Sunday, April 23, 2017

Songoftheday 4/23/17 - All alone silence fills my room, but in a memory I hear you calling me...

"If Wishes Came True" - Sweet Sensation
from the album Love Child (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from the Latin freestyle dance music trio Sweet Sensation, who had just scored their third top-40 pop hit in the spring of 1990 with a cover of Diana Ross and the Supremes' "Love Child". Their follow-up would be their first ballad released as a radio single, "If Wishes Came True". Written by Deanna Charles, Russ DeSalvo, and Robert Steele, the lyrics speak of heartbreak, and wanting to get back together, but not really answering what had happened to cause the split in the first place...

"If Wishes Came True" became Sweet Sensation's biggest pop hit single, topping the chart in September of 1990. The song became their first to reach the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #8 as well.

Two more dance-oriented singles from the Love Child album became minor pop hits, "Each and Every Time" (#59) and "One Good Man" (#72). After a remix album was released, only lead singer Dee Lebron stayed, recruiting new members to tour with.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Songoftheday 4/22/17 - Some girls they like candy and others they like to grind, I'll settle for the back of your hand somewhere on my behind...

"Hanky Panky" - Madonna
from the album I'm Breathless (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day is from Madonna, who took another acting turn in 1990 starring as Breathless Mahoney in then-boyfriend Warren Beatty's live-action adaptation of the comic Dick Tracy. From that film, a cut that originally was meant to be a B-side from one of the singles from her last album, "Vogue", ended up becoming one of her biggest and most beloved hit songs, spending three weeks at the top of the American pop chart in the spring of that year. The follow-up single more fit the genre of the swing-eras pastiche the film was set in, yet with lyrics glorifying a little bit of S&M to let you know this is still Madonna. Written by the singer with True Blue-era writing/producing partner Patrick Leonard, "Hanky Panky" brought some spanking onto mainstream radio with some of her most wittiest lyrics ever...

 "Hanky Panky" became Madonna's twentieth top ten pop hit in the U.S. in July of 1990. Internationally, the song topped the singles chart in Finland, and reached the top ten in the UK (#2), Ireland (#3), Italy (#5), Australia (#6), and New Zealand (#6), while going to #18 in Canada and #21 in Germany.  A third selection from the soundtrack, "Sooner Or Later", was written by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim and won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

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

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 songs from the past week. Katy Perry and Skip Marley hang on at #1 for a second week, while Lady Gaga (pictured above) jumps into the top ten. Songs from Lorde, the Chainsmokers/Coldplay, and Luke Combs make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by Brad Paisley, the Lumineers, Eric Church, Kaleo, and the Head and the Heart drop off my list. Happy Earth Day weekend!

