Monday, July 31, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 7/31/17 - Too $hort's "The Ghetto"...

"The Ghetto" - Too $hort
from the album Short Dog's In The House (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42

This week's "robbed hit" comes from Too $hort, aka rapper Todd Shaw, who grew up in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. The "pimp" lifestyle influenced his initial independently-released EPs (extended play records), before becoming inspiration for his debut album Born To Mack, released when he was turning 21 years old in 1987. He continued the theme on his sophomore release, Life Is...Too Short, which became one of the 100 biggest-selling albums of 1989 and scored the hip-hop artist a hit single with the title track, which just missed the R&B top-40 at #43. However, Too $hort expanded his range greatly in time for his first record of the 1990's Short Dog's In The House. This is evident in the lead single, and one of the most crucial hip-hop tracks of the early 90's "The Ghetto". Built on a sample of the classic song from Donny Hathaway, the verses give a report on life in the poor, urban sections of the American cities with more sadness and desperation than anger, and without either the novelty of comic pop-rap numbers or the blind fury of the emerging gangsta rap scene, this slice of exposure to the problems being ignored by "white America" was laid bare in this single...


While "The Ghetto" became Too $hort's biggest "pop" solo success, the single stopped just short of the American top-40 in January of 1991. The record also climbed to #12 on Billboard's R&B chart (his highest rank there), and peaked at #3 on their Rap Singles list. Meanwhile, the Short Dog's In The House set went to #20 on the albums chart and sold over a million copies. A second single from the record, the more comical "Short But Funky", reached the R&B top-40 (#36) but missed the pop list altogether.

Too $hort continued to have success throughout the rest of the '90's, but more with record-buyers then R&B and pop radio. He had six more singles reach the pop chart, with one of them, 1993's "I'm A Player", getting him back to the top-40 on the R&B list at #39, while his collaboration with Lil' Kim, "Call Me", went to #30 in 1997. But none of his releases had the social drive of "The Ghetto", even leading into his last solo Hot 100 minor hit, "Shake That Monkey" (#84), in 2003. Three years later, the rapper was featured on R&B singer Kelis' single "Bossy", which finally got Too $hort into the pop top 40 at #16. Most recently, he appeared on the "west coast" version of Chris Brown's top ten hit "Loyal" in 2013 (#9). $hort is also readying a new album, The Pimp Tape, for an August release.






Songoftheday 7/31/17 - Say I'm crying I'm looking at what's on TV, pain and suffering and the struggle to be free...

"Disappear" - INXS
from the album X (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the Australian rock band INXS, whose seventh studio album X had scored them another top ten pop hit in America with frenetic guitar-hook jam "Suicide Blonde". The second single from the record was the more laid back "Disappear". Written by lead singer Michael Hutchence with the band's Jon Farriss, the guitars are pushed to the side as a keyboard-led dreamy soundscape pushes the record along. With lyrics that start out depressing but give in to a love that takes him away from the ills of the world, the guitars come back in for the chorus...


"Disappear" became INXS' seventh (and so far last) top ten pop hit in America in February of 1991. The single also reached the top ten on both the Mainstream (#6) and Modern (#10) rock radio charts in Billboard. Internationally, the song topped the chart in Canada for two weeks, got to #9 in Ireland, and made the top 40 in the Netherlands (#15), the UK (#21), New Zealand (#25), and their native Australia (#23).

The third single from X, "Bitter Tears", just missed the American top-40 at #46, but did do better than "Disappear" on the Mainstream (#4) and Modern (#6) radio charts. A fourth release, "By My Side", missed the chart in America, but made the top-40 in Australia (#23) and the Netherlands (#35).

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Songoftheday 7/30/17 - I love you in the night I'm gonna take it real real slow, I understand what you told me as if I didn't know...

"I'll Give All My Love To You" - Keith Sweat
from the album I'll Give All My Love To You (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from singer Keith Sweat, whose "new jack swing" name-checker "Make You Sweat", the lead single from his second album, became his second top-40 pop hit in the summer of 1990. His next offering, "Merry Go Round", spent two weeks at #2 on Billboard's R&B chart, but failed to make the pop Hot 100 altogether. Keith came back with the title track ballad as the third release from the record. Written by Sweat with producer Bobby Wooten, "I'll Give All My Love To You" ended up bringing him back to mainstream radio in a big way, as well as grace quite a few wedding receptions to boot...


"I'll Give All My Love To You" became Keith's second top ten pop hit (after 1988's "I Want Her") in February of 1991. The single was his third behind "I Want Her" and "Make You Sweat" to top Billboard's R&B chart for a week.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Songoftheday 7/29/17 - Sometimes at night I call your name and I catch myself falling, where there is love sometimes there's pain...

"Gentle" - Dino
from the album Swingin' (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the dance-pop singer Dino, whose sophomore effort Swingin' had given him the highest-charting pop hit of his career with "Romeo" in the fall of 1990. The follow-up single would be a remake of a minor R&B hit for another one-named singer. "Gentle", written by Gerald Mims, was first released by Ohio native Frederick, who went to #48 on Billboard's R&B chart and "bubbled under" the pop Hot 100 at #108 in 1985. Dino's version would add prominent backing vocals from Delona Tanner...


