Time to finally catch up here! I didn't realize I'm so much behind
First, bubbling under...
Hey, T! Thanks for taking the time to catch up.
Tansike wrote:175. George Ezra - Shotgun
171. Camila Cabello - She Loves Control
168. Marshmello & Bastille - Happier
167. Charlie Puth - The Way I Am
165. Camila Cabello - All These Years
164. Florence + the Machine - No Choir
161. Florence + the Machine - The End of Love
160. Troye Sivan - What a Heavenly Way to Die
159. Florence + the Machine - Big God
158. Carly Rae Jepsen - Party for One
157. Florence + the Machine - Hunger
156. 5 Seconds of Summer - If Walls Could Talk
154. Alvaro Soler - La Cintura
152. Camila Cabello - Consequences
151. Amy Shark - I Said Hi
Already quite a strong group. "I Said Hi" was such au unexpected discovery for me this year, but it's great. She should have some success outside of Australia, too. Also love "What A Heavenly Way To Die" and "She Loves Control", two highlights of their albums. "The Way I Am" by Charlie is quite underrated, so nice to see it getting a mention from you. Also nice to see "If Walls Could Talk", the only song I still remember from their album (apart from "Youngblood", obviously).
I have you to thank for introducing me to "I Said Hi", so thanks again for that one! I'm not a big Charlie Puth fan, but I like his voice on "The Way I Am", and he's quite handsome in the music video, too.
Tansike wrote:150. Shawn Mendes - Lost in Japan
148. Shawn Mendes - In My Blood
146. Kacey Musgraves - Rainbow
141. Troye Sivan - Seventeen
140. Alessia Cara - Growing Pains
139. Camila Cabello - Never Be the Same
138. Cardi B - Best Life (feat. Chance the Rapper)
135. Justin Timberlake - Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)
133. Rudimental & Rita Ora - Summer Love
"Say Something" is the best Justin did in YEARS
Other than that, a nice group, surprised to see "In My Blood" being that low. Also, I hope "Summer Love" will get a single treatment in 2019.
"Say Something" is definitely good! I think "Can't Stop the Feeling!" is better, though, in my opinion.
Tansike wrote:123. Christina Aguilera - Unless It's with You
118. Kylie Minogue - Stop Me from Falling
116. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
115. Demi Lovato - Sober
113. Troye Sivan - Bloom
111. Shawn Mendes - Youth (feat. Khalid)
109. Mylene Farmer - N'obulie Pas (feat. LP)
108. Years & Years - Lucky Escape
107. Years & Years - If You're Over Me
102. Lauren Jauregui - Expectations
101. Shawn Mendes - Nervous
"Sober", "Bloom" and "Youth" were three big highlights of the year for me, so on one side I'm glad they made your 'missed list', on another side I'm sad they aren't on the main countdown. The latter is even my most favorite tune by Shawn ever.
"Expectations" is an interesting debut single for Lauren. It fits her very well but I'm not surprised it wasn't a charts success for her.
Yeah, "Youth" stood out to me early on, and "Sober" definitely resonated with me more after Demi's scare. "Bloom" was a grower, and "Expectations" definitely exceeded my expectations for Lauren! Even though they're fairly 'low', all of the songs in that 101-140 string I rated 8/10, so their ranking is down more to me expanding this countdown to include album tracks, as well as 2018 just generally being a strong year in music.
Tansike wrote:100. Bebe Rexha - Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
099. Martin Garrix - Ocean (feat. Khalid)
098. Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises
097. Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey - The Middle
Good start. Surprisingly, "Meant To Be" never really clicked with me even though I love Bebe a lot. "The Middle" and "Promises" are strong and two of my highlights this year as well.
Glad you liked two in that set! It took me a while to check out "Promises" and even when I did, it didn't really connect with me immediately.
