Friday, December 30, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for December 30, 2011...

Hey guys, it's time for the final weekly music chart for 2011. This week David Guetta and Usher spend a fourth week at the top, while Coldplay (pictured above) hang around in the top-10. Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Adele has the songs with the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by Thompson Square, Jason Derulo, Blake Shelton, and Jessica Sutta drop out. Happy New Year!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (1)
2. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (2)
3. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (3)
4. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (4)
5. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (5)
6. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (6)
7. Paradise - Coldplay (7)
8. Someone Like You - Adele (8)
9. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (11)
10. All Your Life - The Band Perry (14)
11. Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Caillat (12)
12. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (10)
13. When We Stand Together - Nickelback (15)
14. Keep Me In Mind - The Zac Brown Band (18)
15. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (19)
16. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (20)
17. We Owned The Night - Lady Antebellum (9)
18. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (22)
19. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (33)
20. Walk - Foo Fighters (17)
21. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (26)
22. Nothing - The Script (16)
23. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (21)
24. Countdown - Beyonce (28)
25. Let It Rain - David Nail (29)
26. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (27)
27. Baggage Claim - Miranda Lambert (13)
28. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona or Philip Bailey (30)
29. Levels - Avicii (40)
30. Heartbeat - The Fray (32)
31. You - Chris Young (41)
32. Tonight - Seether (25)
33. You Make Me Feel... - Cobra Starship f/Sabi (23)
34. Easy - Rascal Flatts f/Natasha Bedingfield (38)
35. Tattoos On This Town - Jason Aldean (37)
36. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Christina Aguilera (31)
37. I Like How It Feels - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (39)
38. Too Much In Love - Chris Willis (48)
39. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (34)
40. Brand New Bitch - Anjulie (46)
41. Buy My Love - Wynter Gordon (50)
42. Stay - Tyrese (42)
43. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (44)
44. Reality - Kenny Chesney (45)
45. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church (47)
46. These Days - Foo Fighters (51)
47. You & I - Lady GaGa (35)
48. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (43)
49. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (61)
50. We're All No One - Nervo f/Afrojack & Steve Aoki (54)
51. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (56)
52. Kiss Me Slowly - Parachute (52)
53. Rain - C+C Music Factory (53)
54. Lights - Ellie Goulding (58)
55. Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie - Red Hot Chili Peppers (36)
56. Storm Warning - Hunter Hayes (64)
57. Life Of The Party - Charlie Wilson (57)
58. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (66)
59. In The Dark - Dev (49)
60. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (65)
61. Party People - Erika Jayne (71)
62. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (74)
63. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (55)
64. Dark Horses - Switchfoot (72)
65. Lego House - Ed Sheeran (69)
66. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (76)
67. Wish You Were Here - Avril Lavigne (77)
68. Gonna Get Over You - Sara Bareilles (68)
69. 1,000 Ships - Rachel Platten (70)
70. My Heart Can't Tell You No - Sara Evans (78)
71. Give - LeAnn Rimes (84)
72. Last Drag - Traci Lords (82)
73. Amen - Edens Edge (81)
74. Stay Together - Ledisi f/Jaheim (79)
75. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (90)
76. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (DEBUT)
77. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (DEBUT)
78. Video Games - Lana Del Ray (88)
79. Didn't I - James Wesley (89)
80. Camouflage - Brad Paisley (100)
81. Home - Dierks Bentley (91)
82. Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse (86)
83. Party - Beyonce (87)
84. Bottoms Up - Nickelback (92)
85. Geronimo - Aura Dione (85)
86. Monarchy Of Roses - Red Hot Chili Peppers (DEBUT)
87. Love After War - Robin Thicke (DEBUT)
88. Bad - The Cab (96)
89. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd f/Lil' Wayne & Andre3000 (DEBUT)
90. Love On Top - Beyonce (95)
91. 5 O'Clock - T'Pain f/Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen (DEBUT)
92. She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul (98)
93. Wishing On A Star - X Factor Finalists 2011 f/JLS & One Direction (93)
94. Ni**as In Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West (DEBUT)
95. Care - Kid Rock f/Martina McBride & T.I. (97)
96. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (DEBUT)
97. We Are Young - Glee Cast (DEBUT)
98. Mayhem - Julissa Veloz (99)
99. Aberdeen - Cage The Elephant (DEBUT)
100. Bait A Hook - Justin Moore (DEBUT)

There are eleven new songs on my list this week (highlighted in yellow), and here they are, along with a little about the artists with links to their previous hits on video in orange.

The highest entry is by British group Florence + The Machine, who had their US breakthrough last year with the hit "Dog Days Are Over", which made the top-40 in the US and #1 on my list. In Britain their biggest hit was the live performance with rapper Dizzee Rascal from the Brits Awards show of "You Got The Dirtee Love" that made the runner-up spot in 2010. She's back with a new excellent CD, Ceremonials, and a new single with "Shake It Out"...



Right under Florence is renegade Toby Keith, who captured his 20th #1 country hit last year with "Made In America". My 3 favorites of his are "How Do You Like Me Now", "Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You", and "A Little Less Talk, and A Lot More Action". His latest has already been featured on Glee, and it proclaims the virtues of the "Red Solo Cup"...



The Red Hot Chili Peppers follow up their huge comeback "Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" with their album-opening "Monarchy Of Roses". My three fave RCHP hits? "Scar Tissue", "Dani California" and "Soul To Squeeze" (from the classic Coneheads movie)...



Smooth blue-eyed soulman Robin Thicke (son of Growing Pains' Alan Thicke and Days Of Our Lives actress/singer Gloria Loring) returns with his fifth CD, after making the top of the R&B charts twice with "Lost Without U" in 2006 and "Sex Therapy" from his last CD in 2009. Also, his underground sleeper "When I Get You Alone" (my favorite song of his), was covered on Glee by Blaine and the Warblers. The heir apparent slash competition to Justin Timberlake is back with "Love After War"...



