Monday, August 31, 2015

Robbed Hit of the Week 8/31/15 - Curiosity Killed The Cat's "Misfit"...


"Misfit" - Curiosity Killed The Cat
from the album Keep Your Distance (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: 42

This week's "Robbed hit" comes from the British "sophisti-pop" band Curiosity Killed the Cat, who came together in London behind lead singer Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot in the mid-80s. Their first single, "Misfit", at first got a cold reception at home, missing the top-75, but after their second release "Down To Earth" reached the top-3 in the UK, and follow-up "Ordinary Day" just missed the top-10, "Misfit" was re-released, sporting a video featuring art legend Andy Warhol...


Curiosity Killed The Cat - Misfit by jpdc11

"Misfit" became the band only American hit, just missing the US Top 40 at #42 in September of 1987, while also nicking the Billboard dance club play chart at #43. Internationally, the single made the UK top ten on its second try, along with Ireland, as it hit top-40 in Italy and the Netherlands.

Two years later the group released their sophomore album, but leads single "Name & No." stopped at #14. After paring down to a trio under the name Curiosity, they hit big again in 1992 with a cover of "Hang On In There Baby" (#3, UK).

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Songoftheday 8/31/15 - When I look back upon my life it's always with a sense of shame, I've always been the one to blame...


"It's A Sin" - Pet Shop Boys
from the album Actually (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's SOTD comes from the Pet Shop Boys, the British electropop duo that broke through big with their debut album Please with the #1 "West End Girls" and top-10 "Oppurtunities". In 1987 Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe released their second effort Actually, with the dramatic first single "It's A Sin". Written by the pair and produced by Stephen Hague and Julian Mendelsohn, and sonically it was miles ahead of their first...


Pet Shop Boys - It's a Sin (1987) by darkub

"It's A Sin" became the Boys' third top-10 hit in November of 1987. The extended version climbed to #3 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the record was one of the biggest, topping the charts in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and their native England.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Songoftheday 8/30/15 - Turn it in you gotta toss and turn and feel all right...


"Mony Mony (Live)" - Billy Idol
from the album Vital Idol (1987) and Idol Songs (UK, 1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD is by the king of pop-punk, Billy Idol, whose 1986 album Whiplash Smile had spun off three top-40 hits including his second top-tenner, his cover of "To Be A Lover". His next move was his first "hits" set, which included remixes of his previous hits. One of them is a cover of the Tommy James and the Shondells song "Mony Mony", which originally appeared on his first EP Don't Stop in 1981. Although the song missed the pop chart in America and England, it had a cult following, especially in the clubs...


Six years later, a live version of "Mony Mony" was released, and it ended up becoming his highest-charting hit in the States...


"Mony Mony" went all the way to the top of the American pop chart in November of 1987, knocking out Tiffany's cover of the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now". The live version also climbed to #27 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart (the original made it to #7 on the dance club chart in 1981). Internationally, the record made the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand, and his native Britain at #7.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Songoftheday 8/29/15 - When explanations make no sense, when every answer's wrong, you're fighting with less confidence...


"Breakout" - Swing Out Sister
from the album It's Better To Travel (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD comes from Swing Out Sister, a jazz-pop trio that came together in Manchester in the mid-80's with singer/fashion designer Corinne Drewery along with Andy Connell and Martin Jackson. They released their debut album It's Better To Travel in 1987, with the shiny, bright "Breakout" as the lead single, produced by future Amy Winehouse collaborator Paul Staveley O'Duffy...


"Breakout" became SOS's first and only top-10 pop hit in America in November of 1987. The single did even better on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, reaching #1 for two weeks, while making it to #12 on their Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the record topped out at #4 in their native Britain, top-10 in Ireland and New Zealand, and top-20 in Canada, Australia, and Belgium.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for August 28, 2015...






Friday is here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the week. This time out, The Weeknd earns his first #1 hit, while ginger darling Ed Sheeran (pictured above) climbs into the top-5 for the fourth time from his x album. Former big hits from Of Monsters and Men, David Guetta, Maroon 5, Dave Aude, DJ Snake, and Sia drop off my list, while songs from Meghan Trainor, Kenny Chesney, and Eric Prydz make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Carry on, clangers!!

