When did this thing start where people refer to the popular songs of a given summer as their "summer soundtrack," or single out a song as their "summer anthem" or "song of summer"?
Anointing an official song of summer is like having an official religion; all it does is annoy the people who don't like it. I can't help reading Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog, since it's
a) frequently updated and
b) about trash,
but at the same time I can't stand it. The blog's author has repeatedly called the idiotic trailers for The Ant Bully "funny," thereby throwing his taste into question, and now he's pushing the whole "song of summer" nonsense.
It's not just EW. This is an actual thing. The other day, I even heard a girl, a real person, upon hearing a song, declare, "This is totally going on my summer soundtrack." What does that mean? Are you not allowed to listen to any other songs all summer? Must you drop the song(s) from rotation once summer ends? Can't they just be popular songs?
Probably what really bugs me about it is that the kind of songs that get anointed "songs of summer" are almost always songs I
a) could care less about, or
Whatever that new Christina Aguilera song is, is pretty good, but not that memorable, and sadly not even in the running. Instead there is "Crazy," which is a tolerable enough song, but I have no idea why people are so crazy about it. It's inoffensive, but in a style of music that utterly bores me. When I finally made the connection between the raved-about Gnarls Barkley and the rather ordinary-sounding song I'd heard so many times, I was baffled. This is what's so genius?
But I'd happily root for "Crazy" to be the song of summer if the "front-runner," according to PopWatch, is Nelly Furtado's obnoxious and stupid "Promiscuous Girl" (lyrics here, listen here). As much as I love really repetitive samples and entire songs where people tease each other about how they are maybe probably just about to have sex, I just can't get into it.
Will he still respect you if he gets it? No, dummy, but he doesn't respect you now, so you might as well let him hit it.