|4||1||DUA LIPA||Break My Heart|
|7||4||THE WEEKND||In Your Eyes|
|3||5||LADY GAGA||Stupid Love|
|5||6||THE WEEKND||Blinding Lights|
|8||7||DOJA CAT||Say So|
|10||9||NOTHING BUT THIEVES||Is Everybody Going Crazy?|
|14||10||TWENTY ONE PILOTS||Level Of Concern|
|16||11||GLASS ANIMALS||Your Love (Deja Vu)|
|9||12||TAME IMPALA||Lost In Yesterday|
|221||13||THE 1975||If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)|
|26||15||BENEE f/ GUS DAPPERTON||Supalonely|
|173||17||THE ROLLING STONES||Living In A Ghost Town|
|31||18||POWFU f/ BEABADOOBEE||Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head)|
|12||19||DUA LIPA||Don't Start Now|
|28||20||SAM HUNT||Hard To Forget|
|35||21||KIESZA||All Of The Feelings|
|21||22||BILLIE EILISH||Everything I Wanted|
|49||23||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER||Wildflower|
|17||25||PEARL JAM||Superblood Wolfmoon|
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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.
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My Personal Chart, April 29, 2000
Part 6, Familial Ties and Unties (Let the Meek Be Strong) and the Ladies Who Lilith
The Eurythmics /Power To The Meek (8)
The Eurythmics went 10 years between the 1989 album “We Too Are One” and 1999’s “Peace”. In-between Annie Lennox had a successful solo career which included the fabulous album “Diva” and Dave Stewart formed the band the Spiritual Cowboys, with members of the Pretenders and Ian Dury & The Blockheads, which released 2 albums. He also released 2 solo albums later in the 90’s.
The “Peace” album was not the comeback they had anticipated with the first 2 singles failing to make the UK top 10 (“I Saved The World Today” reached #11 and “17 Again” #27). A dance remix of “17 Again did reach the summit on the U.S. Dance chart. ‘Again’ was also featured in a season 4 episode of “Will & Grace”. Those 2 songs, and another single “Peace Is Just A Word” only had minor impact on me, none rising higher than #85 on my personal chart.
I was looking for a highlight from the album and found it in ‘Meek’, the fifth single released from the album; a song that played off of their rockier side (it peaked at #3 2 weeks earlier in April). My 2 favorite songs by them, “I Need A Man” and “Missionary Man” both had a prominent guitar edge, that I feel complimented her voice well. That is not to say she couldn’t kill it on a ballad, check her solo debut single “Why”. ‘Meek’ ended up my #32 of 2000, the sixth and final time the band made my top 50 of the year.
Fiona Apple was in my top 20 this week with “Limp” (16). It was a slow burn type of song for me, taking 17 weeks to reach my top 10 (eventually it peaked at #7). Since the release of her debut album “Tidal”, Apple has taken a strange path to stardom. She just released her fifth album (and first since 2012), “Fetch The Bolt Cutters”, to critical acclaim in April. It debuted on the Billboard 200 at #4 and the single “Shameika” is her first to garner significant radio airplay in well over a decade.
A lot of her work can be described as “Art Pop”, not dwelling on the confines of a true pop structure. Rhythm changes, Jazz flourishes, deep poetic lyrics, all combine to create something singular. “Limp” follows some of these. The background of this sounds like it comes from David Lynch’s “Eraserhead”, a percolating cauldron. The song comes from her second album, When The Pawn…’’, which at the time boasted the longest album title ever; 88 words and 444 characters, actually a poem she had written.
A reviewer compared the title to Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”. Not sure what the reference pertains to, but it was that UK band in 2008 that broke her record with a title that had 865 characters. They appeared on my chart this week with “She’s Got All The Friends” (140). If you can believe it, they released 19 albums (7 before “Tubthumper”) and were together for 30 years (1982-2012).
Apple had my #1 song of 1997 with “Criminal”, a smoldering, sexy song that was #1 for 11 weeks. The dissonant piano led song “Fast As You Can” was her only other radio top 10, making it to #8 at AAA. Her father is actor Brandon Maggert who was Buddy in the Jim & Buddy skits on the first season of Sesame Street and played the oldest brother on the Showtime sitcom “Brothers” between 1984-89. Her half-brother Garrett Maggert is also an actor.
My Personal Chart, April 29, 2000
Part 5, Clueless In Minneapolis, A Basement Full of Music and Indie in the Heartland
Camel Junkies /Beats The Hell Outta Me (4)
I have extraordinarily little information about this indie band. This is a brooding rock song with an impassioned, if not perfect, vocal. I cannot pinpoint what it was that struck me most about this song even though it spent 2 weeks at #1 on my chart at the beginning of April. It starts with acoustic guitar, eventually brings in fuzzy electric guitar, has modulation and gets more intense as the song goes on. The song is not available on any streaming services, YouTube or sites like LastFM of Bandcamp.
