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 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.

SNL Review May 20, 2017: Dwayne Johnson/Katy Perry

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My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on NewsCult: http://newscult.com/snl-love-itkeep-itleave-it-dwayne-johnsonkaty-perry/

Hallelujah – B+

Dwayne Johnson’s Monologue – B

Cartier Fidget Spinner – B+

Wrestlemania Promos – B-

One Voice (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – A-

Scorpio – B-

Universal Studios – B-

Xentrex – B

Katy Perry (and Backpack Kid) performs “Swish, Swish” – B+

Weekend Update
The Jokes – B-
Dawn Lazarus – B+
Drunk Uncle – B+

Murder by Numbers – B-

International Mad Scientist Society – B

Katy Perry ft. Migos performs “Bon Appetit” – B

Devon’s Tavern – B-

Senior Awards Night – B

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of April 22, 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. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
2. Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
3. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
4. KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
5. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
6. Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road”
7. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
8. Kodak Black – “Tunnel Vision”
9. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
10. Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – “Rockabye”
11. Future – “Mask Off”
12. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
13. Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Aint’ Me”
14. Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
15. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
16. Lil Uzi Vert – “XO TOUR Llif3”
17. James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”
18. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
19. Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”
20. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Chained to the Rhythm
2. Tunnel Vision
3. I Feel It Coming
4. Love on the Brain
5. Stay
6. Humble.
7. Rockabye
8. Bad and Boujee

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of April 15, 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. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
2. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
3. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
4. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
5. KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
6. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
7. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
8. Kodak Black – “Tunnel Vision”
9. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
10. Drake – “Passionfruit”
11. Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – “Rockabye”
12. Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road”
13. Katy Perry – “Chained to the Rhythm”
14. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
15. Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
16. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
17. Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
18. Future – “Mask Off”
19. James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”
20. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Chained to the Rhythm
2. Tunnel Vision
3. I Feel It Coming
4. Love on the Brain
5. Stay
6. Rockabye
7. Closer
8. Bad and Boujee

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of April 8, 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. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
2. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
3. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
4. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
5. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
6. Kodak Black – “Tunnel Vision”
7. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
8. Drake – “Passionfruit”
9. Drake ft. Quavo and Travis Scott – “Portland”
10. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
11. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
12. KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
13. Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – “Rockabye”
14. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
15. Drake – “Fake Love”
16. Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road”
17. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
18. Drake – “Free Smoke”
19. Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”
20. Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Chained to the Rhythm
2. Tunnel Vision
3. I Feel It Coming
4. Love on the Brain
5. Rockabye
6. Closer
7. Bad and Boujee

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of April 1, 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.

Original Version
1. Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
2. Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
3. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”
4. Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
5. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming”
6. Kodak Black – “Tunnel Vision”
7. Rihanna – “Love on the Brain”
8. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
9. The Chainsmokers – “Paris”
10. KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
11. Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
12. Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – “Rockabye”
13. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
14. Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne – “No Frauds”
15. Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”
16. Maroon 5 ft. Future – “Cold”
17. Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
18. Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road”
19. Future – “Mask Off”
20. Shawn Mendes – “Mercy”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Chained to the Rhythm
2. Tunnel Vision
3. I Feel It Coming
4. Love on the Brain
5. Rockabye
6. Closer
7. Bad and Boujee
8. Shape of You
9. That’s What I Like
10. Cold
11. It Ain’t Me
12. Something Just Like This
13. No Frauds
14. Mask Off
15. Paris
16. Bounce Back
17. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)
18. iSpy
19. Body Like a Back Road
20. Mercy

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