Song of the Day #3,007: ‘Heathens’ – twenty one pilots

heathens_twenty_one_pilotsIn Billboard’s second spot is ‘Heathens’ , a track by twenty one pilots from the Suicide Squad soundtrack. This is one of two twenty one pilots songs on this week’s top ten.

This is the second twenty one pilots song I’ve featured, following ‘Stressed Out‘ from another Billboard round-up in March. Guess these guys are having a good year.

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Song of the Day #3,006: ‘Closer’ – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey

chainsmokers_closerIt’s time again for my quarterly look at “What the Kids are Listening To!” I will highlight the songs sitting at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and decide whether or not I have faith in the future of humanity — or at least humanity’s taste in popular music.

Sitting at #1 this week, as it has for the past three, is ‘Closer,’ by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey. This is the first #1 song for both acts.

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Song of the Day #3,005: ‘Rainin’ You’ – Brad Paisley

Time-Well-WastedHere’s a real tear-jerker from Brad Paisley that falls into one of my favorite categories: Dead or Dumped?

The singer is mourning the loss of a loved one, but is it a death or a break-up? The lyrics favor either interpretation.

So do the YouTube comments, which contain tales of best friends who no longer speak, dumped boyfriends and girlfriends and people who’ve lost members of their family.

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Song of the Day #3,004: ‘Get Me Out of Here’ – Billy Pilgrim

billy_pilgrimI was surprised to discover that through 3,003 Songs of the Day (or 2,083 if you’re going to nitpick… and I’m still digging in to see where those missed numbers came from), I have never featured a track by Billy Pilgrim.

Granted, the band Billy Pilgrim isn’t a household name by any means, but I have enough affection for their debut album that I would have expected them to surface at least once over eight years. Alas, no.

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Song of the Day #3,003: ‘Side To Side’ – Ariana Grande (feat. Nicki Minaj)

ariana_grande_side_to_sideThe latest video from Ariana Grande’s solid album Dangerous Woman features both Nicki Minaj and the world’s sexiest spin class.

Somehow, despite a lot of effort, Grande herself remains relatively unsexy. Maybe that’s due to her hamster-like size, or the lingering memory of her more innocent Nickelodeon days. But she dresses provocatively and surrounds herself with full-grown adult women and gives it her best shot.

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Song of the Day #3,002: ‘Cry’ – Carly Rae Jepsen

carly_rae_jepsen_side_bCarly Rae Jepsen went from a likely one-hit wonder (for 2012’s ‘Call Me Maybe’) to one of the most critically-acclaimed pop singer-songwriters working today.

Unfortunately, major sales didn’t follow, but I get the feeling Jepsen would rather be respected than rich. Still, I’m convinced that if Taylor Swift had released Jepsen’s 2015 album E*MO*TION instead of her own 1989, it would have been an even bigger smash.

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Song of the Day #3,001: ‘American Girl (Live)’ – Tom Petty

pettyYesterday I posted my 3,000th Song of the Day. At least I think I did.

Awhile ago I was browsing earlier posts on the blog and I happened upon a series of entries in the early 2,000’s that overlapped. Specifically, ten numbers — 2,117 through 2,126 — were used back to back. I have two 2,117s, two 2,118s and so on.

That means my 3,000th blog post was really my 3,011th. At least that’s what it means if I found the only such mistake in my 8 years of blogging.

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