74 SCORE: 7.988 2015 PLACEMENT: UP 42!!! - 116 of 210 (6.966) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 23 (@Vasilios @Suburbia @soratami @Mirwais Ahmadzaï @Phonetics Boy @Jonathan27 @Andy French @FridayNight @Modeblock @scottdisick94 @RetroPhysical @DinahLee @Sleepycat @Pop Life @clowezra @acl @ufint @Ramalama @nametag @Mr Blonde @Music Is Life @FrozenNight @Weslicious) LOWEST SCORE: 2.5 x 1 (@CasperFan) MY SCORE: 7.5/10 I... don't have the spreadsheet knowhow to confirm, but "I Deserve It" might be our highest climber of the rate. It vaults over forty places and gains over a whole point in scoring to land comfortably in the Top 100 in 2020 as opposed to scraping into the Top 120 in 2015. Music has actually been posting gains across the board so far; what does this mean for when things get turned up even further soon? Sometimes, love is like a bomb that goes off in your life. Sudden, visceral, violent, and sense-consuming, and you spend years after the fact picking the shrapnel out of yourself. But sometimes, it's just... so easy. Something that happens without you even realising; like the days getting longer in the summer. Gradual, gentle, inevitable. "I Deserve It" is one of my few highlights from Music as an album, and it's entirely for this vibe that Madonna and Mirwais create with this pseudo-acoustic production and lyrics that read more like vows than poetry. There are no stakes to "I Deserve It" because there was no fight to begin with; this was always going to happen, and this song is simply telling you why. It's just so wonderfully simple and sweet; one of the times where it feels like the album actually manages to nail down a purely felt emotion rather than pulling something synthetic out of thin air. I also love the idea of Madonna knowing that she was worthy of the happiness that she didn't have to suffer for it. Catholicism is full of pain = purification nonsense (as is a lot of organised religion) so I love the idea of a song where she gets to let go of ideas like that as well. Joy doesn't have to come only after sufferance. Sometimes, things can be just purely good, and nothing has to hurt. There is of course the uncomfortable fact that the song is about Guy Ritchie, who she would be divorced from by the end of the decade, but pop music is full of songs that were written about lovers who eventually became... less than lovers, and Madonna is not only no exception, but a great example of a discography littered with them. If a lot of her 80s love songs were inspired by Sean Penn, then a lot of her 00s love songs owe Guy for their inspiration. Let's just be glad we got them! The song was performed as part of the Drowned World Tour setlist, where Madonna performs it acoustically sitting on a hay bale. She finishes the audience by yodelling "YEE HAW!!!" and asking the audience, "Are y'all havin' a good taaaahhhhme????". And y'all thought Joanne was country-pandering? It's actually a great performance; the live production and Madonna's ad-libs make it an even more dynamic listen than the fairly sedate studio version, but both are enjoyable. Speaking of which: enjoy!