Song of the Day #3,681: ‘Boo’d Up’ – Ella Mai

Drake makes his second appearance in the top five with ‘Nice For What,’ a song I’ve already featured (the last time I looked at the charts). That song, like Maroon 5’s ‘Girls Like You,’ features a video full of cameos by female celebrities.

At #5 is a female on her way to becoming famous enough to appear in one of those videos. Ella Mai, an English singer-songwriter, is the first woman since Beyoncé (in 2012) to top the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, R&B/Hip-Hop and Adult R&B charts.

She did it with ‘Boo’d Up,’ a sweet, sultry track that feels like a throwback with a few modern production touches. The video features a cameo by Khalid and reminds me a bit of Beyoncé’s excellent amusement park video for ‘XO.’

[Verse 1]
Yeah, feelings, so deep in my feelings
No, this ain’t really like me
Can’t control my anxiety
Feeling, like I’m touching the ceiling
When I’m with you I can’t breathe
Boy you do something to me

[Pre-Chorus]
Ooh, now I’ll never get over you until I find something new
That get me high like you do, yeah yeah
Ooh, now I’ll never get over you until I find something new
That get me high like you do

[Chorus]
Listen to my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, boo’d up
Hear my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum it just won’t stop, it go
Ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, boo’d up
Hear my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, it just won’t stop, it go

[Verse 2]
Oh how, how many ways can I say that I need you, baby, it’s true
I think I might die without you
Feeling all over my body
You know how I like it
Ain’t gotta tell you what to do, yeah yeah

[Pre-Chorus]
Ooh, now I’ll never get over you until I find something new
That get me high like you do, yeah yeah
Ooh, now I’ll never get over you until I find something new
That get me high like you do

[Chorus]
Listen to my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, boo’d up
Hear my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum it just won’t stop, it go
Ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, boo’d up
Hear my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, it just won’t stop, it go

[Verse 3]
Head over heels in love
Right in front of you, ain’t gotta look no more baby (hah)
I wanna build this love
And everything you want, you ain’t gotta ask for
You got me boo’d up, boo’d up
Boo’d up, boo’d up
Told you from the jump I’m the one to choose
Ya got me boo’d up, boo’d up
Boo’d up, boo’d up
Grab me by the waist baby, pull me closer

[Pre-Chorus]
Ooh, now I’ll never get over you until I find something new
That get me high like you do, yeah yeah
Ooh, now I’ll never get over you until I find something new
That get me high like you do

[Chorus]
Listen to my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, boo’d up
Hear my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum it just won’t stop, it go
Ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, boo’d up
Hear my heart go ba-dum, boo’d up
Biddy-da-dum, it just won’t stop, it go

[Outro]
This is such a crazy feeling, like
I don’t want to get too attached, but
I feel like I already am
My mind’s telling me one thing, but
I guess I should listen to my heart
Right?

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,681: ‘Boo’d Up’ – Ella Mai

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I guess I haven’t been spending enough time listening to top 40 radio, as I haven’t heard this nor have I heard of Ella Mai. Very nice sound though.

  2. willedare says:

    Thank you for turning us onto more great music. I love that she and her producers are using some retro drum muchine sounds…

  3. willedare says:

    Oops. Drum machine. Not drum muchine…

  4. Peg Clifton says:

    I agree “nice sound”

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