Top 20 ranked (Winter 2018): The Australian Charts

crowdiegal Seeing as a lot of people do the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, I thought I would give my own ranking of the top 20 of the Australian ARIA charts as there are songs charting in Australia that haven't made the leap to charting overseas and I want to provide a point of difference.

Before I go any further, I don't think this year has been that bad for the ARIA chart, we've had some good songs go number one like "This is America" by Childish Gambino and "No Tears Left to Cry" by Ariana Grande and there's plenty of really great to good songs that will make the year end list so I am happy with things, it'd be great if there was less Drake.

Let's get this party started with the bottom of the barrel.


20. FEFE by 6ix9ine feat. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz *debuted at number 8*

This song is awful in a very pronounced way and it really does smell like a song that is desperately promoting the upcoming release of Nicki Minaj's new album (which I have little to no interest in) and 6ix9ine being a dick to a woman which he literally equates her with BEING AN OBJECT. Nicki doesn't save this song from sucking either.

19. No Brainer by DJ Khaled and his "I'm The One" posse minus Lil Wayne. *Debuted at number 6* 0/5

At this point, DJ Khaled is becoming a joke and sadly its not a very funny one. There are some absolutely terrible lines in this song especially the one uttered by Chance The Rapper in that woman could choose between the men involved in making this asinine song or DJ Khaled's son who is a toddler.

The beat is childish and not even remotely fun, Quavo drops a verse he'd drop on any Migos song. Bieber at least sounds more enthusiastic than he did on I'm The One but that doesn't save a pretty awful song.

18. In My Feelings by Drake (Current Position: 1. Peak: 1)

Am sick of Drake so I am going to make this short and sweet. A half finished mess of a song that only got to number one because of a viral challenge.

17. Solo by Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato (Current position: 16. Peak: 7)

I have said e everything that needs to be said about how terrible this song is and covering up swear words with "woop woop woop" makes you seem juvenile, Clean Bandit!


16. Lucid Dreams by Juice WRLD (Current Position; 12 Peak: 8

Enough of people wanting to copy Post Malone's brand of lifeless, limp music!

15. Better Now by Post Malone (Current position: 9. Peak: 2)

I have kind of learnt to increase by tolerance level for Post Malone because the reality is he isn't going to go away but my god this song drives me up the wall with its limp, lifeless production that does nothing but bore the hell out of me,


14. "Reprisal/Fire" by Peking Duk (Current position: 14 Peak: 14)

I got to be honest, electronic music isn't my thing and this group kind of annoy me, their best song was "Fake Magic" with AlunaGeorge last year which sadly didn't do as well as I had hoped but this song's vocals sound completely off key and get annoying really quick. The production on this song saves it from 1/5.

13. Jackie Chain by DJ Tiesto, Dzeko, Preme and Post Malone (Current position 13. Peak 13)

The fact that this at number 14 kind of blows my mind because I actually think the production is pretty great. It's a pity Post Malone's braying vocals ruin the song.

12. Nevermind" by Dennis Lloyd (Current Position:17 Peak: 10)

I kind of want to like this song for no well defined reason but the minute I get to that point the lyrics remind me why it's probably better I avoid the song.

11, Ocean by Martin Garrix and Khalid

I am a Khalid fan but this song does nothing for me even though it's marginally better than Nevermind. Pass.


10. 2002 by Anne Marie (Current position: 15 Peak: 4)

Look, a few months ago I trashed this song as being dated and yeah it still is in the lyrical department (mentioning a song released in 1999 doesn't help the cause) but Anne-Marie does sell the song well and it is better than her previous release with Marshmello plus the production has a bit going for it.

9. I Wanna Know by NOTD feat. Bea Miller (Current Position: 19 Peak: 18)

I really like this song a lot especially in the verses even though at times it feels like Bea Miller's vocals are a little unsupported but man that breakdown is as annoying as anything I have heard this year.

8. Girls like You by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B (Current Position: 4 Peak: 2)

Let's be real here. This song is pretty much pandering to their female fans over sterile production which has become something of Adam Levine's speciality but Cardi B really does save this song from being much worse.

7. Born to Be Yours by Kygo feat. Imagine Dragons (Current {Position: 20 Peak: 20)

This song isn't as good as "Remind Me to Forget" or "It Ain't Me" but there's something really sweet about the sentiment of this song that I can get behind.


6. Eastside by Benny Blanco feat. Halsey and Khalid (Current Position: 5 Peak: 5)

Let me make this clear...I am not a Halsey fan at all (for me a lot of her music is way too stiff, trite and braying) but she and Khalid have done a pretty good job on this song. Sure the chemistry isn't quite there and the song doesn't reach that soaring point but hey, it's a pop song that for what it is works.

5. God is a Woman by Ariana Grande (Current Position: 7 Peak: 5)

So I have come around on this song despite my problems with the production doing nothing for Ariana's vocals but given at times it does feel like Ariana is one of the few big name artists doing pop music right these days, this song ain't all that bad especially with the gospel touches toward the end.

4. Rise by Jonas Blue feat. Jack and Jack (Current position 11. Peak 11)

So it's rare for music these days to feel like its having fun, can I argue that this song is an exception? I love how this song seems like it's just having one big party even though at times the production is a little grating. Jack and Jack sing about how people wrote them off but yeah I'd take this song over the mess Clean Bandit are making!.


3. "Be Alright" by Dean Lewis (Current Position: 2 Peak: 2)

Dean Lewis's biggest hit of his career and while I am not sure it is his best song (Waves for mine is his best), it's nice to see a different angle taken on a relationship break up with a mate saying that its time to move on from a girl because she had cheated on him and the feelings of hurt and anger he is feeling. It's pretty damn great tbh.

2. "Youngblood" by 5 Seconds of Summer (Current Position: 3 Peak: 1)

I can't lie, I do love this song a lot even though I do wish 5 Seconds of Summer had stayed a rock band but Youngblood goes close to pulling that off as the song talks about the push and pull in relationships.

Well, really...there was only ever going to be one song that got top spot. Welcome back Conrad Sewell.

1. Healing Hands by Conrad Sewell (Current Position: 10 Peak: 7)

This song just speaks to me and connects on levels that i didn't think were there. It's a very real and very raw song about Sewell acknowledging those who have supported him and you know what? With the production that's befitting of a song like this and the lyrics, I am so glad Conrad Sewell is back.

Total: 49/100

Comment: Yikes. Maybe the charts aren't in as a good a place as I thought when I set out to do this exercise. Hopefully the two pretty awful debuts are out of the top 20 next week.


Ay good job *claps*
Also this may just be me but be glad that Australia isn’t anything compared to America in terms of music - StarlightSpanks

Apart from the fact Drake has spent way too long at number one this year, the fact Australia doesn't have an album bomb every 2nd week is great and we got bit of instability for a few weeks before "Youngblood" took number one was fun. - crowdiegal

Good job, I really hate Youngblood though but opinion respected. - AlphaQ