PLAYDAR: 7 Best Late-Summer Hits

We track down the tunes that'll keep us twerkin' through Labor Day.

Is it me, or does August always seem to fly by quicker than any month of the year? Before we know it, it will be time to pack up that one- size-too-small Speedo, have one final romp with your summer fling, and divulge in those carbs you’ve been craving since Memorial Day. But don’t start gorging on cronuts just yet. There’s still some time to soak up some warm-weather vibes, which is evidenced by a string of late-summer hits that have been coming down the proverbial pipe. Today, I’m breezing past the “Blurred Lines” and “We Can’t Stop”s of the world to focus on those tracks that are helping us ease gracefully into autumn.

DUELING DIVAS: Katy Perry’s Roar— the first single from her upcoming album Prism — is a stomping pop number that gives the former blue-haired changeuse a fierce new growl. It has just the kind of inspirational sound it needs to keep Miss P on her winning streak. We’ll see how many No. 1’s Prism can rack up when it’s released on Oct. 22. Dropping a few days after “Roar,” Lady Gaga’s latest, “Applause,” is a futuristic, artsy romp that brings Mother Monster straight to the center of the dancefloor. If this song is any indication, it seems like her new album, ArtPop, will be packed with disco delights — much like her first offering, The Fame. Look for it to drop on Nov. 11. 

TWERK PATROL: For fans of all the twerkin’ that’s been going on this summer, new tracks from Robin Thicke and Flo-rida will keep those bubble booties bouncing through Labor Day. Black Eyed Peas frontman produced “Feel Good,” Thicke’s thumping, commendable follow-up to the summer’s No. 1 jam, “Blurred Lines.” And Miami rapper Pitbull adds heat to fast-rapping Flo-Rida’s “Can’t Believe It,” an ode to white girls blessed with apple-bottom booties. Perhaps he used reigning twerk queen Miley Cyrus as inspiration?

REMIIIIIX: They may have been released this summer, but recent re-workings keep Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” and Capital Cities’ “Safe & Sound” nice and fresh for the next season.

COOL DOWN: What better way to prep for the chillier temps than with British electronic duo Chase & Status’s breezy “Lost & Not Found.” Listen to it snuggled up in your comfiest winter cashmere. Then take it off, ’cause we aren’t quite ready for all that yet.

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