Each week Bro Jackson takes a look at a select group of music charts from across the ranking landscape to see what’s hot, and whether or not said hotness is warranted.
The Chart: Top Songs
The Compiler: iTunes
The Description: The top songs this week by iTunes sales.
1. “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke
I thought most of the world had moved on from Thicke’s JT-lite groovin’, but apparently not. On its own, “Blurred Lines” is a pretty bland slice of radio R&B, but for the dramatic resurgence of the must see music video has kept it in our hearts and minds.
2. “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has twerked her way to the number two spot on the iTunes charts, convincing us that she’s really an adult. From terrible Disney pop icon to terrible trash-pop icon, it really doesn’t matter, because Miley’s seven-packs-a-day brand of vocalizing just isn’t interesting. That kind of gravelly, “I’m about to die” singing works for Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, but not for whatever the hell it is she’s trying to do.
3. “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
Still my favorite song off this album and a solid slice of accessible electro-pop. The dudes in Imagine Dragons are earnest and put on a capable performance, and I sincerely hope their second album affords the same amount of success and doesn’t relegate them to flash pan status.
4. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii
This tune gets better every time I hear it. Avicii can do no wrong right now, and that’s led to some safe output as of late, but when you’re in the genre he’s in, safe sells. There’s only so many things you can do before your beats sound the same. Luckily, all the folks trippin’ on Molly in the crowd don’t give a shit.
5. “Safe and Sound,” Capital Cities
Not bad. Not great. It exists.
6. “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
I still hate this song and think Daft Punk’s latest is terribly bland and boring, so let’s just end it there. Nothing good will come from more comments.
7. “Cups,” Anna Kendrick
This is from the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack, a movie I just saw about a month ago and am now infatuated with. Anna Kendrick is beautiful and she’s got fantastic pipes. The song is a cover of a cover and blah blah blah, but nobody that’s seen the movie or the music video hasn’t tried her nifty little cup trick at least once.
8. “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
Macklemore’s gay pride anthem has found virtually all positive reviews, and it’s pretty impressive, because he now has a gimmick banger (“Thrift Shop”), motivational anthem for use in sports finals (“Can’t Hold Us”), and a culturally relevant piece of political pop in “Same Love.” Dude’s so hot right now.
9. “Best Song Ever,” One Direction
The boys in 1D aren’t necessarily saying that this is the best song ever, but still, with a title like that, you’re gonna get a few strange looks. I’m content to let them do their thing and ignore it for the most part, but now I’m curious, I wonder if they and the guys in Tenacious D are talking about the same song?
10. “Clarity,” Zedd ft. Foxes