Friday, February 9, 2018

Taylor Swift (1) - Week Of February 3, 2018

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Hey guys! I am sorry for the major delay on this post. I have been having some difficulties with my computer this week. I did watch the Super Bowl this past Sunday, and I thought that the halftime show was pretty good. P!nk also sang the national anthem very nicely, even when she was sick. Also, the game was pretty good, and I was rooting for the Eagles, so I am glad that they won. Without further comments from me, here are the exits this week.

  • Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#33) [2 Weeks At #1]
  • Zayn/Sia - Dusk Till Dawn (#40)
Last Week's #1 Song: Imagine Dragons - Thunder

The Countdown
45. Charlie Puth - Attention (#43) [1 Week At #1]
44. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#37) [1 Week At #1]
43. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (#42)
42. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (#41)
41. P!nk - What About Us (#44) [1 Week At #1]
40. The Shadowboxers - Hot Damn (#45)
39. Symon - Lonely Girl (#31)
38. WOLVES - Animal (#38)
37. Kesha - Praying (#39)
36. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#36) [3 Weeks At #1]
35. All Time Low - Last Young Renegade (DEBUT)
34. Louis Tomlinson - Miss You (#25)
33. Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do (#30)
32. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey - The Middle (DEBUT)
31. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#32) [4 Weeks At #1]
30. Justin Timberlake - Filthy (#26)
29. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#29) [5 Weeks At #1]
28. Camila Cabello - Havana (#11) [1 Week At #1]
27. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask (#22)
26. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar (#15)
25. Maroon 5 - Wait (#20)
24. NF - Let You Down (#35)
23. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (#24)
22. Bruno Mars/Cardi B - Finesse [Remix] (#21)
21. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#18)
20. G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I (#19)
19. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#16) [3 Weeks At #1]
18. Dua Lipa - New Rules (#13)
17. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low (#27)
16. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same (#28)
15. P!nk - Beautiful Trauma (#34)
14. Lauv - I Like Me Better (#17)
13. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (#14)
12. Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River (#23)
11. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be (#6)
10. Halsey - Bad At Love (#2) [2 Weeks At #1]
9. Charlie Puth - How Long (#8)
8. X Ambassadors - Ahead Of Myself (#12)
7. Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days (#4)
6. Walk The Moon - One Foot (#10)
5. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go (#9)
4. Ed Sheeran - Perfect (#3) [2 Weeks At #1]
3. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves (#7)
2. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#1) [5 Weeks At #1]
1. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game (#5) [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week 1 Year Ago: Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Camila Cabello - Havana (-17)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: P!nk - Beautiful Trauma (+19)

#1 Recommendation Of The Week: Julia Michaels - Heaven

New Entrants

~ The first of our two new entrants comes from countdown alum, All Time Low. This week, they bring Last Young Renegade. I have only really heard a few sons from these guys, and most of them have not really been unbearably great or amazing. The first song I ever heard from them, Something's Gotta Give has been the only one that I have thought was pretty good, but even still has not been anything amazing at all. Last Young Renegade is no exception. I'm not saying that the song is not enjoyable at all, because it certainly can be. The production in this song is nice, but the vocals could use a little work. It's just something about them that don't really pull me in all the way. It's certainly not bad, and I don't mind it being here, but it's nothing stand-out in my book. 

~ Our second and final debut of the week comes from Zedd. This time he brings in Maren Morris, as well as duo Grey, for another track, titled The Middle. At first listen, this song really wasn't something amazing to me either. However, it was a grower on me. After several more listens over the course of the past week, I have definitely grown into this one. I like Maren's vocals, but they are not entirely amazing throughout the whole song. They are perfectly enough to make it enjoyable, though. I feel like Zedd has been taking a new approach in terms of his last three singles. They have all been a kind of mixed bag for me. Stay was great, and I really enjoyed that song. However, the follow up to Stay, Get Low, was nothing enjoyable at all, and this one is just good at the moment, so I'll have to see where this one takes me. I think that this track was produced pretty decently, and Grey did a good enough job. I just will have to see where this one takes me in the coming weeks, but for now, it's good.