Now taking a sharp turn from that smoothness is the newest hit by R&B/hip-hop singer Lloyd. Lloyd is best known for his one top-10 pop/#1 R&B hit "You" with Lil' Wayne in 2006. Five years later, he's still gettin' support from Weezy on a song that channels the rudeness into a retro jam a la Cee-Lo's "Fuck You" on "Dedication To My Ex (Miss You)", with a clip featuring Wayne Brady and actor Talon Reid...



Autotune god T-Pain racked up five top-10 pop lead-artist singles in the mid-naughties as well 8 supporting roles on other's top-tenners, including all told three charttoppers - Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss", Flo Rida's "Low", and his own "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')". He was last seen prominently on Pitbull's "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)" last year, and he's back with his own single with rap backup from Wiz "Black & Yellow" Khalifa and crediting the generous sample from Lily Allen's UK top-40 hit "Who'd Have Known", hereby giving Allen her first top-10 song. Interestingly, "Who'd Have Known" itself samples the UK vocal group Take That's 2007 hit "Shine", therefore giving Gary Barlow a top-ten writing credit. Cheers!



The next debut is the first single that I can recall that made it to the Billboard Hot 100 top-5 while being censored for something other than a curse world. Leave it to rap powermoguls Jay-Z and Kayne West to co-0p the "N" word for the swank "Ni**gas in Paris"....



Next up completely on the other side of the spectrum is the totally white-bread George Strait with his latest single, hoping to continue his record where he's sent 83 singles into the country top 10. His latest is aiming there as well, and "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" either way...My faves of his are "I Cross My Heart", "I've Come To Expect It From You", and "You Can't Make A Heart Love Somebody"...



The next entry is the latest to hit my list from the cast of Glee, this time covering an obscure alt-rock track by the group fun with Janelle Monae (go check out the original). Here's "We Are Young"..



Rock group Cage The Elephant so far have notched three modern rock #1 hits, including "Shake Me Down" which made my year-end list for this yearm and are back with another top-10 effort with another wackadoo video, "Aberdeen"...



The final debut on my list is country newcomer Justin Moore, who's managed a #1 hit from each of his albums ("Small Town USA" and "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"). He follows up the latter with "Bait A Hook"...



That's it for this year...I hope everyone has a safe and festive New Years! I love holidays that everyone can celebrate!

the best of twostepcubchart, part 10, the final 10....


Hey everyone, it's time for the top 10 in my recap of the biggest songs of the year on my weekly list. I've got the biggest country crossover of the year, the sunniest mass murder ditty ever, and the person who spent fifteen weeks at #1 on my chart.

10. Foo Fighters - Walk (from the CD Wasting Light)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #83
US Rock Songs peak: #1 (8 weeks)
US Modern Rock peak: #1 (8 weeks)

My favorite rock album of the year's best track, "Walk" was a perfect blend of rock edge and pop sensibility that gave the band a 2nd #1 rock hit in 2011, giving them a total of 28 weeks on top. The video is a perfect knockoff of Falling Down as well...




9. Jason Aldean featuring Kelly Clarkson - Don't You Wanna Stay (from the CD My Kinda Party)

twostepcubchart peak: #8 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #31
US Country Singles peak: #1 (3 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #9
US Adult Contemporary peak: #3

This song was the country crossover story of this year, combining the hottest male singer of the year with the first American Idol herself, Kelly Clarkson. The powerballad was born for pop out of the box, with only Aldean's gritty voice binding it to country. After reigning on country radio for 3 weeks, the song made the top-10 on adult pop radio, and made Aldean the A-lister he deserves.



8. OneRepublic - Good Life (from the CD Waking Up)

twostepcubchart peak: #5 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #8
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (4 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #4
German Singles peak: #18

The Colorado Springs group's third single from their sophomore effort became their biggest hit since their debut single with Timbaland, "Apologize", also achieving a rare feat of a pure pop-rock song reaching the Hot 100 top-10.




7. Pink - Fuckin' Perfect (from the CD Greatest Hits...So Far!)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #2
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (7 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #2
US Dance Airplay peak: #14
UK Singles peak: #10
German Singles peak: #7

Pink added two classic songs of empowerment to her Greatest Hits set, and "Perfect" was my favorite. She gave a voice for the bullied and marginalized, and this song would be a fitting anthem for the "It Gets Better" movement.




6. Bruno Mars - Grenade (from the CD Doo Wops and Hooligans)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (5 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (4 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #3
US Adult Contemporary peak: #11
US Dance Airplay peak: #9
UK Singles peak: #1 (2 weeks)
French Singles peak: #7
German Singles peak: #1 (6 weeks)
Global Dance Tracks peak: #28

Mars' second lead-artist #1 hit was a classic heartbreaker that if written in the 60s (which it sounds like it could) would've been a smash for the Four Tops or the Temptations. Timeless.




5. The Script - For The First Time (from the CD Science & Faith)

twostepcubchart peak: #2 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #23
US Adult Pop peak: #4
US Adult Contemporary peak: #5
UK Singles peak: #4

The Irish band's lead single from their sophomore effort, the conversational piece was a winner with its singalong chorus and heartfelt lyrics to their longtime love. By the way the girl in the video is Bono's daughter Eve...




4. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks (from the CD Torches)

twostepcubchart peak: #3 (5 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #3
US Rock Songs peak: #3
US Modern Rock peak: #1 (5 weeks)
US Triple A Rock peak: #2
US Dance Club Play peak: #39
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (one week)
UK Singles peak: #18
French Singles peak: #14
German Singles peak: #9
Global Dance Tracks peak: #22

This year's modern rock breakthrough group is the trio lead by Mark Foster, with a song that I loved from the start, but never thought would get a wide audience given its dark subject matter. Nevertheless, the melodic production made everyone overlook its Columbine leanings to made it the slacker earworm of 2011...




3. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem (from the CD Sorry For Party Rocking)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (6 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (6 weeks)
US Dance Club Play peak: #2
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (5 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #15
US R&B Singles peak: #79
UK Singles peak: #1 (4 weeks)
French Singles peak: #1 (9 weeks)
German Singles peak: #1 (2 weeks)
Global Dance Tracks peak: #1

The uncle-nephew duo provided the world with the undisputed song of the summer with a jam that 100% lived up to its title. The synth hook was inescapable, and the 28 Days Later-inspired video made me feel like I wanted to get whatever these dancing zombies got.




