Saturday, May 19, 2018

Zedd (8) – Week Of May 19, 2018

Hey guys! This week on the countdown was okay I guess. We had some good debuts. But we lost good songs and a lot of bad moves happened this week. The Billboard Music Awards are on tomorrow night and I plan on watching. I may also do a review depending on how the night goes. So we'll see what happens. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (#39)
  • Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future – End Game (#41) [1 Week At #1]
  • Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (#42) [1 Week At #1]

Last Week's #1 Song: 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back
The Countdown
45. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#43)
44. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#44)
43. Camila Cabello – Havana (#38) [1 Week At #1]
42. Charlie Puth – How Long (#45) [2 Weeks At #1]
41. Halsey – Bad At Love (#36) [2 Weeks At #1]
40. Drake – God's Plan (#40)
39. Alice Merton – No Roots (#37)
38. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#34)
37. Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Ass Friends (DEBUT)
36. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#29) [2 Weeks At #1]
35. Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars (DEBUT)
34. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#25)
33. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (#32)
32. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#24) [1 Week At #1]
31. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#28)
30. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (#35)
29. Selena Gomez – Back To You (DEBUT)
28. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#27)
27. Zayn – Let Me (#21)
26. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#20)
25. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (#26)
24. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#18) [5 Weeks At #1]
23. Bazzi – Mine (#23)
22. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#31)
21. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#6)
20. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (#19)
19. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#32)
18. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#22)
17. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (#33)
16. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#16)
15. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#7) [1 Week At #1]
14. Halsey – Alone (#17)
13. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#14)
12. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#15)
11. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#9)
10. Maroon 5 – Wait (#5)
  9. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#4) [1 Week At #1]
  8. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#8)
  7. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#13)
  6. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#12)
  5. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#11)
  4. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#10)
  3. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#1) [1 Week At #1]
  2. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#3)
  1. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#2) [8th Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (2)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (–15)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Dua Lipa – IDGAF (+16)

New Entrants
~ First up we have Dustin Atlas and Erin Bowman with Fake Friends. I've kind of grown out of this one a little bit with how long it was on Hit-Bound. But I'd still consider it to be a good song, I guess. The problem with it is that it's just slightly underwhelming. But other than that, it's enjoyable to a certain extent. I think they did a nice job on the vocals and I like the lyrical content. So yeah. Not much else to say about this one. For now, I can enjoy it for what it is.

~ Next we have returning artists Kendrick Lamar and SZA with the lead single from the Black Panther soundtrack, All The Stars. I've been enjoying this one for quite a while now and I'm glad it finally made its debut. I love the production here. Kendrick Lamar is a great artist and one of the few I currently can stand from the rap genre. His verse is really good. But SZA steals the show here with that awesome chorus and I really like her verse as well. She does take on the majority of the song and I like that because she has a great voice and frankly, she deserves another hit. Overall, I love this song and I really hope it does well here.

~ Finally we have Selena Gomez with Back To You, which is from the soundtrack for season 2 of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. I've definitely heard some mixed opinions on the show. I haven't actually watched it and I don't really plan on it, so I can't actually say anything. But either way, I'm here to talk about the music. This new song is pretty good for Selena Gomez, especially compared to the garbage she released last year in the form of Fetish and Bad Liar. There is still some mumbling going on, but there's also more singing going on, which is good. I like the production for the most part. It still doesn't really top her older work. But I'm just glad she finally released something good without the help of Kygo or Marshmello. Given how fast this debuted here, I'm pretty sure it'll do well.


Best Debut of the Week: Kendrick Lamar and SZA – All The Stars


Hit-Bound
~ Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • The Wrecks – James Dean
  • Meghan Trainor – Let You Be Right
  • lovelytheband – Broken
  • Echosmith – Over My Head
  • Dennis Lloyd – Nevermind (DEBUT)
  • 5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood (DEBUT)
  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
  • Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You)
  • Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
  • Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
  • Cardi B – I Like It (DEBUT)
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
  • HRVY – Personal

~ Nevermind has been around for quite a while at this point. It was released almost a year ago. But here it is. I have it in green because I was feeling generous. But this is by no means a great song. First off, it's two and a half minutes. I don't get why artists make short songs like this. I much prefer a song that's four and a half minutes. And the vocals aren't that great. They're good, but nothing that stands out. The song is also very repetitive. But I love the production here, which is why I decided to be nice and put it in green. But it could be demoted to blue at any point in time.

