Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Songoftheday 9/1/15 - Sitting here just staring at your picture waiting for your call, so unclear I'm hanging on a notion we could have it all...

"Don't Make Me Wait For Love" - Kenny G
from the album Duotones (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #15 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's SOTD comes from lite-jazz saxophonist Kenny G, who had an unexpected top-10 pop instrumental hit with "Songbird". For its follow-up, to avoid the risk of another instrumental, Kenny released a middle-of-the-road soft-pop number "Don't Make Me Wait For Love", featuring vocals from Lenny Williams, the former lead singer for the funk-rock band Tower of Power...

"Don't Make Me Wait For Love" became Kenny G's second top-40 pop hit in November of 1987. The single climbed all the way to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, and #17 on their R&B list.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Robbed Hit of the Week 8/31/15 - Curiosity Killed The Cat's "Misfit"...

"Misfit" - Curiosity Killed The Cat
from the album Keep Your Distance (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: 42

This week's "Robbed hit" comes from the British "sophisti-pop" band Curiosity Killed the Cat, who came together in London behind lead singer Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot in the mid-80s. Their first single, "Misfit", at first got a cold reception at home, missing the top-75, but after their second release "Down To Earth" reached the top-3 in the UK, and follow-up "Ordinary Day" just missed the top-10, "Misfit" was re-released, sporting a video featuring art legend Andy Warhol...

Curiosity Killed The Cat - Misfit by jpdc11

"Misfit" became the band only American hit, just missing the US Top 40 at #42 in September of 1987, while also nicking the Billboard dance club play chart at #43. Internationally, the single made the UK top ten on its second try, along with Ireland, as it hit top-40 in Italy and the Netherlands.

Two years later the group released their sophomore album, but leads single "Name & No." stopped at #14. After paring down to a trio under the name Curiosity, they hit big again in 1992 with a cover of "Hang On In There Baby" (#3, UK).

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Songoftheday 8/31/15 - When I look back upon my life it's always with a sense of shame, I've always been the one to blame...

"It's A Sin" - Pet Shop Boys
from the album Actually (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's SOTD comes from the Pet Shop Boys, the British electropop duo that broke through big with their debut album Please with the #1 "West End Girls" and top-10 "Oppurtunities". In 1987 Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe released their second effort Actually, with the dramatic first single "It's A Sin". Written by the pair and produced by Stephen Hague and Julian Mendelsohn, and sonically it was miles ahead of their first...

Pet Shop Boys - It's a Sin (1987) by darkub

"It's A Sin" became the Boys' third top-10 hit in November of 1987. The extended version climbed to #3 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the record was one of the biggest, topping the charts in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and their native England.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Songoftheday 8/30/15 - Turn it in you gotta toss and turn and feel all right...

"Mony Mony (Live)" - Billy Idol
from the album Vital Idol (1987) and Idol Songs (UK, 1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD is by the king of pop-punk, Billy Idol, whose 1986 album Whiplash Smile had spun off three top-40 hits including his second top-tenner, his cover of "To Be A Lover". His next move was his first "hits" set, which included remixes of his previous hits. One of them is a cover of the Tommy James and the Shondells song "Mony Mony", which originally appeared on his first EP Don't Stop in 1981. Although the song missed the pop chart in America and England, it had a cult following, especially in the clubs...

Six years later, a live version of "Mony Mony" was released, and it ended up becoming his highest-charting hit in the States...

"Mony Mony" went all the way to the top of the American pop chart in November of 1987, knocking out Tiffany's cover of the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now". The live version also climbed to #27 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart (the original made it to #7 on the dance club chart in 1981). Internationally, the record made the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand, and his native Britain at #7.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Songoftheday 8/29/15 - When explanations make no sense, when every answer's wrong, you're fighting with less confidence...

