Friday, January 31, 2014

twostepcub's music chart for January 31, 2014...






Hey gang, it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the week. American Authors command the top spot for a fifth week, while Ellie Goulding (pictured above) finally makes it into my top-10. Songs by Cher, Vassy, and Lady Gaga make the biggest moves on the list (jumps of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from John Mayer and Joe Nichols drop off the chart. Are you ready for some footballllll?????

This Week                Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. The Best Day Of My Life - American Authors (1)
2. Pompeii - Bastille (3)
3. Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera (5)
4. Come A Little Closer - Cage The Elephant (2)
5. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys (6)
6. Stay The Night - Zedd f/Hayley Williams (4)
7. Sirens - Pearl Jam (7)
8. Let Her Go - Passenger (8)
9. Burn - Ellie Goulding (11)
10. Team - Lorde (17)
11. Demons - Imagine Dragons (10)
12. Counting Stars - OneRepublic (12)
13. Waiting For Superman - Daughtry (13)
14. Hurt You - Toni Braxton & Babyface (9)
15. Don't Let Me Be Lonely - The Band Perry (15)
16. Royals - Lorde (14)
17. Friday Night - Eric Paslay (19)
18. Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood (18)
19. Timber - Pitbull f/Ke$ha (23)
20. Sweet Annie - The Zac Brown Band (21)
21. Wake Me Up! - Avicii (16)
22. Radio - Darius Rucker (22)
23. Hey Brother - Avicii (31)
24. Thinking About You - Calvin Harris f/Ayah Marar (20)
25. Love Don't Die - The Fray (27)
26. Story Of My Life - One Direction (26)
27. Whatever She's Got - David Nail (28)
28. Out Of My League - Fitz & The Tantrums (24)
29. Unconditionally - Katy Perry (25)
30. Hold On - Colbie Caillat (30)
31. Happy - Pharrell Williams (36)
32. Love Me Again - John Newman (38)
33. Lie To Me - Cole Plante f/Myon & Shane 54 w/Koko Laroo (33)
34. So Close To Me - Kristine W. (34)
35. Drunk Last Night - The Eli Young Band (30)
36. For The Rest Of My Life - Robin Thicke (40)
37. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake f/Majid Jordan (37)
38. Higher - Deborah Cox f/Paige (48)
39. Stay - Florida Georgia Line (39)
40. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus (35)
41. Afraid - The Neighbourhood (51)
42. Without Me - Fantasia f/Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott (43)
43. The Monster - Eminem f/Rihanna (45)
44. Up All Night - Jon Pardi (52)
45. Wasting All These Tears - Cassadee Pope (49)
46. You Make Me - Avicii (56)
47. Booyah - Showtek f/We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson (47)
48. Loved Me Back To Life - Celine Dion (58)
49. Shake - The Head & The Heart (29)
50. Roar - Katy Perry (50)
51. Take It Like A Man - Cher (76)
52. Carolina - Parmalee (42)
53. Chillin' It - Cole Swindell (57)
54. MacArthur Park 2013 - Donna Summer (44)
55. Drunk A Beer - Luke Bryan (59)
56. Compass - Lady Antebellum (61)
57. Do What U Want - Lady Gaga f/R. Kelly or Christina Aguilera (69)
58. All Of Me - John Legend (63)
59. Mad - Vassy (79)
60. Make A Move - Gavin DeGraw (65)
61. All Night - Icona Pop (41)
62. Thursday - Pet Shop Boys f/Example (66)
63. The Spark - Afrojack f/Spree Wilson (64)
64. It's About Time - Young The Giant (70)
65. Nightlife - Jody Watley (67)
66. When She Says Baby - Jason Aldean (71)
67. Neon Lights - Demi Lovato (77)
68. Ordinary Love - U2 (72)
69. Human - Christina Perri (73)
70. Chocolate - The 1975 (74)
71. Everything You Shouldn't Be Thinking About - Thompson Square (75)
72. Come To Me - Goo Goo Dolls (62)
73. Unbelievers - Vampire Weekend (81)
74. We Were Us - Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert (60)
75. We Own The Night - The Wanted (54)
76. Let Me Go - Avril Lavigne f/Chad Kroeger (53)
77. Of The Night - Bastille (55)
78. Battle Born - Five Finger Death Punch (78)
79. Go F**k Yourself - My Crazy Girlfriend (91)
80. Dark Horse - Katy Perry f/Juicy J (90)
81. Tous Les Memes - Stromae (86)
82. Now Or Never - Tritonal f/Phoebe Ryan (82)
83. Helluva Life - Frankie Ballard (87)
84. Tired - Stone Sour (88)
85. Mine Would Be You - Blake Shelton (80)
86. Animals - Martin Garrix (46)
87. What To Do Now - Robbie Rivera & The EKGs (DEBUT)
88. It Goes Like This - Thomas Rhett (84)
89. Strangers - Seven Lions f/Myon & Shane 54 w/Tove Lo (97)
90. Trumpets - Jason Derulo (94)
91. Young Girls - Bruno Mars (DEBUT)
92. Lucky Strike - Maroon 5 (92)
93. Shepherd Of Fire - Avenged Sevenfold (DEBUT)
94. House Of Gold - Twenty One Pilots (DEBUT)
95. Fire We Make - Alicia Keys & Maxwell (93)
96. Changes - Faud & Wad Ad vs. Pnau (98)
97. Million Pound Girl - Fuse ODG (DEBUT)
98. Eat Sleep Rave Repeat - Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr f/Beardyman (RE-ENTRY)
99. Under Control - Calvin Harris & Alesso f/Hurts (RE-ENTRY)
100. The Heart Of Dixie - Danielle Bradbery (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 1/31/14 - It's 3 A.M. can't fall asleep, this must be loneliness but man it's black and deep...