Tansike wrote:094. Kylie Minogue - Dancing
092. Khalid & Normani - Love Lies
091. Eleni Foureira - Fuego
Fantastic to see "Fuego" making your Top100! I like "Toy", but I would have loved to see "Fuego" winning as well. The other two are nice.
Interesting to see that you're not that big a fan of "Dancing". Now that I think about it, I don't remember seeing much of Kylie's music on your charts this year.
Tansike wrote:Fantastic to see "Fuego" making your Top100! I like "Toy", but I would have loved to see "Fuego" winning as well. The other two are nice.
090. Lana Del Rey - Venice Bitch
088. Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That?
Love them both <3
Yay at someone else appreciating that Gaga song.
Tansike wrote:085. Céline Dion - Ashes
084. Lady Gaga - Before I Cry
083. Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
082. Ariana Grande - Everytime
081. 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
Unpopular opinion alert: "Before I Cry" is my favorite song on the "A Star Is Born" soundtrack alongside "Heal Me". Love that Gaga. Also strong tunes by Ariana and Céline.
Interesting! I think both are decent, and I definitely liked "Before I Cry" to rank it #84, but the bigger ballads on the soundtrack do more for me.
080. Carrie Underwood - Backsliding 079. Ariana Grande - No Tears Left to Cry
078. Cardi B - Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage)
077. Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies
076. Mariah Carey - 8th Grade
Ok. So... I have to say, "No Tears Left To Cry" should be muuuuuuuch higher. But, I know you weren't a fan of this when it came out and it never really grew on you, so I guess I should be happy about a Top100 position at all?
Good group overall.
Yeah, at one point, it was well outside the top 100, so climbing to #79 was already huge movement. Thankfully, I think we're more in sync on at least two other Ariana songs this year.
Tansike wrote:073. Taylor Swift - Delicate
072. Ariana Grande - Get Well Soon
071. Troye Sivan - My My My!
Three strong tunes. Glad to see an appearance for "Get Well Soon" <3
It's a beautiful song!
Tansike wrote:070. Netta - Toy
069. Nicki Minaj - Majesty (feat. Eminem & Labrinth)
067. Rita Ora - Let You Love Me
Good group, I like them all. "Majesty" could work as a proper single IMO.
Eh, if she edits that
line, yes, definitely.
Tansike wrote:065. Carrie Underwood - Kingdom
064. Janelle Monáe - Django Jane
062. Lorde - Homemade Dynamite (feat. Khalid, Post Malone, & SZA)
Another good group, "Homemade Dynamite" is definitely the best here.
Yeah, I'm a year late with "Homemade Dynamite", but better late than never, I suppose.
Tansike wrote:060. Nicki Minaj - Come See About Me
059. Hozier - Nina Cried Power (feat. Mavis Staples)
057. Little Mix - Woman Like Me (feat. Nicki Minaj)
055. Cardi B - Be Careful
052. Cardi B - Money Bag
Hmm... I think the ones by Little Mix and Hozier are solid, but also quite disappointing comebacks. Cardi really was on a roll in 2018 and these are two of several good songs from her. Love that side of Nicki.
Aw, you didn't like "Nina Cried Power" and "Woman Like Me"? Both were big wins for me for both acts.
Yeah, Cardi's commercial success this year definitely surprised me, but it's great that a hip/hop female (other than Nicki) is doing so well on the charts.
Tansike wrote:048. Nicki Minaj - Bed (feat. Ariana Grande)
046. Nicki Minaj - Ganja Burn
I knew at least you would like "Bed"!
Tansike wrote:045. Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
044. Carrie Underwood - Drinking Alone
043. CHVRCHES - Graves
042. Years & Years - Hallelujah
041. Clean Bandit - Solo (feat. Demi Lovato)
"Solo" was and still is amazing. The lyrics may be a little bit awkward but the song still sounds kinda bittersweet, if that makes sense? So happy this was yet another success for Clean Bandit, especially because of Demi!
