“3am (Pull Up)” by Charli XCX feat. MØ
Perfect as: Morning music to kick off your day.
This electropop collab by the British sensation and the Danish pop star is exactly what you’d expect from two of the coolest girls in music right now: lots of bounce, bite, and manic beats.
“Run Up” by Major Lazer feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj
Perfect for: Tropical twerking.
This electro-dancehall track is the perfect tune to pop on when you and your friends are in a booty-shaking mood at the beach. Give it a listen and try not to dance, we dare ya!
“Machine” by Misterwives
Perfect for: Ditching work to go on a well-deserved vacay.
“Machine is a rallying cry to stand against a world that suppresses individuality and diversity,” the American indie-pop band says. Blast it once you finally get to use your VLs after months of slaving away behind your office desk.
“Green Light” by Lorde
Perfect for: Brokenhearted girls looking to walwal the summer away.
Don’t be fooled by the upbeat track—Lorde reveals that “Green Light” is pretty much “that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess.” There’s a silver lining to it though, as Lorde says of this hypothetical girl, “Tomorrow, she starts to rebuild.” If you recently got dumped yourself, let this be your staple song to dance—and sob—to.
“Good Girls” by LANY
Perfect for: Your golden hour photo shoots.
Take pictures outdoors while blasting this sweet synthpop gem from the American buzz band that’s the sonic equivalent of your sun-drenched, throwback-tinged summer ‘grams.
“Chained to the Rhythm” by Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley
Perfect for: Those hot, lazy afternoons.
Katy gets politically woke in her new single as she chides people for “stumbling around like wasted zombies.” With its bleak message backed by a hypnotic rhythm, it’s just the thing to guilt you out of feeling tamad AF on those sweaty days when you just want to stay indoors and not move at all.
“Soothsayer” by Taken by Cars
Perfect for: A road trip with the barkada.
The local rock group kicks off its much-awaited comeback with a dreamy, reverb-y new single that brings to mind long drives with the sun shining high and the windows cranked down.
“Better” by Maggie Rogers
Perfect for: Solitary daytime walks.
The rising music newcomer brings us a folk-pop stunner that’s so light and airy, you can play it on your iPod on a walk and feel like it’s 10 degrees cooler than it actually is.
“It Ain't Me” by Kygo feat. Selena Gomez
Perfect for: Watching the sun rise or set.
Sel’s sultry voice blends with finger snaps, guitar strums, and minimal beats to create a chill tropical house track that’s made for those quiet moments when you’re just sitting back and staring at the sun’s fiery majesty.
“Slide” by Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos
Perfect as: A pre-game banger.
With its lazy croons, retro funk, and laid-back beat, Calvin Harris’s latest single has warm weather written all over it. On the day of the song’s release, the superstar DJ tweeted that his new music is “sonically designed to make you feel fucking incredible.” HE WASN’T KIDDING.
“Good Day” by Yellow Claw feat. DJ Snake and Elliphant
Perfect for: Low-key dancing at a party.
The Dutch DJ duo has joined forces with the French electro giant and the Swedish songstress for a melodic banger that has just the right tempo for when you can only manage drunken swaying and lazy fist-pumping.
“Obsession” by Vice feat. Jon Bellion
Perfect for: Your swoon-worthy summer fling.
“I give you all my attention; baby, you’re my obsession!” gushes up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jon Bellion on this jubilant love song. Share this tune with your summer fling; he’ll find it so cute that you even have a song for him! *heart eyes*
“Fashion Week” by Wale feat. G-Eazy
Perfect for: Making rampa in your hubadera summer outfits.
“Walk by, on fire baby can't douse it!” Wale sings appreciatively of a model-like hottie that’s caught his eye. Channel your inner Kendall with this track—never mind that you’re just hitting the sidewalk, not the catwalk.
“Soully, Yours” by Curtismith feat. J.Wong
Perfect for: MOMOL on a hot and sticky night.
Filipino rapper Curtismith has just released his new EP Soully, Yours, and its title track is a moody, sultry, number that seems to whisper: “You. Me. That dark corner. NOW.”
You can listen to it on SoundCloud here.
“Unti-Unti” by UDD
Perfect for: Your missed connection, summer edition.
The featured song in this Globe promo video, “Unti-Unti” captures a couple’s relationship from their first meeting to their eventual parting. Let this bittersweet number soundtrack that missed connection with a stranger you had while on vacation that you’re pretty sure you’re going to regret. FOREVER.
“Girl at Coachella” by Matoma and MAGIC! feat. D.R.A.M.
Perfect for: Sipping a coconut drink while lying back on a lounge chair.
Matoma’s tropical touch + MAGIC!’s reggae vibes + D.R.A.M.’s feel-good verse = ultimate beachside beats. Lean back, put your feet up, and order a drink with a tiny umbrella jutting out. You deserve it.