100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #31: “Starboy” by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk

The song at #31 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Starboy” by Canadian hip-hop/R&B singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The second song by him on this list (“Can’t Feel My Face” is at #90), “Starboy” was the title single from his third album of the same name. The song features music by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, who along with others, co-wrote the track with The Weeknd and collaborated on the album. It was a massive worldwide hit, reaching #1 in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden, and New Zealand.

It’s a haunting and moody but beautiful R&B song with electro-pop elements and a captivating melody. The lyrics are somewhat ambiguous, but generally speak to various trappings of celebrity life, including references to some of the expensive cars owned by The Weeknd, including his McLaren P1, Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster, and a Bentley Mulsanne: “I’m tryna put you in the worst mood, ah / P1 cleaner than your church shoes, ah / Milli point two just to hurt you, ah / All red lamb just to tease you, ah / None of these toys on lease too, ah / Made your whole year in a week too, yeah / Main bitch out of your league too, ah / Side bitch out of your league too, ah.”

Many of The Weeknd’s videos tend to contain violent scenes, and the one for “Starboy” is no exception. Directed by Grant Singer, who also directed the videos for “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”, it has been described as The Weeknd’s attempt to murder his former persona, a sign perhaps that he was reinventing himself with his new song and album. It shows a masked figure, eventually revealed to be the Starboy incarnation of The Weeknd, killing his former self, and destroying posters and awards for his previous album Beauty Behind the Madness.

Top 20 Songs for January 8-14, 2017

1. 24K MAGIC – Bruno Mars (2)
2. MY NAME IS HUMAN – Highly Suspect (3)
3. STARBOY – The Weeknd, Daft Punk (1)
4. CLEOPATRA – The Lumineers (5)
5. BLACK BEATLES – Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane (7)
6. DON’T WANNA KNOW – Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar (9)
7. WASTE A MOMENT – Kings of Leon (4)
8. BAD DECISIONS – Two Door Cinema Club (6)
9. STILL BREATHING – Green Day (13)
10. OBSOLETE – Agony in the Garden (12)
11. ATLAS, RISE! – Metallica (15)
12. TAKE IT ALL BACK – Judah & the Lion (14)
13. SURE AND CERTAIN – Jimmy Eat World (8)
14. SQUARE HAMMER – Ghost B.C. (19)
15. THE SHAKES THAT YOU MAKE – Dyslexic Postcards (11)
16. SAY MY NAME – (IAM)WARFACE (10) 21st week on list
17. MOVE – Saint Motel (18)
18. I NEED A LIGHT – Run With It (20)
19. BLOOD IN THE CUT – K.Flay (N)
20. BELONG – Shelita Burke (16)

Top 20 Songs for January 1-7, 2017

1. STARBOY – The Weeknd (1)
2. 24K MAGIC – Bruno Mars (2)
3. MY NAME IS HUMAN – Highly Suspect (3)
4. WASTE A MOMENT – Kings of Leon (4)
5. CLEOPATRA – The Lumineers (6)
6. BAD DECISIONS – Two Door Cinema Club (8)
7. BLACK BEATLES – Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane (10)
8. SURE AND CERTAIN – Jimmy Eat World (7)
9. DON’T WANNA KNOW – Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar (14)
10. SAY MY NAME – (IAM)WARFACE (5)
11. THE SHAKES THAT YOU MAKE – Dyslexic Postcards (11)
12. OBSOLETE – Agony in the Garden (13)
13. STILL BREATHING – Green Day (18)
14. TAKE IT ALL BACK – Judah & the Lion (19)
15. ATLAS, RISE! – Metallica (20)
16. BELONG – Shelita Burke (12)
17. WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE – Grouplove (9)
18. MOVE – Saint Motel (17)
19. SQUARE HAMMER – Ghost B.C. (N)
20. I NEED A LIGHT – Run With It (N)

Top 20 Songs for December 25-31, 2016

This is the final Top 20 of 2016, and the first time since May 2015 that twenty øne piløts has not had a song in my Top 20.

1. STARBOY – The Weeknd, Daft Punk (1)
2. 24K MAGIC – Bruno Mars (2)
3. MY NAME IS HUMAN – Highly Suspect (5)
4. WASTE A MOMENT – Kings of Leon (4)
5. SAY MY NAME – (IAM)WARFACE (3)
6. CLEOPATRA – The Lumineers (7)
7. SURE AND CERTAIN – Jimmy Eat World (8)
8. BAD DECISIONS – Two Door Cinema Club (10)
9. WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE – Grouplove (6)
10. BLACK BEATLES – Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane (11)
11. THE SHAKES THAT YOU MAKE – Dyslexic Postcards (13)
12. BELONG – Shelita Burke (14)
13. OBSOLETE – Agony in the Garden (15)
14. DON’T WANNA KNOW – Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar (16)
15. FEEL INVINCIBLE – Skillet (9)
16. CHANGES – MUTEMATH (12)
17. MOVE – Saint Motel (20)
18. STILL BREATHING – Green Day (N)
19. TAKE IT ALL BACK – Judah & the Lion (N)
20. ATLAS, RISE! – Metallica (N)