Saturday, October 14, 2017

Liam Payne (2) – Week Of October 7, 2017

Hey guys! So I thought this week was a good week. Aside from our #1 song, things are looking decent on this countdown. We had a load of good debuts this week, which is nice. Hopefully, next week's post won't be out as late. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Bruno Mars/David Guetta – Versace On The Floor (#32)
  • Andy Grammer – Give Love (#37)
  • All Time Low – Good Times (#42)
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls (#45)

Last Week's #1 Song: Liam Payne – Strip That Down
The Countdown
45. Hey Violet – Hoodie (#43)
44. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like (#44) [1 Week At #1]
43. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (#29)
42. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me (#40)
41. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#39)
40. Lady Gaga – The Cure (#41)
39. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (#31)
38. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (DEBUT)
37. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (#36) [9 Weeks At #1]
36. Zedd/Liam Payne – Get Low (#34)
35. Sabrina Carpenter – Why (#38)
34. Linkin Park – One More Light (#33)
33. Justin Bieber/BloodPop – Friends (#36)
32. The Script – Rain (DEBUT)
31. Selena Gomez – Fetish (#30)
30. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#30)
29. Charlie Puth – Attention (#23) [1 Week At #1]
28. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (#28)
27. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (#21) [4 Weeks At #1]
26. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (#24) [3 Weeks At #1]
25. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (#17)
24. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (#16)
23. Camila Cabello – Havana (DEBUT)
22. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (#19)
21. The Revivalists – Wish I Knew You (#20)
20. Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255 (#25)
19. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#18)
18. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises (#27)
17. Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It? (DEBUT)
16. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do (#23)
15. Halsey – Bad At Love (#15)
14. Kesha – Praying (#10)
13. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#9) [3 Weeks At #1]
12. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (#13)
11. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#14) [3 Weeks At #1]
10. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (#4)
  9. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#12)
  8. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious (#11)
  7. P!nk – What About Us (#8)
  6. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place (#7)
  5. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#5) [5 Weeks At #1]
  4. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#6)
  3. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#3) [3 Weeks At #1]
  2. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (#2)
  1. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (#1) [2nd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha – Back To You (–14)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises (+9)

New Entrants
~ First up we have Hailee Steinfeld replacing herself on the countdown with Let Me Go. This song is essentially Starving 2.0. But I feel like this one has more to it. The production is very good. I like what Alesso had to contribute. Florida Georgia Line sound good as well. Hailee Steinfeld sounds very good. I feel like she really showed off what she's vocally capable of in this song. I absolutely love the chorus. All in all, everything about it works. While I can't see this being as big as Starving, I do hope it does well because it's arguably her best song to date. One last thing I want to point out is that this track features singer-songwriter Andrew Watt, who co-wrote and co-produced this song. After looking through his history, he has been involved in a few other songs that made it big and a couple that are still relatively new. He co-wrote DJ Snake/Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You and Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me. He also co-wrote Lonely Together by Avicii featuring Rita Ora and another one of this week's debuts, Havana by Camila Cabello. I just found that interesting and worth sharing. But yeah, it's a very good song. My second favorite debut of the week.

~ Next up we have the return of The Script, who have been one of my favorite bands ever since I first heard Breakeven. I'm a big fan of them. This week, they bring Rain, which is from their new album called Freedom Child. Surprisingly, I have yet to listen to it. But I plan on doing so very soon. I really like this new song. It's a lot different from what we used to get from The Script. I love the vibe. I really like the chorus. It's nowhere near their best work by any means. But regardless, it is a good choice for a lead single. At least I think it is. I don't know. Maybe I'm biased because I've been a big fan of them for a long time. But if that's the case, I don't care because this is my favorite debut of the week. Hopefully this song can be successful. It doesn't need to get as high as Hall Of Fame did (though it definitely should). But if it could stay for a little while at least, I'll be happy. Frankly, I'm already happy simply because it debuted. I didn't think it would actually make it on here since Hits 1 likes to let go of really good underrated songs from Hit-Bound. So I'm glad they proved me wrong.

