28 1 SUFJAN STEVENS Tonya Harding The indie folk singer-songwriter from Detroit lands 2 songs in the top 10 this week. This one is unrelated to the movie “I, Tonya” although it was submitted for consideration but was passed on for the movie. His other entry at #6 is, however, a soundtrack song for another movie.
27 2 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS It's A Beautiful WorldAnother two-fer, both former Oasis Gallagher brothers are featured in this week’s top 10. This band’s 3rd album “Who Built The Moon?” is also their 3rd to hit #1 in the UK.
4 3 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Particles The 4th song from the band’s current album “Broken Machine” to reach the BR250, this week it falls from #102-112.
54 4 BROCKHAMPTON Boogie This is the 13th song since last June by the band to show up on a personal chart. The danceable retro ditty is their 1st to grace the BR250, up to #93 this week.
68 5 LIAM GALLAGHER Come Back To Me His 5th BR250, again since June of last year, this one enters the top 100 this week at #96
17 6 SUFJAN STEVENS Mystery Of Love From the movie “Call Me By Your Name”, the song spends its 6th week in BR250.
15 7 CAM Diane An upsurge in country personal charts sees the other woman’s confessional move into the top 10 after 8 weeks in the top 25.
new 8 LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA For You This year’s ‘Fifty Shades’ theme got 15 adds out of the box this week. Airplay will pick up so this could be the song’s only appearance on the UR250.
8 9 DAVID GUETTA & AFROJACKf/ CHARLI XCX & FRENCH MONTANA Dirty Sexy Money This star collaboration has performed best in Australia and France.
23 10 KELLY CLARKSON Medicine Her performance of the song on the fall season finale of “The Voice” may have helped spur the move to the top 10. The song’s swagger may also have something to do with it.
39 11 TOM WALKER Leave A Light On After a string of singles since mid 2016, this one is the 1st to enter the European Airplay top 50 from the UK singer-songwriter. Last year he reached the U.S. Hot AC top 25 with “Just You And I”.
64 12 YUNGBLUD I Love You, Will You Marry Me Yungblud is UK indie rocker Dominic Harrison. He’s been tooling around the BR250 for 2 months now with this reggae-influenced single. His follow up single “Tin Pan Boy” jumps to #43 on the UR250 this week as well.
44 13 THE WOMBATS Turn The UK band has a bonafide BR250 hit with “Lemon To A Knife Fight”, sitting at #15 on that chart and graduating from Untapped status. The follow up makes a nice move here and jumps to #148 on the BR250.
7 14 SAM SMITH One Last Song The 50’s/60’s retro doo-woppy song, and recent top 5 in UK airplay, moves to a new peak on the BR250 at #68.
12 15 KESHA Learn To Let Go While the European single release continues to slide, the next single pitched to pop radio in the U.S., “Woman”, moves into the top 25 at #23.
5 16 CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG Deadly Valentine
237 17 MGMT When You Die Another foray into the sparse new wave sound of the early 80’s, the band just spent 4 weeks in the Beyond Radio top 10 with “Little Dark Age”.
52 18 KATE VOEGELE Shoot This Arrow The singer and actress goes more with current pop trends on her latest song.
95 19 LILY ALLEN f/ GIGGS Trigger Bang With an assist from grime artist Giggs, the low key song about substance abuse is her 1st since 2014.
13 20 JAX JONES f/ INA WROLDSEN Breathe The British DJ and producer has had a good 18 months, scoring 3 top 20 songs there, including this one.
14 21 GREEN DAY Back In The U.S.A. New song from the bands album “Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band”. No new ground broken here.
18 22 SUNFLOWER BEAN I Was A Fool Strummy dream pop from the NYC trio who typically have a female/male vocal interplay in most of their songs.
30 23 KESHA f/ THE DAP-KINGS HORNS Woman
90 24 STEPS I Will Love Again Along with the Fizz, filling the Abba void in 2017/18. This is their 5th BR250 entry in the past year.
36 25 JAMES ARTHUR Naked Arthur had a stellar year, scoring the international smash “Say You Won’t Let Go”. After its release in December, this song should be starting to impact U.S. HotAC this month.
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Quiet action overall in the top 25 this week, though Portugal, The Man bring a 2nd song into the top 10 as ‘Live In The Moment” leaps 15-8. Imagine Dragons, after stalling just outside the top 25 for a month, move up 11 spots to #15 with “Whatever It Takes” while the polarizing “Thunder” also moves back into the top 20.
The best move in the upper reaches though belongs to the Wombats and “Lemon To A Knife Fight”, with a 32-18 move. The band’s most recent single before that, 2015’s “Emoticons”, was my #2 song of 2016, the first to reach my weekly top 40 after 11 tries.
