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At this point in the month The Weeknd could snag #1 for January based on his trending points. “Adore You” does have a shot as nothing else in the top 10 has enough strength to compete. Harry Styles is still seeing 3 songs in the top 25 and has few other tunes from the new album “Fine Line” making some noise on a few personal charts. He continues to follow an interesting path as evidenced by the song “Treat People With Kindness”.
While Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” is starting to lose points she remains in the top 3 trending songs with the next release “Future Nostalgia”. Over the last year I feel she has made song choices that are thankfully a bit outside the current pop crop, creating a singular identity.
At #4 is the leftfield Grimes song “4 AEM”, an ethereal chant set to alt beats that gets more frenetic as the song goes on. In a similar left of center vein “In The Afternoon”, the return of MGMT, is much less mainstream then the place they started from in 2007.
The # on the left is the song's current positiopn in the top 500 at mid-month
1 1 THE WEEKND Blinding Lights
4 2 HARRY STYLES Adore You
17 3 DUA LIPA Future Nostalgia
60 4 GRIMES 4 AEM
25 5 MGMT In The Afternoon
46 6 CAMILA CABELLO f/ DABABY My Oh My
23 7 BLOSSOMS The Keeper
36 8 AVA MAX Salt
89 9 PET SHOP BOYS Monkey Business
50 10 TAME IMPALA Posthumous Forgiveness
122 11 DOJA CAT Say So
3 12 BILLIE EILISH Everything I Wanted
130 13 BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB I Can Hardly Speak
18 14 NIALL HORAN Put A Little Love On Me
26 15 BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
32 16 ARIZONA ZERVAS Roxanne
49 17 THE BIG MOON Take A Piece
124 18 ALAN WALKER f/ AVA MAX Alone, Part II
187 19 HALSEY You Should Be Sad
7 20 ALANIS MORISETTE Reasons I Drink
11 21 THE WEEKND Heartless
190 22 HAILEE STEINFELD Wrong Direction
198 23 FRANKY WAH f/ JESSIE WARE Time After Time
31 24 CAMELPHAT Rabbit Hole
205 25 DELTA GOODREM Let It Rain
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The Lights were too Blinding for the Weeknd
The final BR250 of 2019 sees Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” retain the #1 slot, beating out newcomer “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd by a huge amount. Over 1300 points separate the 2 songs. She also enters the top 100 at #95 with “Future Nostalgia” another slice of dance-pop that sets her apart from the EDM that has dominated the Pop charts in the last few years.
The Weeknd places a second title in the top 20 with “Heartless”, at that position. He continues the trend of releasing 2 songs to radio, one that leans more R&B/Hip-Hop and one that leans more Pop.
2 titles in top 25 are not enough to dominate the upper region as Harry Styles manages 3. His latest single “Adore You” debuts at #11, the song “Lights Up” falls from its #8 peak last month to #12 and “Watermelon Sugar” jumps from outside the top 100 to #22.
On the Heritage artist front, Alanis Morisette returns after a 7 year hiatus to debut at #13 with another confessional song, “Reasons To Drink”. A new album scheduled for a May 1 release. Other Heritage artists doing well (those who have been around for 20 years plus) include Ozzy Osbourne at #14 with “Under The Graveyard”, #29 “Dreamland” by Pet Shop Boys and Jimmy Eats World’s “All The Way (Stay)” at #30.
While Christmas music doesn’t dominate the Beyond Radio chart like other charts around the world, a new Christmas tune from Taylor Swift, “Christmas Tree Farm”, makes a #33 debut. Thankfully Mariah Carey only manages to come in at #97 this month, even as she sees “All I Want For Christmas Is You” reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its 25 year history (can you tell I don’t like Christmas songs re-entering the charts every year).
The song that started the year at #1 ended up taking the whole year. It was definitely the song that reached the most charts on the panel. You can view the entire top 500 via the link above and listen to the top 250 on Spotify.
