LCTCArtistSong
11MILEY CYRUSMidnight Sky
22ROYAL BLOODTrouble's Coming
33DUA LIPALevitating
64SAM SMITHDiamonds
45KYLIE MINOGUEMagic
5624KGOLDN f/ IANN DIORMood
77ARIANA GRANDEPositions
88HARRY STYLESGolden
99AC/DCShot In The Dark
1710LITTLE MIXSweet Melody
1011THE KILLERSMy Own Soul's Warning
1112OF MONSTERS AND MENVisitor
1913ROMYLifetime
1214BTSDynamite
2115SHAWN MENDESWonder
1816TAME IMPALAIs It True
1317NEW ORDERBe A Rebel
2418KYLIE MINOGUESay Something
2219DAVID GUETTA f/ SIALet's Love
2020I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND MELeave Me Alone
2521NOTHING BUT THIEVESImpossible
1522BEABADOOBEECare
20523FOO FIGHTERSShame Shame
4624BECKY HILLSpace
1625JOEL CORRY f/ MNEKHead & Heart
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Dec 1
November Slow Down but not for Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa

There is very little activity on the BR250 this week as the year starts to wind down. This is quite a difference from the same time last year when a bunch of songs blasted onto the chart (I was monthly instead of bi-monthly at that point). 7 songs entered the top 25 from outside the top 250 in November last year (including a #1 debut for “Don’t Start Now”, #4 for Coldplay’s “Orphans” and #9 for “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish), down to only 3 this year (“Positions”, “Sweet Melody” by Little Mix and Foo Fighters’ “Shame, Shame”).

“Midnight Sky” has spent a full 3 months at the summit, actually increasing in points a bit from the last chart. Her mash up remix with Stevie Nicks "Edge of Midnight" is also on the chart at #211 and her remake of Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" falls to #238.. Only 5 songs in the top 25 lost points but there were no major increases except for “Diamonds” and “Sweet Melody” within the top 25.

“Therefore I Am” by Billie Eilish is the highest debut in the BR250 at #47, though perhaps a bit of a disappointment. Also a surprise is that Ariana Grande’s “34 + 35” only moves 141-74 (while “Positions” holds at #7) so neither of these artists are quite repeating their recent successes.

No one can touch Dua Lipa on the BR250 this year. 2 new duets keep her moving forward with “Fever” moving 117-85 and her collab with Miley “Prisoner” enters at #118 in its first week out. This makes 11 songs in the past year to grace the BR250. Of those, 3 hit #1 and 2 peaked at #2. Cyrus I'm sure is hoping Lipa can help her get into the top 10 in the States again. It has been a struggle for some time. Her latest album "Plastic Hearts" was just released this past Friday.

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Nov 25
A New Podcast: Beyond Radio Presents Castlist 006. Episode 5, Connect The Dots

It has been about 6 weeks since I posted the last episode. During that time there has been a lot of activity at our house with work on our garage turned music studio/party room/podcast office the main focus. It is very exciting to have a place to display my albums, CDs, and mixed tapes. The side walls of the garage are granite and as I suspected, it makes for great acoustics.

The songs in this episode all connect in a sort of succession. A large part of the episode focuses on early Elton John deep cuts that had an impact on my childhood. They connect in ways to my favorite Keith Urban song, Moulin Rouge, and an arc about actors who sing and how they are connected.

This was a hot and cold mix of music for Jeff but he is always a good sport. Not always knowing where the next connection was going, a few surprises were revealed. Of those was one that blew me away.

It's a long episode, a little over 75 minutes, but there was no good way to break it up. As always there are laughs to be had and things to be learned.

Nov 16
Trending in November, the Styles are Grande, and Little Steps are on the Horizon. Mostly New #1's on the Alternative Sub-Genre Charts

These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month

November 2020

POS/ARTIST/SONG/POS ON BR250/POINTS

1              ARIANA GRANDE             Positions              7             3175.35

No surprise that Grande dominates the November trending chart as “Positions” debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and the UK singles chart. In addition, the album also topped the chart in both countries. 7 of the tracks from the album also make the trending chart though I feel she performed better with “Thank You, Next”.

2              HARRY STYLES    Golden 8              3135.25

5 singles in and Styles is still breaking into the BR250 top 10, the song moved 124-8 on the current chart. 4 of those have reached the top 10 (“Falling” only peaking at #16), while a sixth track, “Treat People With Kindness”, spent some time on the BR250 earlier this year as well. “Golden” is top Pop 20 in the States and top 10 in airplay in the UK.

3              LITTLE MIX          Sweet Melody   17           2120.6

The third single from the just released #3 UK album “Confetti” gives the girl group their best showing on the BR250 this year, debuting at #17. The song is their 16th UK top 10 single since 2011.

4              STEPS    Something In Your Eyes 33           1702.6

The title track to the UK co-ed group, “What The Future Holds” slides from its peak of #18 on the BR250 this week while the third preview into the album debuts at #33. During their initial run on the UK charts between 1997-2001 they scored 14 UK top 10’s, 7 of those reaching the top 2.

5              BRING ME THE HORIZON              Teardrops           79           1142.7

These alt-metal lads just came in at #5 on the UK album chart with “Post Human: Survival Horror”, supposedly the first of 4 EP’s to feature the post human moniker. The 4 preview singles all have reached the BR250’s top 100 with the sonic stew “Parasite Eve” making it all the way to #12.

6              MEDUZA f/ DERMOT KENNEDY  Paradise               104         948.6

Irish singer Dermot Kennedy follows his UK top 5 and European top 20 single “Giants” a collaboration with this Italian production team. Last year Meduza had 2 songs make the top 50 on the BP250, “Piece of Your Heart” at #42 and “Lose Control” featuring Becky Hill at #28. Hill herself moves in the BR250 top 50 this week with “Space”, up 104-46.

