Here are all the songs of the summer from the last ten years
Remember when summer actually meant something?
It meant tropical vacations, the end of school, getting day drunk, and falling in love with that summertime fling. But 2020 has been a different summer for us—one built on isolation, hand washing, socially distanced picnics, and still getting day drunk but for less fun reasons.
2010 - California Gurls<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8b53620d3d3a90aa10f7eb7b5f62ffdc"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/F57P9C4SAW4?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Katy Perry's anthem for sun-kissed Cali women dominated the charts in the summer of 2010. Written as a response track to Jay-Z and Alicia Key's "Empire State of Mind," the bubbly disco and funk'induced summer anthem was an international success. "It's so great that 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that everybody has the New York song, but what the f*ck? What about LA?" said Perry in an interview with <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20100920065139/http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/videos/video-gallery-page_1_new/103625" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone</em></a>. </p><p>The track, in turn, was the antithesis of "Empire State of Mind," while Jay-Z's track was raw and heartfelt, Perry's offering was bubbly and brighter than cotton candy. It remained at number one on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks and was certified Platinum in nine countries, 4x Platinum in Canada, 6x Platinum in Australia, and 8x Platinum in the states. The track also featured a guest verse from Snoop Dogg and gave the rapper his third number-one single.</p>
2011 - Party Rock Anthem<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="469915d0655855a584320baef4fdcf07"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KQ6zr6kCPj8?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>There was an endearing quality to the short-lived absurdity that made up Cali's LMFAO. They called their genre "Party Rock Music" and embodied the ludicrousness of it so completely that it always bordered on parody. From Redfoo's untamable afro, colorful cheetah print leather jackets, and lens-less glasses to the fact that Skyfoo was the grandson of Motown founder Berry Gordy, it was all just so much.</p><p> Regardless, they took over the summer of 2011 with their brash brand of house music, and their track "Party Rock Anthem" took over the world. It was the best selling single of all time in Australia and charted number one around the world in 13 different countries. It remains the third best selling digital track in history. The duo would go on hiatus a year later and disappear as fast as they arrived.</p>
2012 - Call Me Maybe<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4439481d1f3c7c3f90c928fe54197a01"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fWNaR-rxAic?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>This was a summer that everyone can remember. Mass shootings had been <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting" target="_blank">spiraling out of control</a> all year, and the danger of <a href="https://www.popdust.com/climate-change-reform-2020-2647019990.html" target="_self">climate change</a> had truly set in as being a real, long term bummer. But Carly Rae Jepsen emphatically brought us back to our tween years with her viral hit "Call Me Maybe." </p><p>A bright and hopeful bubblegum pop song about simply giving a boy her number, Jepsen's hit focused on the infatuation of young love at a time when casual sex had infiltrated every ounce of mainstream music. It snagged two Grammy Awards for "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Solo Performance" and sold over 12 million copies by the end of 2012. It remains the best selling single of the century by a female artist and has been regularly hailed as one of the greatest songs of all time.</p>
2013 - Blurred Lines<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f0d0825c2fa4faf620f4f504183886bd"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yyDUC1LUXSU?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>We try not to talk too much about this summer. One of the most problematic songs in recent memory, Robin Thicke's misogynistic "Blurred Lines" ran the charts all summer long in 2013 until people started actually listening to the words. The track undoubtedly promoted date rape culture, and when faced with scrutiny, Thicke merely called the track "a bad joke." Producer Pharrell Williams would later disown the song entirely—but after gaslighting the accusers, saying the song was meant to empower women rather than degrade them.</p><p>Poor taste aside, the track also directly ripped off the drumming pattern for Marvin Gaye's "Got yo Give It Up." Gaye's estate sued, and Williams and Thicke were found liable for copyright infringement in March 2015 and were ordered to pay the estate <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/music/robin-thicke-pharrell-williams-pay-5-million-marvin-gaye-estate-n947666" target="_blank">almost $5 million</a>. Thicke has since become as irrelevant as the song that secured his stardom. Regardless, the song still peaked at number one in 25 countries, was nominated for two Grammys, and remained the longest-running number-one single of that year.</p>
2014 - Fancy<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="380890d988e2c28d58aff4428b669c04"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O-zpOMYRi0w?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Ebola raged around the world, a Malaysian airline seemingly disappeared into thin air, the Republicans took control of the Senate after a historically low voter turn out, and Robin Williams died. 2014 was truly a mess, and the song of the summer wasn't any less messy. The electro-hop song "Fancy" by the now-disgraced rapper Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX had charted all over. A saccharine ode to glam life, it reached number one on the <em>Billboard </em>Hot 100 and held the spot for seven consecutive weeks. It has been streamed almost 10 billion times and has outlasted the career of Azalea.</p> <p>Her sophomore effort, <em>In My Defense,</em> was panned by critics and only sold 17,000 copies its first week. Additionally, allegations of cultural appropriation had swirled around her for years and came to a head in 2018 when she said she makes "black" music and that she grew up in a situation that didn't involve any privilege. "I worked really hard," she told <a href="https://www.gq.com/story/can-iggy-azalea-be-her-own-savior?mbid=social_twitter" target="_blank"><em>GQ</em></a>.</p>