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry f/Skip Marley (1)
2. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (4)
3. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (2)
4. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (4)
5. I Feel It Coming - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (5)
6. Mercy - Shawn Mendes (8)
7. Rockabye - Clean Bandit f/Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (6)
8. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (9)
9. Million Reasons - Lady Gaga (13)
10. Love on The Brain - Rihanna (10)
11. Still Breathing - Green Day (7)
12. Water Under The Bridge - Adele (12)
13. Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara (11)
14. Heavydirtysoul - twenty-one pilots (18)
15. Believer - Imagine Dragons (19)
16. Love Is Mystical - Cold War Kids (20)
17. Fast - Luke Bryan (16)
18. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (15)
19. Road Less Traveled - Lauren Alaina (21)
20. Paris - The Chainsmokers (22)
21. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (17)
22. Show Me Love - Brian Justin Crum f/Toy Armada & DJ Grind (14)
23. Name For You - The Shins (25)
24. I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn & Taylor Swift (24)
25. Yeah Boy - Kelsea Ballerini (26)
26. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (41)
27. Think A Little Less - Michael Ray (23)
28. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (29)
29. Better Man - Little Big Town (27)
30. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars (30)
31. Lost On You - LP (31)
32. Green Light - Lorde (52)
33. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 f/Kendrick Lamar (33)
34. Down - Marian Hill (44)
35. Call On Me - Starley (36)
36. This Town - Niall Horan (32)
37. Bar At The End Of The World - Kenny Chesney (47)
38. Best Love - Yuna (46)
39. Long Song Away - Kevin Ross (39)
40. The Mack - Nevada f/Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap (40)
41. Fire Escape - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (53)
42. Cold - Maroon 5 f/Future (50)
43. Any Ol' Barstool - Jason Aldean (48)
44. On Hold - The xx (38)
45. Heavy - Linkin Park f/Kiiara (55)
46. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (58)
47. Hey Baby - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Diplo f/Deb's Daughter (59)
48. Feel Like Home - Sander Kleinenberg f/DYSON (62)
49. A Guy With A Girl - Blake Shelton (49)
50. Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon (42)
51. Hurricane - Luke Combs (66)
52. Hometown Girl - Josh Turner (54)
53. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (43)
54. The Weekend - Brantley Gilbert (56)
55. Black - Dierks Bentley (65)
56. Sober Saturday Night - Chris Young f/Vince Gill (34)
57. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (57)
58. Don't Want You Back - Leela James (70)
59. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (45)
60. Lick Me Up - Tony Moran & Dani Toro f/Zhana Roiya (64)
61. I Got You - Bebe Rexha (63)
62. Blame - Bastille (72)
63. Issues - Julia Michaels (71)
64. Stay In The Dark - The Band Perry (68)
65. Burn Brighter - Pavlova (69)
66. Places - Xenia Ghali f/Raquel Castro (79)
67. High Ticket Attractions - The New Pornographers (67)
68. Find Me - Sigma f/Birdy (83)
69. Good News - Ocean Park Standoff (81)
70. Love Never Died - Nytrix (78)
71. Seein' Red - Dustin Lynch (61)
72. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (76)
73. I'm Blessed - Charlie Wilson f/T.I. (77)
74. Never Again - Breaking Benjamin (74)
75. How Not To - Dan + Shay (89)
76. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (82)
77. Cold Cold Cold - Cage The Elephant (87)
78. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (DEBUT)
79. Waterfall - Stargate f/Pink & Sia (85)
80. Watch Out - Glovibes & Gary Caos (75)
81. Trouble - R3Hab (DEBUT)
82. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (84)
83. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (DEBUT)
84. I Love You - Axwell & Ingrosso f/Kid Ink (88)
85. Play That Song - Train (73)
86. Take Me - Korn (90)
87. Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran (97)
88. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (DEBUT)
89. Help - Papa Roach (99)
90. Tuesday - Burak Yeter f/Danelle Sandoval (94)
91. Alone - Alan Walker (DEBUT)
92. Touch - Little Mix (86)
93. Ciao Adios - Anne-Marie (93)
94. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (98)
95. Slide - Calvin Harris f/Frank Ocean & Migos (95)
96. May We All - Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw (91)
97. If I Told You - Darius Rucker (DEBUT)
98. Falling - Alesso (DEBUT)
99. I Need You - Armin Van Buuren & Garibay f/Olaf Blackwood (DEBUT)
100. Ain't No Friend Of Mine - Vali (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 4/21/17 - It seems like weeks since you looked at me baby without that look of distaste, I don't know why your feelings are changing but I've seen it in your face...

"Kiss This Thing Goodbye" - Del Amitri
from the album Waking Hours (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from the Scottish alternative rock band Del Amitri, who came together in Glasgow under lead singer Justin Currie and guitarist Iain Harvie in the early 80s. The original incarnation of the group released their debut album in 1985, and was a moderately successful album (helped by their opening spot on the Smiths' tour), but it wasn't until four years later, and a shuffling of members besides Currie and Harvie, when their sophomore effort Waking Hours was released. The first single from the set, "Kiss This Thing Goodbye", missed the top 40 in its first shot in the UK (#59). A second single, "Stone Cold Sober", was a minor British hit at #90 and was the first to get noticed in Australia (#50). After their third release from the record, "Nothing Ever Happens", climbed all the way to #11 on the British chart (to this day their biggest success on their homeland's chart), the band re-released "Kiss This Thing Goodbye". Written by Currie, Harvie, and short-term guitarist Mick Slaven, the song also came even closer to the top 40 there at #43, but this time American radio took notice, and now they found themselves with a Stateside hit...

"Kiss This Thing Goodbye" became Del Amitri's first American top-40 pop hit in July of 1990. The single also reached the top-20 on both of Billboard's Mainstream (#17) and Modern Rock (#13) radio charts. The track also got into the top 40 in Australia at #28 (their biggest hit Down Under). They returned to the British charts at #36 with a fourth single, "Move Away Jimmy Blue".

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aussie Sweep: April 20, 2017...

It's time to take a trip Down Under to check out the songs and albums from local artists that made the charts this week in Australia...

On the Australian Artists Singles Chart, Dean Lewis climbs to #1 with "Waves"...

Sydney-based female trio Beatz, who were finalists on the most recent season of X Factor Australia, land their first hit at #10 with "Ain't Your Girl"...

