Wednesday, November 30, 2016

German Sweep: November 30, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Rag N' Bone Man holds on top for a ninth week...

1. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (1)
2. "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (2)
3. "Would I Lie To You?" - David Guetta & Cedric Gervais featuring Chris Willis (3)
4. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (4)
5. "Chöre" - Mark Forster (6)
6. "Say You Won't Let Go" - James Arthur (8)
7. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (5)
8. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (9)
9. "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed (7)
10. "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (10)

There are no entries in the top ten this week; further down the chart, Berlin-based DJ/producer Alle Farben reaches the top-40 at #30 with "Bad Ideas". It's the follow-up to his former top-ten hit "Please Tell Rosie"...


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Songoftheday 11/30/16 - She calls out to the man on the street 'Sir can you help me? It's cold and I've nowhere to sleep, is there somewhere you can tell me?'...

"Another Day In Paradise" - Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from singer/drummer/curmudgeon Phil Collins, who had been oscillating between his stint in the progressive rock-turned-pop rock group Genesis and his own hugely successful solo career. After his solo album in 1985, No Jacket Required, Phil rejoined his bandmates in 1987 for the Invisible Touch album and tour. He spent the next year acting in the British caper movie Buster, and even scored a pair of #1 pop hits in the U.S. with "Two Hearts" and a cover of the Mindbenders' "A Groovy Kind Of Love". Phil closed out the decade with a more somber and reflective album, ...But Seriously, which included some pop fluff but (for him) a large amount of heavier lyrical material. And instead of going flashy, the first single from the record was the downtempo guilt-trip on poverty, "Another Day In Paradise". Written by Collins who produced it with Hugh Padgham, Collins channels the despair of the homeless into a serene, even calming track (with keys plucked like it's a holiday song, considering its release time), and folk-rock hero David Crosby sang backup...


"Another Day In Paradise" became Phil's seventh and so far latest #1 pop hit in the U.S. in December of 1989, being both the final #1 of the 80's and the first of the 90's spending a month at the top and tying Janet Jackson's "Miss You Much" as the longest stay of the year. The single also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, and spent five weeks at the top of their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list. It would be the biggest pop hit of 1989 in the States. Internationally, the single topped the charts in Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Switzerland, and hit #2 in Ireland, Finland, Austria, and his native Britain.

At the 1991 Grammy awards, Phil would win a Grammy for Record of the Year for "Another Day...", and was nominated for Song of the Year (losing to "From A Distance"), Male Pop Vocal (which the late Roy Orbison got for a live recording of "Oh, Pretty Woman"), and Music Video (Paula Abdul snagged that one for "Opposites Attract"). The ...But Seriously album was up for album of the year, and Phil and Hugh up for producer of the year, losing both to Quincy Jones for his Back On The Block album. He did take two American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock album and artist that year, however.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

French Sweep: November 28, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as Bruno Mars returns to the top of the chart, where he started with this song...

1. "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (2)
2. "Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd (DEBUT)
3. "Tchikita" - Jul (8)
4. "Heathens" - twenty-one pilots (9)
5. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (RE-ENTRY)
6. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (10)
7. "Lost On You" - LP (5)
8. "I Feel So Bad" - KUNGS featuring Ephemerals (4)
9. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (RE-ENTRY)
10. "I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (DEBUT)

After conquering the American charts with the back-door trick of the internet meme (the "Mannequin Challenge"), rap duo Rae Sremmurd leaps into the top 10 of the French sales chart with "Black Beatles" featuring Gucci Mane. It's the sibling's first time in the top 100, let alone the top ten...


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Songoftheday 11/29/16 - Miracle of miracles look what the night dragged in, it's a pocket full of misery and trouble on the wind...

"Don't Ask Me Why" - Eurythmics
from the album We Too Are One (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #40 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from the British new wave duo Eurythmics, who had last scored a top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in 1986 with their modern rock jam "Missionary Man". The following year, they released their stellar album Savage, though they just missed the American Top-40 with the loud and racy "I Need A Man". Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart toned it back to their synthpop start on their eighth album We Too Are One. While internationally the bouncy "Revival" came as the first single, reaching #30 in the UK and top-10 in Sweden and Switzerland, in America the more subdued "Don't Ask Me Why" was promoted as the lead track. With a start that hearkened to their "Here Comes The Rain Again" with string flourishes and a restrained vocal from Annie, the single brought them back to mainstream radio here...


"Don't Ask Me Why" became the Eurythmics' tenth and so-far most recent top-40 pop hit in the States in November of 1989. The song also climbed to #12 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in Italy (#16), Ireland (#17), Canada (#21), Switzerland (#30), Australia (#35), and their native Britain (#25). The duo would have two more British top-40 hits from the album with the bombastic "King and Queen of America" (#29) and the mournful reflection of "Angel" (#23). They would not work together as "Eurythmics" for a decade, with Dave landing a top-40 pop hit in the U.S. with the instrumental "Lily Was Here" with saxophonist Candy Dulfer, and Annie having a fruitful solo career since. The pair reunited in 1999 for their most recent studio album, Peace. The first single "I Saved The World Today" just missed the British top ten at #11, while "17 Again" went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart in America. In 2005, they released the hits set Ultimate Collection, and a new track from the record, "I've Got A Life (It's The Only Thing That's Mine)", reached #31 on the American adult contemporary radio chart and spent three weeks at #1 on the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard, while it peaked at #14 in the UK. Going their separate ways again, we may yet see another reunion in the future.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 11/28/16 - Regina Belle's "Baby Come To Me"...

