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    by » 07-10-18, 13:32

    Hello Akini

    01.(01) Mariah Carey - With You

    Wow it seems With you has resonated with you quite impressively. I like the song too but by comparison GTFO had a stronger impact upon hearing that song for the first time. With you is kinda minimal which is no bad thing, but it doesn't leave me wanting to listen to it again in a hurry. :(

    02.(05) Lady Gaga - Shallow (Greatest Gainer)

    *applause* (pun intended ) I think its commendable how Lady Gaga just switched things up. When The cure was released 18 months ago i thought it was stunning whilst being a pop bop but i also thought it was going to be a standalone single. However, with A star is born i've been getting the impression that song emerged from the same writing sessions as the songs on the new soundtrack. I've yet to see the film but i'm curious and interested. This could be a very clever move from Lady Gaga with her mature sound appealing to wider audience in a way Joanne didn't really manage.

    I still need to check out the other tracks on the album which i've spotted on YouTube so will hopefully listen to them over the next few days.

    05.(NE) Ava Max - Sweet but Psycho

    My hit seeker and definitely one to watch. It's now hit #1 in Sweden which made me all the more curious and its a great pop track. It's actually oddly refreshing to hear an unashamed pure pop song like this and i would love to see Sweet but psycho becoming a hit in other countries. <3

    Best of the rest:

    03.(RE) George Michael - Careless Whisper (Best Comeback)
    07.(RE) Lady Gaga - Dance in the Dark
    08.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Venice Bitch
    11.(RE) Janet Jackson - Escapade
    12.(RE) 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
    15.(RE) Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
    16.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Butterfly
    19.(RE) Delta Goodrem - Not Me, Not I
    20.(11) Nicki Minaj - Bed (feat. Ariana Grande) (Biggest Free Faller)

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    by » 08-10-18, 06:02

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeP
    Hello Akini
    Hey, Jake!

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    Wow it seems With you has resonated with you quite impressively. I like the song too but by comparison GTFO had a stronger impact upon hearing that song for the first time. With you is kinda minimal which is no bad thing, but it doesn't leave me wanting to listen to it again in a hurry. :(
    The first time I heard "With You", it was the lyrics that hit me. After playing it on repeat for three hours like a madman, I pretty much fell in love with every aspect of the song. "GTFO" just isn't on par, in my opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeP
    *applause* (pun intended ) I think its commendable how Lady Gaga just switched things up. When The cure was released 18 months ago i thought it was stunning whilst being a pop bop but i also thought it was going to be a standalone single. However, with A star is born i've been getting the impression that song emerged from the same writing sessions as the songs on the new soundtrack. I've yet to see the film but i'm curious and interested. This could be a very clever move from Lady Gaga with her mature sound appealing to wider audience in a way Joanne didn't really manage.

    I still need to check out the other tracks on the album which i've spotted on YouTube so will hopefully listen to them over the next few days.
    I checked out all the Gaga-only/Gaga-leading songs on the soundtrack, and there isn't any song I like as much as "Shallow" yet, but there are more good ones than I expected.

    I haven't seen the film either, but I'm stoked to watch it. The reviews have been stellar.

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeP
    My hit seeker and definitely one to watch. It's now hit #1 in Sweden which made me all the more curious and its a great pop track. It's actually oddly refreshing to hear an unashamed pure pop song like this and i would love to see Sweet but psycho becoming a hit in other countries. <3
    Ah, glad you like this one, too, and great to hear of its Swedish success!

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeP
    Best of the rest:

    03.(RE) George Michael - Careless Whisper (Best Comeback)
    07.(RE) Lady Gaga - Dance in the Dark
    08.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Venice Bitch
    11.(RE) Janet Jackson - Escapade
    12.(RE) 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
    15.(RE) Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
    16.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Butterfly
    19.(RE) Delta Goodrem - Not Me, Not I
    20.(11) Nicki Minaj - Bed (feat. Ariana Grande) (Biggest Free Faller)
    Great picks.
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    by » 08-10-18, 06:09

    Sunday's Top 20 (October 7th)

    01.(01) Mariah Carey - With You
    02.(RE) Dua Lipa - Be the One (Best Comeback)
    03.(04) Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That? (Greatest Gainer)
    04.(RE) Ariana Grande - God Is a Woman
    05.(RE) Adele - Rolling in the Deep
    06.(RE) Beyoncé - Halo
    07.(RE) Leona Lewis - Happy
    08.(RE) Mariah Carey - Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
    09.(RE) Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way
    10.(RE) Ariana Grande - Breathin
    11.(RE) Lorde - Green Light
    12.(RE) Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
    13.(RE) KT Tunstall - Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
    14.(13) Lady Gaga - Hair Body Face
    15.(05) Ava Max - Sweet but Psycho
    16.(RE) Selena Gomez - Kill Em with Kindness
    17.(RE) Taylor Swift - Delicate
    18.(10) Lady Gaga - Diggin' My Grace
    19.(RE) Taylor Swift - Style
    20.(02) Lady Gaga - Shallow (Biggest Free Faller)
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    by » 09-10-18, 03:53

