Friday, January 28, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for January 28, 2011...

Hey guys, it's been a long, cold, and snowy week, but I'm home from work, and it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Katy Perry makes it three week at number-one, while Irish band the Script (pictured above) move within the top-10. Former big hits by Richard Vission and Taylor Swift drop out, while tracks by J786, Martin Solveig, and Robbie Williams make the biggest moves (jumps of 10+ places highlighted in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any of the artists below to go to their website for more information, clips, tour dates, and more. Let the shoveling begin!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Firework - Katy Perry (1)
2. Raise Your Glass - Pink (2)
3. Grenade - Bruno Mars (5)
4. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (4)
5. Secrets - OneRepublic (6)
6. For The First Time - The Script (7)
7. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (3)
8. Give A Little More - Maroon 5 (10)
9. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (13)
10. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia f/Tinie Tempah (12)
11. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (11)
12. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (8)
13. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood (9)
14. Marry Me - Train (18)
15. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (17)
16. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (14)
17. Just A Dream - Nelly (15)
18. Animal - Neon Trees (16)
19. Voices - Chris Young (21)
20. Louder (Put Your Hands Up) - Chris Willis (20)
21. Undisclosed Desires - Muse (23)
22. Maybe - Sick Puppies (26)
23. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (19)
24. You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me - Cher (34)
25. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (25)
26. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (29)
27. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love - Usher f/Pitbull (27)
28. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (28)
29. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (35)
30. One Hot Pleasure - Erika Jayne (31)
31. Sick Of You - Cake (36)
32. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (22)
33. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (38)
34. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (24)
35. You Are - Charlie Wilson (39)
36. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (41)
37. World So Cold - Three Days Grace (37)
38. Dynamite - Taio Cruz (33)
39. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (47)
40. The Emergency - BT (45)
41. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (43)
42. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (52)
43. The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas (48)
44. C'mon Get Funky - Ralphi Rosario & Abel Aguilera f/T Wallace (30)
45. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (49)
46. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (58)
47. Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour (40)
48. Back To December - Taylor Swift (54)
49. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (59)
50. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (53)
51. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (71)
52. Bullets In The Gun - Toby Keith (56)
53. Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw (50)
54. Rock Tonight - J786 (76)
55. When A Woman Loves - R. Kelly (55)
56. All In - Lifehouse (51)
57. The Last Days Of Disco - Robbie Williams (77)
58. Turn On The Radio - Reba McEntire (32)
59. Oye Baby - Nicola Fasano f/Pitbull (60)
60. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (62)
61. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (66)
62. Sing - My Chemical Romance (68)
63. Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church (67)
64. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (69)
65. Not Giving Up On Love - Armin Van Buuren f/Sophie Ellis-Bextor (73)
66. Radioactive - Kings Of Leon (44)
67. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (42)
68. What Do You Got? - Bon Jovi (61)
69. Hey Sexy Lady - iSquare (74)
70. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (82)
71. Like A G6 - Far East Movement f/Cataracs & Dev (46)
72. The Breath You Take - George Strait (64)
73. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (75)
74. Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson (78)
75. Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet (72)
76. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (80)
77. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (57)
78. Wildflower - JaneDear Girls (79)
79. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (DEBUT)
80. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (94)
81. When We Collide - Matt Cardle (86)
82. Sweet Serendipity - Lee DeWyze (84)
83. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (85)
84. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (88)
85. Perfect - Hedley (87)
86. A Year Without Rain - Selena Gomez & The Scene (DEBUT)
87. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Izrael Kamakawiwo'ole (91)
88. Mr. Romeo - Emii (90)
89. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (89)
90. Real - James Wesley (92)
91. Notbroken - Goo Goo Dolls (93)
92. We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun (96)
93. Oui Mais...Non - Mylene Farmer (95)
94. This - Darius Rucker (DEBUT)
95. Lights On - Katy B f/Ms. Dynamite (99)
96. Seek Bromance - Tim/Berg (DEBUT)
97. The Shape I'm In - Joe Nichols (DEBUT)
98. Heartbeat - Enrique Iglesias f/Nicole Scherzinger (DEBUT)
99. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (DEBUT)
100. Winter - Unheilig (100)

This week seven new songs debut (highlighted in yellow), and I've included links for previous hits (marked in orange).

The highest entry is by Kylie Minogue, with the third single from last year's excellent Aphrodite album. She's going on tour including American dates, and I've got tickets! She's had six #1 hits in the UK, including two US top-10 hits, "The Locomotion" and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". Her latest is "Better Than Today"...



Disney alumnus Selena Gomez and her band The Scene place their third consecutive top-40 pop hit (and third top-3 dance hit) with the title track from her sophomore disc, "A Year Without Rain". It follows the dance moves of "Naturally" and "Round And Round", and she'll need the exercise to prepare for running away from all the Justin Bieber fans furious of their budding friendship...



