Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Songoftheday 10/25/16 - Could you be could you be squeaky clean, and smash any hope of democracry ?

"Sowing The Seeds Of Love" - Tears for Fears
from the album The Seeds Of Love (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the British emo/new wave group Tears For Fears, whose second album Songs From The Big Chair had made them into superstars, landing back-to-back #1 pop hits in America with "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Shout", along with the top-10 hit "Head Over Heels" and the top-40 follow-up "Mothers' Talk". Their next release, The Seeds Of Love, would take nearly four years to record, with band member Roland Orzabal crafting a lusher sound inspired by the Beatles' later work. I'm sure the first single, "Sowing The Seeds Of Love", was meant to be a masterstroke of that effect, with a Spector-esque wall of sound surrounding the trippy love lyrics written by him with Curt Smith. The track included original members Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes, who would leave before the album was completed...

Sowing The Seeds Of Love By Tears For Fears. from OreOne on Vimeo.

"Sowing The Seeds Of Love" became Tears For Fears' fourth (and so far last) top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. The single went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart (their first), while peaking at #4 on their Mainstream Rock list. It also crossed over to #29 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. Internationally, the song topped the singles chart in Canada, made the top ten in Italy (#2), the Netherlands (#3), Ireland (#4), New Zealand (#4), their native UK (#5), Poland (#6), Spain (#8), and Sweden (#8), and got to the top-20 in Germany (#11), Australia (#13), and France (#18).

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 10/24/16 - The Doobie Brothers' "Need A Little Taste Of Love"...

"Need A Little Taste Of Love" - The Doobie Brothers
from the album Cycles (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #45

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the southern rock band the Doobie Brothers, who made a big comeback in the summer of 1989 (albeit without Michael McDonald) with the top ten hit "The Doctor".  The second single from their Cycles album was a cover of the Isley Brothers' "Need A Little Taste Of Love", which originally appeared on their Live It Up album in 1974...

The Doobies kept the breezy tempo of the Isleys version and pumped up the rhythm guitar, making it call back to their own mid-70s work like "Listen To The Music"...

While their version of "Need a Little Taste Of Love" went all the way to #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the song stalled right under the top-40 at #45 in September of 1989. The song did better at "adult contemporary" radio, reaching #27. Internationally, the song was a minor hit in the Netherlands (well, natch) at #63. A third single from the album, "South Of The Border", went to #30 on the Rock radio list.

In 1991, the band released a follow-up album, Brotherhood, and neither single made the top-40 on the pop chart, though "Dangerous" climbed to #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart. A few years later, very cool remixes of past hits "Long Train Runnin'" and "Listen To The Music" made the British singles chart, with the former going as high as #7 in 1993 (much better than the original's #29 peak).

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Songoftheday 10/24/16 - Keep on whispering in my ear, tell me all the things that I wanna hear 'cause it's true...

"What I Like About You" - Michael Morales
from the album Michael Morales (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from Michael Morales, not the famous mass murderer but rather the singer/guitarist from Texas who had an enjoyable if not totally memorable top-40 pop hit in the summer of 1989 with "Who Do You Give Your Love To?". For his follow-up Morales covered a post-punk classic that still has legs, the Romantics' "What I Like About You". Even though that record didn't make the top-40 back in 1980, stopping at #49, it remains probably their most known and beloved hit, even though they reached the top-3 a few years later with "Talking In Your Sleep"...

Almost ten years later, Morales, who bears a resemblance to the Romantics' drummer Jimmy Marinos who sang lead, kept it rather faithful to the original, and pop radio felt ready to give the song another try...

Morales' version of "What I Like About You" became his second and most recent top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. A third single from the album, the mid-tempo power-pop love song "I Don't Know", was a minor hit at #81. Two years later, Michael released a second album, Thump, with the lead single, "I Don't Wanna See You", landing him his last chart appearance at #81, as that style of straightforward pop/rock was being totally eclipsed by grunge and rap. Since then, he's concentrated on musical work behind the scenes, and his recording studio in Texas has been very successful.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Songoftheday 10/23/16 - I know there's something in the wake of your smile, I get a notion from the look in your eyes...

