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2012 Top 100 Pop Songs: A Quick Review – #75-51

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment

This is Part 2 of my quick reviews of Billboard’s Top 100 Pop songs of 2012. If you want to see what I thought of the first quarter of the hits, then click the link below and check it out. Now for the rest…

Part 1 of 2012 reviews 

#75: Pound the Alarm by Nicki Minaj – The chorus has a nice hook. But I’m not a fan of what’s going on in the rest of the song. Borderline Rihanna knock-off track.

#74: Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love) by Ne-Yo – I know this song is really popular right now (or at least was), but I don’t see the appeal. It’s kind of boring and doesn’t really offer anything.

#73: Work Hard, Play Hard by Wiz Khalifa – Not as bad as other Wiz Khalifa songs I’ve heard, but it doesn’t do much for me. Also, the chorus chant is kind of silly.

#72: Climax by Usher – Another track that doesn’t immediately grab me. However, Usher’s singing here is top notch and definitely worth a mention.

#71: Rolling in the Deep by Adele – It was good last year, still good, especially with the luxury of not being overplayed.

#70: Blown Away by Carrie Underwood – I like what Carrie Underwood does with her music, though, while I don’t think this song is great, it has features of it that make it stand out.

#69: Paradise by Coldplay – I have the feeling this song will play quietly in some random dentist’s office in a few years. It’s that kind of song.

#68: Ho Hey by The Lumineers – I like this song, but only complaint is the ho’s and heys that are prolific.

#67: Pontoon by Little Big Town – Nothing too exciting here.

#66: Good Girl by Carrie Underwood – I did enjoy this one.

#65: Let’s Go by Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo – The flow of this good. It starts off nicely, but by the end is a tad repetitive.

#64: Rumor Has It by Adele – I didn’t know the Eurythmics were making a comeback…Wait…Seriously, the song is good, though I prefer the verses to the chorus.

#63: Work Out by J. Cole – Good flow in the chorus, but the verses just lose me.

#62: Back in Time by Pitbull – I hate the lyrics, or rather find them hilarious. I do like the sample and feel it could’ve been more effective elsewhere.

#61: Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine – This song is bland.

#60: Not Over You by Gavin DeGraw – Somewhere in-between boring and decent.

#59: Brokenhearted by Karmin – A mixture of the blandest elements of Ke$ha and Katy Perry.

#58: Springsteen by Eric Church – As a Springsteen fan, I found this song to be very…bland. Big surprise, huh?

#57: Dance (A$$) by Big Sean ft. Nicki Minaj – How did this even chart this high? This must be a joke.

#56: Don’t Wake Me Up by Chris Brown – Alright. If you say so, Chris.

#55: Want U Back by Cher Lloyd – Annoying. Definitely not my thing.

#54: No Lie by 2 Chainz ft. Drake – Bleh.

#53: Drunk on You by Luke Bryan – It doesn’t do it for me. More mediocre country music.

#52: Wanted by Hunter Hayes – More mediocrity.

#51: Ass Back Home by Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch – Even more mediocrity.

The official Billboard list for this section


Well, that was Part 2 of my look at Billboard’s Top 100 pop hits from 2012. Check back soon for Part 3!

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2012 Top 100 Pop Songs: A Quick Review – Intro and #100-76

December 23, 2012 10 comments

Once again, I take a look at the Top 100 year-end pop songs from Billboard magazine. This is my third year-in-a-row of doing this. I started doing this as a way of rethinking my relationship with music that is popular and personally digesting what’s changing or out there in a space I don’t normally inhabit. So, again, here is my take on this year’s Top 100. I focus on the songs themselves versus their music videos or other connections they’ve established. Each song gets a short blurb on my opinion. And, that’s about it. Here it goes:

#100: Burn it Down by Linkin Park – I really don’t understand the appeal of Linkin Park today. I feel like I’ve heard this song several times before. Admittedly, it’s not awful, just not original or all that good.

