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There are now 6 sub-genre charts. In addition to Electro/Alt Pop, Alt Rock, Indie/Underground and Adult Leaning Alternative there are 2 AAA type charts. One for Heartland/Americana/Blues & Folk and one for Retro Soul. The Retro Soul chart includes some songs that fall into the Urban AC and Adult Contmeporary genres.
new 1 TONES AND I Dance Monkey
1 2 GRIMES & i_o Violence
new 3 WHITE REAPER Might Be Right
new 4 COLDPLAY Orphans
39 5 GEORGIA Never Let You Go
2 1 FOALS The Runner
1 2 GREEN DAY Father Of All
4 3 WEEZER The End Of The Game
5 4 TOOL Fear Inoculum
3 5 BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)
1 1 BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD Sunglasses
new 2 BROCKHAMPTON No Halo
7 3 CIGARETTES AFTER SEX Heavenly
5 4 BIG THIEF Not
57 5 ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS Just Exist
Adult Leaning Alternative
3 1 SAM FENDER Will We Talk?
6 2 WHITE REAPER Might Be Right
new 3 COLDPLAY Orphans
7 4 TAME IMPALA Borderline
1 5 LANA DEL REY Doin' Time
1 STURGILL SIMPSON Sing Along
2 MAREN MORRIS f/ HOZIER The Bones
3 JEFF LYNNE'S ELO From Out Of Nowhere
4 LOCAL NATIVES When Am I Gonna Lose You
5 CITY AND COLOUR Strangers
1 FREYA RIDINGS Castles
2 HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS Her Love Is Killin' Me
3 MICHAEL KIWANUKA Hero
4 MANDY MOORE When I Wasn't Watching
5 JACK SAVORETTI f/ MIKA Youth And Love
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Trending 100 for November
At mid-month Dua Lipa is far and away the trending winner, almost double the points of #2 Coldplay. While "Circles" is still trending at #1 for the month. "Don't Start Now" could be a challenger in addition to Tones and I, Selena Gomez and 2 former One Direction members.
Dolly Parton's collab with Galantis is proving to be a player this month. maybe being among the top 50 songs of November. And look at #14 and #16. Hootie & The Blowfish and Ozzy Osbourne are getting early love. Dolly and Ozzy have been busy in 2019 with Parton assisting on songs by For king and Country, Zach Williams and Ronnie Milsap while Osbourne has scored a hit with Post Malone a possible top 25 entry for this month.
9 SIMPLE PLAN, STATE CHAMPS & WE THE KINGS Where I Belong
10 COLDPLAY Arabesque
11 SELENA GOMEZ Look At Her Now
12 THE DISAPPOINTED We Don't Dream
13 GREEN DAY Fire, Ready, Aim
14 HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH Hold On
15 JIMMY EAT WORLD All The Way (Stay)
16 OZZY OSBOURNE Under The Graveyard
17 SONIA A Night That's Never Ending
18 MUMFORD & SONS Blind Leading The Blind
19 MICHAEL KIWANUKA Hero
20 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Drinking Alone
21 GEORGIA Never Let You Go
22 THE 1975 Frail State Of Mind
23 CLIPPING Blood of The Fang
24 THE PALE WHITE Swim For Your Life
25 THE AMAZONS Fuzzy Tree
New Music Recommendations
This week's recommendations are all from artists who have been around for over 20 years. I've made a YouTube playlist that you can access below.
Jeff Lynne's ELO (he can't just use Electric Light Orchestra because of legal issues) have released a new album "From Out Of Nowhere" The song "One More Time" is a fun upbeat retro nugget.
Going back even further, The Who have a new song called "Ball And Chain". This previews their new album "WHO" due out on Nov. 22. This one sounds like it come have come out of the 70's era catalogue.
If you think of the Tiffany from over 30 years ago you might be surprised by the bluesy "Waste Of Time", kinda out of the Melissa Etheridge playbook. From the 2018 album "Pieces Of Me".
