Monday, October 31, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 10/31/16 - Stage Dolls' "Love Cries"...

"Love Cries" - Stage Dolls
from the album Stage Dolls (1988, 1989 US)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Norwegian hard rock band Stage Dolls, who hailed from the central city of Trondheim. As opposed to the synth-pop of a-ha, the group, who got together in the early 80s, performed more harder pop-metal, like Def Leppard or their Swedish counterparts Europe. In 1985, they had their first top-10 hit in their home country with "Soldier's Gun" (#10), which was followed in 1988 with "Wings Of Steel" (#10). That latter single came from their self-titled 1988 album, which was released a year later in the States. The song that got airplay from the set was the uptempo glam-metal pastiche of "Love Cries". Written by lead singer/guitarist Torstein Flakne and Bob Icon, it got play on pop and rock stations...


"Love Cries" became the Stage Dolls' sole pop hit in America, but although it climbed to #14 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, it stalled right under the pop top-40 in September of 1989. A follow-up single, "Still In Love", missed the Hot 100 but slipped onto the rock list at #37. They released another album in 1991, and though it was passed over in the U.S., they had their biggest hit in Norway with "Love Don't Bother Me". They continues to tour and record.



Songoftheday 10/31/16 - I call you when I need you my heart's on fire, you come to me come to me wild and wired...

"The Best" - Tina Turner
from the album Foreign Affair (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #15 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from Tina Turner, who was enjoying a major comeback in the 80's, overshadowing her earlier work with her blockbuster Private Dancer album, her acting/singing turn in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and her 1987 album Break Every Rule, which not only spun off three top-40 pop hits in America with "What You Get Is What You See", "Two People", and the #2 "Typical Male", but was also followed by a massively successful tour (as documented in her Live In Europe set). In 1989, Tina released her seventh solo studio record Foreign Affair, preceded by the single "The Best". It was a cover of a minor hit for Welsh vocal powerhouse Bonnie Tyler (of the "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" fame), but Tina made it so much her own that the song, written and produced by song doctor Holly Knight and producer Mike Chapman (who also did the same for Bonnie's version), became one of her "trademark" songs...


"The Best" climbed into the top-20 on the American pop chart in November of 1989. The song also crossed over to #43 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the record was even more successful, reaching the top-5 in Austria (#2), Belgium (#2), Canada (#3), Italy (#3), Switzerland (#3), Finland (#3), Australia (#4), Germany (#4), Ireland (#4), Norway (#5), the Netherlands (#5), and the UK (#5). In that latter country, the song re-entered the charts in 2010 as a "spirit song" for the Rangers football club of Scotland and went to #9. Also, a re-recorded duet with Australian rock star Jimmy Barnes, also a sports tie-in this time for rugby "Down Under", and went to #14 in Australia and #11 in New Zealand.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Songoftheday 10/30/16 - I get up in the morning and I see your face girl, you're looking so good everything's in place...

"Cover Girl" - New Kids On The Block
from the album Hangin' Tough (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the "boy-band" from Boston, New Kids On The Block, whose second album Hangin' Tough proved its title by spinning off four consecutive top-10 singles with "Please Don't Go Girl", "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)", and the title track, the latter two going all the way to #1 on the American pop chart. The fifth and final single released from the album was the bouncy teen-pop of "Cover Girl". Written and produced by their mentor Maurice Starr, the track found them at their corny-cutsiest...


"Cover Girl" became their fifth consecutive top-10 hit from Hangin' Tough, reaching the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in November of 1989. Internationally, the single made the top-10 in the UK (#4), Ireland (#6), and Canada (#7), and went to #22 in Australia.

A sixth cut from the Hangin' Tough album, the "freestyle" jam "My Favorite Girl", wasn't released as an official physical single, but was promoted a little at radio and got some airplay, though not enough to make the chart.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Songoftheday 10/29/16 - Rat tailed Jimmy is a second hand hood he deals out in Hollywood, got a '65 Chevy primered flames traded for some powdered goods...

"Dr. Feelgood" - Mötley Crüe
from the album Dr. Feelgood (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the "glam-metal" hard rock band Mötley Crüe, who had landed one top-20 pop hit from each of their third and fourth albums, with "Girls, Girls, Girls" doing the trick in the summer of 1987. A follow-up single, the "power ballad" "You're All I Need", slipped in at #83, while becoming their highest-charting British hit at #23. However, things in the band were in major turmoil; lead singer Vince Neil had been convicted of vehicular manslaughter in a car crash from 1985, while bassist/songwriter Nikki Sixx almost overdosed to death and was sent to rehab. Even their manager was nabbed for smuggling drugs. Cleaning up their act by the end of the decade, the group released their fifth studio set Dr. Feelgood in the summer of 1989. The title track, written by Sixx with guitarist Mick Mars, became the first single from the set, and despite their sobriety, the track was just as nasty and drug-insinuating as always...



