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.
He is now in good health. No summer song playlist is really complete without an entry from the country charts. This year, that submission comes from in the form of Midland's "Mr.
Still relatively new to the country scene, Midland's sole single from is continuing to gain steam on country charts, but will soon be a crossover summer hit. In a field of country tracks that still lean a little too far on the side of stadium country, a throwback to the country music of an earlier era is a refreshing change. If you've made it through summer this long and not heard "Senorita," then you must have been living under a rock in space with earplugs in.
Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello are on the forefront of a new generation of pop stars, and a duet between them just makes sense. With an intoxicating mix of slowed down Latin guitar and brain-burrowing chorus, the mid-summer hit has Mendes and Cabello joining forces to create one of 's sexiest tracks. Anyone who was plugged into underground producers in the early s knows that Jai Paul's "BTSTU" isn't a new song by any means of the word.
So what's it doing here? Well, it's a long story. But the short version is that after "BTSTU" made rounds on the internet, Jai Paul was signed to XL records and was prepping his debut record, when the whole thing suddenly leaked. It rattled the young artist enough for him to halt his production and the release of the album and back away from the music. So, for all intents and purposes it's new—and not new—but an incredible track all the same. After her indie rock-focused debut as Vagabon, Laetita Tamko returns with a more cinematic sound with "Flood Hands.
On a towering and confident sound, Tamko expands the scope of her sound in ways that hint at a lengthy and promising career. Cardi B is unstoppable. After pretty much dominating , Cardi has not kept quiet. Now, she returns with "Press," in which she takes aim at all the blogs and tabloids that keep turning her life into content.
The track has some of her sharpest verses yet, and proves that Cardi is never one to be messed with. It's not a collaboration that many people saw coming—folk singer-songwriter Angel Olsen and funk pop master Mark Ronson.
Yet, this meeting of artists is a surprisingly perfect match, with Ronson's glowing production propelling Olsen's dramatic vocals. What's interesting about this collaboration is it could mark Olsen's biggest hit of her career, despite many years of critical success.
It also gives Ronson a certain cache of cool, adding to his roster a revered songwriter like Olsen as opposed to typical pop superstars like Miley Cyrus who appear elsewhere on his new album.
And now, he returns to explore that space on IGOR, an album that makes heartbreak sound surprisingly sweet. Even after the less than impressive Reputation, Swift remains a dominant force in music.
No, eventually you'll have to take the party inside, and that's exactly when you'll want to put on Georgia's "About Work the Dancefloor". It's an essential club track, with a vintage synth hook, and dance floor drama that would make Robyn proud. Whoever thought to pair Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber for an entire album is an evil genius.
The idea sounds like a cruel means to drive human adults insane. It feels like every year, Khaled has at least one all-star track that seems to have pulled, at random, the top five artists from the Billboard Hot and places them on the same track. The same can be said for Colombian superstar J Balvin, whose collaboration with Cardi B was a certified Summer hit and earned him a Grammy nomination. Together on "Con Altura", the two combine their musical forces—and sounds dominating western pop at the moment—for a Spanish language hit.
The song is proof that neither artist needs an American star—or English lyrics—for a radio banger in the USA. Joe Jonas knows the secret sauce that makes a song of summer contender.
That the trippy music video features Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra Turner recently married Joe in Las Vegas; Choprah and Nick wed alongside a frenzy of magazine covers in is the proverbial cherry on top. The gothic set, which bowed at No. With a runtime shy of two minutes, the shimmying cut tees you up to hit the repeat button anywhere from 10 to 1,00, million times before you feel satisfied.
Rented Rolls, presidential suites, and toking up alongside the setting sun. Like the best of short songs, it leaves you satisfied while wanting more. At 69 years old and 18 studio albums into a legendary career, The Boss is finally ready to slow down.
What follows is an unhurried meditation on the dark, lonesome corners of the mind, spun around a paired-back country arrangement. It launched as many think pieces as it did memes and shot straight to No. It has since stayed there for five consecutive weeks.
The cut combines bone-rattling bass, old timey strings, and a hook with talons a mile long. Not in , anyway. In many ways, the song set, recorded in 10 different studios and featuring 30 names in the credits, joyfully bounces from highlight to highlight, but this cheeky cut stands out from the rest. United States. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. The 35 Best Comedies on Netflix. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. Megan Thee Stallion, ft.
Lewis Capaldi — "Someone You Loved". Khalid — "Talk". Miley Cyrus — "Slide Away". Lizzo — "Truth Hurts". Midland - "Mr. Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello — "Senorita". Vagabon — "Flood Hands". Cardi B — "Press". Mark Ronson feat. Angel Olsen — "True Blue". Carlie Hanson - "Back in My Arms".
Taylor Swift - "Me". Georgia - "About Work the Dancefloor". Rosalia, J Balvin — Con Altura. Jonas Brothers - "Sucker". Justin Kirkland Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.
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