Paradise Trending, The Cure for Drowning in your Bad Habits, and a Podcast
Paradise Trending, The Cure for Drowning in your Bad Habits, and a Podcast
On the Trending 100 the top 4 songs are all in this weeks BR250 top 10. Led by Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits" which moves up to #7 on the BR250, it's the return of Robert Smith from the seminal alt band The Cure that lands at #2 on both charts. Chvrches' collab "How Not To Drown" has the right ingredients to make a splash, though it is far behind the juggernaut "Good 4 U" at #1 on the BR250. Lorde used her solar power to land at #3 trending and #4 on the main chart. Rounding out the top 4 on the Trending chart is no stranger to the upper reaches of either chart. Dua Lipa's "Love Again" becomes the ninth song from the Moonlight Edition of her powerhouse album "Future Nostalgia" to make the Trending top 5.
On the podcast front the latest episode is called Paradise Theater. In this episode after a 3 month hiatus, and the final in the Podcast-list 006 arc (before our top 10's), we explore a bit of where popular music and theater meet. Artists like the Dear Hunter, Styx and Panic At The Disco all fit into certain aspects of this. We throw a little Sade, Fiona Apple and Beck into the mix and of course a couple of tangents. What seemed, at first, to be a shorter episode, ended up with 2 false endings. In the end, even though Billie Eilish could have killed the party, it all ends on a super cool joyous note.
Beyond Radio’s Trending 100, July 2021
1 ED SHEERAN Bad Habits
2 CHVRCHES f/ ROBERT SMITH How Not To Drown
3 LORDE Solar Power
4 DUA LIPA Love Again
5 IMAGINE DRAGONS Wrecked
6 DOJA CAT & THE WEEKEND You Right
7 MANESKIN I Wanna Be Your Slave
8 BASTILLE Distorted Light Beam
9 BIG RED MACHINE f/ TAYLOR SWIFT Renegade
10 BECKY HILL & DAVID GUETTA Remember
11 GANG OF YOUTHS The Angel of 8th Ave.
12 POPPY Her
13 MABEL Let Them Know
14 NATALIE IMBRUGLIA Build It Better
15 CALVIN HARRIS f/ TOM GRENNAN By Your Side
16 AVA MAX Everytime I Cry
17 MANESKIN Beggin'
18 THE VACCINES Back In Love City
19 SIGALA & RITA ORA You For Me
20 TYLER, THE CREATOR Wusyaname
21 MILEY CYRUS Nothing Else Matters
22 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Futureproof
23 JESSIE J I Want Love
24 INHALER It Won't Always Be Like This
25 KELSEA BALLERINI f/ LANY I Quit Drinking
Typical Summer delays, but it's Good 4 Olivia Rodrigo
As is typical the summer season spreads me thinner than the rest of the year, so it is harder to keep up with Beyond Radio. This year is especially challenging as I started a new job that is taking up a good amount of my time, while I also am leading up to my 60th birthday at the end of July. With that and the coming out of COVID, there has been more travel, and that will continue through the summer. Also, my annual music party will be back after a detour last year. That will happen on July 31, a few days after my birthday.
The podcast and my writings have taken a temporary back seat in all of this. I’m hoping to have another episode out in the next few weeks.
“Good 4 U” unsurprisingly vaults into the #1 position on the BR250 and #1 Trending on the strength of 44 adds. Olivia Rodrigo places a second song in the Trending top 10 with “Brutal” at #5, while “Déjà Vu" sits at #11 and “Traitor” at #22. Galantis and Maneskin, in the Trending silver and bronze positions, follow “Good 4 U” into the BR250 top 15 on strong early June action. “Heartbreak Anthem” has a great summer song vibe, I’d be shocked if they don’t push this in the States. “Zitti E Bouni” will not see the same action though I love that it won Eurovision.
