Martin Canine's Most Listened To Songs of This Week (October 1st to 7th, 2018) According To His Smartphone

Yeah, it's about time again.

Not much has changed since the week before. Swedish country band Rednex and German soul singer Xavier Naidoo still dominated my listening habit, but instead of Kollegah we get three songs that are unrelated to each other.
This list is a non-votable list and the content of the list reflects the opinion of its author.

The Top Ten

1 The Spirit of the Hawk - Rednex
2 Wish You Were Here - Rednex
3 Gib dich nicht auf - Xavier Naidoo & Daniel Stoyanov

Two other Xavier Naidoo songs will follow, both of which feature dark and controversial subject matter. If you, who probably doesn't speak German, still want to enjoy the stunning music without understanding what he sings, don't go on reading what I wrote about them on this list. Also: get his triple album "Alles kann besser werden" that contains the three songs.
"Gib dich nicht auf" is the lyrically most digestible one on the list. It's about Naidoo and Stoyanov (of whom I, by the way, never heard before) encouraging you to not give up who you are with outstandingly beautiful lyricism.

4 Ruth Maude - Xavier Naidoo

I don't like the lyrics to this song, which is essentially Naidoo's rants about politicians - not for anything reasonable but conspiracy theories. Does this change that it's musically infectious? Nope, not at all. Naidoo is a great singer and songwriter, and his dive into The Prodigy territory is quite impressive.

Despite the message, I think the song title is clever: the English name "Ruth Maude" is a homophone of the German word "Rufmord" - which means "defamation".

5 Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
6 Sie verdienen einen besonderen Schutz - Xavier Naidoo

This song on the other hand shows good writing of Naidoo. He has an interesting point that the term "child abuse" (or in German, "Kindesmissbrauch"), implies that there is a right way to "use" a child, and that this is a dangerous term as a child is a living being, not an object. The title, which means "they deserve special protection" applies to both children who need to be protected from rapists, and to the German language, that needs to be protected from such words.
Apart from that: wow, what a musically great song!

7 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Cher

Her best ABBA cover version. She increased the disco feeling thrice.

8 Hades - Bushido & Samra

From one of the best hip hop albums to be released this year.

9 Hold Me for a While - Rednex
10 More Than You Know - Axwell Λ Ingrosso

After my chart topping Swedish songs in Austria list... this song kinda stuck with me. Was a great pop song last year.