7              KYLIE MINOGUE               I Love It 54           1407.1

Superstar Minogue debuted at #1 in the UK and in Australia (and #25 in the States) with her fifteenth album “Disco”. Both “Say Something” and “Magic” are still in the top 25 on the main chart, with “I Love It” clocking in at #54 in it’s first week in the top 100.

8              JAX JONES f/ AU/RA        I Miss You            31           1771.65

The English DJ has his best showing in 2020 with his new single. He has reached as high as #12 on the BR250 with last year’s “Play”.

9              DUA LIPA & ANGELE       Fever    117         855.4

As if Lipa needed another song to add to her 2020 war chest, this is the tenth song to make the BR250 this year. The song reached #2 in France and #1 in Angele’s homeland of Belgium.

10           PALOMA FAITH Gold      124         834.8

Faith’s fifth album “Infinite Things” was released this past Friday. The lead single “Better Than This” has been in the BR250 top 100 for last 2 months, peaking at #55. This mid-tempo song puts her in Sia territory.

11           ARIANA GRANDE             34 + 35  141         789.45

Racy is the best way to describe this song that is following “Positions” up the Pop top 30 in the U.S.

12           GORILLAZ f/ BECK             The Valley Of The Pagans              102         951.6

Finally, a fun and funky song from Damon Alban’s “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez”. They have been releasing a single a month (except March) this year, corresponding with their web series.

13           THE AVALANCHES f/ LEON BRIDGES & ALAN PARSON PROJECT    Interstellar Love               167         705.2

This Australian electronic duo may be even more left field than the Gorillaz. Their soundscape is all over the place. This song which samples “Eye In The Sky” is certainly one of their most accessible offerings.

14           SYSTEM OF A DOWN       Protect the Land               169         703.35

15 years is a long hiatus but this Armenian-American metal band released 2 new songs in responses to the war that is being waged in Armenia this year.

15           HOT CHIP f/ JARVIS COCKER        Straight To The Morning               89           1060

Jubilant disco is what you will find of the UK synth band’s latest single. Earlier this year they peaked at #40 on the BR250 with “Positive”.

 

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

Each of these charts (top 100’s) now have their own page found on the Monthly Genre Charts Menu at Beyondradio.com

Alt Pop/Electro

2          1          24KGOLDN f/ IANN DIOR    Mood

5          2          OF MONSTERS AND MEN   Visitor

10        3          NEW ORDER  Be A Rebel

7          4          BEABADOOBEE         Care

11        5          TAME IMPALA           Is It True

33        6          ROMY Lifetime

6          7          I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME       Leave Me Alone

21        8          NOTHING BUT THIEVES     Impossible

3          9          LONDON GRAMMAR            Baby It's You

72        10        LONDON GRAMMAR            Californian Soil

 

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

2          1          KYLIE MINOGUE      Magic

1          2          KYLIE MINOGUE      Say Something

3          3          LONDON GRAMMAR            Baby It's You

8          4          SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR       Crying At The Discotheque

23        5          LONDON GRAMMAR            Californian Soil

21        6          BECKY HILL  Space

new     7          KYLIE MINOGUE      I Love It

6          8          ARLO PARKS             Hurt

4          9          CALVIN HARRIS f/ THE WEEKND  Over Now

new     10        SYLVAN ESSO          Ferris Wheel

 

Adult Leaning Alternative

1          1          THE KILLERS            My Own Soul's Warning

new     2          OF MONSTERS AND MEN   Visitor

6          3          TAME IMPALA           Is It True

new     4          ROMY Lifetime

5          5          NEW ORDER  Be A Rebel

3          6          LONDON GRAMMAR            Baby It's You

35        7          LONDON GRAMMAR            Californian Soil

15        8          PHOENIX        Identical

new     9          FLEET FOXES           Can I Believe You

new     10        CANNONS      Fire For You

 

Alternative Hip Hop

2          1          CLIPPING       Say The Name

1          2          DISCLOSURE f/ AMINE & SLOWTHAI       My High

19        3          LABRINTH     No Ordinary

4          4          SLOWTHAI f/ JAMES BLAKE & MOUNT KIMBIE            Feel Away

3          5          TERRACE MARTIN & DENZEL CURRY     Pig Feet

7          6          THE AVALANCHES   Take Care Of Your Dreaming

8          7          THE AVALANCHES   Music Make Me High

new     8          CLIPPING       Pain Everyday

new     9          EMOTIONAL ORANGES       All That

12        10        ASHNIKKO    Daisy

 

Alt Rock

2          1          ROYAL BLOOD         Trouble's Coming

7          2          BEABADOOBEE         Care

6          3          I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME       Leave Me Alone

3          4          DEFTONES     Ohms

10        5          BEABADOOBEE         Worth It

new     6          BRING ME THE HORIZON   Teardrops

8          7          SEETHER        Dangerous

4          8          SMASHING PUMPKINS        Cyr

1          9          BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON      What You Gonna Do???

9          10        CHRIS CORNELL      Patience

 

Underground

2          1          CLIPPING       Say The Name

1          2          IDLES  Model Village

148     3          PORRIDGE RADIO    7 Seconds

new     4          NOTHING       Bernie Sanders

12        5          GIRL IN RED  Rue

6          6          SOFT SET      7 On Up

9          7          LAVENDER BLUSH  I'm In Love

new     8          BICEP Apricots

128     9          GRAZER         How Many Times

7          10        SLOWTHAI f/ JAMES BLAKE & MOUNT KIMBIE            Feel Away

 

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

2          1          TAYLOR SWIFT         Betty

13        2          FLEET FOXES           Can I Believe You

1          3          TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVER          Exile

7          4          BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN         Letter To You

4          5          THE CHICKS Sleep At Night

5          6          ALANIS MORISETTE            Ablaze

6          7          SEMISONIC    You're Not Alone

11        8          SHERYL CROW         In The End

27        9          TOM PETTY   Leave Virginia Alone

15        10        AMY MACDONALD   The Hudson

Nov 9
My Personal Chart, November 7, 2010

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The Many Faces Of Alternative and Some Alt Radio Records

My top 11 this week in 2010 shows the variety of Rock styles that fit into the Alternative universe at the time.

Anberlin/Impossible (1)

In 2008 this Florida Emo band scored a #1 Alternative song with “Feel Good Drag” from the fourth album “New Surrender” and first on a major label. ‘Drag’ took 29 weeks to reach the summit which was a record at the time and was Billboard’s #2 Alternative song of the year. The following year it was bested by Phoenix’s “1901” (31 weeks) and in 2010 “Animal” By Neon Trees eclipsed that with 32 weeks). Phoenix, a French indie-Pop band had a decade of moderate success in their homeland before they hit it big in the States in 2009 with “1901” and “Lisztomania”. Those 2 songs made Billboard’s year-end Alternative top 10, at #4 and #7, and were from their fourth album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”, an album that won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2010.

Neon Trees were descending my chart this week with “1983” (51) after peaking at #5 in September. Both that and “Animal” made my top 50 of the year and in Billboard, the former was the #44 Alternative song of 2011 and the latter was #5 of 2010. “Animal” was also the first of 2 top 10 Pop hits as well. In 2012 the Provo, Utah band returned with “Everybody Talks” which took them in the top 5. After a lengthy absence from the charts, during which time lead singer Tyler Glenn came out, they returned this year with the Alternative top 5 “Used To Like” and another charter, “New Best Friend”.

Anberlin’s ‘Drag’ was a re-recorded version of a song from their 2005 independent album “Never Take Friendship Personal” that spawned their first chart single “Paperthin Hymn”, #38 on the Alternative chart and #8 on my personal chart. The band has always been connected to the Christian music scene though the lead singer Stephen Christian (hmmm) says their intention was not to be categorized in that way. This, I believe is similar to the approach that Manic Bloom, whom I wrote about extensively earlier this year, has taken. “Impossible” was their second top 5 on Alternative radio and not their only #1 on my chart. In April of 2011 they repeated with “Pray Tell”. 2 more songs would chart in 2011, “Closer” and “Take Me (As You Found Me)”. “Impossible” also was Billboard’s #21 Alternative song of the year in 2010.

San Diego’s Switchfoot may be the most successful Christian Rock band on the mainstream charts. They have been a mainstay on my personal chart with 50 songs over the last 19 years (starting with “Learning To Breathe” in 2001). 2010 was not their best year on my chart but they did place 2 songs on Billboard’s year-end Alternative chart in 2010. “The Sound” was #25 and “Mess Of Me” was #44. 8 of the songs from their 2009 album “Hello Hurricane” made my personal chart in 2010, 2 of those made my weekly top 25. The ballad “Your Love Is A Song” performed well on Christian radio and at HotAC and went to #21 and “Free”, an anthemic non-single, and my fav from the album, which debuted on my chart the following week, rose to #4 in February 2011.

Pocket Full Of Rocks/Alive (2)

Formed in 1995, this Christian band released 6 albums between 2002-2011. This is the only song I know by them. A great Pop-Rock tune that would spend 2 weeks at #1 on my chart in November and go onto place at #18 on the year-end chart.

A Silent Film/You Will Leave Your Mark (3)

The bright Alt-Pop from this British outfit has drawn comparisons to Keane, Coldplay, and Snow Patrol. I definitely gravitated towards the driving energy of their more upbeat songs. ‘Mark’, a great car with windows down kind of song, is their only song to reach the Alternative chart in the States, peaking at #38. I’m relatively sure that it got much more exposure on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation station. In fact, looking it up the song was #4 on the station's year-end countdown. Another band that made their top 18 of the year countdown was by The Temper Trap, an Australian Indie band whose sound was in a similar vein. Their song “Fader” was #15 for the year on Alt Nation and one of two songs to reach my top 10. The other, “Sweet Disposition” was also an Alternative radio and UK top 10. This song initially did not perform well but after its inclusion in the movie “500 Days Of Summer” it had a renewed life. In the end, in 2010 the song won Most Popular Australian Single at the ARIA Awards.

A Silent Film would chart for me 6 times and produce 3 other top 30 songs. “Driven By A Beating Heart”, even with a peak of only #22 on my weekly chart, ended up at #59 for the year (26 weeks in my top 150 and 15 of those in the top 40). In 2012 they came back with “Danny, Dakota and the Wishing Well” which was one of my husband John’s favorite songs of the year. The Temper Trap had a bit more success overall. Both bands had 3 studio albums, but A Silent Film didn’t have much chart success, while The Temper Trap had 2 of their albums go to #1 in Australia. In 2016 they would return to my chart and make it to #1 with the percolating “Alive”, a feel-good anthem from their final album “Thick As Thieves”, a single that failed to chart. The title track could chart for me in the coming weeks as I had not heard it before. The other single from that album “Fall Together” floundered on my chart for 11 weeks, never getting above #148 though in listening to it now it should have done better. I find it funny that in looking at other songs that were around it on my chart at that time 4 years ago, I remember it so much better than many of them.