2. Adele - Rolling In The Deep (from the CD 21)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (6 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (7 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (13 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #1 (19 weeks)
US Rock Songs peak: #15
US Modern Rock peak: #21
US R&B Singles peak: #61
US Triple A Rock peak: #1
US Dance Club Play peak: #14
US Dance Airplay peak: #2
UK Singles peak: #2
French Singles peak: #3
German Singles peak: #1 (2 weeks)
Global Dance Tracks peak: #13

This first single from unquestionable album of the year was the running year-to-date #1 single on my chart until the very last week. The bluesy belter proved that class can prevail in the commercial mainstream, and the song with ubiquitous on pop, R&B, dance and AC radio. And only one person can top this effort...




1. Adele - Someone Like You (from the CD 21)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (9 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (4 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (9 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Club Play peak: #24
US Rock Songs peak: #24
US Triple-A Rock peak: #2
US Dance Airplay peak: #5
UK Singles peak: #1 (5 weeks)
French Singles peak: #1 (4 weeks)
German Singles peak: #4

..and that would be herself. Adele's "Someone Like You" outdid even the aspirations of "Rolling", baring her pain with just a piano and her voice. Even Saturday Night Live created a skit on its universal theme of heartbreak and coming to terms with emotions everyone has experienced. I know there's been a couple times in my life where this song would've sent me over a bridge, but even now it brings tears to my eyes. If Adele did nothing beyond this song, she would still be placed in the pantheon of greatest women singers ever.




And that's it for my recap, thanks to anyone coming across and reading this through the interwebs, and I'm looking forward to revamping the site next year. Until then, I'll be posting my weekly top-100 list either tomorrow, Sunday, or Monday, but I hope everyone has a great Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

the best of twostepcubchart 2011, part 9....

Hey folks, I'm ready for the next installment of my recap of the biggest songs on my weekly list last year. This go-round we come to the redemption of Adam Levine, the discovery of Jessie J, and a Grammy winning flip of the bird. As before I've included the peaks on my chart as well as from Billboard and other worldwide lists.

20. Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton - So In Love (from the CD The Light Of The Sun)

twostepcubchart peak: #13 (5 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #97
US R&B Singles peak: #10
US Adult R&B peak: #1

The highest "soul" song on my list, "So In Love" marked the return of neo-soul diva Scott, who brought class to the R&B charts. It was also the biggest song in the adult R&B genre this year, spending the most time at #1 of any of the songs on that list. This is smooth as syrup.




19. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything (from the CD Planet Pit)

twostepcubchart peak: #4 (3 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
US Adult Pop peak: #19
US Dance Club Play peak: #15
US Dance Airplay peak: #2
US R&B Singles peak: #98
UK Singles Chart peak: #1 (3 weeks)
French Singles peak: #2
German Singles peak: #2
Global Dance Tracks peak: #7

Welcome to one of the five songs that were played to an inch of their lives this year. Pitbull graduated from a supporting player to a superstar with this song featuring Ne-Yo on vocals and Dutch DJ Afrojack producing and co-writing (I'm really not sure Nayer brings much besides a breathy backvocal). Pitbull growls through this number with a passion that woos all the ladies (and maybe some more)...but is it me, or does this sound awfully like the Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" in some parts?




18. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger (from the CD Hands All Over)

twostepcubchart peak: #5 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (4 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (2 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #12
US Dance Club Play peak: #9
US Dance Airplay peak: #5
UK Singles peak: #2 (7 weeks)
French Singles peak: #3
German Singles peak: #2
Global Dance Tracks peak: #5

Another of those "overplayed to oblivion" songs, I originally took "Moves" for a one-off stunt single to promote The Voice, the singing competition that Aguilera and Maroon 5's Adam Levine were mentors/judges on. However, this song grew to a power way beyond the show, not only rescuing Maroon5 from their adult-pop rut, but also reincarnating XTina, giving her her first #1 hit in a decade. Nobody can claim this song is a classic work of art, but it gets it's pop job done, and proves you can be funky and still rule the chart.




17. Cee-Lo Green - Fuck You/Forget You (from the CD The Lady-Killer)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #
US Rock Songs peak: #40
US Modern Rock peak: #33
US Dance Airplay peak: #17
US R&B Singles peak: #57
UK Singles peak: #1 (2 weeks)
German Singles peak: #11

What started as a lyric video on YouTube that went "viral", Cee-Lo's retro-Motown kiss-off was the little train that could, impossibly conquering pop radio in its "clean" version, as well as getting covered on Glee by Gwyneth Paltrow, but nothing compares to the original it its total profane abandon. This is one of those songs that'll be remembered decades from now, and still be relevant.




16. My Chemical Romance - Sing (from the CD Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys)

twostepcubchart peak: #14 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #58
US Adult Pop peak: #10
US Rock Songs peak: #4
US Modern Rock peak: #2

The highest ranking by a song that didn't make my top-10 in any week, "Sing" was another song covered effectively on Glee, and the epic highpoint of MCR's originally unintended concept album.




15. Foo Fighters - Rope (from the CD Wasting Light)

twostepubchart peak: #6 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #68
US Rock Songs peak: #1 (20 weeks)
US Modern Rock peak: #1 (13 weeks)
UK Singles peak: #22

America's biggest rock song of the year, "Rope" debuted right at #1 on the rock chart, and stayed there for twenty weeks, before being deposed by their followup (coming up later). Dave Grohl know his way around a hook, and this song was a great lead-in to their outstanding Wasting Light CD.




14. Jessie J featuring B.o.B - Price Tag (from the CD Who You Are)

twostepcubchart peak: #3 (4 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #23
US Adult Pop peak: #19
US Dance Club Play peak: #9
UK Singles peak: #1 (2 weeks)
French Singles peak: #1 (one week)
German Singles peak: #3

I got to say, I simply detested Jessie J's British debut single, "Do It Like A Dude". I could not understand the hype whatsoever. Until I heard this retro throwback that borrows from early 70's soul-pop and injects a sing-a-long chorus that was universal.




