Top 10 Songs of Summer: Love at First Listen

Music is a universal language and when summer rolls around music becomes more than just a language, it becomes a lifestyle.  Lately, I have found myself plugging in my headphones more and holding dance parties for one in my room.  Almost any music I come across is good to my ears, but of course I have my favorites.  So today, for the fourth installment of my top 10 series, I am going to share with you all my Top 10 Songs of Summer!  I hope you listen to these songs if you haven’t already, and maybe you’ll find your Love at First Listen too. 😉

*If you want to listen to all of these songs in one playlist, check out my Spotify, absolutelyolivia. 


Favorite Lyrics: I’ll sit and watch your car burn/with the fire that you started in me

Billie snatched my attention after I listened to her hit “Ocean Eyes”, so I was very excited when her new song “watch” was released just in time for all summer road trips.  The song starts out slowly, but picks up pace and Billie’s unique voice goes perfectly with her haunting lyrics.

Listen to WATCH.


Favorite Lyrics: I’m laughing at a joke that I don’t get/I’m acting like these strangers are my friends

Not gonna lie, I didn’t love this song right away, but after listening to it a couple times it was hard to not to love it.  Noah Cyrus leaves nothing out in “Stay Together” as she sings (almost chants) about a wild summer night.



Favorite Lyrics: I am your sweetheart psychopathic crush/Drink up your movements, still I can’t get enough 

There’s not a song of Lorde’s I dislike and I would have absolutely no problem making this whole post about her songs!  I had been waiting for her new album, just like seemingly the whole rest of the world, and when Melodrama (the album) dropped, I freaked.  It was definitely love at first listen 🙂  My overall favorite song from the album is “The Louvre,” a song that always makes me want to dance sporadically (the best type of dancing, if you ask me).  Lorde’s songs have a typically harsh beat and blunt lyrics, and although “The Louvre” is no exception, it has a sweeter sound to it too!

Listen to THE LOUVRE.

Photo from The Sun: Lorde performing


Favorite Lyrics: You know some days you feel so good in your/own skin/But its okay if you wanna change the body that/you came in

The best girl anthem of 2017 so far,  “Most Girls” is incredibly true and speaks for every gal (and person in general) out there.  Hailee sings about how girls can wear what they want, do what they want, and she mentions body positivity.  The message of the song is that no matter who you are or what you do; you are unique and beautiful, which I whole-heartedly agree with!

Listen to MOST GIRLS.


Favorite Lyrics: Hope the winds of change will change your mind

“Stay” is the ultimate party song out of all the ones on this list.  Zedd and Alessia Cara make a great duo and I could hear this song thousands of times and would still sing and dance along.  I recommend this for any of your party playlists.

Listen to STAY.


With little to no lyrics in all of his songs, BAYNK somehow still conveys a story through his songs, and Poolside no different.  There’s a bouncy cheerful beat and it is easy to imagine yourself at the pool, having fun with friends.

Listen to POOLSIDE.


Favorite Lyrics: Now I’m standing back from it, I finally see the pattern

I’ve been listening to Dua Lipa for the longest time, and just like Lorde, when she released her song “New Rules,” I was ecstatic.  Needless to say, it definitely lived up to my expectations. Also, Dua Lipa is very fashion-forward, which is a plus

Listen to NEW RULES.

Dua Lipa, photo from Billiboard.


Favorite Lyrics: Cold outside and you’re in just a t-shirt/I have cold blood even in a sweater

This highly-anticipated new release is a little different that other Sabrina Carpenter songs.  “Why” sounds a little like a remix, but I love that about it!  She sings the words in perfect time with the beat and they’re easy to understand.  Sabrina definitely created another great song for sure.

Listen to WHY.


Favorite Lyrics: A couple rebel top gun pilots/Flying with nowhere to be/Don’t know you super well/But I think that you might be the same as me/Behave abnormally

I just couldn’t resist sticking another Lorde song in here somewhere!  “Homemade Dynamite” begins with Lorde’s raw voice and gets faster, than slows down a bit at the beginning of the chorus creating a musically entertaining song.  But then again, which one of Lorde’s songs isn’t musically entertaining??



Favorite Lyrics: Take me to that place where you always go/When you’re sleeping or your day takes you low so low

Maggie has such a unique voice, one that almost reminds me of those in old-timey tunes and for some reason I always feel as if I’m in the mountains when I listen to her songs.  “On+Off” is a beautiful song and I re-fall in love with it and Maggie every time I listen.  This is a song I highly, highly recommend listening to!

Listen to ON+OFF.

Maggie Rogers and her natural beauty, photo from Bearded Gentlemen Music.

That’s it for my Top 10 Songs of Summer, but I would love if down in the comments you share some of the music and artists YOU have been listening to.  I’m always looking for new songs and I know for a fact others are too, so any genre is welcome!  I can’t wait to add more to my current playlist and as always, thanks for reading!

Love, Olivia

Check out my Instagram, @absolutelyolivia, to see more of my life and style.

34 thoughts on “Top 10 Songs of Summer: Love at First Listen

  1. Have you seen the video for New Rules? Best video I’ve seen in a long time. As for The Louvre I think my favourite lyric is probably ‘Blow all my friendships/To sit in hell with you/But we’re the greatest/They’ll hang us in The Louvre/Down the back but who cares? Still The Louvre’. I think it really captures every aspect of the album as it’s so Melodramatic but the feelings are kinda relatable. I may have to write a post about Melodrama now…

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    • Yes I have seen the video and I LOVE IT!! Dua Lipa’s videos are always masterpieces, just like Lorde’s lyrics and songs. Those lyrics from the Louvre are my second favorite and it really does capture the aspects of Melodrama. And yes please write a post about Melodrama, I will read it in a heartbeat 😂

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  2. Love these songs, some I haven’t heard and now I’m anxious to find them on spotify, love finding new jams 🙂 I also like how you posted your favorite lyric for each, clever!!!

    xo, JJ

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