Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DrogeMiester's Billboard Analysis - February 11, 2017

It's that time of week again for me to give you my thoughts on the new Billboard charts! In this weekly post, I cover three sections. First, I give my thoughts on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Second, I give my thoughts on the songs that experienced significant gains below the top 10. Third, I give my initial thoughts on our new arrivals this week. I reserve the right to mix things up in the future and do different things here, but for now this is what I've decided to stick to. I've followed the Billboard charts for a long time now and this is a great way for me to express my thoughts to the world. I hope you enjoy!

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10:




1- "Bad and Boujee" - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert (=) -- This is the first time this year where a No. 1 song has stayed No. 1 for two straight weeks. Kind of a crazy start to the year. I was hoping for a different result, though. I don't get why people like this song and why its streaming has gone through the roof. We also have a Migos album that just dropped. That means if it follows the trend of every other rap album recently, there will unfortunately be a lot of Migos to cover next week. Oh joy. Billboard has also tweaked their formula again, as they do on a fairly regular basis to balance things, and they've also decide to include Pandora into the mix. It'll be interesting to see how that impacts the charts next week.

2- "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran (=) -- The music video for this song just dropped, which will dramatically help its streaming. This song is also selling well still and soaring up the radio charts. I hope that means that this takes back that No. 1 spot before too long.

3- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (+1) -- This is hilarious to me. This song refuses to die and now it has jumped back into the top three for its 21st week. Yes, that means it has tied the record set by "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars in 2015 for longest stay in the top three. It's also now spent 24 weeks in the top five and 26 weeks in the top 10. The record for most weeks in the top five is "Uptown Funk" with 25 weeks, which "Closer" is now just one week away from tying. The record for most weeks in the top 10 is LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" from 1997-98 with 32 weeks, which "Closer" is six weeks away from tying.

4- "Bad Things" - Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello (+2) -- This song was stuck in my head all week and that got really annoying. But I'd actually prefer this over all the other songs in the top five at this point, so congrats to Camila for her second top five hit and first as a solo artist. Machine Gun Kelly also gets his first top five hit, but I don't really care about that side of the story.

5- "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" - Zayn & Taylor Swift (+3) -- The music video for this song has also dropped, which not only will help the streaming here, but has also caused the sales for the song to jump significantly. In fact, this will be No. 1 in sales next week, which will give it a realistic chance of dethroning "Bad and Boujee" next week. At the very least, it should make for a close three-way fight for that top spot between this, "Shape of You" and "Bad and Boujee." And once again, Billboard has tweaked their formula again, so anything can happen.

6- "Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane (-3) -- And in fantastic news, "Black Beatles" has been shoved out of the top five. Now let's take it a step further and shove it out of the top 10 altogether. And shame on America for being so obsessed with the Mannequin Challenge and thus pushing this to No. 1 for seven weeks just because of that.

7- "Don't Wanna Know" - Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar (+2) -- I was hoping this song would drop out after falling to No. 9 last week. Why did it rise again? Let's get rid of this!

8- "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (-3) -- Oh sad day. "Starboy" has begun to bleed really hard. It might be gone before too long. But good thing "I Feel it Coming" should replace it in the top 10 before too long.

9- "Fake Love" - Drake (+2) -- Speaking of songs that shouldn't have risen on the charts, why is this back in the top 10? I can't say I'm surprised, though. It's been hanging out at No. 11 for a couple of weeks and it returns because of the fall of "24K Magic" and "Side to Side." Glad those two songs are gone, but a better replacement than Drake would be nice.

10- "Scars to Your Beautiful" - Alessia Cara (+3) -- It's been a long journey for this song to the top 10. 22 weeks to be exact! I don't know how long this is going to stay because sales are already dropping quite a bit, but I'm glad to see it here for however long it has. This is Alessia Cara's second trip to the top 10 and it's a well-deserved one. I really like this song. It's a catchy pop song with a good message and an emotional music video.


Rising on the Hot 100:





14- "Love on the Brain" - Rihanna (+3) -- Someone should inform Rihanna that she has a song that's about to hit the top 10. I don't know if she's even promoting this song at all. There's not even a lyric video for this song, let alone a music video. And it's been out for a while. But if she never does release anything, I won't be too offended. I actually like this song, but we've had an overexposure to Rihanna and I'm ready for her to fade away. But this will probably go top 10 anyways. Because, you know, it's Rihanna.

19- "All Time Low" - Jon Bellion (+3) -- This song was headed for the top 10, but then it stumbled backwards. Is it going to make a recovery or is this just a one week bump?

24- "This Town" - Niall Horan (+5) -- Same story here. This was on the rise, but then it crashed. It got as high as No. 20 and now it's back at No. 24. Does it have the momentum now to go top 10 or even go back to the top 20?

26- "Water Under the Bridge" - Adele (+8) -- Adele didn't crash with this song, but it did stall last week. And now it's back on the move. As I've said the last few weeks when this has been here, this needs to rise faster. The world could use a bit more Adele.

32- "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (+6) -- It's up to No. 32. Can it get top 30 next week? Let's hope so!

35- "Better Man" - Little Big Town (+6) -- Country had a pretty good week this week. This song is now our No. 1 song on the Hot Country chart. Lyrics are nothing special here, but I like the vocals and I'm fine with the song overall. It's one of the better country songs on the charts right now.

37- "T-Shirt" - Migos (+6) -- Based on "Bad and Boujee" and "T-Shirt," I'm dreading having to listen to most of Migos' album for next week. It can't get any worse than this song, can it?

40- "Party" - Chris Brown featuring Usher & Gucci Mane (+5) -- Gross. Someone stop this song from going up.

42- "A Guy with a Girl" - Blake Shelton (+9) -- A boring Blake Shelton song.

44- "Dirt on My Boots" - Jon Pardi (+13) -- A boring Jon Pardi song.

45- "Star of the Show" - Thomas Rhett (+10) -- A fine song by Thomas Rhett, but not a particularly memorable one.

51- "Goosebumps" - Travis Scott (+20) -- Why in the fetch did this song jump 20 spots? I don't understand. Go away!

52- "Down" - Marian Hill (+47) -- Holy cow! This debuted at No. 99 last week. I really liked the song and I thought the overall album was fairly creative. I was hoping this would climb to the 70's or 80's this week. I was not expecting it to jump nearly half the chart, but I'm certainly not complaining. Also I learned that this song may have got people's attention based on a commercial before the NFC Championship game, which I'm cool with. Commercials often have good songs.

54- "Way Down We Go" - Kaleo (+31) -- Finally! This is so far the best new song of the year after debuting on January 14. It wasn't gaining a ton of traction, though. Until now. If you haven't heard this song yet, go fix that now. It's fantastic. I would love for this song to eventually go top 10. But let's take it one step at a time and hope for top 50 next week.

