Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review

Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: April 2019

Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where we look at some of the most popular songs in the U.S. Hot 100 right now. Let’s get started


#39. Talk-Khalid: I’m amazed by Khalid’s success. The dude isn’t that huge of a star, but he’s always making hits or is featured on one. He’s got a good team around him. Anyways, the latest hit he’s got is Talk and it’s okay. I do like the bouncy production and Khalid sounds good, even if the content isn’t anything special, all about wanting to slow down in a relationship. Not a bad song, but Khalid has made better. I give it a 3/5.

#38. xanny-Billie Eilish: I previously reviewed the entirety of WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? on Friday, so I’ll be brief with the Billie Eilish songs. xanny is a late night reflection on drug use and people’s reasoning behind them. It’s easily one of the best songs on the album and I would give it a perfect 5/5.

#33. Pure Water-Mustard & Migos: After crafting hits for others, DJ Mustard made the decision to make songs for himself under the name Mustard. This brings us to Pure Water with Migos. It’s pretty much a Migos song with a beat featuring a screeching vocal sample. The entirety of the song is just more of Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset flexing with all the girls on their dick, including your girlfriend. In other words, more of the same shit and it’s mediocre. I give it a 2/5.

#31. wish you were gay-Billie Eilish: A queer-baiting song about a guy who rejected Billie and it doesn’t rise above the level of okay. Not a song that I would revisit, especially compared to the other songs that Billie has made. It’s a 3/5.

#29. when the party’s over-Billie Eilish: A gothic piano ballad on a relationship going down the shitter, where it’s better to let things come to an end. This is an amazing song that makes up one of the sadder parts of the album. I give it a 5/5.

#7. bad guy-Billie Eilish: The big hit from the album that’s a perfect example of the dark playfulness of Billie Eilish that has a great groove perfect for a hit. I hope it sticks around. I give it a 4/5.

#1. Old Town Road-Lil Nas X: Now for the newest number one single, one that blew up from TikTok (a social media app like Vine and and is at the center of controversy. Some context: Old Town Road made an appearance on the Hot Country Songs chart and was then removed by Billboard because they felt it didn’t qualify to be a country song. This sparked a huge debate about whether or not it’s a country song and what qualifies as a country song, especially these days since a lot of mainstream country artists utilize a lot of hip-hop production, cadences, and lingo. My whole take on this situation is that while I don’t believe that Old Town Road is a country song, neither is half of the shit that makes it onto the country charts. For goodness sake, did we all forget about Meant To Be and Sam Hunt’s entire career? Hell, if Billboard applied what they did to Old Town Road to other genres, at least half of the hip-hop and R&B charts would be purged. I’ve spent too much time talking about the controversy, let’s look at the song itself. I actually enjoy it, believe it or not. I like the production utilizing a trap beat alongside a banjo (that actually was a Nine Inch Nails sample) and I actually like the flow Lil Nas X uses on this song. This song was actually written when Lil Nas X was living with his sister after dropping out of college and he hoped to break into the rap scene. There’s a goofy charm within the song to make me forgive the Auto-Tune use and the fact that it’s barely 2 minutes long. Lil Nas X would eventually release a remix with Billy Ray Cyrus, pushing the song to 2 minutes and 37 seconds and it was dope. It’s not particularly great, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the majority of modern country and trap songs that are out now. I give it a 4/5.




Pure Water

And that was another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another one. This week, I review Shazam! and I’ll be doing the Hot R&B Singles Review of 1993.


2 thoughts on “Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: April 2019

  1. I’m not going to discuss the Billie Eilish songs since I’ve given my general thoughts in your album review but I am glad Bad Guy is the biggest hit off the album since it’s the song I liked the most.

    Talk- it sounds nice but not really something I would seek out

    Pure Water- another mediocre trap song

    Old Town Road- It seems like 2019 is the year to expect the unexpected on the Hot 100 with number one songs from The Jonas Brothers, A Star Is Born, and now a country/trap fusion song. Honestly, the whole controversy surrounding this song is more interesting than the song itself. It’s not bad but it just exists for me. It goes in one ear and out the other mainly because of the short length under 2 minutes. Fun fact: Old Town Road is the first number one song to clock in at under two minutes since The Letter by The Box Tops in 1967. And it’s the ninth number one song overall to be under two minutes. I don’t like making a big deal about song lengths but for me growing up in an era where songs are regularly over 3 minutes if you’re song has a shorter length, it better be interesting enough to catch my attention. And on the controversy, while Old Town Road isn’t a country song in a musical sense, so are many of the big crossover country songs that have hit the Hot 100. And many of the big songs of other genres like rock, R&B, and hip-hop don’t really fit into the traditional definitions of those genres.

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