Which of These Jams Will Be 2018's Song of the Summer?

The hunt for the next "Despacito" starts now.

songs of summer 2018
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From "Call Me Maybe" to "Trap Queen," music is as much a part of the summer season as backyard barbecues and days at the beach. Every year, artists compete to put out the song of the summer, and 2018 is no different. Who will reign supreme?

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Back 2 You Selena Gomez summer songs 2018
Interscope Records
Back To You — Selena Gomez

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Selena dropped this single as part of the soundtrack to season two of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, which she produces. Speculation that it's about her relationship with Justin Bieber has also given it a boost in plays.

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2002 Anne-Marie summer songs 2018
Atlantic Records
2002 — Anne-Marie

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This one plays into people's nostalgia for the early aughts. With a chorus that references hits by Britney Spears, Nelly, Jay-Z, and *NSYNC, it's a track that's sure to hit home for anyone who was coming of age in that era.

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Accelerate Christina Aguilera summer songs 2018
RCA Records
Accelerate — Christina Aguilera (feat. 2 Chainz & Ty Dolla $ign)

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Xtina's comeback single is produced by Kanye (among others), and it features two of the most in-demand rappers in music right now. Her full album, Liberation, drops right before summer hits, so it's pretty clear that Aguilera is aiming to be the pop queen of summer '18.

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Alone Halsey Big Sean Steflon Don summer songs 2018
Astralwerks
Alone — Halsey (feat. Big Sean & Stefflon Don)

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Halsey has been a pop star on the rise since 2014, and "Alone" just might be the track to get her to the top of the charts again after her feature on The Chainsmokers’ hit "Closer."

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Balenciaga Cheat Codes summer songs 2018
300 Entertainment
Balenciaga — Cheat Codes

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The lyrics are simple and involve a bit of luxury-brand name-dropping, but the DJ trio add in their infectious beat to ensure that it's a staple in the clubs all summer long.

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Be Careful Cardi B summer songs 2018
Atlantic Records
Be Careful — Cardi B

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Cardi's "Bodak Yellow" blew up in late summer 2017, and her 2018 Invasion of Privacy album is critically acclaimed and it already went gold. This track, which seemingly addresses her boyfriend (Offset)'s cheating, just might add another achievement to her résumé.

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Bloom Troye Sivan summer songs 2018
EMI Music
Bloom — Troye Sivan

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Sivan kept us warm all winter with "My My My!" and "Bloom" hits all the right notes to be a huge summer single. It's a smooth track that's ideal for any beach-day playlist.

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Chun-Li Nicki Minaj summer songs 2018
Young Money/Cash Money Records
Chun-Li — Nicki Minaj

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Minaj is giving fans a taste of her new music with this single that's definitely more "Beez in the Trap" than "Starships." Plus, the Street Fighter reference is a nice touch.

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Delicate Taylor Swift summer songs 2018
Big Machine Records
Delicate — Taylor Swift

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Swift may have killed off the old Taylor, but she still knows how to churn out a bop. "Delicate" is the song to play on your way home during one of those perfect summer nights that you know you're going to look back on in years to come.

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Familiar Liam Payne J Balvin summer songs 2018
Capitol Records
Familiar — Liam Payne and J Balvin

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Will Liam Payne be the One Directioner to lock down the "song of the summer" title? Teaming up with a hitmaker like J Balvin certainly doesn't hurt his chances.

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Famous Mason Ramsey summer songs 2018
Atlantic Records
Famous — Mason Ramsey

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The "Walmart Yodeling Kid" is striking while his iron is hot with this debut single. It may not be your summer jam, but it's perfect for the Kidz Bop set.

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Friends Marshmello Anne-Marie summer songs 2018
Major Tom's/Asylum Records
FRIENDS — Marshmello & Anne-Marie

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If Anne-Marie's "2002" doesn't do it for you, perhaps her collaboration with producer/DJ Marshmello is the one. It has a hook that's perfect to turn up while celebrating being single in the summertime.

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Genius Sia Labrinth Diplo LSD summer songs 2018
Columbia Records
Genius — LSD (feat. Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo)

Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo have formed a supergroup called LSD, and "Genius" is their debut. Music's answer to The Avengers are on a mission to save the world from a summer of boring music.

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Good Night John Legend Bloodpop summer songs
Columbia Records
A Good Night — John Legend and BloodPop

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Legend's silky vocals on this track are meant to be heard while relaxing by (or in) a pool. Swan float not included.

