Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Songoftheday 9/30/15 - There was a time we thought our dream was over, when you and I had surely reached the end...


"That's What Love Is All About" - Michael Bolton
from the album The Hunger (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40:10

Today's SOTD comes from pop singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, who started out as a hard rock singer under his birth surname Bolotin, releasing two album before shortening it at the beginning of the 80s. He first got noticed having success as a songwriter, co-penning Laura Branigan's #1 adult contemporary hit "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" in 1983. That same year, he released his own self-titled album, from which the Aldo Nova knockooff "Fools Game" scored him a minor pop hit in America at #82, while climbing to #27 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. After a follow-up rock album stiffed, Bolton switched gears in keeping with his Branigan hit, and the third album, The Hunger, veered more to the easy-listening crowd, with the panty-wetting anthem "That's What Love Is All About" grabbing all the young moms' attentions...


"That's What Love Is All About" became his first major hit, reaching the pop top-20 in December of 1987, while peaking all the way at #3 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. The song even crossed over to the R&B chart, landing at #62. The single also nicked the Canadian Top-40 as well at #40.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Songoftheday 9/29/15 - I've been hearing your heartbeat inside of me, I keep your photo right beside my bed...


"So Emotional" - Whitney Houston
from the album Whitney (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day comes from the late great Whitney Houston, whose sophomore album Whitney had already rewarded her with a pair of #1 pop hits with "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "Didn't We Almost Have It All". The third single from the set, "So Emotional", was the energetic highpoint of the album (corresponding to her debut's third single, "How Will I Know"). Written by the team of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who topped the charts with Heart's "Alone", Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors", and Madonna's "Like A Virgin", the song was a bright, shiny slice of dance-pop that captured her powerful range at it's best...


"So Emotional" became Whitney's third #1 pop hit from Whitney, and sixth consecutive chart-topper overall, in January of 1988. The single also reached #5 on Billboard's R&B (or "Black Singles") chart, and #8 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy-listening") radio list. The extended version went to the top of the Dance Club Play chart for two weeks. Internationally, the record made the top-10 in Ireland (#3), Britain (#5), and Canada (#9), and top-20 in Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 9/28/15 - Pink Floyd's "Learning To Fly"...


"Learning To Fly" - Pink Floyd
from the album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #70

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the progressive art rock band Pink Floyd, who had started out as a psychedlic act fronted by the eccentric lead singer/guitarist Syd Barrett in the mid-60's in London. With band originators Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason, they released a pair of successful singles, with "Arnold Layne" scoring them their first top-40 hit in the UK at #20, then "See Emily Play" doing even better at #6.  With that behind them, earning a deal for a full-length record, the group recorded their debut album Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn, which came out in 1967. Though it made the top-10 on the albums chart in Britain, the "hits" dried up, as Barrett's mental state deteriorated rapidly to the point of him not being able to either play or promote the band he's leading. That turmoil caused Barrett to be joined and eventually replaced by David Gilmour, who took over as the lead singer and guitarist, while Waters assumed the majority of the songwriting. By the time their second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets, was released, it was a mish-mash of Barrett-assisted tracks and ones solely with Gilmour. However, with that effort, as well as their next four sets More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother and Meddle, their music became much more experimental and unedited, and while Atom Heart topped the albums chart in the UK, they weren't appearing on radio at all. In 1972, as they were recording their next studio album, the band contributed the soundtrack to the French movie La Vallee', called Obscured By Clouds. A song from the record, "Free Four", hit the top-40 in the Netherlands and got rock radio airplay in America. What they were working on at that time would become Pink Floyd's masterpiece, Dark Side Of The Moon, which came out in 1973. Produced by band with engineer and future art-rock god Alan Parsons, the album was a tight distillation of everything the band was evolving into at that point, and the anti-greed anthem "Money" became an unexpected hit reaching #13 on the American pop chart, while the album itself spent years on Billboard's Top Albums chart.

After this huge success, instead of going forward with a more mainstream sound, the band actually retreated more to their experimental ways, with the more progressive albums Wish You Were Here (inspired by Barrett) and Animals selling big but not resonating with songs on the radio. That changed in 1979, as they released their grand concept album The Wall. Conceived by Waters as a coming-of-age story peppered with war fatigue and hysteria a la  Barrett, the titular "Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)", a disco-fied anthem against authority that somehow beat the 'disco backlash' of the year, spent a month atop the pop chart in the U.S. as well as France, Germany, and their native Britain. The record eventually spawned a movie starring the Boomtown Rats' (and future Live Aid king) Bob Geldof. Amidst this massive success, the band was completely fractured at this point, with Wright only in as a hired hand for touring, and Waters and Gilmour not even speaking to each other as the following album, The Final Cut, shut Gilmour out completely songwriting-wise. While the track "Not Now John" became the Floyd's first hit on the new Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard, it got so bad that after both Waters and Gilmour released solo album, Waters tried to dissolve the band altogether, leading Waters to take court action and in so take over as the de facto leader of Pink Floyd.

In 1987, bringing back Wright with Mason, Gilmour headed up the recording of their first post-Waters album, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. Released to a fanbase clamoring for any new material under the name (whether Waters or Gilmour were attached to it), the set was among the biggest rock releases of the year. The first single, "Learning To Fly", was an uplifting, concise, yet not run-of-the-mill song that aspired to be the antithesis of the gloom that had been plaguing the Floyd for years...


