What will the songs of summer be?

Soledad Lee
Social Media Manager

Song Story
Art by Vanessa Schroeder

Summer is approaching quickly, and students are thinking about their bucket lists or better yet, the songs they will have on repeat all summer long.

The top three songs last summer were, “As It Was” by Harry Styles, “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush and “Me Porto Bonito” by Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone, according to newsroom.spotify.com.

Students suggested songs from artists like Frank Ocean, Mac Miller or Taylor Swift. No matter how different, they all achieve that summer feel of screaming the lyrics of a song outside car windows with friends or lying in the sun with no homework to worry about.

Junior Charlotte Collier will be listening to “The Spins” by Mac Miller.

“It just has the vibes of like, rolling down your windows and, like, driving with your friends,” Collier said.

Juniors Owen Barrs and Kellsie Shell personally both believe Frank Ocean’s song, “Pink + White” will be on repeat.

“‘Pink + White’ by Frank Ocean, because it’s Frank Ocean,” Barrs said.

“Last summer it was ‘Pink + White’ by Frank Ocean, and this summer it will be the same. The best song in the history of music. Frank Ocean is the best music creator… it’s like Beyonce’s in the background singing, and then Frank is singing, like what song can top that,” Shell said.

Ocean is very popular, as even junior Tyson Knapp will be listening to “Slide” by Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Migos.

“It is such a fun and upbeat song,” Knapp said.

Another Ocean song, junior Libby Combs will have on repeat is ¨Sweet Life.¨

Combs said, ¨Honestly because, first of all it’s about having a sweet life. It’s about being free and like exploring things… I don’t know it just has that summer feel to it.¨

Junior Josh Delay weighed out some different options.

Delay said, “For the real ones, if you know good music, it’s going to be ‘Players Anthem’ by UGK and Outkast. I think if you’re kinda you know basic…maybe some Steve Lacy, ‘Bad Habit’ probably. Let me find a good one, ‘This Charming Man’ by The Smiths. There was one song I was listening to, I was like this is going to go hard in the summer. I think the biggest song this summer is going to be… ‘What is Love’ by TWICE.”

Junior Brady Curtis has an out-of-the-box summer song, “Aengus The Prize-Winning Hog.”

Curtis said, “We just listen to it all the time, during summer, and it’s like a good hype song, if you ever have sports or events.”

Junior Kyzer Strawbridge will be tuning out to “The Hills” by The Weeknd over summer break.

“It’s just a vibe, it makes me feel independent… it does remind me of lifeguarding,” Strawbridge said.

No matter what, this generation will find a way to bring Swift into their playlist. Albums differ from songs from “Lover,” to “folklore,” to “1989.”

“‘Betty’ by Taylor Swift, cause I really like that song, and I’m probably going to be singing it a lot in my car,” junior Amelia Kennerly said.

“For me, it will be, ‘You Are In Love’ by Taylor Swift, because it reminds me of late summer and it’s a song that’s on my summer playlist,” junior Lauryn Riefle said.

Another beloved artist who was popular last summer is English singer-songwriter Harry Styles, especially with his album release of, “Harry’s House” in May of 2022. Last summer, the album definitely defined summer.

Junior Kate Beck said, “‘Daydreaming,’ by Harry Styles, just cause you know the background music and the beat or whatever is just so like happy and fun… it’s vibey.”

For sophomore Kate Link, ¨light¨ by wave to earth accompanies a summer feel.

Link said, ¨The instruments, they just all blend really well together. It’s like summer because it sounds like a warm, cool breeze.¨

Senior Michael Blessing is looking forward to moving on to the next chapter in his life. He thinks, “Snow (Hey Oh)” by Red Hot Chili Peppers reflects that.

“The more I’m learning, the more I realize all I don’t know,” Blessing said.

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