Sure, it’s only April, but we can still dream about hotter temperatures along with (we hope) beach parties and family BBQs. And when we think about what songs will be soundtracking those moments, it’s time to start thinking about what could be the Song of the Summer for 2021.
Even though Billboard’s own Song of the Summer chart won’t start up for its annual run on Billboard.com until after Memorial Day, Pop Shop Podcast founder and senior director of music Jason Lipshutz wrote his annual Way-Too-Early Song of the Summer 2021 predictions, so we invited him on to the latest episode to break it all down. Some possibilities include “Leave the Door Open” from Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s new throwback Silk Sonic project as well as Justin Bieber’s latest Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Peaches,” which will be a perfect addition to your summer fruit salad.
Of course there’s also Lil Nas X’s brand-new Hot 100 chart-topper “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” or who knows? A future song from Rihanna, Drake or Adele could come out of nowhere.
Listen to our full conversation on the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast:
Also on the show, we’ve got chart news on Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” debuting at No. 1 on the Hot 100 as a whopping five albums debut in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, including the new No. 1: Rod Wave’s “SoulFly.” Plus, after a drought of new releases, we’re flush with new music from everyone from Demi Lovato and Lil Tjay to Olivia Rodrigo and a surprise EP from Justin Bieber.
The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard’s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard’s deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of Billboard charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)