Sunday, July 23, 2017

Zedd (4) – Week Of July 15, 2017

Hey guys! Still working on catching up on all my posts. The 7/22/17 countdown post should be out sometime this week. But first, I do plan on posting my review of the America's Got Talent Judge Cuts Week 1 either tomorrow or Tuesday. Everything else will be figured out as time goes on. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Zayn/Taylor Swift – I Don't Wanna Live Forever (#37)
  • Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla (#40)

Last Week's #1 Song: Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
The Countdown
45. Machine Gun Kelly/Camila Cabello – Bad Things (#45)
44. Maroon 5 – Don't Wanna Know (#42) [3 Weeks At #1]
43. Steve Aoki/Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On (#43)
42. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd – Starving (#39) [4 Weeks At #1]
41. Aaron Carter – Sooner Or Later (#38)
40. Niall Horan – This Town (#41)
39. Jon Bellion – Overwhelming (#36)
38. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (#35)
37. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (#44)
36. Childish Gambino – Redbone (DEBUT)
35. Maroon 5 – Cold (#34)
34. Bruno Mars/David Guetta – Versace On The Floor (DEBUT)
33. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (#31)
32. The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer (#32) [8 Weeks At #1]
31. Train – Play That Song (#29)
30. DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber/Chance The Rapper – I'm The One (#34)
29. Erin Bowman – Good Time Good Life (#30)
28. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#26)
27. Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club (#24)
26. Noah Cyrus – Stay Together (#28)
25. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like (#27) [1 Week At #1]
24. Julia Michaels – Issues (#16)
23. Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy (#19)
22. AJR – Weak (#22)
21. James Arthur – Say You Won't Let Go (#9)
20. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (#21)
19. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar (#20)
18. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels (#17)
17. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls (#22)
16. The Chainsmokers – Paris (#10) [1 Week At #1]
15. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (#25)
14. Halsey – Now Or Never (#12)
13. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (#11) [9 Weeks At #1]
12. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (#15)
11. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (#7)
10. Charlie Puth – Attention (#13)
  9. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#14)
  8. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#18)
  7. Lady Gaga – The Cure (#8)
  6. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (#5) [3 Weeks At #1]
  5. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me (#6)
  4. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#3)
  3. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#2) [3 Weeks At #1]
  2. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#1) [2 Weeks At #1]
  1. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (#4) [4th Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Justin Timberlake – Can't Stop The Feeling

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: James Arthur – Say You Won't Let Go (–12)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Tie Between Miley Cyrus – Malibu and Niall Horan – Slow Hands (+10)

New Entrants
~ We have two new entrants this week, as well as two entrants from two weeks ago that I have yet to review. So I'll do those first. We'll start with the unappealing one, Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club. I'll admit that while this song isn't necessarily awful, it is still pretty flavorless. Camila Cabello's vocals sound okay-ish in the chorus, but the verses suck. The production isn't very exciting and ultimately, this song just isn't something to get excited over.

~ Next we have Calvin Harris with the follow-up to Slide, with Feels. Slide was a very good song and Feels still may have managed to top it. It's a very well-produced funky track that I just have a hard time not getting into. Pharrell's vocals fit very well in the verses and I do like Katy Perry's chorus. This song appears to be doing well, which is good. I hope it does very well because it is a really good song unlike a certain song we got from Calvin Harris last year.

~ With this week's debuts, we have Childish Gambino debuting with Redbone. Honestly, this song is just really strange. If I were to listen to this without knowing who the artist was, I would've never guessed it was Childish Gambino. It sounds much different than his other songs. The vocals are really strange and sound terrible. The production is very unappealing as well. All in all, this song has nothing interesting to it. Hopefully it doesn't stay long.

~ Finally we have Bruno Mars debuting with his second song on the countdown. I found Versace On The Floor to be pretty unappealing at first. But thankfully, David Guetta has saved the song. I love the production on the remix. I like how it's a bit more sped up whereas the original was a lot slower. And unlike 24K Magic, we actually get some good vocals from Bruno Mars. He has a great voice and it's nice to hear him really showing it again. My only criticism is the lyrical content, which is essentially the same as the rest of the 24K Magic album. But I have to say, I'm quite impressed. Thank you, David Guetta, for saving this song.


