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The Weeknd “Starboy”: Top Five Songs of the New Album

November 28, 2016

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The Weeknd is back and this time he has Daft Punk. “Starboy” is the latest studio album from R&B star The Weeknd, responsible for two #1 songs last year, Can’t Feel My Face and The Hills. Here are my top five songs:

#5 Sidewalks

The Weeknd decided to enlist rap’s most notorious crowd-pleaser Kendrick Lamar for the funky and metaphoric Sidewalks. The song chronicles both artist’s past on growing up on the “sidewalks” and how they have both been torn down and built by their childhoods. Sam Smith is also on the record, conveniently placed at the end of each verse to get it that extra bit of soul.

#4 Reminder

“Every time we try to forget who I am, I’ll be right there to remind you again.” Probably the most stuffed lyrics of the entire album, Reminder is impressively laden with lyrical depth that details his new Starboy persona. The verse above is about how no matter what direction The Weeknd takes his sound, he and his fans will always be grounded in his old style.

#3 Rockin

The first of four tracks to be produced by Max Martin, the producer responsible for 20+ #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including last year’s Can’t Feel My Face by Abel (Abel Tesfaye = The Weeknd) himself. Groovy and vivid, Rockin’ is The Weeknd showing off his pop flare and brandishing his Michael Jackson’s akin hooks with newfound suave.

#2 Love To Lay

Another Martin-produced track, Love To Lay is vocally striking with its standout chorus and arena-rock beat. Radio-ready and bound to be a top ten hit (if not #1), this track is going to be blasting from your stereos in the next month or two.

#1 I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk)

Unlike Daft Punk’s first collaboration with this R&B star, Starboy, this song is full of warmth and affection. As a busser for weddings, I can promise you this will be played on the dancefloor for years to come. If any track has a chance to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, I Feel It Coming is destined to reach the peak.

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