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This week, Chris Molanphy joins the gabbers to discuss the candidates for 2019’s song of the summer—and how one unlikely track emerged as the decisive winner, despite Taylor Swift’s best efforts to dethrone it. Then, they sift through the 400-plus songs nominated by listeners to select the finalists for this year’s Summer Strut playlist.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
• “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus (Remix)
• “The Culture Gabfest ‘Free Rein on Some Gargoyles’ Edition” by Dan Kois, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens in Slate
• “How TikTok Made ‘Old Town Road’ Become Both A Meme And A Banger” by Lauren Strapagiel in BuzzFeed
• “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
• “ME!” by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie
• “Taylor Swift’s New Single Is a Teachable Moment About How Not to Be an Ally” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate
Summer Strut 2019 Shortlist on Spotify:
Summer Strut 2019 Shortlist:
“Once in a Lifetime” by Angelique Kidjo
“Spicy” by Herve Pagez and Diplo feat. Charlie XCX
“Get Down” by Six
“Juice” by Lizzo
“Truth Hurts” by Lizzo
“Boys” by Lizzo
“If U C My Enemies” by Rubblebucket
“The Stoop” by Little Jackie
“Never Forget You” by the Noisettes
“Pana” by Tekno
“High” by Young Thug feat. Elton John
“Expresso 2222” by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil
“I Don’t Want It At All” by Kim Petras
“Happy Unhappy” by the Beths
“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend
“Mainstream Kid” by Brandi Carlile
“(The Forgotten People)” by Thievery Corporation
“Short Court Style” by Natalie Prass
“Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by the Georgia Satellites
“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue
“Icon” by Ohmme
“Foxy Girls in Oakland” by Rodger Collins
“Banho de Folhas” by Luedji Luna feat. Zudizilla (Dj Nyack)
“Chica Chica Boom Chic” by Bebel Gilberto and Carlinhos Brown
“La Venda” by Miki Nuñez
Listen to the full Culture Gabfest Summer Strut 2019 playlist on Spotify.
Chris: “Your Silent Face” by New Order (2015 Remastered Version)
Julia: “Seventeen” by Sharon van Etten
Dana: “Too Much” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Steve: “Pussy is God” by King Princess
Outro: “Pussy is God” by King Princess
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