Monday, October 23, 2017

Songoftheday 10/23/17 - Chillin' cooler den a squeak kickin' dirt on my sneakers, suckers on the corner lookin' down at their beepers...

"Playground" - Another Bad Creation
from the album Coolin' At The Playground Ya Know! (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the pre-teen R&B vocal group Another Bad Creation, who were discovered and mentored by Michael Bivins of New Edition, and nabbed their first top ten pop hit in the spring of 1991 with their debut single "Iesha". Their follow-up would take them to the "Playground", a song written by Bivins along with Dallas Austin and Kevin Wales. It had the boys rapping almost all of the lyrics, save for the title word, which recalled the hook from "Iesha".


"Playground" became Another Bad Creation's second and final top ten (and the Hot 100, for that matter). The record also climbed to #4 on Billboard's R&B chart (their best placing there), while the remixes from the 12" vinyl single helped it become their sole hit on their Dance Club Play chart at #36. Their next single, the ballad "Jealous Girl", got to #25 on the R&B chart, while a fourth release, "My World", was a smooth new jack swing jam, and peaked at #77 on that list. Two years later, the boys returned with a second album, It Ain't What You Wear It's How U Play It, but it tanked, with none of the single even reaching the R&B chart. They split as a recording act shortly after.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Songoftheday 10/22/17 - You put up with my butt when I wouldn't give it up, yeah I know that really sucks but if you wait awhile I'll make it up...

"Do You Want Me" - Salt 'N' Pepa
from the album Black's Magic (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the female rap group Salt 'N' Pepa, who had landed their second top-40 pop hit with "Expression" in the spring of 1990. The trio (including Spinderella) followed that with "Independent" featuring singer Sybil, but the single stalled down at #85 on the R&B chart and missed the pop Hot 100 altogether in the US. However, they rebounded with the third release from the record, "Do You Want Me". Featuring verses from their longtime producer Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, who wrote the song, the bouncy dance-rap tune got them back on track. The lyrics have them explaining their hesitancy about hitting the sack, a topic that was starting to gain steam in that period where AIDS was decimating the gay and the black communities...


"Do You Want Me" became the second top-40 pop hit from Black's Magic in June of 1991. The single also climbed to #32 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remixed version of the track helped it up to #26 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record was one of their biggest in Britain, climbing to #5, while reaching the top-40 in the Netherlands (#16), Belgium (#17), Australia (#19), and Ireland (#22).

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Songoftheday 10/21/17 - Don't call it a comeback I've been here for years, I'm rocking my peers puttin' suckers in fear...

"Mama Said Knock You Out" - LL Cool J
from the album Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from rapper LL Cool J, whose fourth album Mama Said Knock You Out had landed him his first top ten pop hit with the smooth as syrup "Around The Way Girl" in the spring of 1991. The title track from the album was released as the follow-up, and "Mama Said Knock You Out" was the highlight of the record, with an angry LL putting down all who come to dis him - and to this day obliterates every single one of those braggadocio "battle tracks" that's come after. And the music video, which places the rapper in the boxing ring, has become iconic, with a cute cameo from his own grandmother at the end...


"Mama Said Knock You Out" became LL's fifth top-40 pop hit in June of 1991. The record climbed to #12 on Billboard's R&B chart, while it what his fourth record to top their Rap Singles list (along with this album's "Around The Way" and "The Boomin' System"). The remixes on the 12" vinyl/CD single helped it peak at #7 on their Dance Club Play tally. Internationally, the track reached #37 in Australia, but just missed the top-40 in the UK at #41. At the 1992 Grammy Awards, LL Cool J won the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.