Darius Rucker has cut a nice career path since leaving Hootie & The Blowfish with six country top-20 hits under his belt. The sixth is good enough to match the success of the #1 hits "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" and "Come Back Song". This one is simply "This"...



Swedish DJ Tim Bergling releases records and remixes tracks usually under the moniker Avicii, but his first big success is with a truncated form of his name, Tim Berg. Berg mashed up his instrumental track "Bromance" with another dance track, "The Love You Seek" by Italian DJ Samuele Santini, with vocals by British singer Amanda Wilson, who usually records with faves of mine Freemasons. The resulting hit, "Seek Bromance" was a top-5 hit in Belgium and Holland, and is now gaining steam on US dance radio. His other single (under "Avicii), "My Feelings For You" is pretty awesome as well and worth seeking out...



Now for something completely different - traditionalist country singer Joe Nichols has one of the best male voices currently, and he's scored three #1 singles on that chart with "Brokenheartsville", "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off", and "Gimme That Girl" (from last year). His just-released Greatest Hits CD contains all three, along with this latest single, "The Shape I'm In"...



Enrique Iglesias is climbing the American (and my) charts with "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)", but he's also got a European hit that's a top-5 single in France which also was a top-10 in the UK and a host of other countries. He gets some help with ex-Pussycat Dolls lead Nicole Scherzinger with "Heartbeat"...



Finally country duo Thompson Square have their first country top-20 single with "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not"...



Bundle up!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Tops of 2010: The Pop Side (Part 2)...

Now that I got the ball rolling, here's the second part of my recap of the best of last year's biggest pop hits in the US.


#11: B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars - Nothin' On You (from the CD The Adventures Of Bobby Ray)

Hot 100 peak: #1

Money quote: "Beautiful girls all over the world, I could be chasin' but my time would be wastin'"



"Nothin' On You" was a double introduction, more so to singer Bruno Mars than to rapper B.o.B. A classic soul chorus and a pleasant romantic rap flow that LL Cool J would kill for today.


#12: Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull: "I Like It" (from the CD Euphoria)

Hot 100 peak: #4

Money quote: "My girlfriend's downtown and I'm all alone, your boyfriend's on vacation and he doesn't have to know"



Who knew it would take the Jersey Shore to reignite Enrique's career? This ode to screwing being your partner's back somehow became a fist-pumping anthem. Pitbull's assist as well as a random Lionel Richie sample help.


#13: Young Money featuring Lloyd - "Bedrock" (from the CD We Are Young Money)

Hot 100 peak: #2

Money quote: "Call me Mr. Flintstone, I can make your Bedrock"



Lil' Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj are the stars of this three minute expansion on a bad pun, but the singalong nature of the come-on ain't all THAT bad.


#14: Jason Derulo - "In My Head" (from the CD Jason Derulo)

Hot 100 peak: #5

money quote: "I'll be the teacher, I'll show you the ropes..."



Jason Derulo proved to be the worthy non-violent successor to Chris Brown, and followed his debut Imogen Heap infused "Whatcha Say" with a pure pop-R&B concoction that was a stealth killer tune.


#15: Rihanna - "Rude Boy" (from the CD Rated R)

Hot 100 peak: #1 (5 weeks)

Money quote: "Tonight I'll let you be a rider, giddyup"



After Rihanna's ordeal of the past year, it was a surprise that her ode to nasty boys proved to be the highlight of her album. The dark dancehall track made no excuses with the "baby, if I don't feel it I ain't fakin'" throwdown. Blissfully different from the usual dancepop of the day.


#16: Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce - "Telephone" (from the CD The Fame Monster)

Hot 100 peak: #3

Money quote: "What did you say you're breakin' up on me, sorry I can't talk I'm kinda busy"...



Lady GaGa reinvents the "Thriller"-style "event" video and dirties up Beyonce in the process. All with a pop-song I can play over and over and over. For all the talk about how much GaGa's the freak, all this jam is a plea to be left alone to party with her peeps. And who can argue with that?

#17: Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream" (from the CD Teenage Dream)

Hot 100 Peak: #1 (2 weeks)

money quote: "I finally found you, my missing puzzle piece, I'm complete"



Perry's first "serious" big hit made youthful indiscretions sort of nostaglic and current at the same time. The bellowing wall-of-sound production gave the song the urgency the presumably teenage girl needs. No wonder it was such a coup for Glee to cover it (with Darren Criss singing).


18: Bruno Mars - "Just The Way You Are" (from the CD Doo-Wops and Hooligans)

Hot 100 Peak: #1 (4 weeks)

Money quote: "When I see your face, there's not a thing I would change..."



If Bruno Mars was born 30 years prior, he'd be certainly in Motown's venerable writing stable. "Just The Way You Are" was classic in its simplicity, and Mars' high-register plea confirms him as the Smokey Robinson of this generation.


