Rih made this list as a to-be-determined in 2019, a year in which we all thought she would release new music -- and then, she didn’t! In this time of crisis, how great would a new Rihanna single sound, though? Perhaps she was simply waiting to return until the world needed her the most.
In case you missed it, Drake just set the record for the most career Hot 100 entries, with 208 songs reaching the tally over the course of his career. He scored the song of the summer in 2016 with “One Dance,” and 2018 with “In My Feelings,” so he might just swing back around to rule another even-numbered year. Even without a new album being imminently released, would you bet against him?
“Don’t Start Now” has surpassed “New Rules” as the highest-charting Hot 100 single of Dua Lipa’s career, and even if the No. 2-peaking track isn’t still in the upper tier of the chart at the start of summer, another song from her Future Nostalgia album, due out Apr. 3, might be. Lipa has turned into a reliable hitmaker since her debut album was released in 2017, and the right single could propel her career even further.
If the rumors of an Adele album arriving in September are true, then that means we’re getting a new single some time in the summer, right? The lead singles from the last two Adele albums were “Rolling in the Deep” and “Hello,” both enormous No. 1 hits. Those songs were released in the winter and fall, respectively; if Adele decides to drop a summer anthem this time around, best of luck to the competition.