Album: Blurred Lines
"Blurred Lines" is officially the song that will not die. It has ruled the airways all summer long even though there have been countless attempts to knock it off. Controversial video that critics claim is demeaning towards women? Nope. A sensitive reading of the lyrics that calls the song "rapey"? Nice try. Nothing has been able to slow the complete dominance that "Blurred Lines" has over summer 2013. If you need statistical support, it has been the number one song in the country for the last 11 weeks (aka the entire summer) and sold more than 5 million copies.
The song's reign as king of the summer is well deserved. It sounds like it was handcrafted by the Gods (or Pharrell) to rule the warmer months. It's poppy, danceable, has an amazing bassline and just sounds fun. Pharrell's comeback was one of the hottest topics of discussion earlier this summer and "Blurred Lines" was the final piece in the puzzle. As summer is ending, so is the song's stranglehold of the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It's fitting that the two go out together. —Max Goldberg