Friday, December 15, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for December 15, 2017...





Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. After eleven weeks, there's a new king in town as Sam Smith takes over at #1, while Charlie Puth (pictured above) dances into my top ten. Former big hits from the Killers, Cage the Elephant, Sevyn Streeter, Charlie Puth, and Liam Payne drop off my list, while songs from Andy Grammer, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike/David Guetta/Kiiara, and Walk The Moon make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highligted in red).  This is the last week of my "chart year", so the tallying has begun for my recap of 2017. Who'll be on top? We'll see...

This Week          Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (3)
2. What About Us - Pink (1)
3. Havana - Camila Cabello f/Young Thug (7)
4. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (2)
5. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (4)
6. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (5)
7. Perfect - Ed Sheeran & Beyonce (8)
8. Up All Night - Beck (9)
9. How Long - Charlie Puth (12)
10. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (10)
11. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (6)
12. Walk On Water - 30 Seconds To Mars (14)
13. New Rules - Dua Lipa (11)
14. The Sky Is A Neighborhood - Foo Fighters (17)
15. Praying - Kesha (15)
16. Silence - Marshmello f/Khalid (20)
17. You're The Best Thing About Me - U2 (13)
18. Light It Up - Luke Bryan (18)
19. Bad At Love - Halsey (23)
20. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (16)
21. Waving Through A Window - Ben Platt & the Cast of Dear Evan Hansen (25)
22. Location - Khalid (22)
23. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (19)
24. No Roots - Alice Merton (28)
25. Disco T!ts - Tove Lo (26)
26. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (21)
27. Ask Me How I Know - Garth Brooks (31)
28. Round Here Buzz - Eric Church (34)
29. Fix A Drink - Chris Janson (29)
30. I Could Use A Love Song - Maren Morris (32)
31. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (27)
32. Losing Sleep - Chris Young (39)
33. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (33)
34. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (24)
35. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William f/Beyonce (30)
36. Like I Loved You - Brett Young (44)
37. The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (51)
38. Woman - Kesha f/Dap King Horns (52)
39. Giants - LIGHTS (43)
40. Two High - Moon Taxi (40)
41. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (36)
42. Believer - Imagine Dragons (38)
43. Angela - The Lumineers (53)
44. Greatest Love Story - LANCO (45)
45. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (35)
46. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (46)
47. When We - Tank (55)
48. Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook (48)
49. Broken Glass - Rachel Platten (37)
50. Lights Down Low - MAX f/gnash (56)
51. All On My Mind - Anderson East (57)
52. Smoke Clears - Andy Grammer (89)
53. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (63)
54. Yours - Russell Dickerson (64)
55. Anywhere - Rita Ora (65)
56. Rich Love - OneRepublic f/Seeb (70)
57. One Foot - Walk The Moon (81)
58. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (58)
59. Rx (Medicate) - Theory Of A Deadman (59)
60. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (60)
61. Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan (71)
62. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (67)
63. Complicated - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike f/David Guetta & Kiiara (93)
64. Love In Ruins - Gryffin f/Sinead Harnett (74)
65. I'm Too Sexy (Touch This Skin) - Ultra Nate & Quentin Harris as Black Stereo Faith (79)
66. Redbone - Childish Gambino (66)
67. Go To War - Nothing More (68)
68. So Tied Up - Cold War Kids f/Bishop Briggs (69)
69. Pain - The War On Drugs (83)
70. Day I Die - The National (84)
71. I'll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton (76)
72. I Got You - Greg Gatsby f/J Allen (72)
73. Boom - Emily Perry (73)
74. Good Times - All Time Low (54)
75. Dusk Till Dawn - Zayn & Sia (61)
76. A Girl Like You - Easton Corbin (100)
77. Miles - Phillip Phillips (47)
78. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (78)
79. Beautiful Trauma - Pink (DEBUT)
80. Without You - Avicii f/Sandro Cavazza (80)
81. Outta Style - Aaron Watson (DEBUT)
82. Freak - Rosabel f/Tamara Wallace (DEBUT)
83. Almost Home - Sultan + Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali & IRO (95)
84. Shine Your Love - Scotty Boy & Lizzie Curious (DEBUT)
85. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (85)
86. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (86)
87. Carry You Home - Tiesto f/Stargate & Aloe Blacc (88)
88. I Got A Problem (I Wonder...) - G.H. Hat f/Mickey Shiloh (98)
89. All Stars - Martin Solveig f/ALMA (DEBUT)
90. Katchi - Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse (90)
91. Blinded By Your Grace Pt 2 - Stormzy f/MNEK (DEBUT)
92. I Miss You - Clean Bandit f/Julia Michaels (92)
93. Betray and Degrade - Seether (94)
94. Wolves - Marshmello f/Selena Gomez (DEBUT)
95. Judas - Fozzy (99)
96. Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha f/Florida Georgia Line (DEBUT)
97. X With U - Tom Budin & Luciana (DEBUT)
98. Let Me Go - Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso f/Florida Georgia Line & Watt (DEBUT)
99. You Broke Up With Me - Walker Hayes (DEBUT)
100. Love - Kendrick Lamar f/Zacari (DEBUT)

