Song of the Week
I listen to a lot of music, and I'm personally interested in seeing how my taste in music changes over time. As such, I've started this very small pet project: I document my favourite song of the week.
This project is definitely still a work in progress - I think there's a lot of cool statistical analysis I can do here. For now, I'm pretty busy, so it'll just be a simple list.
Oh yeah, and here's the Spotify playlist, for your convenience.
Week 99: November 13 - November 19
FOOL'S GOLD | Aries
Aries is my guilty pleasure, and FOOL'S GOLD is my pyrite. The pieces just come together so well on this song.
Week 98: November 6 - November 12
Sangria | $NOT, Denzel Curry
Production is absolutely insane, $NOT definitely punches above his weight, and Denzel absolutely kills his verse. Amazing flute sample.
Week 97: October 30 - November 5
MORE | K/DA - Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE, Lexie Liu, Jaira Burns
I can't believe it, but I'm actually stanning a virtual kpop group from Riot Games. What a time to be alive.
Week 96: October 23 - October 29
positions | Ariana Grande
Week 95: October 16 - October 22
I Keep Calling | James Blake
A new type of serene.
alt pop 2020
Week 94: October 9 - October 15
LAX | Vulfpeck
Oh my, this song is just so catchy and danceable. Joey Dosik brings some great vocals to an immaculate bassline.
Week 93: October 2 - October 8
Runnin | 21 Savage, Metro Boomin
This album? Absolutely nuts. Best trap release front-to-back this year, and 21 + Metro is always a lethal combination. Love the innovation here.
Week 92: September 25 - October 1
Scholarships | Drake, Future
What a Time to Be Alive. 5 years!
Week 91: September 18 - September 24
Don't Wanna | HAIM
Damn. This album is awesome. HAIM maintains catchy pop bops (like Don't Wanna) but also playfully explore their boundaries.
indie rock 2020
Week 90: September 11 - September 17
You Can Get It | BUMPER
This is something that I never knew I wanted but absolutely blew me away: Japanese Breakfast with happy-go-lucky production and vocals makes my day.
Week 89: September 4 - September 10
ok on your own | mxmtoon, Carly Rae Jepsen
Two pop queens absolutely kill it. Song has only been out for a day or so, and it's already dominated my week.
Week 88: August 28 - September 3
THE BADDEST | K/DA - (G)I-DLE, Bea Miller, Wolftyla
Hm, this is awkward. Am I ashamed? Maybe. Am I really ashamed? Absolutely not. Love the addition of Bea Miller too!
Week 87: August 21 - August 27
Woodlawn | Aminé
Aminé continues being an interesting and unique voice in the rap game. Great confident banger.
Week 86: August 14 - August 20
CUT EM IN | Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross
Paak just ... doesn't miss. Running circles on the game.
Week 85: August 7 - August 13
Soul Food II | Logic
I can't believe I actually enjoyed a new Logic release. A fitting end to his career, though I doubt he's done for good.
Week 84: July 31 - August 6
ROYL | Chloe x Halle
This album is just straight bangers and anthems from front to back. Absolutely nuts for a sophomore album with this much creative control; definitely want to hear more.
Week 83: July 24 - July 30
exile | Taylor Swift, Bon Iver
This song is by two undergound indie artists, Taylor Swift and Bon Iver. You probably haven't heard of them, I can't blame you.
Week 82: July 17 - July 23
Shine | Joey Bada$$
Need some Shine. Joey is back.
Week 81: July 10 - July 16
Politics & Violence | Dominic Fike
At this point, they seem to be one and the same. Smooth AF song though.
pop rap 2020
Week 80: July 3 - July 9
Heat Waves | Glass Animals
Late nights in the middle of June.
Week 79: June 26 - July 2
North Pole | Injury Reserve
RIP Groggs. Rest in power.
alt rap 2017
Week 78: June 19 - June 25
Lockdown | Anderson .Paak
Still topical. Still relevant. .Paak is back.
Week 77: June 12 - June 18
Song 33 | Noname
Noname x Madlib is insane, and this is by far the smoothest, chillest call-out I've ever heard. Still topical, still relevant.
Week 76: June 5 - June 11
Institutionalized | Kendrick Lamar, Bilal, Anna Wise, Snoop Dogg
Still topical, still relevant.
Week 75: May 29 - June 4
Fuck Tha Police | N.W.A.
Seems topical. Black Lives Matter.