A fifth single from the album, "6 Minutes Of Pleasure", got to #26 on the R&B chart, and slipped on the pop Hot 100 in America at #95.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for October 20, 2017...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Pink's "What About Us" reigns for a fourth week, while Kelly Clarkson (pictured above) climbs into the top ten. Former big hits from Weezer, Zedd/Alessia Cara, Arcade Fire, and Andy Grammer drop off my list, while songs from Demi Lovato, Maroon 5/SZA, and J. Balvin/Willy William/Beyonce make 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. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (4)
3. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (2)
4. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (6)
5. The Man - The Killers (3)
6. Attention - Charlie Puth (5)
7. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (11)
8. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (9)
9. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (7)
10. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (16)
11. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (13)
12. Praying - Kesha (14)
13. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (17)
14. Believer - Imagine Dragons (12)
15. Heartache On The Dancefloor - Jon Pardi (10)
16. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (8)
17. New Rules - Dua Lipa (21)
18. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (28)
19. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (19)
20. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (20)
21. Up All Night - Beck (31)
22. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (18)
23. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (23)
24. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (24)
25. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (26)
26. Suit & Jacket - Judah & The Lion (34)
27. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (15)
28. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (36)
29. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (33)
30. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (25)
31. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry & Big Sean (27)
32. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (22)
33. Perfect - Ed Sheeran (48)
34. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (54)
35. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (35)
36. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (38)
37. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (39)
38. Testify! - Hifi Sean f/Crystal Waters (42)
39. Creatures Of The Night - Hardwell & Austin Mahone (43)
40. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (46)
41. Redbone - Childish Gambino (41)
42. Your Song - Rita Ora (32)
43. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (47)
44. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (40)
45. Long Time - Blondie (45)
46. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (44)
47. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (51)
48. Rain - The Script (52)
49. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (49)
50. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (74)
51. Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet (55)
52. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William f/Beyonce (70)
53. I Could Use A Love Song - Maren Morris (59)
54. The Way You Used To Do - Queens Of The Stone Age (56)
55. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (53)
56. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (62)
57. Tired - Alan Walker f/Gavin James (61)
58. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (58)
59. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (57)
60. Remember I Told You - Nick Jonas f/Anne-Marie & Mike Posner (60)
61. Little One - Highly Suspect (65)
62. Walkin' On The Sun 2017 - Smash Mouth (66)
63. Good Times - All Time Low (63)
64. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (50)
65. You're The Best Thing About Me - U2 (75)
66. Miles - Phillip Phillips (69)
67. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (72)
68. Desperado - Rihanna (68)
69. Fix A Drink - Chris Janson (73)
70. Uh Oh - Jaki Nelson (78)
71. Light It Up - Luke Bryan (81)
72. Broken Glass - Rachel Platten (76)
73. Ask Me How I Know - Garth Brooks (77)
74. Whole Wide World - Cage The Elephant (84)
75. The Violence - Rise Against (64)
76. Crybaby - Paloma Faith (88)
77. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (67)
78. Two High - Moon Taxi (82)
79. Walk On Water - Thirty Seconds To Mars (83)
80. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (80)
81. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (86)
82. Location - Khalid (92)
83. First Time - Kygo & Ellie Goulding (98)
84. Giants - LIGHTS (94)
85. The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (97)
86. Sweat - All-American Rejects (96)
87. Havana - Camila Cabello f/Young Thug (100)
88. More Than Friends - James Hype f/Kelli-Leigh (90)
89. No Roots - Alice Merton (93)
90. American Dreams - Papa Roach (91)
91. Sunny Days - Armin van Buuren f/Josh Cumbee (DEBUT)
92. Dusk Till Dawn - Zayn & Sia (RE-ENTRY)
93. Lover My Love - Tim Myers (DEBUT)
94. Lonely Together - Avicii f/Rita Ora (DEBUT)
95. When We - Tank (99)
96. Greatest Love Story - LANCO (DEBUT)
97. Heartline - Craig David (DEBUT)
98. Go To War - Nothing More (DEBUT)
99. All On My Mind - Anderson East (DEBUT) 
100. Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook (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. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 10/20/17 - You're the whisper of a summer breeze, you're the kiss that puts my soul at ease...

"Rush Rush" - Paula Abdul
from the album Spellbound (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (five weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from singer/dancer Paula Abdul, whose debut album Forever Your Girl had gifted her with five hugely successful singles with the top-3 "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me" and four #1 pop hits in "Opposites Attract", "Cold Hearted", "Straight Up", and the title track "Forever Your Girl". However, her reputation was tainted a bit as backup singer Yvette Marine sued Abdul and her record company claiming her "guide vocals", which Abdul sung over, were amplified so much on the album that she basically sang co-lead on many of the tracks. Even though the suit was resolved in Abdul's favor, the perception of her as a manufactured commodity had legs, so she tried extra hard to overcome the stigma with her second album Spellbound. Produced by Peter Lord and Vernon Jeffrey-Smith, who were members of the alt-soul band the Family Stand, the album strayed from the strict club-oriented dance-pop fare of the late 1980's, and included help from Prince and Don Was on two of the tracks. The first single, "Rush Rush", was a lush love ballad written by Lord, and for MTV, who had help her become the star she was by airing her videos, a cinematic music video that remade parts of the James Dean film Rebel Without A Cause with Keanu Reeves as the Dean character brought Paula the biggest hit of her career...


"Rush Rush" became Paula's fifth #1 pop hit in the U.S. in June of 1991. The song also spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, and crossed over to peak at #20 on their R&B list. Internationally, the ballad claimed four weeks at the top of the Canadian singles chart, and reached the top ten in Australia (#2), the UK (#6), Sweden (#7), New Zealand (#7), the Netherlands (#9), and Norway (#9).

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Songoftheday 10/19/17 (#2000) - I like my job and I don't mind the work, but eleven out of twelve is bound to hurt...

"Couple Days Off" - Huey Lewis & The News
from the album Hard At Play (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Ed. Note: This is my 2000th "song of the day" installment since I started this feature in 2012,  which has really become the basis for my little corner of the internet. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to check it out, and I'll keep on going as long as I can.

Today's song of the day comes from the pop/rock band Huey Lewis & The News, who after two massive albums in the mid-80s, Sports and Fore!, had diversified their material for their fifth record Small World, and while it generated the top ten hit "Perfect World" and a top-40 single in the title track, it sold a lot less than the two previous that scored five top-40 hits apiece. The group left their longtime label Chrysalis, and after a two-year break re-emerged under EMI with a back-to-basics pub-rock album, Hard At Play. The first single, "Couple Days Off", was written by Lewis with band guitarist Chris Hayes and Charles Palmer. The record was a workingman's sing-a-long that tried to recapture to frantic energy of their earlier classic "Workin' For A Livin'"...


While "Couple Days Off" returned the News to the pop chart, it was their first lead single since 1982 to miss the top ten, doing so by just a notch in June of 1991. The song, dominated by loud guitars (for them), didn't reach Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, but did really well on rock radio, climbed to #3 for a week on their Mainstream Rock radio list. Internationally, the record reached the top-40 in the Netherlands (#17), New Zealand (#24), Australia (#40), and Germany (#40).