While "Learning To Fly" topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks radio chart in Billboard for three weeks in the summer of 1987, the single stalled all the way down at #70 on the mag's pop chart. The song went to #10 in New Zealand, and #34 in neighboring Australia.

While another track from the album, "On The Turning Away", also topped the rock chart, pop radio ignored the rest of the set. It took another seven years for another Pink Floyd studio album, and again with one track, "Take It Back", peaking down at #73 on the Hot 100, the radio success was limited to rock stations. Another cut, "Keep Talking", went to #1 on the rock chart as well. Waters did reunite with the other three for the Live 8 charity concert, but that would end up being a one-off. Wright passed away in 2008, and Gilmour and Mason used Wright's recordings for what may be the final Floyd album, The Endless River in 2014. Mostly an instrumental work, the song "Louder Than Words" popped on to the Triple-A rock radio list at #29.

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Songoftheday 9/28/15 - So wild standing there with her hands in her hair, I can't help remember just where she touched me...


"Valerie" - Steve Winwood
from the album Chronicles (1987) (originally from Talking Back To The Night, 1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #70 (two weeks, 1982) and #9 (one week, 1987)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD comes from soul/rock singer/musician Steve Winwood, who suddenly found himself a pop superstar after his 1986 "comeback" album Back In The Highlife, which scored him four top-20 pop hits in America with "The Finer Things", "Freedom Overspill", the title track, and the #1 "Higher Love". With this heightened exposure, but without any new material as yet since he just signed with Virgin Records, Winwood released a greatest hits set, Chronicles. With ten songs from his previous three albums, four from his relatively overlooked record Talking Back To The Night were remixed and "punched up" sonically for this compilation (while the actual biggest hit from the set, "Still In The Game", was left off). The second single, "Valerie", served as the lead track to promote Chronicles. Originally climbing to #70 in 1982, and with it now sounding like a track from Back In The High Life, radio took to it like a duck in water...

Here's the 1982 version...


...and the remix from 1987...


The new version of "Valerie" remixed by Tom Lord-Alge reached the top-10 on the American pop chart in December of 1987. The record also spent three weeks at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, while matching the peak of #13 that it did back in 1982 on their Mainstream Rock list. Internationally, the song climbed to #17 in Canada (where it actually was the only place it made the top-40 back in 1982 at #34), and #19 in the UK (in 1982 it stalled at #51).

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Songoftheday 9/27/15 - Oh things are gettin' real funky down at the old corral, and it's not the skunks that are stinkin' it's the stinkin' lies you tell...


"Skeletons" - Stevie Wonder
from the album Characters (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7


Today's Song of the Day comes from Motown legend Stevie Wonder, who by the mid eighties was still going strong on the pop charts, scoring a #1 hit with his 1985 single "Part Time Lover", as well as being a featured artist on the biggest single of 1986, Dionne Warwick's "That's What Friends Are For". The following year, Wonder released his twenty-first studio album Characters. Decidedly more experimental in sound and lyrical content than his middle-of-the-road (MOR) pop/soul mid-80s work, the album brought the unfiltered funk back, as proven by the first single, "Skeletons". With a vibe reminding me of his 70s classic "You Haven't Done Nothin'", the song was more personal in nature, exposing the hypocrisy in the "good life" in the Reagan era that hid a closetful of sins. The video, starring Oscar-winning actress Karen Black (Great Gatsby), did set me off a little for portraying one of the "hidden demons" as a man who crossdresses, but hey, it's friggin' 1987. Meanwhile, the extended version was much more political, hitting up Oliver North and Reagan himself in their lies...


While "Skeletons" topped the R&B chart in Billboard magazine for a couple of weeks, it stopped just making the top-20 on the pop chart in America in December of 1987. The extended version climbed to #20 on their Dance Club Play list as well (the entire Characters album peaked at #3 on that same chart). The single also made the top-40 in New Zealand and Belgium, while stopping down at #59 in Britain and just missing the top-40 at #43 in Canada. I think sadly that the veer away from the too-safe material he's been doing and politically-charged lyrics turned off some radio, which is sad because this is one of his best of the decade.

The song would be Wonder's most recent to make the top-40 pop chart in the U.S. His next single from the album, the ballad "You Will Know", also topped the R&B list and reached #16 on the adult contemporary (or 'easy listening') chart. The third, his collaboration with then-red-hot Michael Jackson, "Get It", surprisingly stalled down at #80 in America, though it made the top-40 in the UK at #37. In 1988, Wonder appeared on Julio Iglesias' single "My Love", which landed him at #5 on the British chart (the song also stopped at #80 in the US). The fourth single from Characters, "My Eyes Don't Cry", gave Wonder his latest club hit that same year at #12. He waited another four years for his next project, the soundtrack to the Spike Lee movie Jungle Fever, which rewarded him with three top-10 R&B hits in 1991 with "Gotta Have You" scaling to #3 and "These Three Words" so far his most recent top-10 soul single at #7. In 1997, Wonder returned to the British top-10 as a featured guest on Babyface's "How Come, How Long" (UK #10). After a ten-year break between studio albums, Stevie came back in 2005 with A Time For Love, which was a top-5 album in America and popped him back on to the charts with "So What The Fuss" featuring En Vogue and Prince, which went to #96 pop, #34 R&B, and #40 adult contemporary (and #19 in the UK). The follow-up, "From The Bottom Of My Heart", came in at #25 on the adult contemporary list, as "Shelter In The Rain" was so far his last R&B hit in 2006 at #93.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Songoftheday 9/26/15 - I should have known better than to let you go alone, it's times like these I can't make it on my own...


