Welcome back to another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review where I look at some of the latest songs to hit the Hot 100’s Top 40 and give my general thoughts on them. Let’s get started.
#38. Hot-Young Thug ft Gunna: We start with Young Thug and a collaboration with one of his clones Gunna called Hot. Hot, this is not. It’s another generic trap song full of bragging and references to brand names. The funny thing about this track is that without looking it up, I can’t tell which one is Young Thug and which one is Gunna because they both sound alike. Yeah, not a good sign and goes to show how disposable the whole song is. It’s a 1/5.
#37. Trampoline-SHAED: Trampoline is the the latest indie song to hit the Top 40 and it comes from the Washington DC trio SHAED. It’s good, but not great. I like the production, though I feel like it could’ve used more of a punch, especially in the chorus. The idea of comparing jumping on a trampoline to falling in a dream is also an interesting idea. It’s not the best song ever coming from the indie scene, but I like it enough. I give it a 4/5.
#36. Cash Shit-Megan Thee Stallion ft DaBaby: Finally, I get to talk about Megan Thee Stallion on this site. So Megan Thee Stallion is one of the more exciting new rappers to blow up this year. Her energy and presence is like a magnet that just draws people in. I have no doubts that she’ll have a bright future in the game. Plus, she’s a big anime fan, which is dope. Anyways, this is Cash Shit, which is a good enough song. The minimalist production bumps and puts more attention to Megan, who has the flows and a ton of charisma, even as she’s rapping about money and sex. DaBaby shows up and he’s able to keep up with Megan with his own personality. Overall, it’s no Big Ole Freak, but it’s good enough for what it is. I give it a 4/5.
#35. Only Human-Jonas Brothers: So the Jonas Brothers has another song in the Top 40 and it’s called Only Human. I’m not feeling it. The production feels stiff and lightweight, like it was an unreleased MAGIC! song (remember that group?). Joe Jonas handles the majority of the vocals and he doesn’t sound good at all. This song isn’t as terrible as Cool, but it’s still pretty bad. I give it a 1/5.
#26. Baby-Lil Baby & DaBaby: Oh, look. Two rappers with “baby” in their name have a song called Baby. Setting aside the number of babies, this song is not interesting at all. A limp trap beat with a muted melody, Lil Baby mumbling about selling drugs, and DaBaby underwhelms, which is a shame because he’s better than this. I didn’t love Suge, but I’ve grown to tolerate it. Overall, there’s not much to gravitate towards the song that warrants any repeat listens. I’m also giving this a 1/5.
#23. Lover-Taylor Swift: So Taylor Swift released her latest album Lover and from what I’ve heard from people, it’s one of her better albums. So here’s the title track from that album and it’s alright. It’s a simple love song with production that leans heavy into old-school country territory, which is funny considering that Taylor abandoned country a long time ago. Taylor Swift fans will love this song, but for me, it’s fine. Not something I would listen to again and it’s no The Archer, but fine. I give it a 3/5.
#21. Hot Girl Summer-Megan Thee Stallion ft Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla Sign: I saw this coming. Not just that Megan Thee Stallion was gonna capitalize on her brand catchphrase “Hot Girl Summer” and make a song about it, but that Nicki Minaj was gonna attach herself to the new blood to not draw attention to her fading spotlight. Anyways, Hot Girl Summer. I want to like this song, but I’m left underwhelmed. Megan still delivers and Nicki actually wasn’t that bad here, but what the fuck is Ty Dolla Sign doing here? Why is he performing the hook? This is supposed to be Hot Girl Summer and he’s so out of place. Couldn’t you have gotten Lizzo, Kehlani, or SZA to do the hook instead? Or hell, why not use this song as an opportunity to make a 2019 version of the Ladies Night remix? Plus, I’m not too crazy about the City Girls sample on the production. Look, I get it. This wasn’t made for me, this is for women who go out clubbing on the weekend and it does its job. Still, I give it a 3/5.
#7. Circles-Post Malone: Okay, am I the only one experiencing Post Malone burnout? Dude released an album last year, did a song for an animated movie, and he just released a new album a few days ago. To be fair, the music he’s releasing now isn’t as terrible as his previous work, but my general issues with the dude still remain. So this is his new song Circles, which is Post going further into pop music territory, which is exactly where he belongs. That doesn’t make the song interesting though. The music sounds like the most generic cookie-cutter pop song out of a movie soundtrack with Post’s reverb-heavy Auto-Tuned warbling about a relationship gone down the drains and I’m sorry, but I’ve heard this type of song done so many times before. I got sick of it when Drake and Taylor Swift did it, Post is no different. It’s not bad, but it’s still a bland sandwich topped with mayo. I give it a 2/5.
And that was another Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another. This week, I’ll review IT: Chapter Two and Man On The Moon: THe End Of Day to celebrate its ten-year anniversary.