#99: Even if it Breaks Your Heart by Eli Young Band – I’m not too big on popular country music, however, this one is tolerable. Just not special.

#98: Fly Over States by Jason Aldean – And this is the type of country music that I gloss over. It’s really forgettable.

#97: Adorn by Miguel – Not awful. Just boring.

#96: Somethin’ ’bout A Truck by Kip Moore – More boring country music. This time around the lyrics of the song are somewhat hilarious. There are so many stereotypes about country music in this song.

#95: Hard to Love by Lee Brice – This year’s country music is bland. Another boring song.

#94: Diamonds by Rihanna – I have mixed feelings about this song. For every good part of this song, there’s mediocre things. As such, I’ll say it’s alright. Probably the best of the songs so far.

#93: I Don’t Want this Night to End by Luke Bryan – This seems like a variation of Fly Over States. Just as mediocre and boring.

#92: Cashin’ Out by Ca$h Out – Clever. This song is two letters from being just your name. This song is outdated and pretty bad. #91: It’s Time by Imagine Dragons –The lyrics are kind of dull, but there’s something appealing to this song. The chorus has a nice hook.

#90: We Run the Night by Havana Brown ft. Pitbull – This song proves repetition and echo is the key to success. Instead of bland country music there is bland club music.

#89: You Da One by Rihanna – There is little personality to this song and loses any of the impact that made Diamonds have any sort of appeal.

#88: Take A Little Ride by Jason Aldean – Another bland country song. This guy is sure good at them.

#87: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri – Dear God, this song is sappy. This is the music of Twilight generation.

#86: 5 O’Clock by T-Pain ft. Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen – I can appreciate the camp of T-Pain and I genuinely like T-Pain, but this song does not work. It has bad pacing and takes itself too serious. The Wiz Khalifa verse doesn’t work either.

#85: Die Young by Ke$ha – I’m no fan of Ke$ha, but I must admit this isn’t her worst. In fact, I’d say it’s a decent club song. There are few lines that reek of standard Ke$ha, but the rest is different for her. Not special, but certainly not horrible.

#84: Turn Up the Music by Chris Brown – This song sounds like a mess. Whatever happened in production went horribly wrong.

#83: Love You Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez and The Scene – Not awful. Just forgettable.

#82: Red Solo Cup by Toby Keith – This country song actually sounds different. However, it feels more like a novelty song than an actual pop song.

#81: 50 Ways to Say Goodbye by Train – Train is another one of those artists I don’t get. The verses all sound like they borrowed a medley from The Phantom of the Opera. As for the chorus, it sounds like a rehash of their earlier single Drive By. Bleh.

#80: So Good by B.o.B – Not my favorite B.o.B track. The verses are fun, but the chorus is just alright. It’s a decent track altogether though.

#79: Birthday Cake by Rihanna ft. Chris Brown – This song is awful. Not only for the match-up of artists, but musically and lyrically horrid.

#78: Drank in My Cup by Kirko Bangz – Not horrid, but definitely not good. The lyrics are pretty awful. A Drake imitator of mediocre quality.

#77: Heart Attack by Trey Songz – Meh. Not as bad as Drank in My Cup. It’s just boring.

#76: Come Over by Kenny Chesney – Not a horrible mellow-ish country song. Just doesn’t do it for me.


And that’s the first part of my look at this year’s Top 100 pop songs. The next one will be up here soon.

If you want to check out my previous year-end Top 100 reviews you can find them below:

2011 Top 100 Reviews

2010 Top 100 Reviews

And the official Billboard Top 100 List

2011 Year-End Top Pop 100: A Review (#25-1)

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

This post concludes my reviews of Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100 Pop songs for 2011. If you want some further contexts for the reviews see the links below. Also, the top 10 songs will get a more fleshed out review than other songs simply because they’re the most defining songs of the year.

