05 September 2016

Summer Jam 2016 Week 17: That's All She Wrote!

It's always with a heavy heart that we crank out the final installment of the Summer Jam Countdown - another Labour Day is upon us, folks and it's time to end this ridiculous exercise in pop-stravagance. Before we anoint our Summer Champion, though, we have one more week to get through:

Hot Jam of the Week: "No Money" by Galantis



This has been around or a bit but is still a super-likable pop jam that carries us out of the Summer Season. Galantis is a bomb name and that creepy cat/flower/Cloverfield monster is awesome. This jam has shades of reggae, 90s pop, and a lot of other stuff going on that's almost as if it's throwing a lot at the wall and seeing what sticks. It also echoes themes of "Cheap Thrills" by way of Santigold. In the end, I care less about that than how ear-wormy it is.

The Best in Wuss Rock: "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes

Is this even wuss rock? Or just shitty Sam Smith-style pop? I'm not really into this at all, but it's been on the periphery for a while before it broke in this week. This obviously isn't really in the Summer Jam conversation but could it be in the Fall Jam Conversation?! Of course not. That's not a thing.

Everbody's High: "Cold Water" by Major Lazer ft. Bieber and MO

How is Justin Bieber still a thing? I mean, he is having his best year yet in terms of producing songs that are actually pretty decent, but in general he's a terrible human being who garners for more hate than adoration. This isn't an incredibly great song, but I do dig it, and even if it didn't necessarily break into major conversation this summer, it still did a decent job.

Block is Hot: "Me Too" by Meghan Trainor

I'm not a fan of M-Train at all, but this beat is crazy hot. This is still one of the more egotistical songs ever, which is an amazing feat to do in a summer where Kanye also tried to continuously drop new material. There's a fine line between confidence and conceitedness that I don't think Trainor walks gracefully here. But like I said, that beat is hot.

Joke's on You! "Heathens" by twenty one pilots

Is it possible that this song is more popular than its film, Suicide Squad (2016)? Is it even possible to accuse Suicide Squad as being unpopular? It made a ton of money despite its terribleness. This is actually one of the cooler movie-related videos ever, right along with "Purple Lamborghini." Suicide Squad tried so hard, didn't it? It's ultimately a little late, even though Squad came out weeks ago by now.

It's Britney, Bitch! "Make Me..." by Britney Spears ft. G-Eazy

Britney's had some attempted comebacks lately, but I don't remember anything being this successful. I also really disliked this when I first heard it, but it's starting to grow on me. I do kind of wish she would have tried to go in a slightly different direction - for some reason her grinding comes off more awkward than it should, even though she's not really that old. This ended up doing some good damage, but will ultimately come up a bit short.

Kyra Sedgewick: "Closer" by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

This track has also really grown on me this week. It blew up out of no where and is assured to dominate all of Autumn. It's a really cute song, full of youth and zeitgeist-y hipster beats (or maybe post-hipster, at this point), and a wonderful build to its bloopy beat. I love the "I'm gonna live forever!" attitude along with the lyrics that generally don't make sense at all, but rhyme really uniquely and a flow that's impeccable.

One Last Time: "Cheap Thrills" by Sia ft. Sean Paul

I love that Sean Paul is relevant again. "Cheap Thrills" was EVERYWHERE this week, and although it had an exceptional run this summer, I think it broke just a bit too late to earn the coveted Summer Prize. Still, this is a really fly track that I loved jamming to this summer.

Next year...

Oh, who knows. Thanks for reading along this summer and we'll start this insane exercise back up in May 2017. As for now, stay tuned tomorrow as we tally up our FINAL SUMMER JAM CHAMPION!!

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