Best New Entrant Of The Week: Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey - The Middle


Hit-Bound
  • AJR/Rivers Cuomo - Sober Up
  • Portugal. The Man - Live In The Moment
  • Alan Walker/Noah Cyrus/Digital Farm Animals - All Falls Down
  • Spencer - Whatever
  • Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns - Woman
  • Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton - Say Something (DEBUT)
  • Post Malone - I Fall Apart
  • Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
  • The Chainsmokers - Sick Boy
  • Troye Sivan - My My My!
  • Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels - I Miss You
  • Welshly Arms - Legendary (DEBUT)
  • Wild Things - Don't Wanna Feel It
  • Sofi Tukker/NERVO/The Knocks/Alisa Ueno - Best Friend
My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. The Chainsmokers - Sick Boy
2. Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton - Say Something
3. Troye Sivan - My My My!
4. Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels - I Miss You
5. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns - Woman


Last Young Blurb

~ We have finally received a fresh #1 song. End Game is now on the top of the chart. To be honest, I did not expect this, but I am completely glad that it happened. We needed something to replace last week's #1. As long as we are keeping the mediocre songs out of the #1 spot, I am glad that this one is here and I hope to see it possibly hang on up here for more than one week.

~ Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves made an unexpected, but very nice hop up into the top 3 this week. I am glad to see that this one has been so successful. It never fails to impress me every time I listen.

~ We also received an unexpected entry to the top 10 this week from X Ambassadors. Ahead Of Myself is a song I had not once expected to even get above #20, but it's here and it's at #8. I am very glad that this song is doing so well, too. It is a very enjoyable track.

~ After that scary dip to #23 last week, River has thankfully redeemed itself. I'm really hoping to see this one make it into the top 10 in the near future. That would be nice. However, for now, it's nice to see that this one has not completely faded away. 

~ Yes, you all read it right. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same is my favorite song on the countdown. I cannot bring myself to stop constantly listening to this song. I am absolutely in love with it and the way it makes me feel. Also, if you have not seen the music video for this song, it is wonderful and I suggest that you go check it out. I am so glad that she has been doing so well, and has put out just a wonderful selection of songs, this being one of my absolute favorite of hers from her album. It is right up there with Consequences and Something's Gotta Give. I would love to see this one jump into the top 10 if it could.

~ Unfortunately, MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low has had this random spur of success after being at the tail end of the countdown for a while. I am not happy about this, seeing as I thought that we were going to get rid of this one and now its back in the top 20. Hopefully, we can see this back on the decline in the coming weeks. I have no idea what sparked this sudden rise in votes.

~ We finally got rid of Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar from the top 20. I am still not really sure why this song even made it onto Hits 1 in the first place. I just hope we can see this one leave soon, just so we can clear out some of the clutter. 

~ Havana took a sudden and saddening drop this week. I shouldn't have expected this one to still be in the top 20, though, if I wanted success out of Never Be The Same. I guess it is what it is, as long as it stays for a while longer.

~ Filthy has surprisingly not done well here in the slightest. I would have expected this song to already be in the top 10 by now, but no, it's just chilling at #30. 

~ Already, WOLVES - Animal is showing no signs of a song that will do good here. All it has done is hold its spot. Frankly, I could see this song leaving next week, I just feel like it has almost zero relevance here. The same goes for Lonely Girl. It has not done well here either. They are just both space fillers in my opinion.


Let's Do A Top 20 Review!

0-Garbage
20. Imagine Dragons - Believer
19. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low

1-Bad
NONE

2-Mediocre
NONE

3-Decent
18. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
17. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft

4-Good
16. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be

5-Great
15. Charlie Puth - How Long
14. Dua Lipa - New Rules
13. Lauv - I Like Me Better
12. X Ambassadors - Ahead Of Myself
11. Halsey - Bad At Love
10. Walk The Moon - One Foot
9. Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days
8. P!nk - Beautiful Trauma
7. G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I
6. Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River
5. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go
4. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves
3. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
2. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game
1. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same

Score: 85% (B)


My Bottom 5 Countdown Picks
1. Imagine Dragons - Believer
2. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar
3. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
4. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low
5. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't

My Top 5 Countdown Picks
1. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
2. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game
3. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
4. Bruno Mars/Cardi B - Finesse [Remix]
5. Camila Cabello - Havana

Thanks for reading guys!

