Sunday, March 18, 2018

Songoftheday 3/18/18 - Ya got that sensuality and oh I love what ya do when ya do what ya do, you got me pumped In the groove when ya move...

"Vibeology" - Paula Abdul
from the album Spellbound (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from dance-pop singer Paula Abdul, whose sophomore album Spellbound had already granted her three big hits with the top ten "Blowing Kisses In The Wind" and two #1 singles in "Promise Of A New Day" and "Rush Rush". The fourth release from the record would be the funky dance jam "Vibeology". Written by her production helpers Peter Lord, V Jeffrey Smith, and Sandra St. Victor of The Stand, the single already sounded like a remixed track when it was sent to radio, with its house-music bassline and shallow lyrics...

While Vibeology became Abdul's ninth top-40 pop hit in February of 1992, it broke her string of top ten singles going back to her breakthrough "Straight Up". The remixes on the 12" single helped it rise to #17 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart, the only song from Spellbound to do so. Internationally, the record reached the top-40 in the UK (#19), Canada (#19), the Netherlands (#20), Ireland (#29), Belgium (#30), and Switzerland (#31). In Germany, it just missed that level at #46.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Songoftheday 3/17/18 - Those sweet memories will always be dear to me, and girl no matter what was said I will never forget what we had...

"Remember The Time" - Michael Jackson
from the album Dangerous (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day is from Michael Jackson, whose Dangerous album started out his 90s with one of his biggest pop hits, with "Black or White" spending seven weeks at #1 in December of 1991 through January of the following year. The second single from the record would pair Jackson up with new jack swing master Teddy Riley, with whom he co-produced "Remember The Time". The song was written by Jackson and Riley along with Bernard Belle, who recently penned the #1 hit from Hi-Five, "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)". The "event"-style music video featured Michael back in time in ancient Egypt, along with comedian Eddie Murphy, model Iman, and basketball star Magic Johnson...

...soooo basically Iman's a big c-word here....

"Remember The Time" became the second top-10 pop hit from Dangerous in March of 1992. The song spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, while making it to #15 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio format list. The remixes on the 12" vinyl/CD single helped it take two weeks at #2 on the Dance Club Play tally as well. Internationally, the single hit #1 in New Zealand, and reached the top ten in Canada (#2), Belgium (#2), Spain (#2), the UK (#3), Ireland (#3), Switzerland (#4), the Netherlands (#4), France (#5), Australia (#6), Germany (#8), Sweden (#8), Italy (#10), and Norway (#10).

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Friday, March 16, 2018

twostepcub's music chart for March 16, 2018...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Pink reigns for a seventh week, while Chris Stapleton (pictured above) reaches the top ten for the first time. Songs from Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey, Kelly Clarkson, and James Bay make the biggest jumps on my list (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from 30 Seconds To Mars, The War On Drugs, Andy Grammer, Royal Blood, and Diana Ross drop out. RuPaul, that was damn anticlimactic!

This Week         Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Beautiful Trauma - Pink (1)
2. No Roots - Alice Merton (4)
3. Perfect - Ed Sheeran (3)
4. One Foot - Walk The Moon (2)
5. Live In The Moment - Portugal, The Man (5)
6. Havana - Camila Cabello f/Young Thug (6)
7. New Rules - Dua Lipa (7)
8. Finesse - Bruno Mars f/Cardi B (10)
9. How Long - Charlie Puth (9)
10. Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton (13)
11. Bad At Love - Halsey (11)
12. You Worry Me - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (14)
13. Lights Down Low - MAX f/gnash (15)
14. Up All Night - Beck (12)
15. Marry Me - Thomas Rhett (19)
16. All On Me - Devin Dawson (18)
17. Sit Next To Me - Foster The People (21)
18. Get You - Daniel Caesar f/Kali Uchis (22)
19. Best Friend - Sofi Tukker f/NERVO, The Knocks, & Ulisa Ueno (8)
20. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (16)
21. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (17)
22. Sober Up - AJR f/Rivers Cuomo (24)
23. Wait - Maroon 5 (35)
24. Legends - Kelsea Ballerini (20)
25. Yours - Russell Dickerson (25)
26. Wolves - Marshmello & Selena Gomez (28)
27. Love. - Kendrick Lamar f/Zacari (31)
28. All Falls Down - Alan Walker f/Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals (32)
29. Severed - The Decemberists (39)
30. Meet In The Middle - StoneBridge f/Haley Joelle (30)
31. Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons (41)
32. Good Old Days - Macklemore f/Kesha (36)
33. Written In The Sand - Old Dominion (33)
34. Five More Minutes - Scotty McCreery (34)
35. Coping - Toni Braxton (23)
36. Love Galore - SZA f/Travis Scott (38)
37. The Long Way - Brett Eldredge (47)
38. Get Out Of Your Own Way - U2 (44)
39. Dreamer - Axwell & Ingrosso f/Trevor Guthrie (43)
40. Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan (29)
41. Losing Sleep - Chris Young (27)
42. She's With Me - High Valley (52)
43. IDGAF - Dua Lipa (53)

