LCTCArtistSong
181MILEY CYRUSMidnight Sky
52TAYLOR SWIFTCardigan
43KYLIE MINOGUESay Something
24DUA LIPAHallucinate
75TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVERExile
126BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXONWhat You Gonna Do???
67THE KILLERSMy Own Soul's Warning
18HARRY STYLESWatermelon Sugar
39LADY GAGA & ARIANA GRANDERain On Me
2610CARDI B f/ MEGAN THEE STALLIONWAP
1411RAYENatalie Don't
912BEABADOOBEECare
4113DUA LIPALevitating
814JOEL CORRY f/ MNEKHead & Heart
1115KYGO & TINA TURNERWhat's Love Got To Do With It
1716BILLIE EILISHMy Future
2517JESSIE WAREWhat's Your Pleasure?
4818TAYLOR SWIFTBetty
1619THE 1975If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)
31920DEFTONESOhms
27021BTSDynamite
1522KATY PERRYSmile
1023NOTHING BUT THIEVESReal Love Song
4724GLASS ANIMALSHeat Waves
1925JAWSH 685 f/ JASON DERULOSavage Love
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Sep 15
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

15           SIGALA & JAMES ARTHUR             Lasting Lover      151         705.8

16           EVERYTHING EVERYTHING           Violent Sun         28           700.3

17           PHOENIX             Identical               128         665.2

18           AGNES  Fingers Crossed 93           631.7

19           NOTHING BUT THIEVES  Unperson            194         586.4

20           DRAKE  Laugh Now Cry Later       86           582.75

21           STRUTS Another Hit Of Showmanship     198         575.1

22           TAYLOR SWIFT   Betty     18           571.45

23           BLOXX   Off My Mind      74           567.9

24           VISTAS  Stranger               212         552.6

25           CLEAN BANDIT & MABEL f/ 24KGOLDN   Tick Tock              51           547.8

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Beyond Radio Alternative Sub-Genre Charts--September 15, 2020

Full charts available via the Genre Charts tab

Alt Pop/Electro

4          1          BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON      What You Gonna Do???

2          2          BEABADOOBEE         Care

5          3          BILLIE EILISH           My Future

1          4          THE 1975      If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)

10        5          GLASS ANIMALS      Heat Waves

378     6          24KGOLDN f/ IANN DIOR    Mood

48        7          EVERYTHING EVERYTHING           Violent Sun

new     8          LONDON GRAMMAR            Baby It's You

3          9          FUTURE ISLANDS    For Sure

89        10        I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME       Leave Me Alone

 

Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)

3          1          JESSIE WARE           What's Your Pleasure?

1          2          JESSIE WARE           Save A Kiss

new     3          MARIAH CAREY f/ LAURYN HILL  Save The Day

6          4          ANDERSON.PAAK     Lockdown

12        5          SAULT            Wildfires

2          6          VICTORIA MONET    Experience

7          7          LIANNE LA HAVAS  Can't Fight

21        8          ROISIN MURPHY      Something More

4          9          HAIM   Don't Wanna

57        10        TONI BRAXTON        Dance

 

Adult Leaning Alternative

new     1          BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON      What You Gonna Do???

1          2          THE KILLERS            My Own Soul's Warning

9          3          GLASS ANIMALS      Heat Waves

new     4          LONDON GRAMMAR            Baby It's You

7          5          DOVES            Prisoners

4          6          FUTURE ISLANDS    For Sure

5          7          CHRIS CORNELL      Patience

2          8          PHOEBE BRIDGERS Kyoto

new     9          SAINT MOTEL           Preach

3          10        DOVES            Carousels

 

Alternative Hip Hop

1          1          DISCLOSURE f/ AMINE & SLOWTHAI       My High

4          2          TERRACE MARTIN & DENZEL CURRY     Pig Feet

2          3          RUN THE JEWELS f/ PHARRELL WILLIAMS & ZACK DE LA ROCHA  Ju$t

new     4          THE AVALANCHES   Wherever You Go

6          5          YVES TUMOR            Gospel For A New Century

new     6          CLIPPING       Say The Name

3          7          GORILLAZ f/ SCHOOLBOY Q         Pac-Man

new     8          PORIJ 150

7          9          JPEGMAFIA   Bald!

