Top 5 Pop Songs This Week

Aafreen Ali, Staff Writer

These are my takes on the top 5 songs on Billboard’s Top 40 for the week of June 2nd. Please note that this is my opinion of these songs and differing opinions are always accepted.

Old Town Road- Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

Imagery of a farm with trap music in the background? It’s hard to pull off, but somehow, Lil Nas X did it. Mimicking the style of Lil Tracy’s “Like a Farmer,” the 20-year-old rapper combined elements of both genres evenly to create a song guaranteed to get stuck in your head. Initially popularized on the social media platform TikTok, “Old Town Road,” was, in short, a meme. The “Yeehaw Challenge” skyrocketed the song to widespread renown, and it broke the streaming record for a song’s debut week, previously set by Drake’s “In My Feelings”. The success of the song reflected back on Lil Nas X, who recently signed with Columbia Records.

The song is popularly categorized as a country song, but the trap-style beat in the background makes it cross-genre. The lyrics weren’t exactly innovative, but with this style of music, the focus is more on pulling off the instrumentals in the background properly. “Old Town Road” is a catchy meme song, so if you’re into country, rap, both, or even neither, it’s worth listening to. Choose one of the three versions: the original, the Billy Ray Cyrus remix, or the Diplo remix. An upcoming remix featuring Lil Nas X’s role model, Young Thug, will soon join the list.

I Don’t Care- Ed Sheeran ft. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s past collaborations are spectacular, but he and Ed Sheeran take it to the next level. “I Don’t Care” will become your car anthem; it’s got a poppy beat with a catchy and Ed Sheeran-esque melody. Though the two are renowned for vastly opposite things (Bieber for synth jams and bubblegum pop lyrics and Sheeran for acoustic guitar and lyrics heaped with meaning), they somehow complement each other perfectly. Bieber and Sheeran’s voices are perfect together as they alternate singing verses. The message of the song is also so relatable: being that introverted wallflower at the party until someone helps you get out of your shell. I’m not a Bieber fan, but hey, it’s on my playlist now- it’s worth a shot.

bad guy- Billie Eilish

I’ll be honest- Billie Eilish scares me. Her voice is amazing and she has such a great personality, but the messages of her songs and her whole musical vibe is not my style. When I was listening to “bad guy,” I really loved the cutesy style she used while singing. That was pretty much the only reason I ignored the lyrics. And I’m the kind that obsesses over lyrics. I’m probably prejudiced because I’m not a fan, but I do like this song, just not as much as the others on this list. This song is worth a try if you don’t care about lyrics or you’re not a scaredy-cat like me.

Sucker- Jonas Brothers

Real talk- this is one of my favorite songs. My musical taste favors throwbacks into the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, so frankly, the first time I was listening to this song, I was bracing myself for boy band bubblegum about making out. I was so wrong. The beginning’s got a beat that draws you right in, and the brothers’ voices ebb and flow like the tide as they sing. That’s cheesy, I know, but trust me. This song has been out for a while, so chances are that you’ve heard it already- it was really popular during its debut week. It helps that this was the first song the group released since getting back together, and that there was a fabulously extravagant music video accompanying it featuring their wives and then-girlfriends (now all wives: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sophie Turner Jonas, and Danielle Jonas).

Talk- Khalid

Khalid has the voice of an angel, and it’s wonderfully showcased in “Talk.” The perfect combination of synthetic beats and vocals gives this song balance. It’s upbeat and totally catchy- a perfect song for summer. This song gave me chills, it was so good. Disclosure, the English duo that provided the beats for the track, worked with Khalid to write the song, and the lyrics perfectly illustrate navigating the risky waters of a relationship. Give it a shot, and who knows? Maybe it’ll make your playlist.