This Week                 Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (2)
2. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (1)
3. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (5)
4. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (6)
5. Dreams - Beck (7)
6. Renegades - X Ambassadors (4)
7. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (3)
8. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (8)
9. Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (11)
10. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (10)
11. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (9)
12. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (14)
13. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (13)
14. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (12)
15. Trust You - Rob Thomas (16)
16. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (24)
17. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (15)
18. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (28)
19. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (20)
20. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (21)
21. Shots - Imagine Dragons (25)
22. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (26)
23. Shame - Tyrese (23)
24. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (34)
25. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (20)
26. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (32)
27. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (19)
28. Like I Can - Sam Smith (18)
29. Black Magic - Little Mix (33)
30. Holding On - Disclosure f/Gregory Porter (36)
31. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (31)
32. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (22)
33. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder f/Sia (29)
34. My Type - Saint Motel (35)
35. Earned It - The Weeknd (27)
36. Hell Of A Night - Dustin Lynch (40)
37. Fool's Gold - Jill Scott (37)
38. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (44)
39. Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato (51)
40. Beautiful Now - Zedd f/Jon Bellion (50)
41. Worth It - Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (53)
42. Fire Under My Feet - Leona Lewis (52)
43. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (47)
44. Show Some Love - First Ladies Of Disco (48)
45. Kick The Dust Up - Luke Bryan (45)
46. Shine - Years & Years (46)
47. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (43)
48. First - Cold War Kids (62)
49. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (73)
50. Girl Crush - Little Big Town (30)
51. Go Big Or Go Home - American Authors (56)
52. Sara - Stereolove f/Sara Loera (70)
53. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (57)
54. Let It Be Love - Jessica Sutta (42)
55. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (55)
56. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (61)
57. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (67)
58. Love You Like That - Canaan Smith (54)
59. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (63)
60. Watch Me - Silento (64)
61. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (65)
62. Could Have Been Me - The Struts (77)
63. House Party - Sam Hunt (69)
64. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (74)
65. One Hell Of An Amen - Brantley Gilbert (66)
66. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (72)
67. Save It For A Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (87)
68. What Makes Your Heartbeat Faster - Barry Harris (68)
69. This Feeling - L'Tric (59)
70. Generate - Eric Prydz (90)
71. Someone New - Hozier (83)
72. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson (78)
73. Sangria - Blake Shelton (71)
74. Fly - Maddie & Tae (88)
75. Reality - Lost Frequencies f/Javieck Devy (76)
76. Better And Better - Jade Starling f/DJ Laszlo (DEBUT)
77. Cali - Ralphi Rosario f/Ashley J (DEBUT)
78. Cut The Cord - Shinedown (84)
79. Are You With Me - Lost Frequencies (79)
80. Come And Get It - John Newman (80)
81. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne (91)
82. Sugar - Robin Schulz f/Francesco Yates (97)
83. Coming Home - Leon Bridges (89)
84. Things Happen - Dawes (92)
85. Caution Tape - Starling Glow (85)
86. Footsteps - Pop Evil (96)
87. The Vengeful One - Disturbed (93)
88. Gonna Wanna Tonight - Chase Rice (98)
89. Sun Is Shining - Axwell & Ingrosso (DEBUT)
90. I Am - AWOLnation (DEBUT)
91. Hold Each Other - A Great Big World f/FUTURISTIC (DEBUT)
92. Summerthing! - Afrojack f/Mike Taylor (DEBUT)
93. How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris f/Disciples (DEBUT)
94. Anything Goes - Florida Georgia Line (DEBUT)
95. Beautiful Life - Nick Fradiani (99)
96. Let Me See Ya Girl - Cole Swindell (DEBUT)
97. Stole The Show - Kygo f/Parson James (RE-ENTRY)
98. Locked Away - R. City f/Adam Levine (DEBUT)
99. Sweet Escape - Alesso f/Sirena (DEBUT)
100. Drag Me Down - One Direction (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 8/28/15 - Children behave that's what they say when we're together, and watch how you play...


"I Think We're Alone Now" - Tiffany
from the album Tiffany (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's SOTD comes from Tiffany Darwish, who started her national career as a contestant on Star Search as a teenager, where she placed runner-up but got enough exposure to nab a contract with MCA records in 1986. She recorded her self-titled debut album with producer/manager George Tobin, and embarked on a tour of shopping malls across America - perfect to win over the teenage girl audience that was dominating the music-buying audience of the mid-80s. But instead of shilling freestyle dance-pop, Tiffany and Tobin unearthed a 20-year-old #4 hit from Tommy James and the Shondells, "I Think We're Alone Now"....


Now to have a girl in her mid-teens sing about getting some solo time with a boy should've raised more than a few eyebrows, but the wall of sound around her disaffected vocals threw everyone off the track a little bit...


Tiffany's take did what the Shondells couldn't, bringing "I Think We're Alone Now" to #1 in November of 1987. The single also went to #38 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, and #23 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Britain, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Songoftheday 8/27/15 - Your butt is mine gonna tell you right, just show your face In broad daylight...


