These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
Trending Chart September 2020
POS/ARTIST/SONG/POS ON BR250/POINTS
1 MILEY CYRUS Midnight Sky 1 3274.85
There was no touching Miley on the trending chart this week as the song also goes to #1 on the BR250 this week. The pulsating dance-pop preview to her 7th album “She Is Miley Cyrus” addresses pansexuality and debuted at #10 in the UK and #14 on the Hot 100.
2 24KGOLDN f/ IANN DIOR Mood 27 1660.5
Following the streaming success of “Valentino” last year and reaching the top 15 on Alternative radio earlier this year with “City Of Angels”, the singer and rapper has exploded onto the Pop chart in the last few weeks. He has also hit #1 or #2 on numerous charts around the world as well as the Rock and Alternative songs chart in Billboard. He also shows up on the #25 song by Clean Bandit “Tick Tock” this week.
3 CALVIN HARRIS f/ THE WEEKND Over Now 39 1482.1
I would have expected this this easy-going slice of soul to make a bigger initial splash based on the caliber of the collaboration and The Weeknd’s radio dominance this year. However it is just at #25 on the Pop chart and debuted in the 30’s in the UK and on the Hot 100.
4 DEFTONES Ohms 20 1444.45
This is the Sacramento alt-metal band’s first release since 2016 and already is at #20 on the BR250. This is their 14th song to reach the Rock top 40.
5 BTS Dynamite 21 1356.5
6 BLACKPINK & SELENA GOMEZ Ice Cream 91 946.25
Back to back K-Pop. The Hot 100 #1 by BTS is pure vintage boy band while Blackpink’s collab with Selena Gomez is a more current sound pop-hip-hop hybrid. “Dynamite” had the largest 1st day global streaming of 2020 with close to 8 million plays. “Ice Cream”, co-written by Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Victoria Monet is chock full of double entendres. Both songs are in the top 25 on Pop radio.
7 DUA LIPA f/ MADONNA & MISSY ELLIIOTT Levitating 13 932.3
Another month, another Dua Lipa song in the Trending top 10. The remix is top 10 on the Dance chart but the question is what will be the next radio single in the U.S. after “Break My Heart”.
8 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do??? 6 890.05
All of last month’s top 10 have lost points in the tracking period this month except Bastille who only drops one position. The only other songs in this week’s top 25 to still see gains from last month are “WAP at #12 and Betty” at #22. “What You Gona Do???” is currently top 10 Alternative and top 25 Adult Alternative.
9 BIFFY CLYRO Space 42 874
The Scottish band’s 9th album, “A Celebration of Endings” debuted at #1 on the UK album chart in August, their 3rd in a row. This ballad was written by Steve Mac who has had a longstanding relationship with Westlife and has written songs for artist like Pink, Demi Lovato and Ed Sheeran.
10 SMASHING PUMPKINS Cyr 108 844
This mid-tempo electro-pop song just entered the Alternative top 40 and previews the band’s 11th album.
11 LONDON GRAMMAR Baby It’s You 30 827.5
There is a subtle groove to the latest from this ethereal band whose 2017 album
12 CARDI B f/ MEGAN THEE STALLION WAP 10 813.5
13 STEPS What The Future Holds 136 729.3
14 MARIAH CAREY f/ LAURYN HILL Save The Day 63 706.9
15 SIGALA & JAMES ARTHUR Lasting Lover 151 705.8
16 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Violent Sun 28 700.3
17 PHOENIX Identical 128 665.2
18 AGNES Fingers Crossed 93 631.7
19 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Unperson 194 586.4
20 DRAKE Laugh Now Cry Later 86 582.75
21 STRUTS Another Hit Of Showmanship 198 575.1
22 TAYLOR SWIFT Betty 18 571.45
23 BLOXX Off My Mind 74 567.9
24 VISTAS Stranger 212 552.6
25 CLEAN BANDIT & MABEL f/ 24KGOLDN Tick Tock 51 547.8
Beyond Radio Alternative Sub-Genre Charts–September 15, 2020
Full charts available via the Genre Charts tab
4 1 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do???
2 2 BEABADOOBEE Care
5 3 BILLIE EILISH My Future
1 4 THE 1975 If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
10 5 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Waves
378 6 24KGOLDN f/ IANN DIOR Mood
48 7 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Violent Sun
new 8 LONDON GRAMMAR Baby It’s You
3 9 FUTURE ISLANDS For Sure
89 10 I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME Leave Me Alone
Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)
3 1 JESSIE WARE What’s Your Pleasure?
