Thursday, November 16, 2017

Demi Lovato (1) – Week Of November 11, 2017

Hey guys! The 2017 American Music Awards is supposed to air this Sunday night. I'll be watching and whether or not I review it kind of depends on how the night goes. I'll try to if I can. The performance lineup looks pretty good for the most part. So that's something I look forward to. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Fergie/Nicki Minaj – You Already Know (#32)
  • The Revivalists – Wish I Knew You (#37)
  • Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha – Back To You (#44)

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

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (1)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Niall Horan – Slow Hands (–19)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Tie Between Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises and Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (+13)

New Entrants
~ It's nice to see artists like Bebe Rexha making it on to charts like these. She's a very talented artist that I think is very underrated. Meant To Be has been the best song on Hit-Bound for a little while now. I think it's a nice song. It's short, but sweet. Bebe Rexha's vocals sound really good. And another thing I want to mention is that I've never hated Florida Georgia Line. Sure, they're not the best thing to happen to country music. But I've enjoyed some of their songs. I think their vocal performance on this song is really good. But what I really like about this song is that it's not trying to be another pop anthem. This song is what I would describe as "chill." I think it's a nice addition to what we have right now. But that's my opinion. This is my personal favorite debut of the week and I really hope it does well.

~ Next we have long-time Hit-Bound veteran, Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn. I don't love this song now as much as I did when it was released. But I'm still willing to argue that it's Zayn's best song and a massive step up from Still Got Time. Zayn's vocals sound good during the nice, calm verses. I think the chorus where Zayn and Sia really belt out the lyrics is fantastic. It gave me chills the first couple of times, which is why I felt it was necessary to honor it as the best song on Hit-Bound at the time (also taking into consideration that it's a big step up from his previous work). The production is solid. Everything about this song works very nicely and I hope it does well despite it failing to get big pretty much everywhere else.

~ Finally we have Lauv – I Like Me Better. The whole song is pretty underwhelming and I think the part right after the chorus is really annoying. But this guy does have a very good voice. I wouldn't mind listening to just his voice. The main issue with the song is everything in the background. A new production team might be a good idea. Hopefully any future singles from him will be better than this.


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


  • Post Malone/21 Savage – Rockstar
  • Harry Styles – Kiwi
  • Sofi Tukker – Best Friend (DEBUT)
  • Nick Jonas – Find You
  • Walk The Moon – One Foot (DEBUT)
  • P!nk/Eminem – Revenge (DEBUT)
  • Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
  • Bruno Mars – Chunky
  • Taylor Swift – Gorgeous
  • Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves
  • The Shadowboxers – Hot Damn
  • Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
  • Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor
  • X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself

~ I've heard Best Friend a million times in the latest iPhone X commercials. That being said, it's awfully strange that it would actually play on the radio. It's catchy and I like the production in a way. But it feels more like background music than anything. It's green, but close to blue.

~ One Foot is a whole lot of fun. It's definitely the kind of song that'll get stuck in your head. It's not as good as Different Colors and Anna Sun. But I would consider it on the same level as Shut Up and Dance.

~ Revenge is unlike anything P!nk has ever released to the best of my knowledge. But it's actually really enjoyable for the most part. I expected a little more out of the chorus, but it's still good. I love Eminem's verse and the final chorus in particular. The song itself is not as good as Won't Back Down. But I would love to hear more collabs between these two.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
2. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
3. P!nk/Eminem – Revenge
4. Walk The Moon – One Foot
5. X Ambassadors – Ahead of Myself


Blurbs Till Dawn
~ It's funny that Demi Lovato hit #1 this week because I was actually having what you can consider a Demi Lovato "obsession" this past week. I was enjoying a huge chunk of her music (particularly from Demi) as well as No Promises. I will admit that Sorry Not Sorry has warmed on me a bit, but not enough for me to put it in blue. It's likely that this could follow the same path as Believer, though not very likely as the song still has quite a few flaws.

~ Halsey – Bad At Love rose into the Top 5 this week. Though it's a good song, I don't exactly think it's Top 5 worthy. We have some better songs in the Top 10 that I think should be in the Top 5. So I think this song should be a little bit lower.

~ Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes made a nice jump into the Top 10 this week. I haven't spoken much about this song ever since it debuted. It's definitely gotten better with each listen. I still really like it and I'm glad it managed to reach the Top 10. It's doing well on the Billboard Hot 100 as well, so that's good.

~ Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do made a slight jump back up after having dropped pretty big last week. This is likely due to the anticipation of the release of Reputation last Friday. That being said, I wouldn't count on it sticking around that much longer.

~ Niall Horan – Slow Hands and Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still both made pretty sudden drops this week. The former was starting to fade on me a bit. But the latter was still pretty fresh and new, so I'm a little disappointed. Oh well.

~ Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay has honestly been here way too long. This song has absolutely no relevancy anymore. It should be near the top of the list for the next load of songs to get rid of. I could say the same about Shape of You. But considering that it's likely going to be the #1 song of the year, I shouldn't be surprised that it's still here.

~ Evaride – Heartless has unfortunately fallen into the Bottom 5 this week. I was actually really enjoying the song, so I find this quite a disappointment. I guess that's what happens when they pick up on a song that not very many people know.

~ As far as the exits go, Wish I Knew You was somewhat fading on me. I'm not surprised You Already Know lasted only three weeks. I'm surprised it was even here in the first place. I'm a little disappointed about Back To You. It did somewhat well, but I would've loved to see Louis Tomlinson have a big hit since he's certainly more talented than Liam Payne. Hopefully Just Like You can make its way here at some point.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
NONE

1 – Bad:
19. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft

2 – Mediocre:
NONE

3 – Decent:
18. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

4 – Good:
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer

5 – Great:
16. Halsey – Bad At Love
15. Dua Lipa – New Rules
14. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
13. Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It?
12. Charlie Puth – How Long
11. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do
10. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
9. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes
8. Camila Cabello – Havana
7. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
6. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place
5. Kesha – Praying
4. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
3. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
2. P!nk – What About Us

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises

Not Included In Ranking: Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry

Total Score: 89/95 = 93.7% (A)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Eminem/P!nk – Won't Back Down

Most Missed Countdown Song: Demi Lovato – Heart Attack / Neon Lights / Really Don't Care

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Tie Between Coldplay/Beyoncé – Hymn For The Weekend (#6) and Jon Bellion – All Time Low (#26)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises
2. P!nk – What About Us
3. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
4. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
5. Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Ed Sheeran (3) – Week Of November 4, 2017

Hey guys! It's hard to believe that it's already November. The year has gone by really fast as every year does. I have officially started constructing my Top 45 of 2017. Since there's still a few more weeks until the cutoff date, I've only started with the obvious picks. The list will be finalized and posted next month. So I'm sure that's something to look forward to. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (#35)
  • Lady Gaga – The Cure (#36)

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

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer (5)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (–24)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Ed Sheeran – Perfect (+25)

New Entrants
~ First up, we have Niall Horan with Too Much To Ask. This one doesn't seem to be taking off as much as Slow Hands, which is sad because it's arguably his best song. It is slower and more acoustic than Slow Hands, but it works so well for Niall. His voice fits very well with this style of music. The lyrical content is good and the instrumentals are very good. Personally, I would love if this song became a hit. I think it deserves more than what it's getting right now.

~ Next we have Dua Lipa, who you may have heard at some point during the year either from her debut album having been released a few months ago or from her features on tracks like Scared To Be Lonely by Martin Garrix from earlier this year. She is definitely talented. As far as New Rules goes, I don't love it now as much as I did when I first listened to it. But it has a nice vibe to it and I like the verses. The chorus is pretty good too. But I don't love that drop right after. That aside though, it's a solid track and I wouldn't mind seeing some success out of it.


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


  • Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor
  • Taylor Swift – Gorgeous (DEBUT)
  • Post Malone/21 Savage – Rockstar
  • Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (DEBUT)
  • Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
  • The Shadowboxers – Hot Damn
  • Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
  • Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
  • Lauv – I Like Me Better
  • Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
  • X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself
  • Nick Jonas – Find You
  • Bruno Mars – Chunky
  • Harry Styles – Kiwi

~ Gorgeous has been jumping between blue and green for me with each listen. It's definitely a good song. But at the same time, I don't find it very memorable nor does it really stand out. However, I can say that it's better than Look What You Made Me Do. Maybe it'll grow on me with more listens.