"Listen To Your Heart" - Roxette
from the album Look Sharp! (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the Swedish pop duo Roxette, who had landed a #1 hit in America with "The Look", and followed that up with the top-20 "Dressed For Success" in the summer of 1989. The third American single from their Look Sharp! album was originally released the previous fall as the fourth single in Europe, reaching #3 in their native country. "Listen To Your Heart", written by the pair's Per Gessle along with Mats Persson and sung by Marie Fredriksson, the "power-ballad" fit in the mold of similar bombastic adult-pop choices from Heart and Cher, and mainstream radio listened...

"Listen To Your Heart" became Roxette's second #1 pop hit in the U.S. in November of 1989. The song also climbed to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single went to #1 in Canada as well, and top-10 in Austria (#2), Ireland (#5), The Netherlands (#5), Germany (#7), Switzerland (#8), and Australia (#10). In the UK, it originally peaked down at #62 in 1989, then in 1990 on a re-issue rocketed up to #6.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Brit Sweep: October 22, 2016...

Let's cross the Atlantic one more time to check out the notable songs and albums making the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, X Factor UK eighth-series winners Little Mix are back all the way at #1 in their first week with "Shout Out To My Ex". It's the first single from their upcoming Glory Days album. It becomes their fourth chart-topper in the UK...

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Songoftheday 10/22/16 - Button your lip baby button your coat, let's go out dancing go for the throat...

"Mixed Emotions" - The Rolling Stones
from the album Steel Wheels (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from one of the biggest bands of the rock and roll era, the Rolling Stones, who found themselves at such an acrimonious point by the mid-80s that best friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards weren't even on speaking terms. After their 1986 album Dirty Work, which scored a top-5 pop hit in the U.S. with a cover of the blues-soul classic "Harlem Shuffle", and a top-40 follow-up in "One Hit (To The Body)", the band took a break, where both Mick and Keith released solo albums (Mick also had a top-40 pop hit with the god-awful "Let's Work" in 1987). With that cool-off time, coupled with their impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the guys patched things up and got to work on a new studio album, which would be released in the summer of 1989. The first single from Steel Wheels was the uptempo and bare-bones rock of "Mixed Emotions", written by Jagger and Richards and produced by Chris Kimsey...

"Mixed Emotions" became the Rolling Stones' 23rd and so-far most recent top-10 pop hit in October of 1989. The song also topped Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock radio chart for five weeks. Internationally, the record went to #1 in Canada, peaked at #9 in the Netherlands, Norway, and New Zealand, and reached the top-40 in Germany (#20), Australia, (#25), and their native UK (#36).

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Friday, October 21, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for October 21, 2016...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. "Heathens" from twenty-one pilots spends a fourth week at #1, while the Chainsmokers and Halsey (pictured above) leap into the top ten. Songs from Kings of Leon, Stonebridge, and DJ Gozzi make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975, and Band Of Horses drop out. "I’m not eligible for sainthood but getting through these three debates with Donald has to count as a miracle" - Hillary tonight LOL...