44. A Girl Like You - Easton Corbin (26)
45. What We Remember - Anggun (49)
46. Like I Loved You - Brett Young (42)
47. I Miss You - Clean Bandit f/Julia Michaels (37)
48. The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey (88)
49. Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha f/Florida Georgia Line (51)
50. Already Gone - Brett Dennen (57)
51. Hearts On Fire - Gavin James (61)
52. Safari Song - Greta Van Fleet (62)
53. Cold - Ralphi Rosario f/Donna Blakely (68)
54. The Joke - Brandi Carlile (64)
55. I Don't Know - E.J. (55)
56. Generous - Olivia Holt (67)
57. Los Ageless - St. Vincent (65)
58. Across The Room - ODESZA f/Leon Bridges (58)
59. Greatest Love Story - LANCO (56)
60. Location - Khalid (60)
61. Woman - Kesha f/Dap Kings Horns (73)
62. This Is Me - Keala Settle f/Greatest Showman Ensemble (76)
63. Anywhere - Rita Ora (63)
64. Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello (69)
65. Most People Are Good - Luke Bryan (75)
66. For You - Liam Payne & Rita Ora (72)
67. Ahead Of Myself - X Ambassadors (81)
68. These Days - Rudimental f/Jess Glynne, Macklemore, & Dan Caplen (80)
69. Blame - Skylar Stecker (83)
70. Born For Greatness - Papa Roach (74)
71. I Don't Think About You - Kelly Clarkson (91)
72. Singles You Up - Jordan Davis (82)
73. Waking Lions - Pop Evil (77)
74. Run For Cover - The Killers (86)
75. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (71)
76. Consideration - Rihanna (78)
77. We Can Feel It - DaDa NaDa (87)
78. Leave A Light On - Tom Walker (DEBUT)
79. You Broke Up With Me - Walker Hayes (79)
80. Female - Keith Urban (84)
81. Tell Me You Love Me - Demi Lovato (DEBUT)
82. You're Good For Me - Tony Moran f/Kimberly Davis (DEBUT)
83. Everybody's Coming To My House - David Byrne (93)
84. Wild Love - James Bay (100)
85. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (85)
86. Blaze The Dance Floor - JoAnna Michelle (92)
87. Spit Out The Bone - Metallica (97)
88. Broken - lovelytheband (DEBUT)
89. You Make It Easy - Jason Aldean (DEBUT)
90. Chills - Charlie Wilson (94)
91. Breathe - Jax Jones f/Ina Wroldsen (99)
92. Crazy Enough - Joe Bermudez f/Louise Carver (DEBUT)
93. For The First Time - Darius Rucker (DEBUT)
94. Too Late - Azure (98)
95. Sweet Love - Jena Rose (95)
96. 17 - MK (96)
97. Body - Loud Luxury f/Brando (DEBUT)
98. Red Cold River - Breaking Benjamin (DEBUT)
99. Friends - Marshmello f/Anne-Marie (DEBUT)
100. All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar & SZA (DEBUT)

There are eleven songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to that artist's official website. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 3/16/18 - Give me one last look as you walk away, I don't know what to say I start callin' out your name...

"I'll Get By" - Eddie Money
from the album Right Here (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from rock singer Eddie Money, who closed out the 1980s, his most successful years, with a greatest hits record including a new top-40 pop hit in "Peace In Our Time" in the winter of 1990. The following year, Eddie recorded his eighth studio album Right Here. The first single from the record, the nostalgic rock of "Heaven In The Back Seat", climbed to #6 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, but even with Richard "Mutt" Lange (Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, pre-Shania) wrote and produced the track, it stalled out at #58 on their pop Hot 100. That was followed by "She Takes My Breath Away", which did one notch better at #5 on the rock list, but missed the pop chart altogether, even though it was a bit more radio-friendly. For the third try, Eddie brought out his first "power-ballad" single offering, "I'll Get By". Written by Money with Antonina Armato (who wrote Brenda K Starr's "I Still Believe") and Andy Hill, it has Eddie at a much more reflective moment, as he turns in his most emotive vocal performance to date. The music video was dedicated to his longtime producer/promoter Bill Graham, who passed earlier in 1991 and whose picture opens the clip...