At #4 Trending, Chvrches collaboration with the Cure’s Robert Smith "How Not To Drown" has had strong out of the box success, landing at #43 on the BR250 this week. This is by far my favorite Chvrches track, none of their songs have cracked my top 25 and this could possibly go to #1 on my list.
Another ‘80s era band, Duran Duran, return at #8 Trending with “Invisible” while ‘70s artist Nile Rodgers of Chic, appears at #19 Trending on the Keith Urban track “Out The Cage”, possibly his least Country song ever. Not that that is unusual for him. He has been a stellar performer on my personal chart since 2002 when “Somebody Like You” went to #1 on my chart. At the time I felt that was a Pop hit waiting to happen. Since then, he has had 17 songs reach #1 on my personal chart and another 13 reach my top 10.
The return of Lorde, 2013’s Olivia Rodrigo or Billie Eilish (you pick), lands her at #25 Trending. “Solar Power” seems like a bright song even though it starts out a bit sluggish. I would expect it to move towards the upper reaches of the BR250 on the June 30 chart.
Trending June 2021
1 OLIVIA RODRIGO Good 4 U
2 GALANTIS f/ DAVID GUETTA & LITTLE MIX Heartbreak Anthem
3 MANESKIN Zitti E Bouni
4 CHVRCHES f/ ROBERT SMITH How Not To Drown
5 OLIVIA RODRIGO Brutal
6 COLDPLAY Higher Power
7 BTS Butter
8 DURAN DURAN Invisible
9 GO_A Shum
10 MARSHMELLO f/ JONAS BROTHERS Leave Before You Love Me
11 OLIVIA RODRIGO Deja Vu
12 ANNE-MARIE & NIALL HORAN Our Song
13 CALVIN HARRIS f/ TOM GRENNAN By Your Side
14 DUA LIPA Love Again
15 KATY PERRY Electric
16 JESSIE WARE Hot N Heavy
17 REGARD f/ TROYE SIVAN & TATE MCRAE You
18 BLEACHERS Stop Making This Hurt
19 KEITH URBAN f/ BRELAND & NILE RODGERS Out The Cage
20 SIGRID Mirror
21 THE VACCINES Headphones Baby
22 OLIVIA RODRIGO Traitor
23 VANCE JOY Missing Piece
24 THE WEEKND f/ ARIANA GRANDE Save Your Tears
25 LORDE Solar Power
26 SHARON VAN ETTEN f/ ANGEL OLSEN Like I Used To
27 JOHN MAYER Last Train Home
28 MANESKIN I Wanna Be Your Slave
29 YEARS & YEARS Starstruck
30 CREEPER Midnight
31 ELLE KING & MIRANDA LAMBERT Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)
32 WILLOW f/ TRAVIS BARKER Transparant Soul
33 PINK All I Know So Far
34 MO Live To Survive
35 GARBAGE Wolves
36 ELTON JOHN f/ YEARS & YEARS It's A Sin
37 DADI FREYR 10 Years
38 LITTLE MIX Confetti
39 DOJA CAT f/ SZA Kiss Me More
40 MANIC STREET PREACHERS Orwellian
41 OLIVIA RODRIGO Jealousy, Jealousy
42 BLANKENBERGE No Sense
43 OMNIA Beautiful
44 BILLIE EILISH Lost Cause
45 GREEN DAY Pollyanna
46 NCT DREAM Hot Sauce
47 JAKE BUGG Lost
48 DUA LIPA Levitating
49 WOLF ALICE How Can I Make It Okay
50 MADDIE & TAE Woman Got You
51 MARINA Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
52 JESSIE WARE Please
53 BILLIE EILISH Your Power
54 POPPY Fear Of Dying (Jack off Jill)
55 BROTHERS OSBORNE I'm Not For Everyone
56 LAURA MVULA Got Me
57 OLIVIA RODRIGO Favorite Crime
58 MARINA Venus Fly Trap
59 LONDON GRAMMAR Lord It's A Feeling
60 OLIVIA RODRIGO Enough For You
61 LIL NAS X Sun Goes Down
62 ANGELS & AIRWAVES Euphoria
63 ONEREPUBLIC Run
64 BELLA PAORCH Build A Bitch
65 RINA SAWAYAMA f/ ELTON JOHN Chosen Family
66 HIGHLIGHT Not The End
