Friday, April 20, 2018

Top 10 Songs: Avicii

As you probably know, record producer and DJ Avicii died today and I believe the cause is still unknown. I knew he had some health-related issues, which is why he retired from touring in 2016 I believe. But this was just unexpected to me and I find it heartbreaking, especially with how young he was. He was only 28 years old. I've heard a lot of music from different DJs and producers and Avicii was definitely among the best. He was extremely talented and a lot of artists in the world of EDM looked up to him. It's a shame that there are people out there that don't know who he is because he was excellent at what he did. He was definitely taken too soon.


So with that, I've decided to do a quick Top 10 post where I will be counting down my Top 10 favorite songs from Avicii. I haven't done a Top 10 post since the passing of Chester Bennington, but I feel like now is an appropriate time to do one for Avicii. Selecting ten songs wasn't that hard since he only had two albums and a couple EPs, so I was able to squeeze in all of my favorites. But despite that, I could tell he had so much potential. It's such a shame to see him go so soon because he really was amazing and very talented. So without further ado, here are my Top 10 favorite songs from Avicii.


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10. Without You (feat. Sandro Cavazza) (from "Avīci (01)")


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9. For A Better Day (feat. Alex Ebert) (from "Stories")


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8. Lonely Together (feat. Rita Ora) (from "Avīci (01)")


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7. A Sky Full Of Stars (song by Coldplay; co-produced by Avicii) (from "Ghost Stories")


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6. Lay Me Down (feat. Adam Lambert and Nile Rodgers) (from "True")


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5. Broken Arrows (feat. Zac Brown Band) (from "Stories")


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4. The Nights (feat. Nicholas Furlong) (from "The Days / Nights EP")


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3. Hey Brother (feat. Dan Tyminski) (from "True")


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2. Levels (non-album single)


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1. Wake Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc) (from "True")


So there you have it. Those are my personal Top 10 favorite songs from Avicii. I'm still heartbroken about his death and I can only imagine what his family is going through right now. But his music will live on and hopefully it will continue to inspire others. Rest in peace, Tim Bergling. You will be missed.


"He said, one day you'll leave this world behind. So live a life you will remember." – from The Nights.

Zedd (6) – Week Of April 14, 2018

Hey guys! Hopefully you all had a good week. My schedule wasn't as packed this week. But things will only get busier from here as I approach the end of the semester. Also, it's still snowing where I am, which I find very odd. It's the middle of April. But anyway, we had some things happen this week on the countdown. Nothing too exciting though. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Keala Settle/The Greatest Showman Ensemble – This Is Me (#44)

Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
The Countdown
45. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#45)
44. Symon – Lonely Girl (#41)
43. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#37)
42. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future – End Game (#43) [1 Week At #1]
41. Khalid – Young, Dumb, and Broke (#39)
40. Charlie Puth – How Long (#42) [2 Weeks At #1]
39. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (#26) [1 Week At #1]
38. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#40)
37. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#38)
36. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#30)
35. Alice Merton – No Roots (#29)
34. Camila Cabello – Havana (#34) [1 Week At #1]
33. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (#33)
32. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something (#35)
31. Drake – God's Plan (DEBUT)
30. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#31)
29. Bazzi – Mine (#28)
28. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#14)
27. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#36)
26. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#25)
25. NF – Let You Down (#19)
24. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (#9)
23. Halsey – Bad At Love (#24) [2 Weeks At #1]
22. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#17)
21. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#23)
20. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#27)
19. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#13)
18. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#22) [2 Weeks At #1]
17. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#32)
16. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#18)
15. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#20) [5 Weeks At #1]
14. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#8)
13. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#10)
12. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#11)
11. Maroon 5 – Wait (#12)
10. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#16)
  9. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#21)
  8. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#7)
  7. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#6)
  6. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#2)
  5. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#15)
  4. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#5)
  3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#3)
  2. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#4)
  1. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#1) [6th Week At #1]

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

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (–15)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (+15)

New Entrants
~ Our one new entrant this week comes from Drake with the biggest song of the year currently, God's Plan. I can't say I fully understand the appeal to this song. I find it very similar to Hotline Bling, which I also didn't really like. Sure, God's Plan is not the worst thing out there by any means. But I just can't get into it. It's kinda boring if I'm being totally honest. Though I didn't really expect much more from Drake. Overall, I'm not really a fan of this. I'm not sure why it has spent over ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But whatever I guess. I don't hate it, so I'll just let it do its thing.


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


  • Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho
  • Echosmith – Over My Head
  • NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (DEBUT)
  • Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Friends
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
  • Halsey – Alone
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • The Chainsmokers – Everybody Hates Me
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You) (DEBUT)
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good
  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
  • Zayn – Let Me (DEBUT)
  • Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars
  • Why Don't We – Trust Fund Baby

~ I Wanna Know is pretty enjoyable for the most part. I like Bea Miller's vocals. The production is good. It's nothing amazing or totally different from what we've heard before. But I enjoy it. More on this if it debuts.

~ Tattoo is okay. These guys just seem like another boyband trying to make it big. I'll give it to them that this song is more tolerable than Why Don't We – Trust Fund Baby. But it lacks a few things to make it a good song. I think if more time was spent on this track, it may have turned out better.

~ Let Me is nowhere near as good as Dusk Till Dawn. But this track does seem like a grower. So while it's in blue now, it could be promoted to green sometime soon.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
2. Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
3. Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
4. Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
5. Halsey – Alone


God's Blurb
~ No no no. This is just not right. It's gotten to the point where The Middle now becomes slightly more annoying with each listen. Seriously, this song is overrated as hell. I'm willing to bet that this will end up being Hits 1's #1 song of the year, which honestly just makes me cringe thinking about it. Zedd is capable of so much more and I know this because I just recently listened to this track he released on YouTube and I think it's mesmerizing. He's capable of producing great stuff, but chooses not to and that's the problem I have with him right now.

~ Of course Walk The Moon – One Foot had to drop out of the Top 5 and lose its chance of being a #1 song. It's not like I thought it would go #1 when it first debuted. But seeing how well it has done here, it would've been nice to see it spend even just one week at the top. Meanwhile, Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes is our new #2 song, which I think has more of a chance to hit #1. Hopefully this happens soon because The Middle has been there too long.

~ Why are we making Lauv – I Like Me Better a bigger hit than it actually is? This song is just bad and I'm not sure why Hits 1 and the voters love it so much. The only thing I can stand about this song is the vocals. Everything else is just bad. Please get this out of the Top 10. This is not okay.

~ Aside from Lauv, we have two entrants to the Top 10. Delicate is already in the Top 10 and I still find it to be boring and uninteresting for the most part. I doubt my opinion will change at this point. But the jump from Finesse was very much appreciated. I still really enjoy this song and I believe it's very worthy of being in the Top 10.

~ Woman clearly was not meant to last very long in the Top 10. I get that it's not huge everywhere else. But the drop was a little uncalled for. Hopefully it can stick around longer. The drop from Zombie was also uncalled for and unnecessary. Hopefully this can make at least somewhat of a comeback with how new it still is. It's still one of the best songs here.

~ As far as our one exit goes, we must say farewell to the very underrated Keala Settle – This Is Me. Anyone who thinks this woman is not a good singer is probably deaf. She has one of the best voices I've heard in a while and when she hit those high notes, it just sent the chills down my spine. This Is Me was an inspirational song in my opinion and Keala Settle is very talented. Of course those two things together means the song must be underrated. But at least it was here and it is eligible for my Top 45 songs of 2018. Goodbye This Is Me. You will certainly be missed.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
NONE

1 – Bad:
20. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same
19. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
18. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
17. Lauv – I Like Me Better

2 – Mediocre:
NONE

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

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

5 – Great:
11. Niall Horan – On The Loose
10. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
9. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I
8. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
7. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
6. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back
5. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse
4. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
3. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
2. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Walk The Moon – One Foot

Overall Score: 76/100 = 76% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Green Day – 21 Guns

Most Missed Countdown Song: Mike Posner/SeeB – I Took A Pill In Ibiza

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

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Tie Between The Weeknd/Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (#10) and The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#31)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Walk The Moon – One Foot
2. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something
3. Bad Wolves – Zombie
4. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
5. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days

