Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review

Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: October 2017


Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where I look at the 40 most popular songs in the US. Let’s get started.

#40. When It Rains It Pours-Luke Combs: The latest country song to hit the Top 40 comes from Luke Combs with When It Rains It Pours. I remember being ambivalent towards this song, but now, it’s growing on me. It has some nice country instrumentation that doesn’t feel processed. The writing ain’t bad, either, detailing the string of good luck Luke Combs had after breaking up with his girlfriend. As someone who doesn’t listen to much country music, I think I’m getting better at telling these songs apart and while this song does retread familiar territory, but it does what it’s doing well. I’m giving it a B.

#39. I Fall Apart-Post Malone: I’ve said this before on Twitter a long time ago, but I’m gonna repeat it again: Post Malone is the modern-day Vanilla Ice. Except he has more hits and is probably gonna stick around longer. People must really be desperate to fall asleep if they’re giving this guy hits. I Fall Apart is one of THREE Post Malone songs currently in the Top 40 and it’s the worst one out of them all. This sounds like a rejected song from The Weeknd. A really bad one. Muddy guitars, squeaking sounds, and weak percussion. When he’s not mumbling, Post Malone decided to sing (badly) about his ex after they broke up and sounding extremely bitter about it. Oh, and he also mentions his chains and cars even though he claims to not care for them because rappers are notorious for staying on-topic. It reaches a point where you can’t sympathize with the guy. This song gets an F.

#38. No Promises-Cheat Codes ft Demi Lovato: So Demi Lovato sucks now. That’s tragic, but it’s true. Her newest album is generic schlock tenfold and Sorry Not Sorry is guaranteed a Dishonorable Mention on my upcoming Worst of 2017 list. And it all started with No Promises, a song she did with Cheat Codes. What we were given is a stale tropical house track with an unimpressive drop. Demi did not bring it vocally and the effects put on her voice doesn’t help. If anything, they make them worse. DJ Trevor Dahl also contributes vocals and he sounds just like the current Justin Bieber. Everything that I fear Demi Lovato would do with her next record was in this screeching crap and I’m giving it an F.

#37. Say You Won’t Let Go-James Arthur: D

#36. Location-Khalid: C

#35. Congratulations-Post Malone ft Quavo: F

#34. Perfect-Ed Sheeran: I saw this one coming. See, there’s two types of Ed Sheeran songs: the upbeat songs which are mostly awesome like Don’t and Castle On The Hill and you have the slower songs which have been a mixed bag. Perfect falls right into the “okay” category. The instrumentation combines guitars, organ, and a snap against lush orchestration that wouldn’t sound out of place in a wedding. While Ed Sheeran himself sounds fine, what he’s doing vocally doesn’t go with this type of song well. I would’ve preferred Galway Girl to be the next hit single, but hey. I’m not the guy who chooses the singles. I can tolerate this, though, so I’m giving it a C.

#33. Love Galore-SZA ft Travis Scott: B

#32. Something Just Like This-The Chainsmokers & Coldplay: B

#31. Body Like A Back Road-Sam Hunt: F

#30. XO Tour Life-Lil Uzi Vert: F

#29. Havana-Camila Cabello ft Young Thug: I knew it wasn’t gonna be long before Camila would show up here. Because I wanted to hear her dog whistle voice fail at hitting notes. After Crying In The Club flopped (thank God), her label scrapped that song and had her release two singles: OMG with Quavo and Havana with Young Thug. Joyful. The former song also flopped and people have said that the latter was the better song, some might even say it’s good. Me? I agree with half of that. It is better than OMG, I don’t mind the production and that piano melody. But my issue with this song is the performers. Camila is trying to emulate Rihanna and isn’t convincing while Young Thug is phoning in his verse. Not the worst I’ve heard from both artists, but I don’t need to listen to it again. I give it a D.

#28. What Ifs-Kane Brown ft Lauren Alaina: D

#27. Young Dumb And Broke-Khalid: C

#26. Praying-Kesha: B

#25. What About Us-Pink: D

#24. I Get The Bag-Gucci Mane ft Migos: F

#23. That’s What I Like-Bruno Mars: A

#22. HUMBLE-Kendrick Lamar: A

#21. Wild Thoughts-DJ Khaled ft Rihanna & Bryson Tiller: C

#20. Shape Of You-Ed Sheeran: C

#19. What Lovers Do-Adam Levine ft SZA: C

#18. Slow Hands-Niall Horan: D

#17. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back-Shawn Mendes: D

#16. Bank Account-21 Savage: D

#15. Attention-Charlie Puth: F

#14. Strip That Down-Liam Payne ft Quavo: F

#13. Too Good At Goodbyes-Sam Smith: Not a lot of acts from 2014 stuck around, did they? When was the last time you heard from Nico & Vinz, MAGIC!, or MTKO? Don’t even get me started on Iggy Azalea. Well, one act has made a comeback, Sam Smith. This is Too Good At Goodbyes, which while I won’t call it his best song, it’s still a pretty good song. The piano and strings of the production balance each other well along with the gospel vocals and drums. Sam’s vocals have picked up more expression and are really amazing. The writing could’ve been better, but it doesn’t take away the good qualities of the song. Nice to see you again, Sam Smith. I give it a B.

