Sunday, September 17, 2017

AT 40: Charlie Puth (3) - Week Of September 16, 2017

Hello, folks! Sorry if this post was out a little later than intended. Anyway, we did have a good week for the most part. While our #1 may be the same, we got rid of one huge piece of garbage and replaced it with a solid debut. There was some activity here as well, good & bad. So let's get into reviewing. With that said, here are the songs dropping out of the countdown this week:


  • Congratulations by Post Malone featuring Quavo (#28)
  • Versace On The Floor by Bruno Mars (#29)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Attention by Charlie Puth
40. Two Ghosts by Harry Styles (DEBUT) [=]
39. Say You Won't Let Go by James Arthur (#38) [-1]
38. Mama by Jonas Blue featuring William Singe (#40) [+2]
37. Lights Down Low by MAX featuring Gnash (#39) [+2]
36. Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran (#35) [-1] [Spent 10 Weeks At #1]
35. Mi Gente by J. Balvin featuring Willy William (#37) [+2]
34. Know No Better by Major Lazer featuring Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, and Quavo (#36) [+2]
33. Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran (#24) [-9]
32. Location by Khalid (#33) [+1]
31. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay (#31) [=]
30. Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld (#30) [=]
29. Glorious by Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey (#32) [+3]
28. That's What I Like by Bruno Mars (#27) [-1] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
27. Get Low by Zedd featuring Liam Payne (#19) [-8]
26. Honest by The Chainsmokers (#17) [-9]
25. It Ain't Me by Kygo featuring Selena Gomez (#20) [-5]
24. 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid (#26) [+2]
23. Back To You by Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals (#23) [=]
22. Now Or Never by Halsey (#16) [-6]
21. Fetish by Selena Gomez featuring Gucci Mane (#22) [+1]
20. What About Us by P!NK (#25) [+5]
19. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man (#21) [+1]
18. I'm The One by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, and Lil' Wayne (#13) [-5]
17. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato (#18) [+1]
16. Friends by Justin Bieber featuring BloodPop (#34) [+18]
15. Praying by Kesha (#15) [=]
14. Redbone by Childish Gambino (#12) [-2]
13. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt (#10) [-3]
12. Unforgettable by French Montana featuring Swae Lee (#14) [+2]
11. No Promises by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato (#11) [=]
10. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift (DEBUT) [=]
9. Stay by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara (#9) [=]
8. Feels by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean (#8) [=]
7. Despacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee (#5) [-2] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
6. Strip That Down by Liam Payne featuring Quavo (#7) [+1]
5. Slow Hands by Niall Horan (#6) [+1]
4. Believer by Imagine Dragons (#3) [-1]
3. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (#4) [+1]
2. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes (#2) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
1. Attention by Charlie Puth (#1) [=] [3rd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ride by TWENTY ØNE PILØTS (2nd And Final Week At #1)

Biggest Fall Of The Week: Tie between Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran and Honest by The Chainsmokers (-9)

Biggest Rise Of The Week: Friends by Justin Bieber featuring BloodPop (+18)

New Entrants
- To start off our debuts this week, we have more Harry Styles with his new single called Two Ghosts. I pretty much explained this song in my Hits 1 weekend countdown post last week. But to recap, it's basically a slow rock ballad with a 70's-80's vibe to it much like in Sign Of The Times. Although not as good as his predecessor, Harry Styles has proven that he can write great lyrical content, which is about being in a relationship despite that it's not what it used to be. It may not stick with me in the big picture, but it's a solid song overall.

- Finally, we have one of the highest debuts in AT 40 history. Now, unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you've probably have heard of Taylor Swift's new single by now, which is titled Look What You Made Me Do. This song has received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, but I beg to differ. I actually love this song even though it doesn't fit Taylor at all. One of the best things I like about this is some of the cool lines, such as "The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead." Also, the music video which I've already talked about is sublime from start to finish, especially near the end where many different versions of Taylor come together. Too bad she just missed out on making history when Born This Way debuted at #9 six years ago. Still, it's quite an unusual, but rather great song for Taylor Swift and I'm sure it's going to do well here.

