Top 40 Radio: 10 Random Songs, The Best/Worst Radio Hits

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I wanted to try something new so I thought I’d survey my top 40 radio station and do reviews of selected songs of interest. I’ve included my commentary and a link so you can hear each song for yourself. My personal music tastes range more towards pop and electronica but I’m open to anything, as you’ll soon see.

La Roux “Bulletproof”

I loved this song from the first time I heard it. It’s a true pop gem. Catchy electronic beats and cool lyrics. This is one of the best songs currently on the radio. Hearing it makes me think of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) dancing in the clubs in the 80s in the movie American Psycho.Grade: A

Lady Gaga “Alejandro”

This song is a true pop classic. It takes me back to the days of Ace of Base when I was a kid and I first heard the song. The video is on the way and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for it. This is one of the best songs currently on the radio today. Grade: A

Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”

I don’t really get the Lady Antebellum craze sweeping top 40 radio. The song is passable I guess, but it’s full with country music cliches and amateur hour lyrics. It sounds like a less inspired Taylor Swift knockoff to me. I’ll take the Rednex any day of the week.
Grade: C

Jason Derulo ” In My Head”

This song is everything right about summer pop songs. It’s light, catchy, and forgettable. You can listen to it and forget all about it 60 seconds later. A decent followup to Jason’s first big single, it’s still derivative as Hell. It should appeal to those who remember LFO.
Grade: B-

Taio Cruz/Ludacris “Break Your Heart”

This is another basically average jam that is brought up a notch by a catchy chorus and some very cool synths. Even Ludacris isn’t annoying in the song, a rare feat.
Grade: B

Black Eyed Peas “Imma Be”

I don’t get the Black Eyed Peas even a little bit. “Fergie Ferg” was better off on Kids Incorporated and Will I Am is a weak producer whose grasp of dance music is shaky at best, but what do I know, they’ve sold millions of CDs and it hardly matters what I think of them. This is BEP at their most annoying, sans awful anti-war songs.
Grade: D-

OneRepublic “All the Right Moves”

This is another group I don’t understand. The song is bland and dreary and I don’t understand its popularity. The lead singer sounds like he’s got a mouthful of marbels. It tries for something “different” but it sounds like more of the same to me. Epic Fail !
Grade: D

Justin Bieber/Sean Kingston “Eenie Meanie”

This would be my pick for worst song currently on the radio. The popular Justin Bieber kid teams with the annoying, untalented Sean Kingston and some crappy lyrics. I don’t care if shorty is an “eenie meanie minie mo lover” or not.
Grade: F

Train “Hey, Soul Sister”

I’m shocked that I actually like this catchy slice of pop/rock, but I do. Train’s rock lite annoys fans of the more “hard” groups like Nickleback and Creed, but they sound great here. Welcome back, Train.
Grade: B+

Rihanna ” Rude Boy”

This is like Rhianna’s 3rd single in a row that I’ve hated and now I’m getting worried. Darker is one thing, tuneless is another. Her militaristic, creepy videos and tuneless songs make me think that maybe Rihanna is headed towards oblivion.
Grade: D

What are your best/worst current songs you’ve heard on the radio? Share and comment below.

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