Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the 2016 Summer Strut.

What Is 2016’s Song of the Summer?

What Is 2016’s Song of the Summer?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
July 27 2016 12:34 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2016” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the state of the songs of summer and Summer Strut 2016.

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This week on Slate Plus, we extend the Summer Strut and ask: What is the struttiest song on the Hamilton cast recording?

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the state of the songs of the summer. Are we in the musical doldrums, or is there a song that can alleviate the weight on our shoulders caused by the events of 2016? Next, listeners sent in almost 24 hours’ worth of songs for Summer Strut 2016. Chris Molanphy joins the gabbers to whittle that list down to their favorites.

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Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

Summer Strut 2016 Shortlist on Spotify:

Summer Strut 2016 Shortlist:

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Other songs mentioned:

Culture Gabfest Summer Strut 2016 full Spotify playlist (22 hr, 40 min)

Past “Summer Strut” Gabfests are available here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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Julia: The Seventh Fire directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono

Chris: The Lobster directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Stephen: “Different Drum” by the Stone Poneys

Outro: Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Chris Molanphy is a feature writer and critic who writes widely about music and the pop charts. Follow him on Twitter.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.