Thursday, November 23, 2017

Imagine Dragons (2) - Week Of November 25, 2017

Hello, guys! Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and I hope enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Spyder Harrison actually hosted the Thanksgiving Day Edition of the Weekend Countdown. Heh, I guess he wasn't given the day off on this holiday. Anyway, after the thrill that was last week, we have taken a bit of a step back this week. There were some good things that happened. However, we had some bad (and I mean really bad) things that were not to my liking. At least our #1 is good, though. Let's dive right in, shall we? So with that being said, here are the songs leaving us this week:

  • The All-American Rejects - Sweat (#44)
  • Justin Bieber featuring BloodPop® - Friends (#43)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: P!NK - What About Us
45. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#45) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
44. Evaride - Heartless (#42) [-2]
43. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (#39) [-4]
42. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#40) [-2] [Spent 9 Weeks At #1]
41. Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid - 1-800-273-8255 (#29) [-12]
40. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low (#41) [+1]
39. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#35) [-4] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
38. The Script - Rain (#34) [-4]
37. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar (DEBUT)
36. Charlie Puth - Attention (#36) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
35. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#32) [-3]
34. The Shadowboxers - Hot Damn (#38) [+4]
33. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay (#34) [+1] [Spent 4 Weeks At #1]
32. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#27) [-5] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
31. Lauv - I Like Me Better (#23) [-8]
30. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be (#37) [+7]
29. Zayn featuring Sia - Dusk Till Dawn (#33) [+4]
28. Mono Mind - Save Me A Place (#19) [-9]
27. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#30) [+3] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
26. Sabrina Carpenter - Why (#23) [-3]
25. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#24) [-1] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
24. Dua Lipa - New Rules (#21) [-3]
23. Linkin Park - One More Light (#24) [+1]
22. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#26) [+4]
21. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (#10) [-11] (Dang!)
20. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello - Wolves (DEBUT)
19. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask (#22) [+3]
18. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (#17) [-1]
17. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (#13) [-4]
16. Charlie Puth - How Long (#20) [+4]
15. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt - Let Me Go (#9) [-6]
14. Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises (#14) [=]
13. Kesha - Praying (#18) [+5]
12. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#15) [+3] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
11. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (#7) [-4]
10. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#11) [+1] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
9. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (#5) [-4]
8. P!NK - What About Us (#1) [-7] [Spent 1 Week At #1] (Ooooh...)
7. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious (#12) [+5]
6. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#6) [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
5. Maroon 5 featuring SZA - What Lovers Do (#8) [+3]
4. Camila Cabello - Havana (#16) [+12]
3. Ed Sheeran - Perfect (#3) [=]
2. Halsey - Bad At Love (#4) [+2]
1. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#2) [+1] [SECOND WEEK AT #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer (7th Of 8 Weeks At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid - 1-800-273-8255 (-12)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Camila Cabello - Havana (+12)

New Entrants
- To kick off this week's new arrivals, we have a debut that I was not looking forward to at all. This is one that I'm sure many of you are expecting me to thrash big time. Allow me to introduce it to you: it is from Post Malone with the song called Rockstar. I never thought Hits 1 would pick up a song of this caliber, seeing as they don't care for rap/hip-hop. But alas, here it is. When I first talked about Body Like A Back Road, a song that continues to test my patience (and many others as well), back when it debuted back in June, I've said that it is an embarrassment to the country genre. I won't rant anymore about that song right now. I've pretty much said what I needed to about Body Like A Back Road (at least until I do my Year-End posts). Let's just get into reviewing Rockstar. This song is another representation of just how bad the quality of rap music has been in recent years. I'm pretty sure you can figure out why I don't like it. The production is flat-out bad across the board, the lyrical content is really stupid like all of today's rap music, and the vocals, while somewhat tolerable, aren't good. I am honestly just as shocked as you are that Hits 1 would pick up something like this. The fact that it has spent 6 annoying weeks at #1 on Billboard is very disappointing, and unfortunately it's destined to spend another week there. That alone is bad enough, but making matters much, MUCH worse is that we have song even worse than Rockstar that I won't mention currently sitting at #3 has the potential to be the next #1 in the near future. At this point in time, I really start to question why America is making these two big hits when they're horrible on so many levels. I don't care if it's streaming that made them this way. But whatever it is, it's making the rap genre look bad, and it's sad because I used to like rap music. But time and time again, it's all the same because of either the stupid lyrical content, the lazy production, or both. It really makes me sad that people would prefer to listen to this over the lovely Rachel Platten, whose album just recently came out last month mind you, or Lorde, who had an amazing lead single which not only failed to graduate Hit-Bound, but was a huge flop elsewhere. Or maybe Carly Rae Jepsen, who's music is great but is severely underrated for whatever reason still unbeknownst to me. Heck, I'll even take Meghan Trainor for the matter. Sorry everyone, but as strange as it may seem, I'd much rather, and I'm going to emphasize: I'D MUCH RATHER have Meghan Trainor flood the charts than these two songs sitting at #3 and #1. That's saying a whole lot. I'm sorry guys if this is a long rant, but I felt it was necessary. I've pretty much said enough about this song, and seeing as Hits 1 does not care for rap or hip-hop, it looks destined to not last long. Hopefully, I am right because this song is just a dumpster fire.

