"Summer" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

House-infused pop song about summer lovin' is cute, corny.

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Positive messages

Vague and cheesy lyrics are simply about falling in love in the summer, while the music video glorifies partying and drag racing.

Positive role models

Harris is more DJ than inspirational figure, but his songs tend to be positive and radio-friendly in terms of content as well as sound.

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Sex

Though the song is clean, the music features a plethora of scantily clad women walking in slow motion and posing sensually.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

At the pool party/rave at the climax of the music video, there's some celebratory spraying of champagne.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Summer" is a clean, good-vibes party track from EDM superstar Calvin Harris about a summer fling. Although the song itself has nothing inappropriate or suggestive in it, the music video is full of slow-motion shots of women in lingerie and is centered around a high-stakes drag race in the desert. 

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What's the story?

Calvin Harris' SUMMER is the first single from the chart-topping Scottish DJ/producer/singer-songwriter's fourth full-length record. Harris set a record in the U.K. for the most Top Ten pop hits from one album, with nine songs (including mega-hit Rihanna collaboration "We Found Love") from 2012's 18 Months achieving the feat. Although Harris is traditionally a house DJ with pop sensibilities and collaborations, he also often is the vocalist on his own tracks (including "Summer"), setting him apart from nearly every other mainstream EDM star.

Is it any good?

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"Summer" is a shiny piece of pop perfection, distilled to its very simplest form. The lyrics are basically two refrains repeated between ecstatic synthesizer rushes and beat drops and include unoriginal gems such as, "We could be together, baby / as long as skies are blue / You act so innocent now / but you lied so soon." However, this is music for dancing and enjoying in the sunshine, so fans of pop and house music especially will love this carefully crafted summer jam. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the increasing visibility of top DJs and producers. Why do you think these once-faceless turntablists and remix artists have started to become pop stars in their own right? Do you think social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have given artists a chance to connect more personally with fans?

  • How has the rise of digital-music sharing affected electronic music's rapid ascent into the mainstream? How has the genre -- and the culture at large -- been affected by the growth of EDM festivals?

Music details

Artist:Calvin Harris
Release date:March 14, 2014
Type:Single
Label:Columbia
Genre:Dance/pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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