By this time last year, we had a fresh Cardi B album (which was filled with bops, though most seemed to agree that "I Like It" was the breakout summer jam), a Sweetener single from Ariana Grande ("No Tears Left to Cry"), a Drake single ("Nice for What," which was eventually usurped by "In My Feelings"), your mom's favorite grocery-shopping jingle ("The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, which is still almost as ubiquitous as it was last summer), and Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" dominating the airwaves.
Khalid's "Talk" has potential but feels a bit slow. (Although, to be fair, "Boo'd Up" wasn't exactly a banger, and it still managed to blast its way through the airwaves—everyone needs a little lovesick anthem to listen to in the dead of summer, it seems. ) "Sucker" seems to have possibly been upstaged by the Jonas Brothers' second single, "Cool" (or at least upstaged by their SNL performance of an oldie, "Burnin' Up").
And this year, the contenders we're working with include: "Me! " by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, "Medellín" by Madonna and Maluma, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X (the Billy Ray Cyrus remix version, naturally), "Talk" by Khalid, "Sucker" by the Jonas Brothers, "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish, and "Sweet But Psycho" by Ava Max.
And releasing a song on the holiday gives it enough time to really infiltrate the culture, though some songs don't really take off until summer officially begins in June (Drake's "In My Feelings" last year).
Lil Nas X released the track in December, technically, but added Billy Ray Cyrus to the remix last month, which made it really blow up in the mainstream. "Old Town Road" might actually even be the song of the year.
Maybe by the time summer actually rolls around, we'll have some solid contenders from the likes of Megan Thee Stallion, Carly Rae Jepsen, DJ Khaled, the Jonas Brothers, Madonna, and Tyler, the Creator (all of whom plan to release albums in the coming weeks) to add some more heat to the song of summer race.
Here are our song of summer contenders, so far. https://t.co/4gf2HoXJBY— W magazine (@wmag) June 10, 2019
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