For previous entries in the review saga:

Part 1: Intro and #100-76

Part 2: #75-51

Part 3: #50-26

And now the final part of the review saga:

#25: ‘Good Life’-OneRepublic

The drum beat is pretty good, but the rest of the song is pretty boring. It also sounds like a leftover from the 90s.

#24: ‘Someone Like You’-Adele

It’s a decent track, but there isn’t much standing out for it. It’s just kinda there.

#23: ‘How to Love’-Lil Wayne

Wow. I didn’t think it was possible for Lil Wayne to make such a boring song. I guess he was trying to make his own version of Find Your Love (by Drake), but it falls flat.

#22: ‘Down on Me’-Jeremih ft. 50 Cent

This is incredibly boring. Nothing stands out. It’s something I’d expect more at the fringe of the Top 100 rather than the Top 25.

#21: ‘Look at Me Now’-Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne

Chris Brown is at his worst of the year. And the beat and medley are really flawed. On the other hand, Lil Wayne is at his best for the year and Busta Rhymes is solid.

#20: ‘What’s My Name?’-Rihanna ft. Drake

This is probably the weakest Rihanna hit of the year. While there’s not nothing really wrong with it, there’s also nothing great. It’s fairly dry.

#19: ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’-P!nk

I never thought of P!ink being possible of making a boring song, but shows what I know.

#18: ‘Born This Way’-Lady Gaga

The first time I heard this I thought it was an neo-80s disco themed song. It’s about the same now. I also don’t think this is as good as The Edge of Glory.

#17: ‘Raise Your Glass’-P!nk

I like it more than Fuckin’ Perfect, but even though I like it more it’s still flawed. And I think the message of the former was better than the one here.

#16: ‘Tonight (I’m Lovin You)’-Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris and DJ Frank E

Enrique sets the song up for failure immediately with ‘ooh’s at the beginning. Out of tone for him.

#15: ‘Just the Way You Are’-Bruno Mars

The song is cheesy, but somehow works for me. One of Bruno’s better songs and one of the reasons I had hope for him.

#14: ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’-Katy Perry

I consider this song the antithesis of The Edge of Glory. That song was good, this one bad. The former emphasized fun parties, this one really dumb ones/ It featured the great saxophonist Clarence Clemons, this one features Kenny (freakin’) G. I hate this song a lot is what I’m trying to say.

#13: ‘Pumped Up Kicks’-Foster the People

This is the indie hit of the year. It’s pretty good. It’s nice to see a song of its style so far on the list.

#12: ‘S&M’-Rihanna

Again, not Rihanna’s strongest single of the year. I actually got tired of hearing it on the radio since it was a ‘little’ overplayed.

#11: ‘On the Floor’-Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull

I really like the beat and medley, and the chorus too. The verses don’t really do it for me though.

#10: ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’-The Black Eyed Peas

When I first saw the title for this I was expecting for some sort of reference to the Depeche Mode song of the same title. So, it did surprise me when it was something more original. For the most part I really do like this song. The first two thirds are solid. The ‘switch-up’ in the last part of the song kills it for me. However, I still enjoy listening to this song on the radio, knowing at least I can change the station when it reaches the last part.

#9: ‘Moves Like Jagger’-Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

Honestly, there’s nothing too special about this song. The guitar riff established at the beginning is good, but it doesn’t really hold up the track. The rest of the medley and beat is underwhelming. Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera aren’t that great either. It’s not a horrid song, but I also don’t feel like it’s Top 10 material.

#8: ‘Super Bass’-Nicki Minaj

I like Moment 4 Life more than this hit, but it’s not entirely bad either. The refrain and chorus are both good. The refrain for demonstrating Minaj’s single ability. And the chorus for doing a little of the same, but also for being incredibly catchy. I always found the two verses for the song to be too silly, but they do establish Minaj’s ability to create fast rap flows.

