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Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with a little Billboard singles chart analysis, as we have the return of some familiar names on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as an unlikely, but fantastic, collaboration, and a song you probably recognize as coming from an animated poop emoji.
The rankings are taken from this past Friday’s chart, and since this is Pop Shots, you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
19. Cardi B w/ 21 Savage – Bartier Cardi
If anyone you know thought Cardi B was going to be a one hit wonder, boy were they ever wrong. Cardi has managed to essentially take over the entire rap game. If her name is associated with something, it’s going to become a hit. I have no idea how long this will last, but as of now she has the right combination of attitude, impassioned delivery, and ability to write catchy as f*ck hooks, that has her looking like the heir apparent to Lil’ Kim’s throne, which, while many have attempted to climb into, has been vacant for quite some time.
28. Selena Gomez w/ Marshmello – Wolves
Between her “It Ain’t Me” collaboration with Kygo, and this collaboration with Marshmello, Selena Gomez has become the queen of providing the vocals for guilty pleasure songs you crank up in your car and sing along to … even if someone’s watching at the stoplight.
Managing to be equal parts sultry, and energetic, “Wolves” has a little something for everyone.
54. Macklemore w/ Kesha – Good Old Days
OK, so Macklemore isn’t nearly as big in the pop world as he was back in his “Thrift Shop” days, and while “Praying” put Kesha back in the limelight, she hasn’t quite returned to the heights of “TiK ToK.” That said, there’s something really cool about talented artists – they make good music regardless of where they currently stand in the pop world. “Good Old Days” is a shining example that Macklemore and Kesha are such artists, and with this song as a starting point, I’d actually really enjoy hearing a full length collaborative album from the two of them.
80. Walk The Moon – One Foot
I have no idea how this song is only at #80, as I hear it absolutely everywhere I go. I turn on the radio, it’s Walk The Moon. I’m in the middle of a workout, it’s Walk The Moon. I’m in my bathroom sittin’ on the can, it’s Walk The Moon. OK, maybe that last one was a bit of an exaggeration, but the band that gave us “Shut Up and Dance” back in 2014 clearly has another infectious pop hit on their hands.
“One Foot” will likely continue to be an ever-present song for the first half of 2018, and should reach the Top 10 in due time.
100. Sofi Tukker w/ NERVO, The Knocks, & Alisa Ueno – Best Friend
Most folks know this song because it’s featured in a commercial for the iPhone X that makes use of the phone’s animated emojis. That said, it’s far too good to simply be remembered as the song that came out of a singing poop emoji’s mouth.
Thankfully, “Best Friend” is beginning to receive some solid radio airplay, so people will start having some real memories associated with it, and not just the thought of singing poop (or singing unicorns, or singing foxes).
And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.