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Songs of the summer

by Brand & Martínez

Coachella music fans dance during of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

It's not quite the end of summer, but it's close enough to do a rundown of the songs of summer.

We consulted music critics Drew Tewksbury and Ann Powers, who shared their favorite picks.

Here's our playlist of summer songs, who do you agree with?

Ann Powers

"Super Rich Kids" by Frank Ocean
"Climax" by Usher
"Hot Knife" by Fiona Apple

Drew Tewksbury

"Take a Walk" by Passion Pit
"Only Place" by Best Coast
"Man on Fire" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

A Martinez + senior producer Kristen Muller

"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Madeleine Brand

"Gangnam Style" by PSY
"Heaven" by Emeli Sande


Ann Powers and Drew Tewksbury, music critics

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