Welcome to the final Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review, where I look at some of the most popular songs on the Billboard Hot 100. We’re almost at the finish line, people. 2020 is almost over. But before that, we have the holiday season, which means Christmas music and it’s list season. I’m currently working on my Worst and Best list for this year and it came together pretty easily. I’ll talk more about that in the actual lists, but I’ll tell you that it’s not going to go the way you think. Anyways, let’s get started.
#39. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas-Michael Bublé: Since it’s December, we’re gonna be going through a lot of Christmas music, starting with It’s Beginning To Looking A Lot Like Christmas, which has been covered by a wide variety of artists from Perry Como to the Fontane Sisters. But we’re gonna be talking about the Michael Bublé version here. It’s a pretty standard Christmas song with the old-timey strings, piano, and acoustic strumming. Bublé sounds alright, but it’s not anything new for him. I give this a 3/5.
#38. Monster-Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber: Now here’s a collaboration that I didn’t want to see. Monster is the second single for Shawn Mendes’s newest album and it features Justin Bieber. Boy, is this underwhelming. I don’t mind the production and the idea of the song, being of being put on a pedestal, isn’t a bad one, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired, especially on Bieber’s part. His delivery is just bad, it doesn’t match the tone of the song and I don’t believe a word he’s saying. If this is a taste of what to expect out of that new Shawn Mendes album, then I’m good. This is getting a 1.5/5 from me.
#37. White Christmas-Bing Crosby: Back to the Christmas music. White Christmas is one of those songs that you think of when it comes to the holiday season and for nearly 8 decades, it has become one of the standards. The song is VERY old-timey, but Bing Crosby is such a smooth crooner that you don’t even care. It’s not one of my favorites, but it’s still pretty good for a song of its time. I’m giving it a 3.5/5.
#36. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)-Gene Autry: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer wasn’t the only holiday hit Gene Autry had. He’s made a bunch of Christmas songs, including Here Comes Santa Claus. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not too fond of this one. The music’s a bit too hokey for me and every time Gene Autry says “here comes Santa Claus,” I get annoyed by it as it sounds like he’s teasing people. It’s far from the worst Christmas song, but it’s not for me. I give it a 2/5.
#34. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season-Andy Williams: It’s no It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, but it’s fine, I guess. It’s getting a 3/5 from me.
#30. Underneath The Tree-Kelly Clarkson: When I did my Best Christmas Songs list last year, I included Underneath The Tree on the main list and I said that it was going to be a Christmas classic for the years to come. It’s about damn time people started catching on because this song is great. The music is bouncy and upbeat and Kelly Clarkson sounds great. I’m glad that it’s getting traction because more people need to hear it. I’m giving it a perfect 5/5.
#28. Life Goes On-BTS: So BTS got themselves another number one hit this year with Life Goes On. I want to like this, but it’s just okay at best. The production sounds overmixed, especially with those popping sounds, and the vocals aren’t the best. For a supposed feel-good song, I’m having a hard time getting into the vibes. Dynamite is a better song than this. I’m giving Life Goes On a 3/5.
#20. Therefore I Am-Billie Eilish: So Billie Eilish is working on a second album and this is the latest single for it, Therefore I Am. It’s good, but I wouldn’t put this among some of her best work. The production is fine, though Finneas has done better before. Meanwhile, Billie Eilish delivers a metaphorical middle finger to the tabloids for some of the publicity she’s gained this year. Like I said, the song is good, but it could be a lot better. I’m giving it a 4/5.
#14. Body-Megan Thee Stallion: Megan Thee Stallion finally put out that album, called Good News, and while it’s not AOTY material, it’s got some bangers. The big hit from that project outside of Savage is Body. I saw. lot of people hating this song and I can see why. The chorus is mind-numbingly repetitive and the moaning in the production is just extra. Still, Megan is still spitting on this song as she goes back into her old bag of tricks. There are better songs on the album, but there was also much worse (like that one song where she sang). I give Body a 3/5.
Underneath The Tree
And that was another Top 40 Review. There won’t be another one in the future since I am planning to retire. This week, I’ll finish up my review of the Naruto series and in the next two weeks, I’ll release my Worst and Best songs lists for 2020. Stay tuned for that.