Song of the Day #5,026: ‘AHHH HA’ – Lil Durk

Closing out the latest installment of ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ is this subtle, intellectually stimulating track by rapper Lil Durk. Just kidding, it’s garbage.

‘AHHH HA’ jumped 16 positions to land at #18 on this week’s chart, behind Doja Cat’s ‘Need to Know‘ at #16 and ‘Save Your Tears‘ by The Weekend & Ariana Grande at #17.

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Song of the Day #5,025: ‘Sweetest Pie’ – Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa

Our first new entry on the Billboard Hot 100 this week is ‘Sweetest Pie’ from Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa. It hits the charts at #15. This collaboration is the first single from Megan’s upcoming studio album, her second.

Megan Thee Stallion is another example of the sexually explicit female rappers I mentioned yesterday in the Latto post. This crop of performers owes a lot to Nicki Minaj, now a grizzled veteran in the 15th year of her career.

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Song of the Day #5,024: ‘Big Energy’ – Latto

Rapper Latto comes in at #14 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 with the song ‘Big Energy.’ The song was recently remixed as a collaboration with Mariah Carey, whose ‘Fantasy’ uses the same Tom Tom Club sample, so it might find its way into the top ten soon.

I didn’t think I’d ever heard of Latto, until I realized she shortened her name from the controversial Mulatto. I’m passingly familiar with her under that moniker, thanks to my daughter.

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Song of the Day #5,023: ‘Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)’ – Elton John & Dua Lipa

Elton John and Dua Lipa claim the 13th spot on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, with ‘Cold Heart (PNAU Remix),’ PNAU being the Australian electronic group responsible for the track.

Earlier in the year, this song returned Elton John Billboard’s Top Ten for the first time since 1997’s Princess Di-themed rewrite of ‘Candle in the Wind.’ However, this one feels like it should have an asterisk, because John’s portions of the song are culled from older recordings.

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Song of the Day #5,022: ‘Woman’ – Doja Cat

Returning to my look at ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, I pick up with a pair of songs from Ed Sheeran. Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits‘ and ‘Shivers‘ sit at #10 and #11, respectively, after peaking at #2 and #4.

That brings us to #12, and Doja Cat’s ‘Woman.’ This is the fourth single from Doja Cat’s 2021 album Planet Her, and the third to reach the top ten (it peaked at #9).

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