🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Weeknd

It’s probably better if you’re not high for this actually…

Will Oldham hits the mid-3s:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
David Berman 4.47
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Sparklehorse 4.29
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
J Dilla 4.23
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Dead Kennedys 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Bill Callahan 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Les Savy Fav 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
D’Angelo 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Grace Jones 4.05
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Fuck Buttons 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Shellac 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Broadcast 3.92
Dusty Springfield 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
DJ Shadow 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
The Blue Nile 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Jesus And Mary Chain 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Creedence Clearwater Revival 3.81
Aaliyah 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Patti Smith 3.79
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Spoon 3.76
Sparks 3.76
Missy Elliott 3.75
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The Wedding Present 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Air 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
The Antlers 3.63
Ty Segall 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Deafheaven 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Will Oldham 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Charli XCX 3.53
Eels 3.52
Half Man Half Biscuit 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
Wild Beasts 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
The Cribs 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Shins 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Converge 3.36
Metronomy 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Iron & Wine 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
The Futureheads 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Ian Dury 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Maxïmo Park 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Ride 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
Duran Duran 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
The xx 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
The Distillers 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
The Horrors 2.84
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
Eurythmics 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Nelly Furtado 2.68
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
N.E.R.D 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Ocean Colour Scene 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Phil Collins 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Jamiroquai 2.17
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Counting Crows 2.13
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Bryan Adams 2.00
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
Sir Rod Stewart 1.88
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Kaiser Chiefs 1.84
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Bruno Mars 1.79
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

And next up;

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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • House Of Balloons
  • Thursday
  • Echoes Of Silence
  • Kiss Land
  • Beauty Behind The Madness
  • Starboy
  • After Hours
  • Dawn FM

0 voters

  • Wicked Games
  • Twenty Eight
  • The Zone
  • Kiss Land
  • Belong To The World
  • Live For
  • Wanderlust
  • Often
  • Love Me Harder
  • Earned It
  • The Hills
  • Can’t Feel My Face
  • In The Night
  • Acquainted
  • Starboy
  • I Feel It Coming
  • Party Monster
  • Reminder
  • Rockin’
  • Die For You
  • Secrets
  • Pray For Me
  • Call Out My Name
  • Lost In The Fire
  • Power Is Power
  • Heartless
  • Blinding Lights
  • In Your Eyes
  • Smile
  • Save Your Tears
  • Over Now
  • Hawái
  • You Right
  • Better Believe
  • Take My Breath
  • Die For It
  • Hurricane
  • Moth To A Flame
  • One Right Now
  • Sacrifice
  • Out Of Time

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The Weeknd Snl GIF by Zack Kantor

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Anyway, I listened to After Hours when there was a lot of noise about it being snubbed at the Grammys and on first listen I was quite taken with it but when I tried again the vocal with all the autotune stuff just turned me off so, in short, it’s a 2.

I liked him in Uncut Gems. Can’t Feel My Face is a good song. Idk, 3 maybe?

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I think Blinding Lights is an all timer pop song, one of those ones that sounds like it should have always existed. Also they used it constantly in the run up to him performing the Super Bowl halftime show so now whenever I hear it I get a little Pavlovian excitement going for some playoff FOOTBAW

Couldn’t really give a shit outside of that though.

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It’s quite easy to forget how weird Trilogy was thought of 11 years ago and how rubbish Kiss Land was after it.

If you’d said he was going to be one of the biggest pop stars on the planet I’d have laughed you out the building.

Some of the lyrics are a bit :grimacing: and when we went to see him at the Apollo when Kiss Land came out he did the title track with some very jarring image of naked women on the screen.

He was really good at Primavera in 2012 and fair play for keeping the same backing group all this time. Probably a generous 3.

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Going for a 4 for the trilogy of mixtapes. All his stuff has been good to great, but nothing has come close to the mixtapes yet for me.

Blinding Lights is also a phenomenon. What a track.

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Blinding Lights is a good song. I don’t like that Can’t Feel My Face song. Don’t know anything else. I will abstain from this one.

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Thought this was a landfill indie band from the ‘THE’ era so i’m backing out of the thread again slowly

Pretty good live tbf. Hits are big but rely heavily on pastiche. Has had some really gross lesbophobic lyrics in the past. Should probably be a 4 talent wise but going to lean towards a 2

5/5 for House Of Balloons. impossible to overstate how important that album was to me. i was living in an absolute shitheap in Whistler in Canada when it came out, it felt like such a big deal that he was Canadian, i only had 2 albums on my Blackberry that i would rinse all the time - House of Balloons and Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse. sitting on the bus into town every day listening to HoB watching the frozen lakes go by… hard to replicate that feeling.

very happy for him that he’s become a megastar, he has some absolutely undeniable pop bangers

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These guys always spring to mind when someone mentions him.

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never ever got it, haven’t heard anything that would make me rate him, one of the most confusing critical glow-ups from my pov

Have only heard House of Balloons and the new one and they both did nothing for me. Blinding Lights is obviously great, but I get the feeling he isn’t really for me overall. Probably the most recent addition to the long and illustrious list of “people I was surprised to discover were actually Canadian” too.

2 I think.

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I made a good effort around 2012 to try and get into 'em and just wasn’t bothered. Years later that Starboy song came out and I thought ah, he’s made a conceited effort to go mainstream (which was spurred on by the whole indier than thou, Pitchfork-hyped mixtape era at the beginning, probably not thru his own doing or anything) and now I just lump him in with Drake as one of those corny acts that’ll pack arenas and break Spotify records but the emotions all seem contrived. Yep. a 1 for the memories.

4 for me.

Loved those early EPs, always quite liked most of his singles as he grew into a proper megastar without bothering to try any of those albums, but then Dawn FM is brilliant. My favourite album this year. One of the best and most fully-realised big albums I’ve heard in years and years.

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Not heard anything of his outside of the big hits, but for being a big supporter of Oneohtrix Point Never (to the point of being an Executive Producer of his latest album), he’ll get a 3 from me.