I tend to agree that "it doesn't matter what the artist was trying to say, it's still a hit"
it's a bit ironic that a bunch of people are getting drunk while listening to Swimming Pools and they think it's a drinking song
Yeah it definitely is both ironic and to a certain extent unfortunate that it's misinterpreted like that, but that kind of thing happens in popular music--especially when an artist has a song that operates on multiple levels and isn't simply comprised of base vapidity--and has for forever. (See also: Reagan attempting to use Springsteen's "Born in the USA" in the 80s as a campaign anthem/patriotic rallying cry, etc.)
I stand by what I said. A hit is a hit is a hit. And they're both good songs. Personally I'm just stoked to be able to turn on Top 40 and hear some shit I like a lot (Kendrick, Frank Ocean, Miguel, The Weeknd, most of the G.O.O.D. Music stuff and whatnot) alongside the sludge of shit.