"Is This Love" - Whitesnake
from the album Whitesnake (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak:# 2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British rock band Whitesnake, fronted by former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale. After going through what I call a "Heart", with only Coverdale and bassist Neil Murray from their original lineup in 1978, a re-recorded version of their early-80s track "Here I Go Again" landed them at the top of the American pop chart. Their follow-up single, written by David with band guitarist John Sykes, was originally meant for Tina Turner. "Is This Love", produced by Keith Olsen and Mike Stone, was a polished mainstream rock love song that pop radio again embraced...


"Is This Love" climbed all the way to the runner up spot on Billboard's pop Hot 100 chart in December of 1987. The single also made it to #13 on their Mainstream Rock radio list, and even crossed over to the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart at #38. Internationally it peaked at #9 in their native Britain, #11 in Canada, and #12 in Australia. A re-release in 1994 in the UK brought the song back to the top-40 at #25.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for September 25, 2015...






Friday is here, and it's time yet again to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. The Weeknd reigns for a fifth week, while Charlie Puth (pictured above) holds in the top-10. Former big hits from George Ezra, Jill Scott, and Jason Aldean fall off my list, while songs from Taylor Swift, Alesso, and Disclosure/Sam Smith make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Congratulations, James!

This Week                          Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (1)
2. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (4)
3. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (3)
4. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (2)
5. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (7)
6. Renegades - X Ambassadors (6)
7. Dreams - Beck (5)
8. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (8)
9. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (9)
10. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (10)
11. Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato (16)
12. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (12)
13. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (11)
14. First - Cold War Kids (22)
15. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (18)
16. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift (76)
17. Like I'm Gonna Love You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (21)
18. Cecilia and the Satellites - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (14)
19. Holding On - Disclosure f/Gregory Porter (19)
20. Black Magic - Little Mix (20)
21. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (26)
22. Beautiful Now - Zedd f/Jon Bellion (24)
23. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (13)
24. Could Have Been Me - The Struts (28)
25. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (15)
26. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (31)
27. Shots - Imagine Dragons (17)
28. Shame - Tyrese (23)
29. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (29)
30. Watch Me - Silento (36)
31. Hell Of A Night - Dustin Lynch (27)
32. Emergency - Icona Pop (42)
33. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne (43)
34. Save It For A Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (40)
35. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (25)
36. Honey, I'm Good - Andy Grammer (32)
37. Worth It - Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (37)
38. Fly - Maddie & Tae (44)
39. House Party - Sam Hunt (39)
40. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (48)
41. Someone New - Hozier (51)
42. Something Better - Audien f/Lady Antebellum (54)
43. There Must Be Love - David Morales f/Janice Robinson (58)
44. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (38)
45. Better And Better - Jade Starling f/DJ Laszlo (45)
46. Earned It - The Weeknd (46)
47. What A Day - Fantine f/Wyclef Jean (57)
48. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (33)
49. Sun Is Shining - Axwell & Ingrosso (53)
50. Fire Under My Feet - Leona Lewis (34)
51. I Am - AWOLnation (65)
52. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (52)
53. How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris f/Disciples (63)
54. Sweet Escape - Alesso f/Sirena (74)
55. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (47)
56. Locked Away - R. City f/Adam Levine (64)
57. Nothin' Like You - Dan + Shay (67)
58. Cut The Cord - Shinedown (62)
59. Hold Each Other - A Great Big World f/FUTURISTIC (59)
60. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson (64)
61. Summerthing! - Afrojack f/Mike Taylor (71)
62. Break Up With Him - Old Dominion (66)
63. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (49)
64. Gonna Wanna Tonight - Chase Rice (68)
65. Strip It Down - Luke Bryan (79)
66. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (56)
67. The Vengeful One - Disturbed (69)
68. Footsteps - Pop Evil (72)
69. The Hills - The Weeknd (73)
70. Generate - Eric Prydz (50)
71. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (61)
72. Outta My Mind - ARCS (82)
73. Gonna - Blake Shelton (85)
74. Coming Home - Leon Bridges (78)
75. Sugar - Robin Schulz f/Francesco Yates (75)
76. Omen - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (96)
77. Anything Goes - Florida Georgia Line (81)
78. Good For You - Selena Gomez f/A$AP Rocky (80)
79. Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson (DEBUT)
80. Smoke Break - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)
81. Let Me See Ya Girl - Cole Swindell (86)
82. Thunder - Leona Lewis (92)
83. Song For Someone - U2 (88)
84. Morning Sun - Robin Thicke (DEBUT)
85. More Than A Feeling - Breanna Rubio (89)
86. Beautiful Life - Nick Fradiani (91)
87. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (83)
88. Real Life - Jake Owen (DEBUT)
89. Red Lips - Aggro Santos f/Andreea Banica (99)
90. Electric Love - BORNS (90)
91. Sparks - Hilary Duff (DEBUT)
92. Should've Been Us - Tori Kelly (DEBUT)
93. 2 Heads - Coleman Hell (93)
94. Glitterball - Sigma f/Ella Henderson (94)
95. El Perdon (Forgiveness) - Nicky Jam f/Enrique Iglesias (95)
96. Classic Man - Jidenna f/Roman GianArthur (DEBUT)
97. All The Pretty Girls - Kaleo (DEBUT)
98. Planes - Jeremih f/J. Cole (98)
99. Stolen Car - Mylene Farmer f/Sting (DEBUT)
100. Lieblingsmench - Namika (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 the artists' official website for more info on them. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 9/25/15 - You wanna get close to me the feeling so clear, but I need some time to see vision through my tear...


