Thanks for the comments, guys!
Benny wrote:Amazing song by Dami Im, she should have won Eurovision.
I really like "Sound of Silence". It was definitely one of the best songs in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.I can't stand "Pillowtalk" and "Rise" though
No worries, I won't hold it against you
Dami and Zayn are certainly my faves here, you are right with what you write about each... Dami's vocal really elevated that track and I was certainly shocked about Zayn.
Second tier love for Starboy and Freedom, as you know I haven't gotten into Lemonade but that one always seemed a standout.
So glad Rise missed the top 10, always sounded like tripe to me. Lemme read what you wrote..Aw sorry to knock something so personal to you, but yes I write it off as that To be fair we didn't have it on our Olympic coverage so it may have not infiltrated by mind in the same way. To me it's among her weaker offerings
But fair enough!
Grybop wrote:Yuna, Coldplay, Dami, The Weeknd are all great. Samra I found a bit on the generic side.
Glad you like those four! I get where you're coming from with Samra, but if it's generic, it's the nice generic, not the ridiculously cheap, throwaway kind.
FreakyFlyBry wrote:Very pleased to see Starboy (The Weeknd has mostly impressed me lately, especially with his new stuff) and Rise (pretty much what I was hoping to hear from Katy after a long break!)
I like the Taylor and Zayn songs but I prefer several other songs from both.
Good to have another "Rise" fan here!
Gonna try and catch up as fast as i can so let's start with my fave songs between #100 and #81.
JSparksFan wrote:100. Bastille - Good Grief
099. Céline Dion - Encore un soir
098. Jennifer Lopez - Ain't Your Mama
096. Fifth Harmony - Work from Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
094. Troye Sivan - Wild
093. Kerli - Blossom
090. Olly Murs - You Don't Know Love
089. Demi Lovato - Body Say
085. Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
084. NEIKED - Sexual
082. Sia - Bird Set Free
081. Charlie Puth - Dangerously
60% for that set, so not off to an awful start.
All these songs also made my chart in 2016.
JSparksFan wrote:080. DJ Snake - Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber)
079. Charlie Puth - We Don't Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez)
078. Troye Sivan - Fools
076. Nick Jonas - Close (feat. Tove Lo)
074. DNCE - Cake by the Ocean
073. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
070. Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
069. Fergie - M.I.L.F. $
068. Dami Im - Fighting for Love
066. Meghan Trainor - No
065. Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman
064. Selena Gomez - Kill Em with Kindness
062. Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better
The Calvin/RiRi collab is the only track listed above that went to #1 in my chart. It ain't We found love
but i'm glad that Calvin went for the more subtle approach with this track. Chilled dance music but still uptempo.
65% this time!
For me, "We Found Love" doesn't set a standard Rihanna should be aiming to duplicate, but I can definitely agree that it's better than "This Is What You Came For".
Your commentary for True colours
is spot on. The theme of the song just seems as if it was tailor made for Ke$ha. Such a shame Ke$ha didn't get the opportunity to perform at the Billboard music awards
. It must be heart wrenching to be stuck in a corner unable to get out, that must be what Ke$ha has been going through.
I echo your thoughts on Sledgehammer
as i too was underwhelmed after checking out the previews for ANTI
and for the most part asking myself "where are the songs?"
I'm a bit disappointed that this single didn't really connect with the public. I mean, has Rihanna really slumped to Work
levels now, and is this really what the fans want to hear?
I quoted king_oxymoron's comment about JT too. These comments really do sum up everything i think about his track. It was the perfect soundtrack to the great sunshine we had during the summer.
Are you breaking these down in sets of 20 because your weekly chart, and my daily one, both are 20-tracks long?
If not, what a wonderful accidental coincidence.
I can't even express how frustrated I feel about the Ke$ha situation, and I'm just a third party observing from thousands of miles away. I really do hope she gets to make music again. I wasn't her biggest fan, but she had something pop music needed at the time - a sense of shameless adventure, and a party spirit that made her lyrics really silly, but undeniably fun.
