Like every music company nowadays, Pandora has placed a lot of emphasis on technology and big data to streamline their approach to keeping listeners on their platform as a streaming giant. Their purchase of music analytics service Next Big Sound in 2015 solidifed their data-driven approach to their craft.


With the help of Next Big Sound, Pandora whipped a fun little prediction for the top songs of the summer, the third year in a row they’ve done so. Songs were selected ‘based on a combination of Pandora/Next Big Sound data (track station adds, spins, chart placement) and insights from our in-house curators.’ Interested in learning more about their methodology? You can do so here. 

Predictions:

  • 1-800-273-8255 — Logic (Feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
  • Attention — Charlie Puth
  • Bad Liar — Selena Gomez
  • Believer — Imagine Dragons
  • Body Like A Back Road — Sam Hunt
  • Congratulations — Post Malone (Feat. Quavo)
  • Despacito — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee   (Feat. Justin Bieber) (Remix)
  • Down — Fifth Harmony
  • Drinkin’ Problem — Midland
  • Hard Times — Paramore
  • I’m The One — DJ Khaled (Feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne)
  • Know No Better — Major Lazer (Feat. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo)
  • Location — Khalid
  • LOYALTY — Kendrick Lamar (Feat. Rihanna)
  • Magnolia — Playboi Carti
  • Malibu — Miley Cyrus
  • Mask Off — Future
  • Passionfruit — Drake
  • Slide — Calvin Harris (Feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)
  • XO TOUR Llif3 — Lil Uzi Vert

As expected, there’s a huge amount of hip-hop in here but it’s nice to see some dance love for Calvin Harris and Major Lazer! Pandora was also kind enough to compile all of their picks into one easy playlist, stream all of the potential songs of the summer here!