It's summer! Or, at least, it's summer-y! In some places! It is summer-y here, anyway, and so, for kicks, we overlaid a bit of Summer Fun™ on top of our Same Old 2016 Drudgery™. Inspired by the American Pharoah win at the Belmont Stakes -- the first Triple Crown in 37 years -- I decided to figure out which song was No. 1 in the country that long ago. ("Shadow Dancing.")
Which then made me think: How hard would it be to identify a candidate by the song that was No. 1 on the Billboard charts the week he or she (he) announced? The answer? You tell us. We pulled 12 announcements and figured out the top song for that week. You will need to know roughly when candidates ran for office and how that maps to popular music, but you can also just guess.
At the end, you are rated on a scale of 2012 candidates. It's bleak, but it's thematic.