Some years ago, Jay Z’s and Rihanna “Umbrella” was the inevitable song of the summer. Every summer, countless critics and song lovers, and artists convene to argue about the best song of the year. Those conversations are usually frustrating, entertaining, and exciting.
When the season time comes, and the atmosphere starts rising, what gets you more driven for a stunning summer day than a good tune summer song? We aren’t talking about those sappy country love songs, but the ones we’ve all listened to over and over for years filled with some vibrate about being entertained, hang out with friends, and enjoying the warm atmosphere.
But there’s another way to win song of the year, without actually being the best song of the year. While it’s getting tougher and tougher to know a song of the summer—see: the fracture of the music industry by streaming services and fans simply having increasing number things to consume each year—there are still many nominees for the song that will dominate the best four to five months of the year. Summer season is when music sounds its best, and the music that’s designed for a hot sun and the outdoors has its kind of staying power. These are this year’s nominees.
The good news is several possibilities have already surfaced this year, with some more likely to reach the summer-song fame than others. In other words, yes, the race is on. And nestled in between the great singles are musical rhymes that aren’t mostly played, but worth listened to.
There are a few policies that the year Summer Song needs to follow without exception:
- It must be exceptionally well-known. The Summer Song is never the best song of the season, but it is the best of the most listen and famous songs of the season.
- It must be predominantly fundamental, with a little something on the side for the music geeks.
- It must be playable as a free song, at the same time satisfactory on the dance floor at night hours.
- It must include a bass line that springs to and fro, permitting for spontaneous dancing.
- It must be intergenerational, inclusive of each member of the new guard and members of the old guard.
- It must be composed by its makers to be a Summer Song.
Behold, these are the songs you need on your play-list to bump your summer time.
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
Summer songs need to be extremely universal, dance-able and fun for the whole listeners. “Humble” is very much those first two things, but only doubtfully the third. Making Kendrick Lamar’s remarkable rapping ability, it’s also beyond unlikely that the wedding dance floors this summer are going to be able to keep up with Kendrick to shout along in joyous celebration.
So in this increasingly fractured culture where any significant compromise is increasingly difficult to achieve with each successive year (2016 didn’t have a definitive summer song), I’d argue that “Be humble!” and “Sit down!” will at least be the “musical lyric of the season.” And an exciting song of a great album.
“Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez
The summer song must invite endless listen ability at increasing rates. A swishy chorus (not to be confused with “Swish,”) helps, also. With that in though, I pick to you “Bad Liar,” a sleek song that brings the bass line from Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Opening with mild claps that blossom into the twinkling Cascades of sensuality, the production value remains fresh. Most music pop stars are in the running for the year’s top songs, but none of the others turn “serpentine” into a verb or craft a rhyme using the words “actuality” and “reality.” Selena Gomez is our summer-song queen.
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber
The previous time a track is released mostly in Spanish topped the pop songs more than 20 years ago ―in 1996 with Los Del Rio’s “Macarena.” With the single with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber trilled fans more exciting. The reggae ton beat is indisputably catchy. And it doesn’t hurt that the video is downright fun, making us excited about summer season romance and a memorable night hang out. This song will possibly top many songs of the summer lists — with good reason. It’s already a big international hit, and it’s on track to define 2017 summer.
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
“Shape of You” is the type of song that hooks you right from the beginning. As soon as that marimba beat starts, it’s difficult to tune it out. It’s a little bit sexier for Ed Sheeran ― it was written with Rihanna in mind, after all ― and it’s truly not as deep or romantic as “Thinking Out Loud,” but it sure is catchy, and it’s likely not going anywhere for the next few months.
“Passionfruit” by Drake
Undeniably, Drake won’t be the summer song runner most likely to inspire top-of-your-lungs sing-alongs; his newest single, “Passionfruit” (with Zoë Kravitz sounding in on the vocals!) is more laid back than that. It’s classic Drake: a super-sincere breakup rhyme that’ll get stuck in your head for months. Paramore thought it was catchy, anyway; the group performed a cover that gives it a top notch but doesn’t manner to capture the warm, catchy vibes of the original super rhymes.
“Loyalty” by Kendrick Lamar feat Rihanna
Although Kendrick Lamar’s music is more worthy of theoretical exploration than as background tune for a barbecue, “Loyalty,” thanks to a banging chorus from Rihanna, will have everyone geek and fun up to this summer.
“Want You Back” by HAIM
You’re better served spending these sunny days looking for a summer fling rather than regretting a breakup. But sometimes that’s necessary. If you’re going to do it anyway, Haim’s “Want You Back” is probably the most fun way to accomplish that.
Saturnz Barz by Gorillaz feat Popcaan
This’ll be Popcaan’s third year in a row with the summer song. There was “I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times” by Jamie XX’s 2015 party song, trailed with “Controlla” by Drake. His dancehall style has become one of the most coveted rhymes in pop music.
“Meet Me in the Hallway” BY Harry Styles
There’s always space for at least one ballad to become the summer song. And this year, the best runner is “Meet Me in the Hallway” with Harry Styles’ breezy album alongside with Pink Floyd tunes and a vibes slide solo guitar, it’s a charming companion for a warm sunset.
The summer songs can also be the pick of the year; those are the hits that top the 2017 Summer time.