#19: Mike Posner - "Cooler Than Me" (from the CD 31 Minutes To Takeoff)

Hot 100 Peak: #6

Money quote: "If I could write you a song to make you fall in love, you'd already be under my arm.."



DIY pop-singer Posner cribs the synths from disco hit "Knock on Wood" to this kiss-off dance track that fills in the space during Justin Timberlake's absence.


#20: Black Eyed Peas - "Imma Be" (from the CD The E.N.D.)

Hot 100 peak: #1 (2 weeks)

Money quote: "Come and join our festivities, and party like Imma Be"



The most inexplicable #1 hit from last year, riding on the momentum of "I Gotta Feeling", the Peas freestyle under the party gets going in the second half of the track.

Friday, January 21, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for January 21, 2011...

Hey everyone, it's a cold Friday night, and time for my top 100 tunes for the week. This week Katy Perry spends a second week at the top, while Carrie Underwood (pictured above) hangs on in the top-10. The biggest jumps come from songs by J786, Enrique Iglesias, and Cher (moves of 10+ spaces marked in red), while former big hits by Tony Moran and the Zac Brown Band drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted links to go to their website. Brrrrr!!!!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Firework - Katy Perry (1)
2. Raise Your Glass - Pink (2)
3. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (3)
4. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (5)
5. Grenade - Bruno Mars (9)
6. Secrets - OneRepublic (6)
7. For The First Time - The Script (8)
8. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (4)
9. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood (7)
10. Give A Little More - Maroon 5 (10)
11. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (11)
12. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia f/Tinie Tempah (14)
13. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (17)
14. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (12)
15. Just A Dream - Nelly (13)
16. Animal - Neon Trees (15)
17. Put It In A Song - Keith Urban (19)
18. Marry Me - Train (22)
19. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (20)
20. Louder (Put Your Hands Up) - Chris Willis (24)
21. Voices - Chris Young (23)
22. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (16)
23. Undisclosed Desires - Muse (27)
24. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (21)
25. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (25)
26. Maybe - Sick Puppies (34)
27. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love - Usher f/Pitbull (26)
28. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (28)
29. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (33)
30. C'mon Get Funky - Ralphi Rosario & Abel Aguilera f/T Wallace (32)
31. One Hot Pleasure - Erika Jayne (39)
32. Turn On The Radio - Reba McEntire (18)
33. Dynamite - Taio Cruz (29)
34. You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me - Cher (52)
35. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (36)
36. Sick Of You - Cake (42)
37. World So Cold - Three Days Grace (41)
38. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (48)
39. You Are - Charlie Wilson (44)
40. Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour (38)
41. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (46)
42. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (40)
43. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (43)
44. Radioactive - Kings Of Leon (35)
45. The Emergency - BT (47)
46. Like A G6 - Far East Movement f/Cataracs & Dev (31)
47. Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (69)
48. The Time (Dirty Bit) - The Black Eyed Peas (54)
49. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (49)
50. Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw (50)
51. All In - Lifehouse (37)
52. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (56)
53. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (57)
54. Back To December - Taylor Swift (61)
55. When A Woman Loves - R. Kelly (59)
56. Bullets In The Gun - Toby Keith (60)
57. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (58)
58. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (72)
59. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (63)
60. Oye Baby - Nicola Fasano f/Pitbull (64)
61. What Do You Got? - Bon Jovi (55)
62. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (62)
63. Hang With Me - Robyn (45)
64. The Breath You Take - George Strait (65)
65. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Steven Lee & Granite f/Zander Bleck (66)
66. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (70)
67. Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church (68)
68. Sing - My Chemical Romance (74)
69. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (73)
70. I Like That - Richard Vission vs Static Revenger f/Luciana (30)
71. Hell0 - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (81)
72. Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet (67)
73. Not Giving Up On Love - Armin Van Buuren f/Sophie Ellis-Bextor (75)
74. Hey Sexy Lady - iSquare (80)
75. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (77)
76. Rock Tonight - J786 (99)
77. The Last Days Of Disco - Robbie Williams (DEBUT)
78. Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson (78)
79. Wildflower - JaneDear Girls (79)
80. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (82)
81. Mine - Taylor Swift (51)
82. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (DEBUT)
83. Please Don't Go - Mike Posner (83)
84. Sweet Serendipity - Lee DeWyze (84)
85. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (86)
86. When We Collide - Matt Cardle (90)
87. Perfect - Hedley (87)
88. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (88)
89. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (89)
90. Mr. Romeo - Emii (94)
91. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (93)
92. Real - James Wesley (92)
93. Notbroken - Goo Goo Dolls (97)
94. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (DEBUT)
95. Oui Mais...Non - Mylene Farmer (95)
96. We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun (96)
97. Your Song - Ellie Goulding (98)
98. Why Wait - Rascal Flatts (76)
99. Lights On - Katy B f/Ms. Dynamite (DEBUT)
100. Winter - Unheilig (DEBUT)

This week there are five new songs on my chart, marked in yellow. I've also included below links to these artists' other hits (marked in orange).

