The Oracle Curates a Classy, Cool, Soundtrack for your Summer

With summer around the corner, it’s important to have a playlist to fit this summer’s vibe. If you’re struggling to find songs, The Oracle staffers have curated some of our favorite tunes of the summer. 

For pop lovers, we have “As It Was” by British songwriter Harry Styles and “Cruel Summer” by American songwriter Taylor Swift. Initially debuting in first place on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, “As It Was” is Style’s second hit on the Hot 100 after his 2020 piece “Watermelon Sugar.” The piece is different from his regular music, sharing similarities to  songs like “Take on Me” by A-Ha. “Cruel Summer,” a song lyrically about struggles with summer romance incorporating elements of depression and heartbreak, with an airy, futuristic pop-like feel. 

For hip hop or rap enthusiasts, the playlist features “WUSYANAME” by Tyler the Creator, “Tokyo Drifting” by Glass Animals and “Bonfire” by Childish Gambino. Debuting 14th on the Hot 100, “WUSYANAME” takes a more West Coast and R&B style, feeling almost like a 90s throwback. The song is similar to the style of “Tokyo Drifting”, sharing the nostalgic feel with its use of R&B and references to items of 90s popular culture. “Bonfire” is a little harder hitting, a traditional rap-styled song with witty lines. 

Moving on to more alternative rock, the playlist includes “Pleaser” by U.S band Wallows. “Pleaser” follows loosely to other alternative rock bands like The Killers with a catchy tune. Emulating the 2000’s feel, the playlist also features the song “3 Nights” by Dominic Fike. With a Reggae-style beat, the song is more subdued and relaxed compared to other songs in this playlist. 

Finally, Doja Cat’s 2021 single “Need to Know” is also included in the playlist. Being inspired from R&B, melodic rap and trap music, the song gives off a chill vibe while lyrically leaning on the rather explicit side—covering topics regarding Doja’s “adventures” and “fantasies”.