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This song is like a party in the clouds. This is like a picnic in a sunflower field. This is a song for the lovers.

Want to catch up on New Music Fridays? Need any song suggestions? These newer songs are essential to this year’s summer vibes. 

As the sun beams through this hot summer, these fresh picks will spice the summer 2022 playlist. 

1. Die Hard by Kendrick Lamar featuring Blxst and Amanda Reifer 

While Kendrick Lamar is opening up about his fear of vulnerability, he’s accompanied by the vocals of Blxst and Amanda Reifer. This song is honestly a bop. The rhythm is so addictive that people want to dance like no one’s watching. And the melody makes you want to sing along every time it comes on. This jam is perfect for a ride in the car and a night out at the club. 

2. Skyline by Khalid

This jam from Khalid talks about late-night drives with a love interest. Khalid’s beautiful vocals on this nostalgic feeling dance mix can keep the crowd moving and singing along. This song is like a party in the clouds. It gives off a vibrant vibe, like something that would bring everyone in the club to the dance floor. The energy this song radiates is uplifting and is perfect for summer parties. 

3. Sunshine by Latto featuring Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino 

This banger by Latto, with Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino, talks about success and remaining true to your colors. Perfect for a walk in the park, even a road trip. Latto has a melodic tune throughout the chorus and delivers a dope flow on her verses. Not only that, Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino bring more radiance to this track. This song truly defines what the come-up is supposed to look like. Whether it’s an outdoor event or a song for the shower, this jam illustrates a nice summer day. 

4. I Like You (A Happier Song) by Post Malone featuring Doja Cat

This track could inspire someone to make plans with a friend. Post Malone and Doja Cat sync beautifully on this bop, talking about having feelings for a friend. The song has a nice upbeat bounce to it, to the point where you start bobbing your head out of nowhere. It sounds like a sunny day drive with the top down. Perfect for the pool parties, this is a jam. 

5. Out of Time by The Weeknd 

This song is like a night drive while the sun is setting. The Weeknd delivers soulful vocals on this City Pop-inspired track, vowing his love for his lady friend. The vibe this song gives off makes people want to sway side-to-side and dance around the bedroom. The melodies sung go flawlessly for karaoke night. This summer jam fits the moment for the lovers that dance in each other’s arms. 

6. BREAK MY SOUL by Beyoncé

Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé, has dropped this house mix jam to get the Beyhive through Summer 2022. The track is upbeat and motivating, tempting to make people want to get up and dance. Honestly, the song could be played any and everywhere, through the aisles of a local Marshalls, to the dance floor of a nightclub. This song radiates positive energy. 

7. Walkin by Denzel Curry 

This song is like a lovely day at the park full of daydreams. Denzel Curry released this banger with a message to the current standard of society. It starts with a slow-paced lyrical rap beat, where Denzel’s message is heard loud and clear. And the beat switch is just glorious as it transitions to a hype track. This would go great for a road trip, a party with the homies, or even a day at the gym. The energy this song releases can keep the crowd jumping. 

8. Late Night Talking by Harry Styles 

This song is like a picnic in a sunflower field. Harry Styles sings with a smooth flow on this indie pop track. The rhythm of this song makes you want to groove. And with the elegance of Harry’s voice, the melodies catch you humming along. Whether it’s a day with nature or a small get-together at home, this jam keeps the good vibes rolling. 

9. About Damn Time by Lizzo

The disco vibes heard give this track a nostalgic feel. Lizzo makes her come back feeling better than ever. Fueled with motivation, she preaches self-love and makes the crowds want to boogie. This song feels like walking on the runway in the newest designer clothing. Perfect for the night out. The track is a must-have for the summer playlist. 

10.AMAZING by Rex Orange County 

This is a song for the lovers. As Rex Orange County tells his love interest about her perfection, he presents a track that gives the feeling of a warm sunrise. The soft upbeat rhythm produced in this track makes a nice song to groove to, whether with a partner or as a single pringle. Suited for hanging out with friends and an excellent vibe for chill car rides with the sunset. Perfect for a sun-filled summer. 

Still, caught up on older jams? These songs surfacing from 2012 to 2021 deserve to stay in rotation. Stay cool in the streets, and keep these jams circulating like the AC.

Honorable mentions: 

WUSYANAME by Tyler The Creator featuring NBA Youngboy and Ty Dolla $ign.

Sweet Life by Frank Ocean

16 by Baby Keem

Summertime Magic by Childish Gambino 

Every Summertime by NIKI 

Believe What I Say by Kanye West

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