We’re weeks away from the summer solstice, and the song of the summer has yet to be revealed.
The song of the summer has the potential to define the entire course of the season. Just look at the impact of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” in the summer of 2019 as an example. A truly great song from summer will have the power to transport you to that time for years to come.
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Predicting the song of the summer has become its own niche on TikTok. The “song of the summer” tag has over 4.2 billion views on the platform. In the months leading up to the official start of summer, like clockwork, every aspiring singer-songwriter posts a video saying something like, “I don’t mean to jinx it, but I think I just to write the song of the summer.” It’s such a popular format at this time of year that it has spurred parody videos from users posting their own terrible fake songs. In a video that garnered over 3.4 million views @superkeara(opens in a new tab) refers to this genre on TikTok as “a white woman’s battle royale”.
With so many parody videos invading the summer tag song on TikTok, is it just a meme now? Spotify doesn’t seem to think so.
Today, the music streaming giant released its predictions for the song of summer 2023. The list is created by its global hits curation team and is based on “a number of factors”, including numbers stream and the current trajectory. Swifties will be thrilled to see Taylor Swift’s 2019 summer anthem on the list, and those looking forward to Greta Gerwig’s Barbie The film can rest assured that Dua Lipa’s theme for the film is there.
Spotify’s 2023 summer forecast song:
“4EVA (feat. Pharrell Williams) by KAYTRAMINÉ, Aminé, KAYTRANADA
“All My Life (with J. Cole)” by Lil Durk, J. Cole
“Baby Don’t Hurt Me” by David Guetta, Anne-Marie, Coi Leray
“Calm Down (with Selena Gomez)” Rema, Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer”
“Cupid – Twin Ver.” by FIFTY FIFTY
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“Dancing the Night (from Barbie the Album)” by Dua Lipa
“Ella Baila Sola” by Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma
“Fast Car” by Luke Combs
Toosii’s “Favorite Song”
“Last Night” by Morgan Wallen
“Miracle (with Ellie Goulding) by Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding
“Moonlight” by Kali Uchis
“Not Loud Enough” by boygenius
“Peaches and Eggplant (feat. 21 Savage)” by Young Nudy, 21 Savage
“Rhyme Dust” by MK, Dom Dolla
“Unavailable (feat. Musa Keys)” by Davido
“VAGABUNDO” by Sebastian Yatra, Manuel Turizo, Beele
“What It Is (Solo Version)” door Doechii
“WHERE SHE GOES” by Bad Bunny
What do you think will be the song of the summer?