Saturday, July 22, 2017

Shawn Mendes (3) - Week Of July 22, 2017

Despite the fact that we're pretty much in the dog days of summer, this was a rather decent week for the most part.  While there were some things that were not to my liking, we did get rid of a couple pieces of garbage and replaced them with some good stuff.  Before we get to this week's countdown, I would like to send my condolences to the friends and family of Linkin Park's very own Chester Bennington, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 41 after committing suicide.  Let's have a moment of silence.





















Now with that being said, here are the songs we're saying good-bye to this week:

  • Niall Horan - This Town (#40)
  • Maroon 5 - Cold (#35)
  • Machine Gun Kelly featuring Camila Cabello - Bad Things (#45)

Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay
45. Steve Aoki featuring Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#43)
44. Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know (#44) [3 Weeks At #1]
43. DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper - I'm The One (#30)
42. Hailee Steinfeld and Grey featuring Zedd - Starving (#42) [4 Weeks At #1]
41. Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times (#38)
40. Erin Bowman - Good Time Good Life (#29)
39. Fitz & The Tantrums - HandClap (#37)
38. Aaron Carter - Sooner Or Later (#41)
37. All Time Low - Good Times (DEBUT)
36. Camila Cabello - Crying In The Club (#27)
35. Fall Out Boy - Champion (DEBUT)
34. Jon Bellion - Overwhelming (#39)
33. Miley Cyrus - Malibu (#15)
32. DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (DEBUT)
31. Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#33)
30. Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor (#34)
29. Train - Play That Song (#31)
28. Noah Cyrus - Stay Together (#26)
27. The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer (#32) [8 Weeks At #1]
26. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low (#28)
25. Childish Gambino - Redbone (#36)
24. Julia Michaels - Issues (#24)
23. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (#12)
22. Linkin Park featuring Kiiara - Heavy (#23)
21. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#25) [1 Week At #1]
20. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go (#21)
19. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels (#18)
18. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#19)
17. The Chainsmokers - Paris (#16) [1 Week At #1]
16. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#17)
15. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#20)
14. AJR - Weak (#22)
13. Halsey - Now Or Never (#14)
12. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#13) [9 Weeks At #1]
11. Charlie Puth - Attention (#10)
10. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#11)
9. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#8)
8. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#5)
7. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#9)
6. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#7)
5. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#3) [3 Weeks At #1]
4. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#6) [3 Weeks At #1]
3. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay (#1) [4 Weeks At #1]
2. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#4)
1. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#2) [3rd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (2nd and Final Week At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!!! Of The Week: Miley Cyrus - Malibu (-18)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Childish Gambino - Redbone (+11)

New Entrants
- Our first debut this week comes from returning artist All Time Low with Good Times.  I'm not necessarily sure how I feel about this.  Much like Missing You from last year, this is one of those songs that takes a while to grow on me.  There are some things to like about this song, but in some parts it feels a little underwhelming.  Still, we need songs like this, especially given the recent news that we've had this week.  It may be in blue for now, but I can see myself putting this in green in the near future.

- Next, we have the return of Fall Out Boy with their new single titled Champion.  Now, this is definitely better than their lead single Young & Menace, which was not to everyone's liking.  Champion sounds more radio-friendly much like their previous singles, such as Centuries, Irresistable, Uma Thurman, etc.  I'm in love with the intro, where they use the electric guitar.  We'll see if this becomes a hit, which I hope it will.

- Finally, we have a song that is currently popular right now, in the form of Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled with Rihanna & Bryson Tiller.  Personally, I think this song is better than I'm The One.  I'm definitely in love with the electric guitar they've added to the song.  Rihanna does a much better job with her vocals, and adding the rap breakdown from Bryson Tiller helps.  The production overall is very good.  Here's to hoping it stays on the countdown and doesn't end up flopping like I'm The One is doing right now.

When I'm With You, All I Get Is Wild Blurbs
- I can't really say I'm gonna miss either of our exits.  Both Bad Things & Cold were overdue for some time and This Town I was ready to part with.  Next!

- Speaking of Maroon 5, how is Don't Wanna Know still here?!  Honestly, that song should've left this week like its successor did.  C'mon, Hits 1.  Let's get with it already.

- I'm The One took a pretty big drop down to the Bottom 5 here on the countdown, whereas it's in the Top 5 everywhere else.  Another sign that Hits 1 doesn't care for hip-hop.

- I recently watched an interview in which Aaron Carter talks about his struggles in his life and starts to break down in tears.  Watching the interview made me feel sad, especially considering what he's going through right now.