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


  • Paramore – Hard Times
  • Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
  • Julia Michaels – Uh Huh
  • The Chainsmokers – Honest
  • All Time Low – Good Times
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling
  • Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (DEBUT)
  • Andy Grammer – Give Love
  • Fall Out Boy – Champion
  • DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (DEBUT)
  • Kesha – Praying (DEBUT)
  • Imagine Dragons – Thunder
  • Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
  • Shawn Hook/Vanessa Hudgens – Reminding Me

Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. TIE: Kesha – Praying
1. TIE: Shawn Hook/Vanessa Hudgens – Reminding Me
3. DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling
5. Fall Out Boy – Champion


Blurbs On The Floor
~ I feel like Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay is becoming quite overrated similar to Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd – Starving. It's a good song, but it's really not worthy of being #1 for four weeks. Especially when Zedd has done much better. How come Clarity and Stay The Night didn't do this well when they were both better songs?

~ I just realized this past week that Hits 1 finally decided to fix the ordering of artists for It Ain't Me. They finally changed it to Kygo/Selena Gomez, whereas before it was Selena Gomez/Kygo. Considering that this is Kygo's song and Selena did nothing more than just provide vocals, it should've been this way from the start. That put aside, I am happy to see it back in the Top 5. For a song with Selena Gomez, I'm surprised by how much I like it. But it's mostly for what Kygo contributed. But I will admit, Selena does have a good voice. We just don't hear it much because she chooses to whisper in all her songs. That's why I have such differing opinions between It Ain't Me and Bad Liar.

~ Welcome back to the Top 10, L.A. Devotee. I guess you could say you were somewhat missed. And welcome to the Top 10, Slow Hands. You're welcome to stay as long as you like. Especially when we have that #11 just sitting there trying to get back in.

~ It's nice to see Miley Cyrus – Malibu back in the Top 20. I don't remember the last time a Miley Cyrus song did well on the countdown. But I'm glad Hits 1 is being nice to that song because it really shows Miley Cyrus maturing from the craziness she was from Bangerz. Hopefully it continues to do well.

~ It seems as though Train – Play That Song is starting to lose its steam as it fell out of the Top 30. However, I'm very impressed with its run on this countdown. It's been here since November of last year. That's pretty crazy. At this point it can leave and I won't really care. But I'm curious to see how much longer it can go before it leaves.

~ Hits 1 logic: Let's underrate Harry Styles because he's actually really talented and because Sign Of The Times is actually a really good song. Meanwhile, we'll have Liam Payne in the Top 20. Not because he's talented or anything, but because Strip That Down is more radio-friendly. (Smh Hits 1)

~ Meanwhile Jon Bellion – Overwhelming is doing relatively poorly as predicted. I guess now it's a matter of how long it can stay in the Bottom 15, similar to Aaron Carter – Sooner Or Later.

~ It's honestly really annoying how Maroon 5 – Don't Wanna Know is still here. This was never even that good of a song to begin with, yet it's been here since October of last year. I said this song wasn't going to survive overplay and sure enough, I was right.

~ It's about time we said goodbye to I Don't Wanna Live Forever. That one got old a long time ago. Swalla, however, did not deserve to go so soon. I would've loved if it stayed, but I'm not too heartbroken that it left.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar

1 – Bad:
19. Liam Payne – Strip That Down
18. Halsey – Now Or Never
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer

2 – Mediocre:
16. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road

3 – Decent:
15. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
14. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
13. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
12. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
11. Charlie Puth – Attention
10. The Chainsmokers – Paris
9. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee
8. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
7. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
6. Lady Gaga – The Cure
5. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
4. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito
3. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me
2. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This

Total Score: 77/100 = 77% (C+)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Linkin Park – In The End

Most Missed Countdown Song: Linkin Park – Burn It Down

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals – Back To You

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner/SeeB – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (#4)


My Top 5 Picks
1. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
2. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels
3. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me
4. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito
5. Miley Cyrus – Malibu

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Top 10 Songs: Linkin Park

If you've been on social media at all today, I'm sure you're well aware of the death of Chester Bennington, who's most known for being the lead vocalist of Linkin Park. I first heard the news just a few hours ago and I'm honestly still in shock. It's just hard for me to let that sink in. Linkin Park is a band I've enjoyed for quite a long time and it's crazy to think that Chester is gone. And he was only 41 years old, which is pretty young. But it is very sad and heartbreaking as someone who is a fan of Linkin Park.


