ROBBIE WILLIAMS Bruce LeeThis will be the highest debut on my personal chart this week. My favorite Williams song in many years. He's had over 60 songs reach my personal chart since the late 90's.
COLD WAR KIDS Love Is MysticalI love this song!! The gospely, anthemic alt rocker with an inescapable groove should be this decade old band's real breakthrough. I would totally program this as a pop radio song as it would totally distinguish itself from the rest of the pack.
SILENT CROWD Me + YouIn many ways Alternative radio is the best place to hear pop-rock, and while this hasn't made any inroads there, it would fit in well. There is a Walk The Moon vibe I'm feeling here though they claim the 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club as influences.
TAVISH CROWE FireDebut single from young Canadian, sounding like a lot of EDM inspired current hits.
BIFFY CLYRO FlammableFifth and poppiest release from the venerable Scottish rock band's latest album. Their last 4 of 7 albums released since 2002 have reached the UK top 3.
BLONDIE FunIt's Blondie, the title explains it all. From their upcoming 11th album.
OCEAN PARK STANDOFF Good NewsLyrically appropriate for our time in the universe. This trio includes the daughter of Mark Ronson, on the map because of the ubiquitous "Uptown Funk", though he's had a lengthy career. Currently starting to see some HotAC airplay.
JONATHAN ROY Good ThingsSon of Canadian hockey star Patrick Roy and former player himself, he is a protoge of Corey Hart of "Sunglasses At Night" fame and one of my fav artists of the 80's.
HEARTRACER In The DarkThis Richmond, VA band wears their 80's influences proudly. I had featured them on an alternative pick list in Nov. as well.
JULIA BRENNAN Inner DemonsAnother song currently starting to see airplay, a gorgeous and instrospective piano ballad from the 18 year Minneapolis native recalls Christina Perri.
TYLER GLENN ShamelessSolo debut album, aptly titled "Excommunication", from ex-Neon trees lead singer, addresses his path out of the Mormon church after coming out. Here he offers a funky dance-rocker and he is unabashedly shameless.
THE SUMMER SET The Night Is YoungArizona pop band that formed in 2007 came up with their name after opening up an atlas and coming across the town Somerset, New Jersey. The song "All Downhill From here" was my #16 song of 2016.
KUNGS f/ RITUAL You RemainThis young French producer's music often builds EDM rhythms around acoustic guitar, jazz or off center vocals, giving it a more adult feel than others in the genre. He scored an across the board smash with "This Girl" last year and a great follow up with Jamie N Commons on "Don't You Know".
PANIC! AT THE DISCO Death Of A BachelorAlmost a year and a half in, Panic is still milking the album with now the title track, seemingly a Sinatra homage. It is receiving alternative airplay and is a hit on Sirius XM's Hits 1. Would easily fit into an adult pop radio station's playlist.
GOLDFRAPP AnymoreUK artist Allison Goldfrapp has been producing electronic music since the late 90's with her artistic peak in 2005. This song just entered the Beyond Radio top 100 at #62 this week.
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A Game of Leapfrog
“Shape Of You” leapfrogs over “Castle On The Hill” with 5 more adds and 130 points more than the former. Only 2 other songs in the top 14 gain points this week, “Road Less Traveled” and “Million Reasons”. The big move in the top 15 belongs to Sia’s “Move Your Body” up 38-15 and looking like another top 10 for her. 3 other titles enter the top 25 led by the Jax Jones, whose song “You Don’t Know Me” is impacting in the UK and Australia. It is followed by Bastille’s “Blame”, up 28-21 and newcomer Starley moving 32-23. Her song “Call On Me” started gaining exposure in Australia and has since become a true international success.
Outside the top 25 big moves are seen by Arcade Fire (94-26), Jamiroquai (115-44) and Pat Benatar! (131-66) with her first single since 2003 (not counting her holiday song “One December Night” in 2015). The acoustic song builds nicely, a welcome return.