"Breakout" - Swing Out Sister
from the album It's Better To Travel (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD comes from Swing Out Sister, a jazz-pop trio that came together in Manchester in the mid-80's with singer/fashion designer Corinne Drewery along with Andy Connell and Martin Jackson. They released their debut album It's Better To Travel in 1987, with the shiny, bright "Breakout" as the lead single, produced by future Amy Winehouse collaborator Paul Staveley O'Duffy...

"Breakout" became SOS's first and only top-10 pop hit in America in November of 1987. The single did even better on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, reaching #1 for two weeks, while making it to #12 on their Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the record topped out at #4 in their native Britain, top-10 in Ireland and New Zealand, and top-20 in Canada, Australia, and Belgium.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for August 28, 2015...

Friday is here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the week. This time out, The Weeknd earns his first #1 hit, while ginger darling Ed Sheeran (pictured above) climbs into the top-5 for the fourth time from his x album. Former big hits from Of Monsters and Men, David Guetta, Maroon 5, Dave Aude, DJ Snake, and Sia drop off my list, while songs from Meghan Trainor, Kenny Chesney, and Eric Prydz make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Carry on, clangers!!

This Week                 Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (2)
2. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (1)
3. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (5)
4. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (6)
5. Dreams - Beck (7)
6. Renegades - X Ambassadors (4)
7. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (3)
8. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (8)
9. Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (11)
10. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (10)
11. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (9)
12. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (14)
13. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (13)
14. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (12)
15. Trust You - Rob Thomas (16)
16. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (24)
17. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (15)
18. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (28)
19. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (20)
20. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (21)
21. Shots - Imagine Dragons (25)
22. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (26)
23. Shame - Tyrese (23)
24. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (34)
25. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (20)
26. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (32)
27. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (19)
28. Like I Can - Sam Smith (18)
29. Black Magic - Little Mix (33)
30. Holding On - Disclosure f/Gregory Porter (36)
31. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (31)
32. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (22)
33. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder f/Sia (29)
34. My Type - Saint Motel (35)
35. Earned It - The Weeknd (27)
36. Hell Of A Night - Dustin Lynch (40)
37. Fool's Gold - Jill Scott (37)
38. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (44)
39. Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato (51)
40. Beautiful Now - Zedd f/Jon Bellion (50)
41. Worth It - Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (53)
42. Fire Under My Feet - Leona Lewis (52)
43. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (47)
44. Show Some Love - First Ladies Of Disco (48)
45. Kick The Dust Up - Luke Bryan (45)
46. Shine - Years & Years (46)
47. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (43)
48. First - Cold War Kids (62)
49. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (73)
50. Girl Crush - Little Big Town (30)
51. Go Big Or Go Home - American Authors (56)
52. Sara - Stereolove f/Sara Loera (70)
53. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (57)
54. Let It Be Love - Jessica Sutta (42)
55. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (55)
56. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (61)
57. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (67)
58. Love You Like That - Canaan Smith (54)
59. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (63)
60. Watch Me - Silento (64)
61. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (65)
62. Could Have Been Me - The Struts (77)
63. House Party - Sam Hunt (69)
64. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (74)
65. One Hell Of An Amen - Brantley Gilbert (66)
66. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (72)
67. Save It For A Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (87)
68. What Makes Your Heartbeat Faster - Barry Harris (68)
69. This Feeling - L'Tric (59)
70. Generate - Eric Prydz (90)
71. Someone New - Hozier (83)
72. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson (78)
73. Sangria - Blake Shelton (71)
74. Fly - Maddie & Tae (88)
75. Reality - Lost Frequencies f/Javieck Devy (76)
76. Better And Better - Jade Starling f/DJ Laszlo (DEBUT)
77. Cali - Ralphi Rosario f/Ashley J (DEBUT)
78. Cut The Cord - Shinedown (84)
79. Are You With Me - Lost Frequencies (79)
80. Come And Get It - John Newman (80)
81. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne (91)
82. Sugar - Robin Schulz f/Francesco Yates (97)
83. Coming Home - Leon Bridges (89)
84. Things Happen - Dawes (92)
85. Caution Tape - Starling Glow (85)
86. Footsteps - Pop Evil (96)
87. The Vengeful One - Disturbed (93)
88. Gonna Wanna Tonight - Chase Rice (98)
89. Sun Is Shining - Axwell & Ingrosso (DEBUT)
90. I Am - AWOLnation (DEBUT)
91. Hold Each Other - A Great Big World f/FUTURISTIC (DEBUT)
92. Summerthing! - Afrojack f/Mike Taylor (DEBUT)
93. How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris f/Disciples (DEBUT)
94. Anything Goes - Florida Georgia Line (DEBUT)
95. Beautiful Life - Nick Fradiani (99)
96. Let Me See Ya Girl - Cole Swindell (DEBUT)
97. Stole The Show - Kygo f/Parson James (RE-ENTRY)
98. Locked Away - R. City f/Adam Levine (DEBUT)
99. Sweet Escape - Alesso f/Sirena (DEBUT)
100. Drag Me Down - One Direction (DEBUT)