The highest debut goes to Robbie Williams, who recently rejoined Take That for the biggest selling album of last year, Progress. Since originally leaving TT in 1995, he has had twenty-eight top ten hits in his homeland, including six number-one hits ("Something Stupid" with Nicole Kidman and "Eternity" were his biggest). Williams has also had seven #1 albums in the UK - which is all his studio work except his last, which contains his latest US dance hit, "Last Days Of Disco".



British singer Adele nabbed the best New Artist Grammy in 2009, after her outstanding debut album 19 was a worldwide success and produced the US top-40 and UK top-10 hit "Chasing Pavements". Her emotional cover of Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love" is still lingering in the British top-40, as her new hit is about to debut on the #1 spot there. That new hit is "Rolling In The Deep"...



Jason Aldean follows up his country hit "My Kinda Party" with a song fast-tracking to possibly becoming his fifth number-one on that format. His biggest, "Big Green Tractor", spent four weeks on top. On his new ballad, he teams up with Kelly Clarkson, who also helped Reba McEntire with a version of "Because Of You" climb the country charts. Here's "Don't You Wanna Stay"...



Next up is another British singer, Katy B, who places her first hit here on my list with a song that's her second UK top-10 hit, after "Katy On A Mission". She gets some backup from Ms Dynamite, a Jamaican/Scottish rapper who also had a top-5 hit with "Dy-Na-Mit-EE". Their collab is "Lights On"...



The last entry is by German band Unheilig, who had the biggest hit in their own language in their country last year with "Geboren um zu Leben" (Born To Live) last year. Their latest is the season-appropriate "Winter"...



Stay warm, everyone!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for January 14, 2011...

Hey everyone, I'm back from St. Louis, and it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Katy Perry takes over the top spot, while OneRepublic (pictured above) hangs on in the top-10. Former big hits by The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Kimberly Cole, La Roux, Sylvia Tosun, and Maroon 5 drop out, while tracks by Cher, Cage The Elephant, and Cake make some of the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ spaces marked in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artist names to go to their website. Arches! are those Golden?

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Firework - Katy Perry (2)
2. Raise Your Glass - Pink (1)
3. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (3)
4. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (4)
5. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (5)
6. Secrets - OneRepublic (6)
7. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood (7)
8. For The First Time - The Script (9)
9. Grenade - Bruno Mars (17)
10. Give A Little More - Maroon 5 (11)
11. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (13)
12. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (8)
13. Just A Dream - Nelly (10)
14. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia f/Tinie Tempah (16)
15. Animal - Neon Trees (15)
16. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (12)
17. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (22)
18. Turn On The Radio - Reba McEntire (18)
19. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (21)
20. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (20)
21. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (14)
22. Marry Me - Train (24)
23. Voices - Chris Young (25)
24. Louder (Put Your Hands Up) - Chris Willis (32)
25. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (29)
26. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love - Usher f/Pitbull (19)
27. Undisclosed Desires - Muse (35)
28. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (28)
29. Dynamite - Taio Cruz (27)
30. I Like That - Richard Vission vs Static Revenger f/Luciana (30)
31. Like A G6 - Far East Movement f/Cataracs & Dev (26)
32. C'mon Get Funky - Ralphi Rosario & Abel Aguilera f/Tamara Wallace (34)
33. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (41)
34. Maybe - Sick Puppies (44)
35. Radioactive - Kings Of Leon (23)
36. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (50)
37. All In - Lifehouse (33)
38. Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour (36)
39. One Hot Pleasure - Erika Jayne (49)
40. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (42)
41. World So Cold - Three Days Grace (51)
42. Sick Of You - Cake (57)
43. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (45)
44. You Are - Charlie Wilson (48)
45. Hang With Me - Robyn (46)
46. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (53)
47. The Emergency - BT (59)
48. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (60)
49. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (54)
50. Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw (52)
51. Mine - Taylor Swift (39)
52. You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me - Cher (82)
53. Destination - Tony Moran f/Ultra Nate (38)
54. The Time (Dirty Bit) - The Black Eyed Peas (62)
55. What Do You Got? - Bon Jovi (55)
56. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (74)
57. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (65)
58. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (58)
59. When A Woman Loves - R. Kelly (63)
60. Bullets In The Gun - Toby Keith (64)
61. Back To December - Taylor Swift (71)
62. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (67)
63. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (73)
64. Oye Baby - Nicola Fasano f/Pitbull (76)
65. The Breath You Take - George Strait (66)
66. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Steven Lee & Granite f/Zander Bleck (70)
67. Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet (56)
68. Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church (72)
69. Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris & DJ Frank E (DEBUT)
70. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (75)
71. As She's Walking Away - Zac Brown Band f/Alan Jackson (37)
72. Who's That Chick - David Guetta f/Rihanna (87)
73. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (83)
74. Sing - My Chemical Romance (84)
75. Not Giving Up On Love - Armin Van Buuren f/Sophie Ellis-Bextor (85)
76. Why Wait - Rascal Flatts (69)
77. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (77)
78. Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson (80)
79. Wildflower - The JaneDear Girls (79)
80. Hey Sexy Lady - iSquare (DEBUT)
81. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (95)
82. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (DEBUT)
83. Please Don't Go - Mike Posner (DEBUT)
84. Sweet Serendipity - Lee Dewyze (90)
85. Shut The Front Door (Got My Girls) - Tiffany Dunn (86)
86. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (100)
87. Perfect - Hedley (88)
88. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (94)
89. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (89)
90. When We Collide - Matt Cardle (DEBUT)
91. Porn Star Dancing - My Darkest Days f/Zakk Wylde (81)
92. Real - James Wesley (93)
93. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (97)
94. Mr. Romeo - Emii (DEBUT)
95. Oui...Mais Non - Mylene Farmer (99)
96. We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun (96)
97. Notbroken - Goo Goo Dolls (DEBUT)
98. Your Song - Ellie Goulding (98)
99. Rock Tonight - J786 (DEBUT)
100. Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen (DEBUT)

