Breanna Hill, A&E Editor
As of September 9, the Top 5 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 are as follows: “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo, “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish, “You Need to Calm Down” by Taylor Swift and “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
The last one is definitely a shocker, isn’t it?
As someone who commutes to JSU for class, I spend a lot of time in my car listening to music and most of the time it tends to be the top hits genre that I feel drawn to. I honestly find myself not surprised by the order of the songs this week.
All of the artists who hold these spots on the charts are big names and widely known. Their catchy, relatable lyrics seem to draw in the public as much as the bass that seems to dictate the musical aspect of the tune.
Lizzo seemed to just appear out of nowhere, and honestly I had not heard of her until “Truth Hurts’’ was on the top 100.
Lizzo’s chart toppers are so popular because of the message that she portrays in them so clearly. She spreads body positivity in every hit she puts out. I enjoy every one of her songs because of that reason. It makes me feel good about myself and helps with my self-esteem. I urge everyone who hasn’t heard of her (all two of you) to look her up and listen to her incredible songs.
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been on the top 100 before, time and time again. With the Latin influence becoming the norm in pop music today, the song title was enough to send us all to YouTube to hear the collaborative piece ‘Senorita’.
Despite the hype, I find myself classifying it as an average song. Yes, it has an upbeat tempo but none of the lyrics really speaks to me. It’s just an average pop song in my opinion. I believe that the reason it’s so popular is because everybody is rooting for anything to do with the two of them together. Billie Eilish being in the top five is definitely not a shocker to me. She has become an iconic artist in today’s society because she is unlike anything the music industry has ever had before, especially the pop genre.
Though her music videos made me scratch my head, I find her voice to be soothing. Not to mention her incredible lyrics and killer bass. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for good bass. ‘Bad Guy’ is one of her most popular hits and the musical aspect of it is undeniably unique.
When it comes to Taylor Swift I can’t help but listen to all of her jams, even the ones dating back to the early 2000s. She made a smooth transition from country to pop, proving that she’s able to get out of her comfort zone.
Swift recently released a new album titled ‘Lover’ which features the song that has climbed to the fourth spot on the Billboard top 100, ‘You Need to Calm Down’. I believe the song is incredible, and I’m thrilled about how the music video turned out. I believe everyone should see it. The plot of the video is inspiring, and it features Katy Perry and Taylor Swift making up. Hello, what more could you need?
The fifth song generally makes me roll my eyes now. I am all for Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, but the song has been played over and over again on dozens of stations, and there have been who knows how many remakes and additions to the song that it has grown tiresome.
It reminds me of when Pharrell’s song ‘Happy’ would play all day, every day. I appreciate the boundaries that the song pushed, but there’s only so much of it that I can take and I’ve about had enough. Maybe I can listen to it once every six months. Maybe.
Overall, the songs by all of the artists in the Top 5 are great songs. I enjoy all the instrumental aspects in each song. I appreciate the time and effort that the artists and songwriters put in to making them. Pop music has definitely come a long way, and I’m eager to see what comes next.
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