Because of this, I've decided to take some time to do a quick post where I count down my Top 10 favorite songs by Linkin Park. It's been a long time since I've done a Top 10 Songs post. But I feel like now is the best time to do a Top 10 post for Linkin Park. They've been around for quite a long time with numerous albums and I've enjoyed a good majority of their work. But I think the big reason why I like Linkin Park is because they take awesome rock vocals from Chester Bennington as well as fantastic rap verses from Mike Shinoda and combine them, which is something I've never heard before. Those elements have made several amazing songs as you're about to see. So without further ado, these are my Top 10 favorite songs from Linkin Park.


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10. Guilty All The Same (feat. Rakim) (from "The Hunting Party")


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9. Crawling (from "Hybrid Theory")


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8. Castle Of Glass (from "Living Things")


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7. What I've Done (from "Minutes To Midnight")


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6. Somewhere I Belong (from "Meteora")


5. A Light That Never Comes (w/ Steve Aoki) (from "Recharged")


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4. Bleed It Out (from "Minutes To Midnight")


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3. Numb (from "Meteora")


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2. Burn It Down (from "Living Things")


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1. In The End (from "Hybrid Theory")


So there you have it. Those are my personal Top 10 favorite songs by Linkin Park. I don't think we'll be getting another album from them and if we do, it won't be the same. Chester was a huge part in what made Linkin Park very enjoyable. But those were my favorite songs by them. Let me know in the comments what your favorite songs are. That is all I have for you. I hope you enjoyed.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shawn Mendes (2) – Week Of July 8, 2017

This post did come out a little later than I had intended. My apologizes. The next one should be out before the end of the week and have all the usual content. In the meantime, this is another short post. But it's not like anything really went on this week anyway. No songs leaving the countdown this week, so let's get right into it!



Last Week's #1 Song: Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
The Countdown
45. Machine Gun Kelly/Camila Cabello – Bad Things (#45)
44. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (#42)
43. Steve Aoki/Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On (#41)
42. Maroon 5 – Don't Wanna Know (#44) [3 Weeks At #1]
41. Niall Horan – This Town (#43)
40. Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla (#30)
39. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd – Starving (#40) [4 Weeks At #1]
38. Aaron Carter – Sooner Or Later (#38)
37. Zayn/Taylor Swift – I Don't Wanna Live Forever (#39)
36. Jon Bellion – Overwhelming (#34)
35. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (#31)
34. DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber/Chance The Rapper – I'm The One (#26)
33. Maroon 5 – Cold (#33)
32. The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer (#24) [8 Weeks At #1]
31. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (#27)
30. Erin Bowman – Good Time Good Life (#37)
29. Train – Play That Song (#25)
28. Noah Cyrus – Stay Together (#35)
27. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like (#18) [1 Week At #1]
26. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#29)
25. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (#22)
24. Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club (#32)
23. AJR – Weak (#23)
22. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls (#21)
21. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (#20)
20. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar (#17)
19. Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy (#19)
18. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#15)
17. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels (#28)
16. Julia Michaels – Issues (#7)
15. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (#36)
14. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#16)
13. Charlie Puth – Attention (#10)
12. Halsey – Now Or Never (#12)
11. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (#11) [9 Weeks At #1]
10. The Chainsmokers – Paris (#14) [1 Week At #1]
  9. James Arthur – Say You Won't Let Go (#9)
  8. Lady Gaga – The Cure (#8)
  7. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (#13)
  6. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me (#6)
  5. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (#1) [3 Weeks At #1]
  4. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (#4) [3 Weeks At #1]
  3. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#3)
  2. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#2) [3 Weeks At #1]
  1. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#5) [2nd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Justin Timberlake – Can't Stop The Feeling

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla (–10)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (+21)

New Entrants
~ I apologize, but the new entrants from these past two weeks will all be reviewed next week. There were none this week, but there were two last week (Feels and Crying In The Club). Those will both be reviewed in the next post (this time I swear).


