Right up until I was about to listen to this song for the first time, I had it in my head that it was by One Republic, not One Direction. I was thinking that they’d made quite a splash in recent months, with ‘Counting Stars’ still in the top ten and another track at #16.
But alas, ‘Story of My Life’ is by the British boy band, and is one of the first of their songs I’ve heard all the way through (knowingly, anyway).
My ninth Billboard hit, #15 on the charts the day I did my snapshot, is ‘Show Me’ by Kid Ink, featuring Chris Brown.
I haven’t heard a bar of this song yet but already I’m dreading it. I see that the opening line is “Baby let me put your panties to the side” as sung by Chris Brown… I just know I’m going to need a shower after hearing this thing.
My initial thought when listening to ‘Best Day of My Life’ for the first time was that this song, #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100, is tailor-made for a TV commercial.
I’m sure everybody who heard The Rembrandt’s ‘I’ll Be There For You’ figured it was destined for a TV sitcom long before Friends nabbed it.
I was prepared to dislike ‘Timber,’ the #11 Billboard hit by Pitbull. I’ve never understood the appeal of Pitbull, though I can’t say I’ve tried very hard to do so.
But this is actually a pretty catchy, though lyrically obnoxious, song. The hoe-down spirit, driven by some inspired harmonica playing, mashes up well with the hip-hop party vibe.
Coming in at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart is Aloe Blacc’s ‘The Man.’
To clarify, the songs I’m posting this week and last are the ten highest-ranked Billboard songs on the day I looked (10 days ago or so). That list has changed since, though not very much. Mostly it’s the same songs just shuffled around a bit. So if you’re checking now and Aloe Blacc is higher than #10, that’s why.
This is the first Sade song ever featured on this blog. I guess that’s not a major surprise, but between Random Weekends and mining my own collection, I figured I would have settled on one of her tracks by now.
I’m not a big Sade fan, though I do love her voice. Her genre is just one of the few that I have never gotten into. Smooth jazz R&B is great in the background but that’s about it.
Here is one of the sillier songs from Arcade Fire’s 2013 album, Reflektor, which as a whole is a pretty silly record.
This song is pretty basic (there are only about 25 words in the whole thing) and it contains the same theme as much of the band’s recent work — the dehumanization of technology. When we all live on and in front of screens, what does that say about humanity?