John Hunter - "Tragedy"
from the album Famous At Night (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2


Today's Song of the Day is by singer and songwriter John Hunter, who came from Chicago to muddle around for a bit in a couple of rock bands before striking out as a solo artist in the 80s. He released his debut album on Private I Records (home to Matthew Wilder of "Break My Stride" fame), and the first single from the set, his self-penned "Tragedy", finally got him his break...


"Tragedy" became the singer's only hit on the pop chart making the top-40 in February of 1985. In fact, I'd say it's one of the most obscure singles to have made the top-40 in the decade. I had to actually import the album on CD from Estonia. Really. According to his Facebook page, John's now an executive in a non-musical field, but there's YouTube video of him still performing in the area recently.

Up tomorrow: A Glimmer Twin goes solo if for only an evening.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

8 of the 80s: 1/30/14 (1987)...


I'm back to bring you another shot of 80's throwback, and this week we stop at 1987, the year the Canadian town of Frobisher Bay changed its name to the native Iqaluit, eventually becoming the capital of the territory of Nunavut. (I've included links to buy anything on CD or MP3 when available)

Carly Simon - "Give Me All Night"
from the album Coming Around Again (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #61
Songwriters: Gerard McMahon, Carly Simon


Give Me All Night (Music Video) from cryptkeeperfun on Vimeo.


One of Carly's four top-ten easy-listening hits from her delicious 1987 album.

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7 of the 70s: 1/30/14 (1977)...


Hey gang, it's 70s Throwback Thursday time, and this week I'm back to 1977, the year record company EMI "fires" the Sex Pistols....(I've included highlighted links to buy anything you see)

Debby Boone - "You Light Up My Life"
from the album You Light Up My Life (1977)

Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: Joe Brooks


Up until the 80s, this was the chart-geek pinnable, the song that spent the most weeks at #1 (Elvis' double-sided "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" did manage a week more, but that's an asterisk) By the end of the 90's that record was broken over and over...

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Songoftheday 1/30/14 - You saw me standing by the old corner of a main street, and the lights are flashing on your windowsill...


Duran Duran - "Save A Prayer"
from the album Rio (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's Song of the Day is by the 80's "Fab Five", Duran Duran, who were as big as you could get by the end of 1984, with two top-ten albums and three top-ten pop singles in America, including their add-on single to their live album, "The Wild Boys", which almost made the top spot at the end of the year. With no new album coming, fans were still hammering radio with requests, and one of those was the live version of a track from their second album Rio that never was released before as a single. "Save A Prayer" had gotten major play especially in my hometown, where it consistently made the top-5 requests of the night every night. The song had already gone to #2 back in 1982 in their native England, and now it was time for the band and Capitol Records to release the song as a single here, with an edited version on one side and the live take from their Arena album on the other. MTV of course helped by playing the original video, shot in the south Asian island country of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), like nobody's business, and the exotic local and fashionable outfits only served to highten their allure...


