Songs of my Summer 2020

Over the past two years, I’ve been sharing my top artists and anticipated ‘New Music Friday’ releases on Instagram. Instead of posting my favourite artists once a year, I want to share my top songs of the season with you, including songs from artists I like less than five songs.

Throughout the 2020 summer, I’ve been commuting and listening to lots of music. The feeling of walking in the city with music playing in my ears is empowering – especially during the pandemic. In this order, I’ve been listening to the genres of alternative pop, electronic, hip-hop, r&b, pop, country, and international the most.

The music’s themes involve lust, moving forward from heartbreak, city living, dancing, reflection, and activism.

Related: Heartbreak in a Cafe Playlist

Songs of My Summer 2020

  • ‘Downtown (2020) ft. Della Casa’, Allie X
  • ‘tonight’, Alaina Castilo 
  • ‘Nights Like This ft. CID – PBH & Jack Remix’, Loud Luxury
  • ‘My Affection ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR’, Summer Walker
  • ‘Girlfriend’, Charlie Puth
  • ‘Waste of Lime’, Ingrid Andress
  • ‘summer’, Nightly
  • ‘Lie’, Sasha Sloan
  • ‘Funny ft. Jasmine Thompson’, Zedd
  • ‘Laugh Now Cry Later ft. Lil Durk’, Drake
  • ‘Midnight Sky’, Miley Cyrus
  • ‘The One You Need’, Brett Eldredge 
  • ‘Ice Cream ft. Selena Gomez’, BLACKPINK
  • ‘IN A DREAM’, Troye Sivan
  • ‘A Thousand Ways’, Phoebe Ryan
  • ‘Long Run ft. Nina Nesbitt’, Deacon 
  • ‘DOORS UNLOCKED ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Polo G’, Murda Beatz
  • ‘my future’, Billie Eilish 
  • ‘Change Your Mind’ Keith Urban
  • ‘TKN ft. Travis Scott’, ROSALIÀ
  • ‘you!’, LANY
  • ‘Slow Motion’, Charlotte Lawrence
  • ‘Heaven on My Mind ft. Sigala’, Becky Hill
  • ‘Diana ft. King Combs’, Pop Smoke
  • ‘the 1’, Taylor Swift
  • ‘Crying Over You ft. Chelsea Cutler’, The Band CAMINO
  • ‘you broke me first’, Tate McRae 
  • ‘Big Love ft. EARTH GANG’, Louis The Child
  • ‘Slow Grenade ft. Lauv’, Ellie Goulding
  • ‘Hey Stupid, I Love You’, JP Saxe
  • ‘All Mean Nothing’, The Aces
  • ‘Miss You More Than U Know ft. REHAB’, Sofia Carson
  • ‘Cherry Pie ft. Pharrell’, Buju Banton
  • ‘BLACK PARADE’, Beyoncé
  • ‘Love Somebody’, Lauv
  • ’12 Steps’, CXLOE
  • ‘Far Away From Home ft. VIZE & Leony’, Sam Feldt
  • ‘Riri’, Aminé
  • ‘Enigma’, Lady Gaga
  • ‘Coffee (Give Me Something) ft. Vintage Culture’, Tiësto
  • ‘Weak’, Flow Milli
  • ‘To Be Young ft. Doja Cat’, Anne-Marie
  • ‘Head & Heart ft. MNEK’, Joel Corry
  • ‘Experience ft. Khalid’, Victoria Monet
  • ‘Energy (Edit), Disclosure
  • ‘Somewhere Else’, Delaney Jane
  • ‘Tap In’, Saweetie
  • ‘Heaven’, Cheat Codes
  • ‘Hello Hello Hello’, Remi Wolf
  • ‘ROYL’, Chloe x Halle
  • ‘Dance With Me ft. Thomas Rhett & Young Thug’, Diplo 
  • ‘March March’, The Chicks
  • ‘Gasoline’, HAIM
  • ‘T.D ft. Tierra Whack, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator’, Lil Yachty
  • ‘Looking For Me ft. Diplo & Kareen Lomax’, Paul Woolford
  • ‘Every Time We Go Away ft. Kevin Garrett’, Lennon Stella
  • ‘Dance Dance Dance’, Astrid S
  • ‘Dance For Me’, 88GLAM
  • ‘And It Breaks My Heart’, LÉON
  • ‘Love Me Land’, Zara Larsson
  • ‘Broken Glass ft. Kim Petras’, Kygo
  • ‘Can’t Be Saved’, Kiesza 

My Top Artists of Summer 2020

The Aces – Aminé – Brett Eldredge – The Chicks – Chloe x Halle – Delaney Jane – Diplo – Disclosure – HAIM – Katy Perry – Kygo – Lady Gaga – Lauv – lovelytheband – Phoebe Ryan – Pop Smoke – Remi Wolf – Seeb – Taylor Swift – Troye Sivan 

Artists I Discovered in Summer 2020

12AM – 24kGoldn – AG Club – AJ Tracey – Avenue Beat – The Band CAMINO – BLACKPINKBuju Banton – Curtis Waters – CXLOEDeacon – Denis Coleman – DLMT – Duckwrth – End of the World – GABIFUEGO – G Herbo – Gracie Abrams – Headie One – IDK  – Internet Money – Jake Scott – Joel Corry – John Summit – Loren Gray – lovelytheband – Maisie Peters – Mariah Angeliq – MOTi – Mulatto – PARADISE RISING – Paul Woolford – Peyton Cardoza – Pretty Young Thang – PVRIS – Run The Jewels – Russ – Shoffy – Sleepy Hallow – Takis – Thutmose – Tiffany Day – Tinie Tempah – Tiwa Savage – Tyla Yaweh – Victoria Monét

What songs have you been listening to this summer?

Let me know.

Laurel Astridge
Laurel Astridge

Toronto Music Teacher, Social Media Specialist, and Public Speaker. Founder of Laurel Musical.

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  1. Jenna
    September 8, 2020 / 8:11 am

    What a great bunch of songs!! Having a good summer bop list is a must – I’ll have to check out the ones I haven’t heard yet!
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

    • September 8, 2020 / 8:49 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I enjoy sharing my favourites songs because I’m so passionate about music.

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