LCTCArtistSong
31ED SHEERANShape Of You
22ED SHEERANCastle On The Hill
13THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKI Feel It Coming
44ADELEWater Under The Bridge
65RAG'N'BONE MANHuman
56CLEAN BANDIT f/ SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIERockabye
97LADY GAGAMillion Reasons
118ZAYN & TAYLOR SWIFTI Don't Wanna Live Forever
89THE XXOn Hold
710THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKStarboy
1011BRUNO MARS24K Magic
1212LITTLE BIG TOWNBetter Man
1413LAUREN ALAINARoad Less Traveled
1314RIHANNALove On The Brain
3815SIAMove Your Body
1616CHILDISH GAMBINORedbone
2217THE CHAINSMOKERSParis
1718LITTLE MIXTouch
2719JAX JONES f/ RAYEYou Don't Know Me
1920GREEN DAYStill Breathing
2921BASTILLEBlame
2022GHOSTSquare Hammer
3223STARLEY f/ RYAN RIBACKCall On Me
2424SHAWN MENDESMercy
2125MAREN MORRIS80's Mercedes
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Feb 17
Adult Pop picks January/February

30 songs you should be listening to now

February picks on YouTube

ROBBIE WILLIAMS    Bruce Lee This will be the highest debut on my personal chart this week. My favorite Williams song in many years. He's had over 60 songs reach my personal chart since the late 90's.

COLD WAR KIDS    Love Is Mystical I love this song!! The gospely, anthemic alt rocker with an inescapable groove should be this decade old  band's real breakthrough. I would totally program this as a pop radio song as it would totally distinguish itself from the rest of the pack.

SILENT CROWD    Me + You In many ways Alternative radio is the best place to hear pop-rock, and while this hasn't made any inroads there, it would fit in well. There is a Walk The Moon vibe I'm feeling here though they claim the 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club as influences.

TAVISH CROWE    Fire Debut single from young Canadian, sounding like a lot of EDM inspired current hits.

BIFFY CLYRO    Flammable Fifth and poppiest release from the venerable Scottish rock band's latest album. Their last 4 of 7 albums released since 2002 have reached the UK top 3.

BLONDIE    Fun It's Blondie, the title explains it all. From their upcoming 11th album.

OCEAN PARK STANDOFF    Good News Lyrically appropriate for our time in the universe. This trio includes the daughter of Mark Ronson, on the map because of the ubiquitous "Uptown Funk", though he's had a lengthy career. Currently starting to see some HotAC airplay.

JONATHAN ROY    Good Things Son of Canadian hockey star Patrick Roy and former player himself, he is a protoge of Corey Hart of "Sunglasses At Night" fame and one of my fav artists of the 80's.

HEARTRACER    In The Dark This Richmond, VA band wears their 80's influences proudly. I had featured them on an alternative pick list in Nov. as well.

JULIA BRENNAN    Inner Demons Another song currently starting to see airplay, a gorgeous and instrospective piano ballad from the 18 year Minneapolis native recalls Christina Perri.

TYLER GLENN    Shameless Solo debut album, aptly titled "Excommunication", from ex-Neon trees lead singer, addresses his path out of the Mormon church after coming out. Here he offers a funky dance-rocker and he is unabashedly shameless.

THE SUMMER SET    The Night Is Young Arizona pop band that formed in 2007 came up with their name after opening up an atlas and coming across the town Somerset, New Jersey. The song "All Downhill From here" was my #16 song of 2016.

KUNGS f/ RITUAL    You Remain This young French producer's music often builds EDM rhythms around acoustic guitar, jazz or off center vocals, giving it a more adult feel than others in the genre. He scored an across the board smash with "This Girl" last year and a great follow up with Jamie N Commons on "Don't You Know".

PANIC! AT THE DISCO    Death Of A Bachelor Almost a year and a half in, Panic is still milking the album with now the title track, seemingly a Sinatra homage. It is receiving alternative airplay and is a hit on Sirius XM's Hits 1. Would easily fit into an adult pop radio station's playlist.

GOLDFRAPP    Anymore UK artist Allison Goldfrapp has been producing electronic music since the late 90's with her artistic peak in 2005. This song just entered the Beyond Radio top 100 at #62 this week.