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Songoftheday 4/20/17 - We could sail away or catch a freight train or a rocket ship into outer space...

"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" - Mötley Crüe
from the album Dr. Feelgood (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from the glam metal kings Mötley Crüe, whose album Dr. Feelgood had already spun off three top 40 hits with "Without You", "Kickstart My Heart", and the title track. The fourth single from their sole #1 album would be the punchline-titled "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)". Written by the band's Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars, was a highlight of the record, with a driving beat perfect for driving music but laid back and "sunny" enough to not turn off those who hated metal music. In fact, these days, this would easily pass for "mainstream country" right now...

"Don't Go Away Mad" became the fourth top-40 pop hit from Dr. Feelgood in July of 1990. The single also climbed to #13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song was a minor hit Down Under in New Zealand (#49) and Australia (#72).

The band would release a fifth single from the album, "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)", which made it to #34 on the Mainstream Rock chart and was a minor pop hit at #78, but remains one of their fans' favorites...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

German Sweep: April 19, 2017...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany, according to their official singles chart, as Ed Sheeran fends off a venerable challenge to remain on top for his fourteenth consecutive week...

1. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (1)
2. "Unter der Wolken" - DIe Toten Hosen (DEBUT)
3. "Tuesday" - Burak Yeter featuring Danelle Sandoval (2)
4. "Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (4)
5. "You Don't Know Me" - Jax Jones featuring RAYE (3)
6. "Swalla" - Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign (6)
7. "It Ain't Me" - Kygo & Selena Gomez (5)
8. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (8)
9. "Galway Girl" - Ed Sheeran (7)
10. "Menschen Leben Tanzen Welt" - Jim Pandzko featuring Jan Bohmermann (DEBUT)

German punk legends Die Toten Hosen are back landing on the entire top 100 in this country at #2 with "Unter der Wolken" ("Under The Clouds"). It's their twelfth single to reach the top 10; two of them, "Zehn kleine Jägermeister" in 1996 and "Tage Die Wiese" in 2012, went all the way to #1...

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Songoftheday 4/19/17 - I want to pull down the shades and the lights and do what I want to do to hear it girl...

"Make You Sweat" - Keith Sweat
from the album I'll Give All My Love To You (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Keith Sweat, who had one of the first big pop hits in the new jack swing genre with "I Want Her" in the spring of 1988. Although that debut album Make It Last Forever ended up placing four singles in the top ten of Billboard's R&B chart, none besides that first one would make the top-40 (the ballad duet title track with Jacqui McGhee came the closest, reaching #59 while going to #2 on the R&B list).

In 1990, Sweat released his sophomore effort, I'll Give All My Love To You. The lead track is another bouncy new jack number, "Make You Sweat", which not only punned his moniker but also provided the necessary come-on to get back on the dance floor. Written by Sweat with Timothy Gatling and Bobby Wooten and produced by Sweat himself, it grooved him back onto the pop charts in no time...

"Make You Sweat" became Keith's second top-40 pop hit in August of 1990. The single was also his second after "I Want Her" to top the R&B chart as well. The 12" remixes of the track climbed to #5 on Billboard's Dance Club Play, by far his biggest hit there. Internationally, the song was only a minor hit in the Netherlands (#86) and missed the British chart altogether.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

French Sweep: April 18, 2017...

Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as Ed Sheeran holds on at #1 for a fourteenth week...

1. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (1)
2. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (5)
3. "Sign Of The Times" - Harry Styles (DEBUT)
4. "Million Eyes" - Loïc Nottet (2)
5. "I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (3)
6. "Roule" - Soprano (6)
7. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (4)
8. "You Don't Know Me" - Jax Jones featuring RAYE (7)
9. "Chained To The Rhythm" - Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (RE-ENTRY)
10. "Be Mine" - Ofenbach (9)

The fourth member of One Direction to have a solo hit is probably the most well-known of them all, Harry Styles, who arrives on the chart at #3 with "Sign Of The Times"...

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Songoftheday 4/18/17 - How I wonder why you just put my love aside, you threw me in the gutter and you left me there to lie...

