Saturday, September 30, 2017

Songoftheday 9/30/17 - Hush now don't cry wipe away the teardrop from your eye, you're lying safe in bed it was all a bad dream spinning in your head...

"Silent Lucidity" - Queensrÿche
from the album Empire (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from the progressive metal band Queensrÿche, who started out as a metal cover band under a few names with guitarists Chris Degarmo and Michael Wilton in the late 70s. Adding bass player Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield, they eventually recruited  Geoff Tate, who was in another band called Myth, to sing on their demos after converting their name to the current moniker. After the success of the EP that resulted from those demos, Tate left Myth and became the permanent(?) lead singer of Queensrÿche in 1983, when EMI signed them on, re-released that self-titled indie EP which peaked in the upper half of the album chart (#81). The lead track from the short album, "Queen of the Reich", which helped named the band, popped on to the British chart at #94. After a couple of moderately successful full-on metal albums, The Warning and Rage For Order, the band put out their first major record, Operation: Mindcrime. The dystopian concept album went Platinum (sold over a million copies) and gave the group their first rock radio hit with "Eyes Of A Stranger" (#35, Mainstream Rock), which also hit the UK chart at #59. Another track from the album, "I Don't Believe In Love", was nominated for the first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance (losing to Metallica's "One"). They opened the next decade with a contribution to the soundtrack to the Andrew "Dice" Clay movie The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane, which resulted in "Last Time In Paris" going to #27 on the rock radio chart. Later that year, Queensrÿche released their most successful album to date, Empire. With similar seriousness as Operation: Mindcrime without a strict storyline to follow, the album sounded like a metal answer to Genesis' evolution from progressive rock to lite rock hitmaking machine. The first single and title track which dealt with the war on drugs, climbed to #22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, followed by the inspirational "Best I Can", which was like Styx doing Stryper, reaching #28. But it took the third try with the delicately beautiful "Silent Lucidity", which brought Queensrÿche to pop radio. Written by DeGarmo and produced by Peter Collins, who used the late soundtrack genius Michael Kamen to arrange the orchestra heard on the record, the dream-like state requested in the lyrics translated in the music as well, and many casual listeners seriously thought this was a Pink Floyd record...


"Silent Lucidity" became Queensrÿche's sole pop charting hit, reaching the top ten in June of 1991 (making them a true "one hit wonder"). The single spent one week at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song hit #7 in Canada, and made the top-40 in New Zealand (#11), the UK (#18), the Netherlands (#21), and Switzerland (#24). It was nominated for two Grammys in 1992, losing Best Rock Song to Sting's "The Soul Cages", and Best Rock Duo/Group Performance to Bonnie Raitt and Delbert McClinton's "Good Man, Good Woman".

Three more songs from Empire reached the Mainstream Rock radio list, with "Jet City Woman" going to #6, "Another Rainy Night (Without You)" following close behind at #7, and "Anybody Listening" hitting #16 in 1992. During that time, a live album from their first headlining world tour, Operation: Livecrime, reached #38 on the albums chart. A year later, another soundtrack cut that Kamen helped with that sounded as majestic as "Lucidity", "Real World" from the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Last Action Hero, spent a week at #3 on the rock radio chart.

Four years after the release of Empire, Queensrÿche came back with a new studio record, Promised Land, which produced two more top ten rock hits with "I Am I" (#8) and "Bridge" (#6). It was their highest-charting album at #3, but nothing from it reached pop radio. The same went with its successor, Hear In The New Frontier, even though lead single "Sign Of The Times" was their biggest rock radio hit after "Silent Lucidity", spending two weeks at #3. After a disastrous tour which led DeGarmo to depart Queensrÿche for a while. The band brought in Kelly Gray, who was in Myth with Tate, and their next album Q2K  gave them a moderately successful rock hit in "Breakdown" (#27).

In the 2000s, the band tossed Kelly and their major-label status and went with indie label Sanctuary for their next record Tribe, which Degarmo helped write and record, but didn't come back to tour with the band. From it the single "Open" was their most recent rock radio hit at #38.  Other guitarists came and went, and a sequel to Operation: Mindcrime (Operation: Mindcrime II) was pretty successful, reaching #14 on the albums chart in 2006.

However that brief upswing didn't last, as tension between Tate (whose wife had usurped the title of manager) and the rest of the band (including new guitarist Parker Lundgren), caused them to toss Tate out, first continuing under the name "Rising West" before formally recruiting Todd La Torre to go back to calling themselves Queensrÿche. Tate sued, and while the court procedings drug out, both Tate's and Rising West's version of Queensrÿche released albums within a couple months of each other in 2013, although the non-Tate Queensrÿche album was much more successful, reaching #23 on the albums chart. Wilton, Jackson, Rockenfield, Lundgren, and La Torre got to continue as Queensrÿche, with Tate retaining the rights to the Operation Mindcrime concept. The band's most recent release, 2015's Condition Human, got to #27 on the albums chart.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for September 29, 2017...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Pink races to #1 in her fifth week on the chart, while the Killers (pictured above) climb into the top three. Songs from Maroon 5/SZA, Blondie, and Highly Suspect make some of the biggest moves (jumps of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Lady Antebellum, The National, Muse, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj drop off my list. Birthday celebrations commence!

