The lazy stage of summer is here: you know vacation time is dwindling and the days are all starting to blur together. Thank goodness for music to help us finish summer strong! Here's my list of the top songs this season has to offer.
1) "Talking to Myself" - Chiddy Bang
It's been a big year for Chiddy Bang. The release of Breakfast early in the year widened the duo's fan base, with the single "Mind Your Manners" getting radio play and putting them on the mainstream map. "Talking to Myself" may not be a single (yet), but it's one of the best songs from the album and should be on repeat this summer.
2) "We Are Young" - Fun.
2012 has also been a breakthrough year for Fueled By Ramen's very own Fun. This song was absolutely everywhere. Up, down, and all around. Nothing wrong with that...if it's good enough to be one of the year's best songs, it's definitely on the list of best summer jams.
3) "What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction
Boy bands are making a comeback. Groups like Big Time Rush, The Wanted, and even Hanson have gained popularity this year. One Direction's terrifically catchy "What Makes You Beautiful" is a no brainer for a big summer hit.
4) "Part of Me" - Katy Perry
Katy Perry's recent movie shares a title with this song, and for a good reason. KP has proven she has superstar quality and staying power in the music industry. This track serves as a reminder, especially to young women, that confidence looks better than ever this summer and that staying true to yourself is the way to go.
5) "Never Close Our Eyes" - Adam Lambert
I was lucky enough to see one of Adam's live shows this summer and let me just tell you, he is AMAZING. This song is also amazing and comes from an album (Trespassing) that debuted at number one its first week.
6) "Just For a Moment Forget Who You Are" - The Rocket Summer
The highly anticipated summertime release of Life Will Write The Words had fans all in a tizzy of excitement. Bryce Avary has yet again delivered a full album of wonderful music, but I chose this track because of its beautiful lyrics: "Keep your eyes open where you roam because you never know when your life's about to change/Just for a moment start to forget about the scars and forget who you think you are/Don't say another word/You're meant for greatness"
7) "Timelines" - Motion City Soundtrack
It was also exciting when Motion City Soundtrack released a new album recently! This song is definitely worthy of being included. See for yourself.
8) "Love U Betta" - Neon Hitch
Neon Hitch has been making her touring rounds these past few hot months. (I'm so lucky that I got to see her, too!) The lovely female voice that is heard in Gym Class Heroes' "Ass Back Home" is none other than Neon, but she has the ability to hold her own as a solo artist as well. "Love U Betta" is your crazy fun party song for the summer.
9) "Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye
Big radio smash this song was and is this summer. After all, what is summer without a commerical, yet artsy breakup song to quell all those nasty feelings when you and your BF/GF call it quits?
10) "The Fighter" - Gym Class Heroes
This song is purely inspirational and a must-have for any summer playlist. The lyrics are inspiring, and so is their video featuring John Orozco, who secured a place in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Keep fightin' ya'll.