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Robin Thicke says his hit “Blurred Lines” deserves the top honor because “it makes you laugh, it’s soulful and it’s got an organic sound to it.”

Sounding out the songs of summer

Artists go to bat telling why their hits merit best award

The members of Daft Punk hide their faces behind robot masks when performing.
Miley Cyrus sings “We Can’t Stop,” which was originally meant for Rihanna.
Caroline Hjelt, left, and Aino Jawo, of the Swedish musical group Icona Pop, are in the running for top song of summer with “I Love It.”
Bruno Mars performs at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May. Mars’ “Treasure,” is one of the top summer songs.

– You’re listening to it on the way to the beach, or when your toes are resting in the sand. Or you’re on a crowded train without a seat, sweating as funky smells scorch from the left or right. Luckily, you’re jamming to summertime beats, so you’re doing OK.

Or maybe it’s when you’re walking your dog or you’re on a road trip with friends or family. Songs of the summer not only get you through the day, they also get you through the months before winter’s cold kills your fun vibes.

We asked Robin Thicke and Icona Pop why their multiplatinum hits should be named “song of the summer.” And for Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk and Bruno Mars, who weren’t available to chat, we pulled lyrics from their anthems to defend their honor.

You know you want it

“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke, featuring T.I. and Pharrell

“It has a (nice) tempo, it has a sense of humor and it feels like live music instead of that synth and digital sound, which Daft Punk has (with ‘Get Lucky’) and (Bruno Mars’) ‘Treasure’ has,” Thicke said of his infectious, naughty jam, the longest-running song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year at eight weeks (and counting). “It makes you laugh, it’s soulful and it’s got an organic sound to it.”

Canít stop, wonít stop

“We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus

“It’s our party, we can do what we want to, it’s our house, we can love who we want to, it’s our song, we can sing if we want to, it’s my mouth, I can say what I want to,” Cyrus sings on her musical coming-out anthem that was originally meant for Rihanna.

She’s ready for the spotlight.

Call it luck

“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell

“We’ve come too far to give up who we are, so let’s raise the bar and our cups to the stars,” Pharrell sings on a disco-flavored beat that heals the soul. “The present has no ribbon, your gift keeps on giving, what is this I’m feeling, if you wanna leave I’m with it.”

Sounds like a plan!

A 2012 song dominates in 2013

I Love It,” Icona Pop, featuring Charli XCX

“People get wild when they hear it and it’s, like, liberating, and everybody can sing along to it. It’s a party song, or it’s at least a song you can party to, even though the message is coming out from a really hard heartbreak,” said Caroline Hjelt of the Swedish duo. “If you’re in the car on your way to something or festivals or pre-parties or out at the club, it works in so many ways.”

Golden hit from popís golden boy

“Treasure,” Bruno Mars

“Pretty girl, pretty girl, pretty girl, you should be smiling, a girl like you should never look so blue,” Mars sings in a matter-of-fact manner over a welcoming beat on his 11th top 10 hit. “You’re everything I see in my dreams, I wouldn’t say that to you if it wasn’t true.”

How sweet.

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