Saturday, November 30, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/30/19 - "Get Down Tonight" by KC & The Sunshine Band...

"Get Down Tonight" was a radio and club hit for the Florida disco legends KC & The Sunshine Band. Appearing on their self-titled second album, the song was written by Harry Wayne (KC) Casey and Robert Finch. The song went to #1 on both the pop and R&B charts in Billboard magazine in 1975, but on their Disco File Top-20 chart the single topped out at #11.


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Songoftheday 11/30/19 - At times I window watch out the Mariott, zoning on owning co-ops foreign drop top coupes and yachts...

"Sugar Hill" - AZ
from the album Doe Or Die (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from New York native Anthony Cruz, who records under the moniker AZ. He got noticed when he guested on Queens rapper Nas' album Illmatic, and landed a record deal with EMI that resulted in his debut album Doe or Die in 1995. The first single from the record, "Sugar Hill", was a picture of a illegal trader, with the luxury highs and the perilous lows which he brags that he avoids. Radio personality Miss (Tarsha) Jones sings the chorus which interpolates the melody of Mtume's "Juicy Fruit"...


"Sugar Hill" became AZ's first and biggest success, becoming his only single to make Billboard's Hot 100 chart in September of 1995. The song climbed to #12 on their R&B chart, and got to #3 on the Rap Singles list. Internationally the single popped on to the British charts for a week at #67.

AZ's follow-up single, "Gimme Yours", climbed to the halfway point on Billboard's R&B chart at #51, but only managed to "bubble under" the pop Hot 100 at #121 even with a cameo from Nas. His third offering, title track "Do Or Die", stalled down at #69 on the R&B list. The Doe Or Die album went to #15 (his highest rank) and topped the R&B albums list.

Unfortunately, even with his initial success, AZ was never able to recapture mainstream radio's attention. Even though his next three albums reached the top ten on the R&B albums chart and top-40 on the main Top 200 Albums in Billboard, he never reached the Hot 100 again. A one-off single with then-hot R&B group SWV, "Hey AZ", only "bubbled under" the chart again at #117 while stopping at #50 on R&B. His most recent chart appearance came in 2002, when his single "I'm Back" from his fourth album Aziatic got to #63 on the R&B tally. But fourth top-40 albums from a guy with one hit is pretty impressive, especially since this was the time when actual sales were tallied up. His most recent album, Legendary, was released in 2009, while he put out a mixtape called Legacy earlier this year.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/29/19 - "Boogie Nights" from Heatwave...

"Boogie Nights" was a classic disco single from the group Heatwave. Appearing on their debut album Too Hot To Handle, the song was written by member Rod Temperton and produced by Barry Blue. The single climbed to #2 on both the American and British singles chart, but on Billboard magazine's National Disco Action Top-40, the record only spent two weeks on the chart in 1977, peaking at #36. Nevertheless it's one of the most recognizable disco classics, no doubt helped by its bassline hook, predating Temperton's work with Michael Jackson later in the decade.


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twostepcub's music chart for November 29, 2019...






(Black) Friday's here, and it's time again to run down my top 100 "hit" songs from the previous week. Lewis Capaldi reigns for a seventh non-consecutive week, while Lizzo (pictured above) leaps into the top five to have two songs there now. Songs from Coldplay, Tones and I, and Meg Myers make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Luke Combs and Joel Corry drop out. Let the tryptophan coma begin!

