Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of August 18, 2018

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Each week*, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

*This will be my last Billboard Hot Rock Songs re-ranking post, at least for the foreseeable future, as these posts have become a bit too same-old, same-old for my tastes. But I will continue to scan the charts each week, and I might occasionally write down some reactions should the spirit move me.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Imagine the Dragons – “Natural”
6. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
7. Weezer – “Africa”
8. lovelytheband – “Broken”
9. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
10. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
11. twenty one pilots – “Jumpsuit”
12. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
13. John Mayer – “New Light”
14. twenty one pilots – “Nico and the Niners”
15. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
16. Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight”
17. Death Cab for Cutie – “Gold Rush”
18. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
19. twenty one pilots – “Levitate”
20. Greta van Fleet – “When the Curtain Falls”
21. Five Finger Death Punch – “Blue on Black”
22. Walk the Moon – “Kamikaze”
23. grandson – “Blood // Water”
24. Panic! at the Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
25. Shinedown – “Devil”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. Jumpsuit
3. When the Curtain Falls
4. New Light

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of August 11, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Imagine Dragons – “Natural”
6. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
7. Weezer – “Africa”
8. lovelytheband – “Broken”
9. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
10. twenty one pilots – “Jumpsuit”
11. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
12. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
13. twenty one pilots – “Nico and the Niners”
14. John Mayer – “New Light”
15. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
16. Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight”
17. Greta van Fleet – “When the Curtain Falls”
18. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
19. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”
20. Death Cab for Cutie – “Gold Rush”
21. Panic! at the Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
22. Shinedown – “Devil”
23. grandson – “Blood // Water”
24. The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”
25. Walk the Moon – “Kamikaze”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. Jumpsuit
3. When the Curtain Falls
4. New Light
5. Hunger

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of August 4, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
4. Imagine Dragons – “Natural”
5. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
6. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
7. lonelytheband – “Broken”
8. Weezer – “Africa”
9. twenty one pilots – “Jumpsuit”
10. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
11. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
12. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
13. twenty one pilots – “Nico and the Niners”
14. The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”
15. John Mayer – “New Light”
16. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
17. Greta van Fleet – “When the Curtain Falls”
18. Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight”
19. Muse – “Something Human”
20. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”
21. Panic! at the Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
22. Shinedown – “Devil”
23. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
24. Death Cab for Cutie – “Gold Rush”
25. U2 – “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. Jumpsuit
3. When the Curtain Falls
4. New Light
5. Hunger

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of July 28, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
6. twenty one pilots – “Jumpsuit”
7. twenty one pilots – “Nico and the Niners”
8. lovelytheband – “Broken”
9. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
10. Weezer – “Africa”
11. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
12. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
13. Imagine Dragons – “Natural”
14. John Mayer – “New Light”
15. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
16. Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning”
17. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”
18. Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight”
19. Panic! at the Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
20. Shinedown – “Devil”
21. Greta van Fleet – “When the Curtain Falls”
22. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
23. Death Cab for Cutie – “Gold Rush”
24. Walk the Moon – “Kamikaze”
25. Gorillaz ft. George Benson – “Humility”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. I Feel Like I’m Drowning
3. Jumpsuit
4. When the Curtain Falls
5. New Light
6. Humility
7. Hunger

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of June 30, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
6. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
7. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
8. lonelytheband – “Broken”
9. John Mayer – “New Light”
10. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
11. Weezer – “Africa”
12. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
13. Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning”
14. Gorillaz ft. George Benson – “Humility”
15. Marilyn Manson – “Cry Little Sister”
16. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”
17. Sir Sly – “&Run”
18. Shinedown – “Devil”
19. Vance Joy – “Saturday Sun”
20. Panic! at the Disco – “King of the Clouds”
21. Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight”
22. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
23. Death Cab for Cutie – “Gold Rush”
24. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”
25. Muse – “Thought Contagion”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. You Worry Me
3. I Feel Like I’m Drowning
4. &Run
5. New Light
6. Hunger
7. Humility
8. Africa
9. Thought Contagion

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of June 23, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
6. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
7. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
8. John Mayer – “New Light”
9. lovelytheband – “Broken”
10. Weezer – “Africa”
11. Gorillaz ft. George Benson – “Humility”
12. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
13. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
14. Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning”
15. As I Lay Dying – “My Own Grave”
16. Vance Joy – “Saturday Sun”
17. Sir Sly – “&Run”
18. Dave Matthews Band – “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”
19. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”
20. Shinedown – “Devil”
21. Muse – “Thought Contagion”
22. The 1975 – “Give Yourself a Try”
23. 30 Seconds to Mars – “Dangerous Night”
24. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
25. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. You Worry Me
3. I Feel Like I’m Drowning
4. &Run
5. New Light
6. Hunger
7. Humility
8. Africa
9. Thought Contagion

