Song of Summer 2020: A look at the top contenders for the title

Jim Harrington, The Mercury News on

Published in Entertainment News

This summer has been unlike any other, as concerns over the coronavirus pandemic impact just about everything we love to do during the warm weather months.

Trips to the beach, backyard barbecues with friends, church services, vacations, hikes in the mountains -- none of it has been the same in 2020.

Yet, we still have music, even though we probably aren't enjoying it in the same ways that we are accustomed to during the season. And music still bonds us together even in this time of social distancing.

That's what the Song of Summer is all about. It's the track that unites millions, as it's played countless times, while creating just as many memories, from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend.

Past Songs of Summer have included such tuneful timestamps as "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (2019), "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen (2012) and "Hot in Herre" by Nelly (2002).

What will be the song that ends up defining this unprecedented season? Here are the top nominees for Song of Summer 2020.


(Note: Some of these songs may contain explicit language and sexual references.)

"Savage (Remix)," Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce

The original version of this hot hip-hop number was already a viral sensation on TikTok, as millions tuned in to watch folks participate in the cool "Savage" dance challenge. Yet, the song would reach a whole new level once fellow Houston native Beyonce joined forces with Megan Thee Stallion for the chart-topping remix.

"Rain on Me," Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande


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