Spotify Predicts 2018 Songs of the Summer

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So says Spotify ...

Overall, predicting the Songs of Summer is a full a team effort. We look for:

  • Songs on an upward trajectory: Recent hits played more and more with no sign of slowing down are likely to carry that momentum into the summer.
  • Songs with strong engagement in key Spotify playlists: How well a song is doing in influential playlists (are listeners saving it and not skipping it?) gives us a good indication of hit potential.
  • Songs with strong chart performance: We can see how a track is performing in relation to all others through our charts - if it rises to the top, it will rise with the summer heat.
  • Songs with momentum driving them: If an artist is getting ready to tour, drop a new album, or if the song is highly anticipated, it’s more likely to command playlists.
  • Songs generating buzz: Is it making headlines for being the first of its kind, particularly relevant, or created by an up-and-coming artist? (Think Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.”) Those factors will probably continue to drive its success.
  • Songs that just sound like summer: Is it beach, poolside, or backyard-party-worthy? We know ‘em when we hear ‘em.
  • Songs that our gut tells us to go for: We go with our instincts. Some songs just have that inexplicable summer magic.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up" 7
Ariana Grande, "No Tears Left To Cry" 7
Calvin Harris feat. Dua Lipa, "One Kiss" 5
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" 2
Khalid, 6LACK & Ty Dolla $ign, "OTW" 2
Childish Gambino, "This is America" 2
Pharrell Williams & Camila Cabello, "Sangria Wine" 1
Drake, "Nice for What" 1
Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato, "Solo" 0
AJR, "Burn the House Down" 0
Anne-Marie, "2002" 0
Post Malone feat. Nicki Minaj, "Ball for Me" 0
KYLE feat. Kehlani, "Playinwitme" 0
Bad Wolves, "Zombie" 0
Thomas Rhett, "Life Changes" 0
Shawn Mendes feat. Khalid, "Youth" 0


the blimp of the perverse (Eric H.), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:35 (four months ago) Permalink

where is your poptimism now

imago, Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:41 (four months ago) Permalink

could’ve voted for ariana but i reflexively voted for “one kiss” as soon as i saw it

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:41 (four months ago) Permalink

ella mai

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:42 (four months ago) Permalink

one kiss

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:42 (four months ago) Permalink

sangria wine is a terrible song title. sangria by definition contains wine. just fuckin' call the song sangria, please.

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:43 (four months ago) Permalink

where is your poptimism now

― imago, Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:41 PM (two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

:D

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:44 (four months ago) Permalink

It really should be Ariana tbh

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:44 (four months ago) Permalink

"boo'd up" is fantastic

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:49 (four months ago) Permalink

Ariana

Ross, Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:49 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah boo'd up is the answer, a lush, sunny, windows-down jam. pretty remarkable that it's mustard on the beat. what a delightfully unexpected departure from his signature style.

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:52 (four months ago) Permalink

Are we voting for what song we think will dominate the summer, or what song we like the most?

MarkoP, Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:59 (four months ago) Permalink

Nice For What

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:00 (four months ago) Permalink

which is not only my favorite on this list but also the song I feel could've been the song of the summer if Pusha didn't vaporize Drake yesterday.

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:01 (four months ago) Permalink

Maybe. But I feel like the people who really like that song, don't really care about rap beefs.

MarkoP, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Also, I'm laughing at the inclusion of Zombie on there.

MarkoP, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Same.

the blimp of the perverse (Eric H.), Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:06 (four months ago) Permalink

That feels like something that's on the list purely based on numbers and stats, and not on feel at all.

MarkoP, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:06 (four months ago) Permalink

Maybe. But I feel like the people who really like that song, don't really care about rap beefs.

― MarkoP, Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:05 PM (seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

true, but feels like the Pusha diss is going to hang over Drake and any conversation about him for a while. like, how is he going to respond?

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:13 (four months ago) Permalink

hopefully by never rapping again

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:15 (four months ago) Permalink

lmao

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:17 (four months ago) Permalink

A little early for "song of the summer" predictions(?)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:23 (four months ago) Permalink

Despite fielding extra players, that team still lacks both width and pace. Might do alright in the MLS but in a serious league these lads overall lack of quality is going to get them found out

anvil, Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:07 (four months ago) Permalink

boo'd up lifts me up

boxedjoy, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:09 (four months ago) Permalink

sangria wine is a terrible song title. sangria by definition contains wine. just fuckin' call the song sangria, please.

