#SONGOFTHESUMMER

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - JIM CAR­ROLL

There are many great things that we have im­ported from the US. And then there are things that have ar­rived over here from across the At­lantic that don’t catch on and make you scratch your head with be­muse­ment.

One of these things is def­i­nitely the song of the sum­mer. Ev­ery year around this time, it seems as if Amer­i­can mu­sic fans are ob­sessed with the no­tion of the song of sum­mer.

They want one track to sum up the sea­son and they go to great lengths to crown one song to rule them all. In re­cent years, tunes such as Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Katy Perry’s Cal­i­for­nia Gurls, the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feel­ing or Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe have been deemed by gen­eral con­sent to be the ones that sum up the sum­mer months. The song of the sum­mer must be melodic, care­free and in­fec­tious. It helps if it men­tions “sum­mer” or “sun” too.

The prob­lem with this im­port for Ir­ish mu­sic fans is that we don’t really have a sum­mer in these parts. We get what we call a sum­mer, which is a cou­ple of days here and there when the tem­per­a­ture goes over 20 de­grees, the sun ap­pears in a cloud­less sky and ev­ery­one skives off to the near­est park or beach to give out about how hot it is.

It’s telling that one of the few home­grown sum­mer songs is Ba­gatelle’s Sum­mer in Dublin and that kicker about the Lif­fey stink­ing like hell. We also re­mem­ber Mundy’s July more for the dogs than any­thing else.

State­side right now, they’re work­ing through the cur­rent clutch of ra­dio-friendly hits seek­ing to be the song of the sum­mer. Drake’s One Dance is in the mix, Calvin Har­ris and Ri­hanna’s This Is What You Came For is in the run­ning and Justin Tim­ber­lake’s Can’t Stop the Feel­ing is prob­a­bly way out ahead at this stage. There are also a cou­ple of nods for less ob­vi­ous tracks such as De­si­igner’s hip-hop an­them Panda, Fifth Har­mony’s sleeper Work From Home and Ma­jor Lazer’s Cold Wa­ter. At least they also have the sum­mer weather to go with the song.

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