"Bad" - Michael Jackson
from the album Bad (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD is by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, who previewed his seventh solo studio album Bad with the soft ballad "I Just Can't Stop Loving You". Although that song raced to the top of the pop charts, interest faded quickly in favor of the just-released title track, which was much more upbeat and in-your-face in attitude. And in true Jackson fashion the music video was a spectacle, with the original 15 minute mini-movie directed by Martin Scorcese (whose full-length film The Color of Money came out that year as well) and featuring Wesley Snipes condensed for repeated MTV play...


"Bad" climbed to the #1 spot in America in October of 1987, earning Michael his seventh pop chart-topper. The single also went to the top of the R&B chart in Billboard magazine, while the extended remix did the same on their Dance Club Play list. It even crossed over to the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #33. Internationally, the record went to #1 in Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands, while topping out at #3 in the UK, #4 in France, Germany, and Australia, and #5 in Canada. The single returned to the top-20 in England in 2006, and went to #40 after Michael's death in 2009.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Songoftheday 8/26/15 - There was a time some time ago when every sunrise meant a sunny day...


"In My Dreams" - REO Speedwagon
from the album Life As We Know It (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's SOTD comes from Midwest mainstream rock band REO Speedwagon, whose 1987 album Life As We Know It had already spun off a top-20 pop hit with "That Ain't Love". The second single from the album, the rocker "Variety Tonight", failed to make the top-40. So like their previous album, the group rolled out their ace in the hole with the ballad "In My Dreams", written by lead singer Kevin Cronin with "song doctor" Tom Kelly...


"In My Dreams" became REO's second top-20 pop hit from Life As We Know It in October of 1987, while spending an impressive 30 weeks ( 7 1/2 months) on the Hot 100. The track also crossed over to the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #6. Up in Canada, the single stalled down at #61.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Songoftheday 8/25/15 - Brother to sister look at each other face to face, there's something missing here in this human race...


"Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You)" - Mr. Mister
from the album Go On... (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #29 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's SOTD comes from the pop-rock band Mr. Mister, who broke through big with their second album Welcome To The Real World, which spun off a pair of #1 hits with "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie" and a top-10 follow-up with "Is It Love". They were a hit at MTV, performing at the Spring Break concert in '85. So expectations were high for their follow-up album, Go On, which was released in 1987. The first single, "Something Real", followed the same middle-of-the-road AOR pop that dominated the mid-80s...


"Something Real" became Mr. Mister's fourth and final top-40 pop hit in October of 1987, while also climbing to #27 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Unfortunately for them, that white-bread pop-rock had been taken over on pop stations by dance music. They did manage a Grammy nomination for another track from the album, "Healing Waters". By the end of the decade, with their label rejecting their next album, they called it quits. Lead singer Richard Page then had a minor solo career, while the band's unissued album Push finally saw the light of day in 2010.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 8/24/15 - the Pointer Sisters' "Be There"


"Be There" - The Pointer Sisters
from the album Beverly Hills Cop II (Original Soundtrack) (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Pointer Sisters, who were trying to repeat the top-10 success they had with their contribution to the first Beverly Hills Cop movie, "Neutron Dance". By 1987, their last two albums had failed to spin off a top-10 pop hit, and their 1986 release "Goldmine" only spend a few weeks in the top 40. So for Beverly Hills Cop II, they again enlisted songwriter Allee Willis, who along with Franne Golde penned "Be There", a jumping pop-dance nugget in the "neutron" vein. It was released as the fourth pop radio-promoted single from the soundtrack...



Although the other three singles from the album made the top-10, "Be There" stalled right under Casey's countdown at #42. It would end up being the Sisters' final pop chart hit.


Songoftheday 8/24/15 - You met your match when you met me I know that you will disagree it's crazy, but opposites attract you'll see and I won't let you get away so easy...


(NOTE: this here is post number 5000 in my little corner of the interwebs. I want to thank you for taking time to read my little missives, and hopefully have had some fun along the way.)

"Causing A Commotion" - Madonnna
from the album Who's That Girl (Original Soundtrack) (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's Song of the Day comes from Madonna, whose forgettable foray into the movies with Who's That Girl had nonetheless scored her another #1 pop hit in the U.S. with the Latin-tinged title track. The second single from the album returned her to her dance-pop roots, though undermining the inspiration of the song being her tumultuous marriage to Sean Penn. "Causing A Commotion", written by Madge with Stephen Bray from the Breakfast Club, the track would've fit nicely on her debut, and still was a fun fit with the freestyle popular on radio in 1987...