~ Jack :)






Monday, January 29, 2018

Imagine Dragons (5) - Week Of January 27, 2018


imagine dragons billboard music awards gi Imagine Dragons wins Billboard Music Award for 2 year old albumHey guys! Welcome back! I apologize for my year-end Hot 45 Chart post still not being out. I will have that out as soon as possible. This past week has been pretty hectic, as will this week. I have had so many midterms and a load of assignments that were due, because today is the official beginning of the second half of the year for me. Anyways, the Grammy's were on last night. I don't really know if I will be doing a review on them, though. The performances seemed a little all over the place in my opinion. So, we'll have to see what I do. Anyways, before we get to this week's fresh 45 songs, here's the songs that we're saying goodbye to.
  • Liam Payne - Bedroom Floor (#26)
  • Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#39) [9 Weeks At #1]
  • Harry Styles - Kiwi (#43)
  • Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (#44)
Last Week's #1 Song: Imagine Dragons - Thunder
#1 Song This Week 1 Year Ago: Twenty One Pilots - Heathens

The Countdown
45. The Shadowboxers - Hot Damn (#45)
44. P!nk - What About Us (#42) [1 Week At #1]
43. Charlie Puth - Attention (#41) [1 Week At #1]
42. Sam Smith - Too Good At My Goodbyes (#20)
41. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (#31)
40. Zayn/Sia - Dusk Till Dawn (#35)
39. Kesha - Praying (#36)
38. WOLVES - Animal (DEBUT)
37. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#29) [1 Week At #1]
36. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#39) [3 Weeks At #1]
35. NF - Let You Down (DEBUT)
34. P!nk - Beautiful Trauma (DEBUT)
33. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#37) [1 Week At #1]
32. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#32)
31. Symon - Lonely Girl (#34) 
30. Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do (#16)
29. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#28) [5 Weeks At #1]
28. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same (DEBUT)
27. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low (#30)
26. Justin Timberlake - Filthy (#23)
24. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (#18)
23. Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River (#24)
22. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask (#7)
21. Bruno Mars/Cardi B - Finesse [Remix] (#33)
20. Maroon 5 - Wait (#38)
19. G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I (#21)
18. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#25)
17. Lauv - I Like Me Better (#19)
16. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#14) [3 Weeks At #1]
15. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar (#17)
14. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (#10)
13. Dua Lipa - New Rules (#11)
12. X Ambassadors - Ahead Of Myself (#27)
11. Camila Cabello - Havana (#6) [1 Week At #1]
10. Walk The Moon - One Foot (#12)
9. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go (#8)
8. Charlie Puth - How Long (#2)
7. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves (#13)
6. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be (#3)
5. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game (#15)
4. Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days (#9)
3. Ed Sheeran - Perfect (#5) [2 Weeks At #1]
2. Halsey - Bad At Love (#4) [2 Weeks At #1]
1. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#1) [5th Week At #1]

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (-22)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Maroon 5 - Wait (+18)

#1 Recommendation Of The Week: Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton - Say Something

New Entrants

~ The first new song we see here this week comes from WOLVES. They enter with Animal. I don't love this song as much now as I did when it first made its appearance on Hits 1. It's still good, though. The chorus is without question my favorite part in this song. The production is alright, and the vocals say the same as the production on this track. They are alright, but they are nothing that is a complete stand out. Anyways, I really don't mind if this song does good here, but I can't really see it being a song that is going to do good. Oh well, we will have to wait and see.

~ Our second entrant this week comes from NF with Let You Down. So, I first heard this song a few months ago. I think it was around the time of October. This song struck me as something very different from most rap songs that we have nowadays, which may have been the main reason that I found this song quite entertaining. Also, around the time I listened to this song, I felt like I was really relating to its vibe and lyrics. I just find it to be a nice song. The chorus is especially my favorite part in this song. I feel like it is losing a lot of traction at this point, so I don't know how well it will do here, but hoepfully we will see some success out of this.