― 808s & Deep States (voodoo chili)

clearly pharrell wanted to differentiate himself from the art zoyd song

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:12 (four months ago) Permalink

Toadilly AJR. That is a jam!!!

kornrulez6969, Friday, 1 June 2018 00:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Welp, summer is ruined everybody. We can try again next year.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 1 June 2018 00:38 (four months ago) Permalink

From the ones I've heard? Nice For What or Ariana

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Friday, 1 June 2018 04:03 (four months ago) Permalink

why is this playlist so bad ;_;

niels, Friday, 1 June 2018 10:38 (four months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

this list does not seem as metric-driven as they seem to be presenting it as. like i see multiple picks that are probably not going to be hits, especially on their platform lol

weird that so many people hear "boo'd up" as sunny! i've always heard it as, like, a warm dusk

dyl, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 06:17 (four months ago) Permalink

my favorite of these is "otw" and least favorite is the "zombie" cover

dyl, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 06:18 (four months ago) Permalink

ajr are industry plants right?

ufo, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 10:41 (four months ago) Permalink

quite like Boo'd Up and This Is America is starting to appeal to me more now as a song than just a great bit of performance art

My name is the Pope and in the 90s I smoked a lot of dope (dog latin), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 11:04 (four months ago) Permalink

“One Kiss” is specially great when you realize it sounds like it was inspired by Ata Kak:

https://youtu.be/cd0PV82e1jE

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 16:10 (four months ago) Permalink

I know it’s a fairly common House trope but I don’t care I’ll keep thinking it’s Calvin Harris tribute to that album after hearing it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 16:12 (four months ago) Permalink

not a single song or artist I'm interested in, good job spotify

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 16:16 (four months ago) Permalink

Boo'd Up is the winner but so could a lot of other songs as far as I'm concerned, good job summer 2018

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 16:17 (four months ago) Permalink

(also #8 on the Hot 100 which was very ?!?! in a good way when I saw it)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 16:18 (four months ago) Permalink

"One Kiss"

daavid, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:08 (four months ago) Permalink

I like "Solo" except for that silly chorus.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:09 (four months ago) Permalink

...and by that I mean the "woo woo woo" bit of the pre-chorus.

daavid, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:12 (four months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

Boo’d up is dope

Slippage (Ross), Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Is this a sneak preview of the EOY poll? Some of those names are very familiar!

saer, Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:10 (four months ago) Permalink

my neighbors played Nice For What seven times in a row the other night and I didn't mind at all

flappy bird, Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:19 (four months ago) Permalink

winning pair otm

cr.ht (crüt), Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:32 (four months ago) Permalink

i've cooled on "no tears left to cry" somewhat. it's a strong single for sure. but i feel like it's revealed all by the time it first stirs the pot, then coasts from there. (i was also hoping to hear some good remixes but the ones i've heard so far are barely any different from the original.)

dyl, Friday, 8 June 2018 01:33 (four months ago) Permalink

If it was “I Do” instead of “I Like It”...

... (Eazy), Friday, 8 June 2018 02:31 (four months ago) Permalink

My guess is what we'll think of as "song of the summer" isn't out yet. But for now, well, Nice for What is culturally relevant, dominating the charts and a great song too. Its got a shot for the title but it could get old fast

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 8 June 2018 02:59 (four months ago) Permalink

BOO'D UP FTW

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 23:09 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Drake's gonna win this summer with three non-consecutive weeks at #1?

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Saturday, 7 July 2018 15:28 (three months ago) Permalink

Paying to have your damn songs in every spotify playlist for a week has its benefits.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 7 July 2018 15:49 (three months ago) Permalink

still hearing Nice for What everywhere, still listening to it 3-4 times in a row when I can

flappy bird, Saturday, 7 July 2018 19:58 (three months ago) Permalink

no tears left to cry >>>>>>

J. Sam, Saturday, 7 July 2018 21:10 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

who could have possibly foreseen Drake makes up 25% of the top 20 on a platform that tries to force feed you Drake every chance it gets

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 27 August 2018 14:35 (one month ago) Permalink

haha yeah I remember the scorpion release day going to spotify like

https://cdn-stream.httpid.com/c201/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/BJM-Cover-1200x520.png

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 27 August 2018 14:46 (one month ago) Permalink


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