Friday, December 02, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for December 2, 2016...

It's Friday, and I'm ready to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Bruno Mars remains on top for a second week, while the Weeknd (pictured above) climbs into the top three. Songs from Thomas Rhett, Pet Shop Boys, and Carrie Underwood make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Katy Perry, Sam Hunt, Wrabel, and Phantogram drop off my list. One more month of the worst year ever...

This week         Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars (1)
2. Waste A Moment - Kings of Leon (4)
3. Starboy - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (5)
4. Good Grief - Bastille (2)
5. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (7)
6. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 f/Kendrick Lamar (11)
7. Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney f/Pink (3)
8. Move - Luke Bryan (8)
9. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes (12)
10. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (10)
11. Closer - The Chainsmokers f/Halsey (9)
12. Middle Of A Memory - Cole Swindell (14)
13. Kids - OneRepublic (17)
14. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (20)
15. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (15)
16. Bang Bang - Green Day (6)
17. Sleep Without You - Brett Young (25)
18. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul
19. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (19)
20. Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya (21)
21. Fresh Eyes - Andy Grammer (31)
22. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (18)
23. Song For Another Time - Old Dominion (33)
24. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (22)
25. Telepathy - Christina Aguilera f/Nile Rodgers (26)
26. I Can't Stop Thinking About You - Sting (34)
27. Cleopatra - The Lumineers (28)
28. Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga (13)
29. I Love You Always Forever - Betty Who (23)
30. Permission - Ro James (27)
31. Wanna Be That Song - Brett Eldredge (36)
32. Gold - Kiiara (32)
33. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (29)
34. Cold Water - Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MO (24)
35. The Greatest - Sia f/Kendrick Lamar (40)
36. Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott (30)
37. My Way - Calvin Harris (41)
38. People Grinnin' - NERVO f/The Child Of Lov (42)
39. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (39)
40. Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue f/JP Cooper (44)
41. Put 'Em High 2016 - Stonebridge f/Therese (37)
42. Thick Of It - Mary J. Blige (47)
43. Believe - Crystal Waters f/Sted-E & Hybrid Heights (53)
44. A Little More Summertime - Jason Aldean (46)
45. This Girl - KUNGS vs Cookin' On 3 Burners (35)
46. Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban (56)
47. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake f/Justin Bieber (51)
48. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding (38)
49. Love Me Now - John Legend (59)
50. Say It To Me - Pet Shop Boys (74)
51. Teardrops - Cole Plante & Bobi (61)
52. Dirty Laundry - Carrie Underwood (72)
53. In The Name Of Love - Martin Garrix f/Bebe Rexha (67)
54. How I'll Always Be - Tim McGraw (58)
55. Side To Side - Ariana Grande f/Nicki Minaj (70)
56. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (48)
57. She Sets The City On Fire - Gavin DeGraw (57)
58. May We All - Florida Georgia Line (62)
59. Waiting On You - Tyrese (63)
60. It Don't Hurt Like It Used To - Billy Currington (52)
61. Water Under The Bridge - Adele (DEBUT)
62. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (68)
63. Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix (73)
64. I Know Somebody - LoCash (60)
65. Vice - Miranda Lambert (55)
66. Beautiful Life - DJ Gozzi & Extraordinary Gentlemen f/Jaclyn Walker (54)
67. Stronger Together - Jessica Sanchez (69)
68. Star Of The Show - Thomas Rhett (98)
69. Move - Saint Motel (89)
70. Say Yes - Tony Moran f/Jason Walker (DEBUT)
71. Livin' The Dream - Drake White (75)
72. Rockabye - Clean Bandit f/Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (92)
73. Scars to Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara (83)
74. If The Boot Fits - Granger Smith (82)
75. When The Tequila Runs Out - Dawes (77)
76. 80s Mercedes - Maren Morris (81)
77. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (87)
78. Feel Invincible - Skillet (78)
79. It Ain't Over - The Bello Boys & Dan Donica f/Seri (79)
80. Bored To Death - blink-182 (76)
81. Welcome To Your Life - Grouplove (85)
82. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (80)
83. I Hate U, I Love U - gnash f/Olivia O'Brien (88)
84. Ophelia - The Lumineers (84)
85. Play That Song - Train (86)
86. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (71)
87. Starving - Hailee Steinfeld & Grey f/Zedd (94)
88. Open Your Eyes - Disturbed (96)
89. Crazy Love - Audien f/Deb's Daughter (97)
90. So I Can Have You Back - Joe (DEBUT)
91. Somebody's Love - Passenger (91)
92. Would I Lie To You? - David Guetta & Cedric Gervais f/Chris Willis (DEBUT)
93. I Met A Girl - William Michael Morgan (93)
94. I Feel So Bad - KUNGS f/Ephemerals (DEBUT)
95. Heartbreak Hotline - The Pool Kids (95)
96. My Name Is Human - Highly Suspect (DEBUT)
97. Holy Commotion - The Pretenders (RE-ENTRY)
98. Heartbeat - Richard Orlinski & Eva Simons (99)
99. Soldiers - JAGMAC (DEBUT)
100. A Guy With A Girl - Blake Shelton (DEBUT)

There are eight 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 in another window. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 12/2/16 - I don't want a place to stay, get your body on the floor tonight make my day...

"Pump Up The Jam" - Technotronic featuring Felly
from the album Pump Up The Jam - The Album (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

(Ed. Note: After nearly four years and 1678 "Songs of the Day", I've finally reached the first song to peak in the 1990's. Thanks to everyone who has comes around my little corner of the interwebs, with close to 250,000 views I'm pretty chuffed.)

Today's song of the day comes from the Belgian dance act Technotronic, led by producer Jo Bogaert (aka Thomas de Quincey) from the city of Aalst in the Flemish (Dutch-oriented) part of the country. Despite being around the world from the center of "house" style of dance music popularized in Chicago and Detroit in the 80s, he managed to be one of the first big successes of the genre by basically cribbing a groove off a set from DJ/producer Farley "Jackmaster" Funk (aka Farley Williams), "Acid Life"...

With that entrancing robotic synth-bass line anchoring the track, Bogaert built a grander single with keyboards providing a melodic base and lyrics written and performed by rapper/singer Manuela Kamosi, who went by the moniker of Zaire-born Ya Kid K, who grew up in Belgium. The result, "Pump Up The Jam", was a force in club music just as vital as Soul II Soul's "Keep On Movin'" and the hits of the Latin Freestyle genre, changing the soundscape of dancefloors in mainstream America. The crazy thing was, at first no one knew truly who was performing the song, since originally the single (and album) attributed it to "Technotronic featuring Felly", Felly being another woman from Zaire, model Felly Kilingi, in a fake-out twist that was rampant in those days of Milli Vanilli and Seduction (and soon to be C&C Music Factory and Black Box). Felly appeared in the video and on the single/album covers, but rather than being exposed by a lawsuit (Seduction) or stage hijinks (Milli), the act seamlessly pushed Ya Kid K to the front where she belonged as the single took off in America to promote it. But in the meantime, this was the song that filled the floors at the end of the 80s...

"Pump Up The Jam" went all the way to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in January of 1990. Before that, the dance remixes spent four weeks atop Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. The single also climbed to #10 on their R&B chart as well. Internationally, the single went to #1 in Spain and their native Belgium, peaked at #2 in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, and hit #4 in Canada, Australia, Sweden and New Zealand.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Aussie Sweep: December 1, 2016...

It's time to head Down Under to check out the music from local artists making the charts in Australia this week...

On their Australian Artists singles chart, rapper Illy holds at #1 with "Catch-22" featuring Anne-Marie...

The winner of the eighth season of this country's version of the X Factor, singer Isaiah Firebrace from the New South Wales town of Moana, lands at #5 with his "winner's song" "It's Gotta Be You". The song was written by Italian/Australians Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci, who also wrote this country's entry to Eurovision this past spring, Dami Im's "Sound Of Silence"...

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Songoftheday 12/1/16 - I know you broke up with him and your hearts still on the shelf, it's been over two years for me and I'm not quite myself...

"The Last Worthless Evening" - Don Henley
from the album End Of The Innocence (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from Don Henley, whose third solo album after the dissolution of the Eagles had scored him a fourth top ten pop hit in America with the album's title track, "The End Of The Innocence". The second release from the record was the conversational pick-up nugget "The Last Worthless Evening". Reportedly inspired by an attempt to woo the recently divorced Melanie Griffith, the song promising a lot was adult and borderline stalky at the same time...

"The Last Worthless Evening" became Don's second hit from the End Of the Innocence album in December of 1989. The song also climbed to #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, while peaking at #5 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list. The single was a bigger success in Canada, reaching #5 on their pop chart.

