Whether it’s still chilly and *shivers* snowing where you are or it’s been balmy and hot for weeks, summer is technically coming. And any good summer needs a good summer soundtrack. Or at least a soundtrack that defines the summer of 2017 for years to come. Here’s the list of songs very likely to serve as that soundtrack for those of you not relying exclusively on soundtracks of years past.
DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m The One
This song just debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and it has everything a summer song requires. A light beat, a breezy melodic chorus and something you can sing along to off-key and still be recognized. I’m The One is the frontrunner for song of the summer.
Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – Despacito [Remix] (music video)
Justin Bieber may well be on two of the hottest songs of the summer, even if his role is just the chorus for both. Despacito is a Spanish with an English-language chorus by Justin (who also sings Spanish lyrics throughout). The song just became the first mainly Spanish-language song to reach the Top 10 since Macarena over 20 years ago. This one is significant less annoying.
One Direction members are offering up some pleasant surprises in their solo outings. Last year, Zayn Malik took an agressively downtempo electro approach with Pillowtalk. This year, Harry and Niall are going their own routes with their new respective singles. Harry’s song is classic Brit-pop with hints of Bowie and Oasis while Niall premieres his raspy vocals on the funky Slow Hands.
The Haim sisters are finally back with a new album on the way and a brand new single Want You Back. After gradually rising to prominence with Days Are Gone a few years back, they very well could be everywhere by the end of the year and if so, it’ll start here.
In a time where female pop stars struggling to have monster hits, Lady Gaga might actually be the likeliest contribution to summer by a sole woman. The last time a woman was #1 on the Hot 100 was last summer with Cheap Thrills by Sia. Rihanna‘s album era is winding down, Beyoncé will be a busy mom for a bit, and Katy Perry‘s newest attempt at winning the song of the summer contest is flopping, a first for her. The Cure is catchy, simple and easy to like.
An indie pop band consisting of three brothers, AJR’s newest single Weak is irresistibly catchy. While not really rock, this song is probably the closest we’ll get to hearing rock on the radio this summer as previously established rock bands jump ship for greener pastures in pop, electronic and tropical music. (I guess the guitars got so heavy.) Boy, oh boy you’ll fall for this!
Ed’s album is still doing well with Shape Of You still dominating airwaves, Castle On The Hill holding steady and his latest single Galway Girl set to bring Irish-pop back to the mainstream. In any case, Ed will be part of the summer.
It might be worth noting that Calvin Harris‘ upcoming new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. I is expected out in June and its guest list reads like the ultimate beach party. Frank Ocean, Future, Kehlani, Pharrell, Young Thug, Katy Perry, Travis Scott, Big Sean, John Legend, Khalid, Migos, Schoolboy Q, Ariana Grande, D.R.A.M., Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, Jessie Reyez, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Snoop Dogg.