"Bad Of The Heart" - George Lamond
from the album Bad Of The Heart (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from George LaMond, a freestyle dance music singer who grew up in Puerto Rico and the Bronx as George Garcia, before changing his name for his recording career. He released a single "Bad Of The Heart" independently in the New York area, but the massive popularity of the track on local dance radio and clubs caused Columbia Records, eager to jump on the freestyle train, to pick him up for distribution and a proper album. But first, they released a new recording, the frenetic "Without You", which climbed to #4 on the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard, but radio hadn't caught on yet.  "Bad Of The Heart", written by Phillip Andreula and Marilyn Rodriguez, was the right mixture of romantic drama, and swaying synth beats, but slowed down just a little to get that hip-swaying groove on, and the single became a mainstream success when re-released in the spring of 1990...

"Bad Of The Heart" became LaMond's sole top-40 pop hit in July of 1990. The remixes of the track climbed to #5 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. A similar-sounding club jam, "Look Into My Eyes" (also co-written by Andreula) came out next, and reached #4 on the dance chart while being a minor pop hit at #63. As the fourth single from the set, they paired him up with female freestyle siren Brenda K. Starr on the love ballad "No Matter What", which nearly made the top-40 at #49.

Two years later, LaMond released his sophomore effort, In My Life. The first single from the record, "Where Does That Leave Love", was a freestyle classic, but by that time, the genre had been overshadowed on pop radio by R&B and rap as well as alternative rock, and while it spent five months on the chart, it stalled at #59. A follow-up single, the midtempo love jam "Baby, I Believe In You", tried to fit in, and was a minor hit at #66. The album also had George covering the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back", which became a top-40 dance hit at #33. He was let go by Columbia, and for a bit in 1995, dance/rap label Tommy Boy had him, almost making the pop hot 100 with "It's Always You" (#122 on the "Bubbling Under the Hot 100" chart). But starting around that time, his work in Latin music was getting more and more attention, and he's had a bit of success, reaching #23 on the Latin Songs chart in 1999 with "Que Te Vas". His most recent chart appearance came in 2008 with a cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", which went to #20 on the Dance Airplay radio chart.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 4/17/17 - Tommy Page's "When I Dream Of You"...

"When I Dream Of You" - Tommy Page
from the album Paintings In My Mind (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42

This week's "robbed hit" comes from pop singer Tommy Page, who had reached the top of the Billboard charts with his New Kids On The Block-assisted ballad "I'll Be Your Everything" in the spring of 1990. His follow-up single would be written by him alone, "When I Dream Of You", though it still has those drum machine sounds teen-pop was in love with for a midtempo homage to freestyle...

"When I Dream Of You" came a couple notches of reaching the American top-40 in June of 1990. It also was a minor hit in Canada at #79. After a couple more albums that were more popular in the Far East, Page had a very successful career behind the scenes, first as an A&R guy at Warner Brothers Records, then as publisher at the magazine that put him on top of the charts, Billboard. Sadly, between the time I posted "I'll Be Your Everything" and today, Tommy took his life, with the news glancing at the fact that this former teen cover boy chart-topper had a husband and kids. I hope they can find some peace in time.

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Songoftheday 4/17/17 - I don't need to fall at your feet, just 'cause you cut me to the bone...

"King Of Wishful Thinking" - Go West
from the album Pretty Woman (Original Soundtrack) (1990) and Indian Summer (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the comes from the British synthpop duo Go West, who had a stellar debut album in 1986 that spun off four top-40 hits in their homeland, but none of them reached that level in the States. Their second release, Dancing On The Couch, may have sold a bit less, but got their feet in the door of American pop radio with their first top-40 hit "Don't Look Down - The Sequel" in the fall of 1987. They laid low for a couple of years, and then re-emerged like they did between their  first two albums with a contribution to a soundtrack; this time is was the Richard Gere/Julia Roberts rom-com Pretty Woman. "King Of Wishful Thinking", written by Peter Cox and Richard Drummie along with Martin Page, the latter who wrote "Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)" from the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun movie as well as Starship's massive "We Built This City", encapsulated the duo's infectious hooks with a more midtempo soundtrack synth machine we came to know and love throughout the last decade. It was released as the third single from Pretty Woman's companion after Natalie Cole's "Wild Women Do" and the #1 pop hit from Roxette, "It Must Have Been Love". And they balanced out what really is a song about denial and heartbreak and made it funny, disposing of their serious faces for once and with a bunch of non-sequiturs, including both a Julia Roberts and a Richard Gere lookalike, the latter in An Officer and a Gentleman style garb...

"King Of Wishful Thinking" became Go West's biggest American hit, reaching the top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in August of 1990. The song also went to #7 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. Internationally, the single did the best Down Under, hitting #6 in Australia, while reaching the top-40 in Sweden (#20), Ireland (#23), New Zealand (#24), and their native Britain, coming in at #18.

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