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    • 40. Cardi B & Bruno Mars - “Please Me”   Clean Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxvH3Gj3hO8     Cardi B & Bruno Mars collaboration of “Please Me” kicks off this set at #40. I remember there were some very bold predictions of this being my #1 favorite song of 2019 but….. that wasn’t quite the case there. :Teehee: Of course Cardi & Bruno SLAYED 2018 with their smash hit of “Finesse” so it was great for them to team up together once again on this track. I know they are both lead artists on this and Cardi’s name is first, but this song does feel like a Bruno song and something that would be on one of his albums. Anyway, this song has that classic 90s R&B slow jam feel to it which I AM TOTALLY HERE FOR. Bruno’s voice is flipping gold and I WILL NOT HERE OTHERWISE FROM THOMAS. I love who Bruno sings the chorus where he sings: Please me, baby. Turn around and just tease me, baby. You know what I want and what I need, baby. (Let me hear you say). Please (Let me hear you say). Please. His voice is just so smooth, and that is a fact. And I love how he belts out those “PLEASSEEE” parts too. I love Cardi on this song too and I got a couple fave lines from her. Some parts i love from here are where she raps: Lollipoppin' (Poppin'), twerkin' in some J's (Ooh) / Don't want no young dumb s**t. Better f**k me like we listenin' to Jodeci and then  If you can't sweat the weave out, you shouldn't even be out. Of course I love her Ow’s in there. too. 😘 Ooh and I love how she sings the pre-chorus that goes: I'm gonna ride it, do it just how you like it. Tonight and after that. Let's do it one more time and then Bruno sings his line Girl, I ain't one for beggin', but now you got me beggin'. OMGG Cardi in the 2nd verse has me… :Dead: Omg Um, I don’t know what she says at the end when she’s talking about her lady parts…. but “basura” and “horchata.” I am scared to ask. Ooh I do love Bruno’s part on the bridge at 2:59 where he sings: Come on. Come on, back it up for me. Come on. Ooh, twerk it on me slowly and he is really belting it out and sanging there! LOL like those lyrics are far from romantic but why does the way he sing it make it sound romantic? I can’t. Anyway, I love it when Cardi and Bruno collaborate so I look forward to what they give us in 2020.     39. Ariana Grande & Social House - “Boyfriend”   Clean Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTpfiw1i94IIt has been quite awhile since Ariana Grande has shown up but here she is with her collaboration with Social House on “Boyfriend” at #39. Okay so I don’t think i heard of Social House before but welcome. I know I said tis about a number of songs on here, but “Boyfriend” is another one of those songs that has that classic 90s R&B feel to it, that I love. In fact this song gives me Brandy’s “Baby”/“I Wanna Be Down” and other songs from that era. Omgg at how Ariana starts this song off singing I'm a motherf***in' train wreck. I ~feel bad there but that line always gets to me. But what I do love about this sng is how this song has a ~harder beat to it and how it mashes well with Ariana’s sweet soft vocals. I do like how she sings the last part of the first verse especially where she sings: I don't wanna keep you waiting and But you ain't about to have no boo. OH SNAP at that last line. Then i also like the pre-chorus where she sings quite fast singing: 'Cause I know we be so complicated. But we be so smitten, it's crazy. I can't have what I want, but neither can you. And yesss I haven’t gotten to the chorus but I love that part too were she sings: You ain't my boyfriend (Boyfriend). And I ain't your girlfriend (Girlfriend). But you don't want me to see nobody else. And I don't want you to see nobody and well that whole part she sings. Social House is on the second part and i like his/their part. I never saw them before until now. But ok this guy (his name is Mikey, I see) has like this lazy slurring style to his singing but it works on this song. Okay I do love the part where he sings: Damn, baby, I'm a train wreck too (Too). I lose my mind when it comes to you and I know we'd be so complicated. Lovin' you sometimes drive me crazy. ‘Cause I can't have what I want and neither can you. Okay so the other guy of Social House is named Scootie and I like his part here too, especially at 2:01 where he sings: Stress high when the trust low (Mmm). Bad vibes, where'd the fun go? (Oh). Try to open up and love more (Love more). Try to open up and love more. He has a really nice voice and range there. Then I like how Scootie & Ariana sing together after that. Another great jam from Ariana!       38. Lil' Nas X - “Old Town Road” (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)   Now for the 2019 song you could NOT escape…. here comes Lil' Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Old Town Road” coming in at #38. Oh my gosh, i have had the craziest and most rockiest relationship ever with this dang song. I went through THE WRINGER with this, you all. :deaD: OK so I believe I first heard this song in January and I was so confused by it and like “whatttt is this? :huh:” I didn’t get it at first. But then as all songs go, I grew to like and appreciate it. Then the song was such a huge hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with it being #1 for weeks and weeks. Then when it got 19 weeks at #1 breaking Mariah Carey’s & Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” record, I WAS LIVID and done for this song….. for a few weeks. 