I knew I had the CD, so I went to my CD graveyard in the basement. My basement is mostly unfinished with a dirt floor and minor moisture problems. Most of my CDs, albums and singles are down there as we don’t really have space to display them; sad. I was trying to wear a mask as I went through boxes but, oy was it humid. It was not the most fun I’ve ever had though it made me want to figure out how to get these things displayed. I had separated the CDs and books from their cases for the most part and some were in alphabetical order, but not the Camel Junkies. After a third attempt (I have a lot of music down there), I found a promotional case with a sticker listing 5 of their songs. The CD was actually in it! It was blank so I was not even sure that it would have music on it, but it did. I know I have the full album “Random Events & Narrow Escapes” as well but have not found that yet. It was great to hear this angsty song again (I’ve now probably listened to it 10 or 15 times in the last week).
The internet provides scant info on the band. I do not know where they are from. I do know that a Camel Junkies song was added to 2 college radio stations in Jan/Feb 2000, one in Great Falls, Montana and the other in Hoboken, New Jersey. The CD is available on Amazon for $38.99 and one of the 3 reviews on Amazon is from a guy whose friend’s sister dated the lead singer. I love random, stupid stuff like this.
The track that was pitched to radio I believe was “Fuzzy”, which I remember but did not chart. It is a bit of a raunchy song but lively and perfect for college radio at the time. I did chart 2 others though, “I’m Okay” and “Lack Luster Life”.
A good amount of American indie music at the time had an Alt-Country framework. The Scott Laurent Band from Minneapolis was among those. “The Next One” (116) had just spent a couple months in my top 100. In the 80’s the Minneapolis rock scene had produced 2 influential Alternative bands in The Replacements (their biggest hit was 1990’s “I’ll Be You”) and Husker Du (“Makes No Sense At All” peaked at #2 on the UK Indie chart in 1985), and both the Junkies and Laurent seem to be born out of that wheelhouse.
I have to stay with Husker Du for a second. The B-side to ‘Sense’ was a remake of the Mary Tyler Moore show theme “Love Is All Around”. Bob Mould, the lead singer, had a solo #4 Alternative hit in 1989 with “See A Little Light” and went on to form the band Sugar in the early 90’s and had 3 songs make my top 100 of year in 1992 including “Helpless”.
The next band, also Minneapolis bred, is Johnny Clueless, a band that credits their sound to a mix of the Heartland Rock of Indiana’s John Hiatt with the Pop Rock of the Bay City Rollers. You can hear these influences on different tunes from the album “What’s Your Flavour?”. I was clearly enamored with the band in the spring of 2000 with 4 songs on my chart this week.
**UPDATE May 19: I searched through the last 2 boxes of CD's this morning and I found the actual Camel Junkies CD. It was the third to last of the bunch (a few hundred), of course.The liner notes said it was recorded at Oarfin studios and that record label also was the home of Johnny Clueless and the Scott Laurent Band. They were indeed from the Minneapolis area. In googling the band members I found one, Shaun Felegy, who still lives there.
These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
POS/ARTIST/SONG/OVERALL IN TOP 500/POINTS
1 THE 1975 If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) 13 1884.9
Strangely all 3 of the 1975’s albums have gone to #1 in the UK but this is the highest charting single on the UK singles chart (#14). The next album, “Notes On A Conditional Form” is coming out on May 22. They have released 7 of the songs from the album already, starting last year with the atypical “People”. Currently “Me & You Together Song” is in the Alternative top 20.
2 THE ROLLING STONES Living In A Ghost Town 17 1645.35
There are a plethora of Covid-19 related songs that have been released in the last few weeks. This puts the Stones in good form; sort of bluesy reggae-rock. There is also a pop remix by Alok that is not bad.
3 MARSHMELLO & HALSEY Be Kind 65 1066.25
I have not been a fan of Halsey, but this mid-tempo pop song will be her second to reach my top 100. It has just reached the Pop top 25.
4 MEGAN THEE STALLION f/ BEYONCE Savage 28 1062.85
The new Beyonce remix has brought this song to #2 on the Hot 100. This is her first Beyond Radio top 100 song, this week entering at #28.
5 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING In Birdsong 79 814.6
This avant-garde UK outfit has been around since 2010. This is currently #1 on the Underground 100 chart. They were not intending to release the song yet, but it felt appropriate for the time. They have reached the BR250 numerous times over the years.
6 THE KILLERS Fire In Bone 95 743.8
While “Caution” sits at #2 on the BR250, this second preview into the new album cracks the top 100 at #95. The 80’s influence on this song is evident. During the verses it reminds me of the Cure (though not as dark), but the soaring chorus is anything but Cure-like. It’s a nice mix of quirk and accessibility.
7 BILLY TALENT I Beg To Differ (This Will Get Better) 74 728.15
I’m not sure this was supposed to be a coronavirus song but it certainly falls into the mold. The Toronto rockers are feeling positive on this driving, energetic song. All 3 of their latest singles have made the BR250.
8 OASIS Don't Stop 126 727.6
Released April 30, this demo from the mid-2000’s has a coronavirus backstory. Noel Gallagher found this on a blank cd and thought it was lost forever. Because of the lockdown he was going through old things like so many of us. Ironically, I was looking for a song from 2000 for my personal chart playlist and it was not available online anywhere. I found it on a blank cd in my basement. More on that in my next blog entry.