Ed Sheeran, who remains at the top for a 6th week, is also part of the highest top 100 entry on Eminem’s “River” at #43. Close behind at #46 is the return of the seminal UK outfit Manic Street Preachers with “International Blue”.
This week’s chart is the last with major holiday music impact so I thought it would be fitting to present the top 50 Holiday songs as charted from Dec. 4-Jan. 8. The top 10 is a mix of new music from Sia, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarson and Lindsey Stirling along with perennial favorites. Of course Mariah at the top is no surprise.
1 MARIAH CAREY All I Want For Christmas
2 MARIAH CAREY The Star
3 WHAM Last Christmas
4 SIA Santa's Coming For Us
5 GWEN STEFANI f/ BLAKE SHELTON You Make It Feel Like Christmas
6 THE POGUES Fairytale Of New York
7 KELLY CLARKSON Christmas Eve
8 SIA Candy Cane Lane
9 LINDSEY STIRLING Carol Of The Bells
10 LINDSEY STIRLING f/ BECKY G Christmas C'mon
11 ECHOSMITH Baby Don't Leave Me (All Alone On Christmas)
12 TARJA O Come, O Come Emmanuel
13 SIA Snowman
14 BAND AID Do They Know It's Christmas
15 HANSON Finally It's Christmas
16 TOM CHAPLIN Under A Million Lights
17 LINDSEY STIRLING f/ SABRINA CARPENTER You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch
18 LINDSEY STIRLING Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
19 DRAKE BELL Jingle Bells
20 CHRIS REA Driving Home For Christmas
21 MARIAH CAREY Lil' Snowman
22 ECHOSMITH f/ HUNTER HAYES Merry Xmas (The War Is Over)
23 MARIAH CAREY Miss You Most (At Christmastime)
24 GWEN STEFANI Jingle Bells
25 PENTATONIX Carol Of The Bells
26 PROSECCO SOCIALIST This Dog's Just For Christmas (Not For Life)
27 PENTATONIX Sleigh Ride
28 SKINNY LISTER Christmas Calls
29 JON MCLAUGHLIN Christmastime Is Here (But You're Not)
30 THE 69 EYES Christmas In New York City
31 THEGIORNALISTI f/ RADIO DEEJAY ALL-STARS Happy Christmas John
32 AMY MACDONALD This Christmas Day
33 TARJA O Tannenbaum
34 TARJA Feliz Navidad
35 SHAKIN STEVENS Merry Christmas Everyone
36 NICK JONAS f/ SHANIA TWAIN Say All You Want For Christmas
37 TAYLOR SWIFT Santa Baby
38 AMERICA Winter Holidays
39 SIA Underneath The Mistletoe
40 PENTATONIX Hallelujah
41 WIZZARD I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
42 SHADOW SHAKERS Christmas Eve
43 HANSON Everybody Knows The Claus
44 CARLY RAE JEPSEN Last Christmas
45 AVERY SUNSHINE I Never Knew Christmas
46 SLADE Merry Xmas Everybody
47 PENTATONIX God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
48 PENTATONIX Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
49 JOSH GROBAN Happy Xmas (The War Is Over)
50 TRAIN Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Links to Beyond Radio's Year-End Charts
I will be posting these links over the next week. Each page will include the Top 150 of the year, the Top 100 Untapped Resources and a link to each genre's Dec. Spotify playlist. Each playlist will start with the top 25 Untapped songs of the year.
The British juggernaut ended 2017 with a 2nd #1 this year with his ballad “Perfect”, in at #112. This song was not released to radio in the U.S. but was his 3rd single internationally.
49 NIALL HORAN Slow Hands 16 832 30
Stylistically similar to Sheeran, this 1D alum has had the best radio success of all the boys in 2017 with 3 strong singles, this, his 1st Pop #1.
48 THE CHAINSMOKERS Paris 5 834 46
After a huge 2016 the Chainsmokers spent 2 weeks in March in the top 10 before relinquishing that status to the bigger collaboration with Coldplay which spent 3 months there. This one still hung in the top 25 for 14 weeks.
47 MIRANDA LAMBERT Tin Man 17 864.6 34
The song only reached the top 25 in airplay on Country radio but spent 31 weeks between the end of April and the end of Nov. in the BR top 100.
46 RIHANNA Love On The Brain 12 867.6 52
This song had received award show exposure a while before it was pitched to radio and spent the 2nd half of 2016 developing here, finally cracking the top 100 in Oct. and reaching the top 40 in Dec. From there it spent 18 weeks in the 40.