- Malibu surprisingly had the Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!!! Of The Week this week by dropping out of the Top 30 altogether.  Yikes!  I was starting to lose interest in that song, but dang!

- So, Hits 1 plays the David Guetta remix of Versace On The Floor.  If I'm being honest here, I much prefer the original version of the song.  I can understand that Hits 1 tries to make the song sound more radio-friendly by putting in remixes to their songs, much like they did with Hymn For The Weekend last year.  But Versace On The Floor is meant to be a slow song.  No remix will help.

- Along with Don't Wanna Know, can Play That Song please stop testing my patience and leave already?!  It's bad enough that we've had to deal with this song for several months.  The people who are still voting needs to get with it and realize that it's not popular anymore.

- I'm surprised Closer is still on the countdown, despite the fact that it lost it's popularity a long time ago.  In fact, it's very close to lasting a year here (it debuted way back in August last year).  If that were to happen, it would be the first song to reach that milestone since Shut Up And Dance.

- It's no surprise that Redbone had the Biggest Jump Of The Week this week, but it doesn't make the song any better for me.

- I would like to say congratulations to Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber, and Daddy Yankee because their single, Despacito, is now the most streamed song of all time!  With that said, I'm not thrilled that it took a nasty drop out of the Top 20 this week.  Here's to hoping it recovers soon.

- The guest DJ that introduced Attention called Charlie Puth a cutie-pie.  How adorable!

- Believer has now reached a new peak at #2.  I wouldn't be surprised if this reaches #1 within the next week or so.  It helps that this song is still gaining popularity on the radio charts.

- Speaking of #1, Shawn Mendes is back at the top spot this week!  It's still getting better for me with each listen.  Now the question is, will it stay there for another week?  That would be really nice, but we'll wait and see what happens.

Hit-Bound

Bebe Rexha - The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody) (DEBUT)
All-American Rejects - Sweat (DEBUT)
Andy Grammer - Give Love
The Chainsmokers - Honest
Paramore - Hard Times
Kesha - Praying
Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farms Animals - Back To You (DEBUT)
Julia Michaels - Uh Huh
Harry Styles - Two Ghosts (DEBUT)
Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens - Reminding Me
Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl

- We have quite a shake-up on Hit-Bound this week.  Let's begin with more Bebe Rexha with her new single The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody).  I'm not gonna say it's as good as I Got You from earlier this year, but it's something I can listen to every once in a while.

- Who remembers the All-American Rejects?  They're a band that have had many hits.  Singles such as Move Along & It Ends Tonight were really good.  Their new single, Sweat, is quite a different story, as least as of right now.  I'll have to give it more listens.  

- We have more Louis Tomlinson, this time with Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals with their single Back To You.  There are some things I like about this song, such as the production and the vocals.  But again, I'll have to listen to it more often to get a full opinion.

- Finally, there's Harry Styles, this time with his new single Two Ghosts.  While I can't really say it's as good as Sign Of The Times, at least he's going more rock, which in my opinion is a better route than what his One Direction members are doing.

- We sadly say good-bye to Cut To The Feeling this week, which is unfortunate because I was in love with that song.  It's too bad that people will only remember Carly Rae Jepsen for her 2012 summer hit, Call Me Maybe.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Kesha - Praying
2. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
3. Paramore - Hard Times
4. Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens - Reminding Me
5. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious

Top 20 Review
0 - Awful:
20. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
19. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

1 - Bad:
None!

2 - Mediocre:
18. AJR - Weak
17. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
16. Liam Payne - Strip That Down

3 - Decent:
15. Halsey - Now Or Never

4 - Good:
14. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
13. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee
12. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls

5 - Great:
11. Charlie Puth - Attention
10. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay
9. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
8. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
7. The Chainsmokers - Paris
6. Imagine Dragons - Believer
5. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me
4. Lady Gaga - The Cure
3. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels
2. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

BONUS 6 - Best Song On The Countdown:
1. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Overall Grade: 77/100 (C+) 


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Linkin Park - Numb (2003)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Linkin Park featuring Steve Aoki - A Light That Never Comes

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kesha - Woman

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza

My Top 5 Picks
1. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
2. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
3. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
4. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels
5. Lady Gaga - The Cure

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
2. Train - Play That Song
3. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
4. Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know
5. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
5 Seconds Of Summer - Girls Talk Boys: Taken from the Ghostbusters movie soundtrack, this song got mixed reactions from the blogging community when it first dropped.  I was kinda mixed on this as well, but I had grown into it to a degree.  I was surprised this one made the Year-End list on Hits 1, despite that it flopped pretty much everywhere else after the Ghostbusters hype died out.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Zedd & Alessia Cara (4) - Week Of July 15, 2017