67 JOYWAVE Every Window Is A Mirror
68 MK Chemical
69 TWENTY ONE PILOTS Saturday.
70 AESPA Next Level
71 PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING People, Let's Dance
72 ST. VINCENT Down
73 TINASHE Pasadena
74 NOTHING BUT THIEVES Futureproof
75 SLEATER KINNEY Worry With You
76 SELF ESTEEM I Do This All The Time
77 ASHLIE AMBER Open
78 MARTIN GARRIX f/ BONO & THE EDGE We Are The People
79 BREEZER Alive
80 JORJA SMITH Bussdown
81 OLIVIA RODRIGO 1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back
82 MITCHELL TENPENNY To Us It Did
83 RYAN HURD & MAREN MORRIS Chasing After You
84 SAM FELDT f/ SAM FISCHER Pick me Up
85 CHRIS STAPLETON Cold
86 KENNYHOOPLA f/ TRAVIS BARKER Hollywood Sucks
87 RAMKOT Am I Alright Now
88 CHRIS MALINCHAK Closer Every Day
89 LEON BRIDGES Motorbike
90 ARIANA GRANDE POV
91 COLISION Hell Will Wait
92 EVERGLOW First
93 GRIFF One Foot In Front Of The Other
94 GARBAGE No Gods No Masters
95 AGNES 24 Hours
96 CHRIS MORENO Shot At Your Heart
97 MAHMOOD Klan
98 TA TOY BOY Dark Fantasy
99 OLIVIA RODRIGO Happier
100 TIX Fallen Angel
The Door Is Open But Nobody's Entering
While “Leave The Door Open “ lost some points last time out, it rebounds 500 points on this chart, retaining its lead for all of April and May. Coldplay is actually on 1 more chart but is 2000 points behind at #2. They will need a bit more 'higher power' to challenge for the top spot. Jessie Ware matches the peak of her last single as the groove-tastic “Please” inches up 1 position. Years & Years moves into the top 5 with “Starstruck” while also debuting at #72 with his performance with Elton John at the Brit Awards of “It’s A Sin”. Just ahead of that song, debuting at #71 is another heritage artist, Duran Duran with “Invisible”.
The 2 highest debuts belong to the unstoppable Olivia Rodrigo with “Good 4 U” at #41 and Katy Perry at #44 with “Electric”. Rodrigo should see a big bump on the next chart, most likely joining her song “Déjà vu” (at #7) in the top 10. She is proving to be an interesting artist, not staying in one sonic lane, even if her music is total teenage girl angst. "Brutal", the lead song on her debut album “Sour”, is starting to impact at Alternative radio (“Déjà Vu” could as well). “Electric” will be featured on the fall release of the “Pokemon 25” album that also will include Post Malone’s version of the Hootie & the Blowfish song “Only Wanna Be With You”.
Moving 35-14, DJ Regard joins forces with Australian Troye Sivan and Canadian Tate McRae on “You”, a song that just entered the U.S. Pop top 20 and UK top 40. At #18, up from 70, is the latest single from Pink, “All I Know So Far”. It is already top 5 in airplay in the UK while surprisingly it hasn’t yet hit the Hot AC chart in the States.
2 female artists that are trying to follow up monster songs also reach the top 25 this week. Elle King scored with “X’s and O’s” in 2014 and her fun top 25 Hot AC collaboration with Miranda Lambert, “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home”), rises 44-24. Alice Merton made her splash in 2016 with the ubiquitous “No Roots”. Her latest, “Vertigo”, moves 38-25 though it is faltering at radio.
The end of May usually sees a number of Eurovision entries impact the BR250. This year’s chart winner is Malta’s “Je Me Casse” From Destiny at #82 but the actual winner of the contest is the rocking “Zitti E Bouni” from Italy’s Maneskin at #233. This one should do quite well on my chart.
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
The Earth and Mars, Remember Where You Are and Let's Have a Boilermaker, This is the BR250 for April 30
Bruno Mars et al have strengthened their lead against the pack, almost 2900 points over Wolf Alice’s #2 “The Last Man On Earth”. To put in perspective “Leave The Door Open” is on 65 charts and Wolf Alice has 40 charts. Speaking of ‘Earth’, I had been scratching my head about that song at first, but I obviously wasn’t really paying attention to it. Now that it is firmly in my brain, I can absolutely see the allure. It reminds me a bit of “Breathe Me” by Sia which spent 4 weeks at #1 on my chart in 2005! Can it be that long? That song is just breathtaking. Earth makes another appearance in the top 25 as Beabadoobee’s “Last Day On Earth” moves 28-17.
“Bed Head” moves up to #3 and has a good chance of reaching the top on my chart. That would surpass the #2 peak on my chart of “I’ve Got Friends” in 2009. Time is just speeding by me. Lil Nas X moves 12-4 with “Montero” which has the second most chart entries, on 44 overall. Jessie Ware has had some staying power with “Remember Where You Are” The song has been in the top 10 for 5 frames, since the Feb. 28 chart, peaking at #3 and the third in a row at #5.
Year & Years makes a nice jump from 51-10 with “Starstruck”. The song is currently #1 in airplay in the UK yet on the official UK chart it is only #56, quite a discrepancy. Alt-Pop fuels 2 other entries to the top 25. Japanese Breakfast’s “Be Sweet” lands at #19 and “Shy Away” by Twenty-One Pilots comes in at #23.
This chart we welcome another compilation chart to the mix, a Netherlands-based Facebook group called Chartfreaks. That chart definitely helped Wolf Alice achieve the runner-up position and aided other titles in the top 25 like Rag ‘N Bone Man” and London Grammar’s “How Does It Feel” up 20-14. Another song that was helped by that chart is the debut of Royal Blood’s “Boilermaker” at #40. That song is on 17 charts, with a debut at #1 on one of our contributors, another Facebook group Byrdbored, and 5 additional top 10 placements.
The highest debut in the top 100 belongs to Twenty-One Pilots but Doja Cat and Sza at #29 (up from 485) with “Kiss Me More”, has a much bigger increase. Other notable debuts in the top 100 are Marina at #51 with “Purge the Poison” and the return of Alice Merton at #61 with “Vertigo”. Another top 100 debut at #44 is “Keep Moving” by British electronic duo Jungle. One of the great things about Beyond Radio IMO, is that it does not correspond completely to official chart trends. “Keep Moving” (on 22 charts) has supposedly only charted in Belgium (at #56) and on the U.S. Dance chart (at #31). More interesting is that Wolf Alice (according to Wikipedia) has only reached the Mexican Airplay chart peaking at #23. It did not make the official UK chart though I imagine it has gotten Alternative radio airplay there.
**"Chosen Family" by Rina Sawayama & Elton John somehow got deleted from the mix. It should be #232.
Alt Sub-Genres and Retro Charts for April 15
Update: One of our readers noticed a discrepancy on the AAA/Roots chart and I have adjusted it. This brings Bruce Springsteen's "I'll See You In My Dreams" up to #31 on the chart.