45 DEPECHE MODE Where's The Revolution? 6 878.5 34
A lack of radio exposure did not keep this from spending 7 weeks in the top 10. I don’t think its success here is due to it hitting #3 in Hungary.
44 KYGO f/ SELENA GOMEZ It Ain't Me 8 879.9 41
It seemed to me there was a bunch of EDM/Pop sound-a-likes out in the spring especially. This was one of the biggest reaching #2 in Pop airplay and top 5 in European airplay.
43 LORDE Perfect Places 10 883.8 26
10 songs from Lorde charted this year with 4 reaching the BR250, all peaking in the top 100. Late summer was perfect for her Alternative top 15 hit.
42 CHILDISH GAMBINO Redbone 15 950.7 52
1 of 4 songs in the top 50 that was on a t least 1 personal chart every week of the tracking period. This was also one of the slowest burn radio hits of the year. It debuted the 1st week of the tracking year and saw its peak here in late winter but radio took longer to catch on.
41 BLEACHERS Don't Take The Money 8 959 34
This song continues to rise at Hot AC after reaching the top 2 at Alternative radio over the summer.
40 ROYAL BLOOD Lights Out 6 970.5 33
The 2nd half of 2017 was very good to this UK duo, placing 4 songs in the weekly top 100, currently 2 of them simultaneously in the top 50. This one had 7 weeks in the top 10, 3 of those at #6.
39 KENDRICK LAMAR Humble 7 971.1 34
Overall Hip Hop struggles a bit at Beyond Radio but critic’s darling Lamar settled into the top 25 for 16 weeks. Along with collaborations with Maroon 5 and Sia, he managed to place 4 songs in the BR250 of the year.
38 TAYLOR SWIFT Look What You Made Me Do 2(6) 975.4 14
There may be a mini radio burn out on everything Swift-y which isn’t evident with her album sales or personal chart placements for all songs from “Reputation”. Here I think she got a 1 week gimme at #1 on pop radio with this self indulgent (shocker) song. In the end she couldn’t budge Pink out of the top spot so had to settle for 6 weeks at #2.
Harris’ 1st of 2 in the top 50, his collaborations with R&B and Hip Hop artists proved to be a success and stood apart from much of the other EDM generated Pop hits of the year.
36 FOO FIGHTERS Run 4 1022.9 26
The Foos placed 2 songs in the top 100, with “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” at #65. Both enjoyed runs in the top 10. While rock msic is in a bit of a lull at the moment, Dave Grohl continues to be a shining light in the genre.
35 ZAYN & TAYLOR SWIFT I Don't Wanna Live Forever 5 1033.4 40
Personally I feel this song was a bit forced but name value brought the song to near the top of Pop and Hot AC radio.
34 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Amsterdam 6 1035.9 30
While getting no real Alternative radio love in the States, it didn’t seem to stop the insistent song to rack up15 weeks in the Beyond Radio top 25. Their song “Sorry”, which should have been a Hot AC contender, followed in the top 25 and came in at #132 for the year.
33 MILEY CYRUS Malibu 3 1046.5 28
Breezy 70’s style California pop is not what we might have expected from Cyrus but she likes to mix things up. It managed to reach the Pop top 20 but had more success in England and Australia than stateside.
32 CLEAN BANDIT f/ ZARA LARSSON Symphony 7 1051 36
The 1st of 2 songs from the UK dance outfit in the top 50, it was the 3rd song in a row to reach #1 in airplay in their homeland. Not bad for a Dance meets Classical outfit that could have been a novelty act.
One aspect of the Beyond Radio 250 is that it does not include charts that are almost solely Pop radio centric, though it does include Pop leaning charts that include non-radio songs. That could speak to the surprisingly low entry for this ubiquitous summer song.
30 IMAGINE DRAGONS Thunder 10 1065 31
The Dragons had an impressive year with 3 songs in the top 250. This one was a polarizing song attracting many haters as well. Even with that it has managed 16 weeks in the top 25 so far while also crowning the Pop airplay chart in the U.S.
29 LITTLE BIG TOWN Better Man 9 1070.9 52
I can safely say that I am a little giddy at the fact that this Taylor Swift penned song did better than any of her other songs this year. It clearly shows where her strengths are (certainly not rapping). Also it is great to see a long established country band spend 28 weeks in the top 100.
28 THE XX On Hold 7 1095.1 50
I would not have predicted the quirky alt band to score 3 songs in top 250 this year but indeed they did. Here their use of an extrapolated vocal from Hall & Oates #1 song “I Can’t Go For That” helped secure 16 weeks in the top 25.