There are an even dozen 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 12/15/17 - Yo it's about that time to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme, I'm a get mine so get yours I wanna see sweat comin' out your pores...

"Good Vibrations" - Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
from the album Music For The People (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from rapper turned now actor Mark Wahlberg, aka "Marky Mark". Mark, whose brother Donnie was a member of the massively popular boyband New Kids On The Block at the time, was actually an early part of that act for a quick moment in time, but drugs and crime consumed most of his teenage years. Straightening himself out, Donnie got Mark signed as his own act, along with "The Funky Bunch", four non-descript dancers which were obviously put there to give him some sort of hip-hop credit. With Donnie producing his debut album Music For The People, and New Kid Danny Wood co-writing a couple of tracks, this set would really appeal mostly to the teens and tweens that followed his brother. However, the first single, "Good Vibrations", ended up having universal appeal, with a bouncy house music beat and a sample of a disco classic that already had pushed a single, albeit less honorably. "Love Sensation", written by the late great Dan Hartman and recorded by singer Loleatta Holloway, never hit the pop chart, but was a #1 dance hit back in 1980...


In 1989, Italian dance music act Black Box sampled the song in two of the singles from their Dreamland album, "Ride On Time", which would be an international smash, and "I Don't Know Anybody Else", which hit the top-40 in America. However, neither of these two acknowledged or credited Holloway or Hartman (or Martha Wash in the latter song).

While "Good Vibrations", written by Mark and Donnie along with friend Amir Shakir (with songwriting credit for Hartman as well), was built on a slice of "Love Sensation" to make up the chorus, they got Holloway to sing and receive credit on the record, which Mark adequately raps his gyrating six-pack torso into many a girl and guy's heart (and other places). The music video was way racier than anything the New Kids would even touch, and naturally, it was Mark's biggest musical success...


"Good Vibrations" carried Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch all the way to the top of the American pop chart in October of 1991. The single also crossed over to Billboard's R&B chart, peaking at #64. The remixes on the 12" single helped the track climb to #10 on their Dance Club Play list as well. Internationally, "Good Vibrations" topped the singles charts in Sweden and Switzerland, and reached the top ten in Norway (#2), Germany (#3), Australia (#4), Canada (#7), Belgium (#8), New Zealand (#8), Finland (#8), and the Netherlands (#10). In the UK, the song stopped at #14.

Loleatta, who still had a big gay and dance music lovers following, continued to produce great club hits, re-releasing "Love Sensation" in 1993 and reaching #32 on the Dance chart, and again in 2006 and hitting the British pop top-40 at #37. She also topped the American Dance Club Play chart in Billboard in 2000 with a remake of her 1977 single "Dreamin'". Sadly, she passed away in 2011. 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Songoftheday 12/14/17 - You want to take her place you say you'd treat me better, but better I know for sure you see she loves me...

"I Adore Mi Amor" - Color Me Badd
from the album C.M.B. (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the vocal group Color Me Badd, who had landed a huge R&B and pop hit with their salacious debut single "I Wanna Sex You Up" in the summer of 1991. They followed that success up with the smooth and slow "I Adore Mi Amor", which traded lead vocals amongst the four members of the group, with Mark Calderon singing his verses in Spanish. The mutlicultural love come-on was written by the quartet with producer Hamza Lee...


"I Adore Mi Amor" became Color Me Badd's first #1 pop hit single in the U.S. in September of 1991. The song also spent a week on top of Billboard's R&B chart, and was the group's first song to cross over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list at #38. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Canada (#8) and New Zealand (#8), and hit the top 40 in the Netherlands (#11), Belgium (#25), and Australia (#27). It just missed that level in the UK (#44) and Germany (#44).