1 MARK RONSON f/ MILEY CYRUS Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Here's my top 250 Countdown playlist for 2019 based on my weekly personal chart. These are the top 25. My list based on my feeling at the end of the year would be different. #25 would definitely be #1 and possibly in my top 5 of all time. It spent 10 weeks at #1 from mid October through mid December. and is still in my top 3.
1 CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN Fluctuate
2 WEEZER Can't Knock The Hustle
3 INTERRUPTERS Gave You Everything
4 OLLY MURS Feel The Same
5 ONLY SHADOWS At The Door Knocking
6 JOHN LUNDVIK Too Late For Love
7 LAWRENCE Homesick
8 WITHIN TEMPTATION Iron
9 MARCO MENGONI f/ TOM WALKER Hola (I Say)
10 STRUTS In Love With A Camera
11 ROBBIE WILLIAMS I Just Want People To Like Me
12 ERIC CHURCH Hangin' Around
13 TEN TONNES Better Than Me
14 THE LIVING END Not Like The Other Boys
15 CAITLYN SMITH Fever
16 SWMRS Lose Lose Lose
17 POP EVIL Be Legendary
18 RED SUN RISING Veins
19 ROOSEVELT Illusions
20 KID BLOOM Does It Make Me Wrong?
21 THOMAS RHETT Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time
22 FAT WHITE FAMILY Feet
23 TOTO Devil's Tower
24 CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN 2all
25 THE GLORIOUS SONS Pink Motel
Alternative Sub-Genres and Another Retro Countdown Playlist
Enjoy this month's retro countdown, this time my favorite tunes from this week in 2009. At this moment in time there was a varied mix of Alternative, Rock, Country and Christian on my chart. Not a lot of the big Pop from the day (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Britney, Black-Eyed Peas, Beyonce) on my chart at the time. The big artists of the the day for me were Shinedown, Adam Lambert, Muse and Keith Urban. It was also the beginning of Glee and the first appearance on my chart by one of my favorite bands of the last 10 years, Manic Bloom.
Below are the top 10's from all the Alternative and AAA sub-genres
28 8 CAROLINE POLACHEK So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings
new 9 NEON TREES Used To Like
8 10 BILLIE EILISH All The Good Girls Go To Hell
1 1 FOALS The Runner
6 2 JIMMY EAT WORLD All The Way (Stay)
2 3 GREEN DAY Father Of All
58 4 TWIN ATLANTIC Novocaine
3 5 WEEZER The End Of The Game
10 6 SIMPLE PLAN, STATE CHAMPS & WE THE KINGS Where I Belong
5 7 BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)
52 8 DESERT SESSIONS (JOSH HOMME & MIKE KERR) Crucifire
25 9 THE BLUE STONES Shakin' Off The Rust
31 10 THE PALE WHITE Swim For Your Life
new 1 FKA TWIGS Sad Day
3 2 CIGARETTES AFTER SEX Heavenly
new 3 LAPSLEY My Love Was Like The Rain
5 4 ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS Just Exist
9 5 ANGEL OLSEN All Mirrors
36 6 CLIPPING Nothing Is Safe
new 7 HOLY FUCK f/ ALEXIS TAYLOR Luxe
1 8 BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD Sunglasses
new 9 AGNES OBEL Island Of Doom
new 10 ANNA MEREDITH Inhale Exhale
Adult Leaning Alternative
3 1 COLDPLAY Orphans
18 2 COLDPLAY Arabesque
24 3 JIMMY EAT WORLD All The Way (Stay)
2 4 WHITE REAPER Might Be Right
19 5 SAINT MOTEL Van Horn
new 6 CARIBOU Home
23 7 MUMFORD & SONS Blind Leading The Blind
1 8 SAM FENDER Will We Talk?
25 9 BROKEN BELLS Good Luck
6 10 REX ORANGE COUNTY 10/10.