Beyond Radio Alternative Sub-Genre Charts--April 15, 2020
Each of these charts (top 100’s plus) now have their own page found on the Monthly Genre Charts Menu
1 1 WOLF ALICE The Last Man On Earth
235 2 IMAGINE DRAGONS Follow You
4 3 DAYGLOW Close To You
422 4 LONDON GRAMMAR How Does It Feel
34 5 ST. VINCENT Pay Your Way In Pain
57 6 JAPANESE BREAKFAST Be Sweet
new 7 BEABADOOBEE Last Day On Earth
new 8 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Supernormal
6 9 WEEZER All My Favorite Songs
3 10 THE KNOCKS f/ FOSTER THE PEOPLE All About You
Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)
5 1 BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON.PAAK & SILK SONIC Leave The Door Open
1 2 JESSIE WARE Remember Where You Are
133 3 LONDON GRAMMAR How Does It Feel
2 4 SZA Good Days
new 5 LAURA MVULA Church Girl
new 6 JORJA SMITH Addicted
4 7 LONDON GRAMMAR Lose Your Head
3 8 KYLIE MINOGUE & DUA LIPA Real Groove
38 9 REBECCA FERGUSON f/ NILE RODGERS No Words Needed
10 10 H.E.R. Damage
Adult Leaning Alternative
3 1 WOLF ALICE The Last Man On Earth
8 2 MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Bed Head
122 3 IMAGINE DRAGONS Follow You
1 4 KINGS OF LEON The Bandit
2 5 FOO FIGHTERS Waiting On A War
5 6 RAG 'N' BONE MAN All You Ever Wanted
9 7 DAYGLOW Close To You
new 8 JAPANESE BREAKFAST Be Sweet
new 9 BEABADOOBEE Last Day On Earth
209 10 LONDON GRAMMAR How Does It Feel
Alternative Hip Hop
new 1 BROCKHAMPTON f/ DANNY BROWN Buzzcut
1 2 FKA TWIGS f/ HEADIE ONE & FRED AGAIN Don't Judge Me
new 3 BROCKHAMPTON Count On Me
48 4 WOLF ALICE The Last Man On Earth
51 5 EMOTIONAL ORANGES f/ BIIG PIIG Body & Soul
new 6 BROCKHAMPTON The Light
new 7 FREDDIE GIBBS Big Boss Rabbit
new 8 REMI WOLF f/ DOMINIC FIKE Photo ID
new 9 BRUISER WOLF f/ DANNY BROWN I'm An Instrument
4 10 JESSIE WARE Remember Where You Are
2 1 FOO FIGHTERS Waiting On A War
1 2 ROYAL BLOOD Typhoons
12 3 MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Bed Head
3 4 KINGS OF LEON The Bandit
new 5 ROYAL BLOOD Limbo
new 6 RISE AGAINST Nowhere Generation
new 7 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Supernormal
8 8 TEENAGE WRIST Yellowbelly
6 9 CHEVELLE Self Destructor
11 10 TEENAGE WRIST Earth Is A Black Hole
new 1 DOSS Puppy
new 2 BLACK MIDI John L
1 3 MOGWAI Ritchie Sacramento
252 4 BEACH BUNNY Cloud 9
2 5 FKA TWIGS f/ HEADIE ONE & FRED AGAIN Don't Judge Me
3 6 SQUID f/ MARTHA SKYE MURPHY Narrator
new 7 SQUID Paddling
new 8 BEN HOWARD Sorry Kid
new 9 BEACHY HEAD Destroy Us
new 10 DOUBLE MIXTE & DESIRE Future Lights
Roots AAA (Roots Rock, Americana, Folk, Heritage Pop)
