Song Review: Ruin My Life by Zara Larsson

Welcome to Song Review, where I talk about songs that are popular inside the States and international. Let’s talk about Europe. Europe has gave us so many new artists from many distinctive genres, especially the United Kingdom and Sweden. Sweden has gave us so many new upcoming artists in the past decade like John Martin, Avicii(R.I.P) and Swedish House Mafia. But there is one artist in particular who stood the most to me and that was Zara Larsson. Zara Larsson is a pop singer who had so much potential with her three big singles, Lush Life and her collaborations with Clean Bandit in Symphony and MNEK in Never Forget You. But she didn’t really live up to it in her album So Good back in 2017 and I thought that her time would be up. But eventually, she came back with a new single that has charted in the US, Canada, her home country Sweden and the UK. This is Ruin My Life.

I miss you pushing me close to the edge
I miss you

Okay, I see that this is her trying to reconcile with her ex. But I’m not seeing that there should be a possible reason for them to go back together.

I wish I knew what I had when I left
I miss you

So, what I’m seeing is that you don’t even know why you left this guy. And you telling us that you left something that was really important for you and you wish that you can remember what it was? OK

You set fire to my world, couldn’t handle the heat
Now I’m sleeping alone and I’m starting to freeze
Baby, come bring me help
Let it rain over me
Baby, come back to me

Seriously Zara, what the fuck are you talking about. I get that you’re desperate to get this guy back and restart your relationship, but I’m not getting what is going on here with the melodramatic tone, here. So please Zara, what do you want from him?

I want you to ruin my life
You to ruin my life, yeah, to ruin my life, yeah
I want you to fuck up my nights, yeah
Fuck up my nights, yeah, all of my nights, yeah
I want you to bring it all on
If you make it all wrong, then I’ll make it all right, yeah
I want you to ruin my life
Yeah, to ruin my life, yeah, to ruin my life
I want you to ruin my life
You to ruin my life, yeah, to ruin my life, yeah
I want you to fuck up my nights, yeah
Fuck up my nights, yeah, all of my nights, yeah
I want you to bring it all on
If you make it all wrong, then I’ll make it all right, yeah
I want you to ruin my life
Yeah, to ruin my life, yeah, to ruin my life

So let me get this straight, you want this guy to come back and “ruin your life?” Why would you want that? I mean I get that you meant that you want him back for sex, but I think you should’ve reword it differently like “Fix My Life” or “Revise My Life.” Just saying.

I miss you more than I thought that I could
I miss you
I know you missin’ me too like you should
I miss you

You know, you’re not really working with me here. And there is no explanation for you to explain why you want this guy back. So please, give me some details.

I miss you, I miss you-ooh
I wish you, I wish you-ooh
Would come back, would come back to me
Come back to me, come back to me

Fuck it, I’m done with this shit

Verdict: This song is lazy and a waste of potential. I don’t understand what Zara is really going for in this song. The production is fine and Zara makes up for it with a solid performance. But the real reason it falls apart is because of the lyrics. I get that she’s trying to making a “I want you to come back to me” song, but the execution falls flat due to the lack of details about why she want this guy back. Also, there may be implications that this guy is abusive, since he likes to “fuck up her nights.” This song kinda reminds me of Selena Gomez’s Back to You. Even though it involves the same concept(and it not a very good song), but she knew what she’s talking about with the details being there, but in this, it doesn’t work and it’s a Zara made this because she can do so much better than this. And if you like this, that’s cool and I can respect that, but for me, it’s just a waste of time. Sorry

Grade: D+

Thank you for coming. And if you have thoughts about this song, leave it in the comments.

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Billboard Hot 100 Top 20: Fall 2019 Ranking

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Damn, this year has been a wild rise. But I would like to make one final sendoff to 2019 before list season by making one final top 20 ranking. I’m going to keep this brief because, I want to get prepared by making my worst/best list (hopefully on time) and I have talked about some of these songs to an extent, so there’s no point. Keep in mind for every fall ranking it’s going to be the same. Also I want to address this because I know I might’ve pissed people off with the lateness of the Worst of 2018 list. The reason for it is because I have been so caught up with school is to the point where I couldn’t find time to even make it and when I did, the file got erased. I will eventually get it done after I finished dealing with 2019. So there’s that. You already know the tiers at this point

Shit Tier

Bad Tier

Meh Tier

Decent Tier

Good Tier

Great Tier

Chart used for this ranking is the week of November 30, 2019. Also, this is just my personal opinion. If you disagree, that’s fine, but just don’t be an asshole about it. Let’s begin.

Link: https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100

Shit Tier(0/5)

20. Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi

I honestly want to question the people that allowed this to become a number 1 hit. His voice is grating and everything is just bland in general. I will explain this in the following weeks, but for now, screw this song.

Bad Tier(1/5)

19. No Guidance by Chris Brown ft Drake

Chris Brown has his first top 5 hit in over a decade. I’m not really mad about that. I’m mad about the fact that it’s still in the top 10. I really don’t get you people sometimes.

18. Memories by Maroon 5

I thought after that Super Bowl performance earlier this year would somewhat killed Maroon 5’s popularity in the mainstream, but I love being in the wrong since it’s at no.4. And Adam Levine, would it kill you to even try at least a little bit?

17. Woah by Lil Baby

After Drip Too Hard grown on me ever since I first talked about it, i’ve had some expectations with this new release. But to be honest with you, I don’t really care at this point because every single time we get a run of the mills trap song, I just feel conflicted in putting a song like this between the bad and meh tier, but realizing that it’s just another Lil Baby that does nothing to stand out other than a somewhat decent beat, so bad tier it is.

Meh Tier(2/5) 

16. Lose You To Love Me by Selena Gomez

Have I ever told that I really don’t care about Selena Gomez and her music? Other than that, this is just a better version of Someone You Loved. Doesn’t mean it’s good though. The piano sounds lifeless and I don’t care about the lyrical content. Selena, Justin moved on, learn how to do the same. It’s not that hard.

15. Highest In The Room by Travis Scott 

I’m not grabbed in to this as I should. To me, it feels like an undercooked Astroworld reject that got through the recording booth and became a number 1 hit. Say what you want about Sicko Mode, you can’t deny the fact that it tried to start something new and fresh. Although the outro on this song is really good, but it took a while for the song to reach the breaking point.

14. Dance Monkey by Tones and I 

I just feel conflicted on this. Part of me wants to like this because of the strong catchy groove with the pianos and the bassline in the chorus and the lyrics are fun. But I’m sorry, I can’t stand Tones and I’s voice. She comes off as an annoying brat who was forced to play her music out of boredom and complaining about (kinda ironic considering that’s what this song is about). Consider this as a controversial opinion, I guess.

Decent Tier(3/5)

13. Roxanne by Arizona Zervas

This feels like a song I should hate solely because of how it was popular courtesy of TikTok, but I can’t. It’s stupid, yes, but it’s a kind of stupid that I wouldn’t mind on the charts. Plus it’s catchy as sin, so there’s another pass in my book.

12. BOP by DaBaby 

It’s fine, but I’m more surprised it came back into the top 20 because of the video alone. Wish it was Intro, Pop Star or even Toes that sticks around.

11. 10,000 Hours by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber

It’s a sweet love song that I can get behind, but if I have to nitpick: why couldn’t Justin Bieber maintain a good performance for once? Like “Did you get your middle name from your grandma?” was the best you can come up with a sweet sentimental pop country love song. 

10. Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish

I wish I can like this song as much as I do, but it’s not doing it all that well for me. Sure, Billie sounds as always and the lyrics are beautiful but the production isn’t really doing it all that well for me. It’s a song I respect more than I actually like. That is all.

Good Tier(4/5)

9. Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

Even though I’m glad this has dethrone OTR from the top spot months ago, it was good while it lasted. Now let’s make All The Good Girls Go To Hell a hit for 2020 please.

8. Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello 

So, are Shawn are Camila dating? I mean I kinda really want to know and I literally have nothing new to say about this song other than it’s just a Camila Cabello track featuring Shawn Mendes.

7. Lover by Taylor Swift

Yeah this was a shrinker. I do stand by the points I made when I first talked about it during August, but after a few listens, it doesn’t resonate with as it used to. It must’ve been the Shawn Mendes remix. Kinda make sense that the winter season is on its way and this kinda reminds me of Christmas(even though I don’t celebrate it). Also, I can’t get the feeling of Like I’m Gonna Lose You out of my head whenever I hear this. Like I’m Gonna Lose You is not a bad song though.

6. Panini by Lil Nas X

After Old Town Road took off and left, I honestly thought he would end up as a one-hit wonder. But since I love being wrong yet again, Panini becomes his follow up hit and I’m happy this is here. While I like the DaBaby remix more, the original also stands out as well. I like the metaphor Panini as his fans who supported him when he was unknown. But when he got popular, they started leaving and he’s questioning their reasoning for it. I haven’t seen Chowder in years and from what I’ve watched, it’s a pretty serviceable show.

5. Circles by Post Malone

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m actually starting to like Post Malone. I like how he’s leaning towards pop and that’s where he belongs. The beat sounds warm and it could’ve been a little more effective but that’s nitpicking. Even though the lyrical content is another failed relationship, but there’s enough details that makes me appreciate it more. And congrats to finally having a number 1 hit as a solo artist. Try to do the same for Take What You Want with Ozzy and Travis Scott.

Great Tier(5/5)

4. Truth Hurts by Lizzo

I’m glad that Lizzo is getting the recognition she deserves and I’m glad that she got a number 1 hit with this, even if she made songs a lot better than this.

3. Ballin by Mustard ft Roddy Ricch

I’m as surprised as you are because I would’ve never thought that DJ Mustard would have a song in the great tier, but this is pretty darn great, for a Mustard song.

2. Good as Hell by Lizzo

I mean the title speaks for itself, but why can’t you guys give Lizzo a hit that was released this year? Songs like Juice, Cuz I Love You and Tempo were right there. But at the end of the day, I not mad that this took off because again, the title speaks for itself.

1. Trampoline by SHAED

Here’s the award for the “Fluke Indie Hit” of the year. I’m not going to talk about now because list season is around the corner, but I’ll say this: I am glad that this song got the success it deserved because i’ve never this would’ve been big, or at least a top 20 hit. I’m super glad it’s getting and I hope it reaches the top 10 sooner rather than later.