55- "Seein' Red" - Dustin Lynch (+11) -- This country song I enjoy. Although admittedly it's not much of a country song. But maybe that's why I kinda enjoy it.

58- "Congratulations" - Post Malone featuring Quavo (+23) -- No congratulations from me here. Post Malone should disappear as should anyone involved in that Migos trio.

62- "Think a Little Less" - Michael Ray (+14) -- Eek. This is more than just a boring country song. The song's lyrics drive me crazy. Kiss a little more, think a little less? No! Bad Michael Ray!

63- "Sober Saturday Night" - Chris Young featuring Vince Gill (+12) -- Another boring country song.

74- "Today" - Brad Paisley (+18) -- Now here's a good country song. Also, if you are in the mood to cry, go watch this music video. It's crammed full of so many feel good moments that enhance the song's lyrics of today being a great day. It's essentially the perfect wedding song, but it's not just limited to that. If more country music was like this, I might actually like the genre.

77- "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (+11) -- I'm fine with this rising. This is a fun song that I imagine is super popular at Latin dances.

79- "The Weekend" - Brantley Gilbert (+10) -- And now we're back to a boring country song. Not everyone can be like Brad, I suppose.

83- "Not Nice" - PARTYNEXTDOOR (+12) -- It's not nice that we let this song rise. Don't encourage this Drake wannabe whose caps lock is apparently stuck.


New Arrivals:





81- "Fast" - Luke Bryan -- I can get behind this song. It's not as good as "Today" and I'd even put it a touch below "Better Man" because I'm not a big fan of Luke Bryan's vocals. But the sentiment of the song is relatable. When you're younger you want time to speed up, but when you're older you just want time to slow down.

84- "Guys My Age" - Hey Violet -- This is essentially an "all guys suck" type of song, which is mildly annoying. Or at least all guys her age. Which in the case of lead singer Rena Lovelis is age 18. In the song she's mad at her ex-boyfriend for being immature and so she's now projecting that on all guys her age, saying that they don't know how to treat her right. That's a very immature reaction to a breakup, in my opinion. I'm personally a fan of female rock bands. I think there needs to be more of them, but the lyrics of this song sound very immature and it sounds a lot more like a simple pop group as opposed to a rock group. The vocals by Rena Lovelis are fine, but I was waiting for her to go to a higher register to drive home her message, but she never does. Perhaps I shouldn't judge their whole group based on one song, but this is not a very good first impression. As it turns out, they recently signed onto 5SOS's record label, which makes sense I guess. 5SOS is a group of guys that think they are a lot cooler than they actually are. Which is my first impression of Hey Violet. A female version of 5SOS.

86- "Road Less Traveled" - Lauren Alaina -- Well here's a blast to the past. Perhaps a little known fact is that I used to be a huge fan of American Idol. From seasons 2 through 10, I watched practically religiously, only missing during the years where I was gone for two years on a church mission. But season 10 made me so mad that I never watched one episode after that. That's the season when the untalented Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina were the final two. Ahead of actual talent that included Hailey Reinhart, Casey James, James Durbin and Pia Toscano. Just a few days ago she released her second studio album following her second place finish on American Idol. And this is only the second song that's ever charted on the Billboard Hot 100 after... yes, you guessed it... her very first single after season 10 finished. I suppose it's better than most of the country songs here, but that's not saying very much. I'd call this a sub-par country song from a sub-par talent. Yeah, I'm not still bitter about season 10 at all...

87- "Issues" - Julia Michaels -- Take note girls from Hey Violet. If you're struggling in a relationship, instead of claiming you are perfect and every problem is the guy's fault, then continuing to project that onto every other guy your age, maybe you should instead take this approach that Julia Michaels. She notes that her guy has issues, but she also states that she has her own issues and they should give each other their issues so they can work things out and actually improve their relationship. This is a simple song that's fairly short, but it's a good one. And Julia Michaels has a fantastic voice. I first heard of her when she was a featured artist on Kygo's song "Carry Me" from his album "Cloud Nine" last year and thus I was happy to see her on the charts with her first single as a lead artist. Apparently she's done a lot of writing for various artists, but this is her time as a lead artist.

92- "Good Drank" - 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane & Quavo -- Did I mention that purposefully bad grammar drives me crazy? Drank is past tense. Not present. Apparently "Good Drank" is slang for a weird concoction including cough syrup used inconsistently with it's labeling, making it a recreational drug. So dumb concoction that was given a dumb name that this three morons are all singing about. Quavo, a member of Migos, also decides to throw the lyrics "drop top" in this song again, which are the lyrics that gave the Migos trio their current No. 1 hit. So we have a song about drugs and fornication, which are most rap songs these days, that tries to play of Migos' lyrics that sent them to No. 1. Gross.

93- "Any Ol' Barstool" - Jason Aldean -- I'm no Jason Aldean expert, but I seem to recall that he's done some songs in the past that I've been fine with. But this is not one of them. Categorize this into the long list of boring, cliche country songs on the charts right now. Girl upset him and caused him to start drinking. She didn't think she did as much damage as she did, so he tells her to go ask any ol' barstool about what he's been up to. Nope. I take a pass on this.

94- "Dancing on My Own" - Calum Scott -- Funny story. I forgot that this song HADN'T debuted on the charts here in the U.S. Calum Scott auditioned on Britain Got's Talent by performing a cover of Robyn's "Dancing on My Own," a song I am mostly unfamiliar with. The audition was apparently so good that Simon Cowell immediately raved about him and he ended up doing pretty well. Shortly after, he released a cover of the song as an official single and it went to No. 2 in the U.K. and also hit the top 10 in several other countries around the world, mainly in Europe. And well-deserved. This is a pretty solid ballad and Calum Scott owns it with the vocals. I have since listened to Robyn's original and this is a very different cover that takes a pretty great song and turns it into a solid ballad. All things considered, it makes sense that this is more popular over in the U.K., but I roll my eyes at how late to the party we are with many of these quality worldwide hits.

100- "Running Back" - Wale featuring Lil Wayne -- Apparently Wale actually did play running back in high school, so he's qualified to write these lyrics, using football references as a double meaning for... well, other things that rappers always sing about concerning girls and money. That's mildly creative. And if I were to compare this to all the other awful rap songs on the charts right now, this is the lesser of all the evils, I suppose. That doesn't make it a good song, though. It just shows how awful a good majority of the songs on the charts are right now.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DrogeMiester's Billboard Analysis - February 4, 2017

It's that time of week again for me to give you my thoughts on the new Billboard charts! In this weekly post, I cover three sections. First, I give my thoughts on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Second, I give my thoughts on the songs that experienced significant gains below the top 10. Third, I give my initial thoughts on our new arrivals this week. I reserve the right to mix things up in the future and do different things here, but for now this is what I've decided to stick to. I've followed the Billboard charts for a long time now and this is a great way for me to express my thoughts to the world. I hope you enjoy!

