A Guide to the Trending Summer Music Arrivals of 2023

As the warm sun rays finally touch our skin, and the days become longer, we can’t help but feel the excitement of summer creeping in. With summer comes vibrant music that lifts our moods and sets the tone for the season ahead. In this playlist, we will explore the trending summer music of 2023, from soft and sentimental tunes to upbeat tracks that make us want to dance.

The Arrival of Summer Music

The beautiful chill vibes of summer music have arrived, and we are eagerly anticipating what’s new. This year’s music scene is all about unfiltered emotions and authentic sounds that capture the essence of summer. Artists are pushing the boundaries of their creativity, making sure that their music resonates with listeners from all walks of life.

Tropical Hip Hop really tells the story of Summer fun and play time such as Don Drago. – Paradise Ft Bezz Believe & Nawlage – 2023 is slated to be Drago’s biggest year

Artists like ‘Gift Genesis’ are bringing back those lovely melodic afrobeats with songs like ‘Jetski’ and ‘You Know’ by Oxreen

Gift Genesis x Jøe Malø- Jetski!

Genre: Afrobeats / Afro-pop / Afro-fusionUK,  Hip-Hop
Moods: Happy, Sexy, Chill
Similar artists: Jeremih, Krept & Konan, Kojo Funds, Sneakbo

“BHE are an incredible group of talented artists from the Southcoast of the UK, Bournemouth to be exact. Jetski by the members jøe Malø and Gift Genesis is a warm up to their upcoming Bornhungry EP.”

Oxreen – You Know

Genre:  Afrobeats / Afro-pop / Afro-fusion
Moods: Romantic, Chill, Energetic

This Afrobeat song is about giving a girl everything and it not being good enough then offering the same to another and her appreciating it. This is Oxreen’s 3rd release.

Killertunes –  Shy (feat. Not3s, BZ) * 

Genre: Afrobeats / Afro-pop / Afro-fusionUK Hip-Hop

“Shy” as the song is named is a perfect blend of moody afropop instrumentals with melodic rap and a soft hook to get listeners feeling relaxed. the song sees a crossover of mid tempo blend of jazz, hiphop & afropop with smooth deliveries of rap by South London artist, BZ & Singer-rapper Not3s and a melodious hook by Producer-Singer Killertunes, the song sees them discuss common topics such as sexual desires, the chase involved in achieving them, feelings, fame and wealth over a moody killertunes produced instrumental laced with a touch of late night vibes.

D Thanks – Monica

Genre:  Afrobeats / Afro-pop / Afro-fusion

Similar artists: Diamond Platnumz, Wizkid, Tayc, Nelson Freitas, Burna Boy

Dieumerci (D Thanks) is a singer songwriter,entrepreneur, records label owner. Born in DRC 01/07/1999 raised In Tanzania and malawi, currently based In Phoenix Arizona. With a unique sound of Afro sounds, RNB and pop. From Swahili his primary language to French and English is what makes him special mixing languages In one track is what make the magic. “Music is my therapy, and my recovery “ said D

Chris Waters –  Blue to Purple

Genre:  Electro Pop,  Adult Contemporary
Similar artists: Bazzi, Lauv, The Chainsmokers
“Back to my Electro-pop roots. “Blue to Purple” is about 2 people who are both in a dark place/ help each other get out of it. Produced by Matthew Tryba who has worked w T Swift/ One Republic. !”

Summer Bliss has Arrived..

While Afrobeats will certainly take center stage in our playlists, blissful tracks like Roll Over’ by Avi Kytes and Chuck Starrs ‘Swipe Right’ bring us those smooth soothing romantic R&B flavours that set the perfect soundscape for for lazy Summer days. 

Avi Kytes – Roll Over

Release date May 18,2023
Genre:  Alternative / Indie R&B, Adult Contemporary, Alt Pop
Moods: Romantic, Chill
Similar artists: ¿Téo?, Ed Sheeran, Omar Apollo

‘Roll Over’ is the first single of Avi Kytes, a wave of chill and happy energy within a romantic bliss that reminds every listener that even in moments of doubt, the present is all worth holding on to.

