Slate’s Culture Gabfest’s 2018 Summer Strut playlist and Cardi B vs. Drake for song of the summer.

Which Summer Jam Has the Most Swagger?

Which Summer Jam Has the Most Swagger?

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July 25 2018 11:58 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2018” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on this year’s candidates for song of the summer and our annual Summer Strut playlist.

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On this week’s Slate Plus, Dana, Julia, Stephen, and Chris discuss more of their personal favorites from among the 450-plus songs nominated by listeners for Summer Strut.

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This week, Chris Molanphy joins the gabbers to discuss the candidates for 2018’s song of the summer, unpacking the rise of Cardi B and the enduring popularity of Drake. Then, they sift through the more than 450 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:


Summer Strut 2018 Shortlist on Spotify:

Summer Strut 2018 Shortlist:


Listen to the full Culture Gabfest Summer Strut 2018 playlist on Spotify.

Past “Summer Strut” Gabfests are available here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.


Dana: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and its score, particularly François Couperin’s “Les Barricades Mystérieuses” as performed by Angela Hewitt


Chris: The experience of seeing Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade with an eighth-grader

Stephen: Jacquelyn Ardam’s “Real Toads at the International Cryptozoology Museum” on the blog for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Marianne Moore’s poem “The Fish

Outro: “Time to Strut 3” by Gunnar Johnsén

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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, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.