Top Contenders

It's mid-July. The heat is on in Honolulu.

The A/C is blasting at Bacchus. The drinks are pouring and the crowds are gathering. Today, Tuki is suprising us again with his bloody mary bar add-ons. This afternoon, Luke will draw you in with his charm and $6 Jack and tonight, the guys will pull those tap handles and serve up tasty brews while DJ Kuya serenades us with his latest.

Have you found your SONG OF THE SUMMER yet? We offer up five suggestions in a music showdown. Pick your favorite and let us know. Your favorite not on the list? Let us know!!!

In no particular order of preference, here are our top five:

You may remember this one from our early May post where we predicted its appeal. Justin Timberlake's 'I Can't Stop the Feeling' is like Pharrell's 'Happy' before you got tired of 'Happy.' It's so easy to hear on one listen. Roll the car windows down, put on this song and you're set.


'Don't Mind' is a multilingual rap-R&B mashup, which is Kent Jones debut album. It's just gathering steam thanks to a cosign from his We the Best label boss, Snapchat king DJ Khaled. Some of the lyrics come from Barry White's, "Practice What You Preach." This song will make the cool kids want to get up and dance. ;-)


Maybe your favorite will be this tune with the catchy hook....
"This Is What You Came For" by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna is the second collaboration since this "We Found Love" spent 10 weeks atop the Hot 100 in 2011 - the longest reign of Rihanna's career. Her nasal twang isn't so noticeable on this single and makes you stop and wonder if it's really her. The video is gorgeous (she resembles a flying squirrel in her outfit).
When you're at Bacchus with a drink in hand and Calvin's house beats drop with Rihanna's vocals, the combination just makes you want to move. It's infectious.


Flume is an Aussie beat master who's “Say It” features an on-brand walloping vocal assist from Sweden’s brightest shining star, Tove Lo, who, though she hasn’t released a proper album since 2014, has been busy making 2016 her personal pop playground.

The melodies and enhancements on “Say It” mostly sit back and let Tove Lo soar, which she does with aplomb. “When you say it like that / Oh oh oh / Let me f**k you right back / Oh oh oh,” she sings with verve as a wonky, woozy breakdown kicks in.

With lyrics like that, it could be the song you remember most from the summer of '16.


According to Rolling Stone, the synthy "Into You" is primed for dance floor makeout sessions. Grande swaggers with little affect in tight vocal range. It's as if she's doing one of her SNL parodies of Eighties pop star Samantha Fox. "A little less conversation, a little more touch my body," Grande purrs.

Her 'Dangerous Woman' follow up is gonna make you writhe and sway and feel a little nostalgic. Will it be enough to make it your song of the summer?


Is there a contender in this group of five? Let us know if you think we're onto something or if we're missing an obvious winner. But summer is only half over (kinda) and there's tracks from Katy Perry and many more artists that will drop soon.

Come to Bacchus today to hear some summer favorites and tonight to hear Kuya's top tunes.

Never a cover. Always fun!