"Save A Prayer" became the band's third top-20 pop hit from Rio in March of 1985, while also become a late top-40 hit in Germany as well (the original release went to #1 in neighboring France). It serves as the band's emotional musical peak, their new romantic version of the "power-ballad" if you will.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Aussie Sweep: January 29, 2014...


It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs making the top-selling singles chart in Australia this week, as Pharrell dons his hat for a fourth week with "Happy"...

The top entry at #23 is from American soul singer Aloe Blacc, the voice behind Avicii's international smash "Wake Me Up!" (a #1 hit here), with "The Man".  In 2010 his debut single "I Need A Dollar" went to #11 here (an awesome song, I must say)...


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6 of the 60s: 1/29/14 (1967)...


It's time for this weeks 60's trip, and this week I'm back to 1967, the year Charlie Chaplin's last movie A Countess From Hong Kong opens in Britain. (I've included links to buy anything on CD or MP3)

The Doors - "Light My Fire"
from the album The Doors (1967)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 
Songwriters: John Densimore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison


The Doors' debut came out in January of 1967, and this moody and seductive number kept a lot of women warm during that winter.

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Songoftheday 1/29/14 - Some boys kiss me some boys hug me I think they're ok, if they don't give me proper credit I just walk away...


Madonna - "Material Girl"
from the album Like A Virgin (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day is from the queen of 80s pop, Madonna, who closed out 1984 on a high note with her first #1 single "Like A Virgin" from her second album of the same name. To follow up such a huge statement, she needed to go big or go home, but go big she did, with a song co-written by an artist with a string of his own hits, Peter Brown, who went to #8 back in 1978 with the sublime "Dance With Me". Together with Robert Rans he penned "Material Girl", a winkingly comic take on greed that Madonna took on with the nuance of idol Marilyn Monroe, whom she recreated in the music video in a classic remake of Monroe's performance in "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend". Nile Rodgers produced a totally non-chic record from this..


Material Girl reached the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in March of 1985, while topping the Dance Club Play in Billboard and even making the R&B chart at #49. Internationally, the single went to #3 in England, #4 in Canada, and top-5 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, and Japan. Moreover, it gave Madonna one of her nicknames as people started to refer to her as "the Material Girl"...one of her many transformations that kept her popularity alive (besides her talent).

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kraut Sweep: January 28, 2014...


I'm ready to cross the border to Germany to check out the songs making their official singles chart, as Pharrell spends a second week at #1 with "Happy"...

The top entry up at #17 is from German YouTube comedy team Apecrime with "Swing Dein Ding" ("Swing Your Thing").  It's their highest of their two hits to date...


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French Sweep: January 28, 2014...






It's time again to scoot back across the Atlantic to check out the songs making the official singles chart in France this week, as Pharrell Williams spends a seventh non-consecutive week on top with "Happy"...

The top debut of the week belongs to megastars Shakira and Rihanna, who team up at #6 with "Can't Remember To Forget You". The Colombian singer has topped the singles chart in this country five times, the latest with "J"aime a Mourir" in 2011, while the Barbados-born diva also has five #1's to her name here, with "The Monster" with Eminem just leaving the peak a few weeks ago...


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Songoftheday 1/28/14 - There you stood that'll teach you to look so good and feel so right, let me tell you about the girl I met last night...


Survivor - "High On You"
from the album Vital Signs (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's Song of the Day is by the mainstream rock band Survivor, who had weather the loss of lead singer Dave Bickler with the recruitment of Jimi Jamison and a top-20 single with "I Can't Hold Back". They followed that song up with a synth-heavy rocker written by core members Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, "High On You". I can see that the video director most likely watched the hell out of the Police's "Wrapped Around Your Finger" before filming their clip...


"High On You" did even better then their previous single, scoring their second top-ten pop hit in March of 1985, while reaching the same peak on the rock radio chart in Billboard magazine.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Robbed Hit of the Week 1/27/14 - Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy"..


Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"
from the album Age Of Consent (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #48

This week's "robbed hit" was a landmark single for gay and lesbian-themed pop music, from the electronic-pop trio of Bronski Beat. Named for member Steve Bronski, the group came together in London and released their debut album Age Of Consent in 1984. With defiant politics in the lyrics and a listing of actual "ages of consent" on the album cover, the set was jubilant as well as edgy, and scored a surprising hit in the still-Thatcherized Britain. The first single from the record, "Smalltown Boy", was a mournful story of a kid ostracized for who he was, and the video matched the message...


