Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where we look at some of the most popular songs in the US Top 40. Fall is here and Halloween is just around the corner. Just when I was hoping to avoid another album bomb, I run into two of them this week, which means this is going to be another long post. Yay. Let’s get started.
#39. Broken-lovelytheband: We start off with indie pop band lovelytheband and their single Broken. While I am glad to see more alternative/indie songs on the charts to break up the monotony every now and then, I have a hard time liking this song. It has a good idea behind it: finding someone who’s as emotionally damaged as you are and working together to be better. But I’m not feeling the vocal performances and the production sounds too similar to a lot of indie pop songs. I’m not saying the song is bad, but it doesn’t really hit the mark and I’ve heard better. I give it a low C.
#36. I’ll Never Love Again-Lady Gaga: Well, here’s one of the more recent album bombs courtesy of the soundtrack to the A Star Is Born remake, directed by Bradley Cooper, who stars in the film alongside Lady Gaga. I have not seen this movie yet, but I’ve heard good things about it. So I’m going into these songs knowing nothing about what happens in the movie. First, I’ll Never Love Again. It’s a heartfelt piano ballad dedicated to someone close to you who passed away. It’s no One Sweet Day, but it’s a fine enough song and Gaga really carries the emotional weight of the song. I give this song a B.
#35. High Hopes-Panic! At The Disco: Never would I thought I would see Panic! At The Disco in the Top 40 again. So how is High Hopes? Well, my thoughts on it are complicated. On the one hand, I like the production for the most part, especially with the way it uses those strings and horns and Brendon Urie’s vocal performance wasn’t half-bad. On the other hand, I’m not a fan of that chorus, especially with the percussion that they chose and the writing feels a bit undercooked, but Urie kinda makes up for it. I don’t know. I think I like the song, but I still have issues with it. It’s getting a low B from me.
#31. Taki Taki-DJ Snake ft Selena Gomez, Ozuna, & Cardi B: A collaboration that I didn’t see coming, but kinda makes sense. This is Taki Taki, a reggaeton collaboration between DJ Snake, Ozuna, Selena Gomez, and Cardi B. God, this is mediocre. First of all, this is some awful production, with a stiff reggaeton beat and a shrill melody. Who thought this was a good idea? Also, Ozuna takes the first verse and handles the hook. I don’t listen to reggaeton that much, but I did not like what Ozuna had to offer. Cardi B provides an underwhelming verse and Selena Gomez pretty much steals the show. Both of them go from English to Spanish, which I’m cool with. Embrace your Hispanic roots. Just give me a good song, which they failed to do with Taki Taki. It’s a D for me.
#29. Uproar-Lil Wayne: For six long years, Lil Wayne fans have been waiting for him to release Tha Carter V ever since he first announced it. Now, free from Cash Money Records, Wayne is able to release the album and the fans ate it up. How is it? Well, for me, it’s an okay album. He definitely sounds more energized than before and some of the more personal tracks cut deep, but it’s still not a cohesive body of work and since it’s 23 tracks long, there is a bunch of filler that could’ve been cut out. Anyways, here’s Uproar. Swizz Beatz handles the production, which lifts from G-Dep’s Special Delivery. It’s still a dope beat and Lil Wayne brought the bars needed to pump the song up even more. It’s nothing special, but this is a good enough song that shows the talent Lil Wayne has. I don’t even mind the Swizz Beatz ad-libs, which would normally annoy me in a lesser song. I give Uproar overall a B.
#28. Close Friends-Lil Baby: Now for the other album bomb, or should I say mixtape bomb. Drip Harder by Lil Baby & Gunna. Well, as someone who had the misfortune of listening to the whole mixtape, I can safely say that it’s not worth the time. It exemplifies my issues with most mixtapes and most of trap, a lot of these songs sound the same. Anyways, Close Friends. A song where Lil Baby fucks up a relationship with his woman by being an ass and wants to get back with her. This combined with Auto-Tuned crooning and a boring beat? Issa no for me. I’m giving it an F.
#25. STOOPID-6ix9ine ft Bobby Schmurda: Really? Are we still doing this? Giving this clown a charting single every month? This ain’t it, chief. And of course, this has a dance challenge because that’s not one of the laziest way to gain streaming numbers. This is STOOPID by 6ix9ine, which is a fitting title for the song because it’s fucking stupid. A weak trap beat along with 6ix9ine screaming in your ears and a Bobby Schmurda verse that’s literally phoned in because he’s currently in prison right now. This is an easy F.
