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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Songoftheday 9/12/17 - She's taken my time convinced me she's fine, but when she leaves I'm not so sure...

"Cry For Help" - Rick Astley
from the album Free (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from British singer Rick Astley, who had become one of the biggest successes for the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman, whose HI-NRG-inspired sound had proved to be a huge success in the UK and carried over to the States with Astley's first two albums. After hitting #1 twice in America with singles from his debut, Rick's second set Hold Me In Your Arms had given him another top ten hit with "She Wants To Dance With Me" and a top-40 follow-up with "Giving Up On Love". After a world tour, Rick changed directions and left the producers to move to a more organic sound, which came to pass on his third album Free in 1991. The first single from the set, "Cry For Help", was co-written by Astley with Rob Fisher of Naked Eyes and Climie Fisher, and co-produced by the singer with Gary Stevenson. Starting off with just a prominent piano, and then adding acoustic instruments, it warmed up the resulting record to become a gospel-like experience, which ended up one of my favorite singles of that year...


"Cry For Help" became Rick's fifth (and so far last) top ten pop hit in the U.S. in April of 1991. The single spent a week at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Canada (#4), Belgium (#5), the UK (#7), and Ireland (#9), and made the top 20 in Spain (#11), The Netherlands (#11), Australia (#13), Germany (#14), and Sweden (#17).

The second single from the album, the jazz-soul nugget "Move Right Out", made the top-40 in Canada (#36), and reached #29 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, but stalled down at #81 in the U.S. and #58 in Britain. A third release, "Never Knew Love", was a minor British hit at #70.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 9/11/17 - Guys Next Door's "I've Been Waiting For You"...

"I've Been Waiting For You" - Guys Next Door
from the album I Was Made For You (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the "boy-band" Guys Next Door, who were actors in a childrens television sketch comedy series on Saturdays on NBC in the early 1990's. The quintet, packaged up for appeal to teen and pre-teen girls, had all the bells and whistles and merchandise as groups like New Kids On The Block, and even almost had their own top-40 hit with this song...


"Ive Been Waiting For You" stopped just short of the pop top-40 in America in February of 1991. The show didn't last past a season, and neither did the Guys. Member Damon Sharpe has gone on to be a huge songwriter and record producer, co-writing Jennifer Lopez's "Love Don't Cost A Thing", Kylie Minogue's "Get Outta My Way", and won a Grammy for the soundtrack to the movie version of the musical Chicago.


Songoftheday 9/11/17 - O say can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming...

"The Star Spangled Banner" - Whitney Houston
from the CD single The Star Spangled Banner (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (one week) (1991); #6 (one week) (2001)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6 (1991); 4 (2001)

Today's song of the day comes from the late great Whitney Houston, who in the spring of 1991 had already claimed a pair of #1 pop hits from her third studio album I'm Your Baby Tonight with the title track and "All The Man That I Need". In January of 1991, Whitney was slated to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Between the announcement and the game, the First Gulf War in Iraq had started, making this moment particularly poignant. Houston had already had a performance by her musical director Ricky Minor which changed the time signature and made her vocal performance more dramatic. The gamble paid off with what's considered by many (including myself) as the best rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" to date. Radio stations started to play it, and the demand by the public was so great that it was issued as a special charity single...


Whitney's performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" reached the top-20 on the American pop chart in March of 1991. It also appeared on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart at #48. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Houston re-released the recording again to raise money for the charities for the New York Firefighters and Police, and that time it rocketed back on to the chart at #6, and made it to #30 on Billboard's R&B chart. The record even got to #5 in Canada. And it remains a hallmark moment in television history.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Songoftheday 9/10/17 - And ever since the day you put my heart in motion, baby I realize that there's just no getting over you...

"Baby Baby" - Amy Grant
from the album Heart In Motion (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from singer Amy Grant, who was the biggest star of the Christian Contemporary Music world in the 1980's. Selling millions of records, she even popped into the pop top 40 in the summer of 1985 with the inspirational "Find A Way". The following year, Amy teamed up with former Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera for the duet "The Next Time I Fall", which spent a week at #1 on Billboard's pop Hot 100.

