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A Lot Happening at Mid-Month; New Blog Post, Trending Chart and the Alt Sub-Genres
These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
Trending Chart September 2020
POS/ARTIST/SONG/POS ON BR250/POINTS
1 MILEY CYRUS Midnight Sky 1 3274.85
There was no touching Miley on the trending chart this week as the song also goes to #1 on the BR250 this week. The pulsating dance-pop preview to her 7th album “She Is Miley Cyrus” addresses pansexuality and debuted at #10 in the UK and #14 on the Hot 100.
2 24KGOLDN f/ IANN DIOR Mood 27 1660.5
Following the streaming success of “Valentino” last year and reaching the top 15 on Alternative radio earlier this year with “City Of Angels”, the singer and rapper has exploded onto the Pop chart in the last few weeks. He has also hit #1 or #2 on numerous charts around the world as well as the Rock and Alternative songs chart in Billboard. He also shows up on the #25 song by Clean Bandit “Tick Tock” this week.
3 CALVIN HARRIS f/ THE WEEKND Over Now 39 1482.1
I would have expected this this easy-going slice of soul to make a bigger initial splash based on the caliber of the collaboration and The Weeknd’s radio dominance this year. However it is just at #25 on the Pop chart and debuted in the 30’s in the UK and on the Hot 100.
4 DEFTONES Ohms 20 1444.45
This is the Sacramento alt-metal band’s first release since 2016 and already is at #20 on the BR250. This is their 14th song to reach the Rock top 40.
5 BTS Dynamite 21 1356.5
6 BLACKPINK & SELENA GOMEZ Ice Cream 91 946.25
Back to back K-Pop. The Hot 100 #1 by BTS is pure vintage boy band while Blackpink’s collab with Selena Gomez is a more current sound pop-hip-hop hybrid. “Dynamite” had the largest 1st day global streaming of 2020 with close to 8 million plays. “Ice Cream”, co-written by Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Victoria Monet is chock full of double entendres. Both songs are in the top 25 on Pop radio.
7 DUA LIPA f/ MADONNA & MISSY ELLIIOTT Levitating 13 932.3
Another month, another Dua Lipa song in the Trending top 10. The remix is top 10 on the Dance chart but the question is what will be the next radio single in the U.S. after “Break My Heart”.
8 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do??? 6 890.05
All of last month’s top 10 have lost points in the tracking period this month except Bastille who only drops one position. The only other songs in this week’s top 25 to still see gains from last month are “WAP at #12 and Betty” at #22. “What You Gona Do???” is currently top 10 Alternative and top 25 Adult Alternative.
9 BIFFY CLYRO Space 42 874
The Scottish band’s 9th album, “A Celebration of Endings” debuted at #1 on the UK album chart in August, their 3rd in a row. This ballad was written by Steve Mac who has had a longstanding relationship with Westlife and has written songs for artist like Pink, Demi Lovato and Ed Sheeran.
10 SMASHING PUMPKINS Cyr 108 844
This mid-tempo electro-pop song just entered the Alternative top 40 and previews the band’s 11th album.
11 LONDON GRAMMAR Baby It's You 30 827.5
There is a subtle groove to the latest from this ethereal band whose 2017 album
12 CARDI B f/ MEGAN THEE STALLION WAP 10 813.5
13 STEPS What The Future Holds 136 729.3
14 MARIAH CAREY f/ LAURYN HILL Save The Day 63 706.9
Part 1, First Stop Scottish Folk-Pop, Last Stop Scottish Jangle and Juice
Stone Cold Sober/Del Amitri (1)
The Scottish band’s second album “Waking Hours” was released in the UK in July 1989 and rose to #6 on the album chart there. It wasn't released in the States until March 1990 and was led by the single “Kiss This Thing Goodbye”, a song that reached the Pop top 30 and Alternative top 15 in addition to #8 on my personal chart. There is heavy use of banjo and harmonica in this tune and even with the slide guitar, it doesn’t necessarily come across as a Country song (which it is not). Probably because of the British lilt to lead singer Justin Currie’s voice. Their biggest UK hit (#11) was the strummy “Nothing Ever Happens” which made a random top 100 songs of the ‘90s list. They never reached the top 10 there but did place 5 singles in the top 20 and all 5 of their ‘90s albums reach the top 10.
