Song of the Day #4,165: ‘10,000 Hours’ – Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber

We close out the latest installment of ‘What the Kids Are Listening To’ with a mellow love song by the country duo Dan + Shay, featuring Justin Bieber. ‘10,000 Hours’ is a good fit for #10 this week, as pretty much the whole Top Ten has been low-key and positive.

Maybe it’s the time of year? Or have musical tastes mellowed after the hip-hop domination of the past few years? Is this a phase or a lasting trend? Guess we’ll check back in early 2020 to learn the answer.

Dan + Shay are a Nashville-based duo who have released three albums since 2014. They have had great success on the country charts but this is their first appearance on Billboard’s Top Ten (aided, no doubt, by the participation of frequent hitmaker Bieber).

This song plays on the idea of the ‘10,000 hour rule’ popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers. A sweet, if forgettable, track.

[Verse 1: Dan + Shay]
Do you love the rain, does it make you dance
When you’re drunk with your friends at a party?
What’s your favorite song, does it make you smile?
Do you think of me?

[Pre-Chorus: Dan + Shay]
When you close your eyes, tell me, what are you dreamin’?
Everything, I wanna know it all

[Chorus: Dan + Shay]
I’d spend ten thousand hours and ten thousand more
Oh, if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours
And I might never get there, but I’m gonna try
If it’s ten thousand hours or the rest of my life
I’m gonna love you (Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh)

[Verse 2: Justin Bieber]
Do you miss the road that you grew up on?
Did you get your middle name from your grandma?
When you think about your forever now, do you think of me?

[Pre-Chorus: Justin Bieber]
When you close your eyes, tell me, what are you dreamin’?
Everything, I wanna know it all

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
I’d spend ten thousand hours and ten thousand more
Oh, if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours
And I might never get there, but I’m gonna try
If it’s ten thousand hours or the rest of my life
I’m gonna love you (Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh)
I’m gonna love you (Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh)

[Bridge: Justin Bieber]
Ooh, want the good and the bad and everything in between
Ooh, gotta cure my curiosity
Ooh, yeah

[Chorus: Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber]
I’d spend ten thousand hours and ten thousand more
Oh, if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours (Sweet heart of yours)
And I might never get there, but I’m gonna try (Yeah)
If it’s ten thousand hours or the rest of my life
I’m gonna love you (Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh)
I’m gonna love you (Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh)
Yeah
And I…
Do you love the rain, does it make you dance?
I’m gonna love you (I’m gonna love you)
I’m gonna love you

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,165: ‘10,000 Hours’ – Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Nice song, and I could see the chorus being a hook that gets stuck in the mind.

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