Up tomorrow: Belgian dance act waffle on who the lead singer of their breakthrough hit is.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

German Sweep: November 30, 2016...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Rag N' Bone Man holds on top for a ninth week...

1. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (1)
2. "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (2)
3. "Would I Lie To You?" - David Guetta & Cedric Gervais featuring Chris Willis (3)
4. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (4)
5. "Chöre" - Mark Forster (6)
6. "Say You Won't Let Go" - James Arthur (8)
7. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (5)
8. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (9)
9. "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed (7)
10. "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (10)

There are no entries in the top ten this week; further down the chart, Berlin-based DJ/producer Alle Farben reaches the top-40 at #30 with "Bad Ideas". It's the follow-up to his former top-ten hit "Please Tell Rosie"...

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Songoftheday 11/30/16 - She calls out to the man on the street 'Sir can you help me? It's cold and I've nowhere to sleep, is there somewhere you can tell me?'...

"Another Day In Paradise" - Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from singer/drummer/curmudgeon Phil Collins, who had been oscillating between his stint in the progressive rock-turned-pop rock group Genesis and his own hugely successful solo career. After his solo album in 1985, No Jacket Required, Phil rejoined his bandmates in 1987 for the Invisible Touch album and tour. He spent the next year acting in the British caper movie Buster, and even scored a pair of #1 pop hits in the U.S. with "Two Hearts" and a cover of the Mindbenders' "A Groovy Kind Of Love". Phil closed out the decade with a more somber and reflective album, ...But Seriously, which included some pop fluff but (for him) a large amount of heavier lyrical material. And instead of going flashy, the first single from the record was the downtempo guilt-trip on poverty, "Another Day In Paradise". Written by Collins who produced it with Hugh Padgham, Collins channels the despair of the homeless into a serene, even calming track (with keys plucked like it's a holiday song, considering its release time), and folk-rock hero David Crosby sang backup...

"Another Day In Paradise" became Phil's seventh and so far latest #1 pop hit in the U.S. in December of 1989, being both the final #1 of the 80's and the first of the 90's spending a month at the top and tying Janet Jackson's "Miss You Much" as the longest stay of the year. The single also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, and spent five weeks at the top of their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list. It would be the biggest pop hit of 1989 in the States. Internationally, the single topped the charts in Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Switzerland, and hit #2 in Ireland, Finland, Austria, and his native Britain.

At the 1991 Grammy awards, Phil would win a Grammy for Record of the Year for "Another Day...", and was nominated for Song of the Year (losing to "From A Distance"), Male Pop Vocal (which the late Roy Orbison got for a live recording of "Oh, Pretty Woman"), and Music Video (Paula Abdul snagged that one for "Opposites Attract"). The ...But Seriously album was up for album of the year, and Phil and Hugh up for producer of the year, losing both to Quincy Jones for his Back On The Block album. He did take two American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock album and artist that year, however.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

French Sweep: November 28, 2016...

Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as Bruno Mars returns to the top of the chart, where he started with this song...

1. "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (2)
2. "Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd (DEBUT)
3. "Tchikita" - Jul (8)
4. "Heathens" - twenty-one pilots (9)
5. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (RE-ENTRY)
6. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (10)
7. "Lost On You" - LP (5)
8. "I Feel So Bad" - KUNGS featuring Ephemerals (4)
9. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (RE-ENTRY)
10. "I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (DEBUT)

After conquering the American charts with the back-door trick of the internet meme (the "Mannequin Challenge"), rap duo Rae Sremmurd leaps into the top 10 of the French sales chart with "Black Beatles" featuring Gucci Mane. It's the sibling's first time in the top 100, let alone the top ten...

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Songoftheday 11/29/16 - Miracle of miracles look what the night dragged in, it's a pocket full of misery and trouble on the wind...

"Don't Ask Me Why" - Eurythmics
from the album We Too Are One (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #40 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from the British new wave duo Eurythmics, who had last scored a top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in 1986 with their modern rock jam "Missionary Man". The following year, they released their stellar album Savage, though they just missed the American Top-40 with the loud and racy "I Need A Man". Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart toned it back to their synthpop start on their eighth album We Too Are One. While internationally the bouncy "Revival" came as the first single, reaching #30 in the UK and top-10 in Sweden and Switzerland, in America the more subdued "Don't Ask Me Why" was promoted as the lead track. With a start that hearkened to their "Here Comes The Rain Again" with string flourishes and a restrained vocal from Annie, the single brought them back to mainstream radio here...