Blurbs
~ Blurbs will also return next week (I promise this time). I apologize for not having them this week. However, I do still have a Top 20 review for you guys.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
19. Julia Michaels – Issues

1 – Bad:
18. Halsey – Now Or Never
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer

2 – Mediocre:
16. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road

3 – Decent:
15. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

4 – Good:
14. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay

5 – Great:
13. James Arthur – Say You Won't Let Go
12. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
11. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
10. Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy
9. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee
8. Charlie Puth – Attention
7. The Chainsmokers – Paris
6. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
5. Lady Gaga – The Cure
4. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito
3. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me
2. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This

Total Score: 77/100 = 77% (C+)


Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner/SeeB – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (#7)


My Top 5 Picks
1. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
2. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels
3. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me
4. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito
5. Miley Cyrus – Malibu

Friday, July 14, 2017

America's Got Talent: Introduction

Hey guys! Just like I did last year, this year I will be reviewing America's Got Talent again for the second year now. It is my favorite show currently on TV (but keep in mind I don't watch very much TV). If you haven't seen it before, it's a really cool show. So I recommend it. It's basically exactly what it sounds like. It's a talent competition where one act will win a grand prize of one million dollars. But there are obviously a series of stages to get to that point. We are currently in Season 12, it airs on NBC, and new episodes are on every Tuesday and Wednesday*.

*New episodes currently air only on Tuesdays and will begin to air on Wednesdays as well when we reach the live shows.


I've pretty much already talked about how the show works. The first round of auditions were this week. And the auditions are pretty straight forward. We have our host, Tyra Banks (who is our new host replacing Nick Cannon). Our four judges remain the same. We have comedian Howie Mandel, Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown (known as Mel B), German model Heidi Klum, and record/television producer Simon Cowell. Acts perform for the four judges and each judge votes "yes" or "no" as to whether or not the act should move forward in the competition. An act needs a minimum of three yes' to be put through. In the event of a tie (2 yes' and 2 no's), the act does not go through. The judges have red buzzers to press if an act does not meet their standards. If an act gets buzzed by all four judges, the act is eliminated immediately.



The golden buzzer returns for its fourth season. The purpose of the golden buzzer is to send an act straight through to the live shows skipping the Judge Cuts round. Each judge is allowed to use the golden buzzer on one act, so they must choose wisely. The host, Tyra Banks, is also given one golden buzzer to use.



So that's basically how the auditions go. Last year I did not review the auditions. I began reviewing at the Judge Cuts, which is the second round in the competition. I was planning on doing a post where I go through some of the highlights in the auditions. But due to timing, I may just scratch that and start with the Judge Cuts again. The last set of auditions aired this past week. So starting next week, I will hopefully be able to start reviewing the show while also attempting to keep up with my countdown posts. I know my timing has been off these past several weeks. But I'm trying to improve on that. So I guess we'll see how things go. I really want to do this again so I'm really going to try to get these posts out on a regular basis. If you're not interested in the show whatsoever, you can just disregard the posts and come only for the countdown posts as I do plan on recapping the countdown at the same time. So yeah. That's all I have for you. I'm going to be out tomorrow so the 7/8/17 countdown should hopefully be out on Sunday.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Ed Sheeran (3) – Week Of July 1, 2017

Hey guys! As you may have noticed, comment moderation is now off. People have been asking if it could be turned off. I was already contemplating it because the comments were looking better and due to the fact that I'm not always able to approve comments right away, I don't want to keep people waiting. I think from now on, I'll just monitor the comment section and delete comments that don't follow my basic rules. But that doesn't mean comment moderation is gone forever. If it gets out of control again, I will not hesitate to turn it back on. But for now, I trust you guys. Also, sorry for the late post. Fourth of July weekend really took away a lot of my time. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Hey Violet – Break My Heart (#29)
  • DNCE – Kissing Strangers (#31)

