Sunday, July 31, 2016

Songoftheday 7/31/16 - Baby I get so scared inside and I don't really understand, is it love that's on my mind or is it fantasy?


"Close My Eyes Forever" - Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Lita (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the heavy metal goddess Lita Ford, who had put her Runaways punk past behind her and delved into the nasty recesses of heavy metal, landing Sharon Osbourne as her manager and signing to a new label, with the result of her Lita album producing her first pop breakthrough hit "Kiss Me Deadly" in the summer of 1988. A second radio single, "Back To The Cave", had a pop-metal sheen, but while it went to #22 on the rock radio chart (higher than "Deadly"), it missed the pop list entirely. For the third release Lita put out the ringer power-ballad on the album, "Close My Eyes Forever". It was written and performed by Lita with Sharon's husband, Ozzy Osbourne, who had been the lead singer for the iconic goth metal act Black Sabbath from 1969 to 1978. While the band sold millions of records and was a critical success, the closest they got to pop radio success was with their second album Paranoid, with the title track reaching #61 (and #1 in Germany and top ten all over Europe) and "Iron Man" stopping at #52. Starting a solo career at the start of the eighties, his first single "Crazy Train" went top ten in much of Europe and #9 on Billboard's newly-minted Mainstream Rock radio chart. The lead track from his second album, "Flying High Again", soared to #2 on that list the following year. In 1986, Ozzy landed his first solo hit on the pop chart in America with the infectious "Shot In The Dark", which stopped at #68 (and his third top-ten rock hit at #10). But enough pop stations played the song to give the mainstream American public a more sanitized version of his brand, and with this duet, radio gave in totally to the two gruff voices as a good counterpoint to the flood of dance-pop dominating the airwaves in those days...


"Close My Eyes Forever" became the biggest pop hit for either artist, reaching the top ten on the Hot 100 in June of 1989. The single also made it to #25 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song peaked in the Top-20 in Sweden (#14) and New Zealand (#16), and stopped at #47 in Ozzy's homeland of the UK.

A fourth single from the Lita album, "Falling In And Out Of Love" (co-written with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx), went to #37 on the rock chart. In 1990, Lita teamed up with producer Mike Chapman again for her Stiletto album, and while the lead track "Hungry" became her biggest rock radio hit at #14, it only slipped into the pop Hot 100 at #98. A year later, she almost returned to the pop top 40 with "Shot Of Poison" from her Dangerous Curves album (#45), but as grunge and alt-rock took over from traditional heavy metal, she faded from the charts after that, though she continues to record and tour.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Brit Sweep: July 30, 2016...






Let's cross the Atlantic one more time to check out the new singles and albums hitting the charts in the UK this week, as finally there's a change at the top...

On the singles chart, there's some good news and some well, eh news. After a laborious fifteen weeks at #1, Drake's "One Dance" finally drops (and does it, to #5). Taking its place, though - is The Biebs. Yes Justin Bieber as well as Danish singer MO join alt-dance act Major Lazer for "Cold Water". The first single from their upcoming album Music Is The Weapon is Major Lazer's first #1 in the UK...


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Songoftheday 7/30/16 - Shed a tear 'cause I'm missin' you I'm still alright to smile, girl I think about you every day now was a time when I wasn't sure...


"Patience" - Guns N' Roses
from the album GN'R Lies (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the Los Angeles hard rock band Guns N' Roses, whose first album Appetite For Destruction had been a huge success both critically and commercially, sending three singles into the top ten on the American pop chart: "Paradise City", "Welcome To The Jungle", and the #1 "Sweet Child O' Mine". In the interim between albums and their touring, the band released GN'R Lies, a record that combined an EP from 1986, Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide with acoustic tracks recorded more recently. One of those songs was the rough but gentle ballad "Patience". Written by lead singer Axl Rose and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, the plea from a lover to hang on was totally different from all we had heard from them before...


"Patience" became the band's fourth top-10 pop hit in June of 1989. The single also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song reached the top ten in Ireland (#2), the Netherlands (#4), New Zealand (#4), and the United Kingdom (#10), went to #16 in Australia, and stopped at #38 in Germany (their first hit there).

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Friday, July 29, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for July 29, 2016...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Sia spends a second week at the top, while the reunited Blink-182 (pictured above) slip into the top-5. Songs from Rain Man/OLY, Nick Jonas/Tove Lo, and Rihanna make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Tim McGraw, twenty-one pilots, and the Record Company drop off my list. Stronger together!