"Smalltown Boy" was big in England, going all the way to #3 on the singles charts, and crossed over to the States, were the video managed to get some play on MTV, and peaked right under the top-40 at #48, though it topped the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard.  But its influence on my generation was immeasurable. Nothing so straightforward about the young LGBT experience had been on the radio like this, and in the pre-internet "Dark Ages" of the world, Jimmy Somerville's haunting falsetto rang like a beacon that there were others that felt the same.

The single would be their only time in the pop chart in America, but their follow-up single "Why" , a top-ten hit in the UK, went to #27 on the dance chart.  After a remix EP called Hundred and Thousands, Somerville left the group, to be replaced by singer Jon Foster, and scored their third #3 hit in the UK with "Hit That Perfect Beat", which also climbed to #7 on the American dance chart. Their last hurrah on the chart in the U.S. came that same year with "C'mon C'mon" (#20). Meanwhile, Jimmy would go on to have success both as part of the Communards ("Don't Leave Me This Way") and as a solo artist ("You Make Me Feel Mighty Real").  In 1989, the duo of Bronski and Steinbachek backed up Eartha Kitt on her #32 UK hit "Cha Cha Heels"...

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Album Sweep: February 1, 2014 - Part Two...


Well the first "album sweep" of the year to be broken in two came this week, and you can check out yesterday's part by clicking here. Here's the rest of the albums making their first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top 200 Albums chart. As before, I've included highlighted links to buy anything if possible.

Critically-heralded alt-country singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams' self-titled debut album from 1988 finally makes the chart this week courtesy of an expanded re-release and remaster, which places at #39 this week. In 2008 she made it to #9 with Little Honey....


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Songoftheday 1/27/14 - I hear it from my friends I hear it on the street, I hear it in the air here and there everywhere and from everyone I meet...


Eric Carmen - "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips"
from the album Eric Carmen (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day is by singer/songwriter Eric Carmen, who got his big break as the leader of the power-pop band The Raspberries. The Ohio-based group had a top-10 hit in 1972 with "Go All The Way". They only lasted a few years, as Eric left in 1975 to start a solo career, and released his self-titled debut, which scored his biggest hit to date, "All By Myself", which went to #2 in the US and #12 in Britain. Its follow-up, "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again", made it to the top of the adult-contemporary radio chart the following year.

In 1985, Eric Carmen switched labels to Geffen Records, and released another self-titled set as his fifth album. The first single from the set, "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips", was a midtempo seductive number written by Carmen with Footloose guru Dean Pitchford with cool backup vocals and a video featuring his extra-luscious hair...



"I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips" became Eric's sixth solo top-40 pop hit in America in March of 1985, while reaching #10 on the adult-contemporary (or "easy listening") chart in Billboard. I admit I loved this song on its release, buying the vinyl album when it came out (the first of his I owned). Maybe it was the hair.

Up tomorrow: Rocky-style rockers get a buzz.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Brit Sweep: January 26, 2014...


The end of the weekend is finally here, and time to check out the songs making their appearance on the just-released official singles sales chart in Britain this week...

There's a new king in town, as the top-selling song of the week is the new one by English electronic group Clean Bandit with "Rather Be", with vocals by Jess Glynne, and it's my "Brit Pick of the Week'...


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Album Sweep: February 1, 2014 - Part One...


It's time again for another "album sweep", sampling the records spending their first week on Billboard magazine's Top 200 Albums chart. After a few weeks of holiday and post-holiday blahs, the regular release schedule is getting back in swing again, with 19 debuts, so I'll split it between today and tomorrow....(I've included links to buy anything if possible)...

The top-selling album of the week is by "The Boss", Bruce Springsteen, with his eighteenth studio album High Hopes. Selling just under a hundred thousand copies, it becomes his eleventh release (including a live box set and a greatest hits collection) to go to #1. He first topped the albums chart in 1980 with his fifth set The River...


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Songoftheday 1/26/14 - Just when we think we conquered it it seems we lose the fight again...


Pat Benatar - "The Ooh Ooh Song"
from the album Tropico (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's Song of the Day is by 80s rocker supreme Pat Benatar, who lightened up a bit in 1984 with her album Tropico, scoring her biggest pop hit with "We Belong". She followed it up with "The Ooh Ooh Song", a fun little no-brainer written with hubby Neil Geraldo that has a nice a-cappella break and harmonica riff...


