Song of the Day #4,256: ‘Blinding Lights’ – The Weeknd

Yesterday I hoped for a strong finish to my latest chapter of ‘What the Kids are Listening To,’ and my wish was granted with Billboard’s #15 track, ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd.

The second single from his next album is an 80s-fueled synth-tastic bop, and right up there with Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’ as the best song I’ve featured over the past two weeks.

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Song of the Day #4,255: ‘Yummy’ – Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber claims the 14th spot on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Yummy,’ the first single from his upcoming album Changes. It has been five years since Bieber’s last album, the well-received Purpose, so expectations are high.

If ‘Yummy’ is any indication, we shouldn’t get too excited. This is a repetitive and nonsensical song, and another disappointing entry in one of the bleakest ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ segments.

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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 #4,249: ‘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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