Saturday, April 14, 2018

Zedd & Maren Morris (6) - Week Of April 14, 2018

Hello, fam! As I said yesterday, next month will officially be one year when I first started blogging. It's always nice that I was able to make new friends here in the blogging community during this span of time. I would like to thank you all for reading this blog everyday. I'll have something special for you guys soon. Now with that being said, here are the songs leaving us this week:

  • Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble – This Is Me (#44)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle
45. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#45) [=]
44. Symon – Lonely Girl (#41) [–3]
43. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#37) [–6]
42. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future – End Game (#43) [+1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
41. Khalid – Young, Dumb, And Broke (#39) [–2]
40. Charlie Puth – How Long (#42) [+2] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
39. Macklemore featuring Kesha – Good Old Days (#26) [–13] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
38. AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#40) [+2]
37. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#38) [+1]
36. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello – Wolves (#30) [–6]
35. Alice Merton – No Roots (#29) [–6]
34. Camila Cabello – Havana (#34) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
33. P!NK – Beautiful Trauma (#33) [=]
32. Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something (#35) [+3]
31. Drake – God's Plan (DEBUT)
30. Noah Kahan featuring Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#31) [+1]
29. Bazzi – Mine (#28) [–1]
28. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#14) [–14]
27. Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen – These Days (#36) [+9]
26. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#25) [–1]
25. NF – Let You Down (#19) [–6]
24. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (#9) [–15]
23. Halsey – Bad At Love (#24) [+1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
22. MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low (#17) [–5]
21. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#23) [+2]
20. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#27) [+7]
19. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#13) [–6]
18. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#22) [+4] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
17. Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani – Done For Me (#32) [+15]
16. Marshmello featuring Anne–Marie – Friends (#18) [+2]
15. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#20) [+5] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
14. The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#8) [–6]
13. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#10) [–3]
12. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#11) [–1]
11. Maroon 5 – Wait (#12) [+1]
10. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#16) [+6]
9. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix) (#21) [+12]
8. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#7) [–1]
7. G-Eazy featuring Halsey – Him & I (#6) [–1]
6. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#2) [–4]
5. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#15) [+10]
4. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back (#5) [+1]
3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt – Let Me Go (#3) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
2. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#4) [+2]
1. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle (#1) [=] [6th Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (1st of 3 Weeks At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (–15)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani – Done For Me (+15)

New Entrants
- We have only one new entrant this week, and it comes from Drake whose song is currently #1 on Billboard so far. Enter God's Plan. I already talked about this when it debuted on the American Top 40 last month. But to recap, I wasn't really a fan of this. Part of the problem with the song is the production, which I find to be underwhelming. I do think his vocals are okay, but the lyrics leave something to be desired and like I just said, the production isn't too good. Knowing Hits 1, I'm sure this will have a short tenure on the countdown despite it being the biggest song of this year so far. Hopefully I'm right, but you never really know how long it'll stay on the countdown.

A Thousand Blurbs
- So, we bid adieu to This Is Me. I thought this song was one of a kind and we don't hear songs like that very often anymore. Keala Settle definitely showed that she can really sing. It's too bad that it wasn't a huge success elsewhere, but at least it graduated to the countdown due to the hype from the Oscars this year. It's definitely a candidate for My Top 45 Songs Of 2018.

- The Middle continues its reign at #1. I do still love this song and I'm glad that Maren Morris is getting the attention (no reference to Charlie Puth) she deserves. I wonder how much longer it'll stay at the top.

- Whatever It Takes has reached a new peak of #2 this week. I wouldn't be too surprised if this ends up being #1 down the road. Also, it was introduced by a guest DJ, who was saying hello to too many family members. It was nice even though she didn't name them all.

- Let Me Go just won't budge from the Top 5. I do still love the song and I'm glad that it spent at least one week at #1. Something tells me that it'll likely be ranked high when the Hits 1 Year-End Countdown comes along in December. But that might be a stretch given that we still have a whole year ahead of us.

- But then, we also get to our new Top 5 entrant from I Like Me Better. Just no, people. I don't know why are the voters making this a Top 5 hit, but this is ridiculous. Hopefully, songs like The Middle can hold the #1 spot for as long as possible to keep I Like Me Better out.

- Entering the Top 10 this week, we have both Delicate and Finesse making their entrance, with the latter taking a big jump into that region. I'm definitely cool with having both of them in the Top 10 (especially Finesse). But songs like I Like Me Better and Meant To Be need to seriously make their way down.

- Before introducing In My Blood, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Shawn Mendes seemed to have finally found his mate by the name of Hailey Baldwin. Before, I heard rumors that he was getting back with Camila Cabello or maybe start a relationship with Hailee Steinfeld. But I guess he ultimately found that special someone he was looking for. Hopefully for him, it'll work out.

- Before introducing Tell Me You Love Me, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Demi Lovato has been telling people to love themselves no matter how they look. I'm glad that she is basically a role model when it comes to inspiring people to accept themselves. If everybody was that way, I'm sure the world would be a happy place.

- Well, this was short-lived. Woman took a big drop out of the Top 10 very quickly. I'm not really surprised since that one never took off elsewhere. It's sad that people underrate good songs like this.

- I'm not thrilled about the drop from Zombie either. Though I'm sure it'll make a recovery soon given that it's still relatively new to the countdown, but that drop was seriously uncalled for.

- Looks like this may be the end for Good Old Days after that big drop. Hopefully it'll stick around for a little while longer. It's crazy that this and How Long were in the Top 5 about a month ago and now they're sitting near the Bottom 5. Dang!

Hit-Bound

  • Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho
  • Echosmith – Over My Head
  • NOTD featuring Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (DEBUT)
  • Dustin Atlas featuring Erin Bowman – Fake Friends
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
  • Halsey – Alone
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • The Chainsmokers – Everybody Hates Me
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You) (DEBUT)
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good
  • Sam Smith featuring Logic – Pray
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
  • ZAYN – Let Me (DEBUT)
  • Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA – All The Stars
  • Why Don't We – Trust Fund Baby

- We have three debuts this week on Hit-Bound. We'll start with the return of Bea Miller, who had Fire N' Gold which was three years ago. She's collaborating with an new EDM duo NOTD in the song titled I Wanna Know. Right off the bat, I like their contribution in the song in terms of the production. Bea's vocals are pretty good throughout the song. I'll have more on this when it debuts.

- Next, we have a new band, by the name of In Real Life. They have a song titled Tattoo (How 'Bout You). I thought that song had potential, but I feel like it's lacking something that makes it stand out. I do like the vocals for the most part. Not much else I can say beyond that.

- Finally, we have ZAYN with his latest release titled Let Me. While I won't say it's as good as Dusk Till Dawn, this is still a keeper. I'm sure it'll make its debut at some point, and I'll talk more about it then.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Dua Lipa – IDGAF
2. Hundred Handed – Too Good
3. Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA – All The Stars
4. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
5. Echosmith – Over My Head

Top 20 Review:
0 – Putrid:
20. Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie – Friends
19. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
18. Lauv – I Like Me Better
17. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

1 – Bad:
16. Maroon 5 – Wait

2 – Mediocre:
None!

3 – Decent:
15. Imagine Dragons – Thunder

4 – Good:
None!

5 – Great:
14. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
13. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
12. Taylor Swift – Delicate
11. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
10. Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani – Done For Me
9. Ed Sheeran – Perfect 
8. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt – Let Me Go
7. Niall Horan – On The Loose
6. Walk The Moon – One Foot
5. G-Eazy featuring Halsey – Him & I
4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
3. The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
2. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix)

Overall Grade: 75/100 = 75% (C)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles (2002)

Most Missed Countdown Songs: Ella Henderson – Ghost and Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat

Most Missed Hit-Bound Dropout: Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa – One Kiss

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay – Something Just Like This

My Top 5 Picks
1. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix)
2. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle
3. The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
4. Alice Merton – No Roots
5. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman

My Bottom 5 Picks

1. Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie – Friends
2. AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up
3. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
4. Lauv – I Like Me Better
5. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Halsey – Now Or Never: While I do like the idea of needing someone right now, Hasley doesn't really display her vocal talent in this one. But if it's anything, I'll certainly take this over the mess that is of New Americana any day.
Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times: I never thought a member from One Direction would turn to 70's-80's rock, but I was happy with how it turned out. His music definitely deserved to have more success, especially when compared to the other member's solo singles.
Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and Migos – Slide: It's one of the few good things that the group Migos have been a part of (other than Stir Fry), and the groovy new sound definitely worked out well for Calvin Harris.
The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay – Something Just Like This: A rehash of Roses if you will. Everything about this is divine on all levels. I love that it has superhero references to Batman, Superman, Spiderman, etc.

Friday, April 13, 2018

AT40: Bruno Mars & Cardi B. (2) - Week Of April 14, 2018

Hello, fam! I hope everyone has had a good week. So, I'm happy to say that next month will be one year since I've been blogging. I hope to do something special for the occasion soon. Today, let's focus on the American Top 40 this week. Before we get to this week's fresh 40, here are the songs leaving us this week:

  • Good Old Days by Macklemore featuring Kesha (#18)
  • What Lovers Do by Maroon 5 featuring SZA (#36)
  • 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid (#40) [Spent 1 Week At #1]

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B.
40. No Roots by Alice Merton (DEBUT)
39. Strip That Down by Liam Payne featuring Quavo (#38) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
38. In My Blood by Shawn Mendes (DEBUT)
37. Sit Next To Me by Foster The People (DEBUT)
36. Beg by Jack & Jack (#33) [–3]
35. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man (#34) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
34. On The Loose by Niall Horan (#37) [+3]
33. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato (#31) [–2] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
32. Delicate by Taylor Swift (#39) [+7]
31. Young, Dumb, And Broke by Khalid (#29) [–2]
30. Psycho by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign (#35) [+5]
29. Want You Back by 5 Seconds Of Summer (#32) [+3]
28. Thunder by Imagine Dragons (#27) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
27. Lemon by N.E.R.D. featuring Rihanna (#28) [+1]
26. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage (#24) [–2]
25. IDGAF by Dua Lipa (#30) [+5]
24. Bad At Love by Halsey (#22) [–2]
23. All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA (#25) [+2]
22. How Long by Charlie Puth (#19) [–3]
21. Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato (#23) [+2]
20. Mine by Bazzi (#26) [+6]
19. Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug (#15) [–4] [Spent 7 Weeks At #1]
18. I Like Me Better by Lauv (#20) [+2]
17. No Excuses by Meghan Trainor (#21) [+4]
16. Say Something by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton (#16) [=]
15. Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello (#11) [–4]
14. Friends by Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie (#17) [+3]
13. Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons (#14) [+1]
12. Wait by Maroon 5 (#13) [+1]
11. Lights Down Low by MAX featuring Gnash (#10) [–1]
10. God's Plan by Drake (#12) [+2]
9. New Rules by Dua Lipa (#8) [–1] [Spent 4 Weeks At #1]
8. Pray For Me by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar (#9) [+1]
7. Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé (#6) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
6. Never Be The Same by Camila Cabello (#7) [+1]
5. Let You Down by NF (#3) [–2] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
4. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line (#5) [+1]
3. Him & I by G-Eazy featuring Halsey (#2) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
2. The Middle by Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey (#4) [+2]
1. Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. (#1) [=] [2nd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran (7th of 10 Weeks At #1)

Biggest Fall Of The Week: Tie between Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello and Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug (–4)

Biggest Rise Of The Week: Delicate by Taylor Swift (+7)

New Entrants
- We have three debuts that I'll be talking about this week. First, we have Alice Merton making her first appearance with the song titled No Roots. I briefly talked about this last week when I reviewed the Hits 1 Weekend Countdown. But to sum it up, I love basically everything about this one. I didn't fall in love with it right away at first, but I've fully come around to it. Alice does have good vocals and she shows it throughout the song. But the production is really what gets me. The groove here is just fantastic all around. Combine that with the chorus kicking in and it makes for a great song overall. Here's to hoping this become a cross-over hit.

- Next up, we have the return of Shawn Mendes not long after the departure of There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back a month ago. He has a brand new single (well, two new singles actually). One of which is called In My Blood. Now if I'm being honest, I do like Lost In Japan better. I'm hoping it can become his next single soon. But I do like In My Blood right now. This song leans toward more rock here while being acoustic at the same time. There are some Kings Of Leon vibes to it when listening to this in full. He does a nice job with the vocals and the production is pretty good for the most part. With how big his recent singles have been, it'll be interesting to see how well this one will do. I'm hoping for some success out of it.

- Finally, we have the return of Foster The People. If you remember those guys, they gave us Pumped Up Kicks, which was a big hit back in 2011. It's been a while since we've heard from them, but they make the return with their new single Sit Next To Me. I won't quite say it's as good as its predecessor, but there are still some things I like about it. The vocals here are pretty good for the most part, though the chorus can be a bit underwhelming at times. I do like the production overall. We'll see how far this one gets.

I've Got No Blurbs
- We'll begin with our exits. To start, I'm quite shocked that Good Old Days left from a high position at #18. I thought that one would stick around for a least a little while longer despite it declining elsewhere, but I was wrong unfortunately. That song definitely deserved better. What Lovers Do had a good countdown run here, but I don't really mind seeing it go. The big one is 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid. I'm glad that this song was successful as I wanted it to be. It's nice to see a song that tackles a serious subject that's not been talked about in music before. It was nice having it around while it lasted. It will definitely be missed by me.

- It's nice to see Finesse getting to spend another week #1. I much prefer this over every other song in the Top 5 right now. However, I wouldn't be surprised if The Middle takes over the top spot soon given that it's doing really well across the board.

- I knew God's Plan by Drake would enter the Top 10 at some point in time, but I'm not too thrilled about it. I'm sure this will end up being a Top 5 hit given that it's still going strong elsewhere, so I'll have to put up with it for a while.

- Entering the Top 20 this week, we have No Excuses and Mine. As you can see, I have indeed grown into the latter after some listens throughout the week. I do think the production is pretty good, though I'm not quite sold on Bazzi's voice. I can definitely see myself growing back out of it with time, but I like it enough so that it's green at the moment.

Breakouts/On The Verge:

  • Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't We
  • Alone by Halsey
  • Everyday by Logic featuring Marshmello

Extras/Optional Extras:

  • Attention by Charlie Puth
  • Good For You by Selena Gomez featuring A.S.A.P. Rocky
  • Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • Beautiful Trauma by P!NK
  • My My My! by Troye Sivan
  • Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith
  • Walk On Water by Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • Stay by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara
  • Sugar by Maroon 5

Top 20 Breakdown:
0 – Garbage:
20. Friends by Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie
19. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
18. I Like Me Better by Lauv
17. Never Be The Same by Camila Cabello
16. Lights Down Low by MAX featuring Gnash

1 – Bad:
15. Wait by Maroon 5
14. God's Plan by Drake
13. Let You Down by NF

2 – Mediocre:
None!

3 – Decent:
None!

4 – Good:
12. Mine by Bazzi

5 – Great:
11. Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug
10. No Excuses by Meghan Trainor
9. Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé
8. New Rules by Dua Lipa
7. Him & I by G-Eazy featuring Halsey
6. Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello
5. Say Something by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton
4. Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons
3. Pray For Me by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar
2. The Middle by Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B.

Total Score: 63/100 = 63% (D–)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton (2002)

Most Missed Song: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

#1 Recommendation For The American Top 40: Lost In Japan by Shawn Mendes

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay

My Top 5 Picks
1. Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. 
2. The Middle by Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey
3. Pray For Me by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar
4. No Roots by Alice Merton
5. Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Friends by Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie
2. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
3. Psycho by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign
4. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
5. I Like Me Better by Lauv

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Waterfall by Stargate featuring P!NK and Sia: Not too much I can say about this one. I think P!NK and Sia sound great together and I like the production. Too bad it never got big anywhere else.
At My Best by Machine Gun Kelly featuring Hailee Steinfeld: I may have liked this at first. But looking back at it, I'm not exactly sure what I was thinking here. Yeah, along with Bad Things, this is another one of MGK's weaker singles.
iSpy by Kyle featuring Lil' Yachty: I didn't talk too much about this one before. But I feel like without Lil' Yachty's part, I'd probably like this more.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Zedd & Maren Morris (5) - Week Of April 7, 2018

Hello, fam! Spring is now officially in full swing, and while we do still have the same #1, we had some more activity going on in this week's countdown. I've noticed that I haven't really done much posting other than the countdown reviews I get out each week. Right now, I'm currently working on some new posts that I might have out as soon as next week. So, be on the look-out for those. Now with that being said, here are the songs leaving us this week:

  • Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals – All Falls Down (#40)
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules (#45)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle
45. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#44) [–1]
44. Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble – This Is Me (#42) [–2]
43. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future – End Game (#38) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
42. Charlie Puth – How Long (#35) [–7] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
41. Symon – Lonely Girl (#39) [–2]
40. AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#41) [+1]
39. Khalid – Young, Dumb, And Broke (#36) [–3]
38. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#37) [–1]
37. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#19) [–18]
36. Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen – These Days (DEBUT)
35. Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something (#28) [–7]
34. Camila Cabello – Havana (#31) [–3] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
33. P!NK – Beautiful Trauma (#22) [–11]
32. Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani – Done For Me (#25) [–7]
31. Noah Kahan featuring Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#30) [–1]
30. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello – Wolves (#29) [–1]
29. Alice Merton – No Roots (DEBUT)
28. Bazzi – Mine (#33) [+5]
27. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#32) [+5]
26. Macklemore featuring Kesha – Good Old Days (#20) [–6] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
25. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#38) [+13]
24. Halsey – Bad At Love (#23) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1] 
23. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#34) [+11]
22. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#10) [–12] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
21. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix) (#16) [–5]
20. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#24) [+4] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
19. NF – Let You Down (#18) [–1]
18. Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie – Friends (#21) [+3]
17. MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low (#17) [=]
16. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#27) [+11]
15. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#7) [–8]
14. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#26) [+12]
13. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#9) [–4]
12. Maroon 5 – Wait (#8) [–4]
11. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#13) [+2]
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#12) [+2]
9. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (#15) [+6]
8. The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#11) [+3]
7. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#6) [–1]
6. G-Eazy featuring Halsey – Him & I (#5) [–1]
5. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back (#14) [+9]
4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#4) [=]
3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt – Let Me Go (#3) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
2. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#2) [=]
1. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle (#1) [=] [5th Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (9th and Final Week At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (–18)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (+13)

New Entrants
- I remember listening to Jess Glynne for the very first time back in 2014 when she was featured on Clean Bandit's single Rather Me and she sounded amazing. That one was a huge favorite of mine from that year. Her solo single, Hold My Hand, was also one of my favorites in 2015. I asked myself this question: will I ever hear more from her again? This week, I got my wish as she returns along with Rudimental in their collaboration titled These Days, which also features Macklemore and Dan Caplen. Right off the bat, I think Rudimental did a very nice job with the production overall. Jess Glynne sounds amazing throughout the song, in particular the chorus. The verses from Dan Caplen and Macklemore are pretty divine as well. Overall, I'm loving this and I hope to see it do well.

- This next debut is one in which Spyder Harrison mentioned that newcomer Alice Merton apparently doesn't know where she's from (seriously?!). Or does she? Anyway, she makes her first appearance on the countdown with No Roots. I didn't exactly care for this one at first because I thought it wasn't something memorable. But after a while (a.k.a. more listens), I've come to enjoy it. This song has a killer groove all around. Alice's voice is definitely an interesting one. As soon as the chorus kicks in and combined with the killer groove I just mentioned, I'm pulled in. Yeah, everything about this one is spot on. I'm looking forward to seeing this one blow up.

Best Debut Of The Week: Alice Merton – No Roots

We'll Wish We Could Come Back To These Blurbs
- We'll begin, as always, with our exits. First, All Falls Down I knew it would be underrated even though I like the song overall, and Noah Cyrus showcases her vocal talent well. The other exit is New Rules, which despite being a big hit elsewhere, was unfortunately also underrated on this countdown. It was enjoyable all around and I'm thankful for the success that it had on other charts. New Rules will definitely be missed by me.

- Hold Me Tight Or Don't took a massive fall this week. I'm not too heartbroken about this as I was losing interest, though I do kinda wished the song deserved better. I guess people have moved on from Fall Out Boy.

- On that note, we have quite a few songs that had some saddening drops this week. For starters, Beautiful Trauma definitely did not deserve to drop like this. Looks like it won't follow its predecessor's footsteps in terms of being another #1 hit for P!NK

- We also have songs like Perfect and Finesse dropping out of the Top 20 as well. The latter definitely deserved to do better. The former, however, has been in the Top 10 for a while and it looks like people are tired of Ed Sheeran right about now. We'll see how long they stick around with us. 

- This week officially marks the one-year anniversary of Lights Down Low. It made its debut this time one year ago  and despite all odds, it's still going strong on the countdown, as well as many other places. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be leaving anytime soon, so I'll have to put up with it for a little while longer.

- On that note, songs like I Like Me Better and Never Be The Same both need to leave this countdown now! They will both be orange when Friends and Sober Up are no more. Same applies to Meant To Be, but unfortunately that one will be sticking around for a while also.

- It's nice to see On The Loose, Woman, and Pray For Me enter the Top 10. The former two I'm quite surprised about despite them not being big elsewhere. Pray For Me, on the other hand, was expected given that the Black Panther hype is still going strong. I'm hoping they stay in that region for a while.

- Not much has changed in the Top 5 other than Want You Back entering that region, in large part because Hits 1's obsession with 5 Seconds Of Summer. I do like the song, so I don't really have a problem with it. But before long, I know there will be some who will start to get sick of it eventually. Just wait (not a Maroon 5 reference).

Hit-Bound:

  • Sam Smith featuring Logic – Pray (DEBUT)
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good (DEBUT)
  • Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA – All The Stars
  • Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
  • Halsey – Alone
  • Dustin Atlas featuring Erin Bowman – Fake Friends
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho
  • The Chainsmokers – Everybody Hates Me
  • Echosmith – Over My Head
  • Why Don't We – Trust Fund Baby
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment

- On this week's edition of Hit-Bound, we have only two debuts. The first being another Sam Smith single, which is called Pray. Actually, it's a remix of the song that features Logic. I much prefer the original version, but that doesn't necessarily mean the remix is bad per se. I do like Logic's contribution in this, though. More on this when it inevitably debuts.

- Too Good definitely has that throwback vibe that pulls me in. I love the groove in this one. The vocals are good all throughout the song. That's all I've got for this song right now.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Dua Lipa – IDGAF
2. Hundred Handed – Too Good
3. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
4. Echosmith – Over My Head
5. Halsey – Alone

YouTube 15:

  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  • Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
  • Louis Berry – Stumbling
  • Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix)
  • HRVY – Personal
  • The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
  • Maggie Lindemann – Obsessed
  • Drake – God's Plan
  • Lauv – Chasing Fire
  • Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something
  • Lil' Dicky featuring Chris Brown – Freaky Friday
  • Imagine Dragons – Thunder
  • Khalid featuring Normani – Love Lies
  • Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
  • Jake Miller – Drinkin' About You

- After listening to Stumbling in its entirety, I find that Louis Berry does have an interesting voice. He showcases it well throughout the song. I do like the chorus, and the production is good overall. Not too much else I can say beyond that.

- We have more Lauv, this time with his latest single titled Chasing Fire. This one is a step up from I Like Me Better. The production is not weird at all, and he shines a little more. Though it may not be something that I'll be coming back to in the long run, I'll certainly take this over its predecessor any day.

- Oh, great. More Chris Brown, and this time he's collaborated with Lil' Dicky in their latest single titled Freaky Friday. For those who don't know Lil' Dicky, he brought us Save Dat Money back in 2015. That one I thought was okay. However, I can't say the same for Freaky Friday. I'm not sold on the lyrics, and the production is lazy here. Plus, Chris Brown hardly adds anything to the song at all. Yeah, this blows. NEXT!

- We have another track from Jake Miller titled Drinkin' About You. He doesn't quite stand out in terms of his vocals, but I think he still did a good job with it. The production is also pretty good for the most part.

My Top 5 YouTube 15 Picks
1. The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
2. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix)
3. Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something
4. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
5. Khalid featuring Normani – Love Lies

Top 20 Review:
0 – Putrid:
20. Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie – Friends
19. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
18. Lauv – I Like Me Better
17. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same
16. MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low

1 – Bad:
15. Maroon 5 – Wait
14. NF – Let You Down

2 – Mediocre:
None!

3 – Decent:
13. Imagine Dragons – Thunder

4 – Good:
None!

5 – Great:
12. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
11. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
10. Taylor Swift – Delicate
9. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt – Let Me Go
8. Walk The Moon – One Foot
7. Niall Horan – On The Loose
6. G-Eazy featuring Halsey – Him & I
5. Bad Wolves – Zombie
4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
3. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
2. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me

Overall Grade: 66/100 = 66% (D)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight (1981)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Ellie Goulding – On My Mind

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Kygo featuring Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me

My Top 5 Picks
1. The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
2. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix)
3. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle
4. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
5. Alice Merton – No Roots

My Bottom 5 Picks

1. Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie – Friends
2. AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up
3. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
4. Lauv – I Like Me Better
5. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:

MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low: I'll discuss more about this one in depth later on. If you've been following my blog as of late, you probably know how I feel about this now.
Snakehips featuring MØ – Don't Leave: I can see why some don't like this. Sure,  may not have the best voice. But at least this one has something going for it, mainly the lyrical content about telling someone not to leave. That said, I kinda wished it deserved better.
The Vamps featuring Matoma – All Night: I feel like I should like this more, but they sound a little too childish for my tastes. I think without the children in the chorus, I'd probably like this a lot more.

Friday, April 6, 2018

AT40: Bruno Mars & Cardi B. (1) - Week Of April 7, 2018

Hello, fam! So, Bebe Rexha is the guest host for the American Top 40 in place of Ryan Seacrest this week. This countdown was good, considering our new #1 this week, which I'm very thrilled about. Though, we did have some things that were not to my liking. Let's get on with it! So with that being said, here are the songs leaving the countdown this week:

  • My My My! by Troye Sivan (#31)
  • Walk On Water by Thirty Seconds To Mars (#38)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Him & I by G-Eazy featuring Halsey
40. 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid (#39) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
39. Delicate by Taylor Swift (DEBUT)
38. Strip That Down by Liam Payne featuring Quavo (#37) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
37. On The Loose by Niall Horan (#40) [+3]
36. What Lovers Do by Maroon 5 featuring SZA (#35) [–1]
35. Psycho by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign (DEBUT)
34. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man (#33) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
33. Beg by Jack & Jack (#34) [+1]
32. Want You Back by 5 Seconds Of Summer (#32) [=]
31. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato (#30) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
30. IDGAF by Dua Lipa (#36) [+6]
29. Young, Dumb, And Broke by Khalid (#19) [–10]
28. Lemon by N.E.R.D. featuring Rihanna (#26) [–2]
27. Thunder by Imagine Dragons (#24) [–3] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
26. Mine by Bazzi (#28) [+2]
25. All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA (#29) [+4]
24. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage (#22) [–2]
23. Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato (#21) [–2]
22. Bad At Love by Halsey (#18) [–4]
21. No Excuses by Meghan Trainor (#27) [+6]
20. I Like Me Better by Lauv (#23) [+3]
19. How Long by Charlie Puth (#15) [–4]
18. Good Old Days by Macklemore featuring Kesha (#12) [–6]
17. Friends by Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie (#25) [+8]
16. Say Something by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton (#17) [+1]
15. Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug (#12) [–1] [Spent 7 Weeks At #1]
14. Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons (#20) [+6]
13. Wait by Maroon 5 (#16) [+3]
12. God's Plan by Drake (#14) [+2]
11. Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello (#7) [–4]
10. Lights Down Low by MAX featuring Gnash (#8) [–2]
9. Pray For Me by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar (#11) [+2]
8. New Rules by Dua Lipa (#9) [+1] [Spent 4 Weeks At #1]
7. Never Be The Same by Camila Cabello (#10) [+3]
6. Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé (#4) [–2] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
5. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line (#6) [+1]
4. The Middle by Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey (#5) [+1]
3. Let You Down by NF (#2) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
2. Him & I by G-Eazy featuring Halsey (#1) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
1. Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. (#3) [+2] [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran (6th of 10 Weeks At #1)

Biggest Fall Of The Week: Young, Dumb, And Broke by Khalid (–10)

Biggest Rise Of The Week: Friends by Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie (+8) 

New Entrants
- We have two new songs entering the countdown that I'll be covering this week. First, we'll begin with more Taylor Swift once again with her next single from Reputation, titled Delicate. Now, Taylor Swift is normally the one that can make any song a hit in large part because of her star power. But her recent singles have flopped badly as of late. She is looking to redeem herself somehow with this song. As I mentioned before, I've come around to the song after more listens. I love her vocals as always and the production is pretty good overall. It's pales in comparison to her previous singles, but nevertheless it's still a good song. She has two music videos for the song, one of which was recently released being a vertical music video. The other which was released last month basically shows her just being happy and enjoying herself. It'll be interesting to see how this will do given that her recent singles from Reputation didn't become huge hits.

- Here we go with more Post Malone once again. And this time, he's collaborating with Ty Dolla $ign in his latest single titled Psycho. I came in with low expectations and unfortunately, it just didn't work for me at all. I'm not sold on the lyrics. Here, they're bragging about stuff and what not. The production once again is lazy, and I'm still not a fan of the vocals. Also, Ty Dolla $ign hardly adds anything to the song. His verse isn't really good either, though it slightly better than 21 Savage's part in Rockstar, but that's not saying much. While it's a little bit of a step up from its predecessor, I'm still not a fan of this at all.

Young Blurbs Run Free
- So, our two exits consist of songs that deserved better, My My My! in particular. That one was enjoyable and it's unfortunate that Troye Sivan can't get a hit. Walk On Water I thought was pretty good, but I'm not too surprised given that people aren't really fond of what Thirty Seconds To Mars had to offer. 

- As you probably would've guessed, I'm pleased to see Finesse at #1! Hopefully, Bruno continues his path of producing old-school funk music like this because it fits him well. Cardi B. adds a lot to the remix of the song. So yeah, I'm definitely happy about this.

- I'm not too surprised to see Meant To Be in the Top 5, but it doesn't make me happy. The only reason it's gotten so far is because of great sales and radio. Honestly, I think songs like I Got You deserve better, but people seem to disagree. Oh well.

- Pray For Me is certainly welcome in the Top 10. I have a feeling it may end up in the Top 5 sooner or later. The Weeknd did just recently released a new EP last week, which I haven't heard as of yet. But yeah, it's nice to see this one holding up so far.

- I'm not huge on the big jump from Friends this week. Frankly, I don't see the appeal to the song. A song about being in the friend-zone does not work for me, especially when the production is straight up bad and Anne-Marie herself doesn't make it better. As someone who's fallen in love with songs like Rockabye and Wolves, I'm really disappointed with the way it turned out. I'm hoping this song can flop soon, but it's not very likely at this point in time.

- I'm not too surprised about Young, Dumb, And Broke dropping big this week considering that it's dying out elsewhere. Looks like the end may finally be near for this song. Though, I do wish Love Lies would debut at some point since it's a good song and Khalid shows what he's capable of.

Breakouts/On The Verge:


  • Sit Next To Me by Foster The People
  • Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't We
  • No Roots by Alice Merton

Extras/Optional Extras:

  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna
  • Me, Myself, & I by G-Eazy featuring Bebe Rexha
  • Jealous by Nick Jonas
  • Earned It by The Weeknd
  • Hey Mama by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack
  • Worth It by Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink
  • Back To You by Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals
  • I Got You by Bebe Rexha

Top 20 Breakdown:
0 – Garbage:
20. Friends by Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie
19. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
18. I Like Me Better by Lauv
17. Never Be The Same by Camila Cabello
16. Lights Down Low by MAX featuring Gnash

1 – Bad:
15. Wait by Maroon 5
14. God's Plan by Drake
13. Let You Down by NF

2 – Mediocre:
None!

3 – Decent:
None!

4 – Good:
None!

5 – Great:
12. How Long by Charlie Puth
11. Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé
10. Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug
9. Good Old Days by Macklemore featuring Kesha
8. New Rules by Dua Lipa
7. Him & I by G-Eazy featuring Halsey
6. Say Something by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton
5. Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons
4. Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello
3. Pray For Me by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar
2. The Middle by Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B.

Total Score: 64/100 = 64% (D)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Stanton (1976)

Most Missed Song: On My Mind by Ellie Goulding

#1 Recommendation For The American Top 40: Lost In Japan by Shawn Mendes

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay

My Top 5 Picks
1. Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B.
2. The Middle by Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey
3. Pray For Me by The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar
4. Say Something by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton
5. Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
2. Psycho by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign
3. Friends by Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie
4. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
5. I Like Me Better by Lauv

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Play That Song by Train: I already discussed this one before, but it's just as stiff as Hey, Soul Sister, which I also detested. Honestly, I'd rather hear something along the lines of Drive By.
Swalla by Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj: This is a huge guilty pleasure of mine from last year. Sure, the lyrics aren't great, but I like mostly everything else about this.