Saturday, June 16, 2018

Panic! At The Disco (2) – Week Of June 16, 2018

Hey guys! So definitely a little more went on than usual this week. We still have a great #1 song, which is really good. We also have major drops and some random jumps as well as a load of new songs. So let's get into it! Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#31)
  • Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars (#38)
  • Halsey – Bad At Love (#40) [2 Weeks At #1]
  • Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#41)
  • Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#42)
  • MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#44) [!!!]

Last Week's #1 Song: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
The Countdown
45. Camila Cabello – Havana (#45) [1 Week At #1]
44. Charlie Puth – How Long (#39) [2 Weeks At #1]
43. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#28)
42. Hundred Handed – Too Good (DEBUT)
41. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#37) [2 Weeks At #1]
40. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#25) [1 Week At #1]
39. Zayn – Let Me (#26)
38. U2/Cheat Codes – Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (DEBUT)
37. 5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood (DEBUT)
36. Dua Lipa – New Rules (#43)
35. Sam Smith/Logic – Pray (DEBUT)
34. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#36) [1 Week At #1]
33. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#33) [5 Weeks At #1]
32. Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar (DEBUT)
31. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#21)
30. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (#20)
29. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#29)
28. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#13)
27. Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa – One Kiss (#34)
26. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#27)
25. Bazzi – Mine (#24)
24. Maren Morris – Rich (#35)
23. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#14)
22. Maroon 5/Cardi B – Girls Like You (DEBUT)
21. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#6)
20. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#15) [1 Week At #1]
19. Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Ass Friends (#32)
18. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#19) [1 Week At #1]
17. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#23)
16. Echosmith – Over My Head (#30)
15. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (#18)
14. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (#17)
13. Halsey – Alone (#12)
12. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#9)
11. Selena Gomez – Back To You (#22)
10. Maroon 5 – Wait (#11)
  9. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (#10)
  8. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#7)
  7. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#4)
  6. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#8)
  5. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#3) [1 Week At #1]
  4. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (#16)
  3. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#5)
  2. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#2) [9 Weeks At #1]
  1. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#1) [2nd Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (2)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Tie Between Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me, Bad Wolves – Zombie, Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/F.G.L. – Let Me Go, and G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (–15)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Echosmith – Over My Head (+14)

New Entrants
~ We are cleaning house this week as we have six new songs coming in. We'll go from worst to best. Kicking things off with the highest debut of the week, we have more Maroon 5 (a.k.a. The Adam Levine Experience). This time they bring Girls Like You, which was rereleased to include a verse by none other than Cardi B, who has been quite big this past year for some reason. As far as the song goes, I originally disliked it. But I have warmed up to it over the past week. So now it's okay. I like Cardi B's verse, but everything else about the song is not very exciting. I expect more from Maroon 5. It's in blue now, but that doesn't mean it can't change back to red.

~ Next we have Hundred Handed with the song Too Good. I don't have much to say about this one. It's good to say the very least. I like the production. The song has a nice vibe to it. But it's not something I picture myself going out of my way to listen to. If it comes on Hits 1, that's fine. I won't change it. But I will probably never listen to it outside of there. I also don't think it'll stick with me in the long run and I doubt it'll last that long here anyway. But who knows? I didn't think songs like I Like Me Better would stay very long and look at that one.

~ Next we have U2 with Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way, which is a long title I hope to not have to write very much other than in the countdown list. I talked a lot about this one last week when it was on Hit-Bound. The original version is decent, but the Cheat Codes remix, which is the one we're working with, gives it a little bit more life. The production is pretty good until we get to the drop, which is kind of annoying. But that aside, I like everything else about the drop. I love Bono's vocals. I think he shines very nicely here. I'd be interested to see this song do well. It was a very random song to pick up on, but it's enjoyable for the time being.

~ Next we have the return of Sam Smith with Pray featuring Logic. Right off the bat, I love this song. Sam Smith has such a great voice that has so much emotion in it. I think he sounds great here. I love the bridge of the song at the 2:30 mark. There I think he sounds fantastic. Logic also has a great contribution here. I think his verses flow really nicely and I'm glad Sam Smith rereleased the song with him because he's a very nice fit. Overall, really great song and I hope it does well. Sam Smith is one of those artists who's deserving of every hit he gets.

~ Next we have Liam Payne with Familiar. Hits 1 edited out J Balvin and I already wrote my complaints about that in a previous post. I thought he had a great contribution and I loved the mix of English and Spanish, but whatever. The song is still great with or without him I guess. This is easily Liam's best song so far. I love the Latin vibe. The production here is the best thing about the song. Liam actually sounds pretty good on here. It's a huge step up from what he's done in the past including Strip That Down and Get Low. I wouldn't mind seeing this song do well.

~ Finally we have 5 Seconds Of Summer with Youngblood from their new album which just came out yesterday. When this debuted on Hit-Bound, I said it wasn't as good as its predecessor and that it was only green because I was being generous. But that has obviously changed now with it being the best debut of the week. I think the song is great. It's definitely one of their best songs in their whole career. The instrumentation and production are really good. I love the chorus to this song with the beat and the vocals. It sounds great in my opinion. The vocals are really good here. I don't know what I was thinking when I first reviewed this because this is truly a really great song and I would say better than Want You Back. I have no doubt that this song will do well and I look forward to it.


Best Debut of the Week: 5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood


Hit-Bound
~ Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • Big Boi – All Night (DEBUT)
  • Cole Redding – Father Father (DEBUT)
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You)
  • The Wrecks – James Dean
  • Dennis Lloyd – Nevermind
  • Fall Out Boy – The Last Of The Real Ones
  • Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
  • Meghan Trainor – Let You Be Right
  • Backstreet Boys – Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  • Cardi B – I Like It
  • lovelytheband – Broken
  • HRVY – Personal
  • Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
  • MNEK/Hailee Steinfeld – Colour (DEBUT)
  • BTS – Fake Love (DEBUT)

~ I do not see the appeal with All Night. It's not the worst thing rap has to offer. But it is just not good. I'm hoping this doesn't debut on the countdown. But Hits 1 is weird sometimes so we never know.

~ Cole Redding debuts with Father Father on Father's Day weekend. The song is sweet and it's enjoyable. I don't have much else to say at the moment. But it's a good song and I wouldn't mind seeing success out of it.

~ Next we have MNEK returning with Hailee Steinfeld on the track Colour. I'm reviewing this solely based on the iTunes preview I heard. It's an okay song. I'll try to listen to it in full sometime and we'll see if my thoughts change. But it's nothing too interesting.

~ I can't picture myself ever being part of BTS' crazy fanbase. Seriously some people go absolutely insane for these guys and I can't say I totally understand their appeal. Their music is nothing special. They're good dancers, but that's it. Fake Love is no different. I will admit that it's better than most of their songs. But it just doesn't appeal to me. BTS doesn't appeal to me. My apologies if I triggered any BTS fan, but I'm just being honest here.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
2. Backstreet Boys – Don't Go Breaking My Heart
3. Fall Out Boy – The Last Of The Real Ones
4. Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
5. The Wrecks – James Dean


Blurbs Like You
~ Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry is now up in the Top 5 a little sooner than expected. But I'm happy with it. I've been enjoying this song quite a bit lately. I wouldn't object to it hitting #1 sometime in the future.

~ Selena Gomez – Back To You made a nice jump up to #11. I'm happy to see this song doing well. I've been enjoying it a lot lately. It's definitely her best solo song since, I would say, Come & Get It. Though The Heart Wants What It Wants was pretty good too.

~ Echosmith – Over My Head made a sudden jump into the Top 20. I still don't care for this song and I don't think it should be any higher than this. But I guess it could be worse.

~ Speaking of sudden jumps into the Top 20, Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Friends randomly rose to #19 this week. I like the song, so I don't mind. But I wasn't expecting it. I pictured this song just straight up flopping. I guess it's a good thing that I was wrong.

