Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review

Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: May 2019

Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where I look at the 40 most popular songs in the U.S. as of this post. Let’s get started.

LINK TO BILLBOARD HOT 100 OF MAY 18, 2019

#39. Pop Out-Polo G ft Lil Tjay: I don’t really have a lot to say about this one. It’s a pretty by-the-numbers trap song with a piano-led beat, melodic Auto-Tuned flows from both Polo G and Lil Tjay, and content you’ll see from a mile away. It’s not bad, but it’s not anything I haven’t heard from any song like it nor is it something I want to listen to again. It’s a 2.5/5 for me.

#38. Eyes On You-Chase Rice: Oh, boy. I’ve heard bad things about this one. And it definitely lives up to its reputation because Eyes On You by Chase Rice is straight-up garbage. Let’s start with the production, which is the sort of gross bro country that should’ve died in 2014 with those muddy synths and snaps. There’s also the content , which tries to be sweet, but ends up being creepy when you consider that all he did was stare at this one girl while being around the world. Get this shit out of here. I give it a 1/5.

#34. Here With Me-Marshmello & CHVRCHES: You know, there’s a part of me that’s giddy about CHVRCHES gaining mainstream recognition because I’m a huge fan of theirs. Seriously, Every Open Eye is a goddamn modern pop masterpiece. I just wished that their first hit was better than this, a collaboration with Marshmello. Let’s set the record straight: Here With Me is a very basic song in terms of production, where Marshmello provides a thin beat with a drop that has no punch to it, and in the content. Now Lauren Mayberry is great, but this song doesn’t give her much to work with, especially since it’s not even 3 minutes long. Stereogum summed up my thoughts on this song perfectly; “standard-issue dance-pop fluff, with a bit more of an emotional pull to it thanks to Mayberry’s performance. It’s the sort of song that you might forget about immediately after hearing.” One last thing before I move on: after doing this song, Marshmello worked with Chris Brown and Tyga, which prompted CHVRCHES to put out a statement, saying that they were disappointed that he would work with a woman abuser and a child predator. This led to Chris Brown wishing that they would get hit by a bus and accusing them of being racists (which makes no fucking sense). Lauren Mayberry, the frontwoman of the group, received rape and death threats from Chris Brown fans, who are living up to their idol’s odiousness. Anyways, I give Here With Me a 3/5.

#33. God’s Country-Blake Shelton: It’s okay. 3/5.

#31. Con Calma-Daddy Yankee ft Snow: You all remember Snow, right? The guy behind the 1993 hit Informer? Well, he’s back and he’s on a reggaeton track with Daddy Yankee called Con Caluma. The most interesting thing about this song is the way it flips Informer. It doesn’t sound that bad, but that’s about it. Outside of that, it’s no different from any other reggaeton track. Also, Katy Perry is on the remix of this song because she’s desperate for a hit and her contributions to this song are as shoehorned-in as Beyonce on Mi Gente. This song ain’t bad, but I don’t care to listen to it again. It’s a 3/5.

#29. Act Up-City Girls: City Girls are a Miami rap duo who were featured on Drake’s In My Feelings, but weren’t credited because Drake. Anyways, they have a hit on their own with Act Up, which is about screwing dudes and smacking up other women. I honestly don’t care for it. One of them keeps going off-beat and the production doesn’t really hit that hard. It blends in with other songs of its ilk and it’s pretty underwhelming compared to Twerk, which has grown on me a little. I give it a 2/5.

#28. Whiskey Glasses-Morgan Wallen: Another mediocre bro country song with sterile production and a forgettable singer in Morgan Wallen. Seriously, is Music Row ever going to step out of its bubble for once? I guess not. This song is getting a 2/5.

#22. Suge-DaBaby: Meh. 2/5.

#5. Homicide-Logic ft Eminem: When the news came out that Logic has a song with Eminem, music Twitter responded with a collective “ugh.” I, on the other hand, was curious to see what would come out of this. This is Homicide and while it’s not their best material, it’s actually pretty decent. Yeah, that intro does not need to be there, the mocking of trap rappers can get a little silly sometimes, and there are some legit bad lines, but most of the bars connect and the flows are pretty good from both rappers. I’m fine with this. I would give it a 3.5/5.

