Just as a disclaimer I should’ve done this 2 years ago. It would have made more sense because DJ Snake’s ‘Let Me Love You ft Justin Bieber’ would have just been released making it the second popular song that year called ‘Let Me Love You’ alongside Ariana Grande’s same name song featuring Lil Wayne. Unfortunately I wasn’t with Craccum at that time so here is that idea coming to fruition right now, 2 years late.
Coming in at number 5 is Ariana Grande’s version featuring Lil Wayne. Ariana delivers on the hook and Lil Wayne gives another great Wayne feature. The only reason that this is at number 5 is because of the verses. Ariana sings beautifully but the impression she is giving off is somewhat unbelievable. This was 2 years ago so she was still not that far from her Disney days, she might have still been on Disney I’m not sure, which kind of kills the vibe she was going for. It seems like this happens with most Disney stars who try to transition into ‘mature’ music. To be taken seriously, they almost gotta to signify their new path as a proper artist with a song as anti disney as possible. Anyone remember Miley Cyrus? If you don’t get my point just listen to Ariana’s first song and compare it with this one. I just think it’s the type of track that would have sounded more believable from a singer like Tinashe. This is the best line from Lil Wayne in the song by the way:
“I’m laid up with my new thing
She lay her head on my new chain
Then the mood change My name change
From Lil Wayne to Ooh Wayne”
DJ Snake and Justin Bieber take number 4 spot with their EDM infused track. The content in this one is not as great or as deep as Ariana’s version but the chorus is just too infectious to deny it the better spot. Plus DJ Snake provides the goods on the instrumentation in the single coming out of his also spectacular album Encore. DJ Snake has released another album since and you can’t deny the effect Bieber had on this raking in more than 500,000,000 views on YouTube making it DJ Snake’s most famous song.
Ne-Yo’s placement is ironic here since he wrote both the #2 and #1 songs on this list. This is actually the only reason he is here. Not that his own version of the title song is bad it is just not as well known as the others. Definitely top 3 though in my opinion. This song has the extra layer of ‘until you learn to love yourself’ which makes it stand out amongst the other songs as less selfish and more uplifting. Given that this was released at the tail end of his career showed that he still knew how to make good music long after the R&B golden age when he, Chris Brown and Usher used to compete and dominate the radio. These days Chris Brown isn’t the same guy, Usher has herpes and Ne-Yo barely crossed 1 million views with his latest song. Which is 79 million views less than some of his older classics.
The Holy Grail. I guarantee if you have a heart at all and are above the age of 21 you’ll remember this song. This is as nostalgic as it gets. One of Mario’s greatest and timeless hits. It is just one of those songs hardly anyone would hate. In fact I bet you are singing the words in your head right now. It’s that good.
Why would the Holy Grail be at number 2? Well it’s because of this mostly unknown gem. It’s still Mario it is just an acoustic version of the song that was only released in the Japanese version of his album GO 3 years later. Mario’s career deflated in the years to come so I don’t blame him for rerecording a song 3 years later. Regardless this does the impossible and makes a already perfect song better. Trust me listening to this version will make you love the song 10x more than you already did. Now sing along to these lyrics while you search up the acoustic version you’ve never heard about:
You should let me love you
Let me be the one to
Give you everything you want and need
Baby good love and protection
Make me your selection
Show you the way love’s supposed to be
Performed by Mario Written by Ne-Yo