This year brought us some incredible tunes. Check out the best summer songs of 2022 to see out an amazing season with a bang.
Date published: 5th Sep 2022
Summer is unfortunately drawing to a close. But we’ve still got time! Summer officially ends on the 23rd of September. So we’ve got to make the most of it while we’ve got it.
It’s time to squeeze in some last-minute barbecues, parties, late nights and whatever else the summer compels you to do. And to do it properly, you’re going to need some summery tunes. Here are the best summer songs of 2022 to see out the summer with a bang.
This year, Beyoncé dropped her hotly anticipated album Renaissance. It’s full of dance bangers and Break My Soul was the lead single that instantly stole our hearts. It’s groovy as hell and with lyrics like "I just fell in love and I just quit my job" and the chorus "you won't break my soul", it’s clearly a summer vibe.
Stranger Things brought Kate Bush's tune Running Up That Hill back into the charts decades after its release. Emotional and ethereal, it’s no wonder it struck a chord with viewers all over the world (including those who weren’t even born when it was first released). It’s always brilliant to see a fantastic piece of art get the recognition it deserves years on.
This one doesn't need much of an explanation. Fusing elements of funk, pop, and indie, As It Was almost instantly secured its title of one of the best summer songs of 2022. Catchy + upbeat + dreamy synths = summer hit.
Yeah, Heat Waves was released in 2020, but it’s a sleeper hit (a song that didn’t immediately take off but received attention later on). It’s the 3rd longest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 and it’s clear to see why. It’s warm, catchy, and has a nostalgic air about it.
Where have you been if you haven’t heard pop queen Lizzo’s About Damn Time? Irresistibly feel-good, the music and lyrics are so damn confident and reassuring without being overly flashy, cocky, or unrelatable.
On a different vibe, the Chili’s welcomed their much-adored guitarist John Frusciante back into the band recently. And Black Summer was the band's first tune with him in 16 years. The fusion of funk and rock with Frusciante’s ethereal guitar playing makes Black Summerthe summer song for rock fans.
A collab between the biggest, hardest rapper and pop princess Dua Lipa was obviously going to go down well. Sweetest Pie does an immaculate job of putting you in a great mood. Oozing with confidence and beauty, it’s definitely one of the baddest summer songs of 2022.
Sampling iconic dance track Calabria, 21 Reasons effortlessly sauntered its way onto our list. The original (and its many other remixes and interpretations) already had a summery vibe, but Ella Henderson’s bright vocals took it from summery to a straight-up tropical holiday.
If you spend too much time scrolling through TikTok, you’ll know this tune. Bringing back the 90s house sound, B.O.T.A is a certified banger. From the synths to the vocals, everything is perfect for revelling beneath the summer sun with your millionth cocktail in hand.
Down Under - Luude, Colin Hay
Massive festival vibes if you ask us. The build up is perfect for any live performances or DJ sets, increasing anticipation nicely but not leading the listener on forever. The drop is energetic enough to bounce around under the sun to, but also laidback enough for you to chill to while sipping a beer. Lovely.
A massive tune from the ambitious Geordie Sam Fender, Seventeen Going Under tackles heavy themes over a delightful instrumental. It’s definitely a festival or gig anthem with incredibly “belt at the top of your lungs” lyrics. The tune is incredibly youthful and carefree, therefore perfect for summer. Especially when driving.
Funk almost always has a feel-good quality about it. So fusing funk with pop and rap was bound to be delicious. It’s heavenly, fun, light hearted and can kick any party up a notch. It’s about time a tune like this was released.
There were some killer summer songs in 2022. But there were some crackers back in the day too. Check out what other brilliant tunes soundtracked our summers in 2010, 2016, 2018, and other years that gave us some amazing music.
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