Friday, May 27, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for May 27, 2016...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Danish rock band Lukas Graham holds at #1 for a fifth week, while Kelly Clarkson (pictured above) climbs into the top five. Former big hits from Ray LaMontagne, Nothing But Thieves, and Gwen Stefani drop off my list, while songs from Rachel Platten, Volbeat, and Zara Larsson/MNEK make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). May all Americans have a peaceful Memorial Day weekend...

This Week             Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. 7 Years - Lukas Graham (1)
2. Cake By The Ocean - DNCE (2)
3. Walking On A Dream - Empire Of The Sun (3)
4. Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson (6)
5. Ride - twenty-one pilots (7)
6. Snapback - Old Dominion (4)
7. Brand New - Ben Rector (5)
8. Something In The Way You Move - Ellie Goulding (8)
9. Spirits - The Strumbellas (11)
10. Ophelia - The Lumineers (10)
11. T-Shirt - Thomas Rhett (18)
12. I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Mike Posner (12)
13. The Pop Kids - Pet Shop Boys (9)
14. One Call Away - Charlie Puth (14)
15. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (16)
16. Off The Ground - The Record Company (20)
17. Stressed Out - twenty-one pilots (13)
18. Think Of You - Chris Young f/Cassadee Pope (17)
19. First - Cold War Kids (15)
20. Pillowtalk - Zayn (26)
21. Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw (28)
22. Mind Reader - Dustin Lynch (29)
23. If You Like It - Stonebridge f/Elsa Li Jones (23)
24. Never Forget You - Zara Larsson & MNEK (39)
25. No - Meghan Trainor (25)
26. This One's For Me & You - Johnny Gill f/New Edition (38)
27. America's Sweetheart - Elle King (19)
28. You Should Be Here - Cole Swindell (24)
29. Let It Go - James Bay (22)
30. Work - Rihanna f/Drake (30)
31. Faded - Alan Walker (21)
32. Cheap Thrills - Sia (40)
33. Adventure Of A Lifetime - Coldplay (31)
34. One Night - WTS f/Gia (42)
35. Lost Boy - Ruth B. (45)
36. My House - Flo Rida (36)
37. Mountain At My Gates - Foals (27)
38. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers f/Daya (48)
39. My Church - Maren Morris (46)
40. So Happy - Tony Moran f/Jason Walker (55)
41. Youth - Troye Sivan (33)
42. Little Bit Of You - Chase Bryant (35)
43. Somewhere On A Beach - Dierks Bentley (53)
44. The Sound Of Silence - Disturbed (37)
45. Angel - Lalah Hathaway (41)
46. Good Love - Keith Sweat (51)
47. Lush Life - Zara Larsson (43)
48. Feel This Way - Philip George f/Dragonette (58)
49. All My Friends - Snakehips f/Tinashe & Chance The Rapper (63)
50. Piece Of Me - MK f/Becky Hill (54)
51. Keep You In Mind - Guordan Banks (66)
52. Genghis Khan - Miike Snow (52)
53. Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett (49)
54. Something About You - Da Buzz (44)
55. I Like The Sound Of That - Rascal Flatts (50)
56. Came Here To Forget - Blake Shelton (62)
57. Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez (57)
58. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (DEBUT)
59. Smile - Sheila Gordhan (69)
60. Me, Myself & I - G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha (61)
61. New Romantics - Taylor Swift (56)
62. Noise - Kenny Chesney (76)
63. Kiss This - The Struts (73)
64. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony f/Ty Dolla $ign (64)
65. Coming Home - Dillon Francis & Kygo f/James Hersey (75)
66. Ain't No Man - The Avett Brothers (81)
67. Light It Up - Major Lazer f/Nyla & Fuse ODG (67)
68. Running Wild - Morgan Page f/Oddicitons & Bret Daley (68)
69. Stay - Kygo f/Maty Noyes (71)
70. Catch & Release - Matt Simons (70)
71. Fire - Barns Courtney (79)
72. Capsized - Andrew Bird (80)
73. Just Like Fire - Pink (83)
74. Better Place - Rachel Platten (94)
75. I Need Never Get Old - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (85)
76. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (DEBUT)
77. The Devil's Bleeding Crown -Volbeat (97)
78. Emotionless - Red Sun Rising (78)
79. Record Year - Eric Church (89)
80. Confession - Florida Georgia Line (65)
81. Handclap - Fitz & The Tantrums (DEBUT)
82. Woman Woman - AWOLnation (86)
83. Head Over Boots - Jon Pardi (87)
84. Amen - Anthony Hamilton (84)
85. Happy Song - Bring Me The Horizon (90)
86. Get On Up - Aristofreeks f/Next Step & Kathy Sledge (DEBUT)
87. Nothing Like This - Blonde f/Craig David (91)
88. Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day - Luke Bryan (88)
89. Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers (DEBUT)
90. Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy (59)
91. Wasted Time - Keith Urban (95)
92. So Alive - Goo Goo Dolls (96)
93. Insane - Ro-MiNa & Christiano Jordano (DEBUT)
94. Under These Lights - Xenia Ghali (98)
95. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande (99)
96. Bored To Death - Blink-182 (DEBUT)
97. Church Bells - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)
98. Lights Come On - Jason Aldean (100)
99. One Dance - Drake f/WizKid (RE-ENTRY)
100. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 5/27/16 - Workin' all week 9 to 5 for my money, so when the weekend comes I go get live with the honeys...