"Causing A Commotion" spent three weeks in the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in October of 1987. The extended version went to #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart, and the song even popped into their adult contemporary (or "easy listening") chart at #37. Internationally, the record went to #2 in Canada, Ireland, and Belgium, and reached the top-10 in the UK, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Songoftheday 8/23/15 - Livin' on your own can be a lonely game, a face in the crowd no one knows your name...


"Victim Of Love" - Bryan Adams
from the album Into The Fire (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 5

Today's SOTD comes from Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams, whose Into the Fire album from 1987 had already spun off two hits with the top-10 "Heat Of The Night" and "Hearts On Fire". The third single from the set was the low-key melancholy rock of "Victim Of Love", written again by Adams and partner Jim Vallance in a post-Eagles apocalyptic romantic funk...


"Victim Of Love" became the third top-40 pop hit from Into the Fire in October of 1987, while scoring Adams his third of four top-10 hits on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio list at #10. Internationally the single missed the top-40 in both Britain and Adams' native Canada (#49).

Up tomorrow: Last week's birthday girl is raising a ruckus.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Songoftheday 8/22/15 - Why don't you dream anymore? What's in the way? How come you point to the door And ask me to stay?...


"You Are The Girl" - The Cars
from the album Door To Door (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's SOTD is by the Boston new-wave group the Cars, who had been taking a break to pursue solo work after their Greatest Hits album that scored them a pair of pop hits with the top-ten  "Tonight She Comes" and a remake of their 1981 cut "I'm Not The One". In 1987, they re-emerged with their sixth album Door To Door, led by "You Are The Girl", written and sung by Ric Ocasek, while the campy sci-fi music video was directed by John Waters...


"You Are The Girl" became the Cars' 13th and so-far last top-40 pop hit in October of 1987. The song also went all the way to #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and #12 on their adult contemporary radio list. The record was also a top-40 hit in Canada and New Zealand.

The band's next single, "Strap Me In", was a big rock radio hit (#4), but puttered out at #85 on the Hot 100. The third track from the project, "Coming Up You" (sung by Benjamin Orr), would be their final minor pop hit at #74. In 1988, the Cars officially split, and in 2000, Orr passed on from cancer. Members of the band joined Todd Rundgren for "The New Cars" (without Ocasek), but in 2011, the original four reunited for the Move Like This album, which produced the rock radio nugget "Sad Song" (#33 mainstream rock).

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Friday, August 21, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for August 21, 2015...






Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. OMI holds tight at #1 for a sixth week with "Cheerleader", while twenty-one pilots (pictured above) hold tight in the top-5. Songs from Demi Lovato, Little Mix, and Zedd make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Tove Lo, Ricky Martin/Pitbull, and Easton Corbin drop off. I need to get this cast off!

This Week                Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (1)
2. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (2)
3. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (4)
4. Renegades - X Ambassadors (3)
5. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (5)
6. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (7)
7. Dreams - Beck (9)
8. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (8)
9. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (6)
10. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (11)
11. Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (17)
12. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (12)
13. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (19)
14. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (20)
15. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (15)
16. Trust You - Rob Thomas (21)
17. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (13)
18. Like I Can - Sam Smith (14)
19. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (16)
20. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (22)
21. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (26)
22. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (18)
23. Shame - Tyrese (24)
24. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (36)
25. Shots - Imagine Dragons (30)
26. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (28)
27. Earned It - The Weeknd (25)
28. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (34)
29. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder f/Sia (29)
30. Girl Crush - Little Big Town (10)
31. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (31)
32. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (40)
33. Black Magic - Little Mix (53)
34. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (52)
35. My Type - Saint Motel (37)
36. Holding On - Disclosure f/Gregory Porter (46)
37. Fools Gold - Jill Scott (47)
38. Crystals - Of Monsters and Men (23)
39. Hey Mama - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj & Afrojack (32)
40. Hell Of A Night - Dustin Lynch (44)
41. This Summer's Gonna Hurt... - Maroon 5 (27)
42. Let It Be Love - Jessica Sutta (43)
43. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (39)
44. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (54)
45. Kick The Dust Up - Luke Bryan (45)
46. Shine - Years & Years (56)
47. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (48)
48. Show Some Love - First Ladies Of Disco (58)
49. Circles - Dave Aude f/Cierra Sample (35)
50. Beautiful Now - Zedd f/Jon Bellion (70)
51. Cool For the Summer - Demi Lovato (73)
52. Fire Under My Feet - Leona Lewis (64)
53. Worth It - Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (63)
54. Love You Like That - Canaan Smith (50)
55. Ain't Nobody (Loves You Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (55)
56. Go Big Or Go Home - American Authors (60)
57. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (61)
58. Hold Back The River - James Bay (33)
59. This Feeling - L'Tric (59)
60. You Know You Like It - DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge (42)
61. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (65)
62. First - Cold War Kids (69)
63. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (77)
64. Watch Me - Silento (68)
65. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (67)
66. One Hell Of An Amen - Brantley Gilbert (66)
67. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (71)
68. What Makes Your Heartbeat Faster - Barry Harris (72)
69. House Party - Sam Hunt (74)
70. Sara - Stereolove f/Sara Loera (84)
71. Sangria - Blake Shelton (51)
72. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (76)
73. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (87)
74. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (78)
75. Goodbye - Feder f/Lyse (75)
76. Reality - Lost Frequencies f/Janieck Devy (83)
77. Could Have Been Me - The Struts (95)
78. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson (92)
79. Are You With Me - Lost Frequencies (79)
80. Come and Get It - John Newman (81)
81. Crushin' It - Brad Paisley (57)
82. Elastic Heart - Sia (82)
83. Someone New - Hozier (91)
84. Cut The Cord - Shinedown (89)
85. Caution Tape - Starling Glow (DEBUT)
86. Rooftop - Skylar Stecker (86)
87. Save It For A Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)
88. Fly - Maddie & Tae (94)
89. Coming Home - Leon Bridges (DEBUT)
90. Generate - Eric Prydz (DEBUT)
91. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne (DEBUT)
92. Things Happen - Dawes (96)
93. The Vengeful One - Disturbed (100)
94. Glitterball - Sigma f/Ella Henderson (DEBUT)
95. Love Me Like You Mean It - Kelsea Ballerini (90)
96. Footsteps - Pop Evil (DEBUT)
97. Sugar - Robin Schulz f/Francesco Yates (97)
98. Gonna Wanna Tonight - Chase Rice (DEBUT)
99. Beautiful Life - Nick Fradiani (DEBUT)
100. Secrets - Tiesto & KSHMR f/Vassy (DEBUT)