9 EVANESCENCE Wasted On You 88 716.2
This is a welcome return from the band after the lackluster remake of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”. It debuts ion the BR250 at #88 this week. It should be an easy top 10 for me and potential chart-topper.
10 AVRIL LAVIGNE We Are Warriors 103 656.4
Re-recorded final track from her album “Head Above Water”, proceeds go to Project HOPE. The original was about her own health struggles. Another charity song sits at #20. A great remake of the Foo Fighters song “Times Like These”, featuring more than 25 mostly UK artists. It reached #1 on the UK singles chart in its second week on the chart.
11 THE SCOTTS The Scotts 155 623.85
12 REGARD f/ RAYE Secrets 159 618.3
13 AJ TRACEY Dinner Guest 164 604.6
14 ALANIS MORISETTE Diagnosis 144 601.9
15 THE WEEKND In Your Eyes 4 592.05
16 FIONA APPLE Shameika 73 590.35
Apple recently hit #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart with “Fetch The Bolt Cutters”, her first album in 8 years. It is a singular record, very experimental in nature. 10 songs from the album appear on charts from the Beyond Radio personal chart panel, 5 of those in the Trending 100 this week. This one is #30 on the current Mediabase AAA chart.
17 CHVRCHES Forever 55 578.9
18 BILLIE JOE I Think We're Alone Now 45 568.55
19 JACK GARRATT Better 193 551.2
20 LIVE LOUNGE ALLSTARS Times Like These 110 539.5
21 LADY ANTEBELLUM Champagne Night 154 525.45
22 ARIANA GRANDE & JUSTIN BIEBER Stuck With U 212 506.8
23 DECLAN MCKENNA The Key To Life On Earth 102 504.2
24 THE GO SET Mixed Tapes 217 498.7
25 HAIM I Know Alone 218 498.4
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Beyond Radio Presents: Castlist 005 - Ep 4 - The Weird World of BillyHop, Morrissey and Harry Styles
The title says it all. Jeff sheds some light on the hybrid of Country and Hip Hop, painfully executed by Justin Bieber and Florida Georgia Line. Of course this would not be complete without a connection to the Tiger King.
As we move into the actual theme of the episode, the aside does kind of make for a nice transition. New music from Morrissey keeps the wacky quotient up and we get into a 50 year loop that features a well known actor, a disco diva and Solid Gold.
Old soul Harry Styles continues that trend and inadvertently brings in Up With People, lesbians and that actor again. Finally Jeff heard something that I completely missed on the next song by Cod War Kids. As I state in the episode, "I love my life!"
Each of these charts now have their own page found on the Monthly Genre Charts Menu
47 1 TWENTY ONE PILOTS Level Of Concern 6
8 2 GLASS ANIMALS Your Love (Deja Vu) 12
2 3 TAME IMPALA Lost In Yesterday 20
1 4 JESSIE WARE Spotlight 11
13 5 BENEE f/ GUS DAPPERTON Supalonely 10
new 6 THE 1975 If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) 4
new 7 POWFU f/ BEABADOOBEE Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head) 11
4 8 BILLIE EILISH Everything I Wanted 27
146 9 THE STROKES Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus 7
new 10 CHARLI XCX Forever 5
Adult Leaning Alternative
1 1 THE KILLERS Caution 10
6 2 GLASS ANIMALS Your Love (Deja Vu) 12
2 3 TAME IMPALA Lost In Yesterday 20
4 4 PEARL JAM Superblood Wolfmoon 13
5 5 THE STROKES Bad Decisions 13
3 6 PEARL JAM Dance Of The Clairvoyants 17
72 7 THE STROKES Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus 7
8 8 COLDPLAY Champion Of The World 68
11 9 GREEN DAY Oh Yeah! 18
9 10 THE BLACK KEYS Shine A Little Light 45
4 1 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Is Everybody Going Crazy? 10
2 2 PEARL JAM Superblood Wolfmoon 13
3 3 THE STROKES Bad Decisions 13
10 4 KENNYHOOPLA How Will I Rest In Peace If I'm Buried by A Highway 13
1 5 PEARL JAM Dance Of The Clairvoyants 17
9 6 GREEN DAY Oh Yeah! 18
5 7 BIFFY CLYRO Instant History 13
8 8 THE BLACK KEYS Shine A Little Light 45
181 9 BILLY TALENT I Beg To Differ (This Will Get Better) 7
20 10 THE ARKELLS Years In The Making 12
new 1 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING In Birdsong 3
15 2 SQUID Sludge 7
new 3 FIONA APPLE Shameika 5
new 4 JAMIE XX Idontknow 5
new 5 THE BLESSED ISLES Gone 4
1 6 SPORTS TEAM Here's The Thing 12
new 7 JAMES BLAKE You're Too Precious 3
new 8 PHOEBE BRIDGERS Kyoto 5
new 9 PROTOMARTYR Processed By The Boys 4
208 10 CAR SEAT HEADREST Martin 7
Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)
1 1 DOJA CAT Say So 20
2 2 JESSIE WARE Spotlight 11
6 3 KIESZA All Of The Feelings 9
3 4 SZA f/ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE The Other Side 12
8 5 JP SAXE f/ JULIA MICHAELS If The World Was Ending 25
5 6 ADAM LAMBERT f/ NILE RODGERS Roses 15
4 7 ALICIA KEYS Underdog 20
