Welcome back to another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review where I look at some of the most popular songs in the country as I’m writing this. Let’s get started.
#36. Exile-Taylor Swift ft Bon Iver: So Taylor Swift put out a new album called Folklore and damn near everyone I know and follow have fallen in love with it and have given it praise. I haven’t listened to the whole thing, but I did hear a couple of tracks and most of them so far were good. Not “OMG ALBUM OF THE YEAR 10/10” material, but good enough. Taylor Swift just isn’t my cup of tea and nothing I’ve heard has made me a fan. Anyways, Exile is one of the better songs from the album as it’s duet with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon with some nice piano flourishes and both parties portraying exes in the same room with one another. It’s nice. I would give it a 4/5.
#26. Die From A Broken Heart-Maddie & Tae: This is a really good country song. Both girls sound great alongside the acoustic guitars and mandolins of the production and even if is another typical breakup song, the writing brings in enough details to make it relatable for a lot of people. I’m fine with this sticking around. It’s getting a 4/5 from me.
#25. Mood Swings-Pop Smoke ft Lil Tjay: We got another Pop Smoke song in the Top 40 and I’m hoping it’s good. And man, is it underwhelming. It’s another
sex “love” song where Pop Smoke croons in Auto-Tune while saying that every time he fucks without a rubber, he nuts on the cover and keeps it undercover (yeah, he seriously said that). He’s accompanied by Lil Tjay, who’s doing the same shit and sounds even worse. The best thing about this song is the production, but even that’s not enough to save it from being mediocre. I’m giving it a 2/5.
#23. The 1-Taylor Swift: Funny how the first track on Folklore is called The 1. I, personally, don’t think it’s the one as it’s just okay. Musically, it sounds like most folk-pop songs and the writing reflects upon a past relationship. It’s not new territory for Taylor and you could have picked better ways to start an album. It’s a 3/5 for me.
#21. Wishing Well-Juice WRLD: This is one of those songs that should have been better than what it was. I like the production and I think the hook sticks, but everything else is kinda trite, especially in the content which is just more drug use. It doesn’t do much for me. The song overall is fine, though. I would give it a 3/5.
#19. Move Ya Hips-A$AP Ferg ft Nicki Minaj & MadeinTYO: Apparently, A$AP Ferg got into some hot water with the Barbs a while ago because they believe that he didn’t count a certain number of sales to this new song he has with Nicki. It’s stupid and another example of how toxic the Barbies are. Anyways, Move Ya Hips. It’s a real nothingburger of a song. Generic beat, MadeinTYO’s weaksauce hook, and both A$AP Ferg and Nicki’s subpar verses full of flexing and sex talk. This is going to sink like a rock on the charts. I give it a 1/5.
#18. Popstar-DJ Khaled ft Drake: So DJ Khaled and Drake put out two songs, Popstar and Greece, and they both sucked. Greece fell out of the Top 40, but Popstar is still here, so let’s talk about it. There’s several songs where Drake sounds checked out, but MAN, is that true here. Either he was half-asleep or he just doesn’t care. I think it’s the latter as he’s phoning it in with his flexing and half-cooked lines. The production is the only decent thing about the song, but even that’s not enough. It’s just another loosie Drake tossed at Khaled while preparing for his own upcoming album. 1.5/5 for me.
#17. Come & Go-Juice WRLD & Marshmello: I’ve seen people call Come & Go Juice WRLD’s best song and a case could be made for that being true. Most of that comes in the music, which leans into an emo rock sound thanks to prominent guitar riffs, plus those Marshmello flourishes in the mix. I even like the content of the song where Juice is trying to be a better man despite the roadblocks in his path. This is the tragic part; there is potential with Juice WRLD that we will never see fully realized thanks to his passing and I’m more pissed at his people for not helping this dude. Anyways, really good song. If it sticks around, it has a chance to be mentioned on my Best of 2020 list. I give it a 4.5/5.
#8. Cardigan-Taylor Swift: The big hit from Folklore that hit number one on the Hot 100. What I said about The 1 mostly applies here as Cardigan is another okay song. It’s a love song that’s performed fine and the music is alright, sounding like the background music of a coffee shop. That’s the vibe that I got out of this. I’m giving Cardigan a 3/5.
#6. My Future-Billie Eilish: The last song we’ll talk about is My Future, the newest single from Billie Eilish. This girl doesn’t know how to miss because she’s got another hit on her hands. Over lo-fi production that shifts from sad to happy, Billie reflects upon both her past and her future and how much her perspective has changed in life. Really potent and relatable stuff. I give it s a perfect 5/5.
Come & Go
Move Ya Hips
And that was another Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another one. This week, it’s the Modern Rock Tracks Review of 2002.