There are ten songs making their debut on my chart this week (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 8/21/15 - If I could turn the page In time then I'd rearrange just a day or two...


"Little Lies" - Fleetwood Mac
from the album Tango In The Night (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's SOTD comes from the rock group Fleetwood Mac, whose 1987 Tango In The Night album had already spun off hits led by members Lindsey Buckingham ("Big Love") and Stevie Nicks ("Seven Wonders"). Now it was Christine McVie's turn in the spotlight with the third single "Little Lies", which like their last album Mirage turned out to be the highest-charting song from the record. Written by Christine with husband Eddie Quintela, it features nice back-up vocal turns from both Stevie and Lindsey...


"Little Lies" became the band's second top-10 pop hit from Tango In The Night in November of 1987. The single also scored the Mac their first #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and crossed over to #14 on their Mainstream Rock radio list. Internationally, the record went to #5 in the UK (their biggest British hit since 1973's "Albatross"), and top-10 in Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, and New Zealand.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Songoftheday 8/20/15 - Your name was Patty but now it's Kay, girl you seem to change it everyday...


"Fake" - Alexander O'Neal
from the album Hearsay (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's SOTD is by R&B singer Alexander O'Neal, who once sung lead for the band that would evolve into the Time in the early 80s. But members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis repaid the favor by producing his debut solo album, and scoring him a top-40 pop hit already in 1986 with his duet with Cherrelle, "Saturday Love". After the success of that track, another single from his own album, "What's Missing", gave him his first solo top-10 R&B hit at #8. But that what just a warm-up to what would be arguably my favorite soul album of the decade, Hearsay. Alex's second album came out in 1987, and clearly was produced as a counterpart to Janet Jackson's incredibly successful Control album, this time through a man's perspective. With interludes alluding to a concept album recorded at a party, the fiery delivery O'Neal could deliver was a perfect match to the extra-funky grooves and sassy lyrics Jam and Lewis provided. The first single, "Fake", was the culmination of the drama of the set, with O'Neal setting the record straight with his not-so-real girl...


"Fake" danced into the American top-40 in September of 1987, a month after spending a couple weeks atop the R&B singles chart in Billboard. The remix also climbed to #7 on their Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the original version hit the top-40 in Belgium (#15), New Zealand (#16), Germany (#17), the Netherlands (#20), and the UK (where he's had his biggest success in total) (#33).

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Songoftheday 8/19/15 - When I believed in nothing I called her name, trapped in a high-dollar joint in some place I called her name...


"Never Let Me Down" - David Bowie
from the album Never Let Me Down (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #27 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's SOTD comes from David Bowie, whose 1987 album Never Let Me Down started off with the almost-top-20 pop hit "Day-In, Day-Out". He released the title track from the album as its follow-up, written with guitarist Carlos Alomar...