~ We find ourselves with a new P!nk song people. It goes by the name of Beautiful Trauma. I am definitely a fan of this song. I have not come to the conclusion if this is better than What About Us, but at this point they are just equal in my book. Her vocals sound really good in this song. The chorus is nice. This is definitely a stand-out track from her latest album, and I was throughly entertained with the music video for this song. If you have not seen that video yet, I recommend that you go and watch it. Nevertheless, I hope to see this song do good here. 

~ Our last debut this week, and the best one in my opinion, comes from Camila Cabello. We receive the amazing track this week, Never Be The Same. This song, in my opinion, is just breathtaking. The first time I ever heard this song, I think I had it on replay almost all night, and I still do. Also, by the way, if you are reading this and have not listened to her debut album, Camila, yet I highly suggest that you go and listen to it as soon as possible. Every song on the album could not have been done any better in my opinion. All set aside, this song is just amazing to me. Camila has amazing vocals on this track, and this is just the perfect example of why I am so happy that she decided to be a solo artist. She is one of the most talented artists that we have out there right now. The pre-chorus and chorus is absolutely my favorite part of this song. She showcases her vocals the most there. The verses flow very nicely as well. I just cannot stop listening to this song on repeat. This is probably just going to be one of those songs that I am never going to get sick of. I really hope that this one does well here.

Best Entrant Of The Week: Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same

Hit-Bound
  • Sofi Tukker/NERVO/The Knocks/Alisa Ueno - Best Friend
  • Troye Sivan - My My My!
  • Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels - I Miss You
  • The Chainsmokers - Sick Boy
  • Portugal. The Man - Live In The Moment (DEBUT)
  • Post Malone - I Fall Apart (DEBUT)
  • All Time Low - Last Young Renegade 
  • Wild Things - Don't Wanna Feel It (DEBUT)
  • Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey - The Middle (DEBUT)
  • Alan Walker/Noah Cyrus/Digital Farm Animals - All Falls Down
  • AJR/Rivers Cuomo - Sober Up
  • Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
  • Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns - Woman
  • Spencer - Whatever
My Top 5 Hit-Bound Songs
1. Troye Sivan - My My My!
2. The Chainsmokers - Sick Boy
3. Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels - I Miss You
4. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns - Woman
5. Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes


Never Blurb The Same

~ Well, Imagine Dragons log another week atop the chart with Thunder. At this point, I really hope that this is the final week we see this song atop the countdown. It is getting quite old at this point, and I would prefer any other song in the top 10 at the #1 position.

~ We welcome two new and very pleasing top 5 entrants this week. Both of these songs rose up here quite quickly, especially the latter. We receive Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days and Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game. I hope to see these songs continue to dominate here. They are easily two of the best songs on this countdown.

~ I am glad to see that Walk The Moon - One Foot is having tremendous success here. It is growing better and better after each listen.

~ Come on people. We are not making any progress with the amount of bad songs within this countdown's top 20. Rockstar, Believer, and Hold Me Tight Or Don't definitely need to be way lower than where they are at.

~ After that little mishap on its second week here, Finesse had a nice recovery this week with a twelve spot jump right outside of the top 20. This song just keeps growing more and more on me. Let's get this closer to the top 10 next week.

~ I absolutely do not understand how MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low had this spontaneous revival of success in the past couple of weeks. Just when I thought that we were going to get rid of this, it's become a problem again.

~ Well, this looks like the end for Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes. It's been a nice run with this one. I can't see it lasting much longer here.


Let's Do A Top 20 Review!

0-Garbage
20. Imagine Dragons - Believer
19. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar
18. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't

1-Bad
NONE

2-Mediocre
NONE

3-Decent
17. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
16. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft

4-Good
15. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be

5-Great
14. Charlie Puth - How Long
13. Dua Lipa - New Rules
12. Lauv - I Like Me Better
11. Halsey - Bad At Love
10. X Ambassadors - Ahead Of Myself
9. Maroon 5 - Wait
8. Walk The Moon - One Foot
7. Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days
6. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves
5. G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I
4. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go
3. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
2. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game
1. Camila Cabello - Havana

Score: 80% (B-)


My Bottom 5 Countdown Picks
1. Imagine Dragons - Believer
2. Liam Payne - Strip That Down
3. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar
4. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't
5. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low

My Top 5 Countdown Picks
1. Camila Cabello - Havana
2. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
3. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game
4. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
5. Bruno Mars/Cardi B - Finesse [Remix]

Thanks for reading!

See you all next time!

~ Jack :)











Sunday, January 21, 2018

Imagine Dragons (4) - Week Of January 20, 2018


Hello everyone and welcome back! I am still in the process of making the year-end list for the Hot 45 Chart and that should be posted by next week. We are inching further to this year's Grammy Awards, which is next weekend. I don't know if I will be reviewing the show at this point. It honestly depends on how good, or how bad I found it. At the moment, the lineup for performers looks okay, but it could be a bit better. Anyways, you are all here for the countdown this time around. Before we get to this week's fresh 45 songs, there is one song leaving us this week.
  • Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay (#42) [4 Weeks At #1]
Last Week's #1 Song: Ed Sheeran - Perfect
#1 Song This Week 1 Year Ago: Hailee Steinfeld & Grey/Zedd - Starving 

The Chart
45. The Shadowboxers - Hot Damn (#41)
44. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (#44) 
43. Harry Styles - Kiwi (#45)
42. P!nk - What About Us (#37) [1 Week At #1]
41. Charlie Puth - Attention (#40) [1 Week At #1]
40. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#39) [9 Weeks At #1]
39. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#38) [3 Weeks At #1]
38. Maroon 5 - Wait (DEBUT)
37. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#36) [2 Weeks At #1]
36. Kesha - Praying (#33)
35. Zayn/Sia - Dusk Till Dawn (#32)
34. Symon - Lonely Girl (#27)
33. Bruno Mars/Cardi B - Finesse [Remix] (#30)
32. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#32) [4 Weeks At #1]
31. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (#35)
30. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low (#43)
29. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#28) [1 Week At #1]
28. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#29) [5 Weeks At #1]
27. X Ambassadors - Ahead Of Myself (#21)
26. Liam Payne - Bedroom Floor (#26)
25. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#19)
24. Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River (#14)
23. Justin Timberlake - Filthy (#24)
22. Louis Tomlinson - Miss You (#34)
21. G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I (#20)
20. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (#13)
19. Lauv - I Like Me Better (#18)
18. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (#23)
17. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar (#16)
16. Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do (#15)
15. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game (#22)
14. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#17) [3 Weeks At #1]
13. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves (#8)
12. Walk The Moon - One Foot (#25)
11. Dua Lipa - New Rules (#12)
10. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (#7)
9. Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days (#10)
8. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go (#4)
7. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask (#11)
6. Camila Cabello - Havana (#5) [1 Week At #1]
5. Ed Sheeran - Perfect (#1) [2 Weeks At #1]
4. Halsey - Bad At Love (#2) [2 Weeks At #1]
3. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be (#6)
2. Charlie Puth - How Long (#9)
1. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#3) [4th Week At #1]

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River (-10)

Biggest Rise Of The Week: Tie Between MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low and Walk The Moon - One Foot (+13)

#1 Recommendation Of The Week: The Chainsmokers - Sick Boy


New Entrants

~ We only had one new song that made it to the countdown this week. Maroon 5 enters the countdown this week with their latest single off of their album, Red Pill Blues. The track is simply titled, Wait. I believe that they have reached their peak of redemption after their two atrocious singles, Don't Wanna Know and Cold. What Lovers Do is still going strong with me and this song pretty much holds the same opinions I had on that one. The chorus in this song is especially good, as Adam really does nice here with his falsetto, and doesn't unnecessarily utilize it. He uses it in the right places with this track. Although the band cannot really be picked up in this song, I'm not complaining, as it definitely is good. However, I would like to hear a little more of them. They have been kind of in the shadows on most of the songs on this album. I like how the lyrics are very good, too. They tell a little bit of a story. I would like to see this song become successful, but I just don't see it going too far. It seems like one people would easily forget about. We'll just have to wait and see with this one.