~ We have four songs tied for the Biggest DROP!!!... of the Week, which I don't think has happened ever in my almost five years of recapping this countdown. Tell Me You Love Me and Zombie dropping were both uncalled for. I'm hoping they can both jump back up. But I don't think it'll happen unfortunately given that they're not exactly massive hits. But neither are Over My Head or I Wanna Know, but whatever I guess. The drops from Let Me Go and Him & I were expected since they're both pretty old. Let Me Go I think is the second oldest song on the countdown after Thunder. I'm still pretty damn impressed with this song's run.

~ AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up thankfully fell out of the Top 30 and Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho thankfully fell out of the Top 20. I kinda want these songs outta here as soon as possible.

~ I'm not really sure why Dua Lipa – New Rules is still here.

~ As far as the exits go, No Excuses thankfully left quickly. I'm glad because it didn't take long for that one to get annoying. No one cared for Hurt Somebody so I'm kinda glad that one is gone too. Bad At Love was getting pretty damn old, so I'm happy with that one leaving. But then we have three good songs departing. Finesse had a nice run and I'm glad I finally got to enjoy a Bruno Mars song from 24K Magic. That one was quite enjoyable. All The Stars was underrated, but it's almost guaranteed to make an appearance in my Top 45 songs of 2018. So there's that I guess. Seriously though. Kendrick Lamar and SZA deserved more than that. Finally we have Lights Down Low, which had one hell of a long countdown run for a song that never hit the Top 5. I loved it when it debuted on Hit-Bound around January of last year, and I still love it now. It's such a sweet song that I'm glad ended up being a hit this year. It's a shame to see it go after staying for so long. But I'm very satisfied with how well it did and I'm glad MAX had a big hit here. Goodbye, Lights Down Low. You will be missed.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
NONE

1 – Bad:
20. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle

2 – Mediocre:
19. Maroon 5 – Wait
18. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends

3 – Decent:
17. Echosmith – Over My Head
16. Dua Lipa – IDGAF
15. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
14. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
13. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
12. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
11. Halsey – Alone
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose
9. Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Friends
8. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
7. Taylor Swift – Delicate
6. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
5. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
4. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
3. Selena Gomez – Back To You
2. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (+2 extra points for being #1)

Overall Score: 87/100 = 87% (A)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Daughtry – Over You

Most Missed Countdown Song: Ke$ha – Crazy Kids

#1 Recommendations For Hits 1: Kygo/Imagine Dragons – Born To Be Yours and Hayley Kiyoko/Kehlani – What I Need

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#1)


My Top 5 Picks
1. TIE: Bad Wolves – Zombie
1. TIE: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen
3. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
4. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood
5. Walk The Moon – One Foot

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Panic! At The Disco (1) – Week Of June 9, 2018

Hey guys! Things are slowly looking better around here. I feel like I say that a lot. But it's true and I really don't have much else to say. Hopefully June can be a good month for the countdown. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#44)
  • Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#45)

Last Week's #1 Song: Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
The Countdown
45. Camila Cabello – Havana (#43) [1 Week At #1]
44. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#37)
43. Dua Lipa – New Rules (#36)
42. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#38)
41. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#38)
40. Halsey – Bad At Love (#41) [2 Weeks At #1]
39. Charlie Puth – How Long (#42) [2 Weeks At #1]
38. Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars (#40)
37. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#34) [2 Weeks At #1]
36. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#24) [1 Week At #1]
35. Maren Morris – Rich (DEBUT)
34. Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa – One Kiss (DEBUT)
33. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#32) [5 Weeks At #1]
32. Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Ass Friends (#33)
31. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#11)
30. Echosmith – Over My Head (#28)
29. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#18)
28. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#31)
27. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#23)
26. Zayn – Let Me (#29)
25. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#30) [1 Week At #1]
24. Bazzi – Mine (#27)
23. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#20)
22. Selena Gomez – Back To You (#22)
21. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#25)
20. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (#35)
19. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#17) [1 Week At #1]
18. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (#26)
17. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (#21)
16. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (#19)
15. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#6) [1 Week At #1]
14. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#12)
13. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#8)
12. Halsey – Alone (#16)
11. Maroon 5 – Wait (#10)
10. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (#14)
  9. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#13)
  8. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#7)
  7. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#15)
  6. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#9)
  5. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#3)
  4. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#5)
  3. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#1) [1 Week At #1]
  2. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#2) [9 Weeks At #1]
  1. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#4) [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Zedd/Alessia Cara – Stay (3)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (–20)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (+15)