Ooh, Look What You Made Me Blurb
- Let's begin by talking about our two exits. First off, good riddance to Congratulations. I was never fond of this to begin with and it was only getting worse with each listen. Thus, I have no complaints about it leaving at all. It's definitely a candidate for my Bottom 10 songs of the year (which I plan on starting on sometime within the next week or so). On a very sad note however, we lost Versace On The Floor. I thought people were going to catch on with this song in the wake of That's What I Like being a major hit, but that's unfortunately not the case. It's a shame that it got underrated for an artist who has had a majority of his songs hit the Top 10. So, good-bye Versace On The Floor. You will certainly be missed.

- My goodness, Most Girls doesn't seem to want to do anything of note. Not that I really care about it that much anymore, but man! It's quite a feat to see a song hold its position for six weeks in a row.

- Before introducing Say You Won't Let Go, Ryan Seacrest mentioned that James Arthur is obsessed with boxing, by looking up UFC stats and photos of fights. I wonder did he travel to Las Vegas to watch the fight between Mayweather vs. McGregor a few weeks ago? Hmm...

- With Get Low taking a big drop this week, it's pretty clear both Zedd & Liam Payne will end up with a flop. I have a feeling it won't be around for long. Though it has been eroding on me quite a bit, I am shocked by how poorly is doing right now, especially in the wake of Stay becoming a big hit and Strip That Down continuing to gain steam.

- Speaking of which, Ryan Seacrest made a mistake that Honest dropped 6 spots when it was actually 9 spots. Better get your head in the game Ryan, because that was a fail on your part. That said, it doesn't look like The Chainsmokers are getting another hit with that big drop. I thought for sure Honest was going to end up being big (or at least respectable), but that's not the case.

- Ryan Seacrest mentioned upon introducing Now Or Never that Halsey is planning on starring in movies soon. I'm sure many hardcore fans will welcome this news. Her acting career does look good in helping her stay relevant. No word on what her first acting role will be, but I'm sure she'll do great in that field, also. 

- Fetish is only getting worse with each listen, so don't be surprised if it ends up being in orange soon.

- Friends made a massive jump into the Top 20 this week. Something tells me that this will probably end up being another big hit for Justin Bieber. However, I'm afraid that people will end up getting sick of it much like they did with Despacito if it does indeed become big.

- Body Like A Back Road took a well-deserved exit out of the Top 10 after spending only 1 week in that territory. Now I don't have to worry about it hitting #1. Our Top 10 is looking better already (Outside of mediocrity like Strip That Down).

- That brings us to our #1. Once again, Charlie Puth stays at the top for the third week in a row with Attention. Now, a part of me wants Taylor Swift to take over soon, but I don't really mind Charlie Puth spending another week at #1 despite his song being here for a while.

Breakout/On The Verge

  • What Lovers Do by Maroon 5 featuring SZA
  • Something Different by Why Don't We
  • Hoodie by Hey Violet
  • Bad At Love by Halsey

Extras/Optional Extras

  • Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) by Katy Perry
  • Down by Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane
  • I Feel It Coming by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
  • Too Good by Drake featuring Rihanna
  • Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
  • Super Bass by Nicki Minaj

Top 20 Breakdown
0 - Awful:
20. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt

1 - Bad:
19. Redbone by Childish Gambino
18. Strip That Down by Liam Payne featuring Quavo

2 - Mediocre:
17. I'm The One by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, and Lil' Wayne

3 - Decent:
16. Stay by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara
15. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man

4 - Good:
14. No Promises by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato

5 - Great:
13. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
12. Believer by Imagine Dragons
11. Attention by Charlie Puth
10. Slow Hands by Niall Horan
9. Feels by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
8. Friends by Justin Bieber featuring BloodPop
7. Unforgettable by French Montana featuring Swae Lee
6. What About Us by P!NK
5. Despacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee
4. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
3. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes
2. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift

BONUS: 6 - Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Praying by Kesha

Total Score: 80/100 (B-)

My Top 5 Picks
1. Praying by Kesha
2. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
3. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes
4. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
5. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
2. Mi Gente by J. Balvin featuring Willy William
3. Fetish by Selena Gomez featuring Gucci Mane
4. Location by Khalid
5. Know No Better by Major Lazer featuring Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, and Quavo