Week 74: May 22 - May 28
damn right | Little Simz
Little Simz never ceases to drop quality track after quality track. One of the few rappers that I'm still excited about.
Week 73: May 15 - May 21
If Only | Raveena
If silk had a voice, Raveena has it. Absolutely absurd.
Week 72: May 8 - May 14
goodnight n go | Ariana Grande
It's funny, because I haven't had a good night's sleep, and I can't go anywhere. Still, a dreamy song - if too dreamy.
Week 71: May 1 - May 7
with you | seth arlan
This song hits harder than I expected it. Nice summer vibes, laid-back instrumentals, and cute lyrics.
indie pop 2018
Week 70: April 24 - April 30
Tokyo Love Hotel | Rina Sawayama
Rina's new album is superb, a debut that she's definitely deserving of. A solid AOTY contender for me!
Week 69: April 17 - April 23
Gimme Love | Joji
Joji's very hit-or-miss for me, but this one is definitely a hit. An absolutely infectious nighttime hook.
Week 68: April 10 - April 16
My Love | Anna of the North
A super uplifting, danceable, all-around feel-good song. Shoutout to Jessica for the rec!
Week 67: April 3 - April 9
Animal Spirits | Vulfpeck
The Beautiful Song. Reminds me of going outside with people, which is something I miss.
funk pop 2016
Week 66: March 27 - April 2
Faith | The Weeknd
I've been on a Weeknd binge all week (and Weeknd); After Hours is like a perfect period piece.
Week 65: March 20 - March 26
XS | Rina Sawayama
Another bop from Rina, no surprise here.
Week 64: March 13 - March 19
Talk Is Cheap | Chet Faker
One of the best songs of the past decade, and written/performed/produced by only one person. Nick Murphy is a polygot with his vocal range, serene and gripping production, and impactful lyricism.
Week 63: March 6 - March 12
Dragonball Durag | Thundercat
Thundercat is an amazing bassist. This song just has good vibes, and that's something I think we all need right now.
Week 62: February 28 - March 5
ringtone (remix) | 100 gecs, Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito
This is peak internet.
Week 61: February 21 - February 27
death bed | Powfu, beabadoobee
A pretty creative spin on Coffee that's been stuck in my head for the past two weeks. Lyrics are a melancholy kind of sad.
alt rap 2020
Week 60: February 14 - February 20
Nothing in Return | Monsune
I've been on a Monsune binge this week! Definitely looking forward to his concert this spring break!!!
alt pop 2017
Week 59: February 7 - February 13
I Would Do Anything For You | Foster The People
A catchy, danceable, feel-good bop. Classic Foster The People, but without the dark undertones.
indie pop 2011
Week 58: January 31 - February 6
Shoota | Playboi Carti
I've listened to this song more than 20 times in the past two weeks. It's mind-numbingly infectious.
Week 57: January 24 - January 30
Gotta Have It | JAY-Z & Kanye West
Kanye chops up this sample beautifully and absolutely kills his first verse. WTT is slowly moving up my Kanye rankings.
Week 56: January 17 - January 23
Blue World | Mac Miller
A painful, but well-deserved sendoff. Cements Mac's legacy. RIP.
Week 55: January 10 - January 16
Lost In Yesterday | Tame Impala
Have you ever heard of Tame Impala? They have this one song, "The Less I Know The Better", but you probably haven't heard of it.
psychedelic rock 2020
Week 54: January 3 - January 9
Dreams Tonite | Alvvays
I don't think I've gotten tired of the "saw you in a dream" trope yet, and Alvvays makes one of the best of the genre.
indie pop 2017
Week 53: December 27 - January 2
Digital | IDK
Shit slaps. Entire album seamlessly alternates between banger and introspection.
Week 52: December 20 - December 26
Toronto | Snoh Aalegra
It's good to be back.
Week 51: December 13 - December 19
Sugarplum Elegy | NIKI
Just, wow. NIKI keeps on blowing my mind. Super happy this finally got released to Spotify, just in time for the holiday season.
Week 50: December 6 - December 12
Otis | JAY-Z & Kanye West
JAY-Z is back on Spotify - what more can I say.
Week 49: November 29 - December 5
Blinding Lights | The Weeknd
Excited for our resident Toronto sadboi to be back!
