No one can quite agree on what a song of the summer actually is. Technically, the song of the summer is the most commercially successful track between the months of June and September. For example, the technical winner of wasn't Taylor Swift or The Weeknd; it was "Cheerleader," a sickeningly cheerful reggae pop track by newcomer Jamaican artist OMI. This by no means makes it the best song of summer —only that it hit No.
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Desiigner, Drake and Rihanna made some of 's best songs so far. Neon-bright enthusiasm and a tenderly catchy refrain. The steely guitar solo and synth-y build hark back to Eighties New Wave without getting too lost in nostalgia.
Pop music's best wasted no time getting into formation this year, with major releases from a galaxy of our brightest stars cluttering the calendar's opening months. But even with so many established huge names taking up space on the marquee, what really made the last twelve months in pop special was how they also found room for the lesser-known little guys; a Desiigner for every Drake, a Kiiara for every Kanye. Soundtracking a period of seemingly limitless real-world disagreement and strife, these artists big and small provided us with rare moments of much-needed unity, ones we all would've actually wanted to freeze time on. Here are the pop songs that pulled us closer in
Fifth Harmony, Drake and Rae Sremmurd made some of the best songs of the year. All corners of the music world kept booming in — even when everything else about our world looked like it was on the verge of blowing apart. Some became worldwide hits; others were lurking in the shadows.