In 1988, Grant released Lead Me On, which again strayed into pop music waters, but still was planted firmly in her faith. However, she was able to grow airplay on secular stations, and while three tracks from the album reached the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart - "Saved By Love" (#32), "1974 (We Were Young)" (#34), and "What About The Love" (#34), the title track was able to slip into the pop Hot 100 at #96. All four of those singles also were #1 hits on the Christian Pop (CCM) chart.

Grant started the next decade with a bold move into promoting her music to mainstream radio in a big way, with her eighth studio album Heart In Motion. Written and produced with Keith Thomas, the first single, "Baby Baby", was an ebullient synth-pop song that could easily be interpreted as either being sung to a love interest or a child, and its universal theme without bringing religion up came at the right time as soft-pop again was taking over mainstream radio as it did in the beginning of the 1980s...


"Baby Baby" became Amy's biggest pop hit, spending two weeks atop the American pop Hot 100 in April of 1991. The song also spent three weeks at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, and even crossed over to their Dance Club Play list (with remixes serviced to DJs) at #23. Internationally, the single peaked at #2 in Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, and reached the top ten in Australia (#5), Sweden (#5), Norway (#6), Ireland (#7), Austria (#7), and Germany (#8). The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1992, losing out to Bonnie Raitt's "Something To Talk About" for Pop Female Vocal, and Natalie Cole's "duet" version of "Unforgettable" for Record and Song of the Year.

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Songoftheday 9/9/17 - I want to show you the picture I drew, when I was on the phone talking to you...


"My Side Of The Bed" - Susanna Hoffs
from the album When You're A Boy (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #30 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from Susanna Hoffs, who had been a member of the all-female rock band the Bangles throughout the 1980's, scoring two #1 pop hits with "Walk Like An Egyptian" and "Eternal Flame". But after they split up at the end of the decade, Hoffs embarked on a solo career, releasing her first solo album When You're A Boy in 1991. The first single from the record was "My Side Of The Bed", written by the singer with Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, who wrote "Eternal Flame"...


"My Side Of The Bed" became Hoffs' sole top-40 pop hit (so far) in March of 1991. The single also climbed to #27 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the song reached the top-40 in Austria (#20), the Netherlands (#23), New Zealand (#33), and Germany (#36), and went to #44 in the UK. Her follow-up release, "Unconditional Love", missed the chart in the U.S., but was a minor British hit at #65.

After a stalled album and a change of labels, Hoffs put out her second solo album in 1996, and a cover of the Lightning Seeds' modern rock nugget "All I Want" went to #77 on the American pop chart (and #35 on the Adult Top-40 radio format list) and much better in Britain, landing at #33 on their singles chart.  After a couple of contributions to the Austin Powers movie franchise (which her husband Jay Roach directed), she reunited with the Bangles in 2000. Her most recent solo album, Someday, came out in 2012 and was produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House).

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Friday, September 08, 2017

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

Friday's here, and it's time to roll out my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Charlie Puth is on top for a third week, while country crossover group Lady Antebellum climb a notch in the top ten. Former big hits from Blake Shelton and Nile Rodgers/Tony Moran drop off my chart, while songs from Pink, Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry/Big Sean, and Dua Lipa make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). A-camping we will go!

