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Summer is well underway. Whether you’re poolside at The Pines or celebrating the Fourth of July in Provincetown, the party is going strong and there are lots of great new pop tracks supplying the beats. But what song will be the official song of the summer 2018? From collaborative hip-hop efforts to queer love anthems, we’ve listed 10 jams that could easily consume your playlist this summer.
Here are 10 pop songs we think are contenders for song of the summer 2018:
“I Like It” – Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny and J Balvin
The song that makes your body do things you didn’t know it could do. Last year, the “Song of the Summer” was “Bodak Yellow” (obviously), and it looks like Cardi B may have done it again. The catchy track just became the number one song in the country this week according to Billboard, and that makes Cardi the first female rapper to have two number one hits… ever. The reign of Cardi B is only just beginning, and we’re so here for it.
“Bed” – Nicki Minaj ft. Ariana Grande
“Apeshit” – The Carters
The song you listen to you when you want to break something. While perhaps not the best track on Jay-Z and Beyonce’s new collab project Everything Is Love, it def is the catchiest and has the potential to be an earworm all summer long.
“Back To You” – Selena Gomez
The song you hate to admit you love – like everything else Selena Gomez does. “Every single word builds up to this moment,” Gomez sings. “And I gotta convince myself I don’t want it, even though I do.” Ugh… how does she know us so well?
“Bloom” – Troye Sivan
The song that makes you reclaim your power bottom-ness. Troye Sivan brought us the queer anthem we’ve always needed – praising a gay boy’s sexual position in a miraculous way that makes us want to put on our newest Nasty Pig jock and explore the submissive side of our sexuality with the lights turned on.
“Jackie Chan” – Tiesto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone
The song that you listen to you as you pound the runway aka Commercial in Ptown. I mean, the lyrics include to a hot girl who looks like Kelly Rowland on the beaches of Miami. If that doesn’t have the makings of a gay summer anthem for us, we don’t know what will.
“One Kiss” – Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa
The song that you listen to poolside while nursing some sunburn and a hangover you got from high tee in The Pines. After she infected our summer dance parties last year with “No Rules,” this year Dua Lipa found love with help from Calvin Harris in this effortlessness and cool track that only grows on you.
“High Horse” – Kacey Musgraves
The song that makes you actually like country music. The latest single from country darling Kacey Musgraves is a mash-up of urban country disco. It may not be dancy enough for the official titleholder, but “High Horse” is that certain song of the summer that works in more than one place: the car, the BBQ, the dance party and beyond.
“What I Need” – Hayley Kiyoko ft. Kehlani
The song that makes you think of that one summer love. One of the best summer bangers this year is a duet between two out queer woman about their wants and needs. It’s honest, sweet and horny at the same time, with one of the best choruses you’ll likely to be humming to yourself, making you think of that one summer love.
“Solo” – Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato
The song that makes you touch yourself thinking of that one summer love. “Solo” has the stuff summer jams are made of- a pop diva, lyrics about masturbation, EDM drops and a bouncy beat. It also has the stamp of approval from the Queen of Pop herself, as Madonna shared a video of herself bouncing around to the infectious tune for Pride Month.