The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 7, 2013

Jeremiah Tucker: Song of summer is bound to be happier than 'Thrones'

JOPLIN, Mo. — I haven't consulted a calendar to see if it is, officially, summer. That kind of due diligence is why I'm paid in discounted tickets to Branson shows redeemable during non-peak hours.

But, experientially, I'd say summer is here. People on Facebook are posting pictures of their food blackened with carcinogens on outdoor grills and breathlessly keeping us abreast of every fascinating development in their vacation plans. What surer sign is there?

So that means it's time to begin speculating what the song of the summer is going to be. Lodged at the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 with the apparent permanence of a tattoo sleeve is "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. But even if it stays there for another month, I doubt it will achieve the ubiquity and cultural consensus to be song of the summer. It peaked too early.

My early pick for the front-runner would be Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," currently at No. 4, but with a lot of heat behind it. And it's a worthy successor to last year's SOS, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Both are songs about possibility -- a good subject for summer nights.

No matter which single takes the crown, what's important is for you to make the most of the next three months. What makes the song of the summer important is that, regardless of how you feel about it, you can't avoid it. The warm weather lures you outside or entices you to open your window, and like a jungle cat evolutionarily gifted with predatory patience, the song of summer pounces.

Years from now you will hear the familiar strains of the long-ago smash, and memories of this summer will slowly cohere. So make sure they're good ones -- even if you can't stand the song.

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