A song of the summer, heralded by your booming Top 40 radio DJ, is often a like summer blockbuster: lots of flash, bang, but very little to write home about. These songs are not that.
Chosen from our favorite songs of the year thus far, we’ve created a collection of summer anthems—from lush, heavy beats to sweet summer lullabies and the occasional banger—to get you through all your summer moods.
Songs of Summer
Check out why we love a few of our faves below.
One of the things that you’ll see throughout the playlist is crisp, creative percussion layered with soulful vocals. Treat Me Like Fire is no exception to this, but a supreme example. Jillian Hervey’s voice slow, smooth voice combines with quick, clacking beats creates a hip-swaying, sultry tune.
While the trio, formerly the Walking Sticks, has only released a few songs under their new moniker, the synth-laden, sublime pop tracks are so. damn. lush.
Off the Melboure-based duo’s debut album, Crazy Feels’ saccharine levity embodies summer heartbreak.
Pulse builds from a slow beginning into a sultry beat, all with gorgeous, harmonizing vocals. In a time where so many bands are experimenting with electronic beats, this song, only the second the band has released, does it in a delicate way that feels fresh.
Rubino’s album pulls from a diversity of genre’s, and that’s apparent as you move through the melodies of Don’t Wanna Be. Curt lyrics, a nod to the artist’s newfound appreciation of hip-hop, overlay the quintessential rock smack of a snare and jazzy, smooth sax.
Bells clanging and sharp lyrics, this track builds swell and keeps you there for three and a half minutes of pristine clap back. Empress Of, or Lorely Rodriguez, shades gendered artifice, outside perception, and who sets the rules.
Taking a page from Shirley Ellis and the ever-popular to cover Clapping Song of ’65, Bourelly’s raspy voice slides over the handclap beat, creating both a fantastic fuck-off anthem and a picture into the songwriter’s inner monologue.