This Week        Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (1)
2. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (2)
3. This Girl - KUNGS vs Cookin' On 3 Burners (7)
4. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul (4)
5. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (6)
6. Closer - The Chainsmokers f/Halsey (12)
7. Good Grief - Bastille (15)
8. Bang Bang - Green Day (13)
9. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (5)
10. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (8)
11. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (11)
12. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes (20)
13. You Look Like I Need A Drink - Justin Moore (3)
14. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (14)
15. Cold Water - Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MO (19)
16. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth f/Selena Gomez (16)
17. Rise - Katy Perry (21)
18. River - Bishop Briggs (10)
19. Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley f/Elle King (9)
20. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (17)
21. Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney f/Pink (34)
22. Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay (22)
23. 11 Blocks - Wrabel (23)
24. Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott (28)
25. Move - Luke Bryan (39)
26. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (18)
27. Boss - Disclosure (31)
28. Into You - Ariana Grande (24)
29. In Common - Alicia Keys (33)
30. It Don't Hurt Like It Used To - Billy Currington (32)
31. Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga (43)
32. Ride - twenty-one pilots (30)
33. Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (29)
34. White Flag - Joseph (46)
35. Crush - Yuna f/Usher (42)
36. Mama Said - Lukas Graham (36)
37. Peter Pan - Kelsea Ballerini (26)
38. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (38)
39. I Love You Always Forever - Betty Who (49)
40. Permission - RO James (45)
41. Bored To Death - blink-182 (37)
42. Middle Of A Memory - Cole Swindell (52)
43. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers f/Daya (41)
44. I Know Somebody - LoCash (48)
45. Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias f/Wisin (35)
46. I Met A Girl - William Michael Morgan (51)
47. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (47)
48. No Money - Galantis (50)
49. F*ck Your Boyfriend - Ralphi Rosario & Frankie Catalano (59)
50. Starboy - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (DEBUT)
51. Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya (56)
52. Teardrops - Dawn Tallman (64)
53. Weekend - Mr. Mig & Gino Caporale f/Angela Devine (53)
54. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding (67)
55. You Don't Get Me High Anymore - Phantogram (69)
56. Kids - OneRepublic (66)
57. Just Like Fire - Pink (57)
58. Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon (86)
59. Fresh Eyes - Andy Grammer (60)
60. What The World Needs Now Is Love - Broadway For Orlando (61)
61. A Little More Summertime - Jason Aldean (71)
62. Hardwired - Metallica (62)
63. Sunshine - Eric Benet (63)
64. Gold - Kiiara (78)
65. Cleopatra - The Lumineers (73)
66. She Sets The City On Fire - Gavin DeGraw (68)
67. Put 'Em High 2016 - Stonebridge f/Therese (87) 
68. Out There - Kristine W. (44)
69. Beautiful Life - DJ Gozzi & Extraordinary Gentlemen f/Jaclyn Walker (84)
70. Rock On - Tucker Beathard (70)
71. Vice - Miranda Lambert (81)
72. Ophelia - The Lumineers (72)
73. Sleep Without You - Brett Young (83)
74. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake f/Justin Bieber (76)
75. I Can't Stop Thinking About You - Sting (82)
76. Tears - Clean Bandit f/Louisa Johnson (54)
77. You Don't Know Love - Olly Murs (65)
78. Hold Back The River - James Bay (79)
79. Song For Another Time - Old Dominion (89)
80. Alone - Marshmello (80)
81. Fabulous - Dirty Disco f/Jeanie Tracy (DEBUT)
82. We Can Make It - Offer Nissim f/Dana International (DEBUT)
83. Take Me Down - The Pretty Reckless (85)
84. In The Name Of Love - Martin Garrix f/Bebe Rexha (88)
85. How I'll Always Be - Tim McGraw (90)
86. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (96)
87. Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue f/JP Cooper (RE-ENTRY)
88. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (99)
89. Chase You Down - RUNAGROUND (93)
90. Home - Blue October (91)
91. No Limit - Usher f/Young Thug (DEBUT)
92. Livin' The Dream - Drake White (92)
93. Lost On You - LP (97)
94. May We All - Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw (DEBUT)
95. Victory - Karine Hannah (95)
96. Hurts - Emeli Sande (DEBUT)
97. My Way - Calvin Harris (DEBUT)
98. Lovin' Lately - Big & Rich f/Tim McGraw (100)
99. Waiting On You - Tyrese (DEBUT)
100. Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban (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'll connect to that artist's official website. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 10/21/16 - I never thought that I could feel this way, you came around and brought about a change in me...

"It's No Crime" - Babyface
from the album Tender Lover (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from R&B/singer Kenneth Edmonds, aka Babyface, who grew up in Indiana, playing with various funk artists before teaming up with Antonio "L.A." Reid. The two formed the group The Deele, who landed a top-10 pop hit in the spring of 1988 with "Two Occasions". At the same time, he had his own solo career, releasing his first solo album in 1986. From that record, Lovers, four singles reached the R&B chart in Billboard magazine, with "I Love You Babe" peaking at #8, however none of them made so much as a dent on the pop chart. After leaving the Deele in 1988, Babyface and Reid became highly sought-after producers and writers, scoring hits for the likes of Sheena Easton, Bobby Brown, and Karyn White, who he had his first #1 hit with his duet with her on "Love Saw It". In 1988, he released his second album, Tender Lover, from which the first single, "It's No Crime", gave Babyface his first big pop solo exposure. Written with Reid and Daryl Simmons, the uptempo track was both smooth and danceable at the same time...