This Week         Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi (1)
2. Father Of All... - Green Day (3)
3. Only Human - Jonas Brothers (5)
4. Good As Hell - Lizzo (8)
5. Truth Hurts - Lizzo (2)
6. Senorita - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello (4)
7. The Hype - twenty-one pilots (7)
8. The Bones - Maren Morris f/Hozier (10)
9. Liar - Camila Cabello (13)
10. Memories - Maroon 5 (12)
11. Even Though I'm Leaving - Luke Combs (16)
12. Every Little Thing - Russell Dickerson (14)
13. How Do You Sleep? - Sam Smith (9)
14. Social Cues - Cage The Elephant (6)
15. Stay High - Brittany Howard (11)
16. Peach Fuzz - CAAMP (20)
17. Doin' Fine - Lana Del Rey (15)
18. Lover - Taylor Swift (28)
19. Beautiful People - Ed Sheeran f/Khalid (19)
20. What Happens In A Small Town - Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell (25)
21. You Need To Calm Down - Taylor Swift (21)
22. Good Vibes - Chris Janson (22)
23. Life In The City - The Lumineers (33)
24. Higher Love - Kygo & Whitney Houston (24)
25. Go - The Black Keys (17)
26. We Were - Keith Urban (30)
27. Orphans - Coldplay (87)
28. Good Things Fall Apart - Illenium & Jon Bellion (18)
29. Dance Monkey - Tones and I (49)
30. 3 Nights - Dominic Fike (26)
31. Sucker - Jonas Brothers (31)
32. Can't Help Me Now - Rob Thomas (32)
33. Can We Pretend - Pink f/Cash Cash (23)
34. Circles - Post Malone (48)
35. Remember You Young - Thomas Rhett (45)
36. One Man Band - One Dominion (42)
37. Love You Too Late - Cole Swindell (27)
38. I Don't Know About You - Chris Lane (34)
39. United In Dance - Crystal Waters f/R-Naldo (39)
40. On A Roll - Ashley O (41)
41. Tip Of My Tongue - Kenny Chesney (44)
42. Heartache Medication - Jon Pardi (47)
43. I Don't Care - Ed Sheeran f/Justin Bieber (29)
44. Talk - Khalid (37)
45. No Letting Go - Dirty Werk (46)
46. Complainer - Cold War Kids (50)
47. The Power - Duke Dumont (51)
48. Find U Again - Mark Ronson f/Camila Cabello (36)
49. What If I Never Get Over You - Lady Antebellum (53)
50. OMG - Gryffin f/Carly Rae Jepsen (56)
51. Nice To Meet Ya - Niall Horan (61)
52. The End Of The Game - Weezer (66)
53. Home - Lodato (55)
54. Panini - Lil Nas X (58)
55. There For You - Gorgon City & MK (40)
56. Miracle Pill - Goo Goo Dolls (57)
57. 16 - Highly Suspect (67)
58. Steady Love - India.Arie (60)
59. Hold You Down - X Ambassadors (59)
60. Trampoline - SHAED (52)
61. If We Never Met - JOHN.k (63)
62. Running Up That Hill - Meg Myers (77)
63. Takeway - The Chainsmokers & Illenium f/Stella Lennon (73)
64. Crave - Madonna f/Swae Lee (64)
65. Wish You Pain - Andy Grammer (70)
66. Living - Dierks Bentley (54)
67. Bad Guy - Billie Eilish (43)
68. Outnumbered - Dermot Kennedy (68)
69. South Of The Border - Ed Sheeran f/Camila Cabello & Cardi B (69)
70. Salvation - House Gospel Choir & Adelphi Music Factory (71)
71. Graveyard - Halsey (75)
72. 10,000 Hours - Dan + Shay f/Justin Bieber (76)
73. Might Be Right - White Reaper (84)
74. Love Again - Brandy & Daniel Caesar (78)
75. Calm Down - Pete Yorn (79)
76. Prayed For You - Matt Stell (74)
77. Ride It - Regard (81)
78. Ridin' Roads - Dustin Lynch (88)
79. Lose You To Love Me - Selena Gomez (89)
80. Come Around - Papa Roach (85)
81. The Jester - Badflower (91)
82. Sing Along - Sturgill Simpson (83)
83. Pump It Up - Endor (93)
84. You'll Never Find Me - Korn (86)
85. All About Us - Allegra (90)
86. Show Me Love - Alicia Keys & Miguel (96)
87. Someone I Used To Know - The Zac Brown Band (97)
88. Don't Fall For It - Grapefruit Sound Lab f/Amuka (DEBUT)
89. Something About You - Elderbrook & Rudimental (DEBUT)
90. One Thing Right - Marshmello & Kane Brown (94)
91. Sweet Revenge - Kalendr & Laura Bryna (95)
92. The Last Time - The Script (92)
93. Roots - Valerie Broussard & Galantis (DEBUT)
94. Dissolve - Absofacto (98)
95. Kinfolks - Sam Hunt (99)
96. Uneventful Days - Beck (DEBUT)
97. Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa (DEBUT)
98. Turn Me On - Riton & Oliver Heldens f/Vula (DEBUT)
99. It All Comes Out In The Wash - Miranda Lambert (RE-ENTRY)
100. I Don't Think You're Ready - Tank (RE-ENTRY)

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

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Songoftheday 11/29/19 - Took your car drove to Texas, sorry honey but I suspected we were through ...

"Can't Cry Anymore" - Sheryl Crow
from the album Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from pop singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, whose Grammy Award-winning debut album Tuesday Night Music Club had scored a pair of top ten pop hits with "All I Want To Do" and "Strong Enough", the latter peaking in the spring of 1995. The sixth single releaed from the record (three songs missed the top-40 before her "All I Want To Do" breakthrough) was the midtempo jangle-pop of "Can't Cry Anymore". Written by Crow with producer Bill Bottrell, the track finds Crow leaving a relationship pretty joyfully, but takes a turn about a "brother's" heroin problem...


"Can't Cry Anymore" became the third and final top-40 pop hit in America from her debut album in August of 1995. The song climbed to #22 on Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while topping out at #38 on their Alternative Rock format list. Internationally, the single climbed all the way to #3 in Canada, and reached the top-40 in the UK at #33 (it just missed the top-40 in Australia at #41). Because of the popularity and critical recognition of the album, her second single "Run Baby Run" was re-released, and while it got no significant attention in the States, over in Britain the song went to #24, followed by a redo of her first single, "What I Can Do For You", which almost made the British top-40 at #43.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/27/19 - "Sugar Pie Guy" from the Joneses...

"Sugar Pie Guy" was a club hit for the group the Joneses from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Appearing on their debut album Keeping Up With The Joneses, the song climbed to #9 on the Disco Action chart in Billboard magazine (the song entered in the list's third week in existence in 1974). The song also climbed to #10 on their R&B chart, but stalled under the top-40 at #47.


Songoftheday 11/27/19 - You and me we come from different worlds, you like to laugh at me when I look at other girls...

"Only Wanna Be With You" - Hootie & The Blowfish
from the album Cracked Rear View (1994)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 29

Today's song of the day comes from the mainstream rock band Hootie & The Blowfish, whose debut album Cracked Rear View had already spun off a pair of top ten pop hits in "Hold My Hand" and "Let Her Cry", the latter which peaked in the summer of 1995 would go on to win them a Grammy for Pop Group/Duo Performance. The third single released from the album would be the jangle-pop treasure of "Only Wanna Be With You". Written by the band, with Bob Dylan given credit for some of his lyrics that they quoted in the song, the breezy love paean became the band's highest-charting hit...