"Gentle" became Dino's fourth top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in January of 1991. The single also climbed to #31 on Billboard's R&B chart, his last showing at that format.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for July 28, 2017...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee spend a second week on top, while country singers Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris (pictured above) hold tight in the top ten. Former big hits from Linkin Park, Maroon 5, the 1975, Cold War Kids, and Scotty Boy drop off my list, while songs from the Killers, Liam Payne, and Dustin Lynch make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). When it rains, it leaks...

This Week            Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (1)
2. Attention - Charlie Puth (3)
3. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (2)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. Believer - Imagine Dragons (5)
6. Redbone - Childish Gambino (6)
7. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (7)
8. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (8)
9. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (9)
10. Run - Foo Fighters (12)
11. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (10)
12. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (14)
13. Issues - Julia Michaels (13)
14. The Fighter - Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood (18)
15. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (16)
16. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (21)
17. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (15)
18. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (25)
19. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (19)
20. Yours If You Want It - Rascal Flatts (24)
21. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (11)
22. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (26)
23. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (23)
24. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (20)
25. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (29)
26. The Cure - Lady Gaga (27)
27. Shine On Me - Dan Auerbach (17)
28. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (38)
29. High - Sir Sly (33)
30. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (28)
31. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (41)
32. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (32)
33. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (37)
34. Hurricane - Luke Combs (30)
35. Reverand - Kings Of Leon (35)
36. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (46)
37. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (39)
38. My Fire - Nile Rodgers & Tony Moran f/Kimberly Davis (42)
39. Hard Times - Paramore (40)
40. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (36)
41. Dig Down - Muse (51)
42. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (44)
43. Ghosting - Joe Bermudez f/Meg'n (47)
44. Back 2 Love - Dave Aude f/JVMIE (34)
45. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (55)
46. How Not To - Dan + Shay (31)
47. Now Or Never - Halsey (49)
48. Baby I'm Broken - The Record Company (48)
49. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (53)
50. Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka (50)
51. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (56)
52. Love Is Love Is Love - LeAnn Rimes (58)
53. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (43)
54. Runnin' Out - After 7 (54)
55. My Girl - Dylan Scott (59)
56. If I Told You - Darius Rucker (52)
57. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (67)
58. Sometimes - Kat Graham (68)
59. Song #3 - Stone Sour (61)
60. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (75)
61. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (73)
62. The Night We Met - Lord Huron (62)
63. 5000 Miles - Johnny Gill f/Jaheim (63)
64. Drunk Up - Train (66)
65. Heart Away From You - DJ Pebbles (69)
66. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (71)
67. The Man - The Killers (85)
68. Still Got Time - Zayn f/PARTYNEXTDOOR (70)
69. Be The One - Dua Lipa (45)
70. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (74)
71. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (81)
72. Turn It Down For What - StoneBridge f/Seri (60)
73. Now That We're Dead - Metallica (77)
74. Your Song - Rita Ora (78)
75. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (80)
76. Weak - AJR (82)
77. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (87)
78. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (86)
79. The Violence - Rise Against (90)
80. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (76)
81. Sign Of The Times - Harry Styles (57)
82. Save As Draft - Katy Perry (DEBUT)
83. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (97)
84. Undress - Anjali (64)
85. Unpredictable - Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (95)
86. Lost On You - LP (96)
87. Gltchlfe - Taryn Manning (DEBUT)
88. The Sugar Shack - Tami (92)
89. Level - Stokely (99)
90. Power - Little Mix f/Stormzy (91)
91. All Around The World - Fenix f/Chris Casino (DEBUT)
92. One Last Time - Ariana Grande (93)
93. Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld (DEBUT)
94. My Old Man - The Zac Brown Band (94)
95. Holding On - The War On Drugs (DEBUT)
96. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (100)
97. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (DEBUT)
98. Another Life - Afrojack & David Guetta f/Ester Dean (98)
99. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (DEBUT)
100. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, & Big Sean (DEBUT)

There are eight songs making their debut this week (highlighted in red), 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 7/28/17 - Anybodys guess now it's guaranteed, sent to seventh heaven in my hour of need...

"You're Amazing" - Robert Palmer
from the album Don't Explain (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day belongs to the late British soul/rock singer Robert Palmer, whose last studio album of the 1980's, Heavy Nova, scored him a pair of hits in the U.S. with "Simply Irresistible" and a cover of the Gap Band's "Early In The Morning". Palmer started out the next decade by contributing a song to the soundtrack to the Richard Gere/Julia Roberts film Pretty Woman, and the result, "Life In Detail", reached #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and #14 on their Modern Rock radio list in 1990. A year later, Palmer re-emerged with his tenth studio album, Don't Explain. While in Britain, his cover of the Bob Dylan song "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" with reggae band UB40, was the lead single, reaching #6 in the UK, Palmer and his label EMI went with "She's Amazing". A rock jam in the same mold as previous hits "Simply" and "Addicted To Love", it featured Billy Idol's former guitarist/collaborator Steve Stevens...


"You're Amazing" became Palmer's eighth top-40 pop hit in America in January of 1991. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the track made it to #14 in Canada, but wasn't released anywhere in Europe as a single.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Songoftheday 7/27/17- I'm back and I'm ringin' the bell, a rockin' on the mike while the fly girls yell...