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10:




1- "Bad and Boujee" - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert (+1) -- I'm not surprised that this goes back to No. 1. But I'm not happy about it. Songs that have huge debuts always have huge drops in week two. Last year, Justin Timberlake debuted No. 1 with "Can't Stop the Feeling!," but only stayed there for a week and never returned to No. 1. Also, we're five weeks into the Billboard year and we still haven't had a No. 1 hit stay No. 1 for two consecutive weeks. That's kinda crazy. Let's hope that continues because I don't want "Bad and Boujee" at No. 1 anymore. I didn't want in there in the first place, but hey. Let's get a worthy No. 1, please?

2- "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran (-1) -- Can Ed gain enough on streaming and radio to go back to No. 1? "Bad and Boujee" has no sales and no radio, but is killing it on streaming. A music video to boost this song's streaming would help. Get on that Ed and company!

3- "Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane (=) -- Can this please fall? Seven weeks at No. 1, then stagnant at No. 3. Let's get some movement here in the top five!

4- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (+1) -- Ha ha! This song refuses to die. Instead of falling out of the top five, it rises one spot. And for those keeping track, this has now hit 23 weeks in the top five and 25 weeks in the top 10. The record for most weeks in the top five is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with "Uptown Funk" at 25 weeks and the record for most weeks in the top 10 is LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" at 32 weeks from 1997-98, a record which "Uptown Funk" came one week short of tying. Obviously LeAnn's record is more impressive since songs stay in the top 10 longer today than they did in the 90's and LeAnn went 32 weeks without getting to No. 1. But it'll still be interesting to see how "close" The Chainsmokers can get.

5- "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (-1) -- I imagine "Closer" jumping a spot has more to do with "Starboy" slipping. I wish this would've held onto that top spot for longer than a week. But I'm happy it got there and if this is the song's last week in the top five, it's certainly been a good run.

6- "Bad Things" - Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello (+4) -- I say this might be the last week for "Starboy" in the top five because this song got a huge surge this week from No. 10 to No. 6. Is it top five bound next week?

7- "Paris" - The Chainsmokers (new) -- Opinions of this song down below. But speaking of The Chainsmokers, "Closer" debuted at No. 9, making this a new high debut for the duo. Is this going to be the next "Closer"? Or will this slip and die like their last few songs following "Closer"? If I'm making a prediction, I don't think this will get anywhere near the success of "Closer," but it's worth noting that this is the song they are actually promoting as a single, so it might manage to stick around for a while, even if it drops out of the top 10 next week.

8- "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" - Zayn & Taylor Swift (+4) -- And Zayn and Taylor are back after debuting in the top 10 in the last of December. Taylor Swift just teased a music video for this song earlier today, saying that it's coming tomorrow night at midnight. I'm not a huge fan of this song, but if this means it can gain enough momentum to eventually dethrone "Bad and Boujee" (if "Shape of You" can't), then I'm totally game for that.

9- "Don't Wanna Know" - Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar (-1) -- This leads the radio charts again for a sixth or seventh week. I have no idea why. Hopefully something below the top 10 can get enough momentum to kick this song out.

10- "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (-3) -- And it's probably time for Bruno to go as well. With "24K Magic" bleeding pretty bad, I imagine it's only a matter of time. This might be its last week.


Rising on the Hot 100:





17- "Love on the Brain" - Rihanna (+2) -- As far as what is going to jump into the top 10? Well, we have "Scars to Your Beautiful" stagnant at 13. "Caroline" and "Bounce Back" only moved up one spot to 14 and 15 respectively. "Fake Love" is sitting there at 11. Let's hope that doesn't return. "Love on the Brain" is the only one that moved more than one spot, but it only moved two spots. We'll see which song in the next week or two wants this most.

19- "I Feel it Coming" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (+3) -- Entering the 20 for the first time is The Weeknd and Daft Punk again! As "Starboy" begins to slide, I'm guessing this is set to be the eventual replacement. And I'd be totally happy if this is the song that jumps into the top 10 next.

32- "iSpy" - KYLE featuring Lil Yachty (+10) -- I imagine this is heading for the top 10 as well as it's done nothing but soar up the charts since it's debut three weeks ago. I would like it to slow down it's charge a bit, but I will admit it's better than both "Bad and Boujee" and "Black Beatles." So I guess it can't get any worse than it is right now.

36- "Party Monster" - The Weeknd (+11) -- And "I Feel it Coming" isn't the only song by The Weeknd to make a good jump. "Party Monster" is the lesser of the three songs on the charts right now and I would really like it if "False Alarm" became a single. But I'm fine with this.

38- "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (+13) -- Keep rising! Let's prove that America can accept Clean Bandit like the rest of the world did a long time ago! "Rather Be" hit the top 10 for a week here. It would be nice if "Rockabye" at the very least did the same.

53- "I Got You" - Bebe Rexha (+10) -- Two straight big jumps for Bebe Rexha. I'm a little surprised, but I am happy for her!

68- "Fresh Eyes" - Andy Grammer (+16) -- I like Andy Grammer. He's made a lot of great songs. "Fresh Eyes" is not one of them. I'm a little surprised by the sudden jump as this has been on the charts for 16 weeks and hasn't gotten higher than No. 59. But I'm fine if this week is just a fluke and this song dies in future weeks. Let's encourage Andy to write better music next time.

79- "Call on Me" - Starley (+15) -- This was a welcome return last week after charting for a week back in December. Now it's jumped up 15 spots. Let's make this a hit! It also has a whole bunch of different remixes to go along with it. I'll have to go through those and decide which one I like most.

New Arrivals:




7- "Paris" - The Chainsmokers -- I've loved The Chainsmokers since they released "#Selfie." Say what you want about that song, it has a sick bass line and if you listen to instrumental mix, it's pretty great. Then they did several other smaller songs that are great and got mainstream success with "Roses" and "Don't Let Me Down," two songs I loved. I'm lukewarm on "Closer." I don't love it, but I don't hate it as much as many do. But I will say that since "Closer" has turned The Chainsmokers into superstars, they've been really lazy with the songs they've released. "Setting Fires" and "All We Know" were essentially "Closer" rip-offs and so is "Paris." And it's by far the worst song they've done. There's no drop in the song. It's not catchy. The lyrics are lazy. It's essentially them saying they want to get away, but can't as Paris is used as a metaphorical place that is impossible for them to go to. Alex Taggart's vocals are worse than in "Closer" and Emily Warren is shoehorned in and not even given credit in the song. I actually hate this song and I'm angry at The Chainsmokers for being so lazy. Let's take the spotlight off of them and force them to write good music again.