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 (6)
3. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (3)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (5)
6. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (2)
7. Believer - Imagine Dragons (7)
8. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (9)
9. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (13)
10. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (11)
11. The Man - The Killers (19)
12. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (12)
13. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (17)
14. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean (30)
15. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (15)
16. Redbone - Childish Gambino (8)
17. What About Us - Pink (57)
18. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (16)
19. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (14)
20. Run - Foo Fighters (10)
21. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (21)
22. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (24)
23. Dig Down - Muse (23)
24. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (28)
25. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (27)
26. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (26)
27. Strip That Down - Liam Payne (33)
28. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (18)
29. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (25)
30. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (20)
31. High - Sir Sly (31)
32. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (22)
33. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (29)
34. Holding On - The War On Drugs (38)
35. Now Or Never - Halsey (35)
36. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (42)
37. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (39)
38. Praying - Kesha (43)
39. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (44)
40. Save As Draft - Katy Perry (41)
41. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (45)
42. Heartache On The Dance Floor - Jon Pardi (46)
43. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (51)
44. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (40)
45. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (37)
46. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (32)
47. You, I & The Music - Junior Sanchez (48)
48. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (36)
49. Turn It Up - Kym Sims (53)
50. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (50)
51. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (61)
52. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (62)
53. The Violence - Rise Against (54)
54. Love Is Love Is Love - LeAnn Rimes (34)
55. Your Song - Rita Ora (60)
56. Hurricane - Luke Combs (52)
57. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (65)
58. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (58)
59. Level - Stokely (59)
60. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (56)
61. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (69)
62. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (66)
63. Gltchlfe - Taryn Manning (63)
64. Peace, Love & Music - Tracy Young & Ceevox (76)
65. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (77)
66. Lights Out - Royal Blood (70)
67. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (67)
68. We Get High - Karel Ullner (68)
69. Rain - The Script (73)
70. My Man - Tamar Braxton (72)
71. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (47)
72. New Rules - Dua Lipa (87)
73. Can I Be Him - James Arthur (83)
74. Just You & I - Tom Walker (74)
75. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (75)
76. My Girl - Dylan Scott (71)
77. For Her - Chris Lane (79)
78. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (78)
79. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (80)
80. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (90)
81. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (93)
82. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Dirty Pop f/Taylor Olson & Jackie Orlando (89)
83. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (95)
84. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (88)
85. Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld (85)
86. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (86)
87. Every Little Thing - Carly Pearce (DEBUT)
88. Good Times - All Time Low (84)
89. Creatures Of The Night - Hardwell & Austin Mahone (DEBUT)
90. Miracles (Someone Special) - Coldplay & Big Sean (91)
91. Use Me - Goo Goo Dolls (96)
92. Came Here For Love - Sigala f/Ella Eyre (92)
93. Highway Tune - Greta Van Fleet (DEBUT)
94. If - R5 (DEBUT)
95. Suit & Jacket - Judah & The Lion (DEBUT)
96. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Sean Paul & Matt Terry (98)
97. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic f/Alessia Cara & Khalid (DEBUT)
98. City Of Angels - The Head and the Heart (DEBUT)
99. Back To You - Louis Tomlinson f/Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals (DEBUT)
100. Bomba - Aggro Santos (100)

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

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Songoftheday 9/8/17 - What about this over crowded land, how much more abuse from man can she stand?

"Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You" - Robert Palmer
from the album Don't Explain (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from British soul/rock singer Robert Palmer, whose 1990 album Don't Explain had returned him to the American top-40 pop chart with "You're Amazing" in the winter of 1991. Also, his collaboration with UB40 on the Bob Dylan song "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" went to #24 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in the U.S.  The third American single from the record would be a medley of two classic songs from Marvin Gaye. "Mercy Mercy Me", which was one of the many highlights of his most revered album, What's Going On, grooved on about the state of the ecology of the world and man's effect on it, while "I Want You" was a more direct call to the bedroom for some romance to get away from it all. Palmer was able to combine these two disparate songs to make one adult-pop gem that would be his final big hit in the States...


"Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You" became Palmer's ninth solo top-40 pop hit in America in April of 1991. The single was a huge hit on Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio format, peaking at #4 on that genre's chart in Billboard, and even crossed over to their R&B list at #90. Internationally, the medley reached the top ten in Canada (#6), France (#7), Ireland (#8), and the UK (#9).

In 1992, Palmer revised his earlier hit single "Every Kinda People" with a jazz-funk arrangement for a greatest hits album, and climbed to #8 on the American Adult Contemporary chart. Later that year, he released an album of pop standards, Ridin' High, which made the top-40 on the British albums chart, and gave him a minor hit there with his version of "Witchcraft" (#50). Two years later, he came back with Honey, which landed his final two British top-40 hits with "Know By Now" (#25) and "You Blow Me Away" (#38). In 1996 he rejoined with The Power Station for a second album, and hit #63 with "She Can Rock It". He closed out the decade with Rhythm & Blues, which had another Gaye cover in "Let's Get It On", and track "True Love" slipped on to the British chart at #94. In 2003, dance act Shake B4 Use remixed his "Addicted To Love" and nearly made the British top-40 at #42. Palmer recorded a gritty blues album Drive, but sadly while promoting the record he died of a heart attack in France.

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Songoftheday 9/7/17 - You took my love and I'm willing, there's no limit to the love I'm giving...