"I'll Get By" became Eddie's eleventh and most recent top-40 pop hit in March of 1992. The song climbed to #7 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, his best showing. In Canada, the single did a little better, peaking at #15. A fourth single, the back-to-basics unplugged sound of "Fall In Love Again", also did well on the Adult Contemporary chart, climbing to #16, and stopping on the American pop Hot 100 at #54 (and #52 in Canada).

Later in 1992, Money released an acoustic set, Unplug It In, which revised some of his earlier songs. A remake of his earlier album track "Save A Little Room In Your Heart For Me" almost reached the pop chart, "bubbling under" at #102. Leaving his longtime home of Columbia Records, he has since released a few independent albums, and continues to tour.

Up tomorrow: the Pharaoh of Pop, perhaps?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Songoftheday 3/15/18 - Toss and turn all night in the sheets I can't sleep, night after night don't know what it means...

"In My Dreams" - The Party
from the album In the Meantime, In Between Time (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #34 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2

Today's song of the day comes from the pop-dance group The Party, who were fabricated from members of The New Mickey Mouse Club in the late 1980s. With actor/singers DeeDee Magno, Tiffani Hale, Albert Fields, Chase Hampton, and Damon Pampolina, they were put together by Disney and signed as the first act to their newly-christened Hollywood Records label. Their debut album was released in the summer of 1990, and from it the aptly-titled rap-lite of "Summer Vacation" and its Young MC-style kitsch became their first minor pop hit, reaching #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, but did moderately better in the dance clubs, climbing to #21 on their Dance Club Play charts Then came the island-flavored dance-pop single "I Found Love", which checked in at #79. The third release from the set, "That's Why", was remixed from the album for radio, and did better than the other two, climbing to #55 on the pop chart. Bounding from that success of that hit, Hollywood remixed a few tracks from their debut (and adding the "That's Why" mix) and including a few new songs for their second release In The Meantime, In Between Time. Released in 1990 to tide time for the group to record their second official album, the set took a life of its own and became their biggest seller when the head-turning opening number became a bona fide hit months after its release.

"In My Dreams" was originally recorded by the heavy metal band Dokken, an act with a big following but never one of those Def Leppard-style radio favorites - they never once reached the top-40. Released in 1985 as the second single from their third album Under Lock And Key, the song had an undeniable hook but surprisingly only peaked at #64 on the pop chart (their first and biggest single on the Hot 100). Written by bandmates Mick Brown, Don Dokken, George Lynch, and Jeff Pilson, it nonetheless helped the album reach the top-40 in America and sell over a million copies...

Well, somebody handling the music for Disney must've been a metalhead, and brought this song to the Party, transforming it into a freestyle dance-pop classic that was one of the best Disney-affiliated records to ever emerge. Dee Dee handles the lead vocals for a change, and even breaks into a "Justify My Love"-era Madonna breathy break in the middle...

The Party's cover of "In My Dreams" became their first and only top-40 pop hit in January of 1992. The remixes on the 12" single also helped it rank at #35 on Billboard's Dance Club Play tally. The following year, their "official" second album Free was released, but the lead single and title track "Free" missed the pop chart, but the remixes, done by house music legend Steve Silk Hurley, got it on the dance club list at #40. They (and the New Mickey Mouse Club) parted ways in 1994, but the group (minus Tiffani Hale) reunited in 2013 for some new recordings. Out of the cast/group, Magno has had the biggest profile, appearing on stage (including a Broadway turn as Miss Saigon), and currently voices the character of Pearl on Steven Universe.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Songoftheday 3/14/18 -He said that it was love at first sight you knew he wasn’t right, must be your method to his madness...

"Hearts Don't Think (They Feel)" - Natural Selection
from the album Natural Selection (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from the dance-pop group Natural Selection, who found themselves with a huge hit in the fall of 1991 with the Prince-esque bop of "Do Anything". The second single from their self-titled debut would be the mid-tempo "Hearts Don't Think (They Feel)!", written by bandmates Elliot Erickson and Frederick Thomas, with the latter singing lead. I guess the exclamation point was there to give "excitement"...