"Only Wanna Be With You" became Hootie & The Blowfish's third consecutive top ten pop hit in October of 1995. The song made both of Billboard magazine's rock radio charts, spending two weeks at #2 on the Mainstream list and getting to #22 on the Alternative list. In the "easy listening" department, it spent nine weeks at #3 on their Adult Contemporary chart, and when the magazine's Adult Top-40 format chart was started in March of the following year, the song was still up at #13. Internationally, the single took three non-consecutive weeks at #1 in Canada, peaked at #4 in Iceland, got to #17 in New Zealand, and just made the top-40 in Australia at #40. In the UK, the song stiffed, spending only two weeks on the charts with a high of #85.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/26/19 - "Crank It Up" from Peter Brown...

"Crank It Up" was a club hit for pop/soul singer Peter Brown. Appearing on his second album Stargazer as the opening track, the song was written and produced by the artist. On Billboard magazine's Disco Top-80 chart, the track climbed to #4 in 1979, while also making their R&B top ten at #9.


Songoftheday 11/26/19 - Visiting is pretty visiting is good, seems that all they ever wanted was a brother...

"This Is A Call" - Foo Fighters
from the album Foo Fighters (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: Ineligible to chart
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay peak: #35 (one week)
Weeks in the Hot 100 Airplay Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from Foo Fighters, which originally was the moniker used by Dave Grohl after Nirvana dissolved after the death of Kurt Cobain. As a one-man "band" where he played all the instruments, Grohl had been assembling material in the years following Kurt's death, while radio was still mourning the band, sending their live cover of "The Man Who Sold The World" into the pop airplay top-40 in the spring of 1993. After recording an album's worth of songs almost all by himself (save for one guitar cameo), Grohl released Foo Fighters on July 4th of 1995. A couple weeks prior to that his first song promoted to radio, "This Is A Call", entered the charts, and while it was unable to place on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 because it wasn't released commercially as a "single", the track got enough mainstream airplay to make the top-40 on the radio component of the official American pop chart. Since it was all put together by Dave without a band (yet), no official video was made...


"This Is A Call" spent six weeks in the Hot 100 Airplay top-40 in July of 1995. The song spent two weeks at #2 on Billboard's Alternative Rock radio list, while it rose to #6 on their Mainstream Rock format chart. Internationally, the single made the top ten in the UK (#5) and Australia (#9), and reached the top 40 in New Zealand (#11), Iceland (#14), Ireland (#16), Canada (#29), and the Netherlands (#32).

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/25/19 - "Love Is In You" from Nightlife Unlimited...

"Love Is In You" was a club hit for the Canadian studio group Nightlife Unlimited. Appearing on their debut album Disco Choo Choo, the song charted along with its "B-Side", "Dance, Freak and Boogie", and climbed to #13 on Billboard magazine's Disco Top 100 chart in 1980. The group featured Tony Bentivegna and Johnny D'Orazio as well as singers Louis Toteda and Peter Sciascia...



Robbed hit of the week 11/25/19 - Madonna's "Human Nature"...

"Human Nature" - Madonna
from the album Bedtime Stories (1994)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46 

This week's "robbed hit" comes from Madonna, who broke her streak of top-40 pop hits in America with her criminally overlooked gem "Bedtime Story" in the spring of 1995. That it came right after the biggest hit of her career, "Take A Bow", was even more surprising. Nevertheless, a fourth single was released from the album, the funky swagger of "Human Nature". Written as a putdown to her critics by the singer with producer Dave Hall, the song again sported a music video that was a must-watch for its latex-clad dance moves to the most "urban" production she's ever done...


While "Human Nature" also missed the top-40, peaking right above the halfway mark on the Hot 100 in July of 1995, it spent over double the amount of time on the chart than "Bedtime Story" did. The song also climbed to #57 on Billboard's R&B chart, her most recent showing there. On their Dance Club Play list, the remixes of the song failed to top the chart but spent four weeks at #2, which is pretty respectable. Internationally, the single was able to reach the top ten in Finland (#7), the UK (#8), and Italy (#10), and made the top-40 in Australia (#17), Switzerland (#17), the Netherlands (#19), Poland (#19), Ireland (#21), Iceland (#28), and New Zealand (#37).

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Songoftheday 11/25/19 - See, we be making love constantly, that's why my eyes are a shade blood burgundy...

"Brown Sugar" - D'Angelo
from the album Brown Sugar (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #27 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from neo-soul artist D'Angelo, who grew up as Michael Archer in Richmond, Virginia. Signed to EMI Records in 1991, his first success was behind the scenes, with writing and producing the song "U Will Know" by the multi-artist Black Men United from the movie Jason's Lyric, which reached the pop top-20 in the fall of 1994. D'Angelo released his first solo album Brown Sugar in the July of 1995, with the single release of the title track. Written by the singer with Ali Shaheed Muhammed of the rap group A Tribe Called Quest, the song had strong jazz-funk elements in its easy-going appreciation of the "devil's cabbage"...


"Brown Sugar" became D'Angelo's first top-40 pop hit in August of 1995. The song climbed up to #5 on Billboard's R&B chart as well. Internationally, the single got to #24 in the UK, and #31 in the Netherlands. At the Grammy Awards in 1996, the song was nominated for two Grammys - Best R&B Song and Best R&B Male Vocal Performance (both of which went to Stevie Wonder's "For Your Love"). The Brown Sugar album was also nominated for Best R&B Album, which TLC won for CrazySexyCool.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/24/19 - "I Found Love (Now That I've Found You)" from Love and Kisses...

