Soundtrack of My Life: Summer Anthems

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to choose our 2016 summer anthem. There’s been a lot of debate, and I understand the passion that comes with a decision as important as this one.

May I suggest this masterpiece for your consideration?

When considering a summer anthem, it’s important to ask yourself if the song will be able to withstand the test of time. Can you imagine yourself a decade from now singing along to the lyrics with conviction? Do you see yourself car dancing and moving to the beat with choreographed hand gestures?

The chosen one can’t be a sleeper, either. No ballads or smooth R&B. It has to provoke hip gyrations, biting of the lower lip and preferably some sort of verbal interjection in the middle of the song, like “Hey!” or “Come on!” or “L’chaim!”

Allow me to give you some examples. Below is a list of summer anthems from years past. They all have a regular rotation on my iTunes. Use these to help guide you to an informed, well-researched decision.

1990
“Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey
Anthem Worthy: That run at the end. When I’m on road trips, I often convince myself that I could be Mariah Carey if I wanted.

1992
“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

Anthem Worthy: The opening dialog. O-M-Gah…

1999
“Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera
Anthem Worthy: This was Christina’s breakout song. It hit at a time when the summer forced us to choose: Team Xtina or Team Britney.

2002
“Hot in Herre” (not a spelling error) by Nelly
Anthem Worthy: Rhyming bodacious with good gracious.

2009
“I Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
Anthem Worthy: Definitely the “woo hoo’s” and the speaking parts. There isn’t a wedding deejay who won’t play this song to get people out onto the dance floor.

2011
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMAO
Anthem Worthy: It’s not my favorite, but who am I to deny what the public thinks is anthem worthy?

2012
“Call Me Maybe” by Carley Rae Jepsen
Anthem Worthy: Look no further than the 2012 US Olympic Swim Team.

2013
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke
Anthem Worthy: Hey, hey, hey…

1985
“Raspberry Beret” by Prince
Anthem Worthy: Please.

1987
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
Anthem Worthy: The entire song is joyful — just what a summer anthem should be.

1990
“Unskinny Bop” by Poison
Anthem Worthy: The second “bop” is what does it for me.

1991
“Summertime” by Will Smith
Anthem Worthy: The title alone gives it a big advantage.

1988
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
Anthem Worthy: It’s annoying. But in a good way. It’s also an earworm. Proceed with caution.

1997
“MMMBop” by Hanson
Anthem Worthy: You know you love it. Do not deny its power.

1999
“Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
Anthem Worthy: Listen to the rhythm. Don’t be scared.

2000
“It’s Gonna Be Me” by NSYNC
Anthem Worthy: I like the hard beat and Justin’s fro. Plus, the video was epic.

2001
“Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child
Anthem Worthy: Butt songs do well in the summer. No one is ever ready for the jelly.

2008
“Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
Anthem Worthy: “TAKE ME AWAYYYYYY. A SECRET PLAAAAAAACE.”

2014
“Happy” by Pharrell
Anthem Worthy: It’s been two years and they still play this song every day on the radio.

I’m willing to open the floor for other summer anthem nominations. Even though “Can’t Stop the Feeling” has my vote right now, I am a lover of music and will happily consider all my options. Hit me up in the comments! Let’s do this!

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