Summer is a season unlike any that have come before it, but even in uncertain times as the coronavirus pandemic continues on, some things haven't changed. Folks are still flocking to beaches or staying put in their backyard inflatable pools , road tripping , and trying to live some normal approximation of the warm weather months. While so much looks and feels different right now, this turbulent year has gifted us with some first-rate summer songs from artists around the world that will be a welcome addition to any playlist. Genres like K-pop , Afrobeat, and reggaeton have found eager audiences in the United States, while homegrown hip-hop continues to dominate charts. And plenty of progressive pop stars are putting their own spin on the carefree summer anthem, leading to a robust mix of music you can queue up for your next socially distanced cookout , lake house getaway, or windows-down drive. If you're the kind of person who wants to take the aux cord and turn your friends onto something new and unexpected, check out the athletic raps of Rexx Life Raj "Rose Bowl" , the infectious guitar distortion of Shamir "On My Own" and The Beths "I'm Not Getting Excited" , or the hypnotizing house tunes of park hye jin "Can you". An ideal day means something different to everyone, but we're confident that at least one of these best songs of summer will be the perfect soundtrack for whatever that looks like to you this year. Crunchy guitar and textured percussion give the song a lo-fi charm, while his crystalline countertenor vocals cut expertly through the fuzz. Seamlessly transitioning from breathy vocals on the opening verse to a kind of hushed rap after the chorus, Sawayama is in complete and total control of this runway-ready record.
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From pop comebacks to international acts finding crossover success to gorgeous ballads and irresistible dancefloor bait, was quite the year. Here are the songs we couldn't stop playing this year. Think the vulnerable voice of Nina Simone waxing poetic about the ills of millennial dating. Following in the footsteps of international kings like Burna Boy and WizKid, Rema's crisp, charming vocals float over a bouncy rhythm that blends Afropop and hip-hop to create three minutes and 15 seconds of sheer joy. Sex sells, but Rapsody has never been one to conform to hip-hop's misogynistic views of women. Angel Olsen's lush, throaty voice connects with an eerie, '80s-leaning production to create a musical masterpiece. One of the most ubiquitous songs of came from pop's newest power couple. Hate it or love it, Shawn and Camila make magic together. DaBaby covers common rap tropes, yes, but it's his signature breathless, rapid-fire flow matching the high-energy beats he cruises on that sets hi, apart from his contemporaries. Last summer, it was City Girls' "Act Up" that took over the summer.
So why are we already talking about the Song of the Summer race? So which songs that we know about are worth keeping an eye on, as major contenders or as outside shots? And which artists could very well impact the Song of the Summer race before we even hear their new tunes? A Jonas Brothers single is one of the early contenders for song of the summer ? The new hit from this Def Jam newcomer is quickly climbing the Hot thanks to an enormous hook, surprisingly tender lyrics and, oddly enough, an electric guitar solo during the bridge. This week the track bows on the Pop Songs chart at No. BTS is a worldwide phenomenon, one which continued to set U. All hail the reigning song of the summer king! We know that she has new music coming in … but will it come soon enough for a summer-owning anthem to be unleashed upon the thirsty world?
Every summer is only as good as the song that defined it. This year had its work cut out for it. These are the songs—whether we chose them or not—that will be playing in the background of our memories of a specific time and place. As for who reigned supreme? Time will tell. You can listen to the full Songs of Summer playlist on our Spotify, too. That is called art. Released at the beginning of August, the song shot to number 11 on the Billboard charts and even managed to nab an MTV Video Music award, proving that Megan Thee Stallion is not concerned with running out of time. With a doot-doo melody, a jazzy lean, and feather light production, the sweetest song of the summer arrived as July faded. Danielle Haim penned the song for her partner, Ariel Rechtshaid, who co-produced the cut with Vampire Weekend-alum Rostam, following his diagnosis of testicular cancer several years ago.