This Week            Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul (1)
2. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (2)
3. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (3)
4. Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers (4)
5. Bored To Death - blink-182 (6)
6. Wherever I Go - OneRepublic (9)
7. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers f/Daya (5)
8. Ophelia - The Lumineers (8)
9. Cake By The Ocean - DNCE (7)
10. Ain't No Man - The Avett Brothers (12)
11. One Dance - Drake f/WizKid & Kyla (13)
12. Lost Boy - Ruth B. (10)
13. Ride - twenty-one pilots (11)
14. I Need Never Get Old - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (16)
15. Kill The Lights - Alex Newell, Jess Glynne, DJ Cassidy & Nile Rodgers (15)
16. H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia Line (20)
17. Faded - Alan Walker (17)
18. Spirits - The Strumbellas (14)
19. Noise - Kenny Chesney (19)
20. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (25)
21. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (23)
22. Fire - Barns Courtney (22)
23. Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay (29)
24. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (24)
25. T-Shirt - Thomas Rhett (18)
26. Record Year - Eric Church (28)
27. I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Mike Posner (27)
28. Church Bells - Carrie Underwood (32)
29. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (33)
30. Just Like Fire - Pink (30)
31. Hell No - Ingrid Michaelson (35)
32. Fix - Chris Lane (36)
33. Brand New - Ben Rector (31)
34. Wasted Time - Keith Urban (34)
35. I Wanna Know - Alesso f/Nico & Vinz (37)
36. 7 Years - Lukas Graham (21)
37. This Girl - KUNGS vs Cookin' on 3 Burners (42)
38. Keep You In Mind - Guordan Banks (26)
39. One Night In Heaven - Toy Armada & DJ Grind f/Inaya Day (39)
40. Better Place - Rachel Platten (40)
41. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (43)
42. Head Over Boots - Jon Pardi (44)
43. All We Ever Knew - The Head & The Heart (47)
44. The Devil's Bleeding Crown - Volbeat (38)
45. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth f/Selena Gomez (49)
46. Pillowtalk - Zayn (41)
47. Night's On Fire - David Nail (55)
48. The Glittering Gutter - Billie Ray Martin (52)
49. Livin' For Your Love (Your Love) - Rosabel f/Jeanie Tracy (59)
50. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande (54)
51. Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (61)
52. All Four Walls - Gorgon City f/Vaults (48)
53. Lights Come On - Jason Aldean (57)
54. Amen - Anthony Hamilton (64)
55. Me Too - Meghan Trainor (60)
56. Close - Nick Jonas f/Tove Lo (74)
57. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony f/Ty Dolla $ign (53)
58. Can't Wait - Jill Scott (68)
59. Only - tyDi f/Olivia Somerlyn (71)
60. Think Of You - Chris Young f/Cassadee Pope (56)
61. Wow - Beck (66)
62. Casual Party - Band Of Horses (62)
63. So Alive - Goo Goo Dolls (65)
64. Kiss It Better - Rihanna (79)
65. Never Be Like You - Flume f/Kai (75)
66. Bring Back The Summer - Rain Man f/OLY (90)
67. T.U.T.P. (Turn Up The Party) - Dirty Freqs f/Vassy (67)
68. My House - Flo Rida (58)
69. Never Forget You - Zara Larsson & MNEK (45)
70. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (70)
71. River - Bishop Briggs (81)
72. Asking For It - Shinedown (72)
73. From The Ground Up - Dan + Shay (83)
74. Needed Me - Rihanna (84)
75. Wild Things - Alessia Cara (80)
76. Somewhere On A Beach - Dierks Bentley (76)
77. Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day - Luke Bryan (77)
78. Don't Be So Shy - Imany (88)
79. Peter Pan - Kelsea Ballerini (91)
80. Don't Mind - Kent Jones (82)
81. American Country Love Song - Jake Owen (86)
82. Came Here To Forget - Blake Shelton (69)
83. The Sound - The 1975 (95)
84. This Is For My Girls - Kelly Clarkson & Various Artists (89)
85. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes (97)
86. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (DEBUT)
87. Good Grief - Bastille (87)
88. You Look Like I Need A Drink - Justin Moore (94)
89. Tears - Clean Bandit f/Louisa Johnson (93)
90. How Many Fucks - Erika Jayne (100)
91. Let It Go - NERVO f/Nicky Romero (DEBUT)
92. This One's For You - David Guetta f/Zara Larsson (92)
93. Too Good - Drake f/Rihanna (99)
94. Hotter Than Hell - Dua Lipa (DEBUT)
95. What We Live For - American Authors (RE-ENTRY)
96. No Money - Galantis (RE-ENTRY)
97. Singing In The Rain - Simple Plan f/R. City (DEBUT)
98. Without You - The Rua (98)
99. It All Started With A Beer - Frankie Ballard (RE-ENTRY)
100. Mama Said - Lukas Graham (DEBUT)

There are five songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to that artist's official website for more info. And here they are on video, after the break....

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Songoftheday 7/29/16 - Life is full of lots of up and downs, and the distance feels further when you're headed for the ground...


"A Shoulder To Cry On" - Tommy Page
from the album Tommy Page (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #29 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from Tommy Page, a New Jersey native who got discovered very young, getting signed to Sire Records after working in a nightclub. A first being groomed as a "freestyle" performer, his first single, "Turning Me On", didn't really catch on anywhere. However, his second, the friendzone classic "A Shoulder To Cry On", was a different story. With a melody recalling 70's soft-rock, and his half-whispered delivery got the girls' ears pricked. Page wrote the song himself, not bad for a teen to score his own penned top-40 pop hit...


"A Shoulder To Cry On" became Page's first top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1989.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Aussie Sweep: July 29, 2016...


Let's head Down Under to check out the songs making their way on to the local artists charts in Australia this week. On the singles list, the Veronicas hold at #1 with "In My Blood" (on the main chart, Katy Perry's "Rise" ascends to the top)...

Aussie "boy-band" 5 Seconds Of Summer take their theme to the new Ghostbusters reboot film, "Girls Talk Boys", to #4...


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Songoftheday 7/29/16 - I can't sleep at night I toss and turn listenin' for the telephone, but when I get your call I'm all choked up can't believe you called my home...


"Every Little Step" - Bobby Brown
from the album Don't Be Cruel (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from singer Bobby Brown, whose sophomore album Don't Be Cruel had already spun off three top-ten pop hits with the title track, "Roni", and the #1 "My Prerogative". The fourth single from the album was arguably my favorite of the record, "Every Little Step". Written by the superstar production team of Babyface and L.A. Reid, the mid-tempo new jack swing nugget sported a video that had, erm, that outfit...


"Every Little Step" became the fourth top-ten pop hit from Don't Be Cruel in June of 1989. The song also landed Bobby his fourth #1 solo R&B hit. The extended remix climbed to #17 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the track reached the top ten in New Zealand (#5), the UK (#6), Australia (#8), and Ireland (#10).

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

German Sweep: July 27, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official music singles chart, as French singer Imany remains on top for a third week...

