Billboard Hot 100 Review: Week of October 13, 2018

Written by Christine Gill

50) Tequila by Dan & Shay: This song is a lot lower than most songs I’ll review, but Tequila got all the way up to #21 and has been the best-performing country song for 4 weeks now (besides Meant To Be, which is essentially a pop song). I liked the song when I first heard it due to its clean piano melody, but the more I listen to it, the more awful lyrics stick out to me. It’s a sad song about a guy who regrets a break-up. This irrationally annoys me because I don’t like how break-up songs, especially ones made by guys, make it very clear that they were the one who broke up, and now regret it. Guys almost never admit that they were broken up with. Of course, the singer is often being true to the facts of their break-up, but certain songs just seem like they’re trying their hardest not to say anything actually vulnerable for some reason. It kills the emotional aspect of these songs.

Tequila is a class A offender of this. The premise of the song that is drinking tequila reminds him really badly of his ex. This is already questionable, because, in other words, he’s just saying that he misses her when he’s drunk and lonely. Both verses have a strange, bragging nature as the singer describes how he’s really cool and normal most of the time. The chorus has a pretty clever triple entendre – “sky high in Colorado” – meaning 1) their relationship was sky-high and they were doing really well, 2) sky-high in terms of altitude in Colorado, and 3) possibly high in the context of weed – after all, they are in Colorado. However, this nice bit of wordplay comes far from excusing the rest of the chorus. He says that tasting tequila reminds him of when they were sky-high and she was dancing, he said he’d never leave her (implying that leaving her is exactly what he did), and now he needs her.

There’s nothing really horrible in those lines, but there’s also nothing good or interesting either. It’s almost offensive how little substance this song has. He claims that he needs his ex, but that’s it in terms of emotional lyrics, and it’s an extremely cliché one at that. It needs context to actually mean anything. You’d expect a sad, reflective song that’s three-and-a-quarter minutes long to offer a decent amount of personal details about his failed relationship. However, it gives extremely basic, vague, and unemotional mentions to just 5 things about his girlfriend: 1) she had a Serotta T-shirt, 2) she danced in this shirt, 3) they had a good night in Colorado, 4) they listened to songs in the car, 5) they went to a certain bar. It’s a pathetic amount of detail and personality in a song that tries to sell the illusion of being emotional.

Shay from Dan & Shay picture:, AlaynaRoanne on Wikipedia

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Christine Gill