#3. ME!-Taylor Swift ft Brendon Urie:

Image result for aww shit here we go again

A few weeks ago, the Billboard Music Awards happened and Taylor Swift performed a new song there. Black Twitter looked at this performance and noticed similarities to Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella performance, which was highlighted in the Netflix concert film Homecoming, leading to the hilarious hashtag Mayochella trending on Twitter.

Formation vs Gentrification

I love Black Twitter. Anyways, Taylor Swift’s new song ME! (which doesn’t sound egocentric at all). I will say this, it’s better than all of the Reputation singles except for Delicate. Seems like Taylor has decided to distance herself from that last album (good), but this sounds more like an underwhelming Panic! At The Disco song than anything, which makes sense as it features frontman Brendon Urie, who’s looking to be the next Adam Levine. The production feels plastic with the marching drums and horns, leading to a pretty thin melody that doesn’t really hook me. The same thing applies to the vocals and the writing. I can see people liking this song, it is kinda catchy, but for me, ME! is a MEH!. I give it a 2/5.

#2. If I Can’t Have You-Shawn Mendes: We wrap things up with Shawn Mendes with If I Can’t Have You, which is a pretty good pop song. I really like the groove of this song and how the guitars and piano come together in the chorus. I can also get behind the idea of the song, of being unable to stop thinking about that special someone. This was made to be a hit and I’m happy to see it this high. Hope it sticks around. I give it a perfect 5/5.

BEST

If I Can’t Have You

HONORABLE MENTION

Homicide

WORST

Eyes On You

DISHONORABLE MENTION

Whiskey Glasses

And that was another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another one. This week, I review Detective Pikachu and I’ll post up the Hot R&B Singles Review of 1995.

Peace!!

7 thoughts on “Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: May 2019

  1. Finally listened to Homicide. It’s dope, but not the best thing ever. Logic’s flow is awesome and I’ll take any jab directed at mumble rap any day, but a lot of the lyrics don’t hit me, which is ironic since Logic claims to be among the greatest in this song. Em’s verse was much better and hit hard, aside from a couple of bad lyrics. Overall, I liked it enough. As for If I Can’t Have You, it’s pretty good, but it almost feels like another There’s Nothing Holding Me Back. But it does have some groove and Shawn’s singing is good, so I’m fine with it being his biggest hit yet.

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  2. Pop Out- mediocre

    Eyes On You- I don’t hate it that much but it’s pretty meh

    Here With Me- It’s fine enough but agree it’s nothing special and wow that Chris Brown comment. His comment just says a lot about who he is.

    God’s Country- an alright country song

    Con Calma- seems appropriate that at the same time Billy Ray Cyrus gets his big comeback that another embarrassing one hit wonder from the early 90s makes a comeback. Honestly, I’d prefer Informer to Con Calma cause it’s just another nothing special reggaeton song and that Katy Perry remix was pointless. Sure Informer isn’t a great song with Snow’s fast rapping and the stupid lyrics but at least it had a catchy and fun beat that made it interesting.

    Act Up- really annoying

    Whiskey Glasses- another meh country song

    Suge- another mediocre trap song

    Homicide- it’s a fine enough rap collaboration though that intro is pretty cringeworthy and the outro was unnecessary

    ME!- I may have been too generous to the song at first considering I didn’t like much of the songs from Reputation so I was glad to hear her going back to a more upbeat sound but now I don’t think it’s that special. Taylor and Brendon Urie sing fine together and the production is fine even if it’s generic pop fluff right down to using the 50s doo wop chord progression. I’m not opposed to listening to ME! and the song being a big hit now but I don’t care much for it.

    If I Can’t Have You- I really enjoy this song and am glad to see Shawn Mendes improving as an artist since the days of Treat You Better. And this song is much better than the Yvonne Elliman number one song of the same name from 1978.