"Love Will Find A Way" - Yes
from the album Big Generator (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #30 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's SOTD comes from the British progressive rock band Yes, who made a big comeback at the end of 1983 with their reunion album 90125, which rewarded them with their first #1 pop hit in America, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", along with a worth top-40 follow-up in "Leave It". It took another four years to come back together for another album with the same lineup of Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Tony Kaye, and Alan White. Big Generator, the twelfth studio album from the act, continued their transformation from unedited storytellers to concise bricks of harmony, and the first single, "Love Will Find A Way", found its base in the rhythm guitar hook. It was a song written to submit to Stevie Nicks, but kept for their own, with Jon and Trevor trading verses...


"Love Will Find A Way" reached the American pop top-40 in November of 1987. The single also topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart for three weeks. Internationally, it only barely made the British chart at #73 (though the album made it to #17).

Up tomorrow: another British veteran band is questioning romance.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Songoftheday 9/24/15 - In the lamp light check the scene, in the day my life is a dream...


"Sugar Free" - Wa Wa Nee
from the album Wa Wa Nee (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's SOTD comes from the band Wa Wa Nee, who came together in the mid-80s in Australia. With natives lead singer Paul Gray, his brother Mark on bass and guitarist Steve Williams along with American drummer Chris Sweeney, the funky rockers released their self-titled debut album in 1986 Down Under, where they scored three consecutive top-10 hits with "Stimulation" (#2), "I Could Make You Love Me" (#5), and the song that would become their first hit in America. Written by Paul, it continued the list of danceable rock songs coming out of that country...



"Sugar Free" reached the American pop Top-40 in November of 1987. In Australia, the song had made it to #10. In the States, the band released "Stimulation" as a follow-up, and it peaked down at #86. They put out their second album, Blush in 1989, which didn't get notice in the U.S., but did score a pair of top-40 hits in Australia with "Can't Control Myself" (#31) and "So Good" (#36) (it's worth seeking out). Gray since has appeared resurrecting his Wa Wa Nee work for shows supporting imported acts.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Songoftheday 9/23/15 - You came into my life, the look in your eyes took me by surprise it's you...


"Catch Me (I'm Falling)" - Pretty Poison
from the albums Hiding Out (Original Soundtrack) (1987) and Catch Me I'm Falling (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's SOTD comes from the band Pretty Poison, who came together in the early 80s in Philadelphia, where they gathered a local following in the clubs and radio of the tri-state area. With lead singer Jade Starling, their first single to get attention, "Nighttime", was released on an indie label, and got enough national attention to climb to #14 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart and #82 on their R&B list in 1984. Three years later, they contributed a song to the soundtrack to the Jon Cryer movie Hiding Out, which had Jon at his best playing a stockbroker trying to escape the mob by posing as a high school student. "Catch Me (I'm Falling)", written by Starling and bandmate Whey Cooler, had a video featuring scenes from the movie. It would also eventually become the title track to their debut album...


"Catch Me (I'm Falling)" shimmied up to the American pop Top-10 in December of 1987. The single also crossed over to #13 on Billboard's R&B singles chart, while the extended remix topped the dance chart for a week in July of 1987. The single didn't even make the top-75 in Britain, however.

(Note: the Hiding Out soundtrack is pretty awesome. Four other hits are on it including two future "song of the days".)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Songoftheday 9/22/15 - Well I guess it would be nice if I could touch your body, I know not everybody has got a body like you...


"Faith" - George Michael
from the album Faith (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's Song of the Day is by George Michael, who previewed his upcoming first solo album after dissolving Wham! with the sensual track from Beverly Hills Cop II, "I Want Your Sex". The second track (and first 'single', if you will) from that album, "Faith", was the polar opposite of the former #2 hit, with a basic retro guitar strum over a sunny bunch of lyrics that could either be construed as a romantic ploy or a perspective of his own career, and the church organ intro couldn't have been a more fitting wake-up call to his fans...


"Faith" became the biggest hit of 1987, spending four weeks at #1 (the most of the year tied with Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer") in December of the year. The single also climbed to #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, and the extended version went to #17 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the song topped the singles charts in Canada, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, and peaked at #2 in his native Britain as well as Ireland.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 9/21/15 - Anita Baker's "No One In The World"...


"No One In The World" - Anita Baker
from the album Rapture (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #44

This week's "robbed hit" comes from jazz-soul singer Anita Baker, whose breakthrough album Rapture had rewarded her with a top-10 pop hit with "Sweet Love" and a top-40 follow-up in "Caught Up In The Rapture". The third single, the breezy "Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)", missed that level by a couple of notches. For the fourth release from the album she went with the set's "showstopper", "No One In The World", which was recorded by Dionne Warwick a year prior for her Finders Of Lost Loves album (though the song never made the charts). Written by Ken Hirsch and Marti Sharron and produced by the latter with Gary Skardina, the song hit all the "torch ballad" notes ending in an emotional crescendo that still puts me in tears...


While "No One In The World" reached the top-10 on both Billboard R&B (#5) and Adult Contemporary (#9) charts, like "Same Ole Love", it also stopped short of the pop top-40 at the same mark (#44) in October of 1987.

