Those July temperatures are hot, but the summer music is hotter. Below, we're rounding up the songs we'll be playing all season, and the tracks we're expecting to dominate the airwaves. Planning to see the best summer music live this summer? Check out our must-have list of music festivals to find out where to see your favorite artists.
“I Like It” by Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin
1. Childish Gambino – This Is America
Guardian music writers have picked their favourite songs of the year — from UK drill breakthroughs to pure pop anthems — and put them all on a giant playlist. Mon 3 Dec K icking off our roundups of the best music of , polled from votes by more than 50 Guardian music writers, we count down our favourite tracks of the year — topped by a man who managed to unpick US racial politics, launch a thousand thinkpieces and reach No 1 in the US charts, all with a single track. Read about the top 20 below, and hear the whole top in playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. There are only two bands in this top 20, showing how the cultural dial at least among Guardian critics has continued to drift away from indie and rock. But this Melbourne quintet show that jangling guitars will never, ever stop being a joy, no matter how much tastes change.
“Nice for What” by Drake
Though none of us will probably be heading on vacation to the shore anytime soon, a girl can dream about a mix of head-bangers and soothing escapes in-between a day of swimming and drinking from a koozie. That said, nobody says you actually have to be at the beach to enjoy a great beach playlist. If it will help you escape the real world for a little in these unpredictable times, then that's all we can ask for. So, the next time you head on a weekend getaway or pretend to be on one as you work from home for the foreseeable future, radiate good vibes and hit play on our summer beach playlist, below. For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter. Help save lives.
Summer is a season unlike any that have come before it, but even in uncertain times as the coronavirus pandemic continues on, some things haven't changed. Folks are still flocking to beaches or staying put in their backyard inflatable pools , road tripping , and trying to live some normal approximation of the warm weather months. While so much looks and feels different right now, this turbulent year has gifted us with some first-rate summer songs from artists around the world that will be a welcome addition to any playlist. Genres like K-pop , Afrobeat, and reggaeton have found eager audiences in the United States, while homegrown hip-hop continues to dominate charts. And plenty of progressive pop stars are putting their own spin on the carefree summer anthem, leading to a robust mix of music you can queue up for your next socially distanced cookout , lake house getaway, or windows-down drive. If you're the kind of person who wants to take the aux cord and turn your friends onto something new and unexpected, check out the athletic raps of Rexx Life Raj "Rose Bowl" , the infectious guitar distortion of Shamir "On My Own" and The Beths "I'm Not Getting Excited" , or the hypnotizing house tunes of park hye jin "Can you". An ideal day means something different to everyone, but we're confident that at least one of these best songs of summer will be the perfect soundtrack for whatever that looks like to you this year.