“Move Away Jimmy Blue” (50)is a ballad that I can see a large group of people belting out in a pub with beer mugs in hand (“move away Jimmie Blue before your small, small town turns around and swallows you”). The rootsy Folk-Rock sound of this album helped to usher in the ‘90s Pop-Rock sound made huge by bands like Gin Blossoms, Toad The Wet Sprocket, and Counting Crows. It was the more upbeat tunes on it that had the most impact on me. “Stone Cold Sober” was the second song from the album to reach #1 on my chart. Upbeat yes, but not necessarily happy (“we’re stone cold sober looking for bottles of love, we are the dead life, so come on, come on”). That’s where the bridge kicks the song up a notch. I do love juxtaposition in a song.
The rollicking “Opposite View” (31), a song that was never released as a single, spent 2 weeks at #1 and 11 weeks in the top 10 on my chart, ending up as my #3 song of the year (‘Sober’ was #22 and ‘Kiss” #43). This one is totally a car song to me (“pennies won’t get us to heaven, but a borrowed car just might”) and definitely holds up as my favorite song by the band.
“Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol)” (11) by Irish band Something Happens serves a similar purpose. Catchy and chugging, this was another Alternative top 15 hit. With the subtitle petrol (the UK term for gasoline), the car imagery is obvious. The song also made the top 50 of the year in the UK mag New Music Express even though it only reached #82 on the UK chart. The album “Stuck Together With God’s Glue” was well received and made the list of 40 greatest Irish albums at #33 when the Irish Times produced the list. The album includes “What Now” (134), the jaunty “The Patience Business”, the downer “Kill The Roses” and their second most well-known song “Parachute”.
Ireland’s Hothouse Flowers saw their biggest U.S. Alternative hit, #2 in 1990 with “Give It Up” (108), a joyously effervescent song. It made it to #16 on my chart but only #30 in the UK. Something about their mix of Irish sensibility, Folk, Rock, and Soul with a nice dose of Gospel makes me feel like they would have been a good Saturday Night Live house band. Or maybe it was their heavy use of saxophone. They appear twice more on my chart this week with the piano-driven “Movies” (70) and the best version of “I Can See Clearly Now” (16) in my opinion. The re-working of the 1972 Johnny Nash hit starts as a solemn ballad and explodes into a Gospel rave-up. The band never reached the top 10 in the UK but had 9 top 10 singles in Ireland including “Hardstone City” and the #1 “Feet On The Ground” from their 1988 debut album “Home”. That was the most successful debut album in Irish history. An obscure fact is that the band contributed to the Indigo Girls song “Closer To Fine”. They provided backing vocals and the tin whistle was played by the band’s vocalist Fiachna Ó Braonáin.
Part 2, Section 1 – The UK and the Many Faces of New Wave
Squeeze/Pulling Mussels From The Shell (2)
Though the movement had begun a few years earlier in the UK, 1980 was the watershed year for its ascent in the States. By the time the album “Argybargy” (a British expression for a lively discussion or argument) came out in early 1980, the band lead by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, already had 2 albums, 1978’s “Squeeze” and 1979’s “Cool For Cats” and a series of hit singles. I did not know those previous albums and singles until after this album blew up on Boston radio. “Argybary” was the first of their albums to chart in the U.S., reaching #71.
The week of May 17 was when I first bought the album. In the late ‘70s into the early ‘80s, I did a regular airplay chart in addition to my weekly personal chart. I was that geeky music kid that always wanted to discover new music and, of course, I was also extremely interested in stats. Part of it was to see a comparison between what I heard and what the official charts said. The airplay chart started with me spinning the radio dial and keeping a tally of the songs I heard. I still have a lot of those paper charts saved in folders, along with detailed release information. I can’t even fathom how much time I devoted to this stuff.
At some point, I must have started including the spins of the music I owned as well. That week 3 of the songs from the album, ‘Mussels”, “Another Nail In My Heart” (35) 'and “If I Didn’t Love You” (49) all debuted. Since they were 3 of the 4 singles released in the UK I may have heard any number of them on the radio but it’s likely that ‘Mussels’ was the one getting radio exposure at the time as it was the highest debut at #48. From what I can tell though ‘Nail’ was the first single when the album was released and ‘Didn’t Love” You” the second (at least in the States). That song was featured in an episode of “Breaking Bad”.
