Now that summer is “officially” unofficially over, we can look back and reflect. Specifically, on what an unremarkable and unmemorable summer this was.
Honestly – what will we take away from this past summer? What will we remember about this summer years from now? Robin Williams and now Joan Rivers passing away so tragically? Sure. The ALS ice bucket challenge? Of course. People repeatedly leaving children and animals in locked cars? Absolutely.
But that’s about it. Plus, the Fappening. We’ll always remember the Fappening.
This was the year that Hollywood and pop culture in general really screwed up. It was an awful summer at the movies – nothing made even $300 million, something that has never happened in 17 years. How about television? While there were a lot of shows that were very, very good, let’s look at last week’s Emmy Awards – pretty much everything that won already won…last year.
And it was an exceptionally lousy summer for music.
Remember last summer? It began with the return of Daft Punk, rose to the stupendously shocking heights of “Blurred Lines,” and gave us legitimate forces in Imagine Dragons and Lorde. Now take a look at the most popular songs from Spotify this summer – these are the songs that people actually chose to listen to more than any other, over and over again. The real question is will we be listening to any of these songs 20 years from now? Let’s examine:
1. Calvin Harris – Summer
False. The song that really wasn’t the song of the summer at all (that’s #4), but could have been – the problem was it came out too late. But, honestly, will we still be listening to this even a year from now? Ask Lana Del Rey.
2. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – Problem
The Song of the Spring because it peaked right out the gate – it just carried over into the summer.
3. Magic! – Rude
Congratulations, Magic! This is the one and only time we’ll ever hear from you.
4. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – Fancy
The actual song of the summer because it took a few months for America to appreciate it fully – this is what we’ll remember when we think of 2014. Will we still be listening to this years from now though? I doubt it.
5. Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg – Wiggle
This would have been higher if Mr. Derulo said his full name on the song – instead, we only got one “Jason” – for shame
6. Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong?
You don’t know who these guys are, and you never will. You can already forget about this song.
7. Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
This is the only artist on this list that we’ll even be hearing from 20 years from now. And we all know it.
8. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
A song from 2014, that sounds like a song from 1994, that we won’t be hearing in 2034.
9. Sam Smith – Stay With Me
A classier choice than anything else on the list – but, again, will we still be listening to this song even a few years from now?
10. David Guetta (feat. Vassy) – Bad
What the H?!? When did you ever even hear this song?!?
So, honestly, take a step back and look at this list – do you really believe you’ll be listening to any of these songs 20 years, let alone 2 years from now?
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