2015 - Bad Blood<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f95cb62622b7b9777acca6ad039c37da"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QcIy9NiNbmo?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Taylor Swift was embroiled in her drama with Katy Perry when she released "Bad Blood" off of 2014's astounding <em>1989</em>. It was the third single from the singer's fifth project to go number one after a hip-hop infused remix with Kendrick Lamar was released in May of 2015. </p><p>The tension between Perry and Swift happened swiftly after Perry was seen snuggling up to Swift's ex-squeeze John Mayer. The feud then boiled over after it was rumored that back up dancers for Swift secretly sought to potentially pirouette for Perry's performances instead, to which Perry agreed. The fallout was...swift. "She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me," Swift said to <a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/katy-perry-vs-taylor-swift-pop-stars-beef-history-explained-122980/" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone</em></a>. The two have since reconciled— and have continued to be <a href="https://www.popdust.com/taylor-swift-queerbaiting-2638866715.html" target="_self">problematic</a> ever since.</p>
2016 - One Dance<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a8689a3e17e1d214845f5705baf5bf94"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qL7zrWcv6XY?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Everyone knows this song, as it's been relentlessly played every summer since its 2016 birth, so let's not waste time here with unnecessary details. It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for 10 non-consecutive weeks and reached number one in 15 countries. It is one of the best selling singles of all time and is Spotify's most played song ever with well over a billion streams. </p>
2017 - Despacito<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e9d6088114140b33ea3444237ab2077e"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8GBSa8NXkUQ?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>As Spanish Reggaeton began to seep into international waters, the US was long overdue for a Spanish renaissance. Three months after the release of "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber got ahold of the track, and with the help of Juan Felipe Samper sang an entire Spanish verse. Samper said that Bieber had mastered his Spanish verse in two hours and that the remix process as a whole only took six days. The achievement sounded impressive at first, and then Bieber tried to perform his <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/justin-bieber-despacito-lyrics-bla-bla-bla-tmz-video-luis-fonsi-daddy-yankee-bst-festival-tickets-a7754716.html" target="_blank">verse at a nightclub in New York City</a>. "I don't know the words, so I say Dorito," he called out in what he thought was a hilarious gesture. Bieber was met with condemnation for the performance.</p><p>Still, Bieber's assistance on the track skyrocketed "Despactio" to international acclaim, with many music critics citing the remix as instrumental in popularizing Latin music in the mainstream. It topped the charts in 47 countries and was the longest-reigning number one on the <em>Billboard </em>Hot 100 at the time with 16 weeks, and it remains the most viewed YouTube video with over six billion streams.</p>
2018 - In My Feelings<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="edfd481db62cc9957fec4bb53f96aa65"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DRS_PpOrUZ4?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Yes, Drake and his Draconian rule struck music again in 2018 with "In My Feelings." Thanks in part to the viral dance challenge, as well as an excellent sampling of Lil Wayne, Magnolia Shorty, and New Orleans bounce music, the song became Drake's sixth number one single on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 and soon after broke the streaming record for most streams in a single week with 116.2 million streams. The record would soon after be broken again, though, by an inventive young teenager from Georgia.</p>
2019 - Old Town Road<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="49e07e0544b7b92c1832edec0e62a48e"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w2Ov5jzm3j8?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Thanks to the growing popularity of Tik Tok, Montero Lamar Hill, known as Lil Nas X, quickly climbed the international charts with his rap country single "Old Town Road." He bought the beat off YouTube and circulated memes online to help generate interest in the song. After a year, the song began to pop off on the Internet and went viral so fast that it was certified Diamond before the end of the year. </p><p>But the song's success was due to the inventive <a href="https://www.popdust.com/the-road-to-country-popdust-opinion-2633820281.html" target="_self">marketing of Lil Nas</a> himself. He rebranded the song several times, releasing remixes of "Old Town Road" that featured everyone from BTS to Mason Perry and Diplo to keep the track on the charts. Completely unexpectedly, his remix with Billy Rae Cyrus exploded. </p><p>While many saw "Old Town Road" as a flash in the pan movement, Lil Nas X remains a creative genius and continues to push the boundaries of his music. He was the most-nominated male artist at the 62nd Grammys, and <em>Time</em> named him as one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet in 2019. He was additionally featured on the <em>Forbes 30 Under 30 </em>list in 2020. </p>
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Featuring new songs from Pabllo Vittar, Chance the Rapper, Rico Nasty and more!
