Summer’s top songs show wide variety in music styles

Iggy Azalea (left) and Ariana Grande (right) dominated the 2014 Summer music charts with numerous hits and popular music collaborations. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Iggy Azalea (left) and Ariana Grande (right) dominated the 2014 Summer music charts with numerous hits and popular music collaborations. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Michelle Veliz, Contributing Writer ||

Summertime is a time everyone looks forward to after school has come to end. Not only is there  better weather in the Summer, but there is also better music. This music playlist, filled with awesome beats and cool hooks from the top five most popular songs of the Summer, is what made Summer 2014 so enjoyable and entertaining.

5) “Am I Wrong”

This is one of the most positive songs out there. The Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz were inspired to create this song in order to show that anything can be achieved if you stick your mind to it.

One of the lyrics that stands out the most in this song is, “I’mma be on the top of the world,” since it shows the struggles unknown of working artists try to overcome. This line is very powerful since it shows people there is eventually a good result that awaits them after a working process.

Overall, this song is about dreams being achieved and the way that this song is set up makes it very catchy.

4) “Stay With Me”

British singer and songwriter Sam Smith performed this song on the March 29 episode of Saturday Night Live in the United States.

The song can connect with any lover. In this song, the artist shows his fragile side by asking his former lover to stay with him.

Even though the song has an oversentimental chorus, it is very relatable to those who have had broken hearts. The song may not necessarily make someone happy due to its content, but it is perfect for those to hear when they are feeling sad.

3) “Problem”

Not surprisingly, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea have been big this year. However, their collaboration on this blend of up-tempo, dance-pop, R&B, and hip-hop gave them a spot in the top five of Billboard’s Hot 100.

The melody is very original since it contains a mixture of different musical instruments, like the drums, saxophone loops, and trumpets. Ariana Grande’s unique voice adds powerful dimensions to the song, making the listener take notice of the song right away.

The addition of Iggy Azalea’s rap verse is the last piece to make this song close to perfection. Overall, this song presents a positive message for those who are struggling with everyday issues in their own life.

2) “Rude”

It is impossible not to know the lyrics of this very common song, which incorporates old school elements like reggae and uses poppy hooks to develop a relaxing sensation.

The interesting part about this song is the lyrics, since they bring out common everyday themes including love, teenage rebellion, and sacrifices. The words to this song present a common everyday struggle most youngsters face in their teenage years. The fact that this song is so relatable is what makes it super popular.

Once this song starts playing on the radio, you will automatically start singing along. If you’re not careful, you might even catch yourself dancing a bit or nodding your head back and forth to the beat.

1) “Fancy”

This song first premiered on BBC Radio 1 Xtra on Feburary 6, 2014. Shortly after, the song began playing non-stop on the radio and has been ever since. It is very fun to sing along to especially since the lyrics are easy to comprehend. It’s not your typical Nicki Minaj or Eminem rap song where the words are spoken so fast that you’re not able to sing along.

One of best parts of this song is the hook. The hook empowers the perks of living the glam life. Even though the lyrics in this song don’t really make any sense or present any special message, it still can still uplift spirits and take away people from their reality. There is a reason why this song made it the top five on Billboard’s 100. So don’t be surprised if you hear women chanting to this song in the club.

First-year Michelle Veliz is a contributing writer. Her email is mveliz@fandm.edu.

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