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Why "Summertime Sadness," and Not "Blurred Lines," Is The Song of the Summer

Summer of 2013 can more or less be summed up with three songs--Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness." All three tunes are a little grim--"Blurred Lines" can be interpreted as glorifying rape, Icona Pop has no problem with trashing her car, and Lana is fine with driving 99 MPH and dying on the freeway. But hey, they're all catchy songs, so that's all that matters, right?

Lana Del Rey is a polarizing musician and it's easy to dislike her. Songs like "Video Games" sound like a second rate Joanna Newsom trying to win over the World of Warcraft contingent.

But a certain remix of "Summertime Sadness" helped change my mind about her.

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Melissa Fossum
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