The 10 best summer songs of 2021

With the Fourth of July weekend upon us, summer 2021 is scorching up with some scorching new songs to supply the soundtrack for seashore season. And let’s face it, now we have loads to shake off — bodily and mentally — after COVID upended final yr. So get your playlists prepared as we decide the Top 10 tunes to rock your summer — from BTS and MTS (Megan Thee Stallion) to Billie Eilish and Billy Porter.  

10. Tinashe that includes Buddy, “Pasadena”

“It’s a vibe, feelin’ right,” sings Tinashe on this blissed-out bop with rapper Buddy. With its feel-good temper and trippy, skittery beats, chances are you’ll not have the ability to assist your self from skipping all the way in which to California — not less than in your thoughts — when “Pasadena” comes on. 

9. Anthony Ramos, “Lose My Mind”

The “Hamilton” actor has already made waves this summer with each his starring function in (*10*) and his dramatic activate HBO’s “In Treatment.” But though his debut album, 2019’s “The Good & the Bad,” was sorely neglected, it’s clear that Ramos is a pop celebrity ready to occur. On “Lose My Mind” — from his second LP, “Love and Lies,” launched final week — the Brooklyn native captures shades of Bruno Mars and The Weeknd whereas mixing in his personal sexy-cool swag.

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Anthony Ramos goes from “In the Heights” to the pop world on his second album, “Love and Lies.”
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8. Billy Porter, “Caught in the Middle”

The “Pose” star could have you dwelling and dealing the dance ground with this euphoric cowl of the 1994 Juliet Roberts membership basic “Caught in the Middle.” From “Red Hot + Free” — the newest HIV/AIDS profit compilation from the Red Hot group, which is out on Friday — it takes you again to the ’90s deep-house heyday now that we will all twirl collectively once more. 

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“Pose” star Billy Porter covers the 1994 Juliet Roberts membership basic “Caught in the Middle.”
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7. SAINt JHN that includes SZA, “Just for Me”

Last summer, SAINt JHN’s profession got here all the way in which up with “Roses,” which hit the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, and now this Brooklyn-born artist continues to blossom with this summer-lover joint from the upcoming “Space Jam: A New Legacy” soundtrack, out July 9. SZA — who has one other scorching summer collaboration, “Kiss Me More,” with Doja Cat — is clearly on a roll as a featured artist, however we’re nonetheless ready for her to drop that “Ctrl” follow-up already.

6. Billie Eilish, “Lost Cause”

With the spooky goth-pop groove of her No. 1 smash “Bad Guy,” Eilish left her neon-green mark on the summer of 2019. And she’s set to make one other large splash this season along with her much-anticipated sophomore album, “Happier Than Ever,” due July 30. After “My Future,” “Therefore I Am” and “Your Power,” “Lost Cause” is the newest preview of the LP, and it casts a jazzy, sultry darkness on summer’s sunny days.

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Billie Eilish releases her second album, “Happier Than Ever,” on July 30.
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5. Doja Cat that includes The Weeknd, “You Right”

Having simply been nominated for 3 Grammys in March, together with Best New Artist, Doja Cat clearly has some clout on her third album, “Planet Her,” launched final week. The “Say So” singer is joined by some A-list visitors, together with Ariana Grande, SZA and The Weeknd, who convey a moody sensuality to their summer-breezy bop “You Right.”

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Doja Cat groups up with The Weeknd on “You Right.”

4. Megan Thee Stallion, “Thot S—t”

It’s formally not summer till Megan unleashes a juicy — or make that, thirsty — jam. First there was “Hot Girl Summer” with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign in 2019. And then of course there was “WAP” with Cardi B in 2020. Now she’s embracing her thotness over a booming, bump-and-grind beat made for shaking her booty in your face.

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Megan Thee Stallion delivers extra hot-girl-summer feels with “Thot S–t”
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3. Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits”

After neatly going away for some time, Sheeran returns with a brand new single that throws it again to the type of ’80s synth-pop territory that The Weeknd mined for “After Hours” hits equivalent to “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears.” It’s a great distance from the folky terrain of “The A Team” and “Thinking Out Loud.” But “Bad Habits” proves that Sheeran nonetheless has a knack for making ridiculously catchy pop that you simply’ll be listening to just about in all places this summer.

2. BTS, “Butter”

The creamy-voiced crooners of BTS have already scored a bona-fide summer smash with “Butter,” which is presently at No. 1 for its fifth week on the Billboard Hot 100. The newest single from the South Korean sensations — who final summer topped the charts with their first English-only single, “Dynamite” —  goes down as easily as a frozen mocktail. “Smooth like butter/Like a criminal undercover/Gon’ pop like trouble/Breakin’ into your heart like that,” they sing. And the guilty pleasures of “Butter” will certainly soften hearts at many a pool, yard and rooftop hold close to you this summer.

BTS carried out on the 2021 Billboard Music Awards in May.
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1. Olivia Rodrigo, “Good 4 U”

After already touchdown hits with “Drivers License” after which “Deja Vu,” each off her debut album “Sour,” Rodrigo retains her scorching streak going along with her third single to hit the Top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2021. But whereas “Drivers License” and “Deja Vu” discovered the “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” star in her breakup emotions, “Good 4 U” sees the 18-year-old divette slicing unfastened in a punk-pop rave-up with each Avril-like angle and Billie-esque bravery. Good for her.

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Olivia Rodrigo is revving up summer along with her hit “Good 4 U.”
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