'See You Again' or 'Cheerleader': What Will Win for 2015 Song of the Summer?
Wiz Khalifa's smash has led Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart through the first 10 weeks of the season. But can OMI's debut finish at No. 1?
Never mind back-to-school sales. Displays in stores are already up for Halloween (or, depending on the early levels of holly-jolliness in your specific locale, Christmas).
So, here's some food for thought as you buy candy corns (or candy canes): what hit will win the race for Billboard's No. 1 song of the summer of 2015?
So far, through the first 10 weeks since our annual Songs of the Summer chart returned after Memorial Day, Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, has led the list each week. With five more weeks of tabulation to go, we're two-thirds of the way through the Songs of the Summer tracking period.
As a reminder, the 20-position Songs of the Summer running tally (up from 10 in previous years) tracks the most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At the end of the season, the top song of the summer is crowned.
Below "Again" on Songs of the Summer, Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," featuring Kendrick Lamar, ranks at No. 2, having held the runner-up spot behind "Again" each week this summer.
It's the song at No. 3 on the Songs of the Summer chart, however, that could have the best chance of dethroning "Again" as the season's top title. OMI's "Cheerleader" has climbed from No. 16 on the season's first tally thanks to its ascent to No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated July 25, replacing "Again" after 12 weeks at No. 1 (beginning April 25). For now, "Again" boasts a fairly comfortable lead in overall Songs of the Summer chart points over "Blood" and "Cheerleader," but, in recent weeks, "Again" and "Blood" have been tallying similar points totals on the Hot 100, leaving Swift's former Hot 100 No. 1 unlikely to catch Khalifa's on Songs of the Summer.
More key to this year's top honoree: with "Cheerleader" at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for four weeks running and "Again" at No. 5 and descending, the breakthrough hit from OMI (born Omar Samuel Pasley) should make the race close for the winner on Songs of the Summer over the next five weeks.
Rounding out the Songs of the Summer's top five, Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" ranks at No. 4, followed by Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" at No. 5.
What will ultimately wind up as the hottest season's hottest song? Keep checking out the Songs of the Summer chart, week-by-week, on Billboard.com.