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Songoftheday 10/18/17 - Did you know that your feelings show you thought your love was locked up inside, but when your senses start to overload love is something you should never hide...

"Power Of Love/Love Power" - Luther Vandross
from the album Power Of Love (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12


Today's song of the day is from Luther Vandross, who had landed the first top ten pop hit of his career in the spring of 1990 with the ballad "Here And Now" from his first greatest hits record. A year later, with his profile high on mainstream radio, he released his seventh studio album Power Of Love. The first single from the set was a medley combining an original song, "Power Of Love", written by Luther with producer Marcus Miller, and "Love Power", an old soul single from the Sandpebbles, which reached #22 on the pop chart in 1968. The midtempo resulting track fit in quite nicely with the adult soft-pop of the turn of the decade, while the light new jack swing percussion allowed it to be played next to Color Me Badd and Bell Biv Devoe...


"Power Of Love/Love Power" became Luther's second top ten pop hit in June of 1991. The single was his sixth solo release to reach #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, spending two weeks there, while also spending three weeks at #3 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. Internationally, the record peaked at #8 in Canada, but just missed the top-40 in the UK (#46) and New Zealand (#45). The single ended up winning two Grammy Awards, for Best Male Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song (shared with Miller and Vann).

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Songoftheday 10/17/17 - You burden me with your questions you'd have me tell no lies, you're always asking what it's all about now listen to my replies...

"Unbelievable" - EMF
from the album Schubert Dip (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from the British alternative rock band EMF, who came together in the western county of Gloucestershire bordering Wales in the late 1980's. Fronted by lead singer James Atkin, the group, whose initialed name suggested the term "Ecstasy Mother Fuckers!" (though publicly they insisted it was "Epsom Mad Funkers"), was one of the first prototypes of what would evolve into "Britpop" later in the decade. They released their first album Schubert Dip in 1991, with the catchy lead single "Unbelievable". Written by Atkin with bandmates Derran Brownson, Mark Decloedt, Ian Dench, and Zac Foley, was most memorable for the samples in it, including one from comedian Andrew Dice Clay and the "What the Fuck" uncensored but barely discernable...


"Unbelievable" climbed all the way to the top of the American pop Hot 100 list in July of 1991. The single also made it to #3 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart for two weeks. The remixes on the 12" vinyl/CD single helped the song reach #9 on their Dance Club Play list as well. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in their native Britain (#3) as well as Switzerland (#3), Canada (#4), Belgium (#4), Ireland (#5), the Netherlands (#6), Australia (#8), Norway (#8), Germany (#9), and Sweden (#9).

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 10/16/17 - INXS' "Bitter Tears"...

"Bitter Tears" - INXS
from the album X (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Australian modern rock band INXS, whose seventh album X, commemorating their tenth year in the business, had scored them a pair of top ten pop hits in America with "Suicide Blonde" and "Disappear". (A third single released in the UK, "By My Side", just missed out on the top-40 there.) The third release in the States was the uptempo "Bitter Tears". Written by lead singer Michael Hutchence with the band's Andrew Farris, the song was a big hit on rock radio...


While "Bitter Tears" reached the top ten on both the Mainstream (#4) and Modern (#6) Rock radio charts in Billboard magazine, the track stopped just short of the pop top-40 in May of 1991. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in Canada (#13), Britain (#30), the Netherlands (#34),  and Australia (#36).

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Songoftheday 10/16/17 - They've been told not to perhaps they are perplexed, When you see them holding hands they're making future plans to engage in the activity...

"People Are Still Having Sex" - LaTour
from the album LaTour (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from DJ/producer William LaTour, who under his surname released his first album in 1991. The first single from the record, "People Are Still Having Sex", was a cheeky deep-house novelty with spoken-word verses about the state of romantic relations in the age of AIDS (including the questionable line "this AIDS thing's not working" which was changed in the radio version). Despite the comedic nature of the lyrics, the record was the most true to its house music roots of any of its contemporaries...


"People Are Still Having Sex" became LaTour's sole top-40 pop hit in May of 1991. The remixes on the 12"/cassette/CD single helped the track top Billboard's Dance Club Play chart for two weeks. Internationally, the record reached the top-40 in the UK (#15), Australia (#17), and New Zealand (#30). His follow-up single, "Cold", climbed to #25 on the Dance Club Play chart, while a third release, "Blue", was featured in the movie Basic Instinct and made it to #43 on that chart. In 1993, LaTour released a second album, Home On The Range, and three songs from the set reached the dance chart, with "Hypnomania" getting as high as #20. "E", the third single from the set, was his most recent charting song at #46. Since then he's been a radio DJ in different markets.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Songoftheday 10/15/17 - Blind needs won't set you free, can't you see that time is slipping away, but I got to say...

"How Much Is Enough" - The Fixx
from the album Ink (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from the British new wave band the Fixx, who we last seen with their top-20 pop hit from the summer of 1986, "Secret Separation". Two years later, after switching labels to RCA, the band released the album Calm Animals, but while the lead single "Driven Out", which sounded more R.E.M. than the Fixx, topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, it stalled down at #55 on the American pop Hot 100. They returned to MCA and their new wave sound with their sixth studio album Ink. The first release from the set, "How Much Is Enough", written by lead singer Cy Curnin with bandmates Jamie West-Oram, Rupert Greenall, Dan Brown, and Adam Woods had an INXS-esque groove to it....


