Every summer there’s a handful of songs that become huge hits. But only one can be crowned Song of the Summer. Billboard even charts this exciting time in music going all the way back to 1958. Check out their list here. And if you’re curious like I was, the 1958 hit was “Domenico Modugno” by Volare. Ok, sure.
Anyway, check out a fantastic roll through time with all the hits, in under 4 minutes:
For time’s sake, though, here are the last few years…
2014: “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
2015: “Cheerleader” – OMI (more about the fun video here)
2016: “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake (although Billboard suggests “One Dance” by Drake feat. some random artists)
2017: “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi feat. Justin Bieber
It’s interesting that 2 of the last 3 were remakes. Omi has an earlier version of “Cheerleader” before it blew up, and the same with Luis Fonsi and “Despacito.” And what’s really funny is that I like the originals better! Another quirk… 3 out of the 4 above (if you include the Billboard choice for 2016) are songs that feature other artists.
As summer approaches and we’re waiting for a monster hit to kick off the season (remember this one, anyone?), one may wonder if it will follow the same characteristics as any of these recent summer successes. It’s also important to note that last year when Billboard published their list of summer hit contenders (in April), “Despacito” wasn’t on it at all! Even though the song was released in January 2017, it didn’t make worldwide waves until the remix featuring Justin Bieber hit the airwaves a few months later, in April…. after the Billboard list came out.
The same thing could happen this year. There might be a song just waiting to explode, all it needs is the magical combination of timing and catchiness. Glamour has a list, which they tout will undoubtedly include songs you’ll hear all summer long. I, for one, have my doubts. Take a look…
“High Horse” – Kacey Musgraves (nope!)
“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey (nope! Peaked too early)
“Curious” – Hayley Kiyoko (nope!)
“All the Stars” – Kendrick Lamar and SZA (nope!)
“Lemon” (The New Remix) – N.E.R.D., Rihanna, and Drake (possible!)
“No Excuses” – Megan Trainor (possible but nope! Will be annoying after hearing it 10 times)
“1,2,3,” by Sofia Reyes, Jason Derulo, and De La Ghetto (possible!)
One thing the Song of the Summer seems to capture in recent years: it makes you feel good! I was going to say it also needs to be clean and/or family friendly, but that’s not true is it, Mr. Thicke? Remember his 2013 Song of the Summer?
Clean? Not even close. But endorphins? Oh, yes. That’s mostly why Glamour’s list is almost entirely a bunch of finger wagging nah ah’s. With the exception of “Lemon,” “No Excuses,” and “1,2,3,” none are overly catchy and hardly activate any euphoric sensations.
So this year’s Song of the Summer is “to be determined,” but I’d say watch out for artists like Post Malone, Drake, Justin Timberlake, or someone we’ve never heard of… yet 🙂
-Out of the Wilderness