#12. Rake It Up-Yo Gotti ft Nicki Minaj: F

#11. Believer-Imagine Dragons: F

#10. Unforgettable-French Montana: D

#9. Despacito-Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee: D

#8. Sorry Not Sorry-Demi Lovato: F

#7. Thunder-Imagine Dragons: Once again, Imagine Dragons disappoint me with mediocrity. This time around, they have Thunder. This is better than Believer, but not by much. The production feels stale, with the snaps and trap percussion that goes along pitch-shifted vocals. For a song called Thunder, I expected some intensity and power, not this weak shit. At least there’s some control with the vocals and not like the screeching sounds of Believer. It’s not terrible, but it ain’t good, either. I give it a D.

#6. Feel It Still-Portugal The Man: A

#5. Look What You Made Me Do-Taylor Swift: F

#4. 1-800-273-8255-Logic ft Alessia Cara & Khalid: B

#3. Mi Gente-J Balvin & Willy William: F (I’m fully aware of the Beyonce remix, but it doesn’t change my mind on the song as a whole)

#2. rockstar-Post Malone ft 21 Savage: Remember when I said earlier that there was three Post Malone songs currently in the Top 40? Well, here’s the other one, rockstar with 21 Savage, a song that doesn’t deserve its title because, like every other Post Malone song, it is weak and boring. I wasn’t expecting a full-out rock song, but with a title like that, I expected at least some shredding guitars, not another desaturated tuneless trap beat. Post Malone mumbles on about shooting people, doing drugs, fucking bitches, etc. while the only thing close to a rock star is namedropping Bon Scott and Jim Morrison. 21 Savage does the same thing in his verse. This is pretty much the most boring song in the Top 10 right now and the fact that it came from two of the most boring artists out now isn’t shocking. I give it an F.

#1. Bodak Yellow-Cardi B: D


Too Good At Goodbyes


When It Rains It Pours


I Fall Apart



So those were the Top 40 songs on the billboard Hot 100 as of October 10, 2017. Stay tuned next month when I do another Top 40 Review. This week, I pay tribute to Tom Petty with a Musical Appreciation on Won’t Back Down.


4 thoughts on “Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: October 2017

  1. I forgot Meghan Trainor also had hits beyond 2014, but after all the horrible (not to mention forgettable) music she’s released, can you blame me? Thank goodness she didn’t have a hit this year, and I hope the hits stop coming.

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  2. In terms of new artists that stuck beyond 2014, I’m not all that surprised most of them ended up being one hit wonders. Most of their songs were either left-field hits or were capitalzing on the absences of a lot of big names. The only ones I did think would stick around and have any star power were Iggy Azelea (sadly) and Sam Smith. While Iggy thankfully didn’t last beyond 2014 instead giving way to DJ Snake and Tove Lo as the other new names of that year that stuck around beyond that year, I’m happy to see that Sam stuck around. I like his new song better than Stay With Me (although his other singles are better), and it still has the signature soulful sound that Sam Smith has been known for that made him a big star. Considering the radio loves the guy and he is a critically acclaimed artist with some star power, I’m not surprised he has another big hit. I’m just glad he’s back, not many artists like him come very often.

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  3. Don’t even get me started on that Beyonce remix, that remix sucks ass and sounds much worse than the original song, which has admittably grown on me. Heck, there’s a Pitbull remix that got played on the radio that I would rather listen to than that remix. Quality-wise, Demi is releasing the worst music of her career, yet she’s still having the most success she’s ever exprerienced. That said, No Promises sucks, it’s even worse than Sorry, Not Sorry. Her vocals are ever less listenable in this song than in her top 10 hit. I like Luke Combs. He’s one of the few country artists releasing some solid songs that aren’t the same bro-country crap and he has a good voice. The only good thing about Havana is the instrumentation. Camila is clearly not bringing her A-game in any song that she’s been a part of, solo or with Fifth Harmony. I’ve seen some videos where she sings fine, including during her time on the American X-Factor, so I really don’t get why she always sounds like dogshit in the studio. Still, I can tolerate this as opposed to Crying In The Club, which I agree that I’m glad it wasn’t a hit. Of course, Ed released his newer version of Thinking Out Loud and it’s charting well, as opposed to Galway Girl (which was released as a single, but didn’t do anything here), and Castle On The Hill barely managed to be a hit with some longevity (I’m just glad it was a hit at all since it was the best single off that album). Meh, it’s okay. I don’t think Post Malone is the new Vanilla Ice, mostly because unlike Ice, we have to take this guy seriously. I understand what Post Malone is trying to do, he clearly wants to venture into different genres aside of hip hop. The problem is he’s not good at it. I don’t mind him, and to me, he’s not a guy that warrants any hatred or anger. Mostly, because he legitimately looks like a cool guy that looks like he’s having fun, so it’s hard for me to hate the guy even though I probably shouldn’t like his music more than I do. For me, his music is catchy at best or boring at worst, that’s pretty much it. Personally, I enjoy Congratulations, mostly because I find it catchy and at least more energetic than what Post Malone normally makes, including White Iverson (which, while I don’t mind the song, is pretty boring). I Fall Apart falls into the boring category, while rockstar falls into the slightly catchy but falls just short category. Obviously, he’s talking about having the lifestyle of a rockstar and how hip hop is practically in terms of the music zeitgeist in popularity. I expected a trap song and that’s what I got. It’s just meh to just okay for me. And Thunder is definitely better than Believer, but yeah, this is still a major step down from their first two singles. Eh, it’s alright, although I could do without that annoying chipmunk instrumentation. Overall, good review.

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