25 Hot Contenders for 2017's Song of the Summer

Paul Grein
Writer

What will be the Song of the Summer — the tune you’ll be hearing all summer long at pool parties, picnics, and backyard BBQs? Justin Bieber is featured on two prime contenders — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” and DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One.” Both songs have already reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Bieber is vying to become the first artist to have two of the top five Songs of the Summer since Iggy Azalea achieved the feat three years ago. He could even wind up being No. 1 and No. 2 for the season. Only two artists have done that — Usher in 2004 and the Black Eyed Peas in 2009.

Here are 25 leading contenders to be this year’s the Song of the Summer.

25. “God, Your Mama and Me,” Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys

The country duo’s “Cruise” was the No. 6 Song of the Summer for 2013. BSB made the top 10 on the summer recap every year from 1997 through 1999. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 60. LISTEN HERE
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24. “Human,” Rag’n’Bone Man

This striking single, which has climbed as high as No. 74, is the title track from the English singer/songwriter’s debut album. The song has been a hit around the world. Now it’s America’s turn. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 89. LISTEN HERE
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23. “In Case You Didn’t Know,” Brett Young

This pretty ballad is the second single from Young’s eponymous debut album. It’s the most played song at country radio this week. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 19. LISTEN HERE
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22. “Swalla,” Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

All three acts have made the top 10 on the summer recaps –Derulo with “Wiggle”; Minaj with “Super Bass” and “Starships”; Ty Dolla $ign with Fifth Harmony’s “Work from Home.” Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 33. LISTEN HERE
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21. “Rolex,” Ayo & Teo

This trap/pop song, which has reached No. 30, is the first hit for brothers Ayleo and Mateo Bowles. The dancer/rappers have appeared in music videos for Usher’s “No Limit” and Chris Brown’s “Party.” Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 31. LISTEN HERE
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20. “Slow Hands,” Niall Horan

The members of One Direction (which has been on hiatus since early 2016) are busy with solo projects. This is Horan’s second solo single, following the top 20 hit “This Town.” Horan will turn 24 this summer. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 52. LISTEN HERE
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19. “Attention,” Charlie Puth

This is vying to become Puth’s fourth consecutive top 30 hit as a lead artist. Puth was featured on the No. 2 Song of the Summer for 2015, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.” Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 35. LISTEN HERE
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18. “Swish Swish,” Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj

This song, the third single from Perry’s upcoming album Witness, is her response to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” Perry made the top 10 summer recap every year from 2008 through 2012. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 46. LISTEN HERE
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17. “Stay,” Zedd & Alessia Cara

This collabo by the Russian-born DJ/producer and the Canadian singer-songwriter is the third top 10 hit for both artists. Both artists will have birthdays this summer. Zedd will turn 28. Cara will turn 21. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 7. LISTEN HERE
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16. “Sign of the Times,” Harry Styles

This impressive power ballad is the solo debut by the co-founder of One Direction. The Bowie-esque track, which has climbed as high as No. 4, is from Styles’s eponymous debut album. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 17. LISTEN HERE
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15. “Unforgettable,” French Montana feat. Swae Lee

This is the rapper’s highest-charting hit as a lead artist. He was featured on Chris Brown’s top 10 hit “Loyal” and on Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s top 30 hit “All the Way Up.” Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 23. LISTEN HERE
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14. “XO TOUR Llif 3,” Lil Uzi Vert

This oddly titled song, which has climbed as high as No. 8, is Lil Uzi Vert’s first top 10 hit as a lead artist. He was featured on Migos’s No. 1 smash “Bad and Boujee.” Lil Uzi Vert will turn 23 this summer. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 9. LISTEN HERE
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13. “Crying in the Club,” Camila Cabello

This song, which Sia co-wrote, is the first single from Cabello’s upcoming solo debut. Cabello was part of Fifth Harmony, whose “Work from Home” was the No. 9 Song of the Summer for 2016. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 47. LISTEN HERE
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12. “Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar

This song, which has already reached No. 1, is the first single from Lamar’s fourth studio album, DAMN. Lamar was featured on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” which was the No. 3 Song of the Summer for 2015. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 4. LISTEN HERE
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11. “Issues,” Julia Michaels

Michaels has co-written numerous hits, including Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Selena Gomez’s “Good for You.” This song is her first single as an artist. It’s from her EP, Nervous System. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 11. LISTEN HERE
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10. “Strip That Down,” Liam Payne feat. Quavo

This is Payne’s first solo single. A line in the song, “You know I used to be in 1D/Now I’m out free” has One Direction fans concerned about the group’s future. Payne will turn 24 this summer. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 42. LISTEN HERE
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9. “Redbone,” Childish Gambino

For the past six years, actor Donald Glover has been recording as a hip-hop artist under the alter ego Childish Gambino. This is the second single from his third studio album, “Awaken, My Love!” Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 22. LISTEN HERE
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8. “Castle on the Hill,” Ed Sheeran

This nostalgic pop/rock track, which has climbed as high as No. 6, is from Sheeran’s third studio album, ÷. Now if only Sheeran’s monster hit “Shape of You” would finally recede to give this one some room. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 30. LISTEN HERE
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7. “Believer,” Imagine Dragons

This is the first single from the band’s upcoming third studio album, Evolve. It’s Imagine Dragons’ fifth top 15 hit on the Hot 100. The band’s “Radioactive” was the No. 2 Song of the Summer for 2013. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 15. LISTEN HERE
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6. “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” Shawn Mendes

This is the third single from Mendes’s sophomore album, Illuminate. It’s likely to become his fifth consecutive top 20 hit as a lead artist. The Canadian pop star will turn 19 this summer. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 25. LISTEN HERE
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5. “Now or Never,” Halsey

This song is Halsey’s first top 40 hit as a lead artist. (She was featured on the Chainsmokers’ megahit, “Closer.”) It’s the lead single from her upcoming sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 26. LISTEN HERE
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4. “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez

This is Gomez’s follow-up to the top 10 hit “It Ain’t Me,” a collabo with Kygo. Gomez’s first solo hit, “Come & Get It,” was the No. 10 Song of the Summer for 2013. Gomez will turn 25 this summer. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 27. LISTEN HERE
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3. “Malibu,” Miley Cyrus

This ballad, which has climbed as high as No. 10, has a mellow summer vibe. It’s the sound of contentment. Cyrus’s edgy “We Can’t Stop” was the No. 4 Song of the Summer for 2013. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 18. LISTEN HERE
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2. “I’m the One,” DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne

This hip-hop smash, which entered the Hot 100 at No. 1, is from DJ Khaled’s upcoming album, Grateful. Lil Wayne has made the summer songs recap twice. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 3. LISTEN HERE
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1. “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

This worldwide smash is vying to become the second song that is sung primarily in Spanish to become the No. 1 Song of the Summer. The first was Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” in 1996. Current Hot 100 ranking: No. 1. LISTEN HERE
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