2020 – The summer that never was. No festivals, or gigs, cancelled concerts, and no street buskers, but that didn’t equal ‘no new music’. In fact, there have been plenty of songs that have given us summer vibes, anthems of the pandemic, as well as artists that have summed up the political storms. You can listen to these new tracks whilst working from home, travelling the UK on a road trip, or simply hopping on the train to Brighton to see the sea.
A summer without a pop anthem is like a 99 without a flake, and this year’s pop princess crown goes to Anne-Marie and her summer banger ‘To Be Young’. Embracing lockdown life, the music video was filmed on her phone in her flat.
Proving she’s still got it, Lady Gaga’s ‘Stupid Love’ has signature Gaga style and amped-up synthesisers. Perfect for backyard BBQ’s, this pithy pop song will have you dancing until dawn – socially distanced, naturally.
Sometimes you just need a bit of rock to let loose to, and perhaps now more than ever after nearly six months of lockdown life, we really need a headbanging tune. Enter All Time Low. Their song ‘Getaway Green’ has a throwback pop-punk-rock feel. Perfect for sunny days catching up with friends.
It’s been 17 years since Evanescence released the smash hit ‘Bring Me to Life’, and their latest offering ‘Wasted on You’, will bring back all the memories of the early noughties.
Is it even summer without an RnB anthem? And who better than Queen B herself to represent with ‘Black is King’. Inspired by the ‘Lion King’, Beyoncé’s latest offering is a statement of African Diaspora and black pride, and of course her indomitable spirit.
Songs to serenade
Sometimes, even in summer, we need a song that makes us a bit weepy. And this summer the smooth silky voice of John Legend and his tearjerker of a song ‘Conversations in the Dark’ hits the mark. The video too is a beautiful sepia-toned home movie of happy couples from yesteryear.
What happens when an indie-folk artist meets a country-pop singer? ‘Exile’. Beautiful lyrics and throaty vocals combine to create an emotive warming and mellow song from Bon Ivar and Taylor Swift. Perfect for sitting around a campfire in the Lake District.
We’ve had one of the warmest summers on record, which has been perfect for our social distancing catchups in the park and has given rise to 90s inspired boomboxes and general throwback vibes. It’s also meant a plethora of catchy songs that perfectly sum up life in lockdown.
For dancehall, Caribbean feels Koffee’s ‘Lockdown’ perfectly sums up what we’re all thinking:
“Where will we go? When di quarantine ting done and everybody touch road?”