"Dr. Feelgood" became the Crüe's first top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. The single also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the single made the top-40 in Australia (#26) and New Zealand (#11) and was a minor hit in the UK (#50).

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Friday, October 28, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for October 28, 2016...



Friday's here, and I'm ready to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. twenty-one pilots rule for a fifth week, while Bastille (pictured above) climbs into the top-5. Former big hits from Lukas Graham, Enrique Iglesias, and Kristine W drop off my chart, while songs from the Weeknd/Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, and Ellie Goulding make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Happy Halloweenies!

This week            Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (1)
2. Closer - The Chainsmokers f/Halsey (6)
3. This Girl - KUNGS vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (3)
4. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (5)
5. Good Grief - Bastille (7)
6. Bang Bang - Green Day (8)
7. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (2)
8. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul (4)
9. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (9)
10. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (10)
11. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (11)
12. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes (12)
13. Cold Water - Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MO (15)
14. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (14)
15. Rise - Katy Petty (17)
16. Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney f/Pink (21)
17. Move - Luke Bryan (25)
18. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth f/Selena Gomez (16)
19. 11 Blocks - Wrabel (23)
20. Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott (24)
21. Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga (31)
22. Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay (22)
23. Different Girls - Dierks Bentley f/Elle King (19)
24. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (20)
25. You Look Like I Need A Drink - Justin Moore (13)
26. River - Bishop Briggs (18)
27. Boss - Disclosure (27)
28. Starboy - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (50)
29. In Common - Alicia Keys (29)
30. It Don't Hurt Me Like It Used To - Billy Currington (30)
31. I Love You Always Forever - Betty Who (39)
32. White Flag - Joseph (34)
33. Crush - Yuna f/Usher (35)
34. Middle Of A Memory - Cole Swindell (42)
35. Permission - RO James (40)
36. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (26)
37. Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (33)
38. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (38)
39. I Know Somebody - LoCash (44)
40. Into You - Ariana Grande (28)
41. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding (54)
42. Ride - twenty-one pilots (32)
43. Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya (51)
44. Teardrops - Dawn Tallman (52)
45. F*ck Your Boyfriend - Ralphi Rosario & Frankie Catalano (49)
46. I Met A Girl - William Michael Morgan (46)
47. No Money - Galantis (48)
48. Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon (58)
49. Peter Pan - Kelsea Ballerini (37)
50. You Don't Get Me High Anymore - Phantogram (55)
51. Kids - OneRepublic (56)
52. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (47)
53. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers f/Daya (43)
54. A Little More Summertime - Jason Aldean (61)
55. Fresh Eyes - Andy Grammer (59)
56. Bored To Death - blink-182 (41)
57. Put 'Em High 2016 - Stonebridge f/Therese (67)
58. Gold - Kiiara (64)
59. Sunshine - Eric Benet (63)
60. Cleopatra - The Lumineers (65)
61. Just Like Fire - Pink (57)
62. Beautiful Life - DJ Gozzi & Extraordinary Gentlemen f/Jaclyn Walker (69)
63. Sleep Without You - Brett Young (73)
64. She Sets The City On Fire - Gavin DeGraw (66)
65. I Can't Stop Thinking About You - Sting (75)
66. Vice - Miranda Lambert (71)
67. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars (DEBUT)
68. Rock On - Tucker Beathard (70)
69. Telepathy - Christina Aguilera f/Nile Rodgers (DEBUT)
70. Hardwired - Metallica (62)
71. Song For Another Time - Old Dominion (79)
72. Ophelia - The Lumineers (72)
73. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake f/Justin Bieber (74)
74. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (86)
75. How I'll Always Be - Tim McGraw (85)
76. Hold Back The River - James Bay (78)
77. Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue f/JP Cooper (87)
78. In The Name Of Love - Martin Garrix f/Bebe Rexha (84)
79. Take Me Down - The Pretty Reckless (83)
80. Alone - Marshmello (80)
81. Fabulous - Dirty Disco f/Jeanie Tracy (81)
82. We Can Make It - Offer Nissim f/Dana International (82)
83. My Way - Calvin Harris (97)
84. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (88)
85. Chase You Down - RUNAGROUND (89)
86. Hurts - Emeli Sande (96)
87. The Greatest - Sia f/Kendrick Lamar (RE-ENTRY)
88. Livin' The Dream - Drake White (92)
89. Waiting On You - Tyrese (99)
90. May We All - Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw (94)
91. You Don't Know Love - Olly Murs (77)
92. Tears - Clean Bandit f/Louisa Johnston (76)
93. Lost On You - LP (93)
94. Carry On - Norah Jones (DEBUT)
95. Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban (100)
96. Lovin' Lately - Big & Rich f/Tim McGraw (98)
97. When The Tequila Runs Out - Dawes (RE-ENTRY)
98. Side To Side - Ariana Grande f/Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
99. I Hate U, I Love U - Gnash f/Olivia O'Brien (DEBUT)
100. Play That Song - Train (DEBUT)

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 that artist's official website. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 10/28/16 - I never dreamed I could cry so hard that ain't like a man, I could fly like a bird somedays had a place where I could land...