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. What About Us - Pink (3)
2. Attention - Charlie Puth (1)
3. The Man - The Killers (5)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (6)
6. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (2)
7. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (7)
8. Believer - Imagine Dragons (8)
9. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, & Big Sean (9)
10. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (12)
11. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (19)
12. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (14)
13. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (13)
14. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (11)
15. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (15)
16. Heartache On The Dancefloor - Jon Pardi (26)
17. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (25)
18. Praying - Kesha (23)
19. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (17)
20. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (10)
21. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson (DEBUT)
22. Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith (DEBUT)
23. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (27)
24. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (20)
25. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (21)
26. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (24)
27. Holding On - The War On Drugs (28)
28. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (18)
29. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (40)
30. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (30)
31. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (36)
32. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (39)
33. Redbone - Childish Gambino (29)
34. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (31)
35. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (43)
36. Your Song - Rita Ora (41)
37. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (41)
38. The Violence - Rise Against (38)
39. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (53)
40. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (50)
41. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (51)
42. New Rules - Dua Lipa (52)
43. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (35)
44. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (44)
45. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (45)
46. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (61)
47. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (59)
48. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (48)
49. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (64)
50. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (54)
51. High - Sir Sly (46)
52. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (66)
53. Turn It Up - Kym Sims (49)
54. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (68)
55. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (73)
56. Rain - The Script (60)
57. Creatures of the Night - Hardwell & Austin Mahone (69)
58. Peace, Love & Music - Tracey Young & Ceevox (58)
59. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (63)
60. Can I Be Him - James Arthur (62)
61. Now Or Never - Halsey (47)
62. Suit & Jacket - Judah & The Lion (76)
63. Long Time - Blondie (83)
64. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (92)
65. My Man - Tamar Braxton (65)
66. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (32)
67. Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet (79)
68. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (70)
69. Good Times - All Time Low (80)
70. Just You & I - Tom Walker (72)
71. Testify! - Hifi Sean f/Crystal Waters (DEBUT)
72. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (82)
73. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (74)
74. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (90)
75. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (75)
76. The Way You Used To Do - Queens Of The Stone Age (91)
77. If - R5 (81)
78. Remember I Told You - Nick Jonas f/Anne-Marie & Mike Posner (93)
79. Miles - Phillip Phillips (89)
80. Little One - Highly Suspect (100)

81. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (86)
82. Desperado - Rihanna (DEBUT)
83. Light Beams - Extasia & Zach Adam f/Rony G (97)
84. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William (88)
85. My Girl - Dylan Scott (85)
86. Two High - Moon Taxi (98)
87. Into The Night - Bright Light Bright Light (87)
88. Hurricane - Luke Combs (84)
89. The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (DEBUT)
90. When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs (DEBUT)
91. Tired - Alan Walker f/Gavin James (DEBUT)
92. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Sean Paul & Matt Terry (94)
93. Fix A Drink - Chris Janson (DEBUT)
94. More Than Friends - James Hype & Kelli-Leigh (96)
95. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (99)
96. Whole Wide World - Cage The Elephant (DEBUT)
97. Easy - Demetria McKinney (DEBUT)
98. Sweat - All-American Rejects (DEBUT)
99. Loyalty - Kendrick Lamar (DEBUT)
100. Just A Feeling - Phantoms f/Verite (DEBUT)

There are thirteen 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. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 9/29/17 - Come over my head I'm in too deep, the hours getting late and it's time to leave...

"You Don't Have To Go Home Tonight" - The Triplets
from the album Thicker Than Water (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the Mexican-American Villegas sisters, who perform as the Triplets. Diana, Sylvia, and Vicky released an EP, Break The Silence, in 1986, but it wasn't until 1991 that they landed their biggest success with their single "You Don't Have To Go Home Tonight". Written by the sisters with Dan Navarro and Eric Lowen, the pop-rock nugget was embraced by mainstream radio quite nicely by those who loved the likes of Patty Smyth...


"You Don't Have To Go Home Tonight" became the Triplets' sole pop chart hit in May of 1991. The single also climbed to #25 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single was a minor hit in the Netherlands at #47.

Two more singles from the Thicker Than Water album also reached the adult contemporary radio format: "Sunrise" became their biggest hit there at #16, while "Light A Candle" peaked at #35. In 1993, the Triplets released a Spanish-language album, Algo Mas Que Amor ("Something More Than Love:), and had a few hits on the Latin Songs chart, including the title track which went to #2. Last year, the sisters put out an indie album, Independence Road. This set has Sylvia and Vicky performing, with Diana aiding in songwriting.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Songoftheday 9/28/17 - Sometimes I feel like your swinging door, with you walking in and out and in and out...

"Save Some Love" - Keedy
from the album Chase The Clouds (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #15 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from singer Keedy, who grew up in Wisconsin where she fronted a band with husband Greg Gerard before being signed as a solo artist. Her debut album Chase The Clouds arrived in 1991, with the first single being the bubbly dance-pop song "Save Some Love". Written by Gerard, who co-produced the record with Michael Jay, it was a throwback to the late 80's Madonna/Debbie Gibson kind of pop music that still was nice to hear every now and then...