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Songoftheday 9/21/15 - Eyes so deep you send me melting, and then you smiled as if to say oh yeah...


"Don't You Want Me" - Jody Watley
from the album Jody Watley (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day comes from Jody Watley, whose debut solo album after she left Shalamar had scored her a huge hit with "Looking For A New Love". However the follow-up single, the outstanding "Still A Thrill", shockingly stiffed in the States, not even making the pop Top-40. Luckily the album (one of the very best of the decade) was chock full of worthy choices including the third single, "Don't You Want Me". Another rhythmic uptempo dance-pop number (with the fastest tempo of her three singles at the time), the song was written by Jody with David Bryant and Franne Golde, and produced by Chic/Power Station bassist Bernard Edwards (which is why it is vaguely reminiscent of the Station's "Some Like It Hot" rhythmically)...


"Don't You Want Me" returned Jody to the top-10 on the American pop chart in December of 1987. The single also climbed to #3 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remix went all the way to #1 on their Dance Club Play list for two weeks. Internationally, the song wasn't as big, reaching #24 in Canada and stalling at #55 in Britain.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Songoftheday 9/20/15 - No sittin' down on your butt the world don't owe you, no sittin' down in a rut I wanna show you...


"Let's Work" - Mick Jagger
from the album Primitive Cool (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's Song of the Day comes from Mick Jagger, who had already taken a break from the Rolling Stones once before in 1985 for his first solo album She's The Boss, which spun off two top-40 pop hits in America with "Just Another Night" and "Lucky In Love". He also hit the top-10 with his charity collaborative cover of "Dancing In The Street" with David Bowie for Live Aid. In 1987, after his Dirty Work album with the Stones, Jagger recorded his second solo effort Primitive Cool. Although the sonic diversity was lauded by critics, the lead single was by far one of the very worst of the decade (if not the rock era).

"Let's Work", written and producer by Mick with the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, was a stunningly myopic Tory-like anthem touting employment in the Thatcher age of horrible workforce situations. Apeing in the camera with people dressed as workers of various stripes, with lyrics sounding like a political commercial, this man who went to France as a tax exile was even laughable here in the Reagan years in America...


"Let's Work" popped into the American pop top-40 in October of 1987. The song did do well on rock radio, climbing to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, while the extended version went to #32 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the song reached the top-40 in Germany, Ireland, and Jagger's native Britain (#31).

The follow-up single from the album, the slick pop/rock of "Throwaway", also reached #7 on the rock chart, and #67 on the Hot 100. Mick released his third and I think best solo album Wandering Spirit in 1993. Besides a great remake of Bill Withers' "Use Me" with Lenny Kravitz, the track "Don't Tear Me Up" topped the Mainstream Rock radio chart, while single "Sweet Thing" was his most recent lead-artist pop chart entry at #84. In 2008, remixes of his Greatest Hits single "Charmed Life" peaked at #18 on Billboard's club chart. Most recently, he made it back into the American top-40 as a featured guest on will.i.am's "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" which landed at #36 in 2011.

Up tomorrow: A pop-dance diva is questioning your desire.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Songoftheday 9/19/15 - I'm under a spell again boy I'm wondering why, this is not a game of love but an emotional tie...


"Shake Your Love" - Debbie Gibson
from the album Out Of The Blue (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's SOTD is by Debbie Gibson, who made her big breakthrough at the tender age of 16 with her single "Only In My Dreams". Her second single was the bubbly "Shake Your Love", again written by Debbie and produced by Fred Zarr. It was the most "teenybopper" of her singles in the chorus, but the verses were a bit more nuanced to have the adults chime in. And that bridge....she definitely got her cues from early Madonna...


"Shake Your Love" became Debbie's second top-5 pop hit in December of 1987. The single also was her first to make the top-10 on Billboard's Dance Club Play list at #6. Internationally, the single made it to the top-10 in Britain (#7), Ireland (#3), and Canada (#10).

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Friday, September 18, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for September 18, 2015...


Friday is here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. "Can't Feel My Face" from the Weeknd is on top for a fourth week, while Elle King (pictured above) climbs a couple notches in the top-10. Songs from Old Dominion, David Morales/Janice Robinson, and Calvin Harris make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Rob Thomas, Giorgio Moroder/Sia, Sam Smith, and Sam Hunt drop out. Watch the waves!