1. "Don't Be So Shy" - Imany (1)
2. "This Girl" - KUNGS vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (2)
3. "Please Tell Rosie" - Alle Farben featuring YOUNOTUS (4)
4. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake (6)
5. "Ain't Your Mama" - Jennifer Lopez (7)
6. "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya (8)
7. "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla (5)
8. "This One's For You" - David Guetta featuring Zara Larsson (3)
9. "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul (9)
10. "No Money" - Galantis (DEBUT)

Swedish electrohouse duo Galantis score their first top ten hit in Germany (and their first top-40, for that matter) with their single "No Money" at #10...


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Songoftheday 7/27/16 - Have mercy on my eyes lady whatcha wearin now? you know it's a crim the way you look in clothes...


"Birthday Suit" - Johnny Kemp
from the album Sing (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from Bahamian-born pop/soul singer Johnny Kemp, who landed a top-ten hit with his weekend jam "Just Got Paid" in the summer of 1988. Two more singles from his second album, "Dancin' With Myself" and "One Thing Led To Another", also reached the R&B top-40, but missed the pop list altogether. His next move was a contribution to the soundtrack to the movie Sing in the spring of the next year. Written by Footloose scribe Dean Pitchford, who also penned the music to this song-and-dance film, it didn't grab a hold of that current generation's imagination like Footloose did, but the collection of music did draw some big names of that time in adult pop music like Terri Nunn of Berlin, Paul Carrack of Mike & The Mechanics, Mickey Thomas of Starship, Bill Champlin of Chicago, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, and even Patti LaBelle makes an appearance. The single released from the set was Kemp's "Birthday Suit", written by Pitchford with Rhett Lawrence. A bouncy and half-sleazy/half-squeaky jaunt about taking your clothes off, it gave Johnny his last pop hurrah...


"Birthday Suit" became Kemp's second and final top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in April of 1989. The song also climbed to #21 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the extended remix made it to #25 on their Dance Club Play list. Meanwhile, as opposed to Footloose's multiplatinum success, the soundtrack to Sing spent one solitary week on the albums sales chart at #196.

Johnny wouldn't release any more major-label releases, but did occasionally tour with other "oldies" 80s acts like Keith Sweat, but sadly he died in a freak fall accident in Jamaica in 2015.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

French Sweep: July 26, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as Justin Timberlake climbs back to #1 for a fifth nonconsecutive week...

1. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake (2)
2. "Encore Un Soir" - Celine Dion (3)
3. "Rise" - Katy Perry (DEBUT)
4. "Paris C'est Loin" - Damso (DEBUT)
5. "Don't Be So Shy" - Imany (4)
6. "This One's For You" - David Guetta featuring Zara Larsson (1)
7. "Cheap Thrills" - Sia (5)
8. "This Girl" - KUNGS vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (8)
9. "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna (6)
10. "Duele El Corazon" - Enrique Iglesias (9)

Katy Perry returns to the chart at #3 with a song dedicated to the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio, "Rise"...


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Songoftheday 7/26/16 - It must have been cold there in my shadow, to never have sunlight on your face...


"Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler
from the album Beaches (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from multi-faceted entertainer Bette Midler, who grew up in Hawaii under parents from New Jersey, before heading back east after leaving college to start a career. Besides a few on-and-off Broadway shows, Bette started singing in the notorious/legendary (depending on how you look at it) Continental Baths, a gay gathering place (to put it lightly), where she accumulated a devoted gay fanbase that carries on to this day. With the man who accompanied her at the baths, pianist Barry Manilow, she released her debut album, The Divine Miss M, in 1972. The first single, a lush remake of the Beach Boys' "Do You Want To Dance", climbed to #17 on the American pop chart, and #8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio list. Another cover, this take a campy redo of the Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", went to #1 on the adult contemporary chart and #8 on the pop list. From the exposure from that album, Midler earned the Best New Artist Grammy the following year. Midler continued to have success through the 70s, albeit a bit more moderate, until her starring turn in The Rose returned her to the top ten with the title track (#3), and that song also topped the adult contemporary chart. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the movie, and it started a series of starring roles through the 80s that established her more as an actress than a singer. But in 1989, with another film of hers, Beaches, she landed the biggest hit of her career so far. Playing another singer, this time from a child to an adult, and her friendship with a woman who ends up struggling with a terminal disease, Bette drew accolades again, but what stood out was the highlight song of the soundtrack. It was a remake of a song originally recorded by easy-listening performer Roger Whittaker in 1982. "Wind Beneath My Wings", written by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar, was a run-of-the-mill love song in the hands of Whittaker...


The first American performer to have success with the song was Lou Rawls, to took his version to #10 on the Adult Contemporary list, and pierced the pop chart at #65 in 1983...


Bette's stately reading of the song gave the piece the reverence it deserved, and duly became Bette's big moment...


"Wind Beneath My Wings" became Bette's first and so far sole #1 pop hit in June of 1989. The song surprisingly didn't do the same on the easy-listening chart, stopped at #2 on Billboard's AC radio list. Internationally, the track went to #1 in Australia, #3 in Canada, #4 in New Zealand, and #5 in the UK. It was also grab both the Record and Song of the Year Grammy Awards in 1990.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 7/25/16 - Carly Simon's "Let The River Run"...


"Let The River Run" - Carly Simon
from the album Working Girl (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #49

This week's "robbed hit" comes from pop singer/songwriter Carly Simon, who had a resurgence in her career in the mid-80s thanks to her Coming Around Again album, which sold over a million copies. Four singles from that record reached the top ten on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and the title track also crossed over into the pop top-40 in the winter of 1987. A subsequent live album also went platinum later in the year. Her next studio work would be five contributions to the soundtrack of the Harrison Ford/Meg Ryan/Sigourney Weaver rom-com Working Girl. One of the tracks, the anthemic theme of "Let The River Run", was released as a single for radio as well. Written and co-produced by Carly, it showed her at her best vocal form, as the empowerment ode was a perfect match for the film's premise of female upward mobility...