January picks on YouTube

PORT CITIES    Back To The Bottom Canadian Folk Pop trio

ENISA    Burn This Bridge Debut pop/soul single from 20 year old Brooklyn singer 

COLEMAN HELL    Devotion Reggae tinged song from Toronto based singer-songwriter

AMY MACDONALD    Dream On Akin to KT Tunstall, Scottish artist whose 1st release was in 2007

YOU ME AT SIX    Heavy Soul Softer side of British rock band whose debut was also in 2007 

EMELI SANDE    Highs And Lows Another soulful winner from her current album

MICHELLE BRANCH    Hopeless Romantic Her first release since 2010. Her "Til I Get Over You" was by #4 song of 2004.

DANNY GOKEY    If You Ain't In It Upbeat song from American Idol alum and Milwaukee native who has found his biggest success with Christian music

FUZZBOX    Let's Go Supernova Comeback single from British punk-pop girl group from the mid to late 80's. Their biggest UK hit was "International Rescue" in 1989.

JAMES ARTHUR    Safe Inside Latest single from Brit whose riding international and U.S. success with his current Hot AC and Pop hit "Say You Won't Let Go"

LIONS HEAD    See You A collaboration between a NY singer-songwriter and German producer. The lighter side of EDM.

THE KENTS    Something About Her Indie pop foursome from Ontario. "The Stakes" was featured on a June 2016 AAA pick list.

EYES ON THE SHORE    Starting Fires Breezy song from San Francisco quintet

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER    The Space Between A Rock And A Hard Place From a recent B sides EP. Sounds more like an A side.

WEEZER    Wind In Our Sail The poppier side of the band

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Feb 17
A Game of Leapfrog

“Shape Of You” leapfrogs over “Castle On The Hill” with 5 more adds and 130 points more than the former. Only 2 other songs in the top 14 gain points this week, “Road Less Traveled” and “Million Reasons”. The big move in the top 15 belongs to Sia’s “Move Your Body” up 38-15 and looking like another  top 10 for her. 3 other titles enter the top 25 led by the Jax Jones, whose song “You Don’t Know Me” is impacting in the UK and Australia. It is followed by Bastille’s “Blame”, up 28-21 and newcomer Starley moving 32-23. Her song “Call On Me” started gaining exposure in Australia and has since become a true international success.

Outside the top 25 big moves are seen by Arcade Fire (94-26), Jamiroquai (115-44) and Pat Benatar! (131-66) with her first single since 2003 (not counting her holiday song “One December Night” in 2015). The acoustic song builds nicely, a welcome return.

Of particular interest to me is Train’s single “Play That Song”. It rises 62-35, starting to see international airplay and still building in the U.S. Being a fan, I saw this as a weak song but could prove to be another “Hey Soul Sister”, creating relevance for a band many consider past their prime. Perhaps resurrecting childhood melodies is the trend of 2017, think "Rockabye". “Drops Of Jupiter” was a transforming song for me, hugely popular when my mom passed and will be forever linked to her and my heart.

Feb 12
Feeling It Coming

I imagine The Weeknd feels the 1-2 punch of Ed Sheeran coming but which will be the first victor? “Castle On The Hill” leaps past “Shape Of You” in a 9 notch rise from 11-2. They are within 30 points of each other with “Hill’ having the edge of one additional chart. Since they each had more than 5 times the growth of “I Feel It Coming” this week I’d be surprised if it can manage another week at the top.

While the top 25 is still relatively quiet in terms of chart movment (aside from Sheeran), The Chainsmokers vault 180-22 wth “Paris”, seemingly destined for another top 10. “Closer” was held off the top spot by “Heathens” and “Starboy” respectively.

Elsewhere in the top 100 Sia makes a nice move from 81-38 with “Move Your Body”, leaving her “Never Give Up” stalled in the 80’s. Sean Paul has the highest top 100 entry at #52 with “No Lies”, folled by Twenty One Pilots “HeavyDirtySoul” at #79 and the latest Bruno Mars single “That’s What I Like” at #82. Arcade Fire also have a nice move from 246-94 with “I Give You Power”.

Jamiroquai has not had a song or album out since 2010 but he manages to splash into the top 250 at #115 with “Automaton”, upon 11 adds. Only Ed Sheean and the Chainsmokers had more adds this week. We haven’t seen a song debut in the 250 ina couple of months. This week new songs by Major Lazer and Imagine Dragons debut at #203 and #207 based on 8 adds each.

