Last year's summer jam winners, Foster the People.
Our friends at Stereogum recently opened the voting for their annual "Indie Song of the Summer" contest with some suggestions (Erin Thompson's already been on the summer jam beat: read her post about last year's poll here, and her nominations for this year's summer songs here). Let's examine some of their choices and a few of our own. And head to Stereogum's site to cast your vote!
12. Spiritualized, "Hey Jane"
The only thing holding this one back is its length-- at 8:50, it's an aural investment. But worth it.
11. The Walkmen, "Heaven"
The title track of their recent album has the requisite jangly guitars, but you have to be a fan of frontman Hamilton Leithauser's voice to really dig it.
10. Dirty Projectors, "Gun Has No Trigger"
Maybe a bit too weird to be a summer jam (though "Stillness Is the Move" was one of my top-played summer songs back in '09), but still a great song.
9. Grizzly Bear, "Sleeping Ute"
The summer of 2012 may be remembered as the year that indie stalwarts came back with a bang (think Animal Collective, Yeasayer, etc.).
8. Hot Chip, "Night and Day"
The whole album is essential summer dancing music.
7. Beat Connection, "The Palace Garden, 4am"
A track that highlights why the permanent addition of vocalist Tom Eddy is a smart move. Also, synths!
6. Father John Misty, "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"
Strangely left out of the nominations on Stereogum, Father John Misty's Fear Fun shows up in my Facebook feed daily thanks to Spotify. Which means people are listening to it.
5. Beach House, "Lazuli"
Beach House return with the winning formula that made 2010's Teen Dream so compelling.
4. King Tuff, "Keep On Movin'"
Garage rock always connotes summer to me, and this song is no exception. The silly, charming falsetto is the icing on the cake.
3. Death Grips, "I've Seen Footage"
With its chopped-and-screwed pseudo-guitar riff and machine-style drumming, the backing track is insanely catchy. The unintelligible but compelling vocals top it off.
2. Japandroids, "The House That Heaven Built"
Anthems are always a strong contender for summer jam status.
1. Twin Shadow, "Five Seconds"
I have a feeling it's been building to a summer inspired by the '80s... supposing the sunny weather ever gets here.
Got a nomination for indie song of the summer? Add it in the comments!