Sunday, December 17, 2017

Songoftheday 12/17/17 - Take it into town happy happy, put it in the ground where the flowers grow, gold and silver shine...

"Shiny Happy People" - R.E.M.
from the album Out Of Time (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from the alternative rock gods from Athens, Georgia, R.E.M., who landed the biggest hit of their career in America with the epic "Losing My Religion", which reached the top five on the pop chart in the summer of 1991. The band then promoted the jangle-pop album cut "Texarkana" to rock radio, which was written mostly and sung by bassist Mike Mills. It reached the top ten on both the Mainstream Rock (#7) and Modern Rock (#4) charts in Billboard magazine. As "Losing My Religion" was peaking on the pop Hot 100, the band released their second physical single from the album, "Shiny Happy People". Like the big hit from their last album Green, "Stand", the song was a bright and mindless hippie anthem on the surface but hidden in the lyrics is just enough snark to rattle the cage a bit. Featured on the record was another Athens rock legend, Kate Pierson of the B-52's, whose harmony with lead singer Michael Stipe and Mike Mills (who both wrote the song with the bandmates Peter Buck and Bill Berry) really made the finished product absolutely addictive and sing-along worthy. The music video, which featured local friends of the band, felt like a hometown theater-nerd party you really wanted to be at...


"Shiny Happy People" became R.E.M.'s fourth and final (so-far) top ten pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1991. The song spent one week at #3 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, and hit #8 on their Mainstream Rock radio tally. It even stopped by their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") format chart for one week, reaching #48. Internationally, while it was their last top ten pop hit in America, it was just the first of so far eleven top ten hits in the UK, getting to #6. The single also reached the top ten in Ireland (#2), Canada (#5), Germany (#10), and France (#10).

Ironically, the third single from the Out Of Time record, "Radio Song", missed the American pop chart entirely, although it reached #43 on the Modern Rock list and did get to #28 in Britain. Finally, another song from the set sung by Mills, "Near Wild Heaven", was the fourth top-40 hit from the album in the UK at #27.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Songoftheday 12/16/17 - Now Romeo you know I can't believe your tongue would slip so easily, I know you think I oughta let it be but get it right next time...

"My Name Is Not Susan" - Whitney Houston
from the album I'm Your Baby Tonight (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day is from the late Whitney Houston, whose third album had gifted her a pair of #1 pop hits with the title track "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "All The Man That I Need", along with a top ten hit in the ballad "Miracle". The fourth single released from the record would be the sassy new jack swing-ish track "My Name Is Not Susan". Produced by the then red-hot team of  L.A. Reid and Babyface and written by Eric Foster White, who was coming off of two big hits with the vocal group Hi-Five, the song had Whitney confronting her lover about a case of mistaken identity. She vamped it up in the music video, doing the "wig trick" to play both women in the scenario. The pop/R&B radio version and the video featured a rap from British artist Monie Love...


"My Name Is Not Susan" became Whitney's fourth top-40 pop hit from I'm Your Baby Tonight in September of 1991. The single climbed up to #8 on Billboard's R&B chart, and crossed over to #44 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio tally. Internationally, the song reached the top-40 in Ireland (#14), Finland (#14), the Netherlands (#28), the UK (#29), and Sweden (#31).

A fifth single from the record, "I Belong To You", had a video that continued the "My Name Is Not Susan" storyline, but while it went to #10 on the R&B chart, the song missed the pop Hot 100 entirely (it did go to #54 in the UK). That was followed by "We Didn't Know", a duet with Stevie Wonder, that peaked at #20 on the R&B list.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for December 15, 2017...





Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. After eleven weeks, there's a new king in town as Sam Smith takes over at #1, while Charlie Puth (pictured above) dances into my top ten. Former big hits from the Killers, Cage the Elephant, Sevyn Streeter, Charlie Puth, and Liam Payne drop off my list, while songs from Andy Grammer, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike/David Guetta/Kiiara, and Walk The Moon make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highligted in red).  This is the last week of my "chart year", so the tallying has begun for my recap of 2017. Who'll be on top? We'll see...

