Friday, July 21, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for July 21, 2017...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. The top spot is taken over by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (no, no Bieber in this mix), while Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover, pictured above) climbs three spots within the top ten. Songs from LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, and Foo Fighters make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Bastille and Ocean Park Standoff drop out. I miss you, Subearu, come back!

This Week           Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (2)
2. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (1)
3. Attention - Charlie Puth (3)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. Believer - Imagine Dragons (5)
6. Redbone - Childish Gambino (9)
7. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (7)
8. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (10)
9. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (11)
10. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (8)
11. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (6)
12. Run - Foo Fighters (27)
13. Issues - Julia Michaels (15)
14. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (14)
15. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (13)
16. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (20)
17. Shine On Me - Dan Auerbach (18)
18. The Fighter - Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood (22)
19. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (19)
20. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (17)
21. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (26)
22. Love Is Mystical - Cold War Kids (12)
23. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (23)
24. Yours If You Want It - Rascal Flatts (32)
25. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (29)
26. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (30)
27. The Cure - Lady Gaga (28)
28. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (24)
29. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (33)
30. Hurricane - Luke Combs (25)
31. How Not To - Dan + Shay (16)
32. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (40)
33. High - Sir Sly (37)
34. Back 2 Love - Dave Aude & JVMIE (34)
35. Reverend - Kings Of Leon (36)
36. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (31)
37. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (47)
38. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (46)
39. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (43)
40. Hard Times - Paramore (41)
41. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (51)
42. My Fire - Nile Rodgers & Tony Moran f/Kimberly Davis (52)
43. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (38)
44. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (44)
45. Be The One - Dua Lipa (45)
46. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (48)
47. Ghosting - Joe Bermudez f/Meg'n (57)
48. Baby I'm Broken - The Record Company (56)
49. Now Or Never - Halsey (54)
50. Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka (50)
51. Dig Down - Muse (63)
52. If I Told You - Darius Rucker (42)
53. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (53)
54. Runnin' Out - After 7 (58)
55. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (69)
56. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (74)
57. Sign Of The Times - Harry Styles (39)
58. Love Is Love Is Love - LeAnn Rimes (78)
59. My Girl - Dylan Scott (59)
60. Turn It Down For What - StoneBridge f/Seri (60)
61. Song #3 - Stone Sour (71)
62. The Night We Met - Lord Huron (66)
63. 5000 Miles - Johnny Gill f/Jaheim (67)
64. Undress - Anjali (64)
65. Heavy - Linkin Park f/Kiiara (35)
66. Drink Up - Train (68)
67. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (79)
68. Sometimes - Kat Graham (82)
69. Heart Away From You - DJ Pebbles (73)
70. Still Got Time - Zayn f/PARTYNEXTDOOR (75)
71. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (81)
72. You're Not Alone - Scotty Boy & Lizzie Curious (49)
73. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (87)
74. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (76)
75. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (80)
76. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (72)
77. Now That We're Dead - Metallica (77)
78. Your Song - Rita Ora (88)
79. Cold - Maroon 5 f/Future (65)
80. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (85)
81. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (86)
82. Weak - AJR (92)
83. Somebody Else - the 1975 (83)
84. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Descemer Bueno, Zion, and Lennox (84)
85. The Man - The Killers (DEBUT)
86. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (DEBUT)
87. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (91)
88. J-Boy - Phoenix (90)
89. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Artists for Grenfell (89)
90. The Violence - Rise Against (DEBUT)
91. Power - Little Mix f/Stormzy (95)
92. The Sugar Shack - Tami (96)
93. One Last Time - Ariana Grande (93)
94. My Old Man - The Zac Brown Band (94)
95. Unpredictable - Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (97)
96. Lost On You - LP (RE-ENTRY)
97. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (DEBUT)
98. Another Life - Afrojack & David Guetta f/Ester Dean (DEBUT)
99. Level - Stokely (DEBUT)
100. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (RE-ENTRY)

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. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 7/21/17 - The stars say you're my best lover matched up like sugar for a cake, they say our love could conquer anything...

"Just Another Dream" - Cathy Dennis
from the album Move To This (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from British dance-pop singer/songwriter Cathy Dennis, who had made a splash already in America in the spring of 1990 as a featured singer on D-Mob's housetastic club jam "C'mon and Get My Love", which reached the top ten on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. That song was also included in Cathy's debut album Move To This later that year, along with two other tracks co-written and produced by D-Mob's "Dancin' Danny" Poku. One of those, "Just Another Dream", became the second single taken from the album. The original album version was a minor hit in her native UK at #93 in December of 1989. However a bubbly house music remix from Paul Simpson made radio and clubs fall in love with the record, finally giving Dennis her breakthrough hit single...

