Many people will hear a summertime song and recall the time and place they were when the tune in their ear was most popular. Gen X might remember Tears for Fears' "Shout" being a hit in the '80s; millennials might remember Diddy bopping in 1997 to Sean Combs and Faith Evans' "I'll Be Missing You"; and for the Gen Z crowd, 2016 (the greatest summer of all) was marked by Drake's "One Dance."
These hits were the No. 1 songs of the summer, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart rankings taken from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.
But in 2022, when many memories are captured and posted for the world to see on social media, a summer song not only rings in the ear, but also lives on our feeds with catchy lyrics that also work as captions.
Here are the hot-weather songs from Lizzo, Beyoncé, Charlie Puth and more swirling around rooftops, clubs and parties with great one-line lyrics perfect for defining your next "look at me, I'm fun and cool" post on Instagram.
'Break My Soul' by Beyoncé
After surprising fans with her new album "Renaissance," Queen Bey shifted the season's soundtrack with the project's first single "Break My Soul." With pulsating rhythms interpolating Robin S.'s "Show Me Love" punctuated by New Orleans Bounce legend Big Freedia's commands, the song hasn't left speakers of passing cars or TikTok trends. After releasing the full project on July 29, Beyoncé followed up with several more tracks that provide the perfect summertime vibes.
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"Break My Soul" has motivational mantras to match, sending a message of stress relief and fun.
When it's 5:01 p.m. on a Friday after work:
"Work by nine / Then off past five / And they work my nerves / That's why I cannot sleep at night."
"Release ya anger, release ya mind / Release ya job, release the time"
After a successful trip to Sephora:
"I done found me a new foundation."
More 'Renaissance' lyrics for your Instagram captions
When you leave 'Material Girl' tendencies at the door, from 'I'm That Girl':
"It's not the diamonds / It's not the pearls / I'm that girl / It's just that I'm that girl"
When you need to post some self-affirmations, from 'Cuff It':
"Bet you you'll see far / Bet you you'll see stars / Bet you you’ll elevate / Bet you you'll meet God"
On the day your direct deposit cleared, from 'Energy':
"Wait, I hear you just got paid, make it rain, energy"
For the bathroom mirror photo you took with a stranger, from 'Summer Renaissance' :
"I'm gonna trust you even though we met tonight"
'As it Was' by Harry Styles
Another lead single that has carried us into the solstice is Harry Styles' "As it Was," from his most recent album, "Harry's House." With "Watermelon Sugar," Styles owned summer 2020, though it was spent mostly indoors with COVID-19's stay-at-home orders; this year. he returned for his seasonal throne with a bubbly synth piano and fast-paced drums.
While "As It Was" has mostly melancholy lyrics, when put in the right context they can work for exciting photo moments.
When you and your pals are the life of the party:
"In this world, it's just us"
When you initially said you'd be 'staying in':
"Answer the phone / Harry, you're no good alone / Why are you sitting at home on the floor?"
'Me Porto Bonito' by Bad Bunny, Chencho Corleone
Bad Bunny is rising to the top of the charts with his latest album "Un Verano Sin Ti" and while the album translates in English to "a summer without you," the Puerto Rican rapper is making sure the summer is not without his bass-pumping reggaeton music. One song in particular, "Me Porto Bonito," is ascending the Billboard Hot 100 charts, landing in the top 10 lineup.
The song is all about putting aside away multiple lovers in the summer for the affection of one, and then (of course) posting photos on social media together.
When the photos are so nice, you have to post them twice:
"Si yo fuera tu gato, subiera una foto los viernes y los lunes"
"If I was your man, I'd post a photo on Friday and Monday."
When the face card never declines:
"Y subo un selfie pa' que vean lo rica que tú está"
"And I'll post a selfie so they can see how sexy you are."
'Supermodel' by Måneskin
The Italian band with a Dutch name had a hit on their hands with their 2017 cover of The Four Seasons' 1960's hit "Beggin." The cover didn't hit the Top 100 charts until 2021, but Måneskin's newfound visibility has their latest rock hit "Supermodel" making headway.
