‘As It Was’, ‘Break My Soul’, ‘Running Up That Hill’

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Critics, charts and even former President Barack Obama have weighed in on their picks for this year’s song of the summer, with Harry Styles’ “As It Was”, Beyonce’s “Break My Soul”, hit by Kate Bush’s 1985 “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” and several Bad Bunny songs, all top contenders.

Highlights

Billboard 2022 Songs of the Summer Chart-who tracks the commercial success of songs from Memorial Day to Labor Day – was led by “As It Was” for all eight weeks, as the track sat near the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for months.

Other precursors on Billboard The list included “First Class” by Jack Harlow, “About Damn Time” by Lizzo, “Wait For U” by Future, Drake and Tems and “Running Up That Hill”.

SquireThe list of top songs of the season included “As It Was”, “Break My Soul”, “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny, “Left and Right” by Charlie Puth and Jungkook, Kendrick Lamar, “Die” by Blxst and Amanda Reifer. Hard” and “Massive” by Drake.

Obama recently released his annual summer playlist, which highlighted new songs like “Persuasive” by Doechii and SZA, “Music For a Sushi Restaurant” by Styles, “Break My Soul” and “Ojitos Lindos” by Bad Bunny and Bomba Estéreo.

Fork selected “Running Up That Hill”, “Ojitos Lindos”, “Break My Soul”, and “As It Was” as “bona fide contenders” for the Song of the Summer honor.

The Guardianit is critics included “Hot S–t” by Kanye West and Lil Durk, “Break My Soul”, “Don’t Forget” by Sky Ferreria and another Bad Bunny track, “Yo No Soy Celoso” among their favorites.

Key Context

Bad Bunny’s new album A Verano Sin Ti exceeded the Billboard 200 for seven weeks, while “As It Was” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks since its release in April. “Break My Soul” peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100, but that should change now that Beyoncé’s album Renaissance came out last week. The contenders for last years song of the summer included “Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo, “Butter” by BTS and “Levitating” by Dua Lipa.

Large number

Five. That’s the number of weeks left until Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer season.

Further reading

Lizzo tops Hot 100 again as Glass Animals’ ‘Heat Waves’ breaks record (Forbes)

Harry Styles’ hit ‘As it Was’ tops the Billboard chart for the 10th time, tying Adele and BTS (Forbes)

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