Two Door Cinema Club/Come Back Home (4)

Speaking of songs that I don’t remember well; this song was spending its third week at #4 on my chart. Even with the first time I listened to it now I was like, why don’t I remember this? I’m listening to it again now while I write this (probably the third time recently) and it is coming back to me to some degree. This whole process of analyzing my past personal charts is so fascinating to me, and certainly a joy. There is a jangly essence to the UK band’s Alt-Dance vibe. I remember their first single “What You Know” better in retrospect, though that one only made it to #49 on my weekly chart. It was a top 25 hit on the U.S. Alternative chart. This is another band that my husband John has gravitated towards over the years. Songs like 2016’s “Bad Decisions” and 2019’s “Talk” (the band’s only other top 10 on my chart) were in heavy rotation on his playlist. The band has reached my top 50 8 times.

The band hails from Northern Ireland and won the Choice Music Prize for Best Irish Album of the Year in 2010 for their debut “Tourist History”. That album produced 5 singles including “Something Good Can Work” and ‘Undercover Martyn” but it was the last of those, “What You Know” that finally got them on the UK singles chart. They never reached the top 30 on that chart but the last 3 albums have all made the UK top 5.

This band, along with Phoenix and The Temper Trap, are all on Glassnote Records. Launched in 2007 by 30-year music veteran Daniel Glass. The label also is the home of Folk-based rockers Mumford and Sons whose 2009 debut single “Little Lion Man” established the UK band as one of the biggest Rock bands of the last decade. The song was a huge hit, reaching #1 on the Alternative chart in the States (#18 for the year) and the album “Sigh No More” selling over 3 million copies. The album won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, yet the song surprisingly only peaked at #24 in the UK. It produced 2 other Alternative top 10s, “The Cave” and “Roll Away Your Stone”. I was not a big fan of the band with none of these songs making my weekly top 100. They did make an appearance in my weekly top 10 once, with the lead single “I Will Wait” from their second album “Babel”. That album went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2013.

Another UK band in the Alt-Dance realm (and another fav of John’s), The Wombats, first charted for me with “Let’s Dance To Joy Division” in 2007. On this week’s chart, they had “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) (59). For some reason, I always thought this band was from Australia. Ironically their first album, released only in Japan, is titled “Girls, Boys, and Marsupials”. Many of the tracks on that album were included on the international debut album in 2007. Like so often happens in the UK, the original single releases were re-released to better effect after they had established themselves with the public. Their debut single “Backfire At The Disco” had one week on the UK singles chart in April 2007 and then another 5 weeks a year later in April/May of 2008.

The band has had 10 songs reach my weekly top 100 (well 2 of those almost made it so technically 8) though they only have gotten past #33 once. In 2015 they quickly clicked and shot up to #1 on my chart with “Emoticons”. With 14 weeks in my top 10 and 5 in my top 2, that song ended as my #2 of the year in 2016. There was just something to the build of that song. It starts with a simple beat, a lazy guitar line, breathy vocals, and simple keyboards. By the end, it is an exuberant denouncing of emojis (“all these emoticons and words, they try to make it better, but they only make it worse”). I like it when a middling band has a moment in the sun.

30 Seconds To Mars/Closer To The Edge (5)

Moving to the heavier side of Alternative is this Jared Leto led L.A. band. Some may remember that Leto won numerous acting awards in 2013 for his supporting turn in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club”. Matthew McConaughey also won Best Actor in that film, a biopic about AIDS patient Ron Woodroof who smuggled experimental drugs into the country. The band has placed 9 songs in the Alternative top 10, this one peaking at #7. This was their second and last Pop hit. Both ‘Edge’ and 2006’s “The Kill (Bury Me)” reached #30. These are 2 of 4 songs to reach my top 10 (“From Yesterday” and “A Beautiful Lie” are the other 2). The band made the “Guinness Book of World Records” in 2011, clocking in 309 live performances during a one-album cycle. The tour was in support of the 2009 album “This Is War’. The title song and “Kings And Queens” both hit #1 on the Alternative chart and ‘Edge’ was the best-selling rock single in the UK, topping that chart for 8 weeks.

Solon Bixler was in the band from 2000-2003 and went on the form the band Great Northern. In 2007 they landed a #4 on my chart with “Home”, a dreamy concoction with back and forth vocals from Bixler and Rachel Stolte that was featured in a 2008 Nissan Murano ad and in the movie “21”. “Story” (58) is one of three songs that charted for me from their second album “Remind Me Where The Light Is”. All but one of the songs on that album have a one-word title.

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Oct 31
The Midnight Sky is Still Looking Bright, and Country Comes To Town in 2000

Miley Cyrus continues to gain ground and has been #1 on the last 4 charts (since Sept. 15) with "Midnight Sky". She is still quite far ahead of #2 in points, a spread of 3300 points. Starting in December 2018 her collaboration with Mark Ronson “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” spent 3 months at #1 on the BR250 so she is a similar zone with this one.

 

There is no question that on the BR250 Dua Lipa is the artist of 2020. While The Weeknd’s “Blinding Light” is by far the #1 song of 2020, at this point almost 9,000 points ahead of “Don’t Start Now” (the point spread would be closer if her numbers from Nov. 2019 were included). With one month to go and “Levitating” moving up to #2 it’s looking like Dua Lipa will place 5 song in the top 20 of the year (The Weeknd only 2). All 5 of her radio single releases have reached the top 2.

The UK rock duo Royal Blood now have their biggest song on the BR250, moving 8-3, even before it reaches the top 10 at Rock and Alternative. Stalwart rockers AC/DC move into the top 25 with the #2 Rock song “Shot In The Dark”, a song that does nothing to change their sound. Not that that would have been expected. At #24 it joins heritage rockers Smashing Pumpkins (“Cyr” at #21) and Deftones (“Ohms #23, down from 19) in the top 25.