"Healing Hands" - Elton John
from the album Sleeping With The Past (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from Elton John, who was still going strong by the late 80's, scoring his highest-charting hit of the decade in the summer of 1988 with "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That", followed by the top-20 pop hit "A Word In Spanish" (another track from the album, "Goodbye Marlon Brando", went to #22 on the rock radio chart as well). A year later Elton released his final studio album of the decade, Sleeping With The Past. The first single from the set was the mid-tempo adult-pop of "Healing Hands", written by Elton with longtime professional partner Bernie Taupin...


"Healing Hands" returned Elton to the American pop top-20 in October of 1989. The single also climbed all the way to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart (his eighth), and crossed over to their Mainstream Rock chart at #23 (his last solo rock hit so far). Internationally, the single went to #8 in Canada, #13 in Switzerland,  #14 in Australia, and #39 in Germany, but in his native Britain, the song initially stopped short of the top-40 at #45. When it was re-released in a combo with his next radio single, "Sacrifice", it (surprisingly) became Elton's first #1 hit in the UK.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Aussie Sweep: October 27, 2016...






It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs from local artists making the charts in Australia this week...

On the Australian Artists Singles chart, Sia holds on top with "The Greatest"...

Sisterly rock group the Veronicas from Brisbane take their new tropical house-infused single "On Your Side" to #6. It follows their recent #1 hit "In My Blood"...


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Songoftheday 10/27/16 - Workin' like a dog for the boss man workin' for de company, I'm bettin' on the dice I'm tossin' I'm gonna have a fantasy...


"Love In An Elevator" - Aerosmith
from the album Pump (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from the hard rock heroes from Boston, Aerosmith, whose comeback album Permanent Vacation had landed them three top-40 pop hits with "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)", "Rag Doll", and the #3 power-ballad "Angel". Rolling off that success, the band set to record their next record, Pump, with the same producer, Bruce Fairbairn, that helped their sound be loud and hard yet accessible to pop radio on their last set. The first single from the record, "Love In An Elevator", again used the double-entendre lyrical hook to sell the by-the-book pop-metal song, written by Joe Perry and Steven Tyler. In doing so, it sounded less 70s Aerosmith and more Def Leppard/Bon Jovi (no surprise, since Fairbairn helmed the latter's Slippery When Wet album)...


"Love In An Elevator" became Aerosmith's fourth top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. The song also was their first top to go to #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, where it stayed for two weeks. Internationally, the single reached the top-20 in Canada (#13), the UK (#13), the Netherlands (#14), New Zealand (#15), and Ireland (#18), and stopped at #33 in Australia.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

German Sweep: October 26, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Rag N' Bone Man spends a fourth week at #1...

1. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (1)
2. "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed (5)
3. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (4)
4. "Would I Lie To You" - David Guetta, Cedric Gervais, and Chris Willis (DEBUT)
5. "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (2)
6. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (6)
7. "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (3)
8. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (8)
9. "Holz" - 257ers (7)
10. "Heathens" - twenty-one pilots (9)

French DJs David Guetta and Cedric Gervais team up with soul/dance singer Chris Willis on a cover of the 1992 hit by Charles and Eddie, "Would I Lie To You", which leaps into the top-10 at #4. The original spent a week at #1 on the chart in Germany in January of 1993...


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Songoftheday 10/26/16 - Baby just touch me anywhere, cutie you turn me on...

"Rock Wit'cha" - Bobby Brown
from the album Don't Be Cruel (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from R&B/pop star Bobby Brown, whose second album after leaving New Edition, Don't Be Cruel, had scored him four consecutive top-10 pop hits with the title track, "Roni", "Every Little Step", and the #1 "My Prerogative". Also, Bobby provided the theme song to the massive movie franchise hit Ghostbusters II with "On Our Own" which made it to #2 in the summer of 1989. Between those five song he spent 65 weeks in the top-40, but he wasn't through yet, returning to the Don't Be Cruel album to release a fifth single, "Rock Wit'cha". Written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (who just landed his own top-40 hit with "It's No Crime") and Darnell Bristol (Babyface's old bandmate in The Deele), and produced by Babyface and L.A. Reid, the smooth booty-call track had enough rhythm to blow the quiet-storm selections out of the water for bedtime background music...


