Impressively, "Dance" led Songs of the Summer for all 14 of the survey's weeks this year. It's the third song this decade to rule from start to finish, following Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, in 2014, and Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, in 2010.
Drake earns his first summer chart championship. He previously ranked in the season's final top 10 with his debut hit "Best I Ever Had" (No. 4, 2009) and "Find Your Love" (No. 9, 2010).
Last year, Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, had led Songs of the Summer most of the season (for 13 of the chart's first 15 tracking weeks), before OMI's "Cheerleader" (which ranked at No. 16 on the season's first Songs of the Summer survey) pushed to the pinnacle to win the season's title.
"Dance" first hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated May 21. The Songs of the Summer running tally covered the weeks dated June 18 through Sept. 17 this year; on June 18, "Dance" was in its fourth of 10 weeks atop the Hot 100, and the song would remain in the Hot 100's top 10 for the entire summer tracking period, currently placing at No. 9.
"Dance" dominates as the top song of the summer of 2016 thanks in large part to radio airplay, as it was the most-heard song on U.S. airwaves during the chart's tracking period, accumulating a monstrous 2 billion in radio audience in that span, according to Nielsen Music.
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Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" is the No. 2 song of the summer. The track debuted atop the May 28 Hot 100 (before the Songs of the Summer tracking span) and spent the first 10 weeks of the seasonal chart's tracking period in the Hot 100's top five.
Timberlake lands his second runner-up ranking for the summer and first as a soloist; back in 2000, *NSYNC finished the season at No. 2 with "It's Gonna Be Me" (below Matchbox Twenty's "Bent").
And, while it ends summer as the No. 2 song of the season overall, "Feeling" was the top-selling song in that stretch: 1.28 million downloads sold (of 2 million total to date). (The track could have a new life ahead: It's from the movie Trolls, not due in theaters until November.)
The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down," featuring Daya, is the No. 3 song of the summer of 2016, and Sia's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul, is No. 4. The latter song began at No. 19 on the first Songs of the Summer chart and finishes the season in the top five fueled by its four-week reign atop the Hot 100 (Aug. 6-Aug. 27). Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For," featuring Rihanna, wraps as the No. 5 song of the summer.
Just beyond the Songs of the Summer's final top five of 2016, Desiigner's "Panda" places at No. 6 and rules as the most-streamed song of the season: 302.7 million U.S. streams over the June 18-Sept. 17 tracking period.
Rounding out the Songs of the Summer's top 10 are Rihanna's "Needed Me" (No. 7); Twenty One Pilots' "Ride" (No. 8); Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home," featuring Ty Dolla $ign (No. 9); and Adele's "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" (No. 10).
Check out the entire Songs of the Summer chart's top 20 for 2016 here.