By: Katrina Nattress
Summer is just around the corner (June 20, to be exact), and with that comes summer mixtapes. There's nothing better than the sunshiny bliss that comes from driving with your windows rolled down, wind whipping through your hair, and upbeat, buoyant music blasting through your stereo. So what will be on your 2012 Summer Jams mix? According to Shazam, the world's leading media discovery company, there are 10 tracks that will more than likely be the most popular songs of the summer.
You may ask: how is the UK-based company coming up with these predictions? Well, it's quite simple, really. The list includes songs that are currently at the top of the chart and are expected to remain at the top over the summer months, as well as newly released hit singles and some global surprises that are expected to break into the UK and U.S. markets. Among other factors, the list is ranked based on the number of tags--the amount of times people use the mobile app to find the name or artist of a song they hear--that the song is currently receiving. Check out Shazam's predictions below and tell us what's on your
summer mix this year!
10. Alabama Shakes- "Hold On"
This soulful tune has been one of the most-tagged indie/alt tracks in the UK this year and
is starting to pick up in the U.S. market as well. Not to mention, the Atlanta-based quintet led by Brittany Howard is making its rounds through the summer festival circuit, with stops at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo under its belt and Lollapalooza and Outside Lands performances in August.