Summer Sixteen: Anthems and Bangers
    • MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

    • Posted by: Jacob Swindell-Sakoor


    Lately, Drake has found major success with dancehall inspired jams such as "One Dance" and the now "Popcaan-less Controlla" (still mad about that Drizzy but we good fam). Anyway, "For Free" continues some of the vibes that were found on the Views standout Feel No Ways with its '80s style synths. Shout outs to Jordan Ullman of Majid Jordan and Nineteen85 (half of DVSN and producer of Hotline Bling) for giving Drake another banger. "For Free" will be sure to be heard all summer long. Also, who doesn't love DJ Khaled's motivational speech at the end? Major key alert indeed.


    If it wasn't already clear let me make it absolutely transparent, Jeremih knows how to make a hit ya'll. With "Oui" Jeremih plays with the French word meaning yes since it also sounds like we and contains the letters "U" and "I." Outside of the theme, "Oui" is set to be a clear marker as an end of the night song for the partygoers.


    Tory Lanez is currently underrated and it's truly a shame since the man has shown that he knows how to pen a diverse range of songs. On "Luv" he's able to take the Caribbean wave that everyone's been on recently and give it a breath of much needed fresh air by sampling Devonte & Tonto Metros dancehall classic "Every One Falls In Love." With Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco on production Luv will surely be a hit once it catches the right steam. Luv proves that Tory can make another hit-worthy song besides for "Say It."


    Calvin Harris and Rihanna together? The duo could have sold us white noise and we would still call it amazing. Luckily enough that didn't happen this time around and we were blessed with This Is What You Came For and all of its electronic goodness. Calvin Harris proves that he has staying power as one of the world's most popular producers and Rihanna continues her 2016 domination with what will surely be heard from your local cafe to the most popular clubs overseas.


    Chance just can't do wrong this year. He not only released the best hip-hop album so far this year (it's just my opinion folks chill), but he also got the Grammys to change their rules. The Chicago native has surely changed the game since he gained major attention in 2013, but he would be nowhere without making strong music. On No Problem 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne join for this Gospel inspired joint that's gonna have everybody dabbing throughout the summer. Oh and that beat? Heavenly is the only way to describe it.


    In case you didn't read our review of Flume's latest album Skin, just know that we're big fans of it. "Numb & Getting Colder" is a clear standout because it was made for the festival crowd. It features Flume doing what he does best (which is produce his ass off) and has great usage of Kucka's airy and high pitched vocals. While the song starts off slow at first, the steady build just lets you know what's about to come. This song is perfect for the start of the party and all the Soundcloud kids will surely love this one.


    On Cheap Thrills Sia and Sean Paul make magic with a song that takes inspiration from Dancehall music, but is able to stand on its own two feet. Also, shout outs to Sia for featuring a Caribbean artist on a song that uses Dancehall elements (I'm still mad about Controlla Drizzy even though we good). Cheap Thrills is the ideal coming down song after a night of sweating out all your emotions on the dance floor. You'd be hard pressed to find someone that isn't smiling by the time this song is over.


    Zara Larsson & MNEK should seriously consider being a duo because "Never Forget You" is everything that Pop music in 2016 should be. This song feels fresh because it isn't blatantly taking from another genre, but instead falls under the electronic umbrella and manages to not sound cliched. In 2016 it's difficult to create something the truly stands out but "Never Forget You will surely be a summer sixteen jam. It's perfect for getting lit with your friends at a party or even in your bedroom by yourself.


    This summer when someone brings negative energy your way just put on this song. Don't call your friends, don't throw shade on Twitter, just bump "Why You Always Hatin?" It's true that the summer brings out some of the best memories of the year, but it is known to bring life trolls and haters alike. Protect yourself with the summer anthem Why You Always Hatin. With a stellar assist from Drake and Kamaiyah, this track is perfect for driving around with the squad.


    This is the newest song on the list, but it will surely be found on summer playlists throughout the season. On "Safari" J Balvin features Pharrell Williams singing in Spanish and it sounds as natural as ever. J Balvin has found reggaeton perfection with Safari. This song will be heard from cars, barbecues, and parties all over. I heard it for the first time today and it immediately made my summer sixteen playlist. Do yourself a favor and listen to "Safari" asap.

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