Week 48: November 22 - November 28
OUTTA MY MIND | Monsune
I can't get this melody outta my mind. Absolutely infectious, smooth & sweet.
alt pop 2019
Week 47: November 15 - November 21
Alaska | Maggie Rogers
This week has been a Maggie Rogers kinda week.
art pop 2019
Week 46: November 8 - November 14
COMMA$ | LORD$OFDOGTOWN
A posse cut with an infectious flow and beat. Reminds me of SWEET in the best way possible.
Week 45: November 1 - November 7
The Games We Play | Pusha T
After a disappointing Kanye release, I needed to be reminded that Kanye still could make good music. Pusha T's solid-as-always lines never hurt.
Week 44: October 25 - October 31
ringtone | 100 gecs
I really can't explain why I like 100 gecs, but they've been stuck in my head this past week. Probably the weirdest music I've heard this year. gecgecgec.
Week 43: October 18 - October 24
I Don't Miss You At All | FINNEAS
Maybe the most unconvincing song of all time. Kinda nuts how much young talent this family has, between FINNEAS and Billie - it's almost unfair.
Week 42: October 11 - October 17
La La Lost You | NIKI
NIKI is absolutely killing it.
Week 41: October 4 - October 10
For Real | Mallrat
An adorably cute, positive song. "And you didn't even wanna die once this week" is a strange but graceful hook.
Week 40: September 27 - October 3
Vossi Bop | Stormzy
Punchy one-liners, solid flow, and a very catchy beat. Stormzy brings the bread and butter of a chart-topping rap song.
Week 39: September 20 - September 26
White Mercedes | Charli XCX
Charli's back baby.
Week 38: September 13 - September 19
Tenderness | Jay Som
Anak Ko has been on repeat for me this past month. Jay Som is definitely an underrated gem, and I'm excited to hear more and more from her!!!
indie rock 2019
Week 37: September 6 - September 12
Indigo | NIKI
Wow, I'm just addicted to this song. Love the sugary-sweet synths and the colourful chorus.
Week 36: August 30 - September 5
dream of you | mxmtoon
I am unbearbly excited for the masquerade. maia hasn't disappointed yet!
bedroom pop 2019
Week 35: August 23 - August 29
SUGAR | BROCKHAMPTON
The BROCKHAMPTON boys are back, and they're sad.
pop rap 2019
Week 34: August 16 - August 22
suburban wonderland | BETWEEN FRIENDS
I'm glad that I've left the 'burbs, but there is something special about it that I miss.
indie pop 2017
Week 33: August 9 - August 15
Closer To You | Clairo
Some of this album is just... so sad. Clairo rips out emotions with minimal production and vocals.
indie pop 2019
Week 32: August 2 - August 8
Sunday Best | Surfaces
This is just such a feel good song. It's got me feeling blessed, never stressed. And you bet it's got me on my sunday best.
Week 31: July 26 - August 1
4EVER | Clairo
I've fully become a Wallows and Clairo addict at this point. 4EVER will tide me over until I listen to Immunity.
indie pop 2018
Week 30: July 19 - July 25
Are You Bored Yet? | Wallows
Wallows x Clairo is like the Ed Sheeran collab album for softbois. I can't believe I just typed that sentence.
indie rock 2019
Week 29: July 12 - July 18
Hands Down (Reprise) | The Greeting Committee
The original is one of my favourite songs, so I can't believe that I discovered the reprise so late. Hands down my favourite cute song.
indie pop 2017
Week 28: July 5 - July 11
Selfish | Little Simz
GREY Area is one of the only rap albums where I've added every single song to my playlist. Little Simz hits hard, but most importantly, she hits consistently.
Week 27: June 28 - July 4
Cocoa Butter Kisses | Chance the Rapper
i think my quality of life has significantly improved now that acid rap is back on spotify— matt wang (@malsf21) June 30, 2019
Week 26: June 21 - June 27
Chinese New Year | SALES
Chinese New Year was a long time ago, but I'm still down. SALES sells me on an amazing hook and a raw sound.
Week 25: June 14 - June 20
Feels Right | Carly Rae Jepsen
You thought I wouldn't be rocking new Carly? She doesn't stop embracing core elements of electro pop to keep on making bops.
Week 24: June 7 - June 13
3 Nights | Dominic Fike
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this absolute earworm. I want more Dominic x BROCKHAMPTON.
alt pop 2018
Week 23: May 31 - June 6
Oom Sha La La | Haley Heynderickx
I Need to Start a Garden.
indie folk 2018
Week 22: May 24 - May 30
EARFQUAKE | Tyler, the Creator
IGOR is unabashedly raw, emotional, and personal. Tyler presents a fresh take in an oversaturated rap scene, and a possible AOTY.
