With rising temperatures comes the need for a dedicated summer anthem, and so far, there are plenty of contenders for the default poolside jam or windows-down-cruising soundtrack. As the first official day of the season approaches, what will go down in sonic history as the song of the summer for 2018?
As always, Drake has made a strong bet for himself amidst multiple single releases, with “Nice For What” returning to top the Billboard Hot 100. Childish Gambino made his long-awaited entry into the Top 10 with the No. 1-debuting “This Is America,” his first song to chart since 2016’s “Redbone.” Ariana Grande also scored herself a triumphant comeback by proclaiming she has “No Tears Left to Cry,” and BTS mobilized a mainstream appreciation for K-pop with “Fake Love.”
Shawn Mendes commenced his third album cycle with the evocative ballad “In My Blood,” while his pal Camila Cabello proved things would “Never Be the Same” after the release of her smash debut full-length. Cardi B followed with a hit first LP herself, delivering singles like “I Like It” and “Be Careful” that were basically written for warm-weather jam sessions.
Rewind to last summer’s contenders here.
So, which one gets the crown to be the summer anthem of 2018? Vote for your pick for the 2018 Song of the Summer below, and if your pick isn’t listed, write it in yourself!