There are nine songs making their debut on my list (debuts marked in yellow), though one of them is almost 50 years old. I've included links to their previous hits (marked in orange).

The highest new song is by Enrique Iglesias, who follows up his top-10 hit "I Like It" with the more direct "Tonight (I'm Fucking You)". Iglesias had two #1 US hits straddling the Millenium, "Bailamos" in 1999 and "Be With You" from 2000. His latest has some backup from rapper Ludacris, who has also placed two #1 US singles with "Stand Up" and "Money Maker", as well as Denver DJ Frank E.



iSquare are a four-member dance music outfit from Los Angeles named after a building in Hong Kong. Their first hit is "Hey Sexy Lady"...



Jerrod Niemann scored a number #1 country hit (and top-10 2SC hit) with "Lover, Lover". His latest is the ballad "What Do You Want". It featured Terry Bradshaw's daughter (and co-writer) Rachel on backup vocals, and the song is from the excellent Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury CD...



Detroit native Mike Posner follows up his US and UK top-10 hit "Cooler Than Me" with the 80's-style blippy-pop of "Please Don't Go". Sounds a lot like Stevie B to me...



Next up is this season's winner of Britain's X-Factor, Mr. Potato Hea-errr, I mean Matt Cardle, with a cover of a song by Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro that was originally titled "Many Of Horror". Cardle's version, "When We Collide", turned out to escape the Facebook campaigns to stop him from becoming #1 in the UK, making this single the #2 selling single in Britain in 2010 in the process.



Ohio-born singer Emii has her first hit with the dance track "Mr. Romeo"...



The Goo Goo Dolls pulled off the rare feat of transforming from a alt-punk rock to a mainstream rock outfit and having success, with three charttopping modern rock hits (which were also top-10 pop hits) to their name - "Name", "Iris", and "Slide". Their latest is the second single from their third top-10 album Something For The Rest of Us. Here's "Notbroken"...



The artist J786 is a mysterious moniker who according to his/her/their website is making music "so he can raise money for the American Medical Fund". Not sure what this "fund is" but the song is pretty catchy. Here's "Rock Tonight"...



And finally, the song that was behind one of the Facebook campaigns to prevent the X Factor winner's single (in this case, Matt Cardle's "When We Collide") from being the Christmas #1 single in Britain. Last year, they were successful in getting Rage Against The Machine's "Killing In The Name" to the top spot. This year, in choosing a song by garage-rock stalwarts the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" into the top-3 still is quite amazing. As Family Guy's Peter Griffin asks "don't you know about the word?"



EVERYbody knows that the bird is the word!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Tops of 2010: The Pop Side...(Part 1)

Hey folks, it's a col Sunday night, so I wanted to get going with my recap of the biggest hits of 2010. It was a year that rock took a backseat to teen-oriented dance-pop (as opposed to boy-band pop of a decade ago) and hip-hop styled one-offs. I'm going to take each genre on subsequent posts, but it's fitting to start with the 100 biggest songs on Billboard's pop chart from last year.

1. Ke$ha - "Tik Tok" (from the CD Animal)
Hot 100: #1 (9 weeks)
Adult Top 40: #14
Dance Club Play: #11
Dance Airplay: #1 (5 weeks)
European Hot 100: #1 (6 weeks)
UK Singles: #4

Money quote: "Before I leave I brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack 'cause when I leave for the night I ain't comin' back"....