 As “Say Something” falls to #20 Kylie Minogue gets to the top 5 for the second time this year with “Magic”. The next preview from her upcoming 15th album “Disco” (out Nov. 6), “I Love It”, should move into the BR250 on the next chart, already on 5 charts. Three more dance leaning songs enter the top 25 this week, the return of New Order moves 35-19, Lady Gaga’s “911” is up 29-22 and another Kygo re-working of a past hit, Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff”, jumps 36-25.

The highest move into the top 100 belongs to Romy’s “Lifetime” (144-34). I knew the voice when I heard it but I couldn’t place it. Of course, she is Romy Madley Croft from the Alt band The XX. I’ve never been a fan of their lo-fi approach, but this song has some life to it and could get her into my top 100. Another band under that Dream Pop umbrella is this week’s highest debut in the BR250 at #87. London Grammar’s atmospheric string-laden song and title track from their upcoming third album “Californian Soil” gives the band 2 songs on the list this week. “Baby It’s You” moves up 2 to #12.

 

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.

See my October 7, 2000 chart here

 

The playlists on the left features the songs discussed in this section, the one on the right features all the songs on the chart for this week as well.

My Personal Chart Blog, October 7, 2000

Part 3, Country Comes To Town and Out (Not Without Controversy), the Ladies and Gents of Country-Pop Crossover, Earl Says Goodbye, and an Urban Assault Begins

BILLY RAY CYRUS/You Won’t Be Lonely Now (3)

 

After the crazy success of “Achy Breaky Heart”, his debut single, Cyrus has had an up and down history on the charts. That song was also a Pop hit, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 and was 1992’s best-selling single In Australia. His debut album “Some Gave All” became the best-selling debut album by a male artist in history. Over the last 3 decades, he has reached the Country top 10 with only 7 of his 53 single releases. Yet last year he surfaced again on Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” which holds the record for most weeks atop the Hot 100 (19 weeks). There was racial controversy over that song as it entered the Country chart but then was removed (deemed not Country enough) until the remix, with Cyrus added, was released.

“You Won’t Be Lonely Now” is by far my favorite song from Cyrus, almost a surprise that it spent 3 weeks on top of my chart in the fall of 2000. A passionate love song, it should not be a surprise that I gravitated to this song as it was co-written by John Bettis, a frequent writer of Carpenters songs (“Yesterday Once More”, “Only Yesterday”) and a host of other Pop and Country artists (I mentioned him in one of the 1970 blog posts earlier this year). His co-writer was Brett James, a Country artist responsible for Carrie Underwood’s song “Jesus Take The Wheel” that won Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2007. He also co-wrote at least 2 #1 songs on my chart, “With Me” by Lonestar from 2001, one of only a handful of Country songs my husband John likes, and the Backstreet Boys 2007 song “Helpless When She Smiles”. Troy Verges was a frequent co-writer with Brett James (including on both of these songs) and he has more recently co-written a number of songs with my current favorite female singer, Caitlyn Smith. She’s enjoyed 6 multiple-week #1’s on my personal chart since 2018 including that year’s #2 of the year on my chart “Contact High”. Her current single with Country chart darlings Old Dominion, “I Can’t”, is starting to move up my chart and getting some Country radio play as well.

Lonestar’s 1999 song “Amazed” is one of two Country songs to hit #1 on the Hot 100 in the 2000s (the other Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven”). It also was #1 on the Country chart for 8 weeks and 7 weeks on my personal chart in 2 separate runs (4 weeks in ’99 and 3 in 2000 when the Pop remix came out). When John and I got married in 2004 (the year gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts) our friend Chris sang “Amazed” at our wedding. The band had just fallen off my chart on Sept. 30 with “What About Now”, another Country #1. Producer Dann Huff, whom I have also mentioned in blog posts before, connects Lonestar to ‘Lonely’. He was part of the late ‘80s early ‘90s rock band Giant who scored 3 top 10 songs on my chart including “I’m A Believer”. He also produced the title track from Cyrus’ album “Southern Rain” that reached #8 on my chart following ‘Lonely’. Another song I charted from that album, “Without You”, Cyrus co-wrote with one of my favorite ‘90s artists, Jude Cole (discussed on the 1990 blog posts). Billy Ray Cyrus was part of a rock band himself in 2010 called Brother Clyde. It started out as a collaboration between Cyrus, John Waite (“Missing You”) and 2 Country artists: Jeffrey Steele and Phil Vassar. By the time the album came out those 3 were gone (even though they originally invited Cyrus into the band) and were replaced by former members of Hole and Snot. It was a one-album endeavor. The song “Lie To Me” had a bit of a grunge feel.

Jeffrey Steele (who co-wrote the #1 songs “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts and Steve Holy’s “Brand New Girlfriend”, a #8 on my personal chart) was the lead singer of the ‘90s group Boy Howdy. That California band had 2 top 5 Country singles, “She’d Give Anything” (a song I do remember) and “They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore” in ’93 and ’94. Since my charts from 91-97 are basically lost I’m sure ‘Anything’ charted but I don’t know how well. I’ll be re-creating those charts as we progress through these blog entries. Steele also wrote a song from the “Southern Rain” album, “All I’m Thinking About Is You”.