Jimmy Eat World broke through with the 2001 album "Bleed American" but their 1st album was released in 1994. "All The Way (Stay)" from their 10th album "Surviving", is a perfect slice of pop rock with a sax solo that is a nice touch.
80's hitmakers Simply Red have retrospectively been classified as "Sophisti-Pop", a variety of artists who mixed Pop, Jazz and Soul. Funny I have been working on a Jazz-Pop Music Therapy playlist so we'll see what I name it now. "Thinking About You" veers to the dancier side of their style.
If you can believe it, it's been 25 years since the gargantuan album "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie and The Blowfish came out. Darius Rucker has spent the last decade or so honing his country chops to much radio success. The band has re-grouped for the anniversary and released an album of new music, "Imperfect Circle", 2 weeks ago. Had no idea I missed them but the heartland rocker "Hold On" is a welcome return.
About a year ago, Nov. 8 2018 to be exact, Hanson, who also recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, released an album called "String Theory". It was a mix of old and new tunes recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Some of you may know that I am a big Hanson fan and I'm just starting to digest this album now. The new version of "Where's The Love" is about to hit my top 10 this week. It will never eclipse the original, one of my all time favorite songs, but it a great version as well.
Finally, Simple Minds who have surpassed the 40 year mark, also incorporate a symphonic quality of the new song "For One Night Only". It took 3 years from their April 1979 debut to hit it big with "Promised You A Miracle" but these early purveyors of New Wave has amassed quite a resume including 18 studio albums and 7 live albums. And look, to round out the sampler I've included a symphonic version of "Alive and Kicking" from 2018.
New Playlists, Pages and Navigation: Boy Bands, Gay Man Therapy and My Chart for Nov. 3
This weeks playlists include a 50 year history of boy bands (I think you might be smiling), an effervescent dance party for a 50 something gay man's birthday (actually made for my friend Joe's 50th) and my favorite songs this week starting with number one. I like to call it a countup instead of a countdown.
The above Navigation bar has gone through some changes. I've eliminated some aspects and added new pages for Music Therapy Playlists, 2019 Playlists and Flashback Playlists.
As discussed before the Music Therapy Playlists can be therapeutic but also have an element of cheekiness to them. Upcoming playlists include "I'm Bryan Adams and You're Not Therapy", "Radical Remake Therapy" and "I'm With Her Therapy".
The 2019 Playlists include the BR250 which includes all songs that have hit that chart in 2019, Genre playlists updated every 2 months and what I call Countups (the opposite of countdowns). They give you instant gratification by starting with #1.
The Flashback Playlists include countdowns of my previous personal charts from 10, 20 etc. years ago. In addition it will feature comprehensive playlists of music from past years. I will be updating playlists frequently.
Old Man Rant, Rave and Respects
The next podcast is now available and is another two-parter. The first part is the rant and connects back to the last episode about Caitlyn Smith and also back to the original Old Man Rant and Rave episodes from earlier this year. In the end it's about how artists are marketed and how fun may be coming back to pop radio. The catalyst to that may be Lizzo and see how she may be the next big thing in these 2 videos.
The second part travels back over 40 years in my life and how a song by the man who transformed my life, Elton John, connects to current events. And how that experience is transforming my life once again. This episode is extremely personal to me and mentions a lot of people who are important in my life. This episode explains the evolution of the Beyond Radio website and how gifts are all around us if we can see them.
This is a video that is explained in the episode.
Here is the companion Spotify playlist
October 28, 1989 Countdown
One of the other playlist trends that are becoming a regular addition to the site are a look back at my personal charts in previous years. Last month I introduced a list from 1979 and today it is for this week in 1989.
What I have been doing the last few years is looking back 10, 20, 30 etc. years, kind of a way to see how my opinion of songs has changed over the years. Which ones are obsolete and which ones have surged.
I will rotate a new playlist near the end of each month. Next month will be 1999 and so on.
This list sees some of my favorites of that year. A year where the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge debuted, and big albums in my life by Erasure, The Cure, Tears For Fears and Simple Minds. And of course the B-52's comeback "Love Shack".
Tim’s Top 60 Oct. 28, 1989
74 60 JODY WATLEY Everything
new 59 THE CURE Lullaby
87 58 REGINA BELLE Baby Come To Me
85 57 CHER Just Like Jesse James
new 56 PAUL CARRACK I Live By The Groove
75 55 10,000 MANIACS Poison in The Well
7 54 UNDERWORLD Stand Up
69 53 THOMPSON TWINS Sugar Daddy
68 52 WANG CHUNG What's So Bad About Feeling Good
64 51 SHEENA EASTON Without You
71 50 RICHARD MARX Angelia
73 49 THEN JERICO Big Area
63 48 TIL TUESDAY How Can You Give Up
66 47 HOODOO GURUS Another World
70 46 GLORIA ESTEFAN Get On Your Feet
60 45 DEPECHE MODE Personal Jesus
55 44 R.E.M. Get Up
61 43 1927 That's When I Think of You
new 42 TEARS FOR FEARS Woman In Chains
48 41 INDIGO GIRLS Tried To Be True
9 40 INDIGO GIRLS & MICHAEL STIPE Kid Fears
56 39 LIVING IN A BOX Blow The House Down
44 38 THE CALL You Run
20 37 MARTIN GORE In A Manner Of Speaking
52 36 MELISSA ETHERIDGE No Souvenirs
58 35 UNDERWORLD Change The Weather
39 34 BOBBY BROWN Rock Wit'cha
42 33 AEROSMITH Love In An Elevator
34 32 GRACES Lay Down Your Arms
37 31 THE CULT Edie (Ciao Baby)
31 30 TINA TURNER The Best
35 29 MALCOLM MCLAREN Waltz Darlin'
53 28 TRACY CHAPMAN Crossroads
47 27 TOM PETTY Free Fallin'
45 26 SOUL II SOUL Back To Life
29 25 KEVIN PAIGE Don't Shut Me Out
38 24 BAD ENGLISH When I See You Smile
41 23 EURYTHMICS Don't Ask Me Why
30 22 BONNIE RAITT Love Letter
36 21 DEBBIE HARRY I Want That Man
33 20 DON HENLEY Last Worthless Evening
40 19 BILLY JOEL We Didn't Start The Fire
21 18 THE ROLLING STONES Mixed Emotions
27 17 SIMPLE MINDS Soul Crying Out
22 16 ZIGGY MARLEY Look Who's Dancing
23 15 THE OCEAN BLUE Between Something And Nothing
1 14 TEARS FOR FEARS Sowing The Seeds Of Love
26 13 POCO Call It Love
25 12 CUTTING CREW Everything But My Pride
17 11 THE ALARM Sold Me Down The River
15 10 JANET JACKSON Miss You Much
19 9 PATTI LABELLE If You Asked Me To
16 8 ERASURE Phantom Bride
2 7 ELTON JOHN Healing Hands
10 6 YOUNG MC Bust A Move
13 5 JOE COCKER When The Night Comes
8 4 B-52'S Love Shack
2 3 MELISSA ETHERIDGE Precious Pain
6 2 TEXAS I Don't Want A Lover
4 1 MIDGE URE Just For You
Examples from Positively Happy Music Therapy
Today is my 15th wedding anniversary to my adorable husband John. It is also the 29th anniversary of our meeting. Today is a glorious (and gorgeous) day but 2 nights ago I had an emotional evening where a number of stress points came to a head and it plagued me all night. The next morning when I went out to do my Uber drive, I put on the Positively Happy playlist. I wanted to give you a few examples from that playlist. These were the first 3 songs that played.
The first was extremely appropriate as the name is “New Morning” from Austin, Texas band Alpha Rev. This song hit #100 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010 and spent 3 weeks at #1 on my personal chart. If you were watching the VH1 top 20 countdown in 2010 (did they still show videos then?) the song spent 11 weeks on that list. It was a perfect way to start the day.