"Save Some Love" became Keedy's sole top-40 pop hit in May of 1991. She followed with a sweet Diane Warren-penned ballad, "Wishing On The Same Star", but that peaked down at #86. Label troubles (always a problem in those years) stalled a second album. She last was seen with second husband Royce Hall performing as a duo.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Songoftheday 9/27/17 - Am I What you're missing? The kind of guy who gives you a dozen roses everyday...

"Stone Cold Gentleman" - Ralph Tresvant featuring Bobby Brown
from the album Ralph Tresvant (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #34 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from New Edition member Ralph Tresvant, who during the vocal group's hiatus at the end of the 1980s pursued a solo side-career. The first single from his first solo album, "Sensitivity", became a top-5 pop hit in the winter of 1991. His follow-up would reunited Ralph with Bobby Brown, who had left New Edition back in 1984. "Stone Cold Gentleman", written by L.A. Reid, Daryl Simmons, and Kayo Roberson, was a lite new jack swing number not unlike L.A.'s partner Babyface's "Tender Lover"...


"Stone Cold Gentleman" became Ralph's second and so far last top-40 pop hit in April of 1991. The song climbed all the way to #3 on Billboard's R&B chart. Internationally, the record made the top-40 in New Zealand (#25), and was a minor hit in the UK (#78) and Australia (#83). A third single from Ralph Tresvant, the soft break-up ballad "Do What I Gotta Do", went all the way to #2 on the R&B chart, but missed the pop Hot 100 altogether. That was followed by "Rated R", which peaked at #69 on the R&B list. In 1992, Tresvant contributed the song "Money Can't Buy You Love" to the soundtrack to the Damon Wayans movie Mo' Money, and the track went to #2 R&B and #54 pop. Two years later, he released his second solo effort, It's Goin' Down, but only the lead single, "Who's The Mack?", got to the R&B top-40 at #35. He rejoined New Edition soon after, who he has performed with ever since, though he put out an indie album in 2006 and is scheduled for another next year.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Songoftheday 9/26/17 - I remember all I wanted in a lover was a pretty face but all I found were hearts of stone...

"More Than Ever" - Nelson
from the album After The Rain (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak; #14 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the band led by twin brothers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, the sons of teen-idol legend Ricky Nelson, who had took their pop-metal amalgam to the top of the pop charts with "(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection" and followed it up with the top ten "After The Rain". The third single released from their debut album was the first-pumping hook-laden rock anthem "More Than Ever", which was one solid chorus surrounded by another rewrite of the Bon Jovi western-themed type...


"More Than Ever" became the third top-40 pop hit from After The Rain in May of 1991. The song also crossed over to Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart at #44. It made it as high as #30 in Canada.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 9/25/17 - The Escape Club's "Call It Poison"...

"Call It Poison" - The Escape Club
from the album Dollars & Sex (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #44

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the British new wave band the Escape Club, who had sent their single "Wild Wild West" to #1 on the American pop chart in 1988, followed by the top-40 hit "Shake For The Sheik". (A third single, "Walking Through Walls", was a minor pop hit at #81.) Two years later, the foursome led by singer Trevor Steel and guitarist John Holliday released their third album Dollars & Sex. The first single from the record, "Call It Poison", continued in the vein of their first hits, combining slightly edgy lyrics about current situations and putting them to a funk rock beat not unlike INXS. Written by Steel and Holliday with bandmates Johnnie Christo and Milan Zekavica, the song was loud and fresh and ready for radio consumption, with a seeming diss at the current-time glut of glam-metal bands, hence the pun on "Poison"...


However, "Call It Poison" just missed the American top-40 in March of 1991. Like their previous work, it didn't even make a dent in the British chart.

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Songoftheday 9/25/17 - Lonely fear lights up the sky can't help but wonder why, you're so far away...

"Voices That Care" - Voices That Care
from the single Voices That Care (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day was released under the banner of "Voices That Care", as a charity and celebration of the men and women serving overseas during the "Desert Storm" Iraq war. Renowned producer David Foster wrote the same-titled song along with his then-wife Linda and former Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera. Cetera appears on the record singing one of the verses, along with other stars like Celine Dion, the Pointer Sisters, Michael Bolton, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant from New Edition, Luther Vandross, Kathy Mattea, Jani Lane from Warrant, Nelson, Brenda Russell, Will Smith, and Little Richard, with Warren Wiebe, who did the demo, providing the vocals for the end of the song. A corresponding video, which included words of encouragement from some of the people participating as well as other sports and acting stars, was then shipped overseas to the troops, while later a TV special broadcast to America happened, though the war ended just as it was coming out. Nevertheless, with the Red Cross receiving benefits, and Foster's keen pop sense that crafted a listenable song, the record did much better than most of these fly-by-night charity events. And the lyrics, which specifically do not choose to proclaim whether it was right to be in the war in the first please, it allowed people to offer support to the people fighting even if they didn't believe in the reason they were there. A huge star-studded choir (Meryl freaking Streep!) came through at the end...


