Top 10 Songs of the Summer 2018

Summer 2018 was packed with great songs, but which ones came out on top?

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Year after year, summer has been a popular time for artists around the world to release their newest albums. Without the distraction of school, students are able to focus more on the newest music, and albums released during the summer months tend to be some of the highest-selling records of the year. This year was no different, with strong albums released by some of the industry’s biggest stars, from A$AP Rocky’s “Testing” in May to Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” in August. With Spotify just releasing their most streamed songs of the summer for the entire country, which songs were Antioch’s most played this summer?

#10 – Ariana Grande, “no tears left to cry”

The lead single for her album “Sweetener”, “no tears left to cry” finds Grande in her hit-making prime. She tells a relatable and empowering story of getting over a hard breakup, but it’s all positive vibes in this dance-pop track.

#9 – Khalid, 6LACK & Ty Dolla $ign, “OTW”

What happens when you combine three of R&B’s biggest names onto one song? This song about meeting a love interest answers that question, delivering dynamic vocal performances over a smooth trap-inspired beat, perfect for late-night drives.

#8 – Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, “One Kiss”

In a musical environment made up of breakup song after breakup song, this summery dance song provides some necessary beachy vibes. “One Kiss” is a student favorite.

“[It’s] lighthearted and fun,” senior Ashutosh Atre said.

#7 -Maroon 5, “Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)”

With some assistance in the form of a feature by one of this year’s most popular artists, Cardi B, this single from Maroon 5’s album “Red Pill Blues” peaked at number two on theĀ Billboard Hot 100, and delivers catchy vocals and an energetic guitar-driven instrumental.

#6 – Drake, “Nice For What”

This ode to female empowerment from one of the biggest artists in hip-hop continued Drake’s trend of chart-topping dominance replacing his own song, “God’s Plan”, at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

#5 – Post Malone, “Better Now”

Genre-blending artist Post Malone sings his regrets over an ex lover on this R&B track, serving as a reminder to find happiness in real relationships rather than in material goods.

#4 – Juice WRLD, “Lucid Dreams”

Dreamy, guitar-heavy production frames this breakup song to end all breakup songs. Native Chicago artist, Juice WRLD, questions his judgement and his feelings about his ex, creating a bass-heavy banger with meaningful and relatable lyrics.

#3 – XXXTentacion, “SAD!”

Following his murder in June, XXXTentacion’s music blew up, shooting to the top of the charts in the weeks following. This emo rap song contrasts crisp drums and catchy melodies with themes of suicidal thoughts, creating one of the most interesting songs of the year.

#2 – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “I Like It”

Cardi B’s infectiously energetic style is vividly apparent in this Latin trap song featuring two prominent artists of the genre. If there was any song to blast in your car with the windows down, it’s this one.

#1 – Drake, “In My Feelings”

Undoubtedly helped by the viral dance craze it inspired, Drake’s “In My Feelings” was the most streamed song of the summer, clocking in at over 393 million streams on Spotify between June 1st and August 20th and dominating social media feeds around the world.

 

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