Let’s face facts: Drake’s “One Dance” is going to define the sound of this summer. The dancehall track, which just spent its third nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, is settling in for a nice, long run of soundtracking sweaty nightclubs and middle school dances alike. It’s an extremely likable track with a pleasingly rhythmic skeleton, and it’s also peaking at the right time, commanding pop radio as summer heats up after debuting in early April. Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” and Desiigner’s “Panda” are going strong as well, but they don’t have quite the same power to make Top 40 hotlines bling.
But maybe you’re not a “One Dance” fanatic. Maybe Drizzy is not your cup of tea, and perhaps you think that Wizkid and Kyla are just accomplices in his sing-rapping charade. What’s the song of the summer for you, then? Here’s a humble suggestion: Kiiara’s “Gold.” It might not splash into the mainstream during the dog days, but make no mistake, this song is going to conquer the United States in the coming months.