Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review

Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: January 2018


Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where I look at the 40 most popular songs in the country. It’s January, meaning we still have leftovers from 2017 along with some newer songs that will be future hits. So let’s get started.

#40. Let Me Go-Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso ft Florida Georgia Line & Watt: Hailee Steinfeld: great actress, mediocre pop star. That’s all you need to know. Her latest single is filled with random names who don’t go together and while it isn’t as messy as I expected it to be, it winds up being okay. It’s a typical tropical house song that follows the formula by the tee and every performance was just okay. Like most Hailee Steinfeld songs, I will most likely forget that this song exists, so I’m giving it a C.

#39. Marry Me-Thomas Rhett: Here’s something I never thought I would say: Thomas Rhett made a great song. I’m not even joking. Marry Me is the best song he’s ever made. It’s a slow pop-country jam where Thomas Rhett is feeling sad because the girl he used to love is getting married to someone else. He had his shot, but he missed it, so he’s left in the side drinking his sorrow away. It’s a huge departure from what Thomas Rhett is used to doing and it shows a maturity that’s welcomed. If this song gets big enough, it might be a contender for the best hit of 2018. Let’s make it bigger, America. It deserves it. I give it an A.

#38. That’s What I Like-Bruno Mars: A

#37. Bank Account-21 Savage: D

#36. End Game-Taylor Swift ft Ed Sheeran & Future: F

#35. Mi Gente-J Balvin & Willy William: F

#34. Despacito-Luis Fonti & Daddy Yankee: D

#33. The Way Life Goes-Lil Uzi Vert: D

#32. River-Eminem ft Ed Sheeran: About a month ago, Eminem released his latest album called Revival and it was BAD. Sloppy mixing and production, subpar bars, Eminem sounding tired and desperate, and underwhelming features. I was so let down by this record that I refused to believe that he made this. Out of 19 tracks, I only liked 5 songs including River and even that song has issues. The production sound like a early-2000s Rob Thomas song and it’s weird seeing Eminem and Ed Sheeran on the same song together. It’s also another toxic relationship song that involves cheating and even an abortion. In spite of these flaws, I thought Ed Sheeran wasn’t that bad and Eminem seemed more focused in spite of lines like this:

Says maybe she’ll be my Gwen Stacy, to spite her man

Ugh. And that wasn’t even the worst line out of the entire album. Even though I’ve been harsh on this song, I don’t mind it that much. I give it a C.

#31. Sky Walker-Miguel ft Travis Scott: B

#30. Believer-Imagine Dragons: F

#29. Plain Jane-A$AP Ferg: Here’s a name I haven’t heard from in a while, A$AP Ferg. He’s associated with the A$AP Mob, which also includes the better known A$AP Rocky. Ferg’s style of rapping is a bit more ridiculous, which makes him more entertaining than other trap rappers. And now, he finally has a hit for himself in Plain Jane, which is alright. It is a typical trap song with a banging beat and the same content we’ve seen with a lot of trap rappers along with some bad punchlines. The most noteworthy thing about the song is how much the beat and cadence takes from Slob On My Knob. Seriously. And there’s also a remix with Nicki Minaj because of fucking course there is. I don’t really care for this song, but compared to most trap songs, it’s fine enough. I’m going to give it a C.

#28. Young Dumb And Broke-Khalid: A

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

#26. I Fall Apart-Post Malone: F

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

#24. Wolves-Selena Gomez & Marshmello: B

#23. How Long-Charlie Puth: B

#22. Shape Of You-Ed Sheeran: C

#21. Sorry Not Sorry-Demi Lovato: F

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

#19. Gummo-6ix9ine: F

#18. Meant To Be-Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line: F

#17. Bodak Yellow-Cardi B: D

#16. Him & I-G-Eazy ft Halsey: D

#15. Let You Down-NF: B

#14. Bartier Cardi-Cardi B ft 21 Savage: 2018 looks to be the year of Cardi B. Even though I’m not a fan, it’s impressive to see her rise to fame. I just wish that the music delivered. Her follow up to Bodak Yellow is a collaboration with 21 Savage called Bartier Cardi and it’s kinda weak. This song proves that personality can only take you so far. Over a droning trap beat, there’s a lot of repetitive rhymes, weaker punchlines, and content that isn’t that interesting while 21 Savage is… well, 21 Savage. This song, plus others, will do well and keep the hype going when she inevitably releases an album, but if you expect this song to get me on the Cardi train, you’re gonna be disappointed. I give it an F.

#13. LOVE-Kendrick Lamar ft Zacari: A

#12. Gucci Gang-Lil Pump: F

#11. New Rules-Dua Lipa: A

#10. MotorSport-Migos ft Nicki Minaj & Cardi B: F

#9. Filthy-Justin Timberlake: In about two weeks, Justin Timberlake will release his newest album Man In The Woods. It’d been five years since he last released an album. The first single is called Filthy and from the teasers, it looked to be a country song, which I was fine with. If JT wants to make country music, let him. But that’s not what we got. It starts off promising with a rocking intro until we get a sludgy electro-funk track with a warping dubstep synth straight out of 2012. That shit just kills the whole production and it drags to damn near 5 minutes. Hell, JT himself doesn’t fare better as he proclaims that “haters gon’ say it’s fake” and “this ain’t the clean version.” If this is the clean version, I don’t want to hear the explicit version. This song is garbage, plain and simple, and it’s getting an F.