New Entrants
~ First up this week, we have Maren Morris with Rich. I'm willing to bet everything I own that the only reason this song is here is because of The Middle. If it weren't for that song, these people at Hits 1 wouldn't care less about who Maren Morris is. I do like some of her songs like My Church (because of her stellar vocals) and 80s Mercedes (because of the catchy production). But Rich is just not one of those songs. She comes off as very arrogant and full of herself on here and that kinda just turns me off. She's talented, but I don't think this song shows that. I know she's capable of more. In the meantime, I'm hoping this song doesn't become a big hit, which I don't think it will given that I haven't really seen it anywhere else.

~ Next we have the return of producer Calvin Harris with the help of Dua Lipa on the track One Kiss. This song has definitely grown on me with repeated listens. It's definitely nowhere near Calvin Harris' best work. But it's good to say the very least in terms of the production. I know Calvin Harris has been going for a different sound lately with his most recent album which had two great singles that made it onto my favorite songs of 2017. One Kiss, while not exactly topping those songs, is good on its own. Dua Lipa sounds good on the track. Overall, the song is just good. It's nothing amazing, but it's enjoyable for the time being and it could still potentially grow on me more.


Best Debut of the Week: Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa – One Kiss


Hit-Bound
~ Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
  • HRVY – Personal
  • Fall Out Boy – The Last Of The Real Ones
  • Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good
  • Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
  • 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood
  • Cardi B – I Like It
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You)
  • Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
  • lovelytheband – Broken
  • Meghan Trainor – Let You Be Right
  • Dennis Lloyd – Nevermind
  • The Wrecks – James Dean
  • U2/Cheat Codes – Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (DEBUT)
  • Backstreet Boys – Don't Go Breaking My Heart (DEBUT)
  • Maroon 5/Cardi B – Girls Like You (DEBUT)

~ First we have Maroon 5 with another mediocre single from Red Pill Blues, titled Girls Like You. The song is very underwhelming in terms of the production and the vocals. Cardi B's verse is probably the only thing about the song that's actually interesting. Other than that, this is nothing exciting at all. The Adam Levine Experience strikes again.

~ Next we have U2 with Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way, which is from their most recent album, Songs of Experience. I know their last album, Songs of Innocence, had some pretty good songs like Cedarwood Road. I haven't listened to the newer album though, so I might check it out. Hits 1 apparently plays the Cheat Codes remix of this new song, which is good I guess. The original was decent, but the remix made it just slightly better. I like Bono's vocals and that's probably the best thing about the song. But the production is just slightly annoying at certain points and I'll blame Cheat Codes for that. Nothing against U2. The song is green, but it could change to blue.

~ Finally we have the long-awaited return of the Backstreet Boys with Don't Go Breaking My Heart. I think this song is really good. It's fun and catchy and definitely something I can picture myself singing along to. Easily the best debut of the week. I'm very excited to have these guys back. Hopefully this debuts on the countdown soon.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
2. Backstreet Boys – Don't Go Breaking My Heart
3. Fall Out Boy – The Last Of The Real Ones
4. Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
5. Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar


One Blurb
~ We have another new #1 song in the form of Say Amen, which is the best #1 song we've had a long time (since Good Old Days). I'm very happy about this and I'm glad Hits 1 has been treating it well. It really is a great song as is everything else from Pray For The Wicked so far. Panic! At The Disco needs some better recognition outside of this station.