7 1 MUMFORD & SONS Blind Leading The Blind
new 2 HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH Hold On
2 3 MAREN MORRIS f/ HOZIER The Bones
1 4 STURGILL SIMPSON Sing Along
14 5 TONI CORNELL Far Away Places
3 6 JEFF LYNNE'S ELO From Out Of Nowhere
new 7 HAIM Hallelujah
15 8 SHERYL CROW f/ CHRIS STAPLETON Tell Me When It's Over
6 9 THE GLORIOUS SONS Pink Motel
new 10 MAGGIE ROGERS Love You For A Long Time
1 1 FREYA RIDINGS Castles
2 2 HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS Her Love Is Killin' Me
3 3 MICHAEL KIWANUKA Hero
new 4 KANYE WEST Follow God
new 5 JESSIE WARE Mirage (Don't Stop)
new 6 GANG STARR f/ J. COLE Family And Loyalty
new 7 ALICIA KEYS Time Machine
6 8 MICHAEL KIWANUKA You Ain't The Problem
new 9 MAGGIE ROGERS Love You For A Long Time
new 10 DJ SHADOW & DE LA SOUL Rocket Fuel
Alternative Hip Hop
1 FKA TWIGS Sad Day
2 SLOWTHAI f/ DENZEL CURRY Psycho
3 BROCKHAMPTON No Halo
4 CLIPPING Nothing Is Safe
5 CLIPPING Blood Of The Fang
6 JPEGMAFIA Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot
7 FKA TWIGS Home With You
8 FKA TWIGS f/ FUTURE Holy Terrain
9 DJ SHADOW Urgent, Important, Please read
10 EMOTIONAL ORANGES Don't Be Lazy
Trending Mid-December is Working For the Weeknd
These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month.
The Weeknd sees 2 songs in the trending top 10, "Blinding Lights" at #1 and "Heartless" at #10 along with Harry Styles at #'s 5 and 6 with "Watermelon Sugar" and "Adore You". His album "Fine Line" was released last Friday. Alanis Morissette is back after 7 years with the confessional single "Reasons I Drink" from an upcoming album scheduled for release in May 2020. Also making a splash in the top 10 is a Christmas new song from Taylor Swift "Christmas Tree Farm".
In positions 11-13 are 3 remakes. A faithful cover of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" by Sam Smith, Bastille with the London Contemporary Orchestra taking on the REO Speedwagon classic "Can't Fight This Feeling" and the second remake of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" this year, this one by Evanescence (Yes they are still around).
At #20 is this week's Billboard Hot 100 #1 song, "All I Want For Christmas Is You". Released 25 years ago, you might be surprised to know this is the 1st time the song has reached top #1 position on the Hot 100. Weird stuff. See the full top 100 via the link.
21 BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
22 KESHA f/ BIG FREEDIA Raising Hell
23 SOCCER MOMMY Yellow Is The Color Of Her Eyes
24 LITTLE MIX One I've Been Missing
25 ARIZONA ZERVAS Roxanne
26 ROSALIA A Pale
27 FOALS Like Lightning
28 SAM FENDER Saturday
29 GALANTIS f/ DOLLY PARTON & MR. PROBZ Faith
30 TURNOVER Still In Motion
Dua Lipa makes a Big Leap-a on the BR250 for November and the Latest Therapy Playlist
Dua Lipa reaches #1 out of the box on the November BR 250. With a margin of only 12 points, she displaces Post Malone, pushing "Circles" back to #2. Coldplay also leaps into the top 5 with "Orphans". They also debut 2 other titles in the top 100 with "Arabesque" at #23 and "Everyday Life" at #62.
2 former One Direction boys move into the top 10, with Niall Horan at #5 and Harry Styles at #8.
Billie Eilish releases a new tune, "Everything I Wanted" even while "All The Good Girls" builds at Pop radio and this eclipses that one by debuting at #9.
Haim debuts at #13 with "Now I'm In It" a song that is poppier and more along their previous style that the jazzy "Summer Girls" which peaked at #28.
Tame Impala place a 3rd song in the top 15 this year with "It Might Be Time" debuting at #14.
The latest Music Therapy playlist is a progressive playlist titled “From Darkness Into Light”. It is meant to be played in order instead of on shuffle. This was inspired by a friend who was in a dark place and was looking for music to embrace the darkness and then move out of it. I would imagine I’ll have other playlists in this progressive style and things move forward. Later this week I'll have some commentary to accompany the songs on the Music Therapy playlist page.