Last Week's #1 Song: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
The Countdown
45. Machine Gun Kelly/Camila Cabello – Bad Things (#43)
44. Maroon 5 – Don't Wanna Know (#44) [3 Weeks At #1]
43. Niall Horan – This Town (#45)
42. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (#40)
41. Steve Aoki/Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On (#41)
40. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd – Starving (#42) [4 Weeks At #1]
39. Zayn/Taylor Swift – I Don't Wanna Live Forever (#38)
38. Aaron Carter – Sooner Or Later (#34)
37. Erin Bowman – Good Time Good Life (#37)
36. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (#36)
35. Noah Cyrus – Stay Together (#33)
34. Jon Bellion – Overwhelming (#39)
33. Maroon 5 – Cold (#35)
32. Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club (DEBUT)
31. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (#23)
30. Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla (#19)
29. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#30)
28. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels (DEBUT)
27. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (#26)
26. DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber/Chance The Rapper – I'm The One (#28)
25. Train – Play That Song (#21)

24. The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer (#25)
23. AJR – Weak (#22)
22. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (#17)
21. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls (#24)
20. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (#32)
19. Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy (#9)
18. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like (#16) [1 Week At #1]
17. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar (#20)
16. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#13)
15. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#18)
14. The Chainsmokers – Paris (#12) [1 Week At #1]
13. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (#27)
12. Halsey – Now Or Never (#14)
11. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (#15) [9 Weeks At #1]
10. Charlie Puth – Attention (#6)
  9. James Arthur – Say You Won't Let Go (#7)
  8. Lady Gaga – The Cure (#10)
  7. Julia Michaels – Issues (#11)
  6. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me (#8)
  5. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#2) [1 Week At #1]
  4. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (#4) [3 Weeks At #1]
  3. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#3)
  2. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#1) [3 Weeks At #1]
  1. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (#5) [3rd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Justin Timberlake – Can't Stop The Feeling

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla (–11)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (+14)

New Entrants
~ Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club (to be reviewed next week)

~ Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels (to be reviewed next week)

Bonus Summer Hits
~ As part of the 4th of July edition of the Weekend Countdown, we had several bonus throwback summer hits thrown into the countdown in between songs. Here is the list:


  • Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Ray Dalton – Can't Hold Us
  • Charli XCX – Boom Clap
  • Twenty One Pilots – Ride
  • Robin Thicke/Pharrell/T.I. – Blurred Lines
  • Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  • Maroon 5 – Payphone
  • Florida Georgia Line – Cruise
  • One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
  • Ariana Grande – Problem
  • Omi – Cheerleader
  • Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
  • Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
  • Taylor Swift – New Romantics
  • Sia/Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills
  • Sam Smith – Stay With Me
  • Katy Perry – E.T.
  • B.o.B/Hayley Williams – Airplanes
  • Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer
  • Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
  • The Chainsmokers/Daya – Don't Let Me Down
  • 5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
  • Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth – See You Again
  • Mike Posner/SeeB – I Took A Pill In Ibiza
  • Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
  • Katy Perry – California Gurls
  • Pitbull/Ne-Yo/Afrojack/Nayer – Give Me Everything
  • Walk The Moon – Shut Up and Dance
  • Andy Grammer – Honey I'm Good
  • Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
  • LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
  • fun./Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
  • Iggy Azalea/Charli XCX – Fancy
  • Magic! – Rude
  • Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
  • Cee Lo Green – Forget You

~ We have too many songs on here from the past two years. There are only a few songs on here that I would actually call throwbacks. Songs like Party In The U.S.A., Forget You, E.T., California Gurls, Give Me Everything, and Airplanes.

~ It's nice to see songs like Call Me Maybe, Payphone, We Are Young, and What Makes You Beautiful, all of which helped make 2012 a great year. However, I think a significant 2012 summer hit was missed in the form of Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time. That song, which was a six-time #1 song towards the end of the summer of 2012, is still remembered by me as one of the best summer songs we've had and my favorite of 2012.

~ This list isn't bad for the most part. We do have some unpleasing songs like Rude, Cheerleader, Blurred Lines, Ride, and of course Forget You, which I still to this day can't stand.

