This is a supremely catchy bubblegum disco R&B track, an ode to kissing with a chorus that borrows just enough from Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical’ to earn that song’s writers a co-writing credit here.
This was the hardest top ten movie list I’ve made in years. I saw 70 films this year and enjoyed the great majority of them. It isn’t until you reach the bottom ten or so that I really disliked anything I saw (unlike actual movie critics, I have no obligation to see something I don’t think I’ll like).
Any of the films in my 11-20 slots could have easily found their way into this top ten, and might do just that if you ask me to revisit the list over time.
This is the 13th song Maroon 5 has landed in the top ten since 2004, with 10 of those coming in the past seven years (how many numbers can I fit into one sentence?!). This band is a pop juggernaut.
SZA is the stage name of Solána Imani Rowe, a 27-year-old soul singer born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised in a predominately white suburb of New Jersey. Raised by a Christian mother and Muslim father, she hopped between their faiths as a kid and now practices Islam. As a girl, she wore a hijab until bullying following the September 11th attacks forced her to stop.