From Lukewarm To La Flames: Taking The Temperature On Summer 2015’s Hottest Songs


Soundtracking the summer 2015 heatwave was no challenge for rookies like Fetty Wap and Jidenna, whose debut singles not only heated up charts but served as beach day bangers.

As summer sadly approaches its finale, VIBE rolled through the season’s most sizzling singles (plucked by a staff poll) and checked their temperature in flame emojis. Caution: contents may be hot.

🔥 = Breaking a sweat

🔥🔥 = Warming up

🔥🔥🔥 = Hot spell

🔥🔥🔥🔥 = Jalapeño spice

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 = Sriracha status

Fetty Wap “Trap Queen”

Billboard chart play-by-play: The New Jersey-bred rap chef whipped up a chart-topping single that led to his making history as the first artist to clock in four simultaneous Top 10 singles on the Hot Rap Songs list.
Number of Remixes: Two.

Notable summer shows: Summer Jam, Billboard Hot 100 Fest,
Heat check: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 – Fetty and the Remy Boyz became turn-up kings with this hood rich ode to bae.

Jidenna Feat. Roman GianArthur “Classic Man”

Billboard chart play-by-play: Not only has the debonair Wondaland signee inspired gentlemen-to-be to suit up, he also added a touch of class to the Top Hot 100, peaking at no. 22.
Number of Remixes: One.
Notable summer shows: The twerk fest at Philadelphia’s Made In America
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 – With Kendrick Lamar and the NBA’s co-sign, the suited-and-booted singer mad getting fly funkier than ever.

Rihanna “BBHMM”

Billboard chart play-by-play: Barbados’ unfiltered bad gal bagged another smash with her “FU, Pay Me” anthem, checking in at No. 15 during her 19-week tenure on the Hot 100.
Number of Remixes: One.

Notable summer shows: A surprise cameo at Kanye West’s FYF Fest set
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥 – No IOUs allowed here—Rih Rih’s money bags were a knockout for the Navy and non-members.

Future “F*ck Up Some Commas”

Billboard chart play-by-play: The rapper born Nayvadius Wilburn has made it rain thanks to some punctuation marks, debuting at no. 1 on the Top 200 with his recent release DS2
Number of Remixes: One

Notable summer shows: Made In America, HOT 97 Summer Jam
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 – Even if you’re strapped for cash, Future’s money talks apply to all checking accounts.

Silento “Whip Nae Nae”

Billboard chart play-by-play: Silento’s viral dance lesson has not only taught the masses how to shake it, but copped him a Top 5 single on the Hot 100 list, clocking in at No. 3.
Number of Remixes: None
Notable summer shows: BET 2015 Awards, Good Morning America
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥  – The 17-year-old life of the party moved everyone from everyone from news anchors to Meek Mill’s son to whip it and then some online and off.

Drake “Hotline Bling”

Billboard chart play-by-play: Amidst the 6 God’s heated beef with Meek Mill this summer, he still managed to secure the No. 20 spot on the Hot 100 chart.
Number of Remixes: Two.

Notable summer shows: OVO Fest, New Look Wireless Festival 2015, Governor’s Ball
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥  – Forget sliding through DMs—the OVO Casanova had flirts kissing through the phone with this after-hours love note.

Rich Homie Quan “Flex”

Billboard chart play-by-play: The Atlanta rep gave us a quick tutorial on how to stunt on them, which earned him the No. 26 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Number of Remixes: One

Notable summer shows: Back 2 School Fest
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥  – Quan created a flex zone by flaunting his expensive tastes on wax.

Skepta “Shutdown”

Billboard chart play-by-play: This British MC’s scintillating summer banger peaked No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 list, with some help from fellow English mate, Idris Elba (See “Number of Remixes”).
Number of Remixes: One, with Idris Elba.

Notable summer shows: New Look Wireless Festival
Heat check: 🔥 🔥 🔥  – The British invasion of America’s summer could be credited to this Drizzy co-sign.

The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”

Billboard chart play-by-play: The XO leader’s numbing effect had him chart at the top of the Hot 100 list, dancing on fire at No. 1.
Number of Remixes: One.

Notable summer shows: Made In America, Annual California Festival, Hard Summer Festival
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥  – The crooner born Abel Tesfaye two-stepped his way into pop glory thanks to this Max Martin-produced dance track.

Kendrick Lamar “Alright”

Billboard chart play-by-play: K.Dot’s knack for using his bars as a vehicle for social change, landed his inspiring anthem at No. 4 on the Billboard + Twitter top tracks.
Number of Remixes: None
Summer show count: New Look Wireless Festival, Hot 97 Summer Jam 2015, Bonnaroo Festival
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 – Regardless of the racial strife plaguing the nation, Kendrick Lamer’s resounding hook was a salute to the youth.