~ Wolves is a very good song and I'm so glad it's here. The production may not be the best I've heard from Marshmello. But it's still good. Selena Gomez's vocals shine nicely for the majority of the song, particularly in the chorus. This is the kind of music she should be making. She has a good voice, but it's just a matter of whether or not she actually uses it. I would love to see some success out of this song.

~ Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be is pretty high on iTunes right now, which is good because that means it's getting some recognition. That being said, I would like to see this song graduate to the countdown sometime soon.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
2. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
3. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
4. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves
5. Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn


Too Much To Blurb
~ P!nk – What About Us made a slight leap this week up to #2, which is probably the best thing that happened this week. Hopefully this means we'll be able to see it as a #1 song sometime in the future. It's definitely more deserving of it than Galway Girl.

~ Hits 1 probably realized how behind they were with Perfect, so they decided to let it skyrocket up to the Top 5 on its third week. As much as I would love if P!nk took the #1 spot, I wouldn't be surprised to see a replacement of Ed Sheeran by Ed Sheeran at the top spot sometime soon.

~ New to the Top 10 this week is Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft. It's safe to say that I will probably never fully understand the appeal to this song. I guess I do too much comparing to Clarkson's older music. But then that makes me wonder if I would like this song if it was the first ever song I heard from her. I probably wouldn't, but there's always that possibility.

~ As much as I don't really want to see Love So Soft in the Top 10, I'll take that over Strip That Down any day. I'm glad to see this one finally out of the Top 10. Now it'd be nice if it would just drop and not hang around in the Top 20 for a long period of time like Believer is doing right now.

~ Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do made quite the drop this week. I guess someone from Hits 1 must've read my last post and decided to do something nice for me. I wasn't expecting it, but I'm pleased with it. At least it's not being overrated.

~ And I'm not too surprised to see Fergie/Nicki Minaj – You Already Know already back outside of the Top 30. I couldn't help but notice on Hits 1's Instagram when they shared a photo of Fergie saying that the song made its debut on the countdown, there was only one comment and it was "Terrible song!" So it clearly doesn't seem to be a fan favorite. Fine by me, it was never exactly a great song to begin with anyway.

~ It's nice to see Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha – Back To You still going strong and holding on. While this song may not have done too well compared to other One Direction members' solo work, it's definitely a big favorite of mine out of everything all the One Direction members have released. I would love to see Just Like You make it on Hit-Bound at some point, which probably won't happen because people apparently don't love Louis enough. Oh well.

~ As far as the exits go, I'm not too surprised to see Two Ghosts leave. It was nice while it lasted. I'm not too disappointed about The Cure because it did last a very long time here and it did very well. So I'm happy about that.


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:
NONE

4 – Good:
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer

5 – Great:
16. Halsey – Bad At Love
15. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
14. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes
13. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
12. Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It?
11. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do
10. Charlie Puth – How Long
9. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
8. Camila Cabello – Havana
7. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
6. Kesha – Praying
5. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
4. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place
3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
2. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious

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

Total Score: 87/100 = 87% (B+)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Timbaland/Keri Hilson/D.O.E. – The Way I Are

Most Missed Countdown Song: Gym Class Heroes/Ryan Tedder – The Fighter

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kygo/OneRepublic – Stranger Things

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Tie Between Coldplay/Beyoncé – Hymn For The Weekend (#4) and Jon Bellion – All Time Low (#33)


My Top 5 Picks
1. P!nk – What About Us
2. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
4. Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255
5. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Imagine Dragons (1) – Week Of October 28, 2017

Hey guys! Welcome to this year's edition of the Halloweekend Countdown. I hope you guys had a great Halloween. It really didn't feel like Halloween to me this year. I don't know why. Anyway, Kid Kelly hosted the countdown this week (please come back, Spyder). I don't know where in their right minds they thought he would be a good host. I'm fine with him on the weekday shows. But for the Weekend Countdown, we need someone else to host when Spyder Harrison is "sick". No songs leaving the countdown this week. So let's get right into it!


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

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

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Tie Between Mono Mind – Save Me A Place and The Script – Rain (–12)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Camila Cabello – Havana (+13)

You Already Blurb
~ I'm not too surprised about Thunder being #1, especially since it's been #1 for a while now on iTunes. While it's nowhere near their best work, I'm okay with having this at the top. It's one of the better songs currently in the Top 5 out of two. That being said, I'd actually appreciate if this song held the #1 spot until we get some better songs into the Top 5.