#8. Too Good At Goodbyes-Sam Smith: B

#7. Bad At Love-Halsey: F

#6. Thunder-Imagine Dragons: F

#5. No Limit-G-Eazy ft A$AP Rocky & Cardi B: C

#4. rockstar-Post Malone ft 21 Savage: F

#3. Finesse-Bruno Mars: A LONG time ago, I predicted that at some point in our nostalgia-obsessed future, New Jack swing was going to make a comeback. Well, if there’s anyone who will be responsible for sparking that fuse, it’s Bruno Mars with Finesse. With a slamming beat, Bruno Mars having the time of his life, and a music video paying tribute to In Living Color (one of the best sketch comedy shows ever), it’s one of the most fun songs on the charts right now. Hell, I didn’t even mind the remix with Cardi B. Her verse added to the early 90s vibe and it’s the best thing she’s ever done. Like everyone else, I enjoy the hell out of this song and I’m going to give it an A.

#2. Havana-Camila Cabello ft Young Thug: D

#1. Perfect-Ed Sheeran: C




Marry Me




Bartier Cardi

So those were the Top 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as of January 17, 2018. Stay tuned next month when I do another Top 40 Review. This week, a double Target Practice on songs from boy band member going solo.


4 thoughts on “Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: January 2018

  1. I love this! I do a monthly breakdown of the best and worst as well, but this is impressively thorough. And yes, “Filthy” is absolute trash.


  2. I was first exposed to Hailee Steinfeld when I saw The Edge it Seventeen and she is really good as an actress so it baffles me that she’s being marketed as another pop princess. I agree that it’s weird to see Ed Sheeran and Eminem together especially as Mark from Spectrum Pulse pointed out that 15 years ago Eminem would have viciously targeted an artist like Sheeran. I’m not an Eminem fan but I like the more rock touch on Sheeran’s chorus and bridge. I’m with you on Cardi B in that I am impressed by her quick rise to fame but can’t get into her music mostly cause of her over the top delivery and the typical trap production. I have warmed up a bit to Bodak Yellow mostly cause she at least has more energy than most trap rappers today. When I saw who was on Bartier Cardi, I pretty much knew what to expect and wasn’t surprised by it. Listening to Filthy for the first time gave me flashbacks to when I first listened to Look What You Made Me Do in that I couldn’t believe what I was listening to. If Filthy had stayed like that arena rock intro it could have been a good song but like Taylor Swift he has to regress this song into a dull electro beat. I honestly can’t get into this song at all especially with how it keeps switching up towards the end for no reason by going back to the rock buildup to more stuttering synths where they sound like they’re about to shut off every few seconds and especially that horror movie style outro. Filthy to me is worse than SexyBack cause even despite how messy and cluttered the production there was it at least had some consistency in the beat and wasn’t changing the structure out of left field. It feels like I was ripped off and betrayed given the album announcement that hinted at a more traditional rock/country sound. While I am hoping the other singles and the album don’t turn out like this, this is not a good first impression with the album. I didn’t give Finesse much thought after listening to 24K Magic over a year ago since I didn’t expect it to be pushed as a single but now that it is I enjoy it a lot like all the other singles from 24K Magic. Bruno is at his best as usual and this is the best performance I’ve heard from Cardi B so far who’s hard hitting flow fits in naturally with the new jack swing style. I did think after the first listen she could of been given more time in the chorus and the end but with what she’s given she does a good job with it. Like with Migos on Slide, I wish Cardi B would do this stuff more often. I’m looking to seeing Havana finally getting the top spot soon. I’ve enjoyed the song so much since the fall cause of how fun it sounds even despite Young Thug basically sleepwalking in his part. With Camila’s solo album out, Havana easily stands out as her best vocal performance as she avoids those ear grating high notes she can’t reach. While I’m not a big fan of Perfect, I’m glad the original solo version is number one than the Beyoncé duet since the duet screamed corporate to me and didn’t like the removal of the electric guitar and orchestra that at least gave the original some energy.


  3. I honestly think Hailee Steinfeld should stick to acting. The only good thing about Plain Jane is the beat. I think the fact that she was on the Pitch Perfect movies fooled record executives to think that she could have a pop career. She’s not a bad singer per se, but not an interesting ones and her music is super generic pop fluff. Cardi B can rap and she’s definitely improved her flow significantly since her breakout hit (which I did like), but yeah, this new song is pretty bad. Is just your typical, nothing trap song. Eminem and Justin Timberlake are two artists that have disappointed me, but considering they’ve been around for a long time, maybe they’re just beyond their prime. That new JT song sounds like a rejected song from the FutureSexLove era with awful production and Justin just not even really trying. It was awful, and probably has the most ironic title because it is in fact filthy. I didn’t like Revival, it was a huge letdown after so much anticipation. That said, River is one of the better songs on the album. I dig it. And I really love Finesse. It was one of my favorite songs off the album, and I’m so happy it was released as a single. The Cardi B remix was fine, too. I hope it hits #1 and can influence more New Jack Swing sounds. I really want that sound to come back. We need some more fun music on the charts. Songs like these are why I consider Bruno Mars my favorite pop star of the 2010’s. Great song.

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  4. Looking at this ranking, Thomas Rhett may have gotten some smarter thinking since that 2015 garbage “Crash And Burn” to improve himself and given that he’s one of the writers on this track shows he might be going down the right path.

    Justin Timberlake getting an F? Ooh harsh but since my ears hated it on first listen, not hard to see why but did it hurt as much when you had to give Adele’s Send My Love an F?

    Cardi B definitely adds charm to Bruno’s song. The original is great but she just makes it excellent. Also, it’s a tribute music video?

    Definitely hyped for the double feature target practice though I hope it’s not a one time thing.


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