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The New Top 40

A compilation of the new must-have music for the summer, according to Arlington high-schoolers

You’re cruising down the road (no more than 5 mph over the speed limit of course ;) ) with the top down, enjoying the feeling of the wind whipping your hair around like the trees in the storm last weekend, and you turn on the radio. Chances are you’ll hear one of a few summer sounds that are the latest craze for the 2012 school-free season. 

Carly Rae Jepson, Gotye, Usher, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Rihanna: Sure, they’re great. There’s a reason they have the most popular singles in the country right now, and the reason they are so over-played. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for something new.
So I set out on a mission (via Facebook) to find out what under-the-radar music other teens have on their summer playlists. With the help my friends from all over the area, I have compiled my own list of the summer Top 40 hits that everyone should be listening to (not in order by popularity, or anything in particular). Whether you’re heading on an exotic vacation or baking in this Arlington heat, these songs are sure to aid your rest and relaxation or spark your need to party. Enjoy!
1)      Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
2)      National Anthem by Lana Del Ray
3)      Drunk by Ed Sheeran
4)      212 by Azealia Banks
5)      Off to the Races by Lana Del Ray
6)      Bonfire by Childish Gambino
7)      Baby’s on Fire by Die Antwoord
8)      Skinny Love by Bon Iver
9)      Stable Song by Gregory Alan Isakov
10)   Quiet Houses by Fleet Foxes
11)   Anna Sun by Walk the Moon
12)   Wanted by Hunter Hayes
13)   Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders
14)   Feel So Close by Calvin Harris
15)   Ivory Road by King Charles
16)   Look At Me Now (Cover) by Karmin
17)   The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
18)   Hey Ya by Outkast
19)   Human by The Killers
20)   Kiss With A Fist by Florence + The Machine
21)   The Underdog by Spoon
22)   Chicago by Sufjan Stevens
23)   Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
24)   Houdini by Foster the People
25)   It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
26)   Midnight City by M83
27)   Polish Girl by Neon Indian
28)   Coast of Carolina by Telekinesis
29)   Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
30)   All the Rowboats by Regina Spektor
31)   Cameo Lover by Kimbra
32)   Thinking About You by Frank Ocean
33)   Adulthood by Jukebox the Ghost
34)   Soul Wars by AWOLNATION
35)   Roundabout by Yes
36)   Won’t Let You Leave by Jenny O
37)   Stay Useless by Cloud Nothings
38)   Flourish by The Contortionists
39)   Boyfriend by Best Coast
40)   Surprise Hotel by Fool’s Gold
Posted: Jul 13, 2012 by Madeline Pages

love it
love your music taste, Maddie - i love your style in general! 3 bands are new to me and i'm excited to check them out!
Comment by: sally - 07/31/2012 07:43 AM

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