"Rock Wit'cha" became Bobby's fifth top-10 pop hit from Don't Be Cruel (and sixth overall) in November of 1989. The single also climbed all the way to #3 on Billboard's R&B chart, while it gave Brown his sole Adult Contemporary hit at #28. Internationally, the single reached the top-20 in Canada (#14), Ireland (#13), and New Zealand (#17), and peaked at #33 in the UK.

In the British Isles, to promote his Dance...Ya Know It! remix album, they released "The Freestyle Megamix" of his earlier hits, and the single made it to #14 in the UK and #21 in Ireland.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

French Sweep: October 25, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as a rebounding single from French singer Julien Dore rockets to #1...

1. "Le Lac" - Julien Dore (9)
2. "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (1)
3. "Lost On You" - LP (2)
4. "En Feu" - Soprano (DEBUT)
5. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (3)
6. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (6)
7. "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (7)
8. "DKR" - Booba (4)
9. "Un Homme Debout" - Claudio Capeo (8)
10. "Heartbeat" - Richard Orlinski & Eva Simons (10)

Rapper Soprano, from Marseille, lands his sixth top ten hit at #4 with "En Feu" ("On Fire")...


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Songoftheday 10/25/16 - Could you be could you be squeaky clean, and smash any hope of democracry ?


"Sowing The Seeds Of Love" - Tears for Fears
from the album The Seeds Of Love (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the British emo/new wave group Tears For Fears, whose second album Songs From The Big Chair had made them into superstars, landing back-to-back #1 pop hits in America with "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Shout", along with the top-10 hit "Head Over Heels" and the top-40 follow-up "Mothers' Talk". Their next release, The Seeds Of Love, would take nearly four years to record, with band member Roland Orzabal crafting a lusher sound inspired by the Beatles' later work. I'm sure the first single, "Sowing The Seeds Of Love", was meant to be a masterstroke of that effect, with a Spector-esque wall of sound surrounding the trippy love lyrics written by him with Curt Smith. The track included original members Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes, who would leave before the album was completed...

Sowing The Seeds Of Love By Tears For Fears. from OreOne on Vimeo.


"Sowing The Seeds Of Love" became Tears For Fears' fourth (and so far last) top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. The single went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart (their first), while peaking at #4 on their Mainstream Rock list. It also crossed over to #29 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. Internationally, the song topped the singles chart in Canada, made the top ten in Italy (#2), the Netherlands (#3), Ireland (#4), New Zealand (#4), their native UK (#5), Poland (#6), Spain (#8), and Sweden (#8), and got to the top-20 in Germany (#11), Australia (#13), and France (#18).

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 10/24/16 - The Doobie Brothers' "Need A Little Taste Of Love"...


"Need A Little Taste Of Love" - The Doobie Brothers
from the album Cycles (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #45

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the southern rock band the Doobie Brothers, who made a big comeback in the summer of 1989 (albeit without Michael McDonald) with the top ten hit "The Doctor".  The second single from their Cycles album was a cover of the Isley Brothers' "Need A Little Taste Of Love", which originally appeared on their Live It Up album in 1974...


The Doobies kept the breezy tempo of the Isleys version and pumped up the rhythm guitar, making it call back to their own mid-70s work like "Listen To The Music"...


While their version of "Need a Little Taste Of Love" went all the way to #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the song stalled right under the top-40 at #45 in September of 1989. The song did better at "adult contemporary" radio, reaching #27. Internationally, the song was a minor hit in the Netherlands (well, natch) at #63. A third single from the album, "South Of The Border", went to #30 on the Rock radio list.

In 1991, the band released a follow-up album, Brotherhood, and neither single made the top-40 on the pop chart, though "Dangerous" climbed to #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart. A few years later, very cool remixes of past hits "Long Train Runnin'" and "Listen To The Music" made the British singles chart, with the former going as high as #7 in 1993 (much better than the original's #29 peak).

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Songoftheday 10/24/16 - Keep on whispering in my ear, tell me all the things that I wanna hear 'cause it's true...

"What I Like About You" - Michael Morales
from the album Michael Morales (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from Michael Morales, not the famous mass murderer but rather the singer/guitarist from Texas who had an enjoyable if not totally memorable top-40 pop hit in the summer of 1989 with "Who Do You Give Your Love To?". For his follow-up Morales covered a post-punk classic that still has legs, the Romantics' "What I Like About You". Even though that record didn't make the top-40 back in 1980, stopping at #49, it remains probably their most known and beloved hit, even though they reached the top-3 a few years later with "Talking In Your Sleep"...


Almost ten years later, Morales, who bears a resemblance to the Romantics' drummer Jimmy Marinos who sang lead, kept it rather faithful to the original, and pop radio felt ready to give the song another try...


Morales' version of "What I Like About You" became his second and most recent top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. A third single from the album, the mid-tempo power-pop love song "I Don't Know", was a minor hit at #81. Two years later, Michael released a second album, Thump, with the lead single, "I Don't Wanna See You", landing him his last chart appearance at #81, as that style of straightforward pop/rock was being totally eclipsed by grunge and rap. Since then, he's concentrated on musical work behind the scenes, and his recording studio in Texas has been very successful.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Songoftheday 10/23/16 - I know there's something in the wake of your smile, I get a notion from the look in your eyes...


"Listen To Your Heart" - Roxette
from the album Look Sharp! (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the Swedish pop duo Roxette, who had landed a #1 hit in America with "The Look", and followed that up with the top-20 "Dressed For Success" in the summer of 1989. The third American single from their Look Sharp! album was originally released the previous fall as the fourth single in Europe, reaching #3 in their native country. "Listen To Your Heart", written by the pair's Per Gessle along with Mats Persson and sung by Marie Fredriksson, the "power-ballad" fit in the mold of similar bombastic adult-pop choices from Heart and Cher, and mainstream radio listened...


"Listen To Your Heart" became Roxette's second #1 pop hit in the U.S. in November of 1989. The song also climbed to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single went to #1 in Canada as well, and top-10 in Austria (#2), Ireland (#5), The Netherlands (#5), Germany (#7), Switzerland (#8), and Australia (#10). In the UK, it originally peaked down at #62 in 1989, then in 1990 on a re-issue rocketed up to #6.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Brit Sweep: October 22, 2016...


Let's cross the Atlantic one more time to check out the notable songs and albums making the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, X Factor UK eighth-series winners Little Mix are back all the way at #1 in their first week with "Shout Out To My Ex". It's the first single from their upcoming Glory Days album. It becomes their fourth chart-topper in the UK...


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Songoftheday 10/22/16 - Button your lip baby button your coat, let's go out dancing go for the throat...


"Mixed Emotions" - The Rolling Stones
from the album Steel Wheels (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from one of the biggest bands of the rock and roll era, the Rolling Stones, who found themselves at such an acrimonious point by the mid-80s that best friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards weren't even on speaking terms. After their 1986 album Dirty Work, which scored a top-5 pop hit in the U.S. with a cover of the blues-soul classic "Harlem Shuffle", and a top-40 follow-up in "One Hit (To The Body)", the band took a break, where both Mick and Keith released solo albums (Mick also had a top-40 pop hit with the god-awful "Let's Work" in 1987). With that cool-off time, coupled with their impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the guys patched things up and got to work on a new studio album, which would be released in the summer of 1989. The first single from Steel Wheels was the uptempo and bare-bones rock of "Mixed Emotions", written by Jagger and Richards and produced by Chris Kimsey...


"Mixed Emotions" became the Rolling Stones' 23rd and so-far most recent top-10 pop hit in October of 1989. The song also topped Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock radio chart for five weeks. Internationally, the record went to #1 in Canada, peaked at #9 in the Netherlands, Norway, and New Zealand, and reached the top-40 in Germany (#20), Australia, (#25), and their native UK (#36).

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Friday, October 21, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for October 21, 2016...






Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. "Heathens" from twenty-one pilots spends a fourth week at #1, while the Chainsmokers and Halsey (pictured above) leap into the top ten. Songs from Kings of Leon, Stonebridge, and DJ Gozzi make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975, and Band Of Horses drop out. "I’m not eligible for sainthood but getting through these three debates with Donald has to count as a miracle" - Hillary tonight LOL...