"Never Let Me Down" would become Bowie's most recent top-40 pop hit in America in September of 1987. The record also crossed over to both the Mainstream Rock (#15) and Dance Club Play (#17) charts in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the single made the top-40 in his native UK at #34, as well as Ireland and Canada.

After the tour behind this album Bowie formed the "supergroup" Tin Machine, who put out two successful albums with a pair of top-10 rock hits including the #3 "One Shot" in 1991. Two years later, going back to his solo work with Black Tie/White Noise, he returned to the top-10 in the UK with "Jump They Say" (which also climbed into the top-5 on the American modern rock list). In 1997, his most recent Hot 100 appearance came with the Nine Inch Nails-produced "I'm Afraid Of Americans" (#66, #29 rock). Since then, he's continued his presence on the singles chart in Britain, with "Where Are We Now" hitting #6 in 2013. But at 68, he's still putting out the most fulfilling music of his career.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Songoftheday 8/18/15 - Sometimes people play with love, falling in love is just a game


"Let Me Be The One" - Exposé
from the album Exposure (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's SOTD comes from the dance-pop trio Exposé, who rocketed on to the pop charts with back-to-back top-5 hits "Come Go With Me" and "Point Of No Return" in 1987. The third single from their debut album was the first to feature member Gioia Bruno on lead vocals on the slinky mid-tempo number "Let Me Be The One", written and produced by Lewis Martinee' for what IMHO is their finest moment (it even sports a guitar solo, a rarity in the freestyle synth-heavy 80s)...


"Let Me Be The One" became Expose's third top-10 pop hit in October of 1987. The single also crossed over to the R&B chart at #29, while the extended remix made it to #2 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Surprisingly the record missed the top-40 in Canada (#47), while not even placing in the top-75 in Britain.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 8/17/15 - .38 Special's "Back To Paradise"...


"Back To Paradise" - .38 Special
from the album Flashback: The Best of .38 Special (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #41

This week's "robbed" hit comes from the southern rock band .38 Special, whose 1986 album Strength in Numbers did respectable business with a top-20 pop hit in "Like No Other Night". With a greatest hits set released the following year, the band contributed a track to the sequel to the comedy hit film Revenge Of The Nerds. Though the pairing of the movie's outcast theme and the band's redneck charm is so not meshing, which probably led to its reception, the band tried their all with guitar hooks and Don Barnes' last vocals before leaving the group for a while...


While "Back To Paradise" made it to #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the single stopped right under the pop top-40 at #41.


Songoftheday 8/17/15 - Every man deserves a good woman and I want you to be my wife, time is so much better spended baby with a woman just like you in my life...


"Casanova" - Levert
from the album The Big Throwdown (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD comes from the R&B trio Levert, formed by two sons of Eddie Levert of the O'Jays along with their buddy Marc Gordon. They released their independently-distributed debut album in 1985, and had a minor soul hit with "I'm Still". That success got them noticed by Atlantic Records, who put out their second effort Bloodline the following year, with lead single "(Pop Pop Pop) Goes My Mind" topping the R&B chart. With their third release, The Big Throwdown, Gerald, Sean and Marc led off with the more upbeat dance-soul of "Casanova", written and produced by Midnight Star's Reggie Calloway...


"Casanova" became Levert's sole top-40 pop hit in October of 1987, while going to #1 on Billboard's R&B chart for two weeks. The remix made it to #27 as well on their Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the song climbed into the top-10 in the UK (#9), just missed it in Canada (#11), and hit the top-40 in Ireland, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

The trio would continue to have big success on R&B radio through the rest of the 80s, racking up three more #1 hits up to "Baby I'm Ready" in 1991. Two years later, their single "ABC-123" almost put them back in the pop top-40 (#46). The group disbanded shortly after, with both Gerald and Sean pursuing solo careers, with the former scoring top-40 pop hits on his own as as part of the "supergroup" LSG with Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat. Sadly, both Levert brothers passed away in the naughties, Gerald from an overdose and Sean from health complications in jail.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Songoftheday 8/16/15 - It's just a little thing but it means so much to me, our bodies together while the rain plays a melody...


"Making Love In The Rain" - Herb Alpert with Lisa Keith
from the album Keep Your Eye On Me (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's SOTD comes from trumpeter and label boss Herb Alpert, who made a triumphant return to pop and R&B radio with his collaboration with Janet Jackson, "Diamonds". Capitalizing on that momentum, he released another vocal from the album that has Janet singing noticible back-up behind Lisa Keith in the seductive Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis production "Making Love In The Rain"...


"Making Love in the Rain" became Herb's most recent top-40 pop hit in September of 1987. The single climbed all the way to #7 on Billboard's R&B chart, and #21 on their Adult Contemporary radio list.