~ I don't know why, but See You Again really does not hit me as a summer song. Sure, it was a song popular in the summer. But I picture summer hits as songs you can blast on a speaker while you're out in some park on a bright day barbecuing, playing, and having a good time. See You Again is not that type of song. It's quite depressing. But I guess Hits 1's definition of "summer song" is the generic "song popular in the summer".

~ Of course we have three songs from 2013 that were dominating towards the end of the summer all at the same time: Radioactive, Love Somebody, and Blurred Lines. Radioactive was obviously dominating at the #1 spot while Blurred Lines spent most of its time at #2, with Love Somebody at #3. Then with a miracle, the latter managed to squeeze up to #1 (continuing the Maroon 5 at #1 streak). Radioactive is still a good song despite being overplayed. I still remember enjoying it BEFORE it got popular, which is partially why I got sick of it. But Love Somebody was always good, and Blurred Lines pretty much always sucked.

~ Speaking of 2013, it appears Cruise also made it on here. After all the success, it ended up proving itself to be one of the most popular country songs to land in mainstream and Top 40 hit radio. Although a lot of stations did play the Nelly-remixed pop version, Hits 1 stuck to the original country version, which is still good.

~ This list would obviously not be complete without the infectious Party Rock Anthem, which was in all of our heads back in 2011. And it ended up being the only LMFAO song that didn't suck after having heard Sexy and I Know It and Sorry For Party Rocking.

~ Of the three Katy Perry songs, I'm most happy about E.T., which is one of my Top 3 favorite songs from her. Last Friday Night took a little while to grow on me as I found it quite annoying at first. California Gurls was good, but I remember hearing it so much back then that it got a little annoying.

~ I'm pretty shocked Airplanes make it on the list, but I'm very happy. This was a huge favorite of mine back when it was popular and it's nice to see Hits 1 have an actual throwback hit for once. Hayley Williams' chorus was one to always get stuck in my head to the point where I was always singing, "I could really use a wish right now." And this was about the time when I was really into B.o.B's music. Definitely the best song on here. Thank you Hits 1 for putting in the list.

Top 5 Summer Hits
1. B.o.B/Hayley Williams – Airplanes
2. fun./Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
3. Maroon 5 – Payphone
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
5. Pitbull/Ne-Yo/Afrojack/Nayer – Give Me Everything

Blurbs
~ Due to the tardiness of this post, the blurbs as well as the Top 20 Review will return next week.


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

Most Missed Countdown Song: Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner/SeeB – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (#4)


My Top 5 Picks
1. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
2. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels
3. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me
4. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito
5. Miley Cyrus – Malibu

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Chainsmokers (3) – Week Of June 24, 2017

Hey guys! I apologize for the late post. I didn't get a chance this weekend to even start it and this past week I haven't been able to get around to it much. I did actually go to a concert this past Saturday. It was the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash here in Chicago. It's basically a compilation of some of the biggest artists today that aren't currently busy or on tour. I'll have a section after the blurbs with the artists and stuff. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Ocean Park Standoff – Good News (#27)
  • The Vamps/Matoma – All Night (#35)
  • Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos – Slide (#36)
  • One Ok Rock – American Girls (#41)