9 8 U.S. GIRLS 4 American Dollars 14
new 9 JESSIE WARE Ooh La La 4
new 10 THE ALLERGIES Felony 4
Roots AAA (Roots Rock, Americana, Folk, Heritage Pop)
new 1 THE ROLLING STONES Living In A Ghost Town 4
1 2 ALANIS MORISETTE Smiling 13
2 3 HAIM The Steps 11
5 4 THE PRETENDERS The Buzz 10
23 5 GERRY CINNAMON Where We're Going 12
29 6 PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT A Good Day Is Hard To Find 9
new 7 LIVE LOUNGE ALLSTARS Times Like These 4
11 8 NOAH CYRUS f/ LEON BRIDGES July. 33
31 9 KATIE PRUITT Expectations 9
new 10 ALANIS MORISETTE Diagnosis 4
Alternative Hip Hop
1 1 THE WEEKND After Hours 13
48 2 YVES TUMOR Kerosene 6
6 3 RUN THE JEWELS Ooh LA LA 7
2 4 MAC MILLER Good News 18
new 5 AJ TRACEY Dinner Guest 3
13 6 RUN THE JEWELS Yankee And The Brave 7
22 7 JPEGMAFIA Bald! 10
30 8 R.A.P. FERREIRA Leaving Hell 9
40 9 CLIPPING Blood Of The Fang 31
31 10 24KGOLDN City Of Angels 9
My Personal Chart, April 29, 2000
Part 4, Cover Your Jazz Hands and the Long and Winding Road to #1
Guster /Fa Fa (Never Be The Same Again) (4)
This Boston band first hit my chart in 1998 with “Airport Song” from their second album “Goldfly”, which hit #19 on my chart. It starts with an acoustic guitar line; it brings in their signature harmonies and the lead vocals are traded off. Bongos, bass and electric guitar eventually enhance the song and it builds to a cacophony by the end (with the sound of a ping pong game to close it out). This sets the tone for a lot of their work. Interesting instrumentation, alternate percussion, and humor.
The 1999 album “Lost and Gone Forever” solidified my appreciation with 2 #1’s on my personal chart, “Barrel Of A Gun” (which uses a typewriter in the bridge) and “Fa Fa”. This song ended up as my #2 of the year. ‘Barrel’ would have been in the top 10 if it didn’t straddle 2 years. These 2 songs established their presence on the Adult Alternative chart (AAA as it is commonly known), both reaching the top 20 (#12 and #17 respectively). “Fa Fa” also made the top 30 on Adult Pop. The addition of horns, flute and sax in the last third of the song bring a nice nuance to the song. 2 other songs from the album charted for me “Center Of Attention” and “Happier’ in 2000 and third this year “What You Wish For” after producing 1 of the current episodes of the podcast which featured ‘Barrel’ (Castlist 005, Ep. 2, posted April 24).
The band met at Tufts University and scored a number of movie and TV placements for their songs over the years, including “Wedding Crashers” (“I Hope Tomorrow Is Today”) and “The OC” (“Keep it Together”). At concerts they like to do humorous covers of other artists’ songs like Temple of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” (a thoroughly unfunny song). Last year they landed another top 10 AAA hit with “Overexcited”, a song sung in a British accent by member Ryan Miller, who felt it was the best way to get into character. The song, which is sung from the protagonist’s point of view, is about a “nice guy looking for a future lover”. There are now 7 or 8 versions with guest vocalists in different languages (French, Hebrew, etc.). The best is the Canadian version with Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies.
My Personal Chart, April 29, 2000
Part 3, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi , pronounced “Ricky, Mickey, Robbie”
Ricky Martin featuring Meja /Private Emotion (3)
I cannot say I was deeply influenced by the Latin invasion of Pop in 1999 and 2000 but Ricky Martin was an exception. He reached my top 10 4 times during that period with this ballad placing the best, peaking at #2 (though in Dec/Jan “Shake Your Bon-Bon” spent 4 weeks at #3). “Private Emotion” was written by Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman of the Philadelphia band the Hooters. It was featured on their 1993 album “Out Of Body”. They saw their greatest success in the mid-80’s with songs like “All You Zombies” and “Day By Day”.
His duet partner Meja is a Swedish singer who had modest top 40 hit (#36) in 1998 called “All ‘Bout The Money”. This song as well, was not a huge hit, only making it to #29 on the Pop airplay chart. It was the harmony on ‘Emotion’ that hooked me. Martin had a large following in Turkey and recorded a separate version with Turkish singer Sertab Erener.
On ‘Bon-Bon’ he paid homage to his Middle Eastern fan base, mixing musical influences from that region with the Latin vibe. This was a top 10 hit and was also featured in an ad for the Toyota Corolla featuring Brad Pitt that only aired in Japan. There was a remix of the song that is hard to find. “Shake Your Super Bon-Bon” (69) which mixes it with Soul Coughing’s 1996 Alternative hit “Super Bon Bon”.