Jan 24
It's like Magic

After 10 weeks in the runner-up position Bruno Mars conjures up the magic to reach #1. Next week may see some shaking up with 5 of the top 10 losing points although '24K Magic' could sustain a second week in the top spot if Adele or The Weeknd don't have enough forward movement. "Rockabye" should see an aboutface in the top 10 with U.S. airplay increasing, currently in the pop airplay top 25. Of course Zayn & Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran could be threats within the next 2 weeks.

Of Sheeran's 2 top 100 debuts I prefer less poppy, more folky "Castle On The Hill" which both both musically and lyrically moving. Contender for song of the year Grammy 2018, perhaps.

Fellow Brits Little Mix move 94-27 with the second single, "Touch"  from their current album. IMO better than 'Shout Out' although my fav so far is "You Gotta Not".

Jan 9
Beyond Radio Tim Year in Review, The Canadian Rockies

From pure pop, pop-rock, alternative to folk rock and boogie rock, Canada was a hotbed of great music on my 2016 soundtrack. These songs had a varying impact on my personal chart. The number after the song indicates its peak position on my personal chart to date. An asterisk indicates it is still on my chart. The songs here are available on this YouTube playlist.

MODERN SPACE               It's Only A Dream             5

WILDLIFE             Dead Century    5

HEDLEY Hello      7

STANDSTILLS      Orleans                20

THE HARPOONIST AND THE AXE MURDERER        Tea For Two       61

MOTHER MOTHER           The Drugs            39 *

ARKELLS               Private School   2

BOBBY BAZINI   C'est La Vie         bub *

BILLY TALENT     Afraid Of Heights             39

BROS     Tell Me bub *

FAST ROMANTICS            Julia       25

JULY TALK            Push + Pull          52 *

NEW ELECTRIC   Life's What You Make It                10

JANE'S PARTY    Coming On Strong           15

ROYAL TUSK       Fever    1(4)

CITY AND COLOUR           Wasted Love      13

JULIAN TAYLOR BAND    Just A Little Bit   25

YOUR BOY TONY BRAXTON          Heluvah Guy      25

THE GLORIOUS SONS     Lightning              29

BLEEKER               Highway               140 *

POOR YOUNG THINGS   Automatic           3

THE TREWS         Chinese Kites     14 *

SERENA RYDER  Got Your Number            bub

THE SHEEPDOGS               Bad Lieutenant bub

SAM ROBERTS BAND      If You Want It    81

BEAR MOUNTAIN            Give It Up            77

MONSTER TRUCK             For The People bub

WINTERSLEEP    Amerika               bub

It's looking like 2017 will be the year of The Dear Hunter,now with 3 songs in the top 10, a former #1  still in the top 20 and a 5th song starting to make a quick ascent up the chart. There will undoubtedly be more to follow.

The Last Bandoleros score a second top 10 with "Adios" another tex-mex country rock party song. Where's the radio with this band? Mother Mother are in fine form with "The Drugs". In 2011/2012 they scored 4 top 5 songs on my chart, including 2 #1's, "The Stand" and "Problems". Both current songs could be contenders for the top spot in the coming weeks.

LCTCArtistSongWeeksPeak
11THE DEAR HUNTERA Night On The Town151(2)
32THE DEAR HUNTERThe Revival212
23JULY TALKPush + Pull111(2)
64THE LAST BANDOLEROSAdios104
55CAPITAL CITIESVowels191(3)
76MOTHER MOTHERThe Drugs146
87THE DEAR HUNTERIf All Goes Well87
148GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRAEveryone Gets Everything They Really Want138
49ZIBRARIP134
1510NORMAN DORAYAll In1710
1011NEW ORDERPeople On The High Line1210
912ERIC PASLAYAngels In This Town207
1113TWIN WILDMy Heart223
1614THE DEAR HUNTERKing Of Swords (Reversed)201(2)
2615ATOMIC TOMI'm Coming After You1015
1316ROOSEVELTBelong1313
1217SUNSET SONSVROL161
2218THE BEACHESGive It Up1418
1919TOM CHAPLINQuicksand2019
1820THE COURTEENERSNo One Will Ever Replace Us1518
2821FAMILY OF THINGSDon't Look Back921
2022THE TREWSChinese Kites179
2423THE SHERLOCKSWill You Be There?1523
2924HEARTRACERDream Girl1324
3325THE DEAR HUNTERGloria525
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Hot Ac Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
41ADELEWater Under The Bridge
32LADY GAGAMillion Reasons
23BRUNO MARS24K Magic
14THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKStarboy
705THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKI Feel It Coming
456KELLY CLARKSONIt's Quiet Uptown
57ONEREPUBLICKids
348JOHN MAYERLove On The Weekend
109GREEN DAYStill Breathing
2010JAMES ARTHURSay You Won't Let Go