It's only fitting that the biggest hit in the US this year represents the mood best of American pop music in 2010. Take the punk-lite attitude of Pink or Lady GaGa, mix it with a Disney-bop dance beat and process it within a minute of its life with Auto-tune, and you've basically got Ke$ha. Now I have no idea if she can actually sing without production help, but it doesn't matter. This music isn't meant to be any social contract whatsoever, and in that it's freeing. It would also be a flop unless it didn't have a song so laden with hooks that I'm won over unwillingly. "Tik Tok" is nothing but a "let's go out and get shitfaced" anthem that I'm ashamed I want to get invited to. This song was Ke$ha's introduction to the world, and with no agenda or embarassment of vocal shortcomings, steamrolled the year from the get-go.

2: Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now" (from the album Need You Now)
Hot 100: #2
Country Singles: #1 (5 weeks)
Adult Top 40: #1 (9 weeks)
Adult Contemporary: #1 (15 weeks)
Dance Club Play: #15
Dance Airplay: #9
UK Singles: #21

Money quote: "Another shot of whiskey, can't stop lookin' at the door, wishin' you'd come sweepin' in the way you did before"



The second biggest hit is the US last year was more adult, more reflective, and more soulful than "Tik Tok", but don't you just know it still involved being hammered. "Need You Know" was this year's "little country song that could" (see last year's "You Belong With Me"), and it brought the trio from country-newcomer status to adult pop go-to's. Swathing the track in a slide guitar that's more late-70's pop than country, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott's interplay on the ode to drunk-dialing resonated more true that most stereotypical country fare, and I believe that had more of a role in why this song crossed over so well (from country to pop to adult to even dance). And that four-note piano tag is killer. My only issue with the video is I wish it wouldn't have had such a happy ending for such an emotional song.

#3: Train- "Hey Soul Sister" (from the CD Save Me, San Francisco)
Hot 100: #3
Adult Top 40: #1 (6 weeks)
Adult Contemporary: #1 (18 weeks in 2010)
Country Singles: #52
Hot Dance Airplay: #9
Rock Songs: #33
Triple-A: #2
European Hot 100: #3
UK Singles: #18

Money quote: "I believe in you, like a virgin, you're Madonna, and I want to blow your mind"



2010 was the year that Train escaped the graveyard of semi-alt-rock bands (ex: Third Eye Blind) with basically a minstrel song that incorporated enough randomness in earnest that it ended up being endearing. Name-checking another way-past-expiration-date band (Mr. Mister) and being able to "sell" it to kids not even born when said band was out is quite a feat. Pat Monahan exudes silly without being cartoonish, and the women follow swooning. This song did a reverse "Need You Now", actually peaking first at uber-alternative Triple A radio before building at pop, then adult, then even country and dance. I love the fact that this showed that even middle-aged rock bands still have a shot given the right song and the right moment.

#4: Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg - "California Gurls" (from the CD Teenage Dream)
Hot 100: #1 (6 weeks)
Adult Top 40: #1 (9 weeks)
Adult Contemporary: #7
Hot Dance Club Play: #1 (1 week)
Hot Dance Airplay: #1 (3 weeks)
European Hot 100: #1 (3 weeks)
UK Singles: #1 (2 weeks)

Money quote: "Sun-kissed skin so hot it'll melt your popsicle"



This is product. Juicy, delicious product. "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who was behind "Tik Tok", made a commercial for California that Katy Perry just had to ride in like a surfboard. The bounce-bass that anchors this track is just undeniable (like the 'gurls'), and again, Perry's overprocessed voice fits the totally overproduced track without a bit of irony. A perfect song to laud the land of the big, brash, and the fake (or enhanced), and it makes quite the compelling case to join in. And hey, it even makes Snoop Dogg's family-friendly makeover complete.

#5: Usher featuring will.i.am - "OMG" (from the CD Raymond vs. Raymond)
US Hot 100: #1 (4 weeks)
Adult Top 40: #37
R&B Singles: #3
Dance Club Play: #3
Dance Airplay: #2
European Hot 100: #6
UK Singles: #1 (2 weeks)

Money quote: "Honey got a booty like pow pow pow"



After 3 singles from Raymond vs. Raymond, Usher strikes gold with a thumpy dance track that's low on soul and high on funk, with a robotic background that is a really a simple one-off come on to a girl about her curves. With the vocal processing it's hard without the video to tell where Usher stops and Black Eyed Pea will.i.am starts, but the song really isn't about that. It's about shakin' that azz, and it gave more R&B artists cover to get more "dancey".

#6: B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams - "Airplanes" (from the CD The Adventures Of Bobby Ray)
US Hot 100: #2
R&B Singles: #65
Adult Top 40: #26
Dance Airplay:#9
UK Singles: #1
Euro Singles: #18

Money quote: "Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars"



Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, aka B.o.B., recruited rock band Paramore's lead singer Hayley Williams for his second single. With a non-traditional rock-drum backdrop (a la Eminem in his pensive state), the rap about being jaded by fame seems a little weird from someone who probably recorded this without much of a history to begin with. No worries, because nothing's really memorable except the repetitive chorus. Atmospheric, for a rap song, though, and quite different from "Nothin' On You".

