Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 11/20/20

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Belushi (November 22 on Showtime) – A documentary about Belushi, John.
Happiest Season (November 25 on Hulu) – Directed by Clea DuVall and starring a cast of some of my favorite funny people!

TV
Animaniacs Reboot Premiere (November 20 on Hulu) – The Warner Brothers – and the Warner Sister – are back to run amok once again!
Marvel’s 616 Docuseries Premiere (November 20 on Disney+)
Saved by the Bell Reboot Premiere (November 25 on Peacock)
-The National Dog Show (November 26 on NBC)

Music
-Ariana Grande, Positions – This came out a few weeks ago, but I somehow missed it when that happened.

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Thundercat featuring Ariana Grande, JD Beck, and DOMi, “Them Changes” (Adult Swim Festival)

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Ariana needs to record a jazz album and I need to listen to all of Thundercat’s discography.

Best Musical Artists of the 2010s

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One more list! One more list!

My Best of the 2010s list-making journey has finally come to a close! (Or has it? … For now, it has at least. The future will come as it may, and it may just surprise you, and me.) All this week, I’ve been posting my rankings of a few categories that I was inspired to put together after submitting them to a Best of the 2010s polls that I’m participating in with some of my fellow cultural aficionados. To wrap it all up, I guide you along to the realm of music and lyrics, as I present the Best Musical Artists of the 2010s.

My criteria was similar to that of my choices for Best Film Directors. I considered a combination of how much I enjoyed their musical output as well as how much – and how well – they influenced the industry at large.

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Best Songs of the 2010s

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Of all the pieces of art and entertainment that I’m ranking for the decade, songs are probably the most personal. Yet somehow I feel compelled to consider how they affected the world at large moreso than all the other categories. The tunes that I value the most aren’t just the ones that make my own heart sing but also the ones that draw all of us closer together. So as I assembled this list, I asked myself both, “What has made me dance these past 10 years?” and “How would I like to dance with everyone else?” Here’s what that playlist looks like.
(I aimed to stick only to songs that were released as singles, as opening this to deep album cuts would’ve made things so overheated.)

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Best Albums of 2019

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It’s been a few years since I’ve made an Albums of the Year list, but I really felt compelled to make one for 2019. Here are the audio compilations from the recent past that really made an impact on me:

14. Camila Cabello, Romance – Fun and bouncy.
13. Harry Styles, Fine Line – I like where Harry is headed.
12. Beck, Hyperspace – Reliable Beck.
11. Brittany Howard, Jaime – Great, big rockin’ voice goes solo.
10. The Black Keys, Let’s Rock – They never stopped rocking.
9. Ariana Grande, thank u, next – Lots of adventure from Ari.
8. Sleater-Kinney, The Center Won’t Hold – Band broke up, music’s still great.
7. Tyler, the Creator, IGOR – I feel so comfortable inside this album.
6. FKA Twigs, MAGDALENE – FKA reminds me of Bat for Lashes.
5. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride – Those Vampire Weekend guys have still got a hold on me.
4. Lana Del Rey, Norman Fucking Rockwell! – What a soundscape!
3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Just plenty of fun.
2. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You – I love you, too!
1. The Chemical Brothers, No Geography – Apocalyptic concept album.

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of August 18, 2018

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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.

*-This will be my last Billboard Hot 100 re-ranking post, at least for the foreseeable future, as these posts have become a bit too rote for my tastes. But I will still scan the charts each week, and I might occasionally write down some reactions should anything catch my fancy.

Original Version
1. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
3. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
4. Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode”
5. 6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz – “FEFE”
6. Post Malone – “Better Now”
7. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
8. Travis Scott – “Stargazing”
9. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
10. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
11. DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo – “No Brainer”
12. Drake – “Nice for What”
13. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
14. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
15. Khalid and Normani – “Love Lies”
16. YG ft. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj – “Big Bank”
17. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
18. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
19. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
20. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of August 11, 2018

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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. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
3. 6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz – “FEFE”
4. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
5. DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo – “No Brainer”
6. Post Malone – “Better Now”
7. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
8. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
9. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
10. Drake – “Nice for What”
11. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
12. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
13. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
14. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
15. Khalid and Normani – “Love Lies”
16. Drake – “God’s Plan”
17. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
18. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
19. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
20. Marshmello and Anne-Marie – “Friends”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of August 4, 2018

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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. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
3. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
4. 6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz – “FeFe”
5. Post Malone – “Better Now”
6. Drake – “Nice for What”
7. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
8. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
9. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
10. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
11. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
12. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
13. Drake – “God’s Plan”
14. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
15. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
16. Marshmello and Anne-Marie – “Friends”
17. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
18. Khalid and Normani – “Love Lies”
19. XXXTentacion – “Sad!”
20. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of July 28, 2018

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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. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
3. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
4. Drake – “Nice for What”
5. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
6. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
7. Post Malone – “Better Now”
8. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
9. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
10. Drake – “God’s Plan”
11. Ariana Grande – “God Is a Woman”
12. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
13. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
14. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
15. XXXTentacion – “Sad!”
16. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
17. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
18. Marshmello and Anne-Marie – “Friends”
19. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
20. Drake – “Nonstop”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up
3. God Is a Woman

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