Our 25 Favorite Summer Jams of 2013
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams, "Blurred Lines"
Like it or not, "Blurred Lines" is the official summer jam of 2013. It's got all the ingredients a summer song needs: velvety vocals that are explicity sexy without being vulgar, T.I.'s unique tone working the rap break, and most importantly, the Pharrell factor. How do we know this is a true summer jam? Because we loved it a month ago, we like it now, and by the end of August we won't want to hear it again until summer 2014. SELENA DIERINGER
Tegan and Sara, "I Couldn't Be Your Friend"
Heartthrob came out in the spring, but it's too fun to forget. Maybe it's because Tegan and Sara tackled a synth-pop vibe for the album, or it could be that it's full of anthems for summer flings. Whatever the reason, "I Couldn't Be Your Friend" proves that not all songs about heartbreak have to be slow, sad and acoustic. So the next time you're up late thinking about that special someone, have a hairbrush karaoke session to this album and belt out your frustration. ALYSSA DUPREE
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "From the Sun"
Nothing changed dramatically from Unknown Mortal Orchestra's self-titled debut, but something about their latest album, II, took me from being intrigued by the group to being a fan. If you can chew on some psychedelic pop, "From The Sun" is a necessity for your summer jam playlist. I recommend saving this track for a sunset drive home from the beach, when you can roll the windows down and turn the stereo up. ALYSSA DUPREE
Watsky, "Cardboard Castles"
Call him "The Plain Eminem" (not nutty) if you want, but Watsky is the business. The title track from his newest album delivers the blueprint: nice beats beneath smart, slam-worthy poetry that goes cleanly from zero to 60 in mere breaths. There's sweetness, humility and optimism on this track, all things missing from a lot of modern rap. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.