1 1 TAYLOR SWIFT f/ HAIM No Body, No Crime
2 2 TAYLOR SWIFT Willow
14 3 ALANIS MORISETTE Predator
19 4 LAKE STREET DIVE Hypotheticals
new 5 LP One Last Time
9 6 FLEET FOXES Sunblind
75 7 JADE BIRD Open Up The Heavens
12 8 LORD HURON Not Dead Yet
5 9 HAIM f/ TAYLOR SWIFT Gasoline
3 10 JULIEN BAKER Faith Healer
Retro Chart April 15
1 1927 Tell Me A Story
2 ONE NIGHT ONLY Say You Don't Want It
3 ELECTRIBE 101 Talking With Myself
4 SHINEDOWN Save Me
5 THE TEMPER TRAP Thick As Thieves
6 GIANT Don't Leave Me In Love
7 KYLIE MINOGUE Sexercize
8 GEORGE STRAIT The Cowboy Rides Away
9 LIL WAYNE John
10 KOOL AND THE GANG Misled
Retro Chart YTD
1 ALL STAR UNITED Take Me Away
2 THE TEMPER TRAP Thick As Thieves
3 THIRD DAY What Good
4 ARABESQUE Love Is Just A Game
6 THE STRUTS Who Am I?
8 SHINEDOWN Save Me
9 ARCADE FIRE Everything Now
10 MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE Famous Last Words
A Podcast in Honor of my Mother, Happy Birthday Mom
This is one of the most personal episodes we have put out so far. The first half of the episode is focused mainly on my mother and the episode coincides with her birthday and the 20th anniversary of her passing. When we recorded this in March 2019 I had no idea this is when it would see the light of day, but the universe seems to have had a hand in it.
It is a long episode but I didn't want to break it up into a 2-parter. There is a natural break in the middle though.
The episode is focused on people who have passed and how music relates to that, but it is not a somber episode. It's an episode about the stories behind the connections and the gifts they have become. I think I blindsided Jeff since he did not know where the episode was going at first and it was hard for him to articulate his responses. I also was nervous before getting into the episode because I didn't know how emotional I would become. In the end, my emotions have been confined to the t lead-up and editing process.
The main takeaway is how personal everyone's connection to music is and the triggers that make a song stay a part of your life forever. And that is truly a gift.
It is also available on Spotify
April Trending Chart, Lil Nas X Feels Comfortable in His Skin, Olivia Rodrigo Still Obsessed with Her Ex
These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
Not a lot to say this month. I’ve been working on a very important and personal podcast episode the last couple of weeks. It will be released this weekend.
Beyond Radio’s Trending 100, April 2021
1 LIL NAS X Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
Good for Lil Nas X not shying away from his sexuality on this tune, the sub-title a reference the 2017 LGBTQ movie and 2007 novel. The song debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and has gone to #1 all around the world. The video is quite a thing, though I suppose no worse that Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. I'll let you find it on your own.
2 OLIVIA RODRIGO Deja Vu
Rodrigo stills seems to be angry at her ex but at least the song isn’t a complete rehash of “Drivers License”. I like the interesting instrumentation and it feels like because of that it could have more staying power, at least for me. ‘License’ moved up and down my chart very quickly.
3 LAURA MVULA Church Girl
4 YEARS & YEARS Starstruck
5 ROYAL BLOOD Limbo
6 GARBAGE The Men Who Rule The World
7 JUSTIN BIEBER f/ DANIEL CAESAR & GIVEON Peaches
8 IMAGINE DRAGONS Follow You
9 BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON.PAAK & SILK SONIC Leave The Door Open
10 BEABADOOBEE Last Day On Earth
11 DEMI LOVATO f/ ARIAN GRANDE Met Him Last Night
12 BECKY HILL Last Time
13 MILEY CYRUS Angels Like You
14 FRED AGAIN... Marea (We've Lost Dancing)
15 TWENTY-ONE PILOTS Shy Away
16 JAPANESE BREAKFAST Be Sweet
17 ROSE On The Ground
18 DEMI LOVATO Dancing With The Devil
19 DESTINY Je Me Casse
20 LONDON GRAMMAR How Does It Feel
21 MIMI WEBB Good Without
22 MASKED WOLF Astronaut in The Ocean
23 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Supernormal
24 JODIE HARSH My House
25 INHALER Cheer Up Baby
The Door is Still Open for a New #1 on the BR250
A much quieter week on the BR250 than the last edition. Olivia Rodrigo held off challenger, Silk Sonic’s “Leave The Door Open”, which moved 25-2 and came within just over 150 points of the leader. The song has spent the last 2 months at the top. The return of Bruno Mars, however, