Drake-Led Songs of the Summer Chart Returns to Billboard.com
The annual warm-weather ranking splashes back onto Billboard's charts menu, as the race officially begins for the top summer song of 2016.
What will be the top song of the summer? We can officially begin making our way toward the answer, as Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart returns to Billboard.com.
The 20-position Songs of the Summer running tally 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 will be crowned.
First, a few flashbacks: Boosted by its Felix Jaehn remix, OMI's reggae-infused "Cheerleader" won top summer song honors for 2015. The year before, aided by Charli XCX's hook, Iggy Azalea's debut smash "Fancy" became the top song of the summer of 2014. In 2013, fueled by its racy video and record radio audience levels, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, won the title. The prior winners this decade: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" (2012), LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock (2011), and, fittingly, Katy Perry's beach-centric "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg (2010).
This year, Drake's "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, the Hot 100's current leader, ranks at No. 1 on the first Songs of the Summer survey (dated June 18), followed by Desiigner's "Panda" at No. 2 and Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" at No. 3. Rounding out the first Songs of the Summer chart's top five are Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home," featuring Ty Dolla $ign (No. 4), and The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down," featuring Daya (No. 5).
Other rising songs likely in the mix in the heated weeks ahead: Rihanna's "Needed Me" (No. 8 on Songs of the Summer); Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For," featuring Rihanna (No. 9); P!nk's "Just Like Fire" (No. 10); Kent Jones' debut R&B/hip-hop hit "Don't Mind" (No. 13); and Sia's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul (No. 19).
Who will win this summer's chart battle? We've got a hot 100 days, give or take, to find out.
Check out this season's first Summer Songs ranking in its entirety here.