Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Songoftheday 9/20/17 - Enter the jam the party is packed and I rap, girls wall to wall there's my man hangin' out at the back...

"Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)" - C + C Music Factory
from the album Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the C+C Music Factory, which was put together by dance music remixing geniuses Rob Clivillés and David Cole in the late 1980's as an outlet for their own music. Their first single as an act, "Gonna Make You Sweat", became a huge success, spending two weeks at #1 on the American pop chart, and an incredible five weeks on top of the dance club play list. However, it came with a kind of asterisk, as it was revealed that former Weather Girl Martha Wash provided the vocals for the track (under the pretense that they'd be demos) and with model/singer Zelma Davis lipsynching for her life in the video. Eventually that would be settled in court, but in the meantime, the rest of the album was recorded with Davis singing, including the second single "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)". Written by Clivillés with rapper Freedom Williams, who is really center stage on this record, there was much ado about Zelma's involvement, to the point that the main remix was subtitled "Zelma Sings". Either way, she had a good voice (of course, not Martha good, but good), and the finished product straddled the line between the gay dance club party atmosphere and rock attitude that made "Gonna Make You Sweat" such a groundbreaking record. And the redo on Chic's "Freak Out" as "Freedom" still kills me...

"Here We Go" became the Factory's second top ten pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1991. The single also climbed to #7 on Billboard's R&B chart. The remixes on the CD/12" vinyl single helped the track top the Dance Club Play list in the magazine for three weeks. Internationally, "Here We Go" went to the top ten in Spain (#4) and New Zealand (#9), and reached the top-20 in Canada (#11), Switzerland (#11), Germany (#14), Finland (#16), Ireland (#18), the Netherlands (#19), Australia (#20), and the UK (#20).

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Songoftheday 9/19/17 - We're starting it over we're making way for destiny, a time to turn over a better life for you and me...

"Touch Me (All Night Long)" - Cathy Dennis
from the album Move To This (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from British pop/dance singer Cathy Dennis, who had landed her first solo top ten hit in America in the winter of 1991 with the bouncy house jam "Just Another Dream". Her second single (and third from her debut album, which included her collaboration with D-Mob on "C'mon and Get My Love") would be a cover of a club hit by a New York singer named Fonda Rae (Woods). Fonda's version of "Touch Me", which appeared in the second Nightmare On Elm Street movie, originally reached #5 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart in 1984, and crossed over to their R&B chart at #49. Written by Patrick Adams and Gregory Carmichael, the song also was a minor British hit at #49, which is probably how Dennis and her producers came to hear it...

Dennis changed up some of the lyrics, and with a HI-NRG-inspired production, landed herself her biggest pop hit in America...

Dennis' version of "Touch Me" climbed all the way to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in May of 1991. The song also was her first to reach Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #32. The remixes on the 12" vinyl and CD/cassette singles helped it become her third and final #1 dance hit (after "C'mon and Get My Love" and "That's The Way Of The World" both with D-Mob). Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Ireland (#3), the UK (#5), and Canada (#9), while making the top-40 in Australia (#16), Switzerland (#16), the Netherlands (#26), Belgium (#29), Austria (#30), New Zealand (#34), and Germany (#39).

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 9/18/17 - Winger's "Easy Come Easy Go"...

"Easy Come Easy Go" - Winger
from the album In The Heart Of The Young (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #41

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the glam-metal band Winger, whose sophomore album In The Heart Of The Young had landed them a third top-40 pop hit with the power-ballad "Miles Away", which came after the lead single "Can't Get Enuff" just missed the pop top-40 by a couple of notches. The third release from the record would pick the pace up again for the song "Easy Come Easy Go". Written by lead singer Kip Winger, the piece of advice was accompanied by chunky guitar riffs and cool metal harmonies on the chorus...

While "Easy Come Easy Go" climbed to #20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the single stopped right short of the pop top-40 at #41 in March of 1991.

Songoftheday 9/18/17 - Act like the end of the record and fade out, all that childish stuff is just played out...

"How To Dance" - Bingoboys featuring Princessa
from the album The Best Of Bingoboys (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day is from the Austrian dance act Bingoboys, who got together in Vienna at the beginning of the 1990s, releasing their first album The Best Of Bingoboys (foreshadowing their fleetingness?) the following year. The first single was a goofy but infectious bit of fun and shovels full of samples, as "How To Dance" riffed off a disco instruction record and added a sassy rap from New Yorker Princessa. The result was a left-field world-wide pop hit...