~ Of course any single released by 5 Seconds of Summer is bound to make it onto Hits 1. Here we have Youngblood, which is not as good as Want You Back. This one is also in green because I was being very nice. It's a step down in terms of the production. It could easily change to blue soon. But I'll talk more about if it debuts on the countdown.

~ Now we have more Cardi B as she debuts with I Like It. I will say that it's definitely a step up from some of the shit she has released like Bartier Cardi. But this is still not good. I hate her voice. She sounds so dumb and I know that sounds rude, but it's the truth. She sounds dumb even when she's just talking normally in an interview or something. And I hate the Latin vibe mixed with trap production. I'm particularly picky with Latin songs and this one is just not good. I think Hits 1 edited out Bad Bunny and J Balvin. But frankly, neither of them did any good for the song. So yeah. Not a fan.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
2. Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
3. The Wrecks – James Dean
4. Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
5. Sam Smith/Logic – Pray


All The Blurbs
~ The beyond mediocre The Middle appears to be back at #1 for some unknown goddamn reason. America slowly continues to disappoint me. This song is NOT GOOD. I can name a hundred EDM tracks that are much better than this that didn't even come close to being as successful. Seriously. It's time to stop this.

~ The rest of the Top 5 looks pretty good though. Whatever It Takes is back up at #2 and hopefully it can be our new #1 song next week. Say Amen and Tell Me You Love Me also made some nice jumps. Both are very welcome.

~ Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends appears to have jumped into the Top 10 much to my displeasure. But thankfully, we saw some slight drops from Maroon 5 – Wait and Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same.

~ The big jump back into the Top 20 from Lauv – I Like Me Better was very unnecessary and uncalled for. Once again, I do not see what people could possibly like about this song. It's straight up annoying and the line "I like me better when I'm with you" is just not good. That's not a very good compliment in my opinion.

~ The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me made quite a sudden drop out of the Top 20. I will admit that it has been fading on me, but this seemed a little too sudden. But hopefully this means that All The Stars can take over.

~ Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody has randomly hit a new peak at #22. This song does absolutely nothing for me. I'm surprised it's still here. I personally would prefer if it just dropped again because frankly, no one cares about this one. Most people probably don't even know what this is.

~ As far as the exits go, End Game lasted longer than I thought it would. I'm pretty sure it only hit #1 because of Ed Sheeran. Beautiful Trauma was pretty underrated overall, but it did decent here peaking in the Top 10, so I'm happy with that. And finally, Good Old Days was also very underrated everywhere except here. I'm so glad the song did well here because it really is one of the best songs of the year so far. It deserved that one week at the top. Hopefully it did enough to make it onto Hits 1's Top 45 of 2018. Goodbye, Good Old Days. You will surely be missed. I believe these two will be performing it at the Billboard Music Awards. So I look forward to that.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

1 – Bad:
19. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
18. Lauv – I Like Me Better

2 – Mediocre:
17. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
16. Maroon 5 – Wait
15. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends

3 – Decent:
14. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
13. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
12. Dua Lipa – IDGAF
11. Taylor Swift – Delicate

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose
9. Halsey – Alone
8. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
7. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
6. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
5. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
4. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
3. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
2. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Bad Wolves – Zombie

Overall Score: 71/100 = 71% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet's Back)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Karmin – Acapella

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: OneRepublic/Logic – Start Again

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#4)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Bad Wolves – Zombie
2. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
3. Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
4. Walk The Moon – One Foot
5. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

Thursday, May 17, 2018

5 Seconds of Summer (1) – Week Of May 12, 2018

So I'm currently in week one of summer break and the post is still out later than it should be. My apologies for that. This was pure laziness on my part. But hey, it's out before Friday. So that's improvement. Slowly, they'll start coming out earlier and earlier again. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment (#28)
  • NF – Let You Down (#42)

