I Spent the Holidays Listening to Billboard's Top 20 Singles of 2015

It Was Appalling


I like that even a Stranger Patented Professional Reflexive Cynic (tm) can't hate on Uptown Funk. Let's meet again in 20 years to see how it held up.
better you than me, mr. segal. no wonder you haven't been posting on Now Playing!
Uptown Funk is so derivative of early-80s funk that it sounds like a note-for-note cover of a song I’ve heard a million times but can’t place. It does not need to exist when even Atlantic Starr produced better tracks using the template 30 years ago.

Also, I agree that hip-hop lyrics were better when the genre was more political, but the quality and diversity of production styles today are miles ahead of most anything that came out of the “golden age.” A Tribe Called Quest was a 95 BPM snooze factory. Every fucking song sounds the same.
Am just getting over an unfortunate months-long obsession with The Hills (it's 'you gon' have to do it at my tempo'). It's both fascinating & completely embarrassing & I love it so much. The video & the Amharic bit at the end in particular.
long live dave segal. i enjoy these articles every year (has it been that much of a recurring thing? can't immediately recall but last years was great).
"...the song is a stilted bolus of grandiosity, inspiring more senescence than tumescence, if I may be so bold." You may sir!
Whatever the case, JD exudes a suave, cheerful desperation for a girl whom he wants to "get up next to." For better results, pull up Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing."

Yes! Great point! All songs about wanting to bone someone are basically the same genre and totally comparable to each other. "For better results, pull up W.A.S.P.'s 'Animal (Fuck Like a Beast).'"
Obscure Nerdville alert: this will appeal to maybe 1% of SLOG, but I always come back to Wil Heuser (of Big Brother parody fame. OK, "fame," rather) for Taylor Swift.


Thank you for your listening efforts, Dave.
Dave, sweet Dave,
Such dedication ... and all for naught.
this is the wedding playlist for 2016..
* crying*
I've been kind of shocked by the amount of pop albums that have been making it onto the year-end lists of alleged "indie" publications. This year seems more egregious than ever.
Goddamn yeah.
Uptown Funk is derivative as all hell, but when you're derivative of something that good, it can't help but rub off. I like the song a lot.
Does Dave Segal do any "best of the year" or "what I'm listening to" type lists? I looked through his articles and didn't see any... I really want to know what he's listening to.
Thanks Mr. Segal for this bracing palate cleanser!