Summer’s here.

Well, technically the season doesn’t start until late June. But school’s out now. The rain is (mostly) giving way to sunny days. The thermometer is ticking up.

It’s “head to the pool (or lake or river or whatever) with windows down and your hand cruising on the wind and the music cranked up” kind of weather. And so it is time for you to have some good summer tunes to play.

So what makes something a song of summer? There are somewhat ethereal criteria. It’s usually a brand-new song. It can sound summery and bright, or maybe it’s just something you wanna jam all the time. In a couple years, you’ll hear that song again and think, “Man, I remember that song,” while your brain is flooded with memories of summer 2019.

Vampire Weekend, “Harmony Hall”

It sounds like waking up on a summer morning, the day full of sun and possibilities.

Lizzo, “Juice”

That shimmering guitar riff and Lizzo’s bouncy cadence will put a smile on your face in no time.

Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road”

It is inescapable. If you don’t crank it up while you’re at the beach, someone else will.

Taylor Swift, “Me!”

Taylor’s back to bright, shiny pop, and she has help from Brendan Urie’s theatrical voice.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care”

A dang fine songwriter and a dang fine singer team up, and they’re unbeatable. This will be played at every late-night party you go to this summer.

Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”

They used to be kid stuff. But they got older and better. Did you notice they made killer pop songs while they were broken up? No surprise they have something this catchy upon getting back together.

Shawn Mendes, “If I Can’t Have You”

Big, bold and bright, Mendes’ latest song of forlorn is crazy catchy.

DJ Khaled, “No Brainer”

This guy can assemble talent and put them to work in glorious fashion. The track featuring Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo is the best thing he’s done since he had those same three on “You’re the One.”

Bruce Springsteen, “Hello Sunshine”

The Boss is back, and he’s here with some positivity.

Tank and the Bangas, “Smoke.Netflix.Chill”

A nice, smooth jam from the funky outfit will get you nodding your head.

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Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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