"Don't Ask Me Why" became the Eurythmics' tenth and so-far most recent top-40 pop hit in the States in November of 1989. The song also climbed to #12 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in Italy (#16), Ireland (#17), Canada (#21), Switzerland (#30), Australia (#35), and their native Britain (#25). The duo would have two more British top-40 hits from the album with the bombastic "King and Queen of America" (#29) and the mournful reflection of "Angel" (#23). They would not work together as "Eurythmics" for a decade, with Dave landing a top-40 pop hit in the U.S. with the instrumental "Lily Was Here" with saxophonist Candy Dulfer, and Annie having a fruitful solo career since. The pair reunited in 1999 for their most recent studio album, Peace. The first single "I Saved The World Today" just missed the British top ten at #11, while "17 Again" went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart in America. In 2005, they released the hits set Ultimate Collection, and a new track from the record, "I've Got A Life (It's The Only Thing That's Mine)", reached #31 on the American adult contemporary radio chart and spent three weeks at #1 on the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard, while it peaked at #14 in the UK. Going their separate ways again, we may yet see another reunion in the future.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 11/28/16 - Regina Belle's "Baby Come To Me"...

"Baby Come To Me" - Regina Belle
from the album Stay With Me (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #60

This week's 'robbed hit' comes from soul singer Regina Belle, who like today's SOTD artist Sybil grew up in northern New Jersey (Englewood). Developing her musical skills in school as well as church, she got her break opening for vocal group the Manhattans, appearing on their 1986 single "Where Did We Go Wrong?", which just missed the R&B top-40 at #42. Landing her own solo record deal (as the Manhattans were ending their tenure at Columbia), Regina released her debut album a year later. The first single from the set, "Show Me The Way", climbed to #2 on Billboard's R&B chart and #68 on their pop Hot 100. Later that year, she teamed up with Peabo Bryson for the first time for a soundtrack duet, but this time it would be for one of the worst mainstream films of all time, Bill Cosby's Leonard, Pt. 6. Nevertheless, the Diane Warren-penned "Without You" would give Regina her first adult contemporary hit at #8, and also got to the pop (#89) and soul (#14) lists.

In 1989, Regina would put out her sophomore effort Stay With Me in 1989. After the lead track for radio from the album, the duet "All I Want Is Forever" from the movie Tap with J.T. Taylor of Kool and the Gang hit #2 R&B/#34 Adult Contemporary but missing the pop chart, it would be the seductive "quiet storm" classic "Baby Come To Me" that brought pop radio on board. Written by producer Narada Michael Walden along with Jeffrey Cohen, the single thankfully departed from the former's cold production of his 80s work...

While "Baby Come To Me" became Belle's first #1 R&B hit in America, the single stopped down at #60 on Billboard's pop chart in November of 1989.

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Songoftheday 11/28/16 - Don't pick on the things I say the things I do, just love me with all my faults...

"Don't Make Me Over" - Sybil
from the album Sybil (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from R&B/dance singer Sybil (Lynch), a native of the northern New Jersey city of Paterson, who released her debut album Let Yourself Go in 1987. It contained her first single "Falling In Love", which was a minor club hit at #29 and even popped on to the British pop chart at #68. The title track did even better overseas, reaching #32 in the UK (and #23 on the American dance list). A third single from the album, the house music jam "My Love Is Guaranteed", scored Sybil her first top ten club hit in America at #4. However, none of these songs touched the pop list in the U.S., with a sound more suited to strict R&B stations and dance clubs with freestyle and soul inclinations. But for her next self-titled release, Sybil would be the first to have mainstream success with a beat brought to the pop stage by British act Soul II Soul, whose "Keep On Movin'" just missed American top ten in September of 1989. It was on a cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic "Don't Make Me Over" that caught radio's ears this time. First made popular by Dionne Warwick, it was originally put as a "B-side" to a single, but became her first hit at #21 pop/#5 soul in 1962...

Using the mid-tempo Soul II Soul-style beat, it substituted Dionne's vocal strength with Sybil's softer cooing letting the groove dictate the listen...