~ We have three new songs in the Top 10. In My Blood took quite a while to get there. IDGAF didn't take very long on the other hand. As far as the latter goes, the title of the song pretty much explains how I feel about it being in the Top 10. Frankly, I just can't care less about this song. Finally we have Done For Me, which is the exciting Top 10 entrant. I look forward to this being a big hit for not just Charlie Puth, but Kehlani as well.

~ The drop from Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho last week clearly did not last long. I really don't expect it to do anything. It'll probably fall right back down next week, which I'm hoping will be the case.

~ Meanwhile, AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up is still jumping for some reason??? Can we please stop this. The song has been here much longer than it should've been. I'm not sure why we're making these garbage songs hits.

~ Meghan Trainor – No Excuses and Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same both made some nice drops out of the Top 30. Hopefully we can say goodbye to them soon, though it'll probably be another couple months.

~ Somehow, Charlie Puth – How Long broke out of the Bottom 5 for the first time in a while. This song is still slowly fading on me. So I wouldn't mind it leaving pretty soon.

~ As far as the exits go, Feel It Still stayed absolutely way too long. That was terrible. I liked the song at first. But my god radio killed it. This should've left months ago. But at least it's gone now. We also lost Marshmello/Selena Gomez – Wolves, which I was slowly getting sick of. So I don't mind seeing it leave. It was nice while it lasted though.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho

1 – Bad:
19. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle

2 – Mediocre:
18. Maroon 5 – Wait
17. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends

3 – Decent:
16. Dua Lipa – IDGAF
15. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
14. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
13. Niall Horan – On The Loose
12. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
11. Halsey – Alone
10. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
9. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
8. Taylor Swift – Delicate
7. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
6. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
5. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
4. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. TIE: Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
1. TIE: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (+2 extra points for being #1)
1. TIE: Bad Wolves – Zombie

Overall Score: 86/100 = 86% (A)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

Most Missed Countdown Song: One Direction – Story Of My Life

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Kane Brown – Lose It

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#3)


My Top 5 Picks
1. TIE: Bad Wolves – Zombie
1. TIE: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen
1. TIE: Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
4. Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
5. Walk The Moon – One Foot

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Imagine Dragons (1) – Week Of June 2, 2018

I'm running out of things to say in these introductions. Things are starting to look a little bit better around here, but not too much. So yeah. I really don't have anything else to say. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Drake – God's Plan (#39)

Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
The Countdown
45. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#44)
44. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#43)
43. Camila Cabello – Havana (#42) [1 Week At #1]
42. Charlie Puth – How Long (#45) [2 Weeks At #1]
41. Halsey – Bad At Love (#40) [2 Weeks At #1]
40. Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars (#32)
39. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#38)
38. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#37)
37. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#41)
36. Dua Lipa – New Rules (#34)
35. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (#19)
34. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#31) [2 Weeks At #1]
33. Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Ass Friends (#36)
32. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#21) [5 Weeks At #1]
31. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#30)
30. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#26) [1 Week At #1]
29. Zayn – Let Me (#33)
28. Echosmith – Over My Head (DEBUT)
27. Bazzi – Mine (#25)
26. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (#24)
25. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#29)
24. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#28) [1 Week At #1]
23. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#27)
22. Selena Gomez – Back To You (#22)
21. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (#35)
20. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#21)
19. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (#20)
18. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#15)
17. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#14) [1 Week At #1]
16. Halsey – Alone (#13)
15. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#17)
14. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (#18)
13. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#12)
12. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#16)
11. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#11)
10. Maroon 5 – Wait (#8)
  9. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#9)
  8. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#10)
  7. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#7)
  6. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#2) [1 Week At #1]
  5. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#6)
  4. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#5)
  3. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#4)
  2. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#1) [9 Weeks At #1]
  1. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#3) [1st Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: Shawn Mendes – There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (1)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (–16)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (+14)

New Entrants
~ Our lone new entrant this week happens to be the return of Echosmith. Over My Head is an okay song. It's definitely not something worth taking a lot of time to write a review for. I think the vocals are good, but the production here isn't exactly that interesting. It's a different sound for the band and I can't say it sounds good. I think they sounded best doing something along the lines of Bright, which was one of my favorite songs from 2015. Overall, this song is not very interesting. It's not bad, but it's not exactly good either.


