'Despacito' is not the song of the summer, according to Twitter
“Despacito” ruled the airwaves this summer, tying the record for most weeks atop the Hot 100 set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men in 1996. But, by one noteworthy metric, it wasn’t the song of summer.
That honor, according to Twitter data, goes to Fifth Harmony’s “Down.” Released on June 2, the Gucci Mane-featuring song was the pop group’s first since the 2016 departure of Camila Cabello and appeared on their self-titled album, which dropped last week. In fact, Cabello’s own solo single, “Crying in the Club,” also beat out “Despacito” in terms of tweets generated; the tracks came in at Nos. 2 and 3 on the list, respectively. Rounding out the list are “2U” by Justin Bieber and David Guetta and “Slow Hands” by Niall Horan.
“Down” has been something of a flashpoint for Fifth Harmony. At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, the group began their performance of the song with a thinly-veiled jab at Cabello, having a fake fifth member jump from the stage. The ladies addressed the stunt on Good Morning America Tuesday, saying it was a “monumental moment” for the group to make it clear that “the four of us are Fifth Harmony.”
Twitter’s announcement isn’t the first to suggest that not everyone sees “Despacito” as the song of summer. The track dominated pop culture in recent months, spawning parodies ranging from Sesame Street to Donald Trump, but lost the MTV Video Music Awards’ fan-voted Song of the Summer honor to Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3.”