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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 This song is outdated and pretty bad.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

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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.

 

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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

…NO

#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

No.

#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

*sigh*

#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

SO MUCH COUNTRY MUSIC

#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

*yawn*

 

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

A Top Pop 100 Review – 2010 (Archive Post)

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

With school out, and days off, I haven’t much to do of late. Also recently Billboard Magazine has released their Year-End Top 100 list and I thought I’d go over every song and detail it out here. Thanks to Youtube I have access to basically every song on the list. I am solely judging the songs based on the song itself, not the video. Go ahead and make some critiques if you want. It may be painful at times, and it may be surprising. So brave with me.

 

You can find the entiretyentireity of the list here: http://www.billboard.com/charts-year-end/hot-100-songs?year=2010#/charts-year-end/hot-100-songs?year=2010&begin=91&order=position

 

Here is the list and my comments:

#100 ‘Lover, Lover’ by Jerrod Nieman: I’m not much a fan of Pop Country, but this song is better than a majority of the country songs that get airplay. There are some cool musical parts. Somewhat a blend of adult alternative and country.

 

#99 ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’ by Alicia Keys: The beat is pretty cool, and the medley makes a use of 80s-ish synhs. Keys’ vocals seem out of place with the music creating an odd, and somewhat boring, listen. The last minute of the song feels really out of place with the rest of the song.

 

#98 ‘Teach Me How to Dougie’ by Cali Swag District: I had to look up what a Dougie is. It’s a dance from the 80s and 90s. The beat is sorta interesting. It works more as a fluid dance track more than a rap track. Imagine a version of ‘Crank That’ that is slowed down and more restrained.

 

#97 ‘Smile’ by Uncle Kracker: I was expecting a bad song earlier than this. This is bad in the sense of it being cheesy with no redeeming fun factor.

 

#96 ‘Life After You’ by Daughtry: I don’t get why Daughtry is so popular. This single sounds the same as most adult alternative and many more songs. Not that it’s horrid, just doesn’t stand out.

 

#95 ‘King of Anything’ by Sara Bareilles: Unlike Daughtry I can see why Bareilles is popular. Her piano work is good and a lot of the other instrumentation works with the lyrics. The first minute was absolutely fantastic, and while I don’t think the song keeps up the energy it wasn’t bad on the whole.

 

#94 ‘American Honey’ by Lady Antebellum: I like this in terms of instrumentation. It has a very bluegrass feel of country music, except for the electric guitar that has a few notes beginning in the second verse. I feel like the vocals fall under the generic singing style of Pop Country, which I’m not the biggest fan of.

 

#93 ‘The Only Exception’ by Paramore: Welcome to Open Mic Night. Playing tonight is Paramore! Seriously, the first half of the song could’ve been written by nearly anyone. There’s only a 30 second bit where there’s anything changed up. Hardly any build up, just consistent bore.

 

#92 ‘If I Die Young’ by The Band Perry: I’ve made two comments on my indifference to Pop Country, but then I came across this song. Great instrumentation and decent vocals. The song is mellow all the way through, but I didn’t find it that boring.

 

#91 ‘The House That Built Me’ Miran Lambert: Good use of supporting electric guitar, otherwise, BORING.

 

#90: ‘Right Above It’ by Lil’ Wayne ft. Drake: Now, I’ve never been a Lil’ Wayne fan. The intro to this track is fantastic. The DJ for this song used great samples and I feel like it’s the strongest part of the track. Maybe this my bias against Lil’ Wayne, but I didn’t find much to like about the rap.

 

#89 ‘Eenie Meenie’ by Sean Kingston ft. Justin Bieber: Most people move beyond musically using the rhyme ‘Eenie Meenie’ before their adolescence. Not Justin Bieber or Sean Kingston. This song sucks.

 

#88 ‘Undo It’ by Carrie Underwood: Is Carrie Underwood a Pop Diva or Country Western Diva? Either way, it’s basically the same. This sucks.

 

#87 ‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon: I know specifically this song was on last year’s Top 100, but it carried over to this year too. Is that a bad thing? No. While the opening guitar isn’t that great, and somewhat annoying, the rest of the song is good. I miss alternative rock being popular, don’t you?

 

#86 ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Beyonce: Another carry over from last year. Still sucks. Thank god Beyonce left alone the Euryhtmics song by the same name.

 

#85 ‘Say Something’ by Timbaland ft. Drake: I didn’t like this song from the beginning. There wasn’t any redeeming qualities to it. Beats aren’t interesting, nor are the raps, and the application of auto tunes is dumb.

