Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where we look at the most popular songs on the Hot 100’s Top 40. Last Sunday was the Super Bowl, which I didn’t watch because I had no interest in watching. I did catch Maroon 5’s half-time show performance and it was mediocre. They pretty much cockteased Spongebob fans where instead of performing Sweet Victory, they showed 5 seconds of animation that transitions to Travis Scott performing Sicko Mode. Also, the Grammys happened two days ago and it was actually one of the better shows of recent times where, with a few exceptions, the awards went to some really good artists and records. I was very happy when This Is America won both Record and Song Of The Year and Dua Lipa won Best New Artist. I wanted Janelle Monae to win Album Of The Year for Dirty Computer, but I’m fine with Kacey Musgraves winning it for Golden Hour. That was a really good album. Anyways, let’s get started.
#36. Beautiful Crazy-Luke Combs: We start off with Luke Combs, who’s still releasing singles from his 2017 debut album. Is it just me or does this seem like a weird trend in country music? Anyways, here’s Beautiful Crazy and it’s a solid song. I like the instrumentation and how smooth and organic it is. Luke Combs puts on one of his best performances to date and while I would question why he would call this girl crazy, the writing ain’t bad for a love song. So, yeah. I like this song. I would give it a 4/5.
#32. Look Back At It-A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie: Another month, another song from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. This time around with Look Back At It. It’s an okay song. I don’t mind the beat that much with those cold synths being used against a piano and snaps, but A Boogie doesn’t really say anything that interesting or memorable as he’s all about this girl that he can’t take his mind off of. Also, he interpolates the melodies of two Michael Jackson songs, Rock My World and Remember The Time. In terms of trap, this is tolerable. I give it a 3/5.
#30. Sweet But Psycho-Ava Max: When I first heard this song, I said to myself, “this is going to be a hit.” Lo and behold, here it is. Sweet But Psycho by Ava Max. This song is catchy as hell. It has one of those choruses that stays in your head for days. Also, the production is pretty damn good with those shimmering synths going along with a trap-influenced beat. Ava Max has some solid presence as a pop singer. I dig this and I would give it a 4.5/5.
#28. Alone-Marshmello: Kinda weird to see this song here. See, Alone by Marshmello was released in 2016 and here it is three years later at its highest peak. And I figured out why. Apparently, Marshmello did a virtual concert within the popular game Fortnite. Yeah. As for the song itself, I think it’s a good song with its future bass production that has a lot of bounce and swell and a dope ass drop. It does sound out of place when compared to more recent EDM hits, but it’s still pretty good at the end of the day. I give it a 4/5.
#26. Dancing With A Stranger-Sam Smith & Normani: Normani’s back on the charts with another duet, this time with Sam Smith for Dancing With A Stranger and it’s great. These two have some really solid chemistry as they work on their strengths vocally on a track where they’re looking for someone new to hook up with after a break-up. Making the song even better is the production, which goes for a tight groove with some sparse guitars. Great song that I hope sticks around. I give it a perfect 5/5.
#20. Thotiana-Blueface: So I’ve heard buzz around Blueface before I even heard his music. Apparently, he likes to rap off-beat and he’s signed to Cash Money Records. So here he is in the Top 20 with Thotiana. What a promising title. Anyways, what we get is a mediocre strip club song with limp production and nothing of worth being said. The only thing noteworthy about this song is Blueface rapping off-beat. I’ve heard worse songs out there, but I can’t call this good, either. I give it a 2/5.
#14. bury a friend-Billie Eilish: Boy, am I happy to see this on the charts. Billie Eilish is one of those new artists who I’m legitimately excited for. I enjoyed pretty much every song she has put out so far and I’m looking forward to her upcoming album. And now she has her first hit with bury a friend, which is eerie as fuck with its gothic minimalistic production that utilized muted percussion and warped synths. Going along with this creepy atmosphere is the writing wher Billie Eilish is having a conversation with a monster that’s underneath her bed. There’s not a lot of songs like this on the charts and I welcome it, plus, Billie Eilish. I give this song a perfect 5/5.
#8. Middle Child-J Cole: Nice. A new J Cole song. When it comes to J Cole, I’m much kinder to him than other music critics, so I was looking forward to Middle Child when it was announced. And it was just okay. I like the beat, J Cole has a good flow, and the idea of being a bridge to two generations of rappers isn’t a bad one, but not everything works. There’s shots thrown at Kanye and he could’ve picked some better rappers out of the current generation to mention here. Also, him doing the Auto-Tune thing was really unnecessary. Overall, it’s a fine enough song, but J Cole is capable of better. I give it a 3.5/5.
#1. 7 Rings-Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande just released her newest album thank u, next on Friday and I’m gonna be honest with you, I was disappointed. Most of the songs didn’t have the same replay value as the ones from Sweetener. I think songs like 7 Rings is part of the reason why. It starts off decently with an interpolation of The Sound Of Music before devolving shallow flexing lyrics, an undercooked trap beat, and the use of stilted flows that people have said was ripped off from other artists ranging from Princess Nokia to 2 Chainz to even Soulja Boy, of all people. I have no issue with Ariana Grande doing these type of songs, but let it be good. This is a mishmash of ideas that doesn’t really mix well and Ari is capable of doing MUCH better. I give it a 1/5.
bury a friend
Dancing With A Stranger
And that was another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another. This week, I’ll be doing a Target Practice on Blurred Lines.