"Baby Come To Me" - Regina Belle
from the album Stay With Me (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #60

This week's 'robbed hit' comes from soul singer Regina Belle, who like today's SOTD artist Sybil grew up in northern New Jersey (Englewood). Developing her musical skills in school as well as church, she got her break opening for vocal group the Manhattans, appearing on their 1986 single "Where Did We Go Wrong?", which just missed the R&B top-40 at #42. Landing her own solo record deal (as the Manhattans were ending their tenure at Columbia), Regina released her debut album a year later. The first single from the set, "Show Me The Way", climbed to #2 on Billboard's R&B chart and #68 on their pop Hot 100. Later that year, she teamed up with Peabo Bryson for the first time for a soundtrack duet, but this time it would be for one of the worst mainstream films of all time, Bill Cosby's Leonard, Pt. 6. Nevertheless, the Diane Warren-penned "Without You" would give Regina her first adult contemporary hit at #8, and also got to the pop (#89) and soul (#14) lists.

In 1989, Regina would put out her sophomore effort Stay With Me in 1989. After the lead track for radio from the album, the duet "All I Want Is Forever" from the movie Tap with J.T. Taylor of Kool and the Gang hit #2 R&B/#34 Adult Contemporary but missing the pop chart, it would be the seductive "quiet storm" classic "Baby Come To Me" that brought pop radio on board. Written by producer Narada Michael Walden along with Jeffrey Cohen, the single thankfully departed from the former's cold production of his 80s work...


While "Baby Come To Me" became Belle's first #1 R&B hit in America, the single stopped down at #60 on Billboard's pop chart in November of 1989.

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Songoftheday 11/28/16 - Don't pick on the things I say the things I do, just love me with all my faults...

"Don't Make Me Over" - Sybil
from the album Sybil (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from R&B/dance singer Sybil (Lynch), a native of the northern New Jersey city of Paterson, who released her debut album Let Yourself Go in 1987. It contained her first single "Falling In Love", which was a minor club hit at #29 and even popped on to the British pop chart at #68. The title track did even better overseas, reaching #32 in the UK (and #23 on the American dance list). A third single from the album, the house music jam "My Love Is Guaranteed", scored Sybil her first top ten club hit in America at #4. However, none of these songs touched the pop list in the U.S., with a sound more suited to strict R&B stations and dance clubs with freestyle and soul inclinations. But for her next self-titled release, Sybil would be the first to have mainstream success with a beat brought to the pop stage by British act Soul II Soul, whose "Keep On Movin'" just missed American top ten in September of 1989. It was on a cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic "Don't Make Me Over" that caught radio's ears this time. First made popular by Dionne Warwick, it was originally put as a "B-side" to a single, but became her first hit at #21 pop/#5 soul in 1962...


Using the mid-tempo Soul II Soul-style beat, it substituted Dionne's vocal strength with Sybil's softer cooing letting the groove dictate the listen...


Sybil's take on "Don't Make Me Over" was her sole top-40 pop hit in America in December of 1989. The song also was her biggest R&B hit in the U.S., spending a week at #2. The 12" remixed version of the track peaked at #4 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the cover went to #1 in New Zealand, got to #19 in the UK, and slipped into the top-40 in Germany. She would use the same treatment for her next single, another Warwick/Bacharach/David cover, this time "Walk On By". It stopped down at #74 on the Hot 100 in the U.S., but got into the top ten on the R&B (#3) and Dance (#7) charts, and was his first top ten effort in Britain at #6. The third release from Sybil, a collaboration with female rappers Salt-N-Pepa on the new jack swing-style "Crazy 4 U", got to #19 R&B, but missed the pop list, as well as the fourth single, a cover of the Jacksons' "I Wanna Be Where You Are" (#86 R&B).

The following year, Sybil hooked up with British star producers Stock, Aitken, and Waterman for help with her next record, Sybilization, but even approximating the Soul II Soul groove with original material for first single "Make It Easy On Me" didn't cause it to reach the R&B top-40 (although it truly is a worthy effort), and it only spent a week at #99 in the UK despite the PWL production team's cred. In 1993, Sybil released Doin' It Now, a US/Canada only record, and was a more successful set with radio, with the midtempo soul of "You're The Love Of My Life" reaching #37 on the American R&B chart, and her biggest British hit, a HI-NRG cover of Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes' disco classic "The Love I Lost" (#3 UK) with DJ/producer West End aka Eddie Gordon (the two songs got on the American pop chart together as a double-sided single at #90). Those two were included on the British/international version of the album, Good N' Ready, which also had another top-5 British hit with "When I'm Good and Ready". Another song from that set not included on Doin' It Now, "Beyond Your Wildest Dreams", was Sybil's most recent American R&B hit at #90. She continued to have modest success in the UK for a handful more singles, with "Why" in 1997 her last lead-artist hit at #81. In 2002, she guested on a single from dance act Blaze on "When I Fall In Love", which spent a week at #91 in Britain. She more recently spent her time teaching.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Songoftheday 11/27/16 - I keep getting closer to the love I know, I'm ready and willing getting out of control...