"Wild Thing" - Tone Lōc
from the album Lōc-ed After Dark (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from rapper Tone Lōc, aka Anthony Smith from Los Angeles, who released his debut album Lōc-ed After Dark in the beginning of 1989. A mostly comical record, the first single from the set was "Wild Thing", which wasn't a remake of the 60s grunge-rock classic by the Troggs, but rather a stand-up sketch done to a sample of Van Halen's "Jamie's Cryin'". Not only was the musical 'hook' of the song cribbed, but even the grainy low-rent video was a copy of Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love"/"Simply Irresistible" videos, which I guess they explained away as parody. "Wild Thing" itself wasn't even written by the rapper, but rather by Delicious Vinyl go-to Marvin Young, who would introduce himself to the world as Young MC in short time with "Bust A Move"...


"Wild Thing" went all the way up to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in February of 1989, selling over two million copies in the process. The track also climbed to #3 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the 12" remix topped their Dance Club Play chart for a week. Internationally, the song went to #1 in New Zealand, #4 in the Netherlands, and top-40 in the UK (#21), Australia (#15), Germany (#18), and Switzerland (#23). But for a novelty record, the single lives on, with just this past Mother's Day weekend with me at the beach hearing the song blare out from speakers of a boardwalk bar.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Aussie Sweep: May 26, 2016...






It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs making their way on to the local artists chart in Australia this week, as Dami Im's Eurovision runner-up song "Sound Of Silence" jumps to #1 (Drake's "One Dance" holds at #1 on the main chart)...

International country star Keith Urban pairs up with American Idol Carrie Underwood for "The Fighter" at #4...


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Songoftheday 5/26/16 - Lost in a dream I don't know which way to go, you are all that you see the minute I'm movin' way to slow...


"Straight Up" - Paula Abdul
from the album Forever Your Girl (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from dancer/singer Paula Abdul, who back in the day got her start as a dancer and cheerleader, being picked to become one of the "L.A. Lakers Girls", performing at the basketball teams' games, where she was spotted by the Jacksons, who took her on as their own choreographer during their Victory album videos and tour. Also, sister Janet had hired her to lead the dancing on her videos from her classic Control album as well (appearing in "What Have You Done For Me Lately" as well). With the exposure and money from these jobs, Paula set out for her own recording career. The first single from her debut album Forever Your Girl, "Knocked Out", went top-10 on the R&B chart, but missed the pop top-40 by one notch. The second, "The Way That You Love Me", also reached the R&B top ten (#10), but only slipped into the Hot 100 at #88 (it would later become a much bigger hit, thankfully).

The third single from Forever Your Girl was a slinky mid-tempo dance-pop slice of heaven called "Straight Up". Written and produced by Elliot Wolff, a relative newcomer to the pop scene who had worked with Chaka Khan, the sassy no-nonsense delivery of Paula's along with her dance prowess in the video (which friend Arsenio Hall makes a cameo in) made a superstar out of a cheerleader. The tap-dancing before the opening note won me over..