While "Let The River Run" climbed to #11 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, the single stopped just at the halfway mark on the American pop chart in April of 1989. Internationally, the song also was a minor hit in the UK (#79) and Australia (#91). But it did make up for it in sweeping the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award for best song from a movie, something only achieved later by Bruce Springsteen for his "Streets Of Philadelphia" song.
So far "Let The River Run" is her final lead-artist single on the Hot 100, though she did return as a listed "featured artist" on Janet Jackson's "Son of A Gun" single, which interpolates Simon's #1 "You're So Vain".

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Songoftheday 7/25/16 - Zappin' it to ya the pressure's everywhere, goin' right through ya the fever's in the air...


"Electric Youth" - Debbie Gibson
from the album Electric Youth (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from teen singer/songwriter/producer Debbie Gibson, who had landed her second #1 pop hit with the lead single from her second album, "Lost In Your Eyes", in the spring of 1989. The follow-up release would be the set's title track, "Electric Youth". A squeaky-clean and  bouncy teen-pop nugget written by Gibson and produced by Fred Zarr, it was maybe a little too nice to continue her streak of top ten hits...


"Electric Youth" frustratingly stopped right short of the top ten on the American pop chart at #11 for three weeks in May of 1989, and dropped quick out of the top-40 after two months. However, the club remix of the song became her biggest dance hit at #3. Internationally, the song made the top-20 in Ireland (#13), the UK (#14), Canada (#15), and Germany (#18).

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Brit Sweep: July 24, 2016...






Hey gang, let's travel across the Atlantic yet again to check out the songs and albums making their way on to the British charts this week...

On the official singles chart in the UK, Drake remains steady at #1 for a fifteenth consecutive week with "One Dance"...

After a seemingly long break, pop queen Katy Perry returns at #25 with a song dedicated to the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, "Rise"...


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Songoftheday 7/24/16 - So you heard that I'm a rebel with a heart made of stone, I got a restless spirit that nobody can own...


"Soldier Of Love" - Donny Osmond
from the album Donny Osmond (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from Donny Osmond, who started out with his brothers in a family pop act that emulated the Jackson Five, The Osmonds. With a song rejected by the Motown kings, "One Bad Apple", they reached #1 on their first trip on the pop chart in 1970. Even as they continued to score more hit singles, their record company, MGM, wasted no time in rolling out Donny as a separate and concurrent solo act, with his first single by himself, "Sweet And Innocent", reaching #7 less than a year later. He followed that with a cover of Steve Lawrence's easy-listening nugget "Go Away Little Girl", which became his second total and sole solo #1 pop single. He had three more top-ten pop hits with his brothers, and three more on his own, in the early 70s. As disco and funk became more prominent, and Donny's angelic voice deepened, he ventured into TV with his sister Marie, and their first top ten together, "I'm Leaving It Up To You", came the same year as his last with the Osmonds. The pair hosted a variety show on television from 1976 to 1978, and he occasionally had some radio success, such as the disco-fied "C'mon Marianne" (#38, 1976). They even starred in a movie, Goin' Coconuts, which also let him hit the top-40 with the sublime dancefloor cheese of "On The Shelf" (#38). But hitching their wagon to disco, they suffered the consequences when the genre kicked the can in popularity in the early 80s.

Fast forward ten years, with Donny attempting a pop "comeback" after years on the stage (most notably as the star in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). He recorded a new album with producers Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, who had helmed many R&B artists in the mid-80s, and would become hitmakers themselves under the moniker Rythm Syndicate ("P.A.S.S.I.O.N."). Donny had a minor hit in the UK, "If It's Love That You Want" (a clone of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel"), which hit #70 on the British singles chart. The follow-up track was one that got noticed by a radio DJ, who sneakily got the record airplay without divulging the artist, causing speculation on who could be singing. George Michael? A departed New Kid? No, it was Donny, who eventually landed his first hit in a decade with "Soldier Of Love"...


"Soldier Of Love" almost made it all the way to the top, peaking at the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in June of 1989. The song also climbed to #20 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the record went to #29 in the UK.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Songoftheday 7/23/16 - He wasn't looking for a pretty face, she wasn't searching for the latest style...


"Everlasting Love" - Howard Jones
from the album Cross That Line (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from the British synthpop wizard Howard Jones, who was still enjoying a productive decade in the 80s, landing his sixth top-40 pop hit in the U.S. with "You Know I Love You...Don't You?" in the winter of 1986. A second single from his One to One album, "All I Want", was also a minor pop hit at #76 in America, and his sole top-40 hit from the set in the UK at #35. It would take another two and a half years for Howard's next studio album, Cross That Line, to arrive. It would end up being his last so far to reach the American albums sales chart. The first single, "Everlasting Love", brought back the bubbly midtempo production that made "Life In A Day" so charming...


"Everlasting Love" became Howard's fifth song to make the top-20 on the American pop chart in June of 1989. The single would also climb to #19 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, but its biggest success was at the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") format, where the tune topped the list for two weeks. Internationally, the track didn't do as well in his native UK, where it stalled down at #62, and in Australia at #91, but in Canada, it turned out to be his biggest hit at #3.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for July 23, 2016...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Sia finally jumps to #1, while the Chainsmokers and Daya (pictured above) hold in the top-5. Former big hits from Empire of the Sun, Old Dominion, Tony Moran/Jason Walker, and Johnny Gill/New Edition drop off my list, while songs from Charlie Puth/Selena Gomez, Sam Hunt, and the Head and the Heart make some of the biggest moves (jumps of 10+ places highlighted in red). Lord, save our soul from the Creamsicle...