 

#84 ‘Today Was A Fairytale’ by Taylor Swift: I am indifferent to Taylor Swift. Somewhat I consider to be Pop Country. Is it better than ‘Undo It’? Yes, definitely. Better than ‘If I Die Young’? No. This song isn’t that great or interesting.

 

#83 ‘There Goes My Baby’ by Usher: This is boring. Not wrong specifically, just dull. There are some good spots of Usher singing, but nothing making it more interesting

 

#82 ‘Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)’ by Usher ft. Plies: It’s mellow like the previous Usher song, but the beat is better than the last. There a good deal of dumb lyrics and the use of Daddy is definitely changed for a different meaning. But in the end I think I like this more than the previous Usher track.

 

#81 ‘Stuck Like Glue’ by Sugarland: More simplistic songwriting. Nothing remarkable here.

 

#80 ‘I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)’ by Kevin Rudolf ft. Birdman, Jay Sean, and Lil’ Wayne: It’s over the top, featuring an abundance of guest musicians. What do I think? I like it. The raps are cool by the guests (yes, even Wayne). Kevin himself isn’t that bad either. The beat is okay, but works for something fun.

 

#79 ‘All I Do is Win’ by DJ Khaled ft. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dog, and Rick Ross: Way over the top. I don’t care much for the main musician or Rick Ross, but Ludacris and T-Pain were awesome, but hated the Snoop Dogg verse. For Ludacris and T-Pain alone is it worth it.

 

#78 ‘Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)’ by Alicia Keys: I’ve been too disliking of the more mellow tracks. The beat is just as good, if not better, than the previous Keys tracks. This time the vocals match up more and it pays off. I like this.

 

#77 ‘Naturally’ by Selena Gomez and The Scene: I didn’t expect much from this former Disney Channel actor, but this is a pretty good track. Admittedly I feel like I’d see this on a Dance Dance Revolution game before an actual club. But this is still kinda fun.

 

#76 ‘Secrets’ by OneRepublic: The cello part in the first twenty seconds is great. The rest of the song not so much. It’s not that interesting. Similar to energy of the Daughtry track. I must give some praise for the usage of a cello in a Pop song though.

 

#75 ‘Rock That Body’ by The Black Eyed Peas: It seems that Black Eyed Peas tracks are either hit or miss. Wiil.I.Am’s raps in this track are bland. The beat is kinda cool though. What about Fergie? WORST PART. Seriously. Super annoying, luckily she doesn’t have a big part. Oddly, the sample used might’ve been the best part. Kinda cool. Yeah, I just said 90s house rap sampling was cool. In the end though this is a miss.

 

#74 ‘Already Gone’ by Kelly Clarkson: Nothing terribly interesting here. The string medley is kinda cool, but the beat and the lyrics aren’t. Maybe too melodramatic.

 

#73 ‘My First Kiss’ by 3OH!3 ft. Ke$ha: Thus far this is the only song that I’ve actually hated. This song is crap.

 

#72 ‘Two is Better Than One’ by  Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift: Once upon a time, there was a song called ‘One is the Loneliest Number,’ which relied why one sucks because it’s lonely. That’s what this song says too, but it’s not as interesting and more than likely won’t stand the test of time like the other song.

 

#71 ‘Forever’ by Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, and Eminem: I’m not a big fan of the sampling used on the track. But there is some terrific rapping here, sans Kanye. Both Drake and Eminem verses are representational of great rap.

 

#70 ‘Impossible’ by Shontelle: The instrumental parts are diminished to give way to Shontelle’s vocals, which are good. When the beat picks up it’s pretty good. I like this.

 

#69 ‘3’ by Brittney Spears: This is annoying, not as much as ‘My First Kiss,’ but still bad.

 

#68 ‘Deuces’ by Chris Brown ft. Tyga and Kevin McCall: Musically sucks, lyrically proof that Brown is douche.

 

#67 ‘Party in the USA’ by Miley Cyrus: I miss Selena Gomez already. This song is unremarkable, Cryus’ vocals is kinda annoying. But nothing horrible beyond that.

 

#66 ‘Your Love’ by Nicki Minaj: I can see why some people would like this. But I have no love for this track, but also no hate. I’m neutral here.

 

#65 ‘Tie Me Down’ by New Boyz ft. Ray J: There is a horrendous abuse of auto tunes for the vocals. The sample is alright. Not bad, but far from good.

