Sunday, December 25, 2016

Twostepcubchart's Best of 2016: Part Five and a Half - the "Bubbling Unders", #125 to #101...


Hey gang, we're gone halfway through my countdown of the 100 biggest songs on my weekly music chart for 2016. You can catch up on parts one through five by clicking here. As a bonus, here's the 25 songs that just missed out, including some real gems. (FYI 543 different singles reached my top 100 during the year.)
Happy Holidays!!!

#125 - "Waste A Moment" - Kings Of Leon
            from the album WALLS (2016)
            Highest rank (in 2016): #2 (three weeks so far)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 11 (still charting)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: did not chart, "bubbled under" at #102
            Songwriters: Caleb, Nathan, Jared, and Matthew Followhill (Kings Of Leon)


The current runner-up on my chart just missed the year-end. They had topped the year end back in 2009 with "Use Somebody".

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#124 - "Fresh Eyes" - Andy Grammer
            from the album TBA (2017)
            Highest rank (in 2016): #14 (one week) (still climbing)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 16 (still charting)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #59
            Songwriters: Andy Grammer, Ian Kirkpatrick, Ross Golan


Pop singer/songwriter released this benefit single for the Union Rescue shelter in Los Angeles, and the video features makeovers for some of its residents.

#123 - "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" - Billy Currington
            from the album Summer Forever (2015)
            Highest rank: #30 (three weeks)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 15 (still charting)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #44
            Songwriters: Billy Currington, Cary Barlowe, Shy Carter


Billy rebounded back to #1 on the country chart with this measurement of heartbreak.

#122 - "Somewhere On A Beach" - Dierks Bentley
            from the album Black (2016)
            Highest rank: #38 (two weeks)
            Weeks on the chart: 23
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35
            Songwriters: Michael Tyler, Jaron Boyer, Alexander Palmer, Dave Kuncio, Josh Mirenda


The lead single from Bentley's Black album drives down to the shore for a breezy getaway.

#121 - "I'm Coming Over" - Chris Young
            from the album I'm Comin' Over (2015)
            Highest rank (in 2016): #13 (one week) (peaked at #7 in 2015)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 12 (was on for 11 weeks in 2015)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #33
            Songwriters: Chris Young, Corey Crowder, Josh Hoge


One of the final top ten hits of last year, this country crooner's booty-call ballad sneaks in this time, while its follow-up "Think Of You" made the top 100.

#120 - "Noise" - Kenny Chesney
            from the album Cosmic Hallelujah (2016)
            Highest rank: #19 (two weeks)
            Weeks on the chart: 15
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #72
            Songwriters: Kenny Chesney, Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Jon Nite


Country radio may have been averse, but this thoughtful pop/country hybrid was one of Kenny's most progressive and enjoyable offerings in awhile.

#119 - "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" - Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend
           from the album Title (2015)
           Highest rank (in 2016): #15 (one week) (peaked at #4 in 2015)
           Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 10 (was on for 19 weeks in 2015)
           Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8
           Songwriters: Meghan Trainor, Justin Weaver, Caitlyn Smith


This duet came in at #28 on last year's countdown, and stayed on my chart long enough to almost make it this time out.

#118 - "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
            from the album Starboy (2016)
            Highest rank (in 2016): #3 (three weeks so far) (still charting)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 9 (still charting)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2
            Songwriters: Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk), Martin "Doc" McKinney, Henry Walter (Cirkut)


The Canadian alt-soul star shorn his locks and gone murderous in this opening salvo from his third album, with electronica wizards Daft Punk guiding like a car metronome.

#117 - "We Went" - Randy Houser
            from the album Fired Up (2016)
            Highest rank: #24 (three weeks)
            Weeks on the chart: 16
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #60
            Songwriters: Justin Wilson, Matt Rogers, John King


Country bear came back with another epic video, this time the cops and robbers theme got him back to #1 on the country chart.

#116 - "Wildest Dreams" - Taylor Swift
            from the album 1989 (2014)
            Highest rank (in 2016): #5 (three weeks) (spent four weeks at #1 in 2015)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 10 (was on for 14 weeks in 2015)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5
            Songwriters: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback


This single from Tay-Tay was up at #34 on my recap last year, and was still in the top-5 when 2016 took over.

#115 - "Kill The Lights" - Alex Newell with DJ Cassidy & Jess Glynne featuring Nile Rodgers
           from the album Vinyl (Original TV Soundtrack) (2016)
           Highest rank: #15 (four weeks)
           Weeks on the chart: 11
           Billboard Hot 100 peak: did not chart
           Songwriters: Cassidy Podell (DJ Cassidy), Gregory Cohen, Akil C King, John Lardieri, Jaramye Daniels, Kyle Bailey


The gender-fluid vocal wunderkind took us back to 1979 with this classic disco throwdown that sounds like its decades old yet still fresh and fun.

#114 - "True Original" - Dave Aude' featuring Andy Bell
           from the single "True Original" (2016)
           Highest rank: #14 (one week)
           Weeks on the chart: 12
           Billboard Hot 100 peak: did not chart
           Songwriter: Dave Aude'


The most popular remixer in the world teams up with the lead singer of synthpop giants Erasure, Andy Bell, for this #1 club hit.

