I’m taking off a little bit early today because I’m going to tape an appearance on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered, in which I will be quizzed about this year’s contenders for Song Of The Summer, and why this summer’s most-people-unifying songs probably weren’t ones that came out this year, let alone this decade. (Michael Jackson, duh.) (Well, Michael Jackson and the ever-atomizing nature of “pop music,” which is resulting in things like gym staples not getting anywhere near the pop charts and the Black Eyed Peas being the only force that can unify us all. Anyway, given that the sweltering season of this year is nearing its close, I figured I’d ask: What song defined the summer of 2009 for you the most? My pick, after the jump.
I know, I know. “An Amerie song? Again?” But “Why R U” has a sort of rainy-day feel about it that matched very well with this soggy segment of the year. Plus it has a sort of old-school radio-rnb feel that brings me back to the time of my life when summers were actually summers—you know, with lots of days off and afternoons spent doing not much of anything and maybe even trips that stretched past late Sunday—instead of the b.s. “same ol same ol but you get to feel like you’re about to die from the wet-blanket-like humidity” setup that “adults” have these days. (See? Deep down, we’re all immature.) OK, your turn!
Amerie – Why R U (Official Video) HQ [Dailymotion]