This Week                Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (1)
2. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (2)
3. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (4)
4. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (5)
5. Dreams - Beck (3)
6. Renegades - X Ambassadors (6)
7. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (9)
8. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (12)
9. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (8)
10. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (14)
11. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (7)
12. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (10)
13. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (13)
14. Cecelia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (11)
15. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (15)
16. Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato (24)
17. Shots - Imagine Dragons (17)
18. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (18)
19. Holding On - Disclosure f/Gregory Porter (21)
20. Black Magic - Little Mix (20)
21. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (31)
22. First - Cold War Kids (32)
23. Shame - Tyrese (19)
24. Beautiful Now - Zedd f/Jon Bellion (28)
25. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (25)
26. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (30)
27. Hell of a Night - Dustin Lynch (27)
28. Could Have Been Me - The Struts (38)
29. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (26)
30. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (16)
31. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (41)
32. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (22)
33. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (29)
34. Fire Under My Feet - Leona Lewis (34)
35. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (23)
36. Watch Me - Silento (44)
37. Worth It - Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (37)
38. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (36)
39. House Party - Sam Hunt (49)
40. Save It For A Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (45)
41. Fool's Gold - Jill Scott (35)
42. Emergency - Icona Pop (50)
43. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne (57)
44. Fly - Maddie & Tae (52)
45. Better and Better - Jade Starling f/DJ Laszlo (46)
46. Earned It - The Weeknd (42)
47. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (47)
48. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (54)
49. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (39)
50. Generate - Eric Prydz (51)
51. Someone New - Hozier (61)
52. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (56)
53. Sun Is Shining - Axwell & Ingrosso (67)
54. Something Better - Audien f/Lady Antebellum (68)
55. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (55)
56. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (43)
57. What A Day - Fantine f/Wyclef Jean (75)
58. There Must Be Love - David Morales f/Janice Robinson (82)
59. Hold Each Other - A Great Big World f/FUTURISTIC (77)
60. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson (64)
61. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (59)
62. Cut The Cord - Shinedown (62)
63. How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris f/Disciples (83)
64. Locked Away - R. City f/Adam Levine (79)

65. I Am - AWOLnation (73)
66. Break Up With Him - Old Dominion (91)
67. Nothin' Like You - Dan + Shay (87)
68. Gonna Wanna Tonight - Chase Rice (74)
69. The Vengeful One - Disturbed (71)
70. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (40)
71. Summerthing! - Afrojack f/Mike Taylor (81)
72. Footsteps - Pop Evil (72)
73. The Hills - The Weeknd (93)
74. Sweet Escape - Alesso f/Sirena (89)
75. Sugar - Robin Schulz f/Francesco Yates (80)
76. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift (DEBUT)
77. Cali - Ralphi Rosario f/Ashley J (69)
78. Coming Home - Leon Bridges (78)
79. Strip It Down - Luke Bryan (94)
80. Good For You - Selena Gomez f/A$AP Rocky (84)
81. Anything Goes - Florida Georgia Line (86)
82. Outta My Mind - ARCS (88)
83. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (63)
84. Go Big Or Go Home - American Authors (60)
85. Gonna - Blake Shelton (DEBUT)
86. Let Me See Ya Girl - Cole Swindell (90)
87. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (70)
88. Song For Someone - U2 (96)
89. More Than A Feeling - Breanna Rubio (DEBUT)
90. Electric Love - BORNS (92)
91. Beautiful Life - Nick Fradiani (95)
92. Thunder - Leona Lewis (DEBUT)
93. 2 Heads - Coleman Hell (DEBUT)
94. Glitterball - Sigma f/Ella Henderson (100)
95. El Perdon - Nicky Jam f/Enrique Iglesias (99)
96. Omen - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (DEBUT)
97. Stole The Show - Kygo f/Parson James (97)
98. Planes - Jeremih f/J. Cole (DEBUT)
99. Red Lips - Aggro Santos f/Andreea Banica (DEBUT)
100. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (RE-ENTRY)

There are eight 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 9/18/15 - You say, you'll be my knight in shining armor, we'll run away and live a life of glamor...


"Betcha Say That" - Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
from the album Let It Loose (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2

Today's SOTD comes from the Cuban-American band Miami Sound Machine, led by singer Gloria Estefan, who claimed top billing for the first time on their 1987 top-5 hit "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You". The second single from the album was the bouncy "Betcha Say That", which was as much of a rewrite of their "Bad Boy" as "Rhythm..." was of "Conga"...


"Betcha Say That" snuck into the American pop Top-40 in October of 1987. The single made it higher on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #19 and #22 on Billboard's Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the song only popped on the chart in Canada at #37.

Up tomorrow: teen singer's heart is oscillating.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Songoftheday 9/17/15 - They're in the heat in the heart of the city, big wind out of mexico...


"Boys Night Out" - Timothy B. Schmit
from the album Timothy B (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's SOTD comes from singer and bassist Timothy B. Schmit, who got his big break by joining the folk-rock band Poco, where he stayed until 1977, when he joined the mega-huge band Eagles, ironically replacing the same person he replaced in Poco, Randy Meisner. Although he was only on board for two studio albums, he sang lead on one of their most loved ballads, the #8 pop hit "I Can't Tell You Why". After the Eagles split, besides his prolific background vocal work (his high range is in big, big demand), Schmit released his debut solo album in 1984. It was two years since he released a cover of the Tymes' hit "So Much In Love" which climbed to #27 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and #59 on the Hot 100. In 1987, Tim released his sophomore effort, Timothy B, with an post-new-wave original song as the lead-off single. "Boys Night Out", written by Schmit with Will Jennings (Steve Winwood's go-to guy) and Bruce Gaitsch, seemed a little heavy-handed in compensating for his high-pitched vocals in the "manly" department, and the video tried the same...


"Boys Night Out" became Tim's sole top-40 solo pop hit in November of 1987, while making it to #17 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. It also was a minor hit in Canada at #69. His follow-up single, "Don't Give Up", did well at Adult Contemporary at #30, but missed the pop list altogether. He released three more albums with no chart action before reuniting with the Eagles in 2007, where he continues to record and tour with.

Up tomorrow: Cuban-American popstars wager a conversation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Songoftheday 9/16/15 - I see me with you and all the things you do, keep turning round and round in my mind...


