>SONGS OF SUMMER 2013
BEST REASON TO GO NUTS
“I WANT CRAZY” Hunter Hayes When the country heartthrob declares love “ain’t right if you ain’t lost your mind” on this mandolin-laced ditty, who can resist him?
BEST MICHAEL JACKSON THROWBACK
“TREASURE” Bruno Mars This one is pretty much a dead heat with “Take Back the Night,” Justin Timberlake‘s new Off the Wall-ish single, but Mars’s Jackson 5-esque hit, with its giddy roller-skating bounce, gets the nod for its early summer start.
BEST MARVIN GAYE THROWBACK
“BLURRED LINES” Robin Thicke Thicke has channeled Gaye throughout his career, and with help from T.I. and Pharrell, he scored a No. 1 hit by riffing on Gaye’s 1977 chart-topper “Got to Give It Up.”
BEST SONG BY A KIDS’ NETWORK STAR
“THE WAY” Ariana Grande The Nickelodeon star beat Disney Channel darlings Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez with this Mariah-like hit.
BEST SONG WITH A MESSAGE
“SAME LOVE” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis With all the progress in the gay-marriage movement this summer, this rap track makes a timely, telling statement.
BEST END-OF-THE-WORLD JAM
“DANCE APOCALYPTIC” Janelle Monáe Not since Prince’s “1999” has the apocalypse sounded so much like the party to end all parties.
BEST PHARRELL COLLABORATION
“GET LUCKY” (with Daft Punk) Truth be told, this is even better than “Blurred Lines,” a bigger hit featuring Pharrell, and he really carries this song.
BEST MIGUEL COLLABORATION
“POWER TRIP” (with J. Cole) This R&B/hip-hop hit edges out the Miguel-Mariah Carey duet “#Beautiful.”