Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Akini's Top 100 Songs of 2021: [#1]

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #26
    045. KEiiNO - Monument



    When the snow comes in October
    What do we leave behind?
    In your voice I feel it coming back to me
    Like a shadow whisper in the night (He-lo)
    Like a monument to all the time we spent
    A minor symphony

    The ESC top 2 entry that never was, "Monument" narrowly missed national selection, and to a song not half as good! Were I Norwegian, I would've loved for this to have been the ESC rep if only for its incredibly picturesque music video, featuring some absolutely stunning scenes of the Norwegian alps. The video could really double as a tourist ad! As I don't keep up with preselection happenings, I have Tansike to thank for introducing me to this through his weekly chart.
    Code:
    Quality Rating: 9/10
    Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
    Play Count: 38
    044. Dua Lipa - Can They Hear Us?



    Every breath that I'm takin', every step that I'm makin'
    Ain't no way I can run without you
    Every ghost in my past life held my hand when I crashed down
    Carries me when I wanna break through
    We all die, but right now I feel like livin'
    And we all cry, but right now I'm not gonna give in
    When we collide I know I can do anything
    'Cause I got ya, and you got me

    Dua's deep alto gives "Can They Hear Us?" a crisp channel through which the poignant lyrics are transmitted. The sax insertions are beautiful.
    Code:
    Quality Rating: 9/10
    Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x2)
    Play Count: 36
    043. Jessie Ware - Hot n Heavy



    Where did you come from?
    How do you move like that?
    I've never seen someone so free
    Tell me your name
    You are to die for
    If this is our last night
    Let's make it count
    Let's give this crowd something to talk about
    Show me all the ways to strike the match
    Once you give it up, don't take it back
    Show me all the ways to get to know you
    I just wanna be your dream controller
    Show me all the ways to strike the match
    You get me hot and heavy
    Something in your eyes
    I'm willing and I'm ready
    To set my heart on fire...
    I'm having visions
    You and I in the sky
    How do I earn my hands on your perfect design
    Do you wanna

    Jessie Ware decided she wasn't done throwing quality disco-pop gems at the gays and blessed our ears with "Hot n Heavy" in the days leading up to summer. Interestingly enough, "Can They Hear Us?" blocked this from the pole position in June and here, six months later, it's "Hot n Heavy" that gets the last laugh.
    Code:
    Quality Rating: 9/10
    Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #2
    Play Count: 25
    042. Eden Alene - Set Me Free



    Feel my beating heart in perfect harmony

    My top ESC song this year, "Set Me Free" features some stunning vocals from Eden, the most impressive of which is that ambitious whistle note towards the end!
    Code:
    Quality Rating: 9/10
    Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x2)
    Play Count: 49
    041. Todrick Hall - Rainin' Fellas



    Get your umbrellas, get your umbrellas
    It's raining fellas, it's raining fellas...
    Well the forecast says it's gon' be raining all night
    And I'm hoping it rains the kind of dudes that I like
    Want 'em tall, dark, handsome, want 'em holding me tight
    So I'm sitting here waiting for the lightning to strike
    It's raining Billys, Bobs, Blakes and Brandons
    It's raining Willys, Robs, Jakes, and Landons
    It's raining Garys, Jerrys, Larrys, raining twigs and berries
    Toms, Dicks and Harrys, bears, jocks, and fairies
    It's raining thighs, tris, briefs and boxers
    It's raining fly guys, flight attendants and doctors
    It's raining feminine gentlemen, dripping down like a faucet
    Yeah, these boys are coming out like the sky was the closet so

    The snappy delivery, the shameless male nudity, the Weather Girls template - there was no way I wasn't going to bop to this. "Rainin' Fellas" is par the course for Todrick, but that does nothing to dull its efficacy. Similar to the Dua/Jessie tussle, this was blocked from the top spot on my daily chart by another queer (Troye Sivan), but it's Todrick who makes it to December, whereas Troye is relegated to bubbling under anonymity (well, I suppose not so much anonymity now).
    Code:
    Quality Rating: 9/10
    Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #2
    Play Count: 25
    Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
    Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
    AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

    I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

    Comment


    • #27
      Jessie and Todrick bops, loved Eden at Eurovision!

      Comment


      • #28
        Originally posted by Thriller View Post
        Jessie and Todrick bops, loved Eden at Eurovision!
        Same here!
        Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
        Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
        AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

        I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

        Comment


        • #29
          040. Doja Cat - You Right (feat. The Weeknd)



          I got a man, but I want you
          And it's just nerves, it's just dick
          Makin' me think 'bout someone new
          You know I got so much to say
          I try to hide it in my face
          And it don't work, you see through
          That I just wanna get with you
          And you're right...
          Girl, I want you like you want me too
          I feel that energy (Oh yeah)
          When you're on top of me (Oh yeah)
          I know your man, he ain't controllin' you
          But you still hesitate (Oh)
          'Cause you choose loyalty (Oh yeah)

          And I know your history (Hey)
          Met him before your peak (Hey)
          He's so connected to that woman that you used to be
          But-but-but this sex will cloud your memory
          A couple strokes to put it in, then you'll belong to me
          Yeah, it ain't no fair to you (No fair)
          I ain't too scared to shoot, ah (Too scared)
          But I got a man at home (At home)
          And we like family too (Okay)
          But I got needs and wants (And wants)
          Ruins my attitude (Ruins my attitude)
          F*cks my self control (Yep, mmhmm)
          Wanna take care of you, and (Take care, mmm)
          Just for the night, yeah, just for the night
          Do I wanna lose all that I have?
          You could be a muse and help me catch
          But I just need you to come break my back
          If you wanna attack, then it's just that, that's just life
          I'mma be real, you just my type
          I got a man, but he ain't in sight right now, so

          Interestingly enough, this is a rather relatable song because there have been several times I was on a meet-up with one guy and found another guy at the venue that I was attracted to. In most instances, I just let it be, but I do remember a night last year where I literally exchanged phone numbers with another guy in plain sight of the guy I'd originally gone out with - oh well, such is life! Abel looks absolutely scrumptious and suave in the music video for this, and the extended version featuring that extra third verse from Doja is a must-add to any library.
          Code:
          Quality Rating: 9/10
          Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x2)
          Play Count: 51
          039. Adele - To Be Loved



          To be loved and love at the highest count
          Means to lose all the things I can't live without
          Let it be known that I will choose to lose
          It's a sacrifice, but I can't live a lie
          Let it be known, let it be known that I tried
          I'm so afraid, but I'm open wide
          I'll be the one to catch myself this time
          Tryna learn to lean into it all
          Ain't it funny how the mighty fall?
          Looking back, I don't regret a thing
          Yeah, I took some bad turns that I am owning
          I'll stand still and let the storm pass by
          Keep my heart safe till the time feels right

          The critics at Billboard ranked this as the top '30' track and while I don't quite agree with giving this grand piano ballad that many flowers, that declaration turned climax of "Let it be known that I tried" is a gut-punch to my feels, given how my entanglement this year unravelled and how I tried my best to avoid a metaphorical car crash, only for the crash to happen anyway. Adele's ability to emote is in peak form here and I am deeply affected.
          Code:
          Quality Rating: 9/10
          Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #2
          Play Count: 35
          038. Silk Sonic - After Last Night



          See, normally, I don't stutter, but you d-d-d-d-do it to me...
          (Ooh) You put it on me like I never felt before
          (Ooh) That gushy, gushy good, girl, I want some more
          (Ooh) Sweet, sticky, thick and pretty
          You changed the game (What'd you do?)
          If I still had my phone, I'd call every girl I know
          And tell them goodbye
          Ah, bye-bye (Uh, toodle-oo, ooh)
          Cars, clothes, diamonds and gold
          Anything you want, any place you want
          We'll fly, fly, yeah

          Another sensual and smooth soul performance from the R&B duo experiment, "After Last Night" has some impressive vocal moments with Bruno at its helm.
          Code:
          Quality Rating: 9/10
          Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #2
          Play Count: 10
          037. JoJo - Good Enough



          Is it (Good enough)
          Are you (Good enough)
          Can't be (Good enough)

          The way that you move (Good enough)
          You ain't (Good enough)
          Stuck on (Good enough)
          The things that you do (Good enough)
          Perfection (Good enough)
          Gettin' (Good enough)
          So much to prove
          So much to lose, yeah...
          Breathe in with me...good

          This is technically an interlude, but for me it's one of the most exciting tracks of the year. That insistent ad-lib vocal on the chorus feels very much like a dark conscience trying to pelt smokescreens of self-doubt and minimisation of self-worth at the protagonist, and just like its smokescreens, it comes out of nowhere in the melodic pacing of the song. Oftentimes I place such weighty expectations on myself in so many facets of life and whenever I don't meet those targets I do encounter a sense of unworthiness. That dark question of "Am I good enough?" always seems to weasel its way into the equation. That breathing exercise JoJo does as the spoken outro is an essential one!
          Code:
          Quality Rating: 9/10
          Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
          Play Count: 138
          036. Autoheart - I Know That He Loves Me



          I've been caught up in a whirlwind
          I've been livin' in a dream
          And I'm losing all perspective
          Nothing's ever what it seems
          But I know that he loves me
          I know that he loves me back
          I've been trippin' over laces
          And stumblin' my words
          Every move is ungracious
          To the point of absurd
          But I know that he wants me
          I know that he wants me back
          During the darkest of blues
          That I am trying to fight
          I look up to the ceiling
          Unravel inside
          On the edge of imploding
          He surrounds me with light
          And he acts like a sedative
          All through the night

          And I know that he loves me
          I know that he loves me
          He comes and he goes
          But I know that he loves me

          I know that he loves me
          Yes I know that he loves me
          He's here then he's gone
          But I know that he loves me

          I've been sittin' in the darkness
          And rockin' in my chair
          I've been seein' apparitions
          Embodyin' despair
          But I know that he's got me
          I know that he's got my back
          I've been everywhere and nowhere
          By belittlin' myself
          So, I say a little prayer
          To serenity and health
          And I know that he loves me
          I know that he loves me back
          And when I'm losin' the plot
          And overthinkin' it all
          And my resilience falters
          I know who to call
          In these moments of madness
          He knows just what to do
          My salvation, my pick-me-up
          The voodoo he do


          The YouTube algorithm must've picked up on my queerness and just threw this at me knowing it'd find a welcome ear with me. First off, I love this song. There's this underlying sense of mania where the protagonist sings the song title like a self-convincing chant, but the whole song is a lyrical home-run. I only wish its video dialed up that aforementioned mania, but I am fully locked into the song and its message. In truth, there's even a bit of accessibility there as there was a time earlier on in the year where I was working such insane hours that I was really breaking myself physically and the emotional support I got from my entanglement was really a vital source of sustenance. I participate in the FSC fairly regularly and I've only won once, more than five years back, but I submitted this song for this month's contest and I am fully expecting to win! I'll scream if I don't.
          Code:
          Quality Rating: 9/10
          Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
          Play Count: 45
          Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
          Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
          AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

          I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

          Comment


          • #30
            OMG, I take a quasi-break from UKMix and you're in the top 40 already. I'll try to catch up

            89-86 - This string is amazing - Billie, Doja, Olivia, and Charlotte each released what are among my favorite albums of the year. It makes me so happy to see Charlotte especially since she seems to have gone unnoticed on UKMix overall. Hope there's more of her to come, NDA was definitely a highlight on Billie's album to me. So interesting you have Sex To Me though - I'll have to re-listen to that one as I remember liking it, but played other tracks more often. Deja Vu was a little engine that could on the charts - it seemed like a throaway between two huge hits, but it actually performed really well.

