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40 Pop Songs You Can't Miss This Summer

Get these songs into your life immediately. Or don't and have a shitty summer.

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1. "Sexual Healing" by Kygo and Marvin Gaye

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Kygo's remixes literally get me through every workday. I was skeptical about this particular one, but give it a shot. It's chill AF. I don't know how you couldn't like it (unless you're a monster).

2. "Colors" by Vérité

I've been obsessed with Vérité for months now. "Strange Enough" is my winter jam. "Colors" is my summer jam. Get on it!

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3. "Runaway (U & I)" by Galantis

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Perfect gym song. If I was into ~clubbin~, this would be my jam.

4. "Hold Me Down" by Halsey

Halsey is so hot right now. Her new album comes out in August and she describes it as an "angry feminist record." I can't wait.

5. "All Hands on Deck (Giraffage Remix)" by Tinashe

I needed a song by Tinashe on this summer playlist, and this new remix of "All Hands on Deck" is perfect.

6. "Talking Body (Gryffin Remix)" by Tove Lo

If you've burned out on the original "Talking Body" then this remix should be a good substitute.

7. "Try Me" by Jason Derulo and Jennifer Lopez

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Surprisingly good. This has quickly become one of my absolute favorites of the summer.

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8. "You Don't Own Me" by Grace feat. G-Eazy

Grace is a spot-on Lesley Gore. This is a perfect sing-along. I feel like a stronger woman every time I listen to it.

9. "Pity Party" by Melanie Martinez

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It's like the summer of Lesley Gore or something. This is a much darker version of "It's My Party." The video is creepy and brilliant AF. Melanie Martinez is a genius.

10. "Old Thing Back" by Matoma & The Notorious B.I.G.

This is what would have sounded like if Biggie collab'd with one of those EDM producer people back in the day.

11. "The Night Is Still Young" by Nicki Minaj

It's like a combo of "Super Bass" and "Starships." If I were graduating middle school then this would be my song of summer.

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13. "Come Back to Me" by Urban Cone feat. Tove Lo

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Perfect beach song. A Tove Lo feature is always an added plus.

14. "Money All Around" by Holychild

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The closest thing to Charli XCX since actual Charli XCX.

15. "I'm Good" by The Mowgli's

If I had a convertible I would play this song in my convertible and feel really good.

16. "Invincible" by Kelly Clarkson

A great addition to Kelly's ~fight songs~ like "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," "Breakaway," and "Since U Been Gone."

17. "Here" by Alessia Cara

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Literally a song about introverts at parties. I've had it on repeat for days.

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18. "Do What You Like" by Taio Cruz

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Remember that guy who sang that "Dynamite" song? This is his new song, definitely inspired by Michael Jackson.

20. "Tom's Diner" by Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears

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Skip "Pretty Girls" and listen to "Tom's Diner." A worthy (for real!!) tribute to Suzanne Vega. I would die if they made a music video for this. Can you imagine Dinerney?!

21. "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" by Bebe Rexha

Bebe is on that David Guetta song with Nicki Minaj that's really big right now, total trash. This is so much better than that.

22. "Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)" by Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson

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Jasmine Thomas is 14 years old. Her voice sounds about 10 years older than that, like a better Ellie Goulding. This lounge-y dance mix of her cover of Chaka Kahn's "Ain't Nobody" is my 7 p.m. on a humid night go-to.

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23. "Single for the Summer" by Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt is about as country as Shania Twain (in the late '90s) was country...aka not at all. The subject is country AF but the beat is total pop. I'm in love with Sam Hunt.

25. "Beginning at the End" by Samsaya

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BRB crying. Only 11,000 views on YouTube. Listen to it before it's not cool anymore.

28. "Force of Nature" by Bea Miller

Beatrice Miller is iconic for being on X-Factor and wearing a YOLO hat. She's also a great singer! Slay a bit, Bea.

29. "I'm in Love With My Life" by Phases

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I feel better after listening to this song.

30. "Ghost Town" by Adam Lambert

Better than Madonna's. I've never been a big Adam Lambert fan, but I'm on board for this one.

31. "Are You With Me" by Lost Frequencies

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The weirdest song on the list. It's only about two minutes long and is about drinking margaritas. Basically, it's my anthem.

32. "Lonely Town" by Brandon Flowers

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ADD THIS SONG TO YOUR PARTY PLAYLIST IMMEDIATELY! And yes, this is the guy from The Killers.

33. "Cool" by Alesso feat. Roy English

This samples my favorite Kylie Minogue song from the past 10 years: "Get Outta My Way." Instant A+.

34. "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town

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The country crossover the world has been waiting for from Little Big Town! Truly a beautiful song.

35. "Careless" by Alex Winston

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FINALLY some new music from Alex Winston! If you haven't listened to Alex Winston before then WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?!

36. "Black Magic" by Little Mix

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SUCH. A. BOP. The boppiest of bops on this list.

37. "New Romantics" by Taylor Swift

I am putting this on this list in hopes that it becomes the next single from 1989. We deserve it.

39. "I'll Wait for You" by Iris

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Not sure how this has only 19,000 views on YouTube, but holy shit, this has quickly become a staple for my ~Saturday nights~.

40. "Better in the Morning" by Little Boots

Samples "Genius of Love," which makes it instantly iconic. You will feel better after listening to this song. Also there's a new Little Boots album coming out in August!

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