Fresh Music Friday is here to give you a breakdown of new singles, EPs, and albums to check out as you make your way into the weekend.
Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new releases from those you already know and love.
1. Pabllo Vittar - "Flash Pose" (Feat. Charli XCX)
Brazilian singer, songwriter and drag performer Pabllo Vittar tapped Charli XCX for a new song called "Flash Pose," a fun and clubby cut about looking really hot and posing for pictures––and feeling confident while doing it. As was to be expected coming from two of pop's biggest icons, "Flash Pose" sounds instantly infectious. The last time Charli XCX and Pabllo Vittar put out a song together, it was for Charli XCX'S 2017 excellent album Pop II on the song "I Got It"––you know, the one that goes, "I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it" ad infinitum.
2. Chance the Rapper - "Do You Remember" (Feat. Ben Gibbard)
Reader, the day is here. Chance the Rapper just dropped his long-awaited official debut album, which features a whole host of guest appearances from Bon Iver to Nicki Minaj to Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard. As a veritable Death Cab fanatic and Chance the Rapper enthusiast, this is the collaboration I never asked for but absolutely needed.
"Do You Remember," is a nostalgia trip of a groove where Chance wistfully raps about past summer memories and features Ben Gibbard's distinct, melancholic voice on the chorus: "Do you remember how when you were younger / The summers all lasted forever? / Days disappeared into months, into years / Hold that feeling forever." At this point, I will forgive BG for never putting out the other Postal Service album he promised. Some ideas for a future supergroup include: Chance Cab For Cutie. Alternatively, Death Chance The Rapper.
3. White Reaper - "Real Long Time"
White Reaper is gearing up to put out their fourth album after recently signing to Elektra Records. A few months ago, the Louisville rockers shared the forthcoming album's first single "Might Be Right," which marked the band's first new music since 2017's The World's Best American Band, and this week they unveiled a new power-pop track called "Real Long Time."
While the guitar tones on the new songs can lean into '80s rock revivalism, both "Might Be Right" and "Real Long Time" show White Reaper continuing to hone their instantly recognizable brand of flashy, energetic power-pop—both vintage and novel—by blending together garage rock scuzz and Thin-Lizzy-approved riffage.
4. Rico Nasty - "Time Flies"
Hot on the heels of her latest project with Kenny Beats (Anger Management), Rico Nasty is back with a new track, and this time she's adopted a (slightly) pared-down vibe from her usual rapid-fire style verses. Her new song, "Time Flies," is a little less incensed and shows off a more melodic approach, with Nasty waxing introspective on a sing-songy hook: "I don't wanna be on the ground when the time flies / Had so many friends goin' / Wonder when it's my time / I live every day like I'll die by the night time / It took me so long getting back to my right mind."
5. Loving - "Vision"
This week, Canadian indie rock trio Loving unveiled a new single called "Visions" via Last Gang Records. Loving is made up of David Parry, Lucas Henderson, and Jesse Henderson, and together they create lovely, easy-going tunes that pair well with the sunny stretches of late July afternoons or aimless drives. On "Visions," drowsy guitar slides and warm acoustic strumming take shape around soft percussion as Jesse Henderson muses about the "strange prison" of how we envision our futures.