His self-titled album from which these are culled sold 15 million copies. He has been dubbed the King of Latin Pop and started his career at the age of 12 in the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, that had a revolving cast of teenage boys between 1977-2009. Martin was a member from 1984-89. During his tenure they had their only Hot 100 hit, “Hold Me”, peaking at #63. The lead singer of that song, Draco Rosa, has gone to be a Grammy winning songwriter and record producer who was involved in most of the tracks on this album. Of note, the previously discussed William Orbit co-wrote and produced with Madonna, her duet with Martin on the album “Be Careful”.
Sting/After The Rain Has Fallen (2)
20 years ago, I spent 10 days in London working on a business plan for Beyond Radio. I had started corresponding with a DJ from Cape Town, South Africa in October of 1999. His name is Kieno Kammies and he was looking for a partner in developing an international countdown show. After 6 months with lots of back and forth emails, instant messaging and phone calls we met to finalize plans.
He came to the States later in the year and we went on a number of meetings (so much of it is a blur to me now) but the end result was a non-starter. It was a genuinely exciting period that I would not give up for anything. In reading some of the emails there was lots of energy and enthusiasm. There was also maybe an aspect of naivety. This was a time when the internet business boom was in full swing and we felt we could ride that wave.
Kieno has gone on to a successful talk radio career in South Africa and I had a great second half of my restaurant career, running events at a number of locations for a local New England company and eventually for celebrity chef, Ming Tsai. Never did I give up my work on Beyond Radio, though certainly it was back burner and more sporadic in nature.
Our time In London was mostly dank. Rainy, chilly weather for the most part. I do remember at least one nice day where we went to a woman’s cottage that we had met. Of course, I don’t remember the circumstances of that but I’m confident it was orchestrated by Kieno (he was definitely more outgoing than me). I do recall eating a lot of Aubergine and meat from a small restaurant that was delicious. Neither of us had a lot of disposable money but we decided to treat ourselves to a pub crawl by hiring a livery who gave us a nice tour of the city. That was a great day.
The other part that was memorable was the new music I discovered while there. The first of these was a song I already knew. I had the Sting album “Brand New Day” and this song was the third single release, though it wasn’t released until the end of April. I heard it in a store in London and it sounded like they had done a more pop radio version. It was a radio edit of the Tin Tin Out remix. Back then when a song that I knew hit radio it evoked a certain change, one of excitement. The song hit my chart on April 8, the first week we were in London and moved up quickly, 41-16-4-2 in 4 weeks. I do not recall what kind of airplay it got in the States. It reached #31 in the UK (but only on the chart for 1 week) and did not make the Hot 100 in Billboard.
The song starts with a Middle Eastern flavor and ends in an anthemic “there’ll still be love in the world” repeated lyric. The loose subject of the song is about freeing a Saharan princess. There were a lot of world beat sounds on the album which won a Grammy for best Pop Vocal album. The title track was the first single and did marginally well and featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica. The album sold 3.5 million copies, propelled in large part by the second single “Desert Rose” (43), which features Algerian vocalist Cheb Mami. The song was not looking as if it would be a hit until it was featured in a Jaguar commercial in March 2000. While older songs had been used in commercials prior to this, ‘Rose’ was the first new song to be used like that. Since then there have been a myriad of songs that have risen in popularity because of commercial placement.
There were other songs that I heard in London that did not get airplay in the States. The song “Pure Shores” (7) by British/Canadian girl group All Saints has had lasting endurance for me. It had a similar trajectory to Sting’s song, moving 43-18-7-7 over those first 4 weeks, ultimately peaking at #4 on my chart. In total they charted 9 top 10’s in the UK but only 1 song, 1998’s “Never Ever” (the spoken intro is cringe-worthy) was a hit in the States, peaking at #5. ‘Shores’ was featured in the Leonardo DeCaprio movie “The Beach” (there is a line “take me to the beach” in the song), so it did get some exposure here.
Beyond Radio Tim’s Top 150, Apr. 26
2 1 WHITE REAPER Headwind 1 13
After “Real Long Time” spent 2 weeks at #2 in Nov. the band finally sees the #1 spot. If not for “Pink Motel”, the former song would have hit the summit. Possibly the most fun band of the past year.
1 2 LOTTERY WINNERS That's Not Entertainment 1(2) 12
The 2nd #1 for this UK band, they would receive the runner-up spot for most fun band at the moment. Currently they have 6 songs in my top 150 with more waiting in the wings.
3 3 ROB DICKINSON End Of The World 1(3) 9
This newly discovered track from 2008 reminds me of how much I love his voice. I fell in love with this beauty of a ballad instantly. Who would you spend the end of the world with? Oh and Billie Eilish has done a cover of this song.
8 4 KINGSWOOD Bittersweet 4 10
This Australian duo is new to me and if this song is any indication, it is time to go back and listen to some of their catalog. They have had 3 top 20 albums in Australia since 2014. This has a feel similar to 2017’s “Dead Dreamers” by Demob Happy that spent 2 weeks at #1 on my chart. Also Royal Blood.
6 5 LOTTERY WINNERS Little Things 1(5) 14
This song has spent 11 of its 14 weeks on my chart in the top 5.
