MTV.com has an interesting write-up on Carly that is chock-full of Simpsons references. Here’s an excerpt:
There’s a moment in The Simpsons when Martin Prince listens to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut to the Feeling” and says with hope in his voice, “Soon I’ll be queen of summertime.”
And of course, he is wrong, largely because this episode actually aired more than 20 years ago, long before anyone had heard “Cut to the Feeling” — but much more importantly, because there can only be one queen of summertime, and her name is Carly Rae. Ever since “Call Me Maybe” back in 2012, she’s been the official spokesperson for the most Instagrammable season — and now she’ll likely stay that way forever.
To find a universally beloved song that also embodies the spirit of summer is almost impossible. Our tastes depend on genre, artist, a hook’s catchiness, and whether we’ve reached peak Drake. (Spoiler alert: We haven’t, nor will we ever.) Summer jams depend on our tolerance for their repetition, our capacity for spoofs, and whether we have an existing affinity — or dislike — for the collaborating artists involved. This year, contenders for Song of the Summer™ range from “Despacito” (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber) to “I’m the One” (DJ Khaled, Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne) to that Liam Payne … thing. And while these songs are catchy, chart-climbing, and even danceable, none compare to the truest banger of all: “Cut to the Feeling.”