Spotify and Shazam predict 2016’s Sounds of the Summer inc. Drake, Desiigner, and Rihanna

Spotify have shared the tracks that they think will shape the sound of summer this year featuring some already notorious tracks.

The world’s leader in music streaming, Spotify, have shared a selection of tracks to define Summer 2016 – decided by a collation of Spotify staff, industry experts, and Spotify’s streaming figures. The list included a selection of the latest releases by some of the world’s hottest artists right now.

Two tracks that shouldn’t be new to you are the chart topping singles One Dance by Drake and Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake. Drake’s track saw a new vibe for the rapper/singer accompanied by a tropical backing and a dance sample from Kyla, which came together to push it to the top of the UK charts and has introduced an on/off relationship with the US number one spot.

Elsewhere on Spotify’s predictions to what you’ll be playing this summer is a collaboration between pop singer Rihanna and famed producer David Guetta. Their track ‘This Is What You Came For’ features lively house production that ensures it will be played at every beach party, and sticky clubs trying to pretend they’re a beach party, this summer.

Female pop group Fifth Harmony are also included in Spotify’s predictions with their totally-not-a-Rihanna-rip-off track ‘Work From Home’ featuring TY Dolla $ign. DJ duo The Chainsmokers also made the cut with their EDM hit Don’t Let Me Down as well as Ariana Grande for Into You from her recently released album, Dangerous Woman.

Shazam, the music recognition app, also weighed in with their select cuts for this summer. The list features a lot of reappearances with a few exceptions like Desiigner’s break-out trap anthem Panda, which gained him worldwide recognition after Kanye West sampled it for The Life of Pablo released earlier this year.

Shazam’s list also features some lesser known (but not necessarily lesser performing) track’s from rising artists like Kiiara, The Strumbellas, gnash and more. Like Spotify, Shazam’s list has been defined by their own company metrics in particular the trends and popularity of shazamed tracks, ordering them based on Shazam performance and predicted future performance.

Shazam CEO Rich Riley said: “Our predictive data is powered by a global community of hundreds of millions of listeners and are a great barometer of the summer’s biggest songs. This year was particularly tough as there are so many great songs with breakout potential. The 2016 list includes superstars like Keith Urban and emerging artists like LANco and Bishop Briggs. Their tracks are trending up and haven’t yet peaked but are gaining traction or demonstrating a Shazam spike in a specific region.”

You can view Shazam’s full list in order at Billboard.

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