Reviewing the first ten songs of Billboard’s Top 100


Every couple of days, the magazine Billboard renews it’s list of 100 songs that are at the top of the music industry’s game. It’s never tiring to see the changes that transpire through every update of this prominent list, and where each artist comes in with the best of the best singles.

In first place for the third week in a row, the iconic “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo has been taking the internet, and the Top 100, by storm. Every high school girl will, if they haven’t already, blare this song in their cars while driving their friends around. It’s a feel-good song, despite the fact that the single is undoubtedly sad, and Rodrigo shines a light on losing someone yet manages to tell a tale with that message: it’s ok to desire a person that’s already long gone. While Rodrigo is somewhat new to the spotlight, she’s obviously claiming it for her own while she can.

Ariana Grande has been living rent-free in Billboard’s Top 100 for some time now, and continues the trend with “34+35” in the number two spot. The explicit song makes everyone want to get up and dance which is why you can find this single all over TikTok—an app known for its iconic choreography.

A song I’ve never heard, “Calling My Phone” by Lil Tjay and 6LACK, takes number three on the list. This song’s high placement is confusing, for its sloppy singing and an early 2017 feel don’t bring me much satisfaction. I’ve never been a fan of rap, but recently, I’ve been wanting to branch out and listen to more music of that genre. Unfortunately, this song reiterated all the reasons why I’ll continue to always skip “The Box” by Roddy Ricch on any public playlist.

If you haven’t heard The Weekend’s hit “Blinding Lights” you must be living under a rock. Along with “Drivers License,” this hit has been on the Top 100 for what seems like at least 60 weeks in a row now. This song was released this year, but it instills a feeling of nostalgia in my brain nonetheless. I hear this song played a few too many times on the radio, just in the twenty-minute car ride to tennis practice and back, and it is teetering on the edge of being overplayed.

Another TikTok phenomenon, and to know suprise, “Up” by Cardi B comes in the top 5. Cardi has been in the spotlight for some time now and her songs are still being released with heat—Cardi wants to remind us that she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Although I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of her music, I can respect the hard work that’s gotten her thus far.

As one of the few artists that appear twice in the top 20, The Weekend places sixth in this never-ending list of culture-altering music. Although I haven’t heard “Save Your Tears” as much, where “Blinding Lights” is being overplayed, this song is a bittersweet single that you can forget about but when you hear it again you will know all the words.

And yet another TikTok trend, “Mood” by 24kGolden and featured artist Iann Dior makes an appearance. This is one of the more chill rap songs that I find myself appreciating for what it is. I hear this song a lot on the radio as well, and I can say that I know all the words; however, I think it’s too basic to be one of my favorites. There isn’t a lack of talent from 24kGolden, but more a lack of individuality; I’ve heard thirty songs just like this one before.

“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug holds the eighth spot on the list, which isn’t surprising for Brown’s twenty-three nominations for various awards, but this song doesn’t live up to his infamous titles. This song feels like something I would hear by Big Time Rush in 2010—the only difference would be most of the explicit lyrics and the lack of a group performance. “Go Crazy” keeps the early 2000’s boyband feel, but just like authentic fur coats, it should have been left behind a long time ago.

“Levitating” by Dua Lipa would take number one in my Top 100—it’s been my favorite song for a couple of months now. Driving down the highway with my best friend at my side while this song plays on the radio is one of my favorite memories from February. With Dua Lipa being my favorite artist of 2021, I’m excited to see this song so high up on the list.

While we’re only through one-tenth of Billboard’s Top 100, I can say I wasn’t astonished to see “Positions” by Araina Grande gripping onto the tenth spot at the cusp of the list. I think the last song is a slight disappointment because I wanted to see something I haven’t heard as much as “Positions.” Grande definitely redeemed herself with “34+35.”

While many more inspirational songs come in only a few slots after hits like “Up” or “Levitating,” I can honestly say I was shocked by a couple of artists but was expecting the rest of the majority on the top 10. I can’t wait to watch some lower-ranked songs climb their way to the top and see how long “Drivers License” keeps number one.