YouTube released its Songs of the Summer list this week.
The list is based on global views across the internet platform between May 27 and Aug. 23.
Want to guess what No. 1 is? “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
“’Old Town Road’ was the undeniable Song of the Summer in the United States,” according to the YouTube press release, “earning over three times more views than its closest competition and topping the U.S. Top Songs chart every week this summer.
“The viral hit was the most viewed Song of the Summer in every state and in over 50 additional countries and territories, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Sweden and South Africa,” the release says.
On July 29, Billboard reported the song also claimed one of the most prized records in the Billboard Hot 100's 60-year history when it spent an unprecedented 17th week at No. 1.
Here’s a semi-amusing aside: I wasn’t aware of the song until I saw that Billboard report and made a point of finding it on YouTube to see what all the fuss was about. Since then, I’ve heard it exactly one time on the radio. Maybe I heard it before and didn't know what it was, but it's pretty distinctive, so I doubt it.
Rounding out the Top 5 are “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, “No Guidance” by Chris Brown featuring Drake, “bad guy” by Billie Eilish and “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.
“Senorita” edged out “Old Town Road” for the top slot on the global list, according to YouTube.
If you’re interested in the methodology involved, totals include all official versions of a song, i.e. the official music video, user-generated content that uses the official song and lyric videos.
I don’t have a clever segue here, but as it happens, three community performance groups are looking for singers as they prepare for their upcoming seasons.
The newest group is the Crestview Community Chorus, which had its first rehearsal Aug. 12. Cecil Lindegren leads the 40 singers who have joined so far.
Rehearsals continue 6:30-8 p.m. every Monday in the Warriors Hall auditorium of the Whitehurst Municipal Building in Crestview.
For more information, contact the Crestview Parks and Recreation Programs office at 850-682-0789.
The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus has started rehearsals for its annual Christmas show and is accepting new members until Sept. 17. All vocal ranges are welcome.
Rehearsals are held every Tuesday night at First Christian Church, 201 St. Mary Ave., Fort Walton Beach.
The chorus describes itself as “an adult, non-auditioned chorus comprised of volunteer singers from Fort Walton Beach and many surrounding communities ... .”
Email questions to email@example.com. Visit the group’s website at fwbcc.org, and they also have a Facebook page.
The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, directed by Dr. David, Simmons, also is looking for singers.
They held a round of auditions Aug. 27 and have scheduled another for Sept. 10 beginning at 8 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.
A press release says this is the same date as the group's first rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Interested singers should email Chorale Manager Phyllis Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org for an audition time. Come to the first rehearsal and then wait to audition.