Songs of summer 2017: Why 'Despacito' ruled, plus other hits we can't stop singing
Summer may be winding down, but the world isn't done with Despacito.
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's chart-topping, globe-spanning, record-breaking remix is still No. 1 on the charts, and it could be for some time. It's one of those undisputed songs of summer that you're still hearing eveywhere, and probably will through at least Labor Day.
Despacito was the focus of our 2017 Song of Summer rundown, in which we broke down the past few months of pop music -- what worked, what didn't, and which songs we'll still be singing come fall. In case you missed it, here's a rundown:
Why you can't stop hearing 'Despacito' everywhere this summer:"There is now no corner of the world that doesn't know Despacito. There's a salsa version of Despacito, a metal version, an orchestral version, mashups featuring Donald Trump and Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro. There are versions in Arabic, Punjabi and Portuguese. The song has reached Weird Al Territory, the point in its phenomenal lifespan where it has become so overwhelming that you can almost hear Señor Yankovic crafting his own parody (Quesarito? Judge Lance Ito? Han Shot Greedo?) between the beats." Click here for more.
10 great summer jams that aren't 'Despacito': Yes, they exist! From Calvin Harris to French Montana, Shawn Mendes to Carly Rae Jepsen, Haim to Khalid, here are 10 of our consolation song-of-summer selections.
From Kendrick to Bruno, 5 summer jams that took their time blowing up: Not every song of summer contender has to come from summer. Songs like Sam Hunt's Body Like a Back Road, Ed Sheeran's Shape of You and Bruno Mars' That's What I Like all fit the bill, even though they came out ages ago. Click here for more.
Bieber tops, Katy Perry flops: 8 acts that won and lost this summer: So who were summer's Most Valuable Players and Least Valuable Players? Justin Bieber, Migos and Lorde definitely did well. Drake, Katy Perry and the blokes from One Direction, not so much. Click here for more.
Nine summer superstars coming to Tampa Bay, including Luis Fonsi, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar: You can keep that summer vibe rolling into the fall, as a host of song of summer contenders have concerts scheduled in Tampa Bay -- Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Cheat Codes and, yes, Luis Fonsi among them. Click here for a rundown.
Finally, get ready for the weekend with our Songs of Summer 2017 playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!
-- Jay Cridlin