It seems like as soon as temperatures begin to top 70 degrees, everyone’s got an opinion on what the song of the summer should be — Flavorpill included. And while no one loves a good critical conversation (or backyard bar argument) more than us, we’re also curious about which track is actually getting the most play across the country. And while Billboard can’t measure that exactly, they’ve gotten as close as we imagine anyone will get with their “Songs of the Summer” chart, a cumulative weekly ranking of Hot 100 singles between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Today brings the first weekly installment, which places Gotye and Kimbra’s inescapable “Somebody That I Used to Know” topping the list, with Carly Rae Jepsen’s equally ubiquitous (but much more fun, at least to our ears) “Call Me Maybe” nipping at its heels. Maroon 5, fun., and Nicki Minaj round out the fairly unsurprising top five, with a whole lot of teen testosterone (and Rihanna) in the second half of the list. You can bet we’ll be keeping an eye on “Songs of the Summer” as the season progresses, in hopes that Jepsen (or somebody) will unseat Gotye at #1 and revive our faith in humanity.
Written by Judy Berman