The annual summery summary is back, as the race ficially begins for the top summer song 2018.
What will be the No. 1 song the summer 2018? We can ficially begin making our way toward the answer, as Billboard's annual Songs the Summer chart returns to Billboard.com.
The 20-position Songs the Summer running tally tracks the most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly streaming, airplay and sales-based Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day (this year encompassing charts dated June 9 through Sept. 8). At the end the season, the top song the summer will be revealed.
Drake's “Nice For What,” the Hot 100's current leader, ranks at No. 1 on 2018's first Songs the Summer chart (dated June 9), followed by Post Malone's “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign (No. 2); Drake's “God's Plan” (No. 3); Childish Gambino's “This Is America” (No. 4); and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's “The Middle” (No. 5).
In 2017, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's largely-Spanish-language smash “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, wore the crown for the No. 1 song the summer. Drake's dancehall-tinged “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, reigned as the 2016 champ, while OMI's reggae/pop hit “Cheerleader” took top honors for 2015.
The previous top songs the summer this decade: Iggy Azalea's “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX (2014); Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams (2013); Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe” (2012); LMFAO's “Party Rock Anthem,” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock (2011); and, fittingly, Katy Perry's beach-centric “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg (2010).
Who will win this summer's chart battle? As always, we've got a hot 100 days, give or take, to find out.
Check out this season's first Songs the Summer ranking in its entirety here.