Last Week's #1 Song: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
The Countdown
45. Niall Horan – This Town (#42)
44. Maroon 5 – Don't Wanna Know (#45) [3 Weeks At #1]
43. Machine Gun Kelly/Camila Cabello – Bad Things (#44)
42. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd – Starving (#43)
41. Steve Aoki/Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On (#40)
40. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (#39)
39. Jon Bellion – Overwhelming (DEBUT)
38. Zayn/Taylor Swift – I Don't Wanna Live Forever (#37)
37. Erin Bowman – Good Time Good Life (DEBUT)
36. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito (DEBUT)
35. Maroon 5 – Cold (#34)
34. Aaron Carter – Sooner Or Later (#38)
33. Noah Cyrus – Stay Together (DEBUT)
32. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (#26)
31. DNCE – Kissing Strangers (#29)
30. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#30)
29. Hey Violet – Break My Heart (#22)
28. DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber/Chance The Rapper – I'm The One (#33)
27. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (#32)
26. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (#21)
25. The Chainsmokers/Halsey – Closer (#24) [8 Weeks At #1]
24. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls (#28)
23. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (#23)
22. AJR – Weak (#15)
21. Train – Play That Song (#25)
20. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar (#19)
19. Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla (#31)
18. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (#18)
17. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (#20)
16. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like (#17) [1 Week At #1]
15. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (#14) [9 Weeks At #1]
14. Halsey – Now Or Never (#16)
13. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee (#12)
12. The Chainsmokers – Paris (#11) [1 Week At #1]
11. Julia Michaels – Issues (#13)
10. Lady Gaga – The Cure (#8)
  9. Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy (#7)
  8. Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me (#6)
  7. James Arthur – Say You Won't Let Go (#9)
  6. Charlie Puth – Attention (#10)
  5. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (#2) [2 Weeks At #1]
  4. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (#3) [3 Weeks At #1]
  3. Imagine Dragons – Believer (#5)
  2. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#4) [1 Week At #1]
  1. The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#1) [3rd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner/SeeB – I Took A Pill In Ibiza

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Tie Between Hey Violet – Break My Heart and AJR – Weak (–7)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla (+12)

New Entrants
~ First up, we have Jon Bellion – Overwhelming, which has been cruising around Hit-Bound for quite a while. Jon Bellion has proven to be one of my favorite new artists as he produces unique music that is unlike anything we usually hear on the radio. I was impressed with how big All Time Low got and he is now back with the follow-up single, Overwhelming. This song is different like most of his music and it may be a little hard to get into the verses at first listen. But with more listens, it does get better. I really like the chorus. It's a relatively short song, but it is definitely a good one. I can't see it doing as well as All Time Low, but hopefully it can stay for a little while.

~ Next up, we have Erin Bowman – Good Time Good Life, which is another long-time Hit-Bound veteran. This song is pure catchiness. I love the beat and she does have a very good voice as well. However, that's really the only thing this song has going for it. It's not a song that's going to stick, nor will it be remembered a few months after it goes away. But for now, I can get into it.

~ Next up, we have the biggest song in the country just now making its debut. It is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee debuting with Despacito featuring Justin Bieber. I like both the original and the remix, but the remix has more to it. Besides, who wouldn't want to hear Justin Bieber singing in Spanish? I don't know how, but it makes him a bit more attractive. The only issue is that he can't sing it live. But anyway, as you can guess I definitely really like the chorus and Daddy Yankee's verse is really catchy as well. I have no idea what the song is about, but it's catchy as hell. It's doing really well around the country right now. Hopefully it can do well here.

~ Finally we have the return of Noah Cyrus. She still has yet to impress me with her music. She just can't sing. At least I don't think she can. Of course, I'm not a professional vocal instructor. But from what I'm hearing, she can't sing well. She was one of the artists that I saw in concert last Saturday and she was (not surprisingly) my least favorite act of the night. Anyway, she brings Stay Together. The only thing I can give this song is that it's better than Make Me (Cry). There's absolutely nothing appealing to it. It's actually quite annoying in some parts. Noah, quit trying to be like your sister. It's not working.


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


  • Shawn Hook/Vanessa Hudgens – Reminding Me
  • Fall Out Boy – Champion (DEBUT)
  • Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club
  • Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels (DEBUT)
  • Julia Michaels – Uh Huh
  • Imagine Dragons – Thunder
  • Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
  • Bruno Mars – Versace On The Floor
  • Paramore – Hard Times
  • Andy Grammer – Give Love
  • All Time Low – Good Times
  • Macklemore/Skylar Grey – Glorious
  • Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj – Swish Swish
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

~ Now this is more like it. Champion is what I like to hear from Fall Out Boy. This is much better than that awful lead single that thankfully flopped. I hope this one manages to debut.

~ Calvin Harris debuts this week with Feels featuring Pharrell and Katy Perry. Right off the bat, I love the production on this track. It's a rather chill song. The vocals are also pretty good. Pharrell sounds great on the verses and I love Katy Perry's chorus. All in all, it's a really good song.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling
2. Shawn Hook/Vanessa Hudgens – Reminding Me
3. Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry – Feels
4. Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj – Swish Swish
5. Fall Out Boy – Champion


Overblurbing
~ Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla took an interesting jump this week into the Top 20. I'm very pleased as I still really enjoy this song. Maybe it won't flop after all.