That was the fall ranking and if you all the points, you’ll get a 61/100. A pretty good season overall, might be the weakest of the seasonal rankings I’ve covered this year, but still good nonetheless. Next up is the Worst Hits of 2019. Phantomonium out back to the darkness. See ya.

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Billboard Hot 100: Summer 2019 Top 20 Ranking

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Is it me or does this summer seem a bit off? Throughout the entire summer, Old Town Road has officially became the longest running number 1 single in Billboard history, country music has start becoming enjoyable to a wide number of people because of it, trap has been stepping up from last year and most big name artists like Cardi B, Maroon 5 and Bebe Rexha are nowhere to be found and replaced by Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Khalid and many more. Every though I’m not completely sure about this, but it’s a pretty good week overall. The week I’m reviewing is August 31, 2019 and here are the tiers

Shit Tier

Bad Tier

Meh Tier

Decent Tier

Good Tier

Great Tier

Also, this is just my personal opinion. If you disagree, that’s fine, but don’t be an asshole about it. Let’s begin.

Shit Tier(0/5)

 Wow. For once, there’s no songs in the shit tier, but that doesn’t mean there’s no bad songs here. 

Bad Tier(1/5)

Ok America, can we please stop giving this guy hits.


20. No Guidance by Chris Brown ft. Drake

Why do we keep giving Chris Brown hits? He doesn’t deserve anything since that Rihanna incident and he’s constantly proven to be a monster. Even if I ignore his violent history, he doesn’t deserve to have career THIS long. He’s a mediocre singer with no personality, and his songs are boring at best with a few exceptions. But he’s a good dancer, so that’s something. And No Guidance isn’t one of those exceptions. This beat sounds tired with the poor mixing, the lyrics are worthless for a generic hookup track, Chris Brown sounds like an Auto-Tuned foghorn and Drake is here for some reason. Only reliable to give no-names or anyone for that matter a guaranteed a top 10 hit. Worked for Blockboy JB, Lil Baby and Meek Mill, but at least for the latter, they we’re squashing a beef. Yeah, I could say the same thing for Chris Brown but I can’t. Drake should’ve at least known better than to work with this guy again, he’s the only reason this song is in the bad tier. Once the 2020s come around, let’s leave Chris Brown into obscurity, where he belongs. 


 19. Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi 

Do I really need to explain this? Sure the piano sounds nice and all, but it sounds like any other piano ballads I’ve heard elsewhere. UK native Lewis Capaldi tries to be as heartfelt like Hozier but his raspy tone and his delivery ends up sounding like James Arthur. The lyrics are done to death breakup lyrics that tries to be emotional but falls short. It’s only used for the adult contemporary charts and the radio like how it’s predecessor Say You Won’t Let Go. The song has a lack of a structure behind and I can’t see it other that “painfully boring.” In other words, another sleep-inducing ballad that tries so damn hard to be heartwarming, but ends up being terrible.

Meh Tier (2/5)

18. Ransom by Lil Tecca

Really? This is the most streamed song in the country. A quirky rapper who looks like Sid from Ice Age has the most streamed song right now. That’s 2019 for ya. Anyways, the song itself is whatever, I guess. The beat is pretty decent and Lil Tecca has a somewhat decent flow. But, I don’t care about the lyrical content, as it’s just flexing. There can be songs that are just flexing that I like. For example, Polo G and Lil Tjay’s Pop Out is a decent song and I wonder why can’t I talk about that song. Honestly from a perspective I could see the appeal of this song if I give it a few more listens and ignore that unnecessary Juice WRLD remix. Also, think about the fact that there’s two teenagers in the top 5 as we speak.  

17. You Need To Calm Down by Taylor Swift

This should be fun. I get why this song was made: it was meant to support the LGBT community. I can respect, but here’s the thing. That’s not was it really is to me. I see this song as Shake It Off 2.0 with a melody that jacks MIA’s Paper Planes and I’m not really the only one who sees it that way. The first easily proves it with how she deals with people taking about behind her back. And then there’s the second verse. This is obviously in the defense of the LGBT community and like I said, I’m really feeling it, especially this line

“‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay”

…my point. I can understand the issues the community as a whole has been dealing on a daily basis and I can’t really speak on behalf of the community since I’m straight, but this song just seems so shallow just like how 1-800 was to suicide prevention. The song itself is getting criticized for the supposed pandering. Can’t really blame them. In the video, the supposed anti-LGBT people are stereotypical rednecks instead of religious conservatives like Brian Fischer and Ben Shapiro. The only thing it really achieve is that it signified the end of the Taylor-Katy Perry beef. I can respect the intentions Taylor Swift was going for in support for the community, but it falls. And if I want to listen to a song that deals with this topic with more efficiency, Macklemore’s Same Love easily takes the cake for me.

16. I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber

My opinion on this song hasn’t changed the slightest. I still (obvious pun inserted) about this song and I find it disappointed that this came from Ed freaking Sheeran. The guy is incredibly talented and it seems to be a slap in the face to me because it’s such a waste of potential. I’m more annoyed that this song is a duet with Just Bieber. I mean it would fit for his No.6 Collaborations Project, but as a song it seems more like radio fuller (like his no.1 hits Shape of You and Perfect) than a potential summer jam to me.

 Decent Tier(3/5)

15. Boyfriend by Ariana Grande and Social House

After the release of thank u, next (the album), I wasn’t really all that excited for her next release. That’s was until I actually heard this song with the Philly natives The Social House and its just okay. The beat sounds a bit clunky at times with the vocal mixing and thicker bass behoind, but I don’t honestly have no idea what on earth was that noise in the intro. The performers are decent at best and if this was meant to be a duet, why is there two guys in this? The lyrics are about a former couple not wanting the other to hook up with other people. I could see the good song coming out, but I can’t really like this as much as I should. Kinda wish why ghostin still wasn’t released a single.


 14. Goodbyes by Post Malone ft Young Thug

I tried. I really wanted to like this but there’s a few parts in the song I didn’t like (which I’ll get to). Everything else is pretty damn solid. The production sounds pretty good and Malone sounds good over. I can get behind the lyrical content, which is about both sides admitting their flaws and revealing that they don’t want to be with each other. I do see some sense of toxicity in the first verse, but I don’t mind it. This is a right direction from his other break-up songs, but Stay is easily my favorite. My only problems is one, he compares himself to Kurt Cobain in the opening line in the first verse in terms of problems with fame. Seriously dude. And my other problem is Young Thug. He doesn’t fits this song to the slightest and his screeching delivery isn’t helping. Overall, I would like this a bit more if Young Thug was removed from this track.

13. Talk by Khalid 

As much as I’m happy that Khalid finally has a top 5 hit, but this doesn’t deserved it. For me, it did more for electronic duo Disclosure than it did for Khalid himself. Usually, Khalid goes for dark and moody production and it always works for him. That’s why Better is one of my favorite songs from him and one of my favorite hits of the year. And this seems more of a happy pop with some of the atmospheric feel to it. I like it but it doesn’t do so for me. 


12. Sucker by Jonas Brothers

So the Jonas Brothers are officially a thing now? That’s quite a shame. I still enjoy this through and through, but I notice that this one thing: it’s their only single that has some actual quality behind since their comeback. Think about it, their follow ups Cool and Only Human are nothing but mediocre-to-terrible tracks meant to fill up space in the radio. Oh and since we let these guys back into the spotlight, let’s do the same for Big Time Rush. I’ll wait til 2022 for that to happen. 


11. Suge by DaBaby

Alright it grew on me.  It still find this a bit generic, with a slapdash of some sort of groove. The beat is minimal and it doesn’t really switch up, especially with the too much bass added to it. DaBaby is a solid rapper with a few clever lines and a good flow that elevates this song from being in the decent tier. The reason that got me to understand this appeal is DaBaby himself. I already said that he has a good flow and clever wordplay. Then, I checked out his discography and XXL cypher and turns out he’s really good. For a guy who calls himself “Dababy” and has so many baby references in most of his other songs, he’s pretty damn convincing if you add his personal life into the mix. Well I’m not going to since it’s pointless and it doesn’t affect his music. But he may go down as the only rapper I like with the word baby as their stage name. 


10. Beautiful People by Ed Sheeran ft Khalid

Now this is an Ed Sheeran song I can groove to. Well, I’ll better off if BLOW, Take Me Back to London, and especially Antisocial were in this top 20. But this’ll do though. The organic production makes this sounds more of a summer anthem than I Don’t Care and the backing vocals are magnificent. Khalid and Ed Sheeran has some really good interplay and balances each other really well. Lyrically, it’s about how Ed doesn’t want to be considered one of the “beautiful people” and I don’t really believe it. Like at all. If it was released around 2014-2015, it would’ve made sense, but Ed Sheeran is practically one of the biggest names in the planet. I can totally buy into Khalid because he’s closely rising to superstardom, even though he has collaborated with other well-known artists. As it is, it’s still pretty solid.


9. Old Town Road by Lil Nas X ft Billy Ray Cyrus

I would like to give out my congrats to this song breaking One Sweet Day’s record of longest running number 1 single in Billboard history. It does deserve it. Now that’s out of the way, I’m kinda glad it’s gone from the top spot. It did block a few big names from reaching the top, but I’m just sick of hearing it. Not in a way that this song is overplayed, I mean to the point it was an open discussion. I keep hearing how much this song has been a cultural phenomenon, how much of a long lasting impact it’ll have on our lives and it became one of the most interesting aspects of the decade. While a lot of that is true, I’m just done with it. Not helping with the 500,000 remixes he has put out. Especially that Young Thug and Mason Ramsey remix. Now that’s he focusing on having a second with Panini, there’s really no need for this song. I get this song’s appeal and how impactful it had on us, but I just don’t want to hear it again.