"Voices That Care" just missed the pop top 10 by a notch in May of 1991. The song also climbed to #6 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Songoftheday 9/24/17 - I know that I'm a very lucky guy to have someone like you, I never met a girl in my life like you before you make all my dreams come true...

"Written All Over Your Face" - Rude Boys
from the album Rude Awakening (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B vocal group Rude Boys, who came together in Cleveland at the end of the 80's before being helped out by soul crooner Gerald Levert. He helped them sign a record deal and aided the vocal arrangement of their debut album, Rude Awakening. The first single from the set, the new jack swing jam "Come On Let's Do This", made it onto urban radio stations, peaking at #38 on the R&B chart in Billboard, but got lost in the shuffle of the glut of those types of records out and missed the pop chart. However, that turned around with their follow-up, "Written All Over Your Face". Written by group member (and cousin of blues legend B.B. King) Larry Marcus, the slinky come-on song featured a cameo from Levert, and was their biggest hit...


"Written All Over Your Face" topped the R&B chart in Billboard magazine for a week, and spend over seven months on the chart. It climbed to the pop top-20 in June of 1991. The next single from the albums, the mid-tempo "Heaven", reached #15 on the R&B chart, followed by "Are You Lonely For Me", which returned the foursome to the top of that list, but neither of them nicked the pop Hot 100. But that more reflected the nature of pop radio, which had eschewed a lot of straight R&B/New Jack albums, and this whole record was quality.

The Rude Boys released their second album Rude House the following year, and while lead single "My Kinda Girl" made it to #4 on the R&B chart, they again didn't make the pop list. After that, the members had more success as writers, re-emerging in 1997 on indie label Buchanan for the minor R&B hit "Nothing No One" (#76 R&B). Lead singer Joe Little continues to perform under the Rude Boys name, while Marcus passed away in 2016.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Songoftheday 9/23/17 - I close my eyes and see you before me, think I would die if you were to ignore me...

"I Touch Myself" - Divinyls
from the album Divinyls (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the Australian band Divinyls, who came together in Sydney in the early 1980's. With lead singer Chrissy Amphlett, guitarist Mark McEntee, keyboardist Bjarne Ohlin, and bass player Jeremy Paul (who was a member of an early incarnation of Air Supply), they put out their first single, the post-punk rage of "Boys In Town", in 1981, and it became a big hit locally at #8. But by the time of the release of their debut studio record Desperate, Paul had bounced, but they managed a second Australian top-40 hit with "Science Fiction" (#13).

In 1985, Divinyls came out with What A Life, their first record to get worldwide attention. The single "Pleasaure And Pain", co-written by song doctor Holly Knight, was their first to chart in America at #76 (and peaking on the Mainstream Rock radio chart at #12), while going to #11 Down Under. After another less successful album, the band, which by then was really Amphlett and McEntee, left their label for Virgin Records.

Their first album with the new imprint, the eponymous diVINYLS, changed their sound to a quirky but sexual modern rock outfit, and that was exemplified by the saucy first single "I Touch Myself". Written by the duo along with Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg (who wrote Madonna's similarly salacious "Like A Virgin"), the ode to jackin' it was racy but clean-worded enough to attract attention but surprisingly not censors....


"I Touch Myself" became Divinyls' sole top-40 pop hit in the U.S., reaching the top-5 in May of 1991. The song also reached both the Mainstream (#35) and Modern (#2 for two weeks) Rock radio charts in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the record topped the Australian singles chart for two weeks, and made the top-20 in Ireland (#8), the UK (#10), Canada (#13), and New Zealand (#17). A second single from the album, "Make Out Alright", reached #19 on the Modern Rock list but failed to nick the pop chart in America. The following year, a cover of the Rascals single "I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore" from the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie reached the top-20 in Australia, but fighting with Virgin kept them from continuing any international success. They switched to BMG for a local-only release Underworld, which returned them to the top 20 in Australia with "I'm Jealous". Splitting up for nearly a decade, Chrissy took on the role of Judy Garland in the original Australian production of the Peter Allen bio-musical The Boy From Oz.  Amphlett and McEntee reunited in 2007 and were going to record a new album, but circumstances including Chrissy's multiple sclerosis diagnosis sidelined that. In 2013, she developed breast cancer, and unable to do chemo due to the MS, she succumbed to the disease.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for September 22, 2017...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Charlie Puth remains at #1 for a fifth week, while Pink (pictured above) leaps into the top ten. Former big hits from Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, and Cole Swindell/Dierks Bentley drop off my list, while songs from Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid, Kenny Chesney, and Rise Against make some of the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Happy autumn!

