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As summer heats up, it’s only a matter of time before your playlist does too. Luckily, 2020 has already gifted us with a number of song-of-the-summer contenders. And while our plans may look a little different this year, you can still enjoy the soundtrack of the summer from the comfort of your own home. From catchy tunes that liven up your backyard barbecues to dance jams that make completing housework a little more bearable, these are the songs that we’ll be listening to on repeat all summer long. 

Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

Genre: Pop

Mood: Sunny summer day

With references of ‘summer feelings’ and ‘summer evenings,’ this tune by former One Direction frontman Harry Styles is sunshine in a song. The catchy beat will have you soaking up the good vibes and reaching for that last slice of watermelon all summer long.

 

Experience – Victoria Monét ft. Khalid and SG Lewis

Genre: R&B

Mood: Easy listening

Whether you’re lounging under the summer sun or enjoying an after-work cocktail in the backyard, this is the perfect song to soundtrack those hot summer days and long summer nights. We guarantee you’ll be nodding your head and swaying side to side right from the first few notes. 

One Margarita – Luke Bryan

Genre: Country

Mood: Happy hour

It’s five o’clock somewhere when this Luke Bryan song starts playing through the speakers. This country tune serves up summer fun and tropical vibes with an ode to one of our favourite summer cocktails. 

Caution – The Killers

Genre: Rock

Mood: Sing at the top of your lungs

If you’re longing for the days when you can sing Mr. Brighside at the top of your lungs on a crowded dance floor again, you’re not alone. Until then, Caution’s belt-like-no-tomorrow chorus will definitely have that same effect on you.  

Rain On Me – Lady Gaga ft. Ariana Grande

Genre: Pop

Mood: Dance like no one’s watching

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande give us everything we could ever ask for in a pop song — fierce vocals, a can’t-stop-dancing beat and catchy lyrics. Pro tip: add this song to your summer workout playlist for an extra dose of energy. 

Toosie Slide – Drake

Genre: Rap

Mood: Go viral on TikTok

No song-of-the-summer list is complete without this Drake hit. An instant chart-topper thanks to the viral TikTok dance challenge, we dare you to try and not ‘put your right foot up’ and ‘left foot slide’ when Drake tells you to. 

Someday – Kygo ft. Zac Brown

Genre: Dance

Mood: Carefree

Although Zac Brown Band may be known for their cult country classics, their ability to sing across genres makes this song a bona fide dance hit. We know that this song would have easily been heard in clubs all summer long, but until then, you can enjoy this catchy beat wherever you have some space to dance. 

Summer Feelings – Lennon Stella ft. Charlie Puth

Genre: Pop

Mood: Feel-good

The sunny, fun vibe of this feel-good single brings about images of warm, lazy summers spent kicking back and relaxing with friends and family. We guarantee you’ll have this song playing on loop as you soak in that ‘summer feeling.’

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