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  • Maddie LaBerge

My Top Songs of Summer 2023

It has been a summer for the GIRLS this year. The re-release of Taylor Swift's Speak Now album, the Barbie movie, Beyoncé's tour, The Eras Tour and new releases by Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus have been simultaneously fueling the she-conomy and the soundtrack of my life (or maybe just my daily drives).

I've broken down some of my top songs this summer that I have been jamming out to and now, you can to. Drop your top summer 2023 song in the comments!

Top Song of the Summer: Cruel Summer | Taylor Swift

Does this need an explanation? While this song in nearly 4 years old, I still scream sing it every time it comes on in the car. Taylor released this song as a single in June and since then, “Cruel Summer” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been streamed over a billion times. Also last week, Swift became the first female artist in Spotify history to reach 100 million monthly listeners, trailing behind only The Weeknd.

Plus, with 52 days of 110º+ heat in Phoenix, (so far😭) it really has been a Cruel Summer.

Pink | Lizzo

Amid the legal battles Lizzo is facing and bringing to court, this song has been playing non-stop in my brain, specifically the spelling part in the lyrics:

"P: Pretty / I: Intelligent / N: Never sad / K: Cool!"

Shout out to my good friend Maya because she let me know that Pink (Bad Day) [From Barbie The Album] just dropped on Spotify this week, which is the version I absolutely love. "Ooh, that's cold!" goes so hard and so does the reprise of:

"P: Panic / I: I'm scared / N: Nauseous / K: Death!".

Used to Be Young | Miley Cyrus

This song is a Madison LaB certified BANGER... or should I say Bangerz? The tumultuous emotional journey of the music video appears to have no cuts and explores the how the same lyrics can feel multiple different ways, from ashamed, to heartbroken to uplifting and free.

I especially appreciate the single's roll-out as Miley has collaborated with TikTok, reexamining key moments of her career when she... well, when she used to be young. It's a perfect late summer song that I will carry with me into autumn.

Best Friend | SOFI TUKKER feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno

This is in no way a new song, but it makes me want to dance with my hands in the air while jumping up and down.

All My Exes’ Moms | Brooke Alexx

If you are looking for a post-breakup anthem, this! is! it!, although I am in a 2+ year relationship. I have one particular ex, who's mom seemingly has my post notifications on through Instagram. Whenever she leaves me a comment or sends me a DM, I always play this song and giggle to myself.

"If you wanna know how my life is going There's somebody close to you and she already knows it

All my exes' moms listen to my songs, yeah They can't get enough, still keep in touch since I moved on All my exes' moms only wish me well Bet they hate their sons all ended up with someone else"

killer queen | Mad Tsai

A single male performer makes this list for a song about a killer woman... literally. It's giving Carrie, which is so fun as we enter September. It came out for Halloween last year which checks out. The upbeat tempo and playful lyrics makes this a really fun listen.

She’s a motherf*cking killer queen

A psychopath at seventeen

A beauty in a bloodstained dress

She’ll fill your heart with kerosene

And light you up till you can’t breathe

If you cross her path you might just end up dead

The Entire Paramore Catalog but specifically:

  • Rose Colored Boy

  • Forgiveness

  • Pools

  • C’est Comme ça

  • Crave

  • Big Man, Little Dignity

  • Figure 8

  • Fences (specifically from the Final Riot live in Chicago)

bad idea right? | Olivia Rodrigo

I was a SOUR fanatic when it came out in 2021 and am anxiously awaiting the release of GUTS on September 8. "bad idea right?" has outshone its counterpart "vampire" and is honestly giving me Kristin Doute vibes from Vanderpump Rules. Is the content of this song a universal experience of womanhood? I can't say for sure, but I can say it's truly a bop. Plus, the retro vibe of the music video is *chef's kiss*. It's 80s meets 90s meets early 2000s nostalgia and suddenly, I feel 19 once again.


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