100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #90: “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd

The song at #90 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Can’t Feel My Face” by Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer The Weeknd. Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye in Toronto and of Ethiopian ancestry, his music is a wonderful mix of R&B, hip hop and dark wave, and his gorgeous, velvety vocals – not to mention some of his dance moves – at times seem to channel Michael Jackson, who he cites as one of his main influences.

“Can’t Feel My Face” is from his brilliant and critically acclaimed second album Beauty Behind the Madness, and I loved it the instant I heard it. The song speaks of being so love-drunk with someone they make you feel lightheaded, and everything else around you is meaningless in their presence: “And I know she’ll be the death of me, at least we’ll both be numb. And she’ll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come. All the misery was necessary when we’re deep in love. Yes, I know, girl, I know / I can’t feel my face when I’m with you, but I love it.”

Rolling Stone and Billboard both named it the best single of 2015, and it certainly ranks among mine.

Top 30 Songs for June 21-27, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
3. CAUTION – The Killers (3)
4. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (6)
5. HELL N BACK – Bakar (8)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
7. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5) 20th week on list
8. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
9. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (10)
10. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (12)
11. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (13)
12. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (7) 21st week on list
13. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (14)
14. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (11)
15. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (16)
16. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (17)
17. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (18)
18. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (15)
19. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (21)
20. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (22)
21. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (23)
22. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (24)
23. FIRE – Black Pumas (25)
24. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (26)
25. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (19)
26. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (28)
27. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (20)
28. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (30)
29. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (N)
30. MONSTER – All Time Low featuring blackbear (N)

My Top 30 Songs for June 14-20, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (3)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
3. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (6)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (4) 20th week on list
8. HELL N BACK – Bakar (8)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (11)
11. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
12. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (13)
13. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (15)
14. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (17)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (12)
16. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (18)
17. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (19)
18. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (20)
19. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (16)
20. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (14)
21. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (23)
22. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (24)
23. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (25)
24. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (27)
25. FIRE – Black Pumas (28)
26. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (29)
27. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (22)
28. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (30)
29. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (21)
30. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 7-13, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1) 4th week at #1
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. MARIA – Two Feet (7)
4. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
5. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
6. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (6)
8. HELL N BACK – Bakar (9)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (8)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
11. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (12)
12. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (13)
13. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (14)
14. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (11)
15. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (17)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (16)
17. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (18)
18. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (20)
19. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (21)
20. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (23)
21. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (15)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (22)
23. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (26)
24. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (27)
25. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (30)
26. RUN – Joji (19)
27. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (N)
28. FIRE – Black Pumas (N)
29. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (N)
30. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 31-June 6, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. MARIA – Two Feet (8)
8. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (6)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. HELL N BACK – Bakar (11)
11. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (9)
12. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (13)
13. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (15)
14. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (16)
15. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (12)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (20)
17. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (21)
18. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (22)
19. RUN – Joji (19)
20. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (25)
21. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (26)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (23)
23. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (27)
24. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (17)
25. OH YEAH! – Green Day (14)
26. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (29)
27. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (30)
28. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
29. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (23)
30. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2QW7J2zJqnBLNGK2D4ZaHz?si=yraLo_9JQJGCXIBZPfMNUQ

Top 30 Songs for May 24-30, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (4)
6. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (7)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (8)
8. MARIA – Two Feet (9)
9. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (6)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (12)
11. HELL N BACK – Bakar (15)
12. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (10)
13. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (17)
14. OH YEAH! – Green Day (11)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (18)
16. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (19)
17. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
18. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
19. RUN – Joji (20)
20. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (22)
21. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (24)
22. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (28)
23. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (16)
24. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (27)
25. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (29)
26. EXPECTATION – Katie Pruitt (30)
27. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (N)
28. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (23)
29. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (N)
30. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5mD3HBSJBxWJLKTWcABUvK?si=eLC9zLkjRXG-e1ZxX3r_fg

Top 30 Songs for May 17-23, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (4)
4. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
5. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
6. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (3)
7. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
8. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (10)
9. MARIA – Two Feet (12)
10. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (7)
11. OH YEAH! – Green Day (8)
12. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (16)
13. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
14. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
15. HELL N BACK – Bakar (21)
16. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (11)
17. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (20)
18. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (22)
19. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (24)
20. RUN – Joji (23)
21. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (15) 22nd week on list
22. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (25)
23. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (17)
24. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (27)
25. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (18)
26. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (19)
27. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (29)
28. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (30)
29. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (N)
30. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/040nmtq3f6k3dH0dYWgK5L?si=gPEXsaH3S1ejY82g5I-8Pg

Top 30 Songs for May 10-16, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (4)
3. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (2)
4. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
7. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (7)
8. OH YEAH! – Green Day (8)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
10. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (11)
11. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (10)
12. MARIA – Two Feet (16)
13. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (17)
14. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (18)
15. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (12) 21st week on list
16. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (19)
17. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (15)
18. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (13)
19. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (14)
20. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (22)
21. HELL N BACK – Bakar (23)
22. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (24)
23. RUN – Joji (25)
24. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (26)
25. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (28)
26. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (21)
27. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (30)
28. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (20)
29. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (N)
30. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (N)

For some reason, the Spotify playlist is not being displayed as it normally is, so click on link to open: 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1A5wXmwC1ZMSTlXUFcyq0q?si=zpxAyJgHQbKdWKaApzTs2A

Top 30 Songs for May 3-9, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
2. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (25)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (7)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (14)
7. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (9)
8. OH YEAH! – Green Day (10)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (12)
10. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (11)
11. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (13)
12. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4) 20th week on list
13. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (5)
14. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (6)
15. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (8)
16. MARIA – Two Feet (17)
17. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
18. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (19)
19. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (20)
20. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (15)
21. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (21)
22. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (23)
23. HELL N BACK – Bakar (24)
24. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (26)
25. RUN – Joji (27)
26. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – KennyHoopla (29)
27. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (16) 18th week on list
28. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (30)
29. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (22)
30. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 26-May 2, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (6)
2. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (1)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (5)
4. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (2)
5. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (4)
6. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (3)
7. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (9)
8. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (7)
9. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (11)
10. OH YEAH! – Green Day (12)
11. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (13)
12. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (14)
13. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (15)
14. DELETER – Grouplove (16)
15. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (10)
16. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (8)
17. MARIA – Two Feet (18)
18. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (19)
19. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (20)
20. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (24)
21. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (23)
22. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (17)
23. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (25)
24. HELL N BACK – Bakar (26)
25. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (N)
26. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (28)
27. RUN – Joji (30)
28. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (21)
29. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (N)
30. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (N)