Next came the song “I Said I Love You” from the Mavericks’ lead singer Raul Malo’s first solo album from 2001. On this album he explored his Latin heritage as is evidenced on this effervescent song full of mariachi horns. We saw him live in Newburyport, MA that summer and it was party from beginning to end. This and another song from the album, “I See You”, both reached #1 on my personal chart.
This segued to another happy upbeat ditty by UK artist Olly Murs “Stevie Know”, a clear homage to Stevie Wonder. From the music to the lyric “soon as you come in this house I’m going to take you to Higher Ground. Stevie don’t wonder, Stevie knows” this is a truly happy toe-tapping song. Surprisingly this infectious tune which reached #5 song on my personal chart saw no chart action in the UK. When it was released in 2015.
The playlist in its entirety pushes great buttons and I believe can break you out of a down mood.
Some of the other music therapy playlists that I am working on and will debut soon include:
“Let The Cry Out” destined to push your emotional buttons
“I’m With Her” an homage to strong and powerful women
“Radical Remake Therapy” which should be easy to figure out
“Boy Band Therapy” and “Jazz Pop Therapy”
There will be many more to follow. I will be adding pages to the website in the next week to make it easy to find all the different playlists that I offer.
New Music Therapy Playlists Debut
Today I am releasing 2 new playlists that begin a new and important path on my life’s journey. This series of playlists (an addition to the Beyond Radio playlist family) will be called Music Therapy Playlists. Some will hopefully be truly therapeutic while others will be more tongue in cheek. All will be about 45-60 songs and will include a mix of music nostalgia and discovery, much like the podcasts.
When I started the website back in the mid-90’s it was purely chart driven, and a forum for the personal chart community. I hoped to help music enthusiasts find new music through the lens of that community. The gift for myself was the constant discovery of new music.
When I added the podcast, the initial intention was to reach people stuck in nostalgia and open their minds to the discovery of music new to them. This was a step beyond the chart enthusiast, an attempt to reach a new audience. Never having been stuck in nostalgic it has made me look back and that gift has been extraordinary and emotional.
The impetus to this next phase came from 2 friends, Cristina and Lisa, who both told me that I helped them to bring music back into their lives. This was not an “I’m stuck in nostalgia” or “I don’t have time” scenario, but for more deeply personal reasons. To have 2 separate people touched in this kind of way let me know how I had helped them, affected them or whatever; these were special gifts given back to me that I do not take lightly. I had not considered the idea of it being a therapeutic medium, though it certainly has been for me.
The beauty of music and its subjective nature is that any kind of music can be therapeutic. With that I am introducing 2 playlists that exist on somewhat opposite ends of the spectrum. The first is called “Rock Decompression Therapy” and is meant to be a way to perhaps release the rage of your workday. My friend Colleen inspired this one and gave me a thumbs up, saying “great playlist, songs I had totally forgotten about and would never have remember the artists”.
The other playlist is called “Positively Happy Therapy”, which I had made for Lisa. It is a mix positive, spiritual and happy tunes in a variety of genres. It includes a song that is a mantra to me and will also be included in the upcoming podcast “Old Man Rant, Rave and Respects”.
The song is “Live The Life” by Michael W. Smith from 1997. While the lyrical intention of that song may travel a different path, another beautiful thing about music is what we individually take out of it. For me, living the life is living your truth and my truth is about appreciating music and creating a platform of music exposure for others. For those who know me it is a joyous, emotional and transforming journey, full of love. One of my favorite lyrics ever is from this song. “Be a light for all to see, for every act of love will set you free.” This has been my intention all along and I hope it is a gift to you.