 

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Beyond Radio Tim’s Top 150, November 29

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1              1              ROGER MANNING JR.     The Quickening 1(3)        12
After discovering the band the Lickerish Quartet earlier this year and writing about their former band Jellyfish when working on the 1990 blog and delved into more music from the interim and came across this gem from 2008. Fun, atmospheric pop with shades of the Raspberries, ELO, Styx and the Bay City Rollers.
8              2              THIRD DAY          Sky Falls Down  2              12
Over the last year the percentage of old music on my current chart has increased, due to the podcast and blog posts. When I was writing about 2000 in October I re-discovered 2 songs from Third Day that both peaked at #101 on my chart in 2000. Both are in my top 15 right now (“What Good” at #14) and this one is assured the top spot in the next week or two.
2              3              CALLUM BEATTIE              Salamander Street           2              15
This Scottish singer-songwriter wrote this song about an old classmate who took up prostitution, of which this street in Edinburgh is known for. This sweeping ballad hit #6 on the Scottish Singles chart this past summer.
4              4              SHRED KELLY      Underground    4              14
This is the second top 20 for the Canadian Alt-Folk band this year, following “Dead Leaves” which peaked at #19. This one has a nice urgency, more rock than folk. Both songs are from their fifth album since 2010, “Like A Rising Sun”.
6              5              ELECTRIC ENEMY              Do What You Want          5              13
This new London quartet have 4 singles out on Spotify. “Hollow Eyes” sits at #52 this week and “Heartache Melody” is lurking below my top 200 right now. I’m just putting the latest, “Take Me Up” on my December new music playlist. This one adds a bit of a groove to the Alt-rocker.
3              6              ROYAL REPUBLIC              Superlove           1              11
These Swedish glammers recently hit #1 with this Superfun ditty with Partridge Family ba ba ba’s. Like Electric Enemy I just added their latest single “Magic” to my new music playlist. In 2016 they reached #15 on the Active Rock chart with “Baby”.
7              7              SCOTT STAPP     Face Of The Sun 7              15
The ex-Creed lead singer has not had much impact on me as a solo artist. This heavy rocker changed that. His latest album has brought 3 songs to the Active Rock chart in the last year. There has been recent buzz that a Creed reunion is possible.
14           8              KYLIE MINOGUE               Say Something  8              16
It took a time for this song to kick in for me. It nearly topped out at #102 in September before resurging in mid-October. “Magic” is on the chart at #22 with 3 other songs from “Disco” on the horizon. Most likely “Dance Floor Darling” will enter my top 150 next week.
5              9              THE VAMPS        Married In Vegas              1(2)        15
Last year the Brit boy band reached #3 with “Just My Type”. Their 2014 UK hit “Wild Heart” was a minor player on my chart back then. I just listened to the follow-up “Last Night” and that has some potential.  
9              10           SEMISONIC         All It Would Take              9              13
It’s a comeback year for Semisonic, with this ballad following “You’re Not Alone” into the top 10. “Basement Tapes” moves up to #36 this week and should at least make the top 20.
11           11           KEITH URBAN    Out The Cage     11           10
So far, the tracks from Urban’s latest “The Speed Of Now, Part 1” are not lighting up my chart like he has in the past. Though one of my mainstay artists he has only reached my top 10 5 times since 2014.
15           12           HEARTRACER     Sound Of Fear   12           9
Evoking the synth-pop of the ‘80s, the band’s name comes from the Tachycardia diagnosis of leader Chris Crosby. They have been in my top 25 twice this year, “Darling” peaked at #21 in October. They have reached my top 10 once, in 2016 with ‘Dream Girl”. Speaking of the ‘80s, their latest single is a remake of Michael Sembello’s “Maniac”.
13           13           EVANESCENCE  The Game Is Over            11           15
Another comeback, before “Wasted On You” peaked at #6 in June, they hadn’t been in my top 10 since 2012 with “The Other Side”.
20           14           THIRD DAY          What Good         14           5
10           15           I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME          Leave Me Alone                5              15
Wow, this is the first song on the chart that is getting any radio action, currently in the Alternative top 5. They bested 2019’s #6 “Choke” by one position.
16           16           ESKIMO JOE        Say Something  16           14
17           17           PARACHUTE       Blame It On Me 17           10
19           18           BLOXX   Off My Mind      18           13
12           19           DUA LIPA             Hallucinate          1(2)        19
21           20           WEEZER                Beginning Of The End     20           11
23           21           DEXTER FREEBISH             Everybody Knows Somebody      21           6
22           22           KYLIE MINOGUE               Magic    22           9
26           23           ROYAL BLOOD   Trouble's Coming             23           8
25           24           KATY PERRY        Champagne Problems    24           11
32           25           POWDERFINGER              Day By Day          25           9
29           26           NOTHING BUT THIEVES  Impossible          26           9
18           27           DMA'S  Criminals              2              16
28           28           COREY TAYLOR  Black Eyes Blue 26           13
37           29           STRUTS The Ol' Switcheroo          29           5
36           30           THE SCORE f/ AWOLNATION       Carry On              30           8
35           31           PENDULUM        Nothing For Free              31           9
34           32           DECLAN WELSH & THE DECADENT WEST Ghosted              32           12
39           33           KEITH URBAN    God Made Woman          33           4
33           34           LOLA LENNOX    Back At Wrong  33           14
30           35           DOVES  Prisoners             1(2)        20
47           36           SEMISONIC         Basement Tapes               36           5
40           37           JAMES BAY          Chew On My Heart          37           16
24           38           STRUTS f/ROBBIE WILLIAMS        Strange Days      5              12
42           39           SHERYL CROW   In The End           39           8
27           40           KEITH URBAN    Superman           18           15
31           41           NEW ORDER       Be A Rebel          31           11
43           42           ROOSEVELT        Echoes  42           13
44           43           BETCHA July.       43           15
45           44           THE JADED HEARTS CLUB              Reach Out I'll Be There  44           11
46           45           ERIC CHURCH     How 'Bout You  45           9
49           46           CAITLYN SMITH Fix You  46           8
50           47           EVERCLEAR         The New York Times       47           6
51           48           THE SLOW READERS CLUB            On The TV           48           8
55           49           SPENCER ALBEE I'm Right Here   49           7
63           50           THE LICKERISH QUARTET               There Is A Magic Number             50           12
41           51           IMPERIAL DRAG Zodiac Sign          29           14
54           52           ELECTRIC ENEMY              Hollow Eyes        52           10
56           53           WHITE REAPER  You Deserve Love            53           10