"How Much Is Enough" became the Fixx's sixth and so far last top-40 pop hit in May of 1991. The song also climbed to #10 on Billboard's Modern Rock and #11 on their Mainstream Rock radio charts. It also peaked at #27 in Canada. A second single from the album, "No One Has To Cry", missed the pop and rock charts altogether.

The band, minus Brown, released another album, Elemental, in 1998, followed by 1011 Woodland, a collection of remakes of their previous songs, a year later. In 2003, they returned with Want That Life, but none of these made a big impression. Their most recent album, Beautiful Friction, came out in 2012, and while Brown returned and the album got good reviews, it missed the chart.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Songoftheday 10/14/17 - Cast your doubts about house music you've got the body, so why don't you use it? naturally swinging your thing to the song 'cause that's how we pump the dancefloor for the strong...

"Strike It Up" - Black Box featuring Martha Wash
from the album Dreamland (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the Italo-house dance music act Black Box, who had already landed two big hits on the American pop chart with "I Don't Know Anybody Else" and the top ten single "Everybody Everybody". Meanwhile, in Europe, where they had already been massive, they returned to the top ten in Britain and elsewhere with their cover of Earth Wind & Fire's "Fantasy" (#5, UK). However, "fantasy" was a little on the nose, for while dance diva Martha Wash from the Weather Girls sang on all these records, the videos and "live" appearances of the group featured French model Katrin Quinol lipsynching for her life in a Milli-Vanilli-esque charade to "sell" the image of the group (though I'm positive those songs would've been just as huge with Martha as the frontwoman). A remix album even followed, Remixland, which sent their "Total Mix" megamix into the top 10 in Ireland and #12 in the UK. In the spring of 1991, the act released their third American single and sixth overseas. "Strike It Up", written by the band's Daniele Davoli, Mirko Limoni, and Valerio Semplici, was a great slice of dance music, again sung by Martha Wash, but portrayed in the video by Quinol. Martha ended up suing for label credit, which she finally received after the fact, although the rapper, Stepz, who actually carries the verse, got less so...


"Strike It Up" became Black Box's third and final top-40 pop hit in the U.S., reaching the top ten in June of 1991. The song also climbed to #16 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remixes on the 12" single helped them land their third consecutive #1 Dance Club Play hit. Internationally, the record also reached the top ten in the Netherlands (#4) and Ireland (#8), and made the top-40 in Belgium (#13), the UK (#16), Australia (#20), France (#26), Germany (#26), Austria (#27), New Zealand (#29), and Canada (#35). Internationally, another single followed, "Open Your Eyes" (also sung by Wash), which climbed to #17 in their native Italy, and made the top 40 in Sweden (#32), while peaked at #48 in Britain.

Two years later, Black Box returned without the lipsynching pretense and hiring a proper singer in Charvoni Woodson. Their first single with Woodson, the techno/rave-inspired "Rockin' To The Music", reached #39 in the UK and #14 in Sweden. A second album, Positive Vibration finally arrived in 1995, with a follow-up single, "Not Anyone", reaching #31 in Britain. Then came the Diana Ross-sampling "I Got The Vibration", which was their biggest success under this incarnation of the act, peaking at #21 in Britain and #18 in Italy. Lastly, a cover of Odyssey's disco classic "Native New Yorker" climbed to #46 in the UK. Ever since, various remixes of their earlier work pop up from time to time in new remixes, while the band tours in retro shows.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for October 13, 2017...


Friday's here, and it's that time again to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Pink holds down the top position for a third week, while Sam Smith (pictured above) leaps into the top ten. Songs from Beck, Ed Sheeran, and Demi Lovato make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Midland and Skylar Stecker drop out. Fall has finally arrived!

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. What About Us - Pink (1)
2. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (2)
3. The Man - The Killers (3)
4. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (6)
5. Attention - Charlie Puth (4)
6. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (14)
7. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (7)
8. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (8)
9. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (10)
10. Heartache On The Dancefloor - Jon Pardi (12)
11. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (15)
12. Believer - Imagine Dragons (9)
13. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (13)
14. Praying - Kesha (16)
15. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (5)
16. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (21)
17. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (19)
18. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (11)
19. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (31)
20. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (18)
21. New Rules - Dua Lipa (35)
22. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (22)
23. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (27)
24. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (28)
25. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (26)
26. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (29)
27. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry & Big Sean (17)
28. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (38)
29. Stay - Kygo & Alessia Cara (24)
30. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (20)
31. Up All Night - Beck (63)
32. Your Song - Rita Ora (32)
33. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (37)
34. Suit & Jacket - Judah & The Lion (48)
35. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (25)
36. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (46)
37. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (23)
38. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (40)
39. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (39)
40. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (34)
41. Redbone - Childish Gambino (33)
42. Testify! - Hifi Sean f/Crystal Waters (57)
43. Creatures Of The Night - Hardwell & Austin Mahone (47)
44. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (44)
45. Long Time - Blondie (49)
46. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (58)
47. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (51)
48. Perfect - Ed Sheeran (68)
49. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (45)
50. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (30)
51. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (55)
52. Rain - The Script (52)
53. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (43)
54. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (56)
55. Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet (59)
56. The Way You Used To Do - Queens Of The Stone Age (61)
57. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (53)
58. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (62)
59. I Could Use A Love Song - Maren Morris (74)
60. Remember I Told You - Nick Jonas f/Anne-Marie & Mike Posner (64)
61. Tired - Alan Walker f/Gavin James (71)
62. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (66)
63. Good Times - All Time Low (65)
64. The Violence - Rise Against (42)
65. Little One - Highly Suspect (70)
66. Walkin' On The Sun 2017 - Smash Mouth (76)
67. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (67)
68. Desperado - Rihanna (72)
69. Miles - Phillip Phillips (69)
70. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William f/Beyonce (80)
71. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (36)
72. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (78)
73. Fix A Drink - Chris Janson (83)
74. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (94)
75. You're The Best Thing About Me - U2 (93)