            85/83 - I've yet to listen to Autoheart since they are in FSC this month, but it seems that he/they? have made a big impression on you, so I'm perched to check them out this month. Usually, you don't steer me wrong ;)

            84 - I like that line from Lorde too - the years are short and the days are long.

            More Olivia! - Two different tracks for those songs - Traitor I loved but it burned on me really fast, and Enough For You ended up being a grower.

            77 - I'm just starting to get into Oh My God - I think I'm just grateful she included some tracks that were more sonically interesting this time around.

            75 - I'll close with Lil Nas X today, who still feels like a surprise to me, even though his EP had a lot of to love - and a year ago at this time I was bopping to Holiday. I thought the entire project was so brave, but That's What I Want is particularly vulnerable.

            Comment


            • #31
              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
              OMG, I take a quasi-break from UKMix and you're in the top 40 already. I'll try to catch up
              I'm trying to make my deadlines this year!

              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
              89-86 - This string is amazing - Billie, Doja, Olivia, and Charlotte each released what are among my favorite albums of the year. It makes me so happy to see Charlotte especially since she seems to have gone unnoticed on UKMix overall. Hope there's more of her to come, NDA was definitely a highlight on Billie's album to me. So interesting you have Sex To Me though - I'll have to re-listen to that one as I remember liking it, but played other tracks more often. Deja Vu was a little engine that could on the charts - it seemed like a throaway between two huge hits, but it actually performed really well.
              There isn't! I think your Charlotte Cardin go-to was "Phoenix", right? I enjoyed that one and it would've made the bubbling under list.

              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
              85/83 - I've yet to listen to Autoheart since they are in FSC this month, but it seems that he/they? have made a big impression on you, so I'm perched to check them out this month. Usually, you don't steer me wrong ;)
              I have high expectations for Autoheart this month, but let's see.

              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
              84 - I like that line from Lorde too - the years are short and the days are long.
              Fax.

              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
              More Olivia! - Two different tracks for those songs - Traitor I loved but it burned on me really fast, and Enough For You ended up being a grower.
              Glad you appreciate those two.

              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
              77 - I'm just starting to get into Oh My God - I think I'm just grateful she included some tracks that were more sonically interesting this time around.
              Some of the experiments were misses, but yeah, I always appreciate an effort to step outside of familiar/comfortable territory.

              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
              75 - I'll close with Lil Nas X today, who still feels like a surprise to me, even though his EP had a lot of to love - and a year ago at this time I was bopping to Holiday. I thought the entire project was so brave, but That's What I Want is particularly vulnerable.
              Yeah, Lil Nas X certainly impressed me. His EP did suggest that he might be able to put together a solid full-length album, but I still had reservations about his skills as an emcee. I should've figured he'd lean more into the pop star side and his personality/cleverness.
              Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
              Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
              AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

              I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

              Comment


              • #32
                035. Steps - Heartbreak in This City (feat. Michelle Visage)



                The more I try to make you mine
                I just see heartbreak in this city
                But I keep on loving you, you, you
                So get your mind made up, call me on the telephone
                I need your love, kiss my heart and let it glow
                You captured me, I can't explain
                You call my name and then my heart stops beating
                Get your mind made up, hear your car at 3 a.m.
                You took your love, you need to put it back again
                You shattered me, I can't explain
                You call my name and then my heart stops beating
                My heart stops beating, beating, beating

                Textbook, campy pop will always have a place in my playlists, countdowns, and heart. The addition of Drag Race's Michelle Visage was an incredibly welcome surprise. For me, this is already up there with their "Deeper Shade of Blue" and "Scared of the Dark" best.
                Code:
                Quality Rating: 9/10
                Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
                Play Count: 36
                034. Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever



                When I'm away from you
                I'm happier than ever

                Wish I could explain it better
                I wish it wasn't true
                Give me a day or two
                To think of something clever
                To write myself a letter
                To tell me what to do
                I knew when I asked you to
                Be cool about what I was telling you
                You'd do the opposite of what you said you'd do
                And I'd end up more afraid...
                I don't relate to you
                I don't relate to you, no
                'Cause I'd never treat me this shitty
                You made me hate this city
                And I don't talk shit about you on the Internet
                Never told anyone anything bad
                'Cause that shit's embarrassing, you were my everything
                And all that you did was make me f*cking sad
                So don't waste the time I don't have
                And don't try to make me feel bad
                I could talk about every time that you showed up on time
                But I'd have an empty line 'cause you never did


                I love how glacial the first half of this track is because you don't see the big second half coming. It really morphs from this soft, unassuming pop ballad to a punk-rock break-up anthem and I'm here for that transition - on paper you'd think it'd be a sharp one, but it's rather seamless.
                Code:
                Quality Rating: 9/10
                Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #5
                Play Count: 18
                033. Billie Eilish - Halley's Comet



                I don't want it
                And I don't want to want you
                But in my dreams, I seem to be more honest
                And I must admit you've been in quite a few

                Halley's Comet
                Comes around more than I do
                But you're all it takes for me to break a promise
                Silly me to fall in love with you

                I haven't slept since Sunday
                Midnight for me is 3 AM for you
                But my sleepless nights are better
                With you than nights could ever be alone
                I was good at feeling nothing, now I'm hopeless
                What a drag to love you like I do

                I've been loved before, but right now, in this moment
                I feel more and more like I was made for you
                For you
                I'm sitting in my brother's room
                Haven't slept in a week
                Or two (Or two)
                I think I might have fallen in love
                What am I to do?


                Easily the most relatable 'Happier Than Ever' track, I heard this song during an emotionally taxing summer and found a good deal of comfort hearing so much of one of my stressful situations sung back to me. I feel like the song is split in two parts - the main half is the first one whereas the second is this deeply sombre outro with this warped sound effect to it. I love the outro.
                Code:
                Quality Rating: 9/10
                Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
                Play Count: 38
                032. Tyler the Creator - Wilshire



                That would be dumb, if I denied
                Long legs, good ears, great taste
                Smell good, sense of humor, obvious a good face
                And we clicked, we was at each other's hips
                I ain't even wanna f*ck
                'Cause your presence was enough
                You and I make sense, you stayed back at my telly
                We was chattin' 'til morning, vibration was heavy
                I wasn't drowning or yawning
                That's when I told you my feelings
                You told me you felt the same
                But you got homie you dealin' with
                Damn, I didn't know, that's a bit unexpected
                But I get it, it's whatever, least I can do is respect it
                We still gon' kick it and check-in like nothin' could ever stop it
                The problem is he's my friend
                But if I'm honest, I'm really hoping you drop him
                It's morals I really have, it's lines I could never cross
                But you got somethin' that make
                All them good intentions get lost
                I try to keep it together, never felt this way
                We spent 'bout two weeks together, only skipped one day
                And they say, "Bros over hoes", I'm like, "Hmm, nah, hey"
                I would rather hold your hand than have a cool hand shake
                But whatever, we still could be friends...
                It's nothing incriminating but please delete our discussions
                You hit me with the look and replied like, "Duh, bitch"
                Don't want your man to think that we creepin' behind his back
                Cross the line, cross the line, cross the-
                Nah, we never did that
                Although I haven't seen him in months
                Shit is rare he never hit back
                Anyway, convince him to bring you to me
                So we can kick it
                Right in front of his lenses, since nothing here is malicious
                You sat by me in that movie
                We went outside for them doobies
                We walkin' off when we talk
                Man, that n*gga not ******* stupid
                He see it, he know it's somethin'
                We fronting like, "Ha-ha-ha"
                Whenever we "Ha-ha-ha" we subtly press his buttons
                Not on purpose, but, man, I found my purpose
                If I f*cked our friendship up for you, I think it's worth it
                But, nah, I can't do that, that n*gga don't deserve it
                And plus y'all got depth
                I'm just a n*gga on the surface, for real
                Surface
                I said surface, like, 'cause they got roots
                Like, I'm the new n*gga
                You know, they be f*ckin'
                Yuh, yuh
                Didn't see you a couple weeks
                Think he want you away from me
                Know y'all argue 'bout if you mad
                You met him before you met me
                I feel guilty but not as much as I should
                I tried to have that self-control but not as much as I could
                I been down for days
                You're in my city and I can't see your face
                I can't eat, knowing you with him and not at my place
                I never been jealous of another man
                Especially when I have everything I want at hand
                Except you, you
                You know, I got every damn car, multiple cribs
                But it's like, "No, I want that"
                He left for some days
                I cleared out my sched, I cleared out my head
                You dropped off at mines
                I say that we fled, no you pick a place
                We could Tulum, or we could Capri, or die right here
                As long as you with me, I'll be at peace...
                You was like, "Hmm, I'll stay a week, she'll get over that"
                Seven days wit me
                Your n*gga like, "Where the **** you at?"
                Dirtying my bakin' pots, tennis at my momma spot
                Chauffered in the Rolls
                The back entrance at them restaurants
                Parks playing chess games, giving wigs pet names
                Manicures, night swims, Jerrod providing methane
                Shopping 'til we dropping, what you copping?
                See, the price is not an option
                It's investments 'cause your smile is the profit to me
                I know around him you gotta act like you not into me
                I know your answer
                But you gotta keep it honest with me
                Said you can't fully be into me 'cause you with him
                Then why the f*ck when we link
                It's like he doesn't exist?
                They all know that we're friends
                But we both aware that it's more
                Everything I got, if you say the word, then it's yours
                The only thing I'm missing in life
                I know you could be it
                And everyone around me that care about me can see it
                I could f*ck a trillion bitches
                Every country I done been in
                Men or women, it don't matter
                If I seen 'em, then I had 'em
                But with you, it's a feeling
                'Cause we're twinnin' and we're matchin'
                You stayed in the car
                When I went on date with that actress
                Whole time I'm eatin', I couldn't wait to get back
                In the back of that car with you
                And talk about who we are
                You told me when you're with me it's like heroin
                Told me that your confidence went up since we befriended
                And told me that you didn't wanna hurt him
                Why we doing this?
                Told me this a awkward situation
                And you just wanna be through with it
                Told me every time you not with him it started problems
                Told me every time you not with me, you always ponder
                What kinda sweater I'm wearing
                What music have I been finding
                Girl, you know that I'mma play it whenever
                That's what we bonded over
                You said you told him the truth and you never lied
                Now he lookin' at you with them eyes
                We never crossed the line
                But he got every right to be a little pissed off
                He you picked up, y'all got in argument
                He got his shit off
                My energy like, "Get lost"
                Your energy just want peace
                I couldn't even tell you his energy 'cause he don't speak
                He ain't even call you his bitch
                Until he seen me make you smile
                That nigga threatened as shit
                I'm in the wrong, tho
                I picked you up, your energy off
                Your lips really dry, something is off
                You asked if I gotta, I asked if you gotta
                We tripping on our words
                Nobody is lying, Hakuna Matata
                We sat in the car and cried for an hour
                My shirt look like a shower head got it
                We called it off
                I'll skip the details but that night I seen hell
                You was in a room I was paying for, I took 3 L's
                No, I didn't sleep well, woke up and my knees fell
                They buckled to the ground
                I cannot walk, shit, I need Vill
                Next day I'm drivin' 'round the city
                With no destination back up
                Water in my eyes kept falling like Niagra
                Vill right beside me making sure I didn't crash
                Or do something heinous
                'Cause I'm emotionally jabbed up
                You checked every box, thought it was it
                Felt like I got led on and pushed off a cliff
                No, I'm in the wrong, that was friend
                No, f*ck that, the energy we had
                Never again will find it
                You're in the wrong, gotta remind you
                'Bout the times that you stepped
                Gotta rewind it
                Talkin' 'bout our kinks, real cautious with the links
                You don't do that type of shit
                When you're in relationship
                And you're 100 with your mate
                So don't go actin' like no saint
                This a two way street
                And shit, you knew what I was on
                And while that n*gga out and gone
                You was lounging in my home
                Shit, I even let you meet my momma and y'all got along
                But shit, I'll take my L, tho it's not fun
                You still got yo n*gga and still had yo fun