- On a more positive note, there's a debut that I'm sure many of you expected to happen, and it's much, MUCH better than the debut that I just finished talking about. I'm very pleased to see that it's the highest debut of the week. Selena Gomez makes her return once more. Making its debut at #20, her new single is titled Wolves, which features Marshmello, a new EDM artist trying to make his presence known in the music business. As far as Selena Gomez goes in terms of her music, it has been quite a mixed bag for many. Earlier this year, she brought us her amazing collaboration with Kygo in It Ain't Me. But after that, she also brought us Bad Liar and Fetish, both of which were very disappointing singles to say the least. When I first heard that she was doing a collaboration with Marshmello, I'm sure many had low expectations coming in, especially after they were jaded big time by her two awful songs I just mentioned. I myself pretty much felt the same way. In fact, even before she seemed to go downhill with her music (with the exception of It Ain't Me), some have questioned the quality of her music, especially after her last album, Revival, was seen by some as just simply not a good album. After listening to Wolves in full, I was impressed with how it turned out. Based on my initial reaction, I felt this was a good song and I had said that this is something that Selena Gomez should be doing at this point in time, and not her sultry tracks that I just talked about. Repeated listens, plus having paid more attention to the lyrics made me fall madly in love with the song. I'll make it simple: this song is amazing. IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Simply put, this song is divine in every sense of the word. Let me be honest for a second: Selena is definitely a talented artist and she does have a great voice. It's just a matter of how she uses it and overall, she does an excellent job here. Her vocals are absolutely spot on, especially in the chorus where she shines. Some of the other great things about this song is the pre-chorus leading up to the chorus. And then after the chorus comes the best part about the song: the beat drop. The recently released music video for this song may not seem like much, but I've got to say, she looks stunning. In terms of the lyrical content, it talks about a journey to love, basically what Selena has been doing recently. If you've been keeping up with social media, you've probably have heard stories about her relationship with The Weeknd, who have since split and now has started to hang out with Justin Bieber. Again, to put it easy, this song is near-flawless from start to finish and is easily the best debut of the week by a landslide. While it unfortunately isn't eligible for My Top 45 Songs of 2017, it's an early front-runner for my best song of 2018 so far. I'm overjoyed to see it here, and I'm hoping it can do well because frankly, it deserves it.

I've Been Blurbing With The Wolves To Get To You
- So, we say good-bye to two songs: one of which was not popular elsewhere, and the other was a flop. Sweat had been a grower for me the first few weeks it was here, and I had just started to slightly enjoy it. Given that The All-American Rejects have not been relevant since their last big hit, I shouldn't be surprised to see this one go. The other exit is Friends. I thought Justin Bieber was going to have another hit, but it did not catch on to the audience and it instead decided to flop. With many are still sick of him especially after they were jaded big time by Despacito getting overplayed, I probably should've seen it coming.  

- It was expected that Thunder would reclaim the top spot sooner or later, given that it's still a monster in both sales & radio. Honestly, I'm cool with it, since I still enjoy this song.

- Meanwhile, Bad At Love has reached a new peak at #2. While I prefer some other songs in the Top 5, I do see some potential in it reaching the spot at some point. I underestimated by how well this would do on the charts. I think Bad At Love is a better choice for #1 over her predecessor, Now Or Never. So if this hits #1, I'll be okay with it.

- Next in line, we have Perfect holding at #3. I was thinking it would be #1 after that big jump last week, but I was proven wrong. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up getting there, since it's sales are gaining and it's gaining traction on radio as well. Plus, Hits 1 still loves to play some Ed Sheeran, so it helps.

- For the second week in a row, we have two Top 5 entrants this week. The first being Havana, which was honored the Biggest Jump Of The Week for the second time during its tenure. After struggling for the first few weeks after its debut, it has managed to gain some ground. It's good to see this one becoming Camila's biggest hit thus far into her solo career.

- Our other Top 5 entrant comes from What Lovers Do. It was destined to enter that region eventually, given that most Maroon 5 singles have been in the Top 5. I won't be too surprised if this hits #1, and I'll be perfectly fine with it, since it's better than the other two representations they had earlier this year.

