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How to Have a BRAT Summer

This summer is about partying, having existential crises, and working it out on the remix

From the moment Megan Thee Stallion crowned summer 2019 “Hot Girl Summer,” each subsequent summer has fought to earn its own moniker. And just before the solstice, Charli XCX came to claim the crown with her album BRAT. The very instant the neon green album cover made its way to our Spotify feeds, it was clear it would be an instant classic.

And now, after sitting with the album for a few weeks — and blasting it through my headphones like armor against the heatwave — it's undeniable that these timeless tracks will define summer 2024. So everyone, like your pilot after a flight, I’d like to be the first to welcome you to BRAT summer.

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These Can't All Be The Songs of the Summer: Summer Hit Showdown

With hits like Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso,” Billie Eilish’s “LUNCH” Chappell Roan’s “Good Luck, Babe” and more, we’re having a 2016 summer and it feels so good.

Each new song is claiming to be the song of the summer. This is not random TikTok singers doing their obligatory self-promo with the tried-and-true hook: “Did I just write the song of the summer?” But don’t blame them. Blame the labels that are vying for a number-one hit. Blame TikTok for making songs viral overnight. Or blame each and every one of us who exclaims “song of the summer!” whenever our favorite songs come on the radio. There’s even a Spotify playlist power ranking all of this year's contenders.

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