~ Of course Body Like A Back Road was destined to jump into the Top 30 at some point. Honestly, can we just not make this song bigger than what it should be? Of all country songs out there, we have to get this one.

~ I read something earlier this week about how Louis Tomlinson viewed himself as the forgettable member of One Direction, with everyone else doing big things right now. He has been and will probably always be my favorite member. And hey, hopefully we'll be getting a new song from him soon. I heard it's a collab with Bebe Rexha, so it should be interesting.

~ As far as our exits go, they all left pretty early. Good News lasted only three weeks and American Girls didn't last very long either. Slide and All Night have been here a little while, but not long enough since they're both really good songs that got quite underrated.

~ I am very pleased by the Biggest Jump and DROP!!!!..... of the Week.

~ I apologize for the lack of blurbs. There really wasn't anything special that happened this week.


Concert
~ Like I said, I did get to go to a concert where several different artists performed during a 4-5 hour show. Right now I'll go through each artist that performed with the songs they performed. I didn't know every single song that was performed. But I'll list all the ones I did know.

~ Cheat Codes: many songs I didn't know, No Promises

~ Dua Lipa: some song I didn't know, Blow Your Mind (Mwah), Scared To Be Lonely, Be The One

~ Noah Cyrus: Stay Together, I Feel It Coming (The Weeknd cover), Make Me (Cry)

~ Hailee Steinfeld: Starving, You're Such A, Love Myself, Most Girls

~ Liam Payne: Strip That Down

~ Camila Cabello: OMG*, Havana*, Bad Things, Crying In The Club, I'll Never Be The Same*

*Brand new song

~ Niall Horan: some song I didn't know, Issues (Julia Michaels cover), This Town, Slow Hands

~ Zedd: Beautiful Now, Starving, Rude (Zedd Remix), Break FreeRather Be (Zedd Mix), I Want You To Know, Closer (Zedd Mix), Stay The Night, Clarity, Stay

~ Jason Derulo: Wiggle, Ridin' Solo, Trumpets, Whatcha Say, Swalla, Talk Dirty, Want To Want Me

~ Kygo: Stole The Show, First Time, Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix), Stay, It Ain't Me, Firestone


It was a pretty cool show overall. Noah Cyrus ended up being the only act I didn't like. The last three (Kygo, Zedd, and Jason Derulo) ended up being the three best performances with Kygo being my personal favorite. I've been enjoying his music for a couple of years now and it was really cool to get to see him live. So that's all I have for you. It was definitely a good time.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
19. Julia Michaels – Issues
18. Bruno Mars – That's What I Like

1 – Bad:
17. Halsey – Now Or Never
16. Imagine Dragons – Believer

2 – Mediocre:
NONE

3 – Decent:
NONE

4 – Good:
15. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

5 – Great:
14. Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay
13. James Arthur – Say You Won't Let Go
12. Panic! At The Disco – L.A. Devotee
11. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
10. Linkin Park/Kiiara – Heavy
9. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
8. Charlie Puth – Attention
7. Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
6. The Chainsmokers – Paris
5. Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla
4. Lady Gaga – The Cure
3. Miley Cyrus – Malibu

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. TIE: Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me
1. TIE: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (+2 extra points for being #1)

Total Score: 80/100 = 80% (B–)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Michael Jackson – Thriller (8 years since he passed...)

Most Missed Countdown Song: Big Gigantic/Angela McCluskey – The Little Things

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kygo/Ellie Goulding – First Time

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: Mike Posner/SeeB – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (#1)


My Top 5 Picks
1. TIE: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This
1. TIE: Kygo/Selena Gomez – It Ain't Me
3. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber – Despacito
4. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
5. Aaron Carter – Sooner Or Later

My Bottom 5 Picks
1. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
2. Julia Michaels – Issues
3. AJR – Weak
4. Hey Violet – Break My Heart
5. Noah Cyrus – Stay Together