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Way-Too-Early Song of the Summer 2021 Breakdown: The Best Bets, Long Shots & Question Marks

Earlier this year, British producer Riton and Scottish house collective Nightcrawlers teamed up with social media stars Mufasa and Hypeman for a track that revives the MK remix of Nightcrawlers’ 1992 track “Push The Feeling On.” Got all that? Even if you never memorize the backstory of “Friday,” you’ll want to dance to it: the reworked sample makes for a combustible groove, and it’s already reached the top 10 in the U.K. while scaling the Billboard Global 200. Keep an eye on “Friday” in the U.S., because once it invades the States, the track could become ubiquitous in no time.

Tiësto, “The Business”

Speaking of songs that sound primed to command the clubs whenever they reopen, Tiësto’s “The Business” is also gaining steam, jumping eight spots on this week’s Hot 100 to No. 69. After releasing the thumping track last September, the veteran producer seems to have picked up on the momentum, releasing a new version with Ty Dolla $ign as well as a Clean Bandit remix. Tiësto has been a household name in the dance world for two decades, but remarkably, has never climbed higher than No. 49 as an artist on the Hot 100; “The Business” could clear that hurdle in the next few weeks, and become a summer smash for the fist-pumping crowd.

The To-Be-Determineds

Drake

If you’ve made it this far, you might be thinking, “Wait, what about Drake’s ‘What’s Next,’ which was No. 1 on the Hot 100 last week?” Although “What’s Next,” as well as “Wants and Needs” and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” from Scary Hours 2, could certainly stay near the top of the Hot 100 after last week’s debuts, Drake’s long-promised Certified Lover Boy album still looms — and with it will likely come an enormous hit or three. In 2018, Drake released his Scorpion album at the end of June, and “In My Feelings” ruled the back half of the season to take that year’s song of the summer trophy; depending on the timing of his next album release, he could lock up 2021’s chart achievement in similar fashion, with “What’s Next” serving as a springtime appetizer.

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