Call me a contrarian. One Direction won the VMA’s Song of the Summer and has topped the box office this weekend; Miley Cyrus made sure we “Can’t Stop” looking and listening to her; Selena Gomez made us “Come and Get It; but in my biased opinion it was Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell who had most of us memorized this summer. Nine weeks at the top of the charts and well over 50 million You Tube views, “Blurred Lines” is our choice for 2013’s “infectious, naughty jam” that will remind us of July and August forever.
In reality, it’s probably a dance card skewed by a generational divide. Under twenties are besotted with the One Direction, Cyrus, Gomez trifecta, and anyone past the 2-0 is intoxicated with Robin and his crew. We wanted it (whoops listened to it) on the way to the beach, in the car, on our iPhone, or whatever we were doing. As Thicke himself said, “It makes you laugh, it’s soulful and it’s got an organic sound to it.”
However, if you are wondering what is the all-time winner, it’s no mystery. In poll after poll, it’s “Summertime” by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. “Think of the summers of the past. Adjust the base and let the alpine blast. Pop in my cd and let me run a rhyme. And put your car on cruise and lay back cause this is summertime…There’s an air of love and of happiness.”
“Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind.”
NJ, The Brunette