Breanna Hill, Arts & Entertainment Editor
October 19 kicked off another week on Billboard.com which means they released an updated Hot 100. Out of pure curiosity I checked it out to see what songs have risen to the top and what songs have managed to drop down the list. I have to admit, I’m definitely a bit shocked by a few of the top ten for this week.
- ‘Highest in the room’ by Travis Scott: Honestly I cannot for the life of me understand why this song is number one. I get that it has killer bass and what passes as rap today, but to me it just sounds like yet another rap song on any playlist. There is no different element to it. It has a good beat. The lyrics are alright, I suppose. I’m not hating on it. I wouldn’t change the song if I only had 6 skips. I’m even sure that I would listen to it all the way through during a workout at the rec, but still, I don’t believe it’s number one material.
- ‘Truth Hurts’ by Lizzo: I completely understand this one. I believe this song has been in the top ten for a good while, and I get why. Lizzo is a very inspiring woman in music today and the songs that she puts out are incredibly relatable to women. Whenever I listen to it I feel instantly better about myself and I can feel my self-esteem growing exponentially. With all of the heart and soul Lizzo puts into her music I believe she definitely deserves to be in the top ten for a little while longer.
- ‘Senorita’ by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello: I stand firmly on my beliefs when I say this doesn’t belong in the top ten. Maybe it’s just because I’ve listened to this music for so long but to me, this fits into the norm of pop music and seems a bit repetitive. I like when artists are able to think outside the box and create something different, something completely abnormal. This is not on my playlist and I tend to cringe every time it comes on, but ya know, I ship the two artists like everybody else does.
- ‘10,000 Hours’ by Dan & Shay and Justin Bieber: Crossovers are happening more and more in the music world today, and some of them make you scratch your head like this one, but others are a bit more understandable. Though I was a bit confused on how this collaboration came to be, I’m kind of into the song. I have a vast appreciation for most music genres, and Dan & Shay are definitely one of my favorites out of the country genre. To be quite honest with you though, I’ve never really been a Belieber. This song is actually quite sweet, and I’m sure I could listen to it every now and then. It’s very catchy, and I believe that’s why it’s on the top ten.
- ‘Someone you loved’ by Lewis Capaldi: I have never heard of this song until I saw it on this list. I gave it a listen and all of my emotions are revealing themselves. Just wow. This song is full of emotion, and you can easily hear it through his voice. The soft melody melds perfectly with the lyrics, and I’m definitely going to add it to the list of songs I listen to when I’m in a sulky mood.
- ‘Circles’ by Post Malone: I live for Post Malone. He is an incredible artist, and definitely one of my current favorites. This song comes off his album that just dropped called Hollywood’s Bleeding. To me this song is unlike anything he has ever put out before. The musical aspect is very chill and gives me hippy vibes. It’s a song that you can relax to, which gives a break from his usual upbeat songs that feature other current rap artists a majority of the time. It’s definitely a favorite from the album, and I would even go as far to say one of my favorites that he has ever released. It definitely deserves to be on the list, and in my opinion it should probably swap places with ‘Senorita’, sorry not sorry.
- ‘No Guidance’ by Chris Brown featuring Drake: Drake is definitely another favorite artist of mine. I listen to this song occasionally strictly because it features Drake. I have to be completely transparent and share that I’m not the biggest fan of Chris Brown, I really couldn’t even name more than two or three songs that he’s in. I think this song is alright. I’m not really a fan of the tempo, but I understand that not every rap song can feature heavy bass and high tempo. It’s different, and I appreciate that aspect of it. Is it worthy of being in the top ten, though? That’s gonna be a no from me.
- ‘Ran$om’ by Lil Tecca: Okay, so I guess I’m not keeping up with today’s pop like I should be because I’ve never heard of this song or artist. After listening to the song I’ve realized that these are current rap hits, and I just don’t think they’re my cup of tea. I appreciate the musical aspect but the lyrics aren’t really much to talk about. It seems like he was just grasping at straws with trying to use end rhyme. It did at least make sense, a bit. I won’t lie, I’ll listen to this one when at the rec as well…if it comes on randomly.
- ‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish: I support this. This song has become a staple in my life. It has everything I commonly search for in my music. It has incredible bass, amazing musical quality and her voice is killer. I find her voice to be very soothing and relaxing, which sometimes I need. I can jam out to this song quite frequently, and I even took the time to add it to my personal playlist which takes a lot from me. It definitely deserves to be on here.
- ‘Panini’ by Lil Nas X: To be real, I’m just thankful that this is the song by this artist that is on here and not the other one that shall not be named. I actually dig this song. The beat gets me into a dancing mood, and I enjoy whenever it comes on. I feel like this one deserves to be on here because of the beat, not even taking into account the lyrics. Everyone should hear this one at least once.