This Week          Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (3)
2. What About Us - Pink (1)
3. Havana - Camila Cabello f/Young Thug (7)
4. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (2)
5. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (4)
6. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (5)
7. Perfect - Ed Sheeran & Beyonce (8)
8. Up All Night - Beck (9)
9. How Long - Charlie Puth (12)
10. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (10)
11. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (6)
12. Walk On Water - 30 Seconds To Mars (14)
13. New Rules - Dua Lipa (11)
14. The Sky Is A Neighborhood - Foo Fighters (17)
15. Praying - Kesha (15)
16. Silence - Marshmello f/Khalid (20)
17. You're The Best Thing About Me - U2 (13)
18. Light It Up - Luke Bryan (18)
19. Bad At Love - Halsey (23)
20. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (16)
21. Waving Through A Window - Ben Platt & the Cast of Dear Evan Hansen (25)
22. Location - Khalid (22)
23. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (19)
24. No Roots - Alice Merton (28)
25. Disco T!ts - Tove Lo (26)
26. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (21)
27. Ask Me How I Know - Garth Brooks (31)
28. Round Here Buzz - Eric Church (34)
29. Fix A Drink - Chris Janson (29)
30. I Could Use A Love Song - Maren Morris (32)
31. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (27)
32. Losing Sleep - Chris Young (39)
33. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (33)
34. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (24)
35. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William f/Beyonce (30)
36. Like I Loved You - Brett Young (44)
37. The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (51)
38. Woman - Kesha f/Dap King Horns (52)
39. Giants - LIGHTS (43)
40. Two High - Moon Taxi (40)
41. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (36)
42. Believer - Imagine Dragons (38)
43. Angela - The Lumineers (53)
44. Greatest Love Story - LANCO (45)
45. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (35)
46. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (46)
47. When We - Tank (55)
48. Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook (48)
49. Broken Glass - Rachel Platten (37)
50. Lights Down Low - MAX f/gnash (56)
51. All On My Mind - Anderson East (57)
52. Smoke Clears - Andy Grammer (89)
53. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (63)
54. Yours - Russell Dickerson (64)
55. Anywhere - Rita Ora (65)
56. Rich Love - OneRepublic f/Seeb (70)
57. One Foot - Walk The Moon (81)
58. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (58)
59. Rx (Medicate) - Theory Of A Deadman (59)
60. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (60)
61. Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan (71)
62. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (67)
63. Complicated - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike f/David Guetta & Kiiara (93)
64. Love In Ruins - Gryffin f/Sinead Harnett (74)
65. I'm Too Sexy (Touch This Skin) - Ultra Nate & Quentin Harris as Black Stereo Faith (79)
66. Redbone - Childish Gambino (66)
67. Go To War - Nothing More (68)
68. So Tied Up - Cold War Kids f/Bishop Briggs (69)
69. Pain - The War On Drugs (83)
70. Day I Die - The National (84)
71. I'll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton (76)
72. I Got You - Greg Gatsby f/J Allen (72)
73. Boom - Emily Perry (73)
74. Good Times - All Time Low (54)
75. Dusk Till Dawn - Zayn & Sia (61)
76. A Girl Like You - Easton Corbin (100)
77. Miles - Phillip Phillips (47)
78. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (78)
79. Beautiful Trauma - Pink (DEBUT)
80. Without You - Avicii f/Sandro Cavazza (80)
81. Outta Style - Aaron Watson (DEBUT)
82. Freak - Rosabel f/Tamara Wallace (DEBUT)
83. Almost Home - Sultan + Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali & IRO (95)
84. Shine Your Love - Scotty Boy & Lizzie Curious (DEBUT)
85. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (85)
86. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (86)
87. Carry You Home - Tiesto f/Stargate & Aloe Blacc (88)
88. I Got A Problem (I Wonder...) - G.H. Hat f/Mickey Shiloh (98)
89. All Stars - Martin Solveig f/ALMA (DEBUT)
90. Katchi - Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse (90)
91. Blinded By Your Grace Pt 2 - Stormzy f/MNEK (DEBUT)
92. I Miss You - Clean Bandit f/Julia Michaels (92)
93. Betray and Degrade - Seether (94)
94. Wolves - Marshmello f/Selena Gomez (DEBUT)
95. Judas - Fozzy (99)
96. Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha f/Florida Georgia Line (DEBUT)
97. X With U - Tom Budin & Luciana (DEBUT)
98. Let Me Go - Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso f/Florida Georgia Line & Watt (DEBUT)
99. You Broke Up With Me - Walker Hayes (DEBUT)
100. Love - Kendrick Lamar f/Zacari (DEBUT)

There are an even dozen 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 12/15/17 - Yo it's about that time to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme, I'm a get mine so get yours I wanna see sweat comin' out your pores...

"Good Vibrations" - Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
from the album Music For The People (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from rapper turned now actor Mark Wahlberg, aka "Marky Mark". Mark, whose brother Donnie was a member of the massively popular boyband New Kids On The Block at the time, was actually an early part of that act for a quick moment in time, but drugs and crime consumed most of his teenage years. Straightening himself out, Donnie got Mark signed as his own act, along with "The Funky Bunch", four non-descript dancers which were obviously put there to give him some sort of hip-hop credit. With Donnie producing his debut album Music For The People, and New Kid Danny Wood co-writing a couple of tracks, this set would really appeal mostly to the teens and tweens that followed his brother. However, the first single, "Good Vibrations", ended up having universal appeal, with a bouncy house music beat and a sample of a disco classic that already had pushed a single, albeit less honorably. "Love Sensation", written by the late great Dan Hartman and recorded by singer Loleatta Holloway, never hit the pop chart, but was a #1 dance hit back in 1980...


In 1989, Italian dance music act Black Box sampled the song in two of the singles from their Dreamland album, "Ride On Time", which would be an international smash, and "I Don't Know Anybody Else", which hit the top-40 in America. However, neither of these two acknowledged or credited Holloway or Hartman (or Martha Wash in the latter song).

While "Good Vibrations", written by Mark and Donnie along with friend Amir Shakir (with songwriting credit for Hartman as well), was built on a slice of "Love Sensation" to make up the chorus, they got Holloway to sing and receive credit on the record, which Mark adequately raps his gyrating six-pack torso into many a girl and guy's heart (and other places). The music video was way racier than anything the New Kids would even touch, and naturally, it was Mark's biggest musical success...


"Good Vibrations" carried Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch all the way to the top of the American pop chart in October of 1991. The single also crossed over to Billboard's R&B chart, peaking at #64. The remixes on the 12" single helped the track climb to #10 on their Dance Club Play list as well. Internationally, "Good Vibrations" topped the singles charts in Sweden and Switzerland, and reached the top ten in Norway (#2), Germany (#3), Australia (#4), Canada (#7), Belgium (#8), New Zealand (#8), Finland (#8), and the Netherlands (#10). In the UK, the song stopped at #14.

