Get that girl some antihistamines, stat. 2017 was one never-ending Quavo guest verse, and his presence is felt heavy here, a woozy victory parade full of Instagram bio-ready lyrics that deservedly earned Post Malone his biggest hit yet. And yet, much has been written about its flawless construction, how each track continually builds on the last one, how the subtle minor keys in its chord progression give the song its uniquely yearning quality. And with Labor Day marking the unofficial end of the season on Monday, it’s time to look back at the hits that dominated summer 2017  — and pit them against each other for a definitive ranking. They say: “It’s about the feeling of being lost which I think everyone feels at some stage but then it’s like – it could be worse and it can always get better.” – Bonzai, Why it’s great: The track might be a reflection on the neo-soul artist’s moments of self-doubt, but it’s hotter than a Saturday night in a hot tub. This single is amongst the band’s brightest ever tunes and is boldly applying for the job of dancefloor filler of the summer. Summeriest moment: As on her massive single ‘Green Light’, the rhythm of the piano line on the chorus here sounds like Whigfield’s ‘Saturday Night’, and that was summery AF. We love flicking our rod in the summer too, Katy! Summeriest moment: That piano line, of course. Congratulations, Post Malone featuring Quavo. What they say: “It’s been amazing for me to see people, real people care about this, beyond numbers ticking up on the internet” – Mura Masa, Why it’s great: It’s a folkish frolic that perfectly captures the romance of snuggling up in the surf at sunset (even if “the sky’s so blue in Malibu, next to you” might not sound quite as exotic in Walton-On-The-Naze.

Nobody ever said songs of the summer had to be upbeat, and few tracks on this list are as "openly weeping in the club" depressing as It Ain't Me, another one of Kygo's trop-house sound-alikes that gets its sting from Selena Gomez' quietly devastating performance. Yes, Something Just Like This is easily among their best-ever tracks, largely thanks to Chris Martin's presence, his vocals elevating the song to something that's at least distinctive and listenable.

Old musical sparring partners Lana and A$AP are never anything less than steamy. But few tracks feel as weary as That's What I Like, the sonic equivalent of massaging your brain with a cheese grater. And then, there's Wild Thoughts, the true victor of 2017's best summertime song, blessed with the same golden Rihanna touch that made last summer's This Is What You Came For so electric. I'm the One is a maddeningly obvious hit, a parade of 2017's favorite artists that's seemingly reverse-engineered for radio success. Summeriest moment: “There’s no seasons in LA,” lilts Thomas Mars in the breakdown, sounding ever so slightly mournful We, on the other hand, couldn’t get past his mildly creepy opening verse where the object of Arthur’s affections pukes, smiles and asks him to stay over. Hunt boasting about "drivin' 15 in a 30, I ain't in a hurry" may give us secondhand road rage, but once we figured out that Hunt calling someone's "body like a back road" was a compliment and not a comment on their personal hygiene, the track became a lot more enjoyable.

Summeriest moment: That woozy opener, as Danielle Haim does her best Stevie Nicks impression and muses on her “wandering heart”. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back, Shawn Mendes. 1. Summeriest moment: If you thought a man saying “all my friends are dead” over melted beats wasn’t summery, then be prepared to be proved very wrong indeed. Summeriest moment: Those ‘Stayin’ Alive’ harmonies slapped all over the chorus are as Club Tropicana as an inflatable pool sofa. Remember, when on holiday, never accept a stranger’s seal. Wild Thoughts, DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller. Don’t tell HR. Why it’s great: That moment when you  hit the ocean road and slide the top down – that’s what Phoenix have captured on this sublime, sun-dappled track that sounds like 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ guzzling choc-ices on a Miami Beach lounger. Syrup sandwiches, Obama pagers, Kool-Aid for the analysts, that Grey Poupon, that Evian, that TED Talk — with everything going wrong in the world today, at least we've progressed enough as a society that Kendrick Lamar's Humble, a vividly-imagined song from arguably the greatest rapper of his generation, can rule the radio all summer.

Perfect for seduction. They say: “I wanted it to feel like you were through the wall from a party. ‘Despacito’ eat your heart out. Earlier this summer, USA TODAY ranked every official song of the summer from the past 20 years. They say: “It’s one of the most nerve-wracking moments things in the world to sample one of the greatest bands of all time.

