Here we are at the end of June. Dads and grads are but a distant memory. You’ve probably embarrassed yourself at at least one wedding by this point. Mosquito bites, light sunburns, and sugary drink hangovers aren’t too heavy a price to pay for it finally being in the thick of summer.
While Summer 2016 is now fully under way, it does not yet have an official Song of the Summer. Several contenders have distinguished themselves, but none have taken the crown yet. Here’s my initial ranking, and here’s where we stand now:
Dropped from the rankings: “I took a pill in Ibiza” by Mike Posner; “Work from Home” by Fifth Harmony.
Token Bro Country Entry: Somewhere on a Beach- Dierks Bentley
A country song rarely has a chance of winning, but they have to be considered. Like how the MEAC and OVC champions get to play in the NCAA tournament every march. This year’s token country song involves those timeless summer topics of the beach and hating an ex girlfriend. This entry was a big upset winner in the conference tournament over Luke Bryan’s pandering song about fishing.
6. Don’t Let Me Down- The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
5. Panda- Desiigner
These two songs had a good run but they aren’t going to win. They won’t win the title, they help fill out of Summer 2016 rotation. Not every song can be Clayton Kershaw. There’s no shame in being the Bartolo Colons or J.A. Happs of the summer.
4. Don’t Mind- Kent Jones
This isn’t a true contender, but the chorus might win the title for “most often sung along to” this summer. Anyone know what in the hell “hola” means?
3. Can’t Stop the Feeling- Justin Timberlake
On its face this has everything a SOTS should have. But as I said initially, it seems a little like it is TRYING to be Song of the Summer, which is unseemly. It’s like someone entering a Halloween costume contest with a really expensive store-bought costume instead of coming up with an inappropriate/sexy costume on their own. I think that has kept it from taking the title away from other songs.
2. This Is What You Came For- Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
I was initially skeptical of this song. When I heard “Calvin Harris and Rihanna” I thought to myself that it would be an immediate contender for SOTS. But it took a while to grow on me. I’m still not a huge fan of it, but the people can’t seem to get enough of it. It is ubiquitous right now, which means it is peaking at the right time.
1. One Dance- Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla
Still going strong. It works as entertainment on all the important “B”s of summer: bars, boats, beaches, ball games, brightly lit dance floors, and..uh..bweddings.
Can Drake withstand a fierce challenge from Calvin Harris and Justin Timberlake? Will a dark horse contender emerge? Pay close attention over the 4th of July weekend.