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Niall Horan (2) - Week Of September 16, 2017

Hello, guys! I don't have a lot to say in terms of the introduction this week, so I figured I'd get this out quickly. After two weeks in which we had a lot of activity, things have slowed down quite drastically. We had some things go right, though, so I'll give it that. So without delay, here is the one song dropping out of the countdown this week:

  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (#43)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
45. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels (#39) [-6]
44. AJR - Weak (#28) [-16]
43. The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer (#45) [+2] [Spent 8 Weeks At #1]
42. Julia Michaels - Issues (#44) [+2]
41. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#41) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
40. Linkin Park featuring Kiiara - Heavy (#42) [+2]
39. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#38) [-1]
38. The All-American Rejects - Sweat (DEBUT) [=]
37. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low (#26) [-11]
36. Fall Out Boy - Champion (#31) [-5]
35. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#36) [+1]
34. Panic At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#33) [-1]
33. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#24) [-9]
32. All Time Low - Good Times (#29) [-3]
31. The Chainsmokers - Honest (#25) [-6]
30. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#27) [-3] [Spent 9 Weeks At #1]
29. Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor (#30) [+1]
28. Andy Grammer - Give Love (#37) [+9]
27. Justin Bieber featuring Bloodpop - Friends (#32) [+5]
26. Harry Styles - Two Ghosts (#40) [+14]
25. Halsey - Bad At Love (#34) [+9]
24. Linkin Park - One More Light (#6) [-18]
23. Hey Violet - Hoodie (#21) [-2]
22. Maroon 5 featuring SZA - What Lovers Do (#23) [+1]
21. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (#22) [+1]
20. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#11) [-9] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
19. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals - Back To You (#18) [-1]
18. P!NK - What About Us (#15) [-3]
17. Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises (#16) [-1]
16. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (#35) [+19]
15. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious (#20) [+5]
14. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#17) [+3]
13. Charlie Puth - Attention (#14) [+1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
12. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay (#7) [-5] [Spent 4 Weeks At #1]
11. Kesha - Praying (#13) [+2]
10. Mono Mind - Save Me A Place (#12) [+2]
9. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (#10) [+1]
8. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#3) [-5]
7. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#5) [-2] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
6. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#8) [+2] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
5. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#9) [+4]
4. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#19) [+15]
3. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#2) [-1]
2. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#1) [-1] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
1. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#4) [+3] [SECOND WEEK AT #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers featuring Daya - Don't Let Me Down (2nd Of 3 Weeks At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Linkin Park - One More Light (-18)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (+19)

New Entrants
- We have only one entrant this week. It comes from returning band The All-American Rejects with their new single, Sweat. It's been a seemingly long time since we've heard from them. Now, I've enjoyed many of their singles before (Move Along, It Ends Tonight, etc.). However, I'm not quite sure about this one yet. While it's not that much different from its predecessors, some of the lyrics are quite questionable, and I'm not sure whether the whispering of the word "Sweat" was necessary, especially in the chorus. I do, however, like that they stayed true to their sound and not try something different. I can see myself growing into it at some point. We'll see how long it sticks around here.

I Don't Wanna Lose Your Blurbs Tonight
- Let's first talk about our exit. We've lost Wild Thoughts, which is very disappointing given that it's still relatively high on most charts. But of course, hip-hop is basically doomed on Hits 1. If I'm The One leaving two weeks ago was an indication, I had a bad feeling its successor wasn't going to last long here, and sadly I was right. So farewell, Wild Thoughts. You will most certainly be missed.

- Good to see Weak take a huge drop down to the Bottom 5. I'm hoping it leaves us soon.

- Before introducing The Cure, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Lady Gaga broke up with her boyfriend apparently because they were fighting a lot. It seems like they didn't get along too well, so I'm guessing that's why we got into so many arguments. Lady Gaga will have to try to find someone better that she can actually get along with, heh.

- So, when Spyder Harrison recapped the third set of five, he mentioned that Mikey Piff would love to date Hailee Steinfeld and most girls. I mean, is he some kind of ladies' man or what?

- Before introducing Give Love, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Andy Grammer's mother is his greatest inspiration because she gave love to everybody. Also, Spyder Harrison mentioned that his mom's birthday was this week. So, I would like to wish her a Happy Birthday!