‘Mussels’ which went to #1 on my chart only reached #44 in the UK. Even ‘Nail” only peaked at #17 there. Despite the surprising singles chart performance, the album is considered a classic. Along with these 3 songs. 2 other songs from the album were on my chart the week of August 3, “Separate Beds” (56) and “Misadventure” (143). Supposedly “Mussels” was inspired by a”holiday’ lyricist Difford went on. The line “behind the chalet, a holiday’s complete” has led to some feeling there is a double entendre in play. One of my favorite parts is the piano bridge.
Their manager in the early years was Miles Copeland III, brother of Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the Police. In late 1979 that band put out their second album “Reggatta de Blanc” which spawned the UK #1 “Message In A Bottle” and 4 other songs that made my top 100, “Bring On The Night”, “The Bed’s Too Big Without You”, “Walking On the Moon” and “It’s Alright For You” plus a song re-released from their first album “So Lonely”. Miles Copeland was also the Police’s manager and in 1979 formed I.R.S. Records that became responsible for the rise of artists like R.E.M., The Go-Go’s. Fine Young Cannibals and The Bangles.
While the early Police albums were a Reggae-Rock hybrid, another Jamaican music style called Ska was having a huge revival in the UK in 1979 and 80. The style was actually called Two-tone as it was a mix of Ska and Punk. The original Ska music was a precursor to Reggae, born in the late ’50s, and was a popular style in the UK in the early ‘60s. The Two-tone revival was exemplified by bands such as The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, Bad Manners, and The English Beat. These bands amassed over 25 top 10 hits over a 2 to 3 year period between 79-81. At the time they had minimal impact on my personal chart with only The English Beat’s remake of ‘Tears of A Clown” making my top 100, peaking at #26 in April 1980.
Madness was certainly the most prolific of this group of artists, clocking in 17 UK top 10’s (9 in a row over 2 years) and 31 songs making the top 40. Their only #1 on the UK chart, “House of Fun” from 1982, came after that with a #14 in between. They certainly employed a more pop bent to the style overall, certainly evidenced on their one Stateside top 10, “Our House”. A snippet of their 1st UK top 10 “One Step Beyond” is used in 2019’s fantastic cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” by the L.A. band The Interrupters. That Ska-Punk version went to #2 on my chart (and should have hit #1). We discuss that song and Ska in general on the “Beyond Radio Presents” Podcast (Castlist #5, Episode 1) released on April 7, 2020.
The Motors/Love And Loneliness (4)
One of the many facets of the New Wave movement came from a subset called Pub Rock. The scene drew from early Rock & Roll and R&B. It was a response against the Progressive Rock and Glam of the early ‘70s. It had a back to basics approach and was fueled mostly by indie record labels. The original scene was supposedly short-lived and was usurped by the Punk scene. The scene did not generate much in the way of radio hits in the UK. The Motors “Airport” was one of them in 1978, reaching #4, though being synth-driven I feel the song was veering more into New Wave territory.
The swirling synth line of “Love And Loneliness” hooked me in. It only peaked at #58 in the UK but would go all the way to #1 on my chart. The album it came from, their 3rd and last, “Tenement Steps” did not even crack the UK album chart. The song was remade by Chris Thompson in 1986 with a more guitar-based approach, with the replete sax solo so prevalent at the time and returned to #1 on my chart. That was featured on the soundtrack of “American Anthem”, a highly derided movie, which starred gymnast Mitch Gaylord who was nominated for a Razzie for his performance. Thompson’s voice would be recognizable from 2 ‘70s hits, Manfred Mann’s 1977 “Blinded By The Light” and his solo ballad “If You Remember Me” from the movie “The Champ” in 1979.
The Motors followed ‘Loneliness” with “Time For Makeup” (68) a bouncy, carnivalesque ditty, that would make my top 10 in the fall of 1980. 2 earlier singles were also covered by other artists. 1977’s “Dancing The Night Away” was done by Cheap Trick and “Forget About You” by teen heartthrob Leif Garrett. That song is extremely reminiscent of the Grass Roots “Sooner Or Later”. One of the members of the band, Bram Tchaikovsky, turned solo in 1979 and scored a top 40 hit in the States, “Girl Of My Dreams”, which did not chart in the UK.
