Ah, summer. It’s the time of year where we can’t help but be distracted by the beautiful weather outside, and make excuses to eat as many ice cream sandwiches as our hearts desire. Whether you’ve decided to enjoy your treat poolside or indoors scrolling through Tumblr, the experience is lost if you don’t have an adequate summer playlist.
So to help you enjoy your summer to the fullest, here are this year’s top 10 songs of the summer (so far).
10. “Come With Me Now” by Kongos
Technically, this song is old, like two years old. It was first released in the band’s native South Africa but only hit the North American airwaves this year. Putting that technicality aside, this is the song you turn to when you’re ready to get this party started.
9. “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX
Charli XCX has been featured in many a hit songs (including another entry on this list) but this might be the first time the British singer-songwriter has produced her first bonafide hit and its all thanks to the box office smash The Fault in our Stars. We live for the chorus, and can’t help but think that Hazel and Gus are still pondering life’s greatest mysteries together with this song in the background.
8. “Break Free” by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd
She may have just released the song last week but Ariana Grande’s second single is something to admire. She breaks free (heh) from her usual R&B-influenced pop sound to produce this EDM-inspired dance track with DJ of the moment, Zedd. Who knew that Ariana could keep you fist-pumping out on the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning?
7. “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony’s latest single is another late addition to the Song of the Summer scene. In fact, the girl group released and debuted both the single and the music video in the past week! The song and music video makes us feel like we’re complete badasses and we can accomplish anything we want — beating some rather handsome men in an arm wrestling competition included.
6. “Really Don’t Care” by Demi Lovato feat. Cher Lloyd
Demi Lovato is just one of those stars that continues to inspire us each and everyday. “Really Don’t Care” is an anthem that encourages us to ignore the hate and be who we are. Can’t say no to that.
5. “Sing” by Ed Sheeran
Oh, Ed, Ed, Ed. How could we ever forget your triumphant return, especially when it’s vastly different from your previous work? Thanks to Pharrell’s touch, “Sing” is a funky little pop tune that manages to preserve Ed’s unwavering sincerity.
4. “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg
You know how every year there’s that one song that inspires that one dance move that, in turn, is really only good for that one song? You also never want to admit to liking this song but damn, is it catchy! Now you just want to get up and dance, and then maybe sing a little bit because the hook is pretty easy to remember.
“Wiggle” that song.
3. “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon
What does it mean to “turn down for what?” We have no idea, but we do know that Lil’ Jon is everyone’s hype man. Now just let him be your hype man with this fun but totally nonsensical track.
2. “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Okay, we’ll admit it: we heard about this song because of its Clueless-inspired music video. But then after we were done looking up every Cher Horowitz GIF out there, we really got into it. It makes us feel like we’re one of the cool kids, the ones who don’t feel about about skipping class and who might be able to drop a rhyme or two.
We might not be able to freestyle but we do know every word to this song, and that’s good enough for us.
1. “Problem” by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
This song should be the soundtrack to every summer fling out there because, really, what’s a summer without a flirty romance? Not only does Ariana Grande perfectly describes what it’s like to be in one of those push-and-pull affairs, she also delivers a whole lot of sass in this incredibly catchy pop number. Let’s also not forget that verse from I-G-G-Y herself; it’ll make you want to sashay out of your latest relationship with fierceness.
Now can we look as good as Ariana when we do? Please and thanks!