The song of summer no longer exists. There is a test, you see, for whether a song — any song, mainstream or obscure isthmus — is truly perfect for the sweaty summer season:. Yes, the summer pop sphere is increasingly becoming a wild slapdash frontier, with major artists straying from their release schedules to fast-track their bids for a juicy spot while pundits on the other side clamor to predict a winner that never ends up winning at all. But as pop culture has expanded from One Big Taste to thousands of little mini zeitgeists that are sovereign in their own rights, the song of summer has grown from what was once a single dominant tune to what it should now be recognized as: a collective. Happy listening. Lizzo Charli is always a contender in the sweaty-pop sphere — and for my money, her daunting double-header with the aforementioned summer queen is one of the strongest pop songs of the year and deserves to be streamed on repeat as the perfect salve for both tanning and stanning. Save it! Leave it to Whitney Houston to save summer pop music, year and mortal plane notwithstanding.
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Because at the end of the season, the question remains: which song just felt like it soundtracked this summer? Here are our predictions for the song of summer His instincts were good, however: The country-trap tune became a TikTok sensation and a meme, was an object of controversial attention on the Billboard country charts, nabbed him a co-sign and feature from Billy Ray Cyrus and put him firmly atop the charts for seven weeks and counting. Beyond that, its lyrics are easily memorable and its beat is equally ready for dancing or chilling in equal measure — in other words, a summer song in every aspect. Seventeen-year-old pop wunderkind Billie Eilish first found fame with a SoundCloud hit, then followed it up with a series of carefully-calibrated, ever-darker tracks until releasing her debut, When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go , this spring. When Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas were at the height of their popularity as Disney stars and as a wholesome family boy band in the early s, they never had a number-one hit. Not only did the single mark the return of the trio — who had all pursued solo projects and gotten married over their half-decade hiatus from the band — but it also found them exploring a new avenue of tightly-executed boy band pop.
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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.