"We'll Be Together" - Sting
from the album ...Nothing Like The Sun (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD comes from former Police "chief" Sting, whose first solo album had scored him four top-40 hits with "Russians", "Love Is The Seventh Wave", "Fortress Around Your Heart", and the #3 "If You Love Someone Set Them Free". In 1987, he released is second effort, ...Nothing Like The Sun, with the unusually stark white-boy funk of "We'll Be Together" as the first single. It was his most upbeat song released at the time, with a black-and-white classy video to boot that was given A-list status by MTV...


"We'll Be Together" became Sting's third solo top-10 American pop hit in December of 1987. The song also crossed over to #20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, and even made it to #39 on their R&B list. The extended version climbed to #17 on the Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the single peaked at #14 in Ireland and #33 in the Netherlands, but surprisingly just missed the Top-40 in Sting's native Britain at #41, and stopped at #46 in France. However the ...Nothing Like The Sun album would go on to grab a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Songoftheday 9/15/15 - And there I stood just like a soldier, I was tough until I saw her...


"Edge Of A Broken Heart" - Bon Jovi
from the album Disorderlies (Original Soundtrack) (1987)
Billboard Hot Airplay peak: #38
Weeks on the airplay chart: 1

Today's SOTD comes from Bon Jovi, whose third album Slippery When Wet had spun off a pair of #1 hits with "You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer" as well as a top-10 follow-up with "Wanted Dead Or Alive". Another cut from the set, "Never Say Goodbye", wasn't released as a single in the U.S. yet got enough radio airplay to make the top-40 on Billboard's chart in 1987. As it turns, the only other song that year to do so was also from Bon Jovi, who contributed a song to the soundtrack to the Fat Boys movie Disorderlies. "Edge Of A Broken Heart", which also appeared on the European CD single for "Livin'", didn't make the final cut from their album, but was popular enough to make radio play it...


"Edge of A Broken Heart" popped into the airplay top-40 in October of 1987.

Up tomorrow: a Policeman predicts a connection.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 9/14/15 - Will To Power's "Dreamin'"...


"Dreamin'" - Will To Power
from the album Will To Power (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #50

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the dance music act Will To Power, put together by DJ and producer Bob Rosenberg, the son of pop singer Gloria Mann ("Earth Angel", 1955). Recruiting single Suzi Carr, he initially independently released the single "Dreamin'", which was picked up nationally after becoming a regional success. The song then grew a following on dance music/freestyle stations...


While "Dreamin' reached #15 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart and topped out at #40 on their R&B singles list, the single stopped at #50 on the American pop chart in August of 1987. It did spend four months on the chart, however, and led Epic to commission a proper album, which would eventually score the act a #1 hit with a medley of "Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird".

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Songoftheday 9/14/15 - I feel like I'm pounding on a big door no one can hear me knocking...


"Hourglass"- Squeeze
from the album Babylon and On (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #15 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British band Squeeze, who came together in the mid-70s under the songwriting duo of Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook, adding keyboardist Jools Holland to the five man lineup as well. Their debut album was mostly produced by Velvet Underground member JJ Cale, whose band's album provided this new one's name, but their first single "Take Me I'm Yours" was done all on their own, and the proto-new wave song became their first to make the top-40 in England at #19 in 1978. They suffered no "sophomore slump", as their second effort, Cool For Cats spun off a pair of #2 hits with the title track and "Up The Junction". After a less-successful third release, Holland left, to be replaced by singer/keyboardist Paul Carrack. Carrack would sing co-lead on what would probably be one of the most "robbed" hits of the 80s, "Tempted", which missed the top-40 in America (#49) and the UK (#41) but the blue-eyed soul number remains their most-loved song (the record climbed to #8 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart). Paul wouldn't stay for another album, and after an LP and a hits set, the band went on hiatus in the mid-80s, though Difford and Tillbrook put out a set in their own name.

After a reunion gig in 1985, the 'classic lineup' of Difford/Tillbrook/Holland along with bassist John Bentley, drummer Gilson Lavis, and eventually second keyboardist Andy Metcalfe started to record again, releasing Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti and then their biggest American success, Babylon and On. The first single from the set, "Hourglass", landed the band their first Top-40 pop hit in the States. It had their trademark witty wordplay...


"Hourglass" reached the top-20 on the Hot 100 in the U.S. in December of 1987. The song also crossed over to #22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, and #45 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list. Internationally, the single climbed to #16 in their native Britain, as well as making the top-30 in both Canada and Ireland.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Songoftheday 9/13/15 - Well now swing me swing me, swing me way down there darling...


"Come On, Let's Go" - Los Lobos
from the album La Bamba (Original Soundtrack) (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's SOTD comes from the Hispanic-American rock band Los Lobos, who went from being critical darlings to pop stars with their #1 pop hit cover of "La Bamba" from the Richie Valens biopic movie of the same name. Their second single from the soundtrack was another Valens track, "Come On, Let's Go". It was his first hit single in 1958, but stopped just short of the Top-40 at #42 (though spending over three months on the chart)...


In 1966, the Indiana pop/rock band the McCoys took the song to the top-40 for the first time with their cover , which peaked at #22, but it stripped all the Latin from the song for a post-Beatles teenybopper style...


Lobos' version, pretty faithful to the original, did the McCoys one notch better in 1987... (The film's star Lou Diamond Phillips mimed their performance in the movie)...