"Watermelon Sugar" sees enough of an increase over the last 2 weeks to overtake "Rain On Me", which eroded more than a third of its points. "Hallucinate" is right on Harry Styles heels and knowing the nature of this chart it could become her 4th #1 of the year. Dua Lipa also returns to the BR250 at #41 with the remix of "Levitating", beating its old peak of 44. Kylie Minogue gets pushed down 1 spot while Taylor Swift holds steady at #5 with "Cardigan" in addition to moving up 17-7 with "Exile". This week Swift has 8 songs on the BR250.2 songs from the top 10 of the last Trending chart splash into the top 25. Bastille moves 33-12 and Billie Eilish 37-17. Right behind her, Miley Cyrus crashes onto the chart at #17 with a her straightforward dance-pop confection "Midnight Sky", already #2 on the UK airplay chart. UK songstress Raye follows 2 major 2020 hits as a featured vocalist (Regard's 'Secrets" and Jax Jones' "Tequila") and surges 29-14 with her infectious "Natalie Don't". The song just reached the UK top 20 and made it to #5 in Israel. The final new entry to the top 25, "For Sure" by Baltimore's Future Islands, is from their forthcoming album "As Long As You Are". The synth-pop track is currently top 15 on AAA radio. Just missing the top 25 is "WAP" by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion at #26. It was last week's #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. I have no words for this song.
Pod-Castlist 006, Episode 1
In this inaugural episode of Pod-Castlist 006 Jeff and I discuss a handful of songs from bands with quirky names and that tend to go in multiple musical directions during the course of 3 or 4 minutes. As often seems to happen there is some kind of connection to Queen on the episode as well.
A sub-thread about supergroups starts in this episode and extends into episode 2 (the intention was 1 episode but it would have been over 90 minutes).
A short-lived band (and 1 of my favorites) from the early '90s makes a prominent appearance in the second half of the episode and as is usually the case, there is a perfectly timed discovery while editing this episode (which was recorded in Oct. 2018). I must be in sync with the universe.
Enjoy the music discussed and featured on this Spotify playlist. As more episodes are added other songs we discuss will be added to the playlist.
One of the new bands mentioned in the Podcast is the Lickerish Quartet, 3 former members of that early '90s band.
In episode 2 we continue our conversation with a song title that references a book series but from a content perspective has nothing to do with it. It does lead us into a more in depth look at supergroups, transitioning from an Alt/Metal group to one of the biggest supergroups of all time. A fact that Jeff was unaware of.
Discussing a song by the Last Shadow Puppets that Jeff was kind of sour on may have helped to turn him around on it. And a member of one of the bands it was born from links to another supergroup that connects back to 2 previously discussed bands.
We settle into an alternative comfort zone for Jeff where he appreciates 2 songs he did not know, he talks about a song I don't remember and find out about one of his favorite albums.
In the end, we have some fun with Morrissey and that brings back a connection to a conversation we had in the second episode of the podcast (I thought it was the first).
A Battle for the Top Spot on the Trending 100, and a Surprise Victor/Alternative Sub-Genre Charts for August
These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
POS/ARTIST/SONG/POS ON BR250/POINTS
1 KYLIE MINOGUE Say Something 3 3427.95
The lead single from her 19th studio album “Disco”, surprisingly eclipses the surge of Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” to take the top spot on the Trending chart for August. Both songs were added to 29 charts, but Kylie sneaks out the win. Both also vault into the top 5 on this week’s BR250. In the UK ‘Something’ moves up to #11 on the airplay chart.
2 TAYLOR SWIFT Cardigan 5 3388.25
Swift can claim a victory however as 8 songs from the surprise album “Folklore” make it into the top 60 on the Trending chart. The album is a departure for her, introspective with an Alternative-Folk bent to it, written and recorded during the pandemic. In addition to oft producer Jack Antonoff she enlisted Aaron Dessner of the Alternative band The National as producers.
3 BEABADOOBEE Care 10 2267.2
Like going back to the mid-90’s and listening to Veruca Salt and Liz Phair. Not necessarily a bad thing. After 5 EP releases her debut album “Fake It Flowers” is on track for an October release.