Yeah, it definitely makes sense; the song is still pretty sad, despite its upbeat tempo.
Tansike wrote:040. Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel
039. Mariah Carey - Caution
038. Janelle Monáe - Crazy, Classic, Life
037. Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way
Good group. 2018 has been the first time I got a bit into Janelle, with "Make Me Feel" being the main reason for that. "Always Remember Us This Way" is quite strong, too.
I already knew you appreciated "Caution", but still nice to see you quoting that one.
I thought the 'Homemade Dynamite' album version was already pretty good and I don't mind the remix, but could do without Post Malone.
'Woman Like Me' is a bop. I think the opening lines by Jesy and Leigh-Ann are the best part. Thought the video was great, too.
'Babe' was a highlight for me this year. It even made me buy the 'Bigger' album by Sugarland.
It's Taylor's power.
'Mariners Apartment Complex' is nice, love the story behind the song!
For me, Post Malone actually did a decent job on the track.
Yay at you appreciating "Woman Like Me"...and whoa at T-Swizzle's impact!
If you're offering it, I'll gladly take the credit there!
phoenix98 wrote:• Both the song itself and the video for "Make Me Feel" are pretty exceptional, and REALLY ignited my interest in Janelle. Until your chart encouraged me to check out "Cold War," I'd gotten the impression that she might be a tad too experimental/avant-guard for me, based on what little I'd read about her and the Metropolis concept albums. Turns out she can concoct material that's plenty accessible while still being genre-blending and thought-provoking. I'm incredibly charmed by and just generally in awe of her now (as an artist, and what I've come to learn about her as a person too). This one's guaranteed a spot inside my Top 50 (likely Top 40).
Yeah, I have to thank Spotify for making music so accessible that I was able to randomly delve into various' artists discographies, and see if there was anything I liked. Early on, Janelle didn't seem like my cup of musical tea either, but I checked out some of her songs, and really started to appreciate her brilliant lyricism. This was in late 2017, which really set the stage for her to come in and blow me away Q1 of 2018.
phoenix98 wrote:• "Caution" does have some immediately-catchy stretches that stood out from my first listen through its parent album ("cause every time you leave I fall apart, boy you're the missing pieces of my heart..."), but I've definitely been underestimating its sultriness until I read your write-up. I'm not quite ready to be all "Step aside, 'Honey'!", but you do a great job of touting this track's sex appeal.
Yeah, I know it's an unpopular opinion calling it sexier than "Honey", but...I think it is.
phoenix98 wrote:• Forgive the pedantic/"Um, actually..." moment, but I always thought it was "we don't need another ruler, all of my friends are kings", and I really loved the cleverness of that. Your comma analysis is giving me life! This'll probably miss the cut-off for my final Top 50, but not by a massive margin (Top 70ish).
I'm gonna blame Mariah for that typo, seeing as she was the act behind the song previous to "Crazy, Classic, Life".
Thanks for the correction; lemme fix that now.
• The worst movie you've seen in 2018? Is this your way of checking to see who's actually reading the write-ups, or were you just feeling feisty and looking to start some forum fights?
No matter how deliberately hyperbolic or incendiary that remark may be, I applaud your bravery, and as pleased as I am for Gaga's success, it's refreshing to see someone (especially a Gaga fan) who doesn't treat that film like a life-altering experience.
No, it wasn't hyperbole; I truly think it was the worst movie I saw this year.
It's not the first (nor will it be the last) time I disagree with the critics; I think I called Gravity the most boring movie of all-time a few years ago, and I still stand by that.
• Damn, you really WERE on the warpath when penning this batch: straight from dragging ASIB
into dragging Kendrick's AND SZA's catalogs
Admittedly, I haven't found myself drawn to most of Kendrick's offerings either, so "All The Stars" was an exception for me too in that regard.
Oh, I'm curious to see your thoughts on my favourite Black Panther song. I can't remember how you felt about it earlier on in the year.