We’re a few weeks into summer now, and on the radio you’ve probably heard the same rotation of songs by already-established artists like Justin Timberlake, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, and Katy Perry. Aside from those, though, there’s a crop of songs ready to take over from international artists you might not yet have heard of. Here’s a list of our favorite summer songs from artists around the world whose tracks are all worthy contenders for this year’s “Song of the Summer.”
1) Do It Again by Robyn and Röyksopp
First of all, don’t be intimidated by the tricky name – Röyksopp is pronounced just the way it looks: royke-sopp. While Royksopp is a relatively new name to American radio, the Norwegian electronic duo has been making its name in its home country for over 15 years now. Here, they team up with fellow Scandinavian Robyn (you know her hit “Dancing on My Own”) to produce this dance floor-friendly track you’ll have at full volume all summer long.
2) Am I Wrong by Niko and Vinz
This track is by another pair of Norwegians, who released the song in 2013 and are finally seeing it climb the charts in the US. The song is irresistibly catchy – the kind that sounds just right turned all the way up with the windows down.
3) Lanterns by Birds of Tokyo
This song’s optimistic, anthem-like lyrics combined with its stadium-ready guitars prove that these Australian rockers have serious potential as mainstays in the summer song rotation.
4) Rather Be by Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne
With a bubbly, sunny beat, this song is more “chill out by the beach” than “storm the dance floor” but it will have you nodding your head in time nonetheless. Clean Bandit, an electronic group from Cambridge, England, pair up with British singer Jess Glynne (check out #7 for more of her).
5) Riptide by Vance Joy
An Australian hit that’s finally making its way over to American pop radio, “Riptide” hums along with the strums of a ukulele and Vance Joy’s soothing voice.
6) Young Hearts by Strange Talk
The third song on this list by Australian artists (Strange Talk hails from Melbourne), “Young Hearts” looks poised to be this summer’s version of “We Are Young” by Fun with its sunny, upbeat lyrics and a summery rhythm.
7) My Love by Route 94 and Jess Glynne
Another British import (both the DJ Route 94 and singer Jess Glynne hail from England), “My Love” sounds like an old-school dance throwback, with a slow pulsing beat, repetitive piano riff and a catchy hook that you won’t be able to keep out of your head.
8) Stay With Me by Sam Smith
English singer Sam Smith is sure to be a voice we hear more and more of in the future. You’ve probably already heard him contribute vocals to Naughty Boy’s “La La La” and Disclosure’s ubiquitous hit “Latch.” This soulful track is the lead single from his debut album, which just dropped on June 17.
9) Come With Me Now by Kongos
Although the band (four brothers who, rather appropriately, share the last name Kongos) released this song in its native South Africa in 2011, it only recently was released as a single in the US. Inspired by various music influences from around the world, this is a solid alternative-rock track with a foot-stomping chorus.
10) Heartbreak Dream by Betty Who
Betty Who is an Australian-born, Berklee-trained pop singer whose infectiously catchy “Heartbreak Dream” will have you hooked from the first listen. The song and her powerful vocals are reminiscent of Robyn’s dance-friendly, girl-power tunes.