- What the heck?! Just when One More Light started to gain steam, it took a surprising drop down to #24. Not that I really care for it like that, but dang!

- I like how Spyder Harrison tried to sing Despacito upon his introduction to the song. He also mentioned that his girlfriend was telling him to stop. I mean, can't she let the guy sing for once?

- By no surprise, Feel It Still made a massive jump in its second week here, what with it gaining traction elsewhere in recent weeks, and it looks like it's here to stay (not a Zedd & Alessia Cara reference).

- It looks like this is it for Stay, what with it dropping out of the Top 10 after spending seemingly forever in that region. It's been here for a while, so I'm not surprised by this.

- Alright guys, here's a bit of history I didn't mention earlier. When Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do made its debut at #13 two weeks ago on September 2, 2017, it was tied for the HIGHEST DEBUT EVER in the history of the Hits 1 Weekend Countdown. The only other song to do this was Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe, which was five years ago on April 21, 2012. So, congratulations, Taylor!

- Good to see Body Like A Back Road out of the Top 5. That song still blows. Hopefully, it stays out of that region for good. It helps that this song is losing its steam elsewhere. Plus, we traded it for some better songs, so that's good news.

- Speaking of which, we have both Sorry Not Sorry and Galway Girl entering the Top 5, with the latter taking a enormous 15-spot jump into that territory. I knew the former was going to enter that region at some point given that it's still picking up steam elsewhere, but the latter I'm quite surprised about, although I shouldn't be because of Hits 1's love for Ed Sheeran. He does have a follow-up which we'll get to in a moment, but yeah, I'm glad to see Galway Girl take a huge jump. I have a feeling it's here to stay, also (again, not a Zedd & Alessia Cara reference).

- Finally, we've come to our #1, in which Niall Horan manages to reclaim the top spot. And here I was thinking Slow Hands would be a one-week #1, what with a certain artist looking to take the top spot very soon. Not that I'm complaining, though. We'll see how long he stays at #1.

Hit-Bound

  • PRETTYMUCH - Would You Mind
  • Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
  • Sabrina Carpenter - Why
  • Zayn featuring Sia - Dusk Till Dawn
  • The Script - Rain
  • Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line - Let Me Go
  • Ed Sheeran - Perfect (DEBUT)
  • Why Don't We - Something Different
  • Dua Lipa - New Rules (DEBUT)
  • Selena Gomez - Fetish
  • Evaride - Heartless
  • Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
  • Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
  • Zedd featuring Liam Payne - Get Low

- We have two debuts on Hit-Bound this week. First we have more Ed Sheeran yet again, this time with Perfect. While it's not my first pick to be his next single, I kinda like it for what it is. I'll have more when it debuts.

- Our second debut comes from Dua Lipa with her new single, New Rules. After failing to graduate Hit-Bound with her predecessor, Blow Your Mind (Mwah), she's back hoping her new single makes it big. I briefly talked about this song on the YouTube 15 when it was trending. But to recap, I don't quite think it's as good as its predecessor, but I still kinda like it. We'll see if she makes her debut on the countdown soon.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It
2. PRETTYMUCH - Would You Mind
3. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
4. Evaride - Heartless
5. The Script - Rain

Top 20 Review
0 - Awful:
20. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road

1 - Bad:
19. Liam Payne - Strip That Down

2 - Mediocre:
None!

3 - Decent:
18. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay
17. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

4 - Good:
16. Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises
15. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill

5 - Great:
14. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
13. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
12. Imagine Dragons - Believer
11. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals - Back To You
10. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
9. Charlie Puth - Attention
8. Mono Mind - Save Me A Place
7. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious
6. P!NK - What About Us
5. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
4. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
3. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
2. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do

BONUS: 6 - Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Kesha - Praying

Overall Grade: 86/100 (B)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: K-Ci & JoJo - All My Life (1998)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Adele - Someone Like You

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Lights - Giants (not a whole lot of new music I like lately)

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Tie between Ariana Grande - Into You and The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer

My Top 5 Picks
1. Kesha - Praying
2. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
3. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
4. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
5. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
2. AJR - Weak
3. Julia Michaels - Issues
4. Liam Payne - Strip That Down
5. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Kiiara - Gold: Described by some as a "mash-up of itself", this song is a perfect example of how not to make a good first impression. The choppy chorus, the dull sentiment, and the poorly written lyrics makes this song forgettable to say the least. It's no wonder why many music critics were not very kind to this.
Hailee Steinfeld & Grey featuring Zedd - Starving: Don't get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE Hailee Steinfeld as an artist, but this song comes nowhere near her best work. Her excellent vocals cannot make up for the scratchy guitar and the clunky lyrics. I'm sure she can do better.
Lady Gaga - Perfect Illusion: Ah yes, Lady Gaga's comeback single, which unfortunately ended up being one of the biggest flops of 2016. I do like the heavy metal instrumentation, though. For those who don't know, this song was produced by Mark Ronson, the same guy behind Uptown Funk.
OneRepublic - Kids: I actually like this more than I should. I personally think this is better than Wherever I Go. Much like its predecessor, it showcases their new sound, which I fell in love with. Despite spending only one week on the American Top 40, at least it had a nice tenure here.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Shawn Mendes (5) - Week Of September 9, 2017

What's up, guys! So, with the news that Hurricane Irma impacting Florida and many are still affected by Hurricane Harvey, I can't help but think about all the people struggling to get through this. My hearts and prayers are still with them at this time. Despite this, Spyder Harrison somehow managed to host this week's countdown. We did have a short week due to Labor Day weekend. To say the least, this was a heck of a week for the most part. We got rid of three big pieces of garbage (including the all important one), and there was a great deal of activity much like last week. Things are definitely heating up as we head into the fall. Before we get to this week's fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying good-bye to this week:

  • Halsey - Now Or Never (#36)
  • Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#35)
  • Steve Aoki featuring Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#44)
  • Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#45)
  • Train - Play That Song (#41)
  • Julia Michaels - Uh Huh (#33) (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Niall Horan - Slow Hands
45. The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer (#38) [-7] [Spent 8 Weeks At #1]
44. Julia Michaels - Issues (#44) [=]
43. DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (#41) [-2]
42. Linkin Park featuring Kiiara - Heavy (#37) [-5]
41. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#41) [+1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
40. Harry Styles - Two Ghosts (DEBUT) [=]
39. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels (#22) [-17]
38. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#39) [+1]
37. Andy Grammer - Give Love (DEBUT) [=]
36. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#28) [-8]
35. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (DEBUT) [=]
34. Halsey - Bad At Love (DEBUT) [=]
33. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#29) [-4]
32. Justin Bieber featuring BloodPop - Friends (DEBUT) [=]
31. Fall Out Boy - Champion (#16) [-15]
30. Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor (#30)
29. All Time Low - Good Times (#14) [-15]
28. AJR - Weak (#27) [-1]
27. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#21) [-6] [Spent 9 Weeks At #1]
26. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low (#15) [-11]
25. The Chainsmokers - Honest (#24) [-1]
24. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#11) [-13]
23. Maroon 5 featuring SZA - What Lovers Do (DEBUT) [=]
22. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (#32) [+10]
21. Hey Violet - Hoodie (#25) [+4]
20. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorius (#20) [=]
19. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#31) [+12] 
18. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals - Back To You (#19) [+1]
17. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#26) [+9]
16. Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises (#34) [+18]
15. P!NK - What About Us (#17) [+2]
14. Charlie Puth - Attention (#6) [-8] [Spent 1 Week At #1] (Dang!)
13. Kesha - Praying (#23) [+10]
12. Mono Mind - Save Me A Place (#18) [+6]
11. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#10) [-1] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
10. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (#13) [+3]
9. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#12) [+3]
8. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#8) [=] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
7. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay (#7) 
6. Linkin Park - One More Light (#5) [-1]
5. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#9) [+4] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
4. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#1) [-3] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
3. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#3) [=]
2. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#2) [=]
1. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#4) [+3] [FIVE WEEKS AT #1!] (WHEW!  AGAIN!)

