Apparently, there has been a lot of not-so-academic debate going on about what the true song of the summer of 2013 is. The head-to-head competition is between Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”) and Robin Thicke (“Blurred Lines”). Although the side one chooses is generally determined by the genre of music one prefers [sorry, you’re not going to find a single R&B fan who picks Daft Punk over Sir Robin; and you’re not likely to find an alternative-lover who picks hip-hop heavy “Blurred Lines” over funky “Get Lucky”], in the end, I don’t think it even matters. Because you know what these songs have in common? Pharrell Williams. Honestly, regardless of which song ends up being the Song of the Summer of 2013, one thing is clear: Pharrell is the Man of the Summer–correction, THE Man. Period.
Pharrell is always busy, it seems. But if you look at his Wikipedia entry [or, you know, just keep your ears open], you’ll notice that he has been especially busy this summer. So busy, in fact, that on my birthday this year, he became the 12th person in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to simultaneously hold the #1 position (“Blurred Lines”) and the #2 position (“Get Lucky”).
So, really, I don’t care which song you think is the Song of the Summer [um… hello, “Blurred Lines”]. Considering the very heavy Pharrell influence, if you like one, you really should like both. I know I love them both. And so do my girls.
And in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s your quick education…
Stephen Colbert Getting Lucky:
“Blurred Lines” [the more “SFW” version]:
And an even more kid-friendly (my kids’ favorite) version of “Blurred Lines”:
For more Pharrell education and a gratuitous inclusion of Minions, here are the final credits from Despicable Me [in the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that this song, too, is Robin Thicke…]: