January’s Trending 100, Oh the Afterglow…The Alt Sub-Gneres have the Real Groove and the Divine Chord


These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month

Beyond Radio’s Trending 100, January 2021

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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


Alternative Sub Genres January 15, 2021

Full charts located on their individual pages

Alt Pop/Electro

2          1          BILLIE EILISH           Therefore I Am

1          2          24KGOLDN f/ IANN DIOR    Mood

3          3          OF MONSTERS AND MEN   Visitor

10        4          PALE WAVES             Change

28        5          GORILLAZ f/ BECK   The Valley Of The Pagans

6          6          HOT CHIP f/ JARVIS COCKER       Straight To The Morning

143     7          THE AVALANCHES f/ MGMT & JOHNNY MARR The Divine Chord

17        8          THE BLEACHERS f/ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN         Chinatown

18        9          THE KNOCKS f/ FOSTER THE PEOPLE    All About You

38        10        ALL TIME LOW f/ BLACKBEAR & DEMI LOVATO           Monsters


Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)

8          1          KYLIE MINOGUE & DUA LIPA       Real Groove

1          2          KYLIE MINOGUE      Magic

7          3          CELESTE        A Little Love

new     4          SZA     Good Days

3          5          SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR       Crying At The Discotheque

27        6          ARLO PARKS             Caroline

4          7          KYLIE MINOGUE      Say Something

2          8          BECKY HILL  Space

6          9          LONDON GRAMMAR            Californian Soil

new     10        CELESTE        Love Is Back


Adult Leaning Alternative

1          1          OF MONSTERS AND MEN   Visitor

10        2          THE BLEACHERS f/ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN         Chinatown

15        3          JADE BIRD    Headstart

16        4          GORILLAZ f/ BECK   The Valley Of The Pagans

6          5          JAKE BUGG  All I Need

11        6          FLEET FOXES           Can I Believe You

7          7          PHOEBE BRIDGERS I Know The End

new     8          SAM FENDER            Winter Song

21        9          THE STROKES          The Adults Are Talking

3          10        ROMY Lifetime


Alternative Hip Hop

68        1          THE AVALANCHES f/ MGMT & JOHNNY MARR The Divine Chord

21        2          RUN THE JEWELS    Out Of Sight

5          3          ACTRESS f/ SAMPHA           Walking Flames

43        4          RUN THE JEWELS    The Ground Below

new     5          JENNY LEWIS & SERENGETI         Unblu

new     6          SZA     Good Days

2          7          EMOTIONAL ORANGES       All That

12        8          TERRACE MARTIN, ROBERT GLASPER, 9TH WONDER & KAMASI WASHINGTON            Freeze Tag

14        9          ARIES Fool’s Gold

new     10        YVES TUMOR            Kerosene


Alt Rock

1          1          ROYAL BLOOD         Trouble’s Coming

5          2          I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME       Leave Me Alone

104     3          TEENAGE WRIST      Taste Of Gasoline

3          4          OF MONSTERS AND MEN   Visitor

2          5          FOO FIGHTERS         Shame Shame

10        6          MACHINE GUN KELLY f/ HALSEY Forget Me Too

6          7          TEENAGE WRIST      Earth Is A Black Hole

new     8          KINGS OF LEON       The Bandit

15        9          SMASHING PUMPKINS        Cyr

4          10        BRING ME THE HORIZON   Teardrops



1          1          BICEP Apricots

5          2          BICEP Saku

new     3          THOM YORKE, BURIAL & FOUR TET       Her Revolution

new     4          BOOTCHY TEMPLE  Lost Future

6          5          BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD      Science Fair

178     6          NOTHING       Catch A Fade

35        7          SPORTS TEAM          Here’s The Thing

new     8          THE KUNTS   Boris Johnson…

new     9          BIIG PIIG        Feels Right

21        10        SHAME           Water In The Well


Roots AAA (Roots Rock, Americana, Folk, Heritage Pop)

22        1          TAYLOR SWIFT         Willow

new     2          TAYLOR SWIFT f/ HAIM      No Body, No Crime

4          3          LIAM GALLAGHER   All You’re Dreaming Of

6          4          JADE BIRD    Headstart

new     5          PAUL MCCARTNEY  Find My Way

5          6          FLEET FOXES           Can I Believe You

new     7          COLDPLAY     Flags

new     8          CHRIS CORNELL      Watching The Wheels

27        9          BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN         Ghosts

10        10        CHRIS STAPLETON  Cold

By: Radio Tim 
Jan 15, 2021