Songs of Summer Call-in Special

Every year, critics and media outlets the world over put out definitive song-of-summer guides based on…well, we’re not always entirely sure. Certainly popularity, as measured by streams and radio play; not to mention that bewildering feeling that creeps up some time mid-July, prompting whispered exclamations of: “man, this song is everywhere.” But the most ubiquitous track isn’t necessarily the one you’ll have on repeat on those steamy summer commutes to work, nor is it the song you’ll want soundtracking this year’s vacations, graduations, summer flings and backyard cookouts.
 
In this episode, we abandon the pursuit of a single song of summer, and ask the question we’re more interested in: What does summer sound like? To answer that question, we asked you, our listeners, and got some downright awesome suggestions in return. Your voicemails covered everything from Hot Girl Summer anthems and nostalgia-inducing dance jams, to globally infused collaborations and just-released future-feeling indie rock cuts. Today, we travel across the full spectrum of summer feels, and the music that comes through when we need it the most.
 
Songs Discussed
  • MUNA – Number One Fan
  • Amber Mark – Put You On
  • Jonas Brothers – Only Human
  • Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita
  • Charlie XCX, Christine and the Queens – Gone
  • BTS, Zara Larsson – Brand New Day
  • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  • Post Malone – Sunflower
  • Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road
  • Pinkfong – Baby Shark
  • Khalid – Better
  • Megan Thee Stallion – Big ol’ Freak
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Juicy J – Simon Says
  • Saweetie – My Type
  • Petey Pablo – Freak-A-Leak
  • City Girls – Act Up
  • Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby – Cash Shit
  • Clairo – Sofia
  • HAIM – Summer Girl
  • Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
  • Mother’s Daughter – Miley Cyrus
  • Rosalía – Aute Cuture
  • Ariana Grande – NASA
  • BANKS – Gimme
  • Grimes, Hana – We appreciate power
  • Lizzo – Truth Hurts
  • Paul McCartney – Jet
  • Don Henley – The Boys of Summer
  • Santana, Rob Thomas – Smooth
  • Britney Spears – Toxic
  • The Slits – I Heard it Through the Grapevine
  • Missy Elliott – Slide
  • Freddie Gibbs, Madlib – Cataracts
  • Vampire Weekend – 2021
 
Misc extras
Listen to all of these songs and more on the Switched on Pop Songs of Summer 2019 Playlist.