Lean On And On: Major Lazer and the Weeknd own this year’s Songs of the Summer

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It’s now September, and people seem to keep wanting to know what the Song Of The Summer is (or was). Some think it’s Tay’s “Bad Blood,” others recommend something — anything! — off the superb new Carly Rae Jepson album, while we here at Camp V — back in freaking January — declared Petite Meller “Baby Love” as our certified seasonal jam.

Hoping to clear up this alt-pop pig pile, Spotify released some scientific info today, based on ten most-streamed songs of the summer, both here in North America and around the world.

The winner? In the States, it’s the Weeknd with the top two spots: “Can’t Feel My Face” at Number 1 and “The Hills” taking second. Globally, the summer was dominated by “Lean On,” Major Lazer’s club banger with DJ Snake and MØ. That track finished in the Top 3 in North American charts. The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” came in 4th, globally.


Major Lazer’s Diplo, also one-half of DJ duo Jack Ü, appears elsewhere in both Top 10s, as his with Justin Bieber and Skrillex collaboration “Where Are U Now” owns both slots at Number 6.

So it’s safe to say who owned the game this year. Check out the Top 10s via the respective Spotify playlists below — and pad those numbers.

[h/t the Fader]