By SAMANTHA BRAND ‘17
As we move further away from the summer, we look back at all the amazing things that happened. From traveling to relaxing, we had fun all along. One way to reflect is through the music and movies that were popular throughout the country.
According to the Billboard charts at Billboard.com, these were some of the most popular songs of the summer (in no particular rank):
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth:
This hit was released in March, but reached maximum popularity during the summer, and still remains on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was featured on the soundtrack of Furious 7, and many people see it as a tribute to the movie’s late star, Paul Walk- er.
“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar:
Taylor Swift’s fourth single from her critically acclaimed album, 1989, was, and still is, very popular. Her star-studded mass production music video with people ranging from Cara Delevinge to Ellen Pompeo helped create the buzz around the song. It is still on the Hot 100 and is a regular on airplay.
“Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd:
The Weeknd’s most successful single, known for its catchiness, was released in early June. With its acclaim from top music critics, it quickly reached the top of the charts and is still an airplay regular.
“Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon:
A regular in the alternative music world, Walk the
Moon launched themselves into pop music with their biggest single to date. Even though it was released in September 2014, the song gained popularity in the spring of 2015, and still remains on the Hot 100.
This next list is all about the Top 3 Box Office Movies of the summer, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com:
1. Jurassic World – $649,905,696: This sequel to Steven
Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was massively successful and topped the summer’s box office sales. Star- ring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the film is about a giant genetically modified killer dinosaur that escapes from an amusement park, and the chaos that ensues.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $458,793,291:
The sequel to the smash hit Avengers, this film picks up from where the last movie ended. With the original cast and a few additional heroes, their new mission is to prevent Ultron (a once-peace- ful-program turned villainous), from taking over the world.
3. Inside Out – $352,907,907:
As Disney-Pixar’s latest animated feature, Inside Out earned a great reputation from critics and its box office success. The film tells the story of a young Riley and her move across the country through her personified emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The film was perfect for all audiences – kids loved the animation and parents loved the depth it achieved.