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Heavenly Pale Waves summer songs 2018
Dirty Hit
Heavenly — Pale Waves

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If your summer music vibe is more Haim than Cardi B, then "Heavenly" by English indie pop group Pale Waves deserves a spot on your playlist. This track could be just what the band needs to establish themselves stateside.

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ICY GRL Bae Mix Kehlani Saweetie summer songs 2018
Warner Bros. Records
ICY GRL [Bae Mix] — Saweetie (feat. Kehlani)

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All that really needs to be said about this song is that it samples Khia's 2002 hit "My Neck, My Back."

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In My Blood Shawn Mendes summer songs 2018
Island Records
In My Blood — Shawn Mendes

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This one is definitely an early contender. Mendes is already a powerhouse in the pop scene, and his self-titled album is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

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Mad Love Zayn summer songs 2018
RCA Records
Let Me — ZAYN

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The lead single from Zayn's follow-up to 2016's Mind of Mine comes with a lot of hype. The song and mysterious upcoming album is his first since ending his relationship with Gigi Hadid. You can bet that fans will be analyzing every line for references to their romance.

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Mad Love Sean Paul David Guetta Becky G summer songs 2018
Island Records
Mad Love — Sean Paul and David Guetta (feat. Becky G)

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Both Paul and Guetta are no strangers to delivering summer bangers. Throwing Becky G into the mix adds an extra element that's guaranteed to get people onto the dance floor.

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Make Me Feel Janelle Monáe summer songs 2018
Bad Boy Records
Make Me Feel — Janelle Monáe

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Pretty much any track from Monáe's Dirty Computer album could be the "song of the summer." The whole thing is basically album of the year at this point.

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Meant To Be Bebe Rexha Florida Georgia Line summer songs 2018
Warner Bros. Records
Meant to Be — Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line)

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Rexha's foray into country music has totally paid off for her. This track has been charting since before 2018 even started, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

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Me So Bad Tinashe Ty Dolla $ign French Montana summer songs 2018
RCA Records
Me So Bad — Tinashe (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana)

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Tinashe's third album, Joyride, dropped in April, and it features this synth-heavy track that's just total summer pre-game music.

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Never Be The Same Camila Cabello Kane Brown summer songs 2018
Epic Records
Never Be the Same — Camila Cabello (feat. Kane Brown)

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Cabello's A&R team made a smart move dropping a remix of her established hit just in time for summer. The alternate version features country star Kane Brown, who brings a little twang to the former Fifth Harmony member's breathy vocals.

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Nice For What Drake summer songs 2018
Young Money/Cash Money Records
Nice For What — Drake

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If Drake drops a single, it's going to be a hit. If Drake's single samples Lauryn Hill, it's going to be explosive.

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No More Tears Left To Cry Ariana Grande summer songs
Republic Records
No Tears Left To Cry — Ariana Grande

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Game over. Ariana wins! **Praise Emoji** **Prayer Emoji** **Praise Emoji**

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Nothing Compares 2 U Prince summer songs
Warner Bros. Records
Nothing Compares 2 U — Prince

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The posthumous release of Prince's version of the hit song made popular by Sinéad O'Connor is an unlikely contender, but so was he.

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One Kiss Dua Lipa Calvin Harris summer songs 2018
Sony Music
One Kiss — Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa

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Harris has several summer smashes under his belt (including "Summer" and "This Is What You Came For"), and Lipa is having a huge year. There's no doubt this track will be all over the place all summer long.

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Positivo J Balvin Michael Brun summer songs 2018
Universal Music Latino
Positivo — J Balvin and Michael Brun

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Balvin is adding a little latin heat to your summer playlist with this single produced by Haitian DJ Michael Brun. It's impossible to turn this song on and not immediately start tapping your toes.

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Princesa TINI Karol G summer songs 2018
Hollywood Records
Princesa — TINI and Karol G

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You've been warned. One listen to this song, and it'll be stuck in your head. You'll find yourself singing the chorus over and over and unfortunately there's no known cure.

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Psycho Post Malone Ty Dolla $ign summer songs 2018
Republic Records
Psycho — Post Malone (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

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Based on this list, it seems like Ty Dolla $ign will stop at nothing to take over the music charts this summer. "Psycho" may not be the most upbeat dance-ready track, but this one's for those summer days when it's too hot to do anything but chill.

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