Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review

Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: February 2019

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


7 Rings



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.


10 thoughts on “Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: February 2019

  1. Agree with you about the Super Bowl and Grammys. To be honest, while the Halftime Show was pretty underwhelming it was way more entertaining than Justin Timberlake last year mostly due to the guest stars and Maroon 5 playing their older, better songs. And that Spongebob tease was funny since I was hoping that they were going to play Sweet Victory. And it was a good thing that you didn’t watch the game cause it was boring to watch. With the Grammys, most of this year’s winners were actually good and well deserving for once unlike most years. I was surprised This Is America won Record and Song of The Year cause I was sure Shallow was gonna win since it was practically designed to win Grammys but I can’t complain about This Is America winning. Dua Lipa winning Best New Artist was very well deserved considering she was one of the few bright spots in pop music last year. And I’m cool with Kacey Musgraves winning Album Of The Year. Dirty Computer was also my top pick but Golden Hour was a good album in itself. I’m just glad Drake or Post Malone didn’t win that award.

    Beautiful Crazy- it’s a nice country song

    Look Back At It- another mediocre trap song

    Sweet But Psycho- sounds pretty outdated by 2019 standards. This sounds like something that would have been popular in the late 2000s and early 2010s among the electropop/early EDM trend. Maybe this is a case of early-onset late 2000s/early 2010s nostalgia. There’s some fun and catchiness to this song but it’s not something I would go back to.

    Alone- a meh EDM song

    Dancing With A Stranger- a really nice R&B duet. I wouldn’t mind seeing this stick around.

    Thotiana- another forgettable strip club trap song

    bury a friend- Billie Eilish is an artist I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about from fellow music critics as well as kids at my middle school’s Friday Recreation, where I work at, who’ve been asking me to play her songs. I haven’t checked her out yet but now that she has a real hit I’m interested to hear more from her. I honestly don’t know how to feel about bury a friend. It’s very out there from what’s charting now which I can appreciate but at the same time the song’s way too dark and intense for my tastes. Still, it’s a very interesting song that keeps me going back. It sounds like something out of a horror movie. I hope this song sticks around long enough as a bigger hit to bring a breath of fresh air to the charts. And it’s amazing to think Billie Eilish is only 17 and making songs like this.

    Middle Child- J. Cole is another artist I hear a lot about especially since I go to the same university that he went to so they’re always talking about him on campus. I agree with you on Middle Child. It’s not bad but it’s not that great either.

    7 Rings- it sucks. Easily Ariana’s worst song thus far. It’s only at number one for the same reason all the Drake songs debuted at number one last year: pure hype and name recognition. Looks like 2019’s going to be the year of Ariana. Ariana, like Miley Cyrus before her, just doesn’t work well with hip hop flows and production and is just doing it to fit in with what’s popular now. This also goes into the other issue with Ariana lately in that it feels like she’s just throwing darts at the wall with what she wants her music to sound like. Not that it’s been all bad but it shows her going through an artistic identity crisis. And that Sound Of Music interpolation was pretty stupid. It didn’t work for Gwen Stefani in 2007 and it sure as hell doesn’t work for Ariana in 2019. I could say more but the song’s awfulness just speaks for itself.

    Looking forward to your Target Practice on Blurred Lines considering how infamous the song is.

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  2. I agree with everything (though Middle Child is nothing special to me and kind of a letdown from Cole), but I wasn’t really feeling Sweet But Psycho. It came off as pretty generic and annoying and I didn’t find anything particularly interesting on Ava Max as a singer based on what I heard of this song. Maybe I need to listen to her other stuff to appreciate her ’cause this song got no real reaction out of me other than “this sounds like Down like Jay Sean and sounds like something that was popular 10 years ago except not as good”. Otherwise, great review. Agreed, 7 Rings was a huge disappointment, I really hated having to talk negatively about Ariana on my review, but that was not what I wanted to hear from her. I’ll probably pass on listening to the album if it wasn’t that great.

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    1. Me neither. Just like I will never, EVER do a dance challenge or practically any viral challenge, I’m too old for that sh*t. It’s like Todd says, “at this point I’m ready for the retirement home” (I’m a year younger than Todd, by the way), plus I like to go against the grain of what is currently
      trending in modern day. Outside of that, I’m a traditional gamer and I don’t care about games about dancing with other people or whatever else they do in that game. I’ll stick to my PS4, thank you very much. Plus, I never got the appeal of that game or why it’s so popular. It’s the equivalent of Eminem being shocked and appalled at the current trap scene, I just scratch my head in confusion at why something like this is popular. Let the kids enjoy that, I’m an adult in my 30’s and a traditionalist. No, thank you. Pass.

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      1. Same here. I’ve never been much a fan of these types of games, as they lack the personality of the kind of games I enjoy like Mario, Zelda, Sonic, Crash, Spyro, Persona and Fire Emblem. Plus, I blame Fortnite for In My Feelings’ popularity and staying at No.1 for as long as it did. The sooner this wretched ‘floss’ dance goes away the better.

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