"The Ooh Ooh Song" became Pat's second top-40 hit from Tropico in February of 1985, while ascending to #22 on Billboard's rock radio chart. I think the chorus drew radio away from the quite cool arrangement of this bopper, which is a shame.

Up tomorrow: A former "berry" needs to know first-hand.




Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dance Sweep: February 1, 2014...


We're at the finish line of this week's "chart sweeps", checking out the songs reaching the singles lists in Billboard magazine, and I'm wrapping up with the newest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio.

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart, Demi Lovato takes her second song to #1 with "Neon Lights"...

The top entry of the week at #45 belongs to British singer Ellie Goulding with "Burn" (already at #2 on the dance airplay chart). She topped the chart already with "Anything Could Happen" and as a guest on Calvin Harris' "I Need Your Love" last year...


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Country Sweep: February 1, 2014...


I'm back with part four of today's "chart sweeps" with the new songs making the charts in Billboard magazine, and this time it's the latest country songs on the radio...

On the Country Airplay chart, The Zac Brown Band score their tenth #1 hit with "Sweet Annie"...

Coming in at #45 is crossover country duo Florida Georgia Line with "This Is How We Roll", from their expanded debut album. The song features Luke Bryan...


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Soul Sweep: February 1, 2014...


We're at the "hump" of today's "chart sweeps", sampling the songs reaching the singles charts in Billboard magazine, and now I'm serving up the lastest R&B songs on the radio..

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Drake's 14-week run is over thanks to Beyonce and Jay Z who jump from #5 to #1 with "Drunk In Love". I guess a little Tina Turner-bashing is good for them. It's Beyonce's fifth #1 airplay hit...

The top entry of the week at #34 is "O.G. Bobby Johnson" from Que. Okaaay.


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Rock Sweep: February 1, 2014...


Round two of this week's "chart sweeps" is up, with the latest songs to make the singles charts in Billboard magazine. This time up it's the newest on rock radio...

On the main Rock Airplay chart, Cage The Elephant spend an eleventh week on top with "Come A Little Closer"...

Rocketing in at #9 is the latest from alt-rock trio Foster The People, "Coming Of Age", my "Rock Pick of the Week".  It's the first single from their sophomore album Supermodel coming in March. Back in 2010 they went to #3 here with "Pumped Up Kicks"...


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Pop Sweep: February 1, 2014...


Hey gang, it's time to kick off the first of today's "chart sweeps" checking out the songs making their way on to the singles charts in Billboard magazine. As always, I'll start with the pop charts and the "biggie"...

On Billboard's Hot 100, which combines radio airplay, sales, and internet streaming tallies, Pitbull and Ke$ha settle in for a third week at #1 with "Timber"...

The superstar pair or Shakira and Rihanna claim the top entry of the week at #28 with "Can't Remember To Forget You". Shakira, who topped the chart in 2006 with "Hips Don't Lie", was last on the chart in a cameo on Pitbull's "Get It Started", which peaked at #89 last year...


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Songoftheday 1/25/14 - If it seems like Ive been lost in "let's remember", if you think Im feeling older and missing my younger days...


Billy Joel - "Keeping The Faith"
from the album An Innocent Man (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day is by singer/songwriter/piano man Billy Joel, whose retro-rific album An Innocent Man had already produced five top-40 singles, including the chart-topping "Tell Her About It", the harmonic "Uptown Girl", the dramatic "An Innocent Man", the a cappella wonder of "The Longest Time", and the harmonica-tinged "Leave a Tender Moment Alone". Proving it's status as one of the biggest albums of the decade, a sixth single from the ten-track set was issued with "Keeping The Faith". With a different mix than on the album, and a campy video featuring a courtroom of 60s and 50s  music lookalikes with Billy on trial, and with it he scored another hit...


"Keeping the Faith" became Joel's sixth top-40 hit from An Innocent Man in March of 1985, while going all the way to #3 on the adult-contemporary radio chart in Billboard. It also managed to make the top-40 Down Under in New Zealand.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

twostepcub's music chart for January 24, 2014...






Hey gang, Friday is finally here, and time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week American Authors and Christina Aguilera hang tight for a fourth week at #1, while the Arctic Monkeys leap into the top-10 with "Do I Wanna Know" (pictured above). Former big hits by Lady Gaga and Ricky Martin drop off my list, while songs by Cher and Tritonal make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Go away, polar vortex!