4 6 CAITLYN SMITH Long Time Coming 1(2) 16
Smith racked up her 6th #1 on my chart in early March. The distorted blues guitar bridge is just fantastic.
5 7 ROACHFORD Love Remedy 5 15
This Brit had a #1 song on my chart in 1989 with “Cuddly Toy”. That song reached #25 on the Hot 100 and #4 in the UK and had a decidedly dance-rock edge. This is a throwback breezy soul nugget that brought him back into the UK top 30, his 1st single since 2011.
11 8 CREEPER Annabelle 8 10
On another side of the UK music scene, these got-punkers had a couple of songs reach my top 100 in 2017 but have eclipsed those songs with this, an anthemic punk-pop ditty, and “Cyanide” which will join this in the top 10 and owes a lot to Oasis.
7 9 GREEN DAY Meet Me On The Roof 7 12
The video features Gaten Matarazzo from “Stranger Things”. The song sees Green Day at their most retro-pop-doo-wop-ish, nice to see them having fun. Billie Joe’s also having fun during quarantine, putting out covers of “I Think we’re Alone Now” (getting some radio love and “That Thing You Do”, an homage to Adam Schelsinger of Fountains Of Wayne (who wrote the song) who died of COVID-19 on April 1.
15 10 KID BLOOM Lemonhead 10 9
This is the 3rd top 10 entry for the California indie-pop artist. His synthy confections are steeped in 70’s pop goodness.
12 11 SUNDARA KARMA One Last Night On This Earth 11 17
10 12 GRACE POTTER Every Heartbeat 10 21
26 13 HARRY STYLES Falling 13 5
Styles will eclipse the great pop tune “Adore You” with this ballad, most likely following “Sign Of The Times” to #1 on my chart.
9 14 A GREAT BIG WORLD Fall On Me 4 20
13 15 LABRINTH Something's Got To Give 6 15
20 16 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER No Shame 16 10
This Aussie band reached #2 on my chart in 2016 with “Jet Black Heart”. This and the fast moving “Wildflower” (at #34 this week) will undoubtedly give them 2 more top 10’s and probably their 1st #1.
32 17 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Is Everybody Going Crazy? 17 4
This will kae 6 top 10’s for the UK outfit who have been consistent performers on my chart since 2015.
14 18 MORRISSEY Bobby, Don't You Think They Know? 2 16
This former #2 song is a must hear. Fantastic instrumentation, wacky lyrics, a Door-y organ break and a crazy assist from Thelma Houston. Almost 6 minutes of awesomeness.
19 19 STEREOPHONICS Bust This Town 18 23
24 20 THE MAKEMAKES Heyo 20 10
This Austrian band represented the country in 2015 at the Eurovision contest. I’m starting to discover some cool stuff from them. The boppy 2014 single “Million Euro Smile” will debut on my chart this week.
30 21 ARKELLS Years In The Making 21 7
The Canadian band that spent 5 weeks at #1 on my chart with “Drake’s Dad” in 2016 will hit the top 10 for a 6th time. Within the next few weeks.
31 22 CAITLYN SMITH Rare Bird 22 7
16 23 DUA LIPA Future Nostalgia 3 17
17 24 THE GLORIOUS SONS Closer To The Sky 16 14
18 25 DUA LIPA Physical 17 11
22 26 ALTER BRIDGE Godspeed 22 13
25 27 GREEN DAY Oh Yeah! 25 11
21 28 TAYLOR KNOX Live It Up 19 20
36 29 LOTTERY WINNERS 18 To 30's 29 5
23 30 TOTO Running Out Of Time 23 16
27 31 LADY GAGA Stupid Love 27 8
33 32 BIFFY CLYRO Instant History 32 8
47 33 CREEPER Cyanide 33 4
170 34 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER Wildflower 34 1
35 35 BRANTLEY GILBERT Fire't Up 35 16
37 36 BADLY DRAWN BOY Is This A Dream 36 9
41 37 LOTTERY WINNERS I Don't Love You 37 5
45 38 BT f/ ROB DICKINSON Always 38 6
new 39 HANSON In The City 39 1
28 40 ALPHABEAT Goldmine 27 13
42 41 TENILLE TOWNES White Horse 41 14
43 42 STEREOPHONICS Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day 42 11
34 43 KENSINGTON Uncharted 34 16
44 44 THE BLACK MOODS Whatcha Got 44 15
29 45 HARRY STYLES Adore You 11 18
