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Two Months In, ‘Despacito’ Dominating Race for Song of the Summer

At roughly two-thirds of the way through summer, the smash has led the Songs of the Summer chart in each of the list's first nine weeks.

Past July 4th and with about a month to go to wear white in socially-acceptable fashion, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, continues to be the hottest song of the summer of 2017. Over the first nine weeks of Billboard‘s Songs of the Summer chart, the track has ranked at No. 1 in each frame.

So, at about two-thirds of the way through summer, the collab, which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks and counting, tying for the longest reign of the year, remains in the lead in the race for the season’s biggest hit.

The 20-position Songs of the Summer running tally tracks the most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At the end of the season, the top song of the summer will be crowned.

Bieber also ranks at No. 2 on the Songs of the Summer chart, as featured, with Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, on DJ Khaled‘s “I’m the One.” Only one act has ever finished a summer with the top two songs: The Black Eyed Peas, in 2009 with “I Gotta Feeling” (No. 1) and “Boom Boom Pow” (No. 2).

Rounding out the Songs of the Summer top five are Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like” (No. 3), Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” (No. 4) and Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble.” (No. 5).


The youngest song in the top 10? Another Khaled summer hit: “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, bounds 12-7 in its fifth week on the tally, as it spends a third week at its No. 2 Hot 100 high. Plus, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” arrives at No. 20 on Songs of the Summer, while rising to a new best rank on the Hot 100 (10-9).

What will win top song of the summer honors? Keep checking the Songs of the Summer chart, week-by-week, on Billboard.com.