Last Week's #1 Song: Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same
The Countdown
45. Charlie Puth – How Long (#43) [2 Weeks At #1]
44. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#45)
43. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#30)
42. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (#44) [1 Week At #1]
41. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future – End Game (#41) [1 Week At #1]
40. Drake – God's Plan (#36)
39. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (#39)
38. Camila Cabello – Havana (#40) [1 Week At #1]
37. Alice Merton – No Roots (#37)
36. Halsey – Bad At Love (#38)
35. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (DEBUT)
34. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#34)
33. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (DEBUT)
32. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#29)
31. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#35)
30. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (#32)
29. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#33) [2 Weeks At #1]
28. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#15)
27. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#31)
26. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (#25)
25. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#26)
24. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#17) [1 Week At #1]
23. Bazzi – Mine (#18)
22. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#22)
21. Zayn – Let Me (#23)
20. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#24)
19. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (#21)
18. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#19) [5 Weeks At #1]
17. Halsey – Alone (#27)
16. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#20)
15. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#13)
14. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#14)
13. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#11)
12. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#12)
11. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#9)
10. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#8)
  9. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#7)
  8. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#10)
  7. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#6) [1 Week At #1]
  6. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#5)
  5. Maroon 5 – Wait (#16)
  4. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#1) [1 Week At #1]
  3. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#4)
  2. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#3) [7 Weeks At #1]
  1. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#2) [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (2)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Tie Between G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I and Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (–13)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Maroon 5 – Wait (+11)

New Entrants
~ Not long after the exit of New Rules, Dua Lipa makes her return with her follow-up single, IDGAF. I don't really have much to say about this one. This song is not as good as its predecessor, but it's decent overall. I find the song rather boring at certain points. I do think she delivers well on the vocals. But the production here is lacking and I just don't really find it that interesting. I don't really care how it does here given how much stuff here is worse.

~ Next we have the long-awaited return of Foster The People, who had that big song in 2011 called Pumped Up Kicks as well as a few other minor hits that didn't take off as much. This week they bring Sit Next To Me. At first I thought it was good, but it really didn't take long for me to fall in love with it. Frankly, I'm not too sure why I love it as much as I do. But something about it just grabs my attention. The vocals are good as well as the production. I think it's a very catchy song. It's one that I find hard not to sing along to. Overall, it's such a great song and I really hope it does well.


Best Debut of the Week: Foster The People – Sit Next To Me


Hit-Bound
~ Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
  • Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You)
  • Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
  • Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Ass Friends
  • Echosmith – Over My Head
  • The Wrecks – James Dean
  • Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars
  • HRVY – Personal
  • Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment (RE-ENTRY)
  • Selena Gomez – Back To You (DEBUT)
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good
  • lovelytheband – Broken
  • Meghan Trainor – Let You Be Right (DEBUT)

~ Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment has apparently left the countdown after a short three weeks and is now back on Hit-Bound. I'm hoping it can redebut sometime soon because it deserves to do well. But even if it doesn't, it's technically eligible for my Top 45 songs of 2018.

~ This week, Selena Gomez brings Back To You from the soundtrack for season 2 of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. It is definitely a step up from her previous solo work. It still doesn't reach the height of her older work, but I think it's enjoyable for what it is.

~ Let You Be Right sounds exactly like No Excuses. Meghan Trainor is probably one of the least original pop artists currently.

~ So I heard Familiar on Hits 1 for the first time this past week and I did not realize they edited out J Balvin. I have to say Hits 1, that was a really shitty move. What's wrong with having some Spanish in a song that is full of Latin vibes??? He's pretty much the reason this song is good. Sometimes I just don't understand this station.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
2. Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
3. Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
4. The Wrecks – James Dean
5. Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe


Blurb Next To Me
~ And just like that, one of the most predictable things has happened as 5 Seconds Of Summer have hit #1 with Want You Back. Normally, I'd be questioning this given that the song really isn't that big. But I'll admit, it's a solid track and after last week's terrible #1, I was very happy with this. So yeah. I wouldn't mind it spending more time at the top if it means we can keep some other songs away.

~ And out of nowhere, Maroon 5 – Wait makes a rebound back into the Top 5. I've been losing interest in this song lately, but now I've had it. This song is just not good as is the majority of their latest album (with a few exceptions). Maroon 5 has become The Adam Levine Experience.

~ So I have been growing into Taylor Swift – Delicate lately. It's actually a pretty decent song and it might get promoted to green soon. There are still some moments that I find boring. But it's a chill song and I can appreciate that, especially since it's different for Taylor Swift.

~ However, as you probably noticed, I have grown out of Meghan Trainor – No Excuses and Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends. Both of them suck ass in the lyrical department. From Meghan Trainor putting down men for no reason to Anne-Marie being rude to a friend who happened to like her, these songs just don't do it for me anymore.