 

#64 ‘Paparazzi’ by Lady Gaga: I see nothing positive or negative really in this song. Admittedly I felt I would have some sort of charged opinion of the Gaga track in some fashion, but I don’t. The song is just okay. The only problem I have with it is that the title has nothing to do with the title, unless Gaga is targeting her critics.

 

#63 ‘Magic’ by B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo: I actually like this quite a bit. B.o.B is great, the beat is great, and even Rivers Cuomo works well. This song is great.

 

#62 ‘Misery’ by Maroon 5: This song is okay. It’s something that is kinda enjoyable as you listen to it, but you forget about it after you listen to it.

 

#61 ‘Animal’ by Neon Trees: I’m really not sure how to feel about dance/pop rock. It can be cheesy or fairly good. This one is more of the latter.

 

#60 ‘Over’ by Drake: I’m starting to like Drake. This is better than ‘Forever,’ both the raps and the beats/medley are terrific. The chorus is okay, but the rest of the song is great.

 

#59 ‘Take it Off’ by Ke$ha: I was dreading the Ke$ha tracks from the start of this. The first tens seconds are absolutely horrid. While it’s not as directed as her other, it sounds like this song was directed to teens attempting to be hardcore. And fails. Sucks.

 

#58 ‘Meet Me Halfway’ by The Black Eyed Peas: I’m not too familiar with The Black Eyed Peas to have calmer singles, but this is just that. And it’s a refreshing change. I like this. Fergie’s part is the highlight of this piece. A redemption from the atrocity of the last single on the last. This is good stuff.

 

#57 ‘You Belong With Me’ by Taylor Swift: One of the supposed points of Pop music is to be catchy. And this song succeeds at that. While it’s music is okay, and the lyrics clice, the chorus is super catchy. As a Pop song it succeeds.

 

#56 ‘My Chick Bad’ by Ludacris ft. Nicki Minaj: This song is ridiculous, in the sense of being over the top and silly. It’s kinda fun based on how ridiculous. You can tell Ludacris was having fun with this song. At the same time it’s kinda funny in the regard. Nicki Manji is alright, not adding much to the song.

 

#55 ‘According to You’ by Orianthi: Orianthi is a bad that is essentially trying to merge the ingredients of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, takes few of their benefits and all their flaws. Not too interesting, similar to any other teen pop song.

 

#54 ‘All the Right Moves’ by OneRepublic: This song is similar to OneRepublic song in terms of energy. It’s still not exciting, The cello is now electric, which I have mixed feelings about. The drum beat is pretty cool. It seems they only do one thing right.

 

#53 ‘Do You Remember’ by Jay Sean ft. Sean Paul and Lil’ Jon: Lil’ Jon is ridiculous and awesome, and he is no different here. Jay Sean is okay, but nothing exciting. Sean Paul is annoying. Mediocre.

 

#52 ‘Bottoms Up’ by Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj: This song is pretty catchy. The beat feels bouncy. It’s pretty fun. I think Manji takes away from this song. Her bit is pretty annoying. But everything is good.

 

#51 ‘Blah Blah Blah’ by Ke$ha ft. 3OH!3: Remember when I said I was dreading Ke$ha? This song is a good example of what I was fearing. The medley feels like she made an 8-bit Gaga track. But Ke$ha is far more annoying than Gaga. 3OH!3 still suck too. This whole track sucks.

 

#50 ‘Young Forever’ by Jay-Z+Mr. Hudson: First off, Mr. Hudson sucks. Second, stealing Bob Dylan and swapping the position of words is dumb. Big time dumb. Honestly, Jay-Z is pretty good in this song. However, I hate the idea of the song.

 

#49 ‘Hard’ by Rihanna ft. Jeezy: This song is pretty mediocre. Nowhere near as good compared with most previous singles by Rihanna. Just okay.

 

#48 ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ by Kris Allen: Another unremarkable piece. The vocals and instrumentation is fine, but the energy is lacking. It’s alright.

 

#47 ‘Only Girl (In the World)’ by Rihanna: This song is fantastic. The medley is tight and builds up nicely into the chorus. Rihanna’s vocals are fantastic. This song is fun. I like this.

 

#46 ‘Mine’ by Taylor Swift: I am just going to refer to unremarkable pieces as BGM, background music. This song has decent instrumentation and fairly good vocals. Not as good as ‘You Belong With Me’ but not horrible.

