Is your BBQ playlist already feeling charred? Trade in this season’s smashes for fresher tracks you’ll want on heavy rotation.
Love This? “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld
Try This! “Such a Boy” by Astrid S
Girls rule, boys drool—that’s the gist of these breezy and ultra-catchy electro-pop confections. They make the battle of the sexes feel like the party of the summer.
Love This? “Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara
Try This! “Aftertaste” by TOTEM
If you took the best part of the EDM smash—that slick, spacey bass drop—and put it on repeat, you’d get something close to TOTEM’s pulsing bedroom jam.
Love This? “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
Try This! “Back for More” by Justine Skye feat. Jeremih
RiRi and her Roc Nation label-mate Skye let their dirty minds wander over rooftop-ready beats and prominent samples of Santana and Nelly, respectively.
Love This? “Woman” by Kesha
Try This! “Fire” by Beth Ditto
Kesha’s ditched her grimy club sounds for some soulful rock & roll—something ex-Gossip vocalist Ditto has no short supply of on her debut solo LP, Fake Sugar.
Love This? “Attention” by Charlie Puth
Try This! “The Way I Love Her” by Stanaj
The falsetto crooners keep falling for the wrong woman, but there’s nothing wrong about the high notes their heartache inspires.
Love This? “Location” by Khalid
Try This! “Jennifer” by Trinidad Cardona
Ah, to be young, in love, and not of legal drinking age. These charismatic teenage R&B upstarts sound wise beyond their years, thanks to their deep, smoky voices.
Love This? “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj
Try This! “F— They” by Sofi Tukker
Perry may have aimed her ’90s house workout at one specific pop star, but dance duo Sofi Tukker are equal-opportunity bird flippers with this vogue-worthy romp.
Love This? “Issues” by Julia Michaels
Try This! “High Without Your Love” by Loote
Michaels’ snappy string-driven ode to codependency is totally addictive, but thankfully newcomers Loote have another crisp orchestral loop to keep you hooked.
Love This? “Feels” by Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean
Try This! “No Fear” by DeJ Loaf
DeJ Loaf broke out as a rapper, but here she beelines to disco to show off her pipes—and packs enough extra funk to make even Calvin & Co. jealous.
Love This? “Now or Never” by Halsey
Try This! “Dreamer” by Charli XCX feat. Starrah & Raye
On top of writing hits for Halsey and Rihanna, Starrah brought her hypnotic flow to this atmospheric, trap-tinged highlight from Charli’s Number 1 Angel mixtape.
Love This? “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez
Try This! “Lady Powers” by Vera Blue
They’re all about that bass (guitar, that is). While Gomez time-travels to the ’70s via a Talking Heads sample, Vera Blue heads to the future with this sinewy anthem.
Love This? “Despacito (Remix)” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
Try This! “Felices los 4” by Maluma
The “Despacito” remix was the first Spanish-language No. 1 hit in 21 years, but the next one may already be here: Maluma’s reggaeton grooves have just as much heat.