I've been pretty busy this week.  I went to an interview for another job and did some other important things.  I don't have much to say in terms of the introduction because I want to get this post out as soon as possible.  I have a very busy weekend ahead of me, so I'll just leave it like it is just for your guys to read and comment.  As far as this week's countdown goes, It was kinda a mixed bag.  While some good things have happened, there are also some stuff that isn't to my liking, but at least we're getting some activity.  We're not quite out of the summer lull just yet.  We can only hope that things really start to gain some steam within the next few weeks.  Before we get to the countdown, here are the songs we're saying good-bye to this week:

  • Zayn featuring Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever (#37)
  • Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj - Swalla (#40)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
45. Machine Gun Kelly featuring Camila Cabello - Bad Things (#45)
44. Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know (#42) [3 Weeks At #1]
43. Steve Aoki featuring Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#43)
42. Hailee Steinfeld and Grey featuring Zedd - Starving (#39) [4 Weeks At #1]
41. Aaron Carter - Sooner Or Later (#38)
40. Niall Horan - This Town (#41)
39. Jon Bellion - Overwhelming (#36)
38. Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times (#35)
37. Fitz & The Tantrums - HandClap (#44)
36. Childish Gambino - Redbone (DEBUT)
35. Maroon 5 - Cold (#34)
34. Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor (DEBUT)
33. Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#31)
32. The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer (#32) [8 Weeks At #1]
31. Train - Play That Song (#29)
30. DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper - I'm The One (#34)
29. Erin Bowman - Good Time Good Life (#30)
28. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low (#26)
27. Camila Cabello - Crying In The Club (#24)
26. Noah Cyrus - Stay Together (#28)
25. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#27) [1 Week At #1]
24. Julia Michaels - Issues (#16)
23. Linkin Park featuring Kiiara - Heavy (#19)
22. AJR - Weak (#22)
21. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go (#9)
20. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#21)
19. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#20)
18. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels (#17)
17. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#22)
16. The Chainsmokers - Paris (#10) [1 Week At #1]
15. Miley Cyrus - Malibu (#25)
14. Halsey - Now Or Never (#12)
13. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#11) [9 Weeks At #1]
12. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (#15)
11. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#7)
10. Charlie Puth - Attention (#13)
9. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#14)
8. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#18)
7. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#8)
6. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#5) [3 Weeks At #1]
5. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#6)
4. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#3)
3. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#2) [3 Weeks At #1]
2. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#1) [2 Weeks At #1]
1. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay (#4) [4th Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling (5th of 10 Weeks At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go (-12)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Tie between Miley Cyrus - Malibu and Niall Horan - Slow Hands (+10)

New Entrants
We have two entrants this week.  First let's start with my least favorite debut of the week, with a song that is currently popular at this moment which is Redbone from Childish Gambino.  If I'm being honest, there's not really anything to like about this song and personally, I feel there are better songs on Hit-Bound that should've debuted instead.  Now, about this song, I'm not really a fan of the vocals and I feel this song seems to drag on forever from the first listen.  Don't get me wrong. I like slow songs, including our next entrant which I'll get to in a bit.  But unfortunately this isn't really one of them.  Next!

- Second, we have my favorite debut of the week.  Here, we have more Bruno Mars with his new single Versace On The Floor.  Although I prefer his other singles from his 24K Magic album, I still like this one because Bruno Mars does it perfectly.  This song pretty much reminds me of a Michael Jackson song that I won't mention.  Every single he has released since Uptown Funk he comes very close to sounding like Michael Jackson, in terms of his vocals and production.  The song itself is basically about him dating a girl and they want to take their relationship a step further.  Here's to hoping it becomes a hit like his predecessors.

Oooh, Blurb It Off For Me, For Me, For Me, For Me Now Girl
We'll start with the exits, as always.  I Don't Wanna Live Forever I was ready to move on from.  Swalla, on the other hand, took the undeserved exit.  It's too bad Jason Derulo can't get a hit like his previous singles before it.  While I know there's a least one person who I won't name be happy about its departure, I'm not one of them.

- Well, it doesn't look like Sign Of The Times is going to end up being big on Hits 1 unfortunately.  Most of the songs from One Direction, whether it be from the band itself or one of its members, have made it to the Top 5 at some point.  But this will likely be the exception, which is unfortunate because I find Sign Of The Times to be a much better song from a solo act.  Oh well, maybe another day.