"I Found Love (Now That I've Found You)" was a big club hit for the studio group Love & Kisses. Put together by producer Alec R. Costandinos, the song appeared on their self-titled debut album.
On Billboard magazine's National Disco Action Top-40, the album charted as one entry, with this song as well as "Accidental Lover" singled out as the key tracks, and spent three weeks at #1.


Songoftheday 11/24/19 - Her boyfriend's tall and he plays ball, so how am I gonna compete with that?

"I Wish" - Skee-Lo
from the album I Wish (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from rapper Skee-Lo, who grew up Antoine Roundtree originally from Chicago, but eventually relocated to Los Angeles. His first single was "I Wish", the title track from his debut album. Based on a sample of Bernard Wright's jazz-funk track "Spinnin'", the self-mocking track had a flow that gained a lot of fans...



"I Wish" became Skee-Lo's first and only top-40 pop hit in September of 1995. The song also rose to #8 on the Rap Singles chart, while hitting #33 on the R&B chart in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the single was a top ten hit in Sweden (#4), Norway (#4), Finland (#5), the Netherlands (#6), and Switzerland (#10). At the 1996 Grammy Awards, "I Wish" was nominated for best male rap performance, which went to Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise", while the I Wish album got the Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, losing out to Naughty By Nature's Poverty's Paradise.  The second single from Skee-Lo's debut was "Top Of The Stairs", which was featured in the Wesley Snipes movie Money Train. While it became his second British top-40 hit at #38, it stalled down at #73 on Billboard's R&B chart and only "bubbled under" their Hot 100 pop chart at #112. Because of disputes with his record company, Skee-Lo faded from sight in the music scene, only emerging in 2001 with the indie EP I Can't Stop, but by that time radio and stores let him go. His most recent album came in 2012 with the self-promoted Fresh Ideas.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Songoftheday 11/23/19 - Now who smoke more blunts than a little bit? What are you a idiot?

"Player's Anthem" - Junior M.A.F.I.A.
from the album Conspiracy (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from the hip-hop collective Junior M.A.F.I.A., who were brought together by rapper Notorious B.I.G. in the mid-1990s. With M.A.F.I.A. standing for Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes, the group featured rapper Lil' Kim, along with groups the 6's (which included Lil' Cease) and the Snakes as well as solo rapper Klepto. Their first single, "Player's Anthem", had Lil' Cease on the first verse, Biggie Smalls on the second, and Lil' Kim driving the track home...



"Player's Anthem" became the group's first top-40 pop hit in August of 1995. The song also rose to #7 on the R&B chart in Billboard magazine and #2 on their Rap Singles list.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/22/19 - "I Wanna Be Your Lover" from Prince...

"I Wanna Be Your Lover" was a club hit for Prince, appearing on his self-titled second album. Written and produced by the artist, the song spent a week at #2 on Billboard magazine's Disco Top-100 chart in 1980. The record also topped their R&B chart for two weeks, and just missed the top ten pop list at #11.


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twostepcub's music chart for November 22, 2019...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 "hit" tunes from the previous week. Lewis Capaldi claims a sixth non-consecutive week at #1, while the Jonas Brothers (pictured above) climb into the top five. Former big hits from Shawn Mendes, Kelsea Ballerini, Spoon, and Jonas Blue drop off my chart, while songs from Madonna, Lizzo, and Meg Myers make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Happy T-Day, peeps!

