Pop/rock band Crowded House owned the air waves in early 1987, mesmerizing millions with “Don’t Dream It’s Over”–less a song with a linear story line, more a montage of images, insights and thoughts.
Taking the slot reserved for hauntingly powerful ballads today is impossibly young (he’s 19-years old!) Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood”—the song draws you in with the music, vocals, emotion, and those familiar vague, dreamy snatches of imagery and emotion:
Just have a drink and you’ll feel better
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can’t
It isn’t in my blood
The Shawn Mendes take-away: