Monthly Report: September Singles
1. My Chemical Romance - “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”
I recently gave this song my first 10 on Singles Jukebox in, like, forever (well, I’ve never given one before on the current site, and am not really sure if I ever did in the old Stylus days), so obviously I love the shit out of this. In fact I was almost kind of mad the other day to find out that the 2nd single from this album is already out and am kind of afraid of this one getting pushed to the side, but really this is just great, what I was always hoping they’d come back with after loving Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and not being so hot on Welcome To The Black Parade.
2. Enrique Iglesias f/ Pitbull - “I Like It”
As I wrote recently in my Southern rap list, early in his career I thought Pitbull had potential for serious stardom, as kind of a fun but respected rapper along the lines of Busta Rhymes or Ludacris, and it’s kinda bummed me out that he’s become more of a pop radio rapper like Flo Rida that makes a bunch of big hits no rap fans really check for. But this song has kind of hooked me in -- at first I thought I only liked the Lionel Richie sample and nothing else about it, but now I love the chorus and that little “don’t stop baby” falsetto riff right after Pit’s verse too.
3. Maroon 5 - “Give A Little More”
I really thought they were on some shit and had their sound down to a science with their last album, so I was disappointed by how crappy “Misery” was -- the verses were good but the chorus was just garbage. This is more like it, though.
4. Drake f/ T.I. and Swizz Beatz - “Fancy”
The number of Drake songs I grudgingly enjoy is getting uncomfortably large as I add “Fancy” and “Miss Me” to the list that already included “Successful” and “Money To Blow.” I can just kind of tune in for the middle minute of it and pretend it’s a dope Tip/Swizzy song, though. I like the idea of rap songs with outros that are distinct from the rest of the song but the weird quiet outros on this and “Miss Me” are so lame, especially the poetry slam flow at the end of “Fancy.” Still, can’t deny I bumped this all summer.
5. Justin Bieber f/ Usher - “Somebody To Love (Remix)”
There’s only one Canadian scourge upon popular music that I’m more embarrassed to admit liking a song by than Drake, and for a while that wasn’t an issue since “One Time” and “Baby” and his other earlier singles were total braindead garbage. But I’ve slowly come to realize that this song has a pretty massive, irresistible chorus, it’s kind of a shame it’s one of his lesser hits. I wish Ursher had kept this song for himself and that it was his big pop hit instead of those lame will.i.am and Max Martin songs.