With a catchy guitar riff paired with lead singer Damiano David's gravelly voice, "Supermodel" gives the nostalgic angst that came with early aughts rock music, adding the essential head bobbing requirement for a perfect summertime jam.
Also, the song centers on a character who serves as the muse for today's fashion trends: "a '90s supermodel."
For a good and generally carefree vibe:
"Hey, don't think about it, hey, just let it go!"
When your summer includes art museum trips:
"When you're not looking, she's stealing your Basquiat"
'About Damn Time' by Lizzo
If you haven't heard Lizzo's "About Damn Time," you probably don't live on the internet. Quickly after its release in April, the song took over TikTok and Instagram and hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 July 25. The star herself chimed in on the social media fun of the single as people including Rosie O'Donnell sang the wrong lyrics, or as Charlie Puth gave his own rendition of the TikTok choreography.
TikToker Jaeden Gomez is credited with creating the viral TikTok dance full of claps and body rolls to the hit song, and Lizzo even took the moves to the big stage, performing some of the routine at the BET Awards.
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Now that she's released the full album "Special," there are tons of hits to guide you through a season of carefree energy.
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The song is uplifting with its 1970s-era bass and lyrics of self-admiration and encouragement to "turn up the music" and "bring out the fabulous."
Posting a new love interest after a breakup:
"I've been through a lot, but I'm still flirty"
When you're ready to party after a COVID booster:
"Turn up the music, turn down the lights / I got a feelin' I'm gon' be alright ... Turn up the music, let's celebrate (Alright) / I got a feelin' I'm gon' be okay"
More 'Special' lyrics for your Instagram captions:
When you want to show your followers how therapy has helped, from 'The Sign':
"I've been twerkin' and makin' smoothies / It's called healing / And I feel better since you seen me last"
When it seems like nobody in the party can say 'excuse me,' from 'Grrrls':
"I'm about to knock somebody out, yo, where my best friend?"
In case Leos needed ANOTHER birthday song for the club, from 'Birthday Girl':
"Is it your birthday, girl? / 'Cause you lookin' likе a present / Is it your birthday, girl? / Let's celebrate it"
'Left and Right' by Charlie Puth, Jung Kook
What better way to capture memories than with a song about memories? Charlie Puth and his perfect pitch teamed up with BTS' Jung Kook for the bubblegum pop song "Left and Right." Yes, the song is about a breakup, but why not make it about things we love on the internet?
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For the perfect iced coffee tutorial:
"How much more do I gotta drink for the pain?"
After posting your best photo and going viral with likes:
"You take up evеry corner of my mind / Your love stays with me day and night"
'Jimmy Cooks' by Drake feat. 21 Savage
What is summer if it doesn't come with a Drake anthem? The Toronto-born singer delivered a surprise album in June full of techno and house music to inundate club DJ's set list. With "Jimmy Cooks," the final song on his "Honestly, Nevermind" album, Champagne Papi returns to his classic sound with wordplay on top of a 1990s Memphis rap sample with a guest appearance from 21 Savage.
The song provides perfect anecdotes for Instagram captions, a skill Drake knows he has an aptitude for (see: "Champagne Poetry").
When your phone sends a bedtime reminder midparty:
"I'm a night owl, this a different mode"
When showing off a new TikTok recipe:
"Plus I'm cookin' up ambition on a kitchen stove"
When it's your turn to host:
"Gotta throw a party for my day ones / Pull up, and you know it's us, the bass jumpin'"
'Wait for U' by Future, Drake, Tems
Yes, there is another summer hit that features Drake, but this one highlights the talent of two more artists: Tems and Future. While "Wait For U" largely samples Nigerian singer Tems' love song "Higher," Future and Drake put their signature toxic relationship spin on it, making it a great song to encapsulate fleeting summer love.
When the ghosting method doesn't work:
"I can hear your tеars when they drop over the phone / Get mad at yourself 'cause you can't leave me alone"
When your content doesn't go viral
"Tried to bring the best out you, guess I'm not that influential"
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Beyonce, Lizzo's summer hits are great Instagram captions: Our list