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul (3)
2. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (1)
3. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (4)
4. Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers (2)
5. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers f/Daya (5)
6. Bored To Death - blink-182 (8)
7. Cake By The Ocean - DNCE (7)
8. Ophelia - The Lumineers (6)
9. Wherever I Go - OneRepublic (10)
10. Lost Boy - Ruth B. (11)
11. Ride - twenty-one pilots (8)
12. Ain't No Man - The Avett Brothers (12)
13. One Dance - Drake f/Wizkid & Kyla (23)
14. Spirits - The Strumbellas (14)
15. Kill The Lights - Alex Newell, Jess Glynne, DJ Cassidy & Nile Rodgers (15)
16. I Need Never Get Old - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (20)
17. Faded - Alan Walker (19)
18. T-Shirt - Thomas Rhett (16)
19. Noise - Kenny Chesney (21)
20. H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia Line (25)
21. 7 Years - Lukas Graham (13)
22. Fire - Barns Courtney (22)
23. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (27)
24. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (24)
25. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (30)
26. Keep You In Mind - Guordan Banks (18)
27. I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Mike Posner (17)
28. Record Year - Eric Church (32)
29. Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay (33)
30. Just Like Fire - Pink (31)
31. Brand New - Ben Rector (29)
32. Church Bells - Carrie Underwood (34)
33. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (37)
34. Wasted Time - Keith Urban (36)
35. Hell No - Ingrid Michaelson (39)
36. Fix - Chris Lane (40)
37. I Wanna Know - Alesso f/Nico & Vinz (41)
38. The Devil's Bleeding Crown - Volbeat (28)
39. One Night In Heaven - Toy Armada & DJ Grind f/Inaya Day
40. Better Place - Rachel Platten (44)
41. Pillowtalk - Zayn (26)
42. This Girl - KUNGS vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (47)
43. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (45)
44. Head Over Boots - Jon Pardi (52)
45. Never Forget You - Zara Larsson & MNEK (35)
46. Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw (42)
47. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (61)
48. All Four Walls - Gorgon City f/Vaults (48)
49. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth f/Selena Gomez (64)
50. Under These Lights - Xenia Ghali (50)
51. Stressed Out - twenty-one pilots (38)
52. The Glittering Gutter - Billie Ray Martin (62)
53. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony f/Ty Dolla $ign (53)
54. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande (60)
55. Night's On Fire - David Nail (63)
56. Think Of You - Chris Young f/Cassadee Pope (56)
57. Lights Come On - Jason Aldean (59)
58. My House - Flo Rida (58)
59. Livin' For Your Love (Your Love) - Rosabel f/Jeanie Tracy (71)
60. Me Too - Meghan Trainor (65)
61. Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (76)
62. Casual Party - Band of Horses (66)
63. Off The Ground - The Record Company (51)
64. Amen - Anthony Hamilton (68)
65. So Alive - Goo Goo Dolls (69)
66. Wow - Beck (70)
67. T.U.T.P. (Turn Up The Party) - Dirty Freqs f/Vassy (67)
68. Can't Wait - Jill Scott (78)
69. Came Here To Forget - Blake Shelton (57)
70. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (74)
71. Only - tyDi f/Olivia Somerlyn (82)
72. Asking For It - Shinedown (80)
73. Take It From Me - KONGOS (73)
74. Close - Nick Jonas f/Tove Lo (84)
75. Never Be Like You - Flume f/Kai (85)
76. Somewhere On A Beach - Dierks Bentley (72)
77. Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day - Luke Bryan (77)
78. Cry - Sigma f/Take That (79)
79. Kiss It Better - Rihanna (93)
80. Wild Things - Alessia Cara (94)
81. River - Bishop Briggs (86)
82. Don't Mind - Kent Jones (89)
83. From The Ground Up - Dan + Shay (87)
84. Needed Me - Rihanna (88)
85. Light It Up - Major Lazer f/Nyla & Fuse ODG (75)
86. American Country Love Song - Jake Owen (90)
87. Good Grief - Bastille (DEBUT)
88. Don't Be So Shy - Imany (98)
89. This Is For My Girls - Kelly Clarkson & Various Artists (91)
90. Bring Back The Summer - Rain Man f/OLY (100)
91. Peter Pan - Kelsea Ballerini (DEBUT)
92. This One's For You - David Guetta f/Zara Larsson (92)
93. Tears - Clean Bandit f/Louisa Johnson (97)
94. You Look Like I Need A Drink - Justin Moore (DEBUT)
95. The Sound - The 1975 (DEBUT)
96. Give Me Your Love - Sigala f/John Newman & Nile Rodgers (DEBUT)
97. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes (DEBUT)
98. Without You - The Rua (DEBUT)
99. Too Good - Drake f/Rihanna (RE-ENTRY)
100. How Many Fucks - Erika Jayne (DEBUT)

There are eight songs making their debut on the chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them you'll connect to that artist's official website. And after the break, all the newbies on video...


Songoftheday 7/22/16 - And where do we go from here? Which is the way that's clear?


"Rock On" - Michael Damian
from the albums Where Do We Go From Here and Dream A Little Dream (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13


Today's song of the day comes from actor/singer Michael Damian, whose success had actually started in the latter profession, scoring a minor pop hit in 1981 with a cover of Eric Carmen's "She Did It" (#69) when he was 19 years old. Getting noticed promoting the single, he was hired to play a cabaret singer on the soap opera The Young and The Restless as Danny Romalotti. And like Rick Springfield, Jack Wagner, and Gloria Loring, Michael used his exposure to land a song on a soundtrack featuring two of the hottest teen actors of the time, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, Dream A Little Dream. It was a cover of a song that went to the top-5 of the American pop chart back in 1974, "Rock On". The original artist, David Essex, was also an actor, and never had a top-40 pop hit in the US after this psychedelic pop nugget that he wrote...


