Lil Nas X at the American Music Awards in 2019.
Lil Nas X at the American Music Awards in 2019. Photo by Christopher Polk/Variety/Shutterstock (10481445am)

Summer 2021 is coming to a close, but it gave us several amazing things to remember it by, including some pretty unforgettable songs. This season gave us countless great candidates for “song of the summer”, but these five managed to become a part of our collective memory.

The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber – “Stay”

Justin Bieber gave us two strong candidates for song of the summer with “Stay” and “Peaches”, but we have to cast our final vote to his chart-topping collaboration with The Kid Laroi.

BTS – “Butter”

Aided by BTS’s passionate fan base, “Butter” spent more time on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 than any other song released this year, securing its status as the unofficial “song of the summer”.

Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” was ruling the charts last winter and spring, but “Good 4 U” grew into as big of a hit this summer and basically became “Misery Business” of 2021.

Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Between the Saweetie collaboration “Best Friend” and several songs from her new album Planet Her, Doja Cat gave us several candidates for song of the summer, but none of them became a bigger hit than “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA.

Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me by Your Name)

Lil Nas X’s viral hit “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” will go down in history as one of the defining songs of 2021, and we’ve all been listening to it all summer long.