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Top 10 Songs of the Month: Ariana Grande, The Internet, and Greta Van Fleet

on August 03, 2018, 9:00am
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05. Chance the Rapper – “I Might Need Security”

“I Might Need Security” is definitely one of Chance the Rapper’s more interesting songs. The recent release is rapped over a female vocalist’s ad-libbing of the words “f*** you” over and over again, which is jarring at first but then blends into Chance’s singular flow as the song goes on. Complete with an album cover of an abstract version of the “clenched fist” Arthur meme, Chance the Rapper’s weird and wonderful world is present while he talks about more serious issues. Touching on politics, his experiences in Chicago, and the realities of Internet-age fame, the rapper brings important themes to light with a comic twist. –Clara Scott


04. Greta Van Fleet – “When the Curtain Falls”

“When the Curtain Falls” makes it easy to understand why classic rock revivalists Greta Van Fleet experienced such a meteoric rise in an astonishingly short period of time. The track revels in its own authority by packing power into every single beat and note, exuding an all-consuming electricity as a result. “When the Curtain Falls” is also likely the first preview of the band’s forthcoming debut full-length album, which listeners have been waiting for with bated breath following the success of their 2017 EP, From the Fires. It is no easy feat to have a hand in pioneering a rock ‘n’ roll renaissance in a time where pop and hip-hop are dominating charts and airwaves alike, but “When the Curtain Falls” leaves little doubt as to why Greta Van Fleet is the perfect band for the job. –Lindsay Teske


03. Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky – “Potato Salad”

Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky’s “Potato Salad” is hilarious, poignant, and completely off-the-cuff, a trademark for the former with the polish of the latter. The two rap over the classic beat of Missy Elliot and Monica’s “KNOCK KNOCK”, covering everything from man purses (“satchels”) to Cole Sprouse in a matter of minutes. Making a listener laugh and groove at the same time is Tyler, The Creator’s greatest talent, and with A$AP Rocky by his side, the track is nearly perfect. –Clara Scott


02. The Internet – “Come Over”

“Come Over” is the overall star track on The Internet’s new album, Hive Mind, and that is a feat in itself. The group seems incapable of putting out bad music, and “Come Over” is certainly no exception. The song is an ode to the “home alone, come over” sentiment, an incredibly chill groove that is carried by lead singer Syd’s smooth, Erykah Badu-esque vocals. The Internet is an answer to the lack of soul in today’s music, “Come Over” being the latest example of how a groove can change everything. –Clara Scott


01. Ariana Grande – “God Is a Woman”

Ariana Grande’s reign over pop was never over, nor will it ever end, if the singles from her upcoming album, Sweetener, are any indication. Hot off the tails of a highly publicized engagement to Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, Grande has released one hit song after another in anticipation of her new record, and “God Is a Woman” is undoubtedly the most profound. The single is an interesting mix of dance and ballad, ruminating on the merits of a lover who appreciates the power of being a woman. This is something Grande does best: she may make it easier to dance, but she’ll also make you think and maybe even cry. –Clara Scott



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