RHYTHM AND NOTES

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS - With Toni Ni­cholas

Icame across an ar­ti­cle on the web­site fivethir­tyeight.com on the past trends whereby sum­mer block­buster songs have tra­di­tion­ally been out long be­fore the swel­ter­ing heat. Ac­cord­ing to the writer; “his­tor­i­cal trends have con­vinced me of one thing: The song of the sum­mer will ar­rive be­fore sum­mer, and may al­ready be here.” He then of­fered this; just look at the top songs of the sum­mer go­ing back to 1985, as cal­cu­lated by Bill­board. In that 30-year span, 36 per­cent came out in April or ear­lier, 36 per­cent came out in May, and the rest came out at a later date.

As the “song of the sum­mer” has be­come a thing, ef­forts to man­u­fac­ture that song — rather than merely stum­bling into it — have be­come more con­certed.

“When we plot the re­lease dates over time, there’s a dis­tinct trend: The song of the sum­mer is com­ing out ear­lier and ear­lier,” it read. In fact that song may al­ready be here and we just don’t know it as yet.

So I have de­cided to put a list of my top ten songs that I pre­dict will run cir­cles around the blocks, be pound­ing in your ears and will keep you hum­ming or sign­ing along this sum­mer. 10. Trap Queen-Fetty Wap- Some­thing for ev­ery­one this sum­mer in­clud­ing this left of cen­ter Hip Hop track. 9. En­ergy-Drake- Hey easy breezy sum­mer Rap songs have been part of his game plan. 8. Lean On-Ma­jor Lazer- DJ’s are big now and Ma­jor Lazer is part of that move­ment. 7. Be Real-Kid Ink- Kid Ink is hot right now and this one is climb­ing fast.

6. Cheer­leader-OMI- Although I pre­fer the orig­i­nal, the remix of Ja­maican born OMI’s Cheer­leader has cross over ap­peal.

5. Times of Our Lives-Pit­bull/Neyo- They know how to keep you danc­ing and singing into the

sum­mer.

4. Blank Space-Tay­lor Swift- Yes its been around for a while but chicks dig it and guys go along with it. 3. GDFR- Flo Rida- He has done it be­fore and I pre­dict he will do it again with this song.

2. See You Again-Wiz Kahlifa f/Char­lie Puth- Bol­stered by its pres­ence in the movie Fast & Fu­ri­ous this sing-a-long will soon be on the lips of ev­ery­one.

1. Up­town Funk – Mark Ron­son fea­tur­ing Bruno Mars- If ever there has been a song with stay­ing power in re­cent times it would be this one. Re­leased late last year I pre­dict this song to still be trend­ing all sum­mer long.

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