1. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Walk The Moon has been around since 2008, but haven’t gained mass recognition until very recently. Shut Up And Dance has exploded onto the airwaves over the past few weeks, and is pretty much a lock for becoming one of the 6-7 songs that your local hit radio station is guaranteed to completely ruin. It’s a light, up-tempo, feel-good song that lands somewhere in between Hot Chelle Rae and Panic! At The Disco.
Where You’ll Hear It: In an overly air-conditioned Abercrombie.
2. Zedd ft. Jon Bellion – Beautiful Now
Zedd’s new album, True Colors, was released earlier this week. With the Selena Gomez song “I Want You To Know” already garnering mainstream success, Zedd could have himself a double-helping of billboard eminence with Beautiful Now. Featuring the vocals of rising star Jon Bellion, Beautiful Now is (a. the sort of song that feels like its been popular for months already, (b. is probably currently blasting at the office of the next great startup.
Where You’ll Hear It: $17 vodka soda place.
3. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Trap Queen was actually released in April of last year. Thankfully though, the music powers that be ensured that Fetty Wap’s gem of a song get the proper airplay it deserves. Trap Queen, in addition to being one of the catchiest songs in human history, also has the uncanny ability to elevate your shitty day by at least two points. (In other words, if your day is currently operating at a disappointing 3/10, unexpectedly hearing Trap Queen will instantly elevate that number to at least a 5.)
Where You’ll Hear It: Your best friend’s car.
4. Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
While your twitter feed was trying to get you to read articles about pogs, Third Eye Blind released the first song off their upcoming sixth album. Everything Is Easy, while providing the familiar Third Eye Blind sound that fans have come to know and love, also doesn’t feel antiquated or past-prime — certainly a good jumping off point and momentum builder for their upcoming much hyped about tour with Dashboard Confessional.
Where You’ll Hear It: Surf shop run by guy who used to do meth.
5. Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce – Feeling Myself
An undeniable jam, brought to us by two women who, when powered together, are tough to challenge when it comes to the song of the summer throne.
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Where You’ll Hear It: Aggressive pregame.
6. Dark Lord Funk – (Uptown Funk Parody)
One of the best produced YouTube songs and videos out there, and probably the only Harry Potter-related media that makes you want to drop everything you’re doing and join the death eaters.
Where You’ll Hear It: Your friend on gchat.
7. Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea – Pretty Girls
The perfect intersection of 2001 and 2014, and a song that you know you’re gonna hear quite often regardless of whether or not you think it’s good. It has almost 20 million views after less than a week on YouTube, so by the standards of RCA it’s probably pretty good.
Where You’ll Hear It: Chaperoning a prom.
8. OMI – Cheerleader (Felix Raehn Remix)
Cheerleader was released a few years ago, but a recent light and seasonally-fitting remix has found it’s way to the top of the music charts. The perfect match for the summer — one listen, and it’s as if you’re on the beach with one of those revivifying drinks with the min-umbrellas.
Where You’ll Hear It: That spotify commercial.
9. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf*****r
Is this cheating? It feels like cheating.
Where You’ll Hear It: Work event where things start out professional, and then get way out of hand.