There are a 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 the artists' official website. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 8/28/15 - Children behave that's what they say when we're together, and watch how you play...

"I Think We're Alone Now" - Tiffany
from the album Tiffany (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's SOTD comes from Tiffany Darwish, who started her national career as a contestant on Star Search as a teenager, where she placed runner-up but got enough exposure to nab a contract with MCA records in 1986. She recorded her self-titled debut album with producer/manager George Tobin, and embarked on a tour of shopping malls across America - perfect to win over the teenage girl audience that was dominating the music-buying audience of the mid-80s. But instead of shilling freestyle dance-pop, Tiffany and Tobin unearthed a 20-year-old #4 hit from Tommy James and the Shondells, "I Think We're Alone Now"....

Now to have a girl in her mid-teens sing about getting some solo time with a boy should've raised more than a few eyebrows, but the wall of sound around her disaffected vocals threw everyone off the track a little bit...

Tiffany's take did what the Shondells couldn't, bringing "I Think We're Alone Now" to #1 in November of 1987. The single also went to #38 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, and #23 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Britain, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Songoftheday 8/27/15 - Your butt is mine gonna tell you right, just show your face In broad daylight...

"Bad" - Michael Jackson
from the album Bad (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD is by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, who previewed his seventh solo studio album Bad with the soft ballad "I Just Can't Stop Loving You". Although that song raced to the top of the pop charts, interest faded quickly in favor of the just-released title track, which was much more upbeat and in-your-face in attitude. And in true Jackson fashion the music video was a spectacle, with the original 15 minute mini-movie directed by Martin Scorcese (whose full-length film The Color of Money came out that year as well) and featuring Wesley Snipes condensed for repeated MTV play...

"Bad" climbed to the #1 spot in America in October of 1987, earning Michael his seventh pop chart-topper. The single also went to the top of the R&B chart in Billboard magazine, while the extended remix did the same on their Dance Club Play list. It even crossed over to the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #33. Internationally, the record went to #1 in Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands, while topping out at #3 in the UK, #4 in France, Germany, and Australia, and #5 in Canada. The single returned to the top-20 in England in 2006, and went to #40 after Michael's death in 2009.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Songoftheday 8/26/15 - There was a time some time ago when every sunrise meant a sunny day...

"In My Dreams" - REO Speedwagon
from the album Life As We Know It (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's SOTD comes from Midwest mainstream rock band REO Speedwagon, whose 1987 album Life As We Know It had already spun off a top-20 pop hit with "That Ain't Love". The second single from the album, the rocker "Variety Tonight", failed to make the top-40. So like their previous album, the group rolled out their ace in the hole with the ballad "In My Dreams", written by lead singer Kevin Cronin with "song doctor" Tom Kelly...

"In My Dreams" became REO's second top-20 pop hit from Life As We Know It in October of 1987, while spending an impressive 30 weeks ( 7 1/2 months) on the Hot 100. The track also crossed over to the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #6. Up in Canada, the single stalled down at #61.

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