Playlist: ESSENCE Picks for the Songs of Summer 2013

According to the MTV VMAs, One Direction's "Best Song Ever" is the song of the summer. Funny, we've never heard that song! But here are the ones we have. Check out our list of songs that define the summer of 2013 and tell us what you would add.

Yolanda Sangweni Aug, 27, 2013
"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke

"Hey, Hey, Hey!"

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"The One" by Tamar Braxton

A fresh take on a tried and true beat created by James Mtume and written into hip hop history by Biggie Smalls.

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"V.S.O.P" by K. Michelle

It's not often that you'll hear us singing "Got your Henny chilling on ice." Blame it on K.Michelle.

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"A Couple of Forevers" by Chrisette Michelle

Chrisette Michelle made a timeless love song. You can bet we'll be hearing this at weddings in the coming months.

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"Without Me" by Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot

So much attitude from 'Tasia. We love it!

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"Holy Grail" by Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake don't disappoint on one of the mellower hits of the summer. 

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"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Daft Punk knew what they were doing when they asked Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers to feature on this disco-tinged party song.

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"Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake

Can JT ever go wrong?

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"Q.U.E.E.N." by Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu

As usual Janelle Monae takes us to another musical galaxy.

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"Age Ain't a Factor" by Jaheim

Jaheim says he made this one for the grown and sexy women. We hear him loud and clear. 

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"Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars

We hear a lot of MJ and The Police on this one. At least Bruno Mars knew who to reference for a hit.

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