Fall may be drawing near, but the sounds of summer 2013 are still swirling around the airwaves. It has been an intriguing few months of new music, as many of these feel-good tracks have not only helped define the summer, but have also broken notable records along the way.
Still going remarkably strong, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is celebrating its 17th week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since mid-June, “Blurred Lines” has dominated the No. 1 spot on the charts, hovering above fellow artists for a total of 11 weeks. With such an impressive record, this single wears the undeniable crown of this year’s “Song of Summer,” much like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which logged nine weeks at No. 1 last year.
Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” currently owns second place on the Hot 100, and the single’s music video has driven much of the song’s success. The bizarre video was the quickest to ascend to 100 million views on YouTube, achieving the feat in a mere 37 days. Just behind Cyrus is Imagine Dragons, whose “Radioactive” is currently leveled out at No. 3 to celebrate its 50th week on the Hot 100. The explosive single is perched atop the Rock Airplay chart for a 21st week.
Earlier in the summer, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” brought ‘70s throwback sounds to the No. 2 spot in the US Hot 100 (and the top spot on the US Hot Dance Club Songs). Commercially in the U.S., “Get Lucky” has been the French duo’s most successful track to date. It was not only their first single to reach the top 40 stateside, but has also secured the most downloads of any Daft Punk song in the country with over 2.4 million as of Aug. 15.
Justin Timberlake and Jay Z rocked audiences with their Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour, and the two still stand in the top 10 of the Hot 100 with “Holy Grail.” Timberlake’s “Mirrors” is still near the top as well, clinching No. 13 in its 26th week on the chart. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis—set for a massive tour later in the year—currently boast three singles in the top 40: “Same Love,” “Can’t Hold Us,” and “Thrift Shop,” currently in its 45th week.
In country music, Florida Georgia Line continues to make history with the staggering 55-week run of “Cruise” on the Hot Country Songs chart. The track’s 22 weeks at No. 1 marks the longest run at No. 1 since Billboard created the Country Singles chart. Salsa megastar Marc Anthony is also holding tight to his top position on the Hot Latin Songs chart with his song “Vivir Mi Vida.”