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers featuring Daya - Don't Let Me Down (1st Of 3 Weeks At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels (-18)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises (+18)

New Entrants
- We have a major shake-up in terms of debuts this week. First, let's start with returning artist and One Direction member Harry Styles in the form of Two Ghosts. This is another one of those 70's-80's type rock songs we're getting from him. Two Ghosts isn't as good as Sign Of The Times from earlier this year, but I still like this. It's basically about being in a relationship, though it's not what it's used to be. Harry Styles has show he can write pretty good lyrical content. Despite being a slow rock ballad, it's quite solid and it works for me.

- Second, we have the return of Andy Grammer with his new single called Give Love. With the recent news we've been watching lately, we needed a song about coming together and spreading love, and sure enough, he was able to release a song about it. Do I think it's the best song? Not really, but at least it works for me, especially at this moment in time.

- Our next debut comes from a song that is currently gaining steam elsewhere. Enter Feel It Still, which is sung by the band Portgul. The Man. Feel It Still sounds much different compared to other pop songs currently on the countdown. It's quite fun at times, and I like the groove in this. My main problem here is the vocals, in part because of the weak falsetto. I was juggling between blue and green on this one.  But right now, I'll going with blue, though it may be green at some point.

- As one song from Halsey departs, another one takes it place.  Enter Bad At Love, the second single off of her album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. This is a step up from her predecessor, mainly because the production is more lively and not as underwhelming. Halsey showcases her vocal talent much better in this one. Spyder Harrison mentioned upon introducing this one that Halsey was getting together with rapper G-Eazy and wondered is she going to be good at love? Time will tell on that and I'm sure their relationship will work out quite well. Anyway, we'll see how long her new single sticks around.

- Is anyone tired of Justin Bieber, yet? If your answer is yes, too bad, because he's back for another round in his follow-up new single titled Friendsas Despacito is losing steam elsewhere (it was recently dethroned by Taylor Swift's new single this week). I know many are sick of its predecessor at this point, but not me. Now, Friends is basically another one of those break-up songs, only this time it's about wanting to still be friends with his ex-girlfriend even after they broke up. As I mentioned this in my AT40 review, I read that it was rumored that Martin Garrix would collaborate with Bieber, but he turned it down. I wondered how that song would turn out if that actually did happen? Hmm...no one really knows. Anyway, most people will find this more likable, in large part because they're sick of its predecessor right now.

- With the highest debut of the week, we have the return of Maroon 5 not long after the departure of Don't Wanna Know, with their new single What Lovers Do which features SZA. This is quite a big step up from both Cold and its predecessor. While the production isn't necessarily the best, the lyrical content here is much better. It still doesn't live up to their best work, but for now, I kinda like this. Will this be another hit for Maroon 5? Only time will tell on that, but let's see how well it does here.

Lookin' At My History, I'm Bad At Blurbs
- Okay. Now, as much as I want to save the best for last, I always, ALWAYS start with the exits! No exceptions! And I have my pride, so be it! WE MUST NOW CELEBRATE AS JULIA MICHAELS - UH HUH, ONE OF THE WORST SONGS I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE, HAS OFFICIALLY LEFT THE COUNTDOWN!!! GOOD FREAKING RIDDANCE, YOU NEW-YORK-GIANTS SIZED PIECE OF TRASH!!!

- As for the other exits, good riddance to both Play That Song and Bad Liar, especially the latter of the two. Bad Liar was atrocious from the very beginning. I'm so glad it's gone. That was absolute trash right there. And thank the high heavens above for the departure of Play That Song! That song has put the countdown through hell for so long! It's about time Play That Song left us! I may never ever hear from it again! Okay, at least not until my Year-End posts. Now Or Never, on the other hand, I did kinda like to a degree unlike some people and it's too bad Halsey didn't score another big hit much like Closer, but it's nothing worth losing sleep over. Finally, we have both Just Hold On and Mercy, the latter which was a big favorite of mine. I know some people are going to be happy about them leaving given that they've both spent a long time on the countdown, but not me. I enjoyed both of those songs for a while and they'll likely have a place in My Top 45 Songs Of 2017. Goodbye Just Hold On and Mercy. You will both be missed.

- Shawn Mendes manages to hit #1 yet again for the fifth time this year, and his 10th week at #1 overall as an artist. I'm ecstatic to see that this song is getting much bigger than I expected it to be. I'll most certainly take it over our #2 and #3 songs.

