Where Y'at listened to the top songs listed on Spotify's Top List for the week of Feb. 1. Here's my take on what's popular in American music right now.
1. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson
Catchy - but kind of annoying - Michael Jackson knock-off. Good for mom's jamming in the car.
2. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Pretty, swoonful. Can someone serenade me with this song? Ed Sheeran’s style has changed a lot.
3. “Sugar” by Maroon 5
Every Maroon 5 song sounds the same - there’s something disturbing about Adam Levine hitting such high notes. A catchy mom song.
4. “Take Me To Church” by Hozier
I didn’t get the metaphor at first… alternative, hipster paradox. Popular simply for being different/hipster.
5. “Love Me Like You Do” – From Fifty Shades of Grey by Ellie Goulding
Can’t listen to this without thinking about the S&M in Fifty Shades of Grey; otherwise, classic Ellie Goulding. A little more mainstream than normal. When you finally separate the song from Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s actually really pretty. Then, you hit the chorus and it starts to fall apart into pop oblivion.
6. “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” by The Weekend
More Fifty Shades… this one’s less pop, auto-tuney though. I like this song; it has a good beat. First song I haven’t heard on the radio yet also, so that may help.
7. “GDFR” by Flo Rida
What does “Going Down For Real” even mean? Disgusting Katrina shoutout: gross and crappy.
8. “Only” by Nicki Minaj
Oh, Nicki. She is a disgusting genius. She's the female Lil’ Wayne - I love hating her. Definitely not a mom song.
9. “Time Of Our Lives” by Pitbull
Something by Pitbull that doesn’t make me hate the world; Mr. Worldwide really annoys me, though. Catchy, but I still don’t like it.
10. “I Don’t Fuck With You” by Big Sean
If there was a level past explicit, this would qualify. How are Maroon 5 and this song in the same category? It hurts my ears.
11. “I Don’t Mind” by Usher
Sweet sentiment, I guess. Usher singing about how he doesn’t mind that his gf/ - ”bitch” - is a stripper for the money. The “Money, Money, Money” part is really catchy. I wonder if Usher would really care if his girl is a stripper? Does this mean that Usher is feminist? Probably not… otherwise, I enjoy listening to the song. Usher’s voice is heavenly.
12. “Love Me Harder” by Ariana Grande
What you would expect from an ex-Disney teen star? Fairly bubblegum, but edgy enough to prove that she’s not so Disney anymore. Good for car music and probably nothing else. Lyrics represent the diva that she is.
13. “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith
There’s a reason Sam Smith wins all the awards; his voice is angelic. Despite most of his songs sounding the same, I can never get over his beautiful voice.
14. “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj
What is truffle butter in this sense? I still don’t know, and I really doubt she flosses everyday.
15. “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy
“Centuries” is a really easy word to rhyme. Reminds me of middle school...otherwise, it’s good.
16. “7/11” by Beyonce
Am I the only one who thinks Beyonce is way overrated? This song is weird.
17. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
I could literally say the same thing about every Sam Smith song. Heavenly voice, heavenly lyrics, and if you don’t swoon, you don’t have a heart.
18. “No Type” by Rae Sremmurd
No. What is this song even about? I don’t understand. I don’t like it. I don’t ever need to hear this again.
19. “Elastic Heart” by Sia
The video for this song is weird. Like, really weird.
20. “The Heart Wants What It Wants” by Selena Gomez
Selena could take a note from Miley and realize she’s not still Disney. It doesn’t have to be so bubblegum/autotune anymore, but maybe only a short note from her.
21. “Lips Are Movin’” by Meghan Trainor
I really liked this song the first few times I heard it, but now I just find it annoying. I like Meghan Trainor’s throwback pop style, but it’s gotten so played out at this point.
22. “Heroes (we could be)” by Alesso
I like this song. It’s nice.
23. “Outside” by Calvin Harris
A little too much of the same for me.
24. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry
This is still on the charts?
25. “She Knows” by Ne-Yo
Pretty bad, pretty gross. Why do all of these songs have to be so gross?
26. “Jealous” by Nick Jonas
Why is everyone on this list an ex-Disney star? I thought Nick had quit music, but this song is alright; lyrically it is a little possessive, but I like listening to this song in the car. A mom song.
27. “Riptide” by Vance Joy
Hipster pop; nice acoustic in the background.
28. “Bang Bang” by Jessie J
“Bang Bang” my head against my desk. This song is classic pop hell.
29. “Chandlier” by Sia
Weird and poppy in a good way. Most of it doesn’t make sense, but you feel good listening to it for some reason.
30. “Don’t” by Ed Sheeran
Is this Ed Sheeran? It’s weird; it doesn’t really sound like him...not his style either. It’s too poppy for me.
31. “Animals” by Maroon 5
See Number 3.
32. “Ghost” by Ella Henderson
Really love this song; it’s super nice and poppy in that good way.
33. “Night Changes” by One Direction
This song is a lot more mature than the One Direction I saw when I was forced to go to their concert three years ago. It’s still a boyband, and they hold a special place in my heart, so I have to admit it’s a guilty pleasure.
34. “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
Really catchy, cute song - vaguely hipster. Didn’t Aerosmith already make this song?
36. “Tuesday” by I LOVE MAKONNEN
This song is annoying and stupid. Why is it so popular?
37. “Blame” by Calvin Harris
Don’t hate it, don’t love it. I pretty much tuned it out while I was reviewing it, so that speaks to its quality.