This Week             Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Attention - Charlie Puth (1)
2. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (2)
3. What About Us - Pink (13)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. The Man - The Killers (9)
6. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (7)
7. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (5)
8. Believer - Imagine Dragons (8)
9. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean (10)
10. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (3)
11. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (11)
12. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (19)
13. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (17)
14. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (18)
15. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (20)
16. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (6)
17. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (15)
18. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (14)
19. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (25)
20. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (16)
21. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (21)
22. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (12)
23. Praying - Kesha (28)
24. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (22)
25. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (33)
26. Heartache On The Dance Floor - Jon Pardi (32)
27. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (31)
28. Holding On - The War On Drugs (30)
29. Redbone - Childish Gambino (24)
30. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (26)
31. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (29)
32. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (27)
33. Dig Down - Muse (23)
34. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (34)
35. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (35)
36. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (42)
37. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (41)
38. The Violence - Rise Against (52)
39. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (46)
40. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (55)
41. Your Song - Rita Ora (51)
42. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (38)
43. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (57)
44. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (44)
45. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (45)
46. High - Sir Sly (36)
47. Now Or Never - Halsey (39)
48. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (48)
49. Turn It Up - Kym Sims (49)
50. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (54)
51. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (53)
52. New Rules - Dua Lipa (62)
53. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (87)
54. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (58)
55. Level - Stokely (59)
56. Lights Out - Royal Blood (56)
57. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (37)
58. Peace, Love & Music - Tracey Young & Ceevox (60)
59. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (69)
60. Rain - The Script (61)
61. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (73)
62. Can I Be Him - James Arthur (66)
63. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (67)
64. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (77)
65. My Man - Tamar Braxton (65)
66. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (74)
67. You, I & The Music - Junior Sanchez (47)
68. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (76)
69. Creatures Of The Night - Hardwell & Austin Mahone (79)
70. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (71)
71. For Her - Chris Lane (75)
72. Just You & I - Tom Walker (72)
73. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (83)
74. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (78)
75. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (70)
76. Suit & Jacket - Judah & The Lion (90)
77. Gltchlfe - Taryn Manning (63)
78. We Get High - Karel Ullner (68)
79. Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet (89)
80. Good Times - All Time Low (84)
81. If - R5 (86)
82. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (82)
83. Long Time - Blondie (DEBUT)
84. Hurricane - Luke Combs (64)
85. My Girl - Dylan Scott (81)
86. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (96)
87. Into The Night - Bright Light Bright Light (97)
88. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William (92)
89. Miles - Phillip Phillips (93)
90. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett (DEBUT)
91. The Way You Used To Do - Queens Of The Stone Age (DEBUT)
92. What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 f/SZA (DEBUT)
93. Remember I Told You - Nick Jonas f/Anne-Marie & Mike Posner (DEBUT)
94. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Sean Paul & Matt Terry (94)
95. Back To You - Louis Tomlinson f/Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals (95)
96. More Than Friends - James Hype f/Kelli-Leigh (DEBUT)
97. Light Beams - Extasia & Zach Adam f/Romy G (DEBUT)
98. Two High - Moon Taxi (DEBUT)
99. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (99)
100. Little One - Highly Suspect (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 9/22/17 - Across the street the river runs down in the gutter life is slipping away, let me still exist in another place...

"Rhythm Of My Heart" - Rod Stewart
from the album Vagabond Heart (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day is from rock icon Rod Stewart, who had recapped his long and illustrious career at the turn of the decade with a four-disc box set that still produced two more top ten pop hits with "Downtown Train" and "This Old Heart Of Mine". At the end of 1990, Rod hooked up with Tina Turner for a duet remake of Marvin Gaye's classic "It Takes Two" which went to #5 in the UK; it would find its way on to Rod's next studio album, Vagabond Heart. It wasn't released as a single in America - that honor went to the mainstream rock track "Rhythm Of My Heart". Written by Marc Jordan and John Capek, the song originally was recorded and released in 1986 by Dutch artist Rene' Shuman. Stewart version, which included Scottish touches in the production and in the melody, way overshadowed that to become the definitive version...


"Rhythm Of My Heart" became Rod's thirteenth top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1991. The single spent two weeks at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart, and peaked at #13 on their Mainstream Rock radio list. Internationally, the song topped the chart in Canada for two weeks, hit #1 in Ireland for a week, and reached the top ten in Australia (#2), his native UK (#3), Germany (#4), Austria (#5), New Zealand (#6), and Switzerland (#9).

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Songoftheday 9/21/17 - Hearts of fire streets of stone, modern warriors saddle iron horses of chrome...

"Ride The Wind" - Poison
from the album Flesh & Blood (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #38 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from the glam-metal band Poison, whose third album Flesh & Blood had already scored them a pair of top ten pop hits with the bouncy "Unskinny Bop" and the ballad "Something To Believe In". The third release from the record would be the uptempo fist-pumper "Ride The Wind". Written by the band and produced by Bruce Fairbairn, the single extended their success on mainstream radio...


"Ride The Wind" became the third top-40 pop hit from Flesh & Blood in March of 1991. The song also climbed to #25 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Up north in Canada, the track peaked at #31.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Songoftheday 9/20/17 - Enter the jam the party is packed and I rap, girls wall to wall there's my man hangin' out at the back...

"Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)" - C + C Music Factory
from the album Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the C+C Music Factory, which was put together by dance music remixing geniuses Rob Clivillés and David Cole in the late 1980's as an outlet for their own music. Their first single as an act, "Gonna Make You Sweat", became a huge success, spending two weeks at #1 on the American pop chart, and an incredible five weeks on top of the dance club play list. However, it came with a kind of asterisk, as it was revealed that former Weather Girl Martha Wash provided the vocals for the track (under the pretense that they'd be demos) and with model/singer Zelma Davis lipsynching for her life in the video. Eventually that would be settled in court, but in the meantime, the rest of the album was recorded with Davis singing, including the second single "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)". Written by Clivillés with rapper Freedom Williams, who is really center stage on this record, there was much ado about Zelma's involvement, to the point that the main remix was subtitled "Zelma Sings". Either way, she had a good voice (of course, not Martha good, but good), and the finished product straddled the line between the gay dance club party atmosphere and rock attitude that made "Gonna Make You Sweat" such a groundbreaking record. And the redo on Chic's "Freak Out" as "Freedom" still kills me...


"Here We Go" became the Factory's second top ten pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1991. The single also climbed to #7 on Billboard's R&B chart. The remixes on the CD/12" vinyl single helped the track top the Dance Club Play list in the magazine for three weeks. Internationally, "Here We Go" went to the top ten in Spain (#4) and New Zealand (#9), and reached the top-20 in Canada (#11), Switzerland (#11), Germany (#14), Finland (#16), Ireland (#18), the Netherlands (#19), Australia (#20), and the UK (#20).

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Songoftheday 9/19/17 - We're starting it over we're making way for destiny, a time to turn over a better life for you and me...

"Touch Me (All Night Long)" - Cathy Dennis
from the album Move To This (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from British pop/dance singer Cathy Dennis, who had landed her first solo top ten hit in America in the winter of 1991 with the bouncy house jam "Just Another Dream". Her second single (and third from her debut album, which included her collaboration with D-Mob on "C'mon and Get My Love") would be a cover of a club hit by a New York singer named Fonda Rae (Woods). Fonda's version of "Touch Me", which appeared in the second Nightmare On Elm Street movie, originally reached #5 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart in 1984, and crossed over to their R&B chart at #49. Written by Patrick Adams and Gregory Carmichael, the song also was a minor British hit at #49, which is probably how Dennis and her producers came to hear it...


Dennis changed up some of the lyrics, and with a HI-NRG-inspired production, landed herself her biggest pop hit in America...


Dennis' version of "Touch Me" climbed all the way to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in May of 1991. The song also was her first to reach Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #32. The remixes on the 12" vinyl and CD/cassette singles helped it become her third and final #1 dance hit (after "C'mon and Get My Love" and "That's The Way Of The World" both with D-Mob). Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Ireland (#3), the UK (#5), and Canada (#9), while making the top-40 in Australia (#16), Switzerland (#16), the Netherlands (#26), Belgium (#29), Austria (#30), New Zealand (#34), and Germany (#39).

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 9/18/17 - Winger's "Easy Come Easy Go"...

"Easy Come Easy Go" - Winger
from the album In The Heart Of The Young (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #41

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the glam-metal band Winger, whose sophomore album In The Heart Of The Young had landed them a third top-40 pop hit with the power-ballad "Miles Away", which came after the lead single "Can't Get Enuff" just missed the pop top-40 by a couple of notches. The third release from the record would pick the pace up again for the song "Easy Come Easy Go". Written by lead singer Kip Winger, the piece of advice was accompanied by chunky guitar riffs and cool metal harmonies on the chorus...


While "Easy Come Easy Go" climbed to #20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the single stopped right short of the pop top-40 at #41 in March of 1991.






Songoftheday 9/18/17 - Act like the end of the record and fade out, all that childish stuff is just played out...

"How To Dance" - Bingoboys featuring Princessa
from the album The Best Of Bingoboys (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day is from the Austrian dance act Bingoboys, who got together in Vienna at the beginning of the 1990s, releasing their first album The Best Of Bingoboys (foreshadowing their fleetingness?) the following year. The first single was a goofy but infectious bit of fun and shovels full of samples, as "How To Dance" riffed off a disco instruction record and added a sassy rap from New Yorker Princessa. The result was a left-field world-wide pop hit...


"How To Dance" became the Bingoboys' sole American top-40 pop hit in April of 1991. The song also spent a week at #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in their native Austria (#2), as well as in Australia (#3) and the Netherlands (#7), and got into the top-40 in Switzerland (#11), Germany (#22), Belgium (#30), and Sweden (#30). In the UK, the track popped on to the chart for one week at #93.

The boys followed this hit up with "Borrowed Love", an interpolation of the 1986 single from the R&B group the SOS Band, and it reached the top-40 on the American dance chart (#32) and was a minor pop hit as well at #71. Another song from the Best Of album, a take-off of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry", was a #10 hit in their home country. The following year, they returned to their country's top 10 with "Chartbuster" (#5). A second album, Color Of Music, finally arrived in 1995, with "Sugardaddy" becoming their fourth Austrian top ten hit.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Songoftheday 9/17/17 - It's been so long since we've been friends in need, and how the love we share in our hearts to try to keep us apart...