"Straight Up" not only became Paula's first top-40 hit, it topped the pop singles chart in America for three weeks in February of 1989. The song also spent two weeks at #2 on Billboard's R&B chart (her biggest hit there), and snuck on to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #39. The extended remixes by house king Kevin Saunderson (Inner City) and Marley Marl peaked at #3 on the Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, "Straight Up" made the top ten in the UK (#3), Canada (#1), Germany (#3), Sweden (#2), the Netherlands (#3), New Zealand (#6), Belgium (#5), Norway (#1), Switzerland (#3), and Austria (#8). The video ended up grabbing four MTV Video Awards in 1989.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

German Sweep: May 25, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Justin Timberlake leaps from #7 to #1 making his third chart-topping single here...

1. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake (7)
2. "One Dance" - Drake featuring WizKid (2)
3. "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul (3)
4. "This Girl" - KUNGS vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (4)
5. "Faded" - Alan Walker (6)
6. "Glucksmoment" - Prince Damien (1)
7. "Cake By The Ocean" - DNCE (DEBUT)
8. "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna (8)
9. "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner (5)
10. "Die Immer Lacht" - Stereoact featuring Kirsten Ott (9)

American dance-rock band DNCE, fronted by Joe Jonas, lands in the top 10 for the first time with their former US top-10 single "Cake By The Ocean"...


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Songoftheday 5/25/16 - Talk about the love you're missin', maybe then it's true when they say love is blind...


"The Lover In Me" - Sheena Easton
from the album The Lover In Me (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from Scottish singer Sheena Easton, who had been one of the biggest female pop stars of the first half of the 80s, with eleven top-40 hits in America to her name. However, as the rise of dance-pop sirens like Madonna came on board, she was trying to keep up with the times with varying results. After her 1985 album's "Do It For Love" missed the top-10, and her (excellent) contribution to the Brat Pack movie ...about last night's "So Far, So Good" just missed the top-40 by a couple notches, record company reorganization troubles nixed the release of her 1987 album No Sound But A Heart, one that would include another collaboration with Prince, "Eternity" (her duet with him on his classic Sign O' The Times set, "U Got The Look", did reach #2 on the singles chart). She also had a recurring role on Miami Vice, which did keep her name in the public eye.

In 1988, Easton would change labels to MCA, during which time she, like former Eagle Glenn Frey, had started to shill for Bally's Gyms (the gym you'd go to before shopping in the mall). With two more collaborations with "The Purple One", it was the team of Babyface and L.A. Reid (Pebbles, Karyn White) that dominated her The Lover In Me album, and the evolution to soul/dance pop fit her well. The title track became the first single, and gave Sheena her highest-charting solo hit since her breakthough "Morning Train" way back in 1981...


"The Lover In Me" reached the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in March of 1989. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's R&B chart, while it also crossed over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list at #43. The 12" extended remix from Louis Silas, Jr. also went to #2 on the Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the song made the top-40 in the Netherlands (#11), Ireland (#12), New Zealand (#12), Belgium (#15), Canada (#17), and her native Britain (#15).

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

French Sweep: May 24, 2016...






Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to that country's official singles chart, as Justin Timberlake scores his first #1 solo hit!

1. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake (3)
2. "J'ai Cherché" - Amir (9)
3. "Don't Be So Shy" - Imany (2)
4. "Cheap Thrills" - Sia (1)
5. "This Girl" - KUNGS vs Cookin' On 3 Burners (4)
6. "Il Est Ou Le Bonheur" - Christophe Mae (RE-ENTRY)
7. "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid (5)
8. "Salside" - Booba (DEBUT)
9. "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner (10)
10. "Stressed Out" - twenty-one pilots (7)

French-Senegalese rapper Booba, from the Parisian suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, lands his seventh top 10 hit in his country at #8 with "Salside"...


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Songoftheday 5/24/16 - Aint it funny how when I say lets go out, you're always saying someone else will get me...