This Week             Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi (1)
2. Truth Hurts - Lizzo (2)
3. Father Of All... - Green Day (6)
4. Senorita - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello (4)
5. Only Human - Jonas Brothers (7)
6. Social Cues - Cage The Elephant (3)
7. The Hype - twenty-one pilots (9)
8. Good As Hell - Lizzo (23)
9. How Do You Sleep? - Sam Smith (5)
10. The Bones - Maren Morris f/Hozier (10)
11. Stay High - Brittany Howard (8)
12. Memories - Maroon 5 (12)
13. Liar - Camila Cabello (14)
14. Every Little Thing - Russell Dickerson (16)
15. Doin' Time - Lana Del Rey (11)
16. Even Though I'm Leavin' - Luke Combs (28)
17. Go - The Black Keys (13)
18. Good Things Fall Apart - Illenium & Jon Bellion (19)
19. Beautiful People - Ed Sheeran f/Khalid (17)
20. Peach Fuzz - CAAMP (25)
21. You Need To Calm Down - Taylor Swift (21)
22. Good Vibes - Chris Janson (18)
23. Can We Pretend - Pink f/Cash Cash (15)
24. Higher Love - Kygo & Whitney Houston (24)
25. What Happens In A Small Town - Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell (26)
26. 3 Nights - Dominic Fike (22)
27. Love You Too Late - Cole Swindell (20)
28. Lover - Taylor Swift (32)
29. I Don't Care - Ed Sheeran f/Justin Bieber (27)
30. We Were - Keith Urban (30)
31. Sucker - Jonas Brothers (31)
32. Can't Help Me Now - Rob Thomas (34)
33. Life In The City - The Lumineers (43)
34. I Don't Know About You - Chris Lane (29)
35. Sorry - Joel Corry (35)
36. Find U Again - Mark Ronson & Camila Cabello (36)
37. Talk - Khalid (37)
38. Something Keeps Calling - Raphael Saadiq f/Rob Bacon (38)
39. United In Dance - Crystal Waters f/R-Naldo (41)
40. There For You - Gorgon City & MK (40)
41. On A Roll - Ashley O (44)
42. One Man Band - Old Dominion (46)
43. Bad Guy - Billie Eilish (33)
44. Tip Of My Tongue - Kenny Chesney (47)
45. Remember You Young - Thomas Rhett (49)
46. No Letting Go - Dirty Werk (48)
47. Heartache Medication - Jon Pardi (51)
48. Circles - Post Malone (53)
49. Dance Monkey - Tones and I (61)
50. Complainer - Cold War Kids (54)
51. The Power - Duke Dumont & Zak Abel (56)
52. Trampoline - SHAED (52)
53. What If I Never Get Over You - Lady Antebellum (59)
54. Living - Dierks Bentley (50)
55. Home - Lodato (55)
56. OMG - Gryffin f/Carly Rae Jepsen (62)
57. Miracle Pill - Goo Goo Dolls (57)
58. Panini - Lil Nas X (58)
59. Hold You Down - X Ambassadors (63)
60. Steady Love - India.Arie (65)
61. Nice To Meet Ya - Niall Horan (71)
62. Beer Never Broke My Heart - Luke Combs (60)
63. If We Never Met - JOHN.k (68)
64. Crave - Madonna f/Swae Lee (84)
65. Joys - Roberto Surace (45)
66. The End Of The Game - Weezer (76)
67. 16 - Highly Suspect (69)
68. Outnumbered - Dermot Kennedy (78)
69. South Of The Border - Ed Sheeran f/Camila Cabello & Cardi B (79)
70. Wish You Pain - Andy Grammer (74)
71. Salvation - House Gospel Choir & Adelphi Music Factory (73)
72. Little Bit Of Rain - Piper Madison (72)
73. Takeaway - The Chainsmokers & Illenium f/Stella Lennon (83)
74. Prayed For You - Matt Stell (64)
75. Graveyard - Halsey (75)
76. 10,000 Hours - Dan + Shay f/Justin Bieber (81)
77. Running Up That Hill - Meg Myers (91)
78. Love Again - Brandy & Daniel Caesar (82)
79. Calm Down - Pete Yorn (89)
80. Mad Love - Mabel (80)
81. Ride It - Regard (85)
82. With You - Kaskade & Meghan Trainor (86)
83. Sing Along - Sturgill Simpson (87)
84. Might Be Right - White Reaper (90)
85. Come Around - Papa Roach (95)
86. You'll Never Find Me - Korn (88)
87. Orphans - Coldplay (DEBUT)
88. Ridin' Roads - Dustin Lynch (92)
89. Lose You To Love Me - Selena Gomez (DEBUT)
90. All About Us - Allegra (94)
91. The Jester - Badflower (DEBUT)
92. The Last Time - The Script (96)
93. Pump It Up - Endor (DEBUT)
94. One Thing Right - Marshmello & Kane Brown (DEBUT)
95. Sweet Revenge - Kalendr & Laura Bryna (99)
96. Show Me Love - Alicia Keys & Miguel (DEBUT)
97. Someone I Used To Know - The Zac Brown Band (DEBUT)
98. Dissolve - Absofacto (DEBUT)
99. Kinfolks - Sam Hunt (DEBUT)
100. Don't Follow Me - XIMXIA (DEBUT)

There are ten songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to their official website in a new window for more info. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 11/22/19 - Ladies how often do you have a man that makes you wanna cry, a man that makes you wanna laugh...

"Feels So Good" - Xscape
from the album Off The Hook (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from the female R&B vocal group Xscape, whose debut album Hummin' Comin' At Ya had spun off a pair of top ten pop hits with "Just Kickin' It" and "Understanding", the latter hitting the charts in the beginning of 1994. The foursome of Kandi, "Tiny", and sisters LaTocha and Tamika returned the following year with their sophomore effort Off The Hook, again with the production dominated by Jermaine Dupri. He produced the first single from the set, "Feels So Good", which he wrote with Carlton Love, and also provided the rap break for...


"Feels So Good" returned the group to the R&B top ten at #8, while becoming their third top-40 pop hit in July of 1995. Internationally, the single reached #24 in New Zealand, as they claimed their first British Top-40 hit at #34.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/21/19 - "Open Sesame" from Kool & The Gang...

"Open Sesame" was a club hit from the New Jersey funk group Kool & The Gang. Appearing on their album Open Sesame as an edited cut, the song was written primarily by group sax player Ron Bell. On Billboard magazine's National Disco Action Top-40, the song rose to #13, while peaking at #6 on their R&B chart. The song was later included in the soundtrack to the movie Saturday Night Fever.


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Songoftheday 11/21/19 - You don't appreciate the time I put into this love affair of ours, baby...

"You Used To Love Me" - Faith Evans
from the album Faith (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #24 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Faith Evans, who was born in Florida but raised in New Jersey, where she eventually was discovered by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, who signed her on to his Bad Boy label. There she met and quickly married rapper Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G., who was on the same label in the summer of 1994. She sang backup on his records as well as those for Mary J. Blige and Usher before working on her own debut record which would be released in the the late summer of the following year. But by that time, Biggie and Faith were already having marital problems, which inspired the first single from the record, "You Used To Love Me". Written by Evans and produced by Chucky Thompson, the bitter song accompanied the singer confronting the unfaithful rapper...


"You Used To Love Me" became Faith's first top-40 pop hit in August of 1995. The song rose to #4 on Billboard's R&B chart as well. Internationally, the song just missed the top-40 in the UK at #42.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/20/19 - "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" from Rose Royce...

"Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" was a club track from the soul band Rose Royce. Appearing on their debut album and soundtrack to the movie Car Wash, the song was written and produced by Norman Whitfield. It wasn't released as a single in the U.S., but overseas it was the follow-up to the #1 title track "Car Wash", and climbed to #44 on the British singles chart. It also got to #22 in New Zealand. It remains a DJ favorite.




