Each year the US music industry picks a song for ‘Song of the Summer’, one that best reflects the spirit of the season, by its performance on the Billboard charts incorporating radio play, sales and streaming in June, July and August.
This year, Drake’s Tootsie Slide, Beyonce’s Black Parade, and The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights are among the top contenders.
But in a season of such righteous discontent brought about by the Black Lives Mater protests across America, and the human suffering during the pandemic, the traditional themes used to choose the song of the summer is expected to change this year, as many of the activities that make a song of the summer happen – concerts and other gatherings including pool parties – remain shut.
So which will it be when the drum rolls in August?
Beyonce’s Black Parade, which celebrates blackness in its many glories, while acknowledging the persistent threats of racism and police violence is said to be a compelling theme for the 2020 award of song of the summer. It was released on June 19.
The song of the summer last year was “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. It is Spotify’s most-streamed global song, with 565 million streams since it was released in June 2019.