43- "T-Shirt" - Migos -- Did you know Migos is actually a trio of rappers? They consist of Quavo, Takeoff and Offset. Three really lame rap names and three untalented rappers. They currently hold the top spot with "Bad and Boujee" and if this follows suit, I'm going to throw a fit. Their lyrics from "Bad and Boujee" became a meme that sent them to No. 1 and it sounds like they are trying to do the same here. Or maybe. It's just. Their style. To only. Sing two. Words at. A time. I find. That really. Annoying. I don't understand any of this song and I think it's awful. Which probably means this is the next big thing.

77- "Not Afraid Anymore" - Halsey -- Not only do The Chainsmokers debut a new song on the charts, but so does Halsey. I do like Halsey's voice as a pop singer and I'm cheering her on. The vocals in this song are good, but this is the second single for the upcoming "Fifty Shades Darker" movie. And yeah, you can tell. "I am not ashamed anymore. I want something so impure. You better impress now, watching my dress fall to the floor. Crawling under my skin, sweet talk with a hint of sin." That's part of the second verse right there. Yeah, I'm taking a pass on this.

88- "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee -- Hey look! Daddy Yankee is back! Because he's the singer we all wanted back after "Shaky Shaky." Luckily that song didn't survive long enough for me to start getting super annoyed, but it was heading that way. This song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee is a lot less annoying. But I don't really care to translate the lyrics to learn what it means. Lyrics aside, it's a fun, catchy Latin pop song.

95- "Not Nice" - PARTYNEXTDOOR -- As if the world needed another Drake wannabe. That's all PARTYNEXTDOOR is. A slightly less annoying Drake wannabe, but still. This is a boring song with no substance and no heartbeat. Let's please let this die and not encourage PARTYNEXTDOOR to make more music.

98- "Black" - Dierks Bentley -- I don't feel anything with this song. The beat is fine and less annoying than many country songs. But the lyrics have no substance to them. Chop this up as another useless country song that doesn't really sound much like a country song.

99- "Down" - Marian Hill -- Last the best this week. Marian Hill is an electronic duo consisting of production artist Jeremy Lloyd and singer Samantha Gongol. "Down" is the first track off of their debut album "Act One," which debuted last year. I discovered it just now as this song "Down" had me super curious. It is a very simple track and I kinda love it because of that. It essentially starts with her and a piano and builds to something for a moment then ends very simple. A perfect way to start the album, which does a lot of interesting things. Go check it out!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

DrogeMiester's Billboard Analysis - January 28, 2017

It's that time of week again for me to give you my thoughts on the new Billboard charts! In this weekly post, I cover three sections. First, I give my thoughts on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Second, I give my thoughts on the songs that experienced significant gains below the top 10. Third, I give my initial thoughts on our new arrivals this week. I reserve the right to mix things up in the future and do different things here, but for now this is what I've decided to stick to. I've followed the Billboard charts for a long time now and this is a great way for me to express my thoughts to the world. I hope you enjoy!


Billboard Hot 100 Top 10:




1- "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran (new) -- Four weeks in January. Four different No. 1 hits. Three of those being brand new No. 1 hits (the second week was "Black Beatles" returning to the top). We haven't had that fast of a turnover to start the year since 1991, before the Nielsen SoundScan existed. And each of these No. 1 hits included one or more artists getting their very first No. 1 hit as a singer. Ed Sheeran has written a few songs that went No. 1 ("Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber being the most notable), but this is his first No. 1 hit as a singer. I'll talk about my opinion of the song down below, but congrats Ed! This is definitely a preferable song over "Bad and Boujee" or "Black Beatles" by a long shot. Let's just hope it can hold onto the spot.

2- "Bad and Boujee" - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert (-1) -- Although I wouldn't be surprised if this went back to No. 1 next week. Notable debuts almost always take a huge hit in their second week. "Shape of You" debuted with 240,000 sales and will be dropping to just over 100,000 next week. That could be enough to hang on, but it might be close. Let's hope it is because an awful rap song made popular because some of the nonsensical lyrics somehow became a popular internet meme is an embarrassment to this country. But hey, America has been good at embarrassing itself recently, so what's new.

3- "Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane (-1) -- At least we can confidently say this embarrassment is done with the top spot for good. Let's not only keep it that way, but let's also let this drop out of the top 10 asap.

4- "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring (=) -- "Starboy" remains consistent despite Ed debuting above it, meaning it actually gained some traction, which is a good sign. Wouldn't it be cool if it went back above "Bad and Boujee" and "Black Beatles"?

5- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (-2) -- One more week in the top three and this would've tied Bruno for longest stay in the top three. Well, that looks like it's been permanently squelched. No way this goes back to the top three now. But the count in the top five is now 22 weeks for "Closer," three weeks away from tying that record. Speaking of records, "Closer" has now tallied 24 consecutive weeks in the top 10 after debuting in the top 10. That break's the record of 23 weeks set by Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself."

6- "Castle on the Hill" - Ed Sheeran (new) -- How about another record? No artist has ever debuted two songs in the top 10 at the same time. Beyonce and J. Cole came close last year, but didn't make it. Congrats again, Ed! This isn't the song being promoted to pop radio. That honor belongs to "Shape of You," meaning this song will most likely disappear quickly from the Hot 100. But it was kinda cool for Ed to get this honor.

7- "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (-2) -- Bruno has been booted from the top 5. I don't know if I see him making it back either, although he'll probably jump back up to No. 6 next week when "Castle on the Hill" drops out.

8- "Don't Wanna Know" - Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar (-1) -- Two songs from Ed debut above Maroon 5, but this only falls one spot, which has to be considered a win for Maroon 5. And a slap in the face to the rest of us that want this song to go away.

9- "Side to Side" - Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj (-3) -- That does mean the real loser this week belongs to Ariana and Nicki, which is a win for me. I'd be glad if this song disappears next week.

10- "Bad Things" - Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello (=) -- The other win is for "Bad Things," which remains consistent despite the two songs from win. I'll take it.


Rising on the Hot 100:





12- "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" - Zayn & Taylor Swift (+2) -- I'm not surprised to see this making gains after its initial drop. I'd predict this replaces "Castle on the Hill" in the top 10 next week. Then after "Fifty Shades Darker" returns and goes away, let's hope this song follows it. Real music from Taylor would be appreciated. It's about time for her next album.

16- "Bounce Back" - Big Sean (+2) -- I seem to remember Big Sean having a habit of being stalled just before hitting the top 10. Although I prefer this over "Moves," let's hope this continues that trend and gets stopped here in the teens.

