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Spotify shares Songs of Summer predictions + Festival streaming trends + Brings back Your Summer Rewind



Summer 2020 is shaping up to be many things, with a climate of uncertainty in many parts of the world. But one thing is clear; music will play a role - whether it’s the newest hits or tracks that bring about a wave of nostalgia.

Today, Spotify is sharing its predictions for songs that are likely to soundtrack summer 2020 and new trends emerging in music festival streaming, as well as bringing back Your Summer Rewind - a personalised playlist featuring your past summer favorites. 

Spotify Songs of the Summer:

Spanning a variety of genres - from hip-hop to indie - our Songs of Summer predictions are based on a number of factors like streaming numbers, current trajectory and future forecasting from Spotify’s global curation team.  

Making the cut: DaBaby’s “ROCKSTAR” (feat. Roddy Ricch), Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage Remix” (featuring Beyoncé), “TKN” by Rosalia, feat. Travis Scott and “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles, which was released in 2019 but continues to stream in high numbers. Also included, two songs that have seen a resurgence recently as cultural conversations are focused on supporting the Black community: This is America by Childish Gambino and “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar are likely to be mainstays during summer 2020. Also included are Beyoncé’s new track “BLACK PARADE,” H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe” and Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture,” all reflecting the cultural climate in parts of the world.   

In no particular order, here’s our list of predictions for summer 2020, which you can stream now in this playlist

Spotify Songs of the Summer UK 2020:

The Spotify team have also selected their top picks for songs to look out for in the UK in particular. These include Rover (feat.DTG) by S1mba feat. DTG; Secrets by Regard, RAYE; “Savage Love” (Laxed - Siren Beat) by Jawsh 685, Jason Derulo; “Don’t Need Love” (with Gracey), by 220 Kid, Gracey; “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” by The 1975; “Top Winners (feat. Not3s)” by Tinie Tempah, Not3s; “Who’s That What’s That” by Niko B; “Say Yeah” by Mnelia; “Are You Bored Yet?” by Wallows feat. Clairo; “Atlas” by Bicep; “Eat, Sleep Wake (Nothing But You)” by Bombay Bicycle Club; “Music Sounds Better With You” by Neil Frances; “Your Light” by The Big Moon. 

You can stream these now in this Songs of Summer UK 2020 playlist

Music Festival Streaming Trends Emerging in UK

While major music festivals and large summer gatherings have been put on pause this year, Spotify looked at its streaming data across the UK, as well as conducting research with 2,000 adults, to unearth the big ‘festival’ listening trends of the summer.

Spotify found 30% of people in the UK are hosting their own festival-style summer bashes at home with friends or family, and they’ve been turning to their favourite UK festival playlists to create the experience at home, with Download Festival being the most streamed currently. The annual rock festival saw a staggering 2,004% surge the weekend it was due to take place 12-14 June, compared to week a prior. 

With the legendary Glastonbury festival having been due to celebrate its 50th anniversary at Worthy Farm this week, Spotify looked at how listeners have been streaming the 2020 lineup and can reveal Dua Lipa is the most streamed artist amongst listeners in the UK, while UK artist and producer Yussef Dayes has seen a bigger rise in streams (688%) than any other Glastonbury 2020 artist since the official lineup was announced in March. It also seems Park Stage would have driven a significant crowd this year, with the playlist receiving more streams than any other Glastonbury stage official playlist. 

When asked about their ultimate Glastonbury headliner Brits named Fleetwood Mac as their top choice, followed by two other legendary icons Elton Johnand Led Zeppelin as nostalgia takes over the theme of the festival this year, in line with the planned programming of festivals of years gone by on our boxes this summer.

Your Summer Rewind is Back!

If nostalgia is more your thing this summer, today also marks the return of Your Summer Rewind - a personalized playlist featuring your past summer favorites. It’s a collection of summer jams made just for you. Take a walk down memory lane and listen to the songs you love but may have forgotten about. Starting today, Your Summer Rewind is available in all Northern Hemisphere markets for both Free and Premium listeners on iOS and Android.

In order to qualify for Your Summer Rewind, listeners need to have previously listened to summer songs in previous years (i.e. they must have streamed a number of tracks during the summer of 2019 and/or in summers dating back to 2016).

Want to escape with more great music? New to Spotify? We have something for you too - check out Spotify’s Summer Hub to find Your Summer Rewind as well as a mix of the hottest playlists for your summer.

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