We’re right in the middle of summer and if you haven’t found your soundtrack for 2016 yet, we’re here to help. More accurately, J Balvin, Cierra Ramirez, Nina Sky and more are here to help you select which song will get you turnt, lit, etc. all summer long.
1. “Champion Lover,” Nina Sky
“Champion Lover,” Nina Sky
The twins are back! The “Move Ya Body” singers’ “Champion Lover” borrows the name from a Shabba Ranks classic and updates it with a tropical, pop mish mash of ear candy goodness. And the lyrics are as addictive as a Narcos episode.
2. “Safari,” J Balvin f/ Pharrell, BIA & Sky
“Safari,” J Balvin f/ Pharrell, BIA & Sky
Balvin is undeniably the best reggaetonero of the past two years. Everything the colombiano touches to gold and “Safari” is no different. The Caribbean soundscape actually makes you think you’re in the middle of the Amazon. Add Pharrell singing in Spanish and BIA’s simple yet TK bars and you have a song of the summer.
3. “La Bicicleta,” Carlos Vives f/ Shakira
“La Bicicleta,” Carlos Vives f/ Shakira
This is the song fans of Colombian music have waited for their entire lives: Carlos Vives and Shakira on one joint! WTF! And it’s just as we hoped for: an opus full of cultural references, love, and, of course, a video full of Shak shaking her hips.
4. “35 Pa Las 12,” Fuego f/ J Balvin
“35 Pa Las 12,” Fuego f/ J Balvin
Fuego and Balvin pull off their best impersonation of Future and Drake on this smooth reggaeton banger. It’s the perfect jump-off, getting it on, summer fling song.
5. “All In My Head (Flex),” Fifth Harmony f/ Fetty Wap
“All In My Head (Flex),” Fifth Harmony f/ Fetty Wap
The Fifth Harmony ladies are all grown up and this song proves it. Inspired by Mad Cobra’s “Flex,” this song and its accompanying video finds the ladies showing off their assets—vocally and physically. Beach + swimsuits + reggae-influenced song = song of the summer.
6. “Shaky Shaky,” Daddy Yankee
“Shaky Shaky,” Daddy Yankee
You would think Daddy Yankee would rest on his laurels. But how do you maintain your status as the reggaeton GOAT? Constantly, drop banger after banger and his latest “Shaky Shaky” is meant to shakes asses all summer long.
7. “G.M.T.H.,” Cierra Ramirez
“G.M.T.H.,” Cierra Ramirez
Forget what you know about Cierra Ramirez from The Fosters. “G.M.T.H.” is an updated trap version of Junior Mafia’s classic “Get Money.” It’s best to play this song at full volume cruising in your car on Saturday. Play it loud and if you can throw bills in the air.