Wow, love the dig!!!
"Work" isn't all that bad, but I'd rather she not ever do a song like it again.
044. Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling!
Annoying. I was surprised to see him in Eurovision, though
041. Ariana Grande - Side to Side (feat. Ariana Grande)
I loved it right after having listened to it for the very first time (I still prefer "Into You", "Leave Me Lonely" and "Touch It", though). I am glad that you could connect to it after a while! So at least, some performances aren't in vain!
040. Ariana Grande - Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)
The promo single prior to the actual release delivered an insight on what to expect from Ariana in 2016. I like it but she's got better songs on the album if you ask me.
036. Clean Bandit - Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)
I hate it, tbh. Don't get the fuss about it.
033. Céline Dion - Recovering
Not my favourite track by her but the song's a masterpiece in her career. She went to so much but she's not giving up!
032. Ariana Grande - Into You
I am glad that your favourite track Ariana is also my favourite track by her (in 2016).
029. Coldplay - Hymn for the Weekend (feat. Beyoncé)
I haven't thought of Beyoncé getting the role of an angel in that song despite being able to sing along to the lyrics but it makes perfectly sense. It's strange that I haven't given any thoughts on the song's lyrics' meaning. I guess the melody is soooooo captivating that I simply forgot about anything else.
I am glad to see it being part of your Top 30! - It's clearly one of my favourite tracks of 2016.
028. Sia - Cheap Thrills
Oh dear, the "awful Sean Paul Remix" lifts this song to a new dimension. I am sure that Sia also got help my many people encountering some nostalgia by Sean Paul's parts.
I am glad you are having fun and enjoying yourself by dancing for free (!) at clubs! - When I was younger (16 to 21) I went clubbing like every second week and I always had to pay 6 to 15 Euros for entering the club only. It's quite expensive here in Western Germany. Due to my Slavic genes, I used to pay a lot for drinks as well (One drink doesn't do it for me).. However, I stopped clubbing and now I have so much more money left <3 Perhaps I would go clubbing with you (even with to that Sia-only version) if it was for free.
026. Samra - Miracle
You should have followed my Eurovision 2016 ranking! Samra made it into my Top 10! "Miracle" is CLEARLY and HIGHLY underrated among fans and juries alike. She wasn't the greatest performer of the night but her performance was better than half of the ones from 2005, for example. I seriously think that if this track had been the Swedish or Russian entry, it would have made the Top 10.
025. Rihanna - Kiss It Better
This is the only track I don't dislike on "Anti". She might kiss better but she can totally deliver better songs.
023. Emeli Sandé - Hurts
Amazing track! What a comeback!
020. Dami Im - Sound of Silence
It's soooooo lazily-written that it has had such a huge effect that I almost dropped the entry when it comes to my personal Top 10 of Eurovision 2016. The production is fierce though and Dami Im delivers amazing vocals, though.
013. Zayn - Pillowtalk
I completely agree with you! No one really expected anything THAT great from ZAYN but surprisingly, he delivered one of the best songs of 2016! I am glad that we agree!
011. Katy Perry - Rise
That's a surprise! I thought that this song was underrated as hell but in that case, I think that it's even a bit too high
But afer reading your comment, I can clearly see why you love it that way. It's always interesting to see how music can make our lives a bit easier and how they can connect to us as individuals.
Thanks for taking the time out to play catch-up, Sven!
Aw, it's a shame you didn't take to "Rockabye". What makes the track awful for you?
Definitely agree that "Recovering" is empowering. Céline seems to not only have a voice like thunder, but the heart of a lioness too.
"Hymn for the Weekend" can have that effect indeed. It's so soothing!
Perhaps "awful" was too much.
