Hey, everybody. What’s up? It’s True Music Reviews, and today I will be tackling the Top 20 for the twenty-first time! As I predicted before, this was a hectic week: possibly the most crazy it’s been since Beyonce dropped Lemonade. Let’s just jump straight in!
Unsurprisingly, “Cheap Thrills” by Sia clung on to the #1 spot for a fourth week. Expect it to be knocked off next week though. A contender for the top spot is “Cold Water” by Major Lazer, which unsurprisingly rebounded to #2. It left “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris in the dust at #3. I can imagine Harris’s summer anthem will fade out of the Top 20 in accordance to the summer fading out. Despite all of this, the real story this week is the impact of Suicide Squad on the Hot 100. “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots surged up to #4: higher than almost anyone expected! The surprising thing is that the track will probably remain in the Top 5 next week. It booted “One Dance” by Drake down to #4; this will probably be its last week in the Top 5.
Another exciting surprise of this week is the surprising rise of “Closer” by The Chainsmokers up to #6; it managed to beat the second-week slump! If I had to guess, it will be the #1 song in the country next week. Who would’ve guessed that the makers of “#SELFIE” and “New Americana” would have a chart-topping hit! “Rise” by Twenty One Pilots stalled out at #7 this week, but should gain a spot or two next week. The same cannot be said about “Don’t Let Me Down” by the Chainsmokers, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, and “Needed Me” by Rihanna. The songs collapsed to #8, #9, and #10 respectively.
“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele unfortunately left the Top 10 due to wild competition. It does have a small shot at re-entering the Top 10 though. It did manage to outcompete “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake, which debuted at #12. Despite all of this, the best news of this week is the long-awaited entrance of “Into You” by Ariana Grande into the Top 20 at #13. *freaks out* Unfortunately, “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes is also on the rise at #14 and is a likely Top 10 contender in the coming weeks. As I predicted, “Sucker For Pain” from the Suicide Squad soundtrack surged up to #15.
It left “Panda” by Desiigner in the dust at #16. The hype anthem’s time in the Top 20 is looking limited now. Next week, expect it to be overtaken by “Too Good” by Drake, which clocked in at #17 this week. Things aren’t looking so good for “For Free” by DJ Khaled and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth, two songs which seem to have prematurely peaked. The two songs clocked in at #18 and #19 respectively. That leaves “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor at #20. This will thankfully be the song’s last week in the Top 20.
In the chaos of this week, we lost three key summer hits. “Just Like Fire” by P!nk and “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony collapsed down to #21 and #23 respectively. Both songs have exited the Top 20 naturally and had respectable chart runs. However, “Don’t Mind” by Kent Jones is falling unusually fast; it plummeted down to #24 this week. It still should be able to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 for twenty weeks, albeit barely.
On the other hand, “Never Be Like You” by Flume seems poised to enter the Top 20 due to a discount. I would also watch out for “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M. and a possibly re-entry of “Controlla” by Drake. Let’s get into those new entries.
Unlike usual, there are three new arrivals this week. Let’s hop in.
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons - “Sucker For Pain” feat. Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, and Logic | It's simultaneously strange but satisfying to see a posse cut enter the Top 20, especially this one. There are some extremely unconventional pairings on here; who would have guessed that Ty Dolla $ign, Imagine Dragons, and Logic would have collaborated! Regardless, "Sucker For Pain" is a good song that showcases the talents of the various artists pretty well.
Before we dig into each individual artist specifically, let's talk about the instrumental. It's not terribly complex, but it sets the mood well with simple drums, eery organs, and a slick guitar line. I wish it was more dynamic and perhaps it's a tad too slow, but it gets the job done.
Let's talk about each performer individually though. Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons brings his usual charisma to the hook, although I feel like the producers of this song could have capitalized upon his sheer force a bit more. That is what Reynolds specializes at.
Ty Dolla $ign sounds a bit more focused than usual, and his autotune isn't quite as blatant. Sure, the lyrics aren't great, but they do emphasize the themes of unity that are supposedly expressed in the Suicide Squad movie. Admittedly, I have not seen it yet.
Logic is perhaps the strangest addition to this song. He is by far the least well-known artist on here, although he arguably has one of the better parts. He actually brings some energy to the track with a fiery flow and playing multiple roles. He just stands out in the best way.
That being said, the artist that impressed me most is Lil Wayne. Unlike the garbage Weezy has been putting out lately, Wayne sounds focused and isn't using an extreme amount of autotune on his vocals. His wordplay is extremely clever, even if he doesn't strictly relate his verse to the movie.
In all honesty, the two weakest links here are probably Wiz Khalifa and Sam Harris of X Ambassadors. Their respective roles were short and could have easily been cut out. Neither artist really contributed anything to the song and just dragged it out.
"Sucker For Pain" could have been a bit more energetic, but it's a good song overall. The six diverse artists on this track came together much more nicely than I would have expected.
Low 7 - Middle 7
Ariana Grande - “Into You” | I seriously cannot tell you how excited I am to see "Into You" crack the Top 20. This is by far the best Ariana Grande song I have heard, and it will be extremely difficult for her to talk this. She completely plays to her strengths in "Into You" and produces an incredible song while doing so.
For a start, Max Martin absolutely nailed this instrumental. It features the dynamism that "Sucker For Pain" lacked for a start. The epic bassline, the blasts of synth in the chorus, and the epic bridge are pop perfection. The snap sound could have been a bit refined, but that's nit-picking.
Despite the high bar that Martin sets, Ariana brings her all to "Into You". The lyrics perfectly balance sexuality and romance, and for once, Ariana completely sells them. However, her phenomenal vocals are the highlight of the song. Ariana has always been at her best when she underplays her vocals, and she does so perfectly. Even in the bombastic chorus, she refrains from belting.
All in all, "Into You" is the pinnacle of Ariana Grande tracks. It's one of the best songs to crack the Top 20 this year, and will likely be very high on my year-end best songs list.
DJ Snake - “Let Me Love You” feat. Justin Bieber | As you may remember, I wasn't very impressed with "Middle" when it first blew up back in the Spring. I still am not a fan of the shrill anthem. Despite that, "Let Me Love You" is a decent song in which DJ Snake and Justin Bieber play it safe.
That being said, I still think there's a lot to like here. Justin Bieber's vocals are a lot more impassioned than usual, and the lyrics help reflect Bieber's desperate cries. The melody is moderately catchy and the accompanying harmonies are gorgeous.
If I had to choose one thing I dislike about "Let Me Love You", it would be that I feel like I've heard it all before. The instrumental sounds almost identical to that of "Lean On". DJ Snake obviously comes through, but "Let Me Love You" simply fades in comparison to Major Lazer's epic anthem from last year.
In sum, "Let Me Love You" is a pretty good DJ Snake and Justin Bieber anthem. Sure, it isn't as good as "Lean On", but I think this is significantly better than "Middle" and I would like to see this get popular.
High 6 - Low 7
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