~ Debuting at #23, we have the return of Camila Cabello. This time she debuts with Havana. Like I said in my Hit-Bound review, I wasn't very big on this song at first listen. But it has definitely gotten better with more listens. I really like the production. She has definitely improved on the vocals. It's actually a pretty good song. I have to say, I'm quite impressed. At first I listened to the original version with Young Thug. Then I found out that Hits 1 cut out Young Thug, which made me very curious as to how the song would sound (since he seemed to be a big part of it). So I listened to the no rap version on YouTube. I actually prefer that version despite it being a lot shorter. We don't need these unnecessary rap verses. But that aside, it's a good song.

~ With the highest debut of the week, we have the second single from Taylor Swift's new album. This one is called Ready For It. Right off the bat, it is better than Look What You Made Me Do. But it's still nothing amazing. I prefer some of the singles from 1989 over this. The vocals are good, but I don't love the production. It's good, but it's nothing that really stands out in my opinion. I do really like the bass though. That caught my attention from the moment I first started listening to it. I don't want to say it's my least favorite debut of the week, because then it makes it sound like I don't like the song, which is not the case. But within the past few days, out of all of our debuts, this one is the one I've listened to the least and that's because I just haven't felt the urge to listen to it. I don't know. Maybe my opinion will change as it does quite often.


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


  • Lauv – I Like Me Better
  • Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
  • X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (DEBUT)
  • Charlie Puth – How Long (DEBUT)
  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  • Post Malone/21 Savage – Rockstar
  • Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask
  • PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
  • Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
  • Nick Jonas – Find You (DEBUT)
  • Evaride – Heartless
  • Fergie/Nicki Minaj – You Already Know
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Why Don't We – Something Different

~ We got three debuts this week. First up, we have X Ambassadors with Ahead of Myself. This song is essentially everything I love about X Ambassadors. I love the production and instrumentation. The vocals are fantastic. Great lyrical content. It's a really good song and I would love for it to debut sometime soon.

~ Next we have Charlie Puth with How Long. It's pretty much Attention 2.0. It's a very simple track. At times, it's just slightly boring. But it's enjoyable for the most part. He does have a good voice and I'm glad that he's actually showing it off. I'll talk more about it when it debuts.

~ To conclude we have Nick Jonas with Find You. He's talking about trying to find some person. But I don't think that really matters because I think he just found himself. This is easily his best song since Chains. He's been changing up his style a lot. But I feel like this works the best for him. The production is on point and his voice sounds great. This is much better than him trying to hit those high notes. I hope he keeps this style going because this is what I want to hear from him.

~ So...........yeah. Meant To Be is the new best song on Hit-Bound. I know last week I said it wasn't anything amazing. It's actually a really good song. This collab works really well. The vocals are on point. I love the production. I still don't love the lyrics, but everything else makes up for it.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
2. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself
3. Nick Jonas – Find You
4. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
5. Why Don't We – Something Different


Let Me Blurb
~ As you probably know, I'm not too thrilled about our #1 song. But I'm not going to rant for the sake of not letting this post get too long. But in other Top 5 news, Thunder makes its entrance. I really underestimated how well this song would do. Given that it's the #1 song on iTunes, we may see it at the top here and I certainly wouldn't mind that.

~ We have two Top 10 entrants this week: Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still and Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious. I'm very happy to see both songs doing well. They're both really good and deserve this kind of recognition. This Top 10 is slowly looking better thanks to songs like these as well as What About Us, Save Me A Place, Thunder, etc.

~ I honestly can't believe how wrong I was about how Look What You Made Me Do would do. I thought it would hit #1 immediately and stay there for about 10 weeks. Meanwhile, it has not hit #1 and it's not even in the Top 10. I'm not complaining because I actually don't really want this song there for that long. But I'm just a little shocked. Especially since this song debuted up at #13.

~ It's nice to see bad songs either drop within their first couple of weeks or not jump very much. Songs like Fetish, Why, and Get Low should not even be here. Hopefully, we won't have to deal with them for much longer.

~ Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha – Back To You has fallen into the Bottom 5. Very unfortunate because I still think it's a really good song. I guess I just don't really understand how Louis' single just couldn't get as big as Liam's song. It's pretty obvious which one is the better song. But America clearly doesn't agree with me.