"Together Forever" - Lisette Melendez
from the album Together Forever (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from Latin freestyle dance music artist Lisette Melendez, who comes from the East Harlem section of New York City. Melendez, a former backup singer, released her debut album in 1991, and the title track, "Together Forever", became one of the biggest hits of the genre. With the frenetic tempo and Latin flourishes throughout, the single was huge in the tri-State area, and gained popularity nationwide eventually. It was written by her producer Carlos Berrios along with Frankie Malave (aka Frankie Cutlass) and Frank Reyes...


"Together Forever" became Lisette's sole top-40 pop hit in April of 1991. The single also climbed to #31 on Billboard's Dance Club Play list. Her follow-up single, "A Day In My Life (Without You)", was also a major regional hit in the Northeast, but stalled right under the top-40 at #49. A third release from Together Forever, "Never Say Never", slipped on to the Dance Club Play chart at #45.

By 1994, freestyle had been retired by the wayside, and Lisette changed her sound on the first single from her second album, "Goody Goody", which featured rapper Greg Nice. It landed at #53 on the pop chart, slipped on to the R&B chart as her first and last entry at #95, and hit #45 on the dance chart. After a third album stiffed, Melendez changed again to concentrate on the Latin music market, with a well-received salsa album. She continues to tour in various flashback freestyle shows.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Songoftheday 9/16/17 - All summer long we've been together and I never felt so good, 'cause when I'm with you you're such a good time...

"I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)" - Hi-Five
from the album Hi-Five (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

Today's song of the day comes from the vocal soul group Hi-Five, who came together in Waco, Texas in the late-1980s. They released their debut album in 1990, with the new jack swing jam "I Just Can't Handle It" as the first single. Although it climbed to #10 on Billboard's R&B chart, the single missed the pop Hot 100 altogether. That changed with their second release, "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)". Written by Teddy Riley and Bernard Bell (the pair also penned "I Just Can't Handle It") along with Dave Way, the record was much smoother and boy-band-ish, like older New Edition, and mainstream radio took ahold, and the video puts lead singer Tony Thompson in focus...


"I Like The Way" became Hi-Five's first and biggest pop hit, climbing all the way to #1 on the American Hot 100 in May of 1991. The single also was their first to top the R&B list, staying there for two weeks, and even crossed over to Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart at #42. Internationally, the record just missed the top 40 in the UK (#43) and Germany (#41).

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Friday, September 15, 2017

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

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Charlie Puth holds tight on top for a fourth week, while DJ Khaled with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (pictured above) climb two spots in the top ten. Songs from Imagine Dragons, Kesha, and Jon Pardi make some of the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, LeAnn Rimes, and Bleachers drop out. I need a love resurrection!

This Week          Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Attention - Charlie Puth (1)
2. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (2)
3. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (5)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (3)
6. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (8)
7. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (9)
8. Believer - Imagine Dragons (7)
9. The Man - The Killers (11)
10. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, & Big Sean (14)
11. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (6)
12. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (13)
13. What About Us - Pink (17)
14. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (10)
15. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (15)
16. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (12)
17. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (25)
18. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (22)
19. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (27)
20. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (24)
21. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (21)
22. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (18)
23. Dig Down - Muse (23)
24. Redbone - Childish Gambino (18)
25. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (43)
26. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (26)
27. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (19)
28. Praying - Kesha (38)
29. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (29)
30. Holding On - The War On Drugs (34)
31. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (36)
32. Heartache On The Dancefloor - Jon Pardi (42)
33. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (41)
34. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (39)
35. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (37)
36. High - Sir Sly (31)
37. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (33)
38. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (32)
39. Now Or Never - Halsey (35)
40. Save As Draft - Katy Perry (40)
41. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (51)
42. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (52)
43. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (28)
44. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (44)
45. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (45)
46. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (50)
47. You, I & The Music - Junior Sanchez (47)
48. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (48)
49. Turn It Up - Kym Sims (49)
50. Run - Foo Fighters (20)
51. Your Song - Rita Ora (55)
52. The Violence - Rise Against (53)
53. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (57)
54. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (62)
55. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (65)
56. Lights Out - Royal Blood (66)
57. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (61)
58. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (58)
59. Level - Stokely (59)
60. Peace, Love & Music - Tracy Young & Ceevox (64)
61. Rain - The Script (69)
62. New Rules - Dua Lipa (72)
63. Gltchlfe - Taryn Manning (63)
64. Hurricane - Luke Combs (56)
65. My Man - Tamar Braxton (70)
66. Can I Be Him - James Arthur (73)
67. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (67)
68. We Get High - Karel Ullner (68)
69. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (79)
70. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (60)
71. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (75)
72. Just You & I - Tom Walker (74)
73. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (83)
74. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (80)
75. For Her - Chris Lane (77)
76. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (84)
77. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (81)
78. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (78)
79. Creatures Of The Night - Hardwell & Austin Mahone (89)
80. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Dirty Pop f/Taylor Olson & Jackie Orlando (82)
81. My Girl - Dylan Scott (76)
82. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (86)
83. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (87)
84. Good Times - All Time Low (88)
85. Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld (85)
86. If - R5 (94)
87. 1-800-235-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (97)
88. Use Me - Goo Goo Dolls (91)
89. Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet (93)
90. Suit & Jacket - Judah & The Lion (95)
91. City Of Angels - The Head and the Heart (98)
92. Mi Gente - J. Balvin & Willy William (DEBUT)
93. Miles - Phillip Phillips (DEBUT)
94. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Sean Paul & Matt Terry (96)
95. Back To You - Louis Tomlinson f/Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals (99)
96. No Promises - Cheat Codes f/Demi Lovato (DEBUT)
97. Into The Night - Bright Light Bright Light (DEBUT)
98. Bomba - Aggro Santos (100)
99. Reggaeton Lento - CNCO & Little Mix (DEBUT)
100. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 9/15/17 - Do you remember once upon a time when you were mine, the stars above were bright and new I pulled them down for you...

