Billboard Hot 20 – Week of April 29, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 20, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
2. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
3. Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
4. Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
5. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
6. KYLE ft. Lil Yacthy – “iSpy”
7. Future – “Mask Off”
8. Lil Uzi Vert – “XO TOUR Llif3”
9. Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road”
10. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
11. Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
12. Julia Michaels – “Issues”
13. Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – “Rockabye”
14. Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
15. Kodak Black – “Tunnel Vision”
16. James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”
17. The Weeknd – “I Feel It Coming”
18. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
19. Post Malone ft. Quavo – “Congratulations”
20. Khalid – “Location”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Stay
2. Tunnel Vision
3. I Feel It Coming
4. Sign of the Times
5. Humble.
6. Location
7. Rockabye
8. Bad and Boujee

Best Songs of 2016

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All songs on this list were released as singles in 2016, or 2015 but didn’t make an impact until 2016.

1. Kiiara – “Gold” – An ingenious production trick wins the top spot. The best music in the world rewires your brain.
2. Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” – Beyoncé BUSTS out every emotion of the year.
3. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” – I can feel myself dissolving in the despair.
4. Lady GaGa – “Perfect Illusion” – GaGa’s crying out in beautiful pain.
5. Kanye West – “Fade” – From another dimension.
6. Rag‘n’Bone Man – “Human” – The blues are alive and kicking.
7. Sia – “The Greatest” – Sia’s career is the soundtrack for perseverance.
8. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful” – What could have been an anodyne message piece instead infuses an influx of attitude.
9. Flume ft. Tove Lo – “Say It” – An airy, effervescent blast from 2016’s top DJ.
10. Childish Gambino – “Me and Your Mama” – Where did this burst of neo-P-Funk come from?!
11. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles” – This sounds like nostalgia and the future.
12. Glass Animals – “Life Itself” – Alternative quirk’s top spot of the year.
13. Bishop Briggs – “River” – I need at least one lady rocker belting it out like this per annum.
14. Beyoncé – “Formation” – The production is so much more adventurous and more mature from Queen Bey than ever before.
15. BANKS – “Gemini Feed” – Icy and boopy, with attitude to spare.
16. Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker” – I’m vociferously nodding along to every declaration Mr. Cohen makes.
17. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go” – That title is sort of like musical onomatopoeia.
18. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human” – These guys from Cape Cod ought to be rocking stadiums to their core.
19. Beck – “Wow” – Beck’s gonna keep uncovering these strange corners in the aural landscape.
20. Kongos – “Take It From Me” – These South African rockers are totally in control.
21. Tove Lo – “Cool Girl” – Tove keeps freaking up the airwaves.
22. A Tribe Called Quest – “We the People” – A necessary anthem.
23. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills” – Bounce along when you’re looking for fun.
24. Ariana Grande – “Into You” – Features the year’s most killer opening line
25. Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” – One of those great songs that defy natural analysis.

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of February 25, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
2. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
3. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
4. Lady GaGa – “Million Reasons”
5. Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – “Bad Things”
6. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
7. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
8. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
9. Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”
10. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
11. Drake – “Fake Love”
12. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
13. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
14. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
15. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
16. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
17. Aminé – “Caroline”
18. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
19. Shawn Mendes – “Mercy”
20. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Scars to Your Beautiful
2. Black Beatles
3. Starboy
4. Side to Side
5. I Feel It Coming
6. Love on the Brain
7. Closer
8. Million Reasons
9. Shape of You
10. 24K Magic
11. Paris
12 Bad and Boujee
13. Bounce Back
14. I Don’t Wanna Live (Fifty Shades Darker)
15. Bad Things
16. Let Me Love You
17. Caroline
18. Fake Love
19. Don’t Wanna Know
20. Mercy

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of February 18, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
2. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
3. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
4. Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – “Bad Things”
5. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
6. Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”
7. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
8. Drake – “Fake Love”
9. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
10. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
11. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
12. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
13. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
14. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
15. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
16. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
17. Aminé – “Caroline”
18. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
19. Migos – “T-Shirt”
20. Jon Bellion – “All Time Low”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Scars to Your Beautiful
2. Black Beatles
3. Starboy
4. Side by Side
5. I Feel It Coming
6. Love on the Brain
7. T-Shirt
8. Closer
9. Shape of You
10. 24K Magic
11. Paris
12. Bad and Boujee
13. Bounce Back
14. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)
15. All Time Low
16. Bad Things
17. Let Me Love You
18. Caroline
19. Fake Love
20. Don’t Wanna Know

SNL Review February 4, 2017: Kristen Stewart/Alessia Cara

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Kristen Stewart" Episode 1717 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Bayer during the "Totinos" sketch on January 31, 2017 -- (Photo by: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC)

My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on NewsCult: http://newscult.com/snl-love-itkeep-itleave-it-kristen-stewartalessia-cara/

Oval Office Phone Calls – B+

Kristen Stewart’s Monologue – B-

Welcome to the United States – B

UConn Dry Friday – C

Totino’s – B

White House Press Briefing – B-

Alessia Cara performs “Scars to Your Beautiful” – B

Weekend Update
Michael and Colin – B
David Ortiz – B

Family Feud Super Bowl Edition – C

Meet Cute (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – B+

Alessia Cara performs “River of Tears” – B-

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – C-

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of February 11, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
2. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
3. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
4. Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – “Bad Things”
5. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
6. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
7. Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”
8. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
9. Drake – “Fake Love”
10. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
11. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
12. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
13. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
14. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
15. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
16. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
17. Aminé – “Caroline”
18. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
19. Jon Bellion – “All Time Low”
20. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd – “Starving”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Scars to Your Beautiful
2. Black Beatles
3. Starboy
4. Side to Side
5. I Feel It Coming
6. Love on the Brain
7. Closer
8. Shape of You
9. 24K Magic
10. Starving
11. Paris
12. Bad and Boujee
13. Bounce Back
14. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)
15. All Time Low
16. Bad Things
17. Let Me Love You
18. Caroline
19. Fake Love
20. Don’t Wanna Know

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of February 4, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
2. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
3. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
4. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
5. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
6. Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello – “Bad Things”
7. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
8. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
9. Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”
10. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
11. Drake – “Fake Love”
12. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
13. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
14. Aminé – “Caroline”
15. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
16. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
17. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
18. Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall – “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
19. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
20. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Scars to Your Beautiful
2. Black Beatles
3. Starboy
4. Side to Side
5. I Feel It Coming
6. Love on the Brain
7. Closer
8. Shape of You
9. 24K Magic
10. Paris
11. Heathens
12. Bad and Boujee
13. Bounce Back
14. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)
15. Bad Things
16. Let Me Love You
17. Caroline
18. Fake Love
19. Don’t Wanna Know
20. Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)

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