~ As far as the exits go, it's a little saddening to see all of them go (except for Give Love). But I think they had a decent-ish stay and I'm not too upset to see them leave.


Top 20 Review:
0 – Crap:
20. Liam Payne – Strip That Down

1 – Bad:
19. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
18. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry

2 – Mediocre:
NONE

3 – Decent:
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer

4 – Good:
16. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

5 – Great:
15. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do
14. Halsey – Bad At Love
13. Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It?
12. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
11. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
10. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
9. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises
8. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
7. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
6. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
5. Kesha – Praying
4. P!nk – What About Us
3. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place
2. Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious

Total Score: 85/100 = 85% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Tom Petty – Free Fallin'

Most Missed Countdown Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Mary Lambert – Same Love (for National Coming Out Day, which took place this past Wednesday, October 11)

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kygo/Justin Jesso – Stargazing

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Coldplay/BeyoncĂ© – Hymn For The Weekend (#11)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
2. Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255
3. The Script – Rain
4. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
5. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Liam Payne (1) – Week Of September 30, 2017

Hey guys! I apologize for the very late post. My assignments have been overwhelming me a bit this past week. Hopefully, things will start to clear up within the next couple of days or so. But in the meantime, just bear with me. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy (#41)
  • The Chainsmokers – Honest (#44)
  • Fall Out Boy – Champion (#45)

Last Week's #1 Song: Niall Horan – Slow Hands
The Countdown
45. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls (#42)
44. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like (#40) [1 Week At #1]
43. Hey Violet – Hoodie (#35)
42. All Time Low – Good Times (#43)
41. Lady Gaga – The Cure (#39)
40. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me (#37)
39. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#33)
38. Sabrina Carpenter – Why (DEBUT)
37. Andy Grammer – Give Love (#21)
36. Justin Bieber/BloodPop – Friends (#31)
35. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (#36) [9 Weeks At #1]
34. Zedd/Liam Payne – Get Low (#29)
33. Linkin Park – One More Light (#24)
32. Bruno Mars/David Guetta – Versace On The Floor (#27)
31. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (#38)
30. Selena Gomez – Fetish (DEBUT)
29. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (#26)
28. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (#19)
27. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises (#16)
26. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#30)
25. Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255 (DEBUT)
24. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (#25) [3 Weeks At #1]
23. Charlie Puth – Attention (#18) [1 Week At #1]
22. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do (#13)
21. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (#10) [4 Weeks At #1]
20. The Revivalists – Wish I Knew You (#28)
19. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (#20)
18. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (#32)
17. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (#34)
16. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (#23)
15. Halsey – Bad At Love (#22)
14. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#6)
13. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (#9)
12. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#17)
11. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious (#14)
10. Kesha – Praying (#5)
  9. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#8) [3 Weeks At #1]
  8. P!nk – What About Us (#11)
  7. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place (#12)
  6. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#15)
  5. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#2) [5 Weeks At #1]
  4. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (#3)
  3. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#1) [3 Weeks At #1]
  2. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (#4)
  1. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (#7) [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Andy Grammer – Give Love (–16)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: The All-American Rejects – Sweat (+17)

New Entrants
~ First up, we have Sabrina Carpenter debuting with Why. My main problem with this song is that it's very underwhelming. There's absolutely nothing interesting about this song whatsoever. I think the chopped up vocals in the chorus are really annoying. Her voice is not that great. Of course, this is just me. Personally, I'm not a fan. So I hope it doesn't become some massive hit, which I don't think it will.

~ Selena Gomez has returned yet again. This time she brings Fetish, which is not that different from Bad Liar. At this point, I'm sure you already know how this is gonna go. There's nothing interesting about this song. The whispering has become absolutely obnoxious at this point. The production is very lazy once again. The lyrical content is awful. The chorus is annoying. She just can't make a good song anymore and it's sad because I used to like her. But now it's the same thing over and over again and I'm beyond tired of it. Either she do something more along the lines of It Ain't Me, or she needs to stop making music because this is ridiculous.

