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BUSINESS & PLEASURE: The 2013 Summer Playlist, Vol. 1

Consider this one of my contributions to society...

This collection of tunage I've curated for your summer listening pleasure arrives just in time for those Memorial Day Weekend plans.

Summer is known to be a dumping ground for throwaway pop hits and sweat-inducing party starters -- and this playlist is no different. Jump on the Fun Train, kiddies, because I'm about to take you to on a ride (with the top down, of course).

After checking out the tracks below, head on over to Spotify where you can play the whole shebang at your leisure.

1. "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Fergie feat. Q-Tip & GoonRock -- Despite the double negative-filled title that'll drive any grammar Nazi crazy, this Fergie anthem, taken from the soundtrack to Baz Lurhmann's current box-office hit, is sure to inspire some Gatsby-esque soirees this season.

2. "Alive" by Empire of the Sun -- Welcome back, boys.

3. "Get Lucky (Radio Edit)" by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell

4. "Good For You" by Icona Pop -- People need to retire "I Love It" and start blaring this hard-hitting piece of electro-pop from the sassy duo that's giving Tegan & Sara (#17, below) a run for their androgynous haircut money:


5. "Hey You Beautiful" by Olly Murs -- Unfortunately, like "Troublemaker," this will draw even more comparisons to past Maroon 5 jingles, particularly "Moves Like Jagger," but with a pair of killer dimples and that unique voice, Olly is still irresistible. Listen HERE.

6. "212 vs. Bust a Move" by The Outfit

7. "Live It Up" by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

8. "Let The Groove In' by Justin Timberlake

9. "This Is What It Feels Like" by Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie -- Hey, isn't that the guy from 2000 one-hit wonder SoulDecision? Why, yes. Yes it is:


10. "Naked Love" by Adam Lambert

11. "The Other Side" by Jason Derulo

12. "Over The Love" by Florence and the Machine

13. "The Whisper" by New Kids On The Block

14. "Sober" by Loreen

15. "Imagine It Was Us" by Jessie Ware

16. "True Love" by Pink feat. Lily Rose Cooper

17. "Goodbye Goodbye" by Tegan & Sara:


18. "Stars (Hold On)" by Youngblood Hawke

19. "One Minute More" by Capital Cities

20. "Tonight I'm Getting Over You (Remix)" by Carly Rae Jepsen feat. Nicki Minaj

21. "Rebel Beat" by Goo Goo Dolls

22. "Diane Young" by Vampire Weekend

23. "Oblivion" by M83 feat. Susanne Sundfor --

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