"Play That Funky Music" - Vanilla Ice
from the album To The Extreme (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from "white-boy" rapper Vanilla Ice, who had scored a #1 pop hit with his Queen-stealing single "Ice Ice Baby" in the fall of 1990. That track was originally the "B-side" of the independently-released interpolation of Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music", but radio and fans took to the "Ice" first. After its phenomenal success, "Play That Funky Music" was re-released by EMI records as a stand-alone single, though just like "Ice", it involved legal issues, as he didn't initially credit the song's original writer/producer, Rob Parissi. In 1976, Rob and Wild Cherry went to #1 on both the pop and R&B charts in Billboard magazine with "Play That Funky Music"...


Vanilla Ice's record only kept the chorus, adding his own rap verses (though totally not invalidating the lawsuit about credit)...


Ice's "Play That Funky Music" became his second top-10 pop hit (mostly from momentum) in February of 1991. The single also climbed to #22 on Billboard's R&B chart, while peaking at #7 on their Rap Singles list. Internationally, the record hit the top ten in Finland (#3), Ireland (#4), New Zealand (#7), and the UK (#10), as it also got to #13 in Canada and Australia and #19 in Germany.

The third single from the record, the LL Cool J-style "rap-ballad" "I Love You", showed the large drop off after the sudden success of the album and first two singles. It stopped short at #52 in America, though it did hit the top-40 in New Zealand at #30. The lawsuits and subsequent denials from Ice cost his clout dearly, and he didn't reach the American top-40 again. Before that, though, he filmed a movie, Cool As Ice, with the title track (featuring model Naomi Campbell) slipping on the pop chart at #81 in the U.S. Still capitalizing on the rabid fanbase that sent his debut album to seven million sold albums, a hastily issued Extremely Live concert record was issued, which hit the top-30 on the albums chart. Nothing from the set hit the American singles chart, but in the UK he did manage to land two more top-40 hits with "Rollin' In My 5.0" (#27) and "Satisfaction" (#22), copping off the Steve Miller Band and the Rolling Stones respectively.

By the time he got around to a second studio album, the drug-influenced Mind Blowin' both his DJ/producer Earthquake and his fans had moved on, and even though he had periodically released albums since, nothing at all has charted or had any radio play of any consequence. In fact, he was more known as the decade went on as the guy who wasn't Kid Rock or had legal issues or was a reality show fodder (he became an HGTV-type host fixing up houses). He made a surprise "comeback" in 2010 as his "Ice Ice Baby" (well, as "Under Pressure/Ice Ice Baby") was remade by X Factor twin duo Jedward with a cameo by the rapper which went to #2 in the UK and #1 in Ireland.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Songoftheday 7/26/17 - Thought I couldn't slow him down long enough to look my way, thought he was out of my league wouldn't give me time of day...

"Anything Is Possible" - Debbie Gibson
from the album Anything Is Possible (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from former teen prodigy Debbie Gibson, whose sophomore album Electric Youth had landed her three more big hits with "No More Rhyme", the title track, and the #1 pop ballad "Lost In Your Eyes". A triple-threat of being a singer, songwriter, and producer, Debbie continued to evolve her sound for her third release Anything Is Possible. Three of the tracks were co-written with Motown great Lamont Dozier, including the title track and first single, "Anything Is Possible". The mid-tempo dance-pop track, which reminds me of the late-80s fare of the Breakfast Club and Rythm Syndicate, was her final time in the pop top-40 in America, even as she was just only turning 20 years old...


"Anything Is Possible" became Debbie's ninth top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in January of 1991. The song also slipped on to Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #48. Internationally, the record peaked at #17 in Canada, while being a minor hit in the UK (#51) and Australia (#61). Another track from the album, "One Step Ahead", was a respectable dance club hit, reaching #18 on the Dance Club Play list.

Two years later, Gibson released her fourth album, the decidedly more "adult" Body Mind Soul, but the lead single, "Losin' Myself" stalled down at #86 on the pop chart (it also went to #49 on Adult Contemporary). That same year, Debbie climbed to #13 on the British charts with her duet with Craig McLachlan on the Grease musical cover "You're The One That I Want". Leaving Atlantic Records for a one-off stint with EMI with a soft-pop vocals album in 1995, she re-emerged in 1997 with an indie-released album Deborah, and scored a minor club hit with "Only Words" (#38). She has periodically put out music and toured since, but she's been more known for her work on the theater stage, starting with her heralded turn as Eponine in Les Miserables in 1992, with performances in Grease and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat among her big successes.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Songoftheday 7/25/17 - It's your world and I'm just a squirrel tryin' to get a nut to move your butt to the dance floor, so your butts up hands in the air come on say yeah...

"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" - C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
from the album Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

Today's song of the day comes from the dance music act C&C Music Factory, which was named for the producers and remixers behind the project, Rob Clivill├ęs and David Cole. Besides transforming songs from the likes of Mariah Carey to the dancefloor, Rob and David had been originally part of the house music collective 2 Puerto Ricans, A Black Man and A Dominican (as one of the PRs and the black man), and had a huge underground club hit with "Do It Properly", which climbed its way to #33 on Billboard's dance chart in 1987, but was a big success in the New York area. (A year later, Cole had a solo top-40 dance hit with "You Take My Breath Away" at #26).  The duo then struck out on their own in 1989 as the 28th Street Crew, hitting #3 on the club list with "I Need A Rhythm".