~ Finally, we have the song that gained quite a bit of steam after the VMA performance. It's 1-800-273-8255, which is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This song is brilliant. Logic is speaking out about an issue modern-day artists don't talk about. Suicide is a very serious topic and I love that Logic wrote a song that people can relate to. The lyrical content is amazing and it's a very moving song. I love Logic's verses and the chorus. Alessia Cara sounds amazing. Khalid's outro is mesmerizing and it gives me chills every time. Overall, the song is amazing. This is the kind of music we need nowadays. Now hopefully, it'll be successful, which I think it will. It's definitely one of the best written songs of the year.


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


  • The Script – Rain
  • Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It?
  • Fergie/Nicki Minaj – You Already Know
  • Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
  • Why Don't We – Something Different
  • Camila Cabello – Havana (DEBUT)
  • PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
  • Evaride – Heartless
  • Post Malone/21 Savage – Rockstar (DEBUT)
  • Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (DEBUT)
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask
  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  • Lauv – I Like Me Better

~ Returning to Hit-Bound is Camila Cabello with her new single, Havana. I actually really disliked this song at first, but it grew on me with time. The vocals are okay. But I like everything else that went into the song for the most part. I'll talk more about it when it debuts.

~ Rockstar is really not that different from most other rap songs we get nowadays in terms of the lyrical content. It's just outright bad and I'm sure you can figure out why on your own. But the vocals aren't awful. They're actually the only thing I can stand about this song. So it's not the worst thing I've ever heard. But it still shows how much rap has gone downhill within the past couple of years. If it is fortunate enough to debut the countdown soon, I can't say it'll be the worst song on the countdown, but it may still be a contender for the Bottom 10 songs of the year.

~ Finally, we have Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line on Meant To Be. I can't say I like the lyrical content all that much. But I think the vocals sound really good and it's a well-produced track. So right now, I can say it's a good song. Nothing amazing though.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. The Script – Rain
2. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
3. Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
4. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask
5. Why Don't We – Something Different


Blurbs
~ I'm sorry, but there will be no blurbs this week for this sake of getting this post out as soon as possible. They will return next week.

~ You may be wondering what on earth happened to the Hit 45 Chart. I just posted a special "comeback countdown." I highly recommend you check it out.
Link: https://hit45chart.blogspot.com/2017/10/week-of-september-30-2017.html


Top 20 Review:
– Crap:
20. Liam Payne – Strip That Down

1 – Bad:
19. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
18. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry

2 – Mediocre:
NONE

3 – Decent:
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
16. The Revivalists – Wish I Knew You
15. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
14. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
13. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
12. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes
11. Halsey – Bad At Love
10. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
9. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito
8. The All-American Rejects – Sweat
7. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
6. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
5. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
4. Kesha – Praying
3. P!nk – What About Us
2. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious

Total Score: 86/100 = 86% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Most Missed Countdown Song: Zedd/Hayley Williams – Stay The Night

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kygo/Justin Jesso – Stargazing

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer (#1)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
2. Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255
3. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place
4. P!nk – What About Us
5. Kesha – Praying

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Niall Horan (3) – Week Of September 23, 2017

Hey guys! I apologize for the very late post. I had a lot of work taking up my time this past week. My next countdown post will most likely be posted a lot sooner. Not much really went on this week, so let's just get into it. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Julia Michaels – Issues (#42)
  • The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer (#43) [8 Weeks At #1]
  • AJR – Weak (#44)
  • Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels (#45)

Last Week's #1 Song: Niall Horan – Slow Hands
The Countdown
45. Fall Out Boy – Champion (#36)
44. The Chainsmokers – Honest (#31)
43. All Time Low – Good Times (#32)
42. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls (#33)
41. Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy (#40)
40. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like (#41) [1 Week At #1]
39. Lady Gaga – The Cure (#39)
38. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (#26)
37. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me (#35)
36. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (#30) [9 Weeks At #1]
35. Hey Violet – Hoodie (#23)
34. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (#38)
33. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#37)
32. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (DEBUT)
31. Justin Bieber/BloodPop – Friends (#27)
30. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#34)
29. Zedd/Liam Payne – Get Low (DEBUT)
28. The Revivalists – Wish I Knew You (DEBUT)
27. Bruno Mars/David Guetta – Versace On The Floor (#29)
26. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (#19)
25. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (#20) [3 Weeks At #1]
24. Linkin Park – One More Light (#24)
23. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (DEBUT)
22. Halsey – Bad At Love (#25)
21. Andy Grammer – Give Love (#28)
20. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (#21)
19. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (#8)
18. Charlie Puth – Attention (#13) [1 Week At #1]
17. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#16)
16. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises (#17)
15. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#14)
14. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious (#15)
13. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do (#22)
12. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place (#10)
11. P!nk – What About Us (#18)
10. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (#12) [4 Weeks At #1]
  9. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (#9)
  8. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#7) [3 Weeks At #1]
  7. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (#3)
  6. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#6)
  5. Kesha – Praying (#11)
  4. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (#4)
  3. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (#5)
  2. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#2) [5 Weeks At #1]
  1. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#1) [3rd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Daya – Don't Let Me Down