Sybil's take on "Don't Make Me Over" was her sole top-40 pop hit in America in December of 1989. The song also was her biggest R&B hit in the U.S., spending a week at #2. The 12" remixed version of the track peaked at #4 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the cover went to #1 in New Zealand, got to #19 in the UK, and slipped into the top-40 in Germany. She would use the same treatment for her next single, another Warwick/Bacharach/David cover, this time "Walk On By". It stopped down at #74 on the Hot 100 in the U.S., but got into the top ten on the R&B (#3) and Dance (#7) charts, and was his first top ten effort in Britain at #6. The third release from Sybil, a collaboration with female rappers Salt-N-Pepa on the new jack swing-style "Crazy 4 U", got to #19 R&B, but missed the pop list, as well as the fourth single, a cover of the Jacksons' "I Wanna Be Where You Are" (#86 R&B).

The following year, Sybil hooked up with British star producers Stock, Aitken, and Waterman for help with her next record, Sybilization, but even approximating the Soul II Soul groove with original material for first single "Make It Easy On Me" didn't cause it to reach the R&B top-40 (although it truly is a worthy effort), and it only spent a week at #99 in the UK despite the PWL production team's cred. In 1993, Sybil released Doin' It Now, a US/Canada only record, and was a more successful set with radio, with the midtempo soul of "You're The Love Of My Life" reaching #37 on the American R&B chart, and her biggest British hit, a HI-NRG cover of Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes' disco classic "The Love I Lost" (#3 UK) with DJ/producer West End aka Eddie Gordon (the two songs got on the American pop chart together as a double-sided single at #90). Those two were included on the British/international version of the album, Good N' Ready, which also had another top-5 British hit with "When I'm Good and Ready". Another song from that set not included on Doin' It Now, "Beyond Your Wildest Dreams", was Sybil's most recent American R&B hit at #90. She continued to have modest success in the UK for a handful more singles, with "Why" in 1997 her last lead-artist hit at #81. In 2002, she guested on a single from dance act Blaze on "When I Fall In Love", which spent a week at #91 in Britain. She more recently spent her time teaching.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Songoftheday 11/27/16 - I keep getting closer to the love I know, I'm ready and willing getting out of control...

"With Every Beat Of My Heart" - Taylor Dayne
from the album Can't Fight Fate (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from New Yorker dance/pop sensation Taylor Dayne, whose debut album Tell It To My Heart spun off four top-ten pop singles in the U.S. with the title track, "Prove Your Love", "I'll Always Love You", and "Don't Rush Me", spending between them over a year on the chart. At the close of the decade, Taylor released her sophomore effort, Can't Fight Fate. The lead single, "With Every Beat Of My Heart", was a brash, punchy dance-pop anthem that showed off her pipes pretty well. Written by club master Arthur Baker along with Tommy Faragher (who appeared on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) and songwriter Lotti Golden (another New Yorker who had a lot of critical acclaim), the single was commercial to the core but oh, so booty-shaking...

"With Every Beat Of My Heart" became Dayne's fifth consecutive top ten pop hit in America in December of 1989. The song also climbed to #22 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, while the set of remixes on the 12" single peaked at #8 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the track went to #5 in Canada, climbed to #18 in Switzerland, but stalled down at #53 in the UK and #67 in Australia.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Brit Sweep: November 26, 2016...

Let's head across the Atlantic one more time to check out the notable singles and albums reaching the charts in the UK this week...

On the British singles chart, Clean Bandit spends a third week on top with "Rockabye". There are two songs entering the top-40, and both are non-radio-promoted album tracks from the just-released album from The Weeknd: "I Feel It Coming" at #18 and "Party Monster" at #33. Neither is available to hear on YouTube as yet...

The sixth track from British R&B/pop singer Craig David's stellar "comeback" album to reach the chart is the official BBC Children In Need charity single, "All We Needed", which enters at #42. "When The Bassline Drops" got to #10...

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Songoftheday 11/26/16 - I don't need no license to sign on no line, and I don't need no preacher to tell me you're mine...

"Living In Sin" - Bon Jovi
from the album New Jersey (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from Bon Jovi, whose album named for their home state New Jersey had already become like a Bad to their previous album Slippery When Wet being Thriller, not getting as much praise but spinning off hit singles like nobody's business, already scoring four top-ten songs with "Lay Your Hands On Me", "Born To Be My Baby", "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There For You", the latter two going all the way to #1. The fifth single from the record would be "Living In Sin", the "let's wait to get married" screed written by Jon Bon Jovi and produced by Bruce Fairbairn...

"Living In Sin" became the fifth top ten hit from New Jersey in December of 1989. The song also climbed to #37 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the record reached the top-20 in Ireland (#17), Canada (#19), and Switzerland (#20), and peaked at #35 in the UK.

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