A few weeks back I started making a playlist of all of my favorite tracks this summer. Most of them are recent releases, but a few are older tracks that never got the opportunity to truly be summer smash hits. I thought it would be fun to share them all with you. In the spirit of keeping things legal, I found a cool site called 8Track, which reports all plays to the RIAA to ensure that artists are collecting royalties, and though it’s not downloadable – you will be able to listen to the tracks whenever you like and there are purchase links embedded in case you decide you love any of our picks so much you just HAVE to have it for yourself!!
1. “Want U Back” (U.S. Version) – Cher Lloyd
Album: Want U Back
This funky little brat-pop track is just so quirky and animated! It’s about time that REAL pop makes a comeback! I’ve been hooked on this track as of late. It’s just so damned cute!!
2. “Curiosity” – Carly Rae Jepsen
Album: Curiosity – EP (Canada Only)
It seems a lot of people have written off Carly Rae! This is her second single from her “Curiousity” EP here in Canada (which doesn’t appear as of yet to be available in the US) but I actually prefer it to the massive worldwide hit: “Call Me Maybe.” It maintains her laid back and cute persona and it’s still pretty catchy but not in an annoying way that is likely to be massively overplayed!
3. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” – P!nk
Album: Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – Single
People seem to be divided about this track but I think it’s super catchy and probably one of the most addictive tracks on radio this summer. Love me some P!nk and can’t wait for her new album: “The Trouble With Love” to drop on 9/18/2012.
4. “Naked Love” – Adam Lambert
This wasn’t originally one of my favorite tracks on Lambert’s 2012 masterpiece: “Trespassing” but it does seem like the one that demands to be a summer single the most. While it has yet to be chosen as a single from the album, we celebrate it on our summer 2012 playlist.. just because it feels so good!
5. “Settle Down” – No Doubt
Album: Settle Down – Single
No Doubt are back and thankfully they’ve still got what made them so popular back in the day. This comeback single is super catchy and while not anything revolutionary, it makes a great summer track to groove to that doesn’t sound like everything else on radio right now! Get-Get-Get… in line and set-tle down!
6. “Let it Go” – Dragonette
Album: Let it Go – Single
For some reason, this rather commercial sounding track from Dragonette just makes me feel good. I enjoy the melodies and the vocals and I think it’s really great. Nothing else to say here.
7. “Let’s Have a Kiki” Scissor Sisters
Album: Magic Hour
I suppose I’m in the same boat as many who probably heard this the first time and thought it was ridiculous but somehow I’m completely obsessed with it. Everytime I feel even a tiny bit of nerves, I suddenly want to “lock the doors TIGHT!” and have a Kiki! (A Kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves, you see!) Just some good campy fun!
8. “Pound The Alarm”- Nicki Minaj
Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
As much as I really didn’t like “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” and think “Starships” is one of the worst tracks of the year, I find myself very hooked on “Pound the Alarm” despite it not being that much different! File this one under fun, fluffy summer dance songs!
9. “How to Be a Heartbreaker” – Marina and the Diamonds
Album: Electra Heart (Deluxe Verison)
This is the only track unique to the U.S. release of Marina’s sophomore album: “Electra Heart.” It’s a Dr. Luke production and it’s insanely fun and catchy and is slated to be the next single. Here’s hoping it does well, but if not it’s one of my favorites of the summer anyway!
10. “Break My Heart”- Victoria Duffield
Album: Break My Heart – Single
This is probably Duffield’s weakest single to date but it’s still pretty nice. She’s the Canadian answer to early career Britney. She’s a great dancer and her album “Shut Up & Dance” seems promising. One to watch out for!
11. “Timebomb” – Kylie Minogue
Album: Timebomb – Single
12. “Cuckoo” – Adam Lambert
13. “Angel” – Darren Hayes
Album: Talk Talk Talk – Single
A little taste of retro with this Madonna cover by Darren Hayes from his 2011 single for “Talk Talk Talk.” Not gonna lie, I like this version better than Madge’s original and I kinda wish he’d do a little EP of Madge covers because he does them so very well!
14. “Heart Skips a Beat” (feat. Chiddy Bang) – Olly Murs
15. “Put It Down” (feat. Chris Brown) – Brandy
16. “Beautiful Surprise” – Tamia
17. “Do Ya Thang”- Rihanna
18. “One Last Time” – Agnes
19. “Start of Something Good” – Daughtry
20. “Hummingbird Heartbeat”- Katy Perry