Billboard Top 5 Songs Review (week of November 7th)

With two songs entering the top 5, it’s time for another Billboard Top 5 Songs Review!


  1. ‘The Hills’ by The Weeknd 

Still remaining in the top spot, after weeks, here’s Kai’s review of the song from the week of October 3rd:

The Weeknd has been doing well on the charts, being consistent in the higher positions. ‘The Hills’ is lonelier and slower than his other song, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, with a distorted track. The lyrics themselves aren’t bad either, and I quite enjoyed it.

Give The Flak Rating: 7.5/10, Positive

(From last Billboard Top 5 Songs Review, Week of October 3rd. Written by KT.)


2. ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake 

Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ has replaced”What Do You Mean’ on the charts. A music video for the track has also been released a few days back. Here’s the review of the song from the week of October 10th:

Climbing up to number two on the charts, “Hotline Bling” by Canadian rapper, Drake, is a song which grew on me, over the course of listening to the song. Depicting an overly-obsessive man who seems to scrutinize every action of his girl, the desperate Drake crows story-telling lyrics on top of a terrific instrumental track. (To put it mildly). But, is he really overly obsessive? Well, Drake seems to justify the reason (she travels lots, and might be cheating on him?) with his persuasive charisma. And, after listening to the song on repeat I will proclaim myself a fan of this song, joining the mainstream.

Give the Flak Rating: Rave, 8.5/10 

(From Billboard Top 5 Songs Review, week of November 7th. Written by TJ.) 


3. ‘What Do You Mean’ by Justin Bieber 

Dropping to third place, the up-beat ‘What Do You Mean’ isn’t all that bad, considering the artist. Here’s the review of it from the week of October 3rd: (I know, I know. Lots of parts taken from past reviews, but the next two songs will have new reviews.)

Justin Bieber, after his roast on Comedy Central, has cleaned up his act, and this song has come. The repetitive beat is accompanied by a nice tune, and the lyrics, while repeating much of the same things, are good. 

Give the Flak Rating: Positive, 7/10 

(From last Billboard Top 5 Songs Review, Week of October 3rd. Written by KT.)


4. ‘Stitches’ by Shawn Mendes 

The Canadian singer-songwriter who gained popularity through six-second covers of songs on the video-sharing app Vine has garnered adoration from teens, all across America. His name is Shawn Mendes, and “Stitches” is a single from the mediocrely received album, “Handwritten.” And the song is pretty bland. He’s without kisses, he needs stitches, yadayadayada, you know the drill. The beat follows the basic pop drum-set routine– Kick-drum and clap. His voice (I know that critiquing a voice is pretty pointless, but still) isn’t memorable, in the way that it doesn’t have a tremendously unique or distinctive style to it. This song really falls under the category: Strait Outta Studio. Strait Into Radio.  

Give the Flak Rating: Mediocre, 6/10 


5. ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Taylor Swift 

Taylor Swift goes Lana-Del-Rey on her latest hit, off of her 1989 album, “Wildest Dreams.” With cheesy lines like, “He’s so tall, and handsome as hell” this song doesn’t compare to her better work (“Style” or “Out of the Woods”). However, there is an aspect of this song (perhaps the ‘ah-ha-ah’ vocals after singing “in you wildest dreams”) which makes it strangely charming, and fun to listen to.

Give the Flak Rating: 7.2/10 



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