Those July temperatures are hot, but the summer music is hotter. Below, we’re rounding up the songs we’ll be playing all season, and the tracks we’re expecting to dominate the airwaves.
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As “Despacito” taught us last year, the Latin crossovers thrive as summer jams. Cardi B had the perfect hit for this year, thanks to this infectious collab with Bad Bunny and J Balvin from her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. And it worked: with this single, she made history as the first woman rapper to score two number one songs.
Drizzy previously dominated the summer charts with “One Dance” in 2016; two years later, he reclaimed his crown with this “for the ladies” anthem. As soon as you hear that Lauryn Hill sample, you can’t not want to get up and dance.
Like Drake, Lizzo also went for a ladies’ anthem—but bouncier, raunchier, sassier, and more sexually liberating. But the track isn’t just for women; it also celebrates everyone “from the playboys to the gay boys.”
London-bred rising star Ella Mai doesn’t even have a debut album out yet, but she already boasts a certified-platinum summer hit. The R&B love song originally released in February 2017 for Mai’s Ready EP, but the Mustard-produced track has proven its longevity on this track’s steady climb.
Only Beyoncé and JAY-Z can coolly boast, “I can do anythiiiiiiiing,” and actually mean it. Like they do for the rest of their album, Everything Is Love, the Carters relish in their accomplishments and wealth, but it’s also here that we find Queen Bey at her most DGAF attitude: “My success can’t be quantified / If I gave two f*cks, two f*cks about streaming numbers / Would have put Lemonade up on Spotify.”
These two young stars linked up for a chill collab with a catchy pop flair. When Troye and Ariana tell you to dance, you do it.
After an album full of sultry R&B bangers, Taylor surprises with this explosive final track that brings out your inner queen. Inspired by the Harlem Ballroom seen, “WTP” includes features from Mykki Blanco and snippets from Paris Is Burning, proving it was basically made for voguing.
The Queens-born, Atlanta-bred rapper was on heavy rotation thanks to this innuendo-filled hit. “Plug Walk’ marks the most popular solo track yet from the longtime Migos collaborator, and it’s bound to make an appearance on those late-night summer playlists.
.Paak has been touring all over the world since releasing his 2016 masterpiece Malibu, but this single gives us hope for what’s to come from the soulful favorite. Though more electronically influenced than his smooth signature sound, it still makes us want to dance all night.
The last time Rihanna and Drake teamed up on a song (on a little hit you may know as “Work”), they took over the airwaves in the summer of 2016 (and the rest of the year). Could they repeat the feat two years later? With Pharrell’s production involved, it’s entirely possible.
For those low-key summer nights, there’s Post Malone. The breakout star perfectly captures the laid-back, dog-days-of-summer vibe on this Ty Dolla $ign collab, which serves as a fitting follow-up to his last hit, “Rockstar.” Let it soundtrack those pensive, late-night drives.
Though this track originally released in October, it gained new life in January after a viral meme about the song sent its streaming count spiking. With all those summer flings on the way, we wouldn’t be surprised if its popularity continued to rise in the warmer months.
And for those potential summer loves you want to extinguish, there’s Anne-Marie and Marshmello’s friendzone anthem. The upbeat pop collab is an infectious listen, whether you’re trying to get rid of a suitor or not.
Humor us here. It’s been nearly 20 years since “I Want It That Way” peaked on the Billboard chart in the summer of ’99. Another seasonal hit from one of our favorite boy bands is long overdue.
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