Song of the Day #3,476: ‘Boys’ – Charli XCX

Charli XCX’s video for her summer single ‘Boys,’ which she directed, was perfectly timed for the year Women Struck Back.

The video flips the script, putting men in the eye candy role that women have filled in music videos for decades. Call it the female gaze. XCX recruited 60 men of various degrees of celebrity, mostly famous through music or YouTube, and asked them to do any number of cute/funny things.

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Song of the Day #1,493: ‘Boys’ – Sabrina

I’ve been doing theme weeks of one sort or another for months now. In fact, I just checked and the last non-theme weekday song I posted was on March 2. I figured I’d spend this week on a handful of unrelated songs for a change.

But as I started compiling the tracks, I wound up stumbling upon a theme (of sorts) anyway. This week I’ll be looking back on the summer from various angles, using these songs as entry points.

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