Circles

Album: Hollywood's Bleeding (2019)
Charted: 3 1
  • Here, Post Malone laments over a faded love that is running on empty.

    Seasons change and our love went cold
    Feed the flame 'cause we can't let it go
    Run away, but we're running in circles


    Though the relationship seems to bring only sorrow, Post and his lover are unable to split. But continuing to stay together on their carousel only increases the tension between them.
  • The breezy, acoustic guitar-driven production contrasts with the melancholic lyrics. Post produced the track with his regular collaborators:

    Louis Bell ("Rockstar" and "Psycho").

    Frank Dukes ("Congratulations" and "Wow").

    Both Bell and Dukes produced together Malone's hit song "Better Now."

    Bell and Dukes have also found success producing hits for the likes of Camila Cabello ("Havana") and Jonas Brothers ("Sucker").
  • Malone debuted the track on August 5, 2019 during his performance at the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour in New York City.
  • This was Post Malone's fourth Hot 100 #1, following "Rockstar," "Psycho" and "Sunflower." It marks Malone's first chart-topper as a solo billing – the previous three featured 21 Savage ("Rockstar"), Ty Dolla $ign ("Psycho"), and Swae Lee ("Sunflower").
  • "Circles" is the second US #1 with that word in its title. The other was Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round In Circles," which spent two weeks atop the chart in July 1973.
  • This song got the prog rock treatment in 2019 when it was covered by the Hawkwind-themed group Hawkestrel, with guest musicians Todd Rundgren on guitar and L. Shankar on violin. It was billed as the first prog rock cover of a hip-hop song.

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