- Before introducing I'm The One, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Justin Bieber is rumored to be looking for an Australian girl, but that he's getting help from his pastor.  Hopefully, he succeeds at finding the right one.

- On a positive note, congrats to both Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for reaching 2.5 billion views on YouTube with his single Uptown Funk!

- With Issues dropping out of the Top 20, I have a feeling it won't be much longer with us.  In fact, it's losing steam pretty much everywhere else recently.

- On that note, Say You Won't Let Go dropped out as well.  While I know there are some people who will be happy about this, I'm not necessarily one of them, even though it's fading on me just a bit.

- When I heard Strip That Down play as Ear Poppin' Music! sometime this week, the voice-over mentioned Quavo's name, despite the fact that Hits 1 edited his verse out of the song.

- It Ain't Me has finally made it back into the Top 5 after spending seemingly forever in the #6-#8 range.  Now the question is, will it crack the Top 3?  No one knows yet, but I would like it to someday.

- And that brings us to our #1 song this week, with Stay taking that spot for the fourth time overall.  Now, I don't quite enjoy this song as much as I used to, but I don't mind it spending another week at #1.  

Hit-Bound

Paramore - Hard Times
Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious
Julia Michaels - Uh Huh
The Chainsmokers - Honest
All Time Low - Good Times
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (DEBUT)
Andy Grammer - Give Love
Fall Out Boy - Champion
DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts (DEBUT)
Kesha - Praying (DEBUT)
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens - Reminding Me

- Our first debut on Hit-Bound comes from returning artist Demi Lovato, in the form of Sorry Not Sorry.  It sounds like she's going in a more EDM route in terms of her new album.  While it's no Cool For The Summer or Confident, I kinda like it, for now.  I'll have more words for this should it debut.

- Second, we have another DJ Khaled collaboration, this time with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller in their new single Wild Thoughts.  I personally think this is better than I'm The One which was released two months ago.  The production here is pretty good overall.  With this song being popular everywhere else, I expect it to make the countdown soon.

- Finally, after a few years, we have the return of Kesha with her powerful new single titled Praying.  She had spent some time in hiatus in the wake of her lawsuit against Dr. Luke.  Today, she has released two singles from her upcoming album, including this one which I'll talk briefly about.  While it's a slow ballad, she still delivers on her vocals and the production is good.  I'll talk more about this if it debuts, but this is a nice comeback single for Kesha.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
TIE: 1. Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
TIE: 1. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
3. Kesha - Praying
4. DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
5. Paramore - Hard Times


Top 20 Review
0 - Awful:
20. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
19. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

1 - Bad:
None!

2 - Mediocre:
18. Liam Payne - Strip That Down

3 - Decent:
17. Miley Cyrus - Malibu
16. Halsey - Now Or Never

4 - Good:
15. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
14. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls
13. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee

5 - Great:
12. Charlie Puth - Attention
11. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay
10. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
9. The Chainsmokers - Paris
8. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
7. Imagine Dragons - Believer
6. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me
5. Lady Gaga - The Cure
4. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels
3. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
2. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

BONUS: 6 - Best Song Of The Countdown:
1. The Chainsmokers - Something Just Like This

Overall Grade: 81/100 (B-)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle (1999)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Olly Murs featuring Louisa Johnson - Unpredictable

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza

My Top 5 Picks
1. The Chainsmokers - Something Just Like This
2. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
3. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
4. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels
5. Lady Gaga - The Cure

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
2. Train - Play That Song
3. Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know
4. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
5. Maroon 5 - Cold

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance: Arguably the biggest song of last summer.  I kinda stopped caring for this song, in part because of me hearing it too much.  However, I definitely liked Drake's direction of going more R&B rather than Hip-Hop or Rap.
Lukas Graham - Mama Said: I actually do like this to some degree.  Personally, I think if it weren't for the annoying kids in the background, this probably would have been more in the blue/green range for me.
The 1975 - The Sound: I initially found this song to be only decent.  But with time, I've grown to actually enjoy it.  Looking back at it, I wish this was a big hit elsewhere.
Symon - Say: I was never a fan of this song, mainly because the lyrics to this song are so repetitve.  And no, adding the rap breakdown doesn't help at all.  In fact, it just makes the song even worse.  Good thing she's hosting Hits 1 In Hollywood.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Shawn Mendes (2) - Week Of July 8, 2017

This was another week in which nothing really happened.  I have a feeling this summer lull is going to drag on longer than most of us expected, but I'll still be able to get my posts out just for you guys to read.  There are no songs leaving the countdown this week, so let's get right to it. 