                Shit, I can't even look at you and think about bad words
                That's why I called and said
                We couldn't end this on bad terms
                We straight like bad perm
                We'll always be good friends
                And laugh about it on a sandy beach
                While our back burns, huh
                This my perspective, this how I feel
                I ain't fabricate nothing, I kept it real
                I told you I loved you and always will
                And if he ever put his hands on you
                Promise I'll get him killed, true
                True, true, true, yeah
                On God, I love that girl
                I'm a sh-, I'm a bad person
                Like, I'm in the wrong, I'm a bad person
                I had no ill intentions, though
                Shit, everybody got hurt
                I got hurt
                It's a shit situation
                All the morals and power you have
                Just vanish when a certain energy is nearin'
                And those feelings got so much gravity
                And it's out of your control
                It made me realize adults
                Don't know what they doing either
                We're all just children
                I ain't mean to f*ck nobody's shit up, man
                I thought I was bulletproof
                She proved me wrong, man
                I felt 200 percent with her
                It was beautiful
                I was able to feel
                But it was, it was bad timing
                And I'm mad private with this side of my life
                'Cause people are weirdos, and
                I just try to keep anyone I care about in the shadows
                Safe from the commentary and spotlight and thoughts
                'Cause it's just a story for the people outside of it
                But I guess you're just another chapter in a book

                I like this story. It's a wholly accessible one and I love its chorus-less structure. It feels like a natural monologue captured on a beat. It's not easy to maintain a listener's interest for eight and a half minutes without a hook, but Tyler does it on this track.
                Code:
                Quality Rating: 9/10
                Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #4
                Play Count: 12
                031. Lil Nas X - Montero (Call Me by Your Name)



                Romantic talking? You don't even have to try
                You're cute enough to f*ck with me tonight
                Looking at the table and I see the reason why
                Baby, you living the life, but n*gga, you ain't livin' right
                Cocaine and drinking with your friends
                You live in the dark, boy, I cannot pretend
                I'm not fazed, only here to sin
                If Eve ain't in your garden, you know that you can

                Call me when you want, call me when you need
                Call me in the morning, I'll be on the way
                Call me when you want, call me when you need
                Call me out by your name, I'll be on the way like
                I wanna sell what you're buying
                I wanna feel on yo' ass in Hawaii
                I want that jet lag from f*cking and flying
                Shoot a child in your mouth while I'm riding
                Oh, oh, oh, why me?
                And now I'm acting hella elite
                Never want the n*ggas that's in my league
                I wanna f*ck the ones I envy, I envy

                As a standalone song, there's no way I would have "Montero..." as a poll option, but when you do the maths with the music video added to the equation - well, it becomes a different story. I remember when Frank Ocean came out, I thought maybe we'd see some cool queer stuff with him, but in more than one ways he's disappointed me, but almost a decade later and Lil Nas X says, "You want to see a gay man be a bad bitch? I got you, bro." The way he subverts that whole "the queers are all going to hell" ignorance is genius. I mean, the man pole danced his way down to hell, gave a lap dance to Satan, and took his place as ruler of Hades. I mean, who would've thought of that? I love him for giving us this video. I've complained about it before, but since streaming's taken over, so few artists care about visuals because the music video is no longer the promotional tool that it used to be, but this - by a clear margin the year's top video - proves exactly how powerful a music video can be. This was a moment and I won't soon forget it.
                Code:
                Quality Rating: 9/10
                Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x2)
                Play Count: 77
                Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
                Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
                AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

                I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

                Comment


                • #33
                  I'm back! I think 15 songs at a time is good until I catch up

                  73 - As much as I like Doja and Lil Nas, Scoop is just ok for me, though I'm appreciative of him getting another entry on your chart!
                  71 - Have not heard Bodies, but based on your write-up and the lyrics you posted I checked it out. While the music ins't hitting me, the lyrics certainly are. I think this is where I was a couple months ago (and someday may be again). I think they felt like an escape from what I was going through, but now that I've backed off and people are only messaging when they want to hook up, I'm seeing how barren they are.
                  70 - Pretty sure I know what your top ESC entry is, and I don't get it, but Black Mamba was my second favorite after Je Me Casse. I was perplexed here and in real life that people seemed to be ignoring it. Maybe it's vibe was too old school.
                  69 - I think Let Me... by Gwen is the first time I wasn't really interested in a Gwen experience that I remember - even her stuff with Blake Shelton got my attention, but it did make me feel like she was stuck in the same place, which is perfectly fine - she's in her 50s now having burnished a legacy and doesn't need to answer to anyone at this point
                  66 - The beautiful Gracias a La Vida is unexpected - and fairly high for the track, which makes me hope that a couple of the other tracks are even higher.
                  64 - Therefore I Am was the upbeat sound we needed from Billie and I wish she had more of that on her album, but it was definitely a stand-out, and if memory serves me, one of the few songs to survive the Christmas crush for me about a year ago. and carry into the new year.
                  62 - Does Ariana ever say no to a collab? I feel like she's pairing up with everybody now. Though I suppose this was a tit-for-tat for 34+35 - I don't really care for Ari on this song actually, but Doja is straight fire.

                  Comment


                  • #34
                    YES for Steps!

                    Comment


                    • #35
                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      I'm back! I think 15 songs at a time is good until I catch up
                      Sounds like a plan.

                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      73 - As much as I like Doja and Lil Nas, Scoop is just ok for me, though I'm appreciative of him getting another entry on your chart!
                      I think it screams single!

                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      71 - Have not heard Bodies, but based on your write-up and the lyrics you posted I checked it out. While the music ins't hitting me, the lyrics certainly are. I think this is where I was a couple months ago (and someday may be again). I think they felt like an escape from what I was going through, but now that I've backed off and people are only messaging when they want to hook up, I'm seeing how barren they are.
                      Yeah, same here about the escape part. For me they were salve when I needed open heart surgery (metaphorically speaking). I'm back to being over people, though.

                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      70 - Pretty sure I know what your top ESC entry is, and I don't get it, but Black Mamba was my second favorite after Je Me Casse. I was perplexed here and in real life that people seemed to be ignoring it. Maybe it's vibe was too old school.
                      Forget not who my fave artist is.

                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      69 - I think Let Me... by Gwen is the first time I wasn't really interested in a Gwen experience that I remember - even her stuff with Blake Shelton got my attention, but it did make me feel like she was stuck in the same place, which is perfectly fine - she's in her 50s now having burnished a legacy and doesn't need to answer to anyone at this point
                      Yep, you certainly were not alone with these thoughts.

                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      66 - The beautiful Gracias a La Vida is unexpected - and fairly high for the track, which makes me hope that a couple of the other tracks are even higher.
                      Well, speak of the devil...

                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      64 - Therefore I Am was the upbeat sound we needed from Billie and I wish she had more of that on her album, but it was definitely a stand-out, and if memory serves me, one of the few songs to survive the Christmas crush for me about a year ago. and carry into the new year.
                      The video is a chill watch, too.

                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      62 - Does Ariana ever say no to a collab? I feel like she's pairing up with everybody now. Though I suppose this was a tit-for-tat for 34+35 - I don't really care for Ari on this song actually, but Doja is straight fire.
                      Yeah, Ari is more in the background than usual. She does need to give our ears a break for a bit, I guess. Would love for her to take a full year off and come back in 2023 with a vengeance.

                      Originally posted by Thriller View Post
                      YES for Steps!
                      Don't forget about Michelle!
                      Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
                      Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
                      AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

                      I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

                      Comment


                      • #36
                        030. Jason Aldean - If I Didn't Love You (feat. Carrie Underwood)



                        I wouldn't mind being alone
                        I wouldn't keep checking my phone
                        Wouldn't take the long way home
                        Just to drive myself crazy
                        I wouldn't be losing sleep
                        Remembering everything
                        Everything you said to me
                        Like I'm doing lately
                        You, you wouldn't be all
                        All that I want
                        Baby I could let go
                        If I didn't love you I'd be good by now
                        I'd be better than barely getting by somehow

                        Yeah it would be easy not to miss you
                        Wonder about who's with you
                        Turn the "want you" off whenever I want to
                        If I didn't love you
                        If I didn't love you
                        I wouldn't still cry sometimes
                        Wouldn't have to fake a smile
                        Play it off and tell a lie
                        When somebody asked how I've been
                        I'd try to find someone new
                        It should be something I can do
                        Baby if it weren't for you
                        I wouldn't be in the state that I'm in

                        Country music tends to get to the core of the issue and there are some lines here that take me out, especially given that I first heard this song around the same time I was going through an extended disentanglement from my now ex-entanglement. I'd never before lost sleep over a man and wondered why it was taking me so long to get over the situation. I pieced the evidence together and came to a rather meh conclusion, reflected in the title of this track. Now Jason Aldean's top two songs feature American Idol champions, my other favourite from him being his "Don't You Wanna Stay" duet with Kelly Clarkson.
                        Code:
                        Quality Rating: 9/10
                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
                        Play Count: 40
                        029. United Kingdolls - UK Hun?



                        Bing, bang, bong
                        Sing, sang, song
                        Ding, dang, dong
                        UK, hun?

                        Dancing to a highland jig
                        Lawrence Chaney's up in this gig
                        From Helensburgh to Edinburgh
                        Everywhere I go I'm snatching wigs
                        I made my name in Glasgow city
                        Can't sing or dance, but I'm so witty
                        Me and my dolls are on a mission
                        Gotta take this crown for RuRuvision...
                        You read books and I'm on the cover
                        Superstar queen just like no other
                        Turning out looks, fashionista lover
                        Just like Ru, you can call me "Mother"...
                        Who me, like this in front of all these people?
                        Strut so bad it must be illegal (hey!)
                        T-A-Y-C-E (what?)
                        Inches to the floor, I ain't talking 'bout my weave (thank God!)

                        Rata-tat-rat, I'mma clap back
                        You know I need it, babs, so play that track (ow!)
                        All you fruits should be scared of me
                        Like the one I sent home doing "Memory"

                        Release the beast, Bimini!
                        Get a pillow for these girls 'cause they sleep on me
                        Gender-bender, cis-tem offender

                        I like it rough but my lentils tender
                        Don't be scared to embrace the femme
                        Whether you're he, she, or them
                        Limp wrist, hair flick, crème de la crème
                        Love yourself, say that again


                        That hook is crack! It's the most ridiculous, kindergartener hook I've heard all year and it is absolutely effective! The queens each lay competent verses that do a fine job capturing their personalities, but it's Tayce and Bimini that are my clear top two on this banger.
                        Code:
                        Quality Rating: 9/10
                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x2)
                        Play Count: 98
                        028. Adele - Easy on Me



                        There ain't no gold in this river
                        That I've been washin' my hands in forever
                        I know there is hope in these waters
                        But I can't bring myself to swim
                        When I am drowning in this silence
                        Baby, let me in
                        Go easy on me, baby
                        I was still a child
                        Didn't get the chance to
                        Feel the world around me
                        I had no time to choose
                        What I chose to do

                        So go easy on me
                        There ain't no room for things to change
                        When we are both so deeply stuck in our ways
                        You can't deny how hard I have tried
                        I changed who I was to put you both first
                        But now I give up
                        I had good intentions
                        And the highest hopes
                        But I know right now
                        That probably doesn't even show

                        I've seen mixed receptions for this one online, but I was sold on it and rather swiftly, too. I actually love that after the furious passion of "Rolling in the Deep" and the tier-one melodrama of "Hello" that it was this comparatively calm, dialed down, white-flag-up return to the scene that Adele went with. There are so many significant, life-altering decisions we lock ourselves in at tender ages and Adele is merely requesting respite on this track. She delivers it flawlessly. For me, it's been my go-to easy listening track of Q4 and was a great forerunner to '30'.
                        Code:
                        Quality Rating: 9/10
                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x4)
                        Play Count: 235
                        027. Kacey Musgraves - Star-Crossed



                        Let me set the scene
                        Two lovers ripped right at the seams
                        They woke up from the perfect dream
                        And then the darkness came
                        I signed the papers yesterday
                        You came and took your things away
                        And moved out of the home we made
                        And gave you back your name
                        What have we done?
                        Did we fly too high just to get burned by the sun?