Michael's version took out the spookiness of the Essex original to leave the stomping easy-to-follow rock anthem...


Damian's version of "Rock On" went all the way to #1 on the pop chart in the U.S. in June of 1989.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Aussie Sweep: July 21, 2016...


Let's head Down Under to check out the songs making their way on the official local artists singles chart in Australia this week, as both that list and the all-inclusive chart are both led by the Veronicas with "In My Blood"...

Rapper Illy, from Melbourne, teams up with singer/songwriter Vera Blue at #6 with "Papercuts"...


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Songoftheday 7/21/16 - Yeah I saw sparks fly from the corner of my eye, and when I turned Ooh it was love at first sight...


"Seventeen" - Winger
from the album Winger (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from the glam-metal-sans-makeup band Winger, who came together the New York under lead singer/bassist Kip Winger in the late 80s. They released their debut album in 1988, and the track "Madalaine" became a minor rock radio hit at #27. But it was the provocative second single that got them noticed on mainstream radio and MTV. "Seventeen", written by Kip with lead guitarist Reb Beach and producer Beau Hill, walked down the oft-traveled path to possibly indecent exposure with a young woman, but I guess Kip's model-like good looks and the Guns-N-Roses'-like guitar licks eased the pain a little, but dude, he was 27 when this was released...


"Seventeen" became Winger's first top-40 pop hit in May of 1989. The song also climbed to #19 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

German Sweep: July 20, 2016...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to that country's official singles chart, as French singer Imany spends a second week at #1...

1. "Don't Be So Shy" - Imany (1)
2. "This Girl" - KUNGS vs Cookin' On 3 Burners (2)
3. "This One's For You" - David Guetta featuring Zara Larsson (3)
4. "Please Tell Rosie" - Alle Farben featuring YOUNOTUS (7)
5. "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla (9)
6. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake (6)
7. "Ain't Your Mama" - Jennifer Lopez (8)
8. "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya (10)
9. "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul (RE-ENTRY)
10. "Wir Sind Gross" - Mark Forster (5)

While I was on vacation last week, Jennifer Lopez slipped in to the top ten in Germany with a song co-written by Meghan Trainor that comparably "bombed" in the US at a meager #76. "Ain't Your Mama" climbs a notch this week here to #7...


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Songoftheday 7/20/16 - Late at night when I'm all alone, I think of you and I'm feelin' strong...


"I Wanna Be The One" - Stevie B
from the album In Your Eyes (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from Latin freestyle dance music singer/songwriter/producer Stevie B (aka Steven Bernard Hill), who started out in Miami released his debut independent album, Party Your Body, in 1988. It took its name from the 12" single released a year before that hit the top-40 on the club chart. His success kept growing as the second single "Dreamin' Of Love" landed him his first pop chart hit at #80. The third release, the freestyle classic "Spring Love (Come Back To Me)", almost scored him a top-40 hit, stopping at #43 in the summer of 1988, and reaching the top-5 on the dance chart. Because of the longevity on local radio for these hits, Stevie was able to complete his sophomore effort in time for the fall of 1988. The first single, "I Wanna Be The One", was a midtempo charmer with synths replicating horns in the romantically persuasive promse of a song...


"I Wanna Be The One" continued Stevie B's upward trajectory, becoming his first top-40 pop hit in April of 1989. The 12" remix also climbed to #39 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

French Sweep: July 19, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as David Guetta returns to the top spot for a third non-consecutive week...

1. "This One's For You" - David Guetta featuring Zara Larsson (2)
2. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake (1)
3. "Encore Un Soir" - Celine Dion (3)
4. "Don't Be So Shy" - Imany (4)
5. "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul (5)
6. "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna (7)
7. "Le Lac" - Julien Dore (DEBUT)
8. "This Girl" - KUNGS vs Cookin' On 3 Burners (6)
9. "Duele El Corazon" - Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin (DEBUT)
10. "Bailar" - Deorro featuring Elvis Crespo (8)

Actor/singer Julien Dore, a previous winner of Nouvelle Star, the French version of the Idol franchise, rockets into the top ten with "Le Lac" ("the Lake")...


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Songoftheday 7/19/16 - My flag boy and your flag boy sitting by the fire, my flag boy says to your flag boy "I'm gonna set your flag on fire"...


"Iko Iko" - The Belle Stars
from the albums The Belle Stars (1983) and Rain Man (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the all-female pop/ska band the Belle Stars, who came together in the beginning of the 80s in England after the breakup of a previous band, the Bodysnatchers, that several of the Stars were in. Releasing their debut single in 1981, it wasn't until two years later with a cover of a 60s hit from the Dixie Cups that the group found their first success.

"Iko Iko" was a pre-rock song from the bayou land of Louisiana recorded by the incredibly un-PC-named act of Sugar Boy and his Cane Cutters (led by songwriter James Crawford) under the title "Jock-A-Mo" in 1953. Depicting the conflict between two Native American tribes, the rollicking beat belied the murderous narrative underneath...


The American girl-group Dixie Cups recorded a revamped version of the song (based on a reinterpretation of overheard version from the group's grandmother), and for the most part that is the most remembered version of the classic, reaching #20 on the pop chart and R&B chart and #23 in England in 1965...


The Belle Stars' take on "Iko Iko", which took inspiration from the Dixie Cups, originally reached the British top-40 at #35 in 1982.


Releasing their debut full-length album in 1983, the lead track from the set, "Sign Of The Times", ended up being their biggest international success, going to #3 in the UK, #75 on the American pop  chart, and #43 on the dance chart. However, after subsequent singles failed to match that success, most of the band quit, leaving the trio of Sarah Jane Owen, Lesley Shone, and Lesley Joyce. Remarketed as a low-rent version of Bananarama, they hit the US club chart at #2 for two weeks with "World Domination" in 1986.

Three years later, the Belle Stars' version of "Iko Iko" got a place on Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man movie soundtrack, opening the movie, and bringing the song to a whole new audience. It was released as a single in the U.S., sporting a video with only original lead singer Jennie Matthias in it...


The Belle Stars' "Iko Iko" became their sole top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1989. The 12" extended version also went to #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart. Even though this was a success it didn't cause the reunion of the band, and that was the last we heard from the "Stars".

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 7/18/16 - The Pasadenas' "Tribute (Right On)"...


"Tribute (Right On)" - The Pasadenas
from the album To Whom It May Concern (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #52

This week's 'robbed hit' comes from the British soul band the Pasadenas, whose homage to the soul acts of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, "Tribute (Right On)", was written by the vocal group along with actual 70s hit artist Pete Wingfield ("Eighteen With A Bullet"), which also harkened back to the doo-wop era. With leather jacket Grease realness, the quintet was a polished act that didn't seem kitschy (kind of like the Commodores' "Nightshift"), and they reached the top-10 in Europe before trying a go in the States...


While "Right On" went on to reach the top 10 of Billboard's American R&B chart at #8, the single stopped just short of the halfway point on the pop Hot 100 list in April of 1989. The 12" remix version also hit the Dance Club Play chart at #27. Internationally, the song went to #5 in their native Britain, and all the way to #1 in the Netherlands.

Their follow-up single, "Riding On A Train" (which pre-dated the Italo-house of Black Box), stopped at #13 in the UK, while becoming their last minor hit on the American R&B chart at #73. A third release from their debut album, "Enchanted Lady" (also co-written by Wingfield), reached #31 in Britain. In 1990, they released a second album, with lead track "Love Thing" going to #22 in the UK.
Two years later, with their Yours Sincerely set, the group achieved their highest chart placing in their homeland with the #4 hit cover of the New York City 70s track "I'm Doing Fine Now". They last appeared on that list with another version of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" in 1992 (#22), though they continued to perform for a while after that.

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Songoftheday 7/18/16 - Neon lights a Nobel Prize, where the mirror speaks the reflection lies...


"Cult Of Personality" - Living Colour
from the album Vivid (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the band Living Colour, who came together in New York under guitarist Vernon Reid in the mid-80s. After a shifting lineup ended with Corey Glover taking over lead vocals, the all African-American group released their debut album Vivid in 1988. An amalgam of styles dominated by a hard rock guitar crunch, the record was heralded critically but publicly neglected until the video airplay for the single "Cult Of Personality" got rock radio's attention at the end of the year. It was twelve months after the release of the album that the track, written by the band and produced by Ed Stasium (who engineered work of the Ramones and Talking Heads), reached pop radio, and even though it may have a little bit been noticed by the "new" factor of a black rock band, they certainly had the chops, with Corey's wall of force voice and Vernon's Jimmy Page-esque licks being anchored by drummer Will Calhoun and bass man Muzz Skillings. But starting with a snippet from a speech by Malcolm X, and sported lyrics about the attraction of theatrical diabolical-ism (which is so appropriate with the current Republican presidential nominee), before turning to Kennedy and Roosevelt quotes to land the plane. The politically active mood fit the metal underbelly that it was a no-brainer it would earn a Grammy in the turbulent post-Reagan abyss...


"Cult Of Personality" became Living Colour's first top-40 pop hit in  May of 1989. The single also reached #9 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song reached #3 in New Zealand, and was a minor hit in neighboring Australia (#54) and the UK (#67). However, despite its chart rewards, the single ranks in my choices of the most important hard rock songs of the decade.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Songoftheday 7/17/16 - I said I would get over you, now I'm here out on my own trying to live my life...


"Real Love" - Jody Watley
from the album Larger Than Life (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from singer/dancer Jody Watley, who went from being a featured dancer on Soul Train to being a member of influential disco/soul group Shalamar, to earning a New Artist Grammy for her debut solo album. That disc spun off three top-10 pop hits with "Looking For A New Love", "Don't You Want Me", and "Some Kind Of Lover". In the spring of 1989 Jody released her sophomore solo effort Larger Than Life, again collaborating with producer/writer Andre Cymone on most of the tracks, like the first single "Real Love". A sassy "I can do better" club anthem like "Looking For A New Love", it had enough attitude, conviction, and synth muscle to win over all her fans from the first disc, and the David Fincher-directed video was ultra-chic...


"Real Love" became Jody's fourth solo top ten pop hit in May of 1989. The track also was her second (and so far last) to reach the top of Billboard's R&B chart, while the 12" remixes went to #1 on the dance club play list as well. Internationally, the song matched its American peak in Canada, and made the top-40 in Germany (#15), Belgium (#15), the Netherlands (#21), Switzerland (#21), Ireland (#25), the UK (#31), and New Zealand (#35).

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Songoftheday 7/16/16 - Baby pick your head up come on and look me in the face, cuz I can tell that somethin' is bringin' you down...


"Forever Your Girl" - Paula Abdul
from the album Forever Your Girl (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day is by singer/dancer Paula Abdul, who after a slow start to the promotion of her debut album, Forever Your Girl, scored a #1 hit pop single with the third release from the record, "Straight Up". The next offering up for radio was the title track, written and produced by Oliver Lieber (who was a member of the band Ta Mara and the Seen back in the early 80s), the son of Presley wordsmith Jerry Lieber. The bubbly oath of faithfulness with an ultra-cute video (with a cameo from kid Hobbit Elijah Wood) kept the momentum at mainstream radio going...