The Countdown
Last Week's #1 Song: Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
45. Machine Gun Kelly featuring Camila Cabello - Bad Things (#45)
44. Fitz & The Tantrums - HandClap (#42)
43. Steve Aoki featuring Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#41)
42. Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know (#44) [3 Weeks At #1]
41. Niall Horan - This Town (#43)
40. Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj - Swalla (#30)
39. Hailee Steinfeld and Grey featuring Zedd - Starving (#40) [4 Weeks At #1]
38. Aaron Carter - Sooner Or Later (#38)
37. Zayn featuring Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever (#39)
36. Jon Bellion - Overwhelming (#34)
35. Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times (#31)
34. DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper - I'm The One (#26)
33. Maroon 5 - Cold (#33)
32. The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer (#24)
31. Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#27)
30. Erin Bowman - Good Time Good Life (#37)
29. Train - Play That Song (#25)
28. Noah Cyrus - Stay Together (#35)
27. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#18) [1 Week At #1]
26. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low (#29)
25. Miley Cyrus - Malibu (#22)
24. Camila Cabello - Crying In The Club (#32)
23. AJR - Weak (#23)
22. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#21)
21. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#20)
20. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#17)
19. Linkin Park featuring Kiiara - Heavy (#19)
18. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#15)
17. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels (#28)
16. Julia Michaels - Issues (#7)
15. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (#36)
14. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#16)
13. Charlie Puth - Attention (#10)
12. Halsey - Now Or Never (#12)
11. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#11) [9 Weeks At #1]
10. The Chainsmokers - Paris (#14) [1 Week At #1]
9. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go (#9)
8. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#8)
7. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#13) (......)
6. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#6)
5. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#1) [3 Weeks At #1]
4. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay (#4) [3 Weeks At #1]
3. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#3)
2. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#2) [3 Weeks At #1]
1. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back [2nd Week At 1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling [4th of 10 Weeks at #1]

Biggest DRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj - Swalla

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (+21)

Don't Be Afraid To Catch Blurbs
- Before introducing This Town, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Niall Horan is currently single because he's too busy working on his album.  I guess he just doesn't have the time to look for a girlfriend at this moment.

- This is the second week in a row which Swalla had the Biggest DRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week.  Pretty sad if you ask me.

- Before introducing Sooner Or Later, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Aaron Carter went to the McDonald's drive-thru and people immediately recognized him.  It looks like the employees there are fans of his music, too.

- So, Taylor Swift did not throw a 4th Of July party this year, huh?  I wonder what did she do for the holiday weekend.  Maybe had a private gathering, perhaps?

- I'm The One doesn't seem to be doing much on the countdown as it dropped back into the Top 30 this week.  Again, this goes to show that Hits 1 doesn't really care for hip-hop in general.

- Before Introducing Malibu, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Miley Cyrus credited Liam Hemsworth for helping her get into The Voice with a better attitude.  I'll bet she happy to have the support of her current boyfriend.  Also, I heard they canceled their wedding for whatever reason, which was shocking to Hollywood.

- Speaking of Justin Bieber, Despacito took a huge jump into the Top 20.  Perfectly fine by me as I consider this song to be better than I'm The One.  In fact, both songs are still in the Top 5 on Billboard.

- Ed Sheeran decided to quit Twitter because there were many people saying rude tweets about him.  I guess even some of the best singers have haters nowadays. 

- We have two Top 10 entries this week.  One is a re-entry from Paris, which I still enjoy.  The other is Body Like A Back Road, which I'm not thrilled about.  Unfortunately, the latter is not leaving anytime soon, so I'll have to put up with it.

- Thankfully though, we have There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back at #1 for the 2nd week.  I pretty much explained last week that I've been enjoying this song more and I personally think it's the best single from Illuminate.  Hopefully, it can stay for as long as it wants.

Hit-Bound

Fall Out Boy - Champion
Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens - Reminding Me
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Paramore - Hard Times
Julia Michaels - Uh Huh
The Chainsmokers - Honest
Andy Grammer - Give Love
Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor
All Time Low - Good Times
Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
Imagine Dragons - Thunder

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
TIE: 1. Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
TIE: 1. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
3. Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
4. Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor
5. Paramore - Hard Times


Top 20 Review
0 - Awful:
20. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
19. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

1 - Bad:
None!

