Summer officially kicked off this week, which means barbecue and beach season is upon us and so are the songs that will soundtrack all your breezy-beach-day/sundazed-beers-on-the-rooftop/late-night-sweaty-in-the-club moments.
We polled our international team of music contributors on their votes for the song they’ll be bumping all summer, and the end result was these 4 tracks. Hit play below, and read on to find out why these songs made the cut.
"35 Pa Las 12 (Feat J Balvin)" – Fuego
“35 Pa Las 12” was already a stand out off Fuego’s January Fireboy Forever 2 release, and once reggaeton romantico star J Balvin jumped on the remix we knew this would be the Summer of Fuego.
Let’s be real, if “hookah, Henny y rosé” isn’t the summer motto, we don’t know what is.
"Who Cares' – MLKMN
On “Who Cares,” MLKMN delivers lovers rock-inspired dancehall perfect for balmy summer nights. Plus his posi-rhymes about self-acceptance in the face of doubters and haters are the only kind of vibes you want for summer.
"Mala Maña," – El Frente Caribe
This year, Alex Ferreira took a turn from sunny folk pop to a bachata and merengue side project called El Frente Caribe that had us shimmying and swaying. As our contributor David Melazound put it, “Mala Maña” will make you feel like you need to be at a disco terraza on a hot Sunday afternoon.
"Hunger Cloud," – Rudy De Anda
You know that point in summer when the season gets hazy and the days start to blend into each other. The sunlight is endless and there are waves of heat swelling in every direction. If it had an official soundtrack, it’d be Rudy De Anda’s pysch pop sound. “Hunger Cloud,” the first track on De Anda’s first full-length album, captures that SoCal moodiness: light but heavy, warm in the sun, but shivery in the shade.