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I came across an article a while ago, stating this year’s supposed summer songs have fallen short, and I couldn’t agree more. The pop world has let us down once again, and given us lame, played out tracks that are so been there done that. How are we supposed to enjoy our summer now? In spite of this, I’ve decided compile a list – I just had to get more creative.

“Handclap” – Fitz and the Tantrums

This track comes off Fitz and the Tantrums’ self-titled third studio album. They blur the line between rock and pop here, giving them more reach. It’s catchy/infectious, involves synchronized claps (it’s even in the title!) It passes the ultimate summer song test too: you definitely want to blast it and sing along with your car windows down (and not be embarrassed about it.)

“Free” – Broods

This track from New Zealand brother-sister duo is not to be missed. It’s grungier than your typical summer dance track, but it’s anthemic and empowering. You just can’t help but hit repeat over and over once it ends, because that good a feeling is so addictive.

“Hasta Que Se Seque El Malecón” – Jacob Forever

No summer song list is complete without a little Latin flare. It’s your standard reggaeton track, and I mean that in the best way possible. Your hips  want to sway, you want to dance, and even if you can’t exactly sing along or understand the lyrics, it doesn’t matter. You hear this, and all you see is partying somewhere warm, beachy, drinks flowing; it’s irresistible.

“Wow” – Beck

Okay, so I have no idea where/how Beck came up with this track. He’s known to be rock/indie, and although his music has always been a little offbeat and eccentric, I’ve never heard anything like this from him” it’s borderline hip-hop. The music is perfectly produced and executed, and just keeps building and building – it’s a dope track even without lyrics. I never thought Beck would be on a summer jam list, but that just shows how talented he really is (right, Kanye?)

“The River” – Bishop Briggs

Briggs is a British musician who has taken the indie scene by storm with this track. Musically, you hear a bunch of different sounds coming together, and it’s impossible to ignore the hook. Vocally, she hits all kinds of ranges showing her versatility as well as how strongly she’s feeling the music. All you want to do is enjoy the crap out of this song.

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Enrique Iglesias has been a busy guy. Son of singer Julio Iglesias, he can sing in Spanish and in English. He is romantically linked with Anna Kournikova, and he recently had his signature mole removed. What keeps him most occupied, however, seems to be his obsession with dance. He recently dropped his single “Bailando” off his upcoming album Sex + Love. It reminded of one of his earlier tracks,  “Bailamos.” Here’s a look at both of them.

Bailamos

English translation: Let’s dance/We dance

Language: Spanglish

Versions: 2

Album: Cosas del Amor (Limitied Edition) 1998; Wild Wild West Soundtrack, 1999

Premise:  Enrique loves some girl, and just wants to dance with her, he loves her so much. He urges her to let the rhythm take her over. He makes it clear that he’s hers. Most importantly, he insists that tonight, they dance.

Videos: One is super sexy, super Latin, flashing lights, in a dance club. Hands going everywhere, disco balls, glitter, and on-stage couple grinding. The other, is muted, slowed down, and more a pining kind of love, but also features a group dance. At the end of both of them, Enrique gets the girl.

 

 

Bailando 

English translation: Dancing

Language: Spanglish

Versions: 2

Album: Sex + Love, 2014

Premise: Enrique loves a girl and the way she moves. He does not want the night to stop; he wants to be with her, live with her, and most importantly dance with her.

Videos: Both follow Enrique and his “boys” – Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno, and Sean Paul (English version only) – running around the streets of some warm-climated country. There’s a lot of traditional group dancing vs. contemporary street dancing. There’s even choreo with soccer balls. At the end of both of them, Enrique gets the girl.

 

 

I could only come to one conclusion after this detailed analysis: it’s the same damn song.