Just like summer, music comes and music goes. And though we can’t deny that the tunes that made this list weren’t once our songs, featuring beats that we got hype to, partied to and did other unmentionables to, we realize that certain hits come with an expiration date. Not to mention our local radio stations rotated these records to no end, further destroying whatever love affair we had with these catchy joints. So after September 22, it may be time to shuffle these tunes into your “Throwback Thursday” playlists.
Vixens, take a gander at our countdown of the 10 songs that should be retired after summer 2014.
— Demara White
10. “No Flex Zone” – Rae Sremmurd
This song earns the number 10 spot because it’s on the cusp of still being a salvageable crossover from summer to fall tune, but heavy airtime and the gazillion remixes of this song via fellow rappers will also hurt the longevity of this raspy voiced newcomers’ track. Though we love chanting this tune in our cars or at the clubs soon we’ll get tired of flexing, and indeed, it will become a no flex zone.
9. “Hot Boy” – Bobby Shmurda
Okay, we can’t deny this song has been all over our innernets via memes, Vine vids, Instagram captions, Facebook posts, Tweets, all that. And yes, it’s still hot. But since we all have no chill button, soon and very soon this record will be putting our Shmoney dances on pause. So we’ll give Mr. Shmurda a few more weeks with this song, that way he can find that hat he threw in the air during the video.
8. “2 On” – Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q
Nowadays, any track produced by DJ Mustard and tagged with his signature intro earns immediate radio rotation. Alongside the beat, the lyrics and melodic vibe of the beauty’s sweet voice also grabbed the attention of the masses. Not to mention we all have our moments that entice us to get two on. In spite of this all – at this point we’re yearning for some fresh material from this new artist.
7. “Na Na” – Trey Songz
Another Mustard-produced track lands on the list for similar reasons. Though the beat causes one to break out in an immediate two-step and Songz’s catchy hook forces you to sing along, it’s time to let the na-na’s rest. And don’t try to hold us captive with a flash of your sexy smile, Trey. You ain’t low.
6. “The Worst” – Jhene Aiko
We can’t deny that us Vixens have wallowed in Jhene’s relationship sorrow, therefore harmonizing along with her is just a natural reaction. And because we love Ms. Aiko, this nomination feels like the worst to add to the list. But the already repetitive, sing-song hook conjoined with the song being overplayed makes it hard not to elect this track for retirement after summers end. Plus we don’t want to be reminded of our evil exes anymore.
5. “Show Me” – Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown
With its sample of Robin S. ‘93 hit “Show Me Love” this song was designed perfectly to thump across club and radio airwaves alike. Considering this track made its debut in September 2013, this song has already spanned across almost four seasons, so naturally its time to settle down with your main chick and bid farewell to the game.
4. “Turn Down For What” – DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon
Turn down for what? Because we have responsibilities. Besides that, it’s just time.
3. “Am I Wrong” – Nico & Vinz
Though these cuties earn major kudos for successfully crossing over the often unblurred line from pop-radio to hip-hop and R&B stations with this dance track, even the Norwegian duo themselves have been quoted on their desire to move on from “Am I Wrong.” With over 100 million Spotify streams and 65 million YouTube video views, this song has already earned its trophy. So we don’t think we’re wrong for nominating this tune as a candidate for retirement.
2. “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“Who dat, who dat?” Yes, it’s you I-G-G-Y. There’s no denying that Ms. Azalea is one of 2014’s hottest breakout artists, so naturally this song spread like wildfires on both radio stations and internet playlists but, keep it real, are we really still feelin’ fancy?
1. “Loyal” – Chris Brown feat. Lil’ Wayne and French Montana
The love for Breezy is real. So once CB made his exit from his 131 day stint in jail, his loyal fan-base went from yelling out “Free Breezy” to chanting “these girls ain’t loyal.” Weezy’s intro line alone is applicable to our attitudes about the opposite sex, so of course we all are guilty of singing along to this catchy tune. However, after a while repetition gets tired and we start to get the point – okay Chris, these girls ain’t loyal – but what about you boys?