Singles 6/23

Today I’d have awarded Halsey and Lauren Jauregui’s “Strangers” a 7 for the chorus hook, and what Eleanor Graham calls its “sophisticated” boringness, which I take as a compliment — most good synth pop boasts a boring blank at the mike striving for sophistication. But Katherine is right: it’s not clear form the lyrics who’s doing what to whom or whether it’s about another couple who aren’t Halsey and Jauregui, which isn’t right either. Regardless, it’s getting airplay two years after Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” didn’t become the mega jam many, including yours truly, anticipated, and “Strangers” is a much cooler customer: a mix of Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder” and Years & Years’ “Shine,” my favorite unabashed queer track of the last few years, also produced by Greg Kurstin, Tegan and Sara’s frequent collaborator. Certainly “Strangers” makes The Killers’ “The Man” look especially silly if not stupid.

Click on links for full review.

Seventeen – Don’t Wanna Cry (7)
Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui – Strangers (6)
Poppy – Computer Boy (6)
Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (6)
The Killers – The Man (5)
SZA ft. Travis Scott – Love Galore (5)
Sistar – Lonely (5)
Foo Fighters – Run (5)
Rita Ora – Your Song (5)
Arcade Fire – Everything Now (5)
Tóc Tiên – Walk Away (4)
Vince Staples – Big Fish (3)
Susanne Sundfør – Undercover (3)
Nick Jonas ft. Anne-Marie & Mike Posner – Remember I Told You (2)
Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass (1)

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