Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where I look at some of the most popular songs in the U.S. right now. Once again, I hope all of you are safe in this global pandemic and are practicing social distancing as much as you can. So let’s get started.
#40. Catch-Brett Young: It’s a standard country love song that exists. Nothing more, nothing less. It gets a 3/5.
#39. Roses (Imanbek Remix)-Saint Jhn: Quick backstory: this is not a remix of the OutKast song or the Chainsmokers song. No, this Roses comes from 2016 and is performed by rapper Saint Jhn. Four years later, it gets a remix from Imanbek with electro-house production and pitched-shifted vocals replacing the gothic trap/R&B production of the original and it became an international hit. I wasn’t a fan of the original as I feel it’s no different from any other song of its kind and this remix is kinda the same, but in EDM, though I do prefer it over the original. I don’t know. I don’t really have strong feelings for it. It’s just alright. I give it a 3/5.
#37. Slow Dancing In A Parking Lot-Jordan Davis: It’s another bad Jordan Davis song with terrible production, no presence or charisma, and the fact that it’s begging to be used in a Walmart commercial thanks to the namedrop. In other words, it’s a definite skip and a 1/5.
#36. Chasin’ You-Morgan Wallen: I wasn’t a fan of Whiskey Glasses, so maybe Chasin’ You could be a second chance for Morgan Wallen to get onboard and while it’s better, it ain’t that great, either. It’s another country ballad that’s well-produced, but it’s also a song where Morgan has his eyes on this girl, but he’s with somebody else and it’s not even that compelling of a story. So I don’t care for this one. I give it a 2.5/5.
#32. Nobody But You-Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani: A pretty middle-of-the-road country duet from Blake Shelton and The Voice co-host/current girlfriend Gwen Stefani. Not bad, but not great, either. 3/5.
#30. Heart On Ice-Rod Wave: I was wondering when this would show up. So Rod Wave is a rapper/singer from Florida associated with Kevin Gates who had been gaining some buzz for a while. So he’s now in the Top 30 thanks to Heart On Ice and I can see why he’s getting buzz because this is pretty good. Rod Wave really sells the gravitas of suppressing his emotions thanks to the things he’s been through, from heartbreak to going to jail and this is matched by the more melancholic pianos and trap beat of the production. My only issue with the song is that it’s too short, but it doesn’t take away my enjoyment of the song. It’s a 4.5/5 for me.
#26. RITMO-The Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin: Here’s something none of us expected: the Black Eyed Peas having a hit song in 2020. They reunited a few years ago (without Fergie) and put out an album going back to their roots in hip-hop. Yes, they were a hip-hop group before they became famous. Flash forward to now and we get RITMO, a collaboration with J Balvin made for the soundtrack to Bad Boys For Life, a movie that’s much better than it has any right to be (more of that in a review this Friday). The production is a dancehall/reggaeton concoction that utilizes two samples: 2015’s You Know You Like It by DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge and, most prominently to its detriment, the 1993 hit Rhythm Of The Night by Corona (no virus). There’s no point in talking about the lyrics since they’re not very good and it’s clearly a song meant for the clubs. I don’t hate it, but I’m not a fan of it either. It’s just average. I give it a 3/5.
#23. Believe It-PartyNextDoor & Rihanna: I never really talked about PartyNextDoor in full on here and there is a reason. Aside from not having a Top 40 hit until now, he is not that interesting of an artist, putting out more of the same generic trap R&B. He’s associated with Drake being signed to OVO Sound and he’s written for Rihanna, who appears on this song Believe It. And not to start off with a bad pun, but I don’t believe in this song. The production wastes a decent guitar and vocal sample for a clunky trap beat. For a song about loyalty in a relationship, there is no chemistry between Rihanna and PartyNextDoor, with the former phoning in her performance and the latter being a nonpresence. Sorry, but I’m not feeling this. This is a 2/5.
#22. I Hope-Gabby Barrett: Next up, we have Gabby Barrett, a country singer who finished third on American Idol (yeah, that’s still on the air) and eventually signed a record deal. Her debut single is called I Hope, a song where Gabby hopes that her ex finds a new relationship only for this new girlfriend to cheat on him just like he cheated on her (Gabby). That is an interesting idea to write a song about, which is karma. My gripe with the song is the production, which just sound sloppy with how the guitars are mixed and the prominent snaps on the verses. This came so close to being a good song, but this production let it down big time. It’s a 3/5 for me.
#21. Break My Heart-Dua Lipa: So Dua Lipa released her second album Future Nostalgia and it’s one of my favorite albums of the year so far, rooted in some solid disco and electropop. Break My Heart is the most recent single from the album and while it’s not one of my favorites, it’s still pretty good. Over a disco beat that samples Need You Tonight by INXS, Dua Lipa is still pursuing love even with the possibility of heartbreak. I was hoping that Physical would be her next big hit after Don’t Start Now, but I’m fine with this. It’s a 4/5 for me.
#19. Blueberry Faygo-Lil Mosey: I don’t know about you, but when I see Faygo referenced, the first thing that comes to mind is Insane Clown Posse. Maybe this is Lil Mosey declaring himself a Juggalo. That aside, this is Blueberry Faygo by Lil Mosey. The best thing I can say about the song is that I do dig the production, rooted on a Johnny Gill sample, and the hook isn’t that bad. But then you get to the rest of the song and you realize that Lil Mosey has nothing of worth to say. It’s more flexing, having sex with your girlfriend, drugs, killing people, etc. I’m not surprised that it became a hit because it is catchy for some people to like, but for me, it’s still an empty trap song and I have no purpose for it. It’s a 2/5.
#18. Savage-Megan Thee Stallion: So by now, you’ve all heard about or are at least aware of the drama going on between Megan Thee Stallion and her label 1501 Entertainment. Read here for the full story. After all of that, she managed to release an EP called Suga. This brings us to Savage, which got a big boost from TikTok, which I’m fine with here because this is a good song. It’s Megan flexing over a minimal rumbling beat with the same assertiveness and flows from some of her best material. It’s not anything special or mind-blowing, but for what it needs to do, it does it well. I give it a 4/5.
#17. Turks-Nav, Gunna, & Travis Scott: I might have been one of the few people who liked Yosemite, which had this exact lineup of artists on it, but in hindsight, the song wasn’t that great. So imagine my disinterest when Nav teamed up with Gunna and Travis Scott again for Turks, which goes for bombast with the fake horns and synths set against a typical trap beat, but it doesn’t elevate the song beyond mediocrity thanks to Auto-Tuned flows and content full of flexing, shooting people, and brand names. This is an easy skip for me. I give it a 1/5.
Heart Of Ice
Break My Heart
Slow Dancing In A Parking Lot
And that was another Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another one. This week, I review After Hours and Bad Boys For Life.