Early on in the summer of 2012, I annoyed some readers by giving a week in the Summer Song derby to “Brokenhearted” by Karmin. That song was the sort of second-tier turbo-pop that made great radio fodder but rarely got to power rotation. It wasn’t important enough to be the Song of the Summer, and I knew that all along. But for a week in early summer, it was certainly the unavoidable record.
I’m out of town this week in a major-market where the CHR is both rhythmic-leaning and recurrent-driven. I’ve heard “Something Just Like This” more than I’ve heard any of the summer song candidates, which prompted this larger commentary. I’ve even punched between stations and heard “Can’t Stop the Feeling” on both.
But I’ve also heard Drake’s “Passionfruit” a lot this week. Created and timed to recreate the magic of almost-2016 winner “One Dance,” “Passionfruit” ran its course quickly and had peaked by Memorial Day. Perhaps because I haven’t heard it much over the last month, it sounded great. And it’s okay for one’s perception of the Summer Song to be influenced by the song heard in one’s travels, right? (There is a week in summer 2012 that will always be linked to “I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li for me.)
So the count is now:
Week 1 – DJ Khaled, “I’m The One”
Week 2 – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito”
Week 3 – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito”
Week 4 – Drake, “Passionfruit” (but probably DJ Khaled for you)
I’m enjoying your comments on Song of the Summer. Please keep them coming.