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of June 16, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
6. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
7. Gorillaz ft. George Benson – “Humility”
8. Weezer – “Africa”
9. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
10. John Mayer – “New Light”
11. lovelytheband – “Broken”
12. The 1975 – “Give Yourself a Try”
13. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
14. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
15. Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning”
16. Ghost – “Rats”
17. Vance Joy – “Saturday Sun”
18. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”
19. Muse – “Thought Contagion”
20. Shinedown – “Devil”
21. Sir Sly – “&Run”
22. 30 Seconds to Mars – “Dangerous Night”
23. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”
24. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
25. Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. You Worry Me
3. I Feel Like I’m Drowning
4. &Run
5. New Light
6. Hunger
7. Humility
8. Africa
9. Thought Contagion

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of June 9, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
6. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
7. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
8. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
9. Weezer – “Africa”
10. John Mayer – “New Light”
11. lovelytheband – “Broken”
12. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
13. Muse – “Thought Contagion”
14. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”
15. Five Finger Death Punch – “Gone Away”
16. Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning”
17. Vance Joy – “Saturday Sun”
18. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
19. Shinedown – “Devil”
20. Sir Sly – “&Run”
21. James Bay and Alicia Keys – “Us”
22. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”
23. Bastille – “Quarter Past Midnight”
24. 30 Seconds to Mars – “Dangerous Night”
25. Lord Huron ft. Phoebe Bridgers – “The Night We Met”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. You Worry Me
3. I Feel Like I’m Drowning
4. &Run
5. New Light
6. Hunger
7. Africa
8. Thought Contagion

Best Songs of 2017

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It’s early March, so it must be time for me to post my list of the best singles of the past year!

1. Tove Lo – “Disco Tits” – A woman doesn’t have to be modest to earn respect, and don’t Tove Lo know it.
2. Kesha – “Praying” – The gospel-tinged anthem we all need right now.
3. Lorde – “Green Light” – If you’re looking for euphoria, Lorde has you covered.
4. Jain – “Makeba” – This guaranteed toe-tapper/hip-spinner was technically released in 2016, but while it may have taken off in Jain’s native France that year, it didn’t really hit in the U.S. until that Levi’s commercial debuted in late 2017.
5. Marian Hill – “Down” – A deceptively simple piano-driven trip-hop jam from this Philadelphia duo.
6. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Cut to the Feeling” – We all need to just follow the Tao of Carly.
7. St. Vincent – “Los Ageless” – St. Vincent is still the master of combining genuine chops with super scuzzy distortion.
8. Beck – “Up All Night” – Put this track on if your house party’s tunes are bringing everyone down.
9. Miley Cyrus – “Younger Now” – Is this what agelessness feels like?
10. Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Dua Lipa’s anthem attempt = anthem success!
11. Miguel – “Told You So” – If there is one singer above all others belting out tunes right now about whom I would say, “You’ve got to listen to what they’re saying,” it’s gotta be Miguel.
12. Alice Merton – “No Roots” – There may be no roots to Alice Merton’s disposition, but there plenty of roots, powerful ones at that, to her musical influences.
13. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – This song makes me sweaty. But it’s the sweat of passion, so I don’t feel gross.
14. Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” – Zedd is the kind of DJ so skilled at bottling up those moments you don’t want to let slip away.
15. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean – “Feels” – Just some tropical vibes to get you by.
16. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still” – The sort of generational rock song with lyrics that might mean something profound or nothing at all.
17. Katy Perry ft. Ziggy Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm” – Direct, but also pointed and bopping.
18. The Killers – “The Man” – One thing we can count in this life is songs entitled “The Man” being silly but also kind of anthemic.

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of November 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. I used to rank all 20, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
2. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
3. Cardi – “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
4. Sam Smith – “Too Good at Goodbyes”
5. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
6. Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”
7. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
8. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
9. Maroon 5 ft. SZA – “What Lovers Do”
10. J. Balvin and Willy William ft. Beyoncé – “Mi Gente”
11. Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
12. Lil Pump – “Gucci Gang”
13. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky and Cardi B – “No Limit”
14. Gucci Mane ft. Migos – “I Get the Bag”
15. 21 Savage – “Bank Account”
16. French Montana ft. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
17. P!nk – “What About Us”
18. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
19. Charlie Puth – “Attention”
20. Halsey – “Bad at Love”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Feel It Still
2. Havana
3. Mi Gente
4. Unforgettable

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