Song Of The Summer 2015: Who Will Shine This Year?

Jumpin' into the pool of pop.

Jumpin’ into the pool of pop.

Easter and Passover may be over and your taxes may be in, but the race is just beginning at radio and retail for the single that is bound to become the Song Of The Summer. Every year between early April and mid-May, a number of songs enter in the lower rungs of the chart, only to soar weeks later and deliver the jams for another fantastic summer season. Now, that does not mean that songs already high on radio playlists won’t dominate the airwaves, but the major labels are trying to keep things fresh, and so, a newer song is likely to burn up over the coming weeks. (You can’t listen to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars forever.)

Last year, we didn’t have one dominant Song Of The Summer as the turnover at #1 on CHR was pretty rapid. Two songs did get to spend three weeks at the top spot: “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX in June and “Rude” by MAGIC! in August. It’s been a rather slow year as far as the Hot 100 goes, with just three #1 singles at this point in April. We just hit six on CHR (which is one less song than this point last year.) I’m thinking we’ll have some more medium-sized reigns this year., though nothing too long. Remember, even “Uptown Funk” had six weeks at #1 on pop radio versus that humongous fourteen week total on the Hot 100, which probably won’t happen again for another few years.

So, get the surfboard out and get ready to surf the dial, kids, summer will be here before you know it. Here are my picks for the fifteen tasty tunes you need to listen out for on that long drive to the beach this summer:

Adam Lambert
ADAM LAMBERT – “Ghost Town”
Label: Warner Bros.
Radio: premiere on April 21

Press and radio outlets have responded very positively to this single early on. Will the pop chart accept him back into “Town”?

Bea Miller
BEA MILLER – “Fire N Gold”
Label: Hollywood
Radio: adds date on April 28

Miller’s “Young Blood” couldn’t quite seep into the veins of Top 40 programmers, but she has a new “Fire” that’s ready to burn.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring IGGY AZALEA – “Pretty Girls”
Label: RCA
Radio: premiere on May 5

Looks like we are in store for a retro clip for this hotly anticipated collaboration. It’s like the Britney Jean era never took place.

Calvin Harris and HAIM
CALVIN HARRIS featuring HAIM – “Pray To God”
Label: Columbia
Radio: adds date on May 5

The sister trio charted last year with “Forever”, while Harris’s career is still hot. Hopefully, their collective prayers will pay off.

Carly Rae Jepsen
CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “I Really Like You”
Label: School Boy/Interscope
Radio: as of April 12, #45 (759 spins, +143)

Jepsen’s single may have found its second wind thanks to a viral clip from Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun’s roster.

Fall Out Boy
FALL OUT BOY – “Uma Thurman”
Label: Island/Republic
Radio: as of April 12, #60 (232 spins, +92)

Moving on from the slow builder that was “Centuries”, the band’s second single is a cool twist on the theme from The Munsters.

Jason French
JASON FRENCH – “You Just Want My Money”
Label: Interscope
Radio: adds date on May 19

French’s debut release for the label is a solid summer jam that’s right on the “Money”. The Vine numbers for the track are huge.

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down”
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
Radio: as of April 12, #49 (609 spins, +420)

Dutch DJ/producer Garrix is back with the single that could become his second U.S. top 40 hit very soon. It’s all up from here.

Meghan Trainor
MEGHAN TRAINOR – “Dear Future Husband”
Label: Epic
Radio: as of April 12, #22 (3819 spins, +779)

Trainor’s third hit in a row went Gold before it even touched CHR lists this year. Perhaps radio is just the “Husband” she needs.

Omi
OMI – “Cheerleader” (Felix Jaehn Mix)
Label: Ultra/Columbia
Radio: adds date on May 19

This singer’s cut of three years ago was remixed and became an international smash. We’re up next. (Toni Basil not included.)

Pitbull featuring Chris Brown
PITBULL featuring CHRIS BROWN – “Fun”
Label: Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA
Radio: adds date on April 21

This duo’s “International Love” peaked at #6 back in 2012. Can lightning strike twice for the two men? That sure would be fun.

Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber
SKRILLEX & DIPLO (as JACK Ü) featuring JUSTIN BIEBER – “Where Are Ü Now?”
Label: OWSLA/Mad Decent/Atlantic
Radio: as of April 12, #47 (618 spins, +285)

When two giants of EDM take on a bad boy of pop, they create a song that clicks on air. It’s Bieber’s first airplay hit since 2013.

Taylor Swift
TAYLOR SWIFT featuring KENDRICK LAMAR – “Bad Blood”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Radio: adds date on May 19

The 1989 era has given Swift her first era with three #1 CHR singles in a row. As for the special guest on this remix, who knows?

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again”
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Radio: as of April 12, #34 (1723 spins, +1089)

After selling 464,000 copies digitally last week, we’ll be hearing this big track for months to come as Furious 7 keeps riding on.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King”
Label: Interscope
Radio: adds date on April 21

Already receiving good adds in several notable markets, this English trio shall reign supreme, just as they did on the U.K. chart.

Also look out for:
ALESSO featuring ROY ENGLISH – “Cool”
AXWELL /\ INGROSSO – “On My Way”
DILLON FRANCIS & DJ SNAKE – “Get Low” (re-release)
JEREMIH featuring FLO RIDA – “Tonight Belongs To U!”
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out”
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up”
RIHANNA – “American Oxygen”

…and other Q2 singles that are yet to be announced.

Let me know what song you think will come out on top in the comments or on social media – click the “Get Social!” tab above.

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