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: The Chainsmokers – Honest (–13)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do (+9)

New Entrants
~ Two not-so-interesting debuts this week (out of four). The first comes from Kelly Clarkson with Love So Soft. I'm not a huge fan of the drastic change in her sound. She went for more of a R&B/trap production, which I don't think fits for her. There's nothing exciting about this song. It's actually kind of boring as most trap songs are nowadays. She doesn't do very much with her vocals. I like that she tried to change it up. But it doesn't sound good. It's hard to believe this is what we get after the beautiful Piece By Piece.

~ Next we have Zedd/Liam Payne – Get Low. I would expect something like this from Liam. But I'm a little disappointed in Zedd. Similar to Kelly Clarkson, Zedd changed up his sound too much and now it's just not good. The production is lazy in comparison to his previous work. It's not the worst thing I've ever heard. It's mostly just disappointing. There's not much to it. The lyrical content is no good. Liam's trying way too hard to sound sexy and I'm just not feeling it. Aside from the lyrical content, this song feels very childish in my opinion. I can't take it seriously. So all in all, not a good song.

~ Immediately following Get Low, we have The Revivalists debuting with Wish I Knew You. This song is a lot different than what we normally get. It's definitely an interesting song and it's something I personally can get into. I like the instrumentals. The lyrical content is good. Overall, it's a good song and I want to hear more songs like this. I get that this is a pop station, but it's nice to hear something different than pop every now and then. Something just like this. I hope it does well.

~ Finally we have Sam Smith making his big return with Too Good At Goodbyes. It's not as good as Stay With Me. But Sam Smith has a very soulful voice and I can feel every word he sings, which is something I can't say about most of these songs. That being said, the lyrical content is very good. All in all, I think it's a really good song and it only gets better with each listen. I don't have much else to say other than I hope it does well.


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


  • Evaride – Heartless
  • Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
  • Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It?
  • Sabrina Carpenter – Why
  • Fergie/Nicki Minaj – You Already Know (DEBUT)
  • Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (DEBUT)
  • Selena Gomez – Fetish
  • Why Don't We – Something Different
  • The Script – Rain
  • Lauv – I Like Me Better (DEBUT)
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  • PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
  • Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go

~ Fergie is back with Nicki Minaj on the track You Already Know. To say the least, this song is a lot weirder than it is good. I do like Nicki's verse though. But I can't say much else about it until I give it a few more listens.

~ Too Much To Ask is a very nice song. It's arguably his best single so far. I'd love to see this song do well, which it probably will.

~ I Like Me Better pretty much only has good vocals. There's really not much else to it that grabs my attention. Maybe more listens will change my opinion, but I doubt it.

~ I've heard Something Different on my Today's Hits Radio Pandora station quite a bit lately. Maybe it's actually starting to become a hit? The song has definitely gotten better.

~ As part of the Hits 1 Wutchuwant Crew, I get sent surveys where I give opinions on songs on Hits 1. Believe it or not, Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255 actually did appear on that survey. So I wouldn't be surprised if it debuted on Hit-Bound (or even the countdown) one of these upcoming weeks.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. The Script – Rain
2. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
3. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
4. Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
5. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask


Blurbs So Soft
~ I think the best thing that happened this week was seeing Kesha – Praying jump into the Top 5. This song is definitely Top 5 worthy and it'd be really nice to see it hit #1. But ultimately, I'm just happy it's doing well.