Friday, April 13, 2018

Zedd (5) – Week Of April 7, 2018

Hey guys. I realize that this post is out later than usual. But as you guys may or may not know, I am a college student. So I have to prioritize and school is more important than this, since blogging is really just a hobby that I do on the side. Don't get me wrong, I love doing it. But it's not something I'm dedicating my life to. I have other things going on that are more important. Most of you are very understanding of that and are very patient. So I thank you for that. But there are a few people including anonymous users that like to rush me in the comment section, which I find to be annoying and rude. Please understand that I have a life outside of here and if a post ends up not coming out at all, it's not because I don't want to do it. It's simply because I can't. Sometimes I see a comment that goes something like, "Someone please call Adrian's parents and have them tell Adrian to update the countdown." I genuinely hate this comment. It sounds stupid to me because none of my family members know that I do this. This is literally my own thing that I kind of just keep to myself. I post when I can. So please stop commenting this bullshit. I've turned off anonymous commenting, so hopefully that will help since there have been other issues before with anonymous users in the comment section. My apologies to the anonymous users that comment responsibly. You can comment again if you create a Google account, which is not that hard. But yeah, I just wanted to talk about that. It's been an issue that needed to be addressed. Thank you to those that are patient with me. You guys are the reason I still do this. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Alan Walker/Noah Cyrus/Digital Farm Animals – All Falls Down (#40)
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules (#45)

Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
The Countdown
45. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#44)
44. Keala Settle/The Greatest Showman Ensemble – This Is Me (#42)
43. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future – End Game (#38) [1 Week At #1]
42. Charlie Puth – How Long (#35) [2 Weeks At #1]
41. Symon – Lonely Girl (#39)
40. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#41)
39. Khalid – Young, Dumb, and Broke (#36)
38. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#37)
37. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#19)
36. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (DEBUT)
35. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something (#28)
34. Camila Cabello – Havana (#31) [1 Week At #1]
33. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (#22)
32. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#25)
31. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#30)
30. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#29)
29. Alice Merton – No Roots (DEBUT)
28. Bazzi – Mine (#33)
27. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#32)
26. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (#20) [1 Week At #1]
25. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#38)
24. Halsey – Bad At Love (#23) [2 Weeks At #1]
23. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#34)
22. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#10) [2 Weeks At #1]
21. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#16)
20. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#24) [5 Weeks At #1]
19. NF – Let You Down (#18)
18. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#21)
17. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#17)
16. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#27)
15. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#7)
14. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#26)
13. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#9)
12. Maroon 5 – Wait (#8)
11. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#13)
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#12)
  9. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (#15)
  8. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#11)
  7. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#6)
  6. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#5)
  5. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#14)
  4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#4)
  3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#3) [1 Week At #1]
  2. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#2)
  1. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#1) [5th Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (9)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (–18)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (+13)

New Entrants
~ This week we have the return of Rudimental, whose music I have enjoyed in the past. Feel The Love, as repetitive as it was, I still really liked. Their collaboration with Ed Sheeran, titled Lay It All On Me, was really good as well. They're more popular in the U.K. with a couple of songs crossing over into the U.S. such as the ones I mentioned and this new one, titled These Days. The track features Jess Glynne, who we all remember from Clean Bandit's Rather Be. I really like her contribution here. I think she has a great voice. We also have Dan Caplen and Macklemore, and I think they both did a nice job on the song as well. This doesn't exactly top their previous work in terms of the production. I do like the piano, but the rest doesn't stand out all too much. That's not to say that it's bad. It's good, but not something that I'll really remember in the long run. Maybe that'll change with time and more listens. Overall, I think the song is good and hopefully it does decent here.

~ Next we have Alice Merton with her debut single, No Roots. I never really liked this song. I thought it was kind of odd at first and it never really grew on me unfortunately. I can definitely see why people like this and it's not a bad song by any means. It's just not my cup of tea. I don't like her voice. I get that it's unique, but it's kind of annoying in my opinion. That being said, I don't like the way the song opens up with just her voice and the bass. The production is underwhelming for the most part, especially in the chorus. I can tell she tried to do something "epic" at the three minute mark. But it just sounds weird and out of place. The song is extremely repetitive. There's virtually nothing interesting about it in my opinion. Like I said, I can see why people like this. But this is one of those songs that I just dislike for personal reasons, not because it's necessarily a bad song. So please do not argue with me about this. One interesting fact I want to mention is that the song is over a year old. It was released towards the end of 2016 and it's just now getting popular, which I find odd. But whatever. The EP didn't come out in the U.S. until just recently.


