Ask Roundtable: The Songs of Summer for 2021

Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj and Jimin from BTS. Photo Courtesy: @dualipa/@nickiminaj/@bts.bighitofficial Instagram

It’s that time of the year again. The days are warmer, the nights are shorter, we long to spend our holidays reading a great page-turner on the beach — and we’re listening again to some of the ubiquitous songs of the summer.

But since things haven’t been exactly normal lately, Ask’s team of writers and editors gathered around a virtual roundtable to talk specifically about this summer’s musical themes. Is there as clear a winner as in years past? Do songs of the summer even exist if we’re not dancing to them at nightclubs? What exactly is a song of the summer, anyway?

Here are some of the main takeaways from our Zoom chat.