"Just The Way It Is, Baby" - The Rembrandts
from the album The Rembrandts (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the Rembrandts, a pop duo who got together in California, home  of singer/guitarist Danny Wilde, who along with Phil Solem were in a power-pop band called Great Buildings in the late 70s/early 80s. After they split, Wilde had recorded a few solo albums in the later part of the decade, and had a couple of rock radio hits including "Time Runs Wild", which went to #15 in 1988. Reuniting with Solem in 1989 as The Rembrandts, they released their self-titled first album the next year, with the adult-pop nugget "Just The Way It Is, Baby" as the first single. The sardonic look at relationships brought them duo their first success, with a sound that reminds me of Squeeze and Bourgeois Tagg...


"Just The Way It Is, Baby" became the Rembrandts first American top-40 pop hit in April of 1991. The song was first a hit on rock radio, climbing to #13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, while it peaked at #12 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. Internationally, it was even a bigger hit in Europe, reaching the top ten in Germany (#6), France (#9), and Austria (#9), and got into the top-40 in Australia (#26). Their follow-up single, "Someone", stalled at #78 in the U.S., though it almost made the top-40 in Germany at #45. A third release, "Burning Timber", became a rock radio hit at #36.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Songoftheday 9/14/17 - I hit the road out of nowhere I had to jump in my car, and be a rider in a love game following the stars...

"Joyride" - Roxette
from the album Joyride (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the Swedish pop duo Roxette, who had broke big in America with their second album Look Sharp!, and landed two #1 hits from the record in 1989, "The Look" and "Listen To Your Heart". They added a third with their contribution to the soundtrack of Pretty Woman, "It Must Have Been Love", in the summer of 1990. In the beginning of the following year, Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson released their third album Joyride with the title track as the lead single. Written by Gessle and again produced by long-time back-up musician Clarence Öfwerman, the bouncy guitar-dominated track was a fun way to enter the new decade, and in return they got another worldwide hit...


"Joyride" became Roxette's fourth (and so far last) #1 pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1991. The single also crossed over to Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #21. Internationally, the song was huge, topping the charts in Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Norway, and Finland. It also got to #4 in the UK and Italy, and #3 in New Zealand.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Songoftheday 9/13/17 - Did the best I could to make you mine, if you ever felt anything for me well you never gave a sign...

"Chasin' The Wind" - Chicago
from the album Twenty 1 (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2

Today's song of the day comes from the band Chicago, who had transformed from a jazz-rock outfit in the late 1960's into a soft-pop hitmaking machine in the 1980's. Their Chicago 19 album had scored them four top ten pop hits with "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love", "Look Away", "You're Not Alone", and "What Kind Of Man Would I Be". The latter song also appeared on their twentieth release, the Greatest Hits 1982-1989 collection, and peaked in the winter of 1990. Later that summer, a contribution to the racing movie Days Of Thunder, the Bon Jovi-ish "Hearts In Trouble", was a minor hit at #75. In 1991, after drummer Danny Seraphine departed the band, Chicago released Twenty 1, their third release after lead singer/bassist Peter Cetera left for a solo career. The first single from the record was "Chasin' The Wind", was back to another heartbreak love ballad sung by Bill Champlin, and written by song doctor Diane Warren. Produced by Ron Nevison (Heart), it would be their last hurrah on the pop charts...


"Chasin' The Wind" became Chicago's most recent top-40 pop hit in March of 1991. The song also climbed to #13 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. It also made it to #50 in Canada. Another track from the album, "You Come To My Senses", missed the pop Hot 100, but managed to go to #11 on the Adult Contemporary list.

After a more rock-oriented album, Stone Of Sisyphus, was stalled by their record company, Chicago signed with Giant, releasing a critically lauded jazz album Night And Day in 1995. In 1997 and 1998, they released two greatest hits collections, with each producing two hits on the Adult Contemporary chart, including the #1 "Here In My Heart". They hooked up with Jay Demarcus from the country crossover band Rascal Flatts, who produced their Chicago XXX set, which spun off two more AC hits with "Feel" (#19) and "Love Will Come Back" (#21). Most recently, a holiday recording of "My Favorite Things" took them to #9 on that same chart in 2011. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, and they continue to tour very successfully under the same moniker, albeit with different members (right now, only the original horn section of Robert Lamm, James Pankow, and Lee Loughnane remain from the first incarnation of the group).

Up tomorrow: Swedish duo goes on a road trip.