The Top Ten:
1. One Dance – Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla
2. This is What You Came For – Calivin Harris ft. Rihanna
3. I Hate U, I Love U – Gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien
4. Just Like Fire – P!nk
5. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
6. I Took a Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner
7. Say It – Flume ft. Tove Lo
8. Be The One – Dua Lipa
9. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign
10. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
One Dance has officially gone too far, is the Australian public so desperate for some solid star power on the charts that they’re willing to embrace such half-hearted songwriting, or perhaps it’s the fact this literal portion of a whole song fits in perfectly amidst the disjointed play style of mainstream radio? Joining it we have the latest collaboration from Calvin Harris and Rihanna which likely shot up due to star power alone (more on that later). Elsewhere, I Took a Pill in Ibiza continues to impress, Work From Home refuses to die and Say It threatens to give out far too early.
1. Hello – Adele
2. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
3. Amnesia – 5 Second of Summer
Besides Cake By The Ocean, which still has some ways to go before it can grow off the charts naturally, this is a confusing array of re-entries. I guess Hello is one of those ballads for the ages, destined for constant success like so much of her previous material. As for Amnesia, well maybe The Voice has more of a viewership than I bargained for as its cover by the original songwriters Good Charlotte was enough to propel it onto the charts once again.
1. One Dance – Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla
2. No Money – Gatlantis
3. Panda – Desiigner
4. Formation – Beyonce
5. Home – Topic ft. Nick Santos
Outside of Drake’s rise to the top and the horrific jump by No Money from 19 to 12, this is a hopeful collection of gains. Panda manages to survive Prince’s massacre last week to bounce back strong to 16. Beyonce’s jump to 17 is a good sign that her Lemonade singles will enjoy success, when she drops Sorry I’m predicting an easy number 1. Finally Home jumps to 38, though it was frustratingly robbed by a far inferior slice of EDM blandness.
1. NO – Meghan Trainor
2. Free – Broods
To compensate for the slaughter last week, we have a generously small couple of losses this week. First off we have Meghan Trainor’s prized single NO losing momentum stuttering momentum right as her album is set drop, delightful. Next up we have the awkward Broods single Free which precariously navigates the line between maintaining Indie cred with grimy synth lines and trying to captivate the mainstream audiences with some seriously dumbed down songwriting, not quite the recipe for success they predicted but hey Broods charting is never a bad thing.
1. This is What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
Considering most of Rihanna’s recent output has, at the very least, been identifiably her, this drab Electro-Pop track is a bitter disappointment. I find myself more forgiving of Calvin Harris’ all style no substance brand of radio-friendly bangers than most and their last collaboration, We Found Love in 2012, was enjoyable enough as Rihanna’s great vocal presence was at the forefront of the track. On this track, Rihanna’s place could be relegated to any no name singer, and that is a real problem.
2. Hold Up – Beyonce
A fairly low-key track from Lemonade that is understandably charting because of how damn pleasant and casually catchy it is. I could have done without the constant blasts of airhorn which just don’t fit with the tight tropical guitar licks, and the lyrics don’t really fit with the relaxed instrumentation, but they are written well enough to make up for it. Hold Up is essentially the calm before the storm of Lemonade, hopefully we get some more tracks from the storm popping up on the charts soon.
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3. My Boo – Ghost Town DJs
As far as tracks that owe their success to Vine and shit memes, you can get much worse than this corny 90’s R&B banger. While it probably isn’t good for much more than a laugh and a stupid dance, it’s hard to begrudge the short-lived sudden boost in royalties Ghost Town DJs will be gaining from this craze.
4. Do it Right – Anne-Marie
As much as I don’t really mind Anne-Marie’s boisterous and confident vocal delivery on this track, the writing, or lack thereof leaves it dead in the water. From the annoyingly spotty synths that drive the track to the completely benign lyrics, I can’t say this is a song I’m looking forward to seeing on the charts much longer.
5. This Girl – Kungs Vs. Cooking on 3 Burners
With an opening guitar lick that reminds me of something you’d hear on a Robin Schulz track, This Girl sets itself above its radio friendly Electronic peers early on. While the drop feels just a touch too heavy for the lighter instrumentation that precedes it, the way it implements horns is nice and surprisingly tactful. The rousing vocal performance, undeniable groove, and nicely layered instrumentation make this one to watch in the coming weeks.
6. Bored to Death – Blink-182
Wow, a Blink-182 single charting in 2016, even with the prospect of new tunes from the Pop-Punk three-piece floating around for ages no one could have predicted their comeback would find any measurable success, particularly with the absence of Tom Delonge. While it is better than what I expected, honestly, this isn’t all that great either. I think my main issue lies in the lyrics where the bands usual lack of eloquence is uncharacteristically obvious with killer lines like, “life is too short to last long”. While the instrumentation is decent, it’s no far cry to what could have been found on Neighbourhoods and doesn’t touch the excellence of their self-titled.