    Nooo, Shallow - just as it did well on my chart it crashes on yours :(

    At least there's all sorts of ASIB soundtrack songs in this chart <3

    I can't argue Be The One or GIAW ! or really most of this chart now that I look closer at it.

    Who needs male artists? haha

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    by » 09-10-18, 04:54

    Quote Originally Posted by cheapthrills
    Nooo, Shallow - just as it did well on my chart it crashes on yours :(

    At least there's all sorts of ASIB soundtrack songs in this chart <3

    I can't argue Be The One or GIAW ! or really most of this chart now that I look closer at it.

    Who needs male artists? haha
    "Shallow" will rebound today.

    Sometimes I have to remind myself to listen to them. I am so naturally drawn to female vocals that male artists can be shut out entirely on my daily charts.
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    by » 09-10-18, 04:59

    Monday's Top 20 (October 8th)

    01.(01) Mariah Carey - With You
    02.(03) Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That?
    03.(RE) Sevyn Streeter - Before I Do (Best Comeback)
    04.(RE) Madonna - Deeper and Deeper
    05.(RE) Mariah Carey - Triumphant (Get 'Em)
    06.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
    07.(10) Ariana Grande - Breathin
    08.(RE) Britney Spears - Man on the Moon
    09.(RE) Janelle Monáe - Cold War
    10.(RE) Mariah Carey - Sweetheart
    11.(20) Lady Gaga - Shallow (Greatest Gainer)
    12.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
    13.(RE) Britney Spears - Just Luv Me
    14.(RE) LeAnn Rimes - Can't Fight the Moonlight
    15.(RE) Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen
    16.(RE) Lady Gaga - Money Honey
    17.(RE) Steps - Deeper Shade of Blue
    18.(RE) Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
    19.(RE) Lady Gaga - Summerboy
    20.(RE) Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods
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    by » 09-10-18, 16:48

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    01.(01) Mariah Carey - With You
    02.(03) Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That?
    06.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
    07.(10) Ariana Grande - Breathin
    08.(RE) Britney Spears - Man on the Moon
    09.(RE) Janelle Monáe - Cold War
    11.(20) Lady Gaga - Shallow (Greatest Gainer)
    12.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
    13.(RE) Britney Spears - Just Luv Me
    14.(RE) LeAnn Rimes - Can't Fight the Moonlight
    16.(RE) Lady Gaga - Money Honey
    18.(RE) Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
    19.(RE) Lady Gaga - Summerboy
    20.(RE) Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods
    Nice number one, though i actually prefer "GTFO" to "With You". Will be interesting to hear the whole album now.

    Love all those appearances for Gaga this week! Some new gems and some old ones <3
    "Summerboy" still is quite underrated, but i actually love it! "Money Honey" is an 'old' gem as well. She really delivered such a carefree, strong pop album with "The Fame"

    Also nice to see Lana's single back. Do you prefer that one to "Venice Bitch"?

    Also, i'm glad "The Reckoning" by Within Temptation made your Top20 for one day a few days ago <3

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    by » 09-10-18, 18:30

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    Yeah, that was a bizarre case of hot 'n cold from one era to another.
    Ever so clever! ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    01.(01) Mariah Carey - With You
    02.(03) Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That?
    03.(RE) Sevyn Streeter - Before I Do (Best Comeback)
    04.(RE) Madonna - Deeper and Deeper
    05.(RE) Mariah Carey - Triumphant (Get 'Em)
    06.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
    07.(10) Ariana Grande - Breathin
    08.(RE) Britney Spears - Man on the Moon
    09.(RE) Janelle Monáe - Cold War
    11.(20) Lady Gaga - Shallow (Greatest Gainer)
    12.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
    13.(RE) Britney Spears - Just Luv Me
    14.(RE) LeAnn Rimes - Can't Fight the Moonlight
    15.(RE) Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen
    16.(RE) Lady Gaga - Money Honey
    18.(RE) Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
    19.(RE) Lady Gaga - Summerboy
    20.(RE) Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods
    • The contrast between "GTFO" and "With You" here One day at a No. 3 peak VS five straight days at No. 1. I'm sad (and also amused) that we're SO out-of-sync with regard to 2017-2018 Mariah, but it's always nice to see her serve up something that truly touches someone. "With You" made a pretty poor first impression on me (I REALLY wasn't feeling the "with you, you, you" "hook"), but the lyrics (as you highlighted above) do have a way of sticking with you. It's funny, cause I'd still hesitate to call the song "catchy," but I've definitely found parts of it randomly playing in my head from time-to-time: "I've been lovin' you so long, ever since that Bone Thugs song..."
    • Aw, "Why Did You Do That?" totally had me on-board until that chorus :-? All those "do that, do that, do that"s are kind of grating on first listen, but I'll still add it in case it has some grower potential. EDIT: It's already starting to win me over. A lot of these lines are right up my alley: "boy, could you plz stop bein' so fine, when I stare at you, I wish I were blind..."
    • There's a LOT to love about this chart, though! Gay subtext Madonna, early Gaga, the first Janelle (solo) song that I ever checked out (thanks to your chart), one of Britney's all-time-greatest hidden gems, and much more. <3