Best Debut of the Week: Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days


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


  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray (DEBUT)
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good (DEBUT)
  • Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars
  • Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
  • Halsey – Alone
  • Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Friends
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho
  • The Chainsmokers – Everybody Hates Me
  • Echosmith – Over My Head
  • Why Don't We – Trust Fund Baby
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment

~ I like Sam Smith and I think he has a great voice that can convey emotion. He definitely shows that on Pray. I think the song is very nice and enjoyable. Though it's nothing too far off from what he's done before. But I do like the addition of Logic to give it a little something extra.

~ Too Good is pretty catchy. I like the groove and the throwback vibe. I've only listened to it once. So I may have more to say after I give it a few more listens.

~ Last week I had Sit Next To Me as the best song on Hit-Bound because there really weren't that many good songs. I didn't love any of them. So I kinda just picked it at random. This past week I really grew to love All The Stars, so I thought for sure that it would be the new best song on Hit-Bound. But at the same time, I was listening to Sit Next To Me a lot and really grew to love that one too, even more than Pumped Up Kicks. So I just decided to have both songs as the best because I can't really pick one. Hopefully they each make their debuts soon, especially Sit Next To Me because Foster The People deserve another hit.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
2. Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
3. Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
4. Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
5. Halsey – Alone


These Blurbs
~ For the sake of time, blurbs will be a little shorter. Though it's not like much even happened anyway. Want You Back is in the Top 5, which is about as surprising as the fact that fire is hot. Kesha is in the Top 10, which is always good news. We also have Niall and The Weeknd, both of which have good songs. So it's nice to see them in the Top 10.

~ Bad Wolves – Zombie made a nice jump into the Top 15 this week. I'm glad Hits 1 is treating this song well. Hopefully it keeps it up. We have two more new songs in the Top 20. Friends I've had a love/hate relationship with. It's catchy and I like the production to some extent. But Anne-Marie's voice is kind of annoying and I hate the whole friend-zoning theme. I get it if you don't want to be in a relationship with a close friend. But there's no need to be rude to someone who took a chance for love. It's hard to believe this is the same singer from Rockabye. And Delicate is just boring. It's closer to red than it is to green.

~ We've officially hit the one-year anniversary of Lights Down Low being on the countdown. It's funny because when it debuted, I said I hoped that it would last on the countdown as long as it did on Hit-Bound. It definitely went above and beyond. It's very interesting to see this song last a year without ever reaching the Top 5. I'm curious to see how much longer it lasts seeing that it's pretty much locked on to appear in Hits 1's Top 45 of 2018.

~ Perfect is out of the Top 10 for the first time in seemingly forever. Done For Me dropped out of the Top 30 for some reason. Hold Me Tight Or Don't took an unexpected drop. And Lonely Girl is somehow still here despite not doing very much.

~ As far as the exits go, New Rules dropped out despite still being popular because this is Hits 1 and they do shit like this more often than they should. All Falls Down leaving is kind of disappointing since I really liked that one. But it wasn't actually popular unfortunately. At least it spent a little while on here.

~ In other music news, Cardi B released her new album, Invasion of Privacy. I've only listened to a few track previews. But it doesn't seem that impressive. This comes as no surprised after the bland as hell Bodak Yellow and the shitty Bartier Cardi. Thirty Seconds To Mars also released AMERICA, which is also not good. On top of the terrible album cover, there are very few songs that actually grabbed my attention, those being Walk On Water and Remedy. Everything else is either okay at best or just bad. Feel free to watch this album review, which pretty much sums up my own thoughts.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
NONE

1 – Bad:
20. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same
19. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
18. Lauv – I Like Me Better
17. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle

2 – Mediocre:
NONE

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

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
12. NF – Let You Down
11. Niall Horan – On The Loose
10. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
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. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low
4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
3. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. TIE: Walk The Moon – One Foot
1. TIE: Bad Wolves – Zombie

Overall Score: 78/100 = 78% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Santana/Rob Thomas – Smooth

Most Missed Countdown Song: Jason Derulo – Cheyenne

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Daughtry – Backbone

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Weeknd/Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (#16)


My Top 5 Picks
1. TIE: Bad Wolves – Zombie
1. TIE: Walk The Moon – One Foot
3. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something
4. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
5. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Zedd (4) – Week Of March 31, 2018

