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Every day, fresh new music pushes the country and the culture forward. From keeping us company when we’re alone to keeping us excited when we’re with company, music helps set the pace for so much of our lives. And some songs do so for more people than others. Here are some of the most popular songs in the US right now, including some song of the summer candidates.
Coldplay ft. BTS: “My Universe”
K-pop sensation BTS and pop-rock veterans Coldplay premiered at number one on the Hot 100 this week. Their open, vibey track “My Universe” feels more like a BTS cut featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin than the other way around. Huge synthesizers and excellently performed and produced vocals on this song make for a pleasant, but perhaps predictable, listen. “My Universe” is nevertheless an interesting must-listen for supportive fans of both groups despite not being the most interesting output from either.
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug: “Way 2 Sexy”
In the past few weeks, it’s been impossible not to hear this song if you live in a big city. “Way 2 Sexy” is guaranteed to be heard bumping out of peoples’ cars, not to mention clubs and restaurants. Future’s hook is a reference to a classic song we all love to hate, 1991’s “I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt” by UK-based electronic music duo Right Said Fred. The beat, subject material, and tongue-in-cheek humor make this yet another memorable track in the Drake repertoire.
The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber: “Stay”
This stylistic collaboration sees the start of its third month in the Billboard Top 10, losing its number-one spot this week. “Stay” is made for the budding techno traditionalists in the pop-music listening world. It’s perfect for anyone trying to choreograph a dance for their online buzz platform or emotionally bop along to the lyrics. And for Justin Bieber, one of the most easily recognizable modern pop musicians, it’s a sign of maturing into something more serious than the love-to-hate teeny-bopper of the early 2000s.
Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow: “INDUSTRY BABY”
With a beat that will undeniably get stuck in your head, Lil Nas X delivers yet another track that seems to be playing everywhere you go. This slow, groovy cut is perfect for your touchdown dance, even if “THATS WHAT I WANT” has the video with the football field. One of the most controversial but beloved artists and public figures of the last few years, Lil Nas X pulls no punches lyrically, addressing his experiences in the music and fashion world, on “Industry Baby.”
Walker Hayes: “Fancy Like”
A fun listen, this hip-hop pop-country Frankenstein is a radio-perfect storm. With genuinely funny lyrics and a hook that feels like the children’s nursery rhyme “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” this track feels like it’s over as soon as you catch your breath from laughing to enjoy the music. Try to resist dancing and singing along to this one, if you can. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll be goofily singing along by your second listen.
What are your favorite tracks from the current Billboard Hot 100? Let us know in the comments!