You can almost hear the end credits rolling as classes start and summer fades away. Whether it be lounging poolside, jamming front row at a concert or taking a road trip with the besties, our summers all retain a common denominator: music. Now, whether you listened to your own finely curated playlist or just tuned into the radio, you were bound to stumble upon the good, the bad and the ugly of summer 2016 tracks. Here’s our picks for seasonal favorite and summer slump!
“Closer” – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
No, “One Dance” is not the best song of the summer (sorry, Drake fans). Though this is not the only Chainsmokers song to top the charts this summer, “Closer” gets the gold for numerous reasons. First and foremost, the song is catchy. Second, the song is basically an anthem for us young twentysomethings. “So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover / That I know you can’t afford / Bite that tattoo on your shoulder / Pull the sheets right off the corner / Of the mattress that you stole / From your roommate back in Boulder / We ain’t ever getting older.” It touches on the topic of heartbreak while simultaneously celebrating youth. It’s a song that can double as a soft-on-the-ears background jam or a refined tune that is ready to be lyrically analyzed. What a welcome break from the typically overplayed pop hits that have come to define summer songs.
“Me Too” – Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor is one of those artists whose songs are either a hit or miss. “Me Too” is a miss. It stays on-brand with her typical music that empowers women and encourages them to love themselves. This song, however, goes past just loving oneself and shifts into pure vanity. “I walk in like a dimepiece / I go straight to V.I.P. / I never pay for my drinks / My entourage behind me.” There is a difference between having pride in yourself and being conceited. Trainor’s song seemed like an attempt to promote self-love but the kind of self-love described in this song is not an example that people should strive to follow. Beside the lyrics, the song itself just sounds very generic. The basic dance beat can’t even be described as unpleasant, but more so unmemorable. Trainor has had a few songs that were more well-received, sticking closer to her intended message. This, however, was not one of them.
A version of this article appeared in the Sunday, August 28 print edition. Email Dejarelle Gaines at [email protected]