#7: ‘Fuck You (Forget You)’-Cee Loo Green

I love this song, it’s great. Everything works about it. The instrumentation and lyrics blend well together. Cee Loo is talented vocalist and he shows it off well here. I always love in this song how the instrumentation calls back blues music. I do believe that the ‘explicit’ version is the one to hear, mainly because it maintains the lyrical flow that the song establishes. But yeah, this song is great.

#6: ‘Grenade’-Bruno Mars

The song does demonstrate Bruno’s vocal and musical strengths, but also a low point for his lyrical career. It’s pointlessly extreme. And if it was as extreme as he makes it out to be, he doesn’t make the music match the extremes of his lyrics. To make it better he could tone the lyrics or increase the tone of the music. Also, it’s not as bad as The Lazy Song.

#5: ‘Give Me Everything’-Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer

I’m really ambivalent about this song. Sometimes when I hear I’m really into it and enjoying it, other times it feels really distant. Ne-Yo and Nayer’s parts are catchy though lyrically flawed. I’m really not sure how to feel about Pitbull’s part. I have this natural distrust of his talent, but again, I’m really not sure if I dislike it or not here.

#4: ‘E.T.’-Katy Perry ft. Kanye West

Speaking of people I naturally dislike, this song is also ambivalent for me. I like the beat and medley here for some reason, but this is song that fails for me for both vocalists. While Kanye is definitely the worst of the parts, Katy Perry is pretty bad here too. This song is passable for vocals, but somehow passable for its music.

#3: ‘Firework’-Katy Perry

This is different here. This song is a complete failure here. The music bores me here and is nothing special. The lyrics are also bland for me. However bad the vocals were in E.T. they are far worse in this song. I simply can’t stand Katy Perry’s voice in this song. This is her worst sounding song for me. It’s musically boring and her voice just strains the whole time.

#2: ‘Party Rock Anthem’-LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

Party Rock Anthem is another one of those songs that I have mixed opinions about. It’s negative in the sense that epitomizes the club music that dominates the pop charts in the past few years. At the same time that’s it strength. It showcases the fun, albeit silly, aspects of pop club music. I’m not surprised to see it so high on the charts, but it’s one of the songs I see more as a symbol for a larger trend than a part itself.

#1: ‘Rolling in the Deep’-Adele

The huge popularity of this song has been really surprising for me. Considering that last year’s #1 hit was Ke$ha’s Tik Tok it seems like we’ve come a huge way with this song. Adele has a strong voice that’s really showcased well in this song. The beat and music are really good for the lyrics and vocals of the song. It’s not my favorite song of the year, but it’s also indicative that there’s changing trends in popular music today.


And that concludes my look at Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100. If you want to see my look at last year’s list see the link below. Next December expect me to do the same with the list for 2012.


Reviews for 2010 Top 100

2011 Year-End Top Pop 100: A Review (#50-26)

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Continuing on in my reviews of Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100 for pop music. I begin to move in the territory of the songs that dominate the pop charts and make up the image of what people think of when they think of pop music in 2011.


To see earlier reviews, see below:

Part 1: Intro and #100-76

Part 2: #75-51


And now for hits #50-26!

#50: ‘Moment 4 Life’-Nicki Minaj ft. Drake

Nicki Minaj’s raps at times are over the top, but she makes up for  it with her singing ability in the chorus. The Drake part is hit-and-miss.

#49: ‘Yeah 3x’-Chris Brown

I naturally want to hate Chris Brown. The thing about this song is that it’s really nothing special, however, the chorus is fairly catchy (I’m understating fairly).

#48: ‘You Make Me Feel…’-Cobra Starship ft. Sabi

This song makes me feel la, la, la. (Seriously, it’s fairly good.)

#47: ‘I’m on One’-DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne

The beat/medley is cool, but the song on the whole is pretty forgettable. Not saying there aren’t good parts in it, just nothing stellar.

#46: ‘I Wanna Go’-Britney Spears

I continue to assert that Britney Spears has been reborn as a DDR artist.