Of particular interest to me is Train’s single “Play That Song”. It rises 62-35, starting to see international airplay and still building in the U.S. Being a fan, I saw this as a weak song but could prove to be another “Hey Soul Sister”, creating relevance for a band many consider past their prime. Perhaps resurrecting childhood melodies is the trend of 2017, think "Rockabye". “Drops Of Jupiter” was a transforming song for me, hugely popular when my mom passed and will be forever linked to her and my heart.
Feeling It Coming
I imagine The Weeknd feels the 1-2 punch of Ed Sheeran coming but which will be the first victor? “Castle On The Hill” leaps past “Shape Of You” in a 9 notch rise from 11-2. They are within 30 points of each other with “Hill’ having the edge of one additional chart. Since they each had more than 5 times the growth of “I Feel It Coming” this week I’d be surprised if it can manage another week at the top.
While the top 25 is still relatively quiet in terms of chart movment (aside from Sheeran), The Chainsmokers vault 180-22 wth “Paris”, seemingly destined for another top 10. “Closer” was held off the top spot by “Heathens” and “Starboy” respectively.
Elsewhere in the top 100 Sia makes a nice move from 81-38 with “Move Your Body”, leaving her “Never Give Up” stalled in the 80’s. Sean Paul has the highest top 100 entry at #52 with “No Lies”, folled by Twenty One Pilots “HeavyDirtySoul” at #79 and the latest Bruno Mars single “That’s What I Like” at #82. Arcade Fire also have a nice move from 246-94 with “I Give You Power”.
Jamiroquai has not had a song or album out since 2010 but he manages to splash into the top 250 at #115 with “Automaton”, upon 11 adds. Only Ed Sheean and the Chainsmokers had more adds this week. We haven’t seen a song debut in the 250 ina couple of months. This week new songs by Major Lazer and Imagine Dragons debut at #203 and #207 based on 8 adds each.
It's like Magic
After 10 weeks in the runner-up position Bruno Mars conjures up the magic to reach #1. Next week may see some shaking up with 5 of the top 10 losing points although '24K Magic' could sustain a second week in the top spot if Adele or The Weeknd don't have enough forward movement. "Rockabye" should see an aboutface in the top 10 with U.S. airplay increasing, currently in the pop airplay top 25. Of course Zayn & Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran could be threats within the next 2 weeks.
Of Sheeran's 2 top 100 debuts I prefer less poppy, more folky "Castle On The Hill" which both both musically and lyrically moving. Contender for song of the year Grammy 2018, perhaps.
Fellow Brits Little Mix move 94-27 with the second single, "Touch" from their current album. IMO better than 'Shout Out' although my fav so far is "You Gotta Not".
Beyond Radio Tim Year in Review, The Canadian Rockies
From pure pop, pop-rock, alternative to folk rock and boogie rock, Canada was a hotbed of great music on my 2016 soundtrack. These songs had a varying impact on my personal chart. The number after the song indicates its peak position on my personal chart to date. An asterisk indicates it is still on my chart. The songs here are available on this YouTube playlist.
MODERN SPACE It's Only A Dream 5
WILDLIFE Dead Century 5
HEDLEY Hello 7
STANDSTILLS Orleans 20
THE HARPOONIST AND THE AXE MURDERER Tea For Two 61
It's looking like 2017 will be the year of The Dear Hunter,now with 3 songs in the top 10, a former #1 still in the top 20 and a 5th song starting to make a quick ascent up the chart. There will undoubtedly be more to follow.
The Last Bandoleros score a second top 10 with "Adios" another tex-mex country rock party song. Where's the radio with this band? Mother Mother are in fine form with "The Drugs". In 2011/2012 they scored 4 top 5 songs on my chart, including 2 #1's, "The Stand" and "Problems". Both current songs could be contenders for the top spot in the coming weeks.
The typical (pop, rock, country, etc.) and atypical (heartland, rhythmic adult) as charted by our personal chart panel. See the full top 100's and the top 100 of each genre's primary voter panel side by side. The voter panel charts show you what songs in other genres the panel appreciates as well.
The Top 10's