Sure, August has barely begun and I'm already calling it a wrap on the "Songs of Summer," but can you blame me? The top two songs of the season were released in February and April respectively and have dominated the charts ever since, so it's highly unlikely any upcoming music is going to swoop in and take the title—but that doesn't mean this list is Predictable Central. Instead of the usual 20 , there are 22 songs, which is something that surprised me, but there were a couple of tunes that I simply could not cut. So without further ado, I'm presenting my favorite 22 songs that best represent summer Usher is doing his best D'Angelo impression in the music video "Good Kisser.
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Guest features and gassy brass aside, her vocals are the key: sweet, soaring, and unabashedly exuberant. It sounds simple: take the silky smooth vocals of a British crooner, add one slow-burning love song, mix in a backing gospel choir and — boom! Evocative and passionate, this song will pull at heartstrings you never knew you had. A veteran of the Toronto pop scene, Allie Hughes rebooted her career as Allie X with this gleaming piece of synth-pop. The retro girl group vibe, undulating cheerfulness and jangly dance beat work well for the Danish electro-pop songstress — and despite the misleading title, the song is the perfect soundtrack for a sing-into-your-hairbrush slumber party scene. The atmospheric song with folksy melancholia and lush arrangements is a return to form for Beck, showing off his incredible songwriting skills.
Presenting The Best Tracks of , as voted by our writers and editors. Any track that was released in or had its greatest impact in the U. Instead, her day-to-day habits and the way she views the world have been altered exponentially by love.