#24. Mo Bamba-Sheck Wes: And now for the latest bland trap song to become a hit for some unholy reason, Mo Bamba from Sheck Wes. This is a joke, right? What is up with this dude’s performance? It sounds like he’s singing badly on purpose and half the time, he’s just stretching words in order to fill up space. when he does finally rap, it’s a short shitty verse that might as well be thrown away. It’s not like the beat is helping matters as it sounds incredibly cheap and dated. This is a terrible song and I’m giving it an F.
#23. Mona Lisa-Lil Wayne ft Kendrick Lamar: Now to talk about what everyone considers to be the best song off Tha Carter V, Mona Lisa. Unsurprisingly, I agree with those people because Mona Lisa is fire. The gothic production lifts the song to epic levels. It tells a complex story of a guy who was set up by his girlfriend to get robbed and it’s told from two perspectives, Wayne as the guy behind the robbery and Kendrick as the jealous boyfriend. Bruh, both of these dudes kill it lyrically. They lit the speakers on fire. I had to wait for my laptop to cool down after hearing that song. The definite highlight from Tha Carter V and it could have been the number one song in the US if it wasn’t cockblocked by Girls Like You. Unsurprisingly, it’s getting an A.
#18. Without Me-Halsey: Hello, Halsey. Didn’t expect to see you again. Well, she’s got a new song out called Without Me. It ain’t bad, but it ain’t good, either. Drowsy beat, an average-at-best performance, and writing based on a relationship gone bad. It sounds like a lot of generic pop songs that are out right now and I don’t plan on listening to it again. I’m giving it a D.
#17. I Love It-Kanye West & Lil Pump: I’m gonna go ahead and say it: I’m done with Kanye West. No more anticipation of his music from me. I’ve been low-key done with Kanye for a while, but this year pretty much solidified it. He’s got a new album coming out next month called Yandi because people forgot about ye (which honestly hasn’t held up well). Anyways, here’s I Love It, a song that premiered alongside its music video at the Pornhub Awards. I wish I was kidding. Anyways, this is the emptiest song to ever become a hit since Nonstop. There is nothing to it. It’s just Kanye and Lil Pump talking about wanting to fuck women over a limp barebones beat. And as much as the music video tries to compensate for the song, it’s kinda boring, too. Rap Critic did a great analysis on them both, so check it out. I got nothing more to say. Despite what the title says, I hate it. It’s getting an F.
#15. Never Recover-Lil Baby & Gunna ft Drake: Of course, one of the higher charting songs would feature Drake. Of fucking course. Never Recover is another by-the-numbers song with a generic beat and more flexing, this time with Drake just rubbing it in people’s faces like he didn’t hold a monopoly on the charts. This is more forgettable trap and I hope to never hear it again. I’m giving it an F.
#8. Happier-Marshmello & Bastille: Anyone remember Bastille? The band behind Pompeii, a hit from 2014 that holds up better than I thought. Well, they’re back in the Top 10 with Happier, a team-up with Marshmello. I think the song is okay. It’s a break-up song where Dan Smith is trying to end things on a positive note and it’s somewhat admirable. As for the production? It’s not bad, but it’s not anything great either, using the same basic synths that Marshmello uses in a lot of his songs. Overall, it’s pretty inoffensive and I don’t mind it being here. I give it a high C.
#5. Shallow-Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper: The big hit from A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper team up for Shallow, an obvious Oscar bait song, but it’s still pretty good. Obviously, Lady Gaga sounds great, especially when she’s belting it out, but Bradley Cooper doesn’t sound that bad. Dude is a good singer. Both of them have great chemistry with one another nailing this type of love song and the instrumentation fits well. I’m glad to see this on the charts and I might check out the movie. I give it an A.
#4. Drip Too Hard-Lil Baby & Gunna: And we finally conclude this post with… Lil Baby and Gunna with Drip Too Hard. Ugh. And it’s another generic trap song that brings nothing new to the table with a basic trap beat, Auto-Tune, and shitty lyrics to behold. Here are some highlights.
I gave ’em the drip, they sucked it up, I got ’em on it
I know they hatin’ on me, but I don’t read comments
I feel like a child, I got boogers in the face
Designer to the ground, I can barely spell the names
This is in the Top 5 and they let them get away with this. Shit’s wack. It’s getting an F from me.
STOOPID, I Love It
And that was another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another. This week, I do a Target Practice on I’m A Mess.