What makes a song the song of the summer? It has to feel good. It’s the song every single one of your friends plays first when someone passes them the aux cord. The one you hear in the bodega, the cab, in the club and at your mom’s kitchen table. Honestly, it’s the song that makes you stand on her kitchen table and sing (or rap) along at the top of your lungs. And she’s not even mad, because she loves it too.
Whether it’s soundtracking the nights you stay out until your legs are about to fall off, or the days laid out in the sun: the song of the summer is arguably the most important song of the year. We’ve scoured the charts and compiled the best summer pop hits; now it’s up to you to make the final pick.
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David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Afrojack, “Hey Mama”
Nicki Minaj already conquered rap with The Pinkprint over the winter. And David Guetta had a No. 1 single when “Hey Mama” dethroned Zedd and Selena Gomez’s “I Want You To Know.” Throw in a production assist from Afrojack, a roaring chorus written by Bebe Rexha, and you’ve got a banger.
Fifth Harmony feat. Kid Ink, “Worth It”
The Fifth Harmony ladies, Camila, Normani, Ally, Lauren and Dinah, bring enough personality to a song all on their own. But, pairing them up with Kid Ink while he’s still riding the wave of his third album Full Speed took it over the top. “Worth It” has racked up 23 million YouTube views and counting. Expect to hear this one everywhere.
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
“See You Again” is definitely not the typical Wiz track. Exceptional vocalist Charlie Puth sings the incredibly touching melodic hook, while Wiz delivers his classic flow. The track is from Fast and Furious 7, and is all about coming home to your loved ones and the importance of family. It’s not the standard loud, hard-hitting hip-hop Wiz normally drops. The song is emotional, but still a sing-along banger.
Jason Derulo, “Want To Want Me”
“Want To Want Me” is Jason Derulo’s latest hit from his upcoming album Everything Is 4. The song has a Nick Jonas “Jealous” feel to it, with Derulo’s own style clearly shining through. The up-tempo, almost peppy beat Derulo sings over is different from his more soulful, slower sounds of the past. But, what better way to kick off summer than with something fresh and new? Stay tuned for the album with features from massive stars including J Lo, Meghan Trainor, Stevie Wonder, and Keith Urban.
Jack Ü feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”
If you caught his epic Comedy Central Roast, you know that Justin Bieber is working hard to earn back his fans’ adoration. Who better to cosign the megastar’s comeback than the unofficial lords of underground dance music gone pop? Skrillex and Diplo’s unstoppable reign as Jack Ü comes full circle with “Where Are Ü Now.” Love the Biebs or hate him, when it comes to this song, resistance is futile.
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Who can honestly resist a line like Fetty Wap’s, “I be in the kitchen cooking pies with my baby?” The New Jersey rapper’s No. 2 hit song might have taken a while to catch on, but now that Tracee “TMurda” Ellis Ross is on board, “Trap Queen” is almost a shoo-in.
Walk The Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”
The disco track from Walk The Moon is a giddy dance anthem essential for summer. The song is whimsical, fun and, of course, about a love affair on the dance floor. Funky sounds and pop spirits make “Shut Up and Dance” a summer 2015 must.
Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood”
The cast of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video puts every film release, magazine cover and awards ceremony of the year to shame. Swift called on a few pals for her supercharged break up anthem, including Kendrick Lamar, Lena Dunham, Cara Delevigne, Karlie Kloss, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid, Zendaya, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams, Ellen Pompeo, Lily Aldridge, and Hailee Steinfeld, among others.