59           54           CAMELPHAT       Hypercolour       54           13
48           55           THE LICKERISH QUARTET               Lighthouse Spaceship     1(3)        16
61           56           INHALER              When It Breaks 56           5
60           57           SIR SLY  Material Boy      57           5
62           58           KIESZA  Can't Be Saved  58           7
38           59           SEMISONIC         You're Not Alone              8              19
98           60           RED RUM CLUB The Elevation     60           3
75           61           WHY DON'T WE Fallin' (Adrenaline)          61           4
65           62           HONORARY ASTRONAUT              Final Dream Machine     62           8
69           63           HORSLIPS            Loneliness           63           8
57           64           LOW CUT CONNIE            Private Lives       56           16
66           65           BTS         Dynamite            65           10
71           66           THE LICKERISH QUARTET               Bluebird's Blues 66           12
74           67           HEAVENWARD  Hole       67           9
83           68           STRUTS These Times Are Changing           68           4
81           69           BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     Ghosts  69           5
88           70           THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA  Impossibile         70           4
68           71           THE KILLERS        Blowback             68           10
97           72           STRUTS Who Am I?          72           3
70           73           DUA LIPA             Love Is Religion 70           8
72           74           NOPRISM            House Of Smith 72           10
78           75           MY KID BROTHER             Daydream           75           7
108         76           HOT CHIP f/ JARVIS COCKER        Straight To The Morning               76           3
141         77           MIRANDA LAMBERT       Fooled Around And Fell In Love  77           2
89           78           ALL STAR UNITED             Take Me Away  78           3
112         79           SONS OF SYLVIA               50 Ways               79           3
53           80           ALFIE TEMPLEMAN         Obvious Guy      43           12
73           81           JJ WILDE               Best Boy               73           10
84           82           CAITLYN SMITH f/ OLD DOMINION           I Can't   82           7
90           83           STEPS    What The Future Holds  83           4
162         84           HANSON              Nothing Like A Love Song              84           1
52           85           CREEPER              Be My End           13           20
87           86           YUNGBLUD         Strawberry Lipstick          86           7
91           87           HANDS LIKE HOUSES       The Water           87           8
58           88           HEARTRACER     Darling  21           21
80           89           THE BLUE STONES            Let It Ride            80           7
138         90           GUSTER This Is How It Feels To Have A Broken Heart         90           2
86           91           CLEOPATRICK    Hometown         86           10
102         92           KEITH URBAN    Slow Turning      92           4
99           93           NEEDTOBREATHE             Alive      93           10
76           94           SHINEDOWN      Atlas Falls            1(3)        26
107         95           DUA LIPA             Levitating            95           3
94           96           CAYLEE HAMMICK f/ REBA MCENTIRE     Redhead              94           5
120         97           ROOSEVELT        Feels Right          97           2
103         98           COLD     Quiet Now          98           7
new       99           BLACK STONE CHERRY    Again     99           1
92           100         NIMMO Too Late               92           12
106         101         BASTILLE              Survivin'               101         5
93           102         TEBEY    Happened On A Saturday Night  93           9
105         103         TEENAGE WRIST               Silverspoon        103         6
64           104         THE KILLERS        My Own Soul's Warning 8              23
145         105         JASON DERULO Take You Dancing             105         3
new       106         MILEY CYRUS f/ STEVIE NICKS     Edge Of Midnight             106         1
67           107         JOHNNY HATES JAZZ       Spirit Of Love     10           20
147         108         STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN          Dive       108         2
82           109         NOTHING BUT THIEVES  Real Love Song  9              22
124         110         THE MAGIC GANG           Make Time For Change  110         5
77           111         DELTA GOODREM            Paralyzed            31           16
113         112         DUA LIPA             Love Again          112         5
140         113         A SILENT FILM    Paralysed            113         2
96           114         SOMETHING HAPPENS  The Patience Business   96           8
109         115         JAMIE CULLUM Don't Give Up On Me     108         7
119         116         SEA GIRLS            Accident Waiting To Happen       116         3
85           117         SAINT MOTEL     Preach  3              21
129         118         JAMIE SCOTT      New York Nights               118         6
110         119         THE KILLERS f/ KD LANG Lightning Fields 103         11
133         120         LAWSON              Four Letters       120         5
111         121         MICHIGANDER  Let Down             111         4
121         122         KEITH URBAN f/ PINK     One Too Many  121         3
114         123         ALL STAR UNITED             La La Land           114         4
134         124         JASON ALDEAN Tattoos And Tequila        124         3
139         125         THE VIOLENT     Fly On The Wall 125         2
117         126         OSCAR LANG      Drinking Wine    117         3
132         127         CHRIS STAPLETON           Cold       127         2
122         128         COLD WAR KIDS Somewhere       122         5
142         129         ROGER MANNING JR.     Operator             129         4
116         130         CROWN THE EMPIRE      Blurry (Out Of Place)       116         3
125         131         TEDDY SWIMS f/ THOMAS RHETT              Broke    125         4
101         132         MILEY CYRUS     Midnight Sky      50           13
126         133         JOHNNY HATES JAZZ       New Day Ahead 121         4
130         134         SAM SMITH        Diamonds            130         3
137         135         TEXAS   One Choice         135         3
79           136         BILLIE JOE            That Thing You Do!          53           10
95           137         STRUTS Another Hit Of Showmanship     35           13
127         138         RED RUM CLUB Eleanor 127         5
new       139         SMASHING PUMPKINS  Anno Satana       139         1
new       140         BBC CHILDREN IN NEED ALLSTARS             Stop Crying Your Heart Out          140         1
new       141         RINA SAWAYAMA            Who's Gonna Save U Now?          141         1
104         142         BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON    What You Gonna Do??? 7              16
new       143         COUNTING CROWS         Insignificant        143         1
100         144         RAYE      Natalie Don't      26           14
115         145         KEITH URBAN    Tumbleweed     47           12
143         146         TYLER SHAW      Remember         143         3
new       147         BRANDON LAKE I Need A Ghost  147         1
new       148         HIMALAYAS        We Love To Hate              148         1
new       149         DRAB MAJESTY Dot In The Sky   149         1
new       150         DREAMERS         Little New Moon              150         1
 