#45: ‘No Hands’-Waka Flocka Flame ft. Roscoe Dash and Wale

Uh, no.

#44: ‘Dynamite’-Taio Cruz

Uh, yes.

#43: ‘Dirt Road Anthem’-Jason Aldean

Country rap. It happened.

#42: ‘Just a Kiss’-Lady Antebellum

The better side of pop country, but still not great.

#41: ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’-Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz

Lil Wayne has really good flow on the track, but the beat and medley are overwhelming. It’s hard to differentiate sounds at times.

#40: ‘Only Girl (In the World)’-Rihanna

It has its flaws, but I actually like this song. So, yeah.

#39: ‘Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor)’-Pitbull ft. T-Pain

It’s ridiculous. It’s a mixture of good and bad over-the-top.

#38: ‘Coming Home’-Diddy-Dirty Money ft. Skylar Grey

The song has some good things going for it, the beat mostly, but it doesn’t really stand out.

#37: ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’-Black Eyed Peas

*sigh* No.

#36: ‘Stereo Hearts’-Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine

There’s no real flow between the chorus and the verses. It feels inherently like the song is flawed.

#35: ‘If I Die Young’-The Band Perry

I like the instrumentation for the song. But the subject matter is really tween-esque.

#34: ‘Lighters’-Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars

Another case where the verses don’t match the chorus. It really wrecks any kind of flow the song has.

#33: ‘Blow’-Ke$ha

Proof that Ke$ha still sucks.

#32: ‘Tonight Tonight’-Hot Chelle Rae

Unlike Cobra Starship, Hot Chelle Rae can’t perfect the use of ‘la’ as a song lyric. Also, it’s boring.

#31: ‘Black and Yellow’-Wiz Khalifa

I’m not sure what this song is about. Whatever it is, it’s boring.

#30: ‘We R Who We R’-Ke$ha


#29: ‘The Edge of Glory’-Lady Gaga

This is a generally decent song. Holds some sentimental value for being the last song to use Clarence Clemons.

#28: ‘The Show Goes On’-Lupe Fiasco

This is easily one of my top pop songs for the year. Verses, chorus, beat, and medley are all good.

#27: ‘Til the World Ends’-Britney Spears

One of her lesser DDR tracks, but I’m sure it could make one of the weaker games.

#26: ‘The Lazy Song’-Bruno Mars

I used to believe Bruno Mars had potential, but he sure has let me down.


And that’s my reviews for Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100 #50-26. I’ll post the conclusion in a few days.

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2011 Year-End Top Pop 100: A Review (#75-51)

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

This is a continuation of my look at Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100 songs. This post looks at the next 25 hits, #75-51. To see the introduction and see what I thought of the first 25 songs click here.

#75-51 Reviews:

#75: ‘Teenage Dream’-Katy Perry

I have a dual opinion of Katy Perry. First, I dislike her as a musical artist. Second, I acknowledge her ability to have continual catchy hit songs. This applies to this song.

#74: ‘Back to December’-Taylor Swift

If you read the last set of reviews you would’ve noticed my agony with all the country music at the bottom of the charts. Well, it continues with Taylor Swift. But honestly, while it’s sappy in both the teen-sense and country sense, Swift is one of the better pop country acts today.

#73: ‘Without You’-David Guetta ft. Usher

I really like this song. It plays up the talents of both David Guetta and Usher really well.

#72: ‘Like a G6’-Far*East Movement ft. The Cataracs and Dev

Ugh…This song was awful last year, and it’s still awful. The beat actually sort of gives me a headache.

#71: ‘You and I-Lady Gaga

This song is an interesting mix of standard country and Gaga synth hits. It’s good, but the merging of genres is far from perfect.

#70: ‘Pretty Girl Rock’-Keri Hilson

It’s pretty bland. Also, there’s nothing in the beat and medley to suggest any sort of ‘rock’ of any sort.