Los Lobos' version of "Come On, Let's Go" just missed the American pop top-20 by a notch in November of 1987. The record also crossed over to the Mainstream Rock chart at #33, while  making it to #35 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. Internationally, the single went to #18 in the UK, and top-10 in Ireland and Spain. It would be the band's last top-40 pop hit in America, though rock radio would still continue to play them through the rest of the decade. In 1992 they scored their most recent hit on that genre with "Reva's House" (#24), although they've have charting albums through 2010 so far.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Songoftheday 9/12/15 - Late at night I close my eyes and think of how things could have been, and when I look back I remember some words you had said to me...


"I Won't Forget You" - Poison
from the album Look What The Cat Dragged In (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's SOTD comes from the glam-metal band Poison, who nabbed themselves a top-10 pop hit in America with "Talk Dirty To Me". Their second single, however, "I Want Action", stopped short halfway up the Hot 100. For the third release from Look What The Cat Dragged In, they turned around and put out the "power-ballad" from the set, "I Won't Forget You". Written by the band and produced by Ric Browde, it's the run-of-the-mill song that sounds like what they would sing as they kick the groupies out of bed the morning after...


"I Won't Forget You" became Poison's second top-40 hit in November of 1987. The single also hit the top-40 in Canada and New Zealand.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for September 11, 2015...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. The Weeknd remains at #1 for a third week, while Fall Out Boy (pictured above) move into the top-5. A former big hit from Blake Shelton drops off my list, while songs from Icona Pop, Jade Starling, and the Struts make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Never Forget....

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (1)
2. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (2)
3. Dreams - Beck (3)
4. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (4)
5. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (7)
6. Renegades - X Ambassadors (6)
7. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (5)
8. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (8)
9. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (11)
10. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (10)
11. Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (9)
12. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (16)
13. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (13)
14. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (14)
15. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (17)
16. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (12)
17. Shots - Imagine Dragons (19)
18. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (18)
19. Shame - Tyrese (22)
20. Black Magic - Little Mix (24)
21. Holding On - Disclosure f/Gregory Porter (26)
22. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (15)
23. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (21)
24. Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato (28)
25. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (25)
26. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (20)
27. Hell Of A Night - Dustin Lynch (32)
28. Beautiful Now - Zedd f/Jon Bellion (33)
29. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (29)
30. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (34)
31. Like I'm Gonna Love You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (41)
32. First - Cold War Kids (42)
33. Trust You - Rob Thomas (23)
34. Fire Under My Feet - Leona Lewis (36)
35. Fool's Gold - Jill Scott (35)
36. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (31)
37. Worth It - Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (37)
38. Could Have Been With Me - The Struts (52)
39. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (27)
40. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (30)
41. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (51)
42. Earned It - The Weeknd (40)
43. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (43)
44. Watch Me - Silento (54)
45. Save It For A Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (53)
46. Better and Better - Jade Starling f/DJ Laszlo (61)
47. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (49)
48. Sara - Stereolove f/Sara Loera (48)
49. House Party - Sam Hunt (59)
50. Emergency - Icona Pop (75)
51. Generate - Eric Prydz (56)
52. Fly - Maddie & Tae (64)
53. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder f/Sia (39)
54. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (58)
55. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (57)
56. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (62)
57. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne (67)
58. Like I Can - Sam Smith (38)
59. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (47)
60. Go Big Or Go Home - American Authors (50)
61. Someone New - Hozier (63)
62. Cut The Cord - Shinedown (66)
63. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (55)
64. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson (68)
65. Shine - Years & Years (45)
66. Show Some Love - First Ladies of Disco (44)
67. Sun Is Shining - Axwell & Ingrosso (72)
68. Something Better - Audien f/Lady Antebellum (80)
69. Cali - Ralphi Rosario f/Ashley J (69)
70. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (60)
71. The Vengeful One - Disturbed (73)
72. Footsteps - Pop Evil (76)
73. I Am - AWOLnation (85)
74. Gonna Wanna Tonight - Chase Rice (84)
75. What A Day - Fantine f/Wyclef Jean (87)
76. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (46)
77. Hold Each Other - A Great Big World f/FUTURISTIC (81)
78. Coming Home - Leon Bridges (78)
79. Locked Away - R. City f/Adam Levine (93)
80. Sugar - Robin Schulz f/Francesco Yates (82)
81. Summerthing! - Afrojack f/Mike Taylor (86)
82. There Must Be Love - David Morales f/Janice Robinson (DEBUT)
83. How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris f/Disciples (83)
84. Good For You - Selena Gomez f/A$AP Rocky (88)
85. Kick The Dust Up - Luke Bryan (65)
86. Anything Goes - Florida Georgia Line (90)
87. Nothin' Like You - Dan + Shay (DEBUT)
88. Outta My Mind - ARCS (92)
89. Sweet Escape - Alesso f/Sirena (91)
90. Let Me See Ya Girl - Cole Swindell (94)
91. Break Up With Him - Old Dominion (DEBUT)
92. Electric Love - BORNS (96)
93. The Hills - The Weeknd (98)
94. Strip It Down - Luke Bryan (DEBUT)
95. Beautiful Life - Nick Fradiani (95)
96. Song For Someone - U2 (DEBUT)
97. Stole The Show - Kygo f/Parson James (97)
98. Intoxicated - Martin Solveig & GTA (DEBUT)
99. El Perdon - Nicky Jam f/Enrique Iglesias (99)
100. Glitterball - Sigma f/Ella Henderson (RE-ENTRY)

There are six 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 for tour info, music, and more. And here they are on video, after the break...

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