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Popcast (Deluxe): Is There Such a Thing as the Song of the Summer?

This week’s episode of Popcast (Deluxe), the weekly culture roundup show on YouTube hosted by Jon Caramanica and Joe Coscarelli, includes segments on the songs that have shaped this summer, or at least attempted to, including:

  • Big-tent chart successes like Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” and Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer”

  • Hip-hop (and adjacent) hits like Gunna’s “___umean,” Toosii’s “Favorite Song” and “Creepin’” by Metro Boomin’ featuring the Weeknd and 21 Savage

  • Recordings that live somewhere between song and meme, like Drake and Central Cee’s “On the Radar Freestyle,” Sexxy Red’s “Pound Town,” Kaliii’s “Area Codes” and Flyana Boss’s “You Wish”

  • Songs that blend the fictional and real, like “World Class Sinner/I’m a Freak” by Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), from “The Idol,” and “I’m Just Ken,” by Ken (Ryan Gosling), from “Barbie”

  • Rural-issues country music red meat like Luke Combs’s cover of “Fast Car,” Jelly Roll’s “Need A Favor” and Oliver Anthony’s “Rich Men North of Richmond”

  • Breakout hits in K-pop, dancehall, regional Mexican music and Afrobeats: Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma’s “Ella Baila Sola,” Byron Messia’s “Talibans,” NewJeans’s “Super Shy” and “Calm Down” by Rema featuring Selena Gomez.

  • New songs from That Mexican OT featuring Paul Wall and Drodi and people featuring AyooLii and Lil Sinn

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