Hey, everybody. What’s up? It’s True Music Reviews, and today I will be tackling the Top 20 for the seventeenth time! Let’s just jump straight in
I am doubtful of “One Dance” by Drake’s ability to stay at the top now. Drake’s completely fucked up the rollout of the song; he needs to fire his marketing team at this point, because they are completely fucking him over. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake is also bound to lose a spot or two next week from its current #2 spot; the sooner it exits the Top 5, the better. As I predicted last week, “Cheap Thrills” by Sia is poised to take the top slot next week, due to its intense airplay momentum. It clocked in at #3 this week. “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris may also crack the Top 3 next week, even though it only charted at #4 this week. Finally, we have “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers at #5, which will be plummeting out of the Top 5 shortly.
“Don’t Let Me Down” will find competition in “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots, which flew up to #6 this week. Meanwhile, “Needed Me” by Rihanna managed to hold onto its #7 spot, while “Panda” by Desiigner sinked to #8. Desiigner’s time in the Top 10 is starting to look very finite. “Don’t Mind” by Kent Jones managed to stall out at #9 this week. Although the track seems to have peaked, it will probably linger around in the Top 10 for a tad while longer. “Send My Love To Your New Lover” by Adele finally cracked the Top 10 at #10, although it will face some competition that I will talk about later in the video.
“Just Like Fire” by P!nk stalled out at #11, despite it still making gains. It has spent a considerable amount of time in this region of the charts, and will probably be sticking around in the Top 20 for a decent chunk of time. On the other hand, “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony naturally descended to #12 and continued its path out of the Top 20. “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” by Mike Posner, “HOLY” by Florida Georgia Line, and “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor all stalled out at #13, #14, and #15 respectively.
The latter two songs will likely leapfrog the former soon. However, let’s not underestimate the power of “Controlla” by Drake, which rose to #16 this week. It will provide some competition to the aforementioned songs in the coming weeks. Speaking of Drake, “For Free” by DJ Khaled ascended to #17 this week; with the forthcoming album boost, this could potentially be one of DJ Khaled’s biggest hits. “Let It Go” by James Bay predictably fell to #18 this week, although I’m grateful that it didn’t exit the Top 20 completely. That leaves us with two new entries: “Too Good” by Drake and “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, which clocked in at #19 and #20 respectively.
Thankfully, this was a great year for dropouts, as we lost both “Work” by Rihanna and “7 Years” by Lukas Graham, two absolutely terrible songs that are painful remnants of the earlier parts of 2016. I can’t imagine either will reenter the Top 20, especially since next week will likely be pretty busy for new entries.
Speaking of those new entries, unless you have been living under a thick rock, you probably know that both Katy Perry and Britney have brand new singles out. “Rise” by Katy Perry will undoubtedly crack the Top 20, and even has the potential to debut in the Top 10. On the other hand, we have “Make Me” by Britney Spears, which may crack the Top 20, but even if it doesn’t, it is bound to debut high. Otherwise, I’m not to sure. “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots might reenter the Top 20, or perhaps “Never Be Like You” by Flume may finally crack the Top 20. “I Got The Keys” by DJ Khaled seems to be picking up a lot of steam right now as well. Let’s get into these new entries though.
Shawn Mendes - “Treat You Better” | Before we get into the review, I want to apologize for making a really shitty prediction last week. I subconsciously knew that the video would propel “Treat You Better” into the Top 20, but instead, I said that the J-Lo charity song would debut into the Top 20. It wasn’t even close to cracking the Top 40. Now, moving on.
I don't really think I've ever really talked about Shawn Mendes before, but I can't really stand the guy. I'm just not into the infamous 'white guy with acoustic guitar' genre of music, and "Treat You Better" truly epitomizes all of the flaws with that genre. It's an absolutely loathsome piece of garbage that is one of the worst singles I've heard all year.
Before we get to my main grips with "Treat You Better", let's talk about the musical issues that "Treat You Better" has, and trust me, it has many. The instrumental is as stiff as a wood ruler and Mendes's immature vocals are borderline unbearable. The melody is invasive, yet I don't really feel the incentive to sing along to it.
Despite all of this, the main issue of "Treat You Better" is the absolutely atrocious lyrics. The thing that infuriates me about "Treat You Better" is Shawn's smugness; he's acting like stealing someone's girlfriend is a romantic gesture, and all of his fangirls are eating it up. This is an absolutely reprehensible song that I pray won't stick around in the Top 20 for long.
High 1 - Low 2
Drake - “Too Good” feat. Rihanna | It's 1:30 in the morning, man. I'm tired as fuck. I'm just going to make this quick. Drake's "Too Good" isn't a particularly a good song, and most of the blame can be put on the lyrics. The instrumental has grown on me, and I do like its organic sound.
Despite this, I just can't help but gravitate to how querulous Drake and Rihanna sound. Both performers portray themselves in a really poor light, but they lack the self-awareness to make the song redeemable. It's not a particular catchy song either.
I guess "Too Good" is borderline decent, but I wish both Drake and Rihanna put in as much effort into their portion of the song as Nineteen85, the producer, did.
Middle 5 - High 5
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