14        10        TKAY MAIDZA           Don't Call Again 

 

Alt Rock

4          1          BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON      What You Gonna Do???

new     2          BEABADOOBEE         Care

1          3          NOTHING BUT THIEVES     Real Love Song

5          4          CHRIS CORNELL      Patience

2          5          BRING ME THE HORIZON   Parasite Eve

50        6          I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME       Leave Me Alone

7          7          FONTAINES DC        Televised Mind

25        8          BIFFY CLYRO            Weird Leisure

38        9          BLOXX            Off My Mind

12        10        BADFLOWER 30

 

Underground

1          1          FONTAINES DC        Televised Mind

new     2          SUFJAN STEVENS    My Rajneesh

new     3          BEABADOOBEE         Sorry

23        4          JAMES BLAKE          Are You Even Real?

new     5          IDLES  Model Village

3          6          IDLES  Grounds

4          7          FONTAINES DC        A Hero's Death

new     8          BON IVER      AUATC

5          9          THE HU          Wolf Totem

new     10        THE AVALANCHES   Wherever You Go

 

Roots AAA (Roots Rock, Americana, Folk, Heritage Pop)

2          1          TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVER          Exile

4          2          TAYLOR SWIFT         Betty

10        3          THE CHICKS Sleep At Night

9          4          ALANIS MORISETTE            Ablaze

1          5          SEMISONIC    You're Not Alone

new     6          JAMES BAY   Chew On My Heart

new     7          THE GO-GO'S            Club Zero

20        8          THE ROLLING STONES f/ JIMMY PAGE   Scarlet

35        9          SEMISONIC    All It Would Take

11        10        ALANIS MORISETTE            Reckoning

 

My Personal Chart, September 8, 1990

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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.

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Sep 9
More of the August 1980 Personal Chart Blog

Learn more about an era of music and the connections behind the songs. Interwoven with personal anecdotes, commentary and artist history. A unique way to tap into music nostalgia and discovery.

  **Bolded and Underlined songs were on my top 100 this month in 1980 & the number in parentheses is its position on the chart.  

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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.

 

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Aug 31
The Summer Ends With a Little Watermelon
"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.
Aug 26
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).

Aug 15
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

August 2020

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.

11           LITTLE MIX          Holiday 57           1299.35

12           TAYLOR SWIFT   Betty     73           1193.8

13           CHRIS CORNELL Patience              39           1100.25

14           MCFLY  Happiness           85           1076.6

15           AVA MAX            Who's Laughing Now      88           1045.5

16           DOVES  Prisoners             55           1038.5

17           NOTHING BUT THIEVES  Real Love Song  9              1031.4

18           JOEL CORRY f/ MNEK      Head & Heart     7              1018.95

19           FUTURE ISLANDS              For Sure               28           966.35

20           JAMES BAY          Chew On My Heart          48           963.25

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Beyond Radio Alternative Sub-Genre Charts--August 15, 2020 Each of these charts (top 100’s) now have their own page found on the Monthly Genre Charts Menu

 

Alt Pop/Electro

1 1 THE 1975 If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) new 2 BEABADOOBEE Care 157 3 FUTURE ISLANDS For Sure new 4 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do??? new 5 BILLIE EILISH My Future new 6 JUICE WRLD & MARSHMELLO Come & Go 3 7 PERFUME GENIUS On The Floor 196 8 SAINT MOTEL Preach 5 9 BENEE f/ GUS DAPPERTON Supalonely new 10 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Wave

 

Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)

