Shazam predicts this summer’s biggest songs
No longer just a music discovery app, Shazam continues to dazzle with new applications of their song locating algorithms. Their latest endeavor is an application of numbers and observed trends to predict which songs will be biggest this summer.
“Our predictive data is powered by a global community of hundreds of millions of listeners and are a great barometer of the summer’s biggest songs,” says Shazam CEO Rich Riley. “This year was particularly tough as there are so many great songs with breakout potential.” Shazam looks for songs that are most requested as well as spikes in certain regions or those which gain long term traction.
Though the list contains many of the usual suspects (Drake, Calvin Harris, Justin Timberlake) it also features some serious breakout contenders like Kiiara and “folk popgrass” group The Strumbellas.
1. Drake’s “One Dance”
The lead single from this year’s Views, “One Dance” is an infectious, dancehall inspired jam. The track boasts the No. 1 slot on both U.S. and U.K. Shazam charts with over 3.5 million worldwide hits and counting.
2. Desiigner’s “Panda”
Brooklyn rapper Desiigner’s breakout hit has received over 1.6 million Shazams, resting comfortably at the No. 7 slot on the U.S. Chart. “‘Panda’ is poised to continue to be a major hit throughout the summer,” says Riley. Surely that Kanye sample didn’t hurt.
3. Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came for”
When the duo’s first collaboration in five years debuted at Coachella, it became an instant sensation, accruing more than 345,000 in its first week. “If the early reaction is any indication, it seems likely to be a track played across dance floors all summer long,” says Riley.
4. Kiiara’s “Gold”
Shazam metrics have placed Illinois native Kiiara at No. 5 on the Australian charts with “Gold,” and indicate similar success is on the horizon in U.S. markets.
5. The Strumbellas’ “Spirits”
The Strumbellas’ “Spirits” has received more than 1 million Shazams since its release, sitting comfortably at No. 33 worldwide. The track’s eclectic sound taps into a rich vein of crossover hits that have dominated charts in recent years.
6. gnash feat. olivia o’brien’s “I Hate U, I Love U”
This breakout single is climbing the Worldwide Shazam charts from its current position at No. 46. It’s been requested more than 500,000 since it’s release. As one of the only tracks on the list that isn’t dancefloor ready, it could be the nontraditional song of the summer.
7. Jason Derulo’s “If It Ain’t Love”
Currently sitting at No. 43 on the U.S. Shazam chart, Jason Derulo’s latest single has already been Shazamed more than 400,000 times.
8. Dua Lipa’s “Hotter Than Hell”
Dua Lipa’s follow up to “Last Dance,” puts the British/Albanian singer and model in position to dominate summer airtime. The scorching pop song is accompanied by a lush music video courtesy of director Emil Nava.
9. Era Istrefi’s “Bonbon”
Era Istrefi’s Sia-esque vocal stylings have brought the Albanian songstress global success with her bilingual single. The track has over 1.5 million Shazams and has already broken into the top 25 worldwide.
10. Keith Urban’s “Wasted Time”
Keith Urban’s reliable starpower has already bulleted “Wasted Time” to the top of the country charts with over 120,000 Shazams since it’s release.
11. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya’s “Don’t Let Me Down”
“Don’t Let Me Down” is the latest in a string of massive hits from The Chainsmokers. The duo can seemingly do no wrong on the pop charts and the track boasts the strongest numbers of all candidates on the list with more than 2 million Shazams and a current No. 2 slot on both the Shazam U.S. Chart and the Worldwide Dance Chart.
12. Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Timberlake’s latest is a funky number with more than 100,000 hits in the first 24 hours alone.