Our 25 Favorite Summer Jams of 2013
With their third album, Stories Don't End, Dawes have taken what they've been doing best for a long time, and culminated it into a fine effort. First single "From a Window Seat" is the perfect mix of Jackson Browne and Dire Straits, but with that signature Dawes finish. JIM BRICKER
Fall Out Boy, "The Phoenix"
Who would have thought Fall Out Boy had it in them? Certainly not me back in high school when they were the biggest band in the world. However, after a prolonged break they returned with one of the best albums this year and this gem: a high octane should-have-been-a-James-Bond-theme ass-kicker to open up their new record and announce their return. "Put on your warpaint," Patrick Stump commands and suddenly I'm enthralled despite myself. COREY DEITERMAN
The Front Bottoms, "Skeleton"
Although The Front Bottoms' new album, Talon of the Hawk, is a perfect summer album in its entirety, I'd say "Skeleton" perfectly encapsulates what the album (and the band) is about. It's a great single from start to finish and seems to single-handedly explain why their summer tour sold out nearly every date. I apologize in advance to your record collection - it's about to get dusty. ALYSSA DUPREE
Icona Pop, "I Love It"
My undisputed summer jam is Icona Pop's charmingly brainless single, "I Love It." It's a perfect, disposable clump of thumping beats and a hook too stupid to forget, and it's the soundtrack to my life right now. Yes, I originally heard it in a smartphone commercial. Yes, that's embarrassing, and no, I will definitely not ever want to hear it again in two months. But you know what? I DON'T CARE. I love it! NATHAN SMITH
Iggy Azalea, "Work"
Summer songs should always be a hair ridiculous, so the opening line "Walk a mile in these Louboutins" makes Iggy Azalea's "Work" a perfect candidate to bump through your car speakers all season long. The rapper-turned-Wilhelmina-model originally dropped the song in the beginning of the year before its YouTube video became a viral hit.
It may as well be the 2013 reboot of "Working for the Weekend"; this summer everyone will be chanting Azalea's anthem: "I've been up all night/ tryna get that rich/ I've been work work work work working on my shit." Get it girl. SELENA DIERINGER
Janelle Monae, "Dance Apocalyptic"
Summer CAN be mostly fun and games. That's totally an option. This is your song, if that's the case. JOHN SEABORN GRAY
Jason Isbell, "Super 8"
To me summer calls for a big, brash, Crazy Horse-style rocker that pulls out all the stops and leaves your ears a little sore; better still if it has lyrics you might not wish on your worst enemy. After an especially raucous post-gig party involving a jealous boyfriend and a fungo bat, here Isbell awakes somewhat less than bright and early: "Well I finally got the room clear/ Bleeding from the left ear/ Feeling pretty bad for the maid." CHRIS GRAY