The Songs of Summer 2013

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(Hollywood Records | VEVO | YouTube | Illustration by Zimbio)As the season of crop tops and cutoffs winds to an end, it's becoming glaringly obvious which artist scored the definitive "Song of the Summer" this year: Robin Thicke, who somehow managed to upstage Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with his panty-dropper "Blurred Lines." But it seems unfair to give Mr. Thicke all the glory when there were so many memorable songs, including career-defining hits across a number of genres. Even if these songs...Read Full Story

Songs of Summer 2013: Alternative and Rock Hits

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(VEVO) When it comes to nabbing a top alternative track in the United States, the trick, apparently, is patience. A great number of the summer's biggest alternative and rock hits were released years before they made any dents on the charts. Timing is everything — but sometimes, this means a long wait.1. "Radioactive," Imagine DragonsThe most popular alternative song of 2013 was actually released in April 2012, but made steady gains on the charts for months, eventually peaking at No. 3 on the...Read Full Story

Songs of Summer 2013: Country

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(VEVO | Getty Images)Many of the best-ever summer songs are about kicking back and enjoying a beer or 12 with one's best friends, and there is no genre friendlier to a good ol' party than country. They've also got the breakup anthem down, too. Check out this summer's strongest showings.1. "Cruise," Florida Georgia LineIt's a strange world we live in that Nelly should have his big comeback moment on the remix of a country song (especially when he released an excellent single of his own), but...Read Full Story

Songs of Summer 2013: Hip-Hop and R&B

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(VEVO | Epic Records)It was a huge summer for hip-hop and R&B, with epic releases by industry giants Kanye West and Jay Z (and equally epic promotional plans) and the continued resurgence of the simple slow jam. See which songs sizzled, and take a look at a few tracks that got lost in the hype along the way.1. "Holy Grail," Jay ZIt doesn't get more grandiose than "Holy Grail," a song that brilliantly and brutally illustrates Jay Z's ongoing ambivalence about fame. Featuring Justin Timberlake...Read Full Story

Songs of Summer 2013: The Inescapable Radio Hits

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(VEVO | Hollywood Records)As anyone who's turned on their radio in the past three months knows, it was a good summer for Pharrell. The multi-talented producer played a major role in both of the summer's monstrously successful smash singles. It was also a big summer for ex-child stars, all of whom took very different approaches to launching their post-family programming careers. And as always, it was a great season for ridiculously good looking people who know their way around a hook.1...Read Full Story