Top Five Songs of the Summer That Never Quite Made It

It’s the end of the summer, and an iconic song never emerged. Sure, we’ve had Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “Pumped Up Kicks” from Foster the People, but nothing’s been quite as pervasive as Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” last year. Here are five songs that could have dominated this season.

Beyoncé – “Countdown”

Unlike Beyoncé’s June single “Best Thing I Never Had,” “Countdown” is joyful, triumphant and perfect for blasting on trips to the beach.

Nicola Roberts – “Beat of my Drum”

The first solo single from Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud wasn’t released in the US, but it could have done well. While Roberts’s established fanbase is in the UK, “Beat of my Drum” has an instantly catchy chorus and a cred boost from Diplo’s production.

Jai Paul – “BTSTU”

London producer Jai Paul’s sultry “BTSTU” is arguably the most ubiquitous song on the list, but not in its original form. It’s been sampled on tracks from Drake, Beyoncé and JoJo.

Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”

This viral sensation is fluffy, infectious and has drawn significant ire from people on the internet, which seems like a pop hit formula.

Grouplove – “Naked Kids”

The California-based band takes the idea of a summer song literally, nailing the same sweet spot between rock and pop as Foster the People.