Last year had some big contenders for song of the summer: Iggy Azalae’s “Fancy”, Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”, even Calvin Harris with the originally titled “Summer.”
Compared to 2013, however, there wasn't really a stand out track - “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” had that year covered - and this year's the same again, not one song that really defines the summer.
In fact, you'd be hard pushed to really come up with any two or three songs that have been on repeat since June, and it's half way through August already. Still, let's have a quick look at what may possibly become the anthem of Summer 2015.
Years & Years - King
Capitalising on their BBC Sound of 2015 success, Years & Years released their pop-enthused electro number "Kings", which debuted at number one. It’s got summer vibes written all over it but is it the anthem for 2015? Perhaps released a little too early to be a true contender.
Sientó - Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)
This song has been everywhere, and is in equal parts hated and loved. It’s got the dance routine and the catchy lyrics, but is it really an anthem? Sientó is, most likely, just another Soulja Boy: sure he's huge now but give it a few months and we'll all realise doing the Whip and Nae Nae really wasn't that cool - let alone doing the stanky leg.
The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face
Having recently been covered by Tom Cruise, "Can’t Feel My Face" has only just hit number one in the US. You can just feel Michael Jackson oozing out of this one as it drops into it's irresistibly funky groove. My money's on this one.
Major Lazer (featuring MØ and DJ Snake) - Lean On
A worldwide hit, this EDM number quickly rose up the charts. The music video is summer enthused, but is it an anthem to define 2015? Not really the timeless classic we're after.
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Again, another song released way, way before the summer of 2015, first appearing online March 2014, but somehow managing to worm its way onto every radio-station only now. For a debut single it was massive, but another questionable anthem.
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
More a song of the year, not particularly this summer, but a worthy contender just because there is very little else...
Jess Glyne - Hold My Hand
After having a massive hit last year with Clean Bandit, Jess Glyne has become huge in her own right, helped primarily by the huge hit that is "Hold My Hand". Unlike a song like "Can’t Feel My Face" this doesn’t quite have that broad appeal a blockbuster anthem should have, but a contender nonetheless.
Circa Waves - T-Shirt Weather
For everyone not into their mainstream pop, there was one song that really took over the indie airwaves: "T-Shirt Weather". The band played a massive Glastonbury slot and are sure to take over Reading later this year. Compared to "Get Lucky" etc it doesn’t quite have the mass appeal of previous anthems, but for those who enjoy a classic guitar tune, this is the one.
Where Are Ü Now (featuring Justin Bieber) - Jack Ü
Another Diplo produced song, this time with Skrillex adding a bit of dirt to his production. Like "Lean On", it’s questionable how we’ll see this song in a few years, but for now, it's on the list. Who said Justin Beiber was done? Sigh.
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Well, it’s pretty obvious that there really is no automatic anthem of the past summer. Not one stands out above the others as being a defining moment, so what does this mean for music in 2015? Has it been just an awful summer of music?
In all fairness there have been some standout albums in the from Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, Everything Everything, Wolf Alice, Dr. Dre and The Maccabees, so it’s not all bad.Reuse content