13. Katy Perry - Firework (from the CD Teenage Dream)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (3 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (4 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (5 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (2 weeks)
UK Singles peak: #3
French Singles peak: #7
German Singles peak: #4
Global Dance Tracks peak: #11

Arguably Perry's best song (it would've ranked much higher here but was spread across 2010 and 2011), "Firework" was the best moment in Perry's Teenage Dream, and its theme of self-worth was driven home by its diversity-training video, with earnest portrayals of young people struggling with weight, sexuality, abuse, and health issues. Simply flawless.




12. Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (from the CD Teenage Dream)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (5 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (2 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (3 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #17
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #4
UK Singles Peak: #9
German Singles peak: #16
Global Dance Tracks peak: #23

This is the exact opposite of Perry's sincere "Firework", a completely comic track that sports a retro video including Glee's Darren Criss and Kevin McHale, as well as 80's throwbacks Debbie Gibson, Corey Feldman, and Kenny G, Hanson as the house band, and extending her 15 minutes, Rebecca "Friday" Black as Perry's makeover mentor.




11. Lady Antebellum - Just A Kiss (from the CD Own The Night)

twostepcubchart peak: #10 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #7
US Adult Pop Peak: #4
US Country Singles Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #10

Lady Antebellum pull off another multiformat crossover hit though not on the same scale as they did with "Need You Now" from a couple years ago. The trio is now finally in the top-10 at adult pop radio, and a stint on Saturday Night Live propelled their CD back into the top-10.



Tomorrow, I'll bring you the ten biggest songs from last year on my list for the year, including the biggest country crossover hit of the year, the happiest song about mass murder that I can recall, and a couple of tracks from the biggest name of this year. Peace.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Best of twostepcubchart 2011, part 8...

Hey folks, it's time for my eighth installment of my recap of the biggest songs on my weekly list from 2011. This time we'll see a Romanian diva, a Swedish Mafia, and a "Country Song" that never made the country chart.

30. Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat (from the CD Saxobeats)

twostepcubchart peak: #6 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #21
US Dance Club Play peak: #37
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (7 weeks)
UK Singles peak: #3
French Singles peak: #6
German Singles peak: #1 (7 weeks)
Global Dance Tracks peak: #1

Stan (pictured above) was the biggest beneficiary of the "Romanian Wave" from 2010 to 2011, hanging around forever with this electro-disco number that helped bring the saxophone back to dance music (see also, Dev).




29. Lady GaGa - Born This Way (from the CD Born This Way)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (6 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #7
US Adult Contemporary peak: #22
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (one week)
UK Singles peak: #3
French Singles peak: #2
German Singles peak: #1 (2 weeks)
Global Dance Tracks peak: #4

Billboard's 1000th Hot 100 #1 single, Mother Monster sure built enough hype over the release of the song, which paid off with two of the highest selling weeks for a single for 2011, selling almost a million copies in less than 2 weeks. I am totally overjoyed over the success of this song, the first truly GLBT-positive mainstream hit and it hit big. Critics may deride it for sounding like Madonna's "Express Yourself" (heck every house/dance music song in the late 80s sounded like that), but GaGa had the balls that Madonna never did in releasing a record like this.




28. Lady Gaga - Edge Of Glory (from the CD Born This Way)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #3
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #14
US Adult Pop peak: #2
US Adult Contemporary peak: #7
UK Singles peak: #6
French Singles peak: #7
German Singles peak: #3
Global Dance Tracks peak: #11

Gaga's third hit from Born This Way (the second, "Judas" sits below my recap at #134), "The Edge Of Glory" serves as the reqiuem for E Street saxophonist Clarence Clemmons, with his last record as well as video performance. Epic, as it should be.




27. Swedish House Mafia - Save The World (from the upcoming CD One Night Stand)

twostepcubchart peak: #2 (one week)
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (5 weeks)
UK Singles peak: #10
Global Dance Tracks peak: #1

Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso had their third consecutive top-10 hit in Britain and their second #1 US dance hit with this epic song that sports a clip that is a dog-lovers' favorite.




26. Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down (from the CD Thank You, Happy Birthday)

twostepcubchart peak: #8 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #78
US Rock Songs peak: #1 (2 weeks)
US Modern Rock peak: #1 (6 weeks)

The Kentucky-based roots-rock band scored a hat-trick with this #1 modern rock track heralding their sophomore release. The song is pretty bipolar if you listen to the lyrics. Creepy video, though.




25. The Script - Nothing (from the CD Science & Faith)

twostepcubchart peak: #2 (3 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #32
US Adult Pop peak: #3
US Adult Contemporary peak: #15

The Irish group surprisingly has a hit about getting drunk at a pub. Again. This time over a lost love, which drives lead Danny O'Donoghue to take a little swim.




24. Rise Against - Help Is On The Way (from the CD Endgame)

twostepcubchart peak: #3 (5 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #89
US Rock Songs peak: #2
US Modern Rock peak: #2

Rise Against has carried the flag this year for politically thoughtful rock music with this song inspired by the tragedy in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. Powerful and provocative.




23. Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae (from the CD Whatever)

twostepcubchart peak: #2 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #7
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (one week)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #19

This is my niece's favorite song of this year. She's 7. Of course the perfect audience for this simple repetetive earworm, but it stuck on my mind, as well as a lot of adults as well. And sometimes that is a good thing. The video featured Glee's Chord Overstreet, brother of the band's guitarist, and in my mind I imagined him not getting the star billing and leaving the show because Ryan Murphy was jealous of him promoting something on his own. But who am I to know?




22. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie (from the CD I'm With You)

twostepcubchart peak: #3 (4 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #38
US Rock Songs peak: #1 (8 weeks)
US Modern Rock peak: #1 (4 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #18
German Singles peak: #20

After a five year break, RCHP are back with this back-to-form funk rock of a number with a Let It Be/Where The Streets Have No Name rooftop concert clip to match.




