Song of the Day #5,313: ‘Smokin Out the Widow’ – Silk Sonic

Closing out this year-end edition of ‘What the Kids Are Listening To’ takes us to #41, where Silk Sonic has its only appearance on the chart with ‘Smokin Out the Window.’

First comes The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, whose ‘Save Your Tears’ was at #39 in 2023 despite being released way back in 2020. That song has some impressive legs.

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Song of the Day #5,312: ‘Something in the Orange’ – Zach Bryan

In a year that gave us a new Beyoncé album, it’s surprising to see her first and only appearance on the year-end Hot 100 way down at #38. But that’s where you’ll find ‘Break My Soul.’

At #39 is yet another country bro, the fourth in the 30s, as Zach Bryan shows up with the oddly titled ‘Something in the Orange,’ the second single from his album American Heartbreak.

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Song of the Day #5,311: ‘I Ain’t Worried’ – OneRepublic

The #37 song on Billboard’s 2023 Hot 100 chart would definitely rank higher in my household. That has nothing to do with OneRepublic or the song itself, and everything to do with a shirtless Miles Teller dancing in slow motion while playing beach football. This is the gif that finally cemented for me the fact that my daughters aren’t gay.

Yes, ‘I Ain’t Worried’ is the song that soundtracked the bonding scene in Top Gun: Maverick, giving that film its equivalent of the first movie’s shirtless volleyball match.

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Song of the Day #5,310: ‘The Kind of Love We Make’ – Luke Combs

The mid-30s on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 is country bro heaven. Yesterday we had Cody Johnson at #34, and today it’s Luke Combs’ turn at #36. Sandwiched between them is Walker Hayes, whose Applebees-lovin’ ‘Fancy Like‘ became a viral sensation after Hayes and his daughter danced to it in TikTok.

I confuse Luke Combs with Luke Bryan, and neither of them has ever appeared on the blog, so this will be my first exposure to one of the country Lukes.

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Song of the Day #5,309: ”Til You Can’t’ – Cody Johnson

Drake shows up in the 33rd spot on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Jimmy Cooks,’ a collaboration with 21 Savage.

At #34 is another country bro, Cody Johnson, and his ode to making the most of your time with loved ones. ”Til You Can’t’ is earnest and corny in the most stereotypically country way but you have to give it some credit for its message.

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