This Week                 Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. The Best Day Of My Life - American Authors (1)
2. Come A Little Closer - Cage The Elephant (2)
3. Pompeii - Bastille (3)
4. Stay The Night - Zedd f/Hayley Williams (4)
5. Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera (6)
6. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys (11)
7. Sirens - Pearl Jam (5)
8. Let Her Go - Passenger (8)
9. Hurt You - Toni Braxton & Babyface (9)
10. Demons - Imagine Dragons (7)
11. Burn - Ellie Goulding (14)
12. Counting Stars - OneRepublic (12)
13. Waiting For Superman - Daughtry (13)
14. Royals - Lorde (10)
15. Don't Let Me Be Lonely - The Band Perry (15)
16. Wake Me Up! - Avicii (16)
17. Team - Lorde (17)
18. Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood (18)
19. Friday Night - Eric Paslay (23)
20. Thinking About You - Calvin Harris f/Ayah Marar (21)
21. Sweet Annie - The Zac Brown Band (24)
22. Radio - Darius Rucker (22)
23. Timber - Pitbull f/Ke$ha (27)
24. Out Of My League - Fitz & The Tantrums (19)
25. Unconditionally - Katy Perry (20)
26. The Story Of My Life - One Direction (30)
27. Love Don't Die - The Fray (31)
28. Whatever She's Got - David Nail (28)
29. Shake - The Head and The Heart (29)
30. Drunk Last Night - Eli Young Band (26)
31. Hey Brother - Avicii (33)
32. Hold On - Colbie Caillat (36)
33. Lie To Me - Cole Plante f/Myon & Shane 54 w/Koko Laroo (37)
34. So Close To Me - Kristine W. (38)
35. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus (25)
36. Happy - Pharrell Williams (41)
37. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake f/Majid Jordan (35)
38. Love Me Again - John Newman (40)
39. Stay - Florida Georgia Line (39)
40. For The Rest Of My Life - Robin Thicke (47)
41. All Night - Icona Pop (34)
42. Carolina - Parmalee (42)
43. Without Me - Fantasia f/Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott (45)
44. MacArthur Park 2013 - Donna Summer (44)
45. The Monster - Eminem f/Rihanna (50)
46. Animals - Martin Garrix (32)
47. Booyah - Showtek f/We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson (49)
48. Higher - Deborah Cox f/Paige (52)
49. Wasting All These Tears - Cassadee Pope (51)
50. Roar - Katy Perry (43)
51. Afraid - The Neighbourhood (59)
52. Up All Night - Jon Pardi (56)
53. Let Me Go - Avril Lavigne f/Chad Kroeger (46)
54. We Own The Night - The Wanted (54)
55. Of The Night - Bastille (55)
56. You Make Me - Avicii (58)
57. Chillin' It - Cole Swindell (57)
58. Loved Me Back To Life - Celine Dion (62)
59. Drink A Beer - Luke Bryan (61)
60. We Were Us - Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert (53)
61. Compass - Lady Antebellum (66)
62. Come To Me - Goo Goo Dolls (63)
63. All Of Me - John Legend (67)
64. The Spark - Afrojack f/Spree Wilson (69)
65. Make A Move - Gavin DeGraw (65)
66. Thursday - Pet Shop Boys f/Example (74)
67. Nightlife - Jody Watley (72)
68. Who You Love - John Mayer f/Katy Perry (68)
69. Do What U Want - Lady Gaga f/R. Kelly or Christina Aguilera (71)
70. It's About Time - Young The Giant (77)
71. When She Says Baby - Jason Aldean (75)
72. Ordinary Love - U2 (76)
73. Human - Christina Perri (78)
74. Chocolate - The 1975 (82)
75. Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About - Thompson Square (79)
76. Take It Like A Man - Cher (86)
77. Neon Lights - Demi Lovato (81)
78. Battle Born - Five Finger Death Punch (80)
79. Mad - Vassy (85)
80. Mine Would Be You - Blake Shelton (70)
81. Unbelievers - Vampire Weekend (87)
82. Now Or Never - Tritonal f/Phoebe Ryan (92)
83. Deal With The Devil - Pop Evil (83)
84. It Goes Like This - Thomas Rhett (84)
85. Sunny and 75 - Joe Nichols (60)
86. Tous Les Memes - Stromae (94)
87. Helluva Life - Frankie Ballard (91)
88. Tired - Stone Sour (90)
89. Little Me - Little Mix (DEBUT)
90. Dark Horse - Katy Perry f/Juicy J (DEBUT)
91. Go F**k Yourself - My Crazy Girlfriend (DEBUT)
92. Lucky Strike - Maroon 5 (DEBUT)
93. Fire We Make - Alicia Keys & Maxwell (93)
94. Trumpets - Jason Derulo (100)
95. How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding (97)
96. Skyscraper - Sam Bailey (96)
97. Strangers - Seven Lions f/Myon & Shane 54 w/Tove Lo (DEBUT)
98. Changes - Faud & Wad Ad vs. Pnau (98)
99. The Giving Tree - Plain White T's (99)
100. Simple Man - Andreas Kummert (DEBUT)