"How To Dance" became the Bingoboys' sole American top-40 pop hit in April of 1991. The song also spent a week at #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in their native Austria (#2), as well as in Australia (#3) and the Netherlands (#7), and got into the top-40 in Switzerland (#11), Germany (#22), Belgium (#30), and Sweden (#30). In the UK, the track popped on to the chart for one week at #93.

The boys followed this hit up with "Borrowed Love", an interpolation of the 1986 single from the R&B group the SOS Band, and it reached the top-40 on the American dance chart (#32) and was a minor pop hit as well at #71. Another song from the Best Of album, a take-off of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry", was a #10 hit in their home country. The following year, they returned to their country's top 10 with "Chartbuster" (#5). A second album, Color Of Music, finally arrived in 1995, with "Sugardaddy" becoming their fourth Austrian top ten hit.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Songoftheday 9/17/17 - It's been so long since we've been friends in need, and how the love we share in our hearts to try to keep us apart...

"Together Forever" - Lisette Melendez
from the album Together Forever (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from Latin freestyle dance music artist Lisette Melendez, who comes from the East Harlem section of New York City. Melendez, a former backup singer, released her debut album in 1991, and the title track, "Together Forever", became one of the biggest hits of the genre. With the frenetic tempo and Latin flourishes throughout, the single was huge in the tri-State area, and gained popularity nationwide eventually. It was written by her producer Carlos Berrios along with Frankie Malave (aka Frankie Cutlass) and Frank Reyes...

"Together Forever" became Lisette's sole top-40 pop hit in April of 1991. The single also climbed to #31 on Billboard's Dance Club Play list. Her follow-up single, "A Day In My Life (Without You)", was also a major regional hit in the Northeast, but stalled right under the top-40 at #49. A third release from Together Forever, "Never Say Never", slipped on to the Dance Club Play chart at #45.

By 1994, freestyle had been retired by the wayside, and Lisette changed her sound on the first single from her second album, "Goody Goody", which featured rapper Greg Nice. It landed at #53 on the pop chart, slipped on to the R&B chart as her first and last entry at #95, and hit #45 on the dance chart. After a third album stiffed, Melendez changed again to concentrate on the Latin music market, with a well-received salsa album. She continues to tour in various flashback freestyle shows.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Songoftheday 9/16/17 - All summer long we've been together and I never felt so good, 'cause when I'm with you you're such a good time...

"I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)" - Hi-Five
from the album Hi-Five (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

Today's song of the day comes from the vocal soul group Hi-Five, who came together in Waco, Texas in the late-1980s. They released their debut album in 1990, with the new jack swing jam "I Just Can't Handle It" as the first single. Although it climbed to #10 on Billboard's R&B chart, the single missed the pop Hot 100 altogether. That changed with their second release, "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)". Written by Teddy Riley and Bernard Bell (the pair also penned "I Just Can't Handle It") along with Dave Way, the record was much smoother and boy-band-ish, like older New Edition, and mainstream radio took ahold, and the video puts lead singer Tony Thompson in focus...

"I Like The Way" became Hi-Five's first and biggest pop hit, climbing all the way to #1 on the American Hot 100 in May of 1991. The single also was their first to top the R&B list, staying there for two weeks, and even crossed over to Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart at #42. Internationally, the record just missed the top 40 in the UK (#43) and Germany (#41).

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Friday, September 15, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for September 15, 2017...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Charlie Puth holds tight on top for a fourth week, while DJ Khaled with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (pictured above) climb two spots in the top ten. Songs from Imagine Dragons, Kesha, and Jon Pardi make some of the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, LeAnn Rimes, and Bleachers drop out. I need a love resurrection!