27 BRUNO MARS 24K Magic 1 1138.9 37
3 songs in the top 100 make another banner year for Mars. This sat at #2for 10 weeks behind The Weeknd’s “Starboy” starting at the beginning of Nov. 2016 before getting a sole week at #1.
26 DUA LIPA New Rules 2 1148.1 24
5 total songs in the top 250, including collaborations, this one capped a year that established her as an international force.
25 KESHA Praying 2(2) 1162.1 21
A comeback of grand proportions, it sat behind Calvin Harris’ “Feels” in late summer as almost the antithesis in sentiment. That high note chills me every time.
24 BRUNO MARS That's What I Like 5 1197.3 49
The man can hardly do wrong, he appeals to all demographics. He scored Billboard’s #2 radio song of the year with this throwback.
23 SHAWN MENDES There's Nothing Holding Me Back 6 1203.4 31
This teenager gets a lot of love from Pop and Hot AC radio and along with international success it bodes well for the next few years of his career.
22 PARAMORE Hard Times 3 1206.9 32
What I’m sure was considered a commercial disappointment was clearly a Beyond Radio hit. Within a month of release it was in the top 25 and spent 3 weeks at #3 in June.
21 THE KILLERS The Man 3 1221.3 24
A Dance-tinged comeback for the Las Vegas band garnered them an Alternative #1 and much love at Beyond Radio. 17 weeks in the top 25 and still in the top 50 at the end of November.
20 LADY GAGA The Cure 2(3) 1231.5 32
After what was considered a weak performance by the singles from “Joanne” this non-album single delved into current pop trends and nabbed her a third Pop top 20 in less than a year. Her performance here was much better.
19 THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNK Starboy 1(12) 1232.1 30
This holdover from 2016 spent 6 of its weeks at #1 before Dec. of last year. If his 2016 points were added in this would sit at #2.
18 CHARLIE PUTH Attention 7 1240 31
The slinky groove of this song established Puth as a real radio contender, earning him a Pop #1. It has spent 29 weeks in the top 100 so far. I was a little late to the party, it just cracked my top 10 but still placed as my #3 Pop song of the year. Current pop has minimal impact on my personal chart.
17 CALVIN HARRIS f/ PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY & BIG SEAN Feels 1(4) 1267.8 24
Towards the end of summer this superstar collab reigned for 4 weeks, exerting the perfect lazy summer vibe that Pop radio loves. This one was my #25 of songs that reached the U.S. Pop chart but only placed at #616 overall. Doesn’t mean I don’t like it though
16 PINK What About Us 1(11) 1270.3 15
With only 15 weeks under its belt this would easily have been a top 10 or 5 contender if released earlier in the year.
15 ARCADE FIRE Everything Now 1(4) 1328 26
My summer shocker, and not unpleasantly, was the ascent of Arcade Fire to #1 for a month straight. While critic’s lists often polarize me this was their #7 song of the year. Right behind it was, IMO, one of the worst songs of all time, “Bodak Yellow”. It warms my heart that it failed to reach the BR250 for the year, placing only at #281 after a #39 peak.
14 LADY GAGA Million Reasons 4 1350.2 37
Before the Super Bowl performance gave this song a radio kick in the A, Beyond Radio already had the song sitting in the top 10 for 2 months.
13 CARLY RAE JEPSEN Cut To The Feeling 2(5) 1418.1 28
This is the radio head scratcher of the year. How can a song that is on numerous critics year-end lists (Entertainment Weekly’s #3) AND spent 14 weeks in the top 10 at Beyond Radio, with 5 of those at #2, not get ANY radio love. It is a travesty.
12 RAG'N'BONE MAN Human 5 1429.4 42
This song started to take off in Europe in August of 2016 and it wasn’t until early 2017 that it started to hit its stride in the U.S. In total it spent 28 weeks in the top 100.
11 CLEAN BANDIT f/ SEAN PAUL & ANNE-MARIE Rockabye 5 1450.1 52
Another song with international success before launching the U.S., this 1st hit the chart in Oct. 2016 and had a total of 16 weeks in the top 10. It spent 9 weeks at #1 on the UK singles chart.
10 THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY Something Just Like This 3 1523.6 40
Their 2nd song in the top 50, this spent 12 of its 14 weeks in the top 10 in the top 5. Because of the collaboration this song managed to gain airplay at Alternative and AAA radio as well. To me, it is the perfect example of a Pop trend gone awry. I just recently learned about the EDM mechanism “The Drop”, which in clubs may work well, but on radio falls flat to my ears.
9 IMAGINE DRAGONS Believer 8 1537.3 43
21 weeks in the top 25 and 35 in top 100 helped fuel this songs steady pace towards the top 10 this year. Whether you like them or hate them, they are a rock band that has figured out how to stay relevant to the Pop audience while reaching most demographics.