Good Tier(4/5)

8. Money In The Grave by Drake ft Rick Ross

I know that in the previous years it was ok to say you’re sick of Drake. I mean can you really blame them. The guy has put mediocre projects with little to no effort and the general public would eat it up like it’s a Popeyes chicken sandwich. I mean, occasionally he can try to not sound dead on all of his songs. He can have some sort of energy in him. That was why Nice for What was so universally like last year. Does Money in the Grave live up to that hype? Well, it’s close. The beat bumps in the whip and the two performers sounds good over it. I know I’m nitpicking here but why Drake wants to be buried in a pile of cash? I know he’s doing this out of spite, but you could use that for your kid. I’m gonna save that for another time, so let’s move on. And also, why weren’t there any basketful references? I know that this song is made to celebrate the Raptors’ victory over the Warriors in the NBA Finals this year, but at least bring up their victory. But yeah, really good stuff.  

7. Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

Quick question: do you remember I Know What You Did Last Summer? You know that Shawn Mendes/Camila Cabello single 3 years ago. Well, how would you feel if this was re-released with a dash of Havana. You’ll get this song and it’s honestly pretty good. I like the Latin-flavor instrumentation and the I don’t mind the writing. My only problem is Camila Cabello herself. She sounds so incredibly nasal and her vocal tone doesn’t match this at all. Shawn Mendes on the other hand, is trying his darnest, but I’m not really seeing the chemistry between the two. Have anyone realized that in the second and final chorus that Shawn doesn’t say “I love when you call me señorita” and he just says “I love when you call, señorita. Could’ve let Camila sang the chorus on her own since this sounds more of her song. I don’t really care about the rumors speculating that these two may be dating or Camila is Shawn’s beard yadda yadda yadda. I’m more astonished that this ended up becoming Shawn’s first number one hit. If I Can’t Have You deserves that spot. 

6. The Git Up by Blanco Brown

So country trap going to be a thing? Kinda all in for it. This song reminds me of many rap dance songs like Cha Cha Slide, Crank Dat, Whip/Nae Nae, Juju on that beat, anything you can think of mixed with a country feel to it. I say it because that’s what is it. It doesn’t sound so out of place, the aesthetics seems real, Blanco Brown has some twang in his vocals that can easily pass him off as a country singer and it’s not as annoying as those songs (minus the Cha Cha Slide). This song seems to be riding off of Old Town Road’s success and honestly I find it better than OTR. Even it’s more of a novelty song, it’s at least more country. Notice how I didn’t talk about the lyrics. It’s mostly dance instructions and Blanco Brown sounds like that one energetic uncle that will to dance at a wedding. So basically me in about 30 years.

5. Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

Finally, she has dethroned Old Town Road to get that number 1. Only fitting that she has to suffer from it worse than any other. And yes that includes Taylor Swift. This song has shrunk on me because of one line

“Might seduce your dad type”

Realizing that she was 17 at the time of this song’s release makes it a bit uncomfortable if you ask me. Doesn’t help with the Justin Bieber remix. It’s not bad press, but Justin Bieber adds nothing to the track and it makes it entirely pointless. While I do enjoy this song through and through, I feel that this song shouldn’t reach the success it had. To me, Bury a Friend or When the Party’s Over should’ve been her first number 1 hits because the deserve it more than this. 

Great Tier(5/5)

4. If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes

To keep this short, it’s still an underrated song. Everything about it is fun and Shawn delivers. some charisma. I just wish this ended up as his first number 1 hit instead of Señorita.  


3. Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) by Post Malone and Swae Lee

Honestly, I don’t this song would ever fade on me. Its a beautiful piece of music that puts me at calm, peaceful like what Sweater Weather does for me in the winter time. While this won’t be the last time I’ll talk about this, all I’m for this is to kindly go away. 

2. Lover by Taylor Swift 

So Taylor Swift released her album Lover a week ago. Truth be told, it’s worth a recommendation. Especially the titular track. The somber strings, the drum vocals, Taylor’s soft but beautiful vocals makes it magnificent. This sounds a bit like Meghan Trainor’s Like I’m Gonna Lose You, but with it has more of an organic groove. The lyrics are intimate as all hell, but sweet. After that horrendous piece of music that was Reputation, I like that she’s gone past that and heading towards the right direction. Even if her 2 lead-off singles ME! and YNTCD are pretty underwhelming. Still, this would top my ranking unless 

1. Truth Hurts by Lizzo 

I mean of course it was gonna be this. Three months ago, I didn’t who Lizzo was at the time and that was because I’m an idiot. That’s all you need to know about me. Listening to this is pure gold, but it seems odd that a 2 year old song is giving Lizzo some mainstream exposure. I wanted Juice to be that single because it shows some heavy 80s funk and disco with a touch of Prince’s influences sputtering around that track. Fitting that they’ve made a song together before Prince died. Back to Truth Hurts, the jointy piano line with a trap beat runs throughout the song and Lizzo’s personality shines through. Almost reminds me of Cardi B in a type of way. And I buy into what she’s saying here: a good for nothing man who doesn’t want a committed relationship and how it tried to held her back. I like her she gives explicit details that got me to go on board with her. By the end of the year, I hope we keep giving Lizzo some mainstream success because she need it. 

To tally it up we got a 65/100. I know that I said this summer is odd and I do stand by that, I’m just hoping that at some point things start going back to normal. Am I wrong for asking? Anyway, hope you liked the post and I wanna know your thoughts on it. Next time, I’ll be doing a Worst Hits of 2018 around bye the beginning of October. Next time, Phantomonium out back to the darkness. See ya.

Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 2015

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Let’s talk about 2015. Ah yes, the year I graduated from middle school . Can’t forget those memories. But for music, what’s there that really need to be said about this year. 2015 is one the best years of music in recent memory. It’s so diverse, and everything about it was really good that I can say at least some positives for songs that I don’t really like. Pop music is stabilizing from a mediocre year that was 2014. Country music is slowly dying, but it’s serviceable. Hell, even hip-hop was better and stronger than ever. Some of my favorite albums were hip-hop. Rock is continuing to grow, with more indie acts making their presence known. This year was so great that I would make a top 20 and still make painful cuts. Before we start, I like to point out that this is just my opinion. And if you disagree, that’s perfectly fine. But hear me out, before going ballistic. That out of the way, let’s go with my 20 honorable mentions

One Direction - Night Changes Single Cover.pngHM: Night Changes by One Direction

Year-End: #98

I’m really hurting anybody when I say that I’m not really a huge fan of One Direction. They don’t really annoy me like Justin Bieber in his early days, but I do feel that they were undeservingly overheated by many people, mainly because of emotionally manipulating their teenage fanbase. And this is coming from someone who admits that he was a fan of theirs. While Drag Me Down was a decent song, I’ve always preferred this. The production is swell and gorgeous and the performers were really good. This is about a girl who’s insecure and wanting to gain love and having the time of their lives. This was a really great song to end by since ZAYN left the band in March 2015. This is a really great song I can get behind.


DrakeBackToBackCover.jpgHM: Back to Back by Drake

Year-End: #99

This should’ve never been a hit. The fact that Drake made a diss track against Meek Mill and completely bodied him proves that he can’t be a force to reckon with, until Pusha T destroyed him 3 years later with the Story of Adidon. And it’s funny enough that Drake and Meek currently have a song together in the top 20 as I’m posting this, that’s really mediocre. As it is, this is a really great track that shows Drake at his strengths. 

Nick Jonas - Chains (Official Single Cover).pngHM: Chains by Nick Jonas

Year-End: #68

When I was younger, I was didn’t really about the Jonas Brothers. They were self-made for Radio Disney and the female fanbase in the mid to late 2000s. As a group, I’ve always prefer Nick Jonas and this shows why. The twinkly percussion, the beautiful melody, his blatant ripoff to Justin Timberlake that somehow worked, and the buildup to that drop. This is about a relationship being trapped in love and trying to overcome it. I like how this song slowly progressed in this song and started to go all out. So yeah, a really great song. Jealous still sucks though.

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HM: Honey I’m Good by Andy Grammar

Year-End: #25

Well, this is going to be a tricky one, considering a lot of people hate this song. Many people believed that he’s bragging about almost cheating and passing it off as an achievement while being so smug about it. Others would say that he’s just happy that he didn’t managed to fuck up his relationship. I’m in the latter category. He’s just happy that he managed to reject this girl’s advances while being polite about it and protecting his relationship. Some would say that he’s just a jackass who shouldn’t even come to the bar and drinking alcohol, but he’s saying that the alcohol would fuck up his mind to the point that he will eventually cheat. He’s just happy that he’s in love and being faithful. I blame it on the production for the hatred of this song.

FourFiveSeconds cover.pngHM: FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney

Year-End: #42

This is just a weird song and that’s not only because of our collaborators. Rihanna and Kanye are the only performers in this song and they have really great chemistry While, Paul is just strumming the guitar and the organ comes later in the bridge. I love this song because I can relate to this. This is a just about being stressed and getting of dealing with people’s bullshit and wanting someone to test me so I can wild out on them. This isn’t on the list because this isn’t something I would listen to that much, in my opinion.


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HM: Lean On by Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft MØ

Year-End: #16

Imma keep this this brief, since everyone has praised the hell out of this song. So here it goes, this is weird fun song with meaningless lyrics from a really charismatic artist, a danceable house-influenced production with vocal effects in the drop I could’ve sworn that it’s saying “let it go.” If I have to nitpick, the “firing a gun” line really has nothing to do with leaning on from each other. Other than that, a fun track that deserved to be praised. I wouldn’t find this better than


HM: You Know You Like It by DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge


As great as Lean On was, was that the best thing DJ Snake did that year? Like, seriously. This was easily a standout to both Snake and AlunaGeorge’s careers. While the original was good in its own merits, but the remix brought it to a whole new level. The swell synth-line, Snake’s signature vocal loop in the drop, AlunaGeorge’s retrained vocal delivery and the percussion that seems to work. The lyrics contains the negative effects of letting temptations goes into your head and controlling you. This song tops The Double Agent’s best list of this year for a damn good reason.


RCityLockedAway.pngHM: Locked Away by R. City ft Adam Levine

Year-End: #40

I have always have a sweet spot for this song. The production is filled with somber pianos in the intro then turning into a reggae dance track dealing with a guy telling this girl if all the negative indications has happened to him, would she be his ride-or-die. I don’t really like the hook that much, Levine sounds great here, but the writing does sounds undercooked at times, which prevents making this list.


