I pretty much like/love all the songs here, sans the new Charlie Puth tracks I haven't heard. Love that "Ashes" was #1 here last week, love that Dirty Computer is still doing well here, love the Ms. Jackson re-entries, and I love that "Youth" debuted here, but boo that it's not higher. Thanks for giving me lots to love this week, Paul!
01 (NE) 01 | "If You're Over Me" - Years & Years | 1 (1)
02 (01) 02 | "Ashes" - Céline Dion | 1 (1)
03 (10) 02 | "Crazy, Classic, Life" - Janelle Monáe | 3
04 (07) 04 | "I Like That" - Janelle Monáe | 4 | [G]
05 (06) 03 | "Dirty Computer" - Janelle Monáe ft. Brian Wilson | 5
09 (04) 02 | "Bloom" - Troye Sivan | 4
11 (02) 04 | "Babe" - Sugarland ft. Taylor Swift | 2 (1) | [G]
13 (11) 04 | "No Tears Left To Cry" - Ariana Grande | 1 (1) | [G]
14 (RE) 05 | "Attention" - Charlie Puth | 9 | [G]
15 (RE) 02 | "You Can Be Mine" - Janet Jackson | 15
16 (RE) 02 | "Go Deep" - Janet Jackson | 16
17 (12) 03 | "Americans" - Janelle Monáe | 2 (1)
18 (03) 06 | "Pynk" - Janelle Monáe ft. Grimes | 1 (1) | [G]
21 (RE) 03 | "New Agenda" - Janet Jackson | 9 | [G]
23 (NE) 01 | "You" - Janet Jackson | 23
24 (NE) 01 | "Toy" - Netta | 24
25 (RE) 04 | "My My My!" - Troye Sivan | 4 | [G]
26 (NE) 01 | "Youth" - Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid | 26
28 (19) 10 | "Stop Me From Falling" - Kylie Minogue | 1 (3) | [2xP]
29 (RE) 03 | "State Of The World" - Janet Jackson | 11 | [G]
30 (20) 02 | "Sky Full Of Song" - Florence + The Machine | 20
I totally get all of that!phoenix98 wrote: I'm truly touched that you noticed! You've got a keen eye. I do have a slight OCD approach to post-timestamps, and much prefer the look of a "0" or "5" at the end. I feel similarly about that damn "edited" bar at the bottom of posts, but that one can be harder to remedy, since deleting and re-posting can throw off the entire flow of conversation in a thread once others have chimed in.
It being a forum is even more license to post as you want, within the rules and guidelines of forum policy, of course!phoenix98 wrote:I also appreciate how the tone of your post doesn't at all convey "Jesus, man, it's just a forum. Loosen up a little."
YES at all of this!phoenix98 wrote:"Pynk" proved to be a very rare steady-climber here (where songs usually debut at their peak, or possibly reach it in week 2, then fall from that point forward, with occasional mini-rebounds on the way down). "Pynk" operates on a pretty perfect plane for me: I love the chill, catchy sound of the song, and I can completely get behind the lyrics ("F**k yeah pussy power! Bodies are beautiful! Women are sexy (on their own damn terms, not mens') and strong!") without hitting any gut-wrenching brutally-honest moments that drop in some of the other Dirty Computer tracks. I absolutely appreciate that those moments are included, but it slightly hurts their replay-value when I need to take a breather after hearing them, as I shake my head and wonder "What the f**k do we do now?" How do we fix this?" She really knows how to yank your head out of the sand. Janelle and I might be able to share the same LGBTQ umbrella, but as a white male, I know I'm a part of some communities/systems that have given her the serious sh*t she's fighting back against. She serves some heavy, necessary reminders of how just far our country (and me personally) still need to go...
I did! My heart seriously sank when I thought it was ending without properly featuring "Americans," but its inclusion couldn't have been more perfect! The whole picture deserves its own post(s), but her creativity/vision is really remarkable. Her brilliant blending of sci-fi scenery/story-telling with VERY relevant contemporary social commentary ought to be witnessed by as many people as possible.
As we're on the topic of strong female empowerment anthems, I don't think I've seen you post about "Fall in Line", nor is it here on your chart, so have you just not heard it yet, or has one of my favourite songs of the year not managed to impact you?
Yeah, the first three seasons of Glee were epic, but I fell off during season four when the show's airtime clashed with one of my classes. I definitely encourage you to re-visit it, though. The show has this ability to breathe new life into songs that is unparalleled by any other series.phoenix98 wrote:Yeah, "No Tears Left To Cry" definitely put me in "I haven't revisited her catalog in a while..." mode. I had no idea Glee ever covered that! I'm rarely this fickle when it comes to TV shows, usually sticking it out until cancellation - but I completely fell off the wagon after season 2 In my defense, season 1 had become a weekly viewing ritual with a few friends in college, but once we all went our separate ways after graduation, the experience just wasn't the same watching it myself each week. I'm definitely thankful for it re-shaping your views on "Problem," though!
Aw, I'm really happy to hear you've been enjoying the tribute. They can be a bit of pressure sometimes, knowing that you're writing about songs that you have months of familiarity with, and multi-decade-long fans are reading your thoughts, but it has been a pleasure reading your posts and seeing the viewpoints that we share and those that clash. Reading others' perspectives on songs can be so powerful. I know I go back to that Taylor Swift "Ours" example a lot, but I really would not have appreciated the song the way I do now were it not for me reading how you viewed it. Music + insightful perspectives = glorious magic.phoenix98 wrote:You inspire me in many ways I figure the avatar changes, while serving as a way to mourn the loss of these bops, also serves as a celebration of your tribute. It's on my mind (basically) every day lately, and I've been loving the ride.
Yeah, and her voice being so light and therapeutic definitely makes me want to hit that replay button like a madman.phoenix98 wrote: Massive! It didn't even require a new album release (not that I'd mind another form her, though I don't expect it anytime soon). She really has such a quality catalog - there's plenty of epic tracks that are essentially burnout-proof, but the vastness and variety of worthwhile moments make it even easier (and wholly satisfying) to binge on.