#7 Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie" (from the CD Recovery)
US Hot 100: #1 (7 weeks)
R&B Singles: #7
Adult Top 40: #29
Dance Airplay: #13
UK Singles: #2
Euro Hot 100: #1 (5 weeks)

Money quote: "Just gonna stand there and watch me burn, but that's alright because I like the way it hurts"



Speaking of a rock-based drumbeat on a rap song, here's Eminem in his current signature song, channeling all the rage that was puerile before into a scary whirlwind. Add the shock value of true-life abuse victim Rihanna not playing victim nor a sympathetic figure in this storyline. The epic video with a totally non-Hobbit Dominick Monaghan with Megan Fox drove it into classic territory. This song brought Eminem into the realm of soccer moms knowing one song of his. And at least this time it's a worthy track.

#8: Lady GaGa - "Bad Romance" (from the CD The Fame Monster)
US Hot 100: #2
Adult Top 40: #7
Dance Club Play: #1 (2 weeks)
Dance Airplay: #1 (1 week)
Adult Contemporary: #20
Euro Hot 100: #1 (2 weeks)
UK Singles: #1 (1 week)

Money Quote: "I want your ugly, I want your disease, I want your everything, as long as it's free"



Stefani Germanotta proves not to be a flash in the pan as her first single from her EP The Fame Monster became a phenomenon, in part due to the epic video that accompanied the song. Gaga pulled no punches, with non-pop-friendly lines like "I want your disease" and "I want your leather-studded kiss in the sand". But the hook-laden dance track even found a home on AC radio, so no one is safe.

#9: Taio Cruz - Dynamite (from the CD Rokstarr)
Hot 100: #2
Dance Club Play: #1 (1 week)
Dance Airplay: #1 (1 week)
Adult Top 40: #5
Adult Contemporary: #21
UK Singles: #1 (1 week)
Euro Hot 100: #3

Money quote: "I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, saying 'Ayo, gotta let go'"



British R&B singer Taio Cruz has been the biggest success in the UK soul crossover to the US this past year, placing two songs in Billboard's Hot 100 top 10. "Dynamite" was the second, and while it wasn't the charttopper, it proves to have more staying power, due to it's singalong chorus and party vibe. It's also one of my six-year-old niece's favorite songs of last year, so that counts for something.

#10: Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris - "Break Your Heart" (from the CD Rokstarr)
Hot 100: #1 (1 week)
Dance Airplay: #1 (1 week)
Dance Club Play: #5
Adult Top 40: #18
Adult Contemporary: #24
UK Singles: #1 (3 weeks in 2009)
Euro Hot 100: #2

Money quote: "If you fall for me, I'm not easy to please"



Taio's first hit came almost a year after hitting the top in his home country, and he had the help with 2010's go-to non-Latino guest rapper, Ludacris. He's telling us he's a 'bad boy', but in such a happy, Wayne Brady-ish way that he won over the female American audience.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for January 7, 2011...