Songoftheday 11/20/19 - He might be doing you but he's thinkin' about me, so lay that finger on another lover and go find another brother...

"He's Mine" - Mokenstef
from the album Azz Izz (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 18

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B trio MoKenStef, whose name is an amalgam of the three women's first names - Monifa Bethune, Kenya Hadley, and Stefanie Sinclair, who came together in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. From their debut (and only) album Azz Izz, the group released their first single "He's Mine", which sampled Prince's "Do Me Baby" and Roger Troutman's "Be Alright" as the base for the production. Written by the three with producer Hami, the song was a huge urban hit that crossed over to mainstream stations...


"He's Mine" was MoKenStef's sole hit on the American pop Hot 100, climbing into its top ten in August of 1995. The song spent a week at #2 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart as well. Internationally, the single hit the top-40 in New Zealand at #27, and was a minor hit in the UK at #70. A second single from the Azz Izz album, "Sex In The Rain", managed to get to #63 on the R&B chart, but only "bubbled under" the pop Hot 100 at #110. After an aborted third single, "Baby Come Close", couldn't get off the ground even with a Michael Jackson sample (of "I Can't Help It"), the trio split up.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/19/19 - "To Be With You" from Jimmy Sabater...

"To Be With You" was a club single for New York salsa legend Jimmy Sabater. Appearing on his album To Be With You (Mucho Love and Lotsa Boogie), the song never made the dance charts when released in 1976, but was a dancer and DJ favorite nonetheless. Jimmy died in 2012, but his son Jimmy Jr. carries on his musical legacy.


Songoftehday 11/19/19 - And I can be late for a date that's fine, but he better be on time...

"Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"/"Any Man Of Mine" - Shania Twain
from the album The Woman In Me (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song(s) of the week come from Canadian country singer Shania Twain, who was born Eileen Edwards in the city of Windsor right across the river from Detroit, Michigan. With her parents divorcing when she was a toddler, she moved with her mother and siblings to the city of Timmins in northern Ontario, where her mother Sharon remarried a local man, Jerry Twain, whom she adopted his surname from. She had a long haul of working side jobs and gigging in bands before she worked on establishing a singing career, at first a pop/rock one, but soon enough edging to her country roots. With Sharon and Jerry dying in a tragic auto accident in 1987, She had to return from Nashville to Canada to take care of her family. Eventually, after changing her first name to "Shania" ("She's On Her Way" supposedly in a Native American dialect), Twain was signed to Mercury Records, where she sang backup on a couple albums before releasing her self-titled debut record in 1993. Two singles released from the record both climbed to #55 on Billboard magazine's Country Singles chart - "What Made You Say That" and "Dance With The One That Brought You" - but there was a lot of buzz about the record, and especially my experience in the country dancing/two-step crowd (which was reaching its peak at the time) had the two songs played a lot during that time. One person particularly impressed was producer and songwriter Robert "Mutt" Lange, who had been one of the most sought-after behind-the-glass people in music, having produced the likes of metal gods Def Leppard and AC/DC to pop stars like Billy Ocean and Bryan Adams. And apparently the attraction was more than professional, with Lange marrying Twain six months after meeting her. The pair wrote all the songs that Lange would produce for her sophomore album The Woman In Me. Released in 1995, the record got off to a modest start, with the release of the swing tune "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?". Most likely a concession to label executives who at the time were worried about the pop-styled sounds of a lot of the album, the traditional style tune nonetheless had Lange undeniable flair for a hook, whether it be from the guitar or a fiddle, and the harmonies followed the same blueprint that made the songs in Def Leppard's Hysteria so damn catchy. Twain's voice in this one was close enough to her debut that country radio grabbed on, although not without a little reservation...


"Whose Bed...?" climbed the country airplay chart and stopped just short of the top ten at #11. Unlike most country hits, though, the single was released as a cassette and CD single, along with what would be the second song promoted to radio. Fans started buying, and "Whose Bed" entered the pop Hot 100 chart in America mostly due to that early sales base that would only grow.

That second song, "Any Man Of Mine", would be the song that truly "broke" Shania to the masses. Written by Shania and "Mutt", the song made no pretenses of being a by-the-book country song, with the verses stomping along in an almost marching like rhythm again much like Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me". But the chorus devolved into a completely different signature and production that brought the necessary fiddles and steel guitar in as she proclaims her demands on a future lover. Country radio was at first worried until they saw the (sales) receipts, as fans ate this up like chowder while line-dancing aficionados did their moves to the song all over the U.S. and Canada. And let's not discount Lange's male counterharmony, which was a big draw and something quite different on country radio, especially from a female singer...


