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Songs of the summer

By Melissa Crowe
June 25, 2014 at 1:25 a.m.


Every summer has its song.

To celebrate the return of music's favorite season, Billboard released a list of the Top 30 charting songs of the summer.

The list pulls hits dating back to 1958 through 2014 - queue up Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues."

While the sound of pop music has changed over the years, going from iconic surf rock through the British invasion, disco, power ballads and boy bands, the season's message is timeless: Summer is the best time to be carefree.

Amid Billboard's mix, Get Out is taking inventory of our own favorite songs for this summer.

10. First Aid Kit - "My Silver Lining"

Literary folks, rejoice: These two Swedish sisters put out a fantastic album this year inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay."

9. Phox - "Slow Motion"

Soft and dreamy, Phox's moody swoon is like a gentle beach for your soul.

8. Pharrell - "Happy"

Any song that can inspire a global phenomenon about spreading happiness is a sure hit for summer. You'll hear neo-soul, funk and a whole lotta good vibes.

7. The New Pornographers - "Brill Bruisers"

The new album has the classic New Pornographers' sound back in action, proving this super-group is here to stay.

6. Sylvan Esso - "Coffee"

With lyrics focusing on the freedom of dancing as a participant, not an observer, Sylvan Esso is feel-good music on all fronts.

5. Lana Del Rey - "West Coast"

Effortlessly cool, this is a top contender for a slow jam for the season. It's seedy and sexy with a sound that evokes our favorite cultural era.

4. tUnE-yArDs - "Water Fountain"

Combining playfulness and confidence, this weird drum and bass song flirts with normal without getting too close.

3. Iggy Azalea - "Fancy"

Catchy on its own, Iggy Azalea crafted the music video as a full-blown homage to the '90s classic "Clueless," and we love it.

2. Willie Nelson - "Bring it On"

Now in his 80s, Willie Nelson remains a national treasure, prolific artist and master of country music. The songs on this new album are the most original material he's recorded in 18 years.

1. Jack White - "Lazaretto"

Filled with circuit bending, a pounding bass line, old-school fiddles and White's blues-tinged voice, the song paints the picture of a maritime traveler under quarantine.

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