Talking Body Tove Lo cover.pngHM: Talking Body by Tove Lo

Year-End: #37

From the moment I heard her first hit Habits (Stay High) from 2014, I had high expectations that she would become a one-hit wonder. Then, this happened and I was happy that it was big as it was. The production has some groove with the catchy percussion and bassline and great synths and Lo being a talented pop star. This isn’t as good as Habits, but it’s definitely up there.


Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint (Official Album Cover).pngHM: Truffle Butter by Nicki Minaj ft Drake and Lil Wayne

Year-End: #66

This is just great. From the banging beat, and most of our performers showing that they do have potential. My problems with this song is that one, why the hell is truffle butter the name of this song. Also, if you don’t know what it is, do not look it up. And second, Lil Wayne was easily the worst part with shitty punchlines that drags this song to an honorable mention.

The cover features Swift in a white tee shirt and short black skirt touching her hair. Her image is reflected in a mirror behind her. In the upper left corner is written "T.S.", while i n the upper right corner is the title "Style". The footer is the lyric "We never go out of style"; all texts are written with black marker inkHM: Style by Taylor Swift

Year-End: #29

This is easily one of Taylor’s best songs to date. The production with roaring synths, groovy guitars and percussion. Taylor finally finds a guy who’s “out of style”, but he becomes the right guy for her. Taylor showing her weakness is phenomenal since songs like Delicate and Back to December are great examples of her admitting her faults and it sounds like the mature way for her. So more songs like this and less Look What You Made Me Do and Shake It Off, if you may.

A picture of a woman wearing a light blue swimsuit with cutouts on the cover, a purple fur coat and yellow heels. She is sitting in a beach chair in the sand while holds her sunglasses in her hand. Her black hair is slicked back. She is over a pink background. The cover also features the title of the song ("Cool for the Summer") in Italic letters while the name of the singer (Demi Lovato) is shown under her image.

HM: Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Year-End: #53

I had always wanted to talk about this song, since it was one of the most overhated songs and it was tons of fun. And if you thought including Honey I’m Good was the biggest controversial pick I made in this list, well here it is. Out of the 4 major child stars who were big this decade, Demi is my second favorite behind Ariana Grande. At times, she can be as badass as Ariana in Heart Attack or bland or annoying in Sorry, Not Sorry. But I will say that this song is in the former category. A synthesized beat with a flourished piano in the intro and a kick-ass electric guitar solo in the chorus that works in the mix. I’m really a huge fan of lesbian anthems, but Demi sells one hell of a performance unlike Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl seven years ago. Awesome song and I wished Confident was also a hit back then.

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HM: 679 by Fetty Wap ft Remy Boyz


I missed Fetty Wap. He was one of those who has that much charm that gives me a smile on my face. Many people would say that his voice was incredibly annoying, but his personality and energy makes me go past it. Back in 2015, this guy was huge. Spawning 3 top 10 hits, while his first ended up being one of the 5 biggest hits of the year. And luckily, his follow up was a lot better.While Trap Queen was good and My Way was alright, I always loved this. A dope beat with tons of energy. Every performer talking about how they want a girlfriend who is single and they’re not insulting them. A modern lesson mainstream hip-hop needs to learn ASAP. I wish Fetty Wap made a comeback …

Keke by 6ix9ine cover.jpgKEKE by 6ix9ine, Fetty Wap and A Boogie

oh he did. Can I cherish this one moment, please?


HM: Waves(Robin Schulz Remix) by Mr. Probz


There is always that one song that puts me in a depressed mood whenever I feel like it. And this song is one of them. You wouldn’t believe how happy I was when this song barely made the year-end a few years ago at number 95, despite peaking at no.14. That being said, I first hated this song back in middle school. I constantly heard this song as a bell back then. Later that year, it magically clicked with me. The swell organs, sweet guitar loop and Probz’s rough vocals that fits perfectly well. But the Robin Schulz remix adds a much better groove in the song. Seriously, check out songs like Sugar and Prayer in C and tell me he doesn’t deserve this much attention. Lyrically, this song is about Probz and his failed relationship that becoming a waves, slowly drifting from each other. I’m so happy that it made the year-end so that I can give it the attention it truly deserves.

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HM: Renegades by X Ambassadors


This is a very simple song. This song puts me in the feeling of relaxing and setting out new adventures, Vocalist Sam Harris having this much grit in his vocals works, as well as the guitar melody and the hand clap percussion in the song. This is basically wanting to live young, wild, and free. I find it ironic that its about living their lives wild and becoming renegades, and it broke through being in a Jeep commercial. If only this band tried more in their craft, I would enjoy their songs like as much as I enjoyed this. Just a commercial jingle. Nothing more, nothing less.

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HM: Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy


Shoulda seen this one coming. If there’s one band that most people mixed feelings is Fall Out Boy. They have so many great songs that we all can agree on like Thnks fr th Mmrs and Sugar, We’re Going Down, and at worst, Young and Menace. This is definitely in the former cause it’s just that good.  A clunky piano line that works, melodic drums and guitars and a freaking Munsters sample. That alone is why I love this so much. Stump is having a good time with this girl that reminds him of Uma Thurman, a sweet badass chick that can’t be messed with. This isn’t my favorite Fall Out Boy hit of this year, but still good in all the right ways.

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HM: Time of Our Lives by Pitbull and Ne-Yo


I don’t hate Pitbull. At times, he can be that one dumbass that can ruin one song with his presence. Every now and then, he can make at least one song that I can fully enjoy and this is one of them. Why don’t we have more songs like this? Basically this is concept is about someone who doesn’t have enough money to pay their rent and partying like it’s the last night of their lives. Seriously, we need more party anthems with a great concept like this. Even though Pitbull is mostly talking about this girl who’s recently single and the production could’ve been better, Ne-Yo’s performance easily stole the show. The real reason why it’s here is because of this line

This for anybody goin’ through tough times

Believe me, been there, done that

But everyday above ground is a great day, remember that

AW, that felt touching. Thank you Pitbull for that message. And considering that this may be his last hit, this was a positive note to end by.

A dark black-and-white image of Adele holding a telephone to her earHello by Adele

Year-End: #35

What’s there to say about Adele? She is one of the most successful, talented and influential artists of our decade. She’s that damn good. 4 years after her successful album 21 impacted the year of 2011, she returns with another glorious masterpiece. The pianos and the backup vocals works so effectively with her vocals. Did I also mention that her voice is godlike and she can hit any notes than no other. Adele is reminiscing about her past relationship with a guy she ended on bad terms with and wanting the best for him. This is a blatant ripoff to her other big hit Someone Like You back in 2011, but I can get past that because Someone Like You is a phenomenal song and Hello is also a great song. And since this is only an honorable mention shows how great this year was for music. 

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HM: Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd

Year-End: #12

This song is different. Usually, he creates a dark, moody atmosphere in his tracks, but he truly step out of the box with this track because this is really that awesome. The funky, heavy bassline, great synths, pounding drums and guitars.  Abel sells this performance incredibly, kinda reminiscent to Michael Jackson in the 80s, but In the Night and I Feel It Coming has done it a lot better. This about comparing his love of doing drugs to a girl. I don’t really like these “you’re love is a drug” because it’s a bit cliched, but The Weeknd step out of the ordinary and has this personality that I can easily go behind. This was his first number one hit for a damn good reason. Consider this as my honorary number 11 though. 

Take Me To Church by Hozier

Year-End: #14

To be fair, this would’ve easily been my top 5, if I was comfortable speaking about it. And also, why is Hozier a one-hit wonder?

Now onto the top 10 

10. Every now and then, we have at least one crossover hit from X-Factor or American Idol. Most people would remember Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood and that’s just it. From what I can recall, we had Phillip Phillips, who broke through from American Idol with Home, (which is a great song) and faded away. And in X-Factor we had many acts from England such as the aforementioned One Direction, Cher Lloyd and James Arthur. Luckily in 2015, we have one artist who broke through from the UK. May I introduce to you, Ella Henderson. 

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HM: Ghost by Ella Henderson


I didn’t know who Ella Henderson was until I started going through the 2015 year-end list. I only thought of her and this song as decent the first few listens. Then for some reason, it just clicked with me. Just like Waves, I was also happy that it made the year-end, barely.  Ella Henderson is a great singer that deserves more recognition in the States than most of her peers. And this song is no exception. The production composed by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tender filled with a kickass guitars, explosive percussion and a steady baseline. The melody is damn near perfect when we to the verses and the hook, but the momentum slows down a bit in the bridge, but goes back and the vocal melody is just glorious. This song is about Ella trying to move on from a toxic relationship, but realizing that she couldn’t and just gives up. Her performance easily works with the cadence and charisma she can back up, which makes me like her And on the album this song is from, which is Chapter One is pretty much worth your time. So, if you haven’t heard it, check it out immediately. Kinda makes me wonder why Mirror Man didn’t follow up as successfully as this song.

 9. I might end getting shit for this, huh? Fuck it, Centuries is better than Uma Thurman.FallOutBoy-Centuries.pngCenturies by Fall Out Boy


Look, I get it. I get why many people prefer Uma Thurman than this, most notably that Munsters sample. But here’s the thing, this is much better to me in my opinion. The loud, aggressive guitars, kickass drums, the out-of-place Tom’s Diner sample and the bombastic crescendo at the beginning of every chorus. Patrick Stump can be a bit obnoxious in song when he says “Remember me for centuries,” but it builds an atmosphere feel to the point where I feel that I can give it my all . Hell, there is a reason why they should be remembered for centuries. I know I should like Uma Thurman a lot more than this, but there is enough elements that makes me love this song a lot more. Awesome song. 

8.  So, every once a while, there’s always a song from the UK has tried to crossover from the US. I already talked about Ghost, but I don’t really think that it was enough. Sure it’s great and all, but this song should’ve crossed over when it was big back in 2014.

Budapest-cover-George-Ezra.jpgBudapest by George Ezra


I have one question I always asked myself when I think of this guy, why doesn’t he have this much success in the US as much in his home country? George Ezra is incredibly talented and deserves much of your time. And this song was a good first impression for him. The acoustic guitars, warm bells and hit-hats that works right in the mix and a great melody behind it. The songwriting is pretty simple. It’s about Ezra telling this girl all the things he would give up so that he can be with this woman and his vocal is rough, yet powerful enough for me to be invested to what he’s saying. I wouldn’t mind hearing this guy on the radio, but this is a pretty solid song from a talented foreign artist.