"Just Another Dream" became Dennis' second top ten pop hit in the U.S. in February of 1991. The single also spent six weeks on Billboard's R&B chart, peaking at #91, while the club remixes helped the song stay at #2 for three weeks on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the re-release of the US mix of the single went to #13 in Britain, while also landing in the top-40 in Australia (#14), Ireland (#17), Canada (#20), and New Zealand (#38).

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Songoftheday 7/20/17 - I'm so sad feelin' blue since you left I've been missin' you....

"For You" - The Outfield
from the album Diamond Days (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the British pop/rock band the Outfield, whose sound, as American-ized as their name, had helped them grab four top-40 pop hits and eight top-40 rock radio hits in the 1980's, including their success from the spring of 1989, "Voices Of Babylon". To kick off the new decade, the group released their fourth studio album Diamond Days. With drummer Alan Jackman departing to be replaced by Simon Dawson, guitarist/songwriter John Spinks wrote and produced the album (with one track co-penned by lead singer Tony Lewis). The lead single, "For You", was a spacious bit of melodic mainstream rock about a breakup that would be their last spot in the pop top-40 in the U.S....

"For You" became the Outfield's fifth top 40 pop hit in January of 1991. The single also climbed to #13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, while it crossed over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list at #21. Across the border in Canada, the song was their highest-charting single at #11. A second single from Diamond Days, "Take It All", was a minor hit in Canada, but missed out in America altogether.

In 1992, the trio released Rockeye, and the lead single "Closer To Me" just missed out on the pop top-40 at #43.  After a period of trudging away back in Britain, Spinks and Lewis reunited with Jackman for a new album in 2011, Replay, with single "California Sun" getting some airplay. However, after Spinks died of liver cancer in 2014, the Outfield would be permanently put to pasture.

Up tomorrow:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Songoftheday 7/19/17 - Look in the mirror by now you should know, you're livin in a fantasy and you can't let go...

"After The Rain" - Nelson
from the album After The Rain (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the pop/rock band Nelson, who were fronted by the twin sons of 60's teen idol Ricky Nelson, Gunnar and Matthew. They scored a #1 pop hit off the bat with their infectious debut single "(Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection" in the fall of 1990. They followed that up with their first album's title track, "After The Rain". Written by the brothers along with producer Marc Tanner as well as Rick Wilson, the uptempo rocker sported an epic MTV-ready music video storyboarded to an inch of its life...

"After The Rain" became Nelson's second (and so-far last) top ten pop hit in February of 1991. The single also climbed to #39 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. The single was their biggest hit in Canada, peaking at #6.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Songoftheday 7/18/17 - Our friends think we're opposites falling in and out of love, they all said we'd never last still we manage to stay together...

"Love Will Never Do (Without You)" - Janet Jackson
from the album Rhythm Nation: 1814 (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day is by Janet Jackson, whose epic Rhythm Nation:1814 opus had already generated six huge hits with "Alright", "Come Back To Me", "Rhythm Nation", and three #1 pop singles in "Miss You Much", "Escapade", and "Black Cat". The seventh (and final physical) single released from the album was the ebullient dance-pop stomp of "Love Will Never Do (Without You)". Written and produced by the Flyte Tyme team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the song sported a music video directed by photographer Herb Ritts, who did for Janet what he did for Madonna on her "Cherish" clip, using black-and-white footage among handsome men on the beach, including the most useful thing Antonio Sabato Jr. has ever done. Her label head Herb Alpert's trumpet also makes a cameo in the outro of the song...

"Love Will Never Do (Without You)" became the fourth #1 and overall seventh top-5 pop hit from Rhythm Nation, then a record topping even her brother Michael. The song also peaked at #3 on Billboard's R&B chart, while crossing over to the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list at #33. The 12"/CD single remixes helped the track climb to #4 on their Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Canada, and reached the top-40 in Australia (#14), Ireland (#22), New Zealand (#27), the Netherlands (#32), and the UK (#34).

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 7/17/17 - Pet Shop Boys' "So Hard"...

"So Hard" - Pet Shop Boys
from the album Behaviour (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #62

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Pet Shop Boys, who had veered into Latin freestyle territory on what would be their final American top-40 pop hit so far, "Domino Dancing" in the winter of 1988. In the start of the new decade, the pair of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe released their fourth album Behaviour. The first single, "So Hard", also took from the freestyle genre in its frenetic pace, but anchored it squarely in their electropop wheelhouse, with synth flourishes swirling around Tennant cooing lackadaisically about a couple weary of their life and seeking out alternative situations, which the music video portrays as a pair of couples hides a secret...

While "So Hard" continued the duo's streak of top ten hits in their native Britain, peaking at #4, in the States the single stalled down at #62 in November of 1990. The song did climb to #17 on Billboard's Modern Rock/Alternative radio chart, while the 12"/CD single remixes helped the track rise to #4 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Finland, and reached the top ten in Italy (#2), Switzerland (#2), Germany (#3), Ireland (#3), Sweden (#3), Belgium (#8), and Norway (#9).

