Now that it's almost Memorial Day, it's time to officially start scoping out what will be 2016's Song of Summer. While last year there were multiple winners, and there may never again be just one song that's playing from every corner of the planet, the thought that there could be is still nice. This year's competition for singularity is brutal, with lots of familiar contenders. Let's look at the possibilities.
Adele, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”
Evidence of heat: Produced by Max Martin. A fast Adele song is every radio programmer’s dream come true.
Last year’s version: The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
Rihanna f. Drake, “Work”
Evidence of heat: Nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Could possibly get a second life in the warmer months. "Needed Me" and "Love On The Brain" are waiting in the wings too.
Last year's version: Jamie xx f. Young Thug & Popcaan, "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"
Drake f. Kyla and Wizkid, “One Dance”
Evidence of heat: Two weeks at number one already. Has been number one on Apple Music's streaming chart pretty much since its release.
Last year's version: Drake, “Hotline Bling”
Fifth Harmony f. Ty Dolla $ign, “Work From Home”
Evidence of heat: The song just topped the pop charts for the first time this week.
Last year's version: Fifth Harmony f. Kid Ink, "Worth It"
Mike Posner, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (Seeb Remix)
Evidence of heat: A 2015 Norwegian dance remix of a 2014 Mike Posner song has been hovering in the top 10 for weeks but summer—or a good viral video—could give it the boost it needs to take the summer.
Last year's version: OMI, "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)"
Mø, “Final Song” and Zara Larsson and MNEK, “Never Forget You”
Fat Joe and Remy Ma f. French Montana and Infared, “All The Way Up”
Chance The Rapper f. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, "No Problem"
Evidence of heat: Unshakable placement at the top of the Apple Music charts.
Last year's version: (in terms of spirit) Rich Homie Quan, "Flex (Ooh Ooh Ooh)"
Kent Jones, "Don't Mind"
Evidence of heat: A meme-ready dance crazy you might actually want to listen to.
Last year's version: Silentó, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"