                        No one's to blame
                        'Cause we called all the angels to save us
                        Called them by name
                        But I guess they got lost
                        Star-crossed


                        When I heard this song in late August, I knew Kacey was coming to destroy me emotionally with LP4. That Latin telenovela-esque guitar strum at the front end of the song does a great job setting the melodic scene before a most adept songwriter comes in with the weighty lyrics. I'm too petty to even consider bolding that "No one's to blame" line, but these lyrics are tailor-made for a break-up. "Star-Crossed" got a second wind when I saw CT favouring it on his chart over what I'd considered to be the clearly superior "Justified". Her VMA performance of this is even better than the studio recording.
                        Code:
                        Quality Rating: 9/10
                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x5)
                        Play Count: 172
                        026. Silk Sonic - Blast Off



                        Clouds are blowin', don't know where we're goin'
                        But we're levitatin' up in this room (Ah-ah-ah)
                        All these colours just like rainbows in summer
                        Got us smilin' like our dreams just came true (Yeah)
                        I took a little somethin' to get here, yeah, yeah
                        I got a little more if you're ready, we can have it all...
                        Blastin' off straight to some good vibrations
                        Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)

                        Maybe my ears are more hypersexualised than I'd realised because I truly did think this song was about sex the first time I heard it and that the "little somethin'" Bruno took was Viagra. Okay, understanding amended - it's actually about a psychedelic drug journey. For me, this song's magic is really the entire LP's magic - smoothness, instrumentation, and vocals. What separates it from the pack is that outro - so it scores higher in the arrangement metric than its sister tracks. It is such a perfect, passionate outro.
                        Code:
                        Quality Rating: 9/10
                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
                        Play Count: 50
                        Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
                        Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
                        AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

                        I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

                        Comment


                        • #37
                          Easy On Me is becoming one of Adele's best, while UK Hun? was the earworm of the year.

                          Comment


                          • #38
                            60 - Daughtry! I actually didn't realize he was still recording until the terrible news of his daughter last month. I followed him quite a bit after American Idol though. Checking out the song, it sounds like trademark DAughtry, which is a good thing.

                            59 - There better be some more Silk Sonic to come because Smokin' was just ok for me, and there's like three or four songs on their excellent album I'd probably choose over it. I am glad, however, that this song brought them back into the top ten after Skate undeservedly underperformed.

                            58/57 - I've loved Nicki for so long, but her antics off-mic have really made me question supporting her. The Bia song was very good and I vaguely remember Seeing Green was all right, but I have such a hard time separating her drama from the music right now. Hopefully, she'll lure me back with her next album.

                            55 - I love the words you quoted in Kacey's song. I will say that I prefer happy Kacey to sad Kacey, but she really cut deep here.

                            54 - Oh I guess I didn't have to wait too long for Silk Sonic Yes, as a lead single this is stellar, and I was so thrilled to hear this 70s sound when they released it. Definitely up there as one of my favorite singles of the year.

                            I'll circle back! Getting ready for work!

                            Comment


                            • #39
                              Somehow the YEC section flew completely under my radar so far (even forgot to open a topic for mine on the 13th, as I always do) - so sorry for missing out on most of your countdown! I will catch up during the weekend, because scrolling through the topic quickly, I already spottet some GEMS.

                              Comment


                              • #40
                                Originally posted by JSparksFan View Post
                                090. Stefania - Last Dance
                                Thanks for introducing me to this! I've just added it to my library as I didn't watch ESC so I had not heard it before.

                                Comment


                                • #41
                                  Originally posted by Thriller View Post
                                  Easy On Me is becoming one of Adele's best, while UK Hun? was the earworm of the year.
                                  Agreed!

                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                  60 - Daughtry! I actually didn't realize he was still recording until the terrible news of his daughter last month. I followed him quite a bit after American Idol though. Checking out the song, it sounds like trademark DAughtry, which is a good thing.
                                  Ah, I must've missed that news about his daughter. So sad!

                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                  59 - There better be some more Silk Sonic to come because Smokin' was just ok for me, and there's like three or four songs on their excellent album I'd probably choose over it. I am glad, however, that this song brought them back into the top ten after Skate undeservedly underperformed.
                                  I ended up with that number.

                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                  58/57 - I've loved Nicki for so long, but her antics off-mic have really made me question supporting her. The Bia song was very good and I vaguely remember Seeing Green was all right, but I have such a hard time separating her drama from the music right now. Hopefully, she'll lure me back with her next album.
                                  There was a year - I think maybe it was 2016 - that my listening to her was really affected by some stuff in her personal life, but I think I've gotten to a place where I can mostly separate the personal from professional stuff. There are definitely exceptions to that rule, though.

                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                  55 - I love the words you quoted in Kacey's song. I will say that I prefer happy Kacey to sad Kacey, but she really cut deep here.
                                  The interesting thing was that her happiness in Golden Hour seemed tentative and for Star-Crossed to come three years later...

                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                  54 - Oh I guess I didn't have to wait too long for Silk Sonic Yes, as a lead single this is stellar, and I was so thrilled to hear this 70s sound when they released it. Definitely up there as one of my favorite singles of the year.
                                  Yep, a quality single all 'round.

                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                  I'll circle back! Getting ready for work!
                                  Appreciate you popping in!

                                  Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                  Somehow the YEC section flew completely under my radar so far (even forgot to open a topic for mine on the 13th, as I always do) - so sorry for missing out on most of your countdown! I will catch up during the weekend, because scrolling through the topic quickly, I already spottet some GEMS.
                                  No problema. I appreciate you popping in and definitely looking forward to your own YEC!

                                  Originally posted by ludichris View Post
                                  Thanks for introducing me to this! I've just added it to my library as I didn't watch ESC so I had not heard it before.
                                  Ah, glad you liked it! What made you pick that one - was it the Dua Lipa comparison?
                                  Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
                                  Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
                                  AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

                                  I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

                                  Comment


                                  • #42
                                    Originally posted by JSparksFan View Post
                                    Ah, glad you liked it! What made you pick that one - was it the Dua Lipa comparison?
                                    I was browsing the countdown for songs I hadn't heard before and preferably female artists, this one matched my requirements exactly. The main reason I check these countdowns out is to find music I have missed out on.

                                    Comment


                                    • #43
                                      Originally posted by ludichris View Post
                                      I was browsing the countdown for songs I hadn't heard before and preferably female artists, this one matched my requirements exactly. The main reason I check these countdowns out is to find music I have missed out on.
                                      Gotcha! Well, I'm glad I could put you on to a good one!
                                      Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
                                      Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
                                      AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

                                      I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

                                      Comment


                                      • #44
                                        025. Summer Walker - Bitter (feat. Cardi B)



                                        Bitter, yeah, mad at me, mad at my n*gga
                                        Mad at the fact he ain't with you, mad at the fact that it's me
                                        But this shit bigger than me and you alone
                                        So why you putting on for the Shade Room and Insta?
                                        Bitches just be looking for attention
                                        Trust me, you can get it (get it)
                                        Pull up whenever, whenever
                                        You know I'm with it, don't get it twisted
                                        Nothing like none of these bitches
                                        But, sometimes, I get in my feelings
                                        Sometimes I know I be tripping (tripping)
                                        But why these hoes all in our business?
                                        How he don't care 'bout his children? (How he don't care?)
                                        How he supposed to be there? Y'all won't let him get 'em
                                        How you posted like that on the 'Gram for a thousand?
                                        I bet you can't post a picture (bet you can't, bet you can't)
                                        Wondering if you even know this bitch, for real
                                        London, did you screw this bitch for real?

                                        They be on that groupie shit, for real (ah)
                                        And I know she thought she struck when she let a n*gga f*ck
                                        Man, that bitch is looking stuck (stuck as ****)
                                        And I bet you, when you came, that she thought she came up
                                        Now that bitch up feeling dumb (I bet your bitch feeling dumb)
                                        She prolly thought it came with a million (came with a million)
                                        She prolly thought you changed how she living
                                        Prolly thought that dick came with the fame and the riches
                                        Bitter baby mama
                                        Always point her finger at a n*gga, whenever it's the problem
                                        Always put the blame on a n*gga instead of tryna solve it
                                        Always wanna gossip, her and her friend have been talking
                                        But whatever they be saying ain't 'bout shit (ain't 'bout shit)
                                        Think a n*gga supposed to pay for they outfit
                                        Get they nails and feet done and her hair did (yeah)
                                        You ain't shit, bitch
                                        Claim you independent, but you ain't did shit
                                        Live on Section 8, but still can't pay rent, mmh
                                        (Better stop playing with me) you ain't shit, bitch
                                        Leave your children with your mama and you ain't raised shit
                                        But you want that child support, what you think this is? (Mmh)
                                        (Better stop playing with me)
                                        Just because you let him smash, that don't mean he ever knew ya (stop playing with me)
                                        Just 'cause y'all got a past, that don't mean you got a future (better stop playing with me)
                                        This mine for life (mine for life), no switching sides (switching sides)
                                        We ride or die, and that's why I know you
                                        Well, Summer Walker, you know, I been seeing
                                        You know, all the bullshit that's been going on with you today
                                        And, you know, I don't know if the rumors are true
                                        I don't know, I don't care, it's not my business
                                        But if it is true, don't let bitches, like, make
                                        Don't have them hav-, feel like they have a one up by destroying your moment
                                        By f*cking telling your business to the world
                                        On some, "Ha-ha, yeah, I'mma do it on purpose, I'mma do it spitefully"
                                        Do it your own way and do it beautifully, do it special
                                        If you are pregnant and everything, say it in a beautiful way in your music

                                        Say why you, you know, decided to be with your n*gga
                                        Even though you have problems, put that drama in your music, yeah
                                        'Cause if bitches wanna get clout off you, you gone get clout of them
                                        And you gone put that shit in your music
                                        Say some shit like, "I got my own ******* money"
                                        Make them bitches feel hurt, hit them bitches where it hurt
                                        And put that shit in your music and make money off it in your music
                                        F*ck these hoes!

