Hello, lovely people! So after the SAT yesterday, I realized that I have a ton of time on my hands now. I don't have to spend my afternoons studying anymore and I can just relax for the rest of the summer before school starts next Tuesday (YIKES). So of course, I have all this time now and I decided to spend it by writing another Article for you guys! Like the title says, I will be giving you guys a list of my top 10 most played songs on my phone right now. I will give my description/review on it, and I will leave a link in case you want to check it out. :)

1. "Poltergeist" by Banks

"Oh my God, I think I saw a ghost, follow me everywhere I go. Don't even try to get creative, I smell a clown looking goofy dressed up as a native..."

This is my most played song on my phone. I love Banks, her music is not like other artists you hear on the radio. Her song "Poltergeist" is about the ghost of her past self following her present self around. Do you ever have bad memories from the past that you don't want to remember or relive, but you somehow end up remembering it anyways or a certain event triggers you to remember it? This is what her song is about. This is my favorite song of all time, not just because of the syncopation in the beats or the ghost-like intro of the song. I can relate so much to the lyrics, as I have been bullied in the past (I'll write about that in a future article) and have moved schools because of it. Sometimes the comments and the words get to my head, and they almost "follow" me around. This song overall has a very different sound compared to other songs you would hear, but it's in a good way. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WaA8rYCKFo

2. "Young and Menace" by Fall Out Boy

"Oops, I did it again, I forgot what I was losing my mind about..."

Let me get this out of the way: I LOVE Fall Out Boy. When I heard that their new album "M A N I A" was coming out, I literally screamed. It didn't help that I was in school either and my friend gave me a concerned look lol. (Side note, I'm also sad that they pushed the release date from September to January) When I first listened to the song, I thought, "Nooooooo why is this so much worse than I thought?!" When I listened to it more, it grew on me. "Young and Menace" is already an indicator that FOB is moving into a new era of music and sound (as if the purple album cover wasn't obvious enough already compared to the typical predominant red and blue album covers in the past), and although many people have expressed disdain for it, I'm looking forward to their new changes and I can't wait to hear their new music in a few months.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_TC8wCkRd4
(Send me a postcard if you laughed at the little comments during the little sampling parts after the chorus)

3. "Trainwreck" by Banks

"Hey, I heard it from the state, they told me you were never gonna let me get away..."

Yup, 2 of my top 3 songs are by Banks. This song borders on a hip-hop/rap vibe without making it an actual hip-hop/rap song. Banks sings about how she wants to escape her boring relationship with her significant other, but they don't want her to leave so she stays. It's an upbeat song and this is a song that I'll never get bored of.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSNqIerZBFs

4. "Catching On" by Elephante ft. Nevve

"I'm catching on to you, you steer me wrong, you do, you do..."

This song is a little different than the rest of the songs on this list because it's categorized as "Dance" on iTunes, while the rest of the songs on this list are Alternative (and the one R&B/Soul song coming up). It's about falling in love, and even though you know it's probably not a good thing for you because it may be the wrong time/wrong place/wrong scenario, you can't help yourself because...well, you're in love. I love the bass drop in this song. Enough said.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQRNYDZeDS0

5. "Guys My Age" by Hey Violet

"Haven't seen my ex since we broke up, probably 'cause he didn't want to grow up..."

This is a pretty good breakup song actually. The singer (Rena Lovelis) just got out of a breakup with a (very) immature guy and is looking for someone more mature to be in a relationship with. I don't know why I can relate to this song so much...maybe it's because the guys at my school in my grade are 17 but act like 12-year-olds.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0MmNRO8LZo

6. "Now Or Never" by Halsey

"I don't wanna fight right now, know you always right..."

Ah yes. In order to explain this song, I have to give you guys a brief HFK (hopeless fountain kingdom) explanation. Halsey's second album "hopeless fountain kingdom" is a concept album, meaning that the songs in the album are somehow all connected and when listened to in order, it tells a story. "hopeless fountain kingdom" tells the story of two lovers who can't be together because of societal rules, almost like Romeo and Juliet. Halsey wants her significant other to love her now, and love her forever, or not at all. The concept behind the album is clearly shown in the music video for "Now Or Never," which I will link below. ***There is a graphic scene at the end of the music video, but I don't believe it's anything you guys can't handle.***

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzQTc0-iBX8

7. "Dancing On Glass" by St. Lucia

"How long till we learn dancing is dangerous? How long till we find the devil inside of us?"

This song gives me major 80s vibes. I don't remember how I even came across the song to begin with. I just know that I listened to it once and I fell in love with it. It's about how people are attracted to things that aren't necessarily good for them. For example, if someone is successful in their job or career, it doesn't always mean that it's good. It's possible that their social life is on the rocks from being so busy instead of spending time with friends. It's a very upbeat song and you could dance to it too...just don't dance on glass while you listen to this song hahaha I'm not funny at all

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDKJ29357FU

8. "The Hills" by The Weeknd

"I only call you when it's half past five, the only time that I'll be by your side..."

I'm sure you've seen the music video thumbnail for this song, the one with The Weeknd in the front with an exploding upside-down car in the foreground (the thumbnail has since been changed to a shot of the upside-down car). To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of The Weeknd, but I do like some of his songs. My friend actually recommended this song to me and I went to go check it out. After I listened to it I'm sure it was the only song I listened to for the next week or so.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzTuBuRdAyA
***EXPLICIT LYRICS***

9. "LA Devotee" by Panic! at the Disco

"The black magic of Mulholland Drive, swimming pools under desert skies, drinking white wine in the blushing light, just another LA devotee..."

BRENDON URIE!!!!! Okay, fangirl moment over. The music video for this song stars the boy who plays Will from Stranger Things! The song hints to live in LA, with lyrics about swimming pools and desert skies. However, the music video and lyrics hint at something deeper than just a bunch of pools and palm trees. It suggests that you could be consumed by materalism and the glitz and glamour that comes with living in LA, but it also expresses fascination with the lifestyle at the same time. I will admit, the music video is good in a weird way.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dNcKTcnPA

10. "Castles" by of Verona

"But you left me there, then all the memories came crashing down, the insecurities by which you're bound, but still, I would've died for you..."

The last song on this list is a relatively unknown band called of Verona. I think that their song is about a relationship in which the singer's insecure significant other ends up leaving her because of doubts they have in the relationship. She was never going to leave them because she sings in the song "I would've died for you," but THEY left and she was left with nothing but the memories they've created together.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2BPwiQkstg

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If you made it to the end of this SUPER long Article, congrats! Don't be afraid to send me a postcard about what you thought of the songs and if you maybe even found a new favorite. My Songs of the Week Article is still coming out on Friday evening, but I just had a lot of extra time on my hands today and decided to treat you guys to an extra article this week. :) If there's anything that you want to see me write about, such as high school advice, food, song reviews, etc. send me a postcard and I'll write about it :)

Until next time,
~Kim (@music_infinity)