Summer Anthems of 2014: Which Song Epitomizes the Season for You?
Last year people were dancing the summer away to Icona Pop, because they didn't care and they loved it, and Cher, because she was telling the truth about it being a woman's world. This year, many hits are reaching the dance floors... but which one will come out on top as the song that, when looking back, will remind you of the Summer of '14? I've profiled seven hot songs.
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, featuring Charli XCX
Nothing says flirty and fun like this music video, a blatant homage to the 1995 film "Clueless." The lyrics are earworm material as well. "First things first, I'm the realest," Australian rapper Iggy Azalea purrs and growls at the same time. She leads the listener into a flawless rap, and just like that, the song has what it takes to entrance... and I guarantee it will be stuck in your head all day. This #1 hit is a strong contender for the summer anthem title.
"Chandelier" by Sia
It's rare for a song to be danceable and heart-wrenching, but Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler manages to play on many of your emotions in this hit, inspired by her own struggle with alcoholism and drug use. The minimalist music video, featuring stellar choreography performed by an 11-year-old girl, illustrates the mania and emotions involved when one lives with alcohol addiction.
"Stay With Me" by Sam Smith
Talented, soulful, beautiful, and gay (!!) - it's like Sam Smith fell from heaven. His recent top five hit, "Stay With Me," is for many people the introduction to this British singer-songwriter. With a humble stage presence, he allows his pure singing voice to take him everywhere. Of particular note is his crystal-clear falsetto, which ranks up there with past pop greats such as The Bee Gees and Hall and Oates.