    Yet another chart that's fine with me, Akini!

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    by » 10-10-18, 05:22

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Nice number one, though i actually prefer "GTFO" to "With You". Will be interesting to hear the whole album now.
    Ah, they're like night and day for me, but always nice to read Mimi appreciation outside her GAD thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Love all those appearances for Gaga this week! Some new gems and some old ones <3
    "Summerboy" still is quite underrated, but i actually love it! "Money Honey" is an 'old' gem as well. She really delivered such a carefree, strong pop album with "The Fame"
    The soundtrack album is better than I expected.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Also nice to see Lana's single back. Do you prefer that one to "Venice Bitch"?
    Good question. "Mariners Apartment Complex" was even more instant than "Venice Bitch", but the latter takes me to an ethereal place that the former doesn't. I'd still say "Mariners..." for now, but "Venice..." might surpass it soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Also, i'm glad "The Reckoning" by Within Temptation made your Top20 for one day a few days ago <3
    Ah, happy you noticed that!

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    • The contrast between "GTFO" and "With You" here One day at a No. 3 peak VS five straight days at No. 1. I'm sad (and also amused) that we're SO out-of-sync with regard to 2017-2018 Mariah, but it's always nice to see her serve up something that truly touches someone. "With You" made a pretty poor first impression on me (I REALLY wasn't feeling the "with you, you, you" "hook"), but the lyrics (as you highlighted above) do have a way of sticking with you. It's funny, cause I'd still hesitate to call the song "catchy," but I've definitely found parts of it randomly playing in my head from time-to-time: "I've been lovin' you so long, ever since that Bone Thugs song..."
    I'd actually agree with you that the With you hook certainly isn't the track's highlight; the verses are. The songwriter supreme jumped out in those parts. The song's melody actually reminds me a lot of "H.A.T.E.U." how airy it is, but the lyricism is far superior on "With You". It seemed to me, when I visited MC's GAD thread, that more fans preferred "With You" than "GTFO", but there isn't as much of an intersection between the two groups as I would have liked.

    The "Breakdown" reference you highlighted is probably my favourite line, alongside Shots of Remy. I love every line, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    • Aw, "Why Did You Do That?" totally had me on-board until that chorus :-? All those "do that, do that, do that"s are kind of grating on first listen, but I'll still add it in case it has some grower potential. EDIT: It's already starting to win me over. A lot of these lines are right up my alley: "boy, could you plz stop bein' so fine, when I stare at you, I wish I were blind..."
    Yeah, I think I like it in no small part because of the rear end lyric. I feel like that part of the male anatomy is usually swerved in music, and I appreciated Gaga for highlighting such an unheralded feature.

    The chorus is definitely noisy, which is hilarious because I remember faulting some songs on your chart for that offence, but the verses make up for the 'shouty' refrain.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    • There's a LOT to love about this chart, though! Gay subtext Madonna, early Gaga, the first Janelle (solo) song that I ever checked out (thanks to your chart), one of Britney's all-time-greatest hidden gems, and much more. <3
    I always aim to deliver diverse excellence!

