Friday, May 25, 2018

twostepcub's music chart for May 25, 2018...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey collectively grab the #1 spot, while Kane Brown (pictured above) climbs a notch within the top ten. Songs from Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa, Panic At The Disco, and Niall Horan make some of the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Scotty McCreery, Tony Moran, and Daniel Caesar drop off my list. Staycation here I come!

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey (2)
2. Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons (1)
3. No Excuses - Meghan Trainor (4)
4. Sit Next To Me - Foster The People (3)
5. Dancing - Kylie Minogue (5)
6. Heaven - Kane Brown (7)
7. Lottery - Jade Bird (8)
8. Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello (11)
9. Broken - lovelytheband (13)
10. Wait - Maroon 5 (9)
11. Done For Me - Charlie Puth (21)
12. Thought Contagion - Muse (14)
13. I Don't Think About You - Kelly Clarkson (15)
14. IDGAF - Dua Lipa (10)
15. One Number Away - Luke Combs (23)
16. Live In The Moment - Portugal, The Man (6)
17. You Make It Easy - Jason Aldean (18)
18. Perfect - Ed Sheeran (16)
19. Lights Down Low - MAX f/gnash (12)
20. Leave A Light On - Tom Walker (24)
21. Friends - Marshmello & Anne-Marie (26)
22. In My Blood - Shawn Mendes (32)
23. Singles You Up - Jordan Davis (19)
24. You Worry Me - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (20)
25. Finesse - Bruno Mars f/Cardi B (25)
26. Saturday Sun - Vance Joy (31)
27. Severed - The Decemberists (17)
28. So Far Away - Martin Garrix & David Guetta f/Jamie Scott & Romy Dya (29)
29. Sober Up - AJR f/Rivers Cuomo (28)
30. Lost - VASSY & Afrojack f/Oliver Rosa (30)
31. Ahead Of Myself - X Ambassadors (39)
32. This Is Me - Keala Settle & Greatest Showman Ensemble (22)
33. I Am House - Crystal Waters f/Sted-E & Hybrid Heights (34)
34. My My My - Troye Sivan (46)
35. Woman, Amen - Dierks Bentley (47)
36. On The Loose - Niall Horan (50)
37. The Long Way - Brett Eldredge (27)
38. Good Old Days - Macklemore f/Kesha (38)
39. Marry Me - Thomas Rhett (33)
40. One Kiss - Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa (58)
41. Bad Bad News - Leon Bridges (51)
42. 17 - MK (37)
43. No Roots - Alice Merton (43)
44. Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha f/Florida Georgia Line (44)
45. Never Over You - Rozzi (45)
46. She's With Me - High Valley (36)
47. Zombie - Bad Wolves (61)
48. I Lived It - Blake Shelton (52)
49. Don't Give In - Snow Patrol (63)
50. Crazy Enough - Joe Bermudez f/Louise Carver (35)
51. Everything's Gonna Be Alright - David Lee Murphy f/Kenny Chesney (56)
52. I Was Jack (You Were Diane) - Jake Owen (62)
53. Girlfriend - Anderson East (53)
54. Pray For Me - The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar (55)
55. For The First Time - Darius Rucker (59)
56. Say Amen (Saturday Night) - Panic! At The Disco (71)
57. Dangerous Night - 30 Seconds To Mars (57)
58. Anywhere - Rita Ora (42)
59. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (54)
60. Most People Are Good - Luke Bryan (60)
61. The Mountain - Three Days Grace (49)
62. Handyman - AWOLnation (72)
63. Such A Simple Thing - Ray Lamontagne (73)
64. Make Me Feel - Janelle Monae (74)
65. Lullaby - Sigala & Paloma Faith (65)
66. Bulletproof - Godsmack (66)
67. Kings & Queens - Mat Kearney (67)
68. Let You Down - NF (68)
69. Alone - Halsey f/Big Sean & Stefflon Don (81)
70. Beautiful Trauma - Pink (40)
71. Over My Head - Echosmith (75)
72. Euphoria - The Perry Twins f/Harper Stirling (82)
73. El Bano - Enrique Iglesias f/Bad Bunny (78)
74. Gone Away - Five Finger Death Punch (64)
75. Devil - Shinedown (76)
76. Tell Me You Love Me - Demi Lovato (48)
77. Magenta Riddim - DJ Snake (79)
78. Tequila - Dan + Shay (DEBUT)
79. Silver Lining - Mt. Joy (83)
80. &Run - Sir Sly (84)
81. Long As I Live - Toni Braxton (DEBUT)
82. Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton (70)
83. Get Along - Kenny Chesney (87)
84. Go Bang - PNAU (98)
85. Up Down - Morgan Wallen f/Florida Georgia Line (90)
86. Mood - dvsn (86)
87. Good Man - Ne-Yo (99)
88. These Days - Rudimental f/Jess Glynne, Macklemore, & Dan Caplen (88)
89. Walk In Silence - Emily Perry (89)
90. No Tears Left To Cry - Ariana Grande (94)
91. Make Your Own Kind Of Music - Paloma Faith (91)
92. Don't Make Me Wait - Sting & Shaggy (96)
93. I Know You - Craig David f/Bastille (97)
94. For You - Liam Payne & Rita Ora (80)
95. Life To Fix - The Record Company (DEBUT)
96. Wavey - CLiQ f/Alika (100)
97. Flames - David Guetta & Sia (RE-ENTRY)
98. Trouble - Luciana & Nytrix (DEBUT)
99. 2002 - Anne-Marie (DEBUT)
100. Have It All - Jason Mraz (DEBUT)