"Something In My Heart" - Michel'le 
from the album Michel'le (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Michel'le, whose self-title debut album had scored her a pair of R&B/pop crossover hits with "Nicety" and the pop top ten debut of "No More Lies". A third release, "Keep Watchin'", was a really enjoyable funky dance track, but stalled down at #65 on the R&B chart and missed the pop list altogether. As a fourth release, Michel'le released a break-up ballad, "Something In My Heart", which showcased her powerful singing voice to great effect, and was the album's "showstopper". Written by the singer with boyfriend and N.W.A. member Dr. Dre, it would be her final solo pop success...


"Something In My Heart" became Michel'le's third and final top-40 pop hit in March of 1991. The single also climbed to #2 for a week on Billboard's R&B chart. A fifth release from the debut album, "If?" with Michael Holmes, was a moderate R&B hit at #22, but didn't nick the pop Hot 100.

In 1996, she returned to the R&B top-40 as a guest on rap act Tha Dogg Pound's "Let's Play House" (#21), which almost got into the pop top-40 at #45.  But by the time Michel'le's sophomore album Hung Jury came out, it struck out with radio and only managed to squeak on to the R&B albums chart at #56. She left the label and Dre, though she ended up marrying Dre's old boss Suge Knight for a while. She most recently appeared on all three seasons of the reality show R&B Divas: Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Songoftheday 9/6/17 - Procedamus in pace In nomine Christi, Amen ...

"Sadeness Part 1" - Enigma
from the album MCMXC a.D. (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from Enigma, an act created by Romanian-born producer and musician Michael Cretu. After moving to Germany for school and remaining there, Cretu had his first success as part of the new wave band Moti Special, who had a couple of top ten hits in Germany including the #3 "Cold Days, Hot Nights" in 1985. That same year, he released a solo album under his name that had a European hit single with "Samurai" which made the top ten in a bunch of countries. And adding to that, he wrote and produced for German HI-NRG dance music singer Sandra, and her first big single with him, "(I'll Never Be) Mary Magdelene", went to #1 in Germany and a handful of other countries on the continent. Sandra would go on to claim eight top ten hits in her homeland by the end of the decade. At that time, Cretu decided to put together Enigma as a new age music outlet mixed with dance rhythms, with production musicians Frank Peterson and David Fairstein on board, as well as Sandra, who married him in 1988. The result was the goth-dance masterpiece MCMXC a.D., which combined elements of religious chants, medieval flutes, and percussion that sounded like Soul II Soul played in a dungeon. The first single released from the project was "Sadeness, Part 1", which played these Gregorian chants of Capella Antiqua München's "Procedamus in pace! (Antiphon)", which at the time was unlicensed, with Sandra cooing French come-on lyrics in between. Somehow this combo found a home not only in the dance clubs, but on radio, where it became a worldwide smash, including America...


"Sadeness, Pt. 1" became Enigma's first big hit in the U.S., reaching the top five on the pop chart in April of 1991. The song also climbed to #6 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, and crossed over to their R&B chart at #67. The remixes on the 12" vinyl and CD single helped it to top their Dance Club Play list for three weeks, one of only four records to do so that year. Internationally, it was one of the biggest hits of the year, going to #1 in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, and The Netherlands, and peaking at #2 in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Cretu would later by sued by the creators of the Gregorian chant sample, settling in 1994.

A second single from the MCMXC aD album, "Mea Culpa", reached the top ten in France (#4), Germany (#7), and Switzerland (#10), and got to #7 on the American dance chart. A third release, "Principles Of Lust", which as "Find Love" was part of the album suite with "Sadeness", got to the top-40 in France (#29), and was a minor hit in the UK along with "The Rivers Of Belief" (#59, #68).

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Songoftheday 9/5/17 - My only addiction has to do with the female species I eat 'em raw like sushi...

"Rico Suave" - Gerardo
from the album Mo' Ritmo (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from rapper Gerardo (Mejia), who was born in the South American country of Ecuador but immigrated to the States as a child. After a couple of acting gigs in his 20s, he was signed to a record deal and released his debut album Mo' Ritmo in 1991. The first single from the record was a comical yet boastful play on his lady-loving skills, "Rico Suave". Written by Gerardo with St. Louis native Christian Warren, and produced by Michael Sembello, the track interpolated the vocals and percussion from "Chamo Candela" from the Venezuelan group Daquiri with the bass and rhythm guitar sample from James Brown's "Give It Up And Turn It Loose", the party track was sold just enough by Gerardo to get himself a spot on dance and pop radio, even with half Spanish lyrics and references like this blogpost's title...


