FAMU students and Billboard Top 100 rarely on same page

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Music is everywhere. Students listen to it on their way to school, between classes, at the club and just about anywhere else. Even during class (sorry, professors).

According to the Billboards Top 100 for the week of March 24, the top three most popular songs are “God’s Plan” by Drake followed by “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and “Finesse” by Bruno Mars and Cardi B. Click the link to see the entire list. https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100

There is a great variety of songs that made the top 100 list for this week, however they do not include all the top songs that local students are listening to on Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s campus.

I went around and asked a few students what are their top 10 most-played songs and the majority of interviewees had five top songs that were also on Billboard’s top 100 list.

Songs that made the cut included “Motorsport” by Migos, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B; “New Freezer” by Rich The Kid featuring Kendrick Lamar; “Walk it Talk it” by Migos featuring Drake; “Booty” by Blac Youngta; and “At the Club” by Jacquees and Dej Loaf.

“Motorsport” was No. 40 on the list, “New Freezer” was 43, “Walk it Talk it” was No. 69, “Booty” was No. 89, and “At the Club” was No. 94.

Some of the other popularly mentioned songs that were not on Billboard’s list included “Juice” by Yo Gotti, “Nice and Slow” by Ball Greezy, “Miss it” by Yung Bleu, “Broken Clocks” by SZA, and “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott.

Surprisingly, the majority of students were not really listening to songs that were recently made in 2018 but rather a variety of different music that was made sometime in the last 20 years. Some top artists that students enjoy listening to include SZA, Migos, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Drake, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, 21 Savage, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Kodak Black, Blac Youngsta, and Beyoncé.

Jasmine Brown, an occupational therapy student at FAMU, believes that some songs gain their popularity through social media. For example, the song “Look Alive” by Blockboy JB featuring Drake, gained hype through Snapchat because it plays on one of the filers. The song “New Freezer” by Rich The Kid featuring Kendrick Lamar got more exposure because of a popular video of people dancing to it on Instagram.

The top 10 songs on Billboard are not the top 10 songs according to FAMU students, but that is somewhat expected considering the demographic of students attending the school. Regardless, whether you are listening to FAMU’s 90.5 The Flava Station, Apple Music, Spotify, or whatever you use, good music is everywhere.