"I Wanna Have Some Fun" - Samantha Fox
from the album I Wanna Have Some Fun (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from Samantha Fox, whose transformation from pin-up girl in the British papers to singing star had been solidified with her second top-10 pop hit in America, "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)" in the summer of 1988. The R&B vocal and production group Full Force, who wrote and produced that song, came back on board to do the same for the title track of Fox's third album, which became the first American single from the set. Marrying the frenetic beat of freestyle with the bass-heavy attitude of house music, the song belied the novelty of the singer yet again and another classic dance jam was born. Not only does she reference "Naughty Girls", but cleverly-placed samples of Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation" (years before Black Box and Marky Mark) and Yaz's "Situation" made this the cool pop club jam of the winter...


"I Wanna Have Some Fun" became Samantha's third (and so-far most recent) top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in February of 1989. The song was her sole hit to reach Billboard's R&B singles chart at #19, while the remix of the track was her biggest club success, spending three weeks at #2 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, where the song "Love House" was released first, "I Wanna Have Some Fun" went to #10 in Canada, #22 in New Zealand, #34 in Italy, and was a minor hit in her native UK at #63.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 5/23/16 - The Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care"...


"Handle With Care" - Traveling Wilburys
from the album The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #45


This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Traveling Wilburys, a rock "supergroup" of tremendous proportions, who coalesced after ELO frontman Jeff Lynne produced George Harrison's Cloud Nine album, which had brought the former Beatle back to the top of the charts with "Got My Mind Set On You". With Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison, they recorded a song originally meant as a Harrison single B-side. But instead, not only was the result worthy of its own release, the five recorded an entire album, assuming the identities as "brothers". George, aka "Nelson Wilbury", sang most of the lead on "Handle With Care", but each A-lister got a turn in this democratic record...


While "Handle With Care" spent two weeks at #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the single stopped short of the pop top-40 at #45 in December of 1988. The song also crossed over to #30 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. The album would go on to win the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group in 1990.

Their Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 album would go on to sell over three million copies, and four of its tracks would make the top-10 on the rock chart, including a second, "End Of The Line", that also made the pop (#63) and adult contemporary (#28) lists. But by that time in 1989 Orbison had passed away. In 1990, the remaining four members released a second album, hilariously titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, and reached #2 on the rock chart for the third time with "She's My Baby". They would continue to work together on each others' solo efforts, but that saw the last (so-far) of the Wilburys.

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Songoftheday 5/23/16 - Well, the streets are all crowded lots of people around, and there's music playing but I can't hear a sound...


"Ghost Town" - Cheap Trick
from the album Lap Of Luxury (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #33 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the power-pop rock band Cheap Trick, who like a lot of veteran rock bands had gone a little "softer" in the 80s and reaped the rewards, scoring a #1 hit with the ballad "The Flame" and a top-5 follow-up with a remake of Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel". For the third single they slowed the pace again for the vaguely western ballad "Ghost Town". Written by guitarist Rick Nielsen and 'song doctor' Diane Warren, the song could've been farmed out to a number of bands with no notice...


"Ghost Town" became the third top-40 pop hit from Lap Of Luxury in December of 1988. The song also climbed to #32 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. It also made the top-40 in New Zealand at #29.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Songoftheday 5/22/16 - I never needed love like I needed you, and I never lived for nobody but I live for you...


"When I'm With You" - Sheriff
from the album Sheriff (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #61 (in 1983), #1 (in 1989) (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40 (in 1988-89): 13

Today's song of the day comes from the Canadian rock band Sheriff, who came together in the Toronto area at the end of the 70s. With a strong lead singer in Freddy Curci, the group's first single, "You Remind Me", made it to #33 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and was a top-40 hit in their homeland. The second single from the set was the "power-ballad" "When I'm With You", written by keyboardist Arnold Lanni, and featuring a note sung by Curci at the end that was said to be the longest-held note on record at the time. It was a regional hit where I lived in New Jersey, and went to #8 in their native Canada, but the song only climbed to #61 on the American pop chart in 1983 (very surprising to me, considering the feedback from the single in my neck of the woods).

Fast forward to 1989. The band had broken up after just their sole album, with Lanni and bassist Wolf Hassel going on to create the group Frozen Ghost, who had a #4 rock/#69 pop hit with "Should I See". After a couple of DJ started to play the single again (something you'd never see these days), the single was re-released, and the timing was perfect in the era of rock bands scoring hits with power-ballads, and "When I'm With You" finally got the attention it deserved...


