There is no song of summer 2016. Maybe Justin Timberlake Can't Stop This Feeling, Fitz and the Tantrums Hands Clap, Declan McKenna Brazil...
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Summer
It's probably Justin Timberlake.
If you weren’t tipped off by the bullets, the bombs, the lethal mosquitoes, the sand fires, the heat dome, the glacial melt, the leaks, the hacks or the demagogue growling for law and order, here’s a hint that our summer has gone wrong: There’s an exclamation point at the end of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Are you feeling what I’m feeling? JT is dancing in the sky, our republic is in a free fall, and the bonus punctuation makes it feel like the season’s brightest pop song is being shouted at us from another world.
Declan McKenna performed Brazil on Colbert just before the Rio Olympics.
On summer songs:
We know them when we hear them, even when “Call Me Maybe” sounds nothing like “Umbrella,” which sounds nothing like “Whoomp! (There It Is),” which sounds nothing like “When Doves Cry.” If there’s a commonality between them, it’s that they each exude something undeniable — and because the song of the summer can never truly react to the moment it defines, being undeniable is everything. A song either lucks out and lands smack-dab in the middle of the zeitgeist by undeniable coinkidink, or it swings the national mood with its own undeniable force.
And yes, summer songs are allowed to be a total drag. There’s a canon of hits dedicated to the very subject — Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer,” Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness.” Nothing new on the radio this summer quite passes the bar for entry to that group, but there’s still plenty of blues, cruelty and sadness floating around.
It came out a year ago but I've heard DNCE Cake on the Ocean all summer, too.
Led by the middle Jonas brother, Joe, and won best new artist at the MTV VMAs 2016.
Kent Jones Don't Mind and Chainsmokers Don't Let Me Down:
Currently the number 1 song on Billboard and on iTunes, and hit of the VMAs.
They were the talk of the VMAs too:
Definitely getting closer:
Britney Spears sang Make Me at the MTV VMAs 2016.
Britney Spears VMA 2016 got lots of kudos.
Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon - Something Wild
From the movie Petes Dragon.
Andrew McMahon had a few hits before, notably Cecilia and the Satellite.
Twenty One Pilots has two songs in the Top 5:
Also there: Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber, and Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna.
twenty one pilots also has the theme from Suicide Squad: heathens.