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Best Summer Pop Songs
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Summer Songs from 2010s: From ‘Firework’ to ‘Watermelon Sugar’

In the last decade, pop music has been filled with electronic beats, quirky lyrics, and a blend of old and new sounds that make for some seriously unforgettable summer songs. And in case you missed it, check out Part I of our Summer Pop series.

Harry Styles: Serving Up a Slice of Summer

“Watermelon Sugar” 

If there ever was a song that embodied the taste of summer, it’s this one. Harry Styles invites us to a feast of sensory delights with this tune, and the main course is watermelon sugar. It’s the perfect track to play while you’re lounging on the beach, biting into a juicy slice of watermelon. High on sugar, high on summer! Check out the new Harry Styles music video!

Katy Perry: Igniting the Summer Sky with Pop Anthems


What’s a summer celebration without fireworks? Katy Perry lights up the summer sky with this pop anthem that inspires us to shine bright and “ignite the light.” It’s the ultimate soundtrack for those magical summer nights when you can light up the world with your spark. Just remember, it’s not about the sparklers; it’s about the spark within you!

Carly Rae Jepsen: The Sweet Sound of Summer Crushes

“Call Me Maybe” 

It’s peppy, catchy, and a hook you’ll humming all summer. This song is like that summer crush – sweet, fun, and oh-so-addictive.

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee: Turning Up the Heat with Latin Beats


This song is the musical equivalent of a summer beach party that goes all night. It’s hot and spicy and will make you dance, even if you have two left feet.

Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg: Inviting You to a West Coast Party

“California Gurls”

If summer were a state, it’d be California, and its anthem would be this bop. Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg invite you to a West Coast party as colorful and vibrant as a Californian sunset. With a melody as catchy as a wave, this Summer song will have you “melting popsicles” no matter where you are.

The Weeknd: Cruising Down the Highway of Retro Vibes

“Blinding Lights”

This would be it if summer nights had a soundtrack. It’s an electrifying mix of retro vibes and modern pop, perfect for cruising down the highway or dancing on the rooftop under the stars.

Demi Lovato: Cranking Up the Heat with a Smoldering Anthem

“Cool for the Summer”

Lovato serves up a smoldering summer anthem as tantalizing as a late-night skinny dip. It’s the perfect song to crank up when feeling rebellious and adventurous.

Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams: Hitting the Jackpot in the Summer Fun Stakes

“Get Lucky” 

This track is a lucky charm for a great summer night. With its infectious beat and Pharrell Williams’ smooth vocals, “Get Lucky” is a universally loved tune that will make you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot in the summer fun stakes.

Robin Thicke: Attempting Those ‘Hey, Hey, Hey’ Falsettos

“Blurred Lines” 

Controversial? Maybe. Catchy? Absolutely. This tune was the soundtrack of Summer 2013, and let’s be honest, it had us all attempting those “hey, hey, hey” falsettos. Just remember, no matter how blurry the lines of the lyrics may be, the consent lines should always be crystal clear!

Miley Cyrus: Running Barefoot on the Beach


This track is like a love letter to summer. Cyrus’ airy vocals and the song’s breezy melody make you want to kick off your shoes, run barefoot on the beach, and let the waves wash over you. Be sure to check out the new Miley video!

Olivia Rodrigo: Serving Up a Dash of Heartache with Your Ice Cream

“déjà vu” 

Who says summer pop songs can’t have a dash of heartache? Rodrigo delivers a bittersweet summer anthem that’s as relatable as it is catchy. It’s like eating ice cream after a break-up – sweet, sad, and somehow just what you need.

Glass Animals: Drifting into a Synth Summer Daydream

“Heat Waves”

This indie-pop gem captures a summer heatwave’s languid, hazy feeling. It’s a heady mix of introspective lyrics and synth-pop beats that will have you drifting into a summer song daydream.

Keep the Summer Song Party Going

And there you have it – a whizzing rollercoaster ride through the best summer pop songs of the modern era. These tunes are like the ice cubes in your lemonade – they keep the summer vibes cool and fizzy. So, whether you’re chilling by the pool, firing up the grill, or just hanging out with friends, crank up these tracks and let the sweet sound of summer fill the air. And we have more Summer Songs from the 90s and early 2000s.

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