This Week          Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Attention - Charlie Puth (1)
2. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (2)
3. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (5)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (3)
6. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (8)
7. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (9)
8. Believer - Imagine Dragons (7)
9. The Man - The Killers (11)
10. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, & Big Sean (14)
11. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (6)
12. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (13)
13. What About Us - Pink (17)
14. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (10)
15. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (15)
16. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (12)
17. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (25)
18. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (22)
19. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (27)
20. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (24)
21. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (21)
22. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (18)
23. Dig Down - Muse (23)
24. Redbone - Childish Gambino (18)
25. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (43)
26. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (26)
27. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (19)
28. Praying - Kesha (38)
29. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (29)
30. Holding On - The War On Drugs (34)
31. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (36)
32. Heartache On The Dancefloor - Jon Pardi (42)
33. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (41)
34. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (39)
35. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (37)
36. High - Sir Sly (31)
37. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (33)
38. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (32)
39. Now Or Never - Halsey (35)
40. Save As Draft - Katy Perry (40)
41. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (51)
42. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (52)
43. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (28)
44. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (44)
45. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (45)
46. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (50)
47. You, I & The Music - Junior Sanchez (47)
48. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (48)
49. Turn It Up - Kym Sims (49)
50. Run - Foo Fighters (20)
51. Your Song - Rita Ora (55)
52. The Violence - Rise Against (53)
53. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (57)
54. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (62)
55. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (65)
56. Lights Out - Royal Blood (66)
57. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (61)
58. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (58)
59. Level - Stokely (59)
60. Peace, Love & Music - Tracy Young & Ceevox (64)
61. Rain - The Script (69)
62. New Rules - Dua Lipa (72)
63. Gltchlfe - Taryn Manning (63)
64. Hurricane - Luke Combs (56)
65. My Man - Tamar Braxton (70)
66. Can I Be Him - James Arthur (73)
67. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (67)
68. We Get High - Karel Ullner (68)
69. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (79)
70. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (60)
71. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (75)
72. Just You & I - Tom Walker (74)
73. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (83)
74. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (80)
75. For Her - Chris Lane (77)
76. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (84)
77. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (81)
78. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (78)
79. Creatures Of The Night - Hardwell & Austin Mahone (89)
80. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Dirty Pop f/Taylor Olson & Jackie Orlando (82)
81. My Girl - Dylan Scott (76)
82. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (86)
83. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (87)
84. Good Times - All Time Low (88)
85. Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld (85)
86. If - R5 (94)
87. 1-800-235-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (97)
88. Use Me - Goo Goo Dolls (91)
89. Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet (93)
90. Suit & Jacket - Judah & The Lion (95)
91. City Of Angels - The Head and the Heart (98)
92. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William (DEBUT)
93. Miles - Phillip Phillips (DEBUT)
94. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Sean Paul & Matt Terry (96)
95. Back To You - Louis Tomlinson f/Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals (99)
96. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (DEBUT)
97. Into The Night - Bright Light Bright Light (DEBUT)
98. Bomba - Aggro Santos (100)
99. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (DEBUT)
100. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 9/15/17 - Do you remember once upon a time when you were mine, the stars above were bright and new I pulled them down for you...

"Just The Way It Is, Baby" - The Rembrandts
from the album The Rembrandts (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the Rembrandts, a pop duo who got together in California, home  of singer/guitarist Danny Wilde, who along with Phil Solem were in a power-pop band called Great Buildings in the late 70s/early 80s. After they split, Wilde had recorded a few solo albums in the later part of the decade, and had a couple of rock radio hits including "Time Runs Wild", which went to #15 in 1988. Reuniting with Solem in 1989 as The Rembrandts, they released their self-titled first album the next year, with the adult-pop nugget "Just The Way It Is, Baby" as the first single. The sardonic look at relationships brought them duo their first success, with a sound that reminds me of Squeeze and Bourgeois Tagg...

"Just The Way It Is, Baby" became the Rembrandts first American top-40 pop hit in April of 1991. The song was first a hit on rock radio, climbing to #13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, while it peaked at #12 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. Internationally, it was even a bigger hit in Europe, reaching the top ten in Germany (#6), France (#9), and Austria (#9), and got into the top-40 in Australia (#26). Their follow-up single, "Someone", stalled at #78 in the U.S., though it almost made the top-40 in Germany at #45. A third release, "Burning Timber", became a rock radio hit at #36.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Songoftheday 9/14/17 - I hit the road out of nowhere I had to jump in my car, and be a rider in a love game following the stars...

"Joyride" - Roxette
from the album Joyride (1991)
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 broke big in America with their second album Look Sharp!, and landed two #1 hits from the record in 1989, "The Look" and "Listen To Your Heart". They added a third with their contribution to the soundtrack of Pretty Woman, "It Must Have Been Love", in the summer of 1990. In the beginning of the following year, Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson released their third album Joyride with the title track as the lead single. Written by Gessle and again produced by long-time back-up musician Clarence Öfwerman, the bouncy guitar-dominated track was a fun way to enter the new decade, and in return they got another worldwide hit...

"Joyride" became Roxette's fourth (and so far last) #1 pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1991. The single also crossed over to Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #21. Internationally, the song was huge, topping the charts in Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Norway, and Finland. It also got to #4 in the UK and Italy, and #3 in New Zealand.

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