I have heard the Sean Paul remix in a social setting, and didn't mind it that much; I just feel that Sean Paul interrupts the flow of the song to the point that it sounds like a disjointed mess. As for paying a cover charge to enter clubs, I don't mind that much, as I save on the alcohol end of things by not consuming any.
Ah, nice to have a "Miracle" fan!
The facetime lyric made me scream.
Dami's vocals compensate for some of the less inspired lyrics, though.
I have doubts now that even Harry will be able to top "Pillowtalk". Zayn really came out body-slamming.
Yes, music is so amazing, because of its universality.
So. Many. Quotes. What you doing to me Akini?
Starting with Hymn for the weekend
i love your description of portraying Beyonce as the angel. Were you listening to Halo
when you wrote this up?
This song stood out massively when i got the album and was also an instant hit for me. It was #2 in my chart going into 2016 kept at bay by both Lukas Graham and then Mike Posner - coincidentally two songs that went to reach #1 in the UK. But after a fortnight stuck at #2, Chris Martin said enough was enough and arm in arm with Beyonce they strolled casually to #1
Ok, maybe not quite as dramatic as that its one of my favourite Coldplay songs, and i love so many of their songs.
Next up is Dami Im who quite simply won Eurovision as far as i'm concerned. All i can say is thank goodness for those jury votes otherwise this would've finished fourth behind POLAND
This was another example of the live performance absolutely owning it over the studio version. I mean, i downloaded Sound of silence
on iTunes but i've watched that live final performance so much more, i still get goosebumps when it gets towards the final chorus. What a magical musical moment that is.
Poor brave Love on the brain
. In an ideal world, this would've had an amazing music video, become a radio staple all year and hogged the iTunes and Spotify and been Rihanna's biggest hit since Fourfiveseconds
. Instead, none of this happened. It all seems like such a wasted opportunity now.
So much love for Freedom
was released even i was caught up in the hype. I checked out the album and when i listened to this track, i knew on first listen that i was listening to an anthem. It is one of Beyonce's best songs and i wish they had pushed this as a single because its so so good.
Ahh, my follow Rise
worshipper. So glad i'm not alone in expressing true admiration for this song. I love Katy Perry anyways so whenever new music is released i'm always interested in hearing what the song is like. It is a powerful anthem and first time listening it was when Katy Perry sings "oh ye of so little faith, don't doubt it, don't doubt it" that i got a little excited. The song builds up so amazingly and i love how big and bold the chorus is. Poor Britney though, had it not been for Katy Perry, Make me...
would've easily been #1 in my chart but it wasn't to be. They remained fairly close in the three weeks they occupied my top 2 positions.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up with the countdown, Jake! It's much appreciated!
Ah, it's nice that we share so many opinions!
Loved that imagery!
Speaking of "Halo", though, I haven't played that one in ages. Lemme bop to it now. *Bops*
Yeah, she definitely delivered the night of the finale, and it's a bit of a disappointment that Australia couldn't win with her because I doubt now that they'll ever have another legitimate chance to win.
I remember a few live performances for "Love on the Brain", which had me thinking she and her label were serious about pushing the song as a single, but no dice. Eh, such is life. I suppose, when you've had as many hits as Rihanna's had, you don't have that same passion to promote your music as you did in your earlier days.
She did at least perform "Freedom" at the BET awards, and to a great reception too!
Ah, yes, we're not only "Rise" fans; we're also "Make Me..." deniers, as Britney was blocked from the top spot thanks to Katy too!
• I'm nodding basically nonstop as I read through your KIB assessment. Huge "YES!" to the "man, f*ck your pride"
highlight and RS101 shade (still one of her most cringe-worthy and baffling single choices, and girl's released uhLOT of singles over the years.) This track is such a win all over, and deserved SO much more recognition from the GP.
• Speaking of the GP, I still can't @ "Hurts" flopping, when people ATE UP everything she tossed out from OVOE
. I'm very tempted to call this her most interesting/engaging offering to date, and yet the GP is all "Pass."