1 2 JESSIE WARE Save A Kiss
new 3 MARIAH CAREY f/ LAURYN HILL Save The Day
6 4 ANDERSON.PAAK Lockdown
12 5 SAULT Wildfires
2 6 VICTORIA MONET Experience
7 7 LIANNE LA HAVAS Can’t Fight
21 8 ROISIN MURPHY Something More
4 9 HAIM Don’t Wanna
57 10 TONI BRAXTON Dance
Adult Leaning Alternative
new 1 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do???
1 2 THE KILLERS My Own Soul’s Warning
9 3 GLASS ANIMALS Heat Waves
new 4 LONDON GRAMMAR Baby It’s You
7 5 DOVES Prisoners
4 6 FUTURE ISLANDS For Sure
5 7 CHRIS CORNELL Patience
2 8 PHOEBE BRIDGERS Kyoto
new 9 SAINT MOTEL Preach
3 10 DOVES Carousels
Alternative Hip Hop
1 1 DISCLOSURE f/ AMINE & SLOWTHAI My High
4 2 TERRACE MARTIN & DENZEL CURRY Pig Feet
2 3 RUN THE JEWELS f/ PHARRELL WILLIAMS & ZACK DE LA ROCHA Ju$t
new 4 THE AVALANCHES Wherever You Go
6 5 YVES TUMOR Gospel For A New Century
new 6 CLIPPING Say The Name
3 7 GORILLAZ f/ SCHOOLBOY Q Pac-Man
new 8 PORIJ 150
7 9 JPEGMAFIA Bald!
14 10 TKAY MAIDZA Don’t Call Again
4 1 BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON What You Gonna Do???
new 2 BEABADOOBEE Care
1 3 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Real Love Song
5 4 CHRIS CORNELL Patience
2 5 BRING ME THE HORIZON Parasite Eve
50 6 I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME Leave Me Alone
7 7 FONTAINES DC Televised Mind
25 8 BIFFY CLYRO Weird Leisure
38 9 BLOXX Off My Mind
12 10 BADFLOWER 30
1 1 FONTAINES DC Televised Mind
new 2 SUFJAN STEVENS My Rajneesh
new 3 BEABADOOBEE Sorry
23 4 JAMES BLAKE Are You Even Real?
new 5 IDLES Model Village
3 6 IDLES Grounds
4 7 FONTAINES DC A Hero’s Death
new 8 BON IVER AUATC
5 9 THE HU Wolf Totem
new 10 THE AVALANCHES Wherever You Go
Roots AAA (Roots Rock, Americana, Folk, Heritage Pop)
2 1 TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVER Exile
4 2 TAYLOR SWIFT Betty
10 3 THE CHICKS Sleep At Night
9 4 ALANIS MORISETTE Ablaze
1 5 SEMISONIC You’re Not Alone
new 6 JAMES BAY Chew On My Heart
new 7 THE GO-GO’S Club Zero
20 8 THE ROLLING STONES f/ JIMMY PAGE Scarlet
35 9 SEMISONIC All It Would Take
11 10 ALANIS MORISETTE Reckoning
My Personal Chart, September 8, 1990
The companion Spotify playlist has all the songs discussed in the blog.
Part 1, First Stop Scottish Folk-Pop, Last Stop Scottish Jangle and Juice
Stone Cold Sober/Del Amitri (1)
The Scottish band’s second album “Waking Hours” was released in the UK in July 1989 and rose to #6 on the album chart there. It wasn’t released in the States until March 1990 and was led by the single “Kiss This Thing Goodbye”, a song that reached the Pop top 30 and Alternative top 15 in addition to #8 on my personal chart. There is heavy use of banjo and harmonica in this tune and even with the slide guitar, it doesn’t necessarily come across as a Country song (which it is not). Probably because of the British lilt to lead singer Justin Currie’s voice. Their biggest UK hit (#11) was the strummy “Nothing Ever Happens” which made a random top 100 songs of the ‘90s list. They never reached the top 10 there but did place 5 singles in the top 20 and all 5 of their ‘90s albums reach the top 10.
“Move Away Jimmy Blue” (50)is a ballad that I can see a large group of people belting out in a pub with beer mugs in hand (“move away Jimmie Blue before your small, small town turns around and swallows you”). The rootsy Folk-Rock sound of this album helped to usher in the ‘90s Pop-Rock sound made huge by bands like Gin Blossoms, Toad The Wet Sprocket, and Counting Crows. It was the more upbeat tunes on it that had the most impact on me. “Stone Cold Sober” was the second song from the album to reach #1 on my chart. Upbeat yes, but not necessarily happy (“we’re stone cold sober looking for bottles of love, we are the dead life, so come on, come on”). That’s where the bridge kicks the song up a notch. I do love juxtaposition in a song.