Packer’s Favourite Summer Music
By Tom Story
The summer is a great time for students to discover new music. Some students like to listen to big summer hits like “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake or “Closer” by the Chainsmokers, whilst others tend to dig a little deeper, perhaps discovering something off the beaten path. We decided to ask students what they listened to most over the summer: where they listened to it, why they listened to it, and how this translated into to the rest of the Packer community. The results were very surprising.
Interestingly, a lot of students said that they either listened to much less or much more music over the summer than they would usually listen to during the school year. Many students also said that their surroundings influenced the music they listened to. For example when asked what he listened to this summer, Henry Somerby (‘19) said “country [music] while I was in Wyoming”, a genre of music he said he wouldn’t tend to listen to otherwise. Another student, Kaitlin Flores (‘19), who was in Wisconsin for most of the summer, listened to very different music than her peers who had spent their summer in New York, saying that “All my friends (in Wisconsin) were showing me new songs” and that her song of the summer was “Crazy Rap” by Afroman, which is not a song that she would have heard had she been in the city all summer.
It seems that the most popular genre of music for Packer students was Hip Hop. The two artists who were most commonly mentioned were Chance the Rapper and Kanye West, both of whom had released albums a few months before the start of summer break. Kanye’s new album, The Life of Pablo, features Packer summer favourites like “Wolves”, “FML”, “Waves” and “Father Stretch my Hands”. Chance dropped his mixtape, Coloring Book, this May and that also had a handful of summer favourites like “No Problem”, “Juke Jam” and “All We Got”.
Some students, while they didn’t listen to music that had been newly released, listened to music that they had never heard before. One student said that they had their first proper exposure to The Beatles over the summer whilst another said they went to their parents for musical suggestions and ended up finding artists they would never have found on their own.
As expected, most people found their music through either online streaming or on social media. Behind Kanye and Chance, the next most popular artist that people named songs by was Jacob Sartorius, the thirteen year old YouTube sensation. His song “Hit or Miss” being a summer favourite for many. But, surprisingly, the song that was most commonly named by students as their favourite hit of the summer was “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M featuring Lil Yachty. “Broccoli” took the top spot on Packer’s list despite peaking at only number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100, it did however reach number two on the Hip Hop/R&B charts, another indication to Packer students’ love of rap music.
Almost every student who was asked, which included ten to fifteen students in every grade of the high school, either named a rap song as their summer favourite or mentioned listening to lots of rap over the summer. Interestingly, very few Pelicans named one of the Billboard hits as their summer favourite, and even fewer named the radio as a means of listening to music. Of course there were exceptions to these two norms, particularly from a favourite genre perspective. There were a fair number of students who named rock songs as their favourites. However their answers were much more varied, and no one song had more than one vote.