2 - Mediocre:
18. Julia Michaels - Issues
17. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go

3 - Decent:
16. Linkin Park featuring Kiiara - Heavy

4 - Good:
15. Halsey - Now Or Never
14. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
13. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee

5 - Great:
12. The Chainsmokers - Paris
11. Charlie Puth - Attention
10. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
9. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay
8. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
7. Imagine Dragons - Believer
6. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me
5. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels
4. Lady Gaga - The Cure
3. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito

BONUS: 6 - Best Song On The Countdown
TIE: 1. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
TIE: 1. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Overall Grade: 81/100 (B-)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Mariah Carey - We Belong Together

Most Missed Countdown Song: Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Olly Murs featuring Louisa Johnson - Unpredictable

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza

My Top 5 Picks
TIE: 1. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
TIE: 1. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
3. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
4. Lady Gaga - The Cure
5. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
2. Train - Play That Song
3. Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know
4. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
5. Maroon 5 - Cold

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover): While it's not as good as her other singles from 25, this is still enjoyable for what it is.  I'm glad this was mentioned as a summer throwback on last week's countdown.







Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ed Sheeran (3) - Week Of July 1, 2017

I would like to wish everyone a Happy early 4th Of July! This week was the 4th Of July Edition of the Weekend Countdown as America celebrates its 241st Birthday and Canada its 150th Birthday.  We’re now halfway through the year, as we begin the month of July.  Pretty soon, I’ll have to consider getting started on my own Year-End posts, which is six months from today.  Now, with all that being said, here are the songs leaving the countdown this week.
  • DNCE - Kissing Strangers (#31)
  • Hey Violet - Break My Heart (#29)
The Countdown
Last Week’s #1 Song: The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
45. Machine Gun Kelly featuring Camila Cabello - Bad Things (#43)
44. Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know (#44) [3 Weeks At #1]
43. Niall Horan - This Town (#45)
42. Fitz & The Tantrums - HandClap (#40)
41. Steve Aoki featuring Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (#41)
40. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey featuring Zedd - Starving (#42) [4 Weeks At #1]
39. Zayn featuring Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever (#38)
38. Aaron Carter - Sooner Or Later (#34)
37. Erin Bowman - Good Time Good Life (#37)
36. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (#36)
35. Noah Cyrus - Stay Together (#33)
34. Jon Bellion - Overwhelming (#39)
33. Maroon 5 - Cold (#35)
32. Camila Cabello - Crying In The Club (DEBUT)
31. Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times (#23)
30. Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj - Swalla (#19)
29. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low (#30)
28. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry - Feels (DEBUT)
27. Shawn Mendes - Mercy (#26)
26. DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper - I'm The One (#28)
25. Train - Play That Song (#21)
24. The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer (#25)
23. AJR - Weak (#22)
22. Miley Cyrus - Malibu (#17)
21. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls (#24)
20. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#32)
19. Linkin Park featuring Kiiara - Heavy (#9)
18. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#16) [1 Week At #1]
17. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar (#20)
16. Panic! At The Disco - L.A. Devotee (#13)
15. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#18)
14. The Chainsmokers - Paris (#12) [1 Week At #1]
13. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#27)
12. Halsey - Now Or Never (#14)
11. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#15)
10. Charlie Puth - Attention (#6)
9. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go (#7)
8. Lady Gaga - The Cure (#10)
7. Julia Michaels - Issues (#11)
6. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#8)
5. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#2) [1 Week At #1]
4. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay (#4) [3 Weeks At #1]
3. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#3)
2. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#1) [3  Weeks At #1]
1. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#5) [3rd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Justin Timberlake - Can’t Stop The Feeling

Biggest DRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj - Swalla (-11) (.......)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (+14) (.......)

New Entrants
- Our first of two debuts this week comes from Camila Cabello, who finally goes solo after years of being with Fifth Harmony.  She starts off her solo career with Crying In The Club.  Now, I’m split on her new single at the moment.  It’s basically a lesser version of Cheap Thrills, which was one of last summer’s biggest hits.  We’ll see if this grows on me.

- Calvin Harris returns not long after Slide exited the countdown last week.  He has a new single titled Feels, and this time he’s bringing Pharrell and Katy Perry along for the fun.  This new single sounds very similar to Slide.  Now, the question is this: is it better than it’s predecessor?  I can’t say that yet since I’ll need to listen to it more, but I still like this.  Calvin Harris has improved from last year when he released This Is What You Came For, which was not to many people’s liking.  Here’s to hoping his new single has a nice stay here.

Ain’t No Blurbing In The Club
- As always, we’ll begin with the exits.  First, there’s Kissing Strangers, which I didn’t really like that much.  But then, there’s Break My Heart, a song that I personally thought was better than it’s predecessor that debuted earlier this year.  These exits were not really surprising since they weren’t popular everywhere else.