- On that note, can we please get Body Like A Back Road out of the Top 5, or even better, out of the countdown? I'm tired of constantly being on the edge of my seat hoping it doesn't hit #1.

- While I don't like seeing Body Like A Back Road in the Top 5, I do like the new Top 10 entries from both Sorry Not Sorry and Look What You Made Me Do. Look What You Made Me Do is almost certain to enter the Top 5 within the next week or so.  Sorry Not Sorry, while not quite as big as the latter, is still picking up steam.  Thus, I'm expecting it to enter that region, also.

- When I listened to Save Me A Place, I can't help but think that the vocals sound pretty much like Ellie Goulding.  I wonder, did she have uncredited vocals in this one, or did she secretly joined the band itself?

- It's good to see Praying jump back into the Top 20 this week!  I'm hoping it'll hit the Top 10, or even Top 5, but I doubt it somehow, though I'll be delighted if it did though.  

- Before introducing Attention, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Charlie Puth loves James Taylor and says he's the reason why he writes music. It's always good to turn to someone for inspiration when writing music when you're a rising artist. That said, I'm shocked that this dropped out of the Top 10 just after it hit #1 two weeks ago. Dang!

- Good to see Despacito make a nice recovery after two unnecessary drops in a row. I'm hoping it can stick around for a little longer. Also, I read somewhere that Rita Ora is tired of hearing it. She's not the only one; pretty much everyone has basically soured on that song at this moment. It's basically Shut Up And Dance all over again, where everyone in the blogging community got sick of it quickly and it was only made worse by spending seemingly forever at #1 on Hits 1 back in 2015.

- Before introducing Weak, Spyder Harrison mentioned that the trio is planning on working a theme song for the new documentary Supersize Me 2: Holy Chicken. I've watched its predecessor many times back in the day, and the feeling of eating too much fast food every day was scary. Good thing I cut down on fast food and focused on my diet, heh.

- Wow, guys. Epic fail right there: Spyder Harrison made a mistake by saying Champion had the Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week. I guess he didn't want to acknowledge the fact that Feels dropped so many spots.

- Before introducing The Cure, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Lady Gaga threw a pizza party after canceling her show in Canada. Heh, I guess she cares more about the fans than her tour right now, probably because she loves them so much. 

- Before introducing Feels, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom were spotted together at a beach. He also mentioned that there were rumors about them getting back together. I wonder how this will work out the second time around? Anyway, I'm not pleased to see it take a big drop, though it's been losing ground elsewhere so I'm not surprised at all.

Hit-Bound

  • The Revivalists - Wish I Knew You (RE-ENTRY)
  • Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (DEBUT)
  • PRETTYMUCH - Would You Mind
  • Why Don't We - Something Different (DEBUT)
  • The All-American Rejects - Sweat
  • Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (DEBUT)
  • Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (DEBUT)
  • Sabrina Carpenter - Why
  • Zayn featuring Sia - Dusk Till Dawn (DEBUT)
  • Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line - Let Me Go (DEBUT)
  • The Script - Rain (DEBUT)
  • Selena Gomez - Fetish
  • Evaride - Heartless
  • Zedd featuring Liam Payne - Get Low

- Mikey Piff is back to hosting Hit-Bound after the band Evaride filled in for him last week. I'm sure glad he's back, because we have a enormous, New-York-Giants sized shake-up this week. Let's get right to it.

- We lost Rita Ora - Your Song, which I somewhat grew into recently. It would've been nice if it made the countdown, but it wasn't seriously worth caring for in the big picture.

- We have a re-entry from Wish I Knew You, so we have 7 new entrants to cover this week.

- To kick off this week's debuts, we have more Zayn, this time collaborating with Sia in their new single Dusk Till Dawn. To say the least, I'm not very fond of their vocals and the production. They both seem too underwhelming for my tastes. NEXT!

- After three years, we have the return of Sam Smith with his new single Too Good At Goodbyes. Stay With Me I did like to some degree, but I'm not quite sure I can say the same for this one. While the chorus and the lyrics are great, the rest of the song is just underwhelming to me. It's pretty clear that Sam Smith is basically a soul/R&B type artist based on his last album alone. Maybe it'll grow on me. We'll see.