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Songoftheday 12/13/17 - Well I started out down a dirty road started out all alone, And the sun went down as I crossed the hill...

"Learning To Fly" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
from the album Into The Great Wide Open (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day is from the late rock icon Tom Petty, whose first solo album Full Moon Fever had landed him a trio of top forty pop hits with "I Won't Back Down", "Runnin' Down A Dream", and his top ten classic "Free Falling". (A fourth single, "A Face In The Crowd", almost made the top-40 as well, peaking at #46, while a fifth release, "Yer So Bad", stopped at #80; both reached #5 on the Mainstream Rock radio list in Billboard.) At the start of the new decade, Petty rounded up his longtime backing band the Heartbreakers for their next album, Into The Great Wide Open. The first single from the record, "Learning To Fly", was a breezy yet sardonic piece that placed him back on rock radio; in fact the song was his biggest hit at the format...


"Learning To Fly" reached the pop top 40 in America in August of 1991. The single spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, while it crossed over to #36 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio format, his first placing with the Heartbreakers. The song was nominated for a Grammy award for best Rock Song in 1992, losing out to Sting's "The Soul Cages". Internationally, the record peaked at #5 in Canada, made the top-40 in New Zealand (#28) and Germany (#31, his sole top-40 hit there), and just missed the top-40 in the UK at #46.

The title track, "Into The Great Wide Open", was released as the second single, and while it went to #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart, it stalled down at #92 on the Pop Hot 100. The music video featured Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway. Before that, fast-paced album track "Out In The Cold" spent two weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in September. Two more cuts from the set reached that list - "Kings Highway" (#4) and "Makin' Some Noise" (#30). In the UK, another song, "Too Good To Be True", was put out as a single and reached #34, one of his only three top-40 hits in Britain.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Songoftheday 12/12/17 - You set fire then tell me you're leaving, just so you can lead me on some other night...

"Just Like You" - Robbie Nevil
from the album Day 1 (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day is from pop singer/songwriter Robbie Nevil, who had scored his fourth top-40 hit in the winter of 1989 with "Back On Holiday". Two years later, he released his third studio album Day 1, with "Just Like You" as the first single. Written and produced by Nevil, it had the same late-80s cadence seen in a score of comedy movies in that decade, with a little punchier production and more prominent guitar fuzz to keep it up to date. Apparently the song is about a guy who wants to be just as manipulative as his lover, but with his long hair it may be construed in a number of ways...


"Just Like You" became Robbie's fifth and final top-40 pop hit in America in August of 1991. The single was a much bigger success Down Under, climbing to #4 in Australia (his only chart hit in that country). A second single from the album, "For Your Mind", attempted to tap in to the new jack swing fad going on at the time, but the single stalled down at #86. Since then, he's concentrated on songwriting, contributing to Disney vehicles like High School Musical, Hannah Montana,  and The Cheetah Girls and artist like American Idol fodder like Jordin Sparks and David Archuleta.

Up tomorrow: Southern rocker gets the band back together to find some wide open spaces.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 12/11/17 - Gloria Estefan's "Can't Forget You"...

"Can't Forget You" - Gloria Estefan
from the album Into The Light (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #43

This week's "robbed hit" comes from Gloria Estefan, whose triumphant return to the music world after a bus crash almost paralyzed her resulted in the inspirational #1 hit "Coming Out Of The Dark" in the spring of 1991. However the follow-up single, the uptempo rock attempt "Seal Our Fate", stalled on the American pop chart down at #53, despite being used in a Pepsi TV ad. In the British Isles, where "Seal Our Fate" reached the top-40, the third release would be the bright adult-pop of "Remember Me With Love", and did respectably at #22 in the UK. Meanwhile, in the US, Canada, Japan, and Australia, the third single would be the break-up love ballad "Can't Forget You". Written by Jon Secada, Jorge Casas, and Clay Ostwald, the theme of regretting a past relationship fail has been a frequent go-to for Gloria, who sells it so well...


While "Can't Forget You" was a big success on the "easy listening" format, spending three weeks at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, the single stopped a few notches short of the pop top-40 in August of 1991. The song was also a minor hit in Canada (#61) and Australia (#99).

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Songoftheday 12/11/17 - In order to play with this record you must tune your bass to up, look out one two three four hit it...