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    Yet another chart that's fine with me, Akini!
    Glad you appreciate the chart ("GTFO"-less and all).
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    by » 10-10-18, 05:29

    Tuesday's Top 20 (October 9th)

    01.(RE) Taylor Swift - Delicate (Best Comeback)
    02.(01) Mariah Carey - With You
    03.(RE) Taylor Swift - Dress
    04.(RE) Camila Cabello - Havana
    05.(RE) Taylor Swift - I Did Something Bad
    06.(NE) Hudson Taylor - Battles (Highest Debut)
    07.(RE) Ariana Grande - God Is a Woman
    08.(02) Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That?
    09.(RE) Taylor Swift - Call It What You Want
    10.(RE) Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
    11.(11) Lady Gaga - Shallow
    12.(RE) Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods
    13.(NE) Ari Lennox - Backseat (feat. Cozz)
    14.(RE) Ariana Grande - Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)
    15.(RE) Demi Lovato - Cool for the Summer
    16.(07) Ariana Grande - Breathin (Biggest Free Faller)
    17.(RE) Taylor Swift - This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
    18.(RE) Mariah Carey - Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
    19.(RE) G-Eazy - No Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, French Montana, Juicy J, & Belly)
    20.(NE) Ari Lennox - Whipped Cream
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    by » 10-10-18, 09:34

    YAY at the amount of re-entrys for Taylot Swift! Especially pleased to see "Dress" re-entering your Top 20 so high. It's one of my top favorites off "Reputation". Also loving "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" and "Look What You Made Me Do".
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    I checked out Battles and enjoyed it. I have never heard of him. And it got a man into your top 10

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    by » 10-10-18, 17:45

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    I'd actually agree with you that the With you hook certainly isn't the track's highlight; the verses are. The songwriter supreme jumped out in those parts. The song's melody actually reminds me a lot of "H.A.T.E.U." how airy it is, but the lyricism is far superior on "With You". It seemed to me, when I visited MC's GAD thread, that more fans preferred "With You" than "GTFO", but there isn't as much of an intersection between the two groups as I would have liked.

    The "Breakdown" reference you highlighted is probably my favourite line, alongside Shots of Remy. I love every line, though.
    Ooh, the "H.A.T.E.U." comparison hadn't crossed my mind, but I can definitely see/hear that! Damn, mankind is TRULY divided in 2018.

    I always appreciate a "Breakdown" shout-out too <3 but, like you said, it was still a struggle deciding which well-crafted line to quote!

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    Yeah, I think I like it in no small part because of the rear end lyric. I feel like that part of the male anatomy is usually swerved in music, and I appreciated Gaga for highlighting such an unheralded feature.

    The chorus is definitely noisy, which is hilarious because I remember faulting some songs on your chart for that offence, but the verses make up for the 'shouty' refrain.
    Ah, right! If memory serves, you also appreciated Janet drawing attention to boi booty in “Come On Get Up.”

    HA! I hadn't thought about that at all while I was cringing at the "Why Did You Do That?" chorus yesterday, but it's a really fitting callback! Maybe that's why it grew on me so quickly: there can be a surprisingly fine line between noisy and catchy sometimes...

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    Glad you appreciate the chart ("GTFO"-less and all).
    I think I've finally reached a place of acceptance regarding your thoughts on that matter, and it definitely helps that you keep serving up some amazing distractions here, such as:

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    01.(RE) Taylor Swift - Delicate (Best Comeback)
    02.(01) Mariah Carey - With You
    03.(RE) Taylor Swift - Dress
    04.(RE) Camila Cabello - Havana
    05.(RE) Taylor Swift - I Did Something Bad
    07.(RE) Ariana Grande - God Is a Woman
    08.(02) Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That?
    09.(RE) Taylor Swift - Call It What You Want
    10.(RE) Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
    11.(11) Lady Gaga - Shallow
    12.(RE) Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods
    14.(RE) Ariana Grande - Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)
    15.(RE) Demi Lovato - Cool for the Summer
    16.(07) Ariana Grande - Breathin (Biggest Free Faller)
    17.(RE) Taylor Swift - This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
    18.(RE) Mariah Carey - Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
    • "Delicate" re-entering at No. 1?!?! I know it's always technically possible for a song to enjoy a resurgence here, but I thought that ship had sailed after it failed to accomplish that feat during its time as an official single. AMAs effect? (Though I think she only performed IDSB? Not gonna lie, I'm not SUPER keen on that song, so I haven't actually checked out the performance yet). "Dress" being another of the biggest beneficiaries is a heartwarming surprise too!

    Yet another refined chart, Akini!

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    by » 10-10-18, 18:44

    Great to see Betcha Gon' Know return. One of my all time favorite songs ever.
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    by » 10-10-18, 20:52

    You are so right, Akini! Madonna needs to get more credit for her beautifully written and well-thought ballads. Actually, I enjoy them a lot!

    (btw, you can go back to the Ariana Survivor and save/vote out some tracks if you like)

    "Delicate" is a lovely song and one of my favourites on a (sadly) generic album. It served its purpose in the first few days, though. Maybe I should give it another try.