 

#45 ‘Whataya Want From Me’ by Adam Lambert: Lambert is super whiny in this song and serves as an immediate turnoff. The guitars are pretty good. But Lambert ruins the song.

 

#44 ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris: I’m pretty sure this is a joke, right? Yeah? God, I hope so.

 

#43 ‘Whatcha Say’ by Jason Derulo: The sample of Imogen Heap is incredibly odd for me. The rest of it is okay. The lyrics are cliche and the auto tunes is kinda awkward.

 

#42 ‘Bulletproof’ by La Roux: Awesome! I love this! It’s catchy, fun, and has a cool beat and medley.

 

#41 ‘Down’ by Jay Sean ft. Lil’ Wayne: This song is pretty cheesy and cliche. Again the application of auto tunes can be bad. The Lil’ Wayne bit is okay. Just like the rest of the song.

 

#40 ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’ by Flo Rida ft. David Guetta: I don’t care much for the chorus, but the verses are pretty good. I’m not sure if it’s Flo Rida, but I’m pretty sure the inclusion of David Guetta is what drives the track. And for that I think I like this.

 

#39 ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ by Michael Buble: I’m bored. I don’t get Michael Buble.

 

#38 ‘Carry Out’ by Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake: This song is gross.

 

#37 ‘Like a G6’ by Far*East Movement ft. Cataracs and Dev: If you’re dumb you make songs like this. This song sucks.

 

#36 ‘How Low’ by Ludacris: The ‘chipmunk’ bit is pretty annoying. The rest of the medley/beats is pretty good though, a nice build up into the chorus. Some of the raps are pretty silly, but pretty fun. I like this.

 

#35 ‘Just a Dream’ by Nelly: More cliche, nothing too special about this. Some of the medley is catchy, that’s it.

 

#34 ‘Ridin’ Solo’ by Jason Derulo: I like the medley for this song. Both intro and chorus of this song are pretty cool. Much better than ‘Whatcha Say.’ I like this.

 

#33 ‘Alejandro’ by Lady Gaga: I liken this to ‘Paparazzi.’ Not bad, but not too great. Unlike ‘Paparazzi’ though, the chorus is catchier here.

 

#32 ‘Find Your Love’ by Drake: The lyrics are ok. But I really like the medley/beat here. Probably the best part. Hey, hey, hey.

 

#31 ‘Say Aah’ by Trey Songz ft. Fabolous: This song is a lyrical mess. Whatever was going last time for Songz is absent here. Also, see ‘Carry Out.’ Thoroughly mediocre.

 

#30 ‘Fireflies’ by Owl City: I’ll put aside Postal Serivce comparisons aside. But Owl City is pretty boring an uneventful. This song isn’t for me. That’s all I’ll say about it.

 

#29 ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by The Black Eyed Peas: This song is great musically. Song of the lyrics are silly. But I’m totally fine with that. This is party music and it succeeds there. I like this.

 

#28 ‘Your Love is My Drug’ by Ke$ha: MY EARS! MAKE IT STOP. NOW.

 

#27 ‘Breakeven’ by The Script: The chorus is dumb. The verses are alright. Just a run of the mill adult alternative song.

 

#26 ‘Sexy Chick’ by David Guetta ft. Akon: First off, this is awesome. Actually, that’s it. While the lyrics are silly, it’s fun. David Guetta shines again here.

 

#25 ‘Replay’ by Iyaz: This song is possibly the cheesiest song so far on the list. In that sense it’s pretty bad, but in the way that’s good because of that. It’s also really really catchy. And that plays off for it.

 

#24 ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem: This song is okay. The rap in the first verse is pretty good, while the rest are alright. I don’t think this holds up as well when compared to Eminem’s earlier stuff though.

 

#23 ‘Billionare’ by Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars: Welcome to Open Mic Night! We have Travie McCoy tonight! His friend will step in sometimes for your benefit. Seriously, how do songs with three different notes get this popular?

 

#22 ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love’ by Usher ft. Pitbull: If you have to listen to one Usher song this year, make it this one. This song is fun. Both the choruses and verses are great. The medley and beats are great. Pitbull is okay. But on the whole I like this.

 

#21 ‘Empire State of Mind’ by Jay-Z+Alicia Keys: Jay-Z raps are much more restrained than a good deal of the others are on this list and it works for the more restrained medley and beats. The raps themselves are pretty good too. Keys in the chorus is pretty catchy, her verse is pretty good too. One of the best rap tracks of the year. Genuinely good.

