2018’s SHOOT IT STRAIGHT INTO MY FUCKING VEINS List — January-February, Part 2

More additions to 2018’s SHOOT IT STRAIGHT INTO MY FUCKING VEINS List!


As promised: More Timberlake (x2)! I don’t LOVE this song, but such genre-mixing of pop, R&B, and obvs country deserves to be celebrated:


For some reason I find this lullaby rather enchanting, even though I feel like a lot of people will think it’s terrible?


I’m a sucker for minimalist productions that empathize sheer rap storytelling:


The song of 2018, not because it’s the best, but because it best captures my conception of the year so far. The meaningfully sincere sardonicism of the juxtaposition between the cheery music and cynical lyrics…do I need to explain how that’s so very 2018?


Ditto everything above. The sentiment of this song is just so spot-on, underscored by the fact that it comes from an electronic band:


The obligatory Post Malone inclusion on this list (and probably not the last):


Any and all songs that make me feel like I just dropped acid will make this list. It’s a brilliantly relentless, relentlessly brilliant, ecstatically, eclectically, and exuberantly outside-the-box mashup that’s just insane in its lunacy. I also derive too much pleasure trying to glean meaning from its madness (the fart after “Peggy” wrecks me, not only because it’s a good-natured jab at Hamilton‘s flippant treatment of her):


I don’t know why I love this song so much. Maybe because I didn’t expect Mr. Apple Bottom Jeans to release a Taylor Swift single? Or perhaps it just takes me on a nostalgically-enjoyable trip down memory lane back to my T-Pain-filled high school days:


Logic’s ludicrous WPM (Words-Per-Minute) + an ever-changing beat (ala Kendrick’s “The Heart Part 4” from last year) = a happy Steven:


Neo-G-Funk in the house list!


I would live inside this Booty I mean beat (also, OMG THIS MUSIC VIDEO):


You can’t have too much Booty. Just let that beat ride…


I respect any song that transitions me from asking “Is this even music?!” to “Well…I’ve definitely never heard music like this before!” That’s usually the start of something new, and I welcome all things new on this list:


The sonic experience that is 6ix9ine requires at least two songs to fully appreciate. I know it might not be a pleasurable listen for some (most?), but in the name of open-mindedness and remembering that artistic evolutions are often greeted with scorn at first, I like to believe that conventional enjoyment is boringly overrated; art should be about expansion, not seeking what we already know we like.

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