Hit-Bound
~ Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You)
  • Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • 5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood
  • Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
  • Dennis Lloyd – Nevermind
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good
  • Fall Out Boy – The Last Of The Real Ones
  • The Wrecks – James Dean
  • HRVY – Personal
  • Cardi B – I Like It
  • Meghan Trainor – Let You Be Right
  • Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
  • Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
  • lovelytheband – Broken


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
2. Fall Out Boy – The Last Of The Real Ones
3. Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
4. Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
5. The Wrecks – James Dean


Over My Blurb
~ We FINALLY have a new #1 song that I think has potential to hold. Whatever It Takes was pretty much bound to hit #1 because.....umm.... Imagine Dragons. DUH! Given that their last two singles were #1 hits, this comes as no surprise. And I'm happy with it, partially because it's a good song, while mostly because it means The Middle is no longer #1.

~ Taylor Swift – Delicate is now in the Top 5. I've grown into this song and I can enjoy it for what it is, even if Taylor Swift has done a lot better. It's a nice song to say the least. Do I think it's #1 potential? Not necessarily. But I think it's worthy of the Top 5 for the time being.

~ Foster The People – Sit Next To Me made that recovery I was hoping for. It's good to know that this song does still have potential to be a hit on here. I unfortunately can't say the same for Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars. At least that one made its debut and is therefore eligible for my Top 45 songs of 2018. It's sad that I have to say that, but I don't think this song will last much longer unfortunately.

~ Imagine Dragons – Thunder finally dropped out of the Top 30. I don't hate this song as much now as I used to. But it's still not a good song by any means and it's about time that it dropped. Though it'll probably still be months until it leaves for good.

~ Another drop I was pleased by was the drop from Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho. This song has no redeeming qualities and I'm still trying to figure out why America has made it one of the biggest songs of the year so far. God's Plan and Nice For What I can understand to some extent. But Psycho is the epitome of a bland, generic, and just straight up boring rap song. I'm not really sure how one can enjoy this.

~ Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still has been seriously testing my patience. Who still listens to this??? Who is voting for this??????? I kind of regret including it in my Top 45 songs of 2017. I liked it when it was new and fresh. But now it's just overplayed and stale.

~ Our one exit this week happens to be Drake – God's Plan. While overrated across the country, this song was very much underrated here. I actually do like the song. I find it quite catchy and enjoyable. I never hated Drake. He tends to put out some good stuff every now and then. God's Plan was nice while it lasted. You will be somewhat missed by me.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
NONE

1 – Bad:
20. Lauv – I Like Me Better
19. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle

2 – Mediocre:
18. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
17. Maroon 5 – Wait
16. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends

3 – Decent:
15. Dua Lipa – IDGAF

4 – Good:
NONE

5 – Great:
14. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
13. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
12. Niall Horan – On The Loose
11. Halsey – Alone
10. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
9. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
8. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
7. Taylor Swift – Delicate
6. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
5. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
4. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
3. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. TIE: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen
1. TIE: Bad Wolves – Zombie

Overall Score: 83/100 = 83% (A)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: Tinie Tempah/Eric Turner – Written In The Stars

Most Missed Countdown Song: Maroon 5/SZA – What Lovers Do

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: OneRepublic/Logic – Start Again

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#3)


My Top 5 Picks
1. TIE: Bad Wolves – Zombie
1. TIE: Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen
3. Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
4. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
5. Walk The Moon – One Foot

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Zedd (9) – Week Of May 26, 2018

Hey guys! Happy Memorial Day weekend! For those unaware, I posted my review of the Billboard Music Awards the other day. There, I pretty much just ranked all of the performances from worst to best based on my opinion of them. Do check that out if you haven't already. It's my previous post. Onto the countdown, things are looking decent, I guess. It could be better, but it also could be worse. Before we get to this week's Fresh 45, here are the songs we're saying goodbye to this week.