Alpert would have a couple more "Easy listening" hits, with the new-jack-ish "North on South St." reaching #40 in 1991, but since he's more been a behind the scenes guy with occasional jazz albums popping up now and then.

Up tomorrow: Sons of soul legends are loverboys.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Songoftheday 8/15/15 - You found a new world and you want to taste it, but that world can turn cold and you better face it...



"Who Will You Run To" - Heart
from the album Bad Animals (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD comes from the rock band Heart, whose follow-up album to their big comeback in the mid-80s had already sent a single to the top of the pop chart with "Alone". The band's next release from the set was "Who Will You Run To", written by Diane Warren and sung by sister Ann Wilson...


"Who Will You Run To" became the second top 10 pop hit from Bad Animals in October of 1987, while climbing to #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the record hit the top-20 in Canada and Ireland, and #30 in the UK.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for August 14, 2015...


Friday is here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. "Cheerleader" from OMI is at #1 for a fifth week, while the Weeknd (pictured above) leaps into the runner-up spot. Former big hits from Ryan Cabrera, Muse, Maroon 5, and Billy Currington drop off my list, while songs from Disclosure, Charlie Puth/Meghan Trainor, and Mumford & Sons make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). I'm hurty on both damn sides!

This Week                Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (1)
2. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (6)
3. Renegades - X Ambassadors (2)
4. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (5)
5. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (7)
6. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (4)
7. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (9)
8. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (8)
9. Dreams - Beck (17)
10. Girl Crush - Little Big Town (3)
11. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (15)
12. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (10)
13. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (13)
14. Like I Can - Sam Smith (14)
15. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (11)
16. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lemar (12)
17. Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (19)
18. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (16)
19. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (20)
20. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (24)
21. Trust You - Rob Thomas (25)
22. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (26)
23. Crystals - Of Monsters and Men (18)
24. Shame - Tyrese (29)
25. Earned It - The Weeknd (21)
26. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (30)
27. This Summer's Gonna Hurt... - Maroon 5 (22)
28. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (43)
29. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder f/Sia (33)
30. Shots - Imagine Dragons (42)
31. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (35)
32. Hey Mama - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj & Afrojack (32)
33. Hold Back The River - James Bay (23)
34. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (45)
35. Circles - Dave Aude f/Cierra Sample (27)
36. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (41)
37. My Type - Saint Motel (38)
38. Talking Body - Tove Lo (28)
39. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (39)
40. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (47)
41. Mr. Put It Down - Ricky Martin f/Pitbull (31)
42. You Know You Like It - DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge (36)
43. Let It Be Love - Jessica Sutta (48)
44. Hell Of A Night - Dustin Lynch (54)
45. Kick The Dust Up - Luke Bryan (53)
46. Holding On - Disclosure f/Gregory Porter (64)
47. Fools Gold - Jill Scott (51)
48. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (49)
49. Baby Be My Love Song - Easton Corbin (37)
50. Love You Like That - Canaan Smith (50)
51. Sangria - Blake Shelton (46)
52. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (69)
53. Black Magic - Little Mix (67)
54. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (58)
55. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (55)
56. Shine - Years & Years (63)
57. Crushin' It - Brad Paisley (57)
58. Show Some Love - First Ladies Of Disco (70)
59. This Feeling - L'Tric (59)
60. Go Big or Go Home - American Authors (60)
61. Where Are U Now - Skrillex &  Diplo f /Justin Bieber (61)
62. Little Monster - Royal Blood (62)
63. Worth It - Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (73)
64. Fire Under My Feet - Leona Lewis (71)
65. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (65)
66. One Hell Of An Amen - Brantley Gilbert (66)
67. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (68)
68. Watch Me - Silento (72)
69. First - Cold War Kids (78)
70. Beautiful Now - Zedd f/Jon Bellion (DEBUT)
71. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (75)
72. What Makes Your Heartbeat Faster - Barry Harris (DEBUT)
73. Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato (83)
74. House Party - Sam Hunt (74)
75. Goodbye - Feder f/Lyse (77)
76. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (76)
77. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (79)
78. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (88)
79. Are You With Me - Lost Frequencies (89)
80. Haute Mess - NERVO (44)
81. Come and Get It - John Newman (91)
82. Elastic Heart - Sia (82)
83. Reality - Lost Frequencies f/Javieck Devy (87)
84. Sara - Stereolove f/Sara Loera (DEBUT)
85. Amen - Halestorm (85)
86. Rooftop - Skylar Stecker (86)
87. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (DEBUT)
88. Moaning Lisa Smile - Wolf Alice (92)
89. Cut The Cord - Shinedown (93)
90. Love Me Like You Mean It - Kelsea Ballerini (80)
91. Someone New - Hozier (95)
92. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson (94)
93. Fool For Love - Lord Huron (56)
94. Fly - Maddie & Tae (DEBUT)
95. Could Have Been Me - The Struts (DEBUT)
96. Things Happen - Dawes (RE-ENTRY)
97. Sugar - Robin Schulz f/Francesco Yates (DEBUT)
98. House Every Weekend - David Zowie (98)
99. Freedom - Allen Stone (DEBUT)
100. The Vengeful One - Disturbed (DEBUT)

There are nine songs making their debut on my chart this week (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 8/14/15 - She had a dream and boy it was a good one, so she chased after her dream with much desire...