49 46 KENSINGTON Island 46 6
39 47 SOPHIE AND THE GIANTS Runaway 39 14
52 48 CELESTE Stop This Flame 48 9
53 49 PALM SPRINGSTEEN Sister Sister 49 14
55 50 ELEPHANT STONE Hollow World 50 10
38 51 HARRY STYLES Treat People With Kindness 21 15
58 52 LESLIE ODOM JR. Go Crazy 52 6
60 53 ALMOST MONDAY Broken People 53 7
70 54 JESSIE WARE Spotlight 54 4
64 55 ECHOSMITH Diamonds 55 6
50 56 OZZY OSBOURNE & ELTON JOHN Ordinary Man 45 11
48 57 JONAS BROTHERS What A Man Gotta Do 11 14
40 58 ADAM LAMBERT Loverboy 8 20
69 59 JIMMY EAT WORLD Criminal Energy 59 8
72 60 LOTTERY WINNERS Headlock 60 5
73 61 YOLA I Don't Wanna Lie 61 4
51 62 HANSON Where's The Love '18 1(6) 28
59 63 JORDAN ALLEN Never Give It Up 57 13
77 64 FRATELLIS Six Days In June 64 5
68 65 PEARL JAM Dance Of The Clairvoyants 63 10
new 66 KEITH URBAN Higher Love 66 1
46 67 ADAM LAMBERT Stranger You Are 6 24
86 68 ALL TIME LOW Getaway Green 68 2
100 69 ASYLUMS Catalogue Kids 69 3
103 70 SAINT MOTEL A Good Song Never Dies 70 2
107 71 DUA LIPA Break My Heart 71 2
54 72 ELBOW White Noise White Heat 28 22
63 73 EDITORS Upside Down 59 12
78 74 ROB THOMAS It's Only Love 74 10
79 75 PETE YORN I Wanna Be The One 75 8
87 76 CHILD OF THE PARISH Before The Moment's Gone 76 4
66 77 HAYLEY WILLIAMS Simmer 64 9
62 78 INTERRUPTERS Bad Guy 2 26
80 79 JACK SAVORETTI Greatest Mistake 79 13
83 80 MITCHELL TENPENNY Can't Go To Church 80 9
90 81 SARAH AND THE SAFE WORD You're All Scotch, No Soda 81 7
88 82 ADAM LAMBERT f/ NILE RODGERS Roses 82 6
76 83 THROUGH FIRE Listen To Your Heart 76 9
71 84 EMAROSA Ready To Love 45 14
56 85 LIZZO Boys 47 24
150 86 ADELITAS WAY Habit 86 2
127 87 THE WEEKND In Your Eyes 87 2
98 88 SHRED KELLY Dead Leaves 88 3
65 89 STATIC SHIFT 1965 56 17
128 90 CAITLYN SMITH Fly Away 90 2
57 91 BOY & BEAR Suck On Light 24 19
89 92 SISTER HAZEL Memphis Rain 89 7
130 93 JANE HOLIDAY All Yours 93 2
92 94 JOSEPH OF MERCURY Pretenders 89 11
93 95 JESSIE WARE Mirage (Don't Stop) 93 7
94 96 MICHAEL W. SMITH Waymaker 94 9
149 97 HANDS LIKE HOUSES Through Glass 97 2
61 98 TEBEY That's Gonna Get You Kissed 32 20
97 99 BLACK PUMAS Old Man 97 8
99 100 BEN KWELLER Heart Attack Kid 99 7
126 101 BLUE OCTOBER Oh My My 101 2
115 102 TWIN ATLANTIC Oh! Euphoria! 102 3
84 103 THE GLORIOUS SONS Pink Motel 1(10) 32
101 104 MISTERWIVES Why Why Why 101 11
106 105 TIM HICKS No Truck Song 105 4
82 106 DIRTY HONEY When I'm Gone 71 9
111 107 SPYRES Otherside 107 9
75 108 I FIGHT DRAGONS A New Brain 75 11
105 109 LUCKY DAYE Fly 105 8
81 110 BLOSSOMS The Keeper 65 12
109 111 BASTILLE Admit Defeat 109 5
67 112 DAUGHTRY Alive 37 13
112 113 SUNRISE AVENUE Thank You For Everything 112 9
74 114 UPSAHL Smile For The Camera 47 16
113 115 G. LOVE & SPEICAL SAUCE f/ KEB'MO Go Crazy 113 7
117 116 SKINNY LIVING No Messiah 116 4
120 117 LOTTERY WINNERS Hawaii 117 3
123 118 ADAM LAMBERT Velvet 118 2
95 119 DOJA CAT Say So 74 10
125 120 NADA SURF So Much Love 120 3
91 121 ADAM LAMBERT Closer To You 11 23
122 122 DEACON BLUE City Of Love 122 4
85 123 DEVON GILFILLIAN Unchained 71 13
121 124 RHEA Stuck In The Middle 121 5
124 125 LOVELYTHEBAND Loneliness For Love 125 6
139 126 SEA GIRLS Ready For More 126 3
96 127 DEIDRE & THE DARK One Night 47 13
140 128 KAKKMADDAFAKKA Baby 128 2
new 129 BILLIE JOE I Think We're Alone Now 129 1
143 130 COLD WAR KIDS Who's Gonna Love Me Now 130 3
142 131 JR JR Low 131 2
147 132 ALGIERS Dispossession 132 2
164 133 GUSTER Don't Go 133 1
104 134 COLLECTIVE SOUL Crushed 85 12
144 135 TWIN ATLANTIC Barcelona 135 5
166 136 TYLER FARR Only Truck In Town 136 1
119 137 LIZZO Jerome 94 13
159 138 WYN STARKS Circles 138 1
179 139 AWOLNATION Mayday!!! Fiesta Fever 139 1
197 140 TWENTY ONE PILOTS Level Of Concern 140 1
162 141 JJ WILDE The Rush 141 1
145 142 LELAND BLUE Lying To Myself 142 3