21. Seether - Country Song (from the CD Holding On To Strings Better Left To Fray)

twostepcubchart peak: #4 (3 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #72
US Rock Songs peak: #2
US Modern Rock peak: #8

The South African hard rock trio roared back with this pop-grunge winner from their fifth major-label effort. According to lead Shaun Morgan, the song was named for its groove and being recorded in Nashville. It sounds like Nirvana covering a Creedence Clearwater Revival song.




Next week we're into the top-20, with Adam Levine's comeback, Jessie J's conquest, and and Grammy-winning flip of the bird. Peace.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

the Best of twostepcubchart 2011, Part 7...

Hey folks, I'm back with my recap of the biggest songs on my weekly music list this year, and we've hit the top-40, the cream of the crop. From women who used to dye their hair pink to those who dyed theirs Bozo-red. Plus a lot of fornication going on here...

40. Rihanna - S&M (from the CD Loud)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (one week)
US R&B Singles peak: #59
US Adult-Pop peak: #24
UK Singles peak: #3
German Singles peak: #2
French Singles peak: #3
Global Dance Tracks peak: #2

This song is a total anomaly: an ode to sadomasochism sung by a victim of domestic abuse becoming a pop smash. It only could happen with the everpresent Rihanna. I have no idea when the inevitable Rihanna backlash will happen, but until then she's providing us some of the most provocative pop music in the "mainstream", and pulls no punches (no pun intended) with this video that pulls out all the fetish bells and whistles, along with Perez Hilton gagged on a leash.




39. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - E.T. (from the CD Teenage Dream)

twostepcubchart peak: #7 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (5 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #2
US Adult Contemporary peak: #18
US R&B Singles peak: #83
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (2 weeks)
UK Singles peak: #3
French Singles peak: #10
German Singles peak: #9
Global Dance Tracks peak: #11

Another surprising success with a two-letter title, Katy Perry's futuristic track became her fourth #1 pop hit from Teenage Dream despite its disjointed skittish beat and robotic early-80's vocals. And that's a compliment. The best thing about this is that it sounded like nothing else on her CD, let alone nothing on pop radio.




38. Gavin DeGraw - Not Over You (from the CD Sweeter)

twostepcubchart peak: #7 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #22
US Adult-Pop peak: #6
US Adult Contemporary peak: #28

Degraw had a really good and really bad year in 2011, having the biggest hit since his debut single with "Not Over You", but being severely beaten in an attack in New York City this past summer. Gladfully doing better, DeGraw's brand of adult pop is welcome amongst all the male braggadocios going around, and the song is a poignant yet real confession of heartbreak.




37. 30 Seconds To Mars - Closer To The Edge (from the CD This Is War)

twostepcubchart peak: #20 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #99
US Adult Pop peak: #17
US Rock Songs peak: #21
US Modern Rock peak: #7

This song was the band's pop breakthrough, and rightfully so, with Jared Leto channeling all his angst into this earnest anthem.




36. Linkin Park - Waiting For The End (from the CD A Thousand Suns)

twostepcubchart peak: #3 (3 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #42
US Rock Songs peak: #2
US Modern Rock peak: #1 (4 weeks)
US Adult Pop peak: #11

The California rock-rap group have matured more than any that came on the scene in their time, and their latest is an almost lilting reggae-fied rocker that more thoughtful than abrasive.




35. Pink - Raise Your Glass (from the CD Greatest Hits...So Far!)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (one week in 2011)
US Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (7 weeks)
US Adult Contemporary peak: #9
US Dance Club Play peak: #17
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (2 weeks)
UK Singles peak: #13
German Singles peak: #5
Global Dance Tracks peak: #15

This was the last #1 song of 2010, and the first #1 of this year. Pink put two of her best songs on her hits set and made both of them her biggest ever. There's so much to admire her as a person, and this video is a great "f*** you" of empowerment to the marginalized.




34. Mumford & Sons - The Cave (from the CD Sigh No More)

twostepcubchart peak: #2 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #27
US Adult Pop peak: #40
US Rock Songs peak: #2
US Modern Rock peak: #3
US Triple-A rock peak: #2
UK Singles peak: #31

The British folk-rock band had their first top-40 hit capitalizing on their Grammy performance buzz with this very English ditty that sounds like it could have been sung by sailors for decades.




33. Maroon 5 - Never Gonna Leave This Bed (from the CD Hands All Over)

twostepcubchart peak: #10 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #55
US Adult Pop peak: #4
US Adult Contemporary peak: #17

Maroon 5's third single and last before their resurgence with "Moves Like Jagger" (coming up later) that found the group in Matchbox Twenty territory with this melodic rocker aimed at the ladies...




32. Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris - Tonight (I'm Fucking You) (from the CD Euphoria)

twostepcubchart peak: #4 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #4
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #2
US Adult Pop peak: #11
UK Singles peak: #3
German Singles peak: #12
Global Dance Tracks peak: #9

Enrique ended up going whole-Jersey shore in 2011, turning up the heat and releasing this track with no question what his intentions are (though most of radio-land and YouTube got the neutered "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" version).






31. The Band Perry - If I Die Young (from the CD The Band Perry)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (2 weeks)
US Country Singles peak: #1 (one week in 2010)
US Hot 100 peak: #14
US Adult Pop peak: #4
US Adult Contemporary peak: #1 (3 weeks in 2011)

The trio's classic ballad of premature passing got a second life after pop and AC radio embraced the song almost a year after their conquest of the country chart. This song is nominated for a country song Grammy, but far deserves a song of the year nom as well.




Next up I'll bring you a Romanian dance sensation, a Swedish Mafia, and a Country Song that never made the country charts. Peace.

Monday, December 26, 2011

the best of twostepcubchart 2011, part 6...

Hey folks, we've reached the halfway point of my recap of the biggest songs on my weekly list for 2011, and this week we have a British dynamo that went to #1 on my chart, a judge from my favorite TV singing competition that still is not J-Lo, and a couple of Blacks...

50. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (from the CD Kaleidoscope Heart)

twostepcubchart peak: #5 (one week)
US Adult Pop peak: #13
US Triple-A peak: #17

Bareilles continued her stint as judge on the Sing-Off, a singing competition featuring all acappella groups that far surpassed the quality of any of the other drivel on the tube, and although at times she appeared as the ditzy, Paula Abdul-esque member of the trio of judges, she has extensive background with choral singing, being a part of UCLA's Awaken A Cappella. "Uncharted", a highlight from her excellent CD, sports a video with cameos from co-worker Ben Folds, Sugarland's, Jennifer Nettles, Maroon 5, and Josh Groban.




49. Just Can't Get Enough - Black Eyed Peas (from the CD The Beginning)

twostepcubchart peak: #20 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #3
US Adult Pop peak: #11
UK Singles peak: #3
French Singles peak: #1 (4 weeks)
German Singles peak: #9
Global Dance Tracks peak: #16

The Peas announced their hiatus this year, which would be their second following a four-year gap between 2005 to 2009. Their latest CD, The Beginning, didn't produce the duo of megahits like their last, but did manage two top-5 songs between their Dirty Dancing hijacking "The Time (Dirty Bit)" and this more subdued number, which is as close to a ballad as BEP is gonna get. The video was shot in Japan a week before the horrible tsunami that struck there, and included a plea to donate to the Red Cross.




48. Hello - Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette (from the CD Smash)

twostepcubchart peak: #8 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #46
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
US Dance Airplay peak: #1 (2 weeks)
US Adult-Pop peak: #30
UK Singles peak: #13
French Singles peak: #5
German Singles peak: #5
Global Dance Tracks peak: #1

Parisian DJ Martin Solveig (nee' Picadet) had his biggest hit ever with this simplistic yet inescapable earworm that featured Canadian duo Dragonette. Besides being exposed to AT&T commercials, the song hit #1 in four European countries (Austria, Holland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic), and was the biggest non-Guetta true "DJ dance" song this year.




47. Train - Marry Me (from the CD Save Me, San Francisco)

twostepcubchart peak: #9 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #34
US Adult Pop peak: #4
US Adult Contemporary peak: #3
US Triple-A rock peak: #8

San Franciscans Train went full-wedding-anthem mode on this tender ballad, which took a mature group like them to avoid total smarm.




46. The Black Keys - Tighten Up (from the CD Brothers)

twostepcubchart peak: #4 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #87
US Rock Songs peak: #1 (10 weeks)
US Modern Rock peak: #1 (9 weeks)
US Triple-A rock: #12

Ohio-born rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were the lil' band that could in 2010, with this song that hung around to 2011. "Tighten Up" won the Grammy for best rock duo/band record, and rightfully so, with their 'bigger than two' sound and hipster casualness that wasn't forced.




45. The Band Perry - You Lie (from the CD The Band Perry)

twostepcubchart peak: #5 (4 weeks)
US Country Singles peak: #2
US Hot 100 peak: #42

"You Lie" was the family trio's followup to their multiformat success "If I Die Young" (coming up later in the list) and became their second top-5 country hit.




44. Marsha Ambrosius - Far Away (from the CD Late Nights & Early Mornings)

twostepcubchart peak: #2 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #74
US R&B Singles peak: #3
US Adult R&B peak: #1

British soul singer Ambrosius had her first hit outside of R&B duo Floetry with this powerful and emotional song inspired by a friend who took his life. The video was also one of the best of the year, approaching the topic of being gay in the African-American community, something totally hushed in the mainstream, and she conveyed it flawlessly.




43. Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over (from the CD Lungs)

twostepcubchart peak: #1 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #21
US Adult Pop peak: #11
US Rock Songs peak: #9
US Modern Rock peak: #8
US Triple-A Rock peak: #1
US Dance Club Play peak: #4
UK Singles peak: #23
Global Dance Tracks peak: #39

Another British critics' darling, Florence Welch broke through in America this year with a Grammy nomination for new artist, and her performance of "Dog Days Are Over" as well as its exposure on Glee propelled it into the US top 40. It also sported one of the most surreal videos of the year.




42 Colbie Caillat - Brighter Than The Sun (from the CD All Of You)

twostepcubchart peak: #8 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #60
US Adult Pop peak: #4
US Adult Contemporary peak: #13

Caillat's second entry on my year-end list is a Sheryl Crow clone of a tune, but a sunny respite from the angsty dance and frantic rock that was ruling this summer.




41. Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (from the CD Mylo Xyloto)

twostepcubchart peak: #6 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #14
US Rock Songs peak: #5
US Modern Rock peak: #4
US Adult Pop peak: #8
US Adult Contemporary peak: #23
UK Singles peak: #6
French Singles peak: #20

Coldplay, arguably the biggest current rock band in the world (the Foos may be giving them a run for their money) released their fifth full-length studio effort this year, previewed by this epic track that curiously interpolates Peter Allen's "I Go To Rio".




Next post we'll enter the top 40 for the year, with the first sign of Katy Perry, Rihanna's big fetish, and Enrique getting really rude. Ciao!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Best of twostepcubchart 2011, Part 5...


Merry Christmas, everyone, and time for my next installment of the biggest hits on my weekly list for 2011. This time GaGa, Clarkson, and Bruno make their first appearance. And like before, I've included peaks on the major music charts in the US from Billboard magazine as well as official European charts.

60. Lady GaGa - You And I (from the CD Born This Way)

twostepcubchart peak: #5 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #6
US Adult Pop peak: #6
US Adult Contemporary peak: #24
US Dance Club Play peak: #1 (one week)
UK Singles peak: #23
Global Dance Tracks peak: #33

Mother Monster's first ballad single release and fourth single from Born This Way extended her record of having all her promoted singles make the pop Top 10 in America. Produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange, it does have more than a passing resemblance to a Shania Twain song, but as her most accessible track seemed to have the most mass appeal.




59. Kelly Clarkson - Mr. Know It All (from the CD Stronger)

twostepcubchart peak: #2 (four weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #10
US Adult Contemporary peak: #12
US Adult Pop peak: #1 (2 weeks)
UK Singles peak: #4
Germany Singles peak: #18

The first season American Idol heralds her fifth CD with this first single, a great kiss-off number in her grand "Since You Been Gone" style. The video clearly has her sights on some in the media and in her own record company. Hmmm.




