These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
Beyond Radio’s Trending 100, January 2021
POS/ARTIST/SONG/# ON BR250/POINTS
1 ED SHEERAN Afterglow 10 1887.05
Supposedly this sparse acoustic ballad is not the first single from his next album, just a one off for his fans. That didn’t stop it from going to #2 in the UK and in the top 20 on pop radio in the U.S.
2 JUSTIN BIEBER Anyone 25 1833.7
Bieber is pulling a Grande with 3 songs in the U.S. Pop top 20, 2 of those in the top 5 this week. This latest track is one I can give some time to. A far cry from the atrociousness of “Yummy”. This one has a light retro groove.
3 KYLIE MINOGUE & DUA LIPA Real Groove 12 1585.35
Dua Lipa’s vocal on this is really only a slight enhancement to the song, an unassuming disco nugget.
4 HARRY STYLES Treat People With Kindness 41 1512.3
I’m in love with the video to this song and feel it should be the motto for 2021. Last winter the peaked at #141 on te BR250 and this week jumps in at #41, giving Styles a 6th top 50 on the chart from the album “Fine Line”. The album ended up as the #4 album of the year on the Billboard 200.
5 FOO FIGHTERS No Son Of Mine 42 1495.7
After the left field “Shame Shame”, Dave Grohl treats his audience to a solid rocker that stampedes through it’s 3 and half minutes. The background vocals provide a certain eeriness. For a nearly 30 year old band, they hardly ever disappoint.
6 TAYLOR SWIFT f/ HAIM No Body, No Crime 16 1224.7
A murder ballad from Taylor Swift. After her trail of ex-boyfriends, it doesn’t surprise me. Nor does the fact that she has 5 songs in the Trending 100 this month.
7 KINGS OF LEON The Bandit 66 1105.4
It’s been more than 4 years since the last Kings Of Leon album. Sounds like just where they left off. A rootsy alt-rocker with that distinctive voice.
8 THE WEEKND Save Your Tears 2 1050.05
This song has me going ho hum. This seems like a song that will stall out quickly.
9 SZA Good Days 105 856.9
This trance-y song features Jacob Collier who is up for album of the year at the Grammys. He has already won 4 Grammys for arranging including a whacked-out version of the “Flintstones” theme in 2017.
10 GWEN STEFANI Let Me Reintroduce Myself 14 843.15
Kind of an adorable, tongue in cheek song, especially the video.
11 TAYLOR SWIFT Willow 6 777.95
12 COLDPLAY Flags 89 769.1
The latest non-energetic single from Coldplay is said to be, according to Wikipedia, a bonus track on the Japanese version of the album.
13 PAUL MCCARTNEY Find My Way 53 735.2
McCartney’s album McCartney III, on which he played all the instruments, was a UK #1 and Stateside #2 album. His fellow Beatles band-mate, Ringo Starr, is also on the trending chart this month at #26.
14 TEENAGE WRIST Taste Of Gasoline 49 721.8
Tis L.A. alt-rock duo has had a good run on the BR250 in the last 18 months. This is their 4th song to reach the top 100 and second to reach the top 50. They just released another single “Yellowbelly”. ‘Gasoline’, while still featuring a shoegaze gauze, is the most pop-oriented song by them that I have heard.
15 CHEVELLE Self Destructor 170 592.8
This Illinois band has amassed 24 Rock top 40 songs since 1999 with 5 #1’s and 14 top 10’s.
16 MILEY CYRUS f/ DUA LIPA Prisoner 1 588.95
17 CELESTE Love Is Back 174 574.6
18 THE AVALANCHES f/ MGMT & JOHNNY MARR The Divine Chord 32 558.7
19 PALE WAVES She’s My Religion 117 541.3
20 LONDON GRAMMAR Lose Your Head 223 491.8
21 TROYE SIVAN & KACEY MUSGRAVES f/ MARK RONSON Easy 44 478.75
22 HVME Goosebumps 137 460.9
23 BUGS Old Youth Feeling 213 429.8
24 BOOTCHY TEMPLE Lost Future 205 400
25 LOLA LENNOX La La Love Me 301 374