1 1 JESSIE WARE Save A Kiss 3 2 VICTORIA MONET Experience 7 3 JESSIE WARE What's Your Pleasure? new 4 HAIM Don't Wanna 4 5 ARLO PARKS Black Dog 16 6 ANDERSON.PAAK Lockdown 22 7 LIANNE LA HAVAS Can't Fight 2 8 DOJA CAT Say So 15 9 JESSIE WARE The Kill 6 10 JESSIE WARE Spotlight

Adult Leaning Alternative

2 1 THE KILLERS My Own Soul's Warning 7 2 PHOEBE BRIDGERS Kyoto 5 3 DOVES Carousels 78 4 FUTURE ISLANDS For Sure new 5 CHRIS CORNELL Patience 1 6 THE KILLERS Caution 84 7 DOVES Prisoners 4 8 PERFUME GENIUS On The Floor 52 9 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Waves 6 10 TRAVIS A Ghost

 

Alternative Hip Hop

12 1 DISCLOSURE f/ AMINE & SLOWTHAI My High 2 2 RUN THE JEWELS f/ PHARRELL WILLIAMS & ZACK DE LA ROCHA Ju$t new 3 GORILLAZ f/ SCHOOLBOY Q Pac-Man 1 4 TERRACE MARTIN & DENZEL CURRY Pig Feet 3 5 ROSALIA & TRAVIS SCOTT TKN 26 6 YVES TUMOR Gospel For A New Century 18 7 JPEGMAFIA Bald! new 8 TRAVIS BARKER & RUN THE JEWELS Forever 4 9 FREDDIE GIBBS & THE ALCHEMIST Something To Rap About 45 10 BISHOP NEHRU Meathead

Alt Rock

6 1 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Real Love Song 5 2 BRING ME THE HORIZON Parasite Eve 1 3 WEEZER Hero new 4 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do??? new 5 CHRIS CORNELL Patience 2 6 KENNYHOOPLA How Will I Rest In Peace If I'm Buried by A Highway 19 7 FONTAINES DC Televised Mind 8 8 THE STROKES Bad Decisions 9 9 IDLES Grounds new 10 YUNGBLUD Strawberry Lipstick

Underground

8 1 FONTAINES DC Televised Mind 1 2 FIONA APPLE Shameika 4 3 IDLES Grounds 7 4 FONTAINES DC A Hero's Death 11 5 THE HU Wolf Totem 62 6 YVES TUMOR Gospel For A New Century 209 7 ANOTHER SKY Fell In Love with The City 15 8 ARCA f/ ROSALIA KLK 55 9 THE RADIO DEPT. You're Lookin' At My Guy 9 10 THE RADIO DEPT. You Fear The Wrong Thing, Baby

Roots AAA (Roots Rock, Americana, Folk, Heritage Pop)

5 1 SEMISONIC You're Not Alone new 2 TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVER Exile 1 3 THE ROLLING STONES Living In A Ghost Town new 4 TAYLOR SWIFT Betty 30 5 THE CHICKS March March 10 6 THE PRETENDERS Didn't Want To Be This Lonely 6 7 MATT MAESON Hallucinogenics 41 8 MARGO PRICE Letting Me Down new 9 ALANIS MORISETTE Ablaze new 10 THE CHICKS Sleep At Night

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Beyond Radio Tim’s Top 150, June 14

1              1              HARRY STYLES   Falling  1(2)        12
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
146         150         GROUPLOVE      Deleter 143         4
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Hot Ac Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
471TAYLOR SWIFTCardigan
22HARRY STYLESWatermelon Sugar
13LADY GAGA & ARIANA GRANDERain On Me
204KATY PERRYSmile
425JAMES BAYChew On My Heart
NEW 6MCFLYHappiness
NEW 7MILEY CYRUSMidnight Sky
NEW 8ALANIS MORISETTEAblaze
49THE WEEKNDIn Your Eyes
510KATY PERRYDaisies