"Any Man Of Mine" quickly replaced "Whose Bed?" as the prevalent track on the single, rising to #1 on Billboard's Country Singles chart, where it stayed for two weeks. And the sales of the songs were such that the single reached the Hot 100 top 40 at a time when country radio airplay wasn't being counted towards it (it was #13 on the sales-only chart at its best). In her native Canada, while the single didn't make the regular charts, both songs topped that country's Country chart. The next song promoted to radio was a traditional country ballad, the title track "The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)", which rose to #14 on the country singles chart and entered the pop Hot 100 at #90. But like before, the pop-country hybrid of "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!", which was paired with "The Woman In Me" on the single, again proved the public preferred this new sound, spending two weeks at #1 on the Country Singles chart and helping the single rise to #74 on the pop Hot 100. The latter also brought Shania Down Under to Australia, where the song was her first hit at #5 there. That was followed by "You Win My Love", which took another pair of weeks at #1 on the Country Singles chart, although only "bubbling under" the pop Hot 100 chart at #108 (it wasn't paired with another song on it, perhaps why, also fifth single). Then came the more traditional and sweet "No One Needs To Know", used in the movie Twister, and was the most successful of the "traditional" songs on the album, taking a week on top of the Country Singles chart (no doubt helped again by Lange's prominent male counterharmony). Not stopping for air, Twain released a second ballad from the set, "Home Ain't Where The Heart Is (Anymore)", which made it to #28 on the Country Singles list. Finally, an extended version of the album's coda, "God Bless The Child", entered the Country Singles chart at #48, and even sold enough to return Twain to the pop Hot 100 at #75. With eight charting singles from the album, Shania proved she was one of the biggest stars and influences in the direction of the sound of country music for the upcoming years. With her next record and the advent of country radio on the Hot 100, her star would only rise higher.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/18/19 - "Ready Or Not" from Deborah Washington...

"Ready Or Not" was a club hit for Philadelphia native Deborah Washington. Appearing on the singer and actress' debut album Any Way You Want It, the song was co-produced by George Tobin, who later on discovered mall pop queen Tiffany. On Billboard magazine's National Disco Action Top-40 chart, the single rose to #16 in 1978.


Robbed hit of the week 11/18/19 - Brian McKnight's "Crazy Love"...

"Crazy Love" - Brian McKnight
from the albums Jason's Lyric (Original Soundtrack) (1994) & I Remember You (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #45

This week's "robbed hit" comes from pop/soul singer Brian McKnight, who after making his breakthrough on mainstream radio with his duet with Vanessa Williams, "Love Is", from the TV show Beverly Hills 90210, landed his own solo top-40 hit in the fall of 1993 with the ballad "One Last Cry" from his self-titled debut album. Brian returned in 1995 with a contribution to the movie Jason's Lyric that would also eventually serve as the lead single for his second album I Remember You. For the film McKnight covered the Van Morrison soft-rock classic "Crazy Love". Originally appearing on his iconic Moondance album in 1970, the song was the "B-Side" to the album's single "Come Running", which went to #39 on the American top-40. Nevertheless, the song's fanbase continued to grow and has become one of the Irish singer/songwriter's best-loved tracks...


McKnight, who produced his version along with playing most of the instruments save the guitar, turned the song into a downtempo adult R&B wedding-song cut, for better or for worse. It was released as the third single from the Jason's Lyric soundtrack after the Black Men United collaboration "U Will Know" and Jodeci's K-Ci's cover of "If You Think You're Lonely Now", which both reached the pop top-40...


While McKnight's take on "Crazy Love" returned him to the top ten on Billboard magazine's R&B chart at #10, his version of the record stopped a few notches from the pop top-40 in June of 1995. His next single from the I Remember You album, the mid-tempo new jack-lite of "On The Down Low", was a moderate hit at urban radio, climbing to #12 on the R&B chart, but stalled down at #73 on the pop Hot 100. That was followed by the ballad "Still In Love", which peaked at #24 on the R&B list, but missed the pop chart altogether, only "bubbling under" the Hot 100 at #103, despite being IMHO the best of the three. When Brian returned in 1997, he would sport a more contemporary sound and find himself back in the top-40.

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Songoftheday 11/18/19 - Player give me some brew and I might just chill, but I'm the type that like to light another joint Like Cypress Hill...

"I Got 5 On It" - Luniz
from the album Operation Stackola (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 20

Today's song of the day comes from the Oakland-based hip-hop duo Luniz, who came together in the early 1990's. Rappers Yukmouth (Jerold Ellis) and Numskull (Garrick Husbands) released the first single from their debut album Operation Stackola, "I Got 5 On It", in the spring of 1995. Built on a prominent sample of Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad?", the boastful player's anthem sported an undeniable hook about that "endo weed" sung by Timex Social Club's Michael Marshall...

"I Got 5 On It" became the pair's first but only hit on the American pop Hot 100 chart, reaching the top ten in September of 1995. The track peaked at #4 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart, as well as rose to #2 on their Rap Singles chart. Unlike many American rap hits, though, the single was a big hit internationally, reaching the top ten in Germany (#2), the Netherlands (#2), Sweden (#2), Switzerland (#2), Norway (#2), the UK (#3), Belgium (#5F/#7W), France (#6), Ireland (#6), and Austria (#6). And Down Under, where many rap hit succeed, it did the opposite, having more modest success at #24 in New Zealand and #52 in Australia.

The second single from Operation Stackola, "Playa Hata" featuring Teddy, rose to #51 on the R&B chart and #13 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart, but only managed to "bubble under" the pop Hot 100 at #102. However the song proved a decent hit in the UK, going to #20. The album topped the R&B albums sales chart and got to #20 on the Top 200 Albums sales chart, eventually selling over a million records.

Luniz returned in the fall of 1997 with their sophomore effort, Lunitik Musik, which failed to send any singles to the charts, but still managed to sell Gold (500,000 copies) and make top ten R&B (#8) and top-40 main albums chart (#34). However, they faded from view until returning on Rap-A-Lot Records (the Geto Boys' label) in 2002 for Silver & Black, which slipped on to the R&B albums chart at #53. Their most recent release, No Pressure, came out in 2018.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/17/19 - "Got To Give It Up" from Marvin Gaye...