~ Lauv – I Like Me Better has finally dropped out of the Top 30. I'm still not sure why this was a big hit and why people like this song. There is honestly no better definition of bland and generic than this song.

~ Alice Merton – No Roots has done absolutely nothing these past few weeks and it's literally just sitting here hogging up a spot that could be occupied by a much better song that can actually do well. It's time to let go of this one, Hits 1.

~ Meanwhile, Drake – God's Plan has fallen near the Bottom 5 for a song that's arguably the biggest song of the year so far. They do this every year. Last year was Despacito (although that did okay, it didn't do nearly as well as it should've) and the year before that was One Dance. While I don't love God's Plan by any means, I do find it to be a catchy song and it's definitely better than a lot of the songs ranked above it.

~ I've also been losing interest in Charlie Puth – How Long. I'm mostly just tired of hearing it. Voicenotes finally came out and I haven't finished listening to it yet, but it's definitely a step up from Nine Track Mind. The album cover was changed a few days before the release and I kinda liked the other one better, but the current one is good too I guess.

~ As far as the exits go, Live In The Moment went too soon, but we'll (hopefully) see it back here sometime in the future. What's annoying is that Feel It Still is still here. We also say goodbye to Let You Down, which I was slowly getting back of. But it was definitely a good song and it lived a good life here.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

1 – Bad:
19. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
18. Imagine Dragons – Thunder

2 – Mediocre:
17. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
16. Maroon 5 – Wait
15. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends

3 – Decent:
14. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
13. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
12. Taylor Swift – Delicate

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
11. Niall Horan – On The Loose
10. Halsey – Alone
9. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
8. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
7. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
6. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
5. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
4. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
3. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
2. Walk The Moon – One Foot
1. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)

Overall Score: 72/100 = 72% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way

Most Missed Countdown Song: Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: OneRepublic/Logic – Start Again

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#3)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Bad Wolves – Zombie
2. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
3. Walk The Moon – One Foot
4. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
5. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me

Friday, May 11, 2018

Camila Cabello (1) – Week Of May 5, 2018

Hey guys! So I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is that this post is gonna be shorter than normal due to timing and how late this is. But the good news is that I'm done with school and I'm now entering summer break. So everything can go back to normal and posts will start coming out at reasonable times again. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something (#40)

Last Week's #1 Song: Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
The Countdown
45. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#45)
44. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (#39) [1 Week At #1]
43. Charlie Puth – How Long (#42) [2 Weeks At #1]
42. NF – Let You Down (#44)
41. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future – End Game (#43) [1 Week At #1]
40. Camila Cabello – Havana (#37) [1 Week At #1]
39. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (#38)
38. Halsey – Bad At Love (#30) [2 Weeks At #1]
37. Alice Merton – No Roots (#35)
36. Drake – God's Plan (#28)
35. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#29)
34. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#24)
33. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#27) [2 Weeks At #1]
32. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (#34)
31. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#31)
30. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#41)
29. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#15)
28. Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment (#33)
27. Halsey – Alone (#22)
26. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#36)
25. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (#32)
24. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#21)
23. Zayn – Let Me (#26)
22. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#14)
21. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (DEBUT)
20. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#23)
19. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#12) [5 Weeks At #1]
18. Bazzi – Mine (#20)
17. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#25) [1 Week At #1]
16. Maroon 5 – Wait (#6)
15. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#7)
14. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#17)
13. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#13)
12. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#10)
11. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#18)
10. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#7)
  9. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#11)
  8. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#19)
  7. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#16)
  6. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#1) [1 Week At #1]
  5. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#9)
  4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#4)
  3. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#3) [7 Weeks At #1]
  2. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#2)
  1. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#5) [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (1)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Lauv – I Like Me Better (–14)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Tie Between Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen and Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (+11)

New Entrants
~ We have one new entrant this week coming from Ariana Grande with No Tears Left To Cry. I don't really have much to say about this. I don't think the song lives up to all the hype. I like the beginning, but I'm not exactly huge on the rest of the song. Her vocals are good when she's singing. But I still think her speak-rapping is awkward and it just doesn't fit very well in my opinion. It has grown on me since I last reviewed it and I think it'll keep growing on me. But for now, this song really isn't anything special. I think Ariana has done better.