6 + 7. Caroline Polachek - "Parachute" and "Ocean of Tears"
Last month, Caroline Polacheck (formerly of Chairlift) shared "Door," the first single she's released officially under her name, marking both a return and a new beginning. Polachek previously put out songs under the moniker Ramona Lisa and went on to explore more ambient territory in CEP before shifting to her latest project. This week, Polachek followed up "Door" with two new songs: the sparse slow-burner "Parachute" and the pulsating, R&B-tinged "Ocean of Tears."
8. Palm Haze - "Almost Soon"
Vancouver-via-Brazil shoegaze duo Palm Haze released a new track today called "Almost Soon," which comes off of their upcoming album Rêve Bleu (out August 30th via YHS Records). With a sound that's reminiscent of gaze-y heavyweights like My Bloody Valentine, "Almost Soon" is a stunning display of control of texture as the band strikes the perfect (maybe even Lynchian) balance between sounding heavy and dreamlike. Vocalist/bassist Anna Wagner's cool-toned voice curls around waves of anesthetic, foggy distortion as she assures the listener: "Whatever you do, whatever you say, it's okay."
9. Germano - "Lost Crowd"
Brazilian-born pop artist Germano isn't sure of what the future may hold, but he's taking it in stride. Today he's sharing his first single, "Lost Crowd," a moody electro-pop tale that reckons with feeling lost and finding comfort in the unknown and celebrates the beauty of contradiction. The song kicks off with Germano's magnetic vocals and eases into a lush swirl of electronic instrumentation and settles into a laidback chorus that perfectly balances Germano's introspective lyrics with the song's wistful melody. The song is accompanied by cinematic visuals featuring Germano and three others dressed in matching white t-shirts and jeans as they go through synchronized acts of hanging out in empty loft apartments and parks. Germano's debut EP is expected out later this year.
10. Alexander Noice - "Affectation"
Alexander Noice wears many hats; the LA-based composer, guitarist, producer, and bandleader is known for his experimental, often genre-defying compositions that dip into minimalist art-rock and jazz. His latest, "Affectation" welcomes you into Noice's eclectic menagerie of sounds through a flurry of layered of vocals and eerie harmonies—the result is wholly mesmerizing. Alexander Noice's forthcoming LP, Noice, is out August 23rd.
Megan Thee Stallion told us it's hot girl summer, but what happens when you're not hot?
If you haven't heard, we're in the midst of Hot Girl Summer.
The term was coined by rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who created an alter ego named "Hot Girl Meg" to accompany the release of her debut mixtape, Fever. Following its release on May 17, the term "hot girl" quickly took off online, becoming a symbol of a metamorphosis into an upgraded, more confident version of oneself.
Stallion later elaborated on the phrase's connotations, clarifying that it was meant to be gender-neutral. "So it's just basically about women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody gotta say about it," she said. "You definitely have to be a person that could be like the life of the party, and … you know, just a bad bitch."
Issa hot girl summer! @theestallion here with tips on how to be a hottie this summer 💯 https://t.co/GkZr2HgzQI— ESSENCE (@ESSENCE)1561334622.0
In typical Internet fashion, the term's message of carefree hyper-sexual-liberation didn't hold up for long against the online world's nihilistic bend. Quickly, Hot Girl Summer memes—those quiet, wry expressions of our online collective consciousness—began cropping up. Though many of them featured photos of people celebrating their own radiant auras, more lamented the failure of Hot Girl Summer, revealing the disappointment lingering just beneath the the term's glossy surface. Refracted through memes, the phrase revealed its own fragility: "me tweeting 'hot girl summer' and then sitting in my room texting 'haha hey what r u doin'" read one. Another, more sobering message: "who was I kidding? I was never meant to have a hot girl summer lmaooo likeee I'm too loving." Another: "how am I supposed to have a hot girl summer with $5?"
me tweeting “hot girl summer” and then sitting in my room texting “haha hey what r u doin” https://t.co/HlL4gui7Pu— steve’s her daddy now (@steve’s her daddy now)1561937850.0
my hot girl summer is looking a lot like the fyre festival— 🤠 (@🤠)1562037430.0
Apparently, "hot girl summer" can be shattered by a sad album, or by falling in love.
me saying goodbye to my hot girl summer after listening to the new daniel caesar album: https://t.co/nm5vwGL0Bx— BM (@BM)1561700238.0
Sure enough, "hot girl summer" has become a polarizing term that feels liberating for some but promises much to others while actually exacerbating their own self-consciousness and uncertainty.