76. Broken Glass - Rachel Platten (81)
77. Ask Me How I Know - Garth Brooks (89)
78. Uh Oh - Jaki Graham (82)
79. Light Beams - Extasia & Zach Adam f/Rony G (79)
80. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (75)
81. Light It Up - Luke Bryan (86)
82. Two High - Moon Taxi (84)
83. Walk On Water - Thirty Seconds To Mars (87)
84. Whole Wide World - Cage The Elephant (88)
85. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Beiber (73)
86. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (91)
87. If - R5 (77)
88. Crybaby - Paloma Faith (DEBUT)
89. String Around My Heart - Mahkenna (90)
90. More Than Friends - James Hype f/Kelli-Leigh (92)
91. American Dreams - Papa Roach (95)
92. Location - Khalid (96)
93. No Roots - Alice Merton (97)
94. Giants - LIGHTS (100)
95. My Girl - Dylan Scott (85)
96. Sweat - All-American Rejects (RE-ENTRY)
97. The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (RE-ENTRY)
98. First Time - Kygo & Ellie Goulding (DEBUT)
99. When We - Tank (DEBUT)
100. Havana - Camila Cabello f/Young Thug (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 10/13/17 - Here come the tear drops falling again, seems like the night has come to an end...

"My Heart Is Failing Me" - Riff
from the album Riff (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from the vocal group Riff, who came together in school in Paterson, New Jersey. That school, which provided the setting for the movie Lean On Me, gave the five men (Michael Best, Steven Capers, Anthony Fuller, Dwayne Jones, and Kenny Kelly) their first break performing in the film. Signed to SBK Records, the group released their self-titled debut album in 1991, with the mid-tempo ballad "My Heart Is Failing Me" as the first single. Written by Albert Hammond and Holly Knight, the song became their first and biggest success...


"My Heart Is Failing Me" became Riff's sole pop top-40 hit in May of 1991. The record climbed to #6 on Billboard's R&B chart, and crossed over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list at #29. Internationally, the record went to #4 in New Zealand. Their follow-up single, the ultra-smooth "If You're Serious", was another top ten R&B hit at #7, and slipped on to the pop Hot 100 at #88. A third single, the new jack swing jam "Everytime My Heart Beats", reached #26 on the R&B tally.

A year later, the quintet recorded the title theme from the movie White Men Can't Jump, which was their last minor pop hit in America at #90, but spent three weeks at #1 in New Zealand. In 1993, the guys released their second album To Whom It May Concern, and had a pair of minor R&B hits with "Judy Had A Boyfriend" (#91) and "Baby It's Yours" (#65). They split by the end of the decade, reuniting in the 2000s for oldies shows.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Songoftheday 10/12/17 - How could you understand the way I feel, how could you relate to so much pain...

"Miracle" - Whitney Houston
from the album I'm Your Baby Tonight (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day is from Whitney Houston, whose third album I'm Your Baby Tonight had scored her a pair of #1 pop hits with the title track and "All The Man That I Need". She also reached the top-20 on the Hot 100 in the spring of 1991 with the one-off charity single of her performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" from the Super Bowl. After that, Houston released another ballad from the album, "Miracle", written and produced by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and L.A. Reid. Although it was arranged like a warm inspirational song, the lyrics go pretty dark, going from expressing pain to telling oneself to buck up and face it. It still got lots of airplay due to her name, but possibly the vague nature of the words didn't sit right, along with a music video that attempted to send a message, portraying prisoner, women having/fighting for abortions, and poor people, without a clear resolution or offer of one. She had denied it was strictly about a woman who decided to have her baby, but it seems like the lyrics make the most sense that way.

"Nothing should matter
Not when love grows inside you
A voice of love is crying out
Don't throw love away
There's a miracle in store" 


"Miracle" became the third top ten pop hit from I'm Your Baby Tonight in June of 1991. The song spent two weeks at #2 on Billboard's R&B chart, while climbing to #4 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. The record made it to #17 in Canada.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Songoftheday 10/11/17 - Come inside take off your coat I'll make you feel at home, now let's pour a glass of wine cause now we're all alone...

