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Every summer is defined by its soundtrack. The Song of the Summer is a time machine. It has the power to take you back in time long after the grills have gone out, the shorts have been vacuum sealed and the boat has been dry docked. From “Hot In Herrrrre” to “Blurred Lines”, summer anthems are a ticket to the past. They’re firmly stamped into the nostalgia we cling to so dearly.
Let’s take a look at what we’ve got coming down the banger pike in 2018. Bust out the JBL and crank this shit.
Ariana is an unstoppable summer anthem queen. I’m calling it now, you’ll be sick of this song by the Fourth of July. Then you’ll stumble across it a few months later and remember that one lake weekend and your mouth will suddenly taste like grilled bratwurst and sour cream and onion chips. What a feeling. Nobody does power pop better than the Boca Brat and this song is like Ariana adding 3 mph and tailing action to an already devastating fastball. Fire it up.
Even though this song came out a few months ago, it’s gonna own the summer. I’ve been keeping tabs on Janelle Monae for years. She’s slowly become mainstream and now her commercial appeal is about to go to the stratosphere. She’s from my hometown and is a goddamn wrecking ball. “Dirty Computer” is gonna have multiple chart toppers on it. It’s a quintessential summer album. “Make Me Feel” is just a sexy as hell song. Serious Prince and Rhianna vibes on this track. Good things.
Calvin Harris can do no wrong. All I wanna do is drape my body entirely in linen and drink mojitos when I hear this beat. Take a sexy house beat, throw some horns on top of it and then mix in Dua Lipa’s sultry vocals, you’ve got a certified banger. This song screams “patio at 3 p.m. on a Saturday and I’m about to shoulder dance my way into the hearts of every chick at this bar.”
Any song that starts with “We just wanna party…” can do no wrong in my mind. Set the mood right away. It’s all about raising a middle finger to The Man and making money. That’s what summer is all about. Going hard, cashing in accrued PTO and singing along to easily remembered lyrics.
Gotta have an easygoing, motivational deep track on this list. It’s not a traditional summer song, but I keep coming back to this one. Pop this one on the Sunday playlist as the sun goes down and feel as if all is right in the world.
“Yet To Be Dropped Banger That Kills Everything” – Justin Bieber
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