Our (Arguable) Top 10 in Music

A column where self proclaimed producer “Jwill” gives his take on the top 10


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What’s up BHS, have you guys been listening to a lot of music? Back at it with another review of the top 10 in the music.

1) Kill Bill (SZA) – Tik Tok made this song annoying to me–but if I disregard that fact, it’s not that bad. It gets kind of tiring to hear a bunch of songs on the top 10 with pretty much the same subject matter, but vocally SZA has a strong presence. It’s a pretty basic pop song though, so I don’t really have much to say about it. 7/10

2) Flowers (Miley Cyrus) – Flowers makes you feel good for Miley as she conquers her issues from her previous relationships. Even though this concept is not a new one by any means, this song is just an instance of being well put together and actually has relevance to what happened to her not very long ago. She is basically saying, “I’m doing fine on my own.” I’m sure this song helps to empower others who are going through this same trauma, which helps to explain why it is so popular. As for the different elements in the song, I’d say they combine to make an above average song. 7/10

3) Creepin’ (The Weeknd & 21 Savage) – The overall consensus on this song is that it was one of the better songs on the album. I agree with this sentiment because all the different segments of this song have their own place, forming a complete and immersive experience. Even though 21 isn’t rapping on a traditional trap beat, he still keeps up the quality that he is known for with some interesting bars that he sneaks in. The Weeknd delivers with yet another outstanding performance. Metro keeps it interesting–constantly stopping, bringing back and changing out instruments throughout the beat, as well as switching up the beat for 21’s verse. 8/10

4) Superhero (Future & Chris Brown) – Coming in as the first full-fledged single from Metro Boomin’s new album Heroes & Villians I think it sets the tone really well for what’s to come. The dark and simple instrumental from Metro acts as a canvas for Future to glide over with his classic flow. Future does his thing in what I would say is an up to the mark verse with a beat switch coming at the end of the song. Chris Brown rounds the song off with a nice singing part showing off his vocal talent that we have all come to know so well. As the album goes on, there are much better songs (as well as better songs on this list) but that doesn’t mean this song is bad…I’d say just about average. 6/10

5) Rich Flex (Drake & 21 Savage) – Even though this song sounds kind of goofy at times, I think it is a solid performance from the duo. I feel like if you want to have a good time listening to this song, you just have to play into the non-serious tones of the song and go along with the nice flows and beat switches. It’s nothing revolutionary, but I can certainly appreciate it when an otherwise formulaic song adds some playful lyrics and beat switches. He’s Drake: what does he have to prove? I understand some people could dislike it for that same purpose but I don’t have it in me to hate a song like this. 6/10

6) Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift) – Probably around 90% of Taylor’s music is centered around the concept of failing relationships and she has done the same thing for a really long time, so I don’t have too much to say about this one. She slips some above-average lyricism in the song at some points but overall it comes out to be a very average song. She has many better songs–in other songs there is more passion in her voice. In this one, she seems to not be as interested in giving her best vocal performance with a calm delivery. 5/10

7) Spin Bout u (Drake & 21 Savage) – There were many highs and lows to Drake’s new album, but personally, this was definitely one of the highs. This song exudes a feel-good aura with above average performances from Drake and 21 along with a very bouncy instrumental. I appreciate the experimental high hats and drums in the background which mixed well with the singing and rapping from Drake. Those two factors separate this song that little bit more from the rest of the songs on this album and makes it a standout for sure. It’s usually a good sign when you can listen to the song multiple times in a row and not get sick of it. 8/10

8) golden hour (Jvke) – Though the message of this song is simple, it’s a powerful one with a strong vocal performance from Jvke mixed with the strings in the instrumental. There are many reasons to like this song, but it just sounds so large and all encompassing. The weird kind of rapping flow in between the two hooks is an interesting choice that doesn’t sound too bad. I could see it getting annoying once you hear it a lot, but I can’t really harp on it too much for that since that goes for most songs. Although there is a certain simplicity to this song, I feel like it achieves it’s goal to give the listener an experience. 7/10

9) Die For You (The Weeknd) – “Die For You” is kind of like a roller coaster to listen to. The Weeknd’s vocals mix perfectly with the beat as it ramps up to the hook then right after the hook it goes straight into building up to the next climax with the second instance of the hook. Though lyrically it is nothing special, I like this song mainly because everything sounds so clear and The Weeknd has a certain passion in his voice that is hard to replicate. I haven’t listened to this one before this review but I can see myself putting it on for some late night drives. 7/10

10) Low (SZA) – This song isn’t bad, not amazing either though: pretty mediocre. Even though it gets out of the “bad” category, I don’t think the hard bass at the beginning of the song (as well as later on) fits SZA’s voice very much. My favorite parts of the song are the singing parts in the middle of the song and near the end since her vocals get to shine a bit more. There’s not very much substance lyrically to this song, so that about wraps it up. 6/10