Loleatta, who still had a big gay and dance music lovers following, continued to produce great club hits, re-releasing "Love Sensation" in 1993 and reaching #32 on the Dance chart, and again in 2006 and hitting the British pop top-40 at #37. She also topped the American Dance Club Play chart in Billboard in 2000 with a remake of her 1977 single "Dreamin'". Sadly, she passed away in 2011. 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Songoftheday 12/14/17 - You want to take her place you say you'd treat me better, but better I know for sure you see she loves me...

"I Adore Mi Amor" - Color Me Badd
from the album C.M.B. (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the vocal group Color Me Badd, who had landed a huge R&B and pop hit with their salacious debut single "I Wanna Sex You Up" in the summer of 1991. They followed that success up with the smooth and slow "I Adore Mi Amor", which traded lead vocals amongst the four members of the group, with Mark Calderon singing his verses in Spanish. The mutlicultural love come-on was written by the quartet with producer Hamza Lee...


"I Adore Mi Amor" became Color Me Badd's first #1 pop hit single in the U.S. in September of 1991. The song also spent a week on top of Billboard's R&B chart, and was the group's first song to cross over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list at #38. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Canada (#8) and New Zealand (#8), and hit the top 40 in the Netherlands (#11), Belgium (#25), and Australia (#27). It just missed that level in the UK (#44) and Germany (#44).

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Songoftheday 12/13/17 - Well I started out down a dirty road started out all alone, And the sun went down as I crossed the hill...

"Learning To Fly" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
from the album Into The Great Wide Open (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day is from the late rock icon Tom Petty, whose first solo album Full Moon Fever had landed him a trio of top forty pop hits with "I Won't Back Down", "Runnin' Down A Dream", and his top ten classic "Free Falling". (A fourth single, "A Face In The Crowd", almost made the top-40 as well, peaking at #46, while a fifth release, "Yer So Bad", stopped at #80; both reached #5 on the Mainstream Rock radio list in Billboard.) At the start of the new decade, Petty rounded up his longtime backing band the Heartbreakers for their next album, Into The Great Wide Open. The first single from the record, "Learning To Fly", was a breezy yet sardonic piece that placed him back on rock radio; in fact the song was his biggest hit at the format...


"Learning To Fly" reached the pop top 40 in America in August of 1991. The single spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, while it crossed over to #36 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio format, his first placing with the Heartbreakers. The song was nominated for a Grammy award for best Rock Song in 1992, losing out to Sting's "The Soul Cages". Internationally, the record peaked at #5 in Canada, made the top-40 in New Zealand (#28) and Germany (#31, his sole top-40 hit there), and just missed the top-40 in the UK at #46.

The title track, "Into The Great Wide Open", was released as the second single, and while it went to #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart, it stalled down at #92 on the Pop Hot 100. The music video featured Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway. Before that, fast-paced album track "Out In The Cold" spent two weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in September. Two more cuts from the set reached that list - "Kings Highway" (#4) and "Makin' Some Noise" (#30). In the UK, another song, "Too Good To Be True", was put out as a single and reached #34, one of his only three top-40 hits in Britain.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Songoftheday 12/12/17 - You set fire then tell me you're leaving, just so you can lead me on some other night...

"Just Like You" - Robbie Nevil
from the album Day 1 (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day is from pop singer/songwriter Robbie Nevil, who had scored his fourth top-40 hit in the winter of 1989 with "Back On Holiday". Two years later, he released his third studio album Day 1, with "Just Like You" as the first single. Written and produced by Nevil, it had the same late-80s cadence seen in a score of comedy movies in that decade, with a little punchier production and more prominent guitar fuzz to keep it up to date. Apparently the song is about a guy who wants to be just as manipulative as his lover, but with his long hair it may be construed in a number of ways...


"Just Like You" became Robbie's fifth and final top-40 pop hit in America in August of 1991. The single was a much bigger success Down Under, climbing to #4 in Australia (his only chart hit in that country). A second single from the album, "For Your Mind", attempted to tap in to the new jack swing fad going on at the time, but the single stalled down at #86. Since then, he's concentrated on songwriting, contributing to Disney vehicles like High School Musical, Hannah Montana,  and The Cheetah Girls and artist like American Idol fodder like Jordin Sparks and David Archuleta.

Up tomorrow: Southern rocker gets the band back together to find some wide open spaces.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 12/11/17 - Gloria Estefan's "Can't Forget You"...

"Can't Forget You" - Gloria Estefan
from the album Into The Light (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #43

This week's "robbed hit" comes from Gloria Estefan, whose triumphant return to the music world after a bus crash almost paralyzed her resulted in the inspirational #1 hit "Coming Out Of The Dark" in the spring of 1991. However the follow-up single, the uptempo rock attempt "Seal Our Fate", stalled on the American pop chart down at #53, despite being used in a Pepsi TV ad. In the British Isles, where "Seal Our Fate" reached the top-40, the third release would be the bright adult-pop of "Remember Me With Love", and did respectably at #22 in the UK. Meanwhile, in the US, Canada, Japan, and Australia, the third single would be the break-up love ballad "Can't Forget You". Written by Jon Secada, Jorge Casas, and Clay Ostwald, the theme of regretting a past relationship fail has been a frequent go-to for Gloria, who sells it so well...


While "Can't Forget You" was a big success on the "easy listening" format, spending three weeks at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, the single stopped a few notches short of the pop top-40 in August of 1991. The song was also a minor hit in Canada (#61) and Australia (#99).

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Songoftheday 12/11/17 - In order to play with this record you must tune your bass to up, look out one two three four hit it...