Alternative Sub Genres and New Trending 100
You can check out these new charts are these 2 links
There are 4 alternative sub-genres, Electro/Alt Pop, Alt Rock, Underground/Indie and Adult Leaning/Retro/Folk/Garage
Not surprisingly Lizzo's "Good As Hell" sits atop the Trending 100 as she is all things to all people right now. She will be featured in the next episode of the podcast which will be coming out in the next week or so. The song moves up to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sits just outside the Pop Airplay top 10.
8 of the top 10 trending songs belong to big Pop songs including the other massive Lizzo song "Truth Hurts", 2 Ariana Grande songs, Lewis Capaldi, Post Malone, Taylor Swift and Normani.
On the Alternative charts the 4 #1's are from Grimes, Green Day, Black Country New Road and Lana Del Rey
Chart Updates and New Recommendations
I have finally updated the Genre, Untapped Resources and Hybrid charts. All the latest of these charts include info from August and September. These charts will most likely remain available as the update of the site moves forward. The trending charts will probably be eliminated.
As I stated previously there is going to be a shift on the site that is more focused on playlists, recommendations and the podcast with many of the playlists being a mix of nostalgia and discovery, in many ways like the podcast. In addition, there will still be playlists that are genre specific and focus on new music as curated through the analysis of the personal chart community.
The goal here is connect you to the music through more platforms than just music charts. I myself am certainly somewhat chart obsessed (haha understatement!) but what I have learned through the podcast and feedback that there is a more visceral way of connecting to music and that music touches individual souls in very different ways.
I hope that the changes that will be made here help you connect better to music whether you are a new music junkie, a person who thrives on the nostalgia of their youth or who has lost connection to the power of music for a variety of reasons.
As always, I do this from a passionate view with the intention to help you to experience the pure joy and therapeutic essence that listening to music can bring.
Today’s music recommendations start with 2 radical remakes. The first is from the duo The Bird and The Bee. They take Van Halen’s “Panama” and turn it upside down with a quirky, funky and atmospheric version. You can dig deeper into their interpolation of Van Halen as they have a whole album of re-imagined VH tunes. Particularly humorous is “Hot For Teacher”. They had done this previously with Hall & Oates tunes in 2010 but none of those were as radical.
From a different perspective the Americana/Bluegrass/String Band Twisted Pine does a fun version of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” that made me re-examine a song I had middling feelings about. This plucky and buoyant version of the song offers a great contrast. Towards the end they incorporate a cowbell rhythm that evokes a sound from many disco classics, nice touch.
Power Pop is alive and well courtesy of the Louisville, Kentucky band White Reaper. Reminiscent of artists like Cheap Trick, Donnie Iris, Greg Kihn and even Fountains Of Wayne and Weezer, if you want to bring the fun, they might be your ticket. “Real Long Time” and “Might Be Right” (this one currently moving up the alternative chart) are great examples of an update to the sound. They are playing at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA on Nov. 2. I might need to go.
This reminded me of one of my favorite songs from last year from the Vancouver band Bend Sinister. Their song “Shannon” from the 2018 album “Foolish Games” was my #6 song of last year. It has a wonderful energetic retro pop rock vibe and in reading an interview with the band it’s no wonder. They said they were listening to a lot of Raspberries (“Overnight Sensation”) and City Boy (“220.127.116.11.”), two power pop bands from the 70’s. Those songs were among my favorites as a teenager so being drawn to this song makes so much sense.
This live version is as good as the original studio version. And I did exactly what Eric Carmen did as a kid with the transistor radio under my pillow. Goosebumps.
This one from Top of The Pops makes me laugh.
Finally this one is courtesy of my friend Colleen. This narrative is about the 90's but it was my experience in the early 80's. I went to Boston 40 years ago to attend Boston University and discovered my first used record store, Nuggets, in Kenmore Square. Thousands of albums, 12 inch singles, CD's and singles later, they mostly sit in my basement, not on display. I treasure the experience from those days but funny, a used record store nowadays has no lure for me. Having music at my fingertips through streaming is just as good, and cheaper. Love the musical homage to the late 60's.
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
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