Song of the Day #2,204: ‘Stay With Me’ – Sam Smith

sam_smithI’m back, after a two-week hiatus for which I offer my deepest apologies. Who knew that our nation’s capital had inspired such a horrible collection of songs? Somebody with talent should get to D.C. right away and pen something of quality.

To get back in the swing of things, I’m going to take a look at the Billboard Hot 100 chart to see which new singles are striking a nerve.

While I have advocated for Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’ as the ‘Song of the Summer’ (and readers of the blog have chimed in on behalf of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’), it appears that title will go to Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy.’ It has dominated the chart at exactly the right time and nothing else has really come close.

The runner-up would likely be the song that currently sits at #1, ‘Rude’ by MAGIC! That track made a late push and did ultimately unseat ‘Fancy’ at #1 after several weeks of trying, but I think it’s too little too late for the Canadian reggae band.

‘Fancy’ fell to #2 after seven consecutive weeks at #1.

In the third spot is a song that has been creeping up the chart in recent weeks, ‘Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith. It’s a tender ballad about unrequited love that is notable for being written by a man about another man. What’s the last gay love song to land this high on the Billboard chart?

Refreshingly, people seem not to care about the singer’s sexuality. Sure, I read some anti-gay remarks among the YouTube comments, but they were shot down in greater numbers. More people debated the chorus’ similarity to Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ than the song’s gayness. I’d call that progress.

[Verse 1]
Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand
But I still need love cause I’m just a man
These nights never seem to go to plan
I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

Won’t you stay with me?
Cause you’re all I need
This ain’t love, it’s clear to see
But darling, stay with me

[Verse 2]
Why am I so emotional?
No it’s not a good look, gain some self control
And deep down I know this never works
But you can lay with me so it doesn’t hurt

[Chorus x3]

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,204: ‘Stay With Me’ – Sam Smith

  1. Dana says:

    Welcome back! I really don’t think I could have stomached another week of crappy DC filler songs!

    Somehow, I feel as though there really isn’t a song of the summer this year as there has been in year’s past. Sure, the songs you mentioned have dominated the charts, but has any one of them created the sensation of a “Call me Maybe” or “Blurred Lines” or “I’ve Got a Feeling” or “Gangum Style?” The kind of cross-cultural phenomena that has Ellen dancing to it with her middle American audience, being played during sports games, being excessively parodied in videos, etc.? I suppose “Fancy” comes closest, but I think there is no clear knockout winner in 2014.

    As for today’s song, I think I have been guilty of listening to our iPod too much during vacation as I have not heard this one. I certainly applaud the idea of a gay love song, even if Tom Petty will need to sue this guy for a cut of the royalties.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Progress indeed!

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I love this song so much. It has such a great sound as well as an amazing voice singing it. It’s so beautifully simple and yet profound. I’m glad that a song like this can do so well on the charts and if songs like these end up more often as hits than I will be more than happy to listen to radio.

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