"Let The Beat Hit 'Em" - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
from the album Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #37 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from the dance music act Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, who with the help of the R&B group Full Force, who wrote and produced most of their material, were the most successful group to emerge from the Latin freestyle dance movement in the 1980s, scoring two #1 pop hits and five top-40 singles in that decade, including "Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star" in the spring of 1989. Two years later, the trio of Lisa Lisa, guitarist Spanador, and drummer Mike Hughes released what would be their fourth and final album together, Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen. While the final half of the album was again written and produced by Full Force, the first six songs on the record would be from the production team of Robert Clivilles and David Cole, the men responsible for the insanely popular dance act C+C Music Factory that same year.  That included the first single from the record, "Let The Beat Hit 'Em", which Clivilles and Cole wrote with Duran Ramos (or the band Trilogy) and Alan Friedman. Straying from their high energy rock-house hybrid on their on C+C album, the producers went for a much more smooth and jazzy feel for the Lisa Lisa single, with a slower tempo that R&B station went wild for...


"Let The Beat Hit 'Em" became Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam's sixth and final top-40 pop hit in August of 1991. However the song landed the trio their third #1 single on Billboard's R&B chart (after their pop #1s "Head To Toe" and "Lost In Emotion"). It also was their third to top their Dance Club Play list (after their debut "I Wonder If I Take You Home" and "Head To Toe"). Despite only spending a week in the American Top-40, the single sold over a half-million copies to go gold. Internationally, the track reached the top-40 in the UK (#17, their second-highest chart rank), Belgium (#27), Ireland (#27), France (#36), and the Netherlands (#30). A second single from the album, the Full Force-helmed ballad "Where Were You When I Needed You", made it to #65 on the R&B chart in America.

After this album, Lisa Lisa went on to release a solo album in 1993, LL77, with the first single, "Skip To My Lu" missing the pop chart here in America, but actually reaching the top-40 in the UK at #34 (and #38 on the American R&B tally). A second track from the set, "When I Fell In Love", is her most recent charting song, peaking at #28 on the dance chart and #96 on the R&B list. She most recently put out an independently-released album in 2009.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Songoftheday 12/10/17 - I guess the time was right for us to say, we'd take our time and live our lives together day by day...


"Love Of A Lifetime" - FireHouse
from the album FireHouse (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from the glam metal band FireHouse, who had landed a top-20 pop hit with their debut single "Don't Treat Me Bad" in the summer of 1991. Their follow-up would be the power-ballad "Love Of A Lifetime", which ended up becoming their most successful song of their career. Written by lead singer C.J. Snare and guitarist Bill Leverty, it was hard enough to satisfy the lighter-raisers, yet melodic enough to be played at their eventual first weddings...


"Love Of A Lifetime" became FireHouse's first top ten pop hit in September of 1991. The song also climbed to #37 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the record peaked at #30 in Canada.

A third single from their debut record, "All She Wrote", climbed to #25 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, and stopped at #58 on the pop Hot 100.

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for December 8, 2017...

Well, yesterday I belatedly ran down my top 100 tunes from last week, and now I'm back today to catch up with this week's chart. Pink is again on top for an eleventh week (tying Rag N' Bone's "Human" for longest stay this year), while ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello (pictured above) shuffles into the top ten. Songs from Halsey, Alice Merton, and Chris Janson make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while a former big hit from Kenny Chesney drops out. Let it NOT snow!!!!

This Week            Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. What About Us - Pink (1)
2. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (2)
3. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (3)
4. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (5)
5. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (6)
6. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (4)
7. Havana - Camila Cabello f/Young Thug (11)
8. Perfect - Ed Sheeran (10)
9. Up All Night - Beck (9)
10. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (8)
11. New Rules - Dua Lipa (7)
12. How Long - Charlie Puth (15)
13. You're The Best Thing About Me - U2 (14)
14. Walk On Water - 30 Seconds To Mars (18)
15. Praying - Kesha (13)
16. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (12)
17. The Sky Is A Neighborhood - Foo Fighters (21)
18. Light It Up - Luke Bryan (22)
19. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (17)
20. Silence - Marshmello f/Khalid (24)
21. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (19)
22. Location - Khalid (26)
23. Bad At Love - Halsey (41)
24. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (16)
25. Waving Through A Window - Ben Platt & Cast of Dear Evan Hansen (29)
26. Disco Tits - Tove Lo (34)
27. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (27)
28. No Roots - Alice Merton (46)
29. Fix A Drink - Chris Jenson (43)
30. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William f/Beyonce (20)
31. Ask Me How I Know - Garth Brooks (36)
32. I Could Use A Love Song - Maren Morris (33)
33. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (31)
34. Round Here Buzz - Eric Church (44)
35. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (25)
36. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (28)
37. Broken Glass - Rachel Platten (38)
38. Believer - Imagine Dragons (32)
39. Losing Sleep - Chris Young (51)
40. Two High - Moon Taxi (45)
41. The Man - The Killers (23)
42. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (42)
43. Giants - LIGHTS (47)
44. Like I Loved You - Brett Young (56)
45. Greatest Love Story - LANCO (50)
46. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (39)
47. Miles - Phillip Phillips (37)
48. Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook (49)
49. Whole Wide World - Cage The Elephant (35)
50. Attention - Charlie Puth (30)
51. The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (55)
52. Woman - Kesha f/The Dap King Horns (62)
53. Angela - The Lumineers (59)
54. Good Times - All Time Low (40)
55. When We - Tank (65)
56. Lights Down Low - MAX f/gnash (64)
57. All On My Mind - Anderson East (57)
58. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (54)
59. Rx (Medicate) - Theory Of A Deadman (52)
60. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (60)
61. Dusk Till Dawn - Zayn & Sia (48)
62. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (58)
63. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (67)
64. Yours - Russell Dickerson (76)
65. Anywhere - Rita Ora (79)
66. Redbone - Childish Gambino (66)
67. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (68)
68. Go To War - Nothing More (72)
69. So Tied Up - Cold War Kids f/Bishop Briggs (73)
70. Rich Love - OneRepublic f/Seeb (70)
71. Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan (81)
72. I Got You - Greg Gatsby f/J Allen (82)
73. Boom - Emily Perry (74)
74. Love In Ruins - Gryffin f/Sinead Harnett (84)
75. California Sun - Fenix & Lisa Williams (63)
76. I'll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton (78)
77. Easy - Demetria McKinney (77)
78. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (71)
79. I'm Too Sexy (Touch This Skin) - Ultra Nate & Quentin Harris as Black Stereo Faith (89)
80. Without You - Avicii f/Sandro Cavazza (90)
81. One Foot - Walk The Moon (91)
82. Smooth - Florida Georgia Line (83)
83. Pain - The War On Drugs (91)
84. Day I Die - The National (88)
85. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (80)
86. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (86)
87. Worst In Me - Julia Michaels (87)
88. Carry You Home - Tiesto f/Stargate & Aloe Blacc (DEBUT)
89. Smoke Clears - Andy Grammer (DEBUT)
90. Katchi - Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse (92)
91. One Last Song - Sam Smith (95)
92. I Miss You - Clean Bandit f/Julia Michaels (DEBUT)
93. Complicated - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. David Guetta & Kiiara (DEBUT)
94. Betray and Degrade - Seether (94)
95. Almost Home - Sultan + Shepard f/Nadia Ali & IRO (DEBUT)
96. Stronger - Catina Mezereon (96)
97. Finders Keepers - Mabel f/Kojo Funds (98)
98. I Got A Problem (I Wonder...) - G.H. Hat f/Mickey Shiloh (DEBUT)
99. Judas - Fozzy (99)
100. A Girl Like You - Easton Corbin (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 12/9/17 - Hello my friend sure has been awhile, I don't know where the time has gone but I really missed your smile...

