Love a good party? These five anthems will see you through the summer months, so make sure you learn the lyrics by heart before you hit the scene.

Summer is upon us, and that means that the run up to the ultimate summer anthem has now kicked off.

But who will be the Umbrella or the Mumbo No5 of this summer? Here are my personal top five contenders.

Maroon 5’s This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf****r is destined to become a favourite, but the expletive in its title will surely affect its final position in the charts. As has been shown time and time again, while many of us may not mind the f-word, radios will often play a censored version, which sometimes takes away the song’s oomph. But, then again, this is Maroon 5 we’re talking about, so who knows?


Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood – I may not be Taylor’s biggest fan, but if there’s one thing no one can deny is this woman’s cultural and political power. At 25, she’s made it to TIME’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list, and she single-handedly changed the music industry overnight with an open letter to Apple. Will that help her turn her latest single – which is accompanied by a star-studded video – to the top spot? Well, as has been the case before, it takes more than fame to win the public over , but Taylor Swift clearly does not play by the rules.


Nicki Minaj’s The Night is Still Young is by far the most likely song to make it to the top this summer. If I press play and close my eyes, I can just imagine people grinding and twerking to it at the clubs. As Her Minajesty – yes, apparently that’s a thing – has proven, she’s got what it takes to make it to the top of the summer charts – Super Bass and Starships, anyone? This song may be a bit weird and repetitive, but when you’re drinking beer by the pool or you’re off your face in Paceville, this is exactly what you need – a song that is hopeful, that tells you you’re young, that makes you reach out and hug your friend, and which makes you feel sexy. The perfect combination for a summer anthem!


Rita Ora’s Poison – This is the ultimate dark horse, and I’m not exactly sure why. So far, it has seriously underperformed on YouTube, as it’s only reached 6 million hits since the 3rd June, as opposed to her last single I Will Never Let You Down, which has amassed over 100 million hits. But Rita Ora is weirdly successful, considering that she hasn’t been in the scene for that long. She’s had four number one singles, sponsorship deals with major brands, and she’s even a judge on the X-Factor. So, you never know. She may still surprise us with this awesome song, which I secretly love. Shh!


David Guetta’s Hey Mama ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack already has over 86 million views on YouTube, and its sound is infectious. It’s got a hot beat and it’s quite easy to sing along to – which always makes a song more fun to listen to. This song also lends itself easily to the radio and the dance floor, plus with three powerhouses (am I the only person who’s never heard of Bebe Rexha?), it should perform very, very well in the charts.


As hard as experts, charts and producers try however, it’s almost impossible to define what makes the Number 1 summer single stand out. It’s a mix of the people’s mood and tastes of the time, I guess. But the above mentioned songs are bound to do well, regardless.

Can you think of other songs that might take it to the Number 1 spot this summer?

Let us know in the comments section below.