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Friday, Jun 20, 2014

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Summer song battle

The New Paper | Jason Johnson | Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Hey guys, it's summer!

It's the season for fun in the sun - dancing, swimming, BBQing, falconry - and music makes those special moments even more memorable. The Song Of The Summer has become a thing over the past couple of years, because God forbid we should simply enjoy music without somehow turning it into a contest.

Last year saw Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons battling it out for the coveted title, with Thicke's Blurred Lines finally coming out tops.

This year, the tunes are just as catchy, and here are our nominations...

FANCY - IGGY AZALEA

"I'm so fancy / You already know / I'm in the fast lane / From L.A. to Tokyo"

Fanciness is the best! You have to give credit to the Australian rapper for tapping into our collective desire to be super fancy.

The song is basically your typical rap about how Azalea has great flow and she's hot and has lots of cash.

Then the chorus, featuring some gal named Charli XCX, comes in sounding exactly like Harajuku Girl-era Gwen Stefani.

Perfect trashy summer fun.

WHY IT COULD BE THE SONG OF THE SUMMER: Azalea is the hottest thing going right now, holding down the two top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with this tune and Problem.

SING - ED SHEERAN

"This love is a blaze / I saw flames from the side of the stage / And the fire brigade comes in a couple of days"

Little did we know that sensitive ginger English balladeer Sheeran aspired to be the next Justin Timberlake.

In his new hit Sing, his pretty falsetto sounds just like Timberlake; the lover-boy lyrics sound just like Timberlake; and the dancey R&B rhythm with the jang-janga-jang guitars sound just like Timberlake.

Let's call him Gingerlake.

WHY IT COULD BE THE SONG OF THE SUMMER: The track was produced by Pharrell Williams, who was an integral part of last year's summertime hits Get Lucky and Blurred Lines.

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