This Week        Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (1)
2. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (2)
3. This Girl - KUNGS vs Cookin' On 3 Burners (7)
4. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul (4)
5. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (6)
6. Closer - The Chainsmokers f/Halsey (12)
7. Good Grief - Bastille (15)
8. Bang Bang - Green Day (13)
9. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (5)
10. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (8)
11. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (11)
12. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes (20)
13. You Look Like I Need A Drink - Justin Moore (3)
14. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (14)
15. Cold Water - Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MO (19)
16. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth f/Selena Gomez (16)
17. Rise - Katy Perry (21)
18. River - Bishop Briggs (10)
19. Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley f/Elle King (9)
20. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (17)
21. Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney f/Pink (34)
22. Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay (22)
23. 11 Blocks - Wrabel (23)
24. Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott (28)
25. Move - Luke Bryan (39)
26. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (18)
27. Boss - Disclosure (31)
28. Into You - Ariana Grande (24)
29. In Common - Alicia Keys (33)
30. It Don't Hurt Like It Used To - Billy Currington (32)
31. Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga (43)
32. Ride - twenty-one pilots (30)
33. Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (29)
34. White Flag - Joseph (46)
35. Crush - Yuna f/Usher (42)
36. Mama Said - Lukas Graham (36)
37. Peter Pan - Kelsea Ballerini (26)
38. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (38)
39. I Love You Always Forever - Betty Who (49)
40. Permission - RO James (45)
41. Bored To Death - blink-182 (37)
42. Middle Of A Memory - Cole Swindell (52)
43. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers f/Daya (41)
44. I Know Somebody - LoCash (48)
45. Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias f/Wisin (35)
46. I Met A Girl - William Michael Morgan (51)
47. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (47)
48. No Money - Galantis (50)
49. F*ck Your Boyfriend - Ralphi Rosario & Frankie Catalano (59)
50. Starboy - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (DEBUT)
51. Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya (56)
52. Teardrops - Dawn Tallman (64)
53. Weekend - Mr. Mig & Gino Caporale f/Angela Devine (53)
54. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding (67)
55. You Don't Get Me High Anymore - Phantogram (69)
56. Kids - OneRepublic (66)
57. Just Like Fire - Pink (57)
58. Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon (86)
59. Fresh Eyes - Andy Grammer (60)
60. What The World Needs Now Is Love - Broadway For Orlando (61)
61. A Little More Summertime - Jason Aldean (71)
62. Hardwired - Metallica (62)
63. Sunshine - Eric Benet (63)
64. Gold - Kiiara (78)
65. Cleopatra - The Lumineers (73)
66. She Sets The City On Fire - Gavin DeGraw (68)
67. Put 'Em High 2016 - Stonebridge f/Therese (87) 
68. Out There - Kristine W. (44)
69. Beautiful Life - DJ Gozzi & Extraordinary Gentlemen f/Jaclyn Walker (84)
70. Rock On - Tucker Beathard (70)
71. Vice - Miranda Lambert (81)
72. Ophelia - The Lumineers (72)
73. Sleep Without You - Brett Young (83)
74. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake f/Justin Bieber (76)
75. I Can't Stop Thinking About You - Sting (82)
76. Tears - Clean Bandit f/Louisa Johnson (54)
77. You Don't Know Love - Olly Murs (65)
78. Hold Back The River - James Bay (79)
79. Song For Another Time - Old Dominion (89)
80. Alone - Marshmello (80)
81. Fabulous - Dirty Disco f/Jeanie Tracy (DEBUT)
82. We Can Make It - Offer Nissim f/Dana International (DEBUT)
83. Take Me Down - The Pretty Reckless (85)
84. In The Name Of Love - Martin Garrix f/Bebe Rexha (88)
85. How I'll Always Be - Tim McGraw (90)
86. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (96)
87. Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue f/JP Cooper (RE-ENTRY)
88. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (99)
89. Chase You Down - RUNAGROUND (93)
90. Home - Blue October (91)
91. No Limit - Usher f/Young Thug (DEBUT)
92. Livin' The Dream - Drake White (92)
93. Lost On You - LP (97)
94. May We All - Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw (DEBUT)
95. Victory - Karine Hannah (95)
96. Hurts - Emeli Sande (DEBUT)
97. My Way - Calvin Harris (DEBUT)
98. Lovin' Lately - Big & Rich f/Tim McGraw (100)
99. Waiting On You - Tyrese (DEBUT)
100. Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 10/21/16 - I never thought that I could feel this way, you came around and brought about a change in me...


"It's No Crime" - Babyface
from the album Tender Lover (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from R&B/singer Kenneth Edmonds, aka Babyface, who grew up in Indiana, playing with various funk artists before teaming up with Antonio "L.A." Reid. The two formed the group The Deele, who landed a top-10 pop hit in the spring of 1988 with "Two Occasions". At the same time, he had his own solo career, releasing his first solo album in 1986. From that record, Lovers, four singles reached the R&B chart in Billboard magazine, with "I Love You Babe" peaking at #8, however none of them made so much as a dent on the pop chart. After leaving the Deele in 1988, Babyface and Reid became highly sought-after producers and writers, scoring hits for the likes of Sheena Easton, Bobby Brown, and Karyn White, who he had his first #1 hit with his duet with her on "Love Saw It". In 1988, he released his second album, Tender Lover, from which the first single, "It's No Crime", gave Babyface his first big pop solo exposure. Written with Reid and Daryl Simmons, the uptempo track was both smooth and danceable at the same time...


"It's No Crime" not only was Babyface's first top-40 pop hit as a solo artist, it reached the top 10 in October of 1989. The song also went to #1 on Billboard's R&B chart for two weeks (his longest stay there), while the 12" remix became his sole dance hit, getting to #5 on their club play chart. Internationally, the record went to #24 in New Zealand.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Aussie Sweep: October 20, 2016...


Let's take another trip Down Under to check out the singles and albums from local artists that are making the charts in Australia this week...

On that country's Local Artists singles chart, Sia remains at #1 with "The Greatest"...

DJ/producer Timmy Trumpet (aka Timothy Smith from Sydney) arrives at #13 with "Party Till We Die" with American DJ MAKJ and singer Andrew W.K....



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Songoftheday 10/20/16 - Shot like an arrow going through my heart, that's the pain I feel I feel whenever we're apart...


"Miss You Much" - Janet Jackson
from the album Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from Janet Jackson, who went from being "Michael's baby sister" to pop superstar with her third album Control, which spun off six massive singles with "The Pleasure Principle", "What Have You Done For Me Lately", "Nasty", "Let's Wait Awhile", "Control", and the #1 pop hit "When I Think Of You". That string of top-20 pop hits was unprecedented for a solo female artist, putting her immediately in the company of Bruce Springteen, Prince, and of course her brother. She followed up that success with an even more ambitious project, Rhythm Nation 1814. While Control mostly stayed on message of a woman coming of maturity and self-empowerment, Rhythm tackled more social issues, though retaining the infectious musicality (courtesy in great part to her "Flyte Tyme" producers) that enraptured fans to her last set. The first single from the project was a good bridge between the two, as "Miss You Much" gave the loud, crunchy funk but stuck with love matters. But the black-and-white heavily-choreographed video which had almost military cohesion gave a glimpse on what was to come...


"Miss You Much" became Janet's second #1 pop hit in October of 1989, spending an entire month on top, tying Phil Collins' "Another Day In Paradise" for longest stay at #1 in that year. The single also took two weeks atop Billboard's R&B chart, as the 12" single also did on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record went to #2 in Canada and New Zealand, #16 in Germany, and surprisingly only down at #22 in the UK. It would get nominated for a Grammy for best R&B performance (losing to Anita Baker's Giving You The Best That I Got album) and best R&B song (which "If You Don't Know Me By Now" covered by Simply Red won).

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

German Sweep: October 19, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Rag N' Bone man racks up a third week on top...

1. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (1)
2. "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (3)
3. "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (2)
4. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (4)
5. "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed (5)
6. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (10)
7. "Holz" - 257ers (7)
8. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (DEBUT)
9. "Heathens" - twenty-one pilots (9)
10. "Ohne Mein Team" - Bonez MC & RAF Camora featuring Maxwell (RE-ENTRY)

Canadian pop and R&B wunderkind The Weeknd is back at #8 with "Starboy" featuring French electrodance duo Daft Punk. It becomes his second top-10 hit in this country and highest rank (he took "The Hills" to #10)...


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Songoftheday 10/19/16 - All hail the new king in town, young and old gather 'round...


"Partyman" - Prince
from the album Batman (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from Prince, who had been commissioned for the pop music soundtrack (as opposed to the score) for the Tim Burton-directed Batman movie starring Michael Keaton. The totally left-field mish-mash of a single "Batdance" climbed all the way to #1 on the American pop chart (most likely due a large part to name recognition). The second release from the album was a more straightforward (and much more enjoyable, IMHO) funk explosion in "Partyman". Used in the Joker scene in the movie with Jack Nicholson, the groove was no too far from his one in "U Got The Look". (You can see the original video by clicking here. (Here's the "Purple Party" 12" Version...)


 "Partyman" became the second top-40 hit from Batman in October of 1989. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the extended mix spent a couple of weeks on the Dance Club Play list, peaking at #45. Internationally, the record also made the top-20 in the UK (#14), New Zealand (#16), The Netherlands (#16), and Belgium (#16), and #32 in Germany.

Up tomorrow: A nasty girl is feeling so lonely...


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

French Sweep: October 18, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in France, according to their official singles chart, as a new #1 comes in...

1. "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (DEBUT)
2. "Lost On You" - LP (2)
3. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (3)
4. "DKR" - Booba (1)
5. "Encore Un Soir" - Celine Dion (4)
6. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (7)
7. "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (5)
8. "Un Homme Debout" - Claudio Capeo (8)
9. "Le Lac" - Julien Dore' (RE-ENTRY)
10. "Heartbeat" - Richard Orlinski & Eva Simons (6)

American pop sensation Bruno Mars scores his second ever #1 hit (after "Uptown Funk") with "24K Magic"...


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Songoftheday 10/18/16 - I've never known someone before who feels the way you do, all my dreams somehow became true with you...