- Next, we have another new band, in the form of Why Don't We with the single titled Something Different. This one I can get into, in part because the beat here sounds cool. Not much else to say about it.

- Who remembers The Script? Well, they're back and they've released a new single titled Rain. This song is quite different unlike their previous singles. It has some cool production to it, although the lyrics are kinda questionable. Not much else to say beyond that.

- Next up, we have more Hailee Steinfeld. Here, she is collaborating with another EDM artist, whose name is Alesso and country music band Florida Georgia Line in their recent new single named Let Me Go. It's a step up from Starving in terms of the production and the lyrics. It also shows just how talented Hailee Steinfeld is as an artist. I'll talk more about this if it debuts.

- For our next debut, we have the return of one of my all-time favorite artists. Kelly Clarkson recently released her new single titled Love So Soft from her forthcoming album. This song is very different than what we normally hear from Kelly Clarkson. She is basically going for her new sound, which I heard is more soul & R&B. She sounds basically like Adele, especially in the intro. I'll have more on this when it debuts.

- Finally, we have our best debut of the week. It's from Taylor Swift with her successor titled ...Ready For It?. I'm sure many here will find this much more likable than its predecessor. Again, Taylor Swift almost never disappoints. That's all I've got to say right now. I'll save my words for when it debuts.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
2. PRETTYMUCH - Would You Mind
3. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
4. Evaride - Heartless
5. The Script - Rain

YouTube 15

This week's YouTube 15 review should be a good one. Plenty has changed since last month. With that in mind, here are the songs trending this week:


  • DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper - I'm The One
  • Hedley - Better Days
  • Fifth Harmony - He Like That
  • Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
  • Glenn Travis - Feel My Love
  • Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
  • Martin Garrix featuring Troye Sivan - There For You
  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
  • Why Don't We - These Girls
  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
  • Charli XCX - Boys
  • Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
  • Thomas Rhett - Life Changes
  • Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
  • Carson Lueders - Remember Summertime

- Better Days certainly has some cool stuff going on, although the drop and the vocals aren't necessarily to my liking. 

- He Like That is slightly better than its predecessor, but it's really not saying much, in part because the lyrics are still questionable. Probably the only good thing I like about this is the reggae production.

- Feel My Love is definitely a great song to use on special occasions (weddings, etc.). Glenn Travis shows us that he can write good lyrical content when it comes to writing love songs, and the melody is pretty lively. Overall, it's a win for Glenn Travis and I hope he keeps making singles like this.

- When listening to Boys, I do hear the sound reminiscent to when a Game Boy is turned on. Also, there's a music video in which many different male artists make cameos. Both of these were probably the cool parts about this song.

- Of course, Look What You Made Me Do would show up on the list eventually, because it's Taylor Swift. Plus, the music video broke the record last week. I have a feeling it may reach 1-2 billion views when all is said and done.

My Top 5 YouTube 15 Picks
1. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
2. DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
3. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
4. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
5. Glenn Travis - Feel My Love

Top 20 Review
0 - Awful:
20. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road

1 - Bad:

19. Liam Payne - Strip That Down

2 - Mediocre:
None!

3 - Decent:

18. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay
17. Linkin Park - One More Light

4 - Good:
16. Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises

5 - Great:
15. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
14. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
13. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
12. Imagine Dragons - Believer
11. Charlie Puth - Attention
10. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
9. Mono Mind - Save Me A Place
8. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious
7. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals - Back To You
6. P!NK What About Us
5. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
4. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
3. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

BONUS: 6 - Best Song On The Countdown:
TIE: 1. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
TIE: 1. Kesha - Praying

Overall Grade: 88/100 (B+)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Mariah Carey - Vision Of Love (1990)

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kesha - Learn To Let Go

Most Missed Countdown Song: Ellie Goulding - Lights

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Tie between Ariana Grande - Into You and The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer

My Top 5 Picks
TIE: 1. Kesha - Praying
TIE: 1. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
3. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
4. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
5. DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
2. AJR - Weak
3. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low
4. Julia Michaels - Issues
5. Liam Payne - Strip That Down

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago: 
None!