    I love the GaGa tracks. The movie was a bit long but quite effective and she was amazing (she saved it for me) and I honestly loved the music! Need to buy the soundtrack ASAP.

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    by » 11-10-18, 12:46

    Quote Originally Posted by luckyONE
    YAY at the amount of re-entrys for Taylot Swift! Especially pleased to see "Dress" re-entering your Top 20 so high. It's one of my top favorites off "Reputation". Also loving "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" and "Look What You Made Me Do".
    I love the falsetto bits in "Dress". Plus, it's one of the sexiest songs she's ever recorded.

    Quote Originally Posted by cheapthrills
    I checked out Battles and enjoyed it. I have never heard of him. And it got a man into your top 10
    Glad you enjoyed "Battles"!

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    Ooh, the "H.A.T.E.U." comparison hadn't crossed my mind, but I can definitely see/hear that! Damn, mankind is TRULY divided in 2018.

    I always appreciate a "Breakdown" shout-out too <3 but, like you said, it was still a struggle deciding which well-crafted line to quote!
    I guess the good thing is that the majority of the fan base has strong positive feelings about at least one song!

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    Ah, right! If memory serves, you also appreciated Janet drawing attention to boi booty in “Come On Get Up.”

    HA! I hadn't thought about that at all while I was cringing at the "Why Did You Do That?" chorus yesterday, but it's a really fitting callback! Maybe that's why it grew on me so quickly: there can be a surprisingly fine line between noisy and catchy sometimes...
    Yes, I did!

    That's definitely true.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    I think I've finally reached a place of acceptance regarding your thoughts on that matter, and it definitely helps that you keep serving up some amazing distractions here, such as:
    I must admit that I didn't expect to like "With You" as much as I did. I was telling Matt the other day that I think it's one of her finest singles of the new millennium.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    • "Delicate" re-entering at No. 1?!?! I know it's always technically possible for a song to enjoy a resurgence here, but I thought that ship had sailed after it failed to accomplish that feat during its time as an official single. AMAs effect? (Though I think she only performed IDSB? Not gonna lie, I'm not SUPER keen on that song, so I haven't actually checked out the performance yet). "Dress" being another of the biggest beneficiaries is a heartwarming surprise too!
    It's actually her Instagram post effect. I mean, it would've been nice for her to have spoken out two years ago, but I still appreciate it.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    Yet another refined chart, Akini!
    Glad that this one resonates with you!

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    Great to see Betcha Gon' Know return. One of my all time favorite songs ever.
    It's definitely the best written song on its parent album!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mainshow
    You are so right, Akini! Madonna needs to get more credit for her beautifully written and well-thought ballads. Actually, I enjoy them a lot!

    (btw, you can go back to the Ariana Survivor and save/vote out some tracks if you like)

    "Delicate" is a lovely song and one of my favourites on a (sadly) generic album. It served its purpose in the first few days, though. Maybe I should give it another try.

    I love the GaGa tracks. The movie was a bit long but quite effective and she was amazing (she saved it for me) and I honestly loved the music! Need to buy the soundtrack ASAP.
    Ah, thanks for the survivor reminder!

    Hmm...I think Reputation is a bit underrated, perhaps due, in some part, to how amazing its predecessor 1989 was.

    Good to hear your positive review of A Star Is Born. I might watch it this Friday.
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    Wednesday's Top 20 (October 10th)

    01.(02) Mariah Carey - With You
    02.(RE) Lady Gaga - The Cure (Best Comeback)
    03.(RE) George Michael - You Have Been Loved
    04.(RE) Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
    05.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Venice Bitch
    06.(RE) Beyoncé - Ave Maria
    07.(16) Ariana Grande - Breathin (Greatest Gainer)
    08.(RE) Keith Urban - You Look Good in My Shirt
    09.(RE) Beyoncé - Crazy in Love (feat. Jay-Z)
    10.(RE) Sia - Day Too Soon
    11.(RE) Beyoncé - Drunk in Love (feat. Jay-Z)
    12.(RE) Hurts - Beautiful Ones
    13.(RE) Lady Gaga - Hair Body Face
    14.(RE) Rita Ora - Let You Love Me
    15.(RE) Clare Maguire - Elizabeth Taylor
    16.(RE) Ava Max - Sweet but Psycho
    17.(11) Lady Gaga - Shallow (Biggest Free Faller)
    18.(RE) Jason Mraz - Have It All
    19.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
    20.(RE) Ariana Grande - No Tears Left to Cry
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    Thursday's Top 20 (October 11th)