7. One of the most unique crossover hits that we deserved.

Elle King - Ex's & Oh's.pngEx’s and Oh’s by Elle King


Yes, I know that it was a bigger hit in 2016 like my potential number 6, but it’s eligible since it debut in this year-end, so I’m talk about it here. The minute I first listened to this song, I wanted this to be a hit. I didn’t expect this to reach the top 10, but hey, I’m not complaining because this song kicks all types of ass. The energetic blues-rock instrumentation that’s going for a little country, but with a fiery guitar solo. Lyrically, this is about King takes these guys out and leaving them behind after. I should hate this, but it turns positive because she turning them into better lovers so that they can demonstrate it in the real world. What works is that I believe every single word she’s saying. Unlike Mehgan Trainor and Taylor Swift, I believe that she doing this for a greater good and her badass personality shows that she is a force to be reckon with. Find it weird that she is the daughter of Rob Schneider, aka the one of the unfunniest comedians in the world. Still doesn’t take away my enjoyment of the song, though.

6. Considering that I’m really anti-social, this song would easily earn a spot.

Alessia Cara - Here.pngHere by Alessia Cara


Alessia has usually been a mixed bag to me. She’s a vocally talented singer following Lorde’s footsteps pretty well compared to acts like Daya and Halsey, but I can find her just okay for me. Her production doesn’t really grabbed me the way it should, as well as her writing. But I do consider her to be incredibly talented, but I really not feeling it, the way I should. But her breakthrough hit Here was something special. The smoky guitar and piano lines, the gospel harmonies and a sample from Issac Hayes’ Rap II. She talks about a party she at and sharing her pure hatred of it. I heard that many people hate this song due to its pretentious attitude Alessia delivers, with mentioning listening to music with an actual message. But I like this a lot because of how relatable it is to me. I don’t go to parties because I really don’t like being around people, which makes me an introvert. I could’ve put Time of Our Lives in this slot, but like I said, I relate to Here more that song. If I have to nitpick, why are you here then? You can just leave and go home and do what you rather be doing. Remember when Lorde made Royals? A song dealing the overuse of materialistic consumption in our music such as in pop and hip-hop. I brought that up because Lorde’s mature and intelligent, but her somewhat pretentious delivery adds more depth in that track and it might’ve influenced this song and Cara’s framing in this song. Other than that, I really love this song.

5. I know that a lot of people hate this song, and I could understand why. But usually, I’m one of those people who are easily satsified and don’t care about what other people think. So, here it goes. 

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The Hills by The Weeknd


I kinda find it weird that this came before Can’t Feel My Face, and that reached number 1 before this. I don’t know how that happens, but here we are. Now onto the song. If 2015 belonged to one person it was The Weeknd, he spawned several hits, one from a shitty Fifty Shades of Gray movie and a few from his great album Beauty Behind the Madness. While one was atrocious, his second hit from the year was just ugly. Consider that a compliment. The dark atmospheric production with the gloomy synths, dark heavy bass and Abel’s disjointed vocals in this track, especially in the chorus, naming this song after a horror movie about cannibalism and the bizarre outro, spoken in Amharic .The eerie vibe I get in this song is what makes me like this song so much. Abel sells this performance as this insecure douchebag who’s only looking for a one-night stand with this woman and leaving her in the dust, unless he stuck by her. He isn’t glorifying the fact that he is a piece of shit, but living in it. He doesn’t sound like an abusive asshole who only looking for lust, but it is showing his weakness that he’s just a broken man who uses sex to ease his pain. This kinda takes me back to Hozier’s Someone New. Notice that song also deals with jumping into one relationship to another, but the thing is, is that Hozier was trying to build a connection he was seeking in order to find love. While I like this song better, it doesn’t really keeps me from returning to it. Great song from a great artist. Sorry Sharon.

4. Noticing it now, I haven’t really talked about hip-hop in this list.  Yeah, in the mainstream, I wasn’t really all that impressed. Sure we had Fetty Wap, and a couple of songs with Drake, I didn’t really see it a great though. To be fair, hip-hop as a whole in 2015 was phenomenal. After all, albums like TPAB, Compton, B4.DA.$$, Summertime ’06 and it goes on and on. But there was one song that caught my attention and it was in the bottom 20 in the year-end. Do you wanna take a trip to the Downtown?

Downtown-Macklemore-Ryan-Lewis.jpgDowntown by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft Eric Nally, Grandmaster Caz, Melle Mel, and Kool Moe Dee

Year-End: #84

To quote the Rap Critic, “Are you guys happy that you scared off Macklemore?” No seriously, you guys decided due to his corniness, we wanted him gone. Instead, we decide to bring in fuckboys like gnash and Tom MacDonald. But let’s cut to the chase, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were an underrated duo who deserved the praise they got around 2013-2015. Macklemore was a really skilled white rapper who talked about serious messages like same-sex messages in Same Love and the overuse of buying materialistic things and how stupid it kinda makes you look in Thrift Shop. It ain’t easy being a highly skilled rapper. Just look at 1999-2003 Eminem, Aesop Rock, Dessa, Action Bronson, Yelawolf and many others. Ryan Lewis is a very talented producer, with his beats excellent at best and average at worst. And for some reason, its shows for both of those cases. The production is a cluttered mess that doesn’t seem to mesh well with 80s hip-hop, but it surprisingly does. The lyrics is a blatant rehash of Thrift Shop with the idea of buying used mopeds, but with a dash of asininity. Macklemore is a pretty good rapper with some funny lines like

” Neighbors yelling at me like, “You need to slow down”
“Going thirty-eight, Dan, chill the fuck out
Mow your damn lawn and sit the hell down”

Makes me laugh every damn time I hear it. I don’t know why Grandmaster Caz, Melle Mel, and Kool Moe Dee all shared two verses with each other. Don’t get me wrong, their verses were good, but couldn’t they have individual verses? And my favorite part is easily Eric Nally. His chorus adds to the track even more and it makes the 80s funk come to life. Also, is it me or does he sounds SO much like Freddie Mercury(R.I.P)? He just sounds like him to me. Anyways, I wouldn’t consider this as my favorite track from the duo, it would easily be Can’t Hold Us with Ray Dalton. But this is a contagious track that keeps the blood flowing. 

3. The one key in order to make a good collaboration is simply made by chemistry and how well both artists played to the other extremely well. Which is why songs like Locked Away, Lean On, 679, Truffle Butter, FourFiveSeconds are so great in my opinion. But if I have to talk about the one that easily blows the aforementioned songs out of the blue, well here it is.

Ariana Grande & The Weekend - Love Me Harder.jpgLove Me Harder by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd

Year-End: #56

I previously stated on this website that I’m a fan of Ariana Grande, but I never really prove it. It’s mainly due to the fact that the quality she’s releasing today hasn’t fully caught my full attention. Sure, I liked them for the most part, but it doesn’t have that much replay value to me. Songs like Into You, No Tears Left to Cry, and Dangerous Woman would be the opposite because they’re some of the songs that shows Ariana at her best. Instead, she’s resorting to the mediocrity of God is a Woman, buwygf, ib and the godawful 7 Rings. But to me, Love Me Harder would be in my top 3. A nice sounding beat with the guitar licks, a cohesive melody, the drums and bass working extremely well with the synths that could easily pass off as a homage to the 90s R&B. It helps that she chose The Weeknd as her collaborator because he does seem to mix well with the 90s R&B sex jam that they’re trying to accomplish. And I really love the chemistry The Weeknd and Ariana have together. The Weeknd bringing in that darker, sexual side of his that counterbalances Ariana slowly losing her innocence and believing that a she’s a sex goddess. Unlike say Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor, you can tell that it’s believable and I can buy what Abel and Ms. Grande is portraying as. At the end of the day, it’s still a great song held back by 2 classic gems. 

2. Should’ve seen it coming folks

Capitalised words "Mark Ronson FEAT. Bruno Mars" stylised as "UpTown Funk!" with capital T and exclamation point. A black and white speaker box in the middle of the image.Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars

Year-End: #1

I mean, what is there to talk about? This song got so many praises from people alike, topped the charts for 14 weeks, ended up as the biggest hit of the year and possibly of the decade. Like, there is really nothing new to talk about this song. Mark Ronson’s production is fantastic. A killer beat with warbling synths, a funky bassline, a guitar melody with horns used correctly during the chorus(looking at you AJR and Panic! at the Disco) that makes us reminiscent of the 80s funk. Bruno Mars is easily a highlight because of his remarkable personality and charisma he demonstrates. I should hate this because Bruno is practically sucking his own dick, but his personality and charisma shines through. His lines are top notch with him bragging how he’s so hot, that could make a dragon retire and how it catches the police and the firefighters attention. This would’ve topped, but for two things. 1: It was incredibly obvious and 2: It reminds me of Trinidad James’ horrendous breakthrough smash All Gold Everything with that “Don’t believe me, jut watch” line. I honestly don’t know they used that song to create this glorious masterpiece. The fact this isn’t at the top of my list is baffling to me, but the reason for it wouldn’t be. 

1.  The moment I first heard this song, I practically fell in love with this song. I played it every day and I’ve never gotten sick of it. And to this day, I still enjoyed and dance like a dork whenever this comes on. If you want to shut up and just present it, you’ve gotten your wish

Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance (Official Single Cover).pngShut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon

Year-End: #6

Walk the Moon wasn’t a band I was familiar with until I started this countdown. They were good, but weren’t great in my opinion. Then, I heard this song and I was easily blown. The 80s instrumentation is splendid with a kickass guitar melody, explosive drums, a phenomenal groove surrounding it, and a synth solo in between the third chorus and the bridge. The song is about letting go your frustrations and just having this once in a lifetime dance with someone you know wouldn’t last. The verses are well structured, a bit clustered at places, but just right. The chorus is very addictive and it goes inside your head for months and the bridge is really good as well. Front-man Nicholas Petricca gives it his damnest to make us believe he’s having the time of his life in his delivery. This song does reminds me of the The Killers, most notably songs like Mr. Brightside, and Somebody Told Me (highly recommended songs) since it kinda does go overboard with the 80s style of rock. Can’t say I blame them, by the way. I just noticed that I haven’t talked about overplay during this entire post. That’s because considering how annoying overplay was that year, it was mostly because of the numerous amount of times this song was played. Then again, I’m immune to overplay since I barely listened to the radio. Even if I hear this song, I would be some idiot dancing to this like I’m some loser. And because of that, Shut Up and Dance is easily my pick for best hit song of 2015.