"Hearts Don't Think" became Natuaral Selection's second and final top-40 hit in February of 1992. Thomas tried to continue and released an EP under the moniker, and still performs.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Songoftheday 3/13/18 - You like to dance and listen to the music I like to sing with the band....

"Good For Me" - Amy Grant
from the album Heart In Motion (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

Today's song of the day comes from Christian music singer turned pop star Amy Grant, whose full-throttle drive into the mainstream, her Heart In Motion album, had scored her three top ten pop hits so far with "That's What Love Is For", "Every Heartbeat", and the #1 sweetness of "Baby Baby". As religious music stations sent her album cut "Ask Me" to #1 on that format, the fourth single released from the record to pop stations would be "Good For Me". Written by Grant along with Tom Snow, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and Jay Gruska, the track would be the most "rock" inflected of the bunch, with electric guitars providing the right access to her good-girl fun times on the lyrics...

"Good For Me" became the fourth top ten single from the album in March of 1992, and so far her most recent to make that level. The song also climbed to #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, it spent three weeks at #5 in Canada, and was a minor hit in the UK at #60 and Germany at #52.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Robbed hit of the week 3/12/18 - C&C Music Factory's "Just A Touch Of Love"...

"Just A Touch Of Love (Everyday)" - C&C Music Factory
from the album Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #50

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the dance act C&C Music Factory, lead by remixers/producers Rob Clivilles and David Cole. They landed three huge multi-format hits in 1991 with the massive club anthem "Gonna Make You Sweat", which hit #1 on the pop chart, as well as the top-5 follow-ups "Here We Go" and "Things That Make You Go Hmmm...".  The fourth release from the record was "Just A Touch Of Love", an interpolation of the same-named R&B jam from the band Slave in 1979. The track, again featuring Zelma Davis singing, had the same energy of their other hits, seeming to be a sure-fire path to the top-10 again for this group...

While "Just A Touch Of Love" became the C&C Music Factory's fourth consecutive #1 Dance hit, the single stopped short right at the half-way mark on Billboard's pop Hot 100 list in December of 1991. It was right when the magazine changed their charts to electronically monitor sales and airplay, and by them most of their fans had the album already. The song also snuck on to the R&B chart at #83. Internationally, the single did reach the top-40 in Switzerland (#21), New Zealand (#21), Australia (#26), and the UK (#31).

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Songoftheday 3/12/18 - Hold on little girl show me what he said to you, stand up little girl a broken heart can't be that bad...

"To Be With You" - Mr. Big
from the album Lean Into It (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

Today's song of the day comes from the heavy metal band Mr. Big, who came together in the late 1980s when bass player Billy Sheehan quit ex-Van Halen singer David Lee Roth's band. He hired singer Eric Martin, who had both a minor rock hit with "The Eric Martin Band" in "Sucker For A Pretty Face" (#42 Mainstream Rock, 1983), and a minor pop one solo with "Information" (#87, 1985). Joined by drummer Pat Torpley and guitar player Paul Gilbert, and dubbing themselves "Mr. Big", they released their self-titled debut album in 1988. One single from the record, "Addicted To That Rush", slipped on to the Mainstream Rock radio chart at #39, and also reached the top-40 in Japan. The album itself did respectably, peaking just under the top-40 (#46).

Two years later, the group put out their sophomore effort, Lean Into It. The first single "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy" didn't make the chart, but the gimmick of using electric drills on their guitars gave them a buzz that helped its follow-up, "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind", make the rock radio chart at #33 and even scored their first British success at #72. But it was the third release from the record that would catapult the quartet to mainstream stardom. "To Be With You" was an acoustic non-percussive ballad written by Eric Martin with David Grahame back in his early years. Taking note of the success with fellow metalheads Extreme on their soft-sell "More Than Words" hit, they sent this to radio, which resulted in their biggest pop success...

Not only was "To Be With You" Mr. Big's first pop success, the song climbed all the way to #1 on the American pop Hot 100 in February of 1992. The single also made it to #19 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, and even crossed over to #11 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") tally. Internationally, the record topped the charts in Germany, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, New Zealand, and Norway. It also reached the top ten in Ireland (#2), the UK (#3), Finland (#6), and France (#10).

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