With two songs in the Billboard Hot 100 top ten including a #1, The Weeknd finally realizes the success that cognoscenti predicted when he was mewling in the outer reaches of electrospace in 2011. Daryl Hall was the last pop star whose appeal depended on being so deliberate an asshole as Abel Tesfaye, but he was rarely self-pitying about it, and when he was the music pushed him into frantic corners (“Family Man”). How you respond to “The Hills” depends on how a sampled scream and tea kettle whistle works on the nerves. Even then, “The Hills” is a better piece of songcraft than Lukas Graham’s “Strip No More,” officially the lowest ranking song in a Singles Jukebox history that goes back to the Stylus days ten years ago. Hear if I’m wrong.
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Wonder Girls – I Feel You (7)
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (6)
Nervo ft. Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears & Nile Rodgers – The Other Boys (5)
Fantine ft. Wyclef Jean & El Cata – What a Day (5)
Austin Mahone – Dirty Work (5)
New Order – Restless (4)
The Weeknd – The Hills (4)
Leikeli47 – Fuck the Summer Up (4)
John Newman – Come and Get It (3)
Imran Khan – Imaginary (3)
Zac Brown Band – Loving You Easy (3)
Lil Wayne ft. Charlie Puth – Nothing But Trouble (3)
Lukas Graham – Strip No More (1)