"Got To Give It Up" was a club and radio hit for one of Motown's biggest treasures, Marvin Gaye. Appearing on his album Live At The London Palladium as the sole studio cut on the record, the song was written by Gaye and produced by Art Stewart, who meant to come as close to a "disco" recording as Marvin was willing to go. On Billboard magazine's National Disco Action Top-40 chart, the song spent a week at #1 in 1977, while also topping the pop and R&B charts in America as well. It would be his sole entry on the chart during the disco era.


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Songoftheday 11/17/19 - There used to be a greying tower alone on the sea, you became the light on the dark side of me...

"Kiss From A Rose" - Seal
from the albums Seal (1994) and Batman Returns (Original Soundtrack) (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 32

Today's song of the day comes from the British singer Seal, who had led off his second album, also titled Seal like his first, with the lush pop of first single "Prayer For The Dying", which reached the top-20 on the American pop chart in the summer of 1994. The second release was an elegant waltz titled "Kiss From A Rose", written by Seal and produced by Trevor Horn. While it was a moderate success in the UK, peaking at #20, it only stayed in the British top-40 for three weeks and didn't cross over to America at all. That was until director Joel Schumacher requested to use the song in his movie Batman Returns, eventually ending up the end title song. "Kiss From A Rose" was re-released as the second offering from the soundtrack, after U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me", and went on to be the biggest hit from the film as well as from Seal's career...


"Kiss From A Rose" rose to the top of the American pop chart in August of 1995. The song was a massive success on "easy listening" radio, spending twelve weeks at #1 on Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary radio chart, and lasting long enough to spend three weeks on their newly-birthed Adult Top-40 chart the following year. It also made it to #35 on their Alternative Rock radio tally, and scored his first R&B hit, peaking at #52. Internationally, the song spent six weeks at #1 in Australia, and reached the top ten in Canada (#2), the Netherlands (#3), Austria (#3), Norway (#3), the UK (#4), Ireland (#4), Switzerland (#7), France (#8), and Sweden (#8). It also made #11 in Germany. At the Grammy Awards in 1996, the song won for Record Of The Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Disco Dessert 11/16/19 - "Romeo And Juliet" from Alec R. Costandinos...

"Romeo & Juliet" was a big club hit from Egyptian-born French producer/musician Alec R. Costandinos. Released as an edit from the album-long five part suite, the track done with the "Syncophonic Orchestra" spent a week at #1 on Billboard magazine's National Disco Action Top-40 in 1978. Alec was also responsible for such acts as Love and Kisses and Sphinx.


Songoftheday 11/16/19 - You think you own whatever land you land on, the earth is just a dead thing you can claim...

"Colors Of The Wind" - Vanessa Williams
from the album Pocahontas (Original Soundtrack) (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 19

Today's song of the day comes from singer/actress/beauty queen Vanessa Williams, whose third studio album The Sweetest Days had gifted her with another top-20 pop hit in the title track "The Sweetest Days" at the beginning of 1995. Also that year, Vanessa recorded the theme song for the new Disney animated movie Pocahontas. "Colors Of The Wind", written by Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz, was sung by Judy Kuhn in the film itself, but Vanessa's version graced the end credits. Like most of the Disney songs of the early 90s, it was a huge success and brought Williams' her most recent big hit...


"Colors Of The Wind" became Vanessa's fourth and so far final top ten hit (and seventh top-40 pop hit) in August of 1995. The song spent a week at #2 on Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio format chart, but peaked down at #53 on their R&B genre chart. Internationally, the single rose to #8 in the Netherlands, and reached the top-40 in Canada (#11), Ireland (#16), Australia (#16), the UK (#21), New Zealand (#25), and Belgium (#38). At the Academy Awards, the song won the Oscar for writers Menken and Schwartz for Best Song, while at the Grammys in 1996, it lost for Best Female Pop Performance to Annie Lennox's "No More I Love You's".

Vanessa went back and released another single from the Sweetest Days album, "You Can't Run", which went to #40 on the R&B chart while missing the pop Hot 100 altogether. However the song earned a nomination for Best R&B Song for its writer, Babyface, but lost to Stevie Wonder for his "For Your Love".

The following year, Vanessa released a Greatest Hits album, which included another soundtrack contribution, this time for the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Eraser. "Where Do We Go From Here" ended up going to #71 on the American pop chart and #90 R&B, but was a massive success at "easy listening" radio, peaking at #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary tally and spending half a year (26 weeks) on the chart. Her next studio album would be a holiday release later in 1996 with Star Bright. The album earned another Grammy nomination for Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (which went to Christian rock band Jars of Clay for Much Afraid), and from it her take on "Do You Hear What I Hear?" climbed to #15 on the Adult Contemporary list. The next year found Vanessa putting out her first secular studio album since The Sweetest Days titled Next. The bubbly lead single "Happiness" was able to make it to #38 on the R&B chart (her most recent entry there), while ballad "Oh How The Years Go By" went all the way to #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart again spending 26 weeks on the list, helped by her redemption appearance at the Miss America contest that year. In 1998, she recorded another soundtrack single, this time a collaboration with Chayanne titled "Refugio de Amor (You Are My Home)"; that song reached #3 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks and #5 on their Tropical/Salsa Songs list. After a break, she returned in 2004 with her second holiday offering in Silver & Gold; the title track went to #4 on the Adult Contemporary list that season. She followed that success up with her next studio secular set Everlasting Love. From it Vanessa's remake of the Stylistics' "You Are Everything" climbed to #5 on the Dance Club Play DJ chart in Billboard, while the ballad version went to #16 on the Adult Contempoary list. Her most recent studio album was The Real Thing which came out in 2009 during her starring turn in the sitcom Ugly Betty. The remixes of the title track got to #6 on the Dance Club list.

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