Every morning you wake up, and there are three new Migos features to add to your summer BBQ playlists. It’s a lot to digest.
Until we crown the 2017 song of the summer, the subject is up for some vigorous debate as we sift through the merits of each before collectively realizing that one song in the pack is harder to escape than the rest. You’ll hear it in a CVS when you dodge in to buy an iced tea and then still be humming it a week later and everything will be as clear as the community pool in the 30 seconds before it opens for the day.
Until that day comes, here are some of the top contenders this year and a few talking points to make it sound like you know what you’re talking about.
“Slide” by Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean and Migos
Is it the Song of the Summer? So far, it’s more of a sleeper hit, but this slick track could sliiiiiiide right to the front of the pack.
Talking points: Do the members of Migos sleep?
“Despacito” Remix by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
Is this the Song of the Summer? It should be.
Talking points: Just make sure you don’t do what Justin Bieber did and start drunkenly making up lyrics. Please do not just sing the word “burrito.” Oh my god, why, Justin?
“I’m the One” by DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
Is it the Song of the Summer? According to the aforementioned superstars, yes, and they swear they’d never lie to you.
Talking points: How cute DJ Khaled’s baby is, how cute Chance the Rapper’s baby is, how cute grown baby Justin Bieber is.
Untitled by Justin Bieber
Is it the Song of the Summer? I already, unequivocally, declared it is but have yet to find a single person who agrees with me.
Talking points: Just don’t talk about how you’re thinking about quitting caffeine. It’s boring.
“Want You Back” by Haim
Is this the Song of the Summer? Are you on a road trip? In that case, absolutely.
Talking points: How delightful that Wilson Phillips cameo in Bridesmaids is. If a film bro scoffs at Haim, perhaps throw a beer in his face and yell, “Oh, I guess you think you have better taste than Paul Thomas Anderson?” If you like a girl’s outfit, maybe the fact that Haim didn’t collaborate with Reformation again for a summer capsule collection.
“Lust For Life” by Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd
Is this the Song of the Summer? It’s the perfect soundtrack to sticky summer nights. “Summertime Sadness” became a mega hit after the remix dominated radio, so there’s hope.
Talking points: Lana
“Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen ft. all your hopes and dreams
Is this the Song of the Summer? “Call Me Maybe” is the definitive Song of the Summer, so the honor doesn’t seem sufficient for Carly Rae’s latest triumph.
Talking points: Just take out your phones and look at Carly Rae’s Instagram together. You’ll be happy.
“Malibu” by Miley Cyrus
Is this the Song of the Summer? I’ve had it stuck in my head all week, so maybe.
Talking points: Do we even exist?
“Green Light” by Lorde
Is this the Song of the Summer? On behalf of sensitive girls everywhere, yes.
Talking points: Your exes who deserve to be eaten by sharks.
“I Don’t Want to Live Forever” – Taylor Swift ft. Zayn
Is this the Song of the Summer? This is the Song of the Summer if you happen to be at Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July party.
Talking points: Taylor Swift
“Passionfruit” by Drake
Is this the Song of the Summer? Given Drake’s track record, chances are good you’ll be hearing this every time a car drives by you with the windows down
Talking points: Which era of Celine Dion’s glorious career he should commemorate with a tattoo.
“Swish Swish” by Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj
Is this the Song of the Summer? “Swish Swish” is not the song of the summer.
Talking points: If you hear this song, please use it as an opportunity to bring up whatever petty drama is happening in your own social circle. Stars, they’re just like us!
“Hard Times” by Paramore
Is this the Song of the Summer? Maybe! That would be fun!
Talking points: How good After Laughter is. Warped Tour memories. Seriously have you listened to by in full yet? Even if you don’t think you’re a Paramore fan, you will be a Paramore fan.