It includes Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber because obviously.
We know summer doesn’t officially kick off until Sunday, June 21, but the jams are already heating up!
Summer time is a chance for us young folk to slut it up in our fitted turquoise tank tops & matching flip flops, and why not? Our rebel hearts (sorry Madonna, you didn’t make the cut) dictate us to live freely and let the music heal us after our inevitable poor decision making and impending debt we’ll face come September. But until then, here are 15 songs sure to jump start your summer in style!
PRESS PLAY TO BEGIN OUR 15 ‘SONGS FOR YOUR 2015 SUMMER’ PLAYLIST:
1. Britney Spears with Iggy Azalea – “Pretty Girls”
It’s only right Britney lands at number one on our countdown because… it’s Britney, bitch. Sure, “Pretty Girls” failed to land atop the charts, but as Britney recently put it… success is a mind-set, and hers looked positively ravishing during the song’s music video and accompanying Billboard Music Awards performance. And besides, who isn’t here for a song that’s message says you can skip lines and toy with boys if you’re pretty?
2. Sage the Gemini ft Nick Jonas – “A Good Thing”
That awkward moment when Nick Jonas’ feature on Sage the Gemini’s new song, “A Good Thing,” is better than his singles “Jealous” or “Chains.” We’re not hating, it’s just Jonas’ sweet vocals backing Sage’s smooth verses is a niche Nick should continue exploring. Though they’re an unexpected duo, the 22-year-olds mesh perfectly for the urban pop song off Sage’s upcoming record tentatively titled “Bachelor Party.” And if they want to release a followup collaboration sans shirts or pants we won’t hate either.
3. Hilary Duff – “Sparks”
The Duffster tried the acoustic thing with “Chasing The Sun” and “All About You,” but found her sorely missed spot in pop thanks to the Bloodshy-produced, Tove-Lo-written banger off her upcoming record “Breathe In. Breathe Out.” The whistles, the synthy production and boppy chorus accompanying Duff’s sugary sweet vocals is exactly what the pop world needed while fending off songs from Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea. Don’t even get us started on the debauchery that was the original Tinder commercial she released. She did make up for it with a passive aggressive “Fan Demanded” alternate cut last week, and all is right again.
4. Bonnie McKee – “Bombastic”
Not gonna lie, more people than not aren’t digging Bonnie Mckee’s lead single off her upcoming EP also titled “Bombastic.” But fuck me this ish is my jam. Sure, it shares some major similarities to Kesha’s “Blow,” but we’re looking the other way on that one; no one has the time for a “Blurred Lines” lawsuit part II. The music video is respectively ridiculous, and we love it, but come on Bonnie, feature more dudes in spandex next go.
5. Maroon 5 – “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf****r”
This song is on the list by default. We feel like the release was a bit forced and unoriginal (gee, a song about the summer during summer time?), but like most Maroon 5 songs, their music gets oversaturated in popular culture and on radio and eventually you’re brainwashed into loving it. It’s the kind of jam you don’t listen to by yourself, but when it blasts through the loud speakers in the club you’re all “OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS SONG.” We see you. Plus, all you picture in the beginning of the song is Adam Levine’s ass, so golf claps for that cheeky marketing.
6. Mariah Carey – “Infinity”
We love a good comeback(?), and we love any song that rhymes the word “Fritos.” Why you mad?
7. Kelly Clarkson – “Invincible”
Sia penned Kelly Clarkson’s latest “Piece by Piece” single, a courageous ditty about rising from the ashes and becoming someone stronger than ever before. It’s a predictable choice, but regardless a stormy song about running from struggles she faces. Meanwhile, Kelly endures public scrutiny from how she looks. You see where we’re going?
8. Ciara – “Give Me Love”
We considered chucking Ciara to the top of the list because her latest record, “Jackie,” is easily one of our favorite albums of 2015. “Give Me Love” is an anthemic uptempo track that rivals the other triumphant songs she recorded like the Dr. Luke-produced jam for “Dance Like We’re Making Love” and/or her dance floor-ready Missy Elliott & Pitbull collaboration titled “That’s How I’m Feelin.'” All brilliant tracks, but only one from Cici can make our list (not technically).
9. Jack Ü ft Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
Diplo and Skrillex enlisted the help of the former floundering pop star and made one of the best songs in 2015. The alien shrieking synth seems out of place next to Bieber’s soft breathy vocals, but it isn’t. And while there’s immense post-production to Bieber, to the point he couldn’t ever sing the song live, it made for an original house track that influenced EDM culture, and we look forward to the ripple effect to come.
10. Jason Derulo – “Want To Want Me”
The ’80s-inspired lead single off Derulo’s latest record, “Everything Is 4,” is a radio-friendly falsetto-filled pop song that on paper checks off every mark for a good song. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but damn is it catchy and plus… Jordin Sparks annoys us.
The dark, synthy electro mid-tempo banger is a taste of what’s to come from K-Pop singer CL, who wrote the song out of angst. “Diplo canceled a session on me, and I was so mad at him,” she said. “I was drinking a can of Dr. Pepper and wrote the song so I could go home as soon as possible. Diplo ended up loving it!” The track is a promising debut for CL, who’s hyped vocal performance sounds brilliant against the harsh tone from Riff Raff and OG Maco. Perhaps she should get stood up more often?
12. Snoop Dogg ft Stevie Wonder & Pharrell Williams – “California Roll”
Another moral obligation.
13. Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” Remix
She truly is unstoppable, and we fear not including Taylor Swift in our best songs of the summer playlist will result in her legal team bullying us into extinction. Though we prefer the original, Swift’s “Bad Blood” remix broke records thanks to a calculated social media campaign and high profile premiere at the Billboard Music Awards. Did other “1989” singles deserve to get the coveted fourth single slot? Absolutely, but here’s to hoping she pulls a Katy Perry and releases several more singles (“Wonderland,” “New Romantics”). See what we did there?
14. David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack – “Hey Mama”
There’s a dizzying amount of artists on “Hey Mama,” but it’s Nicki Minaj that shines on the TIDAL exclusive (she keeps her nana sweet for the eatin’, but we’re not sure what that means. Is she devouring her grandma?). The build-up leads to synth-horns and Minaj’s spit-fire raps before Bebe Rexha chimes in with the dum dee dee day chorus.
15. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
Rihanna might have no clue what direction to venture in her R8 era, but “Bitch Better Have My Money” appears to be what the people wanted, don’t act like you forgot. After releasing “FourFiveSeconds” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney then “American Oxygen”, the people went ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ so she released the typical club anthem we’re used to hearing from her. Very deflating for Riri, who wants to produce “Timeless” music, and it appears her past success will be her demise.
Honorable mentions include Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth’s “See You Again,” Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and (don’t judge me) Prince Royce’s collaboration with JLo and Pitbull for “Back It Up.”