Your New Playlists for the Weekend
This weekend there 4 new playlists for you to enjoy. The first is my top 60 from Nov. 27, 1999. My #1 that week was "Hangin' Around" by Counting Crows. At the time I was deep in the Live album "The Distance From Here" and the Michael W. Smith album "Live The Life". His song "Missing Person" had just ended a 5 week run at #1 and was spending it's second week at #2. The week prior Live had the #1 song which is not included on the playlist. I had just been to a Live concert (I believe the third time I had seen them). At the time my #1 song of all time was their song "Pillar Of Davidson". At the concert they performed John Lennon's "Imagine" and then went into 'Pillar'. It remains the most amazing concert experience of my life.
Next up, the playlist titled "I'm Bryan Adams and You're Not". This is a mix of pop rock from the last 50 years. I was inspired to create this playlist after hearing Richard Marx's "Satisfied" on the previous playlist. I would say that this style of music is a major part of my personal chart history. It is sorely lacking from the radio airwaves these days but still great songs can be found like White Reaper's "Real Long Time", currently at #2 on my personal chart.
On the next playlist we bring the volume down a bit and add a little groove. This one is called "Your Jazz is Popped with Sophistication". This one was inspired by a song by The Bird and The Bee. I couldn't describe them better than their Spotify bio. "The Bird & The Bee specialize in a knowing update on swinging easy listening. Grounded equally in clever new wave pop and space age bachelor pad music, they mined the past to make music for a sophisticated present." There is a whole story behind this that will be told in an upcoming podcast. Their most recent album is a re-interpretation of Van Halen songs.
The playlist is a mix of Pop, R&B and Rock with Jazz undertones. What I learned through processing this playlist was a moniker for a music sub-genre called Sophisti-Pop. Born out of the 80's, it includes artists like Simply Red, the Blow Monkeys, Basia and Spandau Ballet. There is also a more recent movement of Soul-Pop bands like Lawrence, Ripe and Busty and The Bass .
Finally I will be going to my 40th high school reunion next weekend so I made an extensive playlist of songs from our high school years. If you like the music of the mid to late 70's you might enjoy this playlist. It certainly was a time for iconic Classic Rock, Disco, Mellow Pop and the beginnings of Yacht Rock.
There are now 6 sub-genre charts. In addition to Electro/Alt Pop, Alt Rock, Indie/Underground and Adult Leaning Alternative there are 2 AAA type charts. One for Heartland/Americana/Blues & Folk and one for Retro Soul. The Retro Soul chart includes some songs that fall into the Urban AC and Adult Contmeporary genres.
new 1 TONES AND I Dance Monkey
1 2 GRIMES & i_o Violence
new 3 WHITE REAPER Might Be Right
new 4 COLDPLAY Orphans
39 5 GEORGIA Never Let You Go
2 1 FOALS The Runner
1 2 GREEN DAY Father Of All
4 3 WEEZER The End Of The Game
5 4 TOOL Fear Inoculum
3 5 BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)
1 1 BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD Sunglasses
new 2 BROCKHAMPTON No Halo
7 3 CIGARETTES AFTER SEX Heavenly
5 4 BIG THIEF Not
57 5 ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS Just Exist
Adult Leaning Alternative
3 1 SAM FENDER Will We Talk?
6 2 WHITE REAPER Might Be Right
new 3 COLDPLAY Orphans
7 4 TAME IMPALA Borderline
1 5 LANA DEL REY Doin' Time
1 STURGILL SIMPSON Sing Along
2 MAREN MORRIS f/ HOZIER The Bones
3 JEFF LYNNE'S ELO From Out Of Nowhere
4 LOCAL NATIVES When Am I Gonna Lose You
5 CITY AND COLOUR Strangers
1 FREYA RIDINGS Castles
2 HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS Her Love Is Killin' Me
3 MICHAEL KIWANUKA Hero
4 MANDY MOORE When I Wasn't Watching
5 JACK SAVORETTI f/ MIKA Youth And Love
Trending 100 for November
At mid-month Dua Lipa is far and away the trending winner, almost double the points of #2 Coldplay. While "Circles" is still trending at #1 for the month. "Don't Start Now" could be a challenger in addition to Tones and I, Selena Gomez and 2 former One Direction members.