58. Colbie Caillat - I Do (from the CD All Of You)

twostepcubchart peak: #15 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #23
US Adult Pop peak: #7
US Adult Contemporary peak: #26

Ingenue and Jennifer Aniston doppelganger Caillat delivered a sugary love song in time for Valentine's Day. This is a song as light as a feather, but not offensive, hence its longevity.




57. Chris Young - Tomorrow (from the CD Neon)

twostepcubchart peak: #19 (2 weeks)
US Country Singles peak: #1 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #36

Former Nashville Star winner Young earns his 4th consecutive #1 country hit with this heartbreaking ballad about a love gone wrong. It nicely set up his third CD, and further upped his Nashville clout.




56. Miranda Lambert - Baggage Claim (from the CD Four The Record)

twostepcubchart peak: #9 (one week)
US Country Singles peak: #3
US Hot 100 peak: #44

Lambert is another Nashville Star alum, and although she didn't win on her season (she placed third), she far surprassed the success of anyone else on that show. And she did it not through cliched pop-country mess expected from a reality show contestant, but the most daring and interesting female mainstream country from this year. It's like she's the anti-Blake Shelton. And "Baggage Claim", while straying into Sheryl Crow-ish territory, established her ability for a fun, sassy record amongst her more serious work. Marriage (to Blake) will do that to you.




55. Taylor Swift - Back To December (from the CD Speak Now)

twostepcubchart peak: #23 (one week)
US Country Singles peak: #3
US Hot 100 peak: #6
US Adult Pop peak: #11
US Adult Contemporary peak: #14

Taylor's third and highest single on my year-end list, her "Taylor Lautner song" was a much more adult and restrained effort from the singer, and pushed her into a much more widespread audience.




54. Train - Save Me, San Francisco (from the CD Save Me, San Francisco)

twostepcubchart peak: #12 (3 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #75
US Adult Pop peak: #7
US Adult Contemporary peak: #15
US Triple-A peak: #23

Pat Monahan and the boys send their fourth single from their album, an ode to their hometown, to the top-10 of the adult-pop chart, and a video that gives a nod to California's marriage conundrum.




53.Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song (from the CD Doo Wops and Hooligans)

twostepcubchart peak: #12 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #4
US Adult Pop peak: #2
US Adult Contemporary peak: #13
UK Singles peak: #1 (one week)
France Singles peak: #11
Germany Singles peak: #9

Bruno's third single from his debut album, "The Lazy Song" was noted not just for its simple but entertainingly fun beat, but for its kooky video, featuring a videocam clip of Mars and a bunch of monkeyheaded backup dancing loafers, became viral on the YouTube.




52. Bush - The Sound of Winter (from the CD The Sea Of Memories)

twostepcubchart peak: #4 (one week)
US Hot 100 peak: #104
US Rock Songs peak: #1 (5 weeks)
US Alternative Rock peak: #1 (6 weeks)

Gavin Rossdale comes back after seemingly an eternity of being just Mr. Gwen Stefani by reassembling Bush and returning to the top of the alt-rock chart for the first time in a dozen years.




51. Andy Grammer - Keep Your Head Up (from the CD Andy Grammer)

twostepcubchart peak: #19 (2 weeks)
US Hot 100 peak: #53
US Adult Pop peak: #5
US Adult Contemporary peak: #11

LA-based singer-songwriter Grammer has his first hit with this ultra-positive ode that hung around the charts forever because no one had the heart to say no. He skated perilously into smarmyville, but this song is a winner solely because it comes from a guy coming up from the ground, not preaching from the heights. And the lil kids love it.




Well, that's it for the bottom half of my year-end chart. Stay tuned next time for more from Train and Caillat, as well as a #1 hit for the biggest one-woman act, and a judge from my favorite singing competition show this year, and again no, NOT J-Lo.

Peace, out.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for December 23, 2011...