4 TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVER Exile 17 2128
I have never been a fan of Swift or Bon Iver but I will admit that I’ll be giving this and other tracks from the album more time to digest. This debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 last week, 1 of 13 songs from the album that debuted in the top 50 (“Cardigan” at #1 and “The 1” at #4). Speaking of not a fan, the current methodology for the Hot 100 makes me a little bit crazy but I am certainly an old school guy.
5 DUA LIPA Hallucinate 4 1791.4
Radio single #4 is another Pop confection from the unstoppable Lipa. Already top 5 on the UK airplay chart, I’m sure it will follow suit in the States. She shows up again at #34 on the J. Balvin song “Un Dia (One Day)”. Her remix of “Levitating” with Madonna and Missy Elliott, just released, should impact on the next BR250 and bring the song back into the top 50 (or higher, it originally peaked at #44). A remix album is lsated for release at the end of the month.
6 KYGO & TINA TURNER What's Love Got To Do With It 13 1611.3
Now this remix seems to me to be a waste of time. I get that he brought Whitney Houston back from the dead on last year’s “Higher Love” but at least her original version was not well known, appearing on the Japanese version of the album, ”I’m Your Baby Tonight”. This modernizes the song slightly but to me is a big yawn.
7 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do??? 33 1586.1
The rockier edge on the latest Bastille single is a welcome change of pace and Alternative radio is responding, already in the top 20.
8 BILLIE EILISH My Future 37 1521.2
The song starts in familiar Eilish territory and then goes full out “Miss Chatelaine” lounge. It debuted at #6 on the current Hot 100 chart. It is the second animated video on the chart, after "Hallucinate". It is not vaulting up the airplay charts, so we’ll see how this one plays out. Her song “ilomilo” is also getting Alternative play right now.
9 KATY PERRY Smile 14 1487.35
The title song from her upcoming album is all over TV, featured in the current crop of Target commercials.
10 TROYE SIVAN Easy 41 1392.8
Australian Sivan had released a trio of songs from his upcoming EP, ”In A Dream”. They seem to like him in New Zealand. “Take Yourself Home” reached #9 this spring and this hit #11.
Beyond Radio Alternative Sub-Genre Charts--August 15, 2020Each of these charts (top 100’s) now have their own page found on the Monthly Genre Charts Menu
1 1 THE 1975 If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)new 2 BEABADOOBEE Care157 3 FUTURE ISLANDS For Surenew 4 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do???new 5 BILLIE EILISH My Futurenew 6 JUICE WRLD & MARSHMELLO Come & Go3 7 PERFUME GENIUS On The Floor196 8 SAINT MOTEL Preach5 9 BENEE f/ GUS DAPPERTON Supalonelynew 10 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Wave
Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)
1 1 JESSIE WARE Save A Kiss3 2 VICTORIA MONET Experience7 3 JESSIE WARE What's Your Pleasure?new 4 HAIM Don't Wanna4 5 ARLO PARKS Black Dog16 6 ANDERSON.PAAK Lockdown22 7 LIANNE LA HAVAS Can't Fight2 8 DOJA CAT Say So15 9 JESSIE WARE The Kill6 10 JESSIE WARE Spotlight
Adult Leaning Alternative
2 1 THE KILLERS My Own Soul's Warning7 2 PHOEBE BRIDGERS Kyoto5 3 DOVES Carousels78 4 FUTURE ISLANDS For Surenew 5 CHRIS CORNELL Patience1 6 THE KILLERS Caution84 7 DOVES Prisoners4 8 PERFUME GENIUS On The Floor52 9 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Waves6 10 TRAVIS A Ghost
Alternative Hip Hop
12 1 DISCLOSURE f/ AMINE & SLOWTHAI My High2 2 RUN THE JEWELS f/ PHARRELL WILLIAMS & ZACK DE LA ROCHA Ju$tnew 3 GORILLAZ f/ SCHOOLBOY Q Pac-Man1 4 TERRACE MARTIN & DENZEL CURRY Pig Feet3 5 ROSALIA & TRAVIS SCOTT TKN26 6 YVES TUMOR Gospel For A New Century18 7 JPEGMAFIA Bald!new 8 TRAVIS BARKER & RUN THE JEWELS Forever4 9 FREDDIE GIBBS & THE ALCHEMIST Something To Rap About45 10 BISHOP NEHRU Meathead