- The guest DJ that introduced Don’t Wanna Know gave a shout out to all of her Canadian friends.  How very nice of her!

- Before introducing Good Time Good Life, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Erin Bowman actually performed the theme song for the Pokemon anime.  Pretty cool considering it was actually my favorite cartoon since I was a child.

- Before introducing Stay Together, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Noah Cyrus’s sister, Miley, told her not to google herself, mainly because there are haters out there.  I’m sure she’s gonna take her sister’s advice and not listen to the critics while she focuses on her career.

- That huge jump Swalla had last week was just a hope spot, because right now it’s back to square one.  It’s too bad Jason Derulo can’t seem to have a hit nowadays.

- Before introducing Bad Liar, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Selena Gomez sounds really good in this song.  However, a lot of critics will have to disagree (as well as many people in the blogging community), because they have panned this song from the get-go.  As I’ve said last week, there’s nothing good about this song at all, and I’m hoping it doesn’t become a big hit.

- I’m not even gonna comment on Body Like A Back Road being honored the Biggest Jump Of The Week.

- There are no new Top 5 entrants for the second week in a row.

- Yes, you’re reading that right.  There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back is now tied for best song on the countdown.  While I still think Something Just Like This is clearly the best, I’ve been enjoying this more with each listen.  Thank you Shawn Mendes for pleasing my ears again.

- However, it is Castle On The Hill that takes over the #1 spot this week.   Now, I would’ve preferred one of the two purple songs to have another week at #1, but hey, I’ll take Castle On The Hill any day.  


Bonus Summer Throwback Songs

Since this was the Fourth Of July edition of the weekend countdown, Hits 1 compiled a list of many throwback songs they played this week.  Here’s the color code:

Purple - Best Song
Green - Great
Blue - Good
Pink - Decent
Yellow - Mediocre
Turquoise - Bad
Red - Awful
Orange - Worst Song

Here are the throwback songs they played this weekend:

Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton - Can’t Hold Us
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Twenty One Pilots - Ride
Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell and T.I. - Blurred Lines
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Maroon 5 - Payphone
Florida Georgia Line - Cruise
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Ariana Grande - Problem
Omi - Cheerleader
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
Taylor Swift - New Romantics
Sia featuring Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Katy Perry - E.T.
B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams - Airplanes
Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer
Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman
The Chainsmokers featuring Daya - Don’t Let Me Down
5 Seconds Of Summer - She Looks So Perfect
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth - See You Again
Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Maroon 5 - Love Somebody
Katy Perry - California Gurls
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo and Afrojack - Give Me Everything
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Andy Grammer - Honey I’m Good
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (So Light ‘Em Up)
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
fun. featuring Janelle Monae - We Are Young
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX - Fancy
Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
Magic! - Rude
Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A.
Cee Lo Green - Forget You

- As far as the list goes, I like pretty much most of them.  However, I was never a fan of either Blurred Lines or She Looks So Perfect from the start.

- Unlike most of you, I’m still in love with Shut Up And Dance to this day.  Same with Honey I’m Good, even though it doesn’t quite come close to one of Andy Grammer’s best singles.

- Am I the only one here that actually likes Rude, even if some people find it straight up annoying?

- If I’m being honest, I might be one of the few that actually still likes See You Again, especially since it’s a great tribute to the late Paul Walker.
- I’m quite surprised to see Love Me Like You Do on the list, in part because it hit #1 during the spring of 2015.  But hey, I’ll take it, since I still love this song so much.  I spent a while deciding between Cool For The Summer and Love Me Like You Do for my favorite summer throwback, and I actually found the latter to be absolutely fantastic.  Ellie Goulding is one of those rare artists that never disappoint me with her singles.  Here’s to hoping she can make a comeback with her new album soon because she is an absolutely amazing singer (and she’s gorgeous too).

- We have several songs here that were on last year’s countdown (Send My Love (To Your New Lover), Ride, New Romantics, Cheap Thrills, Dangerous Woman, and Don’t Let Me Down).  Of those ? songs mentioned, four of them (New Romantics, Send My Love (To Your New Lover), Don’t Let Me Down, and I Took A Pill In Ibiza) managed to spend at least 1 week at #1.

My Top 5 Summer Throwback Picks
1. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
2. Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer
3. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
4. Taylor Swift - New Romantics
5. Katy Perry - E.T.