Hit-Bound
  • NF - Let You Down
  • Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns - Woman
  • Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
  • Alan Walker/Noah Cyrus/Digital Farm Animals - All Falls Down
  • P!nk - Beautiful Trauma
  • Spencer - Whatever
  • Troye Sivan - My My My!
  • Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels - I Miss You
  • Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
  • The Chainsmokers - Sick Boy (DEBUT)
  • WOLVES - Animal
  • All Time Low - Last Young Renegade
  • AJR/Rivers Cuomo - Sober Up
  • Sofi Tukker/NERVO/The Knocks/Alisa Ueno - Best Friend
My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
2. Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels - I Miss You
3. Troye Sivan - My My My!
4. The Chainsmokers - Sick Boy
5. Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns - Woman


Blurb Game

~ Thunder is back at #1 people. I really would appreciate it if this was it's final week at the top. It is really getting old at this point. Let's get last week's #1 back up top here.

~ Not really sure how or why How Long or Meant To Be are in the top 3. It just doesn't feel right. Especially the former. I had not even expected that song to be in the top 10. The latter should get back out of the top 5, as there are better songs at the moment that could take its place, but I'll take it, it is certainly not bad. 

~ I am also surprised to see Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask in the top 10. I had expected this song to do good here, but I wasn't expecting a #7 kind of good. 

~ I am very glad to see Walk The Moon - One Foot doing so good here. It is one of those underground picks and it is a good one. I like it when Hits 1 picks up these songs and they do well. It's just kind of something to shake up the countdown, so it isn't just hit after hit after hit. However, I wish this one was a lot more popular than it is right now.

~ Just when I thought Imagine Dragons - Believer was going on its way down the countdown, we have it back at #14. Seriously people, stop voting for this song. I don't understand how you still have not got sick of it yet, but I do respect your opinion.

~ End Game is now in the top 20. I am very happy that this one is doing well here. It is my favorite single that has been released off of Taylor's latest album. I do like each song off the album on a different level. Nevertheless, this is my favorite single that has been released. 

~ Sadly, Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River is already losing steam. I would appreciate if this drop would not last too long. This is one of the better songs here at the moment and we need it back in the upper third of the countdown.

~ One of the major things that really just tested me this week was the large jump from MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low. I don't even understand how this song even got this many votes to push it up thirteen more spots. I seriously hope that this jump was just a random thing and we can see this back at the bottom of the countdown next week, or even better, off of it.


Let's Do A Top 20 Review!

0-Garbage
20. Imagine Dragons - Believer
19. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar

1-Bad
NONE

2-Mediocre
NONE

3-Decent
18. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
17. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft

4-Good
16. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
15. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be
14. Dua Lipa - New Rules

5-Great
13. Charlie Puth - How Long
12. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask
11. Lauv - I Like Me Better
10. Halsey - Bad At Love
9. Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do
8. Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days
7. Walk The Moon - One Foot
6. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
5. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves
4. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go
3. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game
2. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
1. Camila Cabello - Havana

Score: 83% (B)


My Bottom 5 Countdown Picks
1. Imagine Dragons - Believer
2. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar
3. Liam Payne - Strip That Down
4. Niall Horan - Slow Hands
5. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't

My Top 5 Countdown Picks
1. Camila Cabello - Havana
2. Ed Sheeran - Perfet
3. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game
4. G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I
5. Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River


Thanks for reading!

~ Jack :)








Monday, January 15, 2018

Ed Sheeran (2) - Week Of January 13, 2018

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Hey guys! I am sorry that I have been taking a little long on this last post for the end of the year. I promise that it will be out as soon as possible. This countdown brought a few shake-ups with things, but I have mixed feelings about it. Anyways, before we get to this week's countdown. Here's the songs that we are saying goodbye to this week.

  • Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill (#27) [3 Weeks At #1] {DTHNOBx2}
  • Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato - No Promises (#38)
  • Macklemore/Skylar Grey - Glorious (#43)

Last Week's #1 Song: Imagine Dragons - Thunder
#1 Song This Week 1 Year Ago: Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know

The Countdown
45. Harry Styles - Kiwi (#41)
44. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (#42)
43. MAX/Gnash - Lights Down Low (#45)
42. Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay (#36) [4 Weeks At #1]
41. The Shadowboxers - Hot Damn (#30)
40. Charlie Puth - Attention (#43) [1 Week At #1]
39. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (#44) [9 Weeks At #1]
38. Niall Horan - Slow Hands (#35) [3 Weeks At #1]
37. P!nk - What About Us (#31) [1 Week At #1]
36. Liam Payne - Strip That Down (#32) [2 Weeks At #1]
35. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (#22)
34. Louis Tomlinson - Miss You (#36)
33. Kesha - Praying (#26)
32. Zayn/Sia - Dusk Till Dawn (#21)
31. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (#11) [4 Weeks At #1]
30. Bruno Mars/Cardi B - Finesse [Remix] (DEBUT)
29. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (#29) [5 Weeks At #1]
28. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (#28)
27. Symon - Lonely Girl (#39)
26. Liam Payne - Bedroom Floor (#24)
25. Walk The Moon - One Foot (#18)
24. Justin Timberlake - Filthy (DEBUT)
23. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (#24)
22. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game (#34)
21. X Ambassadors - Ahead Of Myself (#20)
20. G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I (DEBUT)
19. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't (#33)
18. Lauv - I Like Me Better (#23)
17. Imagine Dragons - Believer (#16) [3 Weeks At #1]
16. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar (#8)
15. Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do (#6)
14. Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River (#19)
13. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes (#13)
12. Dua Lipa - New Rules (#12)
11. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask (#15)
10. Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days (#14)
9. Charlie Puth - How Long (#7)
8. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves (#10)
7. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft (#9)
6. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be (#17)
5. Camila Cabello - Havana (#4) [1 Week At #1]
4. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go (#5)
3. Imagine Dragons - Thunder (#1) [3 Weeks At #1]
2. Halsey - Bad At Love (#2) [2 Weeks At #1]
1. Ed Sheeran - Perfect (#3) [2nd Week At #1]

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl (-20)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't (+14)

#1 Recommendation Of The Week: Troye Sivan - My My My!


New Entrants

~ Our first entrant this week comes from Bruno Mars with his best single off of 24K Magic yet. Chunky was just bad, as was Versace On The Floor. 24K Magic was also pretty bad, and That's What I Like grew old on me very fast. I am glad that a decent single was released off of this album. Finesse took me a few listens to actually start truly enjoying, but it is really just a fun song with a lot going on. Cardi B actually sounds pretty good here, unlike how she sounds in her other songs. I mean, for sure, the lyrical content in this song lacks something to be desired, but it's not bad at all. The beat is really fun too, and it's just one of those songs that you can't help but dance to. I hope it does well here.

~ As I'm sure we all know by now, Justin Timberlake is performing at this year's Super Bowl during halftime. He makes a debut this week with Filthy, the lead single off of his upcoming album, Man Of The Woods. This song was really just a lot different than anything I have ever listened to from him. I am not surprised that he took a risk with this one, though. His music does have a lot of variation. I don't know if this song is going to contrast to the rest of the songs on the album, but we'll have to wait an see. I mean, the production for this song is pretty funky, and it is definitely one of the first things I noticed when listening to this last week. His vocals are okay, but definitely not the best I have ever heard from him. This definitely in no means his best song, but it is a grower. It may take me a few more listens to really get this song in green for me. It debuted fairly high, so I assume that it will do pretty well here.

~ Our final debut this week comes from G-Eazy and Halsey in the form of Him & I. This song has such a dark vibe, and I feel like it really fits both of these artists really well. Their collaboration is very nice, in other words, and I really feel the love between them. I like how they really make us believe their love story, as they are dating. The vocals are on point for Halsey and G-Eazy has some nice verses. The song was well put together. I just hope it doesn't flop, because it is really good. I want to see this become pretty big, but we'll have to wait and see on that. 

