It's SUMMER! And every year around this time, we gather up a few music mavens who help us analyze and celebrate the kind of music that gets us dancing and singing as soon as it comes on the radio.
But how do you define "Song of the Summer"? Amanda Dobbins breaks it down:
"Let’s be clear about how this works: There is no such thing as a 'personal' song of summer. We do not anoint multiple songs of summer. There can only be one; the Song of Summer, by its very definition, is a consensus choice. It is the song that wrecks wedding dance floors. It is the song that you and your mother begrudgingly agree on (even though your mom has no idea what rhymes with 'hug me' and won't stop yelling it in public.) It does not necessarily have to hit No. 1 on the charts, but it should probably be on the charts because it must be widely played. It must bring people together. It must be a shared enthusiasm."
Here are the songs we played in the order we played them:
- "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X
- "Earfquake" by Tyler The Creator & Playboi Carti
- "Cross Me" by Ed Sheeran ft. Chance
- "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish
- "Act Up" by City Girls
- "Pissy Pamper" by Young Nudy and Playboi Carti
- "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo
- "Suge" by DaBaby
- "Talk Remix" by Khalid ft Megan Thee Stallion
- Brendan Jay Sullivan - Writer, producer, and DJ best known for his work with Lady Gaga. You can read about it in his first book, RIVINGTON WAS OURS: Lady Gaga and the Prime of our Lives. Hs "Song of the Summer" series has over 56 million views online and, by his estimate, an equal number of angry comments (@MrBrendanJay)
- Abby Govindan - Recent Fordham grad and stand up comedian in NYC who has performed all over the world (@abbygov)
- Sam Hadelman - Recent college graduate, and the host of 'The Sam Hadelman Show' at WNHH in New Haven