So that was my list, I hope you enjoyed. And it’s my birthday so consider this list as a present to you. Next time, Phantomonium out back to the darkness. Bye.

Billboard Hot 100 Spring Top 20 Ranking

Welcome to Phantomonium

Back when I said that 2019 was off to a good start, I was not kidding. This has been such a bizarre year for music to the point that it’s becoming surprisingly good. A Contemporary Christian song, a nursery rhyme, a country-trap fusion reaching the number 1 spot, two one-hit wonders from the early 90s making a comeback, late 2000s nostalgia kicking in, and so on. Like I said, this year has been extremely good where it’s to the point where I would only consider 3 songs in my worst list. The week I’m reviewing is May 25, 2019. Every seasonal ranking would be on the last week on the last month of the season like in the last week of August in the summer ranking. Before we start, let’s explain the tiers

Shit Tier- Songs that I can’t stand with a passion

Bad Tier – Songs that are utterly useless with at least one redeeming quality

Meh Tier- Songs that aren’t bad, but aren’t good either and they’re just mediocre

Decent Tier- Songs that I like, but something I wouldn’t listen to very often

Good Tier- Songs that I love, but contains a few flaws that prevents it from being outstanding

Great Tier- Songs that I love and keep playing it on repeat every day

Also, this is just my personal opinion. If you disagree, that’s fine, but don’t be an asshole about it. Let’s begin with this shit

Shit Tier(0/5)

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20. 7 Rings by Ariana Grande

I won’t say much for this because I’m saving my full thoughts on December and I already explained why I hate this song so much. But here’s the thing, I wouldn’t even consider this as my least favorite hit this year. Not even joking. I would find at least 3 other songs I would consider worse than this. It’s a shame Ariana Grande stoop this low to make this miserable dreck because she can do so much better than this.

Bad Tier(1/5)Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored.png19. Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored by Ariana Grande

Back-to-back Ariana Grande songs in my bottom ranking. This isn’t looking too good for her. Back then, I said that this was the worst song on Thank U, Next. While, part of that is true, I can just only find it bad. The production sounds relaxed, and Ariana sounds pretty over it. But here’s the problem: the title track is break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored. To make it worse, it was the closing track. That was basically dead on arrival. This is a song where she wants to take a guy from his girlfriend all to herself because she’s bored. There’s no excuses to break up a happy couple for all I know. Some may say it’s about regaining self-love, but again, there’s little to no details in the song itself and it was only presented in the video. I’ll give her points for self-awareness, but she doesn’t care about this girl’s feelings. This song is trash, but I don’t hate it that much where it would make my Shit tier.

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18. Without Me by Halsey

Wow, this song has shrunk on me pretty hard. I didn’t mind this song because it’s just a nonexistent pop song, but after several relistens, it was worse than I thought. The production is still drowsy, and it contains some elements identical to Jason Aldean’s Burnin It Down. Seriously, listen to both songs and you’ll see a resemblance. Also, Halsey’s performance is grating as all hell and the lyrics. Oh boy, those lyrics. Remember I said that it was aimed at G-Eazy. Not only it’s whiny as all hell, but it leaves a toxic undertone behind. She believes that he can’t live without her and how she’s responsible for his career. BULLSHIT. G-Eazy was already popular before you were. Me, Myself and I was a top 10 hit before people even know you. And you made that atrocity that was New Americana, so you shouldn’t even be talking about “putting him up there.” Also, she made a remix of this song with Juice WRLD aka the teenage version of her. The remix made my appreciate this song a little, but it doesn’t do much because Juice WRLD and Halsey have no chemistry. Kinda ironic that they’re both identical to the characters they portray in their music. And this may end up as the biggest hit of the year. Whoopie.

Meh Tier (2/5)

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During my time exploring new music, Taylor has been dropping snippets revealing “4/26,” and I eager to see what it was. When April 26 came, Taylor dropped a new single for her upcoming single ME!. And it’s just meh. I never really cared about Taylor Swift, but at her best, she can bring that potential I’ve always waited from. Which is why songs like Style, Blank Space, Delicate and a few others worked for me, but this sounds like a mashup between Imagine Dragons’ Thunder and a rejected Panic at the Disco song, kind of ironic since Brenden Urie is the featured artist. I will say that this is better than most of the songs in Reputation, except for the aforementioned Delicate, but that isn’t saying much. Taylor and Brenden have no chemistry and it’s not providing any of their strengths and their performances are average at best. The production is light hearted with the marching drums, and the thin horn touches in the mix, and the multi-tracking doesn’t work for me. The lyrics are a bit too vague, but the bridge is easily the worst with the lines “spelling is fun” and “And you can’t spell “awesome” without “me”. Do I really need to explain how white those lyrics are? This song should’ve just been called “MEH!” because it’s the epitome of “meh.”

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Ah shit, here we go again. Usually when I find songs like this, I’m usually reminded of Thotiana and Mo Bamba, both songs I don’t even hate anymore. I will say this is better than both of those songs I previously mentioned, but not by much. The minimal production is generic and DaBaby isn’t all that special of a rapper in my opinion. But he does has a somewhat decent flow in the verses and the groove is decent enough for me to actually care about this song, but only a little.

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That title speaks for itself. Okay look, I mean the song isn’t bad, but there’s little to work with. The production is sounds cheap and the performers sounds stoned up their own asses. Heck, just watch the music video, it’s completely looks unfinished with the green screen added in. This song is where Sheeran and Bieber are at a party they hate, but is fine with it since a girl they like comes. This is like Here by Alessia Cara, but without any of the intelligence and goodwill that song contained. Again, not bad, but incredibly forgettable. 

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14. Going Bad by Meek Mill ft Drake

Isn’t it ironic that this song is in the same position as my last ranking? And still in the Meh tier? Good to know time hasn’t changed at all. In all of fairness, this wouldn’t happened if you have released ‘Oodles O’ Noodles Babies’ as a single instead of this, Meek Mill. I didn’t know what was wrong with me when I talked about the beat because the more I listened to it, the more I hear dreary pianos instead of glossy synths. Eh, I don’t know. Guess that happens when a song is that forgettable.  Also, RIP Nipsey Hussle.

Decent Tier(3/5)

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Now that I noticed, I totally understand why this song was so hated. The production is way too loud in the mix with those drums, the horns, the sloppy mixing, and Urie belting in the chorus totally ruined the song for me. But here’s the thing, everything else is what made me like this song. The verses is well structured, the lyrics being able to give hope that I can do anything, and Brenden Urie does make the song passable for me, until that chorus. But I wish that Say Amen(Saturday Night) should’ve been the comeback single for P!atD. 

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My opinion on this song has not changed, not even a little. It’s still a passable break up song ruined by the loud, upbeat drop. And since this song is slowly leaving the top 20, can we let CHVRCHES has their first hit with Here With Me? Too bad it involves Marshmello as well. Good things can never really happen.

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This doesn’t really seem right to me. I said in the past that I’m a fan of Khalid and this is blowing faster than I expected. Usually, it takes at least 20 to 30 weeks for Khalid to reach either the top 10 or top. That explains how long it took both his collaboration with Normani in Love Lies and Benny Blanco and Halsey in Eastside at least half a year to reach the top 10. Hell, it took 30 weeks for Better to hit the top 10.  Now that’s out of the way, how’s Talk? Well, it’s okay. I do admire Disclosure’s contributions in the production, with the shimmering synths and lightweight percussion that works well in the mix. Khalid does sounds good as always, like when would you hear a song where Khalid is at his worst. Well, 1-800 exists, but he’s the only redeeming part of that song. The lyrics are about a relationship where Khalid is trying to speed things up with this girl, but it’s not really working. That kinda sums up my thoughts on this song. I mean, I do like the song, but it doesn’t click with with me as it should. Not working that its his biggest since it cracked the top 5 the following week.

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10. Sucker by The Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are back, woohoo. What, it’s just me? I don’t blame you either. Back in the day, I used to watched a lot of Disney shows. One popular show I remember was Hannah Montana. That piece of crap that has Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus. I brought that up because one episode I watched included The Jonas Brothers. They were somewhat of an industry plant to Disney and were only appealing to teenage girls before Justin Bieber and One Direction exists. They never really caught my attention and I find their music to be boring. They were huge in the mid to late 2000s and everytime I see them, the more indifferent I become. I wasn’t their target demographic for their music and they were only appealing to teeange girls. Not helping that they disbanded in 2013. Six years later, they’re all grown, came back and released a new single with Sucker that debut at number 1. I will say this: it’s kinda good. Nick Jonas handles the majority of this song and Joe only does the prechorus. The production is good, but sounds what these guys would’ve made a decade ago. Now, many people stated that this sounds like Portugal The Man’s Feel It Still and I disagree. There isn’t that much of a bass to it and that’s only if you speed up the tempo to match that song. And to be fair Sucker isn’t as phenomenal as Feel It Still, so that comparison falls short instantly. But still, I dig this song, but I kind of find it as radio filler. But tolerable.

Good Tier(4/5)

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know I’m incredibly late on this, but what do I know. For those who don’t know the controversy surrounding this song, here it is. Old Town Road is novelty song that got big off TikTok and started charting. Later, it debut at number 19 on the Hot Country Songs. Then, Billboard decides to remove it from the country charts because it lacks country elements. If only they did the same with Sam Hunt, Meant to Be and The Fighter. But also, they could’ve done the same things to the hip-hop charts with Post Malone, but what do I know. Then, the Internet got mad over it. Many people called Billboard racist over the removal of Old Town Road, but I call that bullshit. Black artists like Kane Brown, Darius Rucker, and newcomer Jimmie Allen are all pretty huge on country radio at the moment. So how can Billboard be racist to black artists in the country charts? The controversy was so big that Old Town Road rocketed to number 1. In response, Lil Nas X recruited Billy Ray Cyrus for the remix. Find it weird that Billy Ray is so desperate for relevance, he has to be in this song. So, that’s out of the way, is the song any good? Well, it is goofy, I can tell you that. The beat resorts to a trap and dark ambient feel to it. That’s mainly because of the Nine Inch Nails sample. Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus complement each other very well. This song is too powerful to the point where it block big names like Post Malone, Taylor Swift, Brenden Urie, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Bieber (and Billie Eilish as I’m posting this)  from reaching number 1. Prefer this as the biggest hit of the year, instead of Without Me that’s for sure.

