At the end of June we got to relive and re-lurve some of our fave jams from the past with a list of the 10 hottest summer hits of the past decade. And of course, there was a separate page for Britney Spears songs alone, thanks to some gentle prodding from readers. Wink. But since there’s no time like the present, PITNB is ready to rep for the music of 2012. Here are our picks for the very best summer jams out right now. Most tracks (or videos) were released between May and July of this year, and all tracks are guaranteed to leave you feeling all warm and gooey inside. So you might wanna turn on the AC; our top 40 do not play around.
Here’s hoping that this list has some of your faves, as well as some unfamiliar music. Before making this list I wasn’t especially familiar with Haim, Feist, Giselle, Time Flies, and a few others. Now, I’ll remember their names for sure; some of their tracks top this list, and with good reason. And of course we have the crowd favorites: Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Kanye West with G.O.O.D. Music, and Amy Winehouse all released some seriously good music this summer as well.
And everyone should know by now that I welcome any and all suggestions, and will most likely find a way to squeeze them onto the post. So if we missed your fave (and I promise at least seven of you that we did, lol) feel free to rant, rave, and request an addition to the list in the comments.
*The list is ranked, but loosely. I mean, can you really distinguish between number 24 and number 27 on these kind of lists? Methinks not. Better to just enjoy this eclectic mega mix of our 2012 summer (so far) jams :)
40. Radical Something: Lemonade
Apparently, “if you’ve got problems and you wanna get away, take some vodka and mix it in your lemonade,” is just what the Radical Somethings recommend for a care-free day. Sounds like a smoothed-out summer jam to me! (Please drink responsibly).
39. Meek Mill feat. Drake & Jeremih: Amen
A pastor just tried to get this song banned. So you know it’s good… or at least interesting, lol. Shouts-out to Pastor Johnson.
38. Cheryl Cole: Call My Name
Remember Cheryl Cole? Well the UK pop singer’s going by Cheryl now and she’s got a new single. Me likey:
37. Cloudeater feat. Wale: Faces
We heard this track earlier in the summer and even got a special thank-you from Cloudeater. For that alone they deserve another shout-out :) But their sound is also unique and they really know how to pick a featured rapper.
36. Iggy Azalea feat. B.o.B.: Million Dollar Misfits
Speaking of good features, Iggy and B.o.B. were perfectly complimentary on this track. It’s from Iggy‘s debut album Glory, and it’s a fantastic summer jam.
35. Feist: Bittersweet Melodies (Christian Strobe Remix)
Not every summer song should be a club banger, and Strobe’s remix to Feist’s newly released single does something so fantastic to the original, but without compromising the song’s simple beauty.
And while the remix is brilliant, the original video for the song (released in April) was absolutely mind blowing. How amazing is this photographer for re-creating the past like this? Ahhh, sweet summer nostalgia.
34. Willow Smith: I Am Me
So many people hated or semi-hated on this track! C’mooon! But a lot of ya’ll had love for it, like me. I say go get ‘em Willow; auto-tune and all.
33. Tweet: Trouble
It was sooooooooo good to hear new music from Tweet, which she gave us just about every Tuesday. This was one of her best.
32. Haim: Forever
One of the coolest parts about making this list was discovering music that was completely new to me. The girls of Haim are all sisters under age 22; they will transport you back to the 90s, but then kinda the 80s and then yeah, then you’re just in love.
31. Melanie Fiona feat. J. Cole: This Time
Falling in love with Melanie Fiona via my love for J. Cole was an awesome experience. The beat was bumping, J. Cole was… J. Cole, and Melanie sang the ish outta this summer jam. Such a good baby-don’t-leave-me-I-promise-I’ma-change track; we need those in life.