Dolly Parton's collab with Galantis is proving to be a player this month. maybe being among the top 50 songs of November. And look at #14 and #16. Hootie & The Blowfish and Ozzy Osbourne are getting early love. Dolly and Ozzy have been busy in 2019 with Parton assisting on songs by For king and Country, Zach Williams and Ronnie Milsap while Osbourne has scored a hit with Post Malone a possible top 25 entry for this month.
9 SIMPLE PLAN, STATE CHAMPS & WE THE KINGS Where I Belong
10 COLDPLAY Arabesque
11 SELENA GOMEZ Look At Her Now
12 THE DISAPPOINTED We Don't Dream
13 GREEN DAY Fire, Ready, Aim
14 HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH Hold On
15 JIMMY EAT WORLD All The Way (Stay)
16 OZZY OSBOURNE Under The Graveyard
17 SONIA A Night That's Never Ending
18 MUMFORD & SONS Blind Leading The Blind
19 MICHAEL KIWANUKA Hero
20 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Drinking Alone
21 GEORGIA Never Let You Go
22 THE 1975 Frail State Of Mind
23 CLIPPING Blood of The Fang
24 THE PALE WHITE Swim For Your Life
25 THE AMAZONS Fuzzy Tree
New Music Recommendations
This week's recommendations are all from artists who have been around for over 20 years. I've made a YouTube playlist that you can access below.
Jeff Lynne's ELO (he can't just use Electric Light Orchestra because of legal issues) have released a new album "From Out Of Nowhere" The song "One More Time" is a fun upbeat retro nugget.
Going back even further, The Who have a new song called "Ball And Chain". This previews their new album "WHO" due out on Nov. 22. This one sounds like it come have come out of the 70's era catalogue.
If you think of the Tiffany from over 30 years ago you might be surprised by the bluesy "Waste Of Time", kinda out of the Melissa Etheridge playbook. From the 2018 album "Pieces Of Me".
Jimmy Eat World broke through with the 2001 album "Bleed American" but their 1st album was released in 1994. "All The Way (Stay)" from their 10th album "Surviving", is a perfect slice of pop rock with a sax solo that is a nice touch.
80's hitmakers Simply Red have retrospectively been classified as "Sophisti-Pop", a variety of artists who mixed Pop, Jazz and Soul. Funny I have been working on a Jazz-Pop Music Therapy playlist so we'll see what I name it now. "Thinking About You" veers to the dancier side of their style.
If you can believe it, it's been 25 years since the gargantuan album "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie and The Blowfish came out. Darius Rucker has spent the last decade or so honing his country chops to much radio success. The band has re-grouped for the anniversary and released an album of new music, "Imperfect Circle", 2 weeks ago. Had no idea I missed them but the heartland rocker "Hold On" is a welcome return.
About a year ago, Nov. 8 2018 to be exact, Hanson, who also recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, released an album called "String Theory". It was a mix of old and new tunes recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Some of you may know that I am a big Hanson fan and I'm just starting to digest this album now. The new version of "Where's The Love" is about to hit my top 10 this week. It will never eclipse the original, one of my all time favorite songs, but it a great version as well.
Finally, Simple Minds who have surpassed the 40 year mark, also incorporate a symphonic quality of the new song "For One Night Only". It took 3 years from their April 1979 debut to hit it big with "Promised You A Miracle" but these early purveyors of New Wave has amassed quite a resume including 18 studio albums and 7 live albums. And look, to round out the sampler I've included a symphonic version of "Alive and Kicking" from 2018.
The typical (pop, rock, country, etc.) and atypical (heartland, rhythmic adult) as charted by our personal chart panel. See the full top 100's and the top 100 of each genre's primary voter panel side by side. The voter panel charts show you what songs in other genres the panel appreciates as well.
The Top 10's
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