The Top Ten:
1. I Hate U, I Love U – Gnash ft. Olivia’O Brian
2. Faded – Alan Walker
3. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
4. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign
5. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
6. I Took a Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner
7. The Sound of Silence – Disturbed
8. Cheap Thrills – Sia
9. No – Meghan Trainor
10. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
“I Hate U, I Love U” is hardly a song one would expect to gain too much mainstream traction, let alone become our new number one, dethroning “7 Years” by Lukas Graham. “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers makes a big jump from seven to three and will probably be the song to take number one once Australia stops feeling the angst of Gnash’s best Drake impression. “The Sound of Silence” Disturbed cover is making its way out unsurprisingly, alongside “Cheap Thrills” by Sia and some worrying signs for “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” by Mike Posner, though that song has done better than any Mike Posner single in 2016 really had any right to. Unfortunately “No” by Meghan Trainor is probably going to pick up some steam at this rate and “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots is only a buffer at ten as a result of the ailing momentum of “1955” by Hilltop Hoods which fell out of the top ten.
1. New Romantics – Taylor Swift
Off the back of its live music video “New Romantics” shoots back into the charts at 39. The burst of momentum will likely be short-lived as it has underperformed even when compared to the lacklustre effort of “Out of The Woods” before it. It lacks the spectacle of a Taylor Swift smash anyway, not a bad song, just one of the more generic cuts from 1989. On that note hopefully this is the last 1989 single, yes it’s a piece of Pop history now but the recent single performances indicate Taylor needs to bring out something new or give it a rest.
1. One Dance – Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla
Shooting up massively to 13 from 43 last week it seems my fears are coming true and this limp as hell single is poised to be the next Drake dance hit. Where the simple production of “Hotline Bling” added to that song’s impeccable charm, the weak production of this song is laughable and it’s hard to point at any element which required a semblance or inspiration or effort.
2. Girls Like – Tinie Tempa ft. Zara Larsson
Jumping up from 28 last week to 17 this week it’s looking promising for this fairly likeable song. I can appreciate the House and Trap influences on the beat and Tinie rides it nicely and has thankfully toned down his obnoxiousness. The hook with Zara Larsson is a bit overbearing but overall it’s not too bad.
3. Be The One – Dua Lipa
There’s potential in this song, it’s just so damn agreeable, a sentiment which I seem to share with the Australian public since it jumped from 41 to 28. A catchy Pop tune with some triumphant production touches and a killer hook, it’s nothing earth shattering but it is perfectly suited to being thrashed on the radio relentlessly. I could think of a worse fate for a debut single.
1. Dance Off – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Idris Elba and Anderson .Paak
Dropping from 16 to 23, hopefully this is a sign of things to come for this infuriating trash. This level of corniness is only tolerable when there is a decent song at its core Macklemore; listen to some of your old singles to see how it’s done right.
2. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Finally dropping down to 26 after an excellent chart run, a run which led me to soften on it quite a bit. We probably have another two weeks left until the most inherently singable song on the radio at the moment finally leaves us.
3. Fast Car – Jonas Blue ft. Dakota
Another natural drop to 26, I probably would like this more if it wasn’t such an obvious cover, and it’s very hard to not make Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” an enjoyable experience. It’s looking like this song is destined for an American chart run now so it’s certainly not the end of the story.
4. Love Yourself vs. Fuck Yourself – Yo Preston ft. Kelly Kiara
Dropping down to 35 after a completely unjustified stint on the radio, this cover is no different to the hundreds of utterly cringe-worthy “big budget” Youtube song covers that harden my soul a little more with each listen.
5. Company – Justin Bieber
While Justin’s older singles are all gracefully falling out of traction, “Company” has been a complete non-starter. Dropping to 43 after only ever reaching 34, it’s not too bad a song but lacks any real compelling aspect.
1. Pop Style – Drake ft. The Throne
While it’s easily the better of the two apparent ‘Views From the 6’ singles, this is still very underwhelming. The beat is pretty ominous which is cool and Kanye easily has the best verse, though Jay only has two lines for some unfounded reason. Drake’s flow gets irritating quickly though and overall this would have been weak on ‘If You’re Reading This…” let alone his next album.
2. Panda – Desiigner
There are a lot of reasons to hate this song, Desiigner is a blatant Future rip-off, the lyrics are standard luxury Rap fare and the hype man in the background is insufferable. Yet it’s so effortlessly enjoyable thanks to the hype beat that is riddled with great drops and dense bass. There’s not a lot I can say to sway the detractors, but there’s an audience for these kinds of songs for a reason.
3. Close – Nick Jonas, Tove Lo
Nick Jonas continues to play it far too safe with his latest collaboration with the C grade Pop starlet Tove Lo. “Close” isn’t bad by any means, Nick’s falsetto is decent and the last minute where Tove and Nick harmonise with each other is actually awesome, but there’s nowhere enough interplay between the two and the hook sounds overly contrived and cluttered.