Hit-Bound
~ Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
  • Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars
  • lovelytheband – Broken (DEBUT)
  • HRVY – Personal
  • Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good
  • Echosmith – Over My Head
  • The Wrecks – James Dean (DEBUT)
  • Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa – One Kiss (DEBUT)
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You)
  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
  • Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Ass Friends
  • Maren Morris – Rich

~ Broken is okay. I'm not really huge on the vocals or the production. This could grow on me, but I don't really think it will. This will probably one of those that I never listen to again because it'll probably never debut on the countdown and I wouldn't be heartbroken if that's what happened.

~ I love when Hits 1 picks up on a good rock song every now and then. James Dean is a good example of that. I think the song is very enjoyable. I'll speak more about it if it debuts. I'm hoping this can make its debut soon.

~ Now we have the return of producer Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa on the track One Kiss. I don't love this song. It's decent and I think this has a better chance of growing on me than Broken. I like the vocals for the most part. But I think Calvin Harris got a little lazy with the production. I get that he's been going for a different vibe lately and it worked very well with Slide and Feels. But One Kiss is missing something and I'm not sure what. But like I said, it'll probably grow on me.

~ We lost Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't We and Everybody Hates Me by The Chainsmokers. I'm not heartbroken about either of them since neither of them appealed to me. So yeah. Good riddance I guess? The latter I didn't hate, but I just found to be very disappointing.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. TIE: Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
1. TIE: Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
3. The Wrecks – James Dean
4. Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
5. Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe


Blurbs
~ No blurbs this week. I know, it's sad. But it's not like there was anything interesting to talk about this week anyway. And they'll definitely be back next week because, like I said in the intro, I'm finished with my spring semester.


Top 20 Review*
0 – Crap:
20. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

1 – Bad:
19. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
18. Bazzi – Mine
17. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle

2 – Mediocre:
16. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
15. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends

3 – Decent:
14. Taylor Swift – Delicate
13. Maroon 5 – Wait

4 – Good:
12. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood

5 – Great:
11. Niall Horan – On The Loose
10. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I
9. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
8. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
7. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
6. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
5. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
4. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
3. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
2. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
1. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)

Overall Score: 72/100 = 72% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: B.o.B/Hayley Williams – Airplanes

Most Missed Countdown Song: Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kygo/Miguel – Remind Me To Forget

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Tie Between The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#15) and The Weeknd/Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (#40)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Bad Wolves – Zombie
2. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
3. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
4. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
5. Walk The Moon – One Foot


*Those of you who predicted how the Top 20 Review would look, please compare your prediction to this to see how inaccurate it was.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Bebe Rexha (1) – Week Of April 28, 2018

Hey guys! So as you probably know if you read my last post, this past Wednesday was my birthday. I'm 19 years old for those that don't know. So yeah. Other than that, nothing interesting really happened this past week. I thought the countdown was decent this week. There was only one thing that upset me and you can probably figure it out. But more on that in the blurbs. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (#29)
  • Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#43)

Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
The Countdown
45. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#45)
44. NF – Let You Down (#40)
43. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future – End Game (#42) [1 Week At #1]
42. Charlie Puth – How Long (#38) [2 Weeks At #1]
41. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#44)
40. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something (#17)
39. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (#39) [1 Week At #1]
38. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (#41)
37. Camila Cabello – Havana (#37) [1 Week At #1]
36. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#21)
35. Alice Merton – No Roots (#34)
34. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (DEBUT)
33. Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment (#36)
32. NOTD/Bea Millers – I Wanna Know (#35)
31. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#27)
30. Halsey – Bad At Love (#32) [2 Weeks At #1]
29. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#31)
28. Drake – God's Plan (#30)
27. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#26) [2 Weeks At #1]
26. Zayn – Let Me (#33)
25. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#16) [1 Week At #1]
24. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#20)
23. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#23)
22. Halsey – Alone (DEBUT)
21. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#22)
20. Bazzi – Mine (#28)
19. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#10)
18. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#18)
17. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#12)
16. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#11)
15. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#13)
14. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#19)
13. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#24)
12. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#14) [5 Weeks At #1]
11. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#25)
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#15)
  9. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#9)
  8. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#7)
  7. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#3)
  6. Maroon 5 – Wait (#4)
  5. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#5)
  4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#6)
  3. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#1) [7 Weeks At #1]
  2. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#8)
  1. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#2) [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers – Paris (1)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something (–23)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (+14)

New Entrants
~ This week we have the return of Post Malone with Psycho featuring Ty Dolla $ign. I'm really not a big fan of this guy. I'll admit that Rockstar has grown on me recently and it has gotten more tolerable, though 21 Savage's verse is still pretty bad. But Psycho just doesn't have very much to it that makes it stand out. It's kind of boring in terms of the production. I'll admit that Post Malone's vocals are not necessarily bad. But the song is just not that interesting in my opinion and I don't really see the appeal. There are so many good songs that get underrated, particularly in the alternative/rock category, because bland and mediocre songs like this for some reason appeal to younger audiences. I'm hoping this rap obsession in the U.S. can end soon. Psycho is not the worst thing ever, but it's not exactly helping the genre.

