in that it burst into heat quickly, burned hot, and then just as quickly faded away. Boy, did that one get old in a hurry. "Angel, Please" is a fun song, but just couldn't take down the big powerhouses. Of Janelle MonĂ¡e's two songs, I turn more often to "Dance Apocalyptic" than "Q.U.E.E.N.", though both are remarkable. Neither one won, though. That just leaves a single song to claim victory, and rule the summer!

"Get Lucky" is the big winner! It's the perfect blend of upbeat rhythm and laid-back tone for a summer tune, but what really pushed it over the top is its longevity. That is to say, I'm still not sick of hearing it. When the sun is shining and the grills are sizzling, this is the song you want floating on the air. So congrats to "Get Lucky"! Now, let's get some cooler weather up in here. I'm ready for long-sleeved shirts and pumpkin spice latte.


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