Hey guys! I hope you guys had a great week. Easter is tomorrow, as well as April Fools Day. I'm not gonna pull a prank on you guys like I did last year. So sorry to disappoint. But I hope you guys have a good Easter. Some interesting things happened on the countdown this week. More on those things down below. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Imagine Dragons – Believer (#36) [3 Weeks At #1]
  • Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#43) [3 Weeks At #1]
  • Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (#44) [1 Week At #1]
  • Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (#45) [4 Weeks At #1]

Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
The Countdown
45. Dua Lipa – New Rules (#42)
44. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#41)
43. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future – End Game (#38) [1 Week At #1]
42. Keala Settle/The Greatest Showman Ensemble – This Is Me (#31)
41. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#39)
40. Alan Walker/Noah Cyrus/Digital Farm Animals – All Falls Down (#25)
39. Symon – Lonely Girl (#40)
38. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (DEBUT)
37. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#37)
36. Khalid – Young, Dumb, and Broke (#17)
35. Charlie Puth – How Long (#26) [2 Weeks At #1]
34. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (DEBUT)
33. Bazzi – Mine (DEBUT)
32. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#32)
31. Camila Cabello – Havana (#27) [1 Week At #1]
30. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#34)
29. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#21)
28. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something (#28)
27. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#29)
26. Bad Wolves – Zombie (DEBUT)
25. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#35)
24. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#16) [5 Weeks At #1]
23. Halsey – Bad At Love (#19) [2 Weeks At #1]
22. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (#24)
21. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#30)
20. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (#9) [1 Week At #1]
19. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#12)
18. NF – Let You Down (#7)
17. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#20)
16. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#23)
15. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (#33)
14. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#14)
13. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#11)
12. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#22)
11. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#15)
10. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#4) [2 Weeks At #1]
  9. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#18)
  8. Maroon 5 – Wait (#6)
  7. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#13)
  6. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#10)
  5. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#5)
  4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#8)
  3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#3) [1 Week At #1]
  2. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#2)
  1. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#1) [4th Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (8)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke (–19)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (+18)

New Entrants
~ Starting off with the least-appealing debut, we have Bazzi with Mine. The song is only a little bit over two minutes long, which I guess doesn't affect the countdown much since another one of our debuts is over four minutes long. But honestly, I don't appeal with this song. The production is slightly annoying and I'm not very interested in this guy's voice. The song sounds kind of childish to me. Hopefully this doesn't stay too long because I'm not sure how long I'll be able to tolerate it. For now, it's not the worst thing ever. But it's not something I'll be eager to hear on the radio.

~ Next we have the return of Panic! At The Disco. We got two new songs last week and thankfully, the better of the two is here with us this week. Say Amen is a jam and I'm glad that it debuted so quickly. It is definitely radio-friendly, but it's so enjoyable. The instrumentation and production is great. Brendon Urie's vocals are fantastic as always. I love the chorus. It's not their best, but it makes me look forward to the new album, Pray For The Wicked, which is set to release in June. Overall, I love this song. I saw the music video and it was definitely something. But hopefully the song does well here. It's a great jam for a Saturday night and I'll be blasting this for a while.

~ Demi Lovato debuts this week replacing Sorry Not Sorry with the superior Tell Me You Love Me. I've enjoyed this song for months now and I still love it. It's one of Demi Lovato's best songs in a while. Sorry Not Sorry was a mess all around with weird production and pitchy vocals. But Tell Me You Love Me is a whole different story. This is much more organized. Her voice sounds amazing. The verses are great and I love the way they build up to the chorus. The horns sound really good and very fitting. Overall, Demi Lovato has redeemed herself and I'm so glad this finally made its debut here. It's such a fantastic song and I really hope it does well. Like I said, this is her best song in a while.

~ Last, but certainly not least, we have Bad Wolves debuting with their cover of Zombie, originally performed by The Cranberries in 1994. I can see this one being a little controversial. But me personally, I love this cover. It's definitely not as good as the original version. But I think Bad Wolves put a nice spin on it. The vocals are really good and the instrumentation is great. Even if it isn't as good as the original, I still think it's a great song. It's like when Disturbed covered The Sound of Silence back in 2015. And this cover was released as tribute to Dolores O'Riordan. She was actually scheduled to record vocals with the band at the time of her death. Honestly I think it's a great tribute and a fantastic cover. People will probably disagree with me. But I believe this is what Dolores wanted. I'm a little surprised it actually debuted here. But I'm very happy about it and hopefully it does well.