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I don’t know I like this song as much as I should. This is basically a rejected Stoney cut, but good. I did mention previously that Post Malone was bragging about his wealth, but in a few lines, he’s actually rapping

Used to have a lot, but I got more now (Yup)
Made another hit ’cause I got bored now

Yeah, I’m actually surprised as you are. But to all seriousness, why is he considered a rapper? He barely done any rapping in any of his songs and Ariana Grande rapped more on 7 Rings than he does on his entire discography. Hell, Fifth Harmony rapped more on their godawful single BO$$. So, why is this guy considered a rapper, again? The world may never know. 


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7. Middle Child by J. Cole

I don’t know why I like as much as I should, but it keeps growing. I still like the idea of being in between two generations of hip-hop,but something kind of doesn’t feel right to me. Maybe, it’s the Auto-Tune hook or how rushed this song kinda went. Considering the fact that we had to deal with shitty, untalented acts like Lil Pump, 6ix9ine, Kodak Black, etc in recent memory, I’m glad that this exists for my well-being. And I’m happy that it is now locked for the year-end, making it J. Cole’s first appearance since his collaboration with Miguel, Power Trip, in 2013.

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So, it is me or are we becoming more lenient towards the late 2000s and early 2010s? First it was with the Jonas Brothers and now this? Color me surprised. I heard from many people that this song is what happens if you mash up Down by Jay Sean and Poker Face by Lady Gaga and yeah, 100% agree. The vocal melodies, the tight percussion, the shimmering synths and the standard chord progressions from both songs does match this song. I always thought that this song kind of interpolates Poker Face with the stuttering in the chorus. The verses are pretty standard and Ava Max is a pretty average singer in my opinion. I don’t really care about the lyrical content, which is about a psychotic woman. I just like it because I find it to be a traditional pop song with enough elements that can make me support this song. And I glad that this ended up becoming a top 10 hit, because it deserves it.

Great Tier(5/5)

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5. Eastside by Benny Blanco, Halsey, and Khalid

I’m honesty surprised that this song is still here. I just realized that Benny Blanco has produced many songs that I love. Songs like Castle on the Hill and Don’t by Ed Sheeran, Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes, Never Call Me by Jhene Aiko and many others. Now that he has decided to put his name in his songs, I starting to believe that he may end up as the quiet version of DJ Khaled. And it’s not a good sign that he follows this up with Roses with Juice WRLD and Brenden Urie and I Can’t Get Enough with Tainy, Selena Gomez and J Balvin.

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4. Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish is having one hell of a year. Her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? has sold 300,000 copies in its first week. And can’t you really it because the album is pretty much worth your time at this point. So after all of that, this debuted in the top 10 at number 7. The moment I heard this song, I was easily grabbed in. The finger snaps, the heavy bass tone and the kick-drums, as well as the trap-beat in the outro. I know that the section of the song was holding it back from being excellent, but I really don’t mind it. Don’t even get me started on the part that she sings to the fan and responds “I’m the bad guy. Duh” and the infectious melody kicks in, creating a tight groove to it. I just find that unintentionally hilarious. Like I said, this song is just gold and I’m that there’s another good week with Billie Eilish in my top 20 ranking. Let’s hope that keeps on going.

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3. Sunflower by Swae Lee and Post Malone

I kinda feel bad that it got snubbed from the top from my last ranking. Eh, it happens. So, I will talk more than what I did in the upcoming months. But I will say this, I suddenly realized that this mostly works because it’s used as Miles’ go-to song whenever to go through a tough situation and make him feel better.

Shawn Mendes - If I Can't Have You.png2. If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has been a hit-or-miss to me. He’s a serviceable singer who is becoming better from his Illuminate days 3 years ago. After all, he did make my least favorite song of all time(you guess). But like I said, he is becoming better and started releasing songs that I like. For example, songs like There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back, Youth with Khalid, In My Blood, Lost in Japan, and now this. I love this song the minute I heard it. The tight pianos and guitars complement the mix very well and Shawn does pour his heart out in this track. This is Fun fact, I heard that originally it was going to be a duet with Dua Lipa (not kidding). But he couldn’t be able to reach her. I might consider that a good thing because as much as I love Dua Lipa, she might’ve shut his ass down harder than what Cardi B did to DRAM in the latter’s remix to Cute. Kinda disappointed that it got cockblocked by Old Town Road for the top spot because like Bad Guy, it deserves it.

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1. Dancing With A Stranger by Sam Smith and Normani

I’m glad that this arrived. I never really cared about Sam Smith. I usually find him as the poor man’s version of Adele. Literally. But when he is featured on some EDM, he is surprisingly good. And I found Fifth Harmony to be a bit annoying, but Lauren and Normani are who I considered to be my favorites. Kinda wishing Camila Cabello is considered the most popular one in the group. Seriously, listen to Waves by Normani and tell me that doesn’t deserves to be a hit. And this shows why I like Normani lately and me growing on Sam Smith as an artist. The tight, infectious groove in the production and the vocal harmonies on both performers is pretty damn solid. I will start to understand Sam’s appeal and seek out new music from Normani in order to change my mind on Fifth Harmony. 

So, that was it. 1 shitty song, 2 bad songs, 4 mediocre songs, 4 decent songs, 4 good songs, and 5 great songs. In total, that gives us a 63/100, meaning it’s a good year overall. If it keeps going til August and November, I would say that it was a really good year. Next time, Phantomonium out back to the darkness. Bye.

Billboard Hot 100 Winter 2019 Top 20 Ranking

Welcome to Phantomonium

After the clusterfuck of a year that was 2018, I had low expectations in the beginning of the year because of it. At the end of the year, it started showing some improvement since artists like 6ix9ine and XXXTentacion were losing their chart success and the invasion of the returning Christmas songs. That being said, the week I will review the top 20 is February 16, 2019. Before we start, let me explain the tiers. for you.

Shit Tier- Songs that I can’t stand with a passion

Bad Tier – Songs that are utterly useless with at least one redeeming quality

Meh Tier- Songs that aren’t bad, but aren’t good either and they’re just mediocre

Decent Tier- Songs that I like, but something I wouldn’t listen to very often

Good Tier- Songs that I love, but contains a few flaws that prevents it from being outstanding

Great Tier- Songs that I love and keep playing it on repeat every day

Also,I want to point out that this is just my opinion, and if you disagree with these songs, that is perfectly fine, just do so in a respectful manner. And I will start from Shit tier to Great tier. Let’s begin.


Shit Tier(0/5)

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20. Girls Like You by Maroon 5 ft Cardi B

You’ve have got to be kidding me. Never would I thought that a song being incredibly boring would piss me off as much as this song. Why is that? Is because of Maroon 5, or Adam Levine and nobodies still making soulless pop? Is it the production? Yeah, it just a screechy acoustic guitar loop with a drowsy synth line and trap elements, but that’s not the problem? Is it Cardi B’s out-of-place verse? Nah. The real reason why I hate this song so much is because it just won’t DIE. This song has been in the top 10 for 33 weeks, tying Ed Sheeran’ Shape of You back in 2017. Shit, I thought after the backlash of their terrible Super Bowl performance, this song will mercifully start flopping, but no, we decide to let it stay. Maroon 5,  please do us a favor and GO AWAY.

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19. 7 Rings by Ariana Grande

This is going to be hard to talk about because I actually like Ariana Grande. She reminds of early Mariah Carey and she’s one of my favorite pop artists of the 2010s. But I’ll say this, this is the one of the worst songs Ariana has ever made and that includes Focus, Everyday with Future and Put Your Hearts Up, a song where she describes as “the worst moment of her life.” Look it up if you don’t believe me. And if you’re thinking why I said that, I’m let me explain why. The beat is just a run of the mills trap beat that I heard for the past 2 years. Ariana Grande has no presence as a rapper, flexing about her riches, while her flows is copied from Princess Nokia to 2 Chainz and even Soulja Boy, her interpolation of the Sound of Music in her verses, but hey its used properly, compared to Gwen Stefani’s atrocious Wind It Up back in 2007. Then again this isn’t even the worst song on the album, which is break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored. And if that song becomes a hit, wait till I make a particular list in December. It’s such a shame, Grande wasted her talents on this miserable track because she can do much better than this.

 Bad Tier(1/5)

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18. Money by Cardi B

Well this is awkward. As someone who likes Cardi B, her collaboration with Chance the Rapper should’ve been the next single to her album. But instead, we got this boring slug of a song that was featured in the deluxe edition. This beat is consisted of limp piano notes and a trap heavy bass that doesn’t go well with each other. Cardi’s personality is dead in the song due to the limp beat and the song is just about her love for you guess it, money. The worst part of this is the chipmunk vocals in the hook that repeats money over and over. Overall, waste of potential. Next.

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17. ZEZE by Kodak Black ft Travis Scott and Offset

Why does Kodak Black still has a career? After finding out that he’s a scumbag in real life, there was no need for this shithead to still have a career. His flow sucks, his voice is nasally grating and his bars are utter trash. But I will admit that this is his “best” song and that’s only because of the production. The production is filled trap hi-hats, percussion, and synths that makes it stand out. The performers aren’t really good in this. Travis Scott is the best performer in here, but he’s underwhelming in the chorus, Offset completely phoning it in and Kodak Black ruining this song with his annoying voice. Terrible song with a wasted beat.

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16. Thotiana by Blueface

How the hell did this happen? For those who don’t know, this is West Coast rapper Blueface and he sucks. For starters, he likes to rap off-beat and that is all you need to know about him. He broke through early this year with Thotiana. What a lovely title and I’m getting RELLIKISS vibes from that title. The beat is generic as all hell. And outside of him rapping off-beat and his stupid ass dance, this song is nothing special. While this song is just bad, there’s other songs that are straight up terrible, so this just barely got lucky.

