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. In other words, it will fit right in on your summer playlist. But their decision to tap pop singer Halsey for their latest single , off their April project Map of the Soul: Persona, turned out to be a smart move.
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So why are we already talking about the Song of the Summer race? So which songs that we know about are worth keeping an eye on, as major contenders or as outside shots? And which artists could very well impact the Song of the Summer race before we even hear their new tunes? A Jonas Brothers single is one of the early contenders for song of the summer ? The new hit from this Def Jam newcomer is quickly climbing the Hot thanks to an enormous hook, surprisingly tender lyrics and, oddly enough, an electric guitar solo during the bridge. This week the track bows on the Pop Songs chart at No. BTS is a worldwide phenomenon, one which continued to set U. All hail the reigning song of the summer king! We know that she has new music coming in … but will it come soon enough for a summer-owning anthem to be unleashed upon the thirsty world? If one of the album tracks catches fire upon release and receives a splashy live debut at Coachella in April, look for Eilish to enter her first song of the summer race.
Each week, Vulture highlights the best new music. Listen to them all. As the days grow dark and short and long drawn-out baths are the reward for a year of toil, the warmth of an acoustic paean to a dream of everlasting togetherness can fill a cold space with hope and the desire to recuperate for another trip around the sun. Melancholy, as a concept, is incredibly pervasive in the music we listen to.
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.