Summer is (un)officially over, but we’re still hanging on to the music that soundtracked the season’s barbecues, pool days and beach trips. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” — the first Spanish-language song to hit No. 1 since the “Macarena” — was the clear song of the summer nationally: It just tied the record for the most number of weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and has more than 3 billion views on YouTube (and still climbing). It’s no wonder why; the Puerto Rican reggaeton pop song, which was picked up and remixed by Justin Bieber, has an irresistibly catchy chorus and beat.
But “Despacito” was not the No. 1 song in every state. While the most streamed song in the most places from June 21 to present was “Despacito,” according to data provided to the NewsHour by Spotify, in many southern states, the more popular song was Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert’s manic single “XO Tour Llif3,” and in many northeast states and California, the more streamed song was DJ Khaled and Rihanna’s hip hop-rock (and also Latin-inspired) hit “Wild Thoughts.” Those three songs took over airwaves in most states this summer, and are still on top as we go into fall.
Spotify also provided NewsHour with the most distinctive streaming by state, meaning songs that were streamed more often in one state than in other places in the U.S. Measuring songs of the summer this way, they found more variety. In Vermont, people loved streaming Irish singer’s Niall Horan’s pop hit “Slow Hands,” while in Colorado they had rock band Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” on repeat. Washington, D.C., favored “Praying,” Kesha’s first single in almost four years, while Florida played another Reggaeton song from Colombian singer J. Balvin and French producer Willy William’s, called “Mi Gente.”
Other states, however, went country, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia, who all streamed Luke Combs’ debut country single “Hurricane.” Another country hit, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road,” was popular in Maine and New Hampshire.
In general, it seems, hip hop and Latin-inspired tunes dominated the summer. And as of Tuesday, “Despacito” was still at Billboard’s No.1.