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Icona Pop vs. Zedd – Battle of the Beats

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Readers are loving Icona Pop‘s ‘I Love It’! Most recently, the duo trumped Disclosure’s ‘You & Me’ with their hit single, and the week prior to that the girls beat out Daft Punk‘s ‘Get Lucky’ to advance to another round. But can they take out another chart-topping EDM artist this week?

For the next seven days, Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It,’ featuring British songstress Charli XCX, will duke it out against Zedd‘s ‘Clarity,’ featuring vocals from Foxes. Fans can vote up to once per hour for the song they like most, so who will come out on top?

With chant-like hooks and verses that are easy to learn, Icona Pop have everyone singing along to ‘I Love It’ in 2013. The duo’s debut single in the U.S. is a smash thanks to the upbeat, whirring, and often grinding synthesizers that keep you dancing throughout the track. Additionally, the unison shout-singing and lyrics are so fun, it’s impossible not to shout along at the top of your lungs. And even though the whole electropop anthem is great, we especially love the pre-chorus: “You’re on a different road, I’m in the Milky Way / You want me down on earth, but I am up in space / You’re so damn hard to please, we gotta kill this switch / You’re from the 70’s, but I’m a 90’s b—-.”

Meanwhile, Russian-German DJ Zedd is much more house-driven on his electro banger ‘Clarity,’ featuring an amazing vocal performance from Foxes. At only 23 years old, Zedd is on the fast track to EDM stardom after his earworm ‘Clarity’ has been spinning non-stop on radio stations across the country. Like most house tracks, ‘Clarity’ starts off with dreamier sounds and vocals that quickly swell and build up before the climactic hook, where Zedd busts out the heavier beats and Foxes belts it: “If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? / If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?” The conflicted lyrics about love are also relatable to all who listen, making the dance-y song that much better.

So, which of these EDM tracks do you like best? Vote for Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ or Zedd’s ‘Clarity’ below. You can vote once per hour until the poll closes on Thurday, June 20, at 3PM ET.

Next: Check Out the Top EDM Songs of 2013

Watch the Icona Pop ‘I Love It’ Video Feat. Charli XCX

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Watch the Zedd ‘Clarity’ Video Feat. Foxes

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Rules for Battle of the Beats: The artist and song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a different challenger the following week. If an artist wins four weeks in a row, they will be retired into the Battle of the Beats Hall of Fame in order to give others a chance to compete.

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