Songs of the Summer 2016 According to Shazam

young woman listening to music in a park. PortraOne of the fun pastimes of spring is in choosing the song of summer. Lots of candidates worth their salt including Rihanna, Calvin Harris, and Justin Timberlake were among the top contenders for the 2016 songs of summer that Shazam was analyzing. All these songs have the staying power to survive the sweltering months and are also instant barbecues and beach party classics.

In the process of predicting the summer song, Shazam analyzes trends and raw numbers which make the entire exercise much easier. According to the CEO Rich Riley, the predictive data used by Shazam is powered by a global community comprising hundreds of millions of listeners. 2016 had lots of amazing songs with exceptional breakout potential.

Shazam predicts the summer music scene:

One Dance by Drake

This is a tropical track that has been on an upward trend since it was released. It moved straight to number one on both the UK and US Shazam charts reaching a whopping 3.5 million listeners worldwide and currently the track shows no signs of slowing down.


This hit by Desiigner has attained 1.6 million Shazams. On the US Shazam chart, Panda climbed to number 7 and according to Riley, it is poised to sustain its steam throughout summer and become a major hit.

This is What You Came For

Rihanna and Calvin Harris released this song as a sequel to their 2011 hit entitled We Found Love. The track garnered over 345,000 Shazams right in the first week and based on this reaction, the track is likely to be played across all dance floors the entire summer.

Gold by Kiiara

Kiiara, the Illinois native, certainly found success with the track Gold which climbed up to number 5 on the Australian charts. According to Shazam metrics, this song is likely to enjoy phenomenal success in the United States this summer.


With over a million Shazams since it was first released, this song by the Strumbella is at number 33 on the worldwide Shazam chart. The self-described folk popgrass sound could as well be the dark horse for the summer.

I Hate U, I Love U

This is a breakout single done by Gnash featuring Olivia O’Brien. On the worldwide Shazam chart, I Hate U, I Love U is currently at number 46 with over 500,000 Shazams. This is a non-traditional song of summer nominee; however, listeners juts want something different from the dancefloor fillers. Chances are high they will gravitate towards this downbeat track.

If It Ain’t Love

This is a club-ready single done by Jason Derulo. Since its release, the track has already gathered over 400,000 Shazams and currently sits at position 43 on the US Shazam chart.


Era Istrefi, the Albanian songstress behind the bilingual Bonbon is certainly seeing global success. One the Shazam worldwide chart, the song reached the top 25 with over 1.5 million Shazams. This song is a typical description of a good beat that has boundary-transcending power.

In addition to the above, Shazam’s summer list includes Wasted Time by Keith Urban, Don’t Let Me Down by the Chainsmokers featuring Daya, Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, and Dua Lipa’s Hotter than Hell.

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