If there were a competition for which season brought out the best music, summer would undeniably win. With its warm nights, sunny days, and free time, summer is the season of music. Both old to new songs, summer always brings a certain vibe and this vibe is different for everyone. Early 2017 gave us amazing albums such as Blckswn by Smino, Divided by Ed Sheeran, and DAMN by Kendrick Lamar which all would eventually transition into the summer months as well. The summer season brought incredibly produced albums such as Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples, Somersault by Beach Fossils, and Saturation by Brockhampton. Summer did not disappoint with both singles and album drops so here are three different playlists that made Summer ’17.
Many of us are quick to hop in the car and plug in the aux, traditional radio still matters. These are the some songs that ruled the radio this summer.
Despacito Remix – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
If you had the radio on at any point this summer there is no doubt that you heard this remix. Interesting, but obvious choices were made when selecting Justin Bieber to be added to this already classic song. Bieber has a large following and is always a high bidder to have on collaborations in which he snatches his role on the hook. Everyone’s voices on this track compliment each other and the smooth instrumentals used. Having a spanish sung track come to the mainstream, American radio is rare, but was accomplished by these three artists.
2. New Rules – Dua Lipa
3 .Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
4. I’m the One – DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne
5. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
Sampling Maria Maria by Santana, Wild Thoughts instantly became a hit the second it was released. DJ Khaled strategically placed island girl Rihanna as the center of this track, giving Bryson Tiller only one verse, but one that was great for the vibe of the song. DJ Khaled is known for being able to produce songs that put you in a good and hyped mood. This is a song that screams pool party, beach party, and clubbing vibes. Wild Thoughts is a staple song for Summer ’17.
Seeing the sunset and being able to cruise with the moon shining on a warm summer night is always a big mood. Summer nights bring a more peaceful atmosphere seeing that it’s not as hot or busy as the days are. Being able to roll down the windows and let our hands create waves in the wind brings us to the cruisin’ playlist.
1. Summer Bummer – Lana Del Rey ft. A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti
Lana released her album Lust for Life this summer which is where you can find Summer Bummer. This collaboration was beautifully mastered, highlighting Lana’s serine vocals and style of production while still allowing for both Rocky and Carti’s flows to fit and shine in the track. Rap and indie/alternative music have intertwined numerous times with each other and this track’s infusion of the two is amazingly put together as each artist compliments each other. This track is definitely not a bummer.
2. Crew- GoldLink
3. Driving to Hawaii – Summer Salt
4. Cool – Zack Villere
5. Drew Barrymore – SZA
One of the most talked about albums of the year so far came from the standing lady of Top Dawg Entertainment, SZA. Already having features on songs with people such as Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and Chance the Rapper, SZA finally dropped her debut album CRTL this summer. Drew Barrymore was the lead single for CRTL and is a phenomenal piece of work, from the production of the song and the way that SZA’s vocals cater it to the meaningful lyrics that many can relate to. This songs speaks on the insecurities and fears of being alone and the stress and hurt that comes along with staying with someone that isn’t making you feel like you are truly wanted in their life. This single, and CRTL as an album, is very personal and a song of the summer that gives us something to connect to.
Summer days and nights are both equally great to have bangers oozing out of speakers. There were a lot of hype songs and albums that came out in the months before and during summer. If you like strong bass, head bumping, or music that makes you want to move here is a playlist for you.
1. Who Dat Boy – Tyler the Creator
This summer Tyler the creator dropped a beautiful project titled Flower Boy, which is not like any of his others. The album is more personal and there is less storytelling through characters that we see with in earlier albums like Goblin and Wolf. Who Dat Boy is a banger, it’s that simple. The bass is insane, Tyler and Rocky’s verses are solid, and the transitions between both artists are so smooth. Tyler admitted on twitter that the last beat he produced on this track was specifically for Schoolboy Q to hop on, but it didn’t happen. This actually caused for an iconic line that shadows the music video which many people miss, in which Tyler says he’s “currently looking for ’95 Leo” and has this random boy in the car who is almost a spitting image of Leonardo DiCaprio from 1995. This line helps bridge the gap for this song to connect to the rest of the album because it brings back a recurring theme. Who Dat Boy is a clever track by Tyler that truly bumps in the car and does not disappoint.
4. Half and Half – Playboi Carti
3. Bank Account – 21 Savage
4. RAF – A$AP Mob ft. Flacko, Quavo, Lil Uzi, Playboi Carti, & Frank Ocean
5. STAR – Brockhampton
Brockhampton is a collective of rappers, singers, producers, and creative content makers from Texas that met on a Kanye West fan forum and moved to LA together. They dropped debatably one of THE albums of the summer titled Saturation which includes the track STAR featuring Dom MecLennon, Ameer Vann, and Kevin Abstract. Just like the title of the song suggests, STAR is full of comparisons and lines about celebrities and allows for LGBTQ+ representation lyrics to be put into a rap song, which is not common in hip hop. The beat of this track instantly makes you start to move and mimics a beat off their song Flip Mo from their project All American Trash. STAR is a song that is meant to be played on the aux and can not be skipped.
Summer ’17 did not disappoint in the area of music! Many of the songs and albums released will surely transition into the fall season. If you have never heard of some of these songs make sure to give them a listen because you never know what you may or may not like until you experience it. Hopefully this fall will bring more great music as we try to get through this school semester, it definitely has some high standards to live up to. Even though summer ’17 is coming to a close these songs are not because music is forever.
Written by: Demarian Wright