6 1 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Real Love Song5 2 BRING ME THE HORIZON Parasite Eve1 3 WEEZER Heronew 4 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do???new 5 CHRIS CORNELL Patience2 6 KENNYHOOPLA How Will I Rest In Peace If I'm Buried by A Highway19 7 FONTAINES DC Televised Mind8 8 THE STROKES Bad Decisions9 9 IDLES Groundsnew 10 YUNGBLUD Strawberry Lipstick
8 1 FONTAINES DC Televised Mind1 2 FIONA APPLE Shameika4 3 IDLES Grounds7 4 FONTAINES DC A Hero's Death11 5 THE HU Wolf Totem62 6 YVES TUMOR Gospel For A New Century209 7 ANOTHER SKY Fell In Love with The City15 8 ARCA f/ ROSALIA KLK55 9 THE RADIO DEPT. You're Lookin' At My Guy9 10 THE RADIO DEPT. You Fear The Wrong Thing, Baby
Roots AAA (Roots Rock, Americana, Folk, Heritage Pop)
5 1 SEMISONIC You're Not Alonenew 2 TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVER Exile1 3 THE ROLLING STONES Living In A Ghost Townnew 4 TAYLOR SWIFT Betty30 5 THE CHICKS March March10 6 THE PRETENDERS Didn't Want To Be This Lonely6 7 MATT MAESON Hallucinogenics41 8 MARGO PRICE Letting Me Downnew 9 ALANIS MORISETTE Ablazenew 10 THE CHICKS Sleep At Night
The former 1D old soul reaches the #1 position for the2nd time after “Sign Of The Times”. He just missed the top 10 earlier this year with “Adore You” reaching #11 and “Treat People With Kindness” made it to #21 in March.
2 2 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER Wildflower 1(3) 8
The boys have spent the last 6 weeks in the top 2. So much better than the stateside single “Old Me”, a non-starter for me. “No Shame” peaked at #12 last month.
5 3 LOTTERY WINNERS Love Will Keep Us Together 3 5
The UK newcomers have placed 10 songs in my top 150 this year and this is looking like their third #1. Their album debuted on the UK chart at #23 in March but as of yet none of their singles have reached the top 100 there.
3 4 HANSON In The City 3(3) 8
In doing my 2000 blog last month I re-discovered this song from the album “This Time Around”. A true rocker from the brothers that still sounds fantastic. The flute recalls Jethro Tull and John Popper of Blues Traveler on harmonica gives it a great energy. Will it be denied a #1 peak? Not necessarily. OK Go re-surface as well because of the current 2010 blog.
4 5 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Is Everybody Going Crazy? 4(3) 11
Another UK band. This is their seventh visit to my top 10, 5 of those reaching the top 5
7 6 EVANESCENCE Wasted On You 6 6
Like an old friend, I love Amy Lee’s voice. Their first appearance on my chart since 2012. A nice contrast between verse and chorus.
8 7 THE SIDE DEAL Ghosts 7 7
What happens when you team former members of Train and Sugar with 2 brothers whose music is steeped in roots music. A 90’s era pop-rock toe-tapper with rootsy undertones. Grandmaster Flash gets a shout out.
6 8 CREEPER Cyanide 5 11
A second top 10 in a row for the horror-punk band. In this mid-tempo sort-of ballad Christina Applegate gets a shout out (“she’s my cyanide”). This season of “Dead To Me” went by too fast.
9 9 CAITLYN SMITH Rare Bird 8 14
Caitlyn Smith’s second album “Supernova” is an up and down affair but when it shines, it shines. This simple song highlight’s that voice.
11 10 JESSIE WARE Spotlight 10 11
It has taken me a while to find the right song from this sultry vocalist. The light disco pulse of this one brings to mind Lisa Stansfield.
10 11 ARKELLS Years In The Making 9 14
12 12 THE MAKEMAKES Heyo 12 17
15 13 LIVE LOUNGE ALLSTARS Times Like These 13 7
One of the better COVID related songs. This one a remake of the Foo Fighters song from 2003. I recently discovered a Glen Campbell cover as well along with a cover of Guided By Voices “Hold On Hope”, a beautiful song (also through doing blog research).