Neil and Chris' follow-up single, "Being Boring", despite being one of their all-time most acclaimed recordings, peaked at #70 in America and #20 in the UK. They came back with "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?" (US #93) and a mash-up of "Where The Streets Have No Name (Can't Take My Eyes Off You)" (US #72), both which were a "double-A sided" single that went to #4 in the UK and #2 in Ireland. A fifth single from Behaviour, "Jealousy", climbed to #12 in Britain but missed the American charts altogether.

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Songoftheday 7/17/17 - You know I won't forget the times we shared together, holding hands and walking in the park...

"The First Time" - Surface
from the album 3 Deep (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 18

Today's song of the day comes from the soul singing trio Surface, who landed a top-5 pop hit in the fall of 1989 with their ballad "Shower Me With Your Love".  A year later, the group released their third album together, 3 Deep, led by a song originally written years earlier. "The First Time", penned by the trio's Bernard Jackson along with Brian Simpson, was a by-the-number wedding type song with lyrics about reminiscing about the start of the relationship but still feeling just as much in love now. With production that was as much 1981 as it was 1991, nevertheless it became their biggest hit single by far...

"The First Time" climbed all the way to #1 on the American pop chart in January of 1991. The song also topped both the R&B (one week) and Adult Contemporary (two weeks) radio charts in Billboard magazine.

Up tomorrow: She isn't satisfied by anything else, says this sassy sister.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Songoftheday 7/16/17 - In every heart there is a room a sanctuary safe and strong, to heal the wounds from lovers past until a new one comes along...

"And So It Goes" - Billy Joel
from the album Storm Front (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #37 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from Billy Joel, whose last album from the 80's, Storm Front, granted him a #1 pop hit with "We Didn't Start The Fire" and a top ten follow-up in "I Go To Extremes". Two more singles were released that missed the top 40 but did well on rock and easy listening/adult contemporary radio: the nautical song named for his daughter, "The Downeaster Alexa" (#57 pop/#33 rock/#18 AC), and the bar-band rock of "That's Not Her Style" (#77 pop/#10 rock). Although those two failed at mainstream radio, popular demand caused the release of another album track as a fifth single. "And So It Goes", written by Billy who produced it with Foreigner's Mick Jones, is a pensive look at failed romance, inspired by his own breakup with model Elle MacPherson...

"And So It Goes" became the third top-40 pop hit from Storm Front in December of 1990. The single was huge on adult contemporary (or "easy listening") radio, reaching #5 on that genre chart in Billboard and sticking around for over six months. Internationally, the song was a top-40 hit in Canada (#30) and New Zealand (#24).

Another song from Storm Front, "Shameless", reached #40 on the adult contemporary radio list in Billboard, but would eventually become more famous from the cover by country superstar Garth Brooks, who took it to #1 on the country radio chart in 1991.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Songoftheday 7/15/17 - You need a love that will not change, You want a lover to remain forever yours...

"Fairweather Friend" - Johnny Gill
from the album Johnny Gill (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Johnny Gill, whose self-titled solo album after the hiatus of New Edition had already spun off two top ten pop hits with "Rub You The Right Way" and "My, My, My". Both of those also had reached #1 on Billboard's R&B chart. The third single released from the album would be the new jack swing jam "Fairweather Friend". Written and produced by the team of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, L.A. Reid, and Daryl Simmons, it gave Johnny a third pop hit in a row...

"Fairweather Friend" reached the top-40 (so far his last as a lead solo artist) in December of 1990. The song also climbed to #2 on Billboard's R&B chart. A fourth single from Johnny Gill, another new jack swing number in "Wrap Your Body Tight", returned him to #1 on the R&B chart but stalled down at #84 on the pop Hot 100 (it slipped on to the dance chart at #46 and on to the British singles chart at #57).

The following year, Gill was a featured artist on two top-40 pop hits, Shanice's "Silent Prayer" (#31) and Shabba Ranks' "Slow and Sexy" (#37). In 1993, Gill returned with his Provocative album, with the lead single "The Floor" a minor pop hit at #56 and nearly missing the R&B top ten at #11. Another track from the set, "A Cute, Sweet, Love Addiction", was his last British minor hit at #46.

The period between 1996 and 1997 was a busy one for Gill, starting with another solo album, and second single "It's Your Body" almost making the pop top-40 in the U.S. (#43). He also reunited with New Edition for their Home Again album, which sported a couple of top ten pop hits including the R&B #1 "Hit Me Off" (#3 pop). On top of that, he collaborated on an albums with solo soul stars Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat as LSG, going to #4 with "My Body". Gill released two solo albums since 2010, with his latest, Game Changer, sending four songs to the R&B chart, and current single "5000 Miles" in the top-3 of the Adult R&B format.

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