Hey, everybody. What’s up? It’s True Music Reviews, and today I will be tackling the Top 20 for the twentieth time! Let’s just jump straight in!
“Cheap Thrills” by Sia latched onto another week at the top and is projected to have at least one more week at the summit of the chart. Despite this, it’s certainly already peaked and looking quite unstable at the top. “One Dance” by Drake, “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris, and “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake all rebounded to #2, #3, and #4 respectively. All three songs seem to have peaked at this point. Despite falling to #5, “Cold Water” by Major Lazer surged in airplay this week. I predict that it will be the next song that top the charts; watch this.
“Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers and “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots stalled out at #6 and #7 this week. Expect the latter to leapfrog the former next week. Despite stalling out at #8 this week, this may be the last week that “Needed Me” by Rihanna will spend in the Top 10. It still has had a respectable chart run. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers unsurprisingly debuted at #9; I will be talking about the track’s quality later. It left “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele in the dust at #10.
Now, if you don’t know already, the Suicide Squad movie is now officially out. This is one of a few key factors that will ensure that next week’s Top 20 will be absolutely chaotic. One key gain that you should look out for is that of “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots, which clocked in at #11 this week. The single will easily crack the Top 10 and possibly even the Top 5. “Panda” by Desiigner fell to #12 this week and will probably be lost in next week’s frenzy. Same can be said about “For Free” by DJ Khaled, “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor, and “Don’t Mind” by Kent Jones. The aforementioned tracks clocked in at #13, #14, and #15 respectively.
One movement that perplexed me is that of “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony up to #16. It supposedly lead the week in digital gains, and I have no clue how it managed to pull this off. This may be the track’s last week in the Top 20 though. Same can be said about “Just Like Fire” by P!nk, which cascaded down to #17 this week. “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes mercifully fell to #18 this week, although it still picked up gains. Unfortunately, it is probably sticking around for at least a few more weeks. San can be said about “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth which I’ll be talking about later. Finally, “Too Good” by Drake capped off the Top 20 at #20. Nothing too surprising there.
In terms of this week’s dropouts, we had two. The first is “Controlla” by Drake to #21. It will be lingering around for a while though, especially if it gets a video. The same cannot be said about “HOLY” by Florida Georgia Line, which finally fell to #23 and out of the Top 20. I wouldn’t expect it to reenter.
On the other hand, expect a few key songs entering. The first of which is “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake, which threatens to be yet another hit that Justin Bieber had his hands over in 2016. It will certainly debut high, possibly even in the Top 10. We also have “Sucker For Pain” from the Suicide Squad soundtrack; the movie’s momentum should easily propel the track into the Top 20. Best of all, “Into You” by Ariana Grande finally seems to be getting its break in the Top 20 due to a discount and additional lyric video. I doubt there will be any other new entries.
As usual, there are two new arrivals this week. Let’s dive in.
Charlie Puth - “We Don’t Talk Anymore” feat. Selena Gomez
I'm just amazed that I don't hate this. It's literally a collaboration between two of 2016's worst artists, and I don't hate it. Sure, it's nowhere near good, but it's not terrible either.
That is all.
The Chainsmokers - “Closer” feat. Halsey
Get ready for another history lesson! If you told me a year ago that the "#SELFIE" producers would have not 1, not 2, but 3 Top 10 hits in 2016, I would laugh at you. This year, they have proven to produce really solid 'growers'. They even made a solid song with Daya, god dammit.
On the other hand, my first experience with Halsey is with the absolutely egregious "New Americana". I still completely stand by my decision of naming it as one of the absolute worst songs of last year. While Halsey is certainly not a very good singer, it's her Tumblr-esque persona that really turns me off from her as a person and as a musician.
Let's talk about "Closer" though. The Chainsmokers come through with a flawed, albeit decent instrumental. The tight percussion and stabs of synth blend well with the pianos in the chorus, although I'm not a fan of the drop. Fun fact: the clap sound throughout this song came straight out of a free 9th Wonder drum kit.
"Closer" also marks the first time one of the Chainsmokers stepped out in front of the mic. In all honesty, I don't think this was the smartest move, since Andrew Taggart is a weak vocalist. I like how Halsey and the Chainsmokers play off of each other lyrically, but the theme of the song is a bit too muddled me to buy into the lyrics of the song.
"Closer" is alright I suppose, and I guess it can grow on me like the Chainsmokers' other singles. As of right now, I'm not a huge fan though.
Low 5 - Middle 5
That’s all...stay tuned for more true music reviews!