~ Next we have Halsey with Alone. I've only listened to the rerelease with Big Sean and Stefflon Don. But I'm assuming the original is not that much different. I've been kinda losing respect for Halsey lately, especially after the whole hotel shampoo argument she started on Twitter. But I try not to let that affect my thoughts on the music. I think Alone is pretty good, mainly because I'm tired of hearing Bad At Love. It's kinda catchy and I like her vocals. But I feel like this is not something that will stick with me in the long run. But for now, I think it's pretty good.


Best Debut of the Week: Halsey – Alone


Hit-Bound
~ Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Friends
  • Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
  • Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars
  • Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You)
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • Why Don't We – Trust Fund Baby
  • Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
  • The Chainsmokers – Everybody Hates Me
  • Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
  • HRVY – Personal
  • Echosmith – Over My Head
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good

Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. TIE: Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
1. TIE: Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
3. Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
4. Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
5. Sam Smith/Logic – Pray


Meant To Blurb
~ And just like that, we finally have a new #1 song in the form of Meant To Be. I'm sure not many are thrilled by this. But I'm just happy it's not The Middle. That one has spent more than enough time at the top. It's time to let some other songs have a chance. So I'm pleased with this choice.

~ Rising to #2 we have Want You Back. I do like this song and I wouldn't mind it being #1. But it's not actually that big anywhere else, which shows Hits 1's bias towards 5 Seconds Of Summer and I don't really like how they tend to favor some artists over others. But it is a good song and I'd take it at #1 over The Middle any day.

~ So I listened to the remix of Never Be The Same with Kane Brown and it is better than the original, though not by much. Kane Brown has a nice contribution and I like his vocals. But Camila's voice is still hard to listen to. I think the song would be a lot better if Kane Brown took over the whole thing because Camila's vocals is one of the biggest issues with the song.

~ Tell Me You Love Me and These Days made some nice jumps into the Top 15. I'm glad these songs are getting some love. Zombie is also back up at #14, which is really good. Hopefully this can stick around longer.

~ Not very often do I go from disliking a song to liking the song so suddenly. But that's pretty much what happened with God's Plan. I heard it air on the countdown last weekend and I just suddenly started enjoying it. It's actually a pretty good song. It's nothing amazing, but now I can see the appeal and why it spent such a long time at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

~ Not much really happened in the lower end of the countdown. The massive drop from Say Something was rather annoying. This song is a bigger hit than the majority of the songs ranked above it. It truly is an amazing song and it's unfortunate that it's been treated poorly these past few months. Seriously, it spent the majority of its time between #28 and around #35 and only spent one week in the Top 20. I get that it's different from your typical pop song, but that does not mean it's bad.

~ As far as the exits go, Hold Me Tight Or Don't lasted longer than I thought it would. Hopefully this is the last song Hits 1 pulls from MANIA, because that album is just not good. Woman was definitely underrated and deserved better. I'm glad it spent one week in the Top 10, but it left too soon in my opinion.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same

1 – Bad:
19. Bazzi – Mine
18. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
17. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
16. Lauv – I Like Me Better

2 – Mediocre:
NONE

3 – Decent:
15. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
14. Taylor Swift – Delicate
13. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends
12. Maroon 5 – Wait

4 – Good:
11. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood

5 – Great:
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose
9. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I
8. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
7. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
6. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
5. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
4. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
3. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
2. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Bad Wolves – Zombie

Overall Score: 71/100 = 71% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: OneRepublic/Timbaland – Apologize

Most Missed Countdown Song: Alesso/Tove Lo – Heroes (We Could Be)

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Shinedown – The Human Radio

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Tie Between The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#18) and The Weeknd/Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (#39)


My Top 5 Picks
1. TIE: Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something
1. TIE: Bad Wolves – Zombie
3. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
4. Walk The Moon – One Foot
5. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days