Best Debut of the Week: Bad Wolves – Zombie


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


  • Drake – God's Plan
  • Echosmith – Over My Head (DEBUT)
  • Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
  • Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Friends
  • Why Don't We – Trust Fund Baby (DEBUT)
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
  • Alice Merton – No Roots
  • The Chainsmokers – Everybody Hates Me (DEBUT)
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars (DEBUT)
  • Maren Morris – Rich (DEBUT)
  • Halsey – Alone
  • Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho
  • Foster The People – Sit Next To Me

~ The return of Echosmith is definitely a strange one. It's a little different for the band and I can't say I love it. It's really not that interesting. I think they sound best doing something along the lines of Bright, which I loved. Over My Head is not really doing it for me unfortunately.

~ Why Don't We have kind of become some boy band wannabe. I liked Something Different because I thought the band was something different. But with Trust Fund Baby, you can tell they're trying to be your typical boy band and I'm not really buying it.

~ As I've said before, The Chainsmokers have been going downhill lately. I liked Sick Boy to some extent. But Everybody Hates Me is pulling them further down and away from how good and unique they used to be. Maybe we need some more guest features because it doesn't take long to get sick of Drew's voice.

~ I can guarantee you the only reason Rich is here is because of The Middle. If it weren't that song, these people at Hits 1 wouldn't know who Maren Morris is, which is why My Church and 80s Mercedes were never hits here. It's a shame because those two songs in particular were much better than Rich. I really don't find this song that interesting. From this song alone, I feel like she thinks she's all that. But she's not, at least not on this song. 80s Mercedes will probably always be her best song.

~ The only good debut this week comes from Kendrick Lamar and SZA with another track from the Black Panther soundtrack, titled All The Stars. As usual, Kendrick shows how talented he is. I really like his verse. SZA sounds great in the chorus and her verse and I'm glad she has another song here because I do think she has a great voice. It's definitely another great song from this soundtrack and I'm glad it made its way here. Hopefully it debuts on the countdown soon.

~ We lost Legendary (again) and Walk On Water this week. The latter doesn't surprise me. Thirty Seconds To Mars' new album is currently up for pre-order and I'm not entirely sure what's going on with this band right now. The album title is not good and the cover looks terrible. And all the pre-released singles except Walk On Water are not good. I'm personally not looking forward to this and the album currently has 2.5 out of 5 stars on iTunes, with more 1-star ratings than 5-star. So clearly others are not very interested either.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
2. Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
3. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
4. Halsey – Alone
5. Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment


Zomblurb
~ Walk The Moon – One Foot is still hanging on at #2. I'm hoping this is The Middle's last week at #1 so that One Foot can get a chance. It'll be pure bullshit if it doesn't. One Foot is a much better song than The Middle. I'm going to vote for it as much as I can and hopefully it can get a chance at the top.

~ Meghan Trainor – No Excuses is now in the Top 10. This has been slowly dropping on iTunes lately. I feel like the big Meghan Trainor hype is over at this point. But of course it had to hit the Top 10 here at some point. But I guess sooner is better because then the sooner it'll leave.

~ It looks like the run for Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days is coming to an end. I'm very impressed with how well it did here and I'm so glad it got to spend a week at #1. It had a great run here and hopefully it can stick around for a little while longer.

~ Because of repeated listens this past week, Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something has become my most Wutchuwanted song. I'm still hoping it can make a reasonable jump soon. Sitting at #28 is not really doing it for me. It should be in the Top 20 at the very least.

~ Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke clearly did not last long. I actually thought it had a chance to do well here with that jump last week. Clearly I was wrong. I still don't find this song that interesting, so I'm kinda happy about this drop. But it seemed a little sudden to me. I wouldn't be surprised if it left next week or the week after.

~ Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft is somehow still here. This song is not relevant anymore. It never even was a big hit. PLEASE leave us soon. It's crazy how this song does well here, yet a beautiful song like Piece By Piece doesn't even get touched by Hits 1. Although part of the problem is America's terrible taste in music. I mean, look at our #1 song.

~ Alan Walker/Noah Cyrus – All Falls Down dropped a little suddenly this week. I'm not too surprised by this since it was never a bit hit. But hopefully it can stick for a little while longer because I do still like the song. It's a little too early for it leave with how long it was on Hit-Bound.