"Only Time Will Tell" - Nelson
from the album After The Rain (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the pop/rock band Nelson, led by the twin sons of teen idol Ricky Nelson, Gunnar and Matthew. Their debut album After The Rain had already scored them a trio of pop hits with "More Than Ever", "After The Rain", and the #1 single "(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection". The fourth and final release from the album was the power-ballad "Only Time Will Tell", written by the brothers with producer Marc Tanner along with Greg Sutton. It has the singer confronted by an ex who wants to get back together, but doesn't end with a clear resolution...


"Only Time Will Tell" became Nelson's fourth and final top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in August of 1991. The song was also a minor hit in Canada at #81.

Despite the big success of After The Rain, by the time the band recorded their follow-up album, Imaginator, it was rejected by their record company, causing them to do it all over again for a more subdued acoustic record that didn't get much exposure. Released from their contract, they went on to release the earlier recordings on their own, and continue to record and tour. Also, Gunnar appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club "competition" show in 2005. Their most recent album, Peace, Out, came out in 2015.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Songoftheday 12/8/17 - So you say that you can't go on love left you cryin', and you say all your hope is gone and what's the use in tryin'?

"Time, Love And Tenderness" - Michael Bolton
from the album Time, Love And Tenderness (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, who had landed another top ten pop hit with the first single from his seventh studio album, "Love Is A Wonderful Thing". However, he was eventually sued for credit from the Isley Brothers for copying their same-titled song too closely, which took years to litigate. In the meantime, though, he quickly issued a second single, the title track from the album, "Time, Love And Tenderness". Written solely by "song doctor" supreme Diane Warren, the mid-tempo inspirational song continued his streak of success with middle of the road pop/rock music for the ladies. Although he (or his watchers) were clearly trying to play him up as an everyday guy in this video, filled with basketball and rock band rehearsals....


"Time, Love And Tenderness" became Michael's fifth top ten pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1991. The record also landed Bolton his fourth #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, staying there for two weeks. Internationally, the record peaked at #4 in Canada, and reached the top-40 in Sweden (#27) and the UK (#28).

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for December 1, 2017...


Well, well, well, the best of intentions...

I just realized I didn't post my top 100 tunes last week, so OCD me has to do it before I roll out this week's list later on this weekend. Pink held tight at #1 for a tenth week, while Ed Sheeran (pictured above) stayed put within the top 10. Former big hits from Jack Johnson, Fitz & The Tantrums, and Kip Moore dropped off my chart, while songs from Marshmello/Khalid, Alice Merton, and Kesha made the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red).