 

#20 ‘Imma Be’ by The Black Eyed Peas: The first half of the song is alright, a bit annoying but not horrid. However, the second half just becomes a mess. It loses any professional development the group has. This is a miss.

 

#19 ‘Cooler Than Me’ by Mike Posner: The beat during the verses are pretty good. Posner just doesn’t work with this song though. He drains most of the energy that the song has. It could be so much better if it was someone else.

 

#18 ‘Just the Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars: The lyrics are pretty cheesy, but the medley, beat, and Mar’s vocals arll work for the song. The chorus is pretty good too. I sorta like this.

 

#17 ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry: Perry’s vocals are annoying, given that they’re not annoying as Ke$ha, but still bad. The beat and medley are just fine. The rest of the song isn’t that interesting.

 

#16 ‘Telephone’ by Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce: This song would just be okay, but I do think Beyonce takes away from it. A little below mediocre.

 

#15 ‘Rude Boy’ by Rihanna: This is basically the female version of ‘Carry Out.’ Most of the okay. I’d say it’s below par par for the dumb lyrics.

 

#14 ‘In my Head’ by Jason Derulo: Simpler than ‘Ridin’ Solo,’ and in my opinion, not as good. But it’s still not bad.

 

#13 ‘Bedrock’ by Young Money ft. Lloyd: The track lists only one guest, but there’s at least five others. Way too many. Especially without anything over the top. And again there is a case of dumb lyrics. Sucks.

 

#12 ‘I Like It’ by Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull: The dance factor of this song is overtly present. It’s pretty good. Iglesias is nothing special though. And Pitbull is still okay. There’s better dance songs though this year.

 

#11 ‘Nothin’ on You’ by B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars: This is the best of the BGM hits. B.o.B is still good. Bruno Mars sounds the same as his other hit. I didn’t see anything else interesting in the song.

 

#10 ‘Break Your Heart’ ft. Ludacris, and, #9 ‘Dynamite’ both by Taio Cruz: I love both of these songs. They’re both a lot of fun. Both are pretty silly, but the fun being had is noticeable. I don’t know why Taio uses auto tunes because he can actually sing (I’ve watched videos of this). I think it adds to the pop factorization to the song. I’m not sure which hit is better. They’re both really good. Taio Cruz is a good example of plain fun song Pop music.

 

#8 ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga: This is the worst of the Gaga hits of the year. Her vocals during the verses are kinda annoying. They’re better in the chorus, but nothing. Musically, it sounds about the same as the others. Sub-par.

 

#7 ‘Love the Way You Lie’ by Eminem ft. Rihanna: This song tries to be more emotional than the previous Eminem hit. While it succeeds here, I don’t think it’s any better. It feels cliched. It’s alright in the end.

 

#6 ‘Airplanes’ by B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams: B.o.B has been solid this year. Williams is alright, but the highlight is definitely the verse raps. On that level the song is good.

 

#5 ‘OMG’ by Usher ft. Will.I.Am: I don’t understand why Usher is using auto tunes here. He sounds fine without it. None of his other singles have it. The song starts off just fine, but then it devolves into lyrical stupidity. Will.I.Am is nothing special here.

 

#4 ‘California Gurls’ by Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg: This is the generic Katy Perry song. Lyrically it borders Ke$ha territory. Snopp Dogg’s part is bad. This song sucks.

 

#3 ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ by Train: Lyrically, this song is horrendous. However, it has a super catchy chorus going for it. I’m indifferent to it as I am with the majority of adult alternative. Also, apparently the #1 downloaded song of the year.

 

#2 ‘Need You Now’ by Lady Antebellum: Meh. This song is boring. Nothing interesting here. I’m not too sure how this got to be #2.

 

#1 ‘Tik Tok’ by Ke$ha: HOW CAN ANYONE LIKE THIS?!

 

There. I have listened to all the top pop songs of the year, according to Billboard. Other than Ke$ha there wasn’t anything too horrendous on the list. Most of the time the music isn’t too remarkable. I could listen to it in the background, but I wouldn’t actively listen to the music. A lot of the repeat artists had a mix of success and failure. The use of guest artists is getting far too prolific. I see it as a means of marketing a track and the image of the guests. I feel like a lot of artists wouldn’t be confident in the quality of their music without them, which is sorta disappointing. Honestly, sans Ke$ha, this wasn’t as painful as I thought it’d be. When Pop music is great it’s fantastic, when it’s bad, well…yeah.

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