~ Down in the Bottom 5 we have AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up and Keala Settle – This Is Me. The former shouldn't even be on the countdown. Hopefully it leaves soon. And the latter should be higher in my opinion. Though I'm not surprised it's this low. The voters seem to not be interested in songs from musicals. It's a shame because this one was actually really good.

~ As far as the exits go, all of them were former #1 songs. Believer is the only one I still really liked. It's a shame to see that one go. But at least it got to spend a year here. Slow Hands and Galway Girl were slowly losing my interest. I do still like them to some extent, but I was kind of getting sick of them. Finally, Sorry Not Sorry should've left a long time ago. At least it finally got the boot. Hopefully Tell Me You Love Me proves to be a good successor.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
NONE

1 – Bad:
20. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same
19. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
18. Lauv – I Like Me Better

2 – Mediocre:
NONE

3 – Decent:
17. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
16. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't
15. Maroon 5 – Wait

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
14. Niall Horan – On The Loose
13. NF – Let You Down
12. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
11. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
10. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse
9. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
8. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
7. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I
6. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
5. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
4. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low
3. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
2. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
1. Walk The Moon – One Foot

Overall Score: 82/100 = 82% (A)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Shakira – Whenever, Wherever

Most Missed Countdown Song: Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Shinedown – Devil

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Weeknd/Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (#20)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something
2. Bad Wolves – Zombie
3. Walk The Moon – One Foot
4. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
5. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Zedd (3) – Week Of March 24, 2018

Hey guys! Nothing too interesting happened on the countdown this week. Shawn Mendes hosted in place of Spyder Harrison, likely due to the release of his new music. All I'm gonna say is that no guest artist can host the countdown as good as Spyder Harrison. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Troye Sivan – My My My! (#32)
  • Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#40) [5 Weeks At #1]
  • X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (#41)
  • Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do (#45)

Last Week's #1 Song: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
The Countdown
45. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (#37) [4 Weeks At #1]
44. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (#44) [1 Week At #1]
43. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#43) [3 Weeks At #1]
42. Dua Lipa – New Rules (#42)
41. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#31)
40. Symon – Lonely Girl (#38)
39. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#35)
38. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future – End Game (#29) [1 Week At #1]
37. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#34)
36. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#39) [3 Weeks At #1]
35. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (DEBUT)
34. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (DEBUT)
33. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (#36)
32. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (DEBUT)
31. Keala Settle/The Greatest Showman Ensemble – This Is Me (#24)
30. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#27)
29. Taylor Swift – Delicate (DEBUT)
28. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something (#33)
27. Camila Cabello – Havana (#25) [1 Week At #1]
26. Charlie Puth – How Long (#22) [2 Weeks At #1]
25. Alan Walker/Noah Cyrus/Digital Farm Animals – All Falls Down (#23)
24. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (#8)
23. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#15)
22. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#26)
21. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#21)
20. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#16)
19. Halsey – Bad At Love (#19) [2 Weeks At #1]
18. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#18)
17. Khalid – Young, Dumb, and Broke (#30)
16. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#28) [5 Weeks At #1]
15. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#17)
14. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#20)
13. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#9)
12. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#10)
11. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#13)
10. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#14)
  9. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (#5) [1 Week At #1]
  8. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#6)
  7. NF – Let You Down (#7)
  6. The Adam Levine Experience – Wait (#12)
  5. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#11)
  4. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#4) [2 Weeks At #1]
  3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#1) [1 Week At #1]
  2. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#2)
  1. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#3) [3rd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (7)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (–16)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke (+13)

New Entrants
~ First up this week, we have Charlie Puth with Done For Me featuring Kehlani. This is the next single from Voicenotes, which will still hopefully come out in May. By that point, Attention will be over a year old. Just like his last two singles, this song shows how much he has improved since Nine Track Mind, which was not to very many people's liking. Once again, he handles the production all on his own, which I find quite impressive, especially with how good it sounds. His vocals are really good and I find the chorus very enjoyable. It's a very catchy song and it's one I'll be listening to for a while. And Kehlani's contribution is the icing on the cake. I'm sure this will do well.

~ Next we have Noah Kahan featuring Julia Michaels with Hurt Somebody. There really isn't that much to this song. It's kind of boring in terms of the production. The vocals aren't very interesting until about halfway through the song when the two sing together. Neither of their voices are good on their own. But blended together, it sounds pretty decent. Overall, the song is okay. I can't really see myself growing into it, nor can I see it being that successful. But I guess time will tell on that.