"Rico Suave" became Gerardo's first and biggest hit single, reaching the American pop top ten in April of 1991. The record also climbed to #2 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 9/4/17 - Deee-Lite's "Power Of Love"...

"Power Of Love" - Deee-Lite
from the album World Clique (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #47

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the vivacious dance music trio Deee-Lite, who had landed themselves a top 5 pop hit in America with one of the best club records of the 1990's "Groove Is In The Heart", in the fall of 1990. That sample-heavy party classic was followed by the more straight-on house music jam "Power Of Love". Written by the act's lead singer Lady Miss Kier, DJ Dmitry and Towa Tei, the song was an instant hit in the gay dance clubs where they started...


Although "Power Of Love" spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart, the single stopped short of the pop top-40 in America in February of 1991. (Some say Madonna's similar-sounding "Rescue Me" which was rush-released at around the same time stole its thunder.) It did manage to cross over to become a minor R&B hit at #54. Internationally, the track did get into the top-40 in Britain (#25), Ireland (#21), and New Zealand. Before calling it quits, Deee-Lite racked up another seven club hits, with four of them reaching #1.

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Songoftheday 9/4/17 - You see that I'm ferocious you see that I am weak, you see that I am silly and pretentious and a freak...

"Rescue Me" - Madonna
from the album The Immaculate Collection (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day is from Madonna, who had entered the 1990's with a look back at her immensely popular previous decade with The Immaculate Collection, her first "greatest hits" record that assembled fifteen singles from her four albums and a couple non-LP hits like "Into The Groove" and "Crazy For You" with two new recordings. The first, the salacious "Justify My Love", had taken her to #1 on the American pop chart in the winter of 1991, helped by the publicity of the banned-by-MTV video that accompanied it (and eventually gave inspiration to her Sex picture book). The second release was much more in line with her previous work, the house music excursion "Rescue Me". Written by Madonna and remixer Shep Pettibone, the record was a gospel-house bootyshaker that rivals the best of her club-oriented fare, if not the best of it (only going against "Deeper and Deeper" in that contest, but "Rescue Me" wins lyrically), but probably gets less attention for its more timid release (they waited until the song was already peaking at radio to release the physical single, ensuring a short chart life on the American Top-40), and the lack of a music video, which of course was her standard. It also hasn't shown up on any of her compilations since...


"Rescue Me" became Madonna's second top-ten hit from The Immaculate Collection in March of 1991. Surprisingly, the top-notch remixes from the 12" vinyl and CD single weren't enough to continue her streak on the Dance Club Play chart, peaking at #6. Internationally, the song made the top ten in the UK (#3), Ireland (#3), Canada (#7), the Netherlands (#10), and Norway (#10).

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Songoftheday 9/3/17 - When you look inside yourself you will discover, you'll learn to appreciate the only one who truly cares for you...

"I'll Be By Your Side" - Stevie B
from the album Love & Emotion (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day is from Stevie B, who was the biggest male star (and probably biggest overall) in the Latin freestyle genre of dance music in the late 1980's. His first album of the new decade, Love & Emotion, had already landed him two big hits with the top-20 title track and the love ballad "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)", which ended up the biggest pop hit of 1990 with a month at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100. The third release from the record was another slow-dance number, "I'll Be By Your Side". Ready-made for wedding receptions all over the Bronx (and elsewhere), the track continued his radio success...


"I'll Be By Your Side" became Stevie's third top-20 pop hit from the Love & Emotion album in March of 1991. The single also climbed to #16 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the song went to #38 in Canada.

Up tomorrow: Pop Queen needs some assistance.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Songoftheday 9/2/17 - Open the door and come in I'm so glad to see you my friend, I don't know how long it has been having those feelings again...

"You're In Love" - Wilson Phillips
from the album Wilson Phillips (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from female vocal group Wilson Phillips, whose self-titled debut album had already scored three huge pop hits with "Impulsive" and the back-to-back #1 singles "Hold On" and "Release Me". The fourth release was another mid-tempo easy-pop track, "You're In Love". Written by the trio of Carnie and Wendy Wilson, Chynna Phillips, and their producer Glen Ballard, the lyrics seem so pinnacle early-90s, with the girls singing how happy they are that an ex-lover had found romance again. That type of combo of self-analysis and mental rationalism was tempered with their spotless harmonies and oh so earnest delivery. It's like a cheerful version of Adele's "Someone Like You"...


