Australian ARIA Chart Top 20 ranked (Autumn/Winter 2019)crowdiegal So I didn't do an top 20 ranking for autumn like I had been planning to do, largely because I have been rather busy and also the top twenty has seen a lot of songs I have already rated stick around longer than I wanted them to but here we are. Let's launch into this edition from the ARIA chart for week beginning 24th June.
20. "The London" by Young Thug feat. J Cole and Travis Scott
I am stunned this song is still in the top 20 largely because it is a mess from a production stand point with autotune smeared all over J Cole's voice and it's not nearly melodic enough for Young Thug while the lyrics where Young Thug talks about taking this girl for dinner and then having her eat semen in the garage, what the actual? This is hot garbage and Travis Scott's hook barely saves it.
19. "Easier" by 5 Seconds of Summer.
Ugh. 5 Seconds of Summer, I was rooting for you, we were ALL rooting for you but you go and come up with this turd of a song that's basically four songs combined and unsurprisingly sounds like an absolute mess? Be better than this, boys.
18. "You Need to Calm Down" by Taylor Swift
Yeah, I might like "Me!" with Brendon Urie more than most people who aren't Taylor Swift fans but this song annoys me, Taylor's almost faux rapping delivery is pretty phoned in and she sounds disinterested and yet again. I won't touch the suggestions that she's using this song to pander hard other than to say I do have friends who are LGBT who say this song and the video makes them a little uncomfortable so yeah...not good.
17. "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi
Believe it or not, I kind of liked this song when it first come out but after having heard it one too many times, I think its kind of overwrought and twee. The song really doesn't have a lot of depth to it beyond his partner leaving him but there's nothing within the song to show why that might be the case, it's all circled around him which does get kind of pathetic.
16. "No Guidance" by Chris Brown and Drake
This should just be a Drake song because he rides the melody a hell of a lot better than Chris Brown and the glaze of autotone wouldn't be needed at all. Chris Brown shouldn't be getting career rehab, hey music industry, you kicked R. Kelly out, think you forgot to clean Chris Brown out while you were kicking out R Kelly.
15. "I Don't Care" by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
Ooh boy, this is gonna be controversial but I just can't stand this song especially when both Sheeran and Bieber are capable of far better than what this washed out mess of a song is and that noise on the end of the chorus while not as grating as the noise Nicki Minaj makes on Megatron, it's still almight annoying.
14. "Cross Me" by Ed Sheeran feat. Chance The Rapper and PNB Rock
I just really don't care for this song at all. Like some of Ed Sheeran's stuff, it's just there as back ground noise.
13. "Talk" by Khalid
This song frustrates me a fair bit more because it sounds like a Bruno Mars off cut from '24k Magic" and Khalid is at his best when he is moody and the production is darker and more gloomy, it's just way too bright here for me to care about this song. It really should be better than it is.
12. "Sucker" by Jonas Brothers
I am actually sick of this song but it's not that bad even if I find the chorus to be a bit disappointing in terms of the pay off.
11. " SOS" by Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc
I do struggle with record companies cashing in on the popularity of dead artists and "Tim" is one of those albums that probably shouldn't have been released because it does feel like a cash in by some. "SOS" as a song is fine enough, it's not precisely bad or all that good.. I don't care for it eitther way
10. "3 Nights" by Dominic Fike
Yeah, this song grew on me a bit once I realized that I was hearing things that aren't actually there to complain about. It's a solid pop song so while I don't think it will make my year end best list, it's not bad.
9. "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X (Billy Ray Cyrus isn't credited on the ARIA chart)
While it's spent way too long at number one (nine weeks in Australia and will probably get a tenth week, I don't hate this. Yeah the production's clunky but its too ridiculously catchy to be all that hateable.
8. "Piece of Your Heart" by Meduza feat. Goodboys
One of these songs that's a hit in the UK before reaching the Australian charts and it's not hard to see why, it's a decent dance song and reminds me a bit of Loud Luxury's "Body" but unlike "Body", this song seems like its straight out of the school of early 90s dance songs, I honestly don't mind it.
7. "Earfquake" by Tyler the Creator.
So I'll admit to being stunned that this song has stuck around in the top twenty, Tyler has not had the best track record with singles in Australia but I got to say I also don't mind that this song has stuck around because it is one of the better songs off "IGOR"
6. "Money In the Grave" by Drake feat. Rick Ross
I had hope that Drake would drop something good after his team the Toronto Raptors won the NBA title and much to my pleasant surprise, he did drop a good song, It's catchy and the production is pretty solid and adds to the overall mood of the song. Drake's flow is pretty damn great. Not bad!
5. "Never Really Over" by Katy Perry
The return of Katy Perry after the disaster that was "Witness" and I have to be honest even if Zedd's production really does reek of 2017 "Stay" with Alessia Cara, it's the way Katy throws herself into this song that pushes it above being decent into good, she's reallt convincing here unlike on alot of that last album.
4. "Sunflower" by Post Malone feat. Swae Lee
Keeping this short. I still like this song a lot. Glad it's a hit.
3. "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish
This song is becoming more meme every day but you know what? Billie Eilish gives me faith in pop music that there's someone ready to challenge that conventional pop music structure with stuff thats different which is what "Bad Guy" does so well.
Speaking of conventional pop...
2. "If I Can't Have you" by Shawn Mendes
So I have no idea why I like this song so much, Shawn Mendes really sells it well over some production that really could have done with being a little sharper framing a song about being away from this girl whom he is in love with.
1; "Johnny Run Away" by Tones and I
I'll confess that most of my love of this song comes from the hook sounding like Amy Shark's "Blood Brothers". For those unaware, Tones is an Aussie busker hailing from Victoria and thanks to Triple J is having a break out 2019 with this being one of two songs on the ARIA top 50 this week but "Johnny Run Away" does the whole LGBT line better than Taylor Swift with the song being about her best friend 'coming out' to a disapproving father and talks about the handling of judgement and rejection from in their family and wider world
So for the total score: 51/100
Just a pass mark at the moment. Not too many great songs on the chart I guess but we'll see what happens moving forward