Meh Tier (2/5)

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15. Without Me by Halsey

Remember G-Eazy and Halsey’s relationship back in 2017-18? Also, did you care? No, seriously did you actually care? Well they broke up and Halsey released this single Without Me and it’s mediocre as hell. For starters, the production is weak with the trap percussion, flat synth line and the fake hand claps on the hook. Halsey sounds melodramatic as all hell, whining over a past nonexistent relationship with Gerald. And I’m baffled that the fact that it reach no.1 with no appeal whatsoever. This isn’t bad, but I don’t care for this and I’m hoping G-Eazy responds to this.


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14. Going Bad by Meek Mill ft Drake

This collaboration should’ve never happened. After their pointless beef back in 2015, where Drake destroyed Meek with Back to Back( which is a phenomenal song), Meek’s career was supposedly destroyed. Until 2019 where we decide to give Meek Mill his first top 10 hit with Aubrey Graham and it’s boring. The production is the only good thing with the glossy synth that mixes well with the trap beat. But the performers are giving me little to work with. Drake is being his usual self and Meek referencing Back to Back, not a good idea, considering that song “ended” your career and his riches, again. Again, not bad but this should’ve never happened.


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13. Drip Too Hard by Lil Baby and Gunna

I can’t believe that we gave Young Thug’s embarrassing proteges a career. Lil Baby is known for his godawful collaboration with Drake, Yes Indeed. Wait until I make my worst list for 2018. And Gunna is flavorless and he reminds me of NAV, who also is dull and uninteresting. But I’ll say this, this is the best song these two has ever made and it’s from their terrible Drip Harder album. The production is pretty decent, the rappers are solid, despite some bad lines

“I’m from Atlanta where young niggas run shit
I know they hatin’ on me, but I don’t read comments”

“Drip too hard, don’t stand too close
You gon’ fuck around and drown off this wave”

“I feel like a child, I got boogers in the face”

Yeah, because of those lines, it knocked it down to the Meh tier. Almost liked it though.

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12. MIA by Bad Bunny ft Drake

One question that pops into my head about this song is, why is Drake speaking and who allowed it? To be fair, he is the best part of this song because his Spanish is on point and sounds like he wanna be in a song for once. Bad Bunny sounds dead on this song and this song is just about how their girls are only theirs and not anyone else. Also, if you like this song, don’t translate the lyrics. Especially the second verse. Other than that, the production is fine enough.

Decent Tier (3/5)

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11. Happier by Marshmello and Bastille

Never would’ve thought I would see Bastille back on the Hot 100, especially in a electronica pop song. They made Pompeii back in 2013, which age perfectly well back in 2014. After their big comeback, I was happy that they might get another hit and this is just OK. The content is pretty simple: it’s about a guy breaking up with his girl because he feels it would make her happier. The execution does work, but I wanna see it from the girl’s perspective as well. Dan Smith’s vocals doesn’t fit in this kind of song because his voice is too powerful and gruff. The production is just a few piano notes and drums, and Marshmello contributing to that underwhelming drop with the overpowered synths. And the fact that it reached no.2 behind 7 Rings due to Fortnite also caused this to fall to the Decent tier. This song is alright and I wanted to like this as much as I do, but it doesn’t have that much replay value for me. Sorry

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10. Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande 

So, last week Ariana released her 5th studio album, thank u, next and it was fine. There were some songs that I like, but doesn’t have that much replay value for me. But after all these years reaching to the top, I’m happy that she finally earned her first no.1 smash hit. And I’m really feeling as I should. The production also sounds nice with the twinkly beat and Ariana giving a heartfelt performance. If I have to nitpick, it would be the execution. It’s a reflection to her relationships with her past exes, which includes Big Sean, Pete Davidson and the late Mac Miller and moving on from it, which is a mature thing to do. But, it sounds more passive aggressive than sincere and the phrase thank u, next isn’t really something you say to your exes. But other than that, I’m glad that Ariana got her first no.1 hit from this instead of 7 Rings. I’m waiting for ghostin to be the next single, though.

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9. High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco

This song, along with I Like Me Better by Lauv, were the most overhated songs of 2018 and I don’t really get why. I Like Me Better has a good premise but a underwhelming drop, but I still like it. While, I see that people find this to be incredibly loud, I find this to be bombastic. The production sounds good in the verses, but in the chorus, the percussion doesn’t work with the mood it’s going for and the horns creates this energy you never see before, but then again, it’s meant to be that way because it’s about having high hopes and showing optimism. Brenden Urie sells one hell of a performance, which makes it great for me. And the fact that he’s the only member of Panic at the Disco and still sounding great, proves that “they” should’ve stick around more, unlike Maroon 5.

Good Tier (4/5)

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8. Wow by Post Malone

This song is just stupid and silly at the same time. Post Malone is bragging about how no one really care for him before he got famous and they’re all jealous and baffled at his success. This reminds me of his hit Congratulations. While that song was decent, I prefer this. This beat sounds relaxed and Post doesn’t sound bad here. The only problem I have with this is that it needs an extra verse and one final chorus because this feels way too short and unfinished.

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7. Sicko Mode by Travis Scott ft Drake

When I first heard this song in August, I didn’t care for it. Travis was barely trying, too many samples in the mix and Drake saying random bullshit that his fans will eat up because its Drake. As the year went on, I couldn’t stop returning to it. The 3 beat switches made this song a lot more interesting, Travis Scott sounding really good, Swae Lee being interesting, despite only saying 2 words. Drake was easily the highlight of this song. His hook was memorable and it verse was good, but I’m sick of him mentioning how he took that L from that Pusha T back in June. Overall, this song is really good, when you see the appeal of it. And if I hear someone compares this to Bohemian Rhapsody, I might hurt someone.

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6. A Lot by 21 Savage ft J. Cole

This is the best song 21 Savage has made, hands down. The beat is dark, but the vocal sample sounds great. 21 having the best performance he has ever made in a song. The chorus is a bit repetitive, but sets the mood of what’s it going for. J. Cole was easily the best part of the song, with really good wordplay. But then he says this about 6ix9ine

“Pray for Tekashi, they want him to rot
I picture him inside a cell on a cot
’Flectin’ on how he made it to the top
Wondering if it was worth it or not”

Look, I get that J. Cole is trying to say that was the negative things 6ix9ine did that got him popular was worth it or not and how it negatively affect himself, but no. Just no. That motherfucker doesn’t need any of my prayers. He deserves to rot in prison. Aside from the 6ix9ine line, this song is really good and I hope that 21 doesn’t face deportation after being arrested by ICE for being British and not applying for his VISA, but he was going through a process for applying for a VISA, which is just fucked up.

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5. Middle Child by J. Cole

I’m honestly baffled that J. Cole has a hit in the top 5. Normally, he would get big off album bombs, but this might ending up being a hit. The production is really good with the trap beat and the infectious horns that can’t get out your head for days. J. Cole sounding really good, except for the chorus in which he uses Auto-Tune for some reason. This song is about J. Cole considering himself to be in the middle of old school and new school hip hop. Normally I wouldn’t like this, but J. Cole sold it with so much passion that it became believable. I’m really hoping that this gain enough points for the Year-End of 2019.


Great Tier (5/5)

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4. Eastside by Benny Blanco, Halsey, and Khalid

This is basically the 2018 version of Closer. Do I need to say more? The production gives off a nostalgic vibe with the acoustic guitars, basic percussion and the shimmering synths. I’m just shocked that producer Benny Blanco decides to put his name in this, since he’s been making massive hits since the early 2010s and he wants to put this in now. Ok then. But back to the song, this is just past lovers reminiscing about their relationship and the performers sold this well. Halsey gave her best performance, since she’s isn’t being melodramatic for once and Khalid is being Khalid, he haven’t sounded bad ever since. Speaking of Khalid,

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3. Better by Khalid

The more I hear Khalid, the more I love him. Every song he made I love and have this much replay value for me. He has the cool, calm, and collected vibe that I can dig into like Snoop Dogg. And this song is no exception. The beat is chill with the piano notes, trap skitters and a voice box in the final chorus and the outro. This isn’t one of his better songs( no pun intended), but it gets me in a relaxed place whenever I need to.

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2. Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee

This is the best song that either artist has made. The beat sounds nice with the guitars, synths and drums that contains a warm atmosphere to it. This song gives me a warm, relaxed feeling. This song came from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a really great movie you all should watch. It presents the character of protagonist Miles Morales and his struggle of being in his parents’ shadow and create a path of his own. While Swae Lee represents the fun side and a bit cocky side of the character, Post Malone represents the wistful side of Miles, showing regret and how he has this lack of self-control. This song is a heartbreaking masterpiece that deserved to be number 1. 

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1. Bury A Friend by Billie Eilish

You all should’ve saw this one coming. In fact, this song is the main reason why I wanted to review this top 20 ranking. Billie Eilish always reminded me of The Weekend. Dark atmospheric production, incredibly talented, and deserving to be popular. And this song is no exception. Heavy bass, shimmering synths and a gothic, minimalistic beat that keeps me invested. This song is about a deep conversation between her and a monster underneath her bed. Then it’s revealed that the monster is herself and feels that she’s her own worst enemy. Billie sells this performance exceptionally well, making me believe that she is her worst enemy. This song is phenomenal and I hope this song sticks, and Billie Eilish should continue to go through this path so I can continue supporting her.


So that was my Winter Ranking and the score is 56/100, meaning that this is above average and we’re starting 2019 off to a great start. Let’s just hope this continues in the spring.

Thank you for coming. And if you have thoughts about this song, leave it in the comments.

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The Journey Begins

Salutations everyone, my name is Aly Samoura. I decided to start my website on WordPress because I feel that I wanna express my opinions to the world about my love for music. It may or may not be long term, considering my schedules, but it’s a chance to prove that I am ready to belong here. I would review music like Worst and Best Songs list from the past and present, Top 20 hits, a ranking of the year end and give track review to current songs on the US and internartional charts.

My influences on this website are B-Hop, Todd in the Shadows, Rap Critic, The Double Agent, Spectrum Pulse, The Social Tune, Cicabeot1, etc. Even though I can be an asshole at times, I would try to keep my reasons peacefully as possible, since it’s going to be my opinions on what I feel about these songs. You don’t have to agree with me on many things, but keep things to a minimum since I don’t condone trolling on this site.

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