On its second run on the chart, "When I'm With You" went all the way to #1 on the American pop chart in February of 1989. The song also spend a week at the top of Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart as well. However, it didn't bring back a Sheriff reunion; rather, Curci and Sheriff guitarist Steve DeMarchi went to form the group Alias with former members of Heart, and did return to the top-40 a couple of times, one to #2 with "More Than Words Can Say".

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dance Sweep: May 28, 2016...


We've come to the end of my five-part 'music sweeps' for today, checking out the notable songs making their way on to the charts in Billboard magazine, and I'll wrap things up with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart, Sheila Gordhan scores her first #1 hit with "Smile"...

As Calvin Harris recovers from his recent car accident, his new single, "This Is What You Came For" featuring Rihanna, leaps on to the chart at #34, as it's already at #2 on the airplay list in only its third week. Grade: C


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Country Sweep: May 28, 2016...


Part four of this week's "music sweeps" of the songs reaching the charts in Billboard magazine is now up with the latest hits on country radio...

On their Country Airplay chart, Dierks Bentley remains on top for a second week with "Somewhere On A Beach"...

Only one new song makes its debut on the 60-place chart this week, but it's a big one - as Brad Paisley teams up with Demi Lovato at #27 for "Without A Fight", by default my "Country Pick of the Week". Grade: C+


I'll wrap things up next with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

Soul Sweep: May 28, 2016...






We're at the "hump" of this week's 'music sweeps', sampling the notable songs making their way on to the charts in Billboard magazine. This time out I'm serving up the latest hits on R&B radio...

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Rihanna remains on top for an eleventh week with "Work"...

 Rapper Kevin Gates lands at #43 with "Really Really", an album track that's starting to get radio airplay now that previous single "2 Phones" drops out of the top ten. Grade: D


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Rock Sweep: May 28, 2016...






Round two of this week's 'music sweeps' is up, checking out the songs making their way on to the charts in Billboard magazine. This time I've got the latest on rock radio...

On their main Rock Airplay chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers leap to #1 in just their second week with "Dark Necessities"...

Australian alternative metal band Sick Puppies bark in at #49 with "Stick To Your Guns". Their high point so far on this list was in 2011 with "Riptide" (#6). This new one also climbs to #13 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Grade: C+


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Pop Sweep: May 28, 2016...


It's time to kick off the first of this week's 'music sweeps', checking out the notable songs making their debut on the various charts in Billboard magazine. As usual, I'll start out on the pop side of things, then move on later to the newest in rock, R&B, country, and dance music...

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of sales (like iTunes and Amazon MP3), internet streaming (like Spotify and YouTube), and radio airplay from all formats, there is a brand new song rocketing in at #1, and it's from Justin Timberlake, whose "Can't Stop The Feeling" from the upcoming movie Trolls becomes his fifth trip to #1 on the chart. His first, "SexyBack", was back in 2006. This new post-disco confection claims my "Pop Pick of the Week".  Grade: B


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Brit Sweep: May 21, 2016..






It's time to head over the Atlantic to check out the notable songs making their debut on the official singles chart in the UK this week, as Drake's "One Dance" remains on top for a sixth straight week...

Indie rock veterans the Stone Roses return to the top forty for the first time since 1999 with "All For One". The volatile act, which has only released two proper albums in their career, went to #2 back in 1994 with "Love Spreads"...


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Songoftheday 5/21/16 - Rainy night and we worked all day, we both got jobs 'cause there's bills to pay...


"Born To Be My Baby" - Bon Jovi
from the album New Jersey (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day is by New Jersey's own hair-metal boys Bon Jovi, who named their fourth album after their native state and scored their third #1 pop hit with the first single "Bad Medicine". As that single sounded like a rewrite of "You Give Love A Bad Name" from their Slippery When Wet album, the second release, "Born To Be My Baby", was so much a copy of that set's "Livin' On A Prayer" that in an alternate universe Richie Sambora, Desmond Child, and Jon Bon Jovi would be suing themselves for plaigarism. But no mind, the single was a well-done slice of mainstream metal-pop, and the music video was interesting in that it broke down the studio performances so you can see a little of how a pop record is put together...


"Born To Be My Baby" became the second top-10 pop hit from New Jersey in February of 1989. The song also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the single hit the top ten in Ireland (#7), #22 in the UK, and #30 in Australia.

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