"You're In Love" became Wilson Phillips' third and so far last #1 pop hit in April of 1991. The song also spent a month atop Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the record climbed as high as #3 in Canada, and reached the top 40 in Ireland (#24), New Zealand (#28), the UK (#29), Belgium (#31), and the Netherlands (#32). The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Group/Duo Pop Vocal, which went to R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion".

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Friday, September 01, 2017

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

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Charlie Puth spends a second week at #1, while country newcomers Midland (pictured above) leap into the top five. Songs from Kym Sims, Kip Moore, and DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Lady Gaga, Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Clean Bandit/Zara Larsson, and Judah & The Lion drop out. September already?????

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Attention - Charlie Puth (1)
2. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (2)
3. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (3)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (9)
6. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (8)
7. Believer - Imagine Dragons (7)
8. Redbone - Childish Gambino (6)
9. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (11)
10. Run - Foo Fighters (5)
11. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (16)
12. Give Me Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (24)
13. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (33)
14. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (10)
15. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (15)
16. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (14)
17. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (19)
18. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (18)
19. The Man - The Killers (29)
20. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (13)
21. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (17)
22. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (22)
23. Dig Down - Muse (23)
24. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (28)
25. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (25)
26. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (21)
27. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (31)
28. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (32)
29. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (20)
30. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, & Big Sean (38)
31. High - Sir Sly (27)
32. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (26)
33. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (41)
34. Love Is Love Is Love - LeAnn Rimes (34)
35. Now Or Never - Halsey (36)
36. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (30)
37. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (37)
38. Holding On - The War On Drugs (42)
39. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (43)
40. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (40)
41. Save As Draft - Katy Perry (45)
42. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (52)
43. Praying - Kesha (53)
44. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (49)
45. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (57)
46. Heartache On The Dance Floor - Jon Pardi (62)
47. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (39)
48. You, I & The Music - Junior Sanchez (58)
49. My Fire - Nile Rodgers & Tony Moran f/Kimberly Davis (35)
50. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (54)
51. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (65)
52. Hurricane - Luke Combs (48)
53. Turn It Up - Kym Sims (75)
54. The Violence - Rise Against (59)
55. Drink Up - Train (56)
56. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (51)
57. What About Us - Pink (DEBUT)
58. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (60)
59. Level - Stokely (63)
60. Your Song - Rita Ora (64)
61. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (66)
62. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (70)
63. Gltchlfe - Taryn Manning (68)
64. Sometimes - Kat Graham (44)
65. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (69)
66. Fool - Fitz & The Tantrums (86)
67. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (88)
68. We Get High - Karel Ullner (72)
69. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (83)
70. Lights Out - Royal Blood (84)
71. My Girl - Dylan Scott (67)
72. My Man - Tamar Braxton (76)
73. Rain - The Script (85)
74. Just You & I - Tom Walker (80)
75. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (79)
76. Peace, Love & Music - Tracy Young & Ceevox (88)
77. All The Pretty Girls - Kenny Chesney (91)

78. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (78)
79. For Her - Chris Lane (89)
80. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (90)

81. Song #3 - Stone Sour (71)
82. Under My Skin - Kendra Erika (82)
83. Can I Be Him - James Arthur (93)
84. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (74)
85. Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld (87)
86. It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne (DEBUT)
87. New Rules - Dua Lipa (DEBUT)
88. What Ifs - Kane Brown f/Lauren Alaina (DEBUT)
89. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Dirty Pop f/Taylor Olson & Jackie Orlando (99)
90. My Mind Is For Sale - Jack Johnson (96)
91. Miracles (Someone Special) - Coldplay & Big Sean (95)
92. Came Here For Love - Sigala f/Ella Eyre (92)
93. Before I Do - Sevyn Streeter (97)
94. Good Times - All Time Low (94)
95. Lay It On Me - Vance Joy (DEBUT)
96. Use Me - Goo Goo Dolls (DEBUT)
97. Only The Wild Ones - Dispatch (98)
98. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias f/Sean Paul & Matt Terry (RE-ENTRY)
99. Power - Little Mix f/Stormzy (100)
100. Bomba - Aggro Santos (DEBUT)

There are seven 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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