The Songs of 2020 That Will Remind You That It’s Actually Summer

Be they filled with long days at a daytime party, or sunny pool sessions that turned into long nights exploring the town, the warm weather months were supposed to be spent living our best lives. Vacations had been booked, outfits had been purchased. Summer 2020 was supposed to be something out of a movie.

That's what we should have been doing — what we're actually doing is a lot more bleak. Due to the global spread of the coronavirus, much of the country has essentially been shut down for months now. Many of us our nearing our fourth consecutive month of social distancing in our homes, and we're still wearing masks on the rare occasion that we decide to venture outdoors. This wasn't exactly the summer we were expecting.


But even if you aren't able to lay out on that beach or day drink on that rooftop in the city, you can still channel the good vibes of the season through your very own personal music playlist. Artists across every genre are still putting out music, and the new tracks are exactly what you need to salvage what's left of your summer. Even if it's from the safety of your own home.

From romantic, swoon-worthy melodies to a run to a dance floor, twerk-worthy ear-worm that just won't get out of your head, these are the songs that will make it feel like summer again.

"Savage (Remix)" Megan thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé

Rapyoncé returns to spice up the Houston hottie's viral single, setting the tone for the summer. It's demon time, baby!

"Don't Walk Away" John Legend ft. Koffee

This John Legend track expertly fuses R&B with reggae, and its verse from Jamaica's very own Koffee solidifies it as an absolute banger.

"Say So (Remix)" Doja Cat ft. Nicki Minaj

Doja Cat may be canceled, but the vibes are not. Siri, play the "Say So" remix — again!

"body count" Odunsi the Engine

Perfect "getting ready to go out" music. I don't know where exactly you're going given the circumstances, get what I mean. Bookmark this one for the end of quarantine.

"Rain on Me" Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

Weirdo Gaga is back in full force with this banger that deserves to be played at full volume on someone's rooftop.

"Do It" Chloe x Halle

The Bailey sisters just don't miss, and their new album The Ungodly Hour is proof. "Do It" and its accompanying TikTok dance are for anyone who misses going to the club.

"Watermelon Sugar" Harry Styles

I, too, should be eating watermelons on the beach with Harry Styles. Damn you, coronavirus.

"Bussit" Ari Lennox

If you have a new summer boo (who's been safely self-isolating), send this to them and see what happens next. Thank me later.

"Lockdown" Anderson .Paak ft. Jay Rock

This summer hasn't been all day drinking and Zoom parties — there's a whole revolution going on. And .Paak manages to discuss the tense times we're living in with finesse.

"Something Different" Adekunle Gold

Summer and Afrobeats go together like margaritas and limes. You're going to want to grab a partner for this one.

"TKN" Rosalía ft. Travis Scott

Rosalía recruited Travis Scott for the Latin trap fusion track, and Stormi's dad is surprisingly great at speaking Spanish.

"Toosie Slide" Drake

It's like the electric slide or the Cupid shuffle — but with Drake!

"Candy" Baekhyun

Even if you're just a casual K-pop fan, this single from EXO member Baekhyun will fulfill your craving for something sweet.

"Veg Out (Wastin' Thyme)" Masego

You have Masego's permission to spend your summer doing absolutely nothing. Treat yourself.

"Lento" Lauren Jauregui

Jauregui taps into the spirit of reggaeton with a song so sultry you can't help but put it on replay.

"X" Jonas Brothers ft. Karol G

Nick, Joe, and Kevin singing in Spanish...sign me up!

"Blinding Lights" The Weeknd

Abel injects his sad boy persona with a shot of adrenaline in this bop that will make you forget how sad your summer is for approximately four minutes and 22 seconds.

"Stunnin'" Curtis Waters ft. Harm Franklin

This song shouldn't work, but it does. It really does.

"Boys" Yemi Alade

The Afrobeats sensation has done it again with "Boys," a tune about being just a little boy crazy.

"Tap In" Saweetie

Saweetie has never met an old beat that she wasn't going to remix into a club banger. This is no exception.
Vibe out to these sounds of summer with this specially curated playlist, courtesy of Refinery29.
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