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. What About Us - Pink (1)
2. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (4)
3. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (3)
4. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (2)
5. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (5)
6. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (8)
7. New Rules - Dua Lipa (7)
8. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (6)
9. Up All Night - Beck (9)
10. Perfect - Ed Sheeran (10)
11. Havana - Camila Cabello f/Young Thug (16)
12. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (12)
13. Praying - Kesha (11)
14. You're The Best Thing About Me - U2 (14)
15. How Long - Charlie Puth (20)
16. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (17)
17. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (13)
18. Walk On Water - 30 Seconds To Mars (22)
19. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (15)
20. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William f/Beyonce (18)
21. The Sky Is A Neighborhood - Foo Fighters (31)
22. Light It Up - Luke Bryan (29)
23. The Man - The Killers (19)
24. Silence - Marshmello f/Khalid (39)
25. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (25)
26. Location - Khalid (26)
27. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (23)
28. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (21)
29. Waving Through A Window - Ben Platt & Cast of Dear Evan Hansen (33)
30. Attention - Charlie Puth (24)
31. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (27)
32. Believer - Imagine Dragons (28)
33. I Could Use A Love Song - Maren Morris (35)
34. Disco Tits - Tove Lo (46)
35. Whole Wide World - Cage The Elephant (36)
36. Ask Me How I Know - Garth Brooks (38)
37. Miles - Phillip Phillips (37)
38. Broken Glass - Rachel Platten (40)
39. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (32)
40. Good Times - All Time Low (34)
41. Bad At Love - Halsey (51)
42. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (30)
43. Fix A Drink - Chris Janson (43)
44. Round Here Buzz - Eric Church (56)
45. Two High - Moon Taxi (45)
46. No Roots - Alice Merton (61)
47. Giants - LIGHTS (47)
48. Dusk Till Dawn - Zayn & Sia (48)
49. Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook (49)
50. Greatest Love Song - LANCO (52)
51. Losing Sleep - Chris Young (59)
52. Rx (Medicate) - Theory Of A Deadman (53)
53. Lonely Together - Avicii f/Rita Ora (54)
54. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (50)
55. The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (57)
56. Like I Loved You - Brett Young (66)
57. All On My Mind - Anderson East (58)
58. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (44)
59. Angela - The Lumineers (73)
60. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (60)
61. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (41)
62. Woman - Kesha f/Dap King Horns (77)
63. California Sun - Fenix & Lisa Williams (63)
64. Lights Down Low - MAX f/gnash (64)
65. When We - Tank (69)
66. Redbone - Childish Gambino (62)
67. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (71)
68. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (68)
69. First Time - Kygo & Ellie Goulding (55)
70. Rich Love - OneRepublic f/Seeb (74)
71. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (67)
72. Go To War - Nothing More (76)
73. So Tied Up - Cold War Kids f/Bishop Briggs (83)
74. Boom - Emily Perry (78)
75. Lover My Love - Tim Myers (65)
76. Yours - Russell Dickerson (88)
77. Easy - Demetria McKinney (79)
78. I'll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton (80)
79. Anywhere - Rita Ora (91)
80. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (75)
81. Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan (DEBUT)
82. I Got You - Greg Gatsby f/J. Allen (DEBUT)
83. Smooth - Florida Georgia Line (87)
84. Love In Ruins - Gryffin f/Sinead Harnett (DEBUT)
85. Save Me A Place - Mono Mind (89)
86. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (86)
87. Worst In Me - Julia Michaels (97)
88. Day I Die - The National (DEBUT)
89. I'm Too Sexy (Touch This Skin) - Ultra Nate & Quentin Harris as Black Stereo Faith (DEBUT)
90. Without You - Avicii f/Sandro Cavazza (90)
91. Pain - The War On Drugs (DEBUT)
92. Katchi - Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse (92)
93. One Foot - Walk The Moon (DEBUT)
94. Betray And Degrade - Seether (94)
95. One Last Song - Sam Smith (DEBUT)
96. Stronger - Catina Mezereon (96)
97. Love's Just A Feeling - Lindsey Stirling f/Rooty (DEBUT)
98. Finders Keepers - Mabel f/Kojo Funds (100)
99. Judas - Fozzy (DEBUT)
100. Dollars - Crankdat (DEBUT)

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Songoftheday 12/7/17 - Like a song of love that clings to me, how the thought of you does things to me...

"Unforgettable" - Natalie Cole with Nat 'King' Cole
from the album Unforgettable...With Love (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from singer Natalie Cole, who had overcome her demons and made a nice comeback in the 1980's with two successful albums for EMI-Manhattan Records, along with a top-40 pop/top-10 dance single "Wild Women Do" from the movie Pretty Woman, from which the soundtrack surely gave her a nice royalty check. In 1991, possibly inspired by the success of 70s pop star Linda Ronstadt's immensely popular set of standards albums starting with What's New, which wrapped the singer with a blanket of orchestral goodness while singing classic songs of way, way long ago, Natalie honored her father Nat "King" Cole, the biggest African-American musician of the pre-rock era, with a collection of his well-known songs covered by her with classical instruments (along with her uncle Ike Cole on piano). The last of the twenty-two selections on the record had Cole sing a "virtual duet" with her dad, who had passed way back in 1965, mere weeks after she turned 15. The song, "Unforgettable", was originally released as a single by Cole back in 1951. The title song to a collection of his, not only was it not one of his biggest hits at that time (four of his singles topped the pre-rock chart), but it didn't even reach the top ten, peaking at #12. Nevertheless, the song, written by Irving Gordon and flawlessly orchestrated by Nelson Riddle, always remained a favorite of his...


Natalie's version doesn't stray far at all from the beauty of her father's record's arrangement, and even has the extended instrumental break that simply classed mainstream radio up...


Natalie and Nat's "Unforgettable" became Natalie's twelfth and final top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in August of 1991. The single also spent one week at #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while crossing over to climb to #10 on their R&B chart. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Australia (#2), New Zealand (#7), and Ireland (#10), while making the top-40 in Canada (#15), The Netherlands (#15), the UK (#19), and France (#36). During the Christmas season, Natalie released a cover of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)", which her father made famous back in the day, and peaked at #22 on the Adult Contemporary list. Even though the album and single were massive, mainstream radio treated it as a one-off; her second single from the set, a cover of "The Very Thought Of You", got to #34 on the AC list and missed the pop Hot 100 altogether. However, selling over seven million copies just in the US alone is a fair trade-off. Also, when the Grammy Awards came in 1992, Natalie completely dominated the show, not only scoring the big three awards (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year), but also took home trophies for Traditional Pop Vocal performance as well as engineering and arrangement awards.