That same year, Clivilles and Cole put together a record under the moniker Seduction with the single "(You're My One and Only) True Love" with Martha Wash providing uncredited vocals, and had an unexpected top-40 pop/top-3 dance hit, causing them to put together a new trio under the Seduction name. They also recorded another song with Martha, which would come into their own "C&C Music Factory" brand, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". Along with rapper Freedom Williams, Clivilles wrote the song and co-produced it with Cole, but again leaving Wash, famous for her "It's Raining Men" days with the Weather Girls, in the dark promotion-wise, having hired-on singer Zelma Davis mime the lyrics for the music video, making it the third time in a year (along with the Seduction track and Black Box's "Everybody Everybody") that Martha was reverse-catfished out of a music video for one of her performances. Nonetheless,the record became a huge success, dominating the clubs and finding a home of the radio, becoming after Madonna's "Vogue" the second big house music single to top the American pop chart. And with the heavy synth noises that sounded like the crunch of guitars, this single had just as much the makings of a great rock single as it did a club jam...


"Gonna Make You Sweat" went all the way to the top of the American pop charts, scoring the Factory their sole #1 pop hit in February of 1990. The single also topped the R&B chart in Billboard magazine for a week, while the 12" club single spent an amazing five weeks atop their Dance Club Play list, the longest stay at the top since Prince's "When Doves Cry" spent six weeks at #1 in 1984. Internationally, the song went to #1 in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria, and hit the top ten in Spain (#2), New Zealand (#2), the UK (#3), Australia (#3), Belgium (#5), Sweden (#5), Norway (#5), Canada (#6), and Finland (#8). (France was the major European hold-out, missing the top-40 at #43.).

Since at the time the whole Milli Vanilli lip-synching scandal was happening, Clivilles and Cole quickly made sure the rest of the Gonna Make You Sweat album actually featured the real vocals of Zelma Davis (who was a good singer herself, though definitely distinct from Wash). However, Wash ended up suing the act for credit in 1994, and while that did taint the legacy of the track a little, the song remains one of the most popular dance music tracks of all time, and especially the decade.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 7/24/17 - Guy's "I Wanna Get With U"...

"I Wanna Get With U" - Guy
from the album The Future (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #50

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the R&B trio Guy, whose leader, producer/songwriter/singer Teddy Riley, was the presumed "king" of the "New Jack Swing" genre, writing and producing hits for artists like Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown. With Aaron Hall and Tim Gatling, Guy recorded their self-titled debut album, although Gatling would depart before the release in 1988, replaced by Aaron's brother Damion. That first record sent five songs into Billboard magazine's R&B top-40, with third single "I Like" going to #2 and crossing over to their pop Hot 100 at #70. At the same time, Riley released a single billed to himself "featuring Guy", "My Fantasy", from the soundtrack to the Spike Lee movie Do The Right Thing, that went all the way to the top of the R&B chart and hit #62 pop.

The trio of Riley and the Hall brothers started out the 1990's with their second album, The Future. The lead single, "I Wanna Get With U", was written by Teddy and Aaron with Aqil Davidson, and was another slice of by-the-books new jack swing seduction...


Although "I Wanna Get With U" became Guy's fifth top-5 R&B hit, the single stalled at the halfway point on Billboard's pop Hot 100 in December of 1990. The dance mixes of the track climbed to #27 on their Dance Club Play list. Overseas, the song was a top-40 hit in the Netherlands at #28.

Altogether five tracks from The Future reached the R&B top-20, with follow-up "Let's Chill" becoming an even bigger hit (it'll be a future "robbed hit" selection).  However, internal struggles between themselves and their management caused the dissolution of the trio, though they would re-emerge by the end of the decade with what would be their biggest pop success, "Dancin'", in 1999.

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Songoftheday 7/24/17 - I keep your picture upon the wall, it hides a nasty stain that's lying there...

"I'm Not In Love" - Will To Power
from the album Journey Home (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the dance music act Will To Power, who had landed a #1 pop hit in the winter of 1988 with their "mash-up" medley of "Baby I Love Your Way/Free Bird". Before that their debut album had a couple of near-misses to the top-40 with "Dreamin'" and "Say It's Gonna Rain", and after the success of "Baby" they scored another #1 club hit with "Fading Away", which peaked at #65 on the American pop chart. For the sophomore effort, producer/group leader Bob Rosenberg recruited singer Elin Michaels for most of the tracks on the album, including the lead single, another laid back 70s cover, this time of art-rock band 10cc's hit "I'm Not In Love". The original from the British group, written by members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, topped the UK charts for 2 weeks and went to #2 in the States in 1975...
 


Will To Power's cover uses a similar serene soundscape without veering off in the dreamy interlude...


The Will To Power version of "I'm Not In Love" became the act's second and final top-10 pop hit in February of 1991. The single also climbed to #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the song reached the top ten in Canada (#7) and Norway (#8), while going top-40 in New Zealand (#15), Ireland (#27), the UK (#29), and Australia (#38). They followed with another 70s cover, this time the disco of Heatwave's "Boogie Nights", but that failed to chart anywhere. An expanded version of their album reprise track "Fly Bird", was a minor hit in the Netherlands (#60). Since then Rosenberg has continued to tour under the "Will To Power" name, and released an indie album, Spirit Warrior, in 2005.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Songoftheday 7/23/17 - I don't need no negative outlook I don't need nobody putting me down, don't they know that talk is useless nothing's gonna keep my feet on the ground....

