There’s A Lot of Power Trending in May


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

Beyond Radio’s Trending 100, May 2021


1              JESSIE WARE       Please   4

The songstress wasted no time replacing herself in the top 5 on the BR250. This new single will be included on the deluxe version of the album “What’s Your Pleasure?” in June called “Platinum Pleasure”. All of the top 3 trending songs have debuted in the top 25 on the BR250 this week. “Your Power” is Eilish’s third preview into her upcoming second album, “Happier Than Ever”, scheduled for a late July release. While Eilish talks about personal power, Coldplay is looking outward with their latest single.

2              BILLIE EILISH       Your Power        20

3              COLDPLAY           Higher Power    23

4              CHVRCHES          He Said She Said               12

The next 3 songs come from different areas of the Alternative universe. Chvrches delivers reliable synth-pop, Wolf Alice return to the harder side of their sound with “Smile” and 26 years in, the Chemical Brothers continue to burn up the dancefloor on this simmering track. Their pinnacle for me was “Galvanize” in 2005, peaking at #3.

5              WOLF ALICE        Smile     25

6              THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS            The Darkness That You Fear         49

7              LITTLE MIX          Confetti               56

Hit worthy Brits, both emanating from music competition shows, hold the next 2 spots. Since the release of the #1 “Cannonball” in 2011, the girl group Little Mix has churned out 26 top 20 singles in the UK. They were crowned the winners of the inaugural X Factor. Similarly in 2002, Will Young won the first Pop Idol crown and has laned 12 titles in the UK top 20, the last one was “Jealousy” in 2011.

8              WILL YOUNG      Daniel   64

9              PINK      All I Know So Far               70

Though the former 2 artists have had impressive careers in the UK, Pink is truly an international superstar. Her profile has been front and center over the past 6 months with collaborations with Keith Urban, Rag ‘n Bone Man and her daughter. On May 21 the documentary film “All I Know So Far” and the corresponding live album will be released. Her song that performed the best on my chart was my #2 song of the 2013/14 cycle, the ever so fun “Walk Of Shame”. It spent 8 weeks at #2 on my hcart, though both “Raise Your Glass’ and “Glitter in the Air” made it to #1.

10           LITTLE SIMZ        Introvert              41

The British rapper and singer makes a nice splash onto the BR250, moving 276-41 this week, increasing her chart totals from 5 to 15. The instrumentation on this song has the feel of a James Bond theme.

11           GARBAGE            No Gods No Masters      78

The seventh album of the same name by the ‘90s era Alt kingpins, will be released next month. The title song is their second to reach the top 100 with the lead track “The Men Who Rule The World” moving into the top 30 at #28. From Wikipedia, “This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins,” singer Shirley Manson explained, describing No Gods No Masters as “a critique of the rise of capitalist short-sightedness, racism, sexism and misogyny across the world.”[

12           DOJA CAT f/ SZA               Kiss Me More    8

This song supposedly interpolates Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”, but I have a hard time hearing it. Dua Lipa’s “Physical” also interpolates that song.

13           RINA SAWAYAMA f/ ELTON JOHN             Chosen Family   50

Elton John is an unabashed fan of Sawayama and lends his pipes to this heartfelt ballad about finding your tribe, a true LGBTQ anthem.

14           NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS We’re On Our Way Now 112

The former Oasis brother has a compilation album coming out next month, celebrating this band’s 10th anniversary. In 2015 their song “The Ballad Of The Mighty I” was my #1 song of the year.

15           AFROJACK & DAVID GUETTA       Hero      139

This collaboration between the Dutch and French producers sounds very 2012 to me, not necessarily a bad place to be.

16           ONEREPUBLIC   Run        140

17           WILLOW f/ TRAVIS BARKER          Transparant Soul              167

18           MACHINE GUN KELLY f/ KELLIN QUINN   Love Race            176

19           KYLIE MINOGUE               Dance Floor Darling         75

20           JAKE BUGG         Lost        181

21           KINGS OF CONVENIENCE              Rocky Trail           182

22           JACK SAVORETTI f/ NILE RODGERS            Who’s Hurting Who         189

23           THE WEEKND f/ ARIANA GRANDE             Save Your Tears 5

24           TEXAS   Mr. Haze              42

25           COUNTING CROWS         Elevator Boots   174

By: Radio Tim 
May 14, 2021