Saturday, February 17, 2018

Charlie Puth (2) - Week Of February 17, 2018

Hello, fam! So, Valentine's Day has come and gone. I am unfortunately still single. I know, sad. Anyway, I do plan on going to see the movie, Black Panther this weekend. I heard it's really good. If you haven't watched it yet, I recommend you check it out. I'm currently working on my 50,000 Pageview Special. I should have it ready for you guys next week. I may have another surprise in store for you along with that. You'll just have to wait and see. But first, let's send you to the Hits 1 Weekend Countdown. Things remained relatively static this week, despite having new arrivals, which we'll get to shortly. Before we get to this week's fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying good-bye to this week:

  • Justin Timberlake – Filthy (#28)
  • The Shadowboxers – Hot Damn (#42)
  • Charlie Puth – Attention (#45) [Spent 1 Week At #1]

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Charlie Puth – How Long
45. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (#44) [–1]
44. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (#43) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
43. P!NK – What About Us (#41) [–2] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
42. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#40) [–2] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
41. Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It? (#39) [–2]
40. Louis Tomlinson – Miss You (#38) [–2]
39. Kesha – Praying (#37) [–2]
38. Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something (DEBUT)
37. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (#33) [–4] [Spent 4 Weeks At #1]
36. Symon – Lonely Girl (#35) [–1]
35. Troye Sivan – My My My! (DEBUT)
34. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (#36) [+2]
33. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#29) [–4] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
32. AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (DEBUT)
31. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – Rockstar (#32) [+1]
30. WØLVES – Animal (#34) [+4]
29. Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran – River (#24) [–5]
28. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (#31) [+3]
27. Camila Cabello – Havana (#30) [+3] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
26. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade (#25) [–1]
25. G-Eazy featuring Halsey – Him & I (#22) [–3]
24. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#23) [–1]
23. Dua Lipa – New Rules (#26) [+3]
22. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#22) [–1] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
21. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#27) [+6]
20. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle (#16) [–4]
19. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#17) [–2]
18. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#13) [–5]
17. Maroon 5 – Wait (#19) [+2]
16. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#11) [–5]
15. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future – End Game (#14) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
14. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix) (#20) [+6]
13. MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low (#15) [+2]
12. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#12) [=]
11. P!NK – Beautiful Trauma (#10) [–1]
10. NF – Let You Down (#18) [+8]
9. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (#8) [–1]
8. Macklemore featuring Kesha – Good Old Days (#9) [+1]
7. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#6) [–1]
6. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello – Wolves (#7) [+1]
5. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#4) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
4. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt – Let Me Go (#3) [–1]
3. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#2) [–1] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
2. Halsey – Bad At Love (#5) [+3] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
1. Charlie Puth – How Long (#1) [=] [2nd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (2nd of 9 Weeks At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Three-Way tie between Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran – River, Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same, and Lauv – I Like Me Better (–5)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: NF – Let You Down (+8)

New Entrants
- Hits 1 is best known for picking up songs from unknown artists that you don't really here elsewhere. Most of their respective songs that end up debuting on the countdown are pretty good for the most part. But then there are some artists who are not very good. One such example is AJR, who have proven to me time and time again that their music is shit. Now, let me ask you this question. Are you tired of Hits 1 picking up music from AJR? If the answer is yes, then I've got some bad news for you (and myself as well). They've returned with their latest single from The Click, titled Sober Up. Every year since they made their first appearance with I'm Ready back in 2014, Hits 1 picks up at least one single from these guys. And other than a couple of songs that I won't mention were kinda guilty pleasures of mine, almost all of their music sucks. It was around this time last year that they brought us Weak, and let me be honest here: I actually cannot believe I liked that song at first. I should've listened to all the horrible things many in the blogging community were saying about AJR. At the time I fell in love with Weak last year, I didn't even care. But it wasn't long until I really started to pay close attention to the song in general and after a while, I found it to be annoying. No, it's not like I got sick of that song very quickly. I fully realized that the song was garbage and I was not looking forward to what they had to offer. But I've basically said enough. Let's review their latest single, Sober Up. The entire song has some of the worst lyrics I've heard. And no, I'm not falling for some of the cool lines this time around. Their songwriting is just plain bad, and it shows. But that's not even the biggest problem I have with this song. Their vocals are obnoxious, especially in the chorus. If there's another reason why they're hated by many in the blogging community, look no further than this song. It wasn't until recently that I watched Spectrum Pulse's take on not just this song, but their entire album as a whole. He SLAMMED the album BIG TIME, and for a very good reason. Almost all of the songs from the album are shit, including this one. Hopefully, it doesn't stay for a very long time like Weak did.

- We have two more debuts on this week's edition of the Hits 1 Weekend Countdown, and they're MUCH better than the one I just finished talking about. Two years ago, in February 2016, Troye Sivan made his first-ever appearance on the countdown with his single Youth, which despite not doing well elsewhere, did better on Hits 1 peaking at #4. This song was a favorite in the blogging community. I myself did enjoy it for a while, and while it was a good song, it didn't quite stick with me like I wanted to. Not long after that, he had another single, which was Wild, but that one unfortunately failed to graduate Hit-Bound. Since then, some were anticipating his return. And this year, their wish was granted. At #35, he makes his return with his new song titled My My My!, which is the lead single off of his upcoming album. Troye has a great voice, and he's taking full advantage of it in this song. It sounds like he's has more energy and charisma. I love it when artists try to use their talent to its fullest potential. There's more going on in terms of the production, mainly because it has more groove. The songwriting is fantastic. I recently watched the music video, and my goodness! He has great dance skills! Simply put, I love pretty much everything about this song. I hope it has the same success as Youth.

- There have been many artists who make a big comeback with their respective new singles after a while only for their songs to flop big time, whether it's because their song is too polarizing or just simply underrated. One such example was Taylor Swift, who's recent single was met with negative reception and thus, it ended up flopping hard elsewhere. The same thing happened with Justin Timberlake when he made a comeback with Filthy in the wake of his upcoming Super Bowl performance, but was met with mixed reviews and as a result, it ended up being a huge flop. Now, he replaces himself this week by bringing in a new song that is much more likable, and he also bought along country star Chris Stapleton for the ride. Enter Say Something, his next single off of his latest album Man Of The Woods. Unlike its predecessor where it had some weird stuff going on, this song doesn't have any of that. It has more singing going on. Justin pretty much shows off his vocals throughout the song, unlike in his predecessor where he raps in some parts. I love the chorus. Chris Stapleton makes a very good contribution. The use of guitars are amazing. It definitely sounds like true country music if some artists actually cared. Overall, it's a very enjoyable song. I'm hoping it becomes a big hit.

One Sweet Blurb
- So, this was an important week in terms of our exits. First off, Hot Damn makes its departure. It was a cool song, though I wasn't surprised to see that one leave given that it's not popular elsewhere. Then there's two other exits. I just talked about Filthy being a flop, seeing as people aren't buying into Justin Timberlake's new sound. While I had mixed thoughts on that one, I guess you could say it was a guilty pleasure of mine. Finally, there's Attention, and its departure unfortunately means that Charlie Puth won't be bookending the countdown for the second week in a row. I do still enjoy it somewhat, so I'll kinda miss it.

- Before introducing Sorry Not Sorry, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Demi Lovato has been writing songs for John Meyer. I mean, really? Does he have some sort of influence or what?

- This is the first time that There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back is not in the Top 30 since I don't know how long it's been? Looks like the end may finally be near for this song.

- Before introducing Rockstar, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Post Malone was playing a game one day and won a guitar? What? Did he really win it?! I guess now he's a bigger superstar, heh.

- Wow. Three songs had the Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week this week. Not only that, but they dropped five, yes FIVE spots. If I'm correct, this is probably the first time such an occurrence has ever happened. 

- I'm not thrilled about the big jump from Let You Down into the Top 10, though I guess I see the appeal. But I'm just not feeling this song. I guess it could be worse.

- Nothing really has changed in the Top 5 other than some songs moving spots. This is the second time this year in which the #1 held its spot. Bad At Love is looking to take back that spot as it rose back up to #2, despite that it's losing its steam elsewhere.

Hit-Bound:

  • Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
  • Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals – All Falls Down
  • Welshly Arms – Legendary
  • Niall Horan – On The Loose (DEBUT)
  • Khalid – Young, Dumb, and Broke
  • Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
  • Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels – I Miss You
  • Wild Things – Don't Wanna Feel It
  • The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (DEBUT)
  • Spencer – Whatever
  • Keala Settle – This Is Me
  • Post Malone – I Fall Apart
  • Rudimental featuring Macklemore, Jess Glynne, and Dan Caplen – These Days (DEBUT)
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
2. The Weeknd featuring Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
3. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
4. Welshly Arms – Legendary
5. Keala Settle – This Is Me

Top 20 Review:
0 – Putrid:
20. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
19. Lauv – I Like Me Better
18. MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low

1 – Bad:
17. Maroon 5 – Wait
16. NF – Let You Down
15. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

2 – Mediocre:
None!

3 – Decent:
14. Imagine Dragons – Thunder

4 – Good:
13. Charlie Puth – How Long
12. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't

5 – Great:
11. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself
10. P!NK – Beautiful Trauma
9. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt – Let Me Go
8. Halsey – Bad At Love
7. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future – End Game
6. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
5. Walk The Moon – One Foot
4. Macklemore featuring Kesha – Good Old Days
3. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello – Wolves
2. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle

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

Overall Grade: 70/100 = 70% (C–)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Mariah Carey featuring Boyz II Men – One Sweet Day (1995) (Because, why not?)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Rachel Platten – Fight Song

Most Missed Hit-Bound Drop-Out: Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Hailee Steinfeld featuring BloodPop® – Capital Letters

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Tie between The Chainsmokers – Paris and Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm

My Top 5 Picks
TIE: 1. Kesha – Praying
TIE: 1. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix)
3. Troye Sivan – My My My!
4. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle
5. Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up
2. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
3. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – Rockstar
4. Lauv – I Like Me Better
5. MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Maroon 5 featuring Future – Cold: This song is another example of how Maroon 5 lost their groove they once had. But if it's anything, I'll take this over its predecessor any day.
Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm: An awesome comeback for Katy Perry after three years. I talked about this in full when I reviewed My Top 50 Songs Of 2017. But yeah, everything about this song is divine. Too bad the public doesn't feel the same way, what with it spending only one week in the Top 5 on Billboard.

QOTW: What is your favorite song of all time? Also, your least favorite song? And why?

Friday, February 16, 2018

AT40: Dua Lipa (1) - Week Of February 17, 2018

Hello, fam! I've been hard at work on my 50,000 Pageview Special. I'm about halfway through with it and I plan on having it out sometime next week. Right now, let's get into this week's American Top 40 Countdown. So with that being said, here are the songs leaving us this week:

  • Believer by Imagine Dragons (#39)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé
40. My My My! by Troye Sivan (DEBUT)
39. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes (#37) [–2] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
38. Beautiful Trauma by P!NK (#40) [+2]
37. Slow Hands by Niall Horan (#35) [–2] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
36. I Like Me Better by Lauv (#36) [=]
35. Attention by Charlie Puth (#31) [–2] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
34. Lemon by N.E.R.D. featuring Rihanna (#34) [=]
33. 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid (#27) [–2] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
32. I Miss You by Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (#32) [=]
31. Wait by Maroon 5 (#38) [+7]
30. Strip That Down by Liam Payne featuring Quavo (#28) [–2] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
29. Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato (#30) [+1]
28. Mic Drop by BTS featuring Desiigner (#29) [+1]
27. One Foot by Walk The Moon (#23) [–4]
26. What Lovers Do by Maroon 5 featuring SZA (#25) [–1]
25. LOVE. by Kendrick Lamar featuring Zacari (#27) [+2]
24. River by Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran (#26) [+2]
23. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man (#22) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
22. Never Be The Same by Camila Cabello (#24) [+2]
21. Young, Dumb, and Broke by Khalid (#21) [=]
20. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato (#19) [–1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
19. Best Friend by Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, Alisa Ueno, and The Knocks (#18) [–1]
18. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line (#20) [+2]
17. Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith (#7) [–10]
16. Let Me Go by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt (#17) [+1]
15. Filthy by Justin Timberlake (#14) [–1]
14. Thunder by Imagine Dragons (#12) [–2] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
13. Good Old Days by Macklemore featuring Kesha (#13) [–2]
12. End Game by Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future (#10) [–2]
11. Him & I by G-Eazy featuring Halsey (#16) [+5]
10. Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. (#13) [+3]
9. Lights Down Low by MAX featuring Gnash (#11) [+2]
8. Let You Down by NF (#9) [+1]
7. Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello (#8) [+1]
6. How Long by Charlie Puth (#6) [=]
5. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage (#5) [=]
4. Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug (#4) [=] [Spent 7 Weeks At #1]
3. Bad At Love by Halsey (#3) [=]
2. Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé (#1) [–1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
1. New Rules by Dua Lipa (#2) [+1] [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Bad Things by Machine Gun Kelly featuring Camila Cabello (1st of 2 Weeks At #1)

Biggest Fall Of The Week: Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith (–10)

Biggest Rise Of The Week: Wait by Maroon 5 (+7)

New Entrants

- Our only entrant this week comes from Troye Sivan with his brand new single titled My My My! off of his upcoming album. The last time we saw him was back in 2016, when he somewhat made a breakthrough with Youth. I did enjoy it when it was new, but didn't quite stick with me in the big picture, though it was a pretty decent song. My My My! is a step up from its successor. I was impressed with the way it turned out. I love Troye's voice and he shines pretty much throughout the song, especially in the chorus. The production is pretty neat as well. I'll have more on this on my Hits 1 Weekend Countdown post later this weekend. But yeah, I'm really enjoying it and I hope it does well.

I Blurb Every Night For You
- As far as our exit goes, we say good-bye to Believer. It lasted quite a while for a song that didn't even hit #1. It was definitely a different sound for Imagine Dragons. I do still enjoy it somewhat, so it'll be missed by me.

- I Like Me Better by Lauv is getting worse with each listen. The weird production simply just does not sit well with me. I'm hoping it leaves soon, but it's not likely at this point.

- Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato really isn't getting anywhere at this moment. I thought for sure that this would gain some steam especially with Sorry Not Sorry dying out, but I guess I was wrong, given its lackluster sales and streaming.

- It looks like One Foot won't become another hit for Walk The Moon, unfortunately. It's a shame that they're still being considered a one-hit wonder.

- Well, the end for Too Good At Goodbyes is pretty much near after that big drop this week. Not that I'm complaining though as I was starting to grow out of it, so that's kinda good news.

- On the note of good things that happened this week, Finesse has made its way into the Top 10 on its fifth week! I'm certain it'll be in the Top 5 soon. I'll be waiting.

- But on the other hand, Lights Down Low strangely makes its way into the Top 10 this week. I'm getting real damn sick of hearing this song every time I drive out. I'm sorry, but to me it's just underwhelming and how it's just now gaining steam really only made it worse on my end. So, I'm not thrilled about it being in the Top 10. Honestly, I really did not want to hate it more than I do, but now it's impossible.

- And yet somehow, Rockstar is still in the Top 5. Just great.

- But that brings us to our new #1 this week! Dua Lipa has managed to achieve her very first #1 with New Rules. I'm glad to see her getting a breakout hit in the U.S. It's definitely a stand-out track that deserved some recognition in my book.

Breakouts/On The Verge:

  • I Fall Apart by Post Malone
  • Walk On Water by Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • Hold Me Tight Or Don't by Fall Out Boy
  • The Middle by Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey


Extras/Optional Extras:

  • Believer by Imagine Dragons
  • It Ain't Me by Kygo featuring Selena Gomez
  • Too Much To Ask by Niall Horan
  • Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran
  • Feels Great by Cheat Codes featuring Fetty Wap
  • Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
  • No Promises by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato


Top 20 Review:

0 – Garbage:
20. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
19. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
18. Lights Down Low by MAX featuring Gnash

1 – Bad:
17. Let You Down by NF

2 – Mediocre:
None!

3 – Decent:
16. Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith
15. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
14. Filthy by Justin Timberlake

4 – Good:
13. Best Friend by Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, Alisa Ueno, and The Knocks
12. How Long by Charlie Puth

5 – Great:
11. Thunder by Imagine Dragons
10. Let Me Go by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt
9. End Game by Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future
8. New Rules by Dua Lipa
7. Bad At Love by Halsey
6. Him & I by G-Eazy featuring Halsey
5. Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé
4. Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug
3. Good Old Days by Macklemore featuring Kesha
2. Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello

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

Total Score: 74/100 = 74% (C)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: When Doves Cry by Prince (1984)

Most Missed Song: Stand By You by Rachel Platten

#1 Recommendation For The American Top 40: Surrender by Walk The Moon

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Paris by The Chainsmokers

My Top 5 Picks
1. Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B.
2. Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello
3. My My My! by Troye Sivan
4. Good Old Days by Macklemore featuring Kesha
5. Him & I by G-Eazy featuring Halsey

My Bottom 5 Picks

1. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
2. Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
3. Mic Drop by BTS featuring Desiigner
4. I Like Me Better by Lauv
5. Strip That Down by Liam Payne featuring Quavo

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Call On Me by Starley: Her vocals are pretty nice, but the weird drop doesn't quite sit well with me. I can appreciate it for what it is, though.
Down by Marian Hill: Basically, everything about this is pretty underwhelming for the most part, and was it really necessary to repeat the word "down" so many times throughout the song?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Top 10 Songs From Mariah Carey

Hello, fam. For my Top 10 Series, I'm going to be talking about one of my favorite artists of all time. Today, I decided that I want to talk about an artist who's made an impact to the world of music. And the artist in question is Mariah Carey. She almost never fails to disappoint me with her music. Almost every single she has released has wowed me from the beginning. With that in mind, I will now share you a list of my favorite songs from Mariah Carey and a brief description about all of them. Are you ready? Here it is:

10. I Don't Wanna Cry (1991)
A sad, romantic love song. I love the production in this one, and Mariah sounds great. Not too much else I can say about it.

9. Dreamlover (1993)
An upbeat love song that I'm sure people can relate to. As the title says, it talks about her wanting to find her dream lover. 

8. Emotions (1991)
This song really brings out her emotions. Okay, that was a bad one. Anyway, it's just an upbeat dance song that grabs my attention. And my goodness! Can she hit those high notes?! Yeah, I love this, like a lot.

7. Fantasy (1995)
Another love song, but this time it talks about a relationship being a fantasy hence the song title. Once again, Mariah's sounds amazing. Do I need to say anymore?

6. Always Be My Baby (1996)
The "do-do-do"'s throughout the song really grabbed my attention, and I love the use of guitars. The production is what I love most about the song, and again Mariah's voice is just beautiful. And the amazing key change helps.

5. We Belong Together (2005)
The comeback single from Mariah will always have a special place for me. I love how the song opens with a little piano work, and from there the rest is history in this near-flawless comeback single.

4. Vision Of Love (1990)
The song that started it all for her. She definitely made a great first impression here. I love her voice and the production is awesome. Since then, her career would began take off.

3. All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994)
Easily the best song for the holidays, hands down. It's basically an upbeat song that can get you dancing for the holidays, whether it be with family or friends that you spend time with.

2. Hero (1993)
A powerful piano ballad. Mariah sounds amazing as always and I love the lyrics. Basically, it talks about wanting a hero to come along and help you. The production is fantastic, especially with the piano work. 

1. One Sweet Day (featuring Boyz II Men) (1995)
Ah yes. This is, without a doubt, Mariah Carey's best song. It still holds the record of #1 for 16 Weeks on Billboard (and is now tied with a certain song I won't mention). It is a masterpiece. I love how their vocals blend together. And as always, Mariah shines all throughout the song. It's a sad, but very sweet song at the same time.

And there you go, everyone. These are my favorite songs from Mariah Carey! Let me know what you guys think of my list in the comments section. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this! Stay frosty!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Charlie Puth (1) - Week Of February 10, 2018

Hello, fam! I know it's hard for me to believe, but my blog has reached 50,000 Pageviews! My goodness! I would like to give a huge thank you to all of you who reads this every day! I do plan on doing something special very soon. Today, let's divert our attention to this week's countdown on Hits 1. There are no songs leaving the countdown this week, so let's get right to it!

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future – End Game
45. Charlie Puth – Attention (#45) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
44. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (#43) [–1]
43. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (#44) [+1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
42. The Shadowboxers – Hot Damn (#40) [–2]
41. P!NK – What About Us (#41) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
40. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#36) [–4] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
39. Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It? (#42) [+3]
38. Louis Tomlinson – Miss You (#34) [–4]
37. Kesha – Praying (#37) [=]
36. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (#33) [–3]
35. Symon – Lonely Girl (#39) [+4]
34. WØLVES – Animal (#38) [+4]
33. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (#31) [–2] [Spent 4 Weeks At #1]
32. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – Rockstar (#26) [–6]
31. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (#27) [–4]
30. Camila Cabello – Havana (#28) [–2] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
29. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#29) [=] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
28. Justin Timberlake – Filthy (#30) [+2]
27. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#13) [–14]
26. Dua Lipa – New Rules (#18) [–8]
25. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade (#35) [+10]
24. Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran – River (#12) [–12]
23. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#23) [=]
22. G-Eazy featuring Halsey – Him & I (#20) [–2]
21. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#19) [–2] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
20. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix) (#22) [+2]
19. Maroon 5 – Wait (#25) [+6]
18. NF – Let You Down (#24) [+6]
17. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#21) [+4]
16. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle (#32) [+16]
15. MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low (#17) [+2]
14. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future – End Game (#1) [–13] [Spent 1 Week At #1] (Whoa there!)
13. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#16) [+3]
12. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#11) [–1]
11. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#14) [+3]
10. P!NK – Beautiful Trauma (#15) [+5]
9. Macklemore featuring Kesha – Good Old Days (#7) [–2]
8. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (#8) [=]
7. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello – Wolves (#3) [–4]
6. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#6) [=]
5. Halsey – Bad At Love (#10) [+5] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
4. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#4) [=] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt – Let Me Go (#5) [+2]
2. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#2) [=] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
1. Charlie Puth – How Long (#9) [+8] [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (1st of 9 Weeks At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (–14)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle (+16)


You Were The Last Young Blurbegade Heartache
- How Long hitting #1 this week with that big jump was a little unexpected. But at the same time, it's no shock given how big Charlie Puth is at this moment. It's a good song, so I'm cool with it at the top, though I feel like I may grow out of this faster than Attention. Still, I'm happy that he made more likable songs like these two and not something along the lines of Marvin Gaye and One Call Away. Eck.

- On that note, before introducing Perfect, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Ed Sheeran would like for Charlie Puth to sing Marvin Gaye at his wedding. Uh, how about...NO.

- Let Me Go has made its way into the Top 3. Could this be another #1 for Hailee Steinfeld? I would like it to, but right now I'm just happy that this song is getting some love on this countdown, much like with Starving.

- Jumping back into that region this week is Halsey – Bad At Love. I thought for sure this would be done after it dropped out last week, but I was wrong. Not that I'm complaining though, it can stay there for a while.

- Beautiful Trauma is in its third week on the countdown and already it's entered the Top 10. Another potential hit, perhaps?

- I'm pretty close to having Never Be The Same in red. Her vocals are getting a little more grating with each listen. Can it just go soon?

- End Game took quite a shocking big drop out of the #1 spot. If I'm correct, this is the first time that's happened since, I don't know how long?

- So, I know this may be a very unpopular opinion, but I'm enjoying The Middle more and more, hence why I have it in purple. I don't know what it is. I think Maren sounds amazing in this song. That's probably the best thing I like about it. I listened to 80s Mercedes this week and she has proven that she has a great voice, and I'm glad she's taking advantage of it. So yeah, I'm greatly appreciated by it having the Biggest Jump Of The Week this week. While I do still prefer ClarityStay The Night (which are Zedd's best singles), and the songs from True Colors, I am liking this a lot.

- So, I listened to Him & I quite a few times this week and I couldn't help but notice that it sounded somewhat similar to Look What You Made Me Do. The only difference I noticed between this and Him & I is that there's more singing going on, and the production is more lively.

- Well, this was short-lived. After that big jump last week, River is back to where it was with that big drop. It appears that not even Ed Sheeran can help Eminem get another hit like he did before.

- On that note, Love So Soft finally took a big drop out of the Top 20 for the first time in months. Looks like this may be the end for this song. It was nice having it around, but I'm hoping Kelly Clarkson can release another single that'll get big outside of Hits 1.

- On the flip side, Last Young Renegade made a nice jump this week. Anything that has pop-rock vibes pulls me in. Hopefully, it can achieve something their other singles could not (other than for Something's Gotta Give) and enter the Top 10.

- So, I watched P!NK performed at the Super Bowl and despite her getting sick, I thought she sounded good. I guess the flu couldn't really stop her from singing, heh.

- Here's an interesting fact: Charlie Puth has both songs at #45 and #1, respectively. It's one of thoses rare occasions that doesn't happen too often.

Hit-Bound:

  • Welshly Arms – Legendary
  • Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
  • Post Malone – I Fall Apart
  • The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy
  • Troye Sivan – My My My!
  • Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals – All Falls Down
  • Wild Things – Don't Wanna Feel It
  • Spencer – Whatever
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
  • Khalid – Young, Dumb, and Broke (DEBUT)
  • Keala Settle – This Is Me (DEBUT)
  • Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
  • AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up
  • Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels – I Miss You

- So, we have only two debuts on Hit-Bound this week. First, we have Khalid debuting with Young, Dumb, and Broke, which is gaining steam elsewhere right now. I talked about it in my earlier posts. Hits 1 is late to the party on picking this one up. Anyway, I've slowly starting to come around to Khalid's music, though this song isn't interesting. I'll have more on this when it debuts.

- Then, we have a song taken from The Greatest Showman musical making an appearance on Hit-Bound. Enter Keala Settle – This Is Me. I do think her voice is very good in this one, and the production is rather solid. Not much else I can say about it.

- We say good-bye to Best Friend this week. It's too bad because it was a cool song that I just grew into, but oh well. I guess people disagree.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
2. Troye Sivan – My My My!
3. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
4. Welshly Arms – Legendary
5. Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment

Top 20 Review:
0 – Putrid:
20. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
19. Lauv – I Like Me Better

1 – Bad:
18. Maroon 5 – Wait
17. NF – Let You Down
16. MAX featuring Gnash – Lights Down Low

2 – Mediocre:
15. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

3 – Decent:
None!

4 – Good:
14. Charlie Puth – How Long

5 – Great:
13. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't
12. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself
11. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
10. P!NK – Beautiful Trauma
9. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt – Let Me Go
8. Halsey – Bad At Love
7. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran and Future – End Game
6. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
5. Walk The Moon – One Foot
4. Macklemore featuring Kesha – Good Old Days
3. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello – Wolves

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
TIE: 1. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle
TIE: 1. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – Finesse (Remix)

Overall Grade: 76/100 = 76% (C)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Prince – I Would Die 4 U (1984)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Justin Timberlake – Can't Stop The Feeling!

Most Missed Hit-Bound Drop-Out: Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Hailee Steinfeld featuring BloodPop® – Capital Letters

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers – Paris

My Top 5 Picks
TIE: 1. Kesha – Praying
TIE: 1. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. – Finesse (Remix)
TIE: 1. Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey – The Middle
4. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
5. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello – Wolves

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – Rockstar
2. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
3. Lauv – I Like Me Better
4. Maroon 5 – Wait
5. NF – Let You Down

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Bruno Mars – That's What I Like: His strong charisma and vocal talent put on display mixed with some great throwback vibes makes this one of my favorites off of 24K Magic. Honestly, is there anymore I can say about this?
Bebe Rexha – I Got You: Powerhouse chorus, neat production, and her excellent vocals makes me want to get on board with this. It's one of her best songs thus far, and it's a shame that this got underrated.

QOTW: What are your thoughts on Justin Timberlake's performance last week at the Super Bowl?