As we enter June, chat about who could own this summer’s airwaves is well under way. Could Chance The Rapper take the crown with ‘All Night’? Or will Drake’s ‘One Dance’ continue to fill clubs all the way through the sticky nights? We can’t say for sure yet, but there is always one song that defines the summer – whether you like or not. Here are ten summer anthems that will bring back painful memories of that holiday in Magaluf.
The Fratellis – ‘Chelsea Dagger’
Before the track became confined exclusively to football terraces, The Fratellis’ ‘Chelsea Dagger’ defined the summer of 2006. It dominated the festival scene and as a result the band were invited back for a major slot at Glastonbury and topped the bill at T In The Park the following year. And if you’re feeling nostalgic, they’re heading out on tour later this year to perform the ‘Costello Music’ album in full.
Rihanna – ‘Umbrella’
Ri Ri’s 2007 banger commanded the top spot of charts worldwide upon release, including a ten week stint at Number One here in the UK. Kind of fitting that during its reign, Britain endured one of the wettest months on record and suffered major flooding. At least we had our ‘umbrella, ella, ella‘.
Noah and The Whale – ‘Five Years Time’
It failed to chart upon its original release in October 2007, but the summery weather proved a vital component to the song’s success. Next thing we knew, every teenager demanded an Argos ukulele from Mum and Dad.
Dizzee Rascal – ‘Bonkers’
Dizzee made a successful departure from grime on his 2009 album ‘Tongue n’ Cheek’, partly due to the success of singles ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘Dirtee Disco’. His crowning glory was ‘Bonkers’, a collaboration with Armand Van Helden that turned those Dizzee bars into a dancefloor filler.
Katy Perry – ‘California Gurls’
Aided by a surreal video which sees Perry relaxing naked on a pink cloud and a slightly creepy Snoop Dogg cameo, her 2010 hit subsequently became one of the best selling singles of all-time in the US, shifting over 5.7m copies.
Gotye – ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
Yes, you know the one. It may not be 2011’s best song by any stretch of the imagination – but there’s no doubt that ‘Somebody I Used To Know’ seized the airwaves that summer, whether we liked it or not.
Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’
Jepsen appeared doomed to be pigeon-holed as a novelty pop star with the mildly irritating ‘Call Me Maybe’ back in 2012. Four years on, Jepsen’s music has matured massively – but she’d be nowhere without this mega-hit.
Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’
Although summer 2013 was jam-packed with massive singles (Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ and Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’), it was the enigmatic French duo who owned 2013 with their summer jam. By enlisting Nile Rodgers on guitar and Pharrell Williams on vocals, the Robots ensured that ‘Get Lucky’ had all the makings of a classic, and they got their way; it sold over 1.4m copies in the UK alone.
Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’
A year later, Pharrell had a hit of his own with what is probably the most inoffensive song of all time, ‘Happy’. The song was released months prior in the wintry doldrums of December 2013, but really found its own in the summery weather and on the festival circuit.
Mark Ronson – ‘Uptown Funk’
Again, another song that was released at the wrong time of year (November 2014) but became a mega-hit in the summer that followed. A billion YouTube views later, there’s no denying that Ronson and Mars completely owned Summer ‘15 with this funky hit.