22 14 STUCK ON PLANET EARTH Higher Than The Drugs 14 7
18 15 HANDS LIKE HOUSES Through Glass 15 9
23 16 ADELITAS WAY Habit 16 9
13 17 KINGSWOOD Bittersweet 2 17
25 18 SAINT MOTEL A Good Song Never Dies 18 9
27 19 ALL TIME LOW Wake Up, Sunshine 19 6
16 20 ROB DICKINSON End Of The World 1(3) 16
17 21 LOTTERY WINNERS 18 To 30's 17 12
31 22 GORD BAMFORD Just Let Go 22 5
14 23 KID BLOOM Lemonhead 6 16
19 24 BT f/ ROB DICKINSON Always 19 13
20 25 KENSINGTON Island 20 13
29 26 SHRED KELLY Dead Leaves 26 10
26 27 ALL TIME LOW Getaway Green 26 9
21 28 WHITE REAPER Headwind 1(2) 20
52 29 MAGIC GANG Take Back The Track 29 4
24 30 CREEPER Annabelle 7 17
38 31 LUCIA & THE BEST BOYS City of Angels 31 5
34 32 THE WEEKND In Your Eyes 32 9
32 33 YOLA I Don't Wanna Lie 32 11
36 34 WYN STARKS Circles 34 8
40 35 THE STROKES Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus 35 7
37 36 LOTTERY WINNERS Hawaii 36 10
28 37 LOTTERY WINNERS I Don't Love You 25 12
35 38 FRATELLIS Six Days In June 35 12
51 39 POETS OF THE FALL Moments Before The Storm 39 8
41 40 JIMMY EAT WORLD Criminal Energy 40 15
48 41 JANE HOLIDAY All Yours 41 9
55 42 THE KILLERS Fire In Bone 42 4
47 43 DUA LIPA Break My Heart 43 9
46 44 ASYLUMS Catalogue Kids 37 10
30 45 BIFFY CLYRO Instant History 20 15
45 46 CAITLYN SMITH Fly Away 45 9
57 47 THE ALLERGIES Felony 47 4
49 48 BILLIE JOE I Think We're Alone Now 48 8
53 49 LOTTERY WINNERS I Know 49 7
60 50 THE MAKEMAKES Million Euro Smile 50 5
96 51 SHINEDOWN Atlas Falls 51 2
33 52 DUA LIPA Physical 17 18
42 53 ELEPHANT STONE Hollow World 42 17
54 54 AWOLNATION Mayday!!! Fiesta Fever 54 8
56 55 LOTTERY WINNERS Elizabeth 55 7
39 56 MORRISSEY Bobby, Don't You Think They Know? 1 23
65 57 U.S. GIRLS 4 American Dollars 57 7
68 58 NIALL HORAN Small Talk 58 6
63 59 TIM HICKS No Truck Song 59 11
74 60 CHILD OF THE PARISH Relic Of The Past 60 7
66 61 SWIM DEEP World I Share 61 8
70 62 WEEZER Hero 62 5
43 63 STEREOPHONICS Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day 30 18
64 64 ADAM LAMBERT f/ NILE RODGERS Roses 64 13
84 65 JACK GARRATT Better 65 3
73 66 FRIENDLY FIRES Offline 66 6
50 67 LOTTERY WINNERS Little Things 1(5) 21
101 68 ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES Call Me 68 2
67 69 SISTER HAZEL Memphis Rain 67 14
71 70 THE SHERLOCKS One Day 70 7
78 71 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Come On Outside 71 5
44 72 BADLY DRAWN BOY Is This A Dream 27 16
69 73 BEN KWELLER Heart Attack Kid 69 14
77 74 THE GO SET Mixed Tapes 74 5
81 75 RECLAIM VIENNA Change The Echo 75 5
95 76 THE ALLERGIES Since You've Been Gone 76 3
62 77 ECHOSMITH Diamonds 45 13
61 78 CAITLYN SMITH Long Time Coming 1(2) 23
new 79 BROTHERS OSBORNE All Night 79 1
59 80 LADY GAGA Stupid Love 24 15
88 81 TWIN ATLANTIC Oh! Euphoria! 81 10
90 82 BOSTON MANOR Plasticine Dreams 82 5
58 83 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER No Shame 12 17