108 143 YOLA Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 70 14
129 144 JASON ALDEAN Champagne Town 124 8
182 145 POETS OF THE FALL Moments Before The Storm 145 1
152 146 ANYWAY GANG Eyes Of Green 146 1
154 147 SZA f/ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE The Other Side 147 1
194 148 SWIM DEEP World I Share 148 1
132 149 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY Live Again 130 9
116 150 THE WEEKND Blinding Lights 100 13
The typical (pop, rock, country, etc.) and atypical (heartland, rhythmic adult) as charted by our personal chart panel. See the full top 100's and the top 100 of each genre's primary voter panel side by side. The voter panel charts show you what songs in other genres the panel appreciates as well. The Top 10's
|1||1||LADY GAGA||Stupid Love|
|2||2||THE WEEKND||Blinding Lights|
|279||4||DUA LIPA||Break My Heart|
|4||5||SAM SMITH||To Die For|
|7||6||ADAM LAMBERT f/ NILE RODGERS||Roses|
|NEW||7||KELLY CLARKSON||I Dare You|
|5||8||DUA LIPA||Don't Start Now|
|13||9||TAYLOR SWIFT||The Man|
|3||10||HARRY STYLES||Adore You|
|2||2||LADY GAGA||Stupid Love|
|318||3||DUA LIPA||Break My Heart|
|3||4||THE WEEKND||Blinding Lights|
|66||5||THE WEEKND||In Your Eyes|
|4||6||DUA LIPA||Don't Start Now|
|5||7||HARRY STYLES||Adore You|
|12||8||DOJA CAT||Say So|
|13||9||TAYLOR SWIFT||The Man|
|41||10||AVA MAX||Kings & Queens|
|2||1||LADY GAGA||Stupid Love|
|NEW||2||DUA LIPA||Break My Heart|
|27||3||AVA MAX||Kings & Queens|
|3||4||THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS||React|
|36||6||MELANIE C||Who I Am|
|19||8||KIESZA||All Of The Feelings|
|26||9||ROISIN MURPHY||Murphy's Law|
|15||10||HOSH, 1979 & JALJA||Midnight (The Hanging Tree)|
|1||1||DOJA CAT||Say So|
|2||2||THE WEEKND||Blinding Lights|
|65||3||THE WEEKND||In Your Eyes|
|3||4||THE WEEKND||After Hours|
|5||6||EMINEM f/ JUICE WRLD||Godzilla|
|8||7||DOJA CAT||Boss Bitch|
|6||8||RODDY RICCH||The Box|
|7||10||SZA f/ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE||The Other Side|
|1||1||PEARL JAM||Superblood Wolfmoon|
|5||2||BUSH||Flowers On A Grave|
|245||3||PEARL JAM||Quick Escape|
|281||5||NOTHING BUT THIEVES||Is Everybody Going Crazy?|
|8||7||DIRTY HONEY||Rolling 7's|
|3||8||THE BLUE STONES||Shakin' Off The Rust|
|4||9||BILLY TALENT||Reckless Paradise|
|13||10||THE USED||Paradise Lost, A Poem By|
|9||1||SAM HUNT||Hard To Forget|
|2||3||CAM||Till There's Nothing Left|
|1||4||GABBY BARRETT||I Hope|
|4||5||CARRIE UNDERWOOD||Drinking Alone|
|7||6||ASHLEY MCBRYDE||One Night Standards|
|12||7||BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI||Nobody But You|
|13||8||LUKE COMBS f/ ERIC CHURCH||Does To Me|
|11||9||THOMAS RHETT f/ JON PARDI||Beer Can't Fix|
|17||10||LAUREN ALAINA||Getting Good|
|3||2||OZZY OSBOURNE & ELTON JOHN||Ordinary Man|
|4||4||LADY GAGA||Stupid Love|
|25||5||MELANIE C||Who I Am|
|6||6||DUA LIPA||Don't Start Now|
|97||7||HARRY STYLES||Adore You|
|NEW||8||KELLY CLARKSON||I Dare You|
|7||9||MANDY MOORE||Save A Little For Yourself|
|2||2||TAME IMPALA||Lost In Yesterday|
|567||3||NOTHING BUT THIEVES||Is Everybody Going Crazy?|
|NEW||4||TWENTY ONE PILOTS||Level Of Concern|
|1||5||BILLIE EILISH||No Time To Die|
|11||6||GLASS ANIMALS||Your Love (Deja Vu)|
|3||7||BILLIE EILISH||Everything I Wanted|
|118||9||POWFU f/ BEABADOOBEE||Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head)|
|6||10||THE 1975||Me & You Together Song|
|1||3||PEARL JAM||Dance Of The Clairvoyants|
|2||4||THE STROKES||Bad Decisions|
|4||6||TAME IMPALA||Lost In Yesterday|
|NEW||7||THE STROKES||Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus|
|8||8||COLDPLAY||Champion Of The World|
|16||9||NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS||Come On Outside|
|22||10||FRATELLIS||Six Days In June|