Hit-Bound

Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious
Andy Grammer - Give Love
Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
Julia Michaels - Uh Huh
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
The Chainsmokers - Honest (DEBUT)
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor
Fall Out Boy - Champion
Paramore - Hard Times
Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens - Reminding Me
Childish Gambino - Redbone (DEBUT)
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
All Time Low - Good Times

- To start off our Hit-Bound debuts for this week, we have more Chainsmokers, this time with their new single Honest.  This is something I can get into, even though it’s not nearly as good as their predecessors.

- Childish Gambino has a song that is currently popular right now, in the form of Redbone.  Unfortunately, I can’t say I’m a fan.  It’s just not my type of song I want to hear.  Sorry.

- Before introducing Uh Huh, Mikey Piff mentioned that Julia Michaels is basically a therapist when writing songs for other people.  She figures out what’s going with their lives and then starts writing about it.  It’s no wonder she’s been credited with giving artists (Selena Gomez, for example) hits these days.  I heard it’s not doing very well right now, which is a good news.  So I’m hoping it flops here too.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
TIE: 1. Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
TIE: 1. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
3. Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
4. Bruno Mars - Versace On The Floor
5. Paramore - Hard Times

YouTube 15

This is my second time reviewing the YouTube 15 on my blog.  Quite a bit has changed since my last review a few weeks ago.  Here are the songs trending this week:

Bruno Mars - That’s What I Like
Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson - Symphony
Owl City - Not All Heroes Wear Capes
DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper - I’m The One
Martin Garrix featuring Troye Sivan - There For You
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
HAIM - Want You Back
Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
Olly Murs featuring Louisa Johnson - Unpredictable
The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
Fifth Harmony - Down
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Alan Walker featuring Gavin James - Tired
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Nick Jonas featuring Anne-Marie and Mike Posner - Remember I Told You

- Remember Owl City?  He has a new single titled Not All Heroes Wear Capes.  This song is a departure from his previous work (Fireflies, Good Time, etc.) as he goes in a much more acoustic direction.  I kinda like his new sound for now, though I can’t really see it being a hit everywhere.

- Want You Back I think it’s a pretty decent song that I can listen to every now and then.  I don’t think it’ll stick with me in the long run, but I can see it growing on me in the near future though.

- Unpredictable has plenty of things I like.  Both Olly Murs’ and Louisa Johnson’s vocals are well done.  Hopefully, it can chart soon because I’m enjoying this.

- I can’t really say I’m a fan of Fifth Harmony’s new single at the moment.  It’s basically a carbon copy of Work From Home, which was panned by critics and the blogging community alike.  And no, adding Gucci Mane doesn’t make the song any better.  At least it’s better than its predecessor and I’ll give them that.  But yeah, it’s not really that interesting.

- Finally, we have more Nick Jonas, in form of Remember I Told You which features Anne-Marie and Mike Posner.  It definitely sounds cool in comparison to his previous singles.  The question is, will he finally have a hit like he did with Jealous?  I doubt it somehow, but we’ll see.

- On that note, it doesn’t look like Symphony is going to become a hit I wanted it to be, unfortunately.  I was expecting it happen in the wake of Rockabye being popular in the U.S., but I guess not.  Maybe another day, perhaps?

My Top 5 YouTube 15 Picks
TIE: 1. Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson - Symphony
TIE: 1. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
3. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
4. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
5. Olly Murs featuring Louisa Johnson - Unpredictable


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

1 - Bad:
19. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
2 - Mediocre:
18. Julia Michaels - Issues
17. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
16. Liam Payne - Strip That Down
3 - Decent:
15. Linkin Park featuring Kiiara - Heavy

4 - Good:
14. Halsey - Now Or Never
13. Panic! At the Disco - L.A. Devotee
5 - Great:
12. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
11. The Chainsmokers - Paris
10. Charlie Puth - Attention
9. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
8. Imagine Dragons - Believer
7. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me
6. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay
5. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
4. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
3. Lady Gaga - The Cure

BONUS: 6 - Best Song On The Countdown:
TIE: 1. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
TIE: 1. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
Overall Grade: 80/100 (B-)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Madonna - Into The Groove

Most Missed Countdown Song: Ellie Goulding - Something In The Way You Move

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kygo featuring Ellie Goulding - First Time

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza

My Top 5 Picks
TIE: 1. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This
TIE: 1. Shawn Mendes - There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
3. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
4. Lady Gaga - The Cure
5. Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj - Swalla

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
2. Train - Play That Song
3. Maroon 5 - Don’t Wanna Know
4. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
5. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Kent Jones - Don’t Mind: One of Adrian’s most hated songs of last year.  I don’t hate it as much as Adrian, in part because I think adding the spanish lyrics made it somewhat cool.