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Top 3: September’s chart topping hits

Jordan Jewell, Entertainment Editor

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Musical taste varies each decade, year and month. September has seen jams fluctuating all over the charts, at least according to Billboard’s Top 100 chart, which is ruled by rhythmic beats and quick verses. All three top songs this month are more pop and rap focused. This falls in line with the prediction left by Billboard’s 2017 Top 100 Songs of the Year, which featured Kendrick Lamar’s Humble as the top 5 song of the year. Cardi B is having a good month, as she sings in both the second and third rated songs.

In My Feelings by Drake

This song is probably immediately recognizable, as the soundtrack to a current viral dance challenge where participants let their car roll forward while dancing along side to the song. It has the kind of solid beat that lends itself to dancing and became an internet sensation along with the dance challenged accompanied with it. The most popular and quoted lyrics are “Kiki, do you love me?/ Are you riding? / Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me. ‘Cause I want ya / and I need ya / And I’m down for you always.” The song comes off of Drake’s fifth studio album, “Scorpion”.

Girls Like You by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

This song is a more traditional pop song, with an electronic beat and repetitive chorus. In it, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine serenades the listener softly about how he needs “a girl like you”, with a rap verse by Cardi B adding some flair halfway through. The verses are incredibly catchy, with the kind of rhythm that makes it a great song to sing along to in the car. After coming out, it immediately made its way onto the Top 100 chart, helped up by a star-studded music video featuring celebrities such as Gal Gadot and Camila Cabella.

I Like It by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

Cardi B brought out her afro-Latina roots in this collaboration with Bad Bunny, a Puerto Rican singer and rapper, and J Balvin, a Colombian reggaetón singer. The song itself has the recognizable sound and feeling of hip-hop, with nearly every verse in spanish. It has the resounding chorus of “I like it like that” going for nearly the entire song, paying homage to a Latin American hit titled “I Like It Like That” by Pete Rodriguez. The combination of fast paced verses in two languages and a fun hip-hop beat are reminiscent of Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”, which finished as the number two song of the year in 2017.

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Top 3: September’s chart topping hits