With the warm weather moving in and the official start of summer happening later this month, the music industry is promoting its latest artists, albums and tracks in the hopes that one song will have a shot at being a defining track of the summer.
For college students, summer has already begun. So for those who are ready to kick off summer 2017, here’s a list of the top ten songs of the summer so far.
“I’m The One” by DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
The newest song to grace the charts, “I’m the One” shot to the top soon after its release and the track’s star power definitely helped its ascent. Produced by DJ Khaled the song features four other rappers and singers and is dominating both the rap and hip hop charts as well as the overall charts. The song is explicit and most likely not safe for work; however, it is a solid hip-hop track to have on a party playlist for this summer.
“HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar
Fresh off the release of his new album “DAMN.” Lamar has enjoyed several chart-topping weeks and “HUMBLE” is just the latest track to rise to the top. The song references Lamar’s humble beginnings compared to where he is now, but pivots to remind his fellow rappers that they should be humbled in his presence, as he is now the supreme rapper in the industry. A video for the song is already out and it is definitely worth the watch once the song gets you hooked.
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
Though “Shape of You” was released in early January, the catchy beat and fast-paced lyrical style propelled it to the top. The song has a definite rhythm paired with Sheeran’s signature ballads and almost a hypnotic quality about it, in part thanks to what Rolling Stone called a “marimba-fueled percussive sway about a budding romance.”
“Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara
The producer teamed up with Alessia Cara for the single “Stay.” On trend with current musical styles, “Stay” is catchy, fast paced and replaces the traditional chorus with strong synthetic beats that make you want to jump around a little bit. The lyrics that revolve around the bittersweet nature of young love are perfect for any summer night bonfire or barbecue.
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
With “That’s What I Like” Mars continues to deliver hits with his signature modern R&B style and strong vocal abilities. However this song takes a different direction from his previous hits, with less emphasis on a strong hook and chorus, instead focusing on the “big picture.” The song has a consistent lyrical style that is reminiscent of the 90s, which was Mars’ goal to recreate when he initially wrote the song.
“The Cure” by Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga surprised fans when she dropped a new single titled “The Cure” at Coachella in April. The stand-alone song is the first new material from Gaga since her 2016 album “Joanne.” The song is reminiscent of earlier Gaga songs with an electronic dance sound but it follows current music trends with the synthesized beats in place of a true chorus, though Gaga still manages to incorporate her own signature power vocals.
“Mask Off” by Future
“Mask Off” is a slow and smooth hip hop song with a good beat and—wait for it—a flute. Yep, you read right. “Mask Off” features a surprisingly catchy flute composition laid over the song’s beats. The song has become so popular it is now Future’s highest ranked single without features. Though not safe for work, this song is a great easy listen for late night talks or showing up to a party with your friends.
“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
An iconic combination, the similar styles of these two groups come together to create a classic summer hit. This smooth track is the perfect background for a late night drive. With the Chainsmokers brooding style and Coldplay’s established lyrical abilities, the song builds slowly until the crescendo of soft beats and thrumming synths.
“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
Forget the boy bands and One Direction days, Harry Styles has demonstrated he can shine on his own with his latest single. The slow song and somber lyrics don’t make for the best summer single, but Style’s vocal abilities are on full display with this song. Its echoing qualities and subtle pitch changes make this song a standout.
“It Ain’t Me” by Kygo & Selena Gomez
Though the song is a little predictable in its composition, there is no denying that it is a catchy tune—one that you find humming to yourself all day after hearing it on the radio one time. Additionally, the song pays attention to lyrics; they are certainly not frivolous and focus on the breakdown of a relationship and knowing when to walk away. This song certainly will become an anthem for some and just another catchy track for others. Either way, put it on your summer 2017 playlist.
All songs in the article were taken from Billboard, iTunes and Spotify’s top charts based on position in the charts and number of weeks on top.