113 84 THE JACKS Threw It All Away 84 3
100 85 MARTHAGUNN We Don't Need Each Other 85 4
87 86 TYLER FARR Only Truck In Town 86 8
111 87 TENNIS Need Your Love 87 5
89 88 RHEA Stuck In The Middle 88 12
92 89 JJ WILDE The Rush 89 8
132 90 BROTHER FIRETRIBE Bring On The Rain 90 3
86 91 NADA SURF So Much Love 86 10
79 92 KEITH URBAN Higher Love 19 8
107 93 THE 1975 If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) 93 2
new 94 THE LUKA STATE Feel It 94 1
128 95 MORRISSEY Jim Jim Falls 95 2
97 96 THE GLORIOUS SONS Spirit To Break 96 6
75 97 TENILLE TOWNES White Horse 38 21
98 98 TAME IMPALA Lost In Yesterday 98 6
106 99 THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine 99 3
110 100 MOBS Big World 100 5
115 101 SPITFIRES Tear This Place Right Down! 101 4
76 102 ALMOST MONDAY Broken People 51 14
112 103 RINA SAWAYAMA XS 103 3
105 104 LELAND BLUE Lying To Myself 104 10
109 105 ROACHFORD High On Love 105 4
80 106 BLUE OCTOBER Oh My My 73 9
103 107 ALGIERS Dispossession 102 9
120 108 MOBS I'll Be Back 108 6
72 109 THE BLACK MOODS Whatcha Got 32 22
118 110 TRUE TIDES Survive 110 3
82 111 TWENTY ONE PILOTS Level Of Concern 78 8
122 112 JOYWAVE Coming Apart 112 3
127 113 DMA'S The Glow 113 4
137 114 BRETT ELDREDGE Gabrielle 114 2
142 115 BEN HAZLEWOOD Collateral 115 2
94 116 KAKKMADDAFAKKA Baby 91 9
new 117 OK GO I Won't Let You Down 117 1
125 118 HIGH SOUTH All We Need 118 3
126 119 BILLY TALENT I Beg To Differ (This Will Get Better) 119 3
130 120 SHAWN HOOK I Don't Wanna Dance 120 4
121 121 PEARL JAM Retrograde 121 5
83 122 SARAH AND THE SAFE WORD You're All Scotch, No Soda 61 14
117 123 MORRISSEY Knockabout World 111 5
148 124 THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE The Last Goodbye 124 2
149 125 NOVASTAR Word's Out 125 2
85 126 PETE YORN I Wanna Be The One 62 15
99 127 ADAM LAMBERT Velvet 94 9
91 128 LESLIE ODOM JR. Go Crazy 48 13
141 129 ASYLUMS A Perfect Life In A Perfect World 129 2
93 130 LOTTERY WINNERS That's Not Entertainment 1(2) 19
new 131 OK GO The One Moment 131 1
123 132 ANYWAY GANG Eyes Of Green 119 8
new 133 FLYING COLORS Mask Machine 133 1
119 134 GUSTER Don't Go 107 8
104 135 CHILD OF THE PARISH Before The Moment's Gone 64 11
143 136 ELISA Soul 136 2
114 137 SEA GIRLS Why Won't You Admit 110 6
102 138 ROACHFORD Love Remedy 5 22
136 139 RETRO VIDEO CLUB Youth 132 4
133 140 BLACK PUMAS Fire 131 5
new 141 THE EXPLORERS CLUB One Drop Of Rain 141 1
139 142 THE HOWL & THE HUM Hall of Fame 139 3
new 143 MERCYME Hurry Up And Wait 143 1
144 144 AWOLNATION f/ RIVERS CUOMO Pacific Coast Highway In The Movies 144 3
169 145 ALANIS MORISETTE Smiling 145 1
147 146 SEA GIRLS Do You Really Wanna Know 146 2
108 147 BLACK PUMAS Old Man 81 15
new 148 TOTO Fearful Heart 148 1
129 149 THE STRANGLERS Sweet Smell Of Success 111 7
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