~ Entering the Top 5 this week is Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do. I don't think this song should be this high. It's not as big of a hit as it probably intended to be. It did not live up to Shake It Off in my opinion. I really would like if this song did not hit #1. But it's Hits 1. So who knows what's gonna happen?

~ Returning to the Top 10 this week, we have P!nk – What About Us and Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious. I'm very happy about both of these and hope they can stick around for a little while longer.

~ Camila Cabello – Havana made a big jump this week into the Top 20. I had a feeling this would happen at some point with how high it is on iTunes. I'm actually okay with this. This song is a lot better than pretty much all of her other songs.

~ I'm not too happy about the sudden drop from Mono Mind – Save Me A Place. It's still a really cool song and I hope it can stick around for a little while longer. It deserves this kind of recognition.

~ And of course, The Script – Rain just had to fall right back down out of the Top 30. While it may not be successful here, it's still a great song to me and there's a very good chance it'll appear in my Top 45 of 2017.

~ So on Friday night, there was a tribute concert for Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. They basically performed a ton of Linkin Park's biggest hits with some special guests. I didn't actually know about it until I stumbled upon a video of Mike Shinoda performing A Light That Never Comes with Steve Aoki and Bebe Rexha, which was pretty good. If you're interested, the whole concert was streamed live on Linkin Park's YouTube and can found here.


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. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
16. Imagine Dragons – Believer

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
15. Halsey – Bad At Love
14. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
13. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
12. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do
11. Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It?
10. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
9. Charlie Puth – How Long
8. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
7. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
6. Camila Cabello – Havana
5. Kesha – Praying
4. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L./watt – Let Me Go
3. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place
2. P!nk – What About Us

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

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


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Ke$ha – Blow

Most Missed Countdown Song: Justin Timberlake – Not A Bad Thing

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Something by Kygo

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Coldplay/Beyoncé – Hymn For The Weekend (#4)


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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ed Sheeran (2) – Week Of October 21, 2017

Hey guys! So it has been confirmed that Justin Timberlake will be the next Super Bowl Halftime Performer. While I don't usually like repeats, I feel like Justin Timberlake knows how to put on a show. So I think he's a good choice. Despite what happened with him and Janet Jackson back in 2004, I do think he's a great performer and I think he'll do well. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Selena Gomez – Fetish (#34)
  • Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#35)
  • Zedd/Liam Payne – Get Low (#39)

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

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Twenty One Pilots – Heathens

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid – 1-800-273-8255 (–16)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Charlie Puth – How Long (+17)

New Entrants
~ Hits 1 just can't get enough of Ed Sheeran. He brings his fourth song on the countdown this week, Perfect, which as far as I know is the first time (at least in a while) that an artist has more than three songs on the countdown at one time. But anyway, this song is fantastic. It's a beautiful love song that really highlights Ed Sheeran's talent not only as a songwriter, but as a vocalist as well. I can see this as a great song for the start of a relationship. Then Thinking Out Loud would be a great choice when things get a bit more serious and you've spent a lot of time together. I have no doubt that Perfect will do well on the countdown, especially since it's a pretty big hit right now.

~ Next we have Fergie with You Already Know featuring Nicki Minaj. I much preferred Fergie when she was in The Black Eyed Peas. Her solo music is not that great (at least the recent stuff). This song actually took several listens for me to really enjoy it and even now, I consider it to be a little bit of a guilty pleasure. Nicki Minaj's verse is easily the best part of the song. If you were to take that out, the song would be almost nothing. So that's kind of what's keeping it in green right now. It's definitely a strange song overall. The one thing I can give it though is that it isn't as big of a mess as M.I.L.F.$. I don't see this song doing very well here and frankly, I don't really care too much. It's one of those songs that's kind of just there.

~ Finally, we have Evaride with Heartless. I've been really enjoying this song for the past couple of days. It has this pop-rock feel that I really like. The lyrical content is good. Their vocals shine very nicely. All in all, it's a really good song and I'm glad it was able to make its debut here. Here's to hoping it does well.