In 1993, Natalie followed up Unforgettable with a jazz vocal release, Take A Look, which didn't have any pop hits, but did land her a top-40 single on the Adult Contemporary list (and #68 R&B) with the title track (#35, AC). She also won a Grammy for Jazz Vocal Album.  Like Ronstadt, Cole found herself mostly written off by pop radio, and continued to thrive in the soft-rock world. In 1996, a contribution to the movie A Smile Like Yours starring Greg Kinnear, gave her a top ten AC hit with the title theme (#8), which gave Natalie her final pop charting single at #84. A year later, she earned herself another Grammy with another virtual duet with Nat, "When I Fall In Love" from her Stardust oldies record. Cole recapped her career with the optimistic Greatest Hits Vol 1, which had a new track "Livin' For Love", which was remixed for a #1 Dance Club Play hit in Billboard, and gave the title to a TV movie about her life. But the modern-sounding track missed all the pop and R&B charts, sending her back to concentrate on standards. Her 2002 album Ask A Woman Who Knows returned her to the top 40 on the albums chart at #34, and topped Billboard's Jazz Albums tally. It was followed by an album of more recent covers, Leavin', in which Natalie's version of Aretha Franklin's "Day Dreaming" got to #29 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #97 R&B (her last current charting single). A "sequel" to her 1991 classic, the Grammy-winning Still Unforgettable, which also had a duet with her father, arrived in 2008. However, Cole's health was declining, forcing her to have a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Her last studio record was the Spanish-language Natalie Cole En Espanol in 2013. In two years, Natalie's heart would finally give up, and she passed in 2015, at the age of 65.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Songoftheday 12/6/17 - Let's dance together just for the night let's don't worry about the future or nothin' else, 'cause just like the music's sayin' you gotta take chances go ahead just do it and trust yourself...

"The Motown Song" - Rod Stewart with the Temptations
from the album Vagabond Heart (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day is by Scottish rock legend Rod Stewart, whose first studio album of the 1990s, Vagabond Heart, returned him to the top ten on the American pop chart with "Rhythm Of My Heart" in the spring of 1991. (Another track from the record, "Rebel Heart", was a moderate hit on rock stations, peaking at #17 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart shortly after). His next pop radio release from the record would be reminiscent of the second single from his box set from the previous year, the cover of "This Old Heart Of Mine" featuring Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers. This time out, it was a more obscure cover of Larry McNally's "The Motown Song" from the Kevin Bacon film Quicksilver from 1986. Rod recruited the Temptations (the kings of Motown) to sing backup on this kitschy and bouncy pop ditty, which the older demo ate up like hotcakes on an early bird special. And this music video, which has the corniest animation this side of Paula Abdul, still found a home on MTV before the onslaught of grunge...


"The Motown Song" became Rod's second top ten pop hit from Vagabond Heart in September of 1991. The song also spent five weeks at #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the record went to #1 for one week in Canada, and reached the top ten in Ireland (#2) and the UK (#10). It also made the top 10 in Sweden (#11), Germany (#21), New Zealand (#23), and Australia (#26).

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Songoftheday 12/5/17 - I was at the crib sittin' by the fireplace drinkin' cocoa on the bear skin rug, The door bell rang who could it be? thought to myself then started to shrug...

"Things That Make You Go Hmmmm..." - C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
from the album Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the dance music act C + C Music Factory, who took over mainstream pop radio with their club classic "Gonna Make You Sweat" which topped the American charts in the winter of 1990, followed by "Here We Go" which reached the top five. The third single from their debut album, "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...", was a funky and comic story-song which was a takeoff on a bit on the late night Arsenio Hall show. With rap verses from Freedom Williams describing different scenarios that play out in laughable ways over a groove written by Robert Clivilles and David Cole, the track not only dominated the club, but became another pop radio triumph...


"Things That Make You Go Hmmmm..." became C+C Music Factory's third and last top ten pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1991. The song also crossed over to Billboard's R&B chart at #31, while the remixes on the 12" vinyl/CD single helped it top the Dance Club Play list for two weeks. Internationally, the record hit the top ten in New Zealand (#2), the UK (#4), Australia (#6), Ireland (#9), and Finland (#10), and made the top-20 in Canada (#14), Sweden (#14), Switzerland (#15), and the Netherlands (#19).

A fourth single from the Gonna Make You Sweat album, "Just A Touch Of Love", featured Zelma Davis on lead vocals, and while it became their fourth straight #1 dance hit, it stopped short of the pop top-40 at #50. 

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 12/4/17 - Daryl Braithwaite's "Higher Than Hope"...

"Higher Than Hope" - Daryl Braithwaite
from the album Rise (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #47

This week's "robbed hit" comes from Australian singer Daryl Braithwaite, who after toiling around in a few bands, struck gold when he became the lead singer of the pop/rock band The Sherbets, who were massive in that country throughout the 1970's. Two of their singles reached the top of the Australian singles chart, with one of them, "Howzat" in 1976, becoming an international success, reaching #4 in the UK and even hitting the American pop chart at #61. At that time, while still singing for the band, Daryl embarked on a solo career, releasing a cover of the song made famous by British singer Cilla Black, "You're My World", which topped the Australian chart for three weeks in 1975. He would issue singles through the next few years, earning two more top ten hits with "Old Sid" (#9) and a cover of Linda Ronstadt's "Love Has No Pride" (#5).

