Billboard Hot 20 – Week of March 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. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
4. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
5. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
6. Kodak Black – “Tunnel Vision”
7. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
8. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
9. Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – “Rockabye”
10. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
11. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
12. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
13. Katy Perry ft. Ziggy Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”
14. KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
15. Shawn Mendes – “Mercy”
16. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
17. Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road”
18. Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
19. Lorde – “Green Light”
20. Maroon 5 ft. Future – “Cold”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Green Light
2. Chained to the Rhythm
3. Tunnel Vision
4. I Feel It Coming
5. Love on the Brain
6. Rockabye
7. Closer
8. Bad and Boujee
9. Shape of You
10. 24K Magic
11. That’s What I Like
12. Cold
13. It Ain’t Me
14. Something Just Like This
15. Paris
16. Bounce Back
17. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)
18. iSpy
19. Body Like a Back Road
20. Mercy

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SNL Review March 11, 2017: Scarlett Johansson/Lorde

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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-scarlett-johanssonlorde/

Alien Attack – B

Scarlett Johansson’s Monologue – C

Good Day Denver – C

Cherry Grove – C+

Dog Translator – B+

Olive Garden Commercial – B

Complicit – B

Lorde performs “Green Light” – B+

Weekend Update
Michael and Colin – B-
Al Franken and Jeff Sessions – B
Pete Davidson – B-

True Tales From the Sea – C

Shanice Goodwin, Ninja – C+

Lorde performs “Liability” – B+

A Sketch for the Women (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – A-

Funeral – B

Best Songs of 2015

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All songs on this list were released as singles in 2015, or late 2014, or earlier in 2014, but didn’t make an impact until 2015.

LetItHappen

1. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen” – Tame Impala are just about singlehandedly keeping psychedelic rock alive, with their good vibe-filled soundscapes keeping minds as open as possible. This 7 minute-plus magnum opus is a crunchy, lovely, hooky, addictive ode to allowing the best possible future to come into existence. Settle in, let it wash over you, and watch the fear slip away.
2. Miguel – “Waves” – Hands down, Miguel is currently making the sexiest music on the planet. This cowbell backbeat-driven paean to lovemaking is the cream of his crop.
3. Wolf Alice – “Moaning Lisa Smile” – Alternative rock can actually call for an end to gloominess, as in this story of a Lisa Simpson-type.
4. Major Lazer ft. MØ & DJ Snake – “Lean On” – An American DJ, a French DJ, and a Danish singer break out the moombahton for Major Lazer’s hottest beat yet.
5. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” – This is what pop music needs to thrive: someone who can write killer hooks and isn’t afraid to grunt alongside his silky falsetto.
6. Beck – “Dreams” – My dream for 2016 is that Beck’s new album will be released as soon as possible. In the meantime, this funky little psychedelic number from Mr. Hansen’s dancy side played on repeat will tide me over.
7. Taylor Swift – “Style” – Tight, tingly composition and hauntingly resonant lyrics about the path of love in an endless night’s journey.
8. The Weeknd – “The Hills” – An intro of pure distortion and an outro sung in Amharic (the language of Ethiopia) makes for the most unusual Number One hit in ages.
9. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away with Me” – That sax intro – and everything else featured in this beautiful pop number – makes it clear that you will be swimming in bliss for four minutes.
10. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta” – Kendrick follows the examples of Edwin Starr and Public Enemy in demonstrating that the best protest music is also a lot of fun.
11. Selena Gomez – “Same Old Love” – With an assist from Charli XCX on the snappy lyrics and a deliciously wonky piano, Selena shot for the cranial stars with this earworm.
12. Disclosure ft. Lorde – “Magnets” – The Lawrence brothers provide the wooshy tropical beat as Lorde gets in too deep with her lover.
13. Florence + the Machine – “What Kind of Man” – Florence Welch has a knack for making 3 ½-minute ditties feel like 8-minute epics.
14. Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – “Outside” – If Calvin Harris is not singing on his own tracks, then it ought to be Ellie Goulding, as on this nugget of emotionally tense dance music.
15. Tove Lo – “Talking Body” – Tove Lo realizes that part of being healthy is fully and lusciously embracing our physical desires.
16. The Pretty Reckless – “Follow Me Down” – The Sing-Along With Attitude Anthem of 2015.
17. Cold War Kids – “First” – The Cold War Kids have found their niche of tight riffs guiding the way through everyday existential crises.
18. MisterWives – “Reflections” – Mandy Lee’s infectious vocals set the irresistible tone for this burst of indie pop effervescence.
19. Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Groovy, bluesy guitars + feisty, funky attitude + snappy, playful wordplay = a no-brainer addition to your rock playlist.
20. Modest Mouse – “Lampshades on Fire” – It sounds like something that was written over the course of the raging party recounted in the lyrics.
21. Adele – “Hello” – Spare, unfussy production just gets out of the way of one of the most powerful instruments on the planet.
22. U2 – “Every Breaking Wave” – The beautiful, heartbreaking lyrics are as bottomless as the ocean from Bono and company.
23. Halsey – “New Americana” – Halsey gets away with brazen bluntness in this anthem for a new generation by making the straightforwardness part of the message.
24. Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You” – Incessant repetition should be avoided most of the time, except when you really, really, really, really, really, really cannot say it any other way.
25. Joywave – “Somebody New” – It’s a whole new genre: Sleepy Alternative Power Nap Rock.

SNL November 14, 2015 Recap: Elizabeth Banks/Disclosure

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My full review of this episode can be found on Starpulse: http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2015/11/15/saturday-night-live-season-41-episode-

Elizabeth Banks’ Monologue (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – B+

ARON’S List – B-

Black Jeopardy – B

Infinity + 5 – “First Got Horny 2 U” – B+

Woodbridge High School Student Theater Showcase – B+

Disclosure and Lorde – “Magnets” – A-

Weekend Update
The Jokes – B
Bruce Chandling – B+
Olya Povlatsky – B

The Adventures of Young Ben Carson – B

The Bureau – B-

Disclosure and Sam Smith – “Omen” – B+

U B E R for Jen – B

Ghetto – C+