There are six 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 for more info. And here they are on video, after the break...


Songoftheday 5/25/18 - I'm keepin' my heart open and hopin' you won't stab me in it, 'cause I've been in love before and when I had to pay I didn't...


"The Best Things In Life Are Free" - Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson featuring Bell Biv Devoe and Ralph Tresvant
from the albums Mo' Money (Original Soundtrack) (1992) and Design Of A Decade 1986-1996 (Janet Jackson, 1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 18

Today's song of the day was another production of ex-Time musicians Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis, who had guided the career of Janet Jackson through two massive albums. Their "boutique" label, Perspective Records, was commissioned to release the soundtrack to the Damon Wayans movie Mo' Money in 1992. For it's lead single, it was only natural that they went to Janet for her first major film contribution, pairing her up with soul/disco singer Luther Vandross for the jam "The Best Things In Life Are Free". With a new jack-inspired dance beat that sounds plucked from her Rhythm Nation 1814 album, which spun off eight top-5 pop radio hits including the #1's "Miss You Much", "Escapade", "Black Cat", and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", it also gave a new audience for Luther, who was coming off his most success album Power Of Love which scored two top ten pop hits with "Power Of Love/Love Power" and "Don't Want To Be A Fool", but places him with the next decade sound of new jack swing acts. Adding to the mix with a rap interlude is 4/5 of the at-the-time lineup of New Edition, with Bell Biv Devoe throwing verse and Ralph Tresvant whispering a line in there. The music video, though, has none of them, but rather the cast of the movie itself...


"The Best Things In Life Are Free" became Luther's fourth and Janet's fourteenth top ten pop hit in the U.S. in June of 1992. The single topped Billboard's R&B chart for a week, The original remixes from Jam and Lewis as well as CJ Mackintosh helped it climb to #3 on their Dance Club Play tally as well. Internationally, the single spent two weeks at #2 in the UK, and reached the top ten in Australia (#2), Ireland (#6), New Zealand (#6), Canada (#8), and Germany (#8). Jackson and Vandross were nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Duo/Group performance for the song in 1993, losing out (like yesterday's SOTD, Mariah Carey's "I'll Be There") to Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road".

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Songoftheday 5/24/18 - You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back...

"I'll Be There" - Mariah Carey featuring Trey Lorenz
from the album MTV Unplugged (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day is from Mariah Carey, whose sophomore album Emotions had score a trio of huge pop hits with "Make It Happen", "Can't Let Go", and the #1 title track "Emotions". However, after a string of seven top-5 singles, she hadn't toured beyond scattered talk show appearances, so to appease her fans and silence her critics, Mariah appeared on the MTV show Unplugged. Normally home to rock bands unplugging their guitars, this gig was meant to show that Carey wasn't just a studio concoction. Rushed to market shortly after the peak of "Make It Happen", Unplugged was a seven-song EP/VHS of performances from the show, with three songs from each of her albums, as well as a song she's never released before. It was a cover of the Jackson Five's Motown classic "I'll Be There", written by Berry Gordy, Willie Hutch, Bob West, and Hal Davis, with the latter producing the record, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970...


Mariah's take goes for a delivery not far at all from young Michael's, and with backup singer Trey Lorenz filling the counter-lead role, gave him enough of a push to start his own career...


