Song of the Day #3,477: ‘Bad Liar’ – Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez taps into the acting chops she honed during her years on Wizards of Waverly Place for her ‘Bad Liar’ video.

Gomez plays four roles here, including a high school student, the girl’s mother and father, and a female gym teacher. This thing has a plot worthy of a telenovela: the girl has a crush on the gym teacher, with whom her father is having an affair seemingly with her mother’s knowledge.

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Song of the Day #3,446: ‘Whiplash’ – Selena Gomez & The Scene

An interesting pairing this weekend by the Randon iTunes Fairy. Selena Gomez is another pop artist, like Ariana Grande, who has released an excellent album in recent years that I wouldn’t have appreciated back in the day.

In Gomez’s case, it was 2015’s Revival, which very effectively launched the sexy new phase of her career. Several tracks on her good pal Taylor Swift’s new album borrowed the sound and feel of that record. Selena did it first, and better.

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Song of the Day #3,222: ‘Rise’ – Selena Gomez

‘Rise,’ the final track on Selena Gomez’s quite-good 2015 album Revival, commits one of my cardinal musical skins — the spoken-word interlude.

It serves as a bookend to the album’s opening moments, also spoken by Gomez, so I see what they were going for. But I can’t think of a song by anyone, ever, where that has worked for me.

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Song of the Day #2,804: ‘Hands to Myself- ‘ Selena Gomez

selena-gomez-revival-preview-250x250Rounding out the best Billboard recap yet is Selena Gomez with the third hit from her excellent 2015 album Revival. ‘Hands to Myself’ follows ‘Good For You’ and ‘Same Old Love’ up the charts, solidifying Gomez’s transformation into an adult pop star.

‘Hands to Myself’ is a simple, sexy track that sounds to me like Robyn sounding like Prince. It’s exotic but spare, like the rest of Revival.

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Song of the Day #2,731: ‘Kill Em With Kindness’ – Selena Gomez

selena-gomez-revival-preview-250x250Best Songs of 2015 – #11
‘Kill Em With Kindness’ – Selena Gomez

2015 was another strong year for women. Six of my top ten albums are by female artists, including records in the pop and punk genres that I normally avoid.

One of those solid albums is Revival, Selena Gomez’s “comeback” record (to the extent that a 23-year-old can be in need of a comeback). This is her second solo album (she released three others leading a band called The Scene, though those records rested on her shoulders as well).

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Song of the Day #2,661: ‘Same Old Love’ – Selena Gomez

selena_gomez_same_old_loveToday’s track wraps up my latest two-week dive into the Billboard’s Hot 100. I’ve been more encouraged by this batch of songs that I usually am after these theme weeks.

Sure, Fetty Wap is still inexplicably lingering in the top ten, and the two Drake songs are forgettable, but just about every other song I’ve featured is solid. We’ve had another hit from Taylor Swift’s unstoppable 1989, a listenable Justin Bieber track, touching songs by R. City and Ed Sheeran, a fun discovery in Elle King and an unexpected blast from Macklemore.

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Song of the Day #2,596: ‘Good For You’ – Selena Gomez feat. A$AP Rocky

selena_gomezTaylor Swift’s inescapable ‘Bad Blood’ sits at #9 on Billboard’s Hot 100. When I first heard that song on 1989, it stood out as by far the worst song on the album. I never imagined it could be a hit, let alone this massive a hit. Go figure.

Rounding out the top ten is a track by one of Taylor’s besties, Selena Gomez. ‘Good For You’ is Gomez’s sexy “I’m no longer a Disney girl” song, following in the tradition of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus.

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