Summer 2016 Playlist


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  1. “All Night” – Beyoncé                                                                                                                                       When Queen B dropped Lemonade in April, everyone went crazy! We all watched her visual album when it came out on HBO, and we all dreamed about smashing windows like she did in her “Hold Up” video. “All Night” is a lesser known song from the album, but  it’s a really great song to vibe to.
  2. “Finish Line / Drown” – Chance the Rapper feat. T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane and Noname                                                                                                                                                 Chance’s album, Coloring Book, was probably my favorite album of the summer. Whenever you have T-Pain singing a hook on a song, you know it’s going to be pretty great. Also, shout out to Christian artist Kirk Franklin for making an appearance on this song too.
  3. “U With Me?” – Drake                                                                                                                                   Drake has not been the same since his 2011 album, Take Care, but this song reminded me of the old Drake. In 2012, rapper DMX said he didn’t “like anything about Drake,” so I was shocked when the first line of this song used a DMX sample. Good for you, Drizzy!
  4. “This is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris & Rihanna                                                                 Any time Rihanna and Calvin Harris get together, you know that it’s going to be a hit. Remember when they teamed up for “We Found Love” in 2011? That song was and this song is super catchy. I’m sure that if I keep listening to it, it may get annoying, but for now, let’s keep it on this list.
  5. “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & Pt. 2” – Kanye West feat. Kelly Price & Kid Cudi               It is becoming harder and harder to defend Kanye’s actions and Twitter rants, but the man is a musical genius. This song starts out as a gospel song, turns into a dance track, transitions into a soul song and then somehow samples Desiigner’s song, “Panda.”
  6. “Hymn For The Weekend”– Coldplay                                                                                                         You really can’t go wrong with a song when you have Beyoncé singing background vocals. There really is no perfect way to describe this song. It’s a strange combination, but it just so happens to work!
  7. “We Don’t Talk Anymore” – Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez                                                               I couldn’t decide if I wanted to put this song on the list. I mean, I’m not a Charlie Puth fan, and I’m definitely NOT a Selena Gomez fan, but the song is cute. I have to give credit when credit is due, so, good job Selena and Charlie.
  8. “Love Me” – The 1975                                                                                                                                          You are probably more familiar with their song “The Sound,” but the first single off their sophomore album is my personal favorite. Although they released this song last October, I played it all summer, and it was a funky track to listen to at the gym.
  9. “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers feat. Daya                                                                          I screamed this song at my GPA and my transcripts as I applied to grad schools this summer. It’s so relevant, and when the beat drops, everyone and their grandma goes CRAZY!
  10. “No Apologies” – Jojo feat. Wiz Khalifa                                                                                              Remember Jojo? She is responsible for the song, “Leave (Get Out).” I’m sure you’ve belted that song during some car ride when you were in middle school, and occasionally after that. “No Apologies” is Jojo’s first single in ten years! She has been releasing music on her own over the years, but it’s just not the same. Welcome back, girl! I can’t wait for her to drop her full album in October.

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