"It's No Crime" not only was Babyface's first top-40 pop hit as a solo artist, it reached the top 10 in October of 1989. The song also went to #1 on Billboard's R&B chart for two weeks (his longest stay there), while the 12" remix became his sole dance hit, getting to #5 on their club play chart. Internationally, the record went to #24 in New Zealand.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Aussie Sweep: October 20, 2016...

Let's take another trip Down Under to check out the singles and albums from local artists that are making the charts in Australia this week...

On that country's Local Artists singles chart, Sia remains at #1 with "The Greatest"...

DJ/producer Timmy Trumpet (aka Timothy Smith from Sydney) arrives at #13 with "Party Till We Die" with American DJ MAKJ and singer Andrew W.K....

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Songoftheday 10/20/16 - Shot like an arrow going through my heart, that's the pain I feel I feel whenever we're apart...

"Miss You Much" - Janet Jackson
from the album Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from Janet Jackson, who went from being "Michael's baby sister" to pop superstar with her third album Control, which spun off six massive singles with "The Pleasure Principle", "What Have You Done For Me Lately", "Nasty", "Let's Wait Awhile", "Control", and the #1 pop hit "When I Think Of You". That string of top-20 pop hits was unprecedented for a solo female artist, putting her immediately in the company of Bruce Springteen, Prince, and of course her brother. She followed up that success with an even more ambitious project, Rhythm Nation 1814. While Control mostly stayed on message of a woman coming of maturity and self-empowerment, Rhythm tackled more social issues, though retaining the infectious musicality (courtesy in great part to her "Flyte Tyme" producers) that enraptured fans to her last set. The first single from the project was a good bridge between the two, as "Miss You Much" gave the loud, crunchy funk but stuck with love matters. But the black-and-white heavily-choreographed video which had almost military cohesion gave a glimpse on what was to come...

"Miss You Much" became Janet's second #1 pop hit in October of 1989, spending an entire month on top, tying Phil Collins' "Another Day In Paradise" for longest stay at #1 in that year. The single also took two weeks atop Billboard's R&B chart, as the 12" single also did on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record went to #2 in Canada and New Zealand, #16 in Germany, and surprisingly only down at #22 in the UK. It would get nominated for a Grammy for best R&B performance (losing to Anita Baker's Giving You The Best That I Got album) and best R&B song (which "If You Don't Know Me By Now" covered by Simply Red won).

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

German Sweep: October 19, 2016...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Rag N' Bone man racks up a third week on top...

1. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (1)
2. "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (3)
3. "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (2)
4. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (4)
5. "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed (5)
6. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (10)
7. "Holz" - 257ers (7)
8. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (DEBUT)
9. "Heathens" - twenty-one pilots (9)
10. "Ohne Mein Team" - Bonez MC & RAF Camora featuring Maxwell (RE-ENTRY)

Canadian pop and R&B wunderkind The Weeknd is back at #8 with "Starboy" featuring French electrodance duo Daft Punk. It becomes his second top-10 hit in this country and highest rank (he took "The Hills" to #10)...

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Songoftheday 10/19/16 - All hail the new king in town, young and old gather 'round...

"Partyman" - Prince
from the album Batman (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from Prince, who had been commissioned for the pop music soundtrack (as opposed to the score) for the Tim Burton-directed Batman movie starring Michael Keaton. The totally left-field mish-mash of a single "Batdance" climbed all the way to #1 on the American pop chart (most likely due a large part to name recognition). The second release from the album was a more straightforward (and much more enjoyable, IMHO) funk explosion in "Partyman". Used in the Joker scene in the movie with Jack Nicholson, the groove was no too far from his one in "U Got The Look". (You can see the original video by clicking here. (Here's the "Purple Party" 12" Version...)

 "Partyman" became the second top-40 hit from Batman in October of 1989. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the extended mix spent a couple of weeks on the Dance Club Play list, peaking at #45. Internationally, the record also made the top-20 in the UK (#14), New Zealand (#16), The Netherlands (#16), and Belgium (#16), and #32 in Germany.

Up tomorrow: A nasty girl is feeling so lonely...