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Weekend's guide to the Songs of Summer 2017



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From Carly Rae Jepsen to Lil Uzi Vert, Weekend breaks it down below.

Mask Off - Future

For the latest installment in Atlanta’s trap sound, hit-machine Future reunites with producer Metro Boomin. Metro,The biggest name in hip-hop production at the moment, Metro, brings the unforgettable flute loop that winds hypnotically through “Mask Off.” Future brings... more lyrics about popping Percocet and molly. But no one ever said you listen to Future for his intellectual bars.

Cut to the Feeling - Carly Rae Jepsen

Ah, Carly Rae Jepsen - the undisputed queen of pop after 2015’s “Emotion,” which did punishingly poorly on the charts despite its 44 minutes of non-stop bop. “Cut to the Feeling” is one of the 250 songs recorded during the “Emotion” sessions, and it’s a reminder that Queen Carly is here to slay. If this single’s raw lyrics and banger productions don’t bring the worldwide recognition and adoration she deserves, nothing will.

XO Tour Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert is a rapper from north Philadelphia who sounds like a rapper from Atlanta who’s probably best approached as neither. He’s built an empire on social media celebrity and by being the kind of artist who will self-identify as “Kanye with a little hentai” over a “Reading Rainbow” sample. “XO Tour Llif3,” the breakout single from his recent “LUV is Rage 1.5” EP, reached platinum status almost a week ago, and now Uzi can rightly add “pop star” to his Twitter bio. Self-actualization, yuh!

Bon Appetit - Katy Perry

Cringe-inducing music video non-withstanding, Katy Perry has climbed back onto summer playlists for the first time since she defined the summer song in 2010 with “California Gurls.” “Bon Appetit” is a slinky song as good for dancing alone in your air-conditioned living room when there’s a heat wave as it is for breaking out your moves on the summer wedding dance floor. And a feature by Migos? The cherry on this banana split.

Told You So - Paramore

The grown-up emo kids in Paramore always had more to their sound than their early pogo-ready pop-punk suggested. Those influences finally bubble to the surface as the band embraces new wave and ‘80s dance music on its fizzy new LP, “After Laughter.” “Told You So,” the album’s fidgety second single, struts like a vintage Blondie cut.

I’m the One - DJ Khaled

This Billboard No. 3 song is perfect for summer pool party playlists, road trips or club nights. The song also features some of the best artists in the world of pop, including Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Quavo and Chance the Rapper. The song is indeed #theone.

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