Hey! It’s Kim again, and I’m back with another Songs of the Week article, except this time with a little twist-- all of these songs were requested by you, the readers of this article series! I got many different song requests from different people, but I’m only picking one song from each person so everyone gets a chance to be featured. So without further ado, here are YOUR requests for Songs of the Week!

1. “Save Me” by BTS- Requested by @LuxuriousLovin

“Save me, save me, before I fall…”

So obviously, BTS is a K-Pop group that’s been getting a lot of exposure and popularity in recent months. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of the band members on WHI’s All Images page or entire accounts dedicated to them and other K-Pop groups. I’m not Korean, nor do I speak Korean as a second or third language so I had absolutely no idea what they were saying the entire song (except for the English parts), but nevertheless, I listened to it and put the lyrics through Google Translate afterward. The song is about a guy who recently broke up with his significant other, and he’s not doing so hot. He misses them a lot and wants things to go back to normal, aka he wants to get back together with them.

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I’m not a huge K-Pop fan, so I went into this thinking, “Oh, it’s gonna be another song I don’t like,” but I was so wrong. I really like the piano chords in the beginning of the song, and I also loved how upbeat the entire song was. I’m still an Alternative music fan at heart, but this song changed my views on K-Pop. Give the song a listen!

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZjt_sA2eso

2. “Ready Yet” by Sasha Sloan- Requested by @cupidfied

”I just wanna be your friend again but there’s some shit I can’t forget, I don’t think I’m ready yet…”

I want to start this off by saying that I can’t believe I didn’t know about Sasha Sloan until now. She is the dictionary definition of underground talent. Her songs are very chill and relaxed and very simple in terms of the background music, she doesn’t need a lot of drums and bass to make a good song in comparison to other artists these days.

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The song is about Sasha Sloan getting out of a breakup, and she’s quite mad at her ex. It’s their fault the relationship ended the way it did, and she knows they’re sorry and want to make things right with her, but the things they did that resulted in the end of their relationship are too big for her to just forgive and forget quickly. There’s a part of her that still loves them, but she’s not ready to start over yet.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxyxACG3XOs

3. “Personal” by HRVY- Requested by @Fashion_is_my_city

”Every time she moves on she says, “Don’t take it personal…’”

DISCLAIMER: I’m going to be completely honest here, so don’t come after me for personally expressing how I really feel. Every song review I write is included with my own thoughts and opinions on the song, and I would be doing a disfavor to you, the readers of this article and article series as a whole, if I lied and said I loved a song when I really don’t. I would think that everyone here is old and mature enough to make their own decisions on what they think about certain topics, so this song review should be no different. Don’t let my own opinions get in the way of you forming your own thoughts and opinions on the song. Like HRVY sings in the song, “Don’t take it personal.”

I didn’t like this song at all. I didn't feel like there was a real meaning behind the song or its music video (which is literally an 18-year old white boy (HRVY, the singer) pathetically attempting to hit on a 15-year old girl (Loren Grey)...pretty sure that’s like, not okay...or legal...), oh, and did I mention that this song was made by someone who got popular off of lip syncing and “dancing” to songs on Musical.ly? I swear, I could almost smell the Axe body spray on him when I watched the music video. I couldn’t make it through half of the music video without cringing. The song is literally about him trying to ask a girl out but she’s one of those girls who goes around and plays “hard to get” by flirting with everyone to lead them on. That’s what it is in a nutshell.

I know I’m giving into my own personal biases about what I’ve heard about the kids who get popular off of Musical.ly and let me tell you now that none of the things I’ve heard are genuinely good things. When Grace Vanderwaal dragged Jacob Sartorious across the freaking floor on Instagram about how lip syncing and dancing to songs in a 10-second video isn’t real talent, I was like, “PREACH IT, GRACE!”

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I suppose it’s a good thing that some of these Musical.ly kids are trying to get into the music industry and getting signed to record labels and all of this, but I feel like the style of their music is something that is almost aimed towards a younger demographic. Listening to the song, I knew that the song was too poppy if you know what I mean. It’s not the kind of pop music that people my age (late teens) would listen to, you know? In conclusion, this isn’t a song I would listen to, it really isn’t my cup of tea. But like I said before, don’t let my opinions get in the way of your own opinions when you listen to the song.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YvG0NbYJpE

4. “I Miss You” by Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels- Requested by @_vellichor_

”I miss you, yeah I miss you, oh I do...though I’m trying not to right now…”

The most ironic thing about this song is that I was on Snapchat this morning looking through the new filters they put out everyday and the sunglasses one with the palm trees and the beach in the lenses featured this song...except today I had no school because it was super cold outside (temperatures were -25 degrees Fahrenheit, or -32 degrees Celsius for people who live outside the US) and then there’s this super summery filter haha.

Anyways, this is yet another breakup song. It’s about a recent relationship ending, and not taking the breakup very well because you’re still holding onto the memories you had with your boyfriend/girlfriend in order to stay close to them even though they’re not around anymore.

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I know the last set of lyrics isn’t from this specific Clean Bandit song, but it technically matches the meaning of this particular song, plus I needed one more picture and there aren’t any lyric edits for this song so I had to improvise.

This is one of those songs I had to listen to multiple times in order for me to get into the groove of it, and once I did, I couldn’t stop dancing to it! This is one of the very few songs where the singer actually sings/vocalizes over the bass drop of a dance song, so I’m glad that someone decided to do that for once! Plus, the music video is just aesthetically pleasing and I love the scenery featured throughout the video.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZs1AHQBz24

5. “Writer in the Dark” by Lorde- Requested by @the_night_skies

”Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark, now she’s gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart…”

Sabine knows me so well haha, we’re both fans of Lorde so when she requested this song I was like, “YES!!!!!” This song is also...another breakup song. Yes, I’m aware that 4 out of the 5 songs featured here are breakup songs. No, I didn’t expect that to happen. It’s about Lorde getting out of a breakup, but she still has feelings for her ex. These memories and feelings stay with her even though they’ve broken up, but nevertheless, she knew the relationship wasn’t going to last, so she’s continuing on with her life despite these feelings.

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I’ve loved Lorde since she started making music, but this song is one of my personal favorites from her. The emotion in her voice is quite evident throughout the song, and it’s completely raw. There’s no autotune, no drums, no bass, no beat in the background except for piano chords. It’s her voice and the piano. That’s it. Songs like this one show that sometimes, you don’t need a lot to go into producing a song to make it a good song. Sometimes, less is more.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1Wevfw_Nxk

Thank you so much for reading this article! If you liked it, be sure to heart it or leave a reaction on it to let me know that you liked it! Your hearts and reactions give me an idea on if you guys are enjoying this or not, so they’re all greatly appreciated. I might make one SOTW article a month just based on your requests alone, so keep sending in those song requests and you might be featured in an upcoming SOTW article!

Until next time,
~Kim (@music_infinity)

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