Songs Where It’s All About the Numbers
The 14 songs that grace this playlist, ‘Songs Where It’s All About the Numbers,’ numbers serve as a central part of the song and song title.
“24K Magic,” “8TEEN,” “33 ‘GOD’” … Sigh. Sometimes, numbers make the best, most creative song titles. Minimally, the use of a number or numbers can accentuate a title. In the case of the 14 songs that grace this playlist, numbers serve as a central part of the song and song title in some capacity. In most cases, the number is the first part of the song title you read. These 14 songs are a small, SMALL percentage of songs where it’s all about the numbers.
1. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
With “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars has a gem on his hands. “24K Magic” initiates 24K Magic fiercely, drenched in swagger. He elevates himself as the player of players, spitting mad game. If he did lack confidence, it never shows on this slick funk opener, which feels like the natural follow-up to “Uptown Funk.” “24K Magic” is 80s to the core, with the introductory vocoder leading the charge. The chorus is infectious:
“Players only, come on / put your pinky rings up to the moon / Girls, what y’all trying to do? / 24 karat magic in the air / head to toe so player / uh, look out!”
Within American Teen, “8TEEN” serves as a welcome change of pace following a trio of brokenhearted songs. Up-and-coming R&B artist Khalid continues to show why he’s the next big thing in R&B. The record feels like a companion cut to an earlier track, title track “American Teen.” Why? “8TEEN” embraces a similar overall sound, with Khalid reflecting on being young and dumb. The signature line comes on the chorus, as he sings, “So let’s do all the stupid shit that young kids do.”