Schoney x JShow –  Hamptons

Genre: Adult Contemporary R&B 

Similar artists: blackbear, Lauv, Post Malone, Bryce Vine, Dominic Fike

This is an upbeat summer song that makes you want to roll the windows down and turn the music up. The hook gets everybody singing along. 

Swipe Right by Chuck Starr 

Release Date: May 12th 2023‘Swipe Right’ by Chuck Starr The Emotional Journey of Online Dating 

Swipe Right,” by Chuck Starr expresses the many emotions that a person may feel and go through while trying to find love through online dating. This R&B single has roots in pop soul with a modern feel. 

The Sound of Summer

The music that’s trending this spring/summer season is bright, with light floating vocals and soft passionate sentiment. One of the most prominent styles in this year’s summer music scene is lo-fi hip-hop. Lo-fi music has grown in popularity in recent years, and it’s no surprise that it has found its way into the summer scene. The genre’s relaxed, chilled-out sound creates the perfect backdrop for lazy days spent by the pool or at the beach.

LnO –  My Opening Monologue

Genre: Conscious  Lo-fi Hip-Hop

Similar artists: Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Free Party, Wale the Sage, Malik Elijah

Seattle based newcomer looking to carve out my own lane. very self aware and promoting of finding ones self through experience of life. we all have demons, im working on mine just like everyone else. hip hop / soul with conscious mind lyrics and stories.“Trying to offer something a little different with my music in the form of a somewhat streaming series. “My opening monologue ” acts as the pilot episode catalyst for what more is to come”

LoFi Summer Songs:

Lo-fi chill-hop like CJ Navigator’s elegant ethereal ambient instrumental ‘Coral Blue’ will be a treasured play this summer as creators get really passionate about music play and experimental tracks.

CJ Navigator – Coral Blue

Study beats / Jazz-hop / Chill-hopOther: Ambient, Chillwave
Moods: Chill
Coral Blue: a chill fusion of ukulele + synth beats. Electronica artist with over 50k streams on Spotify. 

Maryam Mirbagheri –  It goes by

Genre:  Post Rock, Garage Rock – Solo Guitar
Maryam Mirbagheri aka “Maryama” is an Iranian American composer, singer-songwriter and music producer currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Please refer to MARYAMA Spotify profile for singer-songwriter projects as this profile is dedicated to instrumental pieces and soundtracks. Known for her unique sound and style Mirbagheri has been nominated for awards such as Hollywood Music In Media Awards and worked with figures such as James Franco, Deborah Lavine and GRAMMY award winners Scott Hull (Sting, Celine Dion etc), Marc Urselli (Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson etc) and many more.

Upbeat Summer Dance Groves: 

Upbeat pop and dance tracks are also making waves this summer. From José Lucas’s Indie Pop ‘Valerie‘ to July Quin’s Latin Pop Hip Hop Single ‘Culebra’ these tracks are sure to get you moving and grooving.

José Lucas – Valerie

Genre:  Indie PopZ
Moods: Happy, upbeat
‘Valerie’ – a seductive, sultry hybrid indie/pop/rock track that captures the essence of a summer setting.

July Quin – CULEBRA

Genre: Alternative Hip-Hop- Latin Pop
Moods: Energetic, Sexy, Moody
“Checkout July’s latest song from his new album. Culebra is a sexy, romantic and fun latin-pop/hip-hop infused track. A great track to dance and vibe to for Summer! Culebra is a latin-pop infused and lyrical hip-hop record. Dealing with the topics such as cyclical destruction and toxic relationships, July cleverly raps from a female’s point-of-view, while also cutting deep into his insecurities and vulnerability.

Partimama – Come on get on the dance floor

Music Genre: disco/dance/pop
Vibe: late 80s/90s
Located in: Melbourne Australia
Sounds like: kylie minogue, early madonna
Another great dance/pop track called Come on Get On the Dancefloor, which is sure to get everyone dancing.  This follows her very successful debut Mamma Loves Ya!  The song has strong disco influences and references to the eighties and nineties when the disco scene was huge!!  It is a funky, bright track with a very contagious chorus.  Once again, well known Melbourne  Music Producer Max Kourilov helped on the song.

Explore my Dance Grooves Summer Playlist:

Featuring the newest tracks of 2023 that I’m listening to right now!