"With Every Beat Of My Heart" - Taylor Dayne
from the album Can't Fight Fate (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from New Yorker dance/pop sensation Taylor Dayne, whose debut album Tell It To My Heart spun off four top-ten pop singles in the U.S. with the title track, "Prove Your Love", "I'll Always Love You", and "Don't Rush Me", spending between them over a year on the chart. At the close of the decade, Taylor released her sophomore effort, Can't Fight Fate. The lead single, "With Every Beat Of My Heart", was a brash, punchy dance-pop anthem that showed off her pipes pretty well. Written by club master Arthur Baker along with Tommy Faragher (who appeared on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) and songwriter Lotti Golden (another New Yorker who had a lot of critical acclaim), the single was commercial to the core but oh, so booty-shaking...


"With Every Beat Of My Heart" became Dayne's fifth consecutive top ten pop hit in America in December of 1989. The song also climbed to #22 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, while the set of remixes on the 12" single peaked at #8 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the track went to #5 in Canada, climbed to #18 in Switzerland, but stalled down at #53 in the UK and #67 in Australia.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Brit Sweep: November 26, 2016...


Let's head across the Atlantic one more time to check out the notable singles and albums reaching the charts in the UK this week...

On the British singles chart, Clean Bandit spends a third week on top with "Rockabye". There are two songs entering the top-40, and both are non-radio-promoted album tracks from the just-released album from The Weeknd: "I Feel It Coming" at #18 and "Party Monster" at #33. Neither is available to hear on YouTube as yet...

The sixth track from British R&B/pop singer Craig David's stellar "comeback" album to reach the chart is the official BBC Children In Need charity single, "All We Needed", which enters at #42. "When The Bassline Drops" got to #10...


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Songoftheday 11/26/16 - I don't need no license to sign on no line, and I don't need no preacher to tell me you're mine...

"Living In Sin" - Bon Jovi
from the album New Jersey (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from Bon Jovi, whose album named for their home state New Jersey had already become like a Bad to their previous album Slippery When Wet being Thriller, not getting as much praise but spinning off hit singles like nobody's business, already scoring four top-ten songs with "Lay Your Hands On Me", "Born To Be My Baby", "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There For You", the latter two going all the way to #1. The fifth single from the record would be "Living In Sin", the "let's wait to get married" screed written by Jon Bon Jovi and produced by Bruce Fairbairn...


"Living In Sin" became the fifth top ten hit from New Jersey in December of 1989. The song also climbed to #37 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the record reached the top-20 in Ireland (#17), Canada (#19), and Switzerland (#20), and peaked at #35 in the UK.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for November 25, 2016...


Friday's here, and I'm ready to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Bruno Mars lands in the #1 spot in just five weeks, while Kings of Leon (pictured above) leap into the top-5. Former big hits from Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Pink, and Joseph drop off my chart, while songs from John Legend, Little Mix, and Cole Plante make the biggest jumps (move of 10+ places highlighted in red). Happy Thanksgiving weekend...

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars (3)
2. Good Grief - Bastille (1)
3. Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney f/Pink (4)
4. Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon (8)
5. Starboy - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (6)
6. Bang Bang - Green Day (2)
7. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (5)
8. Move - Luke Bryan (10)
9. Closer - The Chainsmokers f/Halsey (9)
10. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (7)
11. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 f/Kendrick Lamar (22)
12. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes (12)
13. Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga (13)
14. Middle Of A Memory - Cole Swindell (16)
15. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (15)
16. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul (11)
17. Kids - One Republic (21)
18. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (14)
19. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (17)
20. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (24)
21. Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya (23)
22. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (18)
23. I Love You Always Forever - Betty Who (19)
24. Cold Water - Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MO (20)
25. Sleep Without You - Brett Young (33)
26. Telepathy - Christina Aguilera f/Nile Rodgers (28)
27. Permission - Ro James (27)
28. Cleopatra - The Lumineers (30)
29. Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake (29)
30. Dancing On My Own - Robyn (26)
31. Fresh Eyes - Andy Grammer (36)
32. Gold - Kiiara (38)
33. Song For Another Time - Old Dominion (41)
34. I Can't Stop Thinking About You - Sting (44)
35. This Girl - KUNGS vs. Cookin' on 3 Burners (25)
36. Wanna Be That Song - Brett Eldredge (43)
37. Put 'Em High 2016 - Stonebridge f/Therese (37)
38. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding (34)
39. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (47)
40. The Greatest - Sia f/Kendrick Lamar (50)
41. My Way - Calvin Harris (51)
42. People Grinnin' - NERVO f/The Child Of Lov (52)
43. 11 Blocks - Wrabel (31)
44. Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue f/JP Cooper (49)
45. You Don't Get Me High Anymore - Phantogram (35)
46. A Little More Summertime - Jason Aldean (48)
47. Thick Of It - Mary J. Blige (59)
48. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (46)
49. Sunshine - Eric Benet (53)
50. Rise - Katy Perry (32)
51. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake f/Justin Bieber (61)
52. It Don't Hurt Like It Used To - Billy Currington (42)
53. Believe - Crystal Waters f/Sted-E & Hybrid Heights (63)
54. Beautiful Life - DJ Gozzi & Extraordinary Gentlemen f/Jaclyn Walker (54)
55. Vice - Miranda Lambert (55)
56. Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban (68)
57. She Sets The City On Fire - Gavin DeGraw (58)
58. How I'll Always Be - Tim McGraw (62)
59. Love Me Now - John Legend (81)
60. I Know Somebody - LoCash (45)
61. Teardrops - Cole Plante & Bobi (78)
62. May We All - Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw (66)
63. Waiting On You - Tyrese (67)
64. Carry On - Norah Jones (64)
65. Take Me Down - The Pretty Reckless (65)
66. Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (56)
67. In The Name Of Love - Martin Garrix f/Bebe Rexha (71)
68. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (73)
69. Stronger Together - Jessica Sanchez (69)
70. Side To Side - Ariana Grande f/Nicki Minaj (80)
71. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (67)
72. Dirty Laundry - Carrie Underwood (86)
73. Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix (93)
74. Say It To Me - Pet Shop Boys (DEBUT)
75. Livin' The Dream - Drake White (79)
76. Bored To Death - blink-182 (72)
77. When The Tequila Runs Out - Dawes (87)
78. Feel Invincible - Skillet (82)
79. It Ain't Over - Bello Boys & Dan Donica f/Seri (83)
80. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (76)
81. 80s Mercedes - Maren Morris (94)
82. If The Boot Fits - Granger Smith (92)
83. Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara (95)
84. Ophelia - The Lumineers (84)
85. Welcome To Your Life - Grouplove (89)
86. Play That Song - Train (88)
87. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (DEBUT)
88. I Hate U, I Love U - gnash f/Olivia O'Brien (96)
89. Move - Saint Motel (RE-ENTRY)
90. The Girl From Ipanema - Ana Paula f/Deborah Cox (90)
91. Somebody's Love - Passenger (DEBUT)
92. Rockabye - Clean Bandit f/Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (DEBUT)
93. I Met A Girl - William Michael Morgan (85)
94. Starving - Hailee Steinfeld & Grey f/Zedd (98)
95. Heartbreak Hotline - Pool Kids (DEBUT)
96. Open Your Eyes - Disturbed (DEBUT)
97. Crazy Love - Audien f/Deb's Daughter (99)
98. Star Of The Show - Thomas Rhett (DEBUT)
99. Heartbeat - Richard Orlinski & Eva Simons (100)
100. Don't Stop - Zack Zilla (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 11/25/16 - Well you're all grown up and lookin good, been painting your face like a geisha would...

