I recently launched a poll for my followers to vote on their songs of the summer this year. This summer has definitely been different than years past, but there has been plenty of music to keep us entertained. These 24 songs don’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the amazing music released this year (check out my Best Songs of 2020 list in December for that!), but they offer a pretty good picture of what has been on everyone’s playlists so far this summer.
NOTE: These were *fan-voted* and do not necessarily represent my personal views, but it was definitely a fun way to hear from fellow music fans what they have enjoyed most this summer.
24. “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
(0.07% of the votes)
This song has really resonated with audiences thanks to Ricch’s unique delivery of the song. It really has a special punch to it, and it may punch its way to the Grammys with several nominations expected.
23. “WHATS POPPIN” by Jack Harlow
(0.09% of the votes)
Jack Harlow has really broke through with this song, and with the recent remix featuring DaBaby, Lil Wayne, and Tory Lanez, he may just have a #1 hit on his hands.
22. “Toosie Slide” by Drake
(0.09% of the votes)
This song was somewhat of a misfire despite its #1 debut on the Hot 100. It proved that not every song will necessarily be a guaranteed viral hit on TikTok just because it has a catchy dance. That’s okay, though, because Drake has plenty of other songs and albums that have worked, so it’s alright if he stumbles a little along the way.
21. “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
(0.11% of the votes)
DaBaby really rose to the top last year, and this year, he is not letting go of the reigns. “ROCKSTAR” has been a sure hit, and it obviously helps to have Roddy Ricch on there, too.
20. “Level of Concern”by twenty one pilots
(0.16% of the votes)
This track is one of the few alternative songs that have crossed over this year, and it’s a shame others haven’t. Twenty One Pilots have always known how to craft a catchy, quirky track, and this is just that.
19. “Stuck With U” by Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
(0.18% of the votes)
Released as a charity single aiding in the COVID-19 relief effort, “Stuck With U” brought together two giant forces of music for the first time. Facilitated by Scooter Braun Projects’ involvement, Ariana and Justin made an undeniably amazing song. It is one of the slower songs on this list, but fans made sure it went #1 on the charts.
18. “Intentions” by Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
(0.18% of the votes)
Justin Bieber knows how to make a catchy song. This was a standout from his latest album, Changes, and he reunited with Quavo for the third time to make yet another summertime tune.
17. “Savage Love – Laxed Siren Beat” by Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo
(0.20% of the votes)
Derulo laid his vocals down over Jawsh 685’s “Laxed Beat” to remix it as his own song, “Savage Love,” and after coming to an agreement, decided to release the song. Good thing they did, because it is currently smashing over on TikTok and has been a huge hit overseas in the UK.
16. “Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga
(0.27% of the votes)
The lead single from her latest album, Chromatica, “Stupid Love” was deemed a return to Gaga’s dance-pop roots. It was the perfect lead-in to her dancefloor-antine album, and it raised our spirits just pre-coronavirus.
15. “Hard to Forget” by Sam Hunt
(0.38% of the votes)
It has been years of waiting for Sam Hunt’s new album, but he finally delivered this year. With “Hard to Forget” and its throwback sample mixed with a current country-pop hook, Hunt is at his very best.
14. “Physical” by Dua Lipa
(0.45% of the votes)
Dua Lipa has been on fire this year with Future Nostalgia. Fans have been raving over “Physical,” and the stans have been calling “pop perfection,” a highly coveted title.
13. “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
(0.52% of the votes)
When I broke the news that Beyoncé was going to be featured on an upcoming remix of “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. And what a surprise we got from the queen and princess of Houston. Queen Bey completely transformed the song and made it their song; way more effective than just a mail-in remix verse.
12. “Do It” by Chloe x Halle
(0.54% of the votes)
Rising it-girls of the moment, Chloe x Halle, earn their well-deserved place on this list with “Do It.” The entire album is full of summer-ready songs, and I think this year has taken them to the next level entirely. There’s no stopping them now.
11. “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
(0.72% of the votes)
One of the few songs on this list technically released in 2019, “Blinding Lights” has been a real slow burner of a hit. It feels like it has been out for quite some time but still sounds fresh with every listen.
10. “Say So (Remix)” by Doja Cat featuring Nicki Minaj
(0.88% of the votes)
Doja Cat recruited Nicki Minaj for the “Say So (Remix),” and it breathed new life into the song. The solo version had already blown up across radio, TikTok, and streaming, and this remix helped push it to #1. Their voices sound so good together, and it’s always fun to have an up-and-comer join forces with one of their idols.
9. “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
(0.97% of the votes)
Another slow-burner of a hit on this list, “Don’t Start Now” was the lead single from Dua’s massively successful Future Nostalgia. Every song on that album could be a single tomorrow, but this one really stuck with fans in a special way.
8. “One Margarita” by Luke Bryan
(1.13% of the votes)
If you’ve been looking at the iTunes Charts lately, you may have noticed this song sticking right in the top 3 pretty much constantly. Especially with outdoor activities and people going on vacation (still, wear your masks!), “One Margarita” has really taken off and recently became Luke’s 25th (!!!) #1 at country radio.
7. “Sour Candy” by Lady Gaga & BLACKPINK
(1.53% of the votes)
It was rumored for a while that BLACKPINK had a song with Lady Gaga coming, but when “Sour Candy” surprise dropped the day before Chromatica, fans were shocked at the collab. It is so perfectly both of their styles and a really original pop song. Imagine how well it would have done with a live awards show performance.
6. “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
(2.66% of the votes)
We still need this live performance of “Rain On Me” from Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, too. This is two of the biggest pop stars in the world on one song, and it is so so good. Fun, upbeat, uplifting lyrics, a positive meaning, AND an incredible music video? Yeah, it was destined to be a hit from the start.
5. “Daisies” by Katy Perry
(5.28% of the votes)
Katy Perry showed us a different side of herself as an artist with “Daisies” by stripping it back to the basics. It stands out among her recent singles for its almost acoustic feel and her soaring vocals. We were pleasantly surprised with this song.
4. “BLACK PARADE” by Beyoncé
(5.66% of the votes)
Surprise released on the night of Juneteenth and right before announcing her new Disney+ visual album, “BLACK PARADE” is everything we needed from Beyoncé right now. She is honoring her heritage, being unapologetically Black, and it’s Beyoncé, so it’s great music, of course.
3. “How You Like That” by BLACKPINK
(5.77% of the votes)
Breaking records left and right, BLACKPINK dropped their latest pre-release single, “How You Like That,” last month. It is no surprise that the song has done so well. With impressive visuals and blasting production, the track has been a major hit for the leading K-Pop girl group.
2. “I Dare You” by Kelly Clarkson
(26.78% of the votes)
This was honestly a surprise to be so high on this list, but it was a good surprise. Kelly Clarkson released this song in SIX (yes, 6) different languages where she actually sang in each one. She has always impressed me with her work ethic, unbelievable voice, and talent, but that was just something exceptional.
- “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles
(45.4% of the votes)
Harry Styles has been having quite the year with the songs off of his album, Fine Line, and it’s a shame we didn’t get more live performances of the songs before the quarantine. “Watermelon Sugar” has been an undeniable hit this summer, and I could tell it was going to be big the first time I heard it last November. It stands out among Styles’ solo discography as it is very uptempo compared to his other hits. This was far and away the winner of this poll. Harry Styles can seemingly do no wrong, and “Watermelon Sugar” is just further proof of that.