Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review

Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: July 2019

Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where I look at some of the most popular songs in the United States right now. Let’s get started.


#38. Rodeo-Lil Nas X ft Cardi B: A while ago, Lil Nas X released an EP called 7, which includes both versions of Old Town Road. Rodeo is one of two songs from the EP hit the Top 40. It’s an obvious follow-up to Old Town Road with the Western guitars and mariachi horns playing against a heavier trap beat. The rodeo here is used as a metaphor for a relationship, which kinda feels underwritten. Cardi B shows up for a short 8 bars and she delivers. I’ve heard people compare the hook to Mo Bamba and I can hear it with the stretching of words. Overall, while I like the production and Cardi’s verse, it’s still just an okay song. I give it a 3/5.

#37. Cross Me-Ed Sheeran ft Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock: So this Friday, Ed Sheeran is set to release a new album with a whole bunch of collaborations. Cross Me is a collaboration with Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock. This is actually a decent song with some nice production and both Ed and Chance sound pretty good. The song’s biggest problem, however, is PnB Rock. His contributions are actually a sample of his XXL Freestyle where he talks about his seed, in other words, his kids. Remember that Ed Sheeran and Chance are talking about their wives. So when you throw in PnB Rock talking about his kid, it muddles up the whole song and creates some very disturbing Alabama-esque implications. Man, this should have been great, but that’s one detail that should have been cut out. I give it a 3/5.

#35. Ransom-Lil Tecca: Another boring interchangeable trap song. 1/5. Next.

#26. Beautiful People- Ed Sheeran ft Khalid: Now for another Ed Sheeran song. This time, we have Beautiful People with Khalid. Now this is much better, though it’s not perfect, either. Ed talks about not being one of the “beautiful people,” which in this scenario are celebrities. It’s kinda ironic since the dude is already famous and is buddies with many celebrities. Hell, Khalid pulls this off better and yet he still did collaborations with big names. Aside from that, the production and both singers are pretty good and as a whole, this is a solid pop tune. I give it a 3.5/5.

#22. Panini-Lil Nas X: And here’s the other song from the Lil Nas X EP that hit the charts, Panini, named after the character from Chowder, a Cartoon Network show, and it’s directed towards his old fanbase before he blew up. I’m not too crazy about this song as it sounds like most trap songs out now with its beat and Auto-Tuned vocals. The most interesting thing about it is the chorus that interpolates In Bloom by Nirvana. Also, the song is not even two minutes. I give it a 2.5/5.

#16. The Git Up-Blanco Brown: With the popularity of Old Town Road, you know it wasn’t gonna be long before others make their own country rap tunes. This brings us to Blanco Brown and The Git Up, which blew up through TikTok. Funny thing is that this song is more country than Old Town Road and I also like it more. This leans heavily into country with thanks to the production, which marries the steel and acoustic guitars with a booming beat, and Blanco Brown adding some twang in his vocals. The lyrics are mainly dance instructions and it’s perfect for any get-together. It’s a really infectious song and I want this to stick around. Hell, I welcome more of these country rap fusions, they’re more interesting than what’s going on in both country and rap right now. I give it a 4/5.

#13. You Need To Calm Down-Taylor Swift: I will give my full thoughts about this song in an upcoming Target Practice next Friday, so look forward to that. For now, I give it a 2/5.

#11. Money In The Grave-Drake ft Rick Ross: When the Raptors won the NBA Finals, Drake released two songs in celebration, Omerta and Money In The Grave. The former is out of the Hot 100 while Money In The Grave is still here. So how is it? It exists. It’s another bragging song that we’ve heard a bunch of times from both Drake and Rick Ross and it’s nothing special. The beat is alright and none of the lines are that offensively bad, though I do have to laugh at this dude thinking he can bury his wealth along with him when he dies like he’s a fucking pharaoh or something. Rick Ross doesn’t say anything of importance, although he makes the only basketball reference out of both tracks Drake released and it’s not even related to the Raptors. Overall, another song I would easily skip. Drake burnout has not gone away for me. I give it a 2.5/5. And while we’re on the topic of Drake…

#9. No Guidance-Chris Brown ft Drake: “Oh, look. A new Chris Brown song in the Top 10. That’s just what the charts needed.” Said no sane person ever. Remember when Chris Brown released a 45-track album Heartbreak On A Full Moon? Well, he’s now released a 32-track album called Indigo. The following videos sum up my reaction.

Anyways, this is No Guidance with Drake after squashing their beef. A shame that didn’t lead to an interesting or good song. These two are hitting on a girl with Drake propping her up like he’s her stereotypical gay friend and Chris Brown having the subtlety of a foghorn. Not to mention that the beat is boring as fuck. A big pass on this one. I give it a 1/5.

#5. Senorita-Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello: Here’s Shawn Mendes’ second single Senorita, a duet with Camila Cabello and their second collaboration after I Know What You Did Last Summer. While Senorita is better than that song, it’s still not anything great. The positives: I like the Latin-flavored instrumentation and the writing isn’t bad for a love song. The negatives: Camila Cabello still sounds incredibly shrill and she has no chemistry with Shawn Mendes, who’s trying his best. I don’t know. I wanted to like this as it’s not a bad song, but I’ll stick with If I Can’t Have You instead. This gets a 3/5.


The Git Up


Beautiful People


No Guidance



And that was another Hot 100 Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another one. My birthday is coming up this Friday, so that day, I’m doing a list of my favorite animated movies.


One thought on “Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: July 2019

  1. Agree with your reviews. Unless something magical happens, I don’t see Lil Nas X sticking around a lot after Old Town Road. He certainly won’t see anything like Old Town Road again and it’s been amazing to see it still dominating the number one spot blocking a whole bunch of songs during its run. In a way, Old Town Road feels like the swan song for the 2010s in how it encapsulates a lot of the musical and social trends that have defined this decade. Anyways, with that song still at number one it’s no surprise that Lil Nas X is trying to follow it up to extend his 15 minutes of fame. I dig Rodeo and that guitar almost sounds like something out of 60s surf rock and the performances were fine but not really anything I would go back to. Same with Panini which is more meh to me. Cross Me was an alright collaboration though Beautiful People was better. That new album from Ed Sheeran looks to be interesting considering the many acts he has listed on it but considering the singles I’ve heard so far it doesn’t sound like it’ll be great though I actually do like Blow with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars. Ransom is another mediocre trap song. The Git Up is a fine enough country/trap fusion though the constant shouting in this song can get annoying. I’ll save my thoughts on You Need To Calm Down for next week’s review. Money In The Game was meh. No Guidance was mediocre. Heading into the 2020s, can we all do ourselves a favor and leave Chris Brown behind after December 31st since not only is he an awful person, most of his music is garbage. Señorita is fine enough for a Latin pop summer jam though I definitely get your issues with it. Camila Cabello is easily the weakest link here but to give her credit her singing is more tolerable here than on most of her other songs solo and with Fifth Harmony. And honestly with this and Havana, she actually sings decently well on more Latin pop songs than she does on her regular pop songs. My other issue with the song is how they keep repeating ooh-la-la-la throughout which can get annoying after awhile. Still, I got no problems with it and I like the Latin flavor production and melody.

    In case it doesn’t chart or chart high, what are your thoughts on Blow?

    They finally got to our favorite song today in The Number Ones column, Lovin’ You, which is actually more positive than you would expect

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