"Roman Holiday" - Halsey - 'Badlands'
Halsey was one of the artists who I felt most bad about enforcing my strict "one song" rule, because without such a restriction, she might have broken the top ten two or three times, let alone the entire list. Picking my favorite Halsey song was a challenge and one that ultimately led me to my first favorite Halsey song. When I was first falling in love with 'Badlands,' one of the year's very best albums, "Roman Holiday" was the song that first sunk it's tremendous hooks into me. I love the little bits of reverb, the smooth and soulful verses, and that absolutely whopper of a chorus. Not only is the hook wickedly strong but I just adore it lyrically, since it doesn't fall back on easy repetition or other obnoxiously easy paths to being an earworm. "Roman Holiday" is strong because it's a beautiful, saccharine song, full of little details and notes that spring up for the first time even after you've listened twenty times. I've also emphasized several times how much vocals can make or break a song for me, but "Roman Holiday" is brilliantly produced through or through, and Halsey's tremendously emotive voice is just the icing on the cake. This is a complete package song, which just goes to show how strong the top five is...
See Also: "Colors" | "Ghost"
After thinking about it a little more, I was wrong with what I said. CC is a great teammate, always wants to be out there and he had a pretty good September. I doubt he'd time this to coincide with the start of the playoffs in order to avoid pitching.