Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review

Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: January 2015


Welcome back to another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review where I talk about the 40 songs getting the most attention by the US. Well, it’s January, and seeing as the holidays are over and people are getting back to work or school, album sales during this time are very low. This week, the Top 40 is moving like snails, meaning there are fewer entries. But now there’s FINALLY a new number one song, knocking down Taylor Swift’s Lorde rip-off. Let’s get started, shall we?

#40. Trumpets-Jason Derulo: F

#39. Heroes (We Could Be)-Alesso ft Tove Lo: This is one of the new entries that I actually like. The production is fantastic progressive house and Tove Lo brings in amazing vocals. She’s actually starting to grow on me (hell, her song Habits made the honorable mentions of my Best Songs list) and I hope to hear more from her. Heroes is another fun dance song and I look forward to hearing it again. I give it an A.

#38. L.A. Love (La La)-Fergie: F

#37. Chandelier-Sia: B

#36. Riptide-Vance Joy: C

#35. Only One-Kanye West ft Paul McCartney: Before the New Year started, Kanye Kardashian released a new song with one-fourth of the Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and let me say that after the clusterfuck that was Yeezus, this is a welcome change. In this song, Yeezy sings in the perspective of his late mom about the things that happened in his life and it is very heartwarming and sweet. The production is simple, it’s nothing but an electric piano, but that’s all that’s needed for this track. Paul is mostly doing backing vocals and I’m fine with that; the focus is on Kanye, not Paul. My only problem with the song that prevents me from giving it a perfect rating is the auto-tune. It wasn’t neccessary here. The funny thing is that Yeezy acknowledges his imperfections, yet he feels the need to perfect his voice. This song is supposed to be driven by emotion, not mind-blowing vocals. Who cares if you’re not a great singer? But still, this is a good song. I hope it’s successful and I’m definitely looking forward to Kanye’s next album. This song gets a B.

#34. Night Changes-One Direction: You guys already know I don’t care for One Direction, so I’ll be quick. This song is fucking boring, it gets no rating. Next.

#33. Time Of Our Lives-Pitbull ft Ne-Yo: Damn it, Pitbull. Why do you keep making songs that aren’t bad in spite of your limited skills? Yeah, as much as I expected this guy to release another stinker, he surprises me again with another decent fun party song just like Fireball. The production is good and Ne-Yo kills it. Of course, the worst part of the song is Pitbull himself. I actually wished this was a solo Ne-Yo song, it would have been fantastic. Oh, well. What we’re left with is a decent song for parties and clubs and I can’t hate on it. It gets a C.

#32. Blame-Calvin Harris ft John Newman: B

#31. Black Widow-Iggy Azalea ft Bootleg Beyonce AKA Rita Ora: F

#30. Don’t Tell ‘Em-Jeremih ft YG: F

#29. Beg For It-Iggy Azalea ft M0: D

#28. I Don’t Mind-Usher ft Juicy J: Wow, Usher. You’re better than this. This is painful. This shit is yet another song where the artist is talking to a stripper, saying he doesn’t mind her lifestyle. The production is underwhelming, being the typical minimal trap beat that we’ve gotten from other songs. Juicy J brings the song down the most with his horrid, useless guest verse. I won’t say this is Usher’s worst song, but it is not his best either. I give it a D.

#27. Rude-MAGIC!: C

#26. CoCo-O.T. Genasis: F

#25. Hot Nigga-Bobby Schmurda: F

#24. 7/11-Beyonce: F

#23. Don’t-Ed Sheeran: A

#22. Waves-Mr. Probz: A

#21. No Type-Rae Sremmurd: F

#20. Habits (Stay High)-Tove Lo: B

#19. Stay With Me-Sam Smith: A

#18. Tuesday-ILOVEMAKONNEN ft Drake: F

#17. The Hanging Tree-James Newton ft Jennifer Lawrence: A

#16. Only-Nicki Minaj ft Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown: F

#15. Bang Bang-Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj: F

#14. The Heart Wants What It Wants-Selena Gomez: D

#13. Centuries-Fall Out Boy: A

#12. I Don’t Fuck With You-Big Sean ft E40: F

#11. Love Me Harder-Ariana Grande ft The Weeknd: A

#10. Animals-Maroon 5: F

#9. Jealous-Nick Jonas: F

#8. I’m Not The Only One-Sam Smith: A

#7. Shake It Off-Taylor Swift: F

#6. All About That Bass-Meghan Trainor: C

#5. Lips Are Movin-Meghan Trainor: D

#4. Thinking Out Loud-Ed Sheeran: A

#3. Take Me To Church-Hozier: A

#2. Blank Space-Taylor Swift: F

#1. Uptown Funk: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars: A

So those were the Top 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as of January 10, 2015. Stay tuned next month when I do another Top 40 Review. Next week, more Target Practices as Young Money Month continues.