BSBB Round 1: Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You" vs. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE"
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Can't Remember To Forget You

Shakira feat. Rihanna

#SELFIE

The Chainsmokers



KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: “#SELFIE” is everything I hate about my millennial self put into song form, and this is coming from someone who owns a necklace that literally says “#SELFIE” on it (yep, hashtag included): This song needs to be put down. Shakira and Rihanna, however, are two badass ladies, and even if this song isn’t close to their best, there’s enough girl power here for me to look back and think, “Hell yeah, that song happened in 2014.”
My Vote: “Can’t Remember To Forget You”

ERIKA RAMIREZ: Who hasn’t overheard (or has said themselves) some lyrics from “#SELFIE” IRL? Exactly. I wish I could relate more to “Can’t Remember To Forget You” than “#SELFIE,” I really do, but I don’t. Therefore…
My Vote: “#SELFIE”

JAMIESON COX: "#SELFIE" is repugnant and loud, but despite itself it managed to capture something about The Way We _______ in 2014: the cresting wave of brash and stomping EDM, the self-obsession, the omnipresent hashtags. "Can't Remember to Forget You" is buoyant and fun, but I remembered to forget what it sounded like about five seconds after the song ended. I can't believe it, but…
My Vote: "#SELFIE"

NICK WILLIAMS: I just can’t vote for a song with a hashtag in it, and thankfully “Can’t Remember To Forget You” brought something really different to the table with its ska-tinged arrangement, which actually paired really well with both Shakira and Rihanna's unique vocal tones. Plus, the chugging guitar on the chorus revs up the energy so incredibly, making the hook that much more effective.
My Vote: “Can’t Remember To Forget You”

JEM ASWAD: Inexplicably, the soft-porn aspects of Shakira’s video, er, OVERSHADOWED the song’s peppy charm — it’s an uncharacteristic but charming outing for both artists. As for the Chainsmokers’ epitome of a novelty song that’s barely even a song, the less said the better. It makes “Turn Down for What” sound like Mozart.
My Vote: “Can’t Remember To Forget You”


OVERALL WINNER:
“Can’t Remember To Forget You”


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