What will win the title of song of the summer?

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Taylor Swift on the red carpet at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2015.

DENVER — Summer, summer, summertime.

What would a cookout, a trip to the beach or cruising around with the top down be without music? It’s a little early, but here are some of the first contenders for this year’s coveted “song of the summer” title.

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, ‘Bad Blood’

If Wiz is the king of the summer jam, Tay is the queen. Her “Bad Blood” is No. 2 on Billboard’s list and boasts arguably rap’s hottest star at the moment, Lamar.

The premiere of the single’s music video opened the 2015 Billboard Awards, so it’s kind of a big deal.

Maroon 5, ‘This Summer’s Gonna Hurt’

“We’re thinking that Maroon 5 might have something to say about [this summer’s biggest hit],” Interscope’s Lopes told Billboard. The group’s new song will be added to its album V. Similar to Calvin Harris’ ‘Summer’ last year, the band’s new single all about the season should enjoy massive airplay this summer. As long as the explicit version is edited for radio, at least.

Pittsburgh native and rising rap star, Wiz Khalifa, is the artist behind "Black and Yellow." Onlookers couldn't get enough of Wiz Khalifa's antics, especially the ladies in the crowd. He even cracked himself up.  Saturday marked the 4th annual ROOTS PICNIC at Philadelphia's Festival Pier at Penn's Landing. One of the most coveted events of summer, the Picnic uses the spirit of The Roots to create a unique, genre-bending day-long festival. Performances include: The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, Nas (backed by The Roots), Esperanza Spalding (backed by The Roots), Ariel Pink, Man Man, The Dismemberment Plan, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Little Dragon, J. Period, Nicos Gun & Donn T.

Pittsburgh native and rising rap star, Wiz Khalifa, is the artist behind “Black and Yellow.” 

Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, ‘See You Again’

The rapper’s “See You Again” featuring singer Puth has been atop Billboard’s “Songs of the Summer” survey. The moving tune pays tribute to the late Paul Walker in the movie “Furious 7,” and fans seem to love it.

Jason Derulo, ‘Want to Want Me’

There’s so much pop flavor and plenty of Derulo shirtless in the video. And the song is getting quite a few streams over at Spotify. Yeah, we get it: hot for the summer.

Fetty Wap, ‘Trap Queen’

“Trap Queen” is hardly new, as it came out in 2014, nor is it radio-friendly, with its profane lyrics (some parts are definitely not suitable for work). Yet there is something oddly addictive about his ode to his girlfriend and partner in crime.


(FILE PHOTO) Pop star Britney Spears speaks with the media at various red carpet events.

(FILE PHOTO) Pop star Britney Spears speaks with the media at various red carpet events.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea, ‘Pretty Girls’

Over at Spotify, they are keeping their eye on the very catchy “Pretty Girls.” 2014 was Azalea’s year, but she’s had some troubles in 2015: a canceled tour that caused some to question her early fame and withdrawing from a gay pride appearance after backlash over some past tweets.

But that’s not stopping the song from popping up everywhere.

Walk the Moon, ‘Shut Up and Dance’

It doesn’t hurt when British superstar Ed Sheeran declares your tune the song of the summer.

“I’m just hearing that everywhere,” the singer recently told Vulture. “It just makes everyone happy whenever they hear it. I really like that song.”

Jason Lipshutz, associate editor at Billboard.com, said that one of the things that makes it so much fun to track songs of the summer every year is that there are no definitive guidelines as to what qualifies. It could be an emotional rap like “See You Again” or a dance track like “Shut Up and Dance.”

“One of the loose guidelines is to have something dance ready and uptempo,” he said. “But there are exceptions to that.”

But even with the fast dance tracks that you can claim as your summer jam, Lipshutz said, there is a trend.

“What you are hearing now on radio is definitely a slowing down from what you used to hear on pop radio,” he said. “Some of the songs that are uptempo aren’t as uptempo as they used to be. Last year’s ‘Happy’ by Pharrell was a big song and uptempo but smoother than, say, a Kesha song from 2009.”

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