Hey folks, I'm working on a quiet Christmas Eve, so I'm gonna take a break from my year-end recap for my top-100 songs from last week. This week David Guetta and Usher spend a third week at the top, while Katy Perry (pictured above) leaps into the top 10. Former big hits by Taylor Swift, Sak Noel, Jennifer Lopez, and Hot Chelle Rae drop off my list, while singles by Taio Cruz, Foo Fighters, and Olly Murs make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Ho Ho Ho!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (1)
2. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (2)
3. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (3)
4. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (4)
5. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (5)
6. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (11)
7. Paradise - Coldplay (7)
8. Someone Like You - Adele (6)
9. We Owned The Night - Lady Antebellum (10)
10. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (8)
11. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (13)
12. Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Caillat (14)
13. Baggage Claim - Miranda Lambert (9)
14. All Your Life - The Band Perry (18)
15. When We Stand Together - Nickelback (17)
16. Nothing - The Script (12)
17. Walk - Foo Fighters (15)
18. Keep Me In Mind - Zac Brown Band (22)
19. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (24)
20. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (25)
21. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (16)
22. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (32)
23. You Make Me Feel... - Cobra Starship f/Sabi (19)
24. I Got You - Thompson Square (20)
25. Tonight - Seether (26)
26. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (28)
27. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (29)
28. Countdown - Beyonce (34)
29. Let It Rain - David Nail (33)
30. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona & Philip Bailey (30)
31. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Christina Aguilera (27)
32. Heartbeat - The Fray (36)
33. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (41)
34. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (31)
35. You & I - Lady GaGa (23)
36. Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie - Red Hot Chili Peppers (21)
37. Tattoos On This Town - Jason Aldean (39)
38. Easy - Rascal Flatts f/Natasha Bedingfield (38)
39. I Like How It Feels - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (43)
40. Levels - Avicii (49)
41. You - Chris Young (45)
42. Stay - Tyrese (42)
43. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (35)
44. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (44)
45. Reality - Kenny Chesney (46)
46. Brand New Bitch - Anjulie (50)
47. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church (48)
48. Too Much In Love - Chris Willis (59)
49. In The Dark - Dev (37)
50. Buy My Love - Wynter Gordon (58)
51. These Days - Foo Fighters (66)
52. Kiss Me Slowly - Parachute (56)
53. Rain - C+C Music Factory (57)
54. We're All No One - Nervo f/Afrojack & Steve Aoki (62)
55. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (40)
56. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (61)
57. Life Of The Party - Charlie Wilson (53)
58. Lights - Ellie Goulding (65)
59. It Girl - Jason Derulo (47)
60. Invisible - Skylar Gray (60)
61. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (80)
62. Bring It Back - Global Deejays (54)
63. Country Must Be Countrywide - Brantley Gilbert (63)
64. Storm Warning - Hunter Hayes (72)
65. Face to The Floor - Chevelle (75)
66. A Thousand Years - Michelle Branch (70)
67. If It's Love - Kem f/Chrisette Michele (68)
68. Gonna Get Over You - Sara Bareilles (69)
69. Lego House - Ed Sheeran (73)
70. 1,000 Ships - Rachel Platten (71)
71. Party People - Erika Jayne (81)
72. Dark Horses - Switchfoot (76)
73. God Gave Me You - Blake Shelton (51)
74. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (78)
75. Show Me - Jessica Sutta (52)
76. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (88)
77. Wish You Were Here - Avril Lavigne (82)
78. My Heart Can't Tell You No - Sara Evans (90)
79. Stay Together - Ledisi f/Jaheim (89)
80. When I Start (To Break It Down) - Erasure (85)
81. Amen - Edens Edge (86)
82. Last Drag - Traci Lords (DEBUT)
83. Sail - AWOLnation (84)
84. Give - LeAnn Rimes (DEBUT)
85. Geronimo - Aura Dione (87)
86. Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse (DEBUT)
87. Party - Beyonce f/Andre3000 or J. Cole (97)
88. Video Games - Lana Del Ray (96)
89. Didn't I - James Wesley (93)
90. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (DEBUT)
91. Home - Dierks Bentley (99)
92. Bottoms Up - Nickelback (RE-ENTRY)
93. Wishing On A Star - X Factor Finalists 2011 f/JLS & One Direction (DEBUT)
94. Un Deux Trois - Laura Larue (94)
95. Love On Top - Beyonce (DEBUT)
96. Bad - The Cab (100)
97. Care - Kid Rock f/Martina McBride & T.I. (98)
98. She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul (DEBUT)
99. Mayhem - Julissa Veloz (DEBUT)
100. Camouflage - Brad Paisley (DEBUT)

There are ten new songs on my list this week (highlighted in yellow), and here they are, with a little bit about the artists, with links to their previous hits on YouTube highlighted in orange...

The highest entry this week is by adult-movie star turned singer Traci Lords. After appearing in more than 100 porn movies (almost all illegally as a minor), Lords went "legit" by appearing in mainstream TV & movies like John Waters' Cry-Baby, and starting up a music career. She had a #2 dance club hit in 1994 with "Control", then followed up a year later with "Fallen Angel" which just missed the top-10 on that same chart. Now 43, Lords is back with another top-5 dance hit, "Last Drag"...



Next up is another dance hit, but this time by (normally) country singer LeAnn Rimes. Rimes released her debut single, the #10 country/top-40 pop hit "Blue" when she was only 13 years old in 1996. since then she's amassed ten top-10 country hits, though only one, "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" also from her debut disc, made it to #1. She did though have one of the biggest pop hits of all time though with her version of "How Do I Live" which stayed on Billboard's pop chart for a then-record 69 weeks. She hasn't reached the country top-10 in five years, but she has hit #1 on the dance chart with "What I Cannot Change" in 2008. Mostly, though, she's been lately more in the news for her "homewrecker" drama and scary weight loss, but she had put a CD out, which second single "Crazy Women" only scraped the country top-40, but third single "Give" has been released in remix form, and it's heating up the clubs. However, the original version sports a powerful video spotlighting the plight of the homeless.



Amy Winehouse sadly never recovered from her various addictions, and remains either revered by her fans or trashed as a parody of her biggest hit, "Rehab". Her family released Lioness: Hidden Treasures last month, including covers of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "The Girl From Ipanema", as well as a couple originals. The first radio single is her reggae-fied cover



Aussie twanger Keith Urban is teetering under the country top-10 with the fourth single from his latest CD Get Closer. Here's the grammatically improper "You Gonna Fly"...



As both the US and UK seasons of the X Factor (thankfully) come to an end, the annual charity single from the British contestants predictably makes it to #1, like covers of Mariah Carey's "Hero", Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone", and David Bowie's "Heroes" have done in the last three years. This years effort tackles the Rose Royce original (and US #1 Cover Girls remake) "Wishing On A Star", enlisting past X Factor faves JLS and One Direction to help along, and thankfully no Jedward or Wagner to fuck it up. Proceeds from this year's single go to UK Children's Hospice..



Beyonce is surely not settling down in her um, pregnancy, since she has three singles currently being promoted in the US and abroad. Mind, none of them are doing the business that her previous work has, but these three are the best of her latest CD, with "Countdown" ruling the clubs, "Party" atop R&B radio, and "Love On Top" on pop radio and in Europe. Here's "Love On Top" - now when was this filmed?



Jamaican reggae star Sean Paul scored two #1 hits in America with "Get Busy" in 2003 and "Temperature" in 2006. His profile has dimmed considerably in the States for the past five years, but this year had a top-10 song in at least ten European countries with "Got 2 Luv U" with Alexis Jordan (including #1 in Switzerland), and follows that with "She Doesn't Mind", which is already a top-3 hit in France as well as another Swiss #1. Now for America to follow...



"Tiara Girl" Julissa Veloz from American Idol's eighth season follows her top 10 US club hit "Take Control" with the equally dominant "Predator"...



The final debut is the fourth single from Brad Paisley's This Is Country Music. He's back to his comic leanings with "Camouflage".



I'll be back with more recap of this year, but I hope everyone is enjoying safe and happy Hanukkah and Christmas season!