Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where we look at some of the most popular songs in the country right now. A belated Happy New Year to everyone out there and I hope you started the year off right. Now it’s back to business. Oh, and one last thing. Starting with this post, I’m bringing back the numbers rating system, which means I’m going back to rating records with a 1-to-5 system (half-digits included). Let’s get started.
#40. Be Alright-Dean Lewis: Oh, look. Ed Sheeran has a new single. What’s that? This isn’t Ed Sheeran? Huh. So this is Be Alright by Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis and it’s just there. Dean Lewis is a quivering Ed Sheeran knock-off vocally, the music is basic background noise, and it’s just another love song. It’s not terrible by any means, but nothing about it really stands out. It only exists as something to fill up time on radio stations. I’ll most likely forget about this song after hearing it. I give it a 2.5/5.
#39. Drunk Me-Mitchell Tenpenny: So I have not heard good things about this Mitchell Tenpenny. The dude’s grandmother used to be the CEO of Sony Music, giving him the right connections to start a career, and he has a song called Bitches. I won’t post a link to the song itself, I rather you go read Saving Country Music’s article about it instead. I might do a Target Practice on this song or talk about it on an upcoming Random WTF Lyrics some day because oh, boy. Anyways, Mitchell Tenpenny now has a hit under his belt with Drunk Me and listening to it makes me feel like drinking until my liver burns up. Dude isn’t a bad singer, but man, the production of this song is just awful, going for the stale pop sound that buries any hint of country to the back of the mix and it’s a whiny post-breakup song. Congratulations, Nashville. You found another Sam Hunt. We didn’t like the original, what makes you think we’ll settle for his substitute? This is getting a 1/5.
#38. Swervin-A Boogie Wit da Hoodie ft 6ix9ine: It is too early for this bullshit. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie recently put out an album. Didn’t listen to it, don’t care for it. With all of the Christmas songs leaving the chart, it left empty space for this shit. Swervin is another Auto-Tuned sex rap song with a weak ass beat smothering what sounds like a harp to the back. And then there’s 6ix9ine, who shows up like a mosquito, shouting his verse and it doesn’t fit this song at all, like it was a last-minute addition. It’s sloppy and miserable-sounding. I give it a 1/5.
#37. Best Shot-Jimmie Allen: Oh, look. A black country singer who isn’t Darius Rucker or Kane Brown. Listening to Best Shot, it sounds like your typical country love song, but it’s a damn good one at that. The acoustic instrumentation sounds amazing and it has some pretty good singing from Jimmie Allen. If any country hit is going to stick around, let it be this one because Jimmie Allen shows a lot of promise. Can’t wait to hear more from him. I give this song a 4/5.
#36. A Lot-21 Savage ft J Cole: While I was enjoying the holidays, 21 Savage put out a new album. I had no interest in it, so I didn’t listen to it. The big hit from that album is called A Lot. It’s okay, I guess. The production’s fine, 21 Savage was passable, the lyrics, while a bit repetitive, are also passable, and J Cole shows up for a decent verse that’s kinda undercut by what he says about 6ix9ine.
Pray for Tekashi, they want him to rot
I picture him inside a cell on a cot
’Flectin’ on how he made it to the top
Wondering if it was worth it or not
How about no? Save your prayers for someone else, especially someone who deserves them. As for the song itself? Like I said, it’s alright, but I’m not going back to it any time soon. I give it a 3/5.
#34. You Say-Lauren Daigle: Here’s something I’d never thought we see these days, a contemporary Christian song on the Hot 100. Longtime readers already know my feelings on contemporary Christian music, more specifically that I have no issues with the message (when delivered right), but find the sound of it being milquetoast. Anyways, You Say by Lauren Daigle. It’s a piano-and-string ballad with a gospel choir and heavy reverb. If you couldn’t tell that this was a Christian song, you aren’t paying attention to the lyrics, which is speaking towards God. It’s a big hit on the Christian charts unsurprisingly and has crossed over to the pop charts. The song itself sounds fine, but it doesn’t have any replay value for me. It’s passable. I give it a 3/5.
#33. Close To Me-Ellie Goulding & Diplo ft Swae Lee: Hi, Ellie Goulding. Missed having you around. For her latest single, Ellie collaborated with Diplo and Swae Lee for Close To Me. I wish I could like this more, but it’s just alright. Diplo’s trap-heavy production was tolerable until the bridge came in with those squeaky synths, which took me out of the song. Ellie Goulding still sounds great, selling the idea of the song’s writing while Swae Lee doesn’t even measure up to her. I hope the next single is better than this because this doesn’t really do it for me. I give it a 3/5.
#32. Baby Shark-Pinkfong: Seems like every year, something viral makes its way onto the charts. Backstory: Baby Shark is a little kids’ song about sharks. Yeah. Pinkfong is an educational brand from a South Korean company called SmartStudy. They did their version of the song, added a preset dance beat, and made a video that went viral worldwide while sparking a dance craze, amassing 2.1 BILLION views (note: the video was uploaded in June of 2016). It feels weird seeing this here and talking about it because this is a little kids’ song, it doesn’t belong here. I’m not even mad, just confused. I refuse to believe that there’s someone out there with the homies, going, “YO, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU SHOULD BUMP IN THE WHIP? PUT ON THAT BABY SHARK.” What’s next, the Wiggles having chart success? This is not going to last long on the charts. It’s only here because of YouTube and Billboard’s broken algorithm when it comes to streaming. This will only be something people will talk about for a while and then move on to something else before February. It’s the 2019 Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen. Remember that? I would give this a rating, but I’m better off not giving validity to children’s music.
#13. Wow-Post Malone: Trust me. Nothing in this song warrants a title like this. Wow doesn’t get a “wow” from me, more like a “meh.” A dull beat, Post Malone being uninteresting, and more bragging about money, jewels, and other material wealth would create what ultimately sounds like a throwaway track that’s only here because of brand name recognition. Not the worst Post Malone song, but it’s an easy 2/5.
Close To Me
And that was another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another. This week, I’ll be looking at Devilman Crybaby.