Summer is a season that is often associated with fun, relaxation, and unforgettable memories. And what better way to enhance those moments than with a catchy summer hit? Over the past decade, the music industry has delivered numerous anthems that have dominated the airwaves during the summer months. In this blog, we'll take a nostalgic trip through time, highlighting the summer hits that defined each year from 2019 to 2023.
"In My Feelings" and "God's Plan" by Drake
Drake continued his summer dominance in 2018 with "In My Feelings." This catchy hip-hop track inspired viral dance challenges, flooding social media platforms. With its memorable lyrics and infectious beat, it quickly became the anthem of summer road trips and late-night gatherings. In 2018, Drake also gifted us with the chart-topping hit, "God's Plan." With its infectious beat and introspective lyrics, the song struck a chord with listeners. Its positive and uplifting message resonated, making it a go-to anthem for summer drives and rooftop parties.
"I Like It" by Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin
The single from Cardi B’s smash fourth album is an energetic anthem combining elements of Latin trap and hip-hop, creating a unique fusion of styles. The Rodriguez sample grants the song both vigor and intergenerational appeal making it interesting for several generations. Upon its release, the song quickly climbed the Billboard Hot 100, eventually peaking at number one, becoming Cardi B's second chart-topping single after "Bodak Yellow" success. This historical moment showcased her ability to create chart-topping hits and at the same time resonate with a diverse audience across the globe.
"Señorita" by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
The sizzling chemistry between Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello fueled the summer hit "Señorita" in 2019. This flirty and romantic duet had audiences captivated with its Latin-infused sound and passionate vocals. It became an instant summer favorite for lovers everywhere.
"Bad guy" by Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish took the music world by storm in 2019 with her dark-pop sensation, "bad guy." Its infectious bassline, whispered vocals, and bold lyrics showcased Eilish's unique artistry. The song's edgy and rebellious vibe made it an instant summer hit, resonating with both mainstream and alternative music lovers.
"Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd
Amidst a challenging year, The Weeknd provided a much-needed escape with his hit single, "Blinding Lights." Its nostalgic 80s-inspired sound, pulsating beats, and captivating vocals made it the perfect summer anthem. The song's popularity soared as people sought solace in its euphoric melodies and uplifting vibe.
"Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles
Amidst the uncertainty of 2020, Harry Styles brought a ray of sunshine with his irresistible hit, "Watermelon Sugar." Its upbeat, tropical vibe and catchy chorus evoked feelings of summer bliss, providing a much-needed escape for listeners around the world.
"Levitating" by Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby
Dua Lipa soared to new heights in 2021 with her infectious hit, "Levitating." This disco-infused pop gem featuring DaBaby captivated listeners with its catchy hooks and vibrant energy. Its irresistible groove and empowering lyrics made it the perfect summer anthem for carefree nights of dancing and celebration.
"Drivers License" by Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo captured hearts and dominated the summer of 2021 with her breakout hit, "Drivers License." This emotional pop ballad resonated deeply with audiences, striking a chord with its heartfelt lyrics and Rodrigo's soulful voice. It became an anthem for young hearts navigating love and heartbreak during the summer months.
"Calm down" by Rema & Selena Gomez
This song has yet become another collaboration between the two genres that were firing the charts. Prominently sampling fellow Nigerian performer Crayon’s “So Fine,” Rema creates a rhythm pulsating with energy and gentleness. However, after inviting Selena Gomez on the remix, the song reached new level of fame. It soon went #1 on the US Afrobeats Songs chart, where it spent 33 weeks in the top spot!
"Me Porto Bonito" Bad Bunny
Bad Bunny is known for dominating the charts. With "Me Porto Bonito: from his album "Un Verano Sin Ti" and some other of his hits from 2022 he dominated both the top global and U.S. Songs of Summer lists. The song became Song of the Summer in 14 Latin American countries including Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.
"Cupid" by Fifty Fifty
Released by independent label Attrakt this bouncy track touching the topic of modern love has grown into a phenomenon all of over the Internet. The ‘Twin Version’ which stands for English adaptation of the song is primarily focused on the music and message, expressed through a slightly different mixing style and arrangement. “Cupid” has already surged to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and continue growing every week, making the band only the second K-pop girl group to crack the top 20 after Blackpink.
"Ella Baila Sola" by Peso Pluma & Eslabon Armado
"Ella Baila Sola" is one of many regional Mexican songs that have gained enormous popularity through TikTok. The lyrics of it tells the story of two good friends, who are at a gathering and spot a beautiful girl who is the belle of the ball. This romantic acoustic sierreño track became the first Mexican music song to top the Billboard Global 200 chart.
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