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Decoding 2016’s Song of the Summer
Last summer was deemed the worst for pop music in years. Why? Critics lamented the season didn’t have a defining anthem. Many of the songs that topped the charts were angsty and mellow — nowhere near the upbeat, sunny vibes of past summer hits. Think about it — what stood out as the definitive song of the summer? Billboard crowned Jamaican reggae/pop artist OMI’s “Cheerleader” as 2015’s warm-weather hit, but many other critics disagreed, citing songs such as Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again,” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.” These songs are missing the saccharine, dance-at-your-desk qualities that defined past summer jams like Katy Perry’s syrupy “California Gurls” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (controversial as it may have been).