July Fourth celebrations and trips to the beach (followed by applying aloe to sunburns …) are right around the corner. And, in another sign of the impending season of sun and fun, Billboard's annual Songs of the Summer chart returns to Billboard.com.
The 10-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. The top song of the summer will be revealed on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Carly Rae Jepsen's pop culture-conquering "Call Me Maybe" took the title last summer. LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, was the top feel-good summer song of 2011, while, fittingly, Katy Perry's beach-centric "California Girls," featuring Snoop Dogg, was the 2010 song of the summer. The Black Eyed Peas won the award in 2009 with "I Gotta Feeling," while Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" emerged victorious for 2008.
Having ranked at No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100 not just since Memorial Day but for five frames until this week, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, takes an early lead in the running for Billboard's top song of this summer, ranking at No. 1 on this week's Songs of the Summer survey.
Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," featuring Pharrell, ranks at No. 2 on the list, while Robin Thicke's new Hot 100 leader "Blurred Lines," also featuring Pharrell, as well as T.I., places at No. 3 on Songs of the Summer. Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" places at No. 4, followed by Florida Georgia Line's made-for-warm-weather anthem "Cruise," featuring Nelly, at No. 5.
With "Hold" falling 1-2 on the Hot 100 this week, however, the race for No. 1 by season's end appears wide open, as newer songs like "Lucky" and "Lines" are still gaining in momentum.
Thankfully, we've got a hot 100 days, give or take, ahead to see what song will claim chart glory.