20 Musicians Choose Their Unlikely Songs Of The Summer

Not a Rihanna banger in sight

For a piece of music to be dubbed the "Song of the Summer," a special kind of alchemy must occur. It needs to have a big, stadium-sized hook and an ear-worm quality allowing its melody to burrow inside your head and stay there until the leaves change color. Most importantly, it needs to catch fire at precisely the right time—this is a seasonal phenomenon, after all.  But since there is no official committee tasked with choosing a Song of the Summer, this means it's an entirely subjective choice. Desiigner's "Panda" might be the frontrunner for Song of Summer '16, but according to who? After all, summer means different things to different people, and very few songs appeal to all people, all the time. With that in mind, we asked 20 musicians to give us their unlikeliest choices for Song of the Summer, music that embodies the season but would never end up on Top 40 radio. Enjoy.