"I Wanna Sex You Up" - Color Me Badd
from the albums New Jack City (Original Soundtrack) and CMB (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from the vocal group Color Me Badd, who came together as schoolmates in Oklahoma City in the middle of the 1980's,  before being signed at the start of the next decade to Giant Records. Their first single was a track from the Wesley Snipes/Ice-T movie New Jack City written and produced for them by Elliot Straite, aka "Dr. Freeze". The result, "I Wanna Sex You Up", combined the harmonies of old doo-wop groups with a smooth hip-hop production that took a sample of Doug E. Fresh ("tick-tock you don't stop") and basically made it a percussion instrument. It was sweet and savvy enough to win over everyone without becoming as cheesy as it could've been, with Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Mark Thornton, and Sam Watters' voices blending flawlessly...


"I Wanna Sex You Up" spent a month at the #2 spot on the American pop chart in June of 1991. The song hit #1 for two weeks on Billboard's R&B chart. Internationally, the record topped the singles chart in the UK for three weeks, and in New Zealand for two. It also reached the top ten in the Netherlands (#2), Australia (#4), Germany (#4), Belgium (#4), Sweden (#5), Norway (#5), Switzerland (#7), and Ireland (#9). Their first album C.M.B. quickly followed, with the boys grabbing two Grammy award nominations in 1992, for Best New Artist (losing to singer/songwriter Marc Cohn) and R&B Vocal Group/Duo performance (which went to the also-new Boyz II Men).

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Songoftheday 10/10/17 - She never mentions the word addiction in certain company, yes she'll tell you she's an orphan after you meet her family...

"She Talks To Angels" - The Black Crowes
from the album Shake Your Money Maker (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #30 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from the Southern rock band the Black Crowes, who originally started with brothers Chris and Rich Robinson in Georgia in high school. Adding drummer Steve Gorman and getting signed to Rick Rubin's American label, the band (including guitarist Jeff Cease and bass player Johnny Colt) released their debut album Shake Your Money Maker at the start of 1990. The first single from the record, the retro-style blues rock of "Jealous Again", became a big rock radio hit, reaching #5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and landing at #75 on the pop Hot 100. That was followed by "Twice As Hard", which made it to #11 on the rock radio list. In the fall of that year, the band first released their cover of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle", which would be their first to go to #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and just miss the pop top-40 (it would later reach that mark). But it would be their fourth single from the album that would become their mainstream radio breakthrough. "She Talks To Angels", written by the Robinsons and produced by their mentor George Drakoulias, was an epic ballad that wasn't a typical "power-ballad" the metal genre was oversaturated with, but rather a hymn-like anthem that tells the tale of an addict they knew and her strife in a poetic yet tragic way. Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers provides the organ that dominates the track along with the strumming of the rhythm guitar...


"She Talks To Angels" became the Black Crowes' first top-40 pop hit in May of 1991. The single also climbed to #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart for a week. Internationally, the song nearly made the British top-40 at #45, and was a minor hit in the Netherlands (#56) and Australia (#79).

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 10/9/17 - Cinderella's "Heartbreak Station"...

"Heartbreak Station" - Cinderella
from the album Heartbreak Station (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #44

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the glam metal band Cinderella, who had landed their fifth top-40 pop hit with the first single from their third album, "Shelter Me", in the winter of 1991. The band followed that up with the title track, "Heartbreak Station", written by lead singer Tom Keifer, who co-produced the single with John Jansen. The power-ballad carried on their pattern with other hits like "Nobody's Fool" and "Don't Know What You've Got"...


While "Heartbreak Station" became the band's third top ten hit on the Mainstream Rock radio chart at #10, the single stalled right under the pop top-40 at #44 in April of 1991. A third single from the album, "The More Things Change", slipped on to the Mainstream Rock list at #41.

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Songoftheday 10/9/17 - I've been holding back my love for such a long time, nobody's come along that I would want to call mine...

"What Comes Naturally" - Sheena Easton
from the album What Comes Naturally (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from Scottish pop singer Sheena Easton, who had transformed herself into a sultry weightlifting seductress by hooking up with Bally's Gyms and releasing her #2 pop hit "The Lover In Me" in the spring of 1989. She also guested on Prince's Batman soundtrack, and her second collaboration with him, "The Arms Of Orion", reached the top-40 in America. In 1991, Sheena released her tenth album What Comes Naturally, which continued her evolution into dance music, with the new-jack swing inspired title track as the first single. Written by Antonina Armato and Nick Mundy, the single became her last big hit in the U.S...


"What Comes Naturally" became Easton's 15th and so far last top-40 pop hit in America in May of 1991. The single also crossed over to Billboard magazine's R&B chart at #39, while also peaking at the same rank on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record was a big success Down Under, becoming her second biggest single after "Morning Train" at #4, reaching the top-40 in the Netherlands (#19) and Canada (#21). In her native Britain, the song stalled down at #83. A second single from the album, "You Can Swing It", was a minor hit in the Netherlands (#54), but missed the charts in America altogether.

Sheena followed this album with a collection of standards, No Strings, and then another album of soft pop originals, My Cherie, but neither did much beyond her fanbase. Her career in the 90's was more successful on the stage, starring in various Broadway productions like Man Of La Mancha. She also became a hot ticket in Las Vegas, with various long-standing shows getting great reviews and reaction. Her most recent studio album, Fabulous, was a nod to her LGBT fans, with disco remakes galore, including the Three Degrees' "Giving Up, Giving In", which made it to #54 on the British singles chart. She currently is appearing in London's West End on a revival of 42nd Street.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Songoftheday 10/8/17 - Birds fly, they don't think twice they simply spread their wings, the sun shines it don't ask why or what the whole thing means...

