Song of the Day #3,191: ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ – ZAYN & Taylor Swift

ZAYN and Taylor Swift team up for a track from the soundtrack of Fifty Shades Darker titled ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,’ this week’s Billboard #4.

Swift co-wrote the song with Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew, making this her first new material since the smash hit 1989 was released three years ago. It’s also notable as a collaboration between Swift and her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles’ former bandmate. That had to sting for old Harry.

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Song of the Day #3,190: ‘Bad and Boujee’ – Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Migos, the artist at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week. Donald Glover even used part of his Atlanta Golden Globes victory speech to praise them.

So I had high hopes for ‘Bad and Boujee,’ their highest ranking song to date (it spent a couple of weeks at #1 a month or so back).

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Song of the Day #3,189: ‘That’s What I Like’ – Bruno Mars

At #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week is Bruno Mars with ‘That’s What I Like,’ the second single from 24K Magic.

I like this song better than the album’s title track, which aimed for ‘Uptown Funk’ status but fell short. This one is sweeter and catchier. It has a hell of a cool video, too.

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Song of the Day #3,188: ‘Shape Of You’ – Ed Sheeran

Back by popular demand, here’s the latest segment of ‘what the kids are listening to.’ Two weeks of Billboard’s Hot 100, and another chance to decide if the current state if pop music signals the decline of Western civilization.

Holding strong at #1 is Ed Sheeran’s smash hit ‘Shape Of You.’ This is the song’s eighth week in the top spot, and seventh in a row. It’s also Sheeran’s first ever #1 hit, after landing four other songs in the top ten.

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Song of the Day #3,187: ‘Clean Money’ – Elvis Costello

‘Clean Money’ is an outtake from Elvis Costello’s album Armed Forces. It was later reworked with portions of its lyrics ending up in the song ‘Love For Tender,’ the lead-off track of his next album, Get Happy!!.

In this form, the song was at one point the opening track of Armed Forces, as Costello explains in the voluminous liner notes of the deluxe edition.

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Song of the Day #3,186: ‘Port of Morrow’ – The Shins

The Random iTunes Dairy has been reading the blog again. How else can we explain today’s “random” selection from The Shins’ album Port of Morrow just two days after I sang its praises?

This is the title track and the album’s final song, and it has a much more ethereal quality than the rest of the record. James Mercer sings in a falsetto reminiscent of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

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Song of the Day #3,185: ‘Love’ – Lana Del Rey

I never expected to like Lana Del Rey as much as I do. I originally thought of her as little more than a curiosity, a pretty face focused on style over substance who flamed out hilariously on Saturday Night Live.

But high critical praise for her 2014 album Ultraviolence prompted me to buy it, and I was blown away by the lush instrumentation, sneakily passionate vocals and nuanced lyrics. I promptly bought her earlier releases and found them equally compelling.

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