Summer has begun. It’s the season of beach days, vacations, day drinking, outdoor happy hours, grill days, long drives with the windows down. And we know you have one: a song you can’t stop listening to, while living your best, sun-tanned life. Cardi B kicked off the warmer months with her album of bangers, Invasion of Privacy. Kanye West kept the party going with his epic album rollout, which amounted to five LPs, some of which contain (what we consider) the best songs of Summer 2018.
What’s your Favorite Song of Summer 2018? Here’s what’s Summer-ing up our playlists these days.
Janelle Monae: “Pynk”
The sweet, bouncy “Pynk” is a delicious fixture from Janelle Monae’s most recent LP, Dirty Computer. Monae’s voice bouncing on top of an undeniably smooth, groovy synth beat makes for a seductive dance anthem you can’t help but set on repeat.
Childish Gambino: “This Is America”
Gambino’s “This Is America” isn’t your typical summer banger. Not only is the content overtly political, the track abruptly switches between gospel choir and a chilling, trap beat, making it weirdly hard to listen to. But this was no obstacle for Gambino, who’s “This Is America” is just so good, that it—in just about any setting—steals the show.
Kanye West: “Yikes”
After yet another controversial period leading up to the release of a new Kanye West album, fans weren’t sure what they would be getting with Ye, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s The Life of Pablo. But in “Yikes”, the album’s second track, we have yet another scathing beat from this generation’s music production god.
Cardi B: “I Like It” feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin
Framed within Pete Rodriguez’s crown jewel “I Like It Like That”, Cardi B’s hit celebrates humid summers in the Caribbean and across its diaspora, spent by sipping piraguas, clinking necks of cold bottled beer, and dancing to hip-swinging reggaeton.
Nicki Minaj: “Chun-Li”
Those of you who thought the reign of Nicki Minaj was nearing its end have been vehemently corrected by the searing “Chun-Li”. We think it’s best you familiarize yourself with the Queens MC’s Streetfighter-inspired single, as it will definitely be playing late-night at most clubs this Summer.
Ella Mai: “Boo’d Up”
With her sleek, R&B vocals, powerful enough to accrue comparisons to Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and even Whitney Houston, Ella Mai is well-equipped to top charts. Her EDM-inspired love ballad “Boo’d Up” is just the beginning of Ella Mai’s presence on your party playlists.
Kanye West: “Ghost Town”
If there was a single track from Ye which made music aficionados closet their “R.I.P Kanye” signs, it was “Ghost Town”. This feel-good track incorporates a classic R&B inspired Kanye beat, a contagious melody, and flawless features. What more could a true Yeezy fan ask for?
DeJ Loaf: “Liberated”
Singer and rapper Dej Loaf has recruited R&B crooner Leon Bridges for her latest, “Liberated”, a bouncy, joyful track which celebrates diversity and acceptance. The bubbly beat is broken up with Bridges’ soulful singing, making this the perfect blend of pop, EDM, and blues.
Kali Uchis: “Nuestro Planeta”
Last Summer, the Latin-leaning track dominating the charts was “Despacito”. This year, we think it ought to be Kali Uchis’ “Nuestro Planeta”, a sexy, slow-burning banger that will have you dancing late into the evening. As a matter-of-fact, a lot of tracks from Kali Uchis’ Isolation could keep you company these Summer nights.