Week 21: May 17 - May 23
Grilled Cheese | Peach Face
Grilled Cheese is an absolute earworm; I'm surprised that this is Peach Face's only song on Spotify, 'cause it's so damn catchy.
bedroom pop 2018
Week 20: May 10 - May 16
I Like (the idea of) You | Tessa Violet
Tessa Violet drops another summer bop, filled with lovesick lyrics and production that makes you wanna dance.
indie pop 2019
Week 19: May 3 - May 9
prom dress | mxmtoon
New mxmtoon? Emotional vulnerability? Minimal production? Beautiful vocals? Instant banger.
bedroom pop 2019
Week 18: Apr 26 - May 2
Boyer | Kevin Abstract
The BROCKHAMPTON boys do it again. Energetic production, vibrant vocals, and personal slices of Kevin's life.
Week 17: Apr 19 - Apr 25
Distant | Wayllo
Someone I went to high school with dropped a single, and it's fire. Reminds me of Snakehips, Major Lazer, and Louis the Child, in the best way possible.
electro pop 2019
Week 16: Apr 12 - Apr 18
Hookers | Tierra Whack
Tierra brings a refreshing and whacky take on contemporary rap, delivering a deeply emotional and passionate performance in just one minute.
Week 15: Apr 5 - Apr 11
Butterflies | Kacey Musgraves
I'm a bit late to the party, but Kacey Musgraves weaves together a beautifully melancholic pop-country album - chock full of tearjerkers and "aww" moments.
Week 14: Mar 29 - Apr 4
bad guy | Billie Eilish
Billie brings a unique, consistent, and pretty spooky sound: a welcome addition to a pop scene filled with bland mediocrity, and from a 17 year-old no less.
Week 13: Mar 22 - Mar 28
Upside Down | Jack Johnson and Friends
Was surprised that this wasn't a Metro Boomin' collab, because this shit slaps.
Week 12: Mar 15 - Mar 21
Pristine | Snail Mail
Pristine is yet another addition to simp session bedroom pop and indie rock - as cliché as it sounds, you really do feel her pain.
indie rock 2018
Week 11: Mar 8 - Mar 14
No Drug Like Me | Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly's back with more bops. What else can I say.
Week 10: Mar 1 - Mar 7
Locket | Crumb
Locket is a tantalizing earworm, a combination of smooth rock and jazz-like elements that's been stuck in my head for the past few weeks.
indie rock 2017
Week 9: Feb 22 - Feb 28
Forever Always | Peter Cottontale, Chance the Rapper, Daniel Caesar, Madison Ryann Ward, YEBBA
A surprisingly star-studded feel-good song - something that definitely helps with a rough week of work.
indie pop 2018
Week 8: Feb 15 - Feb 21
Gimme The Loot | The Notorious B.I.G
Considering the prominence of "Gimme The Loot" as a producer tag and adlib, I thought it'd be nice to take it back to the OG. Biggie is just a straight killer on this track.
Week 7: Feb 8 - Feb 14
5% TINT | Travis Scott
Travis weaves together a spooky vibe with a haunting piano chord, barebones beats, and his signature eerie autotune.
Week 6: Feb 1 - Feb 7
You Only Like Me With The Lights Out | Avid Dancer
Strong, raw guitars and an equally raw voice addictingly convey a truth that nobody wants to hear.
alt rock 2016
Week 5: Jan 25 - Jan 31
Rivers and Roads | The Head and the Heart
A much-too-relatable emotional ballad about missed friends and love songs - bread and butter for any university student.
indie folk 2011
Week 4: Jan 18 - Jan 24
Lovers Rock | TV Girl
Lovers Rock is entrancing, smooth pop at its best - something I imagine in the background of an upscale restaurant.
indie pop 2014
Week 3: Jan 11 - Jan 17
Ruin Your Night | Sorcha Richardson
This is the catchiest sanger (sad banger) I've heard so far. The lyrics are so simple, yet so depressing.
indie pop 2016
Week 2: Jan 4 - Jan 10
Crush | Tessa Violet
Crush is what I love about modern pop: innovative and flashy production backed by simple but effective lyrics.
indie pop 2018
Week 1: Jan 1 - Jan 4
Loving Is Easy | Rex Orange County
Rex Orange County makes another catchy and relatable love ballad.
indie pop 2017