- Ouch! This didn't last long; What About Us dropped out of the Top 5 very quickly after hitting #1, much like Sorry Not Sorry did last week. I guess Hits 1 though 1 week at #1 for these songs were too much, heh.

- It's hard to believe that Believer is still in the Top 20, given that it lost popularity a long time ago. Also, Spyder Harrison mentioned upon its introduction that Dan Reynolds talked about sexual harassment during his speech at the American Music Awards. It's good to see someone speak out about the issue, especially since it's been popping up on the news in recent weeks.

- Before introducing Let Me Go, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Hailee Steinfeld has her birthday coming up and yet, she hasn't decided on what to do for her celebration. I'm guessing she wants to do something big. Maybe throw a big party, perhaps?

- The guest DJ that introduced Feel It Still gave a shout-out to her fiancé. She told Spyder Harrsion that they plan on having their wedding next year. I wonder will Spyder attend?

- Before introducing Too Good At Goodbyes, Spyder Harrison mentioned that Sam Smith thanks Rihanna for being an inspiration by being unapologetically herself. It's nice to see an artist be an inspiration to someone who has made his mark in the music industry. That said, I'm not thrilled about Too Good At Goodbyes taking a shocking big drop out of the Top 10.

- Speaking of drops, this is the first time Save Me A Place is not in the Top 20. It had a good run there while it lasted, so props to that.

- And I Like Me Better is back to square one, as it took a tumble back down to its debut position at #31. That which I'm fine with since it's just simply not a good song in my opinion.

- Looks like this is the end of 1-800-273-8255 after that big drop down to the bottom 5. While Hits 1 didn't really treat it as well as I had hoped, at least it made it here, which I'm happy about. Fun fact: this is the second week in a row in which both the Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! and Jump Of The Week moved the exact same number of spots.

- On that note, our Bottom 5 consists of 3 songs that have been here for a long while, one that wasn't popular elsewhere, and the other which I talked about was pretty underrated on Hits 1 despite its huge popularity.

Hit-Bound:

NOTE: I'll be doing Hit-Bound this week. However, it will be posted later this weekend.

Top 20 Review:
0 - Putrid:
None!

1 - Bad:
None!

2 - Mediocre:
None!

3 - Decent:
20. Imagine Dragons - Believer
19. Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises
18. Halsey - Bad At Love
17. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
16. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft

4 - Good:
15. Camila Cabello - Havana
14. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious
13. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

5 - Great:
12. Charlie Puth - How Long
11. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask
10. Maroon 5 featuring SZA - What Lovers Do
9. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt - Let Me Go
8. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
7. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
6. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
5. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
4. P!NK - What About Us
3. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?

BONUS: 6 - Best Song On The Countdown:
TIE: 1. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello - Wolves
TIE: 1. Kesha - Praying

Overall Grade: 89/100 (B+)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Céline Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now (1996)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass (Seriously, guys. You think I care if you despise Meghan Trainor so much? Or this song for the matter? Honestly, it just makes me sad that people can't seem to appreciate this because I really really like it. :/)

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kygo featuring OneRepulic - Stranger Things

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful

My Top 5 Picks
TIE: 1. Kesha - Praying
TIE: 1. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello - Wolves
3. Taylor Swift - ... Ready For It?
4. P!NK - What About Us
5. ZAYN featuring Sia - Dusk Till Dawn

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
2. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar
3. Sabrina Carpenter - Why
4. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be
5. Liam Payne - Strip That Down

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Train - Play That Song: Sorry, Train, but no one wants to play a song that is just as stiff all around as the horrible Hey, Soul Sister. Honestly, I'd much prefer when they did songs like Drive By and 50 Ways To Say Goodbye

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My Bottom 10 Songs Of 2016

Hello, friends! Remember last month when I did my Top 10 songs of 2016? Yeah, if you missed it, you can check it out here. Today, I'm going to be counting down my Bottom 10 Songs of 2016 and I'll explain why I thought these songs were bad. As I said, 2016 was simply not a great year for music in general by many critics. There were so many mediocre to bad music being released. However, none can compare to some of the other music that was horrific from the start, and I'll dive right into them. But first, there are some of the few dishonorable mentions:

Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna - This Is What You Came For
This is a song that I actually really liked when it first dropped. If I'm being honest, I was astounded by the hate it received by some, until I started to pay more attention to everyone else's takes on it and that was then I came to the realization of just how underwhelming this song is in general. To put it easy, it's one of those basic EDM songs with an underwhelming beat drop, and Rihanna repeating the word "you" many times throughout doesn't make it any better, hence why some call this the worst EDM song of 2016. While I may have liked their previous collaboration with We Found Love, I just can't with this anymore. I know these two can do better. Sorry.