Hey folks, it's the new year, and it's time for my first top-100 tunes for this year. This week Pink spends a second week at #1, while the Black Keys (pictured above) hang on in the top-5. Tracks by Bruno Mars, Erika Jayne, and Florence + The Machine make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places marked in red), while former big hits by Michael Buble, The Ting Tings, Kylie Minogue, and Enrique Iglesias drop out. Link-O-Rama is in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists to go to their website. Happy 2011!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Raise Your Glass - Pink (1)
2. Firework - Katy Perry (4)
3. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (3)
4. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (2)
5. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (5)
6. Secrets - OneRepublic (7)
7. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood (9)
8. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (6)
9. For The First Time - The Script (16)
10. Just A Dream - Nelly (10)
11. Give A Little More - Maroon 5 (14)
12. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (12)
13. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (15)
14. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (8)
15. Animal - Neon Trees (11)
16. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia f/Tinie Tempah (21)
17. Grenade - Bruno Mars (41)
18. Turn On The Radio - Reba McEntire (20)
19. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love - Usher f/Pitbull (19)
20. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (24)
21. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (25)
22. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (30)
23. Radioactive - Kings Of Leon (13)
24. Marry Me - Train (28)
25. Voices - Chris Young (29)
26. Like A G6 - Far East Movement f/Cataracs & Dev (18)
27. Dynamite - Taio Cruz (23)
28. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (27)
29. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (34)
30. I Like That - Richard Vission vs Static Revenger f/Luciana (33)
31. If I Die Young - The Band Perry (17)
32. Louder (Put Your Hands Up) - Chris Willis (42)
33. All In - Lifehouse (31)
34. C'mon Get Funky - Ralphi Rosario & A. Aguilera f/T Wallace (38)
35. Undisclosed Desires - Muse (44)
36. Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour (26)
37. As She's Walking Away - Zac Brown Band f/Alan Jackson (22)
38. Destination - Tony Moran f/Ultra Nate (39)
39. Mine - Taylor Swift (32)
40. Only Prettier - Miranda Lambert (40)
41. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (51)
42. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (46)
43. Smack You - Kimberly Cole (35)
44. Maybe - Sick Puppies (54)
45. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (47)
46. Hang With Me - Robyn (48)
47. In For The Kill - La Roux (37)
48. You Are - Charlie Wilson (53)
49. One Hot Pleasure - Erika Jayne (73)
50. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (70)
51. World So Cold - Three Days Grace (56)
52. Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw (52)
53. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (57)
54. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (59)
55. What Do You Got? - Bon Jovi (49)
56. Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet (45)
57. Sick Of You - Cake (61)
58. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (62)
59. The Emergency - BT (72)
60. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (65)
61. Above All - Sylvia Tosun (36)
62. The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas (66)
63. When A Woman Loves - R. Kelly (68)
64. Bullets In The Gun - Toby Keith (74)
65. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (75)
66. The Breath You Take - George Strait (67)
67. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (69)
68. Misery - Maroon 5 (43)
69. Why Wait - Rascal Flatts (55)
70. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Steven Lee & Granite f/Zander Bleck (71)
71. Back To December - Taylor Swift (86)
72. Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church (76)
73. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (85)
74. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (84)
75. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (83)
76. Oye Baby - Nicola Fasano f/Pitbull (82)
77. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (87)
78. Strip Me - Natasha Bedingfield (78)
79. Wildflower - JaneDear Girls (81)
80. Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson (80)
81. Porn Star Dancing - My Darkest Days f/Zakk Wylde (64)
82. You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me - Cher (DEBUT)
83. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (93)
84. Sing - My Chemical Romance (94)
85. Not Giving Up On Love - Armin Van Buuren f/Sophie Ellis-Bextor (DEBUT)
86. Shut The Front Door (Got My Girls) - Tiffany Dunn (90)
87. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (91)
88. Perfect - Hedley (88)
89. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (89)
90. Sweet Serendipity - Lee DeWyze (92)
91. Peacock - Katy Perry (60)
92. If I Had You - Adam Lambert (79)
93. Real - James Wesley (95)
94. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (96)
95. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (DEBUT)
96. We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun (DEBUT)
97. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (RE-ENTRY)
98. Your Song - Ellie Goulding (99)
99. Oui Mais...Non - Mylene Farmer (DEBUT)
100. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (DEBUT)

There are six new songs on my list (debuts marked in yellow), and if you click on the orange links you'll fine YouTube clips of their classic songs.

The highest new song is a song by Cher. It's crazy to think that she can now sing "When I'm Sixty-Four" in the present tense. After a stint with ex-husband Sonny Bono, she has had four solo US pop number-one records - three in the 70's ("Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves", "Half-Breed", and "Dark Lady"), and then the comeback single "Believe" almost 25 years later. Her latest is taken from the soundtrack of the movie Burlesque, and its fitting title is "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me"...



There are two highly-respected European DJs with new songs on my chart, and the first is Dutchman Armin Van Buuren. Van Buuren has won the DJ Magazine top DJ poll four years running, and under the moniker Perpetuous Dreamer hit #1 in the US dance chart with "The Sound Of Goodbye". He also made the top-20 in Britain with the song "Communication". This time, he teams up with British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who had a #1 song in the UK in 2000 with "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)". Their latest is already in Billboard's top-5 dance radio chart, and it's "Not Giving Up On Love"...



The other DJ is Frenchman Martin Solveig. He's had two British top-40 hits, including the #22 "Everybody", as well as six in his homeland. His biggest there was "Boys And Girls", which features the Canadian band Dragonette. That electronica outfit also lends a hand with Solveig's new single, "Hello"...



Next up is Australian duo Empire Of The Sun, who were on my chart last with their US top-20 dance hit "Walking On A Dream". Their latest is a huge hit in Germany, hitting #1 there, and it's "We Are The People"...



Rounding out my international entries is French electronica-pop singer Mylene Farmer, whom I've compared to Sarah Brightman and Tori Amos in the past. She has her tenth #1 hit in France with this next song, which previews her upcoming CD Bleu Noir. Her last, Point De Suture, produced five of those #1 hits, including faves "Si J'avais Au Moins" and "C'est Dans L'air", and is really worth searching out on import. Her latest single is "Oui Mais...Non"...



The last artist here is US country star Brad Paisley, who has charted 16 #1 country hits since 1999. That includes ten consecutive charttoppers, which is an amazing feat. The biggest was "Letter To Me", which stayed there for four weeks. His latest is an ode to his niche, "This Is Country Music"...



Onward and Upwards....