It's SUMMER! And every year around this time, we gather up a few music mavens who help us analyze and celebrate the kind of music that gets us dancing and singing as soon as it comes on the radio.
But how do you define "Song of the Summer"? Amanda Dobbins breaks it down: "Let’s be clear about how this works: There is no such thing as a 'personal' song of summer. We do not anoint multiple songs of summer. There can only be one; the Song of Summer, by its very definition, is a consensus choice. It is the song that wrecks wedding dance floors. It is the song that you and your mother begrudgingly agree on (even though your mom has no idea what rhymes with 'hug me' and won't stop yelling it in public.) It does not necessarily have to hit No. 1 on the charts, but it should probably be on the charts because it must be widely played. It must bring people together. It must be a shared enthusiasm."
Here are the songs we played in the order we played them:
- "Back To You" - Selena Gomez
- "I Like It" - Cardi B
- "The Middle" - Zedd
- "Sad" - XXXTentacion
- "Nice For What" - Drake
- "Wouldn't Leave" - Kanye West
- "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai
- "Ape Shit" - The Carters
- "Meant To Be" - Bebe Rexha
- "Bloom" - Troye Sivan
- "Jackie Chan" - Tiësto feat. Post Malone
What's your pick for 2018's Song of the Summer? Email Colin@wnpr.org.
- Brendan Jay Sullivan - Writer, producer, and DJ best known for his work with Lady Gaga, and book, RIVINGTON WAS OURS. His "Every Song of the Summer" video series has garnered over 52 million views online (@MrBrendanJay)
- Robyn Kanner - Writer, designer, and co-founder of MyTransHealth
- Xandra Ellin - Connecticut Public Radio production intern, recent Wesleyan University graduate