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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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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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