    01.(RE) Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way (Best Comeback)
    02.(01) Mariah Carey - With You
    03.(RE) Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That?
    04.(RE) Kacey Musgraves - Oh, What a World
    05.(17) Lady Gaga - Shallow (Greatest Gainer)
    06.(07) Ariana Grande - Breathin
    07.(RE) Lady Gaga - The Cure
    08.(RE) Ariana Grande - God Is a Woman
    09.(RE) Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You
    10.(RE) Anastacia - Defeated
    11.(RE) Aretha Franklin - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
    12.(RE) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons
    13.(RE) Mariah Carey - Oh Santa!
    14.(RE) Tamia - Stranger in My House
    15.(RE) Ari Lennox - Backseat (feat. Cozz)
    16.(RE) Pat Benatar - Dancing Through the Wreckage
    17.(RE) Ariana Grande - Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)
    18.(RE) Mariah Carey - Fantasy
    19.(RE) Pixie Lott - Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)
    20.(13) Lady Gaga - Hair Body Face (Biggest Free Faller)
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    Friday's Top 20 (October 12th)

    01.(05) Lady Gaga - Shallow
    02.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (Best Comeback)
    03.(01) Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way
    04.(02) Mariah Carey - With You
    05.(RE) Sam Smith - Him
    06.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Venice Bitch
    07.(RE) 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
    08.(RE) Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
    09.(RE) Taylor Swift - Delicate
    10.(RE) Niki - Vintage
    11.(RE) Sam Smith - Pray
    12.(RE) Olly Murs - Heart Skips a Beat (feat. Rizzle Kicks)
    13.(20) Lady Gaga - Hair Body Face (Greatest Gainer)
    14.(14) Tamia - Stranger in My House
    15.(RE) Lady Gaga - Is That Alright?
    16.(RE) Mariah Carey - Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
    17.(RE) Dua Lipa - Be the One
    18.(RE) One Direction - What a Feeling
    19.(RE) Maroon 5 - Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)
    20.(RE) Taylor Swift - This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    Plus, it's one of the sexiest songs she's ever recorded.
    This wasn't in response to anything I said, but I had to quote it for truth.

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    I guess the good thing is that the majority of the fan base has strong positive feelings about at least one song!
    YES! Lovin' that glass-half-full analysis of the situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    I must admit that I didn't expect to like "With You" as much as I did. I was telling Matt the other day that I think it's one of her finest singles of the new millennium.
    At first glance, I'm like "One of her finest singles of the 2010's? I guess I can see that...sort of...", before actually reading/thinking properly, realizing you're saying from 2001-today, and proceeding to do a spit-take with my coffee...

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    It's actually her Instagram post effect. I mean, it would've been nice for her to have spoken out two years ago, but I still appreciate it.
    Billboard published an interesting op-ed on her statements and the author makes some solid points about the perks of her specific timing. I'm not sure if I completely agree with everything that he says, but I appreciated the perspective he offers on the matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    01.(05) Lady Gaga - Shallow
    02.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (Best Comeback)
    03.(01) Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way
    04.(02) Mariah Carey - With You
    07.(RE) 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
    08.(RE) Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
    09.(RE) Taylor Swift - Delicate
    11.(RE) Sam Smith - Pray
    12.(RE) Olly Murs - Heart Skips a Beat (feat. Rizzle Kicks)
    13.(20) Lady Gaga - Hair Body Face (Greatest Gainer)
    14.(14) Tamia - Stranger in My House
    15.(RE) Lady Gaga - Is That Alright?
    16.(RE) Mariah Carey - Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
    17.(RE) Dua Lipa - Be the One
    19.(RE) Maroon 5 - Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)
    20.(RE) Taylor Swift - This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
    • I added (what I think are) all the solo-Gaga offerings from the A Star Is Born soundtrack to treat like a new EP from her. I'm honestly not SUPER interested in this whole project overall (I'm rarely inclined toward dramas), so I'm not in a huge rush to see the movie, but it's been really nice watching her get so much positive press! I also love the effect that it's had on some of her older hits here, of course!
    • Kudos to 5SOS for scoring such a massive, unexpected comeback with "Youngblood."

    Yet another chart that I'm happy to dive into, Akini!