Monthly Pop  

LCTCArtistSong
61DUA LIPAHallucinate
752KYLIE MINOGUESay Something
23HARRY STYLESWatermelon Sugar
14LADY GAGA & ARIANA GRANDERain On Me
1345TAYLOR SWIFTCardigan
76JOEL CORRY f/ MNEKHead & Heart
NEW 7MILEY CYRUSMidnight Sky
378RAYENatalie Don't
49THE WEEKNDIn Your Eyes
1710JAWSH 685 f/ JASON DERULOSavage Love

Monthly Dance  

LCTCArtistSong
121DUA LIPAHallucinate
12LADY GAGA & ARIANA GRANDERain On Me
363KYLIE MINOGUESay Something
94RAYENatalie Don't
NEW 5AVA MAXWho's Laughing Now
136JOEL CORRY f/ MNEKHead & Heart
27JESSIE WARESave A Kiss
48ERASUREHey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)
109KYGO & TINA TURNERWhat's Love Got To Do With It
510CAMELPHATHypercolour

Monthly Urban  

LCTCArtistSong
NEW 1CARDI B f/ MEGAN THEE STALLIONWAP
42VICTORIA MONETExperience
33DABABY f/ RODDY RICCHRockstar
24BEYONCEBlack Parade
155TY DOLLA $IGN f/ KANYE WEST, FKA TWIGS & SKRILLEXEgo Death
96ANDERSON.PAAKLockdown
17MEGAN THEE STALLION f/ BEYONCESavage
108JACK HARLOWWhat's Poppin
139DOJA CAT f/ GUCCI MANELike That
510CHLOE & HALLEDo It

Rock Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
11BRING ME THE HORIZONParasite Eve
52SEETHERDangerous
23SHINEDOWNAtlas Falls
394CHRIS CORNELLPatience
35THE PRETTY RECKLESSDeath By Rock And Roll
46EVANESCENCEThe Game Is Over
NEW 7BEABADOOBEECare
NEW 8MARILYN MANSONWe Are Chaos
99STARSETTrials
151010 YEARSThe Shift

Country Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
91MADDIE & TAEDie From A Broken Heart
12MICKEY GUYTONBlack Like Me
33SAM HUNTHard To Forget
24MIRANDA LAMBERTBluebird
45ERIC CHURCHStick That In Your Country Song
76THOMAS RHETTBe A Light
NEW 7TAYLOR SWIFTBetty
158JUSTIN MOOREWhy We Drink
199LADY AChampagne Night
2310KELSEA BALLERINIHole In The Bottle

Ac Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
71KYGO & TINA TURNERWhat's Love Got To Do With It
12JESSIE WARESave A Kiss
43JESSIE WAREWhat's Your Pleasure?
34VICTORIA MONETExperience
165JEFFERSON STARSHIPIt's About Time
26ERASUREHey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)
NEW 7TAYLOR SWIFTCardigan
118THOMAS RHETTBe A Light
339DARYL BRAITHWAITELove Songs
510BRETT ELDREDGEGabrielle

Alternative Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
11THE KILLERSMy Own Soul's Warning
1272BEABADOOBEECare
NEW 3BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXONWhat You Gonna Do???
84NOTHING BUT THIEVESReal Love Song
25THE 1975If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)
396FUTURE ISLANDSFor Sure
NEW 7BILLIE EILISHMy Future
238FONTAINES DCTelevised Mind
59WEEZERHero
3110SAINT MOTELPreach

Aaa Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
NEW 1TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVERExile
122THE KILLERSMy Own Soul's Warning
83SEMISONICYou're Not Alone
14DOVESCarousels
575DOVESPrisoners
36PHOEBE BRIDGERSKyoto
347FUTURE ISLANDSFor Sure
68TRAVISA Ghost
49HAIMDon't Wanna
1310ARLO PARKSBlack Dog