"On The Way Up" - Elisa Fiorillo
from the album I Am (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #27 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from dance-pop singer Elisa Fiorillo, who after winning the Star Search TV talent show, had first had success as the featured vocalist on DJ/remixer Jellybean Benitez' top-40 pop hit "Who Found Who" in the fall of 1987. About a year later, the Philadelphia native almost reached that level with her solo single "Forgive Me For Dreaming". She also became a back-up singer for Prince, appearing on his soundtracks for Batman and Graffiti Bridge, so when it was time to record her second album, I Am, she was able to use the Purple One's Paisley Park studios, with Prince co-writing five of the set's ten tracks, including the first single "On The Way Up". Produced by his associate David Z., who wrote the track with Prince, Fiorillo, and Levi Seacer Jr., the dance-pop nugget strutted its way on to pop radio as her biggest solo success with a sound close to Paula Abdul, Karyn White, and Pebbles...


"On The Way Up" became Elisa's second and so far last top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in January of 1991. The club remixes of the track helped the song up to #31 on Billboard's Dance Club Play list as well. Across the Atlantic, the single was a minor hit in the UK at #83.

Her second single from the I Am album, the seductive "Oooh This I Need", which was even more Prince-influenced and my favorite recording of hers, was a minor hit in America at #90. She since has sang more for Prince, joining his New Power Generation band, and also has still performed solo, releasing a scattering of indie albums in the 2000s.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Songoftheday 7/22/17 - The signs are getting clearer clearer than you need, the writing's on the wall for you to see...

"Hang In Long Enough" - Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from Phil Collins, whose ...But Seriously album had already scored four top-5 pop hits with "Do You Remember?", "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven", "I Wish It Would Rain Down", and the #1 epic "Another Day In Paradise". The fifth American single from the record would be the album's opening track, "Hang In Long Enough". Written by Collins who co-produced it with Hugh Padgham, the peppy white-boy funk rock selection featured the horn section of Earth, Wind and Fire, like many of his uptempo singles. The music video featured Phil and the boys on a boat...


While "Hang On Long Enough" didn't have the level of success of the other songs from the album, it still became his respectable fifth top-40 pop hit in America from the album in January of 1991. The track also climbed to #38 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while the 12" remixes, including one by Shep Pettibone, helped it up to #29 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single was a big hit in Canada, peaking at #9, while it was a top-40 hit in Ireland (#27) and the UK (#34).

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Friday, July 21, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for July 21, 2017...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. The top spot is taken over by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (no, no Bieber in this mix), while Childish Gambino (aka actor Donald Glover, pictured above) climbs three spots within the top ten. Songs from LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, and Foo Fighters make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Bastille and Ocean Park Standoff drop out. I miss you, Subearu, come back!

This Week           Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (2)
2. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (1)
3. Attention - Charlie Puth (3)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. Believer - Imagine Dragons (5)
6. Redbone - Childish Gambino (9)
7. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (7)
8. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (10)
9. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (11)
10. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (8)
11. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (6)
12. Run - Foo Fighters (27)
13. Issues - Julia Michaels (15)
14. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (14)
15. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (13)
16. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (20)
17. Shine On Me - Dan Auerbach (18)
18. The Fighter - Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood (22)
19. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (19)
20. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (17)
21. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (26)
22. Love Is Mystical - Cold War Kids (12)
23. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (23)
24. Yours If You Want It - Rascal Flatts (32)
25. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (29)
26. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (30)
27. The Cure - Lady Gaga (28)
28. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (24)
29. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (33)
30. Hurricane - Luke Combs (25)
31. How Not To - Dan + Shay (16)
32. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (40)
33. High - Sir Sly (37)
34. Back 2 Love - Dave Aude & JVMIE (34)
35. Reverend - Kings Of Leon (36)
36. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (31)
37. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (47)
38. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (46)
39. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (43)
40. Hard Times - Paramore (41)
41. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (51)
42. My Fire - Nile Rodgers & Tony Moran f/Kimberly Davis (52)
43. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (38)
44. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (44)
45. Be The One - Dua Lipa (45)
46. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (48)
47. Ghosting - Joe Bermudez f/Meg'n (57)
48. Baby I'm Broken - The Record Company (56)
49. Now Or Never - Halsey (54)
50. Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka (50)
51. Dig Down - Muse (63)
52. If I Told You - Darius Rucker (42)
53. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (53)
54. Runnin' Out - After 7 (58)
55. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (69)
56. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (74)
57. Sign Of The Times - Harry Styles (39)
58. Love Is Love Is Love - LeAnn Rimes (78)
59. My Girl - Dylan Scott (59)
60. Turn It Down For What - StoneBridge f/Seri (60)
61. Song #3 - Stone Sour (71)
62. The Night We Met - Lord Huron (66)
63. 5000 Miles - Johnny Gill f/Jaheim (67)
64. Undress - Anjali (64)
65. Heavy - Linkin Park f/Kiiara (35)
66. Drink Up - Train (68)
67. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (79)
68. Sometimes - Kat Graham (82)
69. Heart Away From You - DJ Pebbles (73)
70. Still Got Time - Zayn f/PARTYNEXTDOOR (75)
71. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (81)
72. You're Not Alone - Scotty Boy & Lizzie Curious (49)
73. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (87)
74. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (76)
75. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (80)
76. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (72)
77. Now That We're Dead - Metallica (77)
78. Your Song - Rita Ora (88)
79. Cold - Maroon 5 f/Future (65)
80. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (85)
81. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (86)
82. Weak - AJR (92)
83. Somebody Else - the 1975 (83)
84. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Descemer Bueno, Zion, and Lennox (84)
85. The Man - The Killers (DEBUT)
86. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (DEBUT)
87. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (91)
88. J-Boy - Phoenix (90)
89. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Artists for Grenfell (89)
90. The Violence - Rise Against (DEBUT)
91. Power - Little Mix f/Stormzy (95)
92. The Sugar Shack - Tami (96)
93. One Last Time - Ariana Grande (93)
94. My Old Man - The Zac Brown Band (94)
95. Unpredictable - Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (97)
96. Lost On You - LP (RE-ENTRY)
97. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (DEBUT)
98. Another Life - Afrojack & David Guetta f/Ester Dean (DEBUT)
99. Level - Stokely (DEBUT)
100. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (RE-ENTRY)