"Let The Beat Hit 'Em" - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
from the album Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #37 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from the dance music act Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, who with the help of the R&B group Full Force, who wrote and produced most of their material, were the most successful group to emerge from the Latin freestyle dance movement in the 1980s, scoring two #1 pop hits and five top-40 singles in that decade, including "Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star" in the spring of 1989. Two years later, the trio of Lisa Lisa, guitarist Spanador, and drummer Mike Hughes released what would be their fourth and final album together, Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen. While the final half of the album was again written and produced by Full Force, the first six songs on the record would be from the production team of Robert Clivilles and David Cole, the men responsible for the insanely popular dance act C+C Music Factory that same year.  That included the first single from the record, "Let The Beat Hit 'Em", which Clivilles and Cole wrote with Duran Ramos (or the band Trilogy) and Alan Friedman. Straying from their high energy rock-house hybrid on their on C+C album, the producers went for a much more smooth and jazzy feel for the Lisa Lisa single, with a slower tempo that R&B station went wild for...


"Let The Beat Hit 'Em" became Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam's sixth and final top-40 pop hit in August of 1991. However the song landed the trio their third #1 single on Billboard's R&B chart (after their pop #1s "Head To Toe" and "Lost In Emotion"). It also was their third to top their Dance Club Play list (after their debut "I Wonder If I Take You Home" and "Head To Toe"). Despite only spending a week in the American Top-40, the single sold over a half-million copies to go gold. Internationally, the track reached the top-40 in the UK (#17, their second-highest chart rank), Belgium (#27), Ireland (#27), France (#36), and the Netherlands (#30). A second single from the album, the Full Force-helmed ballad "Where Were You When I Needed You", made it to #65 on the R&B chart in America.

After this album, Lisa Lisa went on to release a solo album in 1993, LL77, with the first single, "Skip To My Lu" missing the pop chart here in America, but actually reaching the top-40 in the UK at #34 (and #38 on the American R&B tally). A second track from the set, "When I Fell In Love", is her most recent charting song, peaking at #28 on the dance chart and #96 on the R&B list. She most recently put out an independently-released album in 2009.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Songoftheday 12/10/17 - I guess the time was right for us to say, we'd take our time and live our lives together day by day...


"Love Of A Lifetime" - FireHouse
from the album FireHouse (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from the glam metal band FireHouse, who had landed a top-20 pop hit with their debut single "Don't Treat Me Bad" in the summer of 1991. Their follow-up would be the power-ballad "Love Of A Lifetime", which ended up becoming their most successful song of their career. Written by lead singer C.J. Snare and guitarist Bill Leverty, it was hard enough to satisfy the lighter-raisers, yet melodic enough to be played at their eventual first weddings...


"Love Of A Lifetime" became FireHouse's first top ten pop hit in September of 1991. The song also climbed to #37 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the record peaked at #30 in Canada.

A third single from their debut record, "All She Wrote", climbed to #25 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, and stopped at #58 on the pop Hot 100.

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for December 8, 2017...

Well, yesterday I belatedly ran down my top 100 tunes from last week, and now I'm back today to catch up with this week's chart. Pink is again on top for an eleventh week (tying Rag N' Bone's "Human" for longest stay this year), while ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello (pictured above) shuffles into the top ten. Songs from Halsey, Alice Merton, and Chris Janson make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while a former big hit from Kenny Chesney drops out. Let it NOT snow!!!!