19- "Love on the Brain" - Rihanna (+2) -- Rihanna isn't gaining as fast as you would think a Rihanna song would. But she's still gaining. Let's hope this stays away from the top 10. I'm sick of Rihanna being so popular.

31- "Say You Won't Let Go" - James Arthur (+6) -- This on the other hand I'd be fine with gaining more traction. Although I don't think it will hit top 10, either. This probably gets stalled in the 20's or 30's.

38- "Water Under the Bridge" - Adele (+5) -- But for the love of everything that is good in the world, let's invite Adele into the top 10 again. This is one of the better songs on the charts right now. Let's not push it away and continue to let it rise.

42- "iSpy" - KYLE featuring Lil Yachty (+20) -- OK, I get why this song is gaining a ton of traction. It's super catchy. But it's very typical of our generation, who obviously don't give a crap about lyrical content. See the extreme popularity of "Broccoli" last year, another piece of trash song lyrically with a catchy beat.

44- "Both" - Gucci Mane featuring Drake (+7) -- I don't get this song at all. It's not catchy at all and has horrible lyrics. Gucci Mane and Drake need to disappear.

45- "Party" - Chris Brown featuring Usher & Gucci Mane (+8) -- Speak of the devil. If you ever play this song at a party, I will walk up to you, slap you in the face and leave immediately. You've been warned.

51- "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (+10) -- So happy to see this continue to gain. Top 50 next, right?

60- "Alone" - Marshmello (+12) --  A 12 spot jump for "Alone"? Heck yes! I've been expecting this song to go away, but I'm glad it's sticking around!

62- "Moves" - Big Sean (+15) -- If this goes top 50, someone is going to get slapped. "Bounce Back" is tolerable. This song might be the worst of the year so far.

63- "I Got You" - Bebe Rexha (+31) -- This I can support. Not Bebe's best, but a pop song that I am totally fine with taking over the radio. Not great, but still better than most of this other stuff that is being played.

87- "Water" - Ugly God (+13) -- I can't get mad at this song yet. It's only at No. 87. But if it gets too much higher, I will start throwing a fit. Not only is this a really bad rap song, but it's only half of a bad rap song, which screams super lazy. Let's not encourage a lazy rapper who doesn't even know how to finish his bad music.


New Arrivals:





1- "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran -- Now for my opinion of this song. I'll admit that I'm a fan of Ed Sheeran. I think he's a great talent. And while I think this song is far from his best, I do think it's good. A well-written, super catchy beat that will get stuck in your head for hours. My problem, though, is his stating that he is in love with the shape of the girl, not her. That's a superficial love based on attraction alone, which I roll my eyes at. I don't think I'd ever walk up to a girl and tell her that I'm in love with her shape or her body. But as I said, still better than the other songs that have dominated the No. 1 spot recently, so I hope this holds over until we get a worthy No. 1 hit.

6- "Castle on the Hill" - Ed Sheeran -- This on the other hand is more classic Ed. "Shape of You" seems more like the empty, catchy song to promote as the first single. This song, while not quite as upbeat and catchy, has much more substantial lyrics as he's reflecting on the old memories of his teenage years and how good they made him feel, despite the fact they probably did things the wrong way and how he enjoyed being with the girl (assuming that's who he's referring to when he says, "I miss the way you made me feel"). I know they aren't promoting this as the first single, but I kinda hope it becomes the second single after "Shape of You" has lived out its Billboard life. I'm intrigued by Ed's new album "Divide."

77- "Location" - Khalid -- I about had a heart attack when I saw this, because I initially thought it was another awful DJ Khaled song. Nope. Not DJ Khaled. Just Khalid. With an "i." Pronounced "Kuh-leed" according to his music video. And this is nothing like DJ Khaled's music. This is a smooth, relaxing R&B song from a brand new artist out of El Paso, who may only be 18 years old. I'm sure we'll learn more about him in the coming months or weeks because this song is pretty dang good. I hope it catches on!

89- "Drinkin' Too Much" - Sam Hunt -- Funny story. I have a new roommate named Sam Hunt. And now we have a new song from the country singer Sam Hunt. But apparently Sam Hunt has been drinking too much. And it sounds like he was drinking too much when he wrote and recorded this song because it's a boring, kinda country song that's a lot more forgettable that most of his other music that I've listened to, which isn't that great in the first place.

100- "If the Boot Fits" - Granger Smith --  ...then wear it, right? As if that isn't one of the most cliche things you could call your country song. And you wonder why mainstream country often bores me. The song is about as cliche as you would think after reading that title.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DrogeMiester's Billboard Analysis - January 21, 2017

It's that time of week again for me to give you my thoughts on the new Billboard charts! In this weekly post, I cover three sections. First, I give my thoughts on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Second, I give my thoughts on the songs that experienced significant gains below the top 10. Third, I give my initial thoughts on our new arrivals this week. I reserve the right to mix things up in the future and do different things here, but for now this is what I've decided to stick to. I've followed the Billboard charts for a long time now and this is a great way for me to express my thoughts to the world. I hope you enjoy!

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10:




1- "Bad and Boujee" - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert (+1) -- So apparently this is No. 1 because the line from the song, "Rain Drop, Drop Top," became a viral meme. I'm speechless. This is stupider than Mannequin Challenge making "Black Beatles" No. 1 for seven weeks. At least the Mannequin Challenge itself was kinda fun. Rain Drop, Drop Top makes no sense and I have no idea what it means or why it went viral. It's a weird day we live in. Please, Ed, save us all!

2- "Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane (-1) -- Well at least this isn't No. 1 anymore. Although it's an out of the frying pan, into the fire situation. Can we get a good No. 1 song, please?

3- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (+1) -- Ha ha, this made me laugh. The hunt for Bruno's record is back on the table! "Uptown Funk" was in the top 3 for 21 weeks and in the top 5 for 25 weeks. "Closer" now has 20 weeks in the top 3 and 21 weeks in the top 5. One more week at No. 3 and they're tied!

4- "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (-1) -- It is sad to see "Starboy" dropping so fast. I want this to go back to No. 1 until we get a worthy replacement. At least "I Feel it Coming" had a good rise this week.

5- "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (=) -- And Bruno is still at No. 5.

6- "Side to Side" - Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj (+1) -- I wanted this song to fall again, not rise. But at least this at No. 6 is better than "Juju on that Beat" being at No. 6. The latter thankfully dropped out of the top 10 this week to No. 11. Let's keep it that way!

7- "Don't Wanna Know" - Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar (+4) -- OK, I knew this song was coming back, but all the way up to No. 7? Why? Stupid radio and their love fest with Maroon 5. I don't think people even like Maroon 5. All the radio stations just play him anyway. 

8- "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (=) -- I thought this song was going to drop out this week. But it lives to see another week in the top 10!

9- "Fake Love" - Drake (=) -- At least this didn't rise any spots this week, but can we please get rid of this?

10- "Bad Things" - Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello (+3) -- Welcome back, Camila! Now let's see if this song can actually gain traction in the top 10 or if it's just going to keep bouncing in and out like this.


Rising on the Hot 100:





12- "Scars to Your Beautiful" - Alessia Cara (+3) -- Oh please let this make it into the top 10! That would make me really happy! Great song and great video!

14- "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" - Zayn & Taylor Swift (+8) -- And Taylor and Zayn make a good third week comeback. I think it was because of a new "Fifty Shades Darker" trailer. Oh joy...

17- "Starving" - Hailee Steinfeld & Grey featuring Zedd (+1) -- Is this song going to do anything or is just going to keep wandering around between 11 and 20? Maybe it's time to throw this to the wayside and move on. I like Zedd, but Hailee disappointed me majorly with this song. And I was rooting for her, too.

18- "Bounce Back" - Big Sean (+3) -- I've decided that there's a lot worse rap songs out there. This at least has a catchy hook even though the song itself is far from great. Just as long as we don't get any ideas and send Big Sean to the top 10 with this, I suppose I'm fine with it being in this range.

25- "I Feel it Coming" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (+9) -- Do we feel this coming? Can we give The Weeknd another top 10 hit? What about a second No. 1 from the "Starboy" album? That would be cool. Then maybe he'll release "False Alarm" as an actual single after this.

31- "Love Me Now" - John Legend (+8) -- Not John Legend's best, but far from being bad. I'd be cool with this gaining more traction.

37- "Say You Won't Let Go" - James Arthur (+13) -- It looks like this might gain some good traction after all. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but I'd certainly prefer this over a lot of other crap that's poisoned the Hot 100.

38- "Water Under the Bridge" - Adele (+6) -- It's slowly rising! Let's get this going a little faster! Perhaps a music video, Adele?

41- "How Far I'll Go" - Auli'i Cravalho (+8) -- How far will this go on the charts? I'm genuinely impressed with how well the "Moana" soundtrack has done on the charts.

44- "Better Man" - Little Big Town (+11) -- This is a nice little country song. I dig it.

45- "Used to This" - Future featuring Drake (+7) -- No! Anything with Future and Drake needs to burn and die. The world needs to stop making these untalented thugs a thing.

48- "Dirty Laundry" - Carrie Underwood (+6) -- Go Carrie!

50- "Too Much Sauce" - DJ ESCO featuring Future & Lil Uzi Vert (+6) -- This needs die as well. It almost made my worst songs of 2016 list. It was a strong contender.

51- "Chantaje" - Shakira featuring Maluma (+12) -- I'm down with the world having more Shakira. English or Spanish, she's fun to listen to!

55- "Make Me (Cry)" - Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth (+22) -- Miley's little sister has potential. Just as long as she doesn't throw her life down the drain like her sister did. This song isn't bad, but it does feel like it was written by a 17-year-old, if you know what I mean. And I find the dripping sound effect really annoying. Labrinth has also done a whole heck of a lot better. Speaking of the Miley, I have been wondering where her next single or album is. She kinda disappeared from the music world. Not that I'm complaining about that, though. Just curious.

56- "HandClap" - Fitz and the Tantrums (+11) -- Oh please let this go higher! As I've said repeatedly, I want this to be the next "Shut Up and Dance." Make it so!

58- "How Far I'll Go" - Alessia Cara (+11) -- Alessia's version of this is also continuing to gain. Can this go top 50 as well?

61- "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (+17) -- Oh heck yes! I thought this was going to get stuck at the bottom of the charts, but a 17 spot jump up to No. 61 is promising. Now let's hope it continues to rise and doesn't peak here.

62- "iSpy" - KYLE featuring Lil Yachty (+18) -- I'm not surprised to see this jump high. I also expect to see this go a lot higher. Although I'm not super happy about it. But I also realize there's a lot worse rap songs in the world right now. Like our top 2 songs.

68- "Play that Song" - Train (+13) -- Two straight weeks of big gains for Train. Let's continue to make this song a hit! Go top 50 in the next week or two!

69- "Seein' Red" - Dustin Lynch (+10) -- I said last week that I enjoy this song. And I still do. Country songs always have a ceiling on the Hot 100, but I'd be happy to see this top the country charts.

72- "Alone" - Marshmello (+12) -- Another song that I thought was going to get stuck at the bottom. I'm still not confident that it will continue to rise, but I hope it does. I included this on my list of favorite songs from 2016!

74- "80s Mercedes" - Maren Morris (+17) -- Maren Morris reminds me of a young Taylor Swift. She's a pretty decent country pop singer and this is a nice little song.

78- "Parachute" - Chris Stapleton (+11) -- I'm not particularly in love with this song, but I know people who love it, so it's whatever. Not a bad song.

83- "Sex with Me" - Rihanna (+11) -- NO!!!!! GO AWAY!!!!!! I most recently included this on my worst songs of 2016 list, so let it disappear! Promote "Love on the Brain" and let this disgusting piece of filth die.

85- "Way Down We Go" - Kaleo (+13) -- Can this go top 10, please? It's easily the best new song of the year. Let's give 2017 something to cheer for!

88- "Shaky Shaky" - Daddy Yankee (+12) -- Still on the fence about this. As long as this doesn't get too high, I suppose I'm fine with it sticking around.

New Arrivals:




92- "Sober Saturday Night" - Chris Young featuring Vince Gill -- Meh. Boring, cliche country song. I'll pass.

93- "Beibs in the Trap" - Travis Scott -- Travis Scott is a little better than people like Drake, Future and 21 Savage, but I've still never been impressed with him and this changes nothing. Another worthless, piece of trash rap song to stain the charts.

94- "I Got You" - Bebe Rexha -- This is nothing special, but it's the best new song of the week in a very weak week of new arrivals, both in terms of quality and how high they charted. Out top new song was at No. 92. But I like Bebe Rexha's voice quite a bit and this is a decently catchy pop song. The music video is her alone in the desert seeing how many different sexy outfits and poses she can do, but eh. That's the music video. Don't judge a song by it's music video, right?

95- "The Weekend" - Brantley Gilbert -- One annoying think about The Weeknd is that he stylistically takes the second "e" out of his stage name. I mean, it totally works, but now every time I go to spell the actual word "weekend," out of habit I now always leave out that second "e" as well, then have to go back and correct myself. First world problems, I suppose. Onto the song, this is slightly more upbeat and interesting that "Sober Saturday Night," but not by a whole lot. Another bland country song. 