"Forever Your Girl" became Paula's second #1 pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1989. The song also went to #11 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, and slipped in at #54 on their R&B list. The 12" remix single stopped at #28 on the Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the song went to #1 in Canada, was a top-40 hit in the UK (#24), Germany (#17), New Zealand (#11), and the Netherlands (#13).

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Friday, July 15, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for July 15, 2016...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous seven days. Justin Timberlake holds on top for a third week, while Adele (pictured above) lands her third top-5 hit from her 25 album. Songs from Billie Ray Martin, Rosabel/Jeanie Tracy, and Sam Hunt make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Ellie Goulding, Kelly Clarkson, Cold War Kids, and Dustin Lynch drop out. Party on, P-Town!

This Week        Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (1)
2. Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers (2)
3. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul (3)
4. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (6)
5. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers f/Daya (7)
6. Ophelia - The Lumineers (4)
7. Cake By The Ocean - DNCE (5)
8. Bored To Death - blink-182 (12)
9. Ride - twenty-one pilots (8)
10. Wherever I Go - OneRepublic (10)
11. Lost Boy - Ruth B. (13)
12. Ain't No Man - The Avett Brothers (16)
13. 7 Years - Lukas Graham (9)
14. Spirits - The Strumbellas (14)
15. Kill The Lights - Alex Newell, Jess Glynne, DJ Cassidy and Nile Rodgers (15)
16. T-Shirt - Thomas Rhett (11)
17. I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Mike Posner (17)
18. Keep You In Mind - Guordan Banks (18)
19. Faded - Alan Walker (21)
20. I Need Never Get Old - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (24)
21. Noise - Kenny Chesney (26)
22. Fire - Barns Courtney (22)
23. One Dance - Drake f/Wizkid & Kyla (27)
24. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (20)
25. H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia Line (30)
26. Pillowtalk - Zayn (19)
27. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (29)
28. The Devil's Bleeding Crown - Volbeat (28)
29. Brand New - Ben Rector (25)
30. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (40)
31. Just Like Fire - Pink (36)
32. Record Year - Eric Church (42)
33. Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay (37)
34. Church Bells - Carrie Underwood (39)
35. Never Forget You - Zara Larsson & MNEK (23)
36. Wasted Time - Keith Urban (46)
37. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (47)
38. Stressed Out - twenty-one pilots (33)
39. Hell No - Ingrid Michaelson (49)
40. Fix - Chris Lane (50)
41. I Wanna Know - Alesso f/Nico & Vinz (51)
42. Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw (32)
43. One Night In Heaven - Toy Armada & DJ Grind f/Inaya Day (53)
44. Better Place - Rachel Platten (48)
45. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (57)
46. Walking On A Dream - Empire Of The Sun (41)
47. This Girl - KUNGS vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (59)
48. All Four Walls - Gorgon City f/Vaults (58)
49. Snapback - Old Dominion (35)
50. Under These Lights - Xenia Ghali (54)
51. Off The Ground - The Record Company (31)
52. Head Over Boots - Jon Pardi (62)
53. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony f/Ty Dolla $ign (60)
54. So Happy - Tony Moran f/Jason Walker (34)
55. This One's For Me & You - Johnny Gill f/New Edition (45)
56. Think Of You - Chris Young f/Cassadee Pope (52)
57. Came Here To Forget - Blake Shelton (55)
58. My House - Flo Rida (56)
59. Lights Come On - Jason Aldean (63)
60. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande (64)
61. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (75)
62. The Glittering Gutter - Billie Ray Martin (82)
63. Night's On Fire - David Nail (65)
64. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth f/Selena Gomez (76)
65. Me Too - Meghan Trainor (70)
66. Casual Party - Band Of Horses (66)
67. T.U.T.P. (Turn Up The Party) - Dirtyfreqs f/Vassy (67)
68. Amen - Anthony Hamilton (74)
69. So Alive - Goo Goo Dolls (69)
70. Wow - Beck (84)
71. Livin' For Your Love (Your Love) - Rosabel f/Jeanie Tracy (86)
72. Somewhere On A Beach - Dierks Bentley (72)
73. Take It From Me - KONGOS (73)
74. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (78)
75. Light It Up - Major Lazer f/Nyla & Fuse ODG (71)
76. Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (91)
77. Huntin', Fishin' & Lovin' Every Day - Luke Bryan (77)
78. Can't Wait - Jill Scott (83)
79. Cry - Sigma f/Take That (79)
80. Asking For It - Shinedown (80)
81. Hair - Little Mix f/Sean Paul (81)
82. Only - tyDi f/Olivia Somerlyn (94)
83. Coming Over - Dillon Francis & Kygo f/James Hersey (43)
84. Close - Nick Jonas f/Tove Lo (92)
85. Never Be Like You - Flume f/Kai (85)
86. River - Bishop Briggs (DEBUT)
87. From The Ground Up - Dan + Shay (89)
88. Needed Me - Rihanna (88)
89. Don't Mind - Kent Jones (93)
90. American Country Love Song - Jake Owen (90)
91. This One's For My Girls - Kelly Clarkson & Various Artists (95)
92. This One's For You - David Guetta f/Zara Larsson (96)
93. Kiss It Better - Rihanna (DEBUT)
94. Wild Things - Alessia Cara (DEBUT)
95. What We Live For - American Authors (DEBUT)
96. It All Started With A Beer - Frankie Ballard (DEBUT)
97. Tears - Clean Bandit f/Louisa Johnson (RE-ENTRY)
98. Don't Be So Shy - Imany (RE-ENTRY)
99. Wir Sind Gros - Mark Forster (DEBUT)
100. Bring Back The Summer - Rain Man f/OLY (DEBUT)

There are seven songs making their debut on the chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them you will connect to that artist's official webpage for more information. And here they are on video, after the break...

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