Future featuring The Weeknd - Low Life
The Weeknd has made a handful of songs I like, but unfortunately this isn't one of them. Let me be straight up: Future sucks, period. The production is lazy, the lyrics are stupid, and Future's vocals don't sit well with me at all. I'm sorry, but I can't with this.

Symon - Say
Though this song didn't chart elsewhere, I'm putting this here because it was actually on Hits 1 and made it to the countdown. But yeah, to put it short, this is not how you make a good first impression. Her vocals are okay, but my goodness, this song is so repetitive. And not helping is that the rap breakdown in the bridge, especially after the second chorus. Yeah, her rapping skills are pathetic, as well as the rest of the song. It's a good thing she's hosting the Hits 1 in Hollywood. Moving on.

Meghan Trainor - Me Too
Ah yes, almost most every music's most hated song of 2016. I'm sure many of you were expecting me to place this as my #1 worst song of last year, or even put it in the Bottom 5. Sorry to disappoint many of you, but I think differently. Yes, I know. This song is just a mess, but there was something about it that made me like it to the point where it was a big guilty pleasure of mine from last year. I just can't put my finger on it. Still, It wasn't long until I started to turn on it like most people. But yeah, I'm hoping Meghan Trainor can improve from there.

Now, with all the dishonorable mentions out of the way, I now present to you my Bottom 10 songs of 2016. These songs I'm about to list (along with my thoughts) were so bad, I can't stand any of them. Let's get right into it. Here we go!



10. Post Malone - White Iverson
Post Malone's first foray into music, and to be blunt, not a good one at that. This is one of many examples of how not to make a good first impression as an artist. The production is lazy across the board, and his vocals are just outright bad. It does have some funny lines, though, and I'll give him that. But overall, this is not a good first impression. SKIP THIS!

9. Jacob Sartorious - Hit Or Miss
You know, I'll never understand why Jacob Sartorious is trying to get so much recognition. If I'm being honest, he is pretty much the male version of Rebecca Black. Right off the bat, his is slightly better than its predecessor, but only by a very little bit. Still, I can't deny that this song still sucks. He's trying to rap in his verses, and it doesn't work. I absolutely hate the beat drop and the production. And that's not even his worst song. But again, this still blows. SKIP THIS!

8. Jacob Sartorious - Sweatshirt
Need another reason why Jacob Sartorious is basically the male version of Rebecca Black? Look no further than this one. In fact, this is even worse than its successor. I'm going to make it simple: Jacob Sartorious just cannot sing, period! His vocals are beyond obnoxious. He basically sounds like a little kid. In fact, it makes me cringe every time I hear his voice. It sucks. Plus, the lyrical content doesn't make the song any better either. Yeah, this blows. PASS!

7. Daya - Sit Still, Look Pretty
It's not Daya herself that makes this song so bad (her vocals are actually decent); it's the meaning and the lyrical content that kills it for me. It talks about how she's going to rule the world and not wanting to sit and look pretty. As I mentioned, some of the lyrics just don't really make sense to me. To put it easy, Daya just needs to either work on her songwriting skills, or better yet, get some better songwriters for her music. I did like it when it was new. But today, not so much anymore.

6. Charlie Puth - One Call Away
There was no doubt in my mind that Charlie Puth was going to end up having another hit at some point in time, following the success of See You Again and the absolutely rotten Marvin Gaye. This song is just as bad as its predecessor in the awful Nine Track Mind. He doesn't showcase his vocals very well. And no, Charlie; you're no Superman. I may like slow ballads, but this isn't one of them. Sorry.

5. Rihanna featuring Drake - Work
Don't get me wrong, Rihanna and Drake both have made some good collaborations, such as What's My Name? and Take Care. But Work, however, is a different story. When looking at this song in detail, it has virtually no good qualities whatsoever. Here, you have Rihanna repeating the word, "work", many times throughout the song, and she's doing it at a much faster pace, making it hard to understand what she is saying. Drake doesn't add anything to the song, either. And don't even get me started on the production, because it is poorly done. Overall, this song is simply just a giant mess across the board. NEXT!

4. Zay Hilfigerrr featuring Zayion McCall - Juju On That Beat
You know, I absolutely loathe when newcomers in the rap genre make songs like this one a hit in America. This song is another example of just how bad the quality of the rap music has been recently. Easily the worst thing about this song is the lyrical content, period. The vocals are annoying as well. Simply put, it's another awful rap song that I don't really need to explain. NEXT!

3. Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home
Blech. This is probably the worst single Fifth Harmony has released to date. Like Rihanna featuring Drake - Work, this is another song that uses the word, "work". The production here is virtually nonexistent to the point where it's just unbearable and the lyrical content is really stupid all throughout. Not only that, but Ty Dolla $ign doesn't contributing to any part of the song whatsoever. I can't believe I actually really liked this at first. I should've listened to the YouTube critics on this one back then. I'm glad I did, because this song is just pure garbage. Yeah, there's no way for me to defend this. NEXT!

2. Kiiara - Gold
Described by some as a "mash-up" of itself, this song is one of the few perfect examples of how not to make a good first impression as a artist. Many music critics explained this one in great detail, and they couldn't be more right. But I'll try to do the best I can with this one. To put it short, everything about this song just blows from the top down bottom up. The choppy obnoxious vocals, the dull sentiment, and the poorly-written lyrical content makes this my #2 worst song of 2016. The fact that this actually caught on to the public drives me off the wall. How this somehow became a hit, I'll never understand. Moving on.

1. Desiigner - Panda
Blech. I don't really know how to describe this. This is probably one of the worst songs I've ever heard in my entire life. My goodness, is this song so rotten on many levels. Again, words cannot describe just how bad it is. I'll do the best I can on reviewing this. This song is basically an embarrassment to the rap genre. His vocals are beyond obnoxious to the point where I can't stand to hear it. I can't even understand a thing he's saying at all. The lyrical content is garbage, the production is beyond dreadful, and the premise is dull and uninteresting. And that's not even the worst of it. The worst thing about this song to me is the vocal effects. They make me cringe every time I hear it. Like most rap songs, how this became a #1 hit, whether it's through streaming or something else, I'll never understand. Here's to hoping we don't anymore songs like this because it is just crap.

Whew! And there you have it!  These are my Top 10 worst songs of 2016. Thanks again for reading, everybody. Let me know in the comments section about what you guys think of the list I just made. I hope you guys enjoy! Oh, and Happy early Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

P!NK (1) - Week Of November 18, 2017

Hello, fam! It's been a busy week for me this week. Honestly, I'm just so tired I'm ready for the holidays to get here. Plus, it is cold where I am right now. Speaking of which, Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas is fast approaching. What is the weather like where you live? What are your plans for the holidays? Let me know in the comments section below. Enough about that; the reason I'm here is to review music. To make it simple, this week was divine in every sense of the word. Okay, maybe not too divine, but a lot of good things happened this week. Let's get right into it. Before we get to this week's fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying good-bye to this week:

  • Kygo featuring Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (#45)

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
45. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (#44) [-1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
44. The All-American Rejects - Sweat (#43) [-1]
43. Justin Bieber featuring BloodPop® - Friends (#42) [-1]
42. Evaride - Heartless (#41) [-1]
41. MAX Featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low (#40) [-1]
40. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#39) [-1] [Spent 9 Weeks At #1]
39. Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee - Despacito (#33) [-6]
38. The Shadowboxers - Hot Damn (DEBUT)
37. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be (#39) [+2]
36. Charlie Puth - Attention (#37) [+1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
35. The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay - Something Just Like This (#36) [+1] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
34. The Script - Rain (#30) [-4]
33. ZAYN featuring Sia - Dusk Till Dawn (#38) [+5]
32. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (#22) [-10] (YES! YES! YES! :D)
31. Zedd featuring Alessia Cara - Stay (#34) [+3] [Spent 4 Weeks At #1]
30. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#29) [-1] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
29. Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid - 1-800-273-8255 (#28) [-1]
28. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#24) [-4] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
27. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#25) [-2] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
26. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#26) [=] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
25. Sabrina Carpenter - Why (#23) [-2]
24. Linkin Park - One More Light (#32) [+8]
23. Lauv - I Like Me Better (#31) [+8]
22. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask (#21) [-1]
21. Dua Lipa - New Rules (#20) [-1]
20. Charlie Puth - How Long (#19) [-1]
19. Mono Mind - Save Me A Place (#17) [-2]
18. Kesha - Praying (#13) [-5]
17. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (#27) [+10]
16. Camila Cabello - Havana (#15) [-1]
15. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#12) [-3] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
14. Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises (#11) [-3]
13. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (#16) [+3]
12. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious (#7) [-5]
11. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#2) [-9]
10. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (#10) [=]
9. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt - Let Me Go (#18) [+9]
8. Maroon 5 featuring SZA - What Lovers Do (#14) [+6]
7. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (#6) [-1]
6. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#1) [-5] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
5. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (#8) [+3]
4. Halsey - Bad At Love (#5) [+1]
3. Ed Sheeran - Perfect (#9) [+6]
2. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#4) [+2] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
1. P!NK - What About Us (#3) [+2] [FIRST WEEK AT #1!!!]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - Closer (6th Of 8 Weeks At #1)