100- "Water" - Ugly God -- Who in the fetch names himself Ugly God? Someone with a low enough IQ to also write an awful song like this. This is one of the worst songs in our young year. Boring, stupid, disgusting and way too repetitive. Mercifully short, though. This barely goes over two minutes. Because, well, he didn't have much of an idea in the first place so he didn't know where to go with this, I guess.

Monday, January 9, 2017

DrogeMiester's Top 10 LEAST FAVORITE Songs of 2016

Two weeks ago, I gave you my top 10 favorite songs of 2016. Now it's time to flip the script and give you my list of least favorite songs from 2016. When I did this last year, and officially posted it on this blog a month ago, I stated that I didn't do an in-depth analysis to determine the worst songs of 2015. This time I did. Out of the 409 songs that debuted on the charts this year, I picked out around 150 of them that I deemed worthy of a worst of 2016 list. Then throughout the course of a month, I listened to them, I analyzed the lyrics, I ranked them, I re-ranked them and after a long grueling process that many times I thought wasn't even worth all the trouble I put myself through, I have come up with the absolute worst of the worst. My 10 least favorite songs of 2016. I don't expect you or even recommend you listen to any of these songs that I am putting on this list. They are awful and they are atrocious and they will make you feel dirty and disgusting if you subject yourself to them for too long. If you want to just look at the titles and call that good, I would be totally fine with that. But here they are!

10- "Juju on that Beat (TZ Anthem)" - Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall


9- "For Free" - DJ Khaled featuring Drake


8- "Sex with Me" - Rihanna


7- "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake


6- "Famous" - Kanye West


5- "No" - Meghan Trainor


4- "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" - Kanye West


3- "Wishing" - DJ Drama featuring Chris Brown, Skeme & Lyquin


2- "P---- Print" - Gucci Mane featuring Kanye West


1- "Me Too" - Meghan Trainor



Click here to see my favorite songs of 2016

Thursday, January 5, 2017

DrogeMiester's Billboard Analysis - January 14, 2017

It's my second week of posting my thoughts on the Billboard on this blog! I've been doing this for several months on my personal facebook account with the idea in the back of my mind that when the new year rolls around that I would transfer it over to this blog, which coincides with my Billboard Project that I've been here weekly winding down. There's a lot of different chart related things that I could post about, and I reserve the right to add or take away sections in the future, but I've started things off by having three different categories. The first is my thoughts on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The second is giving my thoughts on the songs that experienced significant gains below the top 10. The third and final section is my initial thoughts on our new arrivals. Let's begin!



Billboard Hot 100 Top 10:





1- "Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane (+1) -- Oh dear. Here I thought we had made some progress with this song finally going away as we started off the 2017 by letting "Starboy" go No. 1. But now we have to suffer through a seventh week of "Black Beatles" at No. 1. Curse you Mannequin Challenge!

2- "Bad and Boujee" - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert (+11) -- Oh my freaking heck. What in the blazes is this doing here? I could've predicted this going top 10 based on it's huge gains the last several weeks, but No. 2? Why America? Why have we rewarded Migos and Lil Uzi Vert with a top five hit? And the worst part of it is this is probably going No. 1 next week. I'm embarrassed.

3- "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (-2) -- I'm glad this got to No. 1. But I was really hoping for a stay longer than one week. Go back up!

4- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (-1) -- "Closer" missed tying Bruno's record of 21 weeks in the top three by just two weeks thanks to the punks that skyrocketed up to No. 2. Next up is Bruno's record of 25 weeks in the top five. The count on that for "Closer" is now 20 weeks.

5- "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (-1) -- Looks like No. 4 was the peak for Bruno with this song.

6- "Juju on that Beat (TZ Anthem)" - Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall (-1) -- Gone from the top five again. Can we please keep this out?

7- "Side to Side" - Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj (-1) -- Let's keep this one out, too. Don't let Ariana and Nicki back to the top five.

8- "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (-1) -- I'm impressed with this song's longevity. I thought it would be long gone by now.

9- "Fake Love" - Drake (+1) -- Oh sure. No. 3 through No. 8 all slipped down one spot from last week, but Drake goes up a spot? Does that mean this song is going to slowly start rising as the songs above it start falling. Let's hope not.

10- "Broccoli" - D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty (+5) -- OK, this is a bit of an anomaly. Due to post-Christmas gift card sales, almost every song on the charts had huge sales. I expected that to throw the Hot 100 in a bit of a blender and mix things all up for a week or two before songs started resettling, but all the songs surprisingly stayed put. Except "Broccoli" got a surprise surge with one final week in the top 10. Shame. Let's hope it goes away for good next week. I personally expect "Don't Wanna Know" and "Bad Things" to be back in the top 10 next week. But we'll see what happens.


Rising on the Hot 100:





16- "All Time Low" - Jon Bellion (+8) -- With all the crap in the top 10 right now, I would totally be fine with this making an appearance. I'm still not as big of a fan of this as some other people are, but it's a lot better than most of the crap in the top 10 right now.

17- "Mercy" - Shawn Mendes (+11) -- I'd even be fine with Shawn Mendes in the top 10 again. Because "Mercy" is at least a lot more tolerable than "Stitches" and "Treat You Better."

20- "This Town" - Niall Horan (+17) -- And while we're at it, let's invite Niall to join the club. I'll take what I can get right now.

28- "Blue Ain't Your Color" - Keith Urban (+5) -- This was a huge week for country, as you're about to see. All the major songs on Country radio made huge recoveries. It's always a bit of a surprise to see country songs in the top 30, but even the best country songs peak around this range. But can Keith go top 20? I doubt it, but it would be interesting.

29- "Chill Bill" - Rob $tone featuring J. Davi$ & Spooks (+10) -- I hope this is just a Christmas gift card surge. This song annoys the crap out of me. And I also get annoyed with dollar symbols in rapper's names. They do it because they think they're cool. But everyone else with an "s" in their name does it, too, so it's really not that cool. As you can see, two of these three punks have done it. Boo!

36- "X" - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin featuring Drake (+7) -- Too much 21 Savage rising this week. The dude doesn't even rap. He mumble talks. And this is music we like these days? What's worse is this song brings Metro Bommin and Drake up with him.

41- "Last Christmas" - Wham! (+9) -- Rest in peace, George Michael. In addition to this song rising, "Careless Whisper" and "Faith" made re-entries. All three will be gone next week. But it's a nice tribute by the American public to buy and stream these songs upon the passing of a legend. I enjoy seeing them around.

42- "You was Right" - Lil Uzi Vert (+10) -- Now back to me being negative. Lil Uzi Vert now has a top two hit with his featured take on Migos' pile of horse crap. And now this song jumps 10 spots. Why? Just the title bugs me? Why can't rappers use the English language? It's "you WERE right." Not "you WAS right." Freaking learn how to talk and stop trying to sound cool by using bad grammar in order to please all the middle school boys who are listening to all your trash.

