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Black Sabbath, Billie Holiday, and Leonard Cohen’s best shots at a #1 summer hit

Data-mining finds sunshiny pop songs in some unlikely places.

As we head into the final stretch of August, it looks like this year’s battle for “song of the summer” is coming down to a near-draw between “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell. Whatever you think of the songs, they’re ridiculously infectious—in the pantheon of irresistible summer singles like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.”

There’s something about a summer single that we’ve come to recognize—some ineffable combination of danceability and hook and sound that makes everyone listening want to walk, drive, or dance a little faster.

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