The Songs of Summer 16: #UndeniableFaves
There was no denying these earworms.
Picking up after #LateBloomers, today (August 25) we highlight the top eardrum fixtures that we could not escape.
Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana and Infrared “All the Way Up”
The best summer anthems are the ones that lift you up, feature an unforgettable hook, and bring people together. So like they did back in the summer of 2004 with “Lean Back,” Fat Joe and Remy Ma returned with the right ingredients for what has become one of the biggest gravitating jams of the year, “All the Way Up.” From the adrenaline-pumping hook, which boosts the fantastic refrain: “Nothing can stop me I’m all the way up,” to the defiant verses that Joe and Remy trade back to back, this underdog anthem crept up the charts and into cultural ubiquity, leading Jay Z to even hop on the remix. Simply put, there’s nothing stopping this.
Like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon, Desiigner is the clear standout on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, overshadowing the hugely anticipated release with a single song: “Panda.” On paper, despite being tacked on as a sequel to “Father Stretch My Hands” and playing the sonic Cain to the former’s Abel, Desiigner’s frenzied banger is the biggest record from that entire album. It recently also landed the Brooklyn newcomer a certified triple platinum plaque, thus adding more glow into its undeniable appeal. On the surface, yes, the verses were incomprehensible, but we all know them by now. Other than being the hip-hop Cinderella story for this social media/digital age, “Panda” defined cultural ubiquity this year. It went from riding the “Future Ripoff” train to scoring a coveted No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and running the entire summer like Usain Bolt. No escaping that.
D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yacthy “Broccoli”
When D.R.A.M. dropped “Broccoli” earlier this year, it wasn’t instantly a success like “Cha Cha,” the 2015 hit that received a co-sign from Beyoncé and inspired the Drake smash “Hotline Bling.” But it sure became one. As of right now, the record and its contagious bounce sits at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Keep in mind, “Cha Cha” never actually charted. All that said, this bright and bouncy anthem was a sleeper, but has since managed to rise in the food chain (get it?) as the perfect ingredient for the summer. Fun, breezy, and sunny, the record is practically the jolly audible composite of an ice cream truck, passing out smiles and refreshment all season long.
Kent Jones “Don’t Mind”
The battery behind DJ Khaled’s We the Best label is no longer a secret. Slow-burning for months, Kent Jones finally saw his infectious tune “Don’t Mind” break out of the confines of South Florida and into the ears of mainstream America. Interpolating Barry White’s “Practice What You Preach,” the hit single traveled on the road with Beyoncé as part of her Formation World Tour, which DJ Khaled was a part of, and entered the airwaves and charts, where it currently sits at No. 8 on the Hot 100 and No. 10 on Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart. One word to describe this smash? Undeniable.
Rihanna feat. Drake “Work”
As the one single to bring sweltering temps into the winter, Rihanna’s “Work” and its laid-back, dancehall-tinged rhythm is unquestionably one of the major linchpins of not just summer ’16, but the year 2016. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks, giving the pop diva her 14th No. 1 smash, and saw her overthrow The Beatles for having the second most number of weeks spent at the top of the chart. Enough said here. All hail king Rih Rih.
Sia feat. Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”
Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” arrived out of nowhere as a pre-summer single, but has since spawned a takeover like no other. With Sean Paul attached, the sticky groove made a splash on the Billboard Hot 100, where it lived at the top spot for four consecutive weeks. More than a cheap thrill, this was, and continues to be, audio luxury that all can buy into.
Stick with REVOLT all week as we lead up to crowning the official Song of the Summer. Monday we brought you the songs that #PeakedTooEarly, Tuesday were the songs that #Didn’tStandAChance, and Wednesday looked at the #LateBloomers.