There are six songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue or purple), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to their official website. And here they are on video after the break...

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Songoftheday 1/24/14 - I put my hand on your stocking I was movin' nice and slow, let my fingers do the walking and there ain't far to go...


John Parr - "Naughty Naughty"
from the album John Parr (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's Song of the Day is by British singer/songwriter John Parr, who worked with Meat Loaf in his "low" period before getting signed as a solo act, and released his self-titled debut album in 1984. The insanely catchy first single from the project, "Naughty Naughty", became his first hit in the States...


"Naughty Naughty" reached the American Top-40 in March of 1985, while going all the way to #6 on Billboard's rock radio chart. However the mullet-headed wonder stalled out at #58 on the singles chart in his native Britain.

Up tomorrow: the Piano Man mentally perseveres.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

8 of the 80s: 1/23/14 (1986)...


I'm ready for this week's 80's throwback, and right now I've got eight more from 1986, the year Spain and Portugal entered the EU (European Union)...(I've included links to buy anything if possible)

The Firm - "All The King's Horses"
from the album Mean Business (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #61
Songwriter: Paul Rodgers


This song from this supergroup featuring Led Zep's Jimmy Page and Bad Company's Paul Rodgers sounds an awful lot like Asia. It topped the rock chart for a whole month back in 1986.

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7 of the 70s: 1/23/14 (1976)...


Hey gang, it's 70s throwback time, and this week I'm back to 1976, the year that attempted assassin Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for trying to off Gerald Ford.

Chicago - "If You Leave Me Now"
from the album Chicago X (1976)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: Peter Cetera


The jazz-rock band scored their first #1 single with this ultra-sappy break-up ballad that I adored as a kid.

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Songoftheday 1/23/14 - Coffee tea or me baby touche' ole' my opening line might be a bit passe'...


Teena Marie - "Lovergirl"
from the album Starchild (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day is by R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist Teena Marie, who after being led by producer Hal Davis to sign with Motown Records, came under the mentorship of funk star Rick James, who helped produce and sang on her first album, Wild And Peaceful, in 1979. The first single, "I'm A Sucker For Your Love", made the top-10 of the R&B chart, while her face was absent in the record covers (probably to not let on and Teena was a "white" performer), though the pair would come on Soul Train as the first Caucasian to appear on the show. The song also just missed the American Hot 100 (#102) and British Top-40 (#43).

She would remedy that the following year, as her jam "Behind The Groove" became her first big club hit, topping at #4, and reaching #6 on the UK singles chart. Her next single, the self-produced "I Need Your Lovin'", finally put her in the American pop top-40 at #37, as well as nearly topping the dance club chart in Billboard at #2. In 1981, she scaled to #3 on the R&B chart with "Square Biz". Teena would leave Motown (and brief fiance Rick) for Epic in 1982. It took until her second album there, but finally the release of her Starchild album gave her the big hit she deserved with "Lovergirl", written, produced and arranged by the multitasker herself...


"Lovergirl" became Teena's first and only pop top-10 hit in March of 1985, while making it to #9 on the R&B list and #6 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, while the single went to #13 in neighboring Canada, but it fizzled out at #76 over in England.

It would be Teena's final appearance in the American pop top-40, though she would continue to have success on R&B radio, even scoring a #1 hit in 1998 with "Ooh La La". Her last top-10 soul hit came at the end of the decade with "If I Were A Bell". She last graced the pop chart altogether in 2004, with "A Rose By Any Other Name" with Gerald Levert (#97). Two years later, her single "Ooh Wee" was her final top-40 R&B hit, and in 2009, "You Baby" grazed the same chart at #100 (mind you, her albums were still making bank, reaching the top-ten on the genre chart).