Biggest DRRRRRRROP!!! Of The Week: Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road (-10) (THANK YOU, NORTH AMERICA!!!)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (+10)

New Entrants
- Our lone entrant this week comes from a new band, whose name is The Shadowboxers, making their first-ever appearance on the countdown with the song titled Hot Damn. And guess what? They're actually a band that was founded in my hometown of Atlanta. Cool stuff! Anyway, I just briefly talked about the song itself last week when it was still on Hit-Bound. I'm quite surprised to see it graduate and make it to the countdown given that it's not gaining popularity elsewhere (at least not right now). Onto the song itself. The production here is pretty cool, and it has some throwback vibes. Looking at the lyrical content, it's basically another one of those love songs we've been accustomed to. Is it me, or does the vocalist sound a little bit like The Weeknd? It's a cool song overall. We'll see how long it can stay with us.

So Now I Come To You, With Open Blurbs
- So, we say good-bye to It Ain't Me. And while some will find you old & annoying at this point, I'm among those who will be grieving its departure. Thank you for serving us well on this countdown. You will be remembered.

- If I'm being honest, I wasn't expecting P!NK to hit #1 with What About Us, but I'm most certainly take it. And hey, it gives me another reason to not look up Ed Sheeran pictures for another week. This is another song that just keeps getting better for me with each listen. And I'm sure a certain someone I won't mention will be happy about this week's #1, also. If it weren't for Praying, then this would've been in purple for me. 

- As far as the rest of the Top 5 goes, we have quite a shift in terms of new songs entering. For starters, we have Perfect making it back into that region after dropping out last week. Then, you have ...Ready For It? entering for the first time, given the hype behind Taylor Swift's new album, reputation

- There is also change for the rest of the Top 10 as well. While What Lovers Do makes its re-entry in that territory, we have Let Me Go taking a unexpected jump this week. Could this potentially be the next Starving? I hope so, but we'll see what happens from here on out.

- In terms of other unexpected jumps, we have Feel It Still making a nice recovery. It's almost like that big drop from last week never happened. Plus, this just reclaimed the #1 spot on the AT40 this week.

- I'm not too thrilled about the second-week jump from I Like Me Better. However, we do have One More Light making another entrance into the Top 30. I'll take that over the former any day.

- The guest DJ that introduced Stay gave a shout-out to all of her grandkids (and everyone else in her family). Very nice. We don't hear grandmothers making their appearance as guest DJ's that often.

- Looks like this is the end of the road for Despacito seeing as it tumbled down near the bottom 5. While I know for sure people are going to be throwing a be-gone party over that one when it leaves, I am not among those who will be attending. Sorry to those who have soured on it, but I still enjoy this song. Also, before introducing Despacito, Spyder Harrison talked about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez getting back together and Selena's past relationship with The Weeknd. I'm guessing Selena just can't make up her mind about who she wants to be with, heh.

- And one last thing: I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD WAS ANNOUNCED AS THE "BIGGEST DRRRRRRROP!!! OF THE WEEK"!!! YES YES YES YES YES!!! LET US REJOICE!!! :D

Hit-Bound:


  • Sofi Tukker - Best Friend
  • Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't (DEBUT)
  • Macklemore featuring Kesha - Good Old Days
  • Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello - Wolves
  • Harry Styles - Kiwi
  • P!NK featuring Eminem - Revenge
  • Walk The Moon - One Foot
  • Liam Payne - Bedroom Floor
  • Taylor Swift - Gorgeous
  • Post Malone featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar
  • X Ambassadors - Ahead Of Myself
  • Bruno Mars - Chunky
  • Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
  • Nick Jonas - Find You

- We have only one debut on Hit-Bound this week, and it comes from Fall Out Boy with another new single from M A N I A. Enter Hold Me Tight Or Don't. I'll have more on this when it debuts. But I'll just say right off the bat, it has some cool stuff going on.

My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
TIE: 1. Bruno Mars - Chunky
TIE: 1. Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello - Wolves
3. Macklemore featuring Kesha - Good Old Days
4. Walk The Moon - One Foot
5. Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes

Top 20 Review:
0 - Putrid:
None!

1 - Bad:
None!

2 - Mediocre:
None!