                                        If you listen to "Bitter" outside of the context of 'Still Over It', it's just a good song, but when you go through the journey of the LP, which starts with this song, and ends with "4th Baby Mama", you get a different kind of appreciation for where Summer Walker was at this stage of the relationship.
                                        Code:
                                        Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #4
                                        Play Count: 32
                                        024. ABBA - Keep an Eye on Dan



                                        I know that this shouldn't be
                                        A traumatic event, but it is

                                        And I feel so bad
                                        My little boy looks so happy
                                        He throws me his "go mummy" kiss
                                        And he loves his dad
                                        And I loved him too
                                        Maybe I still do

                                        But it's over
                                        Keep an eye on Dan
                                        Promise me you can
                                        He gets out of hand if you let him

                                        So keep an eye on Dan (keep an eye on Dan)
                                        And don't forget (and don't forget)
                                        I'll be back on Sunday to get him
                                        So keep an eye on Dan
                                        Certain that I'm out of sight
                                        I pull over and turn off the car
                                        And I bang the wheel
                                        I can't believe that I've actually
                                        Held it together this far
                                        Seeing how I feel
                                        But I said goodbye
                                        And I did not cry

                                        I, I think he must have lost some weight
                                        Funny how it takes me back to our first date

                                        My mother is an ABBA fan so I grew up listening to their big classics. To be alive during this 40-year-overdue comeback season of theirs feels like an enormous blessing as a devout pop fan and this song is their glossiest, catchiest, most infectious stunner on the LP. It truly captures that sorrowful synthpop magic that they do better than anyone else - one of their disciples in this path, Mika, also does a fine job in this realm, but ABBA are very much the template. For me, this song, and by extension its parent album, is very much pop royalty returning to reassume their throne.
                                        Code:
                                        Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x4)
                                        Play Count: 101
                                        023. Tinashe - Last Call



                                        Where did we go wrong?
                                        Never saw it coming
                                        I don't even know, how are we gonna move on?
                                        Somewhere between
                                        Falling apart and figuring out what it all still means
                                        Can't just be friends it
                                        Hurts way too much
                                        Guess that's just life
                                        You left me with not enough

                                        Pouring my heart into your cup
                                        And every time I think you're done you come around
                                        Using me up
                                        Last call, oh
                                        Here's to the tears yeah I'm giving it up
                                        Last call, oh
                                        Cheers to the years I was
                                        Pouring my heart into your cup
                                        Didn't know every time you came around
                                        I ended up wasted in love
                                        Last call, oh
                                        You can sleep in, you been sleeping
                                        On the weeknight, on the weekend
                                        Yeah yeah yeah yeah
                                        Coming over, barely sober
                                        On the weeknight, always open
                                        Yeah yeah yeah yeah

                                        There are many songs this year that I could just throw "ex-entanglement" at as the description and move on. The element of that multi-faceted affair that this captures is the bargaining stage, where you're trying to work out just what went wrong and how best to salvage something that was so meticulously built.
                                        Code:
                                        Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
                                        Play Count: 46
                                        022. Taylor Swift - Willow



                                        I'm like the water when your ship rolled in that night
                                        Rough on the surface but you cut through like a knife
                                        And if it was an open-shut case
                                        I never would've known from that look on your face
                                        Lost in your current like a priceless wine
                                        The more that you say
                                        The less I know
                                        Wherever you stray
                                        I follow
                                        I'm begging for you to take my hand
                                        Wreck my plans
                                        That's my man

                                        Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind (oh)
                                        Head on the pillow, I could feel you sneaking in
                                        As if you were a mythical thing
                                        Like you were a trophy or a champion ring
                                        And there was one prize I'd cheat to win
                                        You know that my train could take you home
                                        Anywhere else is hollow
                                        I'm begging for you to take my hand
                                        Wreck my plans
                                        That's my man
                                        Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind (oh)
                                        They count me out time and time again
                                        Life was a willow and it bent right to your wind (oh)
                                        But I come back stronger than a 90's trend
                                        Wait for the signal and I'll meet you after dark
                                        Show me the places where the others gave you scars
                                        Now this is an open-shut case
                                        Guess I should've known from the look on your face
                                        Every bait and switch was a work of art

                                        It's the hand/plans/man rhyme scheme that did it for me, especially the "That's my man" lyric, which always gave me a visual of my ex-entanglement. I usually don't bother specifying remixes, but the version of this that I consider most outstanding is the Dancing Elvira mix. It's got the most verve.
                                        Code:
                                        Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x4)
                                        Play Count: 160
                                        021. Kanye West - Jesus Lord



                                        Sittin' by myself, I'm just thinkin'
                                        About all I've been through, I wish I was dreamin'
                                        Man, it's hard to be an angel when you surrounded by demons (Jesus, Lord)
                                        I watched so many people leave
                                        I see 'em change by the season, that's mama's seasonin'
                                        God got you, the devil's watchin', he just peekin' in
                                        I know I made a promise that I'd never let the reaper in (Jesus)
                                        But lately, I've been losin' all my deepest friends (Lord)
                                        And lately, I've been swimmin' on the deepest end
                                        It's just drugs, it ain't no hugs, it ain't no love there
                                        You been down so much you don't even know what's upstairs

                                        Suicidal thoughts got you wonderin' what's up there (Jesus, Lord)
                                        And while I introduce the party, they say it's up there
                                        Too many pills, so much potions, so much pain, too many emotions
                                        And everything that you do good, it just go unnoticed (Jesus)
                                        Then they tell you that you good and just stay focused (Lord)
                                        Mama, you was the life of the party
                                        I swear you brought life to the party
                                        When you lost your life, it took the life out the party (Jesus)
                                        That woman rode with me like a Harley (Lord)
                                        Visions of my cousins in a cell really scarred me
                                        Movin' to the hood was like signin' up for the army
                                        'Cause they been killin' n- since n- was watchin' Barney (Jesus)
                                        You want dreams to come true? But I have nightmares (Lord)
                                        'Cause if that come to life, then I might not be right here
                                        Been in the dark so long, don't know if the light here
                                        But I'm just reachin' for the stars like Buzz Lightyear (Jesus)
                                        And now I'm light years ahead of those nightmares (Lord)
                                        I deaded those night terrors when the night clears
                                        And if I talk to Christ, can I bring my mother back to life?
                                        And if I die tonight, will I see her in the afterlife? (Jesus)
                                        But back to reality where everything's a tragedy (Lord)
                                        And better have a strategy or you could be a statistic
                                        Little boy dies, he's just one of the mystic
                                        And mama steady cryin' 'cause she really the victim (Jesus)
                                        Now she's gettin' high and she's gettin' addicted (Lord)
                                        And her older boy just stuck with the picture, painted vivid
                                        That's a family portrait and her daughter just absorbed it
                                        16, pregnant, baby daddy say she should abort it (Jesus)
                                        But we can't afford it, so she decides to move forward (Lord)
                                        Baby shower time, father didn't show up
                                        Now she just feelin' nauseous like she finna throw up
                                        The water flows down her legs, yeah, it's finna go up (Jesus)

                                        A year done went by, her daughter just turned one (Lord)
                                        And she's still dependent on her mom
                                        Big brother in the streets, he went and bought him a gun
                                        He want revenge 'cause the pain, feelin' numb (Jesus)
                                        And her mom still doin' drugs 'cause that's the only time she feel loved (Lord)
                                        But is it real love? Do the scars really heal up?
                                        From all the pain that been built up, but they don't feel us (Jesus)
                                        A week done flew by, big bro ridin' then he see the guys (Lord)
                                        Left his little brother on the side, bleedin' from the side
                                        He seein' red, it's like he's bleedin' through his eyes
                                        To see him dead, the only thing that'll help the grievin' up inside (Jesus)
                                        He even let him get they last meal (Lord)
                                        He done with the streets after this, this his last kill
                                        He gotta show him that it's that real
                                        He ran up on him with the pipe like, "N-, stand still" (Jesus)
                                        "You took my brother life, you made my mother cry" (Lord)
                                        "Tell me one reason I shouldn't send you up to Christ"
                                        He said, "Go 'head, take my life, I've seen everything but Christ"
                                        The big bro just blacked out and all you seein' was the light (Jesus, Lord)
                                        Tell me if you know someone that needs (Jesus, Lord)
                                        Uh-huh, in the name of the true and living God
                                        The beneficent, the merciful (Hallelujah)
                                        Thank you for bringin' me up the rough side of the mountain like Ertuğrul (Jesus)
                                        Every knee bowed and every tongue confessed and paid homage (Lord)
                                        To the monk who visited Rothschilds like Thelonious did Pannonica (sheesh)
                                        It's Jay Elec-entendre-nica comin' through your monitor
                                        Back from the great beyond, the Son of Man and the son of Donda (Jesus)
                                        I never rolled the GXSR or the R6 or the Honda (Lord)
                                        But I flew my Ducati through North America like Wakanda
                                        Earthquakes will strike this nation for what Bush did to Rwanda (facts)
                                        What the Clintons did to Haiti and Downing Street did to Ghana
                                        In Tenochtitlan they call me Terremoto, El Negro Loco (Jesus)
                                        I shake the tectonic plates of the game if I lay one vocal (Lord)
                                        The God is interstellar while you fellas remain local
                                        My bars is like the pyramid temples of Pacal Votan (Jesus)
                                        As sure as the DOJ confirmed Ezekiel's Wheel (Lord)
                                        I could change the world like Yacub with two pieces of steel
                                        My sword and my microphone, I swore to the Christ's throne
                                        But when you great, they wanna say you took an L, José Castillo (Jesus)
                                        I'm in the fight here, fight here, for what seemed like light years (Lord)
                                        My rugged cross and thorny crowns squeeze out Christ tears
                                        30 pieces of silver clout, my Pierre price tier
                                        It's a war outside, it's a war outside (Jesus)
                                        It's like the last days of Sodom and Gomorrah outside (Lord)
                                        Tell me if you know someone that needs (Jesus, Lord)
                                        We've been through a lot of things
                                        Tell me if you know someone that needs (Jesus, Lord)
                                        He lives in a lot of things
                                        Tell me if you know someone that needs (Jesus, Lord)
                                        Been through a lot of things
                                        Tell me if you know someone that needs (Jesus, Lord)
                                        What up, Ye? This Larry Hoover Jr.
                                        First and foremost, I wanna thank you
                                        For taking the fight for my father to the Oval Office
                                        You might not have been the only one that could've did that
                                        But you were the one that did do that

                                        And with your assistance
                                        We can continue to let the world take part in this fight
                                        You know to me it kinda feels like, me, my mother, my brothers
                                        And my kids have all been incarcerated through this journey
                                        And we haven't even been to jail
                                        We've been looked at and treated as criminals, for being a part of this family
                                        My father's truth and the reality that he raised me in
                                        Is that he wanted to make a change in this community
                                        'Cause the conditions in this capitalist society
                                        Is what made him, and it's what made the children of today
                                        After 25 years of bein' locked down, 23 and 1
                                        My father has not called any shots
                                        From one of the most secure and segregated prisons in the world
                                        And will not, once released
                                        Call any of the shots for the Gangster Disciples
                                        If my father's intentions were to lead us to death, destruction
                                        Into the hell that he has had to live in for the past 26 years
                                        Man, he would be dead to me
                                        I didn't sign up for that
                                        I didn't stay on this journey this long for that
                                        All my life, man, I've been waitin' for my father to come home
                                        They told me when I graduate eighth grade, he would be home
                                        Then they told me when I graduate from high school, he would be home
                                        I went away to Morris Brown, I graduated and he still ain't home
                                        Now I'm a adult, and my daughter went away to college and graduated
                                        He still not home
                                        Now even more than that, my son
                                        He graduated eighth grade and we still waitin'
                                        Matter of fact, he hasn't hugged
                                        Kissed, or touched any of his grandchildren
                                        And they haven't been able to touch they grandfather
                                        Even though it is not seen that way for some of us
                                        But for many of us, Larry Hoover is a beacon of hope for his community
                                        Who deserves to breathe free air
                                        Free my father (Jesus), Mr. Larry Hoover Sr. (Lord)

                                        Kanye West is at least five years into his somewhat cancellation sentence by select sectors of the left, but it's songs like this one that's always made me reluctant to hit that "eject" button. At his best, Kanye West is very much a message artist - I'm sure he would contend that such message music is his ministry - and this is a rather powerful message, which sheds light on the need for prison and sentencing reform. The Larry Hoover story is an interesting one and it shows that, unlike the binary illusion many folks feel comfortable cloaking themselves in, reality is far greyer. In its lengthier part two version, "Jesus Lord" is 11 and a half minutes long, making it the lengthiest song on this year's countdown and the lengthiest song to ever feature in one of my YECs. Kudos to Kanye for holding my attention for so long.
                                        Code:
                                        Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                        Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #4
                                        Play Count: 24
                                        Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
                                        Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
                                        AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

                                        I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

                                        Comment


                                        • #45
                                          Nice to see 'Keep an Eye on Dan', I had hoped for a place in the top 20 though.

