How Do I Rate The Songs I Review?

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and I wanted to make a review of Teyana Taylor’s “K.T.S.E.” this week, but there was a recent announcement that this album is getting an updated version soon, so I want to wait for that to come out.  If that doesn’t come out next week, then I don’t know, I guess I’ll have to play it by ear.  But for now, I really had no other posts planned for this week, and since I had this post idea in my mind for a while, I decided that I should make it now.

In the music community, using numerical values to rate songs can be controversial, as some find it demerits the value of what abstract concepts music can bring.  I, however, find that ranking songs in numerical values can be very helpful, as it quickly expresses what I think of the song in a quantitative way that everyone can relate to.  Even so, giving a rating for every song can be tough, so I developed a little system where every number means a different thing, and I categorize the songs based on how I feel in these terms.  I thought it would be cool to tell you what I mean when I say “this song is a ____ out of 5” and go through what each number, in my ratings, means.

A few disclaimers before I begin: just like how I rank every song is my opinion, what these numerical values mean in my head are also my opinion.  If you take what these numbers mean differently than I do, then I cannot shame you for it.  For this, I also thought it would be cool if I gave an example or a few examples of songs I have given the ratings to before, so be prepared to see that.  I plan on making a post similar to this within the next couple days for my album rankings, and it will basically be the same thing, but I think it will be good to do it with the different kinds of numbers.  Anyways, let’s get into it.

0: A song that gets a 0 is insanely insufferable and has no value but to be a wretched experience on the ears.  It is a song that forces me to physically cringe and makes me internally angry that its mere existence is in my presence.  (Examples on this site: none…yet)
1: A song that gets a 1 has no redeemable qualities.  While it is not as insufferable as a 0, there is nothing that I can see that would make me like it.  It’s production, lyrics, and delivery are terrible, and it is a song that I try to avoid.  (Examples: Drakes “God’s Plan“, Selena Gomez’s “Fetish“)
1.5: A song that gets a 1.5 has 1 or 2 redeemable qualities, but it is not an enjoyable song.  There might be one or two aspects on the song that are enjoyable, but it is not one that I go back to in my own time.  (Examples: Imagine Dragons “Thunder“, Louis Tomlinson’s “Back To You“)
2: A song that gets a 2 is one that has some redeemable qualities, but is still far from being a good song.  There are aspects of the song that are good, whether it be production, lyrics, delivery, etc., but there are still many major flaws holding it down.  (Examples: Marshmello & Anne-Marie’s “FRIENDS“, DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One“)
2.5: A song that gets a 2.5 is average.  It is not good or bad, it is right in the middle.  Whether it is because all elements of the song are average, or the good and bad weigh it out, the song lands at a happy medium that can be enjoyable on certain occasions.  (Examples: Childish Gambino’s “This Is America“, Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey’s “The Middle“)
3: A song that gets a 3 is actually decent.  However, there is still much that the song could better itself from.  In other words, the song is almost good, but there are aspects that could have been changed to make it a lot better.  (Examples: Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up“, Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty“)
3.5: I can confidently say that a song which gets a 3.5 is good!  It has many aspects that make it a pleasurable listen.  Of course, there is still a lot of room for improvement, but a song that gets a 3.5 will definitely get multiple listens out of me.  (Examples: Drake’s “Nice For What“, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You“)
4: A song that earns a 4 is great!  It has many qualities that lend to its likability and make it a very enjoyable listen.  I personally find that the lyrics, production, and delivery give it a certain quality that makes it superior to the songs with lower ratings.  (Examples: U2’s “The Best Thing About Me“, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)“)
4.5: A song that earns a 4.5 is almost perfect.  It’s qualities combine to make an amazing listen, but there are a few small things that prevent it from getting the esteemed “5” rating.  (Examples: Logic’s “44 More“, Kesha’s “Praying“)
5: A song that earns a 5 is perfect in my eyes.  There are no bad qualities that I can find, and all of its good qualities combine to make a pristine experience.  The lyrics, production, and delivery are “on point” (for lack of better words) and it is just a fantastic piece of art.  (Examples: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar’s “Pray For Me“, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect“)

That’s all the ratings!  Be sure to look out for a album one coming out very shortly.  Thank you for reading this post. If you liked it, make sure to follow my website, Twitter, and Instagram, like this post, and be sure to check in to read my future reviews. Also, if you have a song or album you would like to see reviewed, tell me in the comments. Until then, keep listening to good music! I know I will.


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