Arts & Entertainment Editor
For all the study abroad students, the ones who spent their summers away from the internet or those who were too busy to keep up with the latest songs, this is for you. Before school begins, here’s a crash course on the major hits from this summer that you’ll probably hear consistently at UD house parties for the foreseeable future.
1. “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
This song started to become popular when school ended, but it’s exploded over the past few months. Sitting at No. 1, it holds the record for the longest time at the top of the chart – 17 weeks. During its time at No. 1, multiple remixes have come out, but Cyrus’ has remained the most popular. This song is upbeat and practically begs you to dance to it. If you have time, and enough space on the dance floor, watch this tutorial by Matt Steffanina on how to wow your friends with the moves.
2. “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
The bass on this song does not disappoint, nor do the light, quiet whispers of Eilish over the moving undertones. This song isn’t your typical pop tune, which means you can throw out the words ‘drinking’ and ‘party’ and still hit most of the lyrics. However, I have discovered that singing ‘guy’ at the end of a line in the chorus has a five in nine chance of being correct, so use that to your advantage. It’s hard to hear what Eilish is singing because she’s so quiet, but the song has a unique vibe that makes you want to go for a drive with the windows rolled down before an impending storm. It’s eerie, tempting the unknown.
3. “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
For anyone who has dealt with a long-distance relationship, Mendes may be the artist for you. Like his song “Lost in Japan,” this one also touches on missing someone from far away, but with lots more chemistry. (Don’t believe me? Watch the official video here.) The duet is typical of today’s pop hits, filled with sensuality and a simple melody that Mendes and Cabello bounce back and forth or sing together.
4. “Talk” by Khalid
Lots of synthesizer, lots of autotune, but still a catchy song from a musical perspective. Khalid has a good range, and he uses it all in this song. The melody is slow and rhythmic, which draws listeners into a soft sway or bob. It’s low-key and is meant to soothe instead of berate. It would be a good song to play before “Closing Time.”
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