This weeks top ten songs is actually a pretty good set of songs, with the exception of one godawful tune. After you get over that it’s pretty smooth sailing with the exception of a couple mediocre tunes, but even they have their charms. Heck, there’s even a few songs that I consider to be  amongst the strongest of the year so far!  So without further ado I present to you my opinion on this week’s top ten singles.

1) “Just The Way You Are”, Bruno Mars

After being featured on two big hits this year, Bruno Mars finally releases his own solo debut single. Notching up its third week at number one this week it looks likely to outsell both “Nothin’ On You” and “Billionaire”. It’s not hard to see why “Just The Way You Are” has become such a big hit, it’s expertly produced, Mars delivers the song with just the right amount of sweetness, and the lyrics are the sappiest thing to come from a male singer since , well, “Nothin’ On You”. What it is lacking though, is the cleverness of his collaboration with B.o.B.

Grade: B

2) “Like A G6”, Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev

Every year there seems to be a song that is so awful that the average person’s mind cannot accept how terrible it is so they trick themselves into believing it’s great. I mean how else could you explain why a song as terrible as “Like A G6” has made it all the way to number two!  The girl in the chorus isn’t even singing, she’s just talking with Auto-Tune! There’s nothing remotely distinct about the “rappers”. Oh, and what the hell is a G6?

Grade: F

3) “Teenage Dream”, Katy Perry

Katy Perry singing a mid-tempo love song? Yup, and it’s surprisingly great. “Teenage Dream” is a cleverly calculated piece of pop music, it has all of the sweetness of a love song, but doesn’t sacrifice the sexuality that has made Katy Perry’s so popular. It would be easy to look at this song cynically, but the urgent rush of the chorus is nearly impossible to hate.  Her best single to date.

Grade: A-

4) “Just A Dream”, Nelly

To be honest I don’t really have much to say about this song. They lyrics aren’t all that clever (with the exception of the Usher reference). I really like the production though, and the chorus is very addictive. So I guess this would be about a…

Grade: B

5) “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”, Usher featuring Pitbull

Asides from the earworm of a hook that is the song’s title, there isn’t all that much going for this song. The verses aren’t, the chorus isn’t towering, and non-surprisingly Pitbull is utterly useless. Sounds more like album filler than a single.

Grade: C

6) “Dynamite”, Taio Cruz

It was catchy at first, but “Dynamite’s” charm quickly wears off. All we’re left with is euro-trash that isn’t even that infectious and it’s singer’s voice still lacks any resembling a personality under all that Auto-Tune.

Grade: C

7) “Love The Way You Lie”, Eminem featuring Rihanna

Ever since releasing “Not Afraid”, Eminem has once again become unavoidable. He not only has the best-selling album of the year so far, but “Love The Way You Lie” has logged more weeks at number one than any other song this year. So it goes without saying that it’s been a victim to overexposure. Still, Em’s verses are intense and graphic, while Rihanna’s chorus sounds like a ray of hope.

Grade: B+

8) “Only Girl (In The World)”, Rihanna

After the fascinating and undeniably darker path she took with Rated R, I’m a little disappointed to see that she’s going back to more marketable pop music. Although, “Only Girl”, does have a harder club sound than her pre-Rated R days, so maybe we’ll still get an interesting album. Sadly, this just sounds a little to generic for Rihanna at this point of the game.

Grade: B-

9) “I Like It”, Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull

“I Like It” sounds like it was made in a laboratory by a group of scientists who were trying to clone a modern-day pop hit. Enrique’s voice is dipped in Auto-Tune, the song has a trashy club beat, contains a sample from a another song (“All Night Long”), oh and it features Pitbull. Has there ever been a song more desperate to be a hit? The sad thing is I can’t help but really like.

Grade: B+

10) “Club Can’t Handle Me”, Flo-Rida featuring David Guetta

I stand by my original review.

Grade: B

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