Welcome to a new year of great songs! Some of last issue’s songs are still holding on to spots in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, so a few of these are from farther down on the list. Let’s crack down our 10 songs for this year’s first review.
1) God’s Plan – Drake – Some parts of this song sounded like they were recorded while Drake was half asleep. He mumbled the words so much, they just had to layer on the auto-tune to hide it. I do somewhat enjoy the instrumentals behind it, but that’s all. I wish I knew the meaning behind this song, because the song itself didn’t make it clear.
2) Perfect – Ed Sheeran – I love this song so much, I don’t know if words can express it. The strumming pattern behind the lyrics is such a solid foundation, it doesn’t overpower and works beautifully with the other strings. The lyrics set up a fairy tale scene with the way Sheeran sings it. This song is, well, so perfect the way it is that I now don’t like to listen to the Beyoncé version.
3) Havana – Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – I don’t know what it is about this song, but it’s just so fun to listen to! It has a great driving beat and utilizes the lower half of Cabello’s singing range, which is very refreshing when we usually hear her belting. The trumpet solo fits perfectly with the theme of the song adding to the reputable vocals.
4) Finesse – Bruno Mars & Cardi B – This song came straight from the 90’s, which was clearly the intended purpose after seeing the duo’s performance at the Grammys. This song is about dancing, but not necessarily through the vocals or the meaning, which is OK since I couldn’t decipher what Cardi B is saying anyway. I wish Mars had done a little more, singing-wise, in his parts of the song. Regardless, this is a fun throwback song.
5) Bad at Love – Halsey – I really like the meaning behind this song and, of course, Halsey’s amazing vocals. What I don’t like is how she chooses to pronounce ‘frustrate’ numerous times in the song, it’s very frustrating with an ‘r’! In all seriousness, her verses aren’t intense but are a good contrast to the chorus that add to the complexity of the song.
6) Diplomatic Immunity – Drake – I’m sure there are plenty of people who enjoy this type of song, but I am not one of them. There is some deep meaning behind what Drake is saying, but this song feels like he is just ranting over a beat. No real music with notes or singing happens until the last 10 seconds of the song. This type of song is a good way to express your feelings, but it’s not something I could get stuck in my head due to the lack of note patterns.
7) New Rules – Dua Lipa – This is my type of break-up song. Dua Lipa is not sad and writing a tragic love song, but instead making a plan on how to get over a guy to better herself. I usually don’t like very automated songs, but the vocals mask that for me, not to mention that it’s so darn catchy!
8) Meant to Be – Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – I wouldn’t have paired these two up if given the option because of how different they are from each other, but they mesh surprisingly well. This song is definitely an earworm, as most country songs are. Another country song about love, but this one has a unique combination.
9) Him and I – G-Eazy & Halsey- This song isn’t all that interesting, but some parts are catchy. All the singing parts with Halsey obviously sound good, but it’s all the same. The G-Eazy verses aren’t terrible but are still relatively boring. Not too much to say about this song.
10) Fall Apart – Post Malone – I can safely say that this is the Post Malone song that I hate the least. More vocals that sound decent instead of just pumping auto-tune. You can really hear his emotions in the chorus. I still can’t understand every word he says, but I can get the idea.