Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

This past sum­mer was hot­ter than it’s ever been, thanks to cli­mate change (boo!) and a slew of in­cred­i­ble songs that make the days feel end­less (yay!). In honor of the three best months of the year, Bitch hq of­fers a playlist of sum­mer clas­sics that will have you pin­ing for warmer weather, bbqs, and beaches.


1. Les­ley Gore, “It’s My Party”

Johnny is cheating with Julie, and Les­ley’s not hav­ing it. “It’s My Party” is a clas­sic sum­mer breakup song for those who want to siz­zle up to a new beau dur­ing the warmer weather.

2. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Sum­mer­time”

Be­fore Will Smith was a block­buster movie star, he was one half of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. “Sum­mer­time” is one of their leg­endary records, and it cap­tures the essence of a dope sum­mer.

3. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”

You might know who sings this song, but the cho­rus has a catch­i­ness that stays with lis­ten­ers. Play this tune at a pool party and see how quickly it changes the mood.

4. TLC, “Creep”

From the silk robes in the video to the smooth lyrics that ad­vo­cate for cheating as long as pro­tec­tion is used, “Creep” is def­i­nitely a sum­mer record.

5. Lizzo, “Wor­ship”

Lizzo is the fat-ac­cep­tance icon we’ve been wait­ing for. The Co­conut Oil singer is telling her part­ner to wor­ship her over a hyp­notic beat that would def­i­nitely thump at a sum­mer rooftop party.

6. DJ Khaled fea­tur­ing Ri­hanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Ri­hanna, Bryson Tiller, and DJ Khaled flaw­lessly remixed San­tana’s clas­sic song “Maria, Maria.” “Wild Thoughts” is a sum­mer an­them about car­nal­ity and slick bod­ies mov­ing against each other.

7. Lana Del Rey, “High by the Beach”

The video for “High by the Beach” is shot in a house perched per­ilously on rocks right above the beach. It’s as­pi­ra­tional for those who love the Hamp­tons aes­thetic, and the song it­self though, is ad­dic­tive. You’ll find your­self singing it for no rea­son at all.

8. Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

As soon as you hear the words “I got a condo in Man­hat­tan,” it’s im­pos­si­ble to stop your body from bump­ing to the beat. “That’s What I Like” is a play­ful tune about inces­sant plea­sure.

9. Demi Lo­vato, “Cool for the Sum­mer”

The thump­ing bass of “Cool for the Sum­mer” made it a club song played over and over again on smooth sum­mer nights. It makes sum­mer sexy.

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