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  3. Is bro-country ever gonna go away? Cause it sure doesn’t feel like it. I though we made progress with that, but it’s still the same crap. All I can say is “FUCK CHRIS BROWN AND MAY HE ROT IN HELL!” for his awful response to CHVRCHES. If anyone should get hit by a bus, it’s him. What a piece of shit, the nerve of that guy. This type of attitude and the attitude from the majority of his fanbase tells me all I need to know about him and them. Chris hasn’t changed, which is why I gladly made the decision to blacklist reviewing any music he releases from this point on. That senseless and immature tweet was the last straw. The reality is that they are right to call him out for it, and it disappoints me that it people’s eyes, they’re in the wrong, that tells me how bad and ignorant society has gotten. The reality is, CHVRCHES are right and they’re 1000% wrong. The entertainment industry sickens me and it’s very sad that other artists aren’t taking a stand against artists who have done despicable things (people are just now turning against R. Kelly). That being said, it disappoints me that their first charting hit is a collaboration with Marshmello. I don’t hate the guy, but his detractors and critics are right when they say his production is basic and lacks any excitement. I may hate mainstream EDM (yeah, I realized my issues isn’t with the genre as a whole, but rather with the stuff that gets popular and how commercial, artificial, watered down, repetitive and formulaic it is when it’s mainstream) and the club movement, but at least it’s capable of having more a punch than his formulaic and uneventful beats. I really wish they would’ve charted with their music, but the mass public don’t know any better. I heard Suge, I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a comedy or meme song, but it doesn’t work. When you talk about shooting and killing people in your song for no good reason, I automatically tune out. It’s just another mediocre trap song. Ah yes, Con Calma. I never thought I’d see a day where Snow’s Informer is interpolated for a reggaeton song, but it makes sense. That said, it’s just another Daddy Yankee song. I don’t hate Daddy Yankee at all (although he’s made a few stinkers), but outside a few songs of his I like, I never really cared that much for the guy. And most of his songs pretty much sound the same. Catchy and inoffensive compared to other artists in his genre, but generic. I’ll take him over Bad Bunny or Ozuna, though. And of course it charts this high because of a remix with a pop artist! smh. Despite that, I don’t mind the song and I don’t hate Informer like other critics do. You try rapping at the speed he does. jk. I get why the City Girls are popular and the purpose of their songs. That said, that doesn’t make me dislike their music any less than I do. I thought they were annoying on In My Feelings (easily the worst of Drake’s three #1 hits last year), and they’re not any better here. Twerk isn’t that bad, but it just exists for me and it just reminds me how much I don’t like twerking (as in seeing women twerk, of course). I listened to Me! and had the same reaction. I heard it and rolled my eyes at how generic it was. I’m not surprised that Taylor left the Reputation sound behind. And it is better than nearly every single off that album, but it’s not saying much. It just means we’re back to square one and my overall feeling towards Taylor Swift’s music, that being I just don’t give two shits about it aside from a few singles and deep cuts. Her music’s just not for me, she doesn’t cater to my tastes and I’m just not the target demographic for her music. Even then, her pop stuff has always been hit-and-miss with me. Add to that, I never found her to be that great of a singer. Her voice has always been average to me, which is mainly the reason why her music doesn’t click with me for the most part. This new song is just another generic, overproduced, cookie cutter pop song that simply exists. It’s the definition of a meh song. Yes, it sounds happy and some would say it’s better than the moody, boring pop music we’ve been bombarded from the past several years, but it doesn’t stop it from being generic, artificial and kind of annoying nor does it make it a great song. And Brendon Urie is just there to be filler and sounds out of place, it doesn’t feel genuine. Also, the title of the track makes it seem like a song where Taylor is just being full of herself, and I can’t vibe with that. Of course Taylor fans and pop fans will eat it up since it is a new lead single, but I just don’t care. I’ll talk about Homicide and If I Can’t Have You later on this thread. Overall, another solid review.

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      1. You’ll enjoy the column. They’re up to 1974 now.

        What do you think of the Blinded By The Light trailer?

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