~ P!nk – What About Us took a small jump to #11 this week. I'd love to see this song jump into the Top 10 next week just like Praying did. It's very worthy of hitting the Top 10 and maybe even the Top 5.

~ Our Bottom 5 songs all fell from within the Top 40. It's a little saddening since they're all good. But at the same time, we don't have very many bad songs currently on the countdown, which is good.

~ All of our exits deserved to go except for Feels. That one did not do as well as it should've. But although I can't ensure anything 100% just yet, I'm 99% sure you will see that song in my Top 45 of 2017.

~ I apologize for the lack of blurbs. Not very much went on and this post is already very late.


Top 20 Review
– Crap:
20. Liam Payne – Strip That Down

1 – Bad:
19. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry

2 – Mediocre:
18. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer

3 – Decent:
16. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay
15. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
14. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
13. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
12. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
11. Charlie Puth – Attention
10. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
9. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito
8. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
7. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises
6. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
5. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
4. P!nk – What About Us
3. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
2. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Kesha – Praying

Total Score: 82/100 = 82% (B–)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: The Script – Breakeven

Most Missed Countdown Song: Zedd/Matthew Koma/Miriam Bryant – Find You

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Avicii/Rita Ora – Lonely Together

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend (#13)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Kesha – Praying
2. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place
3. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
4. P!nk – What About Us
5. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha – Back To You

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Niall Horan (2) – Week Of September 16, 2017

Hey guys! Not too much happened this week. But at least the post is out earlier than last week. Hopefully, I'll have time this week to review the America's Got Talent finals. Performances air tonight and the results are tomorrow night. Maybe I'll even talk about some of my favorite acts that made it to the live shows (but not the finals) to make up for all the skipped posts. I'm not entirely sure yet. But that'll be determined sometime this week depending on my workload. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (#43)

Last Week's #1 Song: Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
The Countdown
45. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels (#39)
44. AJR – Weak (#28)
43. The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer (#45) [8 Weeks At #1]
42. Julia Michaels – Issues (#44)
41. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like (#41) [1 Week At #1]
40. Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy (#42)
39. Lady Gaga – The Cure (#38)
38. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (DEBUT)
37. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#26)
36. Fall Out Boy – Champion (#31)
35. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me (#36)
34. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#33)
33. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls (#24)
32. All Time Low – Good Times (#29)
31. The Chainsmokers – Honest (#25)
30. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (#27) [9 Weeks At #1]
29. Bruno Mars/David Guetta – Versace On The Floor (#30)
28. Andy Grammer – Give Love (#37)
27. Justin Bieber/BloodPop – Friends (#32)
26. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (#40)
25. Halsey – Bad At Love (#34)
24. Linkin Park – One More Light (#6)
23. Hey Violet – Hoodie (#21)
22. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do (#23)
21. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (#22)
20. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (#11) [3 Weeks At #1]
19. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (#18)
18. P!nk – What About Us (#15)
17. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises (#16)
16. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#35)
15. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious (#20)
14. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#17)
13. Charlie Puth – Attention (#14) [1 Week At #1]
12. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (#10) [4 Weeks At #1]
11. Kesha – Praying (#13)
10. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place (#12)
  9. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (#10)
  8. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (#3)
  7. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#5) [3 Weeks At #1]
  6. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#8) [3 Weeks At #1]
  5. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (#9)
  4. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (#19)
  3. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (#2)
  2. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#1) [5 Weeks At #1]
  1. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#4) [2nd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Daya – Don't Let Me Down

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Linkin Park – One More Light (–18)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (+19)

New Entrants
~ Our lone new entrant this week consists of the return of The All-American Rejects after a few years with Sweat. I've enjoyed these guys' music for quite a while now and I would consider myself a fan. Move Along was an enjoyable album and had three fantastic singles. If I'm being totally honest, Sweat wasn't that great at first listen. But it's a perfect example of a song that takes several listens to get into it. Now I actually really like it. The vocals are on point, even in the chorus with the continuous shouting of "sweat." For some reason, I find that enjoyable. I really like the instrumentation and the production, especially in the chorus. Not to mention that awesome guitar solo right before the final chorus. Overall, I find it quite enjoyable. It's catchy and it brings a great amount of energy to this countdown. This is the kind of music I personally want to hear more of. I love it, so I hope it does well.