😐 I did get over it and started appreciating it once it wasn’t everywhere. It was one of those songs I would feel meh over, grow to really like, then get sick of it and then grow to love it and that crazy back and fowardness. I don’t even know if #40 is too high or too low for my thoughts on the song but for now, it’s at a good spot. Now I will focus on this song and my positive feelings for it. I love the crossover mix of country and rap on this song and feel it fuses the two genres well. I do really like the chorus and find it cool and catchy. And whoa how crazy is it having Billy Ray Cyrus on this? 😮 Yeah, I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road. I’m gonna ride 'til I can't no more. I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road. I’m gonna ride 'til I can't no more. So fun to sing along to. I really love the parts where Lil Nas X sings Can't nobody tell me nothin’. You can't tell me nothin’. That part and the chorus sticks out most to me. OMGGG his cowboy two step dancing at 0:42 cracks me THE HECK up. Then that girl slays him with her dancing afterwards. I also like where he sings: My life is a movie. Bull ridin' and boobies. Cowboy hat from Gucci. Wrangler on my booty, which wow I did not realize he was singing/rapping that there. But ok. And um, tell me why does Billy Ray kinda kill it here? I’m not really a fan of his musically speaking but i love what he brings here. Particularly the opening part where he sings: Hat down, cross town, livin' like a rock star. Spent a lot of money on my brand new guitar. I LOVE this part, no lie. Then I also like how he sings the last part of the verse: Got no stress, I've been through all that. I’m like a Marlboro Man so I kick on back. Wish I could roll on back to that old town road. I wanna ride 'til I can't no more. Sola better be proud of my Billy Ray props. I said a lot so I will close this out saying, I DO want to applaud Lil’ Nas X on all of his success wit this song and how huge he/this got where he came from nowhere. He’s really groundbreaking and a one of a kind artist so I wish him all the best.     37. Post Malone - “Circles”   It has also been a long time since Post Malone hans shown up on this list and he does so at #37 with “Circles.” I remember hearing this song right away when it premiered in late August and I think it was on a radio premiere song event type of thing. I was definitely very surprised by the sound of this song, as it didn’t sound like a lot of Post Malone’s previous songs. This was more in the pop/rock/folk vein and I was very surprised and taken aback by the song. “Circles” was fine for what it was on first listen - but it was one of those songs that needed to grow on me and eventually it did do so. Heck, to this day I would say it is still growing on me. As I said, this song does have a pop/rock/folk feel to it and I hope it’s something more IDFers can like from Post but we’ll see. This song also reminds me a lot of some Fleetwood Mac sound / Niall Horan’s “On the Loose.” And in return, I believe he said this was his favorite song of 2019 (or wait, maybe that was Liam Payne). I do like how Post Malone showcases a softer more vulnerable side of himself on here. I like how that beat pumps when the song starts. Some parts I like from Post from the first verse where he sings: I'll be the bad guy now, but know I ain't too proud. I couldn't be there even when I try. Shout-out to Billie Eilish there. I do love the chorus of the song and find it really catchy where he sings: Seasons change and our love went cold. Feed the flame 'cause we can't let go. Run away, but we're running in circles. Run away, run away. I dare you to do something. I’m waiting on you again, so I don't take the blame. Run away, but we're running in circles. Run away, run away, run away.  I like how he stretches out his vocals on those “I dare you to dooooo something, i’m waiting on youuuuu again” in particular - but the whole chorus is good.  From the second verse I like where he sings: You thought that it was special, special. But it was just the sex though, the sex though (and oops, I never knew that was the second line there. :haha:) and I got a feeling that it's time to let it go, let it go. I also love the bridge of the song where he sings: Maybe you don't understand what I'm going through. It's only me, what you got to lose? Make up your mind, tell me, what are you gonna do? It's only me, let it go. The song does have a nice feel good vibe to it, even though lyrically it is quite the opposite, but I am glad this is still growing on me. Oh and the music video is quite interesting.     36. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - “Look Back At It”   Song starts at 0:50 Clean Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5V-C6OZCSM     A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is a new rapper, or well a rapper that had a breakthrough with the song, “Look Back At It” which lands at #36. He’s been around the music scene since 2016 but this was the first I heard of him - and his second appearance on here as he appeared on Ally Brooke’s “Lips Down Lie” awhile back. But yeah A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie made a great impression on me with “Look Back At It” because this song is a JAM! It kinda has a dark somber feel to it with its beat. I do love the chorus where he sings: Look back at it. She ain't never do this before, but she good at it. Said she never made love, but she good at it (she good at it). She make a feel good when I look at it (yeah). I get goosebumps when I look at it. Oh, girls just wanna have fun with it. Oh, the girls just wanna have fun with me (fun with me). These girls ain't really no good for me, yeah. Hmm I never reallly thought of or know what the song is about per se but it’s interesting. Then  I also love those parts where he sings: Ddrat, da-da, da. Drdat, da-da-da, da. Don’t know what those sound effects are or mean but they are fun to sing along to. I also like the part that goes: Yeah, got a new Benz that I ain't promotin', yeah. All of my friends love money throw it. From the first verse, the parts that stands out to me are where he raps: The way I speak is a melody. Don't you ever think it's another me. Girl, on everything, it's a lot on me. I cannot be seen, I cannot be takin' apologies. Then  I also love the part where he raps: Yeah, hoodie on low but I stay focused Yeah, it's hard to stay low when everybody notice, yeah as it makes me want to put my hoodie on and feel hood. 😘 LOL NOT the right smiley to use when you want to come off as hood but oh well.     35. Taylor Swift - “ME!” (feat. Brendon Urie)   Closing out this set is Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie’s collaboration of “ME!”  at #35. Okay so it always feels like an event when Taylor Swift comes back into the music game with a brand new song/album and “ME!” was definitely that song that had all of the hype around it. I definitely heard about this song for awhile before it came out and I think my first time hearing about this was sometime on the news the Friday it came out. I heard lots of clips of the song before fully hearing the full song, which I believe I heard on the radio - either on that Friday or Saturday. I did think this was a really cute fun bubbly song, and I still think that. Although the reception I saw this song go through was crazy - lots of people (and namely some of her stans) were loving and so excited about this song at first and then they turned on it soo fast. It ~felt rejected right away, or when her follow-up single came out. Like so much so that I saw people calling this her worst song? It was so weird but I always really enjoyed the song. Sure it can be on the cheesy side but it’s a cute fun feel good song. I actually never saw tis music video in full before but wow that intro was so dramatic and tun….. it gets into this happy song? Like at 0:46. She’s all sad and mad but then gets happy. WHAT Taylor? I do like how Taylor sings the line I know that I'm a handful baby, uh at the start of the first verse, as well as those (And there's a lot of cool chicks out there) parts she sings as ad-libs. Omgg her calling herself a psycho on the phone cracks me up. I do love the pre-chorus where she sings: But one of these things is not like the others. Like a rainbow with all of the colors. Baby doll, when it comes to a lover. I promise that you'll never find another like me-e-e-eh. The chorus is such fun catchy pop goodness where she sings: Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh. I’m the only one of me. Baby, that's the fun of me-e-eh. Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh. You're the only one of you. Baby, that's the fun of you. I do love those “me me meee, oh oh oooh” parts the most. I do like how Brendon joins in on the second verse and how he and Taylor sing together on the second verse. I do like how Brendon sings: But I will never bore you, baby. (And there's a lot of lame guys out there). But whoa, all this time I thought he was singing “But I will never call you, baby.” LOL oops. OMGG the bridge is my biggest guiltiest pleasure especially the part where they sing: Hey, kids! Spelling is fun! OMG it makes me cry. But MY PART…. is where Brendon sings And you can't spell "awesome" without "me" at 2:58. I just have to shout that part out loud whenever i hear it - when no one is around of course. AND YOU CAN’T SPELL AWESOME WITHOUT “ME.” Which is SO true. So please always think of me at that part. 😘 I do love how Taylor and Brendon sing the rest of the song together and all of their ad-libs are fun. Ooh Taylor sings my part at 3:41, but I don’t love it as much there. Sorry Taylor, you’re still great of course.  But yeah this song is super fun and cute and I’m not ashamed to like it. 😘     40. Cardi B & Bruno Mars - “Please Me:” 39. Ariana Grande & Social House - “Boyfriend:” 38. Lil' Nas X - “Old Town Road” (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus): 37. Post Malone - “Circles:” 36. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - “Look Back At It:” 35. Taylor Swift - “ME!” (feat. Brendon Urie):   Clues for songs #34 through #29: - Something big and bouncy people can jump on - This singer is having some thoughts about a certain person she’s singing about. - Another song from an artist just posted in this set. - A multiple artist collaboration, where all of the artists are the same gender - even though only one of them has shown up on the list so far. - Another multi-artist collaboration but this song features two male artists and two female artists - with the male artists making their first appearances while the female artists have shown up here already. - Seems like this artist will not respond back to whoever she is singing about.
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