Demi Lovato foregoes her usual pop-rock vocals to whisper-sing over a tinkling piano at the start of this very-obviously-trying-to-be-a-summer-jam summer jam. She wants to enter into something with someone that seems at least a little scandalous. “Don't tell your mother,” she warns softly, as a wavering synth line propels this vocal powerhouse into a bombastic chorus that's all about trying out new things for the sake of summer experiences. The abrupt crescendos, slamming beat, and Lovato's shredding vocal stylings make this song so hot, it's doubtful that it'll cool once autumn arrives.
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The song has drawn comparisons to Katy Perry's “I Kissed a Girl,” due to the bi-curious nature of the lyrics and music video.
“Cool For the Summer” was nominated for Song of the Summer at the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards, but lost to 5 Seconds of Summer's “She's Kinda Hot.”
The single was the first released off of Lovato's fifth studio album “Confident,” which she has noted would be a major departure in both sound and lyrical content from her previous endeavors. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, she stated, “I'm done with the sob stories and the tales...This is a completely new Demi.”
Demi Lovato co-wrote the song with, among others, Max Martin. Martin's resume includes penning songs for Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, and Katy Perry, the latter being another justification for comparisons between “Cool For the Summer” and “I Kissed a Girl.”
“Cool For the Summer” charted in over 20 different countries, and was Lovato's first single to reach the top 10 in the U.K.