This Week            Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. What About Us - Pink (1)
2. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (2)
3. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (3)
4. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (5)
5. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (6)
6. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (4)
7. Havana - Camila Cabello f/Young Thug (11)
8. Perfect - Ed Sheeran (10)
9. Up All Night - Beck (9)
10. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (8)
11. New Rules - Dua Lipa (7)
12. How Long - Charlie Puth (15)
13. You're The Best Thing About Me - U2 (14)
14. Walk On Water - 30 Seconds To Mars (18)
15. Praying - Kesha (13)
16. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (12)
17. The Sky Is A Neighborhood - Foo Fighters (21)
18. Light It Up - Luke Bryan (22)
19. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (17)
20. Silence - Marshmello f/Khalid (24)
21. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (19)
22. Location - Khalid (26)
23. Bad At Love - Halsey (41)
24. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (16)
25. Waving Through A Window - Ben Platt & Cast of Dear Evan Hansen (29)
26. Disco Tits - Tove Lo (34)
27. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (27)
28. No Roots - Alice Merton (46)
29. Fix A Drink - Chris Jenson (43)
30. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William f/Beyonce (20)
31. Ask Me How I Know - Garth Brooks (36)
32. I Could Use A Love Song - Maren Morris (33)
33. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (31)
34. Round Here Buzz - Eric Church (44)
35. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (25)
36. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (28)
37. Broken Glass - Rachel Platten (38)
38. Believer - Imagine Dragons (32)
39. Losing Sleep - Chris Young (51)
40. Two High - Moon Taxi (45)
41. The Man - The Killers (23)
42. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (42)
43. Giants - LIGHTS (47)
44. Like I Loved You - Brett Young (56)
45. Greatest Love Story - LANCO (50)
46. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (39)
47. Miles - Phillip Phillips (37)
48. Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook (49)
49. Whole Wide World - Cage The Elephant (35)
50. Attention - Charlie Puth (30)
51. The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (55)
52. Woman - Kesha f/The Dap King Horns (62)
53. Angela - The Lumineers (59)
54. Good Times - All Time Low (40)
55. When We - Tank (65)
56. Lights Down Low - MAX f/gnash (64)
57. All On My Mind - Anderson East (57)
58. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (54)
59. Rx (Medicate) - Theory Of A Deadman (52)
60. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (60)
61. Dusk Till Dawn - Zayn & Sia (48)
62. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (58)
63. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (67)
64. Yours - Russell Dickerson (76)
65. Anywhere - Rita Ora (79)
66. Redbone - Childish Gambino (66)
67. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (68)
68. Go To War - Nothing More (72)
69. So Tied Up - Cold War Kids f/Bishop Briggs (73)
70. Rich Love - OneRepublic f/Seeb (70)
71. Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan (81)
72. I Got You - Greg Gatsby f/J Allen (82)
73. Boom - Emily Perry (74)
74. Love In Ruins - Gryffin f/Sinead Harnett (84)
75. California Sun - Fenix & Lisa Williams (63)
76. I'll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton (78)
77. Easy - Demetria McKinney (77)
78. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (71)
79. I'm Too Sexy (Touch This Skin) - Ultra Nate & Quentin Harris as Black Stereo Faith (89)
80. Without You - Avicii f/Sandro Cavazza (90)
81. One Foot - Walk The Moon (91)
82. Smooth - Florida Georgia Line (83)
83. Pain - The War On Drugs (91)
84. Day I Die - The National (88)
85. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (80)
86. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (86)
87. Worst In Me - Julia Michaels (87)
88. Carry You Home - Tiesto f/Stargate & Aloe Blacc (DEBUT)
89. Smoke Clears - Andy Grammer (DEBUT)
90. Katchi - Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse (92)
91. One Last Song - Sam Smith (95)
92. I Miss You - Clean Bandit f/Julia Michaels (DEBUT)
93. Complicated - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. David Guetta & Kiiara (DEBUT)
94. Betray and Degrade - Seether (94)
95. Almost Home - Sultan + Shepard f/Nadia Ali & IRO (DEBUT)
96. Stronger - Catina Mezereon (96)
97. Finders Keepers - Mabel f/Kojo Funds (98)
98. I Got A Problem (I Wonder...) - G.H. Hat f/Mickey Shiloh (DEBUT)
99. Judas - Fozzy (99)
100. A Girl Like You - Easton Corbin (DEBUT)

There are seven songs making their debut this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to that artist's official website for tour dates, music, bios, and more info. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 12/9/17 - Hello my friend sure has been awhile, I don't know where the time has gone but I really missed your smile...

"Only Time Will Tell" - Nelson
from the album After The Rain (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the pop/rock band Nelson, led by the twin sons of teen idol Ricky Nelson, Gunnar and Matthew. Their debut album After The Rain had already scored them a trio of pop hits with "More Than Ever", "After The Rain", and the #1 single "(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection". The fourth and final release from the album was the power-ballad "Only Time Will Tell", written by the brothers with producer Marc Tanner along with Greg Sutton. It has the singer confronted by an ex who wants to get back together, but doesn't end with a clear resolution...


"Only Time Will Tell" became Nelson's fourth and final top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in August of 1991. The song was also a minor hit in Canada at #81.

Despite the big success of After The Rain, by the time the band recorded their follow-up album, Imaginator, it was rejected by their record company, causing them to do it all over again for a more subdued acoustic record that didn't get much exposure. Released from their contract, they went on to release the earlier recordings on their own, and continue to record and tour. Also, Gunnar appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club "competition" show in 2005. Their most recent album, Peace, Out, came out in 2015.

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