  • Alice Merton – No Roots (#39)

Last Week's #1 Song: Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
The Countdown
45. Charlie Puth – How Long (#42) [2 Weeks At #1]
44. Selena Gomez/Marshmello – Wolves (#45)
43. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (#44)
42. Camila Cabello – Havana (#43) [1 Week At #1]
41. MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low (#34)
40. Halsey – Bad At Love (#41) [2 Weeks At #1]
39. Drake – God's Plan (#40)
38. Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels – Hurt Somebody (#22)
37. Bruno Mars/Cardi B – Finesse (#38)
36. Dustin Atlas/Erin Bowman – Fake Friends (#37)
35. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (#30)
34. Dua Lipa – New Rules (RE-ENTRY)
33. Zayn – Let Me (#27)
32. Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars (#35)
31. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (#36) [2 Weeks At #1]
30. G-Eazy/Halsey – Him & I (#31)
29. AJR/Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up (#28)
28. Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (#9) [1 Week At #1]
27. Walk The Moon – One Foot (#26)
26. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso/Florida Georgia Line/watt – Let Me Go (#32) [1 Week At #1]
25. Bazzi – Mine (#23)
24. NOTD/Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (#25)
23. The Weeknd/Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (#21)
22. Selena Gomez – Back To You (#29)
21. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (#24) [5 Weeks At #1]
20. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (#20)
19. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (#33)
18. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (#17)
17. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me (#16)
16. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days (#12)
15. Lauv – I Like Me Better (#19)
14. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (#15) [1 Week At #1]
13. Halsey – Alone (#14)
12. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (#13)
11. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (#11)
10. Bad Wolves – Zombie (#18)
  9. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (#5)
  8. Maroon 5 – Wait (#10)
  7. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends (#7)
  6. Taylor Swift – Delicate (#8)
  5. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night) (#4)
  4. Niall Horan – On The Loose (#6)
  3. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (#2)
  2. 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back (#3) [1 Week At #1]
  1. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle (#1) [9th Week At #1]

#1 Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (1)

Biggest DROP!!!... Of The Week: Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same (–19)

Biggest Jump Of The Week: Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho (+14)

New Entrants
~ This week we have the return of New Rules. I'm kinda tired of the song at this point. But given that it's been fading away lately everywhere else, I don't think this will stay long.


Hit-Bound
~ Here is the Hit-Bound list.


  • Sam Smith/Logic – Pray
  • HRVY – Personal
  • Fall Out Boy – The Last Of The Real Ones (DEBUT)
  • The Wrecks – James Dean
  • Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • 5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood
  • Cardi B – I Like It
  • Maren Morris – Rich
  • Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
  • Meghan Trainor – Let You Be Right
  • lovelytheband – Broken
  • In Real Life – Tattoo (How 'Bout You)
  • Dennis Lloyd – Nevermind
  • Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe
  • Hundred Handed – Too Good
  • Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (DEBUT)

~ For once, I'm able to review Hit-Bound debuts without having to listen to them because I'm already familiar with them. First we have Fall Out Boy with The Last Of The Real Ones. MANIA was a disappointment of an album, but frankly I wasn't expecting much. The Last Of The Real Ones is one of the few good songs on there and I'm glad it made its debut here. Great production and the vocals are good. It reminds me of the old Fall Out Boy that I loved. It definitely has more of a rock feel than some of the other songs on the album, which is very much a good thing. Hoping this debuts on the countdown soon.

~ Next we have more Brendon Urie with High Hopes, which literally just came out a couple of days ago. I really like this song. It's very fun and enjoyable. The instrumentation is great and Brendon almost never disappoints with his vocals. I'll have more to say when this debuts. But this song is definitely a keeper.