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


  • PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
  • Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes
  • Sabrina Carpenter – Why
  • Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
  • The Script – Rain
  • Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go
  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect (DEBUT)
  • Why Don't We – Something Different
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules (DEBUT)
  • Selena Gomez – Fetish
  • Evaride – Heartless
  • Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
  • Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It?
  • Zedd/Liam Payne – Get Low

~ Ed Sheeran debuts this week with Perfect. This is probably the best single off of Divide so far. Everything about it is amazing, from the lyrical content to Ed Sheeran's vocals. I'll talk more about it when it debuts. But fun fact: Ed Sheeran actually had a concert this past weekend near where I live as part of his current tour. I would've loved to have gone, but I couldn't get my hands on any tickets. Oh well.

~ Next we have Dua Lipa debuting with New Rules. You may know her from Martin Garrix's track Scared To Be Lonely from earlier this year, which made it somewhat big. This new song is very catchy. I think Dua Lipa has a great voice and she shows it well on this song. I would like to see this song do well on Hits 1.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
2. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
3. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
4. The Script – Rain
5. Dua Lipa – New Rules


What Blurbers Do
~ Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl is already in the Top 5 on its third week. I totally wouldn't mind see this song at the top soon. It's currently the best song in the Top 5 and I would much rather see this at the top spot than our #3 and #5.

~ Imagine Dragons – Believer is still cruising around the Top 10. Most people are probably sick of it by now. But I have to say, this song isn't as bad now as it was when it first debuted. I have grown slightly into it. Not enough for it to change to blue. But I'd say enough to eliminate any chances of it appearing in my Bottom 10 songs of the year.

~ Mono Mind – Save Me A Place is already in the Top 10 on week #3, which I'm very happy about. It's unlike any song I've ever heard and I'm glad that it's been pretty successful on this countdown so far. It deserves this kind of recognition.

~ I did not think Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still would already have the Biggest Jump of the Week on its second week. But I'm pretty happy about. It's arguably the best debut from last week. So it's nice to see it already doing well here.

~ I have given What Lovers Do repeated listens this past week. Now I don't know what to think of it. It's kind of boring, but kind of catchy at the same time. So right now I don't know. But don't be surprised if this changes to blue or maybe even green within a week or two. It seems to be one of those grower tracks similar to The All-American Rejects – Sweat.

~ Linkin Park – One More Light took quite a fall this week. I guess it was nice while it lasted. But seriously. A song that makes almost everyone think of Chester should not drop so much so suddenly. Let it slowly fade over time. It is a little saddening though because I had started to really enjoy it a couple of weeks ago. But I guess this is what happens when you bring in a non-official single.

~ We have five songs dropping out of the Top 30 this week. Four of them are good, but I wouldn't be heartbroken if they left one of these upcoming weeks. But the fifth one that is currently sitting at #44 deserved to drop. I've been waiting months for this to happen. Now let's get it off the countdown for good.

~ Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels has now officially fallen to the bottom of the countdown. Quite saddening, but at least it did somewhat well here. Hopefully it doesn't leave just yet. I'd appreciate if it'd just hang around for a little while longer.

~ Our one exit this week is a little saddening. I do believe that Wild Thoughts was Top 10 worthy. It's been one of the biggest songs in the country the past couple of months, yet it did poorly here. I'm not too surprised considering Hits 1 has a tendency to underrate songs that many would consider to be overrated everywhere else. But whatever. At least it was here for a little while.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Liam Payne – Strip That Down

1 – Bad:
19. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry

2 – Mediocre:
18. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer

3 – Decent:
16. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
15. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
14. Charlie Puth – Attention
13. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
12. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
11. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
10. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
9. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises
8. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
7. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
6. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
5. Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha – Back To You
4. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
3. Kesha – Praying
2. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. P!nk – What About Us

Total Score: 84/100 = 84% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Cobra Starship/Sabi – You Make Me Feel...

Most Missed Countdown Song: Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend (#10)


My Top 5 Picks
1. P!nk – What About Us
2. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place
3. Kesha – Praying
4. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
5. The All-American Rejects – Sweat