"Love Is A Wonderful Thing" - Michael Bolton
from the album Time, Love and Tenderness (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from pop singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, whose Soul Provider album had landed him five top-40 hits in America with "Georgia On My Mind", "Soul Provider", "When I'm Back On My Feet Again", "How Can We Be Lovers", and the #1 single "How Am I Supposed To Love Without You". So when his next release, Time, Love & Tenderness, arrived, he was at the peak of his career. The first single from the record was the uptempo adult-pop of "Love Is A Wonderful Thing". A blandly soulful ode to love in itself, it created a problem when the Isley Brothers sued for plagiarism, claiming the record rips off from their same-titled single from 1966, which missed the pop chart. Here's the Isley's record...


...and here's Michael's...


In my opinion, neither song is really any great news, and besides the chorus (which both cop off a thousand other gospel classics) they don't sound alike, but a jury did find a case against Bolton, forcing him, co-writer Andy Goldmark, and his record company to pay millions in royalties.

Nevertheless, at the time of release, Bolton's "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" became his fourth top ten pop hit in the U.S. in June of 1991. The record also spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the song peaked at #2 in Canada, and reached the top-40 in New Zealand (#12), Sweden (#16), the UK (#23), Ireland (#23), Australia (#25), and Germany (#40).

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Songoftheday 10/7/17 - I never thought you'd hurt me I guess you live and learn, that when you're playin' with fire you're bound to get burned...

"Don't Treat Me Bad" - FireHouse
from the album FireHouse (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from glam-metal band FireHouse, who came in Charlotte, North Carolina in the late 1980's. Lead singer CJ Snare and bass player Perry Richardson, who were in one band, joined up with guitarist Bill Leverty and drummer Michael Foster to form the quartet, who released their debut album in 1990. The first single from the record was the pop-metal nugget "Don't Treat Me Bad". Sounding like it came straight from the later part of the 1980's, when these types of bands ruled, they nonetheless came at just the right time before Nirvana was a thing to grab ahold of rock lovers pocketbooks and radio airwaves. And that strumming guitar at the beginning sure pricked up my ears, like Motley Crue performing a Whitesnake song...


"Don't Treat Me Bad" became FireHouse's first top-40 pop hit in June of 1991. The single also climbed to #16 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, their highest performance on that format. Internationally, the record reached the top-40 in Canada at #35 and New Zealand at #33, and was a minor hit in the UK at #71.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for October 6, 2017...

Friday is here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Pink remains on top for a second week, while Imagine Dragons (pictured above) take their "Thunder" to make it two songs of theirs in the top ten. Former big hits from Halsey, Luke Combs, Justin Moore, The War On Drugs, Jonas Blue, and Sir Sly drop off my list, while songs from Sevyn Streeter, Alan Walker/Gavin James, and Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Where's my orange?

This Week            Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. What About Us - Pink (1)
2. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
3. The Man - The Killers (3)
4. Attention - Charlie Puth (2)
5. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (5)
6. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (11)
7. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (7)
8. Strip That Down - Liam Payne (10)
9. Believer - Imagine Dragons (8)
10. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (12)
11. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (6)
12. Heartache On The Dancefloor - Jon Pardi (16)
13. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (17)
14. No Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (22)
15. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (21)
16. Praying - Kesha (18)
17. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, & Big Sean (9)
18. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (14)
19. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (29)
20. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (15)
21. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (39)
22. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (23)
23. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (13)
24. Stay - Kygo & Alessia Cara (19)
25. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (25)
26. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (31)
27. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (35)
28. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (32)
29. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (49)
30. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (26)
31. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (46)
32. Your Song - Rita Ora (36)
33. Redbone - Childish Gambino (33)
34. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (30)
35. New Rules - Dua Lipa (42)
36. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (24)
37. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (47)
38. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (52)
39. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (41)
40. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (40)
41. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (37)
42. The Violence - Rise Against (38)
43. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (34)
44. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (44)
45. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (45)
46. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (54)
47. Creatures Of The Night - Hardwell & Austin Mahone (57)
48. Suit & Jacket - Judah & The Lion (62)
49. Long Time - Blondie (63)
50. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (20)
51. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (55)
52. Rain - The Script (56)
53. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (48)
54. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (50)
55. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (59)
56. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (64)
57. Testify! - Hifi Sean f/Crystal Waters (71)
58. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (74)
59. Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet (67)
60. Can I Be Him - James Arthur (60)
61. The Way You Used To Do - Queens Of The Stone Age (76)
62. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (72)
63. Up All Night - Beck (DEBUT)
64. Remember I Told You - Nick Jonas f/Anne-Marie & Mike Posner (78)
65. Good Times - All Time Low (69)
66. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (81)
67. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (68)
68. Perfect - Ed Sheeran (DEBUT)
69. Miles - Phillip Phillips (79)
70. Little One - Highly Suspect (80)
71. Tired - Alan Walker f/Gavin James (91)

