Summer isn’t officially over for a few more weeks, but for Billboard, it’s finito. The publication only looks from Memorial Day to Labor Day to determine the official song of the season.
This year, that honor goes to OMI for his inescapable hit, “Cheerleader.” Pretty impressive, given the fact the single was released years ago but received a second life thanks to a killer remix by Felix Jaehn.
The Jamaican artist is the third rookie to earn the prestigious title in the past four years. Then-newcomers Iggy Azalea (“Fancy“) and Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe“) won in 2014 and 2012, respectively. Robin Thicke, the veteran, took the spot in 2013 with “Blurred Lines.” OMI’s hit has spent six non-consecutive weeks in pole position.
For most of the summer, it looked as if Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s Spring hit “See You Again” would win the title. The Furious 7 track topped the Hot 100 for 12 weeks and led Billboard’s Summer Songs chart for 13 of its 15 weeks. Alas, it was no match for the sun-filled charms of “Cheerleader.” Check out the Top 5 tunes of Summer below.
Billboard 2015 Top 5 Summer Songs
5. Silento ‘Watch Me’
4. The Weeknd ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
3. Taylor Swift ‘Bad Blood’
2. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth ‘See You Again’
1. OMI ‘Cheerleader’