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    by » 14-10-18, 09:10

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    This wasn't in response to anything I said, but I had to quote it for truth.
    I like to picture the dress she was wearing in the "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" video when I listen to the song. She and Zayn really could have filmed a video for "Dress" right after they finished shooting that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    At first glance, I'm like "One of her finest singles of the 2010's? I guess I can see that...sort of...", before actually reading/thinking properly, realizing you're saying from 2001-today, and proceeding to do a spit-take with my coffee...
    Well, it's not #1 in that period, but it's certainly...top 10. Actually, I just went through her singles discography on Wikipedia, and it looks like it's my sixth favourite from 2001 to now.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    Billboard published an interesting op-ed on her statements and the author makes some solid points about the perks of her specific timing. I'm not sure if I completely agree with everything that he says, but I appreciated the perspective he offers on the matter.
    Thanks for sharing! I absolutely disagree that last Sunday's post was "perfect timing". I also disagree that her voice would have just "blended in" with the others two years ago. I believe it would've been particularly powerful for someone who was once (allegedly) a Republican supporter to denounce Trump pre-election on the basis that he didn't represent any of the ideals Taylor claims to stand for in the post she made. As a feminist and LGBTQ+ ally, she failed, in my opinion. I'll also be petty and bring up the fact that this "perfect timing" just happens to coincide with the end of the US leg of her massively successful Reputation tour. As a few Twitter folks pointed out...

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    • I added (what I think are) all the solo-Gaga offerings from the A Star Is Born soundtrack to treat like a new EP from her. I'm honestly not SUPER interested in this whole project overall (I'm rarely inclined toward dramas), so I'm not in a huge rush to see the movie, but it's been really nice watching her get so much positive press! I also love the effect that it's had on some of her older hits here, of course!
    Yeah, I plan to do the same so the solo- and lead-Gaga songs will form an 'LP' of sorts to chart on my year-end countdown. I'm pretty excited to see the movie. I was supposed to do so Friday, but I'll definitely pencil it in soon (maybe today, in fact).

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    • Kudos to 5SOS for scoring such a massive, unexpected comeback with "Youngblood."
    It's one of the few songs in the US top 10 that I like right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    Yet another chart that I'm happy to dive into, Akini!
    Thanks, Paul!
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    by » 14-10-18, 09:15

    Saturday's Top 20 (October 13th)

    01.(01) Lady Gaga - Shallow
    02.(04) Mariah Carey - With You (Greatest Gainer)
    03.(NE) Camila Cabello - Consequences (Highest Debut)
    04.(03) Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way
    05.(07) 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
    06.(RE) Post Malone - Better Now (Best Comeback)
    07.(RE) Christina Aguilera - Twice
    08.(RE) Ariana Grande - Get Well Soon
    09.(RE) Lorde - Sober
    10.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Venice Bitch
    11.(RE) Years & Years - Sanctify
    12.(RE) Khalid & Normani - Love Lies
    13.(RE) Ava Max - Sweet but Psycho
    14.(16) Mariah Carey - Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
    15.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Stop Me from Falling
    16.(RE) Ari Lennox - Backseat (feat. Cozz)
    17.(RE) Ella Mai - Trip
    18.(RE) Martin Garrix - Ocean (feat. Khalid)
    19.(RE) Kendji Girac - Pour oublier
    20.(13) Lady Gaga - Hair Body Face (Biggest Free Faller)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    I like to picture the dress she was wearing in the "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" video when I listen to the song. She and Zayn really could have filmed a video for "Dress" right after they finished shooting that one.
    YES! Visionary! Tay needs to toss some of that tour gross your way ASAP so you can start helming the era's finest visual...

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    Well, it's not #1 in that period, but it's certainly...top 10. Actually, I just went through her singles discography on Wikipedia, and it looks like it's my sixth favourite from 2001 to now.
    HmMmMm...I'm not gonna tackle the exact order, but I wonder if I can suss out the five other entries:

    - Fly Like A Bird
    - I Don't
    - Obsessed
    - Triumphant
    - We Belong Together

    I'm way less confident about my picks than I thought I'd be, though You were pretty big on "Obsessed" and FLAB back in the days of your Mariah Tribute, but that was 6+ years ago now. "I Don't" really sticks out in my mind because it's one of my LEAST favorite Mariah singles from this millennium, but I might be over-estimating your actual fondness for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    Thanks for sharing! I absolutely disagree that last Sunday's post was "perfect timing". I also disagree that her voice would have just "blended in" with the others two years ago. I believe it would've been particularly powerful for someone who was once (allegedly) a Republican supporter to denounce Trump pre-election on the basis that he didn't represent any of the ideals Taylor claims to stand for in the post she made. As a feminist and LGBTQ+ ally, she failed, in my opinion. I'll also be petty and bring up the fact that this "perfect timing" just happens to coincide with the end of the US leg of her massively successful Reputation tour. As a few Twitter folks pointed out...
    People are seeing right THROUGH her! So the implication there is that she made sure to pocket all that ticket money from conservative fans before "coming out" in favor of Democratic candidates/causes?