                                          Comment


                                          • #46
                                            Agreed with your opening lines that 2021 was a good year in music - I actually think it's been a rather underrated year among music fans. There were several gems released this year, several high profile artists releasing new stuff, and several great new discoveries, so excited to dive into your countdown!

                                            100. Destiny - Je Me Casse
                                            099. Kelly Clarkson - Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You)
                                            098. Tiësto & Ava Max - The Motto
                                            096. Nick Jonas - Death Do Us Part

                                            First group is already strong!
                                            Would've loved to see Je me casse even higher, but glad it made your countdown after all. It left a similar impression on me like Michela's Chameleon did a few years ago and iirc that one made a much better impression on you than Je me casse. It's been one of my favorite songs to sing along to in 2021.
                                            Kelly's song is good, need to re-listen to the whole album as soon as possible now we're finally heading towards Christmas. It's always difficult to come up with a good new original Christmas song and I think Kelly did a great job with Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You). I wouldn't even mind if that one becomes her Christmas staple instead of Underneath The Tree.
                                            The Motto is a BOP. Ava rarely disappoints!

                                            095. The Killers - The Getting By
                                            094. Nick Jonas - 2Drunk
                                            092. Mabel - Let Them Know

                                            Very pleased to see Let Them Know here. Definitely a song us Pop lovers need every now and then. Still waiting for a good follow-up though...

                                            090. Stefania - Last Dance
                                            089. Billie Eilish - NDA

                                            088. Doja Cat - Naked
                                            086. Olivia Rodrigo - Deja Vu

                                            Last Dance was a grower for me, didn't get the hype at first and didn't like the staging at all, but the song eventually became one of my favorite Greek entries ever. By the way, do you hear similarities to Rihanna's Unfaithful in the pre-chorus as well?
                                            NDA was exactly what I needed from Billie after being not impressed by many previous singles. A big standout for me in 2021, a shame it flopped on the charts.

                                            085. Taylor Swift - Gold Rush
                                            084. Jazmine Sullivan - Girl Like Me (feat. H.E.R.)
                                            082. Lorde - Secrets from a Girl (Who's Seen It All)
                                            081. Olivia Rodrigo - Enough for You

                                            Taylor <3 Fingers crossed there's more from her to come, 2021 was definitely her year (yet again?).

                                            079. Olivia Rodrigo - Traitor
                                            078. Adele - Oh My God
                                            077. Lil Nas X - Tales of Dominica

                                            YES to the Tales of Dominica appreciation! IMO the whole album was rather disappointing and besides Montero & Industry Baby, only Life After Salem and Tales of Dominica stood out for me so I'm very pleased to see it on your countdown.
                                            Oh My God may be a promising hit for early 2022.

                                            075. Lil Nas X - That's What I Want
                                            073. Lil Nas X - Scoop (feat. Doja Cat)
                                            071. Jazmine Sullivan - Bodies

                                            070. The Black Mamba - Love is on My Side
                                            069. Gwen Stefani - Let Me Reintroduce Myself
                                            068. Ed Sheeran - Shivers
                                            066. Kacey Musgraves - Gracias a la Vida


                                            The Black Mamba is a surprising Eurovision appearance here. Good for them, their live performance was very captivating, but the song itself doesn't have much replay value I gotta admit.
                                            Shivers also ended up as my favorite song of Ed's new album! At first I thought it's just a slightly weaker copy of Bad Habits, but I ended up liking it much more the more I played it.
                                            Kacey! Hopefully there's more to come from her, Star-crossed was such a strong album and Gracias a la Vida was like the most unexpected yet best fitting closer for it.

                                            065. London Grammar - Missing
                                            064. Billie Eilish - Therefore I Am

                                            063. The Killers - Quiet Town
                                            062. Doja Cat - I Don't Do Drugs (feat. Ariana Grande)
                                            061. The Killers - In Another Life

                                            Pleased to see London Grammar here! The whole album was a nice surprise.
                                            While I said NDA was what I needed after being not impressed by previous singles, I must say most of those singles grew on me massively once the album came out at Therefore I Am was one of those. It sounds so good in the album context!
                                            I Don't Do Drugs would make an awesome single.

                                            059. Silk Sonic - Smokin Out the Window
                                            056. Drake - No Friends in the Industry
                                            055. Kacey Musgraves - Hookup Scene
                                            054. Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open
                                            053. Anne-Marie & Little Mix - Kiss My (Uh Oh)
                                            051. Jazmine Sullivan - On It (feat. Ari Lennox)

                                            Solid group, Kiss My (Uh Oh) is definitely a personal standout here. Agreed with your comment for it, it's a fun song, nothing more, nothing less, but sometimes we just need a fun song to bop to.

                                            050. Olivia Rodrigo - Hope Ur Ok
                                            049. Lana Del Rey - Breaking Up Slowly
                                            048. Demi Lovato - Melon Cake
                                            047. Adele - Love is a Game
                                            046. Kylie Minogue + Years &amp; Years - A Second to Midnight

                                            045. KEiiNO - Monument
                                            042. Eden Alene - Set Me Free

                                            041. Todrick Hall - Rainin' Fellas

                                            Monument was a moment! So, so happy to see this making your Top50, and yep, I'm still mad Norway didn't chose this over Tix. While I don't think Keiino would've won anymore, I still think this would have been a sure Top10 placement for them yet again. One of my personal top songs of 2021 <3
                                            Set Me Free is not the Eurovision entry I expected to be the highest one for you, but I'm totally fine with it, because it's also among my favorite contest entries this year. So happy how this went from being a sure non-qualifier for the betting odds to a secret fave among fans. She sparks charisma, the performance even caught my partner (who's not a ESC fan at all) and the high note in the end is top notch.

                                            040. Doja Cat - You Right (feat. The Weeknd)
                                            039. Adele - To Be Loved
                                            038. Silk Sonic - After Last Night

                                            035. Steps - Heartbreak in This City (feat. Michelle Visage)
                                            034. Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
                                            033. Billie Eilish - Halley's Comet
                                            031. Lil Nas X - Montero (Call Me by Your Name)

                                            How could us Drag Race fans not enjoy Heartbreak In This City with Michelle Visage?
                                            Yas to even more Billie in this update. Two great songs, especially Happier Than Ever. Already excited to see where the album will land on your album countdown, IMO it's better as her debut
                                            I really like Montero, great and incredibly catchy song - but I never got the hype for the music video I guess it was important for our society but then one may think it shouldn't be needed anymore, right?

                                            029. United Kingdolls - UK Hun?
                                            028. Adele - Easy on Me
                                            027. Kacey Musgraves - Star-Crossed
                                            026. Silk Sonic - Blast Off

                                            Bing Bang Bong is going to be stuck in our heads for decades, isn't it? That was a great challenge from one of the best seasons ever, and all four in this version ended up as stars in the UK.
                                            Star-crossed <3 This is such a magical song and also among my highlights in 2021. It's even and by far my most favorite song by Kacey ever, it just ticks so many boxes for me.

                                            024. ABBA - Keep an Eye on Dan
                                            022. Taylor Swift - Willow


                                            Strong two tracks. Keep An Eye On Dan is such a clear standout on Voyage and easily one of the finest album tracks of 2021.
                                            Willow has such a beautiful atmosphere to it. Love it, and it's even became one of my favorite songs by Taylor ever. One of the reasons why I enjoy Evermore a bit more than Folklore.

                                            ...

                                            Fantastic countdown so far, glad I finally caught up with it, so I'm ready for the Top20 :cool:

                                            Plus I think I really need to check out Summer Walker who already appeared many times here, definitely a contender for your album #1 I guess.

                                            Comment


                                            • #47
                                              Gosh it’s nearly over! Lots of great songs in the chart, I like the Nick J stuff, Mabel, Todrick, Lil Nas, Steps. Only one or two so far that I think are my absolute tunes of the year so we may have pretty different charts this go round.

                                              My biggest gripe is you highlighting Bimini’s entire verse EXCEPT ‘I like it rough but my lentils tender’ which is not only the greatest line in the song but perhaps the best ever written in a RPDR songwriting challenge!
                                              Check out my Top 100 of 2012 Countdown!

                                              Comment


                                              • #48
                                                Originally posted by Benny View Post
                                                Nice to see 'Keep an Eye on Dan', I had hoped for a place in the top 20 though.
                                                They almost got there in the end, but it was a competitive year!

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                Agreed with your opening lines that 2021 was a good year in music - I actually think it's been a rather underrated year among music fans. There were several gems released this year, several high profile artists releasing new stuff, and several great new discoveries, so excited to dive into your countdown!
                                                Glad we both agree it was a strong music year!

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                100. Destiny - Je Me Casse
                                                099. Kelly Clarkson - Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You)
                                                098. Tiësto & Ava Max - The Motto
                                                096. Nick Jonas - Death Do Us Part

                                                First group is already strong!
                                                Would've loved to see Je me casse even higher, but glad it made your countdown after all. It left a similar impression on me like Michela's Chameleon did a few years ago and iirc that one made a much better impression on you than Je me casse. It's been one of my favorite songs to sing along to in 2021.
                                                Kelly's song is good, need to re-listen to the whole album as soon as possible now we're finally heading towards Christmas. It's always difficult to come up with a good new original Christmas song and I think Kelly did a great job with Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You). I wouldn't even mind if that one becomes her Christmas staple instead of Underneath The Tree.
                                                The Motto is a BOP. Ava rarely disappoints!
                                                Your memory serves you right! I think "Chameleon" was #14 on my 2019 YEC, but it had some clever lyrics and nifty production moments that really made it stand out.

                                                Yeah, I think "Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You)" is definitely KC's most accessible Christmas song to date, so I hope it has mileage for at least a few holiday seasons.

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                095. The Killers - The Getting By
                                                094. Nick Jonas - 2Drunk
                                                092. Mabel - Let Them Know

                                                Very pleased to see Let Them Know here. Definitely a song us Pop lovers need every now and then. Still waiting for a good follow-up though...
                                                I appreciate you appreciating the Killers!

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                090. Stefania - Last Dance
                                                089. Billie Eilish - NDA

                                                088. Doja Cat - Naked
                                                086. Olivia Rodrigo - Deja Vu

                                                Last Dance was a grower for me, didn't get the hype at first and didn't like the staging at all, but the song eventually became one of my favorite Greek entries ever. By the way, do you hear similarities to Rihanna's Unfaithful in the pre-chorus as well?
                                                NDA was exactly what I needed from Billie after being not impressed by many previous singles. A big standout for me in 2021, a shame it flopped on the charts.
                                                I just revisited "Last Dance" and I didn't hear any "Unfaithful" similarities. I'll listen another time for it.

                                                I high-key forgot/perhaps never knew "NDA" was a single!

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                085. Taylor Swift - Gold Rush
                                                084. Jazmine Sullivan - Girl Like Me (feat. H.E.R.)
                                                082. Lorde - Secrets from a Girl (Who's Seen It All)
                                                081. Olivia Rodrigo - Enough for You

                                                Taylor <3 Fingers crossed there's more from her to come, 2021 was definitely her year (yet again?).
                                                Fun fact - "August" is my most-played song this year...again.