#113 - "Dibs" - Kelsea Ballerini
            from the album The First Time (2015)
            Highest rank: #15 (two weeks)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 13 (was on for 6 weeks in 2015)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #58
            Songwriters: Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Kerr, Ryan Griffin, Jason Duke


The second of Ballerini's three consecutive #1 country hits preceded the one that did make my yearly countdown, "Peter Pan".

#112 - "Wasted Time" - Keith Urban
            from the album Ripcord (2016)
            Highest rank: 34 (three weeks)
            Weeks on the chart: 20
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #51
            Songwriters: Keith Urban, Greg Wells, James Abrahart


This shuffling song from his pop-heavy Ripcord album was my favorite.

#111 - "Head Over Boots" - Jon Pardi
           from the album California Sunrise (2016)
           Highest rank: #22 (two weeks)
           Weeks on the chart: 18
           Billboard Hot 100 peak: #51
           Songwriters: Jon Pardi, Luke Laird


On the other end of the genre spectrum, this traditional-sounding single was the #1 country radio hit for 2016 in Billboard magazine.

#110 - "Fire" - Barns Courtney
           from the album Burnt (Original Soundtrack) (2016)
           Highest rank: #20 (one week)
           Weeks on the chart: 14
           Billboard Hot 100 peak: did not chart
           Songwriters:  Barnaby George Courtney (Barns Courtney)


British blues-rock newcomer burned up rock radio with this scorcher from the move Burnt, but an album from him is still awaiting.

#109 - "Confident" - Demi Lovato
            from the album Confident (2015)
            Highest rank: #12 (two weeks)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 11 (was on for four weeks in 2015)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21
            Songwriters: Demi Lovato, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha


After sending "Cool For The Summer" to #80 on 2015's "biggest" list, the former Disney queen followed with this club banger.

#108 - "Irresistible" - Fall Out Boy featuring Demi Lovato
            from the album American Beauty/American Psycho (2015)
            Highest rank: #19 (three weeks)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 12 (was on for four weeks in 2015)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #48
            Songwriters: Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley, Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy)


After two of their hits from American Beauty/American Psycho made my list last year ("Centuries" at #45 and "Uma Thurman" at #21), the pop-punk vets are back with Demi on this brick of a pop chorus that almost made it.

#107 - "Gonna Know We Were Here" - Jason Aldean
            from the album Old Boots, New Dirt (2014)
            Highest rank: #13 (one week)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 10 (was on for 10 weeks in 2015)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #54
            Songwriters: Brett James, Brett Beavers
           

Aldean claimed the #76 ("Just Gettin' Started") and #77 ("Tonight Looks Good On You") singles of 2015. Now the fourth single from Jason's fourth solo album makes the grade.

#106 - "My Church" - Maren Morris
            from the album Hero (2016)
            Highest rank: #35 (three weeks)
            Weeks on the chart: 18
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #50
            Songwriters: Maren Morris, busbee


One of the brightest new stars in country music is up for Best New Artist at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

#105 - "Renegades" - X Ambassadors 
            from the album VHS (2015)
            Highest rank (in 2016): #24 (one week) (peaked at #2 in 2015)
            Weeks on the chart (in 2016): 14 (was on for 29 weeks in 2015)
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17
            Songwriters: Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh, Sam Harris, Adam Levin (X Ambassadors), Alexander Grant (Alex Da Kid)


2015's #6 song of the year on my countdown hung around long enough on my chart to just miss the top 100 in 2016.

#104 - "I Like The Sound Of That" - Rascal Flatts
            from the album Rewind (2014)
            Highest rank: 28 (one week)
            Weeks on the chart: 19
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #52
            Songwriters: Jesse Frasssure, Shay Mooney, Meghan Trainor


Pop ingenue Trainor co-wrote this breezy single from the crossover country trio.

#103 - "This One's For Me and You" - Johnny Gill featuring New Edition
            from the album Game Changer (2014)
            Highest rank: #20 (one week)
            Weeks on the chart: 17
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: did not chart
            Songwriters: Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Greg Pagani, Damon Sharpe, Lance Tolbert


Gill and his former bandmates reunite in this smooth as silk jam that finds the Edition (sans Bobby Brown) still at peak unf-ness.

#102 - "Heartbeat" - Carrie Underwood
            from the album Storyteller (2015)
            Highest rank: #12 (one week)
            Weeks on the chart: 13
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42
            Songwriters: Carrie Underwood, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley


While "Church Bells" made it into the top-100, this equally dramatic midtempo number just missed.

#101 - "Mind Reader" - Dustin Lynch
            from the album Where It's At (2014)
            Highest rank: #18 (two weeks)
            Weeks on the chart: 17
            Billboard Hot 100 peak: #57
            Songwriters: Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip


The father of another current country star (Rhett Akins, dad of Thomas Rhett) co-wrote this prophetic number.

That's is for the worthy also-rans. I'll be back tomorrow to kick off the top half of my chart, with dance bros, crossover country bros, and alternative rock bros.

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