Welcome back to another Top 40 Review and IT’S MY 400th POST!!
Well, the holiday season is here and every music critic has either released their year end lists or are currently working on them. I fall in the latter category and I’m taking my sweet ass time with them because I want them to be perfect. Every year, I strive to make every list better than the previous. Anyways, let’s get started.
#40. Speechless-Dan + Shay: After the success of Tequila, Dan + Shay released Speechless as their next single. It’s just okay. It’s another love song with piano-driven instrumentation that leans more towards pop than country and it has a sweet sentiment behind it. When it comes to country hits, it’s one of the better ones out there, but it’s not for me. I give it a C.
#39. Uptown-Meek Mill ft Fabolous & Anuel AA: So Meek Mill just released an album called Championships. If you know me, you already know that I’m not a fan of this guy. I don’t like his flow and his content is just more of the same bragging shit that’s in a lot of rap songs. Anyways, Uptown. It’s an obvious cash-in on the Latin craze as not only is there a lot of Latin references, but the typical trap beat that the song has switches up to a reggaeton beat for a couple of seconds before switching back. The lyrics are more luxury rap and drug dealing as Meek Mill brings that same flow that I can’t stand. Fabolous shows up for a slightly better verse, but even he wasn’t that great here. And this Anuel AA guy isn’t doing it for me, he’s only here to add some more Latin flavor to this track. This song is just meh overall and I give it a D.
#36. Gene Autry-Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: With the holidays, our ears are going to assaulted nonstop by Christmas songs, including this 1949 jingle Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. This is the song’s first appearance on the Hot 100 since it existed before the Hot 100 was even a thing. It’s all about the titular character who’s made fun of because he has a glowing red nose, but his nose is able to guide Santa Claus and his sleigh of reindeer through the snow and he’s now beloved by the others. A simple story of overcoming adversity coming from a very 40s song that gets nonstop spins during the holiday season. Oh, and there was that whole controversy around the TV special thanks to a garbage Huffington Post video stating that the special was “problematic.” I didn’t follow the whole thing, but it’s just people arguing for the sake of arguing and that’s exhausting to witness. Anyways, this is not my favorite Christmas song (this is), but it’s a fine enough tune. I give it a B.
#33. Better-Khalid: More Khalid on the charts can only be a good thing, right? So, yeah. Better. It has a nice groove, especially that talkbox outro at the end and the vocals from Khalid are solid. The writing isn’t anything special and I wouldn’t call this one of my favorites from the guy, it’s still a cool song and I’ll take it over most of the more recent song. I give it a B.
#32. Leave Me Alone-Flipp Dinero: And now for the latest forgettable hip-hop track of the moment, courtesy of Flipp Dinero with his song Leave Me Alone. It’s a song where he’s basically telling a girl he likes to screw off, which gives off a mixed message. In terms of being a rapper, Flipp Dinero isn’t anything that special or interesting and the production doesn’t really help this track. Apparently, Drake cited this song as an influence for Scorpion. No wonder that album turned out the way it did if mediocre shit like this inspired it. It’s a low D for me.
#31. Dangerous-Meek Mill ft Jeremih & PnB Rock: So this song has been around longer than most tracks off of Championships mainly because it was a part of an EP Meek Mill put out in July. Well, because he decided to put this song on his new album, here it is, Dangerous. I don’t mind the beat with its acoustic guitars and trap beat, but then we get to the content and it’s Meek Mill’s attempt at a love song, but his constant posturing and stilted flow really doesn’t work for this song. Both Jeremih and PnB Rock do better than this dude at setting the right mood. This could have been great, but Meek Mill fucked that up and so, this song is getting a low C from me.
#30. On Me-Meek Mill ft Cardi B: Now for the next Meek Mill track, On Me with Cardi B and this should have been better. We got a dull beat from Bangladesh and more luxury porn. I was hoping Cardi B would make it at least interesting, but she was pretty underwhelming. I got nothing out of this song. I give it a D.
#20. What’s Free-Meek Mill ft Rick Ross & Jay Z: Out of all the songs from Meek Mill, this is the one that got the most talk all thanks to Jay Z. People thought he was sending shots at Kanye on his verse to the point where he set the record straight on Twitter. As for What’s Free? It’s okay. The beat is cool, sampling a well-known Biggie song, Rick Ross spends most of his verse bragging about his success and wealth along with throwing shots at 6ix9ine using a homophobic slur, Meek Mill goes on about his probation and how he thinks the system is against him, and Jay gives the best verse of the whole song, mentioning both his success and the history of black people in America. I don’t have any strong feelings about this song. It exists. I’m giving it a C.
#6. Going Bad-Meek Mill ft Drake: And of course, like clockwork, the highest charting single has a Drake feature. You know, the guy who was responsible for turning Meek Mill into a punchline with Back To Back in 2015. Now, they squashed their beef and they’re working together again with Going Bad and it’s easily one of the weaker songs from Meek Mill. Featuring a limp beat with a rinky dink piano that’s put in the back of the mix and lyrics that feature more bragging with Meek Mill mentioning Back To Back and Drake proclaiming he has “more slaps than the Beatles.” Dude, you might have more songs than them, but half of your shit is filler at best. Fuck outta here with that nonsense. So, yeah. This song blows major chunks and I’m giving it an F.
And that was another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another. This week, you’ve waited for it all year and it’s finally coming. It’s the Worst Songs of 2018 list.