43- "No Heart" - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin (+10) -- Here we go again. Another song with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin. Someone stop this train before a 21 Savage song hits the top 10. That would be a travesty.

44- "Water Under the Bridge" - Adele (+7) -- Oh please save us all Adele! In this sea of awful crap that is the Billboard charts, 2017 could use some Adele in order to encourage some actual good music.

45- "May We All" - Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw (+15) -- Here the country rise starts showing again. Quite frankly, I prefer country over all this rap garbage by a long shot. And I don't mind Florida Georgia Line. They make decent country music.

48- "Wanna Be that Song" - Brett Eldredge (+14) -- This song I don't care about, though. Mr. Eldredge wants to be a song. That's like the opposite of personification. Yes, I know what he actually means. But I still like poking fun.

49- "How Far I'll Go" - Auli'i Cravalho (+7) -- How far will these "Moana" songs go? Are they going to start dropping now that Christmas is over? "Let it Go" stayed around for a really long time. But that also crossed over to the radio, which I don't think is going to happen to Auli'i's song.

50- "Say You Won't Let Go" - James Arthur (+11) -- This was a No. 1 hit in the U.K. The country where they listen to good music. If we would just follow their example that would be nice. I'm not madly in love with this song, but it is much better than the American No. 1 right now.

51- "Selfish" - PnB Rock (+34) -- This jumped 34 spots this week? How far is it going to jump next week? Now I'm honestly curious.

54- "Dirty Laundry" - Carrie Underwood (+12) -- Oh hey, it's my girl Carrie. If you were to force me to listen to one country singer on repeat, Carrie would be the one. I still remember the day when Simon Cowell on American Idol that she would go onto be the highest selling artist ever from the show. 12 years later she's still going strong. Good prediction, Simon!

59- "Star of the Show" - Thomas Rhett (+17) -- Thomas Rhett is another country singer that I don't mind. Although admittedly that might be because a lot of his songs cross over into country pop. Country purists hate that, but I'm far from a country purist. I kinda like country pop. That was Taylor Swift's genre when she first started singing.

60- "A Guy with a Girl" - Blake Shelton (+11) -- And we follow that up with a country the most cliche title ever for a country song. This is at least half of all country songs right here. Nice work, Blake...

62- "Sleep Without You" - Brett Young (+16) -- Poor, Brett. He can't sleep without his girl.

64- "Dirt on My Boots" - Jon Pardi (+20) -- Brett can't sleep without his girl and Jon has dirt on his boots. Good to know.

67- "HandClap" - Fitz and the Tantrums (+10) -- I have dreams of this becoming the next "Shut Up and Dance." It's a simple song, but a song that's super fun to dance to and just a pure delight. It took a really long time to finally debut, though, and now has wandered around in the bottom half of the Hot 100 for 14 weeks. So my dream will probably never come to fruition. I'm guessing this is just a Christmas gift card boost. Still nice to see it jump 10 spots, though.

69- "How far I'll Go" - Alessia Cara (+12) -- I expected Auli'i's version to stick around for a while, but I've been honestly impressed by how much staying power this sub-par version by Alessia has had. I thought it would only get a week or two.

73- "You're Welcome" - Dwayne Johnson (+13) -- Oh can this please stick around for longer? This has been stuck in my head all day, which is annoying. But I'm still happy to see it gaining.

74- "OTW" - DJ Luke Nasty (+17) -- No! Go away!

75- "Red Opps" - 21 Savage (+17) -- The heck with 21 Savage! Why?

76- "Swang" - Rae Sremmurd (+23) -- No!

81- "Play that Song" - Train (+15) -- You know that piano song "Heart and Soul" that everyone and their dog knows how to play, even if they don't know piano? Well, Train put words to it. And I didn't even have to look at the comments of his music video to figure that out. I was sitting there after my first listen wondering why this new Train song sounded familiar and it hit me pretty quickly. It's pretty genius. I kinda love it! Always good to see Train on the charts!

New Arrivals:





71- "Moves" - Big Sean -- Well at least with "Bounce Back" it sounded like Big Sean was trying to write a song he cared about. I'm not a Big Sean fan, but he's done a lot of songs that are at least tolerable. This song is pure trash.

79- "Seein' Red" - Dustin Lynch -- Surprisingly I actually kind of dig this. It might be a little bit of a country rock mixed with country pop. Or whatever. I'm not sure if this can be called pure country. In fact, a lot of country nowadays is also like southern rock with a twang and not true country. But whatever genre you classify this as, it's a fun song.

80- "iSpy" - KYLE featuring Lil Yachty -- I have no idea who KYLE is, why his caps lock button is stuck when he types his name, what his last name is or why he has a 30 second conversation at the beginning of this song. But I don't like it. I don't want to know anymore of KYLE and I certainly want Lil Yachty to disappear.

90- "Think a Little Less" - Michael Ray -- Think a little less. That's what America has done today when listening to music. And I don't know if kissing a little more and thinking a little less is that good of an idea, anyways. This goes back to normal, boring country.

95- "No Flockin" - Kodak Black -- Kodak Black better not become a thing. He got his first Hot 100 hit last year  while featured on that awful song "Lockjaw" by French Montana. Now he gets his first Hot 100 song as a lead artist. And it's not much better.

96- "Timeless" - A Boogie Wit da Hoodie featuring DJ Spinking -- Anyone who names themselves "A Boogie Wit da Hoodie" deserves to be slapped. And where in the heck did the name DJ Spinking come from? A second slap comes to both for this awful song.

98- "Way Down We Go" - Kaleo -- Hey, I have a friend name Kaleo! Fun to see that name for a rock band. And can this song please be a huge hit? We could use a little help from an Icelandic rock band who knows how to make good music in the midst of all this rap, country and bland pop. I don't know why more songs like this don't chart.

99- "hate u love u" - Olivia O'Brien -- Wait, what? This is a bit of a surprise move. I was one who was a fan of "i hate u, i love u," even though I was mildly annoyed that it was stylized in all lowercase by Gnash. I was happy to see it get top 10, even if it was for only a couple of weeks. Now that that song has gone, it's back. A different version of it by Olivia O'Brien without Gnash. And I'm not sure I like it as much. The song worked good as a duet, especially when you listened to the clean version. A version with Olivia O'Brien only is a little more boring.

100- "Shaky Shaky" - Daddy Yankee -- This one is a bit of a facepalm for me right now. I don't know what the lyrics are outside "shaky shaky" repeated over and over because I don't speak Spanish. But I could wager a guess. That aside, this is a fun Latino dance song, I suppose. I wonder how much crossover it will have to the general public. If it does become a big hit, I wonder if it will grow on me or start annoying me. But it's still better than most songs on the chart right now, so I'll take it.