AT40At the end of each month, I’m going to take a look at the current American Top 40 and pick my favorite pop songs of the moment. Just because I really think my opinion is that important (sarcasm) and because I just want more consistent posts here.

1 – “I’m Not the Only One” – Sam Smith
(current AT40 position: 4)
He’s probably my favorite artist at the moment. His throaty vocals are so soothing and I love that he’s so in sync with his emotions. This song hits its high point when Smith’s vocals rise during the line “you say I’m crazy.”

2 – “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
(current AT40 position: 8)
Ronson’s production on this is so on point. The catchiest song on the radio. It’s no secret that I’m a Mars fan, and he absolutely kills it on this funky track.

3 – “Habits (Stay High)” – Tove Lo
(current AT40 position: 15)
I love bummer jams. Love, love, love them. This song came on right when I was in need of a new song to connect with. Just replace getting high with getting drunk, and you have me from the last few months of 2014.

4 – “Take Me To Church” – Hozier
(current AT40 position: 5)
Hozier is hot. He’s been around long enough to not have to tell people that this soulful song is sung by a “white, Irish guy.” It’s undeniably one of the best songs of 2014, even though it was originally released in 2013. It’ll be at the top of a 2015 list as well at this rate.

5 – “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
(current AT40 position: 16)
I may like “Don’t” better, but I’ve heard it longer. So I gave this position to this beautiful love song. My only problem with it is that I keep thinking he sings “seventeen” and not “seventy.” I don’t know why though.

Songs that just missed the cut?
Taylor Swifts’ two monster singles, Vance Joy’s “Riptide,” and, shockingly, Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries.”

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