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

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Songoftheday 7/21/17 - The stars say you're my best lover matched up like sugar for a cake, they say our love could conquer anything...

"Just Another Dream" - Cathy Dennis
from the album Move To This (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from British dance-pop singer/songwriter Cathy Dennis, who had made a splash already in America in the spring of 1990 as a featured singer on D-Mob's housetastic club jam "C'mon and Get My Love", which reached the top ten on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. That song was also included in Cathy's debut album Move To This later that year, along with two other tracks co-written and produced by D-Mob's "Dancin' Danny" Poku. One of those, "Just Another Dream", became the second single taken from the album. The original album version was a minor hit in her native UK at #93 in December of 1989. However a bubbly house music remix from Paul Simpson made radio and clubs fall in love with the record, finally giving Dennis her breakthrough hit single...


"Just Another Dream" became Dennis' second top ten pop hit in the U.S. in February of 1991. The single also spent six weeks on Billboard's R&B chart, peaking at #91, while the club remixes helped the song stay at #2 for three weeks on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the re-release of the US mix of the single went to #13 in Britain, while also landing in the top-40 in Australia (#14), Ireland (#17), Canada (#20), and New Zealand (#38).

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Songoftheday 7/20/17 - I'm so sad feelin' blue since you left I've been missin' you....

"For You" - The Outfield
from the album Diamond Days (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the British pop/rock band the Outfield, whose sound, as American-ized as their name, had helped them grab four top-40 pop hits and eight top-40 rock radio hits in the 1980's, including their success from the spring of 1989, "Voices Of Babylon". To kick off the new decade, the group released their fourth studio album Diamond Days. With drummer Alan Jackman departing to be replaced by Simon Dawson, guitarist/songwriter John Spinks wrote and produced the album (with one track co-penned by lead singer Tony Lewis). The lead single, "For You", was a spacious bit of melodic mainstream rock about a breakup that would be their last spot in the pop top-40 in the U.S....


"For You" became the Outfield's fifth top 40 pop hit in January of 1991. The single also climbed to #13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, while it crossed over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list at #21. Across the border in Canada, the song was their highest-charting single at #11. A second single from Diamond Days, "Take It All", was a minor hit in Canada, but missed out in America altogether.

In 1992, the trio released Rockeye, and the lead single "Closer To Me" just missed out on the pop top-40 at #43.  After a period of trudging away back in Britain, Spinks and Lewis reunited with Jackman for a new album in 2011, Replay, with single "California Sun" getting some airplay. However, after Spinks died of liver cancer in 2014, the Outfield would be permanently put to pasture.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Songoftheday 7/19/17 - Look in the mirror by now you should know, you're livin in a fantasy and you can't let go...

"After The Rain" - Nelson
from the album After The Rain (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the pop/rock band Nelson, who were fronted by the twin sons of 60's teen idol Ricky Nelson, Gunnar and Matthew. They scored a #1 pop hit off the bat with their infectious debut single "(Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection" in the fall of 1990. They followed that up with their first album's title track, "After The Rain". Written by the brothers along with producer Marc Tanner as well as Rick Wilson, the uptempo rocker sported an epic MTV-ready music video storyboarded to an inch of its life...


"After The Rain" became Nelson's second (and so-far last) top ten pop hit in February of 1991. The single also climbed to #39 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. The single was their biggest hit in Canada, peaking at #6.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Songoftheday 7/18/17 - Our friends think we're opposites falling in and out of love, they all said we'd never last still we manage to stay together...

"Love Will Never Do (Without You)" - Janet Jackson
from the album Rhythm Nation: 1814 (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day is by Janet Jackson, whose epic Rhythm Nation:1814 opus had already generated six huge hits with "Alright", "Come Back To Me", "Rhythm Nation", and three #1 pop singles in "Miss You Much", "Escapade", and "Black Cat". The seventh (and final physical) single released from the album was the ebullient dance-pop stomp of "Love Will Never Do (Without You)". Written and produced by the Flyte Tyme team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the song sported a music video directed by photographer Herb Ritts, who did for Janet what he did for Madonna on her "Cherish" clip, using black-and-white footage among handsome men on the beach, including the most useful thing Antonio Sabato Jr. has ever done. Her label head Herb Alpert's trumpet also makes a cameo in the outro of the song...


