Those enticed here by the promise of butch and sparklers may be disappointed that the title pretty much only applies to the Dev vid — though I've not looked so thoroughly as to guarantee you won't find butch and sparkle throughout.
"Born To Wub" was another prospective title; it too only really goes with the Dev track.
Next year I'll just post my favorite Dev song, and announce, "Dev Contains Everything."
Was also thinking of calling this, "You Already Know Who It Is"; I've made this list into a YouTube playlist, and those are the words Silentó introduces himself with, on the first track.
And after all, you already knew I was gonna give you Dev, and T-ara, and K-pop. In 2012 I simply called my half-year list, "More Songs From K-pop, Dev, and Cassie." A year earlier I'd called it "Dev Like Cassie."
But there's also wub in Vince Staples' "Norf Norf": wobble that's disembodied from a beat. And there's wub deep in Ash-B's larynx.
1. Silentó "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"
2. Ash-B "매일"
3. The Seeya with Le "The Song Of Love"
4. Azin "Delete"
5. HyunA ft. Jung Ilhoon "Roll Deep (Because I'm The Best)"
6. Dev "Parade"
7. Rihanna "Bitch Better Have My Money"
8. Crayon Pop "FM"
9. ZZBEst "랄랄라"
10. Red Velvet "Ice Cream Cake"
11. Titica "Você Manda Fogo"
12. Ash-B "What's Real"
13. Daphne And Celeste "You And I Alone"
14. SHINee "View"
15. Ash-B "누구야"
16. 4minute "Crazy"
17. Jason Derulo "Cheyenne"
18. Lil Mama "Sausage"
19. The-Dream "Cedes Benz"
20. BiSH "BiSH: On A Night When Stars Are Twinkling"
21. Momoiro Clover Z vs KISS "Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina"
22. Romeo Santos "Hilito"
23. Kendrick Lamar "King Kunta"
24. Pungdeng-E "Ppippippappa"
25. MC Doni ft. Натали "Ты такой"
26. BiSH "OTNK"
27. Jason Aldean "Just Gettin' Started"
28. Christine and the Queens "Christine"
29. Sofi De La Torre "What People Do"
30. Vince Staples "Norf Norf"
31. Feder "Goodbye"
32. Caro Emerald "Quicksand"
33. Exid "Ah Yeah"
34. Lyrical School "Wonder Ground"
35. Lizzy "Not An Easy Girl"
36. Ash-B "달라"
37. Uhuru ft. Wizkid "Duze"
38. All Time Low "Something's Gotta Give"
39. The Weeknd "Can't Feel My Face"
40. Brigitte "J'sais pas"
41. A$AP Rocky ft. Miguel, Rod Stewart & Mark Ronson "Everyday"
42. Kelela "A Message"
43. Drake "Hotline Bling"
44. Demi Lovato "Cool For The Summer"
45. T-ara "So Crazy"
46. Lila Downs ft. Juanes "La Patria Madrina"
47. Maitre Gims "Est-ce Que Tu m'Aimes"
48. Wonder Girls "I Feel You"
49. Serebro "Pereputala"
50. Maliibu N Helene "Figure 8"
51. Young Thug "Best Friend"
52. Richie Homie Quan "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)"
53. Young Thug "Check"
54. iLoveMemphis "Hit The Quan"
55. GFriend "Glass Bead"
56. AronChupa "I'm An Albatraoz"
57. Ash-B "I'm Filled"
58. The-Dream "That's My Shit"
59. Vince Staples "Señorita"
60. Oh My Girl "Closer"
I've scattered Ash-B tracks all through the list, like dandelion seeds. Can't find English translations, so the adventure for me is her voice. She begins "매일" with darkly insistent eighth notes, then she's pushing the main beat hard, then she's relaxing into the conversational, which she's then pushing into even more insistence.
There were no Cassie singles, so Sofi De La Torre was awarded the Cassie Ventura Honorary Remote-Achiness Fellowship for 2015.
"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" at number 1 demonstrates the influence on this list of the elementary-school gym class. See also "Hit The Quan" at number 54.
See also the fact that this list is three months late.
Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" also scores high in the gym and should be here too, except the single edit adds pointless, chantless Kendrick Lamar verses that undercut the elementary-school incantations.
In his own "King Kunta," Kendrick creates beautiful, perfectly at ease low-impact funk — unless "beautiful, perfectly at ease low-impact" is a euphemism for "boring." So maybe I'm overrating it at 23. Unless I'm underrating it.
Pungdeng-E are no surprise on this list; I put them on last year's too. But Wikipedia tells me that "one of their original concepts was the use of different regional satoori (dialects) where each member uses her own local dialect," a fact that had passed non-Korean-speaking me by. They'd simply seemed like kiddie hip-hop. In this year's vid, though, they go appropriately misshapen and rustic, until going all technological and op art at the end.
I still don't "get" Japanese idol music, but fake idol does well on this list. (See numbers 20 and 26. I don't know what to call numbers 21 and 34.)
The real surprise for me was Jason Derulo's "Cheyenne." He'd always seemed the equivalent of a reserve basketball player who knows how to position himself to get the rebound, score the layup, make the outlet pass, but has trouble actually doing it. I can't say what he's doing that's so different here. It's not that his voice is any more pliable. Maybe it's just that the songwriters, this time, really, you know, get him the ball in the right spot. Or they go back to an old style that touches me. Anyway, plaintive tune, the right swoops and falsetto, managing to deliver some of the echoing anguish and terror of the "Dirty Diana"/"Smooth Criminal" close-out of MJ's Bad. (But for some reason it wasn't "Cheyenne" that hit big for Derulo this year.)
On "King Kunta," Kendrick Lamar re-sings words from "Smooth Criminal." That's according to Wikip, anyway: I don't feel the Jackson in it the way I feel it in "Cheyenne," which is maybe why I never concentrated on the "Kunta" lyrics enough to see for myself. (Not to say that such concentration couldn't flip me, if I get to it.)
SHINee's "View": Light top, deep bottom. Even the first time I heard it, the chorus sounded classic and inevitable. I don't have any insight as to why, though. (From what I can tell, it was written by two Brits, two Americans, and a Korean.)
The producer of my number 45 is teaming up with the artist of my number 1; the worlds here enrich one another. Or consume one another. Or dilute one another. Or still manage to pass one another by. (The teaser seems kind of meh.)
- Cute Butch People w/ Sparklers (Top 60 Singles, 2015)