Our 25 Favorite Summer Jams of 2013
Junip, "Line of Fire"
Summer isn't all fun and games. This song is the sound of every summer breakup ever. The building tension, the fighting, the pleading, it's all here. Play this when that one obviously doomed couple starts bitching at each other yet again at your party. You know the couple I mean. JOHN SEABORN GRAY
Kanye West, "Blood On the Leaves"
Those horns. Those freaking horns. They may not scream "summer," but put on "Blood On The Leaves" next time you're driving around and it'll turn even the most mundane trip in to something epic. Yeezus may be full of radical sounds, but for my money it's those horns that leave the biggest impression. CORY GARCIA
Kanye West, "I'm In It"
A demented sex rap with a stark, pulsating beat and a feature from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, the ever present voice of Ye's conscience, "I'm In It" has ruled my world since Yeezus dropped. Yeezy gets in some of his best lines ("eatin' Asian pussy, all I need was sweet and sour sauce") and dancehall artist Assassin AKA Agent Sasco goes in and destroys the track with a killer, completely incomprehensible guest verse. COREY DEITERMAN
Krewella, "Live For The Night"
Krewella continue their campaign to be the best thing in dance music with their newest song, adding another anthem to the collection of awesome tracks they've put out in the last year. It may have been released too late for festival season, but expect to hear this in car stereos and clubs and anywhere there is a late night dance party. CORY GARCIA
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"
Say what you like about the never-ending earworm that is "Thrift Shop," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's mega-single that took over the airwaves earlier this year, but don't knock the catchy, upbeat energy of "Can't Hold Us," 'cause it's the perfect summer jam. They've perfected the whole gratitude and unity message they've got going on without venturing into preachy territory, and if my big, burly metal head tattoo artist can profess his Macklemore love without shame, so can I. ANGELICA LEICHT
Night Gaunts, "Mosquitoes"
With the perfect title for a summertime song, this one's a party igniter. These ska-punks are from the lower east side -- as in hemisphere, not Manhattan. Auckland, New Zealand, to be exact. They're currently touring the U.S. for the first time. It sounds like sweaty, shirtless, cups in the air, skank your ass off fun, and that's probably what it'll look like when Night Gaunts plays The Doctor's Office next Thursday, July 18. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.
Portugal. The Man, "Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue"
Pretty much every song off Evil Friends could be the lead single, but the most standout track is the funky, danceable "Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue." It's one of those tunes you'll have a really tough time getting out of your head once it's in it. At the band's recent House of Blues show, they both opened and closed their set with the song - so nice they played it twice. JIM BRICKER