Summer hit

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In the entertainment industry, a summer hit is a song that is released and peaks in its popularity during summer and often later quickly fades away. However, some summer hits like Despacito and New Rules have maintained popularity for long periods.[1] These songs rose in popularity during summer and thus classify as summer hits. In some years, a single pop song will gain widespread international popularity during the summer holiday season, becoming that summer's definitive summer hit in many countries. Many of the best-known summer hits emerge from outside the British and American pop music industries.

Songs that are marketed to be summer hits are very common, and often feature an upbeat tempo and descriptions of things such as relaxation outdoors and beach parties. These are songs considered ideal listening during summer activities. These intentional summer hits are most common in country (particularly country pop) and mainstream popular music but are much less common in rock.

The opposite of a summer hit in the music industries of the Northern Hemisphere in the West would be a Christmas song, a category that usually incorporates general winter songs as well.

Examples of summer hits in the US[edit]


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  7. ^ "Watch The Killers' Goofy Cover of Iggy Azalea's Summer Hit 'Fancy'". Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  8. ^ "OMI's 'Cheerleader' Is No. 1 Song of the Summer". Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Goodman, Jessica (September 7, 2016). "Song of the Summer 2016: Drake's One Dance takes the prize". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 25, 2018.