"Love Will Never Do (Without You)" became the fourth #1 and overall seventh top-5 pop hit from Rhythm Nation, then a record topping even her brother Michael. The song also peaked at #3 on Billboard's R&B chart, while crossing over to the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list at #33. The 12"/CD single remixes helped the track climb to #4 on their Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Canada, and reached the top-40 in Australia (#14), Ireland (#22), New Zealand (#27), the Netherlands (#32), and the UK (#34).

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 7/17/17 - Pet Shop Boys' "So Hard"...

"So Hard" - Pet Shop Boys
from the album Behaviour (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #62

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Pet Shop Boys, who had veered into Latin freestyle territory on what would be their final American top-40 pop hit so far, "Domino Dancing" in the winter of 1988. In the start of the new decade, the pair of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe released their fourth album Behaviour. The first single, "So Hard", also took from the freestyle genre in its frenetic pace, but anchored it squarely in their electropop wheelhouse, with synth flourishes swirling around Tennant cooing lackadaisically about a couple weary of their life and seeking out alternative situations, which the music video portrays as a pair of couples hides a secret...


While "So Hard" continued the duo's streak of top ten hits in their native Britain, peaking at #4, in the States the single stalled down at #62 in November of 1990. The song did climb to #17 on Billboard's Modern Rock/Alternative radio chart, while the 12"/CD single remixes helped the track rise to #4 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Finland, and reached the top ten in Italy (#2), Switzerland (#2), Germany (#3), Ireland (#3), Sweden (#3), Belgium (#8), and Norway (#9).

Neil and Chris' follow-up single, "Being Boring", despite being one of their all-time most acclaimed recordings, peaked at #70 in America and #20 in the UK. They came back with "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?" (US #93) and a mash-up of "Where The Streets Have No Name (Can't Take My Eyes Off You)" (US #72), both which were a "double-A sided" single that went to #4 in the UK and #2 in Ireland. A fifth single from Behaviour, "Jealousy", climbed to #12 in Britain but missed the American charts altogether.

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Songoftheday 7/17/17 - You know I won't forget the times we shared together, holding hands and walking in the park...

"The First Time" - Surface
from the album 3 Deep (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 18

Today's song of the day comes from the soul singing trio Surface, who landed a top-5 pop hit in the fall of 1989 with their ballad "Shower Me With Your Love".  A year later, the group released their third album together, 3 Deep, led by a song originally written years earlier. "The First Time", penned by the trio's Bernard Jackson along with Brian Simpson, was a by-the-number wedding type song with lyrics about reminiscing about the start of the relationship but still feeling just as much in love now. With production that was as much 1981 as it was 1991, nevertheless it became their biggest hit single by far...


"The First Time" climbed all the way to #1 on the American pop chart in January of 1991. The song also topped both the R&B (one week) and Adult Contemporary (two weeks) radio charts in Billboard magazine.

Up tomorrow: She isn't satisfied by anything else, says this sassy sister.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Songoftheday 7/16/17 - In every heart there is a room a sanctuary safe and strong, to heal the wounds from lovers past until a new one comes along...

"And So It Goes" - Billy Joel
from the album Storm Front (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #37 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from Billy Joel, whose last album from the 80's, Storm Front, granted him a #1 pop hit with "We Didn't Start The Fire" and a top ten follow-up in "I Go To Extremes". Two more singles were released that missed the top 40 but did well on rock and easy listening/adult contemporary radio: the nautical song named for his daughter, "The Downeaster Alexa" (#57 pop/#33 rock/#18 AC), and the bar-band rock of "That's Not Her Style" (#77 pop/#10 rock). Although those two failed at mainstream radio, popular demand caused the release of another album track as a fifth single. "And So It Goes", written by Billy who produced it with Foreigner's Mick Jones, is a pensive look at failed romance, inspired by his own breakup with model Elle MacPherson...


"And So It Goes" became the third top-40 pop hit from Storm Front in December of 1990. The single was huge on adult contemporary (or "easy listening") radio, reaching #5 on that genre chart in Billboard and sticking around for over six months. Internationally, the song was a top-40 hit in Canada (#30) and New Zealand (#24).

Another song from Storm Front, "Shameless", reached #40 on the adult contemporary radio list in Billboard, but would eventually become more famous from the cover by country superstar Garth Brooks, who took it to #1 on the country radio chart in 1991.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Songoftheday 7/15/17 - You need a love that will not change, You want a lover to remain forever yours...

"Fairweather Friend" - Johnny Gill
from the album Johnny Gill (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Johnny Gill, whose self-titled solo album after the hiatus of New Edition had already spun off two top ten pop hits with "Rub You The Right Way" and "My, My, My". Both of those also had reached #1 on Billboard's R&B chart. The third single released from the album would be the new jack swing jam "Fairweather Friend". Written and produced by the team of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, L.A. Reid, and Daryl Simmons, it gave Johnny a third pop hit in a row...


"Fairweather Friend" reached the top-40 (so far his last as a lead solo artist) in December of 1990. The song also climbed to #2 on Billboard's R&B chart. A fourth single from Johnny Gill, another new jack swing number in "Wrap Your Body Tight", returned him to #1 on the R&B chart but stalled down at #84 on the pop Hot 100 (it slipped on to the dance chart at #46 and on to the British singles chart at #57).