~ We lost two songs this week: Over My Head and Live In The Moment. The former I really didn't care about. Echosmith has definitely done better in my opinion. It just wasn't for me I guess. But the latter is somewhat disappointing, but I'm not really surprised. At least it was on the countdown and, therefore, is eligible for my Top 45 songs of 2018.


Top 5 Hit-Bound Picks
1. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
2. Fall Out Boy – The Last Of The Real Ones
3. Liam Payne/J Balvin – Familiar
4. The Wrecks – James Dean
5. Sugarland/Taylor Swift – Babe


New Blurbs
~ Niall Horan – On The Loose is new to the Top 5. Despite this song not being big anywhere else, I do think it's a good song. So I'm cool with it being where it is. We definitely have worse in the Top 10.

~ Bad Wolves – Zombie made a very nice jump into the Top 10 this week. I'm very impressed with how well this song has been doing. Definitely keep the votes coming for this one. I love hearing a good rock song on this station. Frankly, I see no flaws with this song whatsoever. Hopefully it continues to do well.

~ However, Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho made a rather annoying jump into the Top 20. Like I said, I can tolerate Rockstar. But there's really nothing good about Psycho. This is a good example of boring rap music that no one wants to listen to, or at least people with good taste. Hopefully this one drops soon, but I doubt it since Hits 1 appear to have become fans of Post Malone.

~ On the bright side, Camila Cabello – Never Be The Same took a nice drop out of the Top 20. Definitely a little sudden, but I'm very pleased with it. This song has been bad from the start and I'm hoping it can keep declining from here. (Watch it jump back up next week. I'm calling it.)

~ Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars barely jumped this week and Foster The People – Sit Next To Me dropped right back down to #35. Hopefully the former can make a better jump soon and the latter can recover. Both are great songs that absolutely do not deserve to be underrated.

~ I find it fascinating how Psycho jumped despite God's Plan being the bigger hit of the year so far, and frankly the better song. Yet this doesn't surprise me considering that I've been a Hits 1 listener long enough to understand that they have strange logic.

~ Falling into the Bottom 5, we have MAX/Gnash – Lights Down Low. I'm still really impressed with how well this song did here. It's been strong for over a year now. That time might unfortunately be coming to an end soon. Hopefully it did enough to lock itself into Hits 1's Top 45 of 2018 after (barely) missing their Top 45 of 2017.

~ As far as the exit goes, we lost No Roots. It's really not a big loss, at least in my opinion. To reclarify, I don't hate the song. I just find it to be not very interesting. I dislike it, but I don't think it's necessarily a bad song if that makes any sense. I can perfectly understand why people like it. It's just not my personal taste I guess. But whatever. It didn't do so well here, which doesn't really surprise me too much.


Top 20 Review
0 – Crap:
20. Post Malone/Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho

1 – Bad:
19. Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey – The Middle
18. Lauv – I Like Me Better

2 – Mediocre:
17. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses
16. Marshmello/Anne-Marie – Friends
15. Maroon 5 – Wait

3 – Decent:
14. Dua Lipa – IDGAF

4 – Good:
13. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
12. Taylor Swift – Delicate

5 – Great:
11. Halsey – Alone
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose
9. Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
8. Rudimental/Jess Glynne/Macklemore/Dan Caplen – These Days
7. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
6. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes
5. Charlie Puth/Kehlani – Done For Me
4. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
3. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
2. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)

BONUS: 6 – Best Song On The Countdown:
1. Bad Wolves – Zombie

Overall Score: 75/100 = 75% (B)


Throwback Pick Of The Week: The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell

Most Missed Countdown Song: Selena Gomez – Come & Get It

#1 Recommendation For Hits 1: Tie Between Christina Aguilera/Demi Lovato – Fall In Line and Bebe Rexha/Quavo – 2 Souls On Fire

Favorite Countdown Song This Week One Year Ago: The Chainsmokers/Coldplay – Something Just Like This (#1)


My Top 5 Picks
1. Bad Wolves – Zombie
2. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
3. Kendrick Lamar/SZA – All The Stars
4. Walk The Moon – One Foot
5. Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)