Meghan Trainor, “I Love Me” from Thank You
“I Love Me” is a catchy pop tune that contains nothing unique. It truly is the purest form of bubblegum pop. But if you’re capable of casting aside these typical critiques of Meghan Trainor, there’s nothing to really hate about this track. The song’s cheesy positivity message is an acknowledgement that this isn’t supposed to be a musically engaging song. Trainor is admitting that this is just a dumb feel-good pop track, and that can be accepted.
Beyoncé, “Hold up” from Lemonade
“Hold Up,” the second song from Beyoncé’s Lemonade project, proves once again that everything she releases instantly turns to gold. Boasting an eclectic array of collaborators—Ezra Koenig, Diplo, and Father John Misty—“Hold Up” brilliantly pairs island vibes and damning lyrics, allowing the track to be dramatic and fun at the same time.
Drake, “One Dance” from Views from the 6
The defining element of Drake’s best music is its utter assault and dismantling of the beat. He has brought a new kind of rhythm to rap, and it can be intoxicating, but it’s missing in “One Dance.” Unnecessary auto-tune plagues the monotonous verses, and a relentless steady beat makes this song generic and boring—two adjectives rarely used to describe Drake’s music.
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