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Top secrets of a hit summer song

Summer can be accounted for as a magical time of the year- with days stretching into one another whilst the fruit ripens under a cloudless sky.

Additionally, the warm-weather gives us a heightened and new cultural phenomenon: The Summer Song.

Usually frothy and fun- the summer song is usually an upbeat flavour which brightens our days even further.

An early contender for this year’s summer song was, and still is, Luis Fonsi’s Despacito. So, what makes a great summer song? We at Golden Boy Records have put together a list of what we think are the key ingredients to a great summer song.

  • It needs to be simple

The sun is out, and songs which display any degree of emotional complexity have been banished. Big and brash pop songs certainly fit the bill during summer time. For example, Rihanna’s Umbrella (2007) benefiting from a summer boost. Basically, the simpler the song and the lyrics, the more uplifting people find them.

This also counts towards summer blockbusters and summer television. These include Big Brother and Love Island. People just want to chill during the summer, and relax after relaxing in the heat.

  • Holiday feels

Summer songs should certainly make you feel like you are on holiday. They should make you somehow feel exotic, with some rhythms of Latin America and the Caribbean. Classic summer hits that have stuck to this rule are Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ (1999), and Rihanna’s ‘Pon De Replay’ (2005).

  • Novelty is key

The very best pop music often holds a mirror up to society. This is similar during the summertime, with the best summer songs reflecting a time of year in which we all take leave from our senses.

However, you shouldn’t take this rule in a negative light. Songs that include unique lyrics usually capture the carefree spirit of the summer.

We feel that this year marks for numerous summer song hits, all of which we are certainly enjoying in our gardens whilst pretending we are on holiday.