"Paper In Fire" - John Cougar Mellencamp
from the album The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 10

Today's SOTD is by American heartland rocker John "Cougar" Mellencamp, whose magnum opus album Scarecrow, one of the best records of the 80's, spun out five top-40 pop hits, including three ("Lonely Ol' Night", "Small Town", and "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.") that reached the top-10. In 1987 John released his ninth studio album (and third with his true Mellencamp surname), with the same stripped-down sonics and down-home flavor of his previous album. The first single from the project, "Paper In Fire" had a driving percussive flow which carried John's bluesy growl and soulful backup singers, in the end sounding 10 times more "country" than what passes for the genre today (and even 1987, as well...)


"Paper In Fire" became Mellencamp's eighth top-10 pop hit in October of 1987. The single topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart (his third to reach the summit after "Hurts So Good" and "Lonely Ol' Night"). Internationally, the single went to #1 in Canada (his second after "Jack and Diane") and top-20 in both Australia and New Zealand.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Songfotheday 8/13/15 - Closin' time ugly lights everybody's inspected, but you are a natural beauty unaffected...


"U Got The Look" - Prince with Sheena Easton
from the album Sign O' The Times (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13


Today's song of the day is by the Purple one himself, Prince, who released his double-album masterpiece Sign O' The Times in 1987, with the title track racing into the top-3. Its followup single though, the androgynous "If I Was Your Girlfriend", was a little too much for radio to take, stalling out at a meager #67 on the pop chart in the US. The third radio track however brought him right back with the most accessible song on the album, his collaboration with Scottish singer Sheena Easton with "U Got The Look"... (In case you can't see the video, click here)...



"U Got The Look" became the second top-10 pop hit from the album in October of 1987, while stopping at #11 on Billboard's R&B chart. Internationally, the song went top-10 in Ireland and New Zealand, #11 in the UK and the Netherlands, and #23 in Canada.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Songoftheday 8/12/15 - Our love could use some rejuvenation, you bring the wine I'll bring the sweet conversation...


"Jump Start" - Natalie Cole
from the album Everlasting (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's SOTD comes from Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz-pop legend Nat "King" Cole, who was the first big African-American "pop star" in the 40's and 50's. Natalie, who had gone t college for Psychology, turned to a music career instead, releasing her debut album Inseparable in 1975. Her first single, the sassy "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)", made the pop top-10, topped the R&B chart, and scored her Grammys for best female R&B performance and best new artist. In 1977, the lead single from her third record, "I've Got Love On My Mind", climbed to #5 (her highest pop peak), while later that year her "Our Love" became her third top-10 pop hit as well as her fifth to top the R&B chart. However, as disco took over the pop airwaves, Cole's star diminished for a bit, not being helped by a drug addiction that crippled her during the early 80s. But with a new label and a fresh beginning, she came back in 1987 with her Everlasting album, which was preceded by the groovy dance-pop track "Jump Start". Written by Midnight Star leader Reggie Calloway, the post-disco sheen was ready for its late-80s re-emergence...



"Jump Start" gave Natalie her biggest hit in a decade, reaching the pop top-20 in October of 1987. The single went all the way to #2 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remix landed at #28 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the song went to #20 in New Zealand, while being a minor hit in the UK and Canada.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Songoftheday 8/11/15 - When lights go down I see no reason for you to cry we've been through this before...


"Carrie" - Europe
from the album The Final Countdown (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD is by the Swedish glam-metal band Europe, who had won over American with their top-10 pop hit "The Final Countdown", then followed it with "Rock The Night". For their third American single they put out the power-ballad from the album, "Carrie", written by lead singer Joey Tempest with band keyboardist Mic Michaeli...


"Carrie" became Europe's biggest pop hit in the States, reaching the top-3 in October of 1987. The single also crossed over to both the Mainstream Rock (#35) and Adult Contemporary (#36) radio charts in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the song reached the top-10 in Canada, Ireland, and Switzerland, and #22 in the UK (it wasn't a single in their native Sweden).

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