Daft Punk and Pharrell may have some competitors in the annual race to determine the song of the summer. And that competition is Mariah Carey and Miguel, who may have the upper hand in actually creating a hazy summer love song whose title, “#Beautiful,” is a curiously strong reflection on The Way We Live Now, because only in 2013 would there be a pop song with a hashtag seemingly unironically used in the title.
And it’s actually kind of sad that this song will get a lot of attention because of the hashtag, when the real story should be that a) kids, there was a time once when Mariah Carey actually made amazing hit songs and wasn’t just an American Idol judge married to Nick Cannon, b) she can still make it songs, as it turns out and c) Mariah Carey and Miguel working together is a fantastic idea.
The result is a golden summer love montage in song form, all windows down and wayfarers and starry-eyed glances from across a Fourth of July picnic. Maybe it feels a little, I don’t know, Bud Light commercial soundtrack-ish, but it’s still a joy to listen to. You’d almost wish someone had thought of it sooner. Listen below and get excited for summertime, y’all.