3 - Decent:
20. Imagine Dragons - Believer
19. Halsey - Bad At Love

4 - Good:
18. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
17. Camila Cabello - Havana
16. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
15. Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey - Glorious
14. Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises

5 - Great:
13. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
12. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
11. Charlie Puth - How Long
10. Maroon 5 featuring SZA - What Lovers Do
9. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt - Let Me Go
8. Mono Mind - Save Me A Place
7. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
6. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
5. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
4. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
3. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
2. P!NK - What About Us

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

Overall Grade: 92/100 (A-)

Throwback Picks Of The Week: Journey - Open Arms (1982) and Céline Dion - All By Myself (1996)

Most Missed Countdown Song: P!NK featuring Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Taylor Swift - Call It What You Want

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful

My Top 5 Picks
1. Kesha - Praying
2. P!NK - What About Us
3. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
4. ZAYN featuring Sia - Dusk Till Dawn
5. Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid - 1-800-273-8255

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
2. Sabrina Carpenter - Why
3. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be
4. MAX featuring Gnash - Lights Down Low
5. Liam Payne - Strip That Down

Songs That Debuted This Week One Year Ago:
Martin Garrix featuring Bebe Rexha - In The Name Of Love: This EDM song is absolutely divine in every sense of the word. Bebe's powerful vocal performance is easily the best thing about it. It's too bad this didn't become a huge hit I wanted to be and it's unfortunately going to miss the Billboard Year-End List of 2017.

AT40: Portugal. The Man (2) - Week Of November 18, 2017

Hello, guys! Sorry, if this post was out a little late. I was busy all day yesterday. Anyway, not too much I can say about this week. All I can say is the end of the year is fast approaching, so I've still working on some of my Year-End reviews. So without further ado, we say good-bye to these songs dropping out this week:

  • Find You by Nick Jonas
    Last Week: #39 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 1


  • Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay [Spent 1 Week At #1]
    Last Week: #40 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 35

The Countdown:
Last Week's #1 Song: Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato

40. He Like That by Fifth Harmony (DEBUT)
Last Week: N/A | # Of Weeks On Chart: 1

39. That's What I Like by Bruno Mars [-1] [Spent 3 Weeks At #1]
Last Week: #38 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 41


38. Faking It by Calvin Harris featuring Kehlani and Lil' Yatchy (DEBUT)
Last Week: N/A | # Of Weeks On Chart: 1


37. Do Re Mi by Blackbear [-4]
Last Week: #33 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 4


36. It Ain't Me by Kygo featuring Selena Gomez [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
Last Week: #36 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 37


35. Too Much To Ask by Niall Horan [+2]
Last Week: #37 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 2


34. Good Old Days by Macklemore featuring Kesha [+1]
Last Week: #35 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 3


33. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt [-1]
Last Week: #32 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 24


32. Young, Dumb, and Broke by Khalid [+2]
Last Week: #34 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 3


31. Why by Sabrina Carpenter [=]
Last Week: #31 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 5
 


30. Let Me Go by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt [-1]
Last Week: #29 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 6


29. Stay by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara [-1] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
Last Week: #28 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 36


28. Despacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee [-3] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
Last Week: #25 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 26


27. How Long by Charlie Puth [+3]
Last Week: #30 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 3


26. Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) by Cardi B. [+1]
Last Week: #27 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 5


25. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage [+1]
Last Week: #26 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 4


24. Believer by Imagine Dragons [-3]
Last Week: #21 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 26


23. Love So Soft by Kelly Clarkson [+1]
Last Week: #24 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 7


22. Lights Down Low by MAX featuring Gnash [+1]
Last Week: #23 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 11


21. Mi Gente by J. Balvin featuring Willy William [+1]
Last Week: #22 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 12


20. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift [-12] [Spent 1 Week At #1] (Ouch!)
Last Week: #8 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 10
 


19. No Promises by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato [-6]
Last Week: #13 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 24


18. New Rules by Dua Lipa [+1]
Last Week: #19 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 7


17. ...Ready For It? by Taylor Swift [+3]
Last Week: #20 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 7


16. Perfect by Ed Sheeran [+2]
Last Week: #18 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 5


15. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
Last Week: #15 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 27


14. Unforgettable by French Montana featuring Swae Lee [-3]
Last Week: #11 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 18


13. Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith [+1]
Last Week: #14 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 8


12. Bad At Love by Halsey [+4]
Last Week: #16 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 9


11. Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug [+6]
Last Week: #17 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 6


10. What About Us by P!NK [+2]
Last Week: #12 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 12


9. Praying by Kesha [+1]
Last Week: #10 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 15


8. Slow Hands by Niall Horan [-1] [Spent 2 Weeks At #1]
Last Week: #7 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 25
 


7. Thunder by Imagine Dragons [+2]
Last Week: #9 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 6


6. Attention by Charlie Puth [-1] [Spent 5 Weeks At #1]
Last Week: #5 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 25


5. What Lovers Do by Maroon 5 featuring SZA [+1]
Last Week: #6 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 9


4. Strip That Down by Liam Payne featuring Quavo [=] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
Last Week: #4 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 22


3. 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid [=]
Last Week: #3 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 18


2. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato [-1] [Spent 1 Week At #1]
Last Week: #1 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 14


1. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man [+1] [SECOND WEEK AT #1]
Last Week: #2 | # Of Weeks On Chart: 13


#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Closer by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (6th Of 7 Weeks At #1)

Biggest Fall Of The Week: Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift (-12)

Biggest Rise Of The Week: Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug (+6)

New Entrants

- I wasn't really looking forward to hearing more from Fifth Harmony, and I'm sure many of you weren't either. But alas, here they are debuting this week with He Like That. This song is a bit of a step up from Down. It does have more of a reggae vibe to it, which is interesting, but the lyrics leave something to be desired. I can see it being a grower, though I don't really expect too much success out of this song seeing as it failed to gain any sort of steam.

- As Feels pretty much died out elsewhere, Calvin Harris has another new single in its stead. Enter Faking It, which features Kehlani and Lil' Yatchy. Right off the bat, it's not as good as Feels or its predecessor from earlier this year. It does, however, showcase the new sound Calvin Harris is putting out. He has steadily improved since the mediocre This Is What You Came For, which was not to anyone's liking (except for Graham, of course). I do like Kehlani's verses, and Lil Yatchy actually makes a nice contribution throughout the song. 

Why You, Why You, Why You Blurbing, If You're Over It?
- So, we begin with two exits. I could go on about Find You being another flop for Nick Jonas, seeing as that one didn't take off elsewhere. But I'm surprised to see it spend only one week here. It's the first one-weeker since Symphony departed three months ago. That said, I kinda sad to see it go. But the departure I'm most sad about is Something Just Like This. This is the first time we do not have a song by The Chainsmokers since I don't know how long. Thank you for serving us well on the AT40. You became the bigger hit we wanted to be and I enjoyed your presence. You will definitely be missed.


- Good to see Do Re Mi making drops like this. Hopefully, it's a sign that it'll become a flop.

- Ouch! Look What You Made Me Do made a big drop out of the Top 10 altogether. Although it's no longer in my Top 5 favorite songs, I still enjoy it. If I'm being honest, I won't necessarily be heartbroken if it had a shorter tenure than our current #1 songs.

- Not surprised to see Havana taking another jump this week. It'll most likely enter the Top 10 next week. Now the question is, will it be a potential #1 if this keeps up? I would like it to, but we'll see what happens from here on out.

- Speaking of #1, Feel It Still has reclaimed the top spot. Thankfully, I still kinda like this song, though I'm hoping Logic can get at least one week in. But I don't mind Feel It Still staying at the top for at least another week.

Breakouts/On The Verge:

  • Silence by Marshmello featuring Khalid
  • Let You Down by NF
  • Dusk Till Dawn by ZAYN featuring Sia

- I don't have too much of an opinion on Silence since I haven't heard enough of the song yet. As for the other two, we have both Let You Down and Dusk Till Dawn, the former which is gaining some steam on radio as of this moment. I'll have more words on Let You Down when it debuts, but to put it short, it's closer to red than it is green. I'm not wild about that one. And I pretty much talked about Dusk Till Dawn in my previous post. I'm hoping the latter will debut soon.

Extras/Optional Extras:

  • Now Or Never by Halsey
  • Million Reasons by Lady Gaga
  • Hymn For The Weekend by Coldplay featuring Beyoncé
  • Something Different by Why Don't We
  • Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  • Issues by Julia Michaels
  • Find You by Nick Jonas
  • Let Me Love You by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber
  • Feels by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean

Top 20 Breakdown:
0 - Putrid:

None!

1 - Bad:
20. Strip That Down by Liam Payne featuring Quavo

2 - Mediocre:
None!

3 - Decent:
19. Bad At Love by Halsey

4 - Good:
18. Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
17. Slow Hands by Niall Horan
16. Attention by Charlie Puth
15. Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug
14. No Promises by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato

5 - Great:
13. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
12. Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith
11. New Rules by Dua Lipa
10. What Lovers Do by Maroon 5 featuring SZA
9. Unforgettable by French Montana featuring Swae Lee
8. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
7. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
6. Thunder by Imagine Dragons
5. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes

4. What ABout Us by P!NK
3. 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
2. ...Ready For It? by Taylor Swift

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


Total Score: 90/100 (A-)

Throwback Pick Of The Week: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson (1983)

Most Missed Song: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

#1 Recommendation For The American Top 40: Wolves by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello

My Top 5 Picks

1. Praying by Kesha
2. ...Ready For It? by Taylor Swift
3. 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
4. What About Us by P!NK
5. 
There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
1. Mi Gente by J. Balvin featuring Willy William and Beyoncé
3. Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
4. Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) by Cardi B.
5. Do Re Mi by Blackbear