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    Yeah, I plan to do the same so the solo- and lead-Gaga songs will form an 'LP' of sorts to chart on my year-end countdown. I'm pretty excited to see the movie. I was supposed to do so Friday, but I'll definitely pencil it in soon (maybe today, in fact).
    Whenever it happens, I'd love to hear your thoughts! As I get to know the songs, I'm increasingly interested in seeing how/when they specifically fit into the film's narrative.

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    It's one of the few songs in the US top 10 that I like right now.
    I definitely feel you there.

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    01.(01) Lady Gaga - Shallow
    02.(04) Mariah Carey - With You (Greatest Gainer)
    03.(NE) Camila Cabello - Consequences (Highest Debut)
    04.(03) Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way
    05.(07) 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
    08.(RE) Ariana Grande - Get Well Soon
    09.(RE) Lorde - Sober
    11.(RE) Years & Years - Sanctify
    12.(RE) Khalid & Normani - Love Lies
    13.(RE) Ava Max - Sweet but Psycho
    14.(16) Mariah Carey - Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
    15.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Stop Me from Falling
    18.(RE) Martin Garrix - Ocean (feat. Khalid)
    20.(13) Lady Gaga - Hair Body Face (Biggest Free Faller)
    • "Love Lies" turned out to be quite the "Little Engine That Could" hit on the Hot 100, finally cracking the Top 10 after nearly 30 weeks (and WELL after Love, Simon had left theaters).
    • I owe Jake's comments here the other week for inspiring me to give "Sweet But Psycho" a try, and it truly is "an unashamed pure pop song." Especially fitting as Halloween draws near!

    Yet another chart that reaches deep into my soul, Akini!

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    by » 15-10-18, 03:26

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    HmMmMm...I'm not gonna tackle the exact order, but I wonder if I can suss out the five other entries:

    - Fly Like A Bird
    - I Don't
    - Obsessed
    - Triumphant
    - We Belong Together

    I'm way less confident about my picks than I thought I'd be, though You were pretty big on "Obsessed" and FLAB back in the days of your Mariah Tribute, but that was 6+ years ago now. "I Don't" really sticks out in my mind because it's one of my LEAST favorite Mariah singles from this millennium, but I might be over-estimating your actual fondness for it.
    Not too bad! Swap out "I Don't" and "Obsessed" for "It's Like That" and "Almost Home", and you've got the five I was thinking about.

    However, I'm going to say that in the space of the last 24 hours, "With You" may have moved as high as #2 on that list.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    People are seeing right THROUGH her! So the implication there is that she made sure to pocket all that ticket money from conservative fans before "coming out" in favor of Democratic candidates/causes?
    Yep!

    Twitter doesn't let anyone live. Sometimes they overdo it, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    Whenever it happens, I'd love to hear your thoughts! As I get to know the songs, I'm increasingly interested in seeing how/when they specifically fit into the film's narrative.
    Yeah, my sleeping pattern this weekend has left me drained, so I'll probably watch it on a random weekday.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    • "Love Lies" turned out to be quite the "Little Engine That Could" hit on the Hot 100, finally cracking the Top 10 after nearly 30 weeks (and WELL after Love, Simon had left theaters).
    Yeah, it was such a slow burner! I can't remember the last song that took that long to get to the top 10.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    • I owe Jake's comments here the other week for inspiring me to give "Sweet But Psycho" a try, and it truly is "an unashamed pure pop song." Especially fitting as Halloween draws near!
    Ah, glad you like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix98
    Yet another chart that reaches deep into my soul, Akini!
    Good to hear!

    Our fave will be returning to #1 today, but...not with a song you're overly fond of.
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    by » 15-10-18, 03:30

    Sunday's Top 20 (October 14th)

    01.(02) Mariah Carey - With You (Greatest Gainer)
    02.(RE) Frank Ocean - Pink + White (Best Comeback)
    03.(04) Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way
    04.(RE) Ariana Grande - God Is a Woman
    05.(NE) Lenny Kravitz - Low (Highest Debut)
    06.(01) Lady Gaga - Shallow (Biggest Free Faller)
    07.(06) Post Malone - Better Now
    08.(RE) Ariana Grande - No Tears Left to Cry
    09.(RE) ZZ Ward - Move Like U Stole It
    10.(RE) Taylor Swift - Ours
    11.(RE) Lady Gaga - Alejandro
    12.(RE) Beyoncé - Halo
    13.(RE) Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
    14.(RE) Taylor Swift - Red
    15.(RE) Frank Ocean - Ivy
    16.(RE) Childish Gambino - Redbone
    17.(RE) Kacey Musgraves - Oh, What a World
    18.(RE) Rihanna - Cry
    19.(NE) Jess Glynne - All I Am
    20.(NE) Muse - Pressure
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