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“Music of the Summer” may perhaps be an unofficial title — it’s not as if you can find a governing board somewhere that makes a official resolve — but when you imagine of summers past, you know 1 when you hear it. It truly is the music you couldn’t escape the track that poured out of every open up window and loudspeaker for months on conclude.
It can be uncomplicated to assess Music of the Summer time when the summers in problem are long earlier: Even 2020, for all its lockdown-adjacent loneliness, had anthems like “WAP” and “Dynamite” and “Blinding Lights.” But in the minute, although the summer season is underway, it can be tough to individual dominant music from the din.
So we requested some NPR Audio contributors to identify their picks for 2021’s Tune of the Summer time. From the ubiquitous pop of Olivia Rodrigo to some surprises you can by no means see coming, listen to their picks.
NPR Audio contributors in this episode: Anamaria Sayre, Sidney Madden, Tom Huizenga, Alex Ramos, Ann Powers, Anastasia Tsioulcas, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis, Nate Chinen, Lyndsey McKenna.
The audio was produced by Mike Katzif and edited by Jessica Reedy.