#69: ‘We Found Love’-Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

Initially I wasn’t sure what to think of this song the first time I heard it months ago. But, by now it’s grown on me. It’s not perfect, and maybe not great, but it’s definitely pretty good.

#68: ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’-Jason Aldeman ft. Kelly Clarkson

Wow. I’m surprised at how bland this song is. I’m literally forgetting about it as I write this.

#67: ‘Honey Bee’-Blake Shelton


#66: ‘For the First Time’-The Script

I hate these kind of songs. The sappy love song that lyrically and musically doesn’t come off as really sincere.

#65: ‘DJ Got us Fallin’ in Love’-Usher ft. Pitbull

This song is great. The only real flaw is the appearance by Pitbull. Everything thing else is good.

#64: ‘Bottoms Up’-Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj

Trey Songz missed the crunk craze by a couple of years, but tries to mix it with some of the club style of today’s pop hip-hop and it just doesn’t work. Nicki Minaj also doesn’t really mesh that well into the song either.

#63: ‘Written in the Stars’-Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner

Eric Turner’s chorus part is pretty cheesy. However, I really like Tinie Tempah’s verses.

#62: ‘What the Hell’-Avril Lavigne

Again. No.

#61: ‘More’-Usher

The beat isn’t as strong as Without You or DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love, but this song is good too. Usher is really back on his game.

#60: ‘Hold It Against Me’-Britney Spears

Britney Spears has gone from teen pop star to a pseudo-DDR artist.

#59: ‘All of the Lights’-Kanye West (ft. a whole bunch of people)

The production value on this song is really good. Lyrically it has a few hiccups. But on the whole this is one my favorite pop songs of the year. (Also, the single version is better than the album version.)

#58: ‘Rocketeer’-Far*East Movement ft. Ryan Tedder

This song is decent. However, when one compares it to Like A G6 it’s light years packed with talent.

#57: ‘Sexy and I Know It’-LMFAO


#56: ‘Roll Up’-Wiz Khalifa

I don’t know why people think Wiz Khalifa has talent. However, this chorus is painfully catchy.

#55: ‘Jar of Hearts’-Christina Perri

I really don’t like these songs. They don’t take much talent to make. I mean they’re basically the same aesthetics of teen pop stars singing ballads.

#54: ‘Stereo Love’-Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

It’s nice to see Euro Pop make the charts here. It’s not perfect, but it’s a nice break from the norm.

#53: ‘Motivation’-Kelly Rowland ft. Lil Wayne

It’s nice to see more female representation on the charts. Though this song isn’t the best for that.

#52: ‘Just A Dream’-Nelly

It’s good. It’s grown a bit on me since it made the charts last year.

#51: ‘I Need A Doctor’-Dr. Dre ft. Eminem and Skylar Grey

It’s really a song of Eminem ft. Dr. Dre, but it still works. There are flaws in the song, but on the whole it’s pretty good.

And that was the songs #75-51 on Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top Pop 100. In a few days I’ll post the rest my reviews for the rest of the chart.

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2011 Year-End Top Pop 100: A Review (#100-76)

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Last year, I did a casual review of Billboard magazine’s Year-End Top 100 pop hits. I didn’t do this as a form of self-torture, but as a means of challenging my own tastes and also getting a glimpse what the trends of pop music tend to be. I went about this by listening to only the song and not judging the songs based on their music videos. While there was obvious frustration with some songs, I found the experience rather enjoyable and so I decided to give it a shot again this year.

I’ll go over all of Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100 pop songs for 2011. I’ll give a short, casual review for each. A few sentences at the longest. If it was a song that carried over from last year’s chart I’ll give a quick synopsis of my opinion and mention if there has been any change in my opinion of it.

With that, here is the first 25 songs on the list:


#100: ‘My Last’-Big Sean ft. Chris Brown

The beat is bland, the chorus and verses are all together bland. Also, apparently the key to pop chorus is repe-repe-repetition of a single word.