Best Debut Of The Week: G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I


Hit-Bound
  • Sofi Tukker/NERVO/The Knocks/Alisa Ueno - Best Friend
  • P!nk - Beautiful Trauma
  • Alan Walker/Noah Cyrus/Digital Farm Animals - All Falls Down
  • Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels - I Miss You
  • AJR/Rivers Cuomo - Sober Up
  • Maroon 5 - Wait
  • Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns - Woman (DEBUT)
  • Spencer - Whatever
  • All Time Low - Last Young Renegade
  • Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes 
  • NF - Let You Down
  • Troye Sivan - My My My! (DEBUT)
  • Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
  • WOLVES - Animal
My Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
2. Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels - I Miss You
3. Maroon 5 - Wait
4. P!nk - Beautiful Trauma
5. Troye Sivan - My My My!


Him & Blurbs

~ Ed Sheeran - Perfect returns to the top spot this week, and I am very happy about this. It is one of his three songs that are in my personal top 5 on this countdown. I would prefer this or Havana at #1, as they are both tied for my favorite song here at the moment. I am just so glad this song is getting the success it deserves. 

~ We also garnered two new top 10 entrants this week with Meant To Be and Good Old Days. I am glad that the latter has made it this far, as I was not expecting it to go this far. Meant To Be is just getting a little less interesting at this point. I certainly don't mind that it is here, but it's just okay, so I really have no reaction to its entry.

~ With our two new entrants, we got rid of Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do, which is okay, I guess. I don't really mind all that much at this point. We also thankfully got rid of Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar from the top 10. I don't even know what that was, but I am glad that it is over. 

~ I personally think that the top 20 is just not getting cleared up at all. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't entered blasted all the way to #19 this week. I seriously don't understand all of the appeal to this song. I just really hope that this is as far as this song goes, but knowing Hits 1's love of Fall Out Boy, I seriously doubt that.

~ Thankfully End Game is edging closer to the top 20, so I hope we can see this one swap out with one of the bad songs for next week. This is one of the best songs here at the moment. 

~ Symon - Lonely Girl surprisingly made a jump above #30 this week, just when I thought that this song was just going to be a flop. Still, this song is nothing special at all. It's not good, or bad, it's just meh. I just feel like this one is more of a space-filler, but I really don't care all that much about how it does at this point.

~ We finally saw a massive drop from Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl. This was just one of the most bland songs I have ever heard from him. I just am ready for this one to leave at this point.

~ Sadly, Zayn/Sia - Dusk Till Dawn and Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? seem to be reaching the end of their countdown tenures, due to their pretty big drops this week. The former especially did not last long enough. I just hope that they stick on just a little bit longer.

~ Hot Damn is (not surprisingly) in the bottom 5 of the countdown at this point. I really was just glad that this song was here. It was good while it lasted.

~ The Hot 45 Chart for this week has been released! If you would like to catch up on that, then head on right over here after this post: http://hotfortyfive.blogspot.com/2018/01/week-of-january-13-2018.html


Let's Do A Top 20 Review!

0-Garbage
20. Imagine Dragons - Believer
19. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar
18. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't

1-Bad
NONE

2-Mediocre
NONE

3-Decent
17. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
16. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft

4-Good
15. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
14. Dua Lipa - New Rules
13. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be

5-Great
12. Charlie Puth - How Long
11. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask
10. Lauv - I Like Me Better
9. Maroon 5/SZA - What Lovers Do
8. Halsey - Bad At Love
7. Macklemore/Kesha - Good Old Days
6. X Ambassadors - Ahead Of Myself
5. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves
4. G-Eazy & Halsey - Him & I
3. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt - Let Me Go  
1. TIE: Camila Cabello - Havana
1. TIE: Ed Sheeran - Perfect

Score: 78% (C+)


My Bottom 5 Countdown Picks
1. Imagine Dragons - Believer
2. Liam Payne - Strip That Down
3. Post Malone/21 Savage - Rockstar
4. Fall Out Boy - Hold Me Tight Or Don't
5. Niall Horan - Slow Hands

My Top 5 Countdown Picks
1. TIE: Ed Sheeran - Perfect
1. TIE: Camila Cabello - Havana
3. Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future - End Game
4. Eminem/Ed Sheeran - River
5. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?

Thanks for reading guys!

~ Jack :)