Steven_ Posted July 27, 2022 Author Share Posted July 27, 2022 8. NEED YOU NOW – LADY ANTEBELLUM MUSIC VIDEO LINK 10 QK: 1 AKSHAR: 3 NICO: 6 STEVEN: 6 WALLACE: 7 CHRIS: 8 REI: 9 DEREK: 12 DIANA: 12 RICHARD: 12 ALEX: 13 GIGI: 14 LILY: 17 ANDY: 20 STEVEN Quote "Need You Now" is Lady Antebellum's best song. They were rising stars in country music after their debut album, but this song from their sophomore album really solidified their place in the industry. "Need You Now" is beautifully sung with a great composition, and it was deserving of all its success. WALLACE Quote "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum was my favorite country song of 2010, so this was the main country song I was really hoping for to make it to the Top 20 and I'm so glad that happened. Great work there to Chris & QK! "Need You Now" was such a massive and big hit for Lady Antebellum. I'm sure this was a big hit for them on the Country charts, but it also crossed over to the Pop charts and was a big hit in that format. This was also the song that introduced me to Lady A as well, as I had not heard of them before this song. But still, what a fantastic first impression they gave to me here. "Need You Now" is a really beautiful song. I do love how Hillary opens the song as she sounds and sings the opening so beautifully. I do love how Hillary and Charles (and maybe the other guy?) harmonize a bit on the pre-chorus and then how they power through the chorus that goes: And I wonder if I ever cross your mind? For me it happens all the time It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now Said I wouldn't call but I've lost all control and I need you now And I don't know how I can do without I just need you now Charles sounds great singing the second verse of the song and I enjoy his part there. I like how he takes lead vocal of that pre-chorus, as Hillary did so the first time. The bridge is reallly short but it's still really good and powerful where Hillary sings: Oh, whoa Guess I'd rather hurt than feel nothing at all I love how Hillary and Charles powers through the rest of the song and they sound really great on those bigger notes. And yeah this is just a great song from Lady A. I hadn't seen the music video in quite a long time but it's a really cute and nice video. I'm glad they were able to find someone for them at the end of it. It's interesting with a number of country songs in this year-end, I am curious to see how they all rank amongst each other and which song does the best amongst them. I'll be rooting for this song to do the best but if not, then that's okay. But I am curious how Lady A will rank with their first appearance here. RICHARD Quote The overall production on this is very solid, and the singers sound great. The song itself isn’t the most distinctive lyrically or melodically, so I wouldn’t necessarily consider it as iconic as the others I’ve ranked above it. ANDY Quote This top 20 is really strong as I don’t dislike Need You Now. It’s just the most boring and forgettable song out of the top 20 7. ALEJANDRO – LADY GAGA MUSIC VIDEO LINK 9.14 REI: 2 ANDY: 3 GIGI: 3 RICHARD: 5 CHRIS: 6 ALEX: 7 LILY: 7 NICO: 9 STEVEN: 11 WALLACE: 13 AKSHAR: 15 DIANA: 15 QK: 15 DEREK: 17 ANDY Quote One of Gaga’s best, I’m sure I talked about it in the Musician rankdown but boy does this song slap RICHARD Quote Like pretty much all of Gaga’s songs, the production on this is superb and well ahead of her time. It’s just an all-around great song that definitely evokes a feeling of forbidden love. STEVEN Quote I was prepared to give this song a lower ranking simply because it's a song I have never sought out to listen to. But after listening to it again now, I realize I like this song better than I thought. It's super catchy with a very cool vibe and production. WALLACE Quote Well done to Lady Gaga on achieving 3 songs for the Final 20 once again! Of the three Lady Gaga songs, I do really like "Alejandro" but this is the song I could have done without and would have been okay with it missing the Top 20. Although I have no complaints of this being here. But the other two songs are just amongst my very favorite songs of Lady Gaga's. But "Alejandro" is still a really fun and catchy jam! I do love the vibe/feel of this song and how Lady Gaga sings it. The verses are really fun and has a good feel to it. But I do love the pre-chorus even more where she sings: You know that I love you, boy Hot, like Mexico, rejoice At this point, I've gotta choose Nothing to lose Don't call my name, don't call my name, Alejandro I'm not your babe, I'm not your babe, Fernando Don't wanna kiss, don't wanna touch Just smoke my cigarette and hush Don't call my name, don't call my name, Roberto Alejandro, Alejandro Ale-Alejandro, Ale-Alejandro Alejandro, Alejandro Ale-Alejandro, Ale-Alejandro SO fun and catchy! I especially love those parts of how she sings "Alejandro" and the different way she sings it. Then from the second verse, I love how she sings: She's not broken. She's just a baby for some reason. I don't really have any other favorite standout parts but I do like all of Lady Gaga's vocal delivery and how she sings the song. The music video is reallly interesting and so out there, but it's what you would expect from a Lady Gaga video. It is super entertaining nonetheless. Of her 3 songs, this is the one I hope shows up first for sure. Will it happen? I really have no idea but curious to see what happens. 6. YOU BELONG WITH ME – TAYLOR SWIFT MUSIC VIDEO LINK 9.07 CHRIS: 1 GIGI: 1 AKSHAR: 2 QK: 3 RICHARD: 3 STEVEN: 3 DIANA: 6 DEREK: 11 WALLACE: 12 ANDY: 13 LILY: 16 NICO: 18 ALEX: 19 REI: 19 RICHARD Quote I associate this song more with 2009, but that aside, it’s still one of my favorites in this bunch. The video is really charming and definitely brings me back to simpler times, and the song itself is the same way. The track overall is sweet but almost insidious in just how infectious it is, and that’s why I like it as much as I do. STEVEN Quote "You Belong With Me" is one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs, especially from her early country era. It's a sweet song about unrequited teenage love with a very catchy chorus. The music video is among Taylor's best too. This is a very fun and enjoyable track from Taylor, and I'm glad it managed to make it to the Top 20 this time after getting cut last round. WALLACE Quote I'm technically at that crossroad of either really liking a lot or on the lower side of loving "You Belong With Me" and I can't really decide where I'm at with this song. I guess I'll say I'm at the love side here. I also think of/associate "You Belong With Me" more with being a 2009 song but I'm fine with it being in this 2010 list as it was my favorite of the eligible Taylor Swift songs for 2010. I think this would have been #10 for me on the 2009 list but I do love this group of songs more, so it's #12 on this group of songs. I do think this is a really cute and fun song from Taylor that she delivers the story of it really well. I do really like how she sings the pre-chorus of the song of comparing her to this other girl this guy like where she sings: But she wears short skirts I wear T-shirts She's cheer captain And I'm on the bleachers Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find That what you're looking for has been here the whole time But then the chorus is really the song really shines and I love how she sings that part of the song: If you could see That I'm the one Who understands you Been here all along So, why can't you see You belong with me You belong with me It's reallly cute and catchy! From the second verse, I love the parts where she sings: Laughing on a park bench thinking to myself "Hey, isn't this easy?" You say you're fine I know you better than that Hey, what you doing with a girl like that? The bridge is another great, fun and catchy part of the song and I do love how Taylor builds up the song at that part where she sings: Oh, I remember you driving to my house In the middle of the night I'm the one who makes you laugh When you know you're 'bout to cry I know your favorite songs And you tell me about your dreams Think I know where you belong Think I know it's with me But yeah I do really like "You Belong With Me" and this was a great song that helped continue to help Taylor's rise in the pop world (as I assume she was already quite big in the country world at that time). It's such a cute, fun and catchy song. I do love the music video though. It's fun seeing Taylor playing both of the characters of the sweet dorky girl (who is initially friends with the guy) and the popular mean girl (who the guy crushes on). It's very young and kinda dated when looking back but it was quite age appropriate for Taylor when she made this song and video at the time. I'm sure this will be polarizing amongst the rankers as are all of Taylor songs at this point, where there will be a mix of high and low ranks but I'm still curious to see how this does. ANDY Quote Quintessential Taylor, definitely one of my favorite songs from this era. I love the story this song tells and that chorus is such an earworm. I still think her music gets better as her career goes on. ALEX Quote Maybe I didn’t rank this last because there’s another song I hate more. Or maybe I didn't rank it last because I appreciate Taylor’s voice more after suffering through Stevie Wright sing this on Idol. You decide! 5. LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE – EMINEM FEAT. RIHANNA MUSIC VIDEO LINK 9 ALEX: 1 NICO: 1 WALLACE: 2 DIANA: 3 REI: 5 DEREK: 8 GIGI: 9 AKSHAR: 10 CHRIS: 11 LILY: 11 STEVEN: 12 QK: 16 ANDY: 18 RICHARD: 19 ALEX Quote Whew, truly one of the most controversial and difficult songs ever written. I’ll take something challenging like this over the other generic crap released this year. I understand the uneasiness some may have towards this song, but I find it to be really well done, especially thanks to Rhianna doing this after her relationship with Chris Brown. WALLACE Quote Yesss I'm super glad that "Love the Way You Lie" made it through to the Top 20 as I reallly do absolutely love this song! This was such an iconic and epic collaboration from Eminem and Rihanna! This song was also the kind of song I was waiting for from Eminem when he made his comeback in the late 2000s/early 2010s. The Relapse era/album wasn't reallly it for me, but Recovery was it - as "Not Afraid" was a solid jam, but "Love the Way You Lie" was such an amazing song. This also is amongst one of my favorite songs of Eminem's and this is also one of my favorite Rihanna collaborations! I love how Rihanna starts singing the chorus of the song so beautifully where she sings: Just gonna stand there and watch me burn Well, that's alright because I like the way it hurts Just gonna stand there and hear me cry Well, that's alright because I love the way you lie I love the way you lie Eminem does such a great job bringing the angst and fire to the song with his rap verses. He raps some really deep and powerful stuff in this song. Some of my favorite parts are where he raps: I can't tell you what it really is I can only tell you what it feels like And right now, there's a steel knife in my windpipe I can't breathe but I still fight while I can fight As long as the wrong feels right it's like I'm in flight It's so insane 'cause when it's going good, it's going great I'm Superman with the wind at his back, she's Lois Lane But when it's bad it's awful Some of my favorite parts from Eminem on the second verse are where he raps: You ever love somebody so much you can barely breathe when you're with 'em You meet and neither one of you even know what hit 'em Got that warm fuzzy feeling Yeah, them chills used to get 'em Now you're getting sick of looking at 'em So they say it's best to go your separate ways Guess that they don't know you 'cause today that was yesterday Yesterday is over, it's a different day Sound like broken records playing over but you promised her But you lied again Now you get to watch her leave out the window Guess that's why they call it window pane Then from the 3rd verse some more of my favorite parts from Eminem are where he raps: Now I know we said things, did things that we didn't mean And we fall back into the same patterns, same routines But your temper's just as bad as mine is You're the same as me When it comes to love you're just as blinded Baby, please come back It wasn't you, baby it was me Maybe our relationship isn't as crazy as it seems Maybe that's what happens when a tornado meets a volcano All I know is I love you too much to walk away though Come inside, pick up your bags off the sidewalk Don't you hear sincerity in my voice when I talk Ahh it's such an intense and powerful story that Eminem raps and Rihanna sings on this song. It really moves and gives me chills. The music video does a great job in depicting the song! STEVEN Quote I have mixed feelings about this song. On one hand, I don't like the lyrics and meaning behind the song. It does seem like it's romanticizing domestic violence. On the other hand, the song is crafted really well. Eminem and Rihanna deliver this song very well (although Rihanna is barely utilized). The dramatic production is very cool, and the angsty vibe certainly leaves a lasting impression. This was a tough song to rank, but somewhere in the middle is where it fell for me. ANDY Quote Honestly? The lyrics are super gross and problematic and not in a “look it’s a cautionary tale” sort of way. It kind of feels like Eminem is speaking from experience here based on his delivery. I liked it when it came out but I feel kind of gross listening to it now RICHARD Quote I was going to rank this higher, but ultimately, my feelings are conflicted. Rihanna on the track is underutilized, but considering her circumstances, I actually don’t think I would’ve wanted her on the track at all. I don’t believe the intention of the song was to glorify violence, instead highlighting how abuse victims can all too easily lose their self worth in relationships. But when it comes down to it, the message isn’t delivered clearly and can easily be interpreted as justifying and perhaps even romanticizing domestic abuse. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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