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Billboard's Songs of the Summer Chart Returns, Led by BTS' 'Butter'

BTS "Butter"
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BTS "Butter"

The annual summery summary is back, as the race is on for the top summer song of 2021.

What will be the No. 1 song of the summer of 2021? We're making our way toward the answer, as Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart returns to Billboard.com today (June 22).

The 20-position Songs of the Summer running tally tracks the most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day (this year encompassing charts dated June 12 through Sept. 11). At the end of the season, the top song of the summer will be revealed.

BTS' "Butter" ranks at No. 1 on the Songs of the Summer survey, followed by Olivia Rodrigo's "Good 4 U" at No. 2 and Dua Lipa's "Levitating," featuring DaBaby, at No. 3. Rounding out the top five, Justin Bieber's "Peaches," featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, places at No. 4 and "Leave the Door Open" by Silk Sonic, the duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, ranks at No. 5.

DaBaby's "Rockstar," featuring Roddy Ricch, finished atop the 2020 Songs of the Summer chart, after Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, claimed the title in 2019. Drake's "In My Feelings" won in 2018, following triumphs for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, in 2017, and Drake's "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, in 2016.

Check out the top 10 summer songs every year throughout the Hot 100's history (from the chart's start in 1958) and this season's first weekly Songs of the Summer chart in its entirety.