72. Desperado - Rihanna (82)
73. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (73)
74. I Could Use A Love Song - Maren Morris (DEBUT)
75. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (75)
76. Walkin' On The Sun 2017 - Smash Mouth (DEBUT)
77. If - R5 (77)
78. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (90)
79. Light Beams - Extasia & Zach Adam f/Rony G (83)
80. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William f/Beyonce (84)
81. Broken Glass - Rachel Platten (DEBUT)
82. Uh Oh - Jaki Nelson (DEBUT)
83. Fix a Drink - Chris Janson (93)
84. Two High - Moon Taxi (86)
85. My Girl - Dylan Scott (85)
86. Light It Up - Luke Bryan (DEBUT)
87. Walk On Water - Thirty Seconds To Mars (DEBUT)
88. Whole Wide World - Cage The Elephant (96)
89. Ask Me How I Know - Garth Brooks (DEBUT)
90. String Around My Heart - Mahkenna (DEBUT)
91. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (95)
92. More Than Friends - James Hype f/Kelli-Leigh (94)
93. You're The Best Thing About Me - U2 (DEBUT)
94. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (RE-ENTRY)
95. American Dream - Papa Roach (DEBUT)
96. Location - Khalid (RE-ENTRY)
97. No Roots - Alice Merton (RE-ENTRY)
98. Just A Feeling - Phantoms f/Verite (100)
99. Dusk Till Dawn - Zayn f/Sia (DEBUT)
100. Giants - LIGHTS (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 10/6/17 - Every whisper Of every waking hour I'm choosing my confessions, trying to keep an eye on you...

"Losing My Religion" - R.E.M.
from the album Out Of Time (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day is from alternative rock giants R.E.M., who had switched to big label Warner Brothers and hit the pop top ten for the second time with their bouncy single "Stand" in the spring of 1989. After taking a little time off to regroup, the band came back in 1991 with their seventh studio record Out of Time. The first single from the record would be the mandolin-enhanced strummer "Losing My Religion". Written by lead singer Michael Stipe and the band who co-produced the record with Scott Litt, the moody yet totally accessible rumination on life caught on just as the nineties were getting serious, and pointed rock radio in a different direction than the metalheads who dominated it before. The music video, which won a Grammy Award itself, had become one of the most iconic of the decade, and really a work of art in itself...


"Losing My Religion" was R.E.M. biggest pop hit to date, reaching the top five in June of 1991. The single spent two months at #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, and three weeks atop their Mainstream Rock list as well. The record even crossed over to the magazine's Adult Contemporary radio tally at #28. Internationally, the song went to #1 in the Netherlands and Belgium, and reached the top ten in France (#3), Sweden (#3), Norway (#4), Ireland (#5), Canada (#6), Austria (#6), and Italy (#8). It made it to #11 in Australia and #19 in the UK as well. The track won a Grammy Award for Pop Group/Duo Vocal Performance, and was nominated for Record and Song of the Year, losing both to Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable". The Out Of Time album would win for Alternative Rock album, also losing out on Album Of The Year to Cole, the sentimental pick.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Songoftheday 10/5/17 -Get back on your feet please I'm beggin you to check out all your own needs, don't let nobody see you in a state of grievin over the brother there's another possibility...

"It's A Shame (My Sister)" - Monie Love
from the album Down To Earth (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from British rapper Simone Gooden, aka Monie Love, who got her start rapping with the American-based group of hip-hop artists called the Native Tongues. Made of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Queen Latifah, it was the latter that featured Love prominently in her seminal single "Ladies First" in 1990. Prior to that, Love's first single, the Whispers-sampling "I Can Do This", reached the British top-40 at #37. She followed with "Grandpa's Party", which fed into the house music craze, and climbed to #16 in the UK. Later that year, she released her own debut album, Down To Earth. Those two singles were on the set, along with Monie's next hit, "Monie In The Middle", which was her first to hit big in America, reaching #28 on Billboard's R&B chart and #7 on their Dance Club Play list (it also just missed the British top-40 at #46.) But her next release would become her biggest success.

"It's A Shame (My Sister)" was a rework of a classic single from the soul vocal group the Spinners, who took their original "It's A Shame", co-written and produced by Stevie Wonder, to #14 on the pop chart in 1970...


Monie Love sampled the instrumental, and took the chorus of the record, which she had future dance diva Ultra Nate' sing, with her own rapid-fire rap delivery, counseling a female friend about a man they should leave alone. The record was produced by Andy Cox and David Steele of Fine Young Cannibals ("She Drives Me Crazy"), with vocal group True Image singing backup behind Nate' and Love...


"It's A Shame (My Sister)" became Monie's sole top-40 pop hit in May of 1991. The single also climbed to #8 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remixes on the 12" vinyl and CD single helped it run to #2 for a week on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Switzerland (#6) and the Netherlands (#9), and made top 20 in Germany (#11), the UK (#12), Austria (#12), and New Zealand (#17). The record was nominated for a Grammy Award for Rap Performance, losing out to LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out".

Monie's next single, the title track "Down To Earth", reached #31 in the UK and #75 on the American R&B chart.  That was followed by "Ring My Bell" with house music queen Adeva which climbed to #20 in Britain.

Love started out 1992 with a song from the movie Class Act starring Kid N Play, "Full Term Love". The smooth new jack swing record, which hit #34 in the UK and #96 in America, served as a lead single for her second album In A Word Or 2. The second release from the set, "Born To B.R.E.E.D.". did a little better, reaching #89 in the U.S., and becoming Monie's sole #1 dance hit. The record would be her last full-length record, though she re-emerged in 2000 with the one-off single "Slice Of Da Pie", which went to #29. She went on to a career on radio, where she had become a DJ since 2004.

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