© 2020 NME is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. Despite its sugar-headache sweetness, Issues is a promising start for Michaels, even if the track has, er, problems. They say: “Drew is the quintessential awkward, beautiful, quirky girl that is very comfortable being herself. That’s your cue to breaking out of the office and twerking against your boss. Summeriest moment: When the steel drums kick in. It was nice to go back and inhabit that character, that figure, that version of myself for a song” – Brandon Flowers, Why it’s great: This tropical smooth cut built on the sort of house piano, marimba and terrace horn blasts that’ll make your local Club Fingerbang feel like Rio Carnival for three minutes. And while it's currently in vogue to hate on Taylor Swift, it's worth noting that Zedd's track is questionably similar to 1989's All You Had To Do Was Stay...but worse. Even Future's prescription  pill-happy chorus wasn't enough to deter its popularity, thanks to its infectious sample that inspired the year's purest meme — the #maskoffchallenge, featuring kids wailing away at the song on their flutes, violins and other instruments of choice. They say: “For us, the band is kind of this new and exciting thing where the whole point is about dancing and getting down.”. And even after a million and one listens, Bryson Tiller’s Bobby Boucher line still, unintentionally, makes us laugh. They say: “There probably are a lot of tracks somewhere that we’re both on over the years. And that rousing “nah-nah” bit towards the end. 'Despacito' has been blaring everywhere the past few months and so it would seem to be the song of the summer, right? Shut it down. 6. A time for kicking back, hitting the beach, wiling away the evening in a beer garden, chilling in the car you spent all day waxing. Despacito, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber. Among Donald Glover's many 2017 wins was his first proper hit song, which he landed by making Redbone sound like nothing else on pop radio right now, a slice of vintage soul with pitched-up vocals rendering his falsetto completely unrecognizable. There's something annoyingly hypnotic about Shape of You, the kind of song you'll be absentmindedly humming for days before realizing how deep it's seeped into your psyche. By NME. They say: “It’s trap singing. The 20 songs listed below had the longest reigns on Billboard’s songs of summer chart, which left out favorites like Cardi B's Bodak Yellow and new songs like Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do. NME’s Songs Of The Summer 2017. Perhaps you were among the many listeners touched by Arthur’s British accent and acoustic-guitar strumming. Summeriest moment: That hyper build up to the chorus. Here are the  tracks that’ll be melting your ears this summer. They say: “Around about the time that The Killers start is when ‘The Man’ harkens back to.

Not only are we subjected to hearing an Imagine Dragons song in seemingly every single movie trailer, but Believer also turned into a radio hit this summer, the latest ploddingly rousing track from a band whose songs continue to be near-indistinguishable from one another. They say: “This is the best thing I have ever created and I am so proud of it. Summeriest moment: The bit where Daddy Yankee says ‘bom bom’ and we realise that he’s now talking about arses. Contest over. They say: “I had this idea for years. Summeriest moment: The fact that Lana sounds even drowsier than usual during her laid-back lines. Summeriest moment: Has any line said ‘pissed-up summer fling’ more than “I walked her home, then she took me inside/To finish some Doritos and another bottle of wine”? They say: “I don’t fully understand my feelings until the song’s done and out in the world… I think I’m gonna start to figure out what a lot of these new songs mean in two months, or something” – Danielle Haim, Why it’s great: Because it sounds like ABBA. The 2017 Songs of the Summer That Are Actually Good Drake - "Passionfruit" Lorde - "Green Light" Selena Gomez - "Bad Liar" Kyle feat.

Despacito, with its 16-week chart-topping run, has a lock on 2017's official song-of-the-summer title, with Humble likely to go down as the critical favorite. Summeriest moment: “We are just like the waves that flow back and forth,” Miley muses, and who among us can say we haven’t thought exactly the same thing while dosed up on ketamine in Ayia Napa? Carly Slay Jepsen (the preferred …

Lil Yachty - "iSpy" Calvin Harris - "Slide" Chromatics - "Shadow" Kendrick Lamar feat. They say: “At no time was I trying to write a crossover record!” – Luis Fonsi, Why it’s great: ‘Galway Girl’ is either the most irritating song of the year or the most fun you can have with your felt Guinness hat on, depending on which side of the Great ‘Galway Girl’ Debate you’re on – an issue which has split the country more than Brexit. I'm The One, DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne. That’s some strangely sexy alchemy at work right there.

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