"Sugar Daddy" - Thompson Twins
from the album Big Trash (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from the Thompson Twins, who became a true duo when Joe Leeway left the group in the mid-80s, leaving Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie to front their top-40 hit from the spring of 1987, "Get That Love". They also topped the dance chart the following year with a club rework of the early single "In The Name Of Love". After switching record labels to Warner Brothers, the pair recorded their seventh studio album, Big Trash. The first single from the set was the bouncy dance-pop track "Sugar Daddy", written and produced by Bailey and Currie...


"Sugar Daddy" became the Twins' seventh and so-far final top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in November of 1989. The song also climbed to #16 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, while the 12" single of remixes went all the way to #2 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record went to #38 in Canada, and slipped on to the British chart for a week at #97.

The duo started the 90's with the album Queer, and while the first single, "Come Inside", was a respectable dance hit at #7, and landed at #23 on the Modern Rock chart, it missed the pop list entirely. That song was a minor hit in their native Britain (#56), as was their follow-up "The Saint" (#53), which America ignored completely. Rechristening themselves Babble with the addition of Keith Fernley, they had a couple more club hits, with "Love Has No Name" reaching #10 in 1996. Bailey and Currie split professionally, then romantically, divorcing in 2003. Tom still tours behind their music under the Thompson Twins name.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Aussie Sweep: November 24, 2016...


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

On the Australian Artists singles chart, Guy Sebastian climbs to #1 with "Set In Stone"...

Sebastian was a long-running mentor/judge on the X Factor Australia after winning Australian Idol way back in the day. Now this week the winners of the fourth and seventh seasons of X Factor, Samantha Jade and Cyrus (Villanueva), come together at #7 with "Hurt Anymore"...


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Songoftheday 11/24/16 - Cold coolin' at a bar and I'm lookin' for some action, but like Mike Jagger said I can't get no satisfaction...


"Funky Cold Medina" - Tone Lōc
from the album Lōc-ed After Dark (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

(Ed. Note: wouldn't you know I forgot this one back in July, so I'll use Thankgiving to catch up...)

Today's Song of the day comes from Los Angeles rapper Tone Lōc, who had been one of the biggest pop successes in the genre, landing a #1 album and a #2 double-platinum single with "Wild Thing".  His second single from the album was a similar comedic bit of un-PC storytelling, "Funky Cold Medina". Written by Young MC (who had his own success later with "Bust A Move") along with Delicious Vinyl label heads/producers Matt Dike and Michael Ross, the single threw a pre-illegal trove of samples (most noticeably Foreigner's "Hot Blooded") to a joke about a drink that makes you do unspeakable things, like a bro'd-up "Love Potion #9", with a touch of transphobia mixed in...


"Funky Cold Medina" became Tone's second top-10 hit on the pop Hot 100 in America in April of 1989. The song also climbed to #7 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the 12" remix made it to #8 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single reached the top-10 in Australia (#8) and New Zealand (#3), and got to #13 in the UK.