As the 80's loomed, and the bubblegum pop of the 70s had far fallen out of the favor, the Sherbets reimagined themselves as the Sherbs, delving into new wave rock music. In 1980, they released "I Have The Skill", which tanked complete in their home country, but was their biggest American success, reaching #14 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart and #61 on their pop Hot 100. Two years later, another single, "We Ride Tonight" hit the American rock chart at #26, but aside from a few minor Australian hits, their reincarnation wasn't gaining much steam (although their 80s albums are top-notch power-pop), and in 1984 the band split up.

Returning to his solo career, Braithwaite released his second studio effort Edge, which would top the Australian albums chart and placed him back into the top ten in his homeland with "One Summer", which also reached the top 5 in Norway and Sweden. Running on the momentum of the record, which spawned four top-40 hits Down Under, Daryl released Rise in the fall of 1990. The title track and first single "Rise" climbed to #23 on the Australian chart, but the follow-up, "The Horses", was huge, becoming his second solo #1 hit there and one of the best-selling singles to this day in the country. The third release from the album, "Higher Than Hope", was written by Daryl with producer Simon Mussey and inspired by South African peace activist Nelson Mandela, and would go on to be his breakthrough hit in America...

Daryl Braithwaite - Higher Than Hope from ohnoitisnathan on Vimeo.


"Higher Than Hope" became Daryl's sole American pop charting hit, peaking right under the top 40 in July of 1991. Back in Australia, the song peaked at #28. It was followed by a cover of Hall & Oates' song "Don't Hold Back Your Love", which made it to #55 Down Under. A fifth single, "Nothing To Lose", popped on to the Aussie chart at #100.

In 1993, Braithwaite returned to the Australian top-40 at #35 with "The World As It Is", but a lawsuit from his former managers ended up draining almost all his profits from his comeback work and sidelined his career for years. His last charting new single was a cover of the Rascals' 60s hit "How Can I Be Sure" (#55 in 1994). He has since reunited periodically with Sherbet for oldies gigs. Also starting in 2005 he's released three new solo albums; his most recent - Forever The Tourist in 2013 - went to #47 in his homeland.

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Songoftheday 12/4/17 - Wish on a rainbow is all I can do, dream of the good times that we never knew...

"Too Many Walls" - Cathy Dennis
from the album Move To This (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from pop/dance singer/songwriter Cathy Dennis, whose debut album Move To This had already landed her a trio of top ten pop hits in the U.S. with "Touch Me (All Night Long)", "Just Another Dream", and her collaboration with D-Mob, "C'mon and Get My Love". The fourth single from the album would slow the pace quite a bit, for the ballad "Too Many Walls". Written by Dennis with Anne Dudley, the electronica orchestral goddess who was a member of the Art Of Noise, the song is a lyrically obtuse reflection on a stormy relationship, it gave her props that she can write and perform more than dancefloor fodder...


"Too Many Walls" became Cathy's fourth (and so-far final) top ten pop hit as a singer in the U.S. in September of 1991. The single was her biggest success on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") format chart, spending two weeks at #1. Internationally, the record reached the top-40 in Canada (#10), Ireland (#17), and her native UK (#17).

A fifth single from the album, the light dance-pop track "Everybody Move", stopped at #90 on the American pop chart, but did manage to reach the top-40 in Britain (#25) and the Netherlands (#38), while the remixes made it to #25 on the U.S. Dance Club Play chart.

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Songoftheday 12/3/17 - Eagle's calling and he's calling your name, tides are turning bringing winds of change...

"The Promise Of A New Day" - Paula Abdul
from the album Spellbound (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from dance-pop singer Paula Abdul, whose second album Spellbound had matured her sound and scored her the biggest hit of her career, the five-week #1 "Rush Rush", in the summer of 1991. The second release from the record was the uptempo adult-pop song "The Promise Of A New Day". Written by producers Peter Lord and V Jeffery Smith of the alt-soul group the Family Stand, along with singer Sandra St. Vincent and Paula herself, the song was most memorable from its music video, which attempted to compensate for Paula's short and thick stature by stretching out the frame, which caused a weird result...


"The Promise Of A New Day" became Paula's sixth and so far final #1 pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1991. The song also climbed to #26 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single made it to #2 in Canada, and reached the top-40 in New Zealand (#26), Australia (#31), Sweden (#37), and the Netherlands (#39), and was a minor hit in the UK at #52.

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Songoftheday 12/2/17 - If I ever get down in the dumps short of a dollar nothin change for months, it seems to rain about every day and all the news seems kinda grey...

"Elevate My Mind" - Stereo MC's 
from the album Supernatural (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from the British electronica act Stereo MCs, which original started out with DJ Nick Hallum ("The Head") and singer Rob Birch ("Rob B") in the early 1980's in London. After a couple of indie singles from the duo, they recruited singer Cath Coffey and drummer Owen If to record their first album 33-45-78 in 1989. One track from the set, "On 33", popped on to the lower rungs of the UK singles chart at #94. With a foot in the door from touring with the Happy Mondays, and association with alternative hip-hop artists like the Michael Franti's Disposable Heroes of HipHopracy and the Jungle Brothers, the group released their sophomore effort Supernatural the following year. While the lead single "Elevate My Mind" was only a minor hit in the UK, peaking at #74, the mix of rap and rock groove scored them their first big hit in America...


"Elevate My Mind" reached the American pop top-40 in July of 1991. A second single from the album, "Lost In Music", missed the US pop chart, but did manage to top Billboard's Dance Club Play chart for one week, and did a little better in the UK, topping out at #46. They would return in 1992 with an even bigger single, "Connected".

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