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    Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:19:24

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    In the immortal words of Bradley Nowell [or perhaps George Gershwin, ed.], "Summertime, and the livin's easy…"

    When we think of summertime classics, often oldies from the sixties thru the nineties come to mind. Something about The Beach Boys has always been synonymous with summer bliss, and Sublime's "Summertime"—obviously!—is reminiscent of a barbeque in the sun… This begs the question—are there any songs within the last decade that are worthy of the title of the top songs of summer? We think so…

    Check out our exclusive feature by ARTISTdirect.com contributor Kelly Van Laanen below!

    1. "We Both Know" – By Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

    Lyrics - "Once you find the one you claim it, but you're gonna have to fight" – Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

    This list wouldn't be complete without a good summer love song, and the organic vocal chemistry between Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw in this duet is undeniable. Written for Safe Haven and on the Safe Haven Soundtrack, this ballad's soaring vocals combine with a beautiful piano chord progression and strings to culminate into a soulful plea that transcends most love songs of the decade. Everything leads up to the perfect summer wedding score, and captures the magic of a June romance both lyrically and visually in the official music video.

    Download "We Both Know" at iTunes

    2. “For You” – Keith Urban

    Lyrics - “There’s a brother on my left and another on my right, And in his pocket just like mine … He’s got a photograph … and they’re waiting for him back home” – Keith Urban

    Celebrate your Independence by remembering those fighting for our freedom with this heartfelt production by Keith Urban, written for the film Act of Valor. With a superb acoustic guitar lick and patriotic yet personal lyrics, this liberating anthem is perfect to heat up your Fourth of July barbecue—or when you're driving to the waterpark. Also, as proof of Keith’s sincerity in the song, he donates all of his publishing and artist royalties to the Navy Seal Foundation. We love you more than Nicole does Keith! Just kidding! On the Act of Valor Soundtrack.

    Watch the Behind The Scenes video at Vimeo

    Download "For You" at iTunes

    3. "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk

    Lyrics - "We've come too far to give up who we are .. So let's raise the bar and our cups to the stars" – Daft Punk

    Ubiquitous, possibly. Merited? Absolutely. This song epitomizes breezy flow with its futuristic disco vibe combined with a nostalgic old-school air. You know you're bumping it on the way to that Vegas pool party or to the festival of your choice. From Random Access Memories.

    Download "Get Lucky" at iTunes

    4. "The Journey" – FM Radio

    Lyrics - "I like the sunset, I found a new day, I’m moving onward to the unknown, oh what is the journey calling me home?" – FM Radio This mellow summer anthem might just help you chill with its mellow vocals enchanting guitar line and mesmerizing haze.

    Download "The Journey" at iTunes

    5. "Go Your Own Way" – Lissie

    Lyrics - "If I could, Baby I’d give you my world… Open up, everything’s waiting for you…" - Lissie

    This irresistible cover of Fleetwood Mac’s "Go Your Own Way" is a silky, soulful, and gentle version of the classic. It possesses a rare quality that's equally soothing and invigorating, and might just make that nighttime glass of wine a little more intoxicating.

    Download "Go Your Own Way" at iTunes

    6. "Entertainment" - Phoenix

    Lyrics - "What you want and what you do to me... I’ll take the trouble that you have in mind" - Phoenix

    From Bankrupt!... Undeniably catchy, the French foursome successfully engages both mind and body with this song, casting you under its dance-inspiring spell. Don’t take our word for it, check out the music video -

    Download "Entertainment" at iTunes

    7. "Clarity" – Zedd

    Lyrics - "If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? If our love's insanity, why are you my clarity?" - Zedd

    It’s rare to find an EDM track with the vocal strength that Zedd's "Clarity" possesses. This is an invigorating blend of gorgeous vocals, inventive beats, and an underlying influence of classical-inspired accompaniment. It’s the perfect song to belt out to on a long sunny road trip – check out the music video below... From the album Clarity.

    Download "Clarity" at iTunes

    —Kelly Van Laanen

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    Tags: Gavin DeGraw, Bradley Nowell, The Beach Boys, Colbie Caillat, Sublime, Keith Urban, Daft Punk, FM Radio, Lissie, Fleetwood Mac, Phoenix, Zedd, George Gershwin, Safe Haven, Act of Valor

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