This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

10 Biggest Summer Music Money Makers

PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- Well, congratulations recording industry: You got your Song of the Summer back last year.

After Carly Rae Jepsen shrugged off major labels and radio and let online listening drive Call Me Maybe into the collective U.S. psyche in Summer 2012 -- and Psy leapfrogged the entire U.S. recording industry from Korea to follow it up with Gangnam Style -- Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell and Universal-owned Interscope Records restored the status-quo with the infectious beat of Blurred Lines.

It was one of those rare moments during the past few years when radio actually debuted the song much of the country was listening, talking about and hearing out of cars, storefronts and boardwalk/theme park rides last summer. Irrelevance averted, but not by much. We're still talking about an industry that was not only forced to recognize Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' independently released Can't Hold Us near the top of last summer's charts, but was compelled to give the duo a whole lot of hardware at the Grammys for a song and album the big music machine didn't help produce or promote.

Blurred Lines, meanwhile, is now remembered less for its spot on last year's summer soundtrack than it is for ushering in Miley Cyrus' Bangerz era and putting "twerk" into the vocabulary of every mom in Ellen-watching America.

It hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but in the wake of its MTV's Video Music Awards zenith it fell behind Macklemore's Thrift Shop to No. 2 on the year-end chart -- just ahead of Imagine Dragons' Radioactive.

Is that a bad thing? Not really. It's an indication listeners themselves have a greater say in what is and isn't the song of their summer than ever before. With various media and streams of distribution at their disposal, fans can push songs to the top of the charts through avenues their parents don't even know about.

Before this, summer songs were not only hand-selected by record labels, but were often so cynically plotted that they actually contained the word "summer." Billboard compiled its list of the Top 10 summer songs of all time this year, giving us a reminder of what summer once sounded like and what our seasonal playlist may never look like again.

1 of 11

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $123.25 0.00%
FB $83.30 0.00%
GOOG $548.34 0.00%
TSLA $185.00 0.00%
YHOO $45.10 0.00%

Markets

DOW 17,712.66 +34.43 0.19%
S&P 500 2,061.02 +4.87 0.24%
NASDAQ 4,891.2190 +27.8570 0.57%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs