What Does Your Summer Anthem Say About You?

The song you're jamming to most right now says a lot about who you are and where you're going.

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"Nobody Speak"

DJ Shadow, featuring Run the Jewels

Sure, you're a little confrontational, but that's OK because you turn verbal sparring into a lyrical ballet. You're aggressive, but with a healthy dose of irony ("Hey, you wanna hear a good joke? / Nobody speak, nobody get choked"). You've never experienced l'esprit de l'escalier in your life (that moment of horrible social anxiety when you don't think of the right comeback until after the confrontation has passed). While you're fine with delivering a low blow, your arsenal of comebacks has transcended mere "your mama" jokes to include some well-placed pop culture subversion: "I rob Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Linus, and Lucy."  

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"Gemini Feed"


As a Banks fan, you're not taken in by candy-sweet lyrics sung over a bright melody—Banks has always fallen into the "witchy thug grrrl pop" camp of pop artists. Summer may not be your favorite season: it's hot, you can barely stand the feeling of your own skin, and you're about two seconds away from an impulsive transit confrontation. "Gemini Feed" features Banks's trademark mournful vocals against a dark, synthy backdrop, erupting into a sultry, angry chorus. Just as the song is about an overbearing relationship, you've been playing it as a way to channel your resentment toward this oppressive season

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Anything off of 'Emotion Side B'

Carly Rae Jepsen

You're looking for something overtly upbeat, songs about infatuation and unrequited love set within a sonic framework that recalls Tiffany's 1987 hit, "I Think We're Alone Now." You know that heartbreak and intense desire don't have to sound so plaintive. If you love getting lost in a verdant landscape of lush, upbeat melodies, then you've probably been listening to this album nonstop since it dropped

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Frank Ocean

You're patient. You're loyal. You waited for this, even when you felt like you couldn't wait one more second without chucking your phone at the closest hard surface. You appreciate a mix of high and low brow; you think the perfect music video is like an artist's short film, blending pop-culture references with unexpected art historical allusions. You like Balmain. You like glitter. You like Marilyn Minter references. You like Spike Jonze references. You want to feel politically and socially engaged. "Nikes" rewarded you with all this

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"One Dance"


Either you are Drake (in which case, what's up and congrats on life), or you're sick of love songs that romanticize unrealistic expectations. Is it so much to want someone who will text back?, you ask yourself every time this song is over. You have a very specific idea of what love means, and you're not playing any games

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"This Is What You Came For"

Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna

Your love of Rihanna is unconditional, and while your love of Calvin Harris might be essentially non-existent, that's largely irrelevant here. This song is Harris's platform for Bad Gal Riri. She's the heart and soul, she's the star, she's "what you came for.

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"Say It"

Flume featuring Tove Lo

You like an indie, electronic-inspired sound, but you're also not the type to shame others for openly loving something as mainstream as Bieber or wearing something as ubiquitous as Stan Smiths. A good summer song is, to you, still a love song, but it isn't hyper or cloying. You're chill, your style's chill, and your favorite song of the season is, too

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"No Problem"

Chance the Rapper featuring 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne

You want what you what, exactly when you want it. You're a little bratty, sure, but you wear that as a badge of pride: "You don't want no problems / want no problems with me." You got paid this week, so right now your plans involve throwing the greatest end-of-summer party with all of your friends in attendance

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Troye Sivan and Alessia Cara

Summer's a bouquet of emotions for you. There's a little regret, a little anxiety, a little looking-forward-to-the-weekend. Yes, anthemic choruses with a literal chorus of young people singing "Ooh" is nothing new, but you believe a good summer should sound like an anthem, a battle cry inspiring your friends to throwdown like it's their last weekend on earth. Considering the end of summer is extremely nigh, you need a song like this to keep the anxiety at bay

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Years & Years

You like to keep your finger on the pulse of the music scene, especially when that scene is British. You wear a vintage jacket every day, and we'd all like to borrow it. You like an '80s-inspired dance tune. You like it when you have to explain to others who the artist behind that tune is. Your life is one big dance floor, and we're all just shimmying around you on it

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