The third single from Lōc-ed After Dark, "I Got It Goin' On", missed the pop chart in the U.S., but was a minor R&B hit at #59 and made the top-40 in New Zealand at #27. A year later, he appeared on the multi-artist public service announcement single "We're All In The Same Gang", which reached the top-40 (it'll be a future SOTD). In 1991, the rapper released his second (and to-date last) studio album, Cool Hand Loc, and the first single "All Through The Night", with vocals from El Debarge, slipped on to the pop chart at #80, while going to a respectable #16 on the R&B list. Since then, he's been more known for his acting and voiceover work.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

German Sweep: November 23, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as blues-rocker Rag N' Bone Man racks up an eighth week at #1...

1. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (1)
2. "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (3)
3. "Would I Lie To You?" - David Guetta & Cedric Gervais featuring Chris Willis (2)
4. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (4)
5. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (6)
6. "Chöre" - Mark Forster (DEBUT)
7. "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed (5)
8. "Say You Won't Let Go" - James Arthur (9)
9. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (7)
10. "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (8)

Singer/rapper Mark Forster lands in the top 10 with a song I featured last week when it leaped into the top-40, "Chöre" ("Choir"). It's his fourth top-10 hit now, following his last, "Wir sind groß" which peaked at #3...


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Songoftheday 11/23/16 - Take my hand tell me what you are feeling, understand this is just the beginning...

"Leave A Light On" - Belinda Carlisle
from the album Runaway Horses (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from Belinda Carlisle, whose second album after leaving the Go-Go's, Heaven On Earth, was wildly popular, scoring her three top-10 pop hits in the US with "Circle In The Sand", "I Get Weak", and the titular "Heaven Is A Place On Earth". (A fourth single, a cover of Cream's "I Feel Free", was a minor hit in America at #88, while another track from the album, "World Without You", became a top-40 hit in the UK and Ireland.) She also guested on a British top-40 hit from alt-rock band Then Jerico, "What Does It Take" (#33, UK). After a successful world tour, Belinda released her third solo album Runaway Horses in 1989. The first single from the record was "Leave A Light On", written by producer Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, the pair that penned "Heaven..." and "Circle...". And George Harrison of the Beatles steps in to play guitar...


Belinda Carlisle - Leave a Light On by hushhush112

While "Leave A Light On" climbed to #8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, the song stopped one notch short of the pop top 10 in December of 1989. Internationally, the song was a much bigger hit, landing in the top 10 in the UK (#4), Ireland (#4), Italy (#4), Austria (#4), Australia (#5), Canada (#6), the Netherlands (#7), Switzerland (#8), and Sweden (#8).

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

French Sweep: November 22, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official chart, as a musical and artistic legend is honored in his passing...

1. "Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen (DEBUT)
2. "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars (4)
3. "Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen (DEBUT)
4. "I Feel So Bad" - KUNGS featuring Ephemerals (3)
5. "Lost On You" - LP (2)
6. "This Girl" - KUNGS vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (5)
7. "Heartbeat" - Richard Orlinski & Eva Simons (1)
8. "Tchikita" - Jul (DEBUT)
9. "Heathens" - twenty-one pilots (10)
10. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (7)

Canadian poet and singer/songwriter Richard Cohen sadly passed this world on November 7th, and no one better than the French love a melancholy observer of life like he was. He had never reached the top-40 on the singles chart, but now has five entries, including what may be his masterpiece, "Hallelujah", which enters at #1. It's from his 1984 album Various Positions...


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Songoftheday 11/22/16 - Look at this face I know the years are showing, look at this life I still don't know where it's going...

"Don't Know Much" - Linda Ronstadt with Aaron Neville
from the album Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from songstress Linda Ronstadt, who had transformed from the hip rock chick of the 70s that converted oldies to fresh radio hits to the soft-pop siren of the 80s, as encaptured in her trilogy of standards albums and her huge hit from spring of 1987, "Somewhere Out There". That single from the animated movie An American Tail paired her with rising soul singer James Ingram, and took her to just missing the top of the pop chart by a notch at #2. She also dabbled in other genres, with her excellent country music collaboration with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris on the original Trio album in 1987, and then her "back to my roots" heritage set Canciones de Mi Padre later that year. Two years later, Linda returned to pop music with the release of her sixteenth solo studio album Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind. On four of the songs on the album she was joined by veteran R&B singer Aaron Neville. Neville, who had reached #2 with "Tell It Like It Is" way back in 1966, hadn't been on the pop chart since 1967. With his emotional high tenor providing a different kind of tone to the duets, it provided for a richer listen for those fans of softer rock music. The first single, "Don't Know Much", was a by-the-book love ballad from writers Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Tom Snow, but the pair sold it like it was Oscar night. Mind you, in the early post-Reagan years, it still raised eyes for a mixed race love pairing (even if just in song)...


"Don't Know Much" also climbed all the way to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in December of 1989. And like "Somewhere Out There", the single topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the song went to #1 in Ireland, #2 in the UK and Australia, and hit the top ten in Austria (#3), New Zealand (#4), Belgium (#4), Canada (#5), and the Netherlands (#6). The record would earn the pair a Grammy for best Pop Vocal Performance from a Duo or a Group, but lost Song of the Year in 1990 to Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings".

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 11/21/16 - Christopher Williams' "Talk To Myself"...

"Talk To Myself" - Christopher Williams
from the album Adventures In Paradise (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #49

This week's "robbed hit" comes from R&B singer Christopher Williams, who hails from the Bronx and released his debut album Adventures in Paradise right at the beginning of the "new-jack-swing" style phenomenon. With a growling voice like Keith Sweat, it was easy to mistake that artist for the singer on Williams' debut single "Talk To Myself", written by Timmy Gatling of the band Guy and Alton Stewart...


While "Talk To Myself" became Willliams' first top-ten R&B hit at #4, the song stopped short at about the halfway mark on the American pop Hot 100 in October of 1989. The 12" remix made it to #18. It would be his highest rank on the pop chart, though he followed this song with another soul top-tenner, "Promises, Promises" (#7). In 1991, Christopher acted in the movie New Jack City, and his contribution to its soundtrack, "I'm Dreamin'", ended up going all the way to #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, while slipping into the pop list at #89. That song also appeared on the CD versions of his sophomore effort, Changes, in 1992. Another track from the record, "Every Little Thing U Do", scored him his most recent top ten R&B hit at #7 and pop chart appearance at #75. A year later, a third album emerged, with a top-40 R&B single in "Dance 4 Me" (#25). The follow-up, "If You Say", was his most recent R&B chart appearance at #91. Meanwhile, besides his acting career, he's been in the public eye with his relationships, both good (Halle Berry) and bad (Clueless actress turned right-wing shill Stacey Dash).


Songoftheday 11/21/16 - Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio...

"We Didn't Start The Fire" - Billy Joel
from the album Storm Front (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from singer, songwriter, and "piano man" Billy Joel, who had taken a relatively long break since his 1986 album The Bridge, which wasn't as huge a financial success as his previous albums, but still spun off two top-10 pop hits in the U.S. with "Modern Woman" and "A Matter Of Trust" along with a track that topped Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary radio chart, "This Is The Time". The following year he traveled to Russia for a series of landmark concerts that ended up being documented on the Концерт album which made the top 40 on the albums sales chart in America and sold over a million copies. But it wasn't until almost the end of the decade for his next studio album to be released. Storm Front was a more mature album in the vein of The Bridge with some of the angst present in his Nylon Curtain set from 1982. The first single from the record, "We Didn't Start The Fire", was a rapid-fire spittake of history cues with a delivery that brought R.E.M.'s similar "It's The End Of The World As We Know It", but with less of random rhymes and more timelines. It starts out in Billy's birth year of 1949 and continues down the path of mostly doom and gloom with a few fun points thrown in for good measure, though this was the first #1 song to have "AIDS" in the lyrics...


 "We Didn't Start The Fire" became Billy's third and so-far last #1 pop hit in the U.S. in December of 1989. The single also reached the top ten on Billboard's Mainstream Rock (#6) and Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") (#5) radio charts, Internationally, The song made the top ten in Canada (#2), Australia (#2), Ireland (#3), Germany (#4), New Zealand (#5), Austria (#7), and the UK (#7). He would earn three Grammy nominations in 1990, losing Song and Record of the Year to Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings", and Best Male Pop Vocal to Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You". 

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Songoftheday 11/20/16 - Something in your eyes seems to hypnotize, every time I look at you I get butterflies...


"My Heart Skips A Beat" - Cover Girls
from the album We Can't Go Wrong (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #38 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2

Today's song of the day comes from the Latin freestyle dance music trio the Cover Girls, whose debut album Show Me sent five singles into the American pop chart, including two that reached the top-40; "Because Of You" and "Promise Me". In 1989, Angel Clivillés, Caroline Jackson, and newer member Margo Urban recorded their second album, We Can't Go Wrong. The first single, "My Heart Skips A Beat", was another slice of freestyle magic written by David Cole (of the soon to be C+C Music Factory), who produced it with Robert Clivillés, her husband...


"My Heart Skips A Beat" became the trio's third top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. The 12" club mix matched their debut "Show Me" as their highest-charting single on the Dance Club Play list at #4.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Brit Sweep: November 19, 2016...


It's time to cross the Atlantic yet again to check out the notable songs and albums making the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, Clean Bandit spend a second week at #1 with "Rockabye" with Anne-Marie and Sean Paul...

London-based indie-pop band the xx return with the highest debut of the week at #38 with "On Hold". It's the first single from their upcoming third album I See You. The song is their second British top-40 hit; they went to #34 in 2010 with "Islands"...


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Songoftheday 11/19/16 - What's you're doing out in the night time why'd you call me on the phone, yhour mama can't solve your problem when's daddy ever get home...

"Don't Close Your Eyes" - Kix
from the album Blow My Fuse (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from the heavy metal band Kix, who came together in the Appalachian northwestern Maryland city of Hagerstown in the late 70s, with Steve Whiteman taking over lead vocals from lead guitarist Brian Forsythe before they released their eponymous debut album in 1981. Their second, the slightly more mainstream Cool Kids, slipped them on to the albums chart in Billboard for the first time in 1983. However, it wasn't until their fourth release, Blow My Fuse, that eventually found them unlocking the power-ballad puzzle that got them to pop radio. After three uptempo singles that missed the Mainstream Rock radio chart, "Don't Close Your Eyes", written by the band's bassist Donnie Purrell with members of two other bands, Bob Halligan and John Palumbo, had the dark aura (this time with lyrics about suicide) along with Whiteman's screeching voice like that of Tom Kiefer of Cinderella...


"Don't Close Your Eyes" became Kix's only single to reach the pop chart, just missing the top ten by a notch in December of 1989. The song also climbed to #16 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart.

In 1991 the band released their next album, Hot Wire, and while they scored two minor hits on the rock chart, "Girl Money" (#26) and another power-ballad "Tear Down The Walls" (#42), they weren't able to climb above the rising tide of grunge and alternative rock on mainstream radio. Taking a break to pursue other projects, they reunited in the early 2000s (without Purnell this time). In 2014, they returned to the albums sales chart with their seventh effort Rock Your Face Off, which peaked at a not-too-shabby #49.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

twostepcub's music chart for November 18, 2016...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Bastille holds tight for a second week at #1, while Bruno Mars (pictured above) looks ready to challenge them for next week by strutting into the top-3. Songs from Jessica Sanchez, Mary J. Blige, and Crystal Waters make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from twenty-one pilots, Bishop Briggs, and the Chainsmokers/Daya (all who have a good chance of making my top 100 of the year) drop out. It isn't getting any easier...

This Week             Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Good Grief - Bastille (1)
2. Bang Bang - Green Day (2)
3. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars (7)
4. Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney f/Pink (4)
5. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (3)
6. Starboy - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (8)
7. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (5)
8. Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon (18)
9. Closer - The Chainsmokers f/Halsey (6)
10. Move - Luke Bryan (10)
11. Cheap Thrills - Sia f/Sean Paul (9)
12. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes (12)
13. Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga (15)
14. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele (14)
15. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (11)
16. Middle Of A Memory - Cole Swindell (20)
17. HandClap - Fitz & The Tantrums (13)
18. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (16)
19. I Love You Always Forever - Betty Who (19)
20. Cold Water - Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber & MO (17)
21. Kids - OneRepublic (31)
22. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 f/Kendrick Lamar (39)
23. Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya (33)
24. Unsteady - X Ambassadors (30)
25. This Girl - KUNGS vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners (21)
26. Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott (24)
27. Permission - Ro James (28)
28. Telepathy - Christina Aguilera f/Nile Rodgers (34)
29. Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake (25)
30. Cleopatra - The Lumineers (42)
31. 11 Blocks - Wrabel (23)
32. Rise - Katy Perry (22)
33. Sleep Without You - Brett Young (43)
34. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding (27)
35. You Don't Get Me High Anymore - Phantogram (36)
36. Fresh Eyes - Andy Grammer (41)
37. Put 'Em High 2016 - Stonebridge f/Therese (37)
38. Gold - Kiiara (44)
39. In Common - Alicia Keys (29)
40. Hymn For The Weekend - Coldplay (26)
41. Song For Another Time - Old Dominion (47)
42. It Don't Hurt Like It Used To - Billy Currington (32)
43. Wanna Be That Song - Brett Eldredge (50)
44. I Can't Stop Thinking About You - Sting (49)
45. I Know Somebody - LoCash (35)
46. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris f/Rihanna (38)
47. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (52)
48. A Little More Summertime - Jason Aldean (48)
49. Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue f/JP Cooper (57)
50. The Greatest - Sia f/Kendrick Lamar (58)
51. My Way - Calvin Harris (63)
52. People Grinnin' - NERVO f/The Child Of Lov (67)
53. Sunshine - Eric Benet (53)
54. Beautiful Life - DJ Gozzi & Extraordinary Gentlemen f/Jaclyn Walker (54)
55. Vice - Miranda Lambert (55)
56. Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (46)
57. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (51)
58. She Sets The City On Fire - Gavin DeGraw (60)
59. Thick Of It - Mary J. Blige (81)
60. White Flag - Joseph (40)
61. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake f/Justin Bieber (65)
62. How I'll Always Be - Tim McGraw (66)
63. Believe - Crystal Waters f/Sted-E & Hybrid Heights (85)
64. Carry On - Norah Jones (80)
65. Take Me Down - The Pretty Reckless (70)
66. May We All - Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw (72)
67. Waiting On You - Tyrese (79)
68. Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban (73)
69. Stronger Together - Jessica Sanchez (94)
70. F**k Your Boyfriend - Ralphi Rosario & Frankie Catalano (45)
71. In The Name Of Love - Martin Garrix f/Bebe Rexha (75)
72. Bored To Death - blink-182 (62)
73. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (78)
74. Rock On - Tucker Beathard (68)
75. Chase You Down - RUNAGROUND (76)
76. Lake By The Ocean - Maxwell (61)
77. Hurts - Emeli Sande (82)
78. Teardrops - Cole Plante & Bobi (93)
79. Livin' The Dream - Drake White (83)
80. Side To Side - Ariana Grande f/Nicki Minaj (84)
81. Love Me Now - John Legend (96)
82. Feel Invincible - Skillet (86)
83. It Ain't Over - The Bello Boys & Dan Donica f/Seri (88)
84. Ophelia - The Lumineers (74)
85. I Met A Girl - William Michael Morgan (64)
86. Dirty Laundry - Carrie Underwood (91)
87. When The Tequila Runs Out - Dawes (95)
88. Play That Song - Train (92)
89. Welcome To Your Life - Grouplove (89)
90. The Girl From Ipanema - Ana Paula f/Deborah Cox (90)
91. Just Like Fire - Pink (71)
92. If The Boot Fits - Granger Smith (99)
93. Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix (97)
94. 80s Mercedes - Maren Morris (98)
95. Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara (DEBUT)
96. I Hate U, I Love U - gnash f/Olivia O'Brien (RE-ENTRY)
97. Holy Commotion - The Pretenders (DEBUT)
98. Starving - Hailee Steinfeld & Grey f/Zedd (DEBUT)
99. Crazy Love - Audien f/Deb's Daughter (RE-ENTRY)
100. Heartbeat - Richard Orlinski & Eva Simons (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 11/18/16 - Sittin' at home with my d**k on hard, so I got the black book for a freak to call...