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LCTCArtistSong
21MILEY CYRUSMidnight Sky
12TAYLOR SWIFTCardigan
NEW 3DUA LIPALevitating
234KEITH URBAN f/ PINKOne Too Many
45BIFFY CLYROSpace
246SAM SMITHDiamonds
77BTSDynamite
58ALANIS MORISETTEAblaze
99CALVIN HARRIS f/ THE WEEKNDOver Now
1010JAMES BAYChew On My Heart

Monthly Pop  

LCTCArtistSong
11MILEY CYRUSMidnight Sky
42DUA LIPALevitating
123DAVID GUETTA f/ SIALet's Love
24DUA LIPAHallucinate
235SAM SMITHDiamonds
19624KGOLDN f/ IANN DIORMood
97JOEL CORRY f/ MNEKHead & Heart
88BTSDynamite
119CALVIN HARRIS f/ THE WEEKNDOver Now
510TAYLOR SWIFTCardigan

Monthly Dance  

LCTCArtistSong
11DUA LIPALevitating
1432KYLIE MINOGUEMagic
153LADY GAGA911
134KYGO & DONNA SUMMERHot Stuff
65DAVID GUETTA f/ SIALet's Love
56AGNESFingers Crossed
617SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTORCrying At The Discotheque
48SG LEWIS f/ ROBYN & CHANNEL TRESImpact
29DUA LIPAHallucinate
910JOEL CORRY f/ MNEKHead & Heart

Monthly Urban  

LCTCArtistSong
11CARDI B f/ MEGAN THEE STALLIONWAP
NEW 2TRAVIS SCOTT f/ YOUNG THUG & M.I.A.Franchise
93SZA f/ TY DOLLA $IGNHit Different
204JANELLE MONAETurntables
145CLIPPINGSay The Name
NEW 6INTERNET MONEY & GUNNA f/ DON TOLIVERLemonade
47DRAKELaugh Now Cry Later
58DABABY f/ RODDY RICCHRockstar
129SAWEETIETap In
710TERRACE MARTIN & DENZEL CURRYPig Feet

Rock Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
3361ROYAL BLOODTrouble's Coming
12DEFTONESOhms
NEW 3AC/DCShot In The Dark
24SEETHERDangerous
35CHRIS CORNELLPatience
76EVANESCENCEUse My Voice
57DAUGHTRYWorld On Fire
148BRING ME THE HORIZON f/ YUNGBLUDObey
139COREY TAYLORBlack Eyes Blue
1210SIXX: A.M.Maybe It's Time

Country Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
11TAYLOR SWIFTBetty
32KELSEA BALLERINIHole In The Bottle
783MIRANDA LAMBERTSettling Down
24ERIC CHURCHStick That In Your Country Song
65TIM MCGRAWI Called Mama
76MORGAN WALLENMore Than My Hometown
267MICKEY GUYTONHeaven Down Here
388CHRIS STAPLETONStarting Over
739CAMClassic
410LUKE COMBSLovin' On You

Ac Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
1151KYLIE MINOGUEMagic
32STEPSWhat The Future Holds
NEW 3KYLIE MINOGUESay Something
124KYGO & DONNA SUMMERHot Stuff
45MILEY CYRUSMidnight Sky
26JESSIE WAREWhat's Your Pleasure?
97PALOMA FAITHBetter Than This
428SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTORCrying At The Discotheque
19KYGO & TINA TURNERWhat's Love Got To Do With It
810BON JOVI f/ JENNIFER NETTLESDo What You Can

Alternative Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
11THE KILLERSMy Own Soul's Warning
22BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXONWhat You Gonna Do???
143SMASHING PUMPKINSCyr
11544ROYAL BLOODTrouble's Coming
185OF MONSTERS AND MENVisitor
56I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND MELeave Me Alone
267BEABADOOBEEWorth It
38BEABADOOBEECare
NEW 9ROMYLifetime
410EVERYTHING EVERYTHINGViolent Sun

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LCTCArtistSong
31LONDON GRAMMARBaby It's You
42NEW ORDERBe A Rebel
53PHOEBE BRIDGERSKyoto
24THE KILLERSMy Own Soul's Warning
15TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVERExile
5196FLEET FOXESCan I Believe You
107SUFJAN STEVENSVideo Game
NEW 8OF MONSTERS AND MENVisitor
179ARLO PARKSHurt
710THE CHICKSSleep At Night