This segment reviews the top 10 U.S. iTunes songs of the week.
|iTunes Top 10 for 11/11 (taken around 5pm)|
1. Justin Bieber - All Bad (review)
The newest entry in the "Music Mondays" series, Bieb's attempt to make his fans buy 10 singles and then also buy the album, "All Bad" is a title reflecting on his music.
But seriously, it does move away from the angsty romantic diarrhea he's been farting out and gives us some insight into his private life as an actual person having to deal with fame. And as it turns out, he's just as whiny and bitchy as his public persona has been the past year or so. With mind-opening lyrics such as "Ooh, you know females / And how they like to run their mouths" and "I might make you mad / My bad," you really get a deep sense of Justin as a person. See guys, it's not his fault everyone thinks he's a dick! It's the paparazzi! And females!!!
|JB going to the studio to record his new mature masterpiece.|
But he's still been a huge prick, and even worse, his songs have stopped being catchy. "All Bad" is a little better, with a chorus you can remember for more than five minutes, but it's still far from "Baby" or even "Boyfriend." You do you Justin. Or actually, don't.
2. Eminem - The Monster (feat. Rihanna) (review)
|Remember when Rihanna used to smile?|
Eminem delivers a few short verses talking about how it sucks to be fabulously wealthy and famous and having millions of loyal fans, and then Rihanna sings about talking to imaginary friends. It's a good time.
3. Lorde - Royals (review)
The smash hit of the fall, Royals still isn't going anywhere on the charts. I hope everyone realizes the irony of a song talking about not being rich or famous making Lorde totally rich and famous, but even if you don't, the song is still worth buying. It's a breath of fresh air from the dried up pop-divas of old (see: Britney, Gaga, and Beyonce's careers slowly sinking), and proves you can have relatable lyrics without making a love song.
Plus, it's catchy as hell.
|When will your trashy fav?|
4. OneRepublic - Counting Stars (review)
OneRepublic is one of those bands that I never really thought I liked, and then I realize that I'm in love with every single they ever released. So it's no surprise I'm liking "Counting Stars." It's a smartly made track mixing in "maybe this is country influenced" production with "we don't care about the money (but #BuyThisOniTunes please)" lyrics, so again, it's no surprise this single is doing well. It's like Wake Me Up + Royals but slightly less catchy.
5. Ke$ha - Timber (review)
6. Katy Perry - Roar (review)
Remember when Katy Perry said her new album was going to be completely different from Teenage Dream? And remember when she was so certain how different this new album was going to be that she literally held a funeral for her last album? And then remember when she released this Teenage Dream b-side as the lead single for said album?
Yeah. I still haven't forgiven her.
7. Avicii - Wake Me Up (review)
|I was going to put a picture of the tattoo from the music video, but then this came up, and I think this is very important to include in this article.|
8. Imagine Dragons - Demons (review)
Imagine Dragons is the Adele of 2013: everyone loves them, every single they release is popular, and they remain classy as fuck. Their latest single is a super cute love song about demons. The chorus is super cute, the verses are super cute, and the lyrics are super cute. "Don't get too close, it's dark inside / It's where my demons hide." <33 If you haven't already bought their album, get this single, and pray their next album is as good as Night Visions.
9. Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (review)
As Thanksgivings nears, I think it's time we count our blessings. This year, I'm thankful for Miley Cyrus. In a year where the pop divas of old were either flopping (Britney, Gaga, Ke$ha), boring (Katy Perry), or dead (Beyonce), Miley came in like a wrecking ball and make the pop game interesting again. Everyone had an opinion on her. The liberals hated Miley for culturally appropriating twerking, the conservatives hated Miley Cyrus for everything else she did. Plus, she actually had the music to back it up. "Wrecking Ball" is a song with actual emotion, in addition to being catchy. And then the "Wrecking Ball" music video dropped, broke every record, and became the anthem of our generation.
|A screenshot from Miley's Nobel Peace Prize winning music video, "Wrecking Ball."|
10. Passenger - Let Her Go (review)
|Passenger either singing, or in the middle of pooping.|
Obscure Indie Gems:
(Aka anything not in the top 10 I want to talk about.)
11. A Great Big World - Say Something (feat. Christina Aguilera):
I decided to write this feature Sunday night, and was excited to see this song in the top 10. However, Monday morning came along, and this song has fallen hard, dropping all the way down to #11. It's a shame this is a flop, as it's a really beautiful song and Xtina actually doesn't over-sing during it. Like at all.
19. Katy Perry - Unconditionally:
You don't know how happy it makes me to see "Unconditionally," the only song from Prism Katy's released so far that actually fits in with her mission statement of being more mature, flop as badly as it has as her second single. She should have learned her lesson from "Thinking of You" and "The One That Got Away": her ballads never sell.