In terms of pop culture, Summer is the defining era of each year. Whether it's the Summer blockbuster, or the Summer beach read, Summer--for whatever reason--is the season that each year's cultural worth is judged by. The kids are out of school. And the business types who go on vacation are a little more relaxed. When one thinks back to the good times in their life, summers undoubtedly rush to the front of the line.
The one mandatory pop culture discussion point is the Song of the Summer (hereinafter referred to as "The Song"). The Song is indelibly associated with carefree feelings, and it provides the soundtrack to the warm weather atmospheres of the year. For example, the Summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college was defined by Eminem's The Eminem Show. Indeed, I still remember 'Without Me' blaring in the background in the sticky evenings as all of us cooked steaks on the grill.
In honor of The Song, I'm proud to present my favorite Songs of the Summer 2013:
Daft Punk - 'Get Lucky'
This tune hit the beginning of Summer 2013 like a gauntlet. Taking no prisoners with its discotheque sounds, 'Get Lucky' was Daft Punk's first non-soundtrack album since 2007. With throwback bass beats and the smoldering smoothness of Pharell Williams, 'Get Lucky' saved even the very worst of dance parties in Summer 2013.