4YE Quicklist: Top Songs of the Summer

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple

It’s fall here in the Northern Hemisphere and just because the leaves are changing, there is one thing that we can’t forget about this summer–the music.

This summer was full of songs with fun beats that are easy to dance to and sing along with friends. Many of the big songs from this summer won’t be going away any time soon. If you have been out of the loop the past couple of months, I am here to draw your attention to the ones that drew my attention these hot summer months. Also, what better way to listen to songs then with videos just in case you haven’t seen those either.

“Shake it off” by Taylor Swift

I’m not much of a Taylor Swift fan but it was impossible to miss this song. I kept seeing people, and many different internet news sites talk about this song, so naturally curiosity won out. But I have learned that I have to limit when I listen to it because this song always gets stuck in my head the second I listen to any part of it. Its catchy beat makes you want to jump up and dance along whether you are willing or not. The lyrics just get ingrained into your brain so that you really only have to listen once to know the song the next time it pops up on the radio. If I listen to this song, I find myself singing it long after I actually listened to it, and I guess in that case the song has done its job.

I’ll admit it is a good song to listen to if you have had a bad day and you just want to unwind with a little dance party and forget about all your troubles.

“All about That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

This is another fun song with a catchy beat, but also with a good message behind the lyrics. Meghan Trainor’s song is all about women loving the body they have and they shouldn’t desire to have one like the photoshopped pictures in magazines.

On top of the catchy beat are the catchy lyrics that stick in your head, and about halfway through the song you will find that you already can sing along. But it won’t stop there; you will probably keep singing this song long after it is over whether you want to or not.

“Maps” by Maroon 5

Maroon 5 released this song prior to the release of their new album, V. I was so excited to hear they were releasing a new album and even more after this song was released. Despite the upbeat tempo the video to, this song is pretty intense, and I wasn’t really expecting it when I watched it for the first time. But I still enjoy listening to the song, as I always do with Maroon 5 songs.

“Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede

Now I realize this song wasn’t released this summer or even this decade for that matter. But it got a lot of buzz because of Guardians of the Galaxy and we fell in love with this song all over again.

When I hear this song, I just want to get up and put on my Walkman and dance like Baby Groot. Okay, I don’t own a Walkman anymore but still the feeling is still there. It makes me feel like I can go out and fight the evil in this world and be a defender of the galaxy.

My favorite songs from this summer:

If you know me than you know how much I love Linkin Park. They released their new album, The Hunting Party, in June and followed it with their Carnivores tour in the United States that just wrapped up September 19. So it probably goes without saying that some of my favorite songs of the summer came off of their album.


“Until It’s Gone”

“Rebellion” (feat. Daron Malakian)

“Final Masquerade”

I won’t go into the songs individually because we could probably be here all day, so I will just keep it short. They are pretty heavy songs, so they don’t exactly go with the theme of fun, catchy songs that you can dance along to like a lot of the other songs from the summer, but I love to turn up the volume and sing along with them. Despite some of the content, they never fail to make me feel better when I need it or something to relax and write as I listen–some of my best ideas have come when I listen these songs. Some of the videos are of their performances of the songs, which are always amazing. I was actually at the performance I posted for “Wastelands,” and there really aren’t words to describe it.

Definitely check out the whole album if you get the chance.

“Do or Die” by Thirty Seconds to Mars.

The album that this song comes from, Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams, actually came out last year, but this was a big song this summer if you follow the band on Twitter. If you haven’t heard this song then I recommend you do. It is a fun song to listen to as well as a powerful motivator. It tells you to go out and live your life because you only have one.

The music video shows just how much the band and music means to their fans, named the Echelon, and it always makes me tear up a bit when I watch it. I always love inspirational songs, and this is one for me. I like to listen to it when I am feeling down and need some motivation to get up and make my dreams come true for myself.

“Word Crimes” by Weird Al Yankovic

My English major heart rejoiced when this song was released this summer. It is a parody on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” and it is one of my favorites off his album Mandatory Fun that was released in July.

It covers many of the basic word crimes that people commit on the internet every day, including one of my pet peeves, the difference between literally and figuratively. This is a fun song to listen to and can even teach a thing or two if you need some help with grammar.

This covers some of the many great songs from the summer. What were some of your favorites?

Kelli Heidelberger