The following year, Gill was a featured artist on two top-40 pop hits, Shanice's "Silent Prayer" (#31) and Shabba Ranks' "Slow and Sexy" (#37). In 1993, Gill returned with his Provocative album, with the lead single "The Floor" a minor pop hit at #56 and nearly missing the R&B top ten at #11. Another track from the set, "A Cute, Sweet, Love Addiction", was his last British minor hit at #46.

The period between 1996 and 1997 was a busy one for Gill, starting with another solo album, and second single "It's Your Body" almost making the pop top-40 in the U.S. (#43). He also reunited with New Edition for their Home Again album, which sported a couple of top ten pop hits including the R&B #1 "Hit Me Off" (#3 pop). On top of that, he collaborated on an albums with solo soul stars Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat as LSG, going to #4 with "My Body". Gill released two solo albums since 2010, with his latest, Game Changer, sending four songs to the R&B chart, and current single "5000 Miles" in the top-3 of the Adult R&B format.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for July 14, 2017...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Ed Sheeran remains on top for a sixth week, while Zedd and Alessia Cara (pictured above) stay for a third week at #7. Former big hits from the Lumineers, Rag N' Bone Man, Dierks Bentley, and Alesso drop off my list, while songs from Nile Rodgers/Tony Moran/Kimberly Davis, Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj, and Zayn/PARTYNEXTDOOR make some of the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Well Cape Cod, it's almost farewell. Hope you treated me well...

This Week        Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (1)
2. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (4)
3. Attention - Charlie Puth (5)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (2)
5. Believer - Imagine Dragons (3)
6. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (6)
7. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (7)
8. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (8)
9. Redbone - Childish Gambino (11)
10. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (14)
11. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (16)
12. Love Is Mystical - Cold War Kids (10)
13. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (13)
14. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (18)
15. Issues - Julia Michaels (17)
16. How Not To - Dan + Shay (12)
17. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (15)
18. Shine On Me - Dan Auerbach (24)
19. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (19)
20. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (25)
21. Blame - Bastille (9)
22. The Fighter - Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood (26)
23. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (23)
24. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (22)
25. Hurricane - Luke Combs (21)
26. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (30)
27. Run - Foo Fighters (37)
28. The Cure - Lady Gaga (28)
29. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (33)
30. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (35)
31. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (27)
32. Yours If You Want It - Rascal Flatts (36)
33. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (38)
34. Back 2 Love - Dave Aude & JVMIE (34)
35. Heavy - Linkin Park f/Kiiara (20)
36. Reverend - Kings Of Leon (40)
37. High - Sir Sly (41)
38. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (31)
39. Sign Of The Times - Harry Styles (29)
40. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (44)
41. Hard Times - Paramore (45)
42. If I Told You - Darius Rucker (32)
43. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (47)
44. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (48)
45. Be The One - Dua Lipa (46)
46. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (51)
47. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (52)
48. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (56)
49. You're Not Alone - Scotty Boy & Lizzie Curious (39)
50. Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka (50)
51. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (69)
52. My Fire - Nile Rodgers & Tony Moran f/Kimberly Davis (74)

53. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (53)
54. Now Or Never - Halsey (59)
55. Lady - Austin Mahone f/Pitbull (55)
56. Baby I'm Broken - The Record Company (60)
57. Ghosting - Joe Bermudez f/Meg'n (67)
58. Runnin' Out - After 7 (62)
59. My Girl - Dylan Scott (63)
60. Turn It Down For What - StoneBridge f/Seri (61)
61. Good News - Ocean Park Standoff (49)
62. U + Me (Love Lesson) - Mary J. Blige (58)
63. Dig Down - Muse (73)
64. Undress - Anjali (64)
65. Cold - Maroon 5 f/Future (43)
66. The Night We Met - Lord Huron (71)
67. 5000 Miles - Johnny Gill f/Jaheim (68)
68. Drink Up - Train (72)
69. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (79)
70. In Cold Blood - alt-J (75)
71. Song #3 - Stone Sour (81)
72. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (66)
73. Heart Away From You - DJ Pebbles (77)
74. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (82)
75. Still Got Time - Zayn f/PARTYNEXTDOOR (89)
76. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (78)
77. Now That We're Dead - Metallica (87)
78. Love Is Love Is Love - LeAnn Rimes (DEBUT)
79. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (DEBUT)
80. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (90)
81. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (86)
82. Sometimes - Kat Graham (96)
83. Somebody Else - The 1975 (85)
84. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox (88)
85. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (99)
86. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (DEBUT)
87. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (DEBUT)
88. Your Song - Rita Ora (92)
89. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Artists For Grenfell (DEBUT)
90. J-Boy - Phoenix (91)
91. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (DEBUT)
92. Weak - AJR (DEBUT)
93. One Last Time - Ariana Grande (97)
94. My Old Man - The Zac Brown Band (94)
95. Power - Little Mix f/Stormzy (DEBUT)
96. Sugar Shack - Tami (DEBUT)
97. Unpredictable - Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (DEBUT)
98. Hometown Girl - Josh Turner (95)
99. Good Day - Yellow Claw f/DJ Snake & Elliphant (RE-ENTRY)
100. Bad Liar - Selena Gomez (DEBUT)

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

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