8 KATY PERRY f/ SKIP MARLEY Chained To The Rhythm 1(6) 1540.3 42
This song dominated the early spring but subsequent singles couldn’t keep the flow. Even though, both “Swish Swish” (#70) and Bon Appetit (#127) reached the Beyond Radio top 25 during the summer.
7 LORDE Green Light 1(4) 1551.2 39
Right on Perry’s heels, Lorde took the latter half of the spring. Both spent 16 weeks in the top 25. Both ladies seem to have faltered from their previous highs overall but are taking creative risks. Lorde’s efforts have been validated by Grammy nods.
6 ADELE Water Under The Bridge 1 1629.5 43
This song had more than a half year of charting before entering the top 10 the 1st week of Dec. last year. Those points would have only brought this up a few notches.
5 HARRY STYLES Sign Of The Times 1(9) 1728.1 32
This sweepingly gorgeous ballad was the second longest running #1 of the year, behind Pink. Styles went in a complete opposite direction that Pop would have expected. With that he achieved a grand masterpiece and probably a good amount of industry cred.
4 ED SHEERAN Castle On The Hill 2(5) 1770.4 47
Released virtually simultaneously, this was always in the shadow of “Shape Of You” but kept good pace with it. It was a good call to release 2 songs that contrasted each other. This one had 19 weeks in the top 25.
3 THE WEEKND f/ DAFT PUNK I Feel It Coming 1(2) 1869.6 41
This song’s 2 weeks in November could have brought it into the #2 position. If Michael Jackson recorded a simple easy going R&B song in 2017 it would have been this.
2 ED SHEERAN Shape Of You 1(4) 1881.4 47
Sheeran connected in a big way with a song that borrowed from tropical house and built on a simple melody line. 19 weeks in the top 10 was not enough to bring it home though.
1 PORTUGAL, THE MAN Feel It Still 2 2072.1 38
Prolonged multi-format exposure wins the race, not reaching #1. The biggest difference between this and “Shape of You” is 33 weeks in top 25, 12 more than Ed Sheeran. It reached the top 25 in mid-April and the top 10 in August, hit the top 5 on Sept. 4 and spent the last 3 months of the year parked there. It’s an impressive run that is not quite over yet.
The BR250 of 2017, Pos. 150-51
150 NICKELBACK Feed The Machine 42 419.8 34
149 LANA DEL REY f/ THE WEEKND Lust For Life 28 420.4 32
148 RITA ORA Your Song 34 420.9 27
147 U2 You're The Best Thing About Me 11 421.5 12
146 THE WAR ON DRUGS Holding On 47 422.9 26
145 ONEREPUBLIC Kids 7 426.3 25
144 BRAD PAISLEY Today 33 432.7 45
143 MIRANDA LAMBERT We Should Be Friends 37 439.2 37
142 LP Lost On You 24 440.5 44
141 KASABIAN You're In Love With A Psycho 20 443.1 36
140 JAMIROQUAI Automaton 19 445.7 29
139 JESSIE WARE Midnight 13 445.9 17
138 KINGS OF LEON Reverend 48 447.5 52
137 MAREN MORRIS 80's Mercedes 21 447.8 27
136 LITTLE MIX Touch 17 448 37
135 JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP Friends 10 450.4 15
134 BLONDIE Fun 28 450.9 35
133 CAMILA CABELLO f/ YOUNG THUG Havana 5 452.8 15
I don't usually give in to Christmas songs but there was no denying the awesomeness of Hanson's song. It will definitely be taken over next week by one of my favorite songs in recent memory, "Not Today" by Twenty One Pilots. That should spend multiple weeks at the top. The juxtaposition of it's happy melody and downer lyrics recall Everclear's "Wonderful" in tone. Perhaps with the recent passing of David Cassidy my top 2 reflect my nostalgic love for bubblegum pop. "Not Today" especially has shades of the Partridge Family and that era's pop music.
That has also helped the recently re-discovered "Running Away" by Polyphonic Spree back onto my chart after almost 10 years. It well surpasses its original peak, up to #30 this week. Another song reflective of the era that is moving up my chart is Hudson Taylor's "Feel It Again" with a very Simon & Garfunkel vibe.
With Twenty One Pilots assured reign it looks like Mika will not get to reach the top with "It's My House". That may also hold true for Brandi Carlile's "The Joke".
Next week should see 2 songs by the Last Bandoleros inside the top 10, making 4 top 10's and a top 15 in the past 18 months. Fittingly in the past I have described them as the Tex-Mex Hanson.
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.
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