• Hmm...I'm gonna have to try to hone in on that bass more the next time I listen to "6 Inch", cause thus far, it's easily one of my least-favorite moments on Lemonade
. I was SO relieved when the early rumors about it being a single (well, as much of an official single as B does these days) proved untrue in favor of "Sorry"/"Hold Up."
• There's definitely some of my own random bias at play here, but because "Starboy" and "24K Magic" came out so close together...the latter really strikes me as fun/playful/tongue-in-cheek, like Bruno's obviously in over-the-top-character mode throughout the track...and the former just makes The Weeknd sound like a sincerely cocky douche. Not unlike your feelings about JT, actually
I'm not a fan of the sound, I'm not a fan of the lyrics, so I'll just go back to jamming to "I Feel It Coming" instead. Surprised that nothing from his last album comes close for you, though.
• DEAD @ the Ella line
Much like your KIB analysis, I completely feel a lot of what you're saying here. After struggling through the dire middle chunk of ANTI
, I LOVE where she takes us with this (and "Higher"...and "Close To You", for that matter.) It's such an abrupt shift from the string of PBR&B snoozefests (and a sound you'd never expect from Rihanna, as you said), but it works SO well. (Disclaimer: I do enjoy "Same 'Ol Mistakes", but I could do without everything from "Desperado" -> "Yeah, I Said It.")
• Taylor's songwriting is all kinds of golden, but that "the rumors are terrible and cruel, but honey, most of them are true..."
line was an early stand-out across all of 1989
. I may not personally share the strong indignation toward casual dating that your write-up seems to convey, but I can still appreciate Tay's roast and I'm definitely on board with you shining a spotlight on this track. It's your overall 1989
• ANOTHER shout-out?
No Christmas gift could compare, TBH. Kidding (but totally not kidding) aside, it's truly delightful to see that BM managed to move you. It's funny, and a tad twisted, but honestly, a part of what draws me to this song is that it reminds me how I ought to be a better man myself sometimes. Instead of relating to the protagonist, I actually see some of the guy she's describing in me, and I deffo need to work on that...
• I'm gonna chalk up your No. 11 to your Olympic admiration and leave it there
I truly, fully respect and support the passion that you have when it comes to your favorite athletes, who are undoubtedly incredible human beings.
I don't understand how "Hurts" bombed either. With such a huge preceding era, single #1 should have been a hit by default. 2016 has been a weird year, though. The world threw all rule books out the window.
I played "6 Inch" in my sister's presence lately, and she randomly connected to it. Maybe have someone close to you randomly play it on a car journey?
My feelings about JT are a bit deeper and dark that just that, but I get you! For me, I guess I'm not that bothered by it because the Weeknd's music is heavily influenced by hip/hop, and the hip/hop culture basically mandates an arrogant attitude so, in that sense, it's almost fitting that he did a song like "Starboy", but I can understand how it's off-putting. For me, too, the lyrics are the song's weakest point.
Perhaps the best confirmation of how supremely odd 2016 was is that "Love on the Brain" is the song of the year for a certain mutual friend of ours. Who'd have ever imagined he'd enjoy a Rihanna era more than moi?
I don't have a problem at all with casual dating; at this point, I'd entertain a relationship like that in a heartbeat. It's just when people seem incapable of forming any more meaningful attachments that I feel we've reached a point for concern. And yeah, it's my 1989
#1 so I was so happy that it was released as a single. I shouldn't have expected the label to care, but the undying optimist in me held out for at least a low-budget video in lieu of the more predictable concert video treatment. But such is life.
It's reassuring that you've at least identified a problem that needs to be remedied. 95% of people don't even reach that stage, so you're already winning. #winning
El shade is thick!
But yeah, I'd be a fool to pretend that "Rise" didn't benefit from my love for my heroes. Cheers to California for producing the greatest of them all.
"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." - James Baldwin