~ It's great timing to have Shawn Mendes host the countdown the same week his song departs. But of course, another song of his has to do well, so In My Blood is joining us after being out for only a couple of days because Hits 1 is obsessed with Shawn. Between this and Lost In Japan, I do think the latter is slightly better, though they are both good songs. I feel like Shawn Mendes is kind of maturing here similar to Mercy from last year. The song is kind of laid-back in the first minute, which I like. His vocals are really good here. I like the instrumentation. I don't think it's something that'll stick with me in the long run. But for the time being, I think it's enjoyable.

~ Finally we have Taylor Swift with Delicate. I really don't think this song is all that interesting. It's a step down from End Game. I like the verses to some extent. But the majority of the song I find underwhelming and somewhat boring. Taylor Swift does not have a spectacular voice that can allow her to sing songs like this. I feel like other songs from Reputation would've made better singles. Delicate is by no means a bad song. But it's a little weak for Taylor Swift in terms of the production and vocals. I know she is capable of more. This track seems more like an album filler than a radio single.


Best Debut of the Week: Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me


Hit-Bound
~ Brendon Urie hosted Hit-Bound this week. Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho
  • Alice Merton – No Roots
  • Bazzi – Mine
  • Halsey – Alone
  • Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
  • Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
  • Portugal. The Man – Live In The Moment
  • Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Friends
  • Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (DEBUT)
  • Drake – God's Plan
  • Welshly Arms – Legendary (RE-ENTRY)
  • Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water

~ This week we welcome back Legendary after being away for a week. I still have my doubts about this debuting the Weekend Countdown though with how rock it is. I'm hoping it can get a chance. But we'll have to wait and see.

~ Next we have our host himself, Brendon Urie, with a brand new album coming out soon. I enjoy both new songs, though I like Say Amen better. The song is a lot of fun and it's a perfect jam for a Saturday night. And those vocals are amazing, which is nothing new. Hopefully this makes its debut soon.

~ Hits 1 has been playing the Bad Wolves cover of Zombie this past week, yet we're not seeing it here on Hit-Bound. Although it doesn't top the original version by The Cranberries, I personally think it's a very good cover and I like that Hits 1 started playing it. Maybe we can see it here soon, unless it's one of those songs that plays but doesn't actually debut on any of the weekend shows.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. TIE: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
1. TIE: Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
3. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
4. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
5. Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water


In My Blurb
~ Nothing particularly interesting happened in the Top 5 this week aside from the entry from G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I. This was very much expected. I'm surprised it took so long with how much Hits 1 obsesses over Halsey.

~ New to the Top 10, we have Maroon 5 – Wait. As far as my opinion on the song goes, we're back to where we started. The song is okay mainly because it lacks a band. It's impressive that with seven band members, they can make their music sound like solely Adam LevineMaroon 5 has done worse with songs like Don't Wanna Know, but this song just doesn't grab my attention like their older music did. Their older stuff is why I got into them. This is not a good direction for these guys.

~ P!nk – Beautiful Trauma took quite a hit out of the Top 20. A little sooner than I expected. Hopefully it doesn't die out completely just yet because I still really like it.

~ As far as the exits go, There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back was getting old to me. I'm sure I'll grow back into it soon. But right now I'm just a little tired of hearing it. Ahead of Myself has also been fading on me, though I still find it somewhat enjoyable. My My My was very much underrated unfortunately. And What Lovers Do is very possibly the last really good Maroon 5 song we'll get in a while. It will certainly be missed.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Imagine Dragons – Thunder

1 – Bad:
19. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same
18. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
17. Lauv – I Like Me Better

2 – Mediocre:
16. Halsey – Bad At Love

3 – Decent:
15. Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke
14. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
13. Maroon 5 – Wait
12. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don't

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
11. NF – Let You Down
10. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back
9. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
8. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
7. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I
6. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
5. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
4. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low
3. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
2. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Walk The Moon – One Foot

Overall Score: 73/100 = 73% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful Of Sunshine

Most Missed Countdown Song: Nickelback – When We Stand Together

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Eminem/Kehlani – Nowhere Fast

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Weeknd/Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming (#24)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Walk The Moon – One Foot
2. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton – Say Something
3. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
4. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
5. Keala Settle – This Is Me