"Me So Horny" - 2 Live Crew
from the album As Nasty As They Wanna Be (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the lascivious rap group 2 Live Crew, who originally came together in California under producer David Hobbs (DJ Mr Mixx) and Chris Wong Won (Fresh Kid Ice), but moved to Florida upon their early regional success there. Recruiting Miami locals Luther Campbell, aka "Luke Skyywalker", and Mark Ross, aka "Brother Marquis", they released their debut album As Nasty As They Want To Be in 1986. With foul-mouthed lyrics and song titles like "Throw The Dick" and "We Want Some Pussy", they quickly gained a reputation for the go-to rap group for the stripper bars (like those in Tampa, Florida) that would provide inspiration for the Crew. The album went Gold, and set them up for their sophomore (or sophomoric) effort Move Somethin'. With a little more comic production at hand, they reached the top half of the Billboard 200 albums chart, and scored two minor R&B hits with the title track (#53) and a Fat Boys-style-gone-to-hell take-off of the 60s Manfred Mann hit "Do Wah Diddy" (#62). They also covered another oldies hit, "Yakety Yak", for the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito movie Twins and slipped into the British chart for their only time at #90 in 1988.

The following year, the group released what would be their biggest album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be. Continuing their no-holds-barred love of women as sexual objects, the piece started off with their first single "Me So Horny". Titled from a quip from the Vietnam War movie Full Metal Jacket and anchored by the groove lifted from funk band Mass Production's 1979 single "Firecracker", which just missed the pop top-40 at #43, the production was addictive enough for a few brave radio stations to play the track. But no matter, word of mouth got around, and the single became what would be called now a "viral hit"...


"Me So Horny" became the 2 Live Crew's first top-40 pop hit in November of 1989, eventually spending 30 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The track also climbed to #34 on their R&B chart, and #1 on their Rap Singles chart. The 12" single was a big hit in the clubs, going to #5 on the dance club play list. Internationally, the record topped the singles chart in the Netherlands for two weeks, and peaked at #9 in neighboring Belgium. However, the backlash from what considered itself "mainstream America" was hard and fast; they were brought up on obscenity charges in court which not only involved professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (the "have a beer with a cop and Obama" guy), but made it to the Supreme Court, who upheld the reversal of the original decree of obscenity. Looking back now, a bit quaint, don't you think?

Two more of the album's tracks made the Rap Songs chart, with "C'mon Babe" hitting #7 and "The Fuck Shop" (sampling Van Halen and Guns N' Roses) going to #14. The As Nasty As They Wanna Be sold millions of copies, and set the stage not only for rougher language in rap music, but also the rise of "Bass Music" so popular in the Miami area in the 90s.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Aussie Sweep: November 17, 2016...


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

On the Australian Artist Singles Chart, dance act Peking Duk climbs to #1 with "Stranger"...

Electronica artist Nick Murphy, who is now using his birth name instead of the moniker Chet Faker he had been in the past, slips in at #20 with "Stop Me (Stop You)"...


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Songoftheday 11/17/16 - You say I know it's a waste of time there's no use trying, so scared that life's gonna pass you by your spirit dying...

"Get On Your Feet" - Gloria Estefan
from the album Cuts Both Ways (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8


Today's song of the day comes from Cuban-American pop/dance artist Gloria Estefan, who had struck out on her own nominally from the Miami Sound Machine in the fall of 1989 with her #1 pop ballad "Don't Wanna Lose You". The second single from the Cuts Both Ways album would be an upbeat number with Latin-style rhythms that heralded back to the band days with "Get On Your Feet". Written by Miami Sound Machine members Clay Ostwald, Jorge Casas, and John DeFaria, the party anthem was a big hit in concert...


"Get On Your Feet" became the second hit from the album, just missing the pop top-ten in America in November of 1989. The song did better at Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio, peaking at #5 on that list, while the 12" remix returned her to the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard at #20. Internationally, the record reached the top-40 in Ireland (#13), Belgium (#35), Canada (#16), the Netherlands (#15), and in the UK (#23).

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

German Sweep: November 16, 2016...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as "Human" from Rag N' Bone Man spends a seventh week on top...

1. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (1)
2. "Would I Lie To You?" - David Guetta & Cedric Gervais featuring Chris Willis (2)
3. "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (DEBUT)
4. "Starboy" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (6)
5. "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed (4)
6. "My Way" - Calvin Harris (5)
7. "The Greatest" - Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar (3)
8. "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (7)
9. "Say You Won't Let Go" - James Arthur (9)
10. "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber (8)

British neo-house act Clean Bandit leap into the top ten at #3 with their new single "Rockabye" featuring singer Anne-Marie and reggaeton artist Sean Paul. It's their third top ten hit in this country - they went to #1 with "Rather Be" in 2014 for four weeks..


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