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


  • Lauv – I Like Me Better
  • Harry Styles – Kiwi (DEBUT)
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days (DEBUT)
  • X Ambassadors – Ahead of Myself
  • Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor (DEBUT)
  • Zayn/Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
  • Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (DEBUT)
  • Post Malone/21 Savage – Rockstar
  • Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask
  • Bruno Mars – Chunky
  • The Shadowboxers – Hot Damn (DEBUT)
  • Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
  • Nick Jonas – Find You

~ First up, we have Harry Styles with Kiwi. As I've said before, I really like this style of music he's chosen. I think it works very well for him. Kiwi is definitely an enjoyable song and, in my opinion, better than Two Ghosts. It has more to it.

~ I don't think Good Old Days is as good as Glorious. But it does have great lyrical content and Kesha sounds great in the chorus. But I think the lyrics are what stand out the most and it's songs like this that remind me why I love Macklemore. I really do hope this one debuts.

~ Bedroom Floor is definitely better than Strip That Down in terms of the production. The lyrics are still as uninteresting as before. Liam's falsetto isn't bad, but I don't think it should be taking up such a large portion of the song. Overall, it's not the worst thing I've ever heard. It's better than Strip That Down and Get Low, so that's something. But it's not something I want to see become a hit.

~ Now this is what I want to hear from Imagine Dragons. Whatever It Takes is definitely one of the best songs off of Evolve and I'm so happy it's the next single. I love the way it starts and it has a great chorus to it. It makes songs like Thunder look mediocre (I still like it though). I'll talk more about it when it debuts, but this is definitely something I'm enjoying right now.

~ The Shadowboxers – Hot Damn is enjoyable in a way. It does seem a little underwhelming in certain parts. But I was able to get into the majority of it. It's in green right now, but it could possibly change to blue just because it's not exactly a great song. But who knows? My opinion could change with more listens.

~ We lost two songs this week: Why Don't We – Something Different and PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind. The latter I never really cared for. But I'm a little disappointed by the former. With time and more listens, it actually became a good song. It would've been nice to see it on the countdown.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
2. Macklemore/Kesha – Good Old Days
3. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself
4. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
5. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask


Blurbless
~ Not very much happened with the Top 5 except for the jump from Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing this as a future #1 song. It'd be nice to have an alternative song that's not from Imagine Dragons make it to the top of the countdown.

~ Aside from Feel It Still, we welcome What Lovers Do into the Top 10 as well as welcoming back Look What You Made Me Do into the Top 10. I can accept both even though Look What You Made Me Do is fading on me. But it's fine for now as long as it doesn't get any higher.

~ Charlie Puth – How Long took a pretty big jump this week. It has definitely gotten better after listening to it several more times. And I really enjoyed that music video. That aside, very good song.

~ After having spent a very long time in the Top 10, Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back has finally dropped out and allowed another song to take its place. Don't get me wrong. I still like the song. But I think it's about time to let another song have a place in the Top 10.

~ The Script – Rain had a nice recovery jump this week after having dropped last week. Hopefully this means it'll stay for a little while. It's not exactly one of the biggest hits right now, but it's nice when we can get some songs that are more adult contemporary (like songs you'd hear on SiriusXM The Pulse). Besides, The Script used to be pretty successful on more mainstream charts. That shouldn't just end all of a sudden. They're still a good band.

~ The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This took a little bit of a drop out of the Top 20. Frankly, I'm just happy that it was successful. It had a very run and spent quite a while in the Top 10. So I'm happy with that.

~ Camila Cabello – Havana continues to slowly drop. I'm not too surprised since her last song didn't do very well here. I wouldn't be too disappointed if this one flopped. But I also wouldn't mind if it did well.

~ I'm not too happy about the drop from 1-800-273-8255. But I shouldn't be surprised because Hits 1 always underrates really good songs. Like I always say, at least it was here.

~ As far as the exits go, L.A. Devotee was starting to fade on me. But I did really enjoy it while it was here. Good riddance to both Fetish and Get Low. Thankfully neither of them lasted long and they both did nothing but drop. 


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. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
14. Halsey – Bad At Love
13. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
12. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
11. Taylor Swift – ...Ready For It?
10. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
9. Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do
8. Charlie Puth – How Long
7. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
6. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
5. Kesha – Praying
4. Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato – No Promises
3. P!nk – What About Us
2. Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Mono Mind – Save Me A Place

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


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (since it was her birthday yesterday)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Rachel Platten – Stand By You

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kygo/The Night Game – Kids In Love

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Coldplay/Beyoncé – Hymn For The Weekend


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