Song of the Day #4,254: ‘BOP’ – DaBaby

DaBaby owns the 13th spot on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 with his track ‘BOP.’ This is the second hit single by the Charlotte, NC, rapper, following last year’s ‘Suge.’

My older daughter has sung DaBaby’s praises, as has President Obama, who included ‘Suge’ on his year-end list of the best music of 2020. So he comes highly recommended by people I love and admire.

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Song of the Day #4,253: ‘Ballin” – Mustard & Roddy Ricch

Selena Gomez sits jsut outside the top ten with ‘Lose You To Love Me,’ a track that made it to #1 last year.

In the twelfth spot is another Roddy Ricch song, this time a collaboration with fellow Los Angeles rapper/DJ Mustard (whose album features this track). Based on the earlier cut, I have extremely low expectations for this song. Let’s see if it surprises me.

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Song of the Day #4,252: ‘everything i wanted’ – Billie Eilish

Coming off of her historic night at the Grammys, Billie Eilish has her second top ten hit with ‘everything i wanted,’ the latest single from her lauded debut album when we all fall asleep where do we go.

The previous single, ‘bad guy,’ made it to #1, while this one peaked at #8 and is currently sitting in the tenth spot.

I enjoyed Eilish’s 2017 EP Don’t Smile at Me quite a bit, but I haven’t warmed to this album. It has a few highlights, but too much of it is meandering and shapeless. This song has grown on me with repeat listens, though.

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Song of the Day #4,251: ‘Bled White’ – Elliott Smith

The Random iTunes Fairy chose an Elliott Smith song exactly one week ago, and now she’s back with another.

Hearing those songs back-to-back gives a great glimpse at how much Smith’s sound evolved over the three years between his acoustic self-titled 1995 album and XO, the expansive album featuring today’s SOTD. His Figure 8, released in 2000, went even further down a path of baroque instrumentation and production.

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Song of the Day #4,250: ‘The Great Unknown’ – Elvis Costello

I don’t have much to say about today’s song of the day, a cut from the album universally considered the worst of Elvis Costello’s career.

Costello’s 1984 Goodbye Cruel World was sandwiched between Imperial Bedroom and Punch the Clock on one side and King of America and Blood and Chocolate on the other, so it’s hard to begrudge the man one misstep in the midst of such greatness.

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Song of the Day #4,249: ‘Don’t Start Now’ – Dua Lipa

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber are hanging in Billboard’s Top Ten with their collaboration ‘10,000 Hours‘ at the #8 spot.

At #9 is the welcome return of Dua Lipa with her new single ‘Don’t Start Now.’ Her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, is due out on April 3. I was a huge fan of Lipa’s debut and, if this song is any indication, the new record should be a worthy follow-up.

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Song of the Day #4,248: ‘ROXANNE’ – Arizona Zervas

Lewis Capaldi owns the #6 spot on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Someone You Loved,’ a song that has been on this chart for 39 weeks now.

At #7 is ‘ROXANNE’ by Arizona Zervas, a young singer/rapper from Providence, Rhode Island (that’s gotta be a first). This song became a viral hit on TikTok and topped Spotify’s chart, becoming the first song by an unsigned artist to do so.

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