Lei Chic's top 10 back-to-school jams
On the Download - August 2013
School's back in session and, whether or not you have a wee (or not-so-wee) one in the backseat, you're sharing the road with tens of thousands of backpack-toting, pencil-pushing students.
There's no better reason to get in the school spirit with 10 songs that channel a peppy, back-to-school vibe (not coincidentally, most of these artists are still "school-age" themselves). For extra credit, study our factoids to get the 411 on the cool music-making kids nowadays.
Prepare to go full-on guilty pleasure mode with these class acts:
1. Slow Down - Selena Gomez
Her on-again, off-again ex may not be doing so well, but this former Disney Channel star seems to have no problem shedding her own teen image with a sexy debut solo album.
2. Best Song Ever - One Direction
We don't know what we love more - the song's catchy tune or fun pre-music video vignette showcasing all five UK boy-banders playing crazy (and one cross-dressing) alter egos.
3. Popular Song - Mika ft. Ariana Grande
Her single, "The Way," is a Top 40 hit, but we prefer Ariana Grande's duet with British singer-songwriter Mika, based on a number from one of our favorite musicals, Wicked.
4. What About Love - Austin Mahone
You may have never heard of him, but this YouTube star-turned-pop singer-turned opening act for Taylor Swift has more than 3.5 million followers on Twitter (fans call themselves Mahomies).
5. Made in the USA - Demi Lovato
She sported crazy blond hair and spiky getups last season, but this X Factor judge looks refreshingly all-American in her newest music video, which she also co-directed.
6. Gold - Victoria Justice
Now that her debut single is out, here's hoping Nickelodeon actress Victoria Justice finds the same musical success as her former Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande.
7. How Ya Doin'? - Little Mix feat. Missy Elliott
This girl group won the eighth season of Britain's The X Factor and shows no sign of slowing down with a fun, bubblegum collab featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper Missy Elliott.
8. Try Hard - 5 Seconds of Summer
This Australian pop rock band hasn't dropped an album yet, but they're already huge down under - after a successful stint opening for One Direction, its summer tour sold out within minutes.
9. Ooh La La - Britney Spears
Say what you want about Britney - this pop icon has managed to do it again, combining her two adorable sons, Smurfs, and Katy Perry singing back-up vocals, all in one successful song.
10. Cruise - Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly
We knew we had to cross the pop border once we heard this country music duo's toe-tapping number, remixed with Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly.
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