Monthly Pop  

LCTCArtistSong
11THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKStarboy
22BRUNO MARS24K Magic
33CLEAN BANDIT f/ SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIERockabye
74THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKI Feel It Coming
115RAG'N'BONE MANHuman
2166ZAYN & TAYLOR SWIFTI Don't Wanna Live Forever
107ARIANA GRANDE f/ NICKI MINAJSide To Side
128BRITNEY SPEARSSlumber Party
209SHAWN MENDESMercy
10310LOUIS TOMLINSON & STEVE AOKIJust Hold On

Monthly Dance  

LCTCArtistSong
691JAX JONES f/ RAYEYou Don't Know Me
72MARSHMELLO f/ WRABELRitual
383ALAN WALKERAlone
34ROYKSOPP f/ SUSANNE SUNDFORNever Ever
275MARTIN SOLVEIG f/ INA WROLDSENPlaces
96PET SHOP BOYSSay It To Me
87YEARS & YEARSMeteorite
128TOM ZANETTI f/ SADIE AMAYou Want Me
119THE CHAINSMOKERS f/ PHOEBE RYANAll We Know
NEW 10KIESZADearly Beloved

Monthly Urban  

LCTCArtistSong
41CHILDISH GAMBINORedbone
112RAE SREMMURD f/ GUCCI MANEBlack Beatles
53A TRIBE CALLED QUESTWe The People
34ALICIA KEYS f/ A$AP ROCKYBlended Family
15THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKStarboy
26THE WEEKNDFalse Alarm
137THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKI Feel It Coming
238MIGOS f/ LIL UZI VERTBad And Boujee
79RIHANNALove On The Brain
1010THE WEEKNDParty Monster

Rock Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
11GHOSTSquare Hammer
32HIGHLY SUSPECTMy Name Is Human
23GREEN DAYBang Bang
54METALLICAAtlas Rise
45METALLICAMoth Into Flame
106STARSETMonster
77SHINEDOWNHow Did You Love
188BREAKING BENJAMINNever Again
149GREEN DAYStill Breathing
910AVENGED SEVENFOLDThe Stage

Country Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
21LITTLE BIG TOWNBetter Man
12CARRIE UNDERWOODDirty Laundry
33ERIC CHURCH f/ RHIANNON GIDDENSKill A Word
54LAUREN ALAINARoad Less Traveled
45KEITH URBANBlue Ain't Your Color
66MAREN MORRIS80's Mercedes
107WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGANMissing
148CHRIS YOUNG f/ VINCE GILLSober Saturday Night
89RAELYNNLove Triangle
1610JON PARDIDirt On My Boots

Ac Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
11ADELEWater Under The Bridge
122JOHN LEGENDLove Me Now
NEW 3THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKI Feel It Coming
54EMELI SANDEBreathing Underwater
65BRUNO MARS24K Magic
26KELLY CLARKSONIt's Quiet Uptown
47ALICIA KEYS f/ A$AP ROCKYBlended Family
38THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNKStarboy
119RIHANNALove On The Brain
910SOLANGECranes In The Sky

Alternative Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
11THE XXOn Hold
92A TRIBE CALLED QUESTWe The People
23BASTILLESend Them Off!
34HIGHLY SUSPECTMy Name Is Human
115COINTalk Too Much
2356BASTILLEBlame
697CIRCA WAVESWake Up
148JAPANDROIDSNear To The Wild Heart Of Life
109MILKY CHANCECocoon
610EMPIRE OF THE SUNHigh And Low

Aaa Monthly Ranking  

LCTCArtistSong
31RAG'N'BONE MANHuman
12KINGS OF LEONWaste A Moment
23SAINT MOTELMove
44GREEN DAYStill Breathing
245KINGS OF LEONFind Me
736ELBOWMagnificent (She Says)
367JOHN MAYERLove On The Weekend
508RYAN ADAMSDo You Still Love Me?
109COLDPLAYEverglow
2510BEYONCE & THE DIXIE CHICKSDaddy Lessons