#99: ‘Colder Weather‘-Zac Brown Band

It’s pretty standard Country rock-ish tune. There’s nothing horrible about it, but nothing that great about it either. It’s fine background music that you don’t pay attention to.

#98: ‘You and Tequila’-Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter

Like the previous song this is standard Country . However, it’s of a lesser standard and far more forgettable.

#97: ‘Animal’-Neon Trees

Animal was on the chart last year. I found it enjoyable then and I find it the same now.

#96: ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’-Thompson Square

Country again. Not that great. Also, the idea of 30-somethings singing a song about kissing me or not sounds incredibly immature for that age. Just saying.

#95: ‘She Will’-Lil Wayne ft. Drake

The verses and chorus are standard Young Money style. Nothing that great. However, the intro medley and beat are great, and it occurs throughout the rest of the song.

#94: ‘God Gave Me You’-Blake Shelton

If you want to look at Country as a genre this song is a good example of the genre. That being said, it’s pretty bland.

#93: ‘Price Tag’-Jessie J ft. B.O.B.

Jessie J is a forgettable vocalist, however the beat and medley is pretty good. The highlight is definitely the featuring of B.O.B who I have great respect for after his three hits last year.

#92: ‘Sure Thing’-Miguel

Sure Thing is a bland R & B song. I actually laughed at passively ridiculous this song is. It’s a good chuckle.

#91: ‘Please Don’t Go’-Mike Posner

The beat is fairly decent throughout the track. It establishes itself early, but doesn’t change that much during the song, and when it does it’s pretty bad 8-bit. The vocals and lyrics aren’t that memorable.

#90: ‘Take A Back Road’-Rodney Atkins

Last year I noticed that the bottom of the list was dominated by bland Country songs. This year is no different.

#89: ‘She Ain’t You’-Chris Brown

This song is vocally convoluted and sort of mess. I’m pretty sure the only reason it made it onto the charts is for the sampling of a Michael Jackson song.

#88: ‘Where Them Girls At’-David Guetta ft. Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj

This is one of David Guetta’s lesser quality tracks. It sounds a lot like his other hits from last year, with the exception that it has Nicki Minaj.

#87: ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’-Jason Derulo

Ugh…Pop music and the song ‘Day Oh’ don’t really work well together.

#86: ‘Best Thing I Never Had’-Beyonce

I nearly forgot how much Beyonce hates men. On the whole though, this song is okay. If you’re a man hating mood listen to this.

#85: ‘Headlines’-Drake

The medley and the verses are good, however the beat doesn’t really match it. Drake also continues having better verses than choruses.

#84: ‘Back Seat’-New Boyz ft. The Cataracs and Dev

I swear this song’s chorus was designed for car commercials. The rest of the song is bland. It’s not that great.

#83: ‘In the Dark’-Dev

The verse bit is basically the same as the song above. It’s not that original, or good for that matter.

#82: ‘Remind Me’-Brad Paisley (duet w/ Carrie Underwood)

Yup. More mediocre country music. Carrie Underwood is decent though.

#81: ‘Country Girl (Shake it For Me)’-Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan is the epitome of Country rocker. Also, the line, ‘Rednecks rocking ’til the break of dawn.’ Hillarious.

#80: ‘Knee Deep’-Zac Brown Band ft. Jimmy Buffett

Country music and White Guy with Acoustic Guitar meet-Why?

#79: ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’-Jake Owen


#78: ‘Who Says’-Selena Gomez & The Scene

Standard tween pop fare. Also, I’m always amused that Justin Bieber’s girlfriend is arguably more talented than him.

#77: ‘Cheers (Drink to That)’-Rihanna

It’s good, but not Rihanna’s best. I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to this, but I wouldn’t change the station if it came on the radio. And I’m pretty sure the sampling of Avril Lavigne saying ‘Yeah’ is the only money she’s making nowadays.

#76: ‘Crazy Girl’-Eli Young Band



And that’s the first 25 songs on the Top 100 list. Expect the rest of the list in the upcoming days.