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                079. Olivia Rodrigo - Traitor
                                                078. Adele - Oh My God
                                                077. Lil Nas X - Tales of Dominica

                                                YES to the Tales of Dominica appreciation! IMO the whole album was rather disappointing and besides Montero & Industry Baby, only Life After Salem and Tales of Dominica stood out for me so I'm very pleased to see it on your countdown.
                                                Oh My God may be a promising hit for early 2022.
                                                Ah, I actually enjoyed Montero, but I'm glad that we seem to have the same favourites from it at least.

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                075. Lil Nas X - That's What I Want
                                                073. Lil Nas X - Scoop (feat. Doja Cat)
                                                071. Jazmine Sullivan - Bodies

                                                070. The Black Mamba - Love is on My Side
                                                069. Gwen Stefani - Let Me Reintroduce Myself
                                                068. Ed Sheeran - Shivers
                                                066. Kacey Musgraves - Gracias a la Vida


                                                The Black Mamba is a surprising Eurovision appearance here. Good for them, their live performance was very captivating, but the song itself doesn't have much replay value I gotta admit.
                                                Shivers also ended up as my favorite song of Ed's new album! At first I thought it's just a slightly weaker copy of Bad Habits, but I ended up liking it much more the more I played it.
                                                Kacey! Hopefully there's more to come from her, Star-crossed was such a strong album and Gracias a la Vida was like the most unexpected yet best fitting closer for it.
                                                Yep, definitely more Kacey to come.

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                065. London Grammar - Missing
                                                064. Billie Eilish - Therefore I Am

                                                063. The Killers - Quiet Town
                                                062. Doja Cat - I Don't Do Drugs (feat. Ariana Grande)
                                                061. The Killers - In Another Life

                                                Pleased to see London Grammar here! The whole album was a nice surprise.
                                                While I said NDA was what I needed after being not impressed by previous singles, I must say most of those singles grew on me massively once the album came out at Therefore I Am was one of those. It sounds so good in the album context!
                                                I Don't Do Drugs would make an awesome single.
                                                I went into the London Grammar album not expecting much and came away pleasantly surprised.

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                059. Silk Sonic - Smokin Out the Window
                                                056. Drake - No Friends in the Industry
                                                055. Kacey Musgraves - Hookup Scene
                                                054. Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open
                                                053. Anne-Marie & Little Mix - Kiss My (Uh Oh)
                                                051. Jazmine Sullivan - On It (feat. Ari Lennox)

                                                Solid group, Kiss My (Uh Oh) is definitely a personal standout here. Agreed with your comment for it, it's a fun song, nothing more, nothing less, but sometimes we just need a fun song to bop to.
                                                Indeed!

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                050. Olivia Rodrigo - Hope Ur Ok
                                                049. Lana Del Rey - Breaking Up Slowly
                                                048. Demi Lovato - Melon Cake
                                                047. Adele - Love is a Game
                                                046. Kylie Minogue + Years &amp; Years - A Second to Midnight

                                                045. KEiiNO - Monument
                                                042. Eden Alene - Set Me Free

                                                041. Todrick Hall - Rainin' Fellas

                                                Monument was a moment! So, so happy to see this making your Top50, and yep, I'm still mad Norway didn't chose this over Tix. While I don't think Keiino would've won anymore, I still think this would have been a sure Top10 placement for them yet again. One of my personal top songs of 2021 <3
                                                Set Me Free is not the Eurovision entry I expected to be the highest one for you, but I'm totally fine with it, because it's also among my favorite contest entries this year. So happy how this went from being a sure non-qualifier for the betting odds to a secret fave among fans. She sparks charisma, the performance even caught my partner (who's not a ESC fan at all) and the high note in the end is top notch.
                                                Yeah, "Monument" was definitely better than the eventual Norway entry this year. It was good enough to win this year's contest, but I agree it likely wouldn't have won.

                                                I'm a lamb at my core so whistle notes will always excite me.

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                040. Doja Cat - You Right (feat. The Weeknd)
                                                039. Adele - To Be Loved
                                                038. Silk Sonic - After Last Night

                                                035. Steps - Heartbreak in This City (feat. Michelle Visage)
                                                034. Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
                                                033. Billie Eilish - Halley's Comet
                                                031. Lil Nas X - Montero (Call Me by Your Name)

                                                How could us Drag Race fans not enjoy Heartbreak In This City with Michelle Visage?
                                                Yas to even more Billie in this update. Two great songs, especially Happier Than Ever. Already excited to see where the album will land on your album countdown, IMO it's better as her debut
                                                I really like Montero, great and incredibly catchy song - but I never got the hype for the music video I guess it was important for our society but then one may think it shouldn't be needed anymore, right?
                                                I have to double-check to make sure, but I think I gave Happier Than Ever a higher overall rating than Billie's debut.

                                                Unfortunately, I think the "Montero" video is still needed. I grew up hearing that gays were doomed to hell and I'm well aware that that is still the message being given to youth in certain conservative parts of the world (like the Caribbean, where I'm from) so Lil Nas X completely taking that ignorant message and flipping it on its head to create something so visually stunning is special. I do hope we get to a point where such statements aren't necessary, but we're not quite there yet!

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                029. United Kingdolls - UK Hun?
                                                028. Adele - Easy on Me
                                                027. Kacey Musgraves - Star-Crossed
                                                026. Silk Sonic - Blast Off

                                                Bing Bang Bong is going to be stuck in our heads for decades, isn't it? That was a great challenge from one of the best seasons ever, and all four in this version ended up as stars in the UK.
                                                Star-crossed <3 This is such a magical song and also among my highlights in 2021. It's even and by far my most favorite song by Kacey ever, it just ticks so many boxes for me.
                                                Interesting on "Star-Crossed". I love that you love it so much, but for me she's done better. It is one of her best tracks for me, though. Her VMA performance of it is beautiful and actually made me appreciate the song even more.

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                024. ABBA - Keep an Eye on Dan
                                                022. Taylor Swift - Willow


                                                Strong two tracks. Keep An Eye On Dan is such a clear standout on Voyage and easily one of the finest album tracks of 2021.
                                                Willow has such a beautiful atmosphere to it. Love it, and it's even became one of my favorite songs by Taylor ever. One of the reasons why I enjoy Evermore a bit more than Folklore.
                                                Is the original mix of "Willow" your favourite?

                                                Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                                                Fantastic countdown so far, glad I finally caught up with it, so I'm ready for the Top20 :cool:

                                                Plus I think I really need to check out Summer Walker who already appeared many times here, definitely a contender for your album #1 I guess.
                                                Many thanks for taking the time to catch up! I really appreciate it!

                                                Originally posted by king_oxymoron View Post
                                                Gosh it’s nearly over! Lots of great songs in the chart, I like the Nick J stuff, Mabel, Todrick, Lil Nas, Steps. Only one or two so far that I think are my absolute tunes of the year so we may have pretty different charts this go round.

                                                My biggest gripe is you highlighting Bimini’s entire verse EXCEPT ‘I like it rough but my lentils tender’ which is not only the greatest line in the song but perhaps the best ever written in a RPDR songwriting challenge!
                                                I guess I started on time this year whereas everyone opted for a bit of a later start. Y'all should've sent me the memo!

                                                That line doesn't do that much for me, but those splits she was doing sure did!
                                                Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
                                                Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
                                                AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

                                                I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

                                                Comment


                                                • #49
                                                  020. Tyler the Creator - Sweet/I Thought You Wanted to Dance



                                                  I don't know, make somethin' up, tell him somethin'
                                                  Uh, come on
                                                  (Still on the boat)
                                                  You and I, we fell in love
                                                  I ain't read the signs, ain't know what it was
                                                  But God gotta know He might have peaked when He made you
                                                  The cosmos' only mistake is what they named you
                                                  They should call you sugar, you so sweet
                                                  Well, they should call you sugar, 'cause you're so sweet to me
                                                  Well, they should call you sugar, sugar, you're so sweet
                                                  'Cause baby, you're the sweetest, sweetest, sweetest thing I've known
                                                  Even if you left me out here stranded
                                                  My feelings wouldn't change a bit
                                                  (You know how I feel about you, are you ready?)
                                                  You know how I feel baby!
                                                  Infinite. The love I have for you
                                                  A diamond couldn't put a dent in it
                                                  (Uh, go to the bridge thing) (okay)
                                                  Darling, you're the wind under my wings
                                                  My heart beats triple time when I see you
                                                  Something I can't control
                                                  If I compared you, the Sun is a stand-in
                                                  You've got a smile that could light up a planet
                                                  And I just wanted you to know
                                                  And you look so good
                                                  And you smell so good
                                                  And you taste so good
                                                  Oh, you so, so good
                                                  You're the sweetest
                                                  Sweet like, like motherf*ckin' brown sugar sweet potatoes
                                                  Or somethin'
                                                  The plan was to stick my toe in and
                                                  Check the temperature but
                                                  Next thing I know
                                                  I'm drownin'
                                                  What makes you think
                                                  I'm not in love?
                                                  How could you know
                                                  What's best for us?
                                                  Why am I here
                                                  Standing alone?
                                                  'Cause I thought you wanted to dance, yeah
                                                  (Welcome to the disco)
                                                  You're so good to me
                                                  It felt good to me
                                                  You're so good to me
                                                  It felt good to me
                                                  So, what makes you think
                                                  I'm not in love?
                                                  How could you know
                                                  What's best for us?
                                                  Why am I here
                                                  Standing alone?
                                                  Because I thought you wanted to dance
                                                  Honestly, it's all about the timing
                                                  I ain't mean to lead you on, because
                                                  Him and I got some things that we're trying
                                                  But my energy belongs to you
                                                  I want you so bad, but not too fast
                                                  It's not your fault we can't pretend because
                                                  We're both in the wrong
                                                  So what makes you think
                                                  I'm not in love? (Feels so good)
                                                  How could you know, know, know
                                                  What's best for us?
                                                  Why am I here
                                                  Standing alone?
                                                  'Cause I thought, I thought you wanted to dance, yeah
                                                  (Run the track)
                                                  'Cause I thought, I thought you wanted to dance
                                                  'Cause I thought, I thought you wanted to dance
                                                  I thought you wanted to dance
                                                  I thought you wanted to dance
                                                  I wish that we never met, I wish that we ain't connect
                                                  Like Lego, connection good, but mixed signal if you say so. Like cardio
                                                  We stared up and down, but we didn't blink. Felt like dirty dishes
                                                  'Cause we was in sync. I swear to God, if you and him never linked
                                                  I'd tear that ass up like something was stole
                                                  I'd make them glass balls roll back to your skull

                                                  Call a tail number, where you wanna go?
                                                  The f*ck do he got that I don't got a lot of?
                                                  There go my ego again, that's the problem
                                                  The f*ck you expect? I go get what I want
                                                  I want you to say you pick me with your voice

                                                  I'm 25 up, but I can't buy your choice
                                                  You're priceless to me but that's not the point
                                                  You got me out here smokin' joints
                                                  You got me out here losin' point
                                                  I'm cancellin' shoots and I'm can...
                                                  I'm hitchhiking, you pull over, so invitin'
                                                  This seat got my name on it, but who driving?
                                                  He hiatus, we spend time and we repeat and we rewind it
                                                  Your headlights? It hit my eyelids
                                                  Love is blinding, y'all together? Don't remind me, so confusing
                                                  What we doing? How y'all doing? Oh, you choosin' him?
                                                  Okay, I gotta cope with losing, f*ck
                                                  I ain't been sleepin' well.
                                                  Twin, I'll never tell
                                                  Stay busy so I don't think, the downtime is when it sink in
                                                  I stare at old pictures, I, I thought you wanted to dance
                                                  I thought you wanted to dance, I
                                                  Maybe maybe
                                                  Take a chance
                                                  I wish that we had better timing
                                                  I'll save a dance just for you
                                                  So don't forget about me
                                                  I'll save a dance just for you
                                                  I wish that we had better timing
                                                  I'll save a dance just for you
                                                  So don't forget about me
                                                  I'll save a dance just for you