Carey's stunning take on "I'll Be There" returned her to the top of the American pop chart in June of 1992. The single also spent two weeks atop Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, although it would be her first to miss the top ten of their R&B chart at #11. Internationally, the song reached #1 in Canada (for two weeks), The Netherlands, and New Zealand, and hit the top ten in the UK (#2), Ireland (#3), Belgium (#4), and Norway (#10). Her version was nominated for a Grammy Award for R&B Duo/Group Performance (crediting Lorenz as a co-lead), but it lost out to Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road". A second single from the EP, "If It's Over", was only given a limited release and not in America; nevertheless it peaked at #80 in the Netherlands.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Songoftheday 5/23/18 - Mornings alone when you come home, I breathe a little faster every time we're together...

"Just Another Day" - Jon Secada
from the album Jon Secada (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 30

Today's song of the day comes from Cuban-American singer/songwriter Jon Secada, who was born in Havana but in his youth called Miami his home. A learned musician, he got his big break when Latin music icon Gloria Estefan hired him as a background singer. He ended up co-writing one of her #1 hits, "Coming Out Of The Dark", which topped the American pop Hot 100 in the spring of 1991. The following year, Secada released his debut single "Just Another Day". Written by Jon with Miguel Morejon, and the midtempo and moody dance-pop number ended up a huge success, spending more weeks in the American Top-40 (30) than any other single that year. Emilio Estefan produced the track, while Gloria repays the favor by singing backup herself...


"Just Another Day" became Jon's first and biggest pop hit, reaching the top five in August of 1992. The song spent two weeks at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single was #1 for a month in Sweden, and reached the top ten in Canada (#2), the Netherlands (#2), Switzerland (#2), Germany (#3), Ireland (#4), Norway (#4), the UK (#5), New Zealand (#5), and Austria (#5). It also got to #12 in Australia.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Songoftheday 5/22/18 - One chance intervention see what it can signify, the slightest misapprehension baby and we'd have passed each other by...

"Not The Only One" - Bonnie Raitt
from the album Luck Of The Draw (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #34 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from blues-rock master Bonnie Raitt, whose Grammy-nominated album Luck Of The Draw had scored two big pop hits with "I Can't Make You Love Me" and the top-5 "Something To Talk About". Also, album track "Slow Ride" made it to #28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. The third physical single from the record was the midtempo adult rock of "Not The Only One". Written by Northern Irish songwriter Paul Brady, and produced by Raitt with Don Was, the song sounded like a worthy sequel to Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy" as Bonnie finds love at the point where she's just about given up. Her husband Michael O'Keefe again makes an appearance in the music video; see if you can also catch the obviously same-sex couple briefly in the beginning as well...


"Not The Only One" became the third top-40 pop hit from Luck Of The Draw in June of 1992. The song was the most popular of the tracks from the album on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") format chart, spending a week at #2. Internationally, the single peaked at #13 in Canada. Another album track, "Come To Me", followed it quickly up the Adult Contemporary chart landing at #10 (and #36 in Canada). The final physical single from the set, "All At Once", climbed to #17 on the AC list. At the 1992 Grammy Awards, besides "Something To Talk About"'s win, Raitt grabbed two more awards, with "Good Man, Good Woman" with Delbert McClinton winning Best Rock Duo/Group Performance, and title track "Luck Of The Draw" nabbing the Female Rock Solo Performance trophy.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Robbed hit of the week 5/20/18 - Tracie Spencer's "Love Me"...

"Love Me" - Tracie Spencer
from the album Make The Difference (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #48

This week's "robbed hit" comes from R&B/pop singer Tracie Spencer, who landed the biggest hit of her career in the spring of 1991 with the topical dance-funk of "This House", the second single from her Make The Difference album. She came close to returning to the top-40 the following fall with the slow jam "Tender Kisses", which topped Billboard's R&B chart. The fifth single from the album would be another ballad, "Love Me". Written by her producers on the song Fil Brown and Tony Robinson, it would prove to be another huge R&B hit as well...


While "Love Me" spent a week at #2 on Billboard's R&B chart, the song peaked right above the halfway mark on their pop Hot 100 in April of 1992.


Songoftheday 5/21/18 - And I could never love you fast babe, I take my time and love you all night long...

