In past years I’ve written about my guesses for what the song of the summer will be or talked about whatever I think it was or my personal pick even if I knew the real song was something I hated like “Fancy” or “Blurred Lines”. I didn’t do that this year for whatever reason, but now that summer is over I can talk about how things seem to settle out. In other summers there seemed to be a clear cut winner, but then sometimes like this summer it seems like people can’t agree. Apparently radio play and things like Spotify can also tell very different stories. I remember last year knowing that Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” was the song of the summer even though I never liked it. Then at the end of the summer Spotify came out with their summer listening statistics and said it was in fact Calvin Harris’s “Summer”. That was a song I much preferred so I decided I’d rather go with their song of the summer even though I heard it only a fraction of the times I heard “Fancy”.
So what does all this have to do with “Lean On” you may ask. I mean aren’t I supposed to be writing a blog post about a song that I love here not going on about the song of the summer. Well here’s where it all comes together. I literally heard this song once one the radio this summer and never just when I was out and about in the world. Based on all of that the song I couldn’t escape, and the song I thus considered the song of the summer was Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance”. Bizarrely to me that didn’t seem to be on anyone else’s lists. Every discussion I heard or read about the song of the summer never included that as a contender. It kind of boggled my mind. Finally at the end of the summer two of the podcasts I listen to threw that song into contention, but this summer I never really did feel like there was an official consensus on what the song of the summer was.
Spotify however again put out their statistics on the song of the summer and told us that this year it was “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake. I was telling my husband about how I was intrigued by this and said that Baltimore radio stations must not be with it because they never played this song. Cut to the next week when all of the Baltimore pop radio stations broke this song out in full force. Way to be with the times Baltimore pop radio.
At any rate it’s a song I really like a lot and do think would have been a great song of the summer. Alas, I’ll have to make it the song of my fall I guess. That is until Baltimore pop radio plays it to death and I can’t stand to hear it one more time. For now though I’ll be seat dancing to it in my car.