Top Ten Music Reviews

By: Jack Kubinec

The Billboard Hot 100 has been honoring music for decades, basing their success on sales, radio play, and online streaming. Other than singles, Billboard also ranks music by albums, artists, and other elements. Here is the current top ten songs that have the most sales and streams:

  1. Rockstar – Post Malone featuring 21 Savage


Being both Post Malone and 21 Savage’s first number one in their careers, Rockstar was sure to be a smash hit. It brought together two of the best new artists on one of the biggest tracks of 2017. It even broke records, being the most streamed single in a given week, with a total of 25 million streams. The hypnotic track features a perfect blend of Malone’s singing and rapping, along with 21 Savage’s rapping. It holds an atmospheric vibe as the two contribute vocals over a repetitive beat.


  1. Havana – Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug


Since her departure from the world renowned girl group Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello is sure to be making a striking jump into the music industry. Without having a studio album out yet, Cabello has already has gained herself two top ten hits and another that only broke top twenty. Havana features lyrics about admiration and experience with the capital city of her home country, Cuba. She sings over a repetitive piano riff that has similarities with Selena Gomez’s single Same Old Love. Cabello makes sure to include a trumpet solo after Young Thug contributes his mix of rapping and singing.


  1. Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) – Cardi B


Bodak Yellow is arguably in the running for the biggest song in 2017. Since it’s release in mid-June, it skyrocketed to number one, passing up Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do after battling for the top two spots. This made it the first rap song by a female artist to hit number one since 1998. The song features a similar beat to a Kodak Black song, which allows Cardi to rap in a critical tone, calling out who hated on her in her come up and success.


  1. 1-800-273-8255 – Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid


1-800-273-8255  is more of a slower, emotionally empowering song explaining how suicide isn’t the answer. The title of the song is the phone number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The song states “It can be hard, it can be so hard, but you gotta live right now, you got everything to give right now” to show that everyone matters and that suicide is only a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It makes sure to get the point that many people can relate to the problems that others face and to speak up.


  1. Thunder – Imagine Dragons


An uplifting song about following one’s dreams should always be a significant part in the music industry today, especially in the top five. Thunder explains the feeling of achieving success after following your dreams and having them come true. It shares the message that you shouldn’t conform to societal norms and you should be yourself without anyone affecting that. It states “Not a yes sir, not a follower, fit in the box, fit in the mold” which proves not everyone is similar and has bigger and better things they can achieve.


  1. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man


The first hit from the group in their 16 years of being active in the music industry, Feel It Still captures the group’s ability to create the catchiest of funky music. The song features an extremely catchy bassline and melody to create the perfect “stuck in your head” song.


  1. Gucci Gang – Lil Pump


Gucci Gang may be more of a odder take on the top charts. More of a hype song, the rap single by seventeen-year-old rapper Lil Pump features a catchy hook and that’s about it. He repeats the phrase “Gucci Gang” a total of 57 times and mumbles through his verses, producing adlibs after every line of the most irrelevant phrases. This is Lil Pump’s only Hot 100 entry in his career.


  1. Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato


The lead single off of Lovato’s sixth studio album, Sorry Not Sorry was for sure a hit as soon as it was released. It is an anthem for anyone who has haters and wanting to make sure they know that you don’t care what they have to say. It has a positive outtake on the hardships that may come your way with people who dislike you. Demi sings “Feelin’ inspired ’cause the tables have turned, yeah, I’m on fire and I know that it burns” to describe the feeling her success does to those who don’t like her.


  1. Mi Gente – J Balvin & Willy William featuring Beyoncé


Already a hit song, Mi Gente creators J Balvin and Willy William joined forces with Beyoncé to create an even larger hit, similar to what Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi did with Despacito with Justin Bieber. The remix featuring Beyoncé was released to help Mexico, Puerto Rico, and several Caribbean Islands after the destruction from the hurricanes and earthquakes. The song features elements of reggaeton and has a strong rhythmic beat with both English and Spanish.


  1. Too Good At Goodbyes – Sam Smith

On the more emotional side of the charts, Sam Smith sings about heartbreak and how it’s slowly becoming more predictable and easy to handle losing a relationship with someone. He sings “But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry, and every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry.” to show how much the pain has in a way helped him. This is Smith’s first solo release in two years, showing a completely new side to his music.

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