Place your bets! It’s time to decide on 2015’s Song of the Summer.
Billboard’s yearly Songs of the Summer chart is based on a song’s performance between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Last year, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX‘s “Fancy” earned the Song of the Summer title, having logged 7 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 during that period. Who will be so lucky in 2015? We have some thoughts about that.
With the release of a totally gorgeous music video, this Nicki Minaj song is set to take the summer by storm. Lyrics like “I never worry, life is a journey, I just wanna enjoy the ride, What is the hurry? It’s pretty early, It’s okay, we’ll take our time, are perfect for that summer jam song vibe. “The Night Is Still Young” is going to be all over radio this summer and therefore will be crowned the “Song of the Summer.”
I would like the Song of the Summer to be… “King” by Years & Years.
While this song was released in the UK and Europe back in January of this year, “King” by Years & Years is just making its way stateside. The infectious synth-pop ditty is what is going to get me through my early morning commute this summer. While it may not be a huge commercial hit in the US, this well be my song of summer.
To be honest, I was going to name David Guetta – “Hey Mama” (Feat. Nicki Minaj and Afrojack) in an attempt to ~be different~, but I can’t deny that I really like “Bad Blood” and Kendrick Lamar. I think the music video was overrated, but that being said, not only can I see myself listening to it on repeat (it’s just so catchy), I think it’s going to be really hard to escape hearing this one all summer long.
I would like the Song of the Summer to be… “Everyday” by A$AP Rocky (Feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel, & Mark Ronson) or “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake (Feat. MØ).
The Song of the Summer will be… “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna.
“BBHMM” is not the best Rihanna song, and technically it was released in the spring. But Rihanna’s back and if she makes a music video for this single, expect “BBHMM” to ride on a second wind (and into the summer charts).
I would like the Song of the Summer to be “The Night Is Still Young” by Nicki Minaj.
Anytime Nicki sings, it’s a good day. And the chorus of this Pinkprint product is everything a pop anthem should be and can be. And pop anthem in the summer basically means summer anthem.
The Song of the Summer will be… “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift (Feat. Kendrick Lamar).
While I love me some TSwift, I’m not just picking the song because of her, I’m picking it because the song is currently No. 1 on iTunes and is dominating the charts. The music video is breaking records and it already has over 83 million views in 10 days. Plus, the radio stations can’t stop playing it.
I love this song.
The Song of the Summer Will be… “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift (Feat. Kendrick Lamar).
I am not a fan of the song, but it currently has the edge by default. Billboard just started tracking for Song of the Summer as “Bad Blood” hit No. 1, and most of the other contenders are either on their way down the Hot 100, having peaked too early, or have too far to go to catch up to the unstoppable Taylor Swift. It will be interesting to see how quickly interest in the song wanes, if it does, since a huge part of its quick rise to the top had to do with video streams, which will definitely slow with time. Still, it seems to be sticking, and therefore we might just be stuck with it.
I would like the Song of the Summer to be… something surprising.
The 2014 Song of the Summer race was a notoriously bad one. In the time since “Fancy” took home the honor, Azalea has already completely fallen out of favor. And literally no one still listens to Magic!. Unfortunately, 2015 is shaping up to be just as bleak. “Bad Blood”? Really? It is one of the weakest songs from 1989, and it sounds like a Gwen Stefani reject track circa 2004. Azalea’s collaboration with Britney Spears, “Pretty Girls,” was a major let down, and interest in the song is quickly fading. Rihanna has yet to deliver the smash her R8 album era needs, but maybe it’s coming? I could live with a Minaj track being named Song of the Summer, but I don’t think any of her currently-charting singles has the juice. Therefore, my hope is that it goes to one of the little guys. Tove Lo’s “Talking Body” (video above) is pushing towards the Top 10. Maybe Ryn Weaver’s “OctaHate” will belatedly blow up, because it deserves to. And maybe Rihanna will release the banger we deserve and surprise slay us all. One can always hope.
What do you think 2015’s Song of the Summer will be? Should be? Let us know. Or don’t. It’s up to you. It’s going to happen regardless of what any of us think.