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It’s always fun in May or June to try and figure out which song might end up being your “song of the summer.” It’s a hard game to play because it’s hard to predict an earworm in advance.

Sometimes there’s a cultural consensus, a song it seems like everyone gets behind at once, but sometimes you go a different direction from everyone else and end up with some weird thing. I’ll never forget the summer I couldn’t stop singing “Genie in a Bottle” … and neither will anyone else from my life at that time.

By mid-August of this summer, I was down to two finalists: the runner up is “Chaise Longue” by Wetleg (which I will NOT talk about here because it is hilariously DIRTY and, as I’ve mentioned before, my mother reads this … but you should go listen anyway; it’s goofy and almost psychotically catchy and they do pronounce “chaise longue” correctly, so fifty extra points are awarded). 

The winner—the song I am STILL singing three months after first hearing it in May—is “Like I Used To” by Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, which is just the sort of thing I always love: sweeping, swoony, catchy, and just a little mysterious.

It’s also a really good excuse to go down the twin rabbit-holes of Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, both of whom have a pretty healthy, totally fantastic batch of records to pick from. There’s no album-long project attached to “Like I Used To” (as of yet, but my fingers are crossed), so if you plan to Knit to This to it, you’ll need to listen to it about twenty times in a row, but you’ll do that anyway because it’s so good. You might as well get a scarf out of it.

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About The Author

DG Strong took up knitting in 2014. He lives in Nashville with his sister, her rat terrier and a hound dog named Opal. He has a blog of drawings and faintly ridiculous rambling called The Psychopedia—there are worse ways to spend your afternoon.


  • From the video still I was anticipating something abba related lol. Chaise longue is brilliant isn’t it <3

    • I absolutely LOVE the half-face ABBA references toward the end.

  • The picture on the email page is reminiscent of the cover of the Heart album, Dreamboat Annie. I actually still have it after 45 years.

    • Thank you! It was so familiar to me… I love listening to both of these women,.

      DG! I thank you for the new track on my list, Chaise Longue is a delight.

      • I’ve got “Cherish” by the Association playing on constant loop. A message to me? A message to you? Call my hippy friends? “Cherish is the word I use to descri-ah-ah-ahahahaha-be…”

      • Hey you, over there, on the chaise longue in your underwear

  • Brilliant!! Thanks for sharing these 🙂

  • I think Chaise Longue is my song of the summer. It’s brilliant!!

    • Also, since listening to Like I Used To, I’ve had Life In A Northern Town playing on repeat in my head and I’m not sure why.

  • Thank you for “Chaise Longue”. Thank you.

  • Omg… thanks for the music lesson. Chaise Lounge is such fun. I am the quirky girl dancing in the background. Had to share with my daughter who just moved away yesterday for college. Maybe she’ll think I’m a little bit cool. 😉

    • Editing my spelling… so sorry! “Longue”

  • Thanks for that 🙂

  • Angel Olsen is kinda rocking a Stevie Nicks vocal ability, isn’t she?

  • Have you heard Solar Power by Lorde? I cannot stop singing it.

  • My song of summer 2020 – southern hemisphere, summer of 2021 is approaching – was Jerusalema by Master KG featuring Nomcebo. I. Could. Not.Stop.Dancing!!!!

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