"Slow Motion" - Color Me Badd
from the album CMB (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B/pop vocal group Color Me Badd, whose debut album CMB had already spun off four big hits in America with "Remember When", "I Wanna Sex You Up", and a pair of #1 pop singles in "I Ador Mi Amor" and "All 4 Love". The fifth and final single serviced to mainstream radio in the U.S. was the off-kilter funk of "Slow Motion". Written by the group's Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Kevin Thornton, and Sam Watters along with Howard Thompson, the track featured funk icon Bootsy Collins, who jams on top of the track Deee-lite-style, and the quartet brag about their sexual stamina...


"Slow Motion" became their fifth top-20 pop hit from CMB in June of 1992. Internationally, the single took a week at #40 in Canada. The rest of the world got the new jack swing jam "Heartbreaker" as the fifth single, and it went to #32 in New Zealand, #58 in the UK, and #61 in the Netherlands.

Up tomorrow: Blues rocker isn't alone.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Songoftheday 5/20/18 - I've got your picture in the palm of my hand and I'm squeezin' it, I'm teasin' it...

"Lift Me Up" - Howard Jones
from the album In The Running (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from synthpop veteran Howard Jones, whose last album of the 1980s, Cross That Line, scored him two top-40 pop hits in America with "Everlasting Love" and "The Prisoner". His fortunes in his home country of Britain were diminishing, as Cross That Line was his first album to fail to reach the top ten, and both singles peaked in the lower half of the top 100 chart. In 1992, Jones released his fifth studio album In The Running, which moved away from his fully electronic start to a more organic band arrangement. The first single from the record, "Lift Me Up", even sported a music video that began with Howard unplugging all his devices (presumably to signal this was a mostly instrumented affair)...


"Lift Me Up" became Howard's ninth and so far last top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in June of 1992. The single also reached Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, doing much better, climbing to #10 (his final time here as well). Internationally, the single did great in Canada, peaking at #6 for two weeks, while in the UK it stopped down at #52. Two more singles were released from the album, with "Two Souls" reaching #53 in Germany and "Tears To Tell" following "Lift Me Up" in Canada to go to #66. After this album was released a greatest hits record was put out as Jones and Warner/Elektra Records parted ways. Since then, he's been concentrating more behind the music business scenes, working with alternative acts like Propaganda, although he still tours with his own material. He's released seven more albums independently, with his most recent studio album being 2015's Engage. In 2005, he guested on dance act Mohito's single "Slip Away", which went to #82 in the UK and #96 in Australia.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Songoftheday 5/19/18 - Girl you're such a bad thing standing there all alone, looking so good to me baby can't do no wrong...

"Do It To Me" - Lionel Richie
from the album Back To Front (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from pop/soul singer/songwriter Lionel Richie, whose third solo album after leaving the Commodores, Dancing On The Ceiling, had spun off five top-20 hits in the U.S. with "Se La", "Ballerina Girl", "Love Will Conquer All", "Dancing On The Ceiling", and his #1 smash "Say You, Say Me". Between the five singles he racked up 57 weeks in the top-40. After such a heavily-productive decade in the 1980s, it was a surprise that it took six years from the release of Dancing On The Ceiling for Lionel to release a new album, and in this case it was a retrospective of his career with only three unreleased tracks on it. Spanning her work with the Commodores and solo, it was meant perhaps to reintroduce Richie for the new decade, with the introduction of the lead single from the set, the adult-contemporary gem "Do It To Me". Written by Lionel, who produced it with Stewart Levine (Simply Red), the song brought him back to the heights with urban radio stations...


"Do It To Me" climbed to the American pop Top-40 in June of 1992. The single spent one week at #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, has fifth and so-far last soul charttopper outside of the Commodores. The track also spent four weeks at #3 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio tally. Internationally, the single did better than in the U.S. in some parts, reaching the top ten in Canada (#6), France (#6) and Norway (#7), and hit the top-40 in the Belgium (#11), Netherlands (#12), Switzerland (#12), Austria (#23), Germany (#26), Ireland (#28), New Zealand (#29), and the UK (#33).

The second release from Back To Front, the smooth uptempo pop of "My Destiny", missed the pop Hot 100 here in the States, but reached #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #56 R&B. The song topped the singles chart in the Netherlands, and made the top ten in the UK (#7) and Ireland (#10), and placed in the Top-40 in France (#18), Switzerland (#19), Austria (#22), Germany (#23), and New Zealand (#38). The third new track from the compilation, the ballad "Love, Oh Love", went top-40 in Belgium (#13), the Netherlands (#15), and Ireland (#25).

Up tomorrow: New waver needs some elevation.