The 3 Most Iconic Songs of the Summer
Summer is a pivotal time in the music industry. Many artists — whether upcoming or well-established in the industry — hide their work and wait to release it until the summer, hoping it will become the summer’s hottest anthem.
These anthems can generate widespread publicity for the artist — launching careers to new heights or completely introducing a brand new artist to the public and changing their life forever.
If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to look back at some of the most legendary songs of the summer of 2019, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list below.
“Old Town Road Remix” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) – Lil Nas X
Let’s be honest: you knew this song would be on this list. No matter where you turned, you could not escape this song — and for good reason. “Old Town Road” was one of the first songs to blend country music and rap music, pushing boundaries and changing how we view music genres.
But more than changing how we view music, the “Old Town Road” remix broke records. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for more than 19 weeks — the longest time period in history. That’s pretty amazing considering that Lil Nas X bought the beat for the song for just $30! A pretty good deal, if you ask me.
“Hot Girl Summer” (featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dollar $ign) – Megan thee Stallion
It truly was a hot girl summer (sorry City Boys.) Houston rap star Megan thee Stallion pioneered the phrase, and it was truly the phrase on everybody’s lips this summer. Hot girl summer inspired women (and men!) to live their best lives and not be tied down by any drama. It reminded us to all be carefree and not care about things not worth worrying about.
Due to the phrase’s popularity, it was only fitting that it got its own song. And Miss thee Stallion delivered. Not only did she feature fellow rap heavyweight Ty Dollar $ign on the track, but she brought in the current reigning Queen of Rap — Nicki Minaj. Just a year ago, Megan was a more unknown figure in the rap scene, and the fact that she is now getting Nicki Minaj to collaborate on her songs is nothing short of incredible.
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
“I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100 percent….” —- we know you know the words! Along with the other two songs on this list, we were all constantly streaming “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo this summer. I mean, how could we not? The song is insanely catchy, and it is truly a power anthem — teaching us to get back up when we’re feeling down and that we are worthy of all the self-love in the world.
What is most amazing about “Truth Hurts” is that it was released over two years ago — and is just now getting the recognition it deserves. It is the textbook example of a “sleeper hit.”