Unfortunately complications from an accident in 2004 gave her seizures that eventually would claim her life in 2010 at the age of 54. But her legacy carries on as one of the foremost female soul artists of our generation, and the best thing to emerge from the Rick James camp (kind of like Sheila E with Prince).

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Aussie Sweep: January 22, 2014...






It's time to head Down Under to check out the latest songs making the official chart in Australia this week, as Pharrell spends a third week on top with "Happy"...

The top debut of the week at #18 is from Swedish-born singer Kim Cesarion with "Undressed"...


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6 of the 60s: 1/22/14 (1966)...


Hey gang, it's time to head back to the 60s, and this week I'm back to 1966, the year that Robert Weaver became the first African-American member of the US Cabinet (as Housing and Urban Development Secretary). (I've included links to buy anything you see)...

Simon & Garfunkel - "The Sounds Of Silence"
from the album The Sounds Of Silence (1966)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: Paul Simon


This song, originally released as a stark acoustic number in 1964, got renewed life with a "remix" featuring drums and guitars, but in my book nothing beats the chilling version with just their voices.

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Songoftheday 1/22/14 - But shoot it in the right direction make makin' it your intention, live those dreams, scheme those schemes, gotta hit me with those laser beams....


Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Relax"
from the album Welcome To The Pleasuredome (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day is by the eccentric British new wave band Frankie Goes To Hollywood, who had almost made the top 40 in America on their second try with the political club-filler "Two Tribes". After that, the band re-released their first single, a song that brought them infamy and riches in their homeland, "Relax". A pulsing dance march based on thinly veiled sexual lyrics and sonic special effects courtesy of producer Trevor Horn, the single became one of the biggest-selling records of all time in the UK, despite a ban at the BBC for playing the track. It spent five week at #1 on the singles charts, while originally stalling at #67 in the States. The ban was brought on not only because of the racy words, but also from the erotic single cover, painted by artist Anne Yvonne Gilbert and my pick for the hottest cover of all time. There were four different videos floating around for the video, but the first, featuring band members leading singer Holly Johnson around at a leather establishment with tigers and men in togas, was delectably over-the-top. We had never seen the explicitly gay underbelly make such a mainstream show, and teenage me was deliriously ecstatic...


"Relax" became Frankie's first and only top-10 single in March of 1985, while making it to #20 on the dance club play list. Besides their UK success, the band topped the singles charts in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain among others with the record. The band's next single in America, "Welcome To The Pleasuredome", stopped at #48, while the band enjoyed a third #1 hit in the UK with "The Power Of Love". In 1986 they released a second album, but only managed a top-ten hit in England with the first release "Rage Hard". With the third single "Watching The Wildlife" stalling at #28, Johnson left the band for a solo career, and there wouldn't be another new hit for the band...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kraut Sweep: January 21, 2014...


I'm ready to cross the border into Germany to check out the songs making their way on to the official singles chart, as Pharrell racks up another #1 hit with "Happy"...

The top debut at #32 belongs to Dusseldorf rapper Farid Bang with "Bitte Spitte Toi Lab"...


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French Sweep: January 21, 2014...


Hey gang, it's time to head across the Atlantic again to check out the songs making their first appearance on the top 100 of the official sales chart in France this week, as Pharrell holds on for a sixth non-consecutive week with "Happy"...

In another dull post-holiday week, the top debut doesnt arrive until #61. It's the "Twerk Anthem" from Tony Junior...


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Songoftheday 1/21/14 - Ever since you've been leaving me I've been wanting to cry, now I know how it feels for you I've been wanting to die...


Julian Lennon - "Too Late For Goodbyes"
from the album Valotte (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day is by Julian Lennon, whose uncanny resemblance to father John in both appearance and voice certainly helped his exposure in addition to his talent, and his first single to hit the States, "Valotte", went top 10 at the beginning of 1985. For its follow-up Julian released the song that introduced him to his native English audiences, "Too Late For Goodbyes". The synth-driven tune chugs along quite nicely, and like with "Valotte", was filmed for the music video by the late Sam Peckinpah. Even though Julian plays the harmonica in the clip, it's actually on record by the great Toot Thielmann, who did the same for Billy Joel's "Leave a Tender Moment Alone"...


"Too Late For Goodbyes" became Julian's second American pop top-ten hit in March of 1985, and would also do the same in the UK, becoming the singer's biggest hit to date. The record also topped the adult-contemporary (or "easy-listening") radio format in the States, and stopped right under the rock top-10 at #11.

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