5 Finalists for Song of the Summer 2016

By Amanda Wicks

It’s time for the catchiest tunes to start vying for the coveted title of “Song of the Summer.” There have been some big tracks dropping this year, which only means 2016 is shaping up to be quite the battle. Past winners have included Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Omi’s “Cheerleader,” and just goes to show that all bets are off when it comes to predicting a winner. Here are five songs that are strong contenders for “Song of the Summer.”

Fifth Harmony, “Work from Home” ft. Ty Dolla $ign

The girl group wants to make big waves with their sophomore album 7/27, and with “Work at Home” they’re poised to do just that. It’s an understated song that’s focuses on the thumping beat driving it along as the girls take turns on the verses and come together for big harmonies (pun intended) on the chorus.

Desiigner, “Panda”

Not exactly a “feel good” song in the traditional sense of the word, Desiigner’s major hit “Panda” is a stand out for its unique meter and addictive chorus. The rapper drew some obvious vocal comparisons to Future when he burst on the scene, but “Panda” proves he’s not a follower.

Calvin Harris, “This is What You Came For” ft. Rihanna

The pair’s newest collaboration “This is What You Came For” is no “We Found Love,” but it’s got the elements that made that single such a hit. There’s the repetitive EDM-laced beat that climaxes on the chorus coupled with Rihanna’s strong throated vocals.

Drake, “One Dance”

Drake has broken a ton of records with his latest album Views, and “One Dance” marks his first #1 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100. Could it propel him to “Song of the Summer”? Maybe. Picking up on similar rhythms he played around with for “Hotline Bling,” the chill song features Kyla and WizKid.

Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” 

The song is so catchy it’s got an actual exclamation point in the title. Timberlake returned to with a hit in 2016, marking his first new music since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience. Like his sweet, happy-go-lucky video shows, the song is seriously difficult not to dance to.

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