Hot girl summer ? Who with me ? But this summer consist of getting a bag and staying in it 💸 nothing more , nothing less— Love me (@Love me)1561654074.0
I keep telling myself its a hot girl summer but I’m sad as fuck out here :/ https://t.co/6zqVFpK2pg— 𝔪 𝔞 𝔯 𝕪 (@𝔪 𝔞 𝔯 𝕪)1561348334.0
hot girl summer started off with depression 🥴😩— JG (@JG)1561267313.0
Predictably, several weeks after Megan Thee Stallion set Hot Girl Summer into motion, Lana Del Rey's 2012 hit "Summertime Sadness" returned to the charts.
"Summertime Sadness" offers a marked alternative to the "hot girl" way of life. While "hot girl summer" connotes unconditional self-love and radical abandon, "summertime sadness" permits languorous hours lying beneath one's fan, mourning anything: the state of the world, one's love life, or lack of funds. "Hot girl summer" is exuberant, brash, performative. "Summertime Sadness" is depressed, tongue-in-cheek, firmly planted in the shade. If "hot girl summer" embodies the untouchable glam of stars of the early aughts, like Britney and Beyoncé, "summertime sadness" is the domain of Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Halsey, and their decidedly anti-pop ethos.
It's summertime sadness. https://t.co/6SjMrHE3c3— el aletsis. (@el aletsis.)1561937622.0
Together, these two divergent summertime pathways highlight a contrast that is very specific to the Internet. The online sphere thrives on polarization, and often a single scroll through recent posts reveals both performative ecstasy and equally performative, exaggerated depressive sentiments. The Internet has always thrived on these kinds of contrasts, as by nature it is well-suited to black-and-white thinking. People are either "cancelled" or deified. There is no such thing as "neutral" or "middle-of-the-road." One is either perpetually bikini-clad and living out a Hot Girl Summer or fully surrendering to the rip tide of summertime sadness. There is no in between.
In reality, however, sharp binaries rarely hold up when they exit the screen and join the equally chaotic but much less starkly divided corporeal world. Both Hot Girl Summer and "summertime sadness" are aesthetically beautiful in the conceptual realm; both begin to glitch when used as blueprints for how to live.
After all, no human is capable of existing in a perpetual state of Hot Girl Summer—not even the bikini models, LA hustlers, and influencers whose online profiles embody the term, but who have quietly and consistently spoken out about the falsity, emptiness, and depression that tends to accompany their professions.
Similarly, not even the Internet's self-proclaimed sad girls exist in a perpetual, stagnant state of summertime sadness. When that sadness does arise, it is rarely of the languorous, vintage-styled sort that Del Rey's early career promoted. In this, "summertime sadness" is equally as hollow and ephemeral as Hot Girl Summer.
Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com
Viewed this way, the two terms are far more similar than they initially seem. They are both designed to be surreal and cartoonishly dramatic. They both advocate for not really caring about anything, yet somehow simultaneously promote an all-consuming fixation on oneself.
In this, they both reflect social media as a whole. For all of the ways it promises to connect us, social media has become an echo chamber through which we perform and obsess over fixed, simplified, and ultimately nonexistent versions of ourselves."Hot girl summer" is about being single, feeling fantastic, and not giving a f*ck all at the same time; it connotes billboards, consumption, sugar, perma-smiles. "Summertime sadness" is about languishing inside one's own brain, clinging to a lost love, passively accepting a jaded worldview.
Still, both "hot girl summer" and "summertime sadness" have a time and a place, and they each make for great Instagram captions—but neither should suffice as a permanent way to spend one's summer months. Whereas the Internet thrives on isolated circuits of people with similar views, all-encompassing labels, and quick fixes, real life is far more defined by monotonous repetition, complex relationships, and murky questions that lack definitive answers.
In this corporeal reality, no one is a brand. No influencer is solely comprised of makeup and white teeth; most fitness models have cheat days; most online spiritual coaches don't constantly emanate love and incense; and most managers of depression meme accounts do not spend all of their time lying on piles of rotting pizza and dirty clothes (hopefully).
But it's only July; many summer nights still stretch out before us. When we find ourselves at the impasse between Hot Girl Summer and summertime sadness, perhaps we don't have to choose either path. Maybe we can make peace with the fact that we all have a little of both within us.
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