                                                  Just 12 seconds shy of a 10-minute-long runtime, "Sweet/I Thought You Wanted to Dance" is this smooth, mellow R&B cut until we get to the bars bit, where Tyler's flow and passionate lyricism really takes the track to a new level.
                                                  Code:
                                                  Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                                  Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x1)
                                                  Play Count: 17
                                                  019. Doja Cat - Kiss Me More (feat. SZA)



                                                  We hug and yes, we make love
                                                  And always just say "Goodnight" (la-la-la-la-la)
                                                  And we cuddle, sure I do love it
                                                  But I need your lips on mine
                                                  Can you kiss me more?
                                                  We're so young, boy
                                                  We ain't got nothin' to lose, oh, oh
                                                  It's just principle
                                                  Baby, hold me
                                                  'Cause I like the way you groove, oh, oh
                                                  Boy, you write your name, I can do the same
                                                  Ooh, I love the taste, la-la-la-la
                                                  All on my tongue, I want it (la-la-la-la)
                                                  Boy, you write your name, I can do the same
                                                  Ooh, I love the taste, la-la-la-la-la
                                                  All on my tongue, I want it
                                                  I, I feel like f*ckin' somethin'
                                                  But we could be corny, f*ck it
                                                  Sugar, I ain't no dummy, dummy
                                                  I like to say, what if, but if
                                                  We could kiss and just cut the rubbish
                                                  Then I might be on to somethin'
                                                  I ain't givin' you one in public
                                                  I'm givin' you hundreds, f*ck it
                                                  Somethin' we just gotta get into
                                                  Sign first, middle, last, on the wisdom tooth
                                                  N*ggas wishin' that the p*ssy was a kissin' booth
                                                  Taste breakfast, lunch and gin and juice
                                                  And that dinner just like dessert too
                                                  And when we French, refresh, gimme two
                                                  When I bite that lip, come get me too
                                                  He want lipstick, lip gloss, hickeys too, uh
                                                  Say give me a buck, need that gushy stuff
                                                  Push the limit, no, you ain't good enough
                                                  All your n*ggas say that you lost without me
                                                  All my b*tches feel like I dodged the county
                                                  F*ckin' with you feel like jail, nigga
                                                  I can't even exhale, n*gga
                                                  P*ssy like holy grail, you know that
                                                  You gon' make me need bail, you know that
                                                  Caught dippin' with your friend
                                                  You ain't even have man, lyin' on ya-, you know that
                                                  Got me a bag full of brick, you know that
                                                  Control, don't slow the pace if I throw back
                                                  All this ass for real
                                                  Drama make you feel
                                                  Fantasy and whip appeal
                                                  Is all I can give you

                                                  "Kiss Me More" is a breezy, summer-ready, catchy R&B-pop bop. The production is great and SZA's presence is definitely a plus, but it's Doja and her personality that really sell this song. Some of her verses are so direct that I can't help but love the raw expression of it all. The way she infuses hip/hop bars and flow into the track is seamless and gives it an interesting cadence that makes listening a lot more engaging. And the video - oh my, that male model - who's also an actor on Grey's Anatomy - is so searing hot!
                                                  Code:
                                                  Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                                  Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x2)
                                                  Play Count: 85
                                                  018. BRS Kash - Throat Baby (feat. DaBaby & City Girls)



                                                  Damn near got the best head in the world on her, I be ready to hit
                                                  Put her lips on my dick and she swirl on it, she be ready to spit
                                                  She eatin' my dick with passion, it feel like she talkin' to me, she be tellin' me shit
                                                  Yeah, go 'head and spit on it, yeah (What's happenin', Chi Chi?)
                                                  Pull out my dick and she lick on it
                                                  I know she with it, yeah, I know she want it, uh
                                                  Paint her face like a Picasso
                                                  She smokin' on dick like Gelato
                                                  I need a sexy lil' bih like Mulatto
                                                  Lick on the tip and you know that she swallow kids
                                                  IG bitch, come follow this
                                                  I ain't tryna do no cuddling
                                                  I just want face, let me bust on it
                                                  Sexy lil' bitch, sexy lil' ho
                                                  Hold on, hold on real quick
                                                  See her three times a week and don't nobody know
                                                  Pull that dick out and eat soon as I hit the door
                                                  Two days ago I got head at the Lowe's
                                                  They know I be on go, I get head at the store
                                                  Ooh, she a gangster, she don't even care if they look in the car, I can't tell if they know
                                                  Girl, get the mangoes, let me get my leg out your way
                                                  I got manners, I'mma move your hair out the way
                                                  She pull that bitch out when she see me
                                                  She suck my dick, she put this song on repeat
                                                  She love to top, ooh and she sloppy
                                                  Put the spit from the dick to her mouth, she a monster
                                                  And I might love her, she blow bubbles
                                                  And put both hands on the dick and massage it
                                                  She suckin' me up like a slushee
                                                  Put me to sleep, Robitussin, the head is amazing (Yeah)
                                                  She get protein when I give her them babies (Yeah)
                                                  Sloppy toppy, got her brand new Mercedes, uh-huh
                                                  I be like kiss on it while we in public to show that you miss it, uh-huh
                                                  The way that she take it
                                                  I'll spit on it, lick on it, got me addicted, yeah, yeah
                                                  Ayy, don't talk back (Uh-huh)
                                                  You can get a house with a mouth like that (You can)
                                                  Let's switch side 'cause my mouth bite back (Come here)
                                                  And I love her fat cat, let me lick it from the back, okay
                                                  She tellin' me "Kash, that I love you", I ain't tryna hear it (I don't need)
                                                  I just wanna put it all inside your mouth
                                                  I'ma f*ck up your head and your brain gon' feel it, bitch
                                                  Drop my panties, spread my legs
                                                  Kiss my clit, lick my split
                                                  Make me cream, stroke my pearl
                                                  Eat this p*ssy up like it's yours (Yeah)
                                                  Throat babies, I'm tryna bust all on you
                                                  Throat babies, let me put this pussy on you
                                                  Sit your gun on the dresser (Yeah)
                                                  And let me undress you (Come here)
                                                  Cum babies (Come here), come, baby
                                                  Drop his drawers, grab that lock
                                                  Kiss that dick, lick his balls
                                                  Spit on the head (Uh), make it wet (JT)
                                                  F*ck that meat (Yeah), take it deep
                                                  Ghetto lil' bitch, he love the way I talk
                                                  Dick get hard every time I walk
                                                  Suck him dead, bring out the white chalk
                                                  Petty to you, for me, the whole vault
                                                  My throat crazy, he gon' keep curving you
                                                  My throat crazy, straight jacket, white suit
                                                  I like to be f*cked like a slut
                                                  Come here zaddy, let me eat it up
                                                  Look in his eyes and swallow that nut
                                                  Itty bitty nigga but the dick big
                                                  I'm his baby mama, we got throat kids (Hahaha)

                                                  So this is the second year in a row that I have a DaBaby song in my top 20 and yet again the lyrics are absolute FILTH! I love this song and I definitely have great memories hearing it out at bars around town this year - it was pretty popular in Q1 of 2021, given that BRS Kash is an Atlanta native. I went back to check which song blocked this from #1 as I did think it should've topped my chart at some point, but "August" blocked it so...yeah!
                                                  Code:
                                                  Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                                  Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #2
                                                  Play Count: 55
                                                  017. Nick Jonas - This is Heaven



                                                  At the gate, come inside, I know that it's late
                                                  But I'm here, 'cause your body my motivation
                                                  Let's skip the talk
                                                  What if we found a way to get lost without fear?
                                                  Keep it all behind, we're escaping
                                                  If you told me that my fate was on your fingertips
                                                  Then I wouldn't believe it
                                                  I wouldn't believe it
                                                  Every kiss with you, it's like a prayer falls from my lips
                                                  Now I'm a believer
                                                  Yeah, I'm a believer
                                                  This is Heaven
                                                  And I don't know how this could get much better
                                                  Than you and me, here right now
                                                  This is Heaven
                                                  And every time I touch you, it gets better
                                                  I'm on my knees, I can't stop now
                                                  This is Heaven (this is Heaven, yeah, this is Heaven)
                                                  This is Heaven (this is Heaven, oh, this is Heaven)
                                                  This is
                                                  Sunrise, another long night lost in your eyes
                                                  So don't blink
                                                  You're the center of my attention, yeah
                                                  I know, nothing is perfect, but this is close
                                                  So don't go, keep it coming in my direction

                                                  He'd gotten my attention with "Champagne Problems" and "Close" in the past, but I never really thought I'd see the day a Nick Jonas song could be a bona fide poll choice for my song of the year. Throughout his career, he'd never demonstrated the ability to put together a cohesive project that could have such a soaring highlight, but maybe his marriage to Priyanka Chopra has unlocked some hidden musicality strengths. My singular gripe with "This is Heaven" is the same one I had with "Say Something" last year - the chorus throbs, but doesn't erupt and I would really love for those big gospel vocals to come to the fore at some point. Still, the instrumentation is exquisite and the lyrics, whist simple, are sweet and feel sincere. This is a big win for NJ and maybe now I'll start to take him more seriously as a legit artist and not just eye candy.
                                                  Code:
                                                  Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                                  Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x4)
                                                  Play Count: 118
                                                  016. Kacey Musgraves - Justified



                                                  It was a fun, strange summer
                                                  I rolled on, didn't think of you
                                                  We lost touch with each other
                                                  Fall came and I had to move
                                                  Moving backwards, hurt comes after
                                                  Healing doesn't happen in a straight line
                                                  If I cry just a little
                                                  And then laugh in the middle
                                                  If I hate you then I love you
                                                  Then I change my mind
                                                  If I need just a little
                                                  More time to deal with the fact
                                                  That you should have treated me right
                                                  Then I'm more than just a little justified
                                                  I'm more than just a little justified

                                                  To touch somebody
                                                  You know I tried to make that you
                                                  And when you lied and said, you didn't want me
                                                  Tell me what was I supposed to do?

                                                  If I die just a little
                                                  Inside just a little
                                                  If I want you and I call you
                                                  Then I change my mind
                                                  If I need just a little
                                                  More time to deal with the fact
                                                  That I should have treated you right
                                                  I'm more than just a little


                                                  So to circle back to my ex-entanglement for the millionth time in this countdown, "Justified" gave credence to my journey. I often tell others dealing with romantic woes to "feel [their] feelings", but I think I was impatient with myself for just how many feelings I had and how my healing process was not at all as linear as I'd expected it would be. I would move from being at peace with the conclusion, to feeling betrayed and angry, to feeling disappointed, back to peace, then grave sadness, then more anger, over and over - an entirely maddening cycle. I love the switch in the lyrics towards the end - Kacey moves from lamenting that her ex should've treated her right to considering that she should have also treated him right. Mistreatment begets mistreatment in many cases and that was a reality with which I was wholly familiar.
                                                  Code:
                                                  Quality Rating: 9.5/10
                                                  Akini's Daily Top 20 Peak: #1(x4)
                                                  Play Count: 165
                                                  Akini's Top 100 Albums of All-Time [2022 Edition: #84]
                                                  Your Billboard Top Ten: #1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) [4 weeks]
                                                  AlbumClash 2.0: [Florence + the Machine vs. Drake]

                                                  I'm not saying I love you unconditionally, but we have been through a shitload of conditions and I'm still here.

                                                  Comment


                                                  • #50
                                                    Kiss Me More was a cute bop I enjoyed.

                                                    Comment

                                                    Working...
                                                    X