Summer Songs That Broke The Billboard Charts

Over the summer of 2017, new and old artists claimed spots on the Billboard Hot 100

By: Joi Wright; Staff Writer

Despactio!”  is the remixed song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber that remained number one on the Billboard charts for the majority of the summer. It is the second song in Billboard history to lead the charts for at least 15 weeks, after the remix blasted through radios, stereos, earbuds, and mouths for weeks on top of weeks.

A new female rapper caught a lot of publicity this summer, eventually landing at number two on the charts, surpassing Despactio after it’s long possession of this noteworthy title. Known for her somewhat unordinary syntax, Cardi B dropped hit single Bodak Yellow this summer on June 16, 2017. If her song reaches number one, she would be the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill to get number one on the Billboard chart without features in twenty-three years. Her music video for this single has over 139 million views, and Cardi B is expected to appear on Migos’ new album Culture II. 

As for the current standings, Taylor Swift is holding first place on the Billboard chart, but this is nothing new for the famous pop singer who has had five number one singles in her decade long music career. Swift debuted a new single, as well as its music video, at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation is scheduled to be released on November 10.

SZA is another female in the music industry whose music caught a lot of attention over the summer. After a few years of being relatively unknown, the release of her album Ctrl gained her massive publicity along with a huge fan base. Her first single from the album, Love Galore featuring Travis Scott, peaked at 33 on the Billboard Chart.

Other albums that came out this summer include Fifth Harmony’s self-titled album Fifth Harmony, Calvin Harris’s Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life, Haim’s album Something to Tell You, as well as many others.

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