"When I Looked At Him" - Exposé
from the album What You Don't Know (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the female freestyle dance trio Exposé, who had landed their fifth top-10 hit with the title track and first single from their second album, What You Don't Know. The second release from the record was a ballad, "When I Looked At Him", written by producer Lewis Martinee. While the first single was sung by Gioia Bruno, this love song had Jeanette Jurado on lead...


"When I Looked At Him" continued the group's streak to six straight top ten pop hits in the U.S. in October of 1989. The song also climbed to #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or 'easy listening') radio chart. Internationally, the record went to #18 in Canada, and #5 in the Netherlands.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 10/17/16 - Bad English's "Forget Me Not"...


"Forget Me Not" - Bad English
from the album Bad English (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #45

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the hard rock supergroup Bad English, with Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon from Journey, who had broken up not too long before, and singer John Waite, who worked with Cain before in the power-pop band The Babys. Also on board was another former Baby, Ricky Phillips, and well as drummer Deen Castronovo. Waite, who had a moderately successful solo career, was the frontman for the outfit, but instead of adult-pop musings like his solo work, Bad English were a wall of guitar crunch, as exemplified by the lead single "Ready Or Not". Written by Waite and Cain with Mark Spiro, it brought Waite back to rock radio, and Schon and Cain more to their progressive rock wheelhouse beginnings...


While "Forget Me Not" climbed all the way to #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the single stalled right under the pop top 40 at #45 in August of 1989. They would of course make that up with their follow-up, a little ballad titled "When I See You Smile"...


Songoftheday 10/17/16 - You brought light into my shadows, and made me be your number one priority...


"(You're My One And Only) True Love" - Seduction
from the album Nothing Matters Without Love (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from the dance act Seduction, which was originally a studio creation of producers and remixers Rob Clivilles and David Cole, who would eventually go on to form their own act in the C + C Music Factory. With Carol Cooper providing vocals, their 12" single "Seduction" both gave a name to the act and the first club hit, reaching #17 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart (it also spent a couple of weeks on the British chart, peaking at #87). With this success, they put together a second single, this time more mainstream pop-inflected, and with former "Weather Girls" ("It's Raining Men") singer Martha Wash singing. "(You're My One and Only) True Love", co-written by Clivilles and Cole along with future C+C member Freedom Williams, took ahold at radio, and the producers, like Milli Vanilli, sought a group to represent the single visually, while taking a step farther to become a singing unit of their own to make a record with. New Yorkers Michelle Visage, April Harris, and Idalis DeLeon were hired on to form "Seduction" as what appeared on the album cover and in the video, lipsynching for their lives to Martha's vocal track, which admittedly was so lowkey (for her) that it was easy to not notice...


"...True Love" became Seduction's first top-40 pop hit in October of 1989. The single also climbed to #56 on Billboard's R&B chart. The 12" remix single went to #3 on the Dance Club Play list. It was also a minor hit in the UK, spending a week on the chart at #92.

The song eventually would stir controversy when Wash sued the producers for credit on tracks they used her for from this one to "Gonna Make You Sweat" by the C+C Music Factory. 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Songoftheday 10/16/16 - This here's a tale for all the fellas tryin' to do what those ladies tell us...


"Bust A Move" - Young MC
from the album Stone Cold Rhymin' (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 20

Today's song of the day comes from Marvin Young, aka Young MC, who was born in London but moved to New York as a toddler. While studying economics in college, Young met the future heads of his record label, Delicious Vinyl. There, he first got noticed for aiding in the production and writing of rapper Tone Loc's #1 Loc-ed After Dark album, most of all with the massive singles from the set, "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina". With that momentum, he recorded his own solo album, Stone Cold Rhymin', with a lead single that's even more infectious and fun than the Tone Loc hits. "Bust A Move", co-written and produced by those friends Matt Dike and Michael Ross, and even got some help from Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea...


"Bust A Move" became Young MC's first (and only) top-10 pop hit in October of 1989, spending more time in the top-40 (five months) than any other single in 1989. The record also climbed to #9 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the 12" extended version went to #7 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the track topped the Australian singles chart, and made the top-40 in the Netherlands (#14), Canada (#17), and New Zealand (#25), but was only a minor hit in the UK (#73). "Bust A Move" did earn Marvin the second Grammy Award given out for best rap performance (beating out "Funky Cold Medina", among others).

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Brit Sweep: October 15, 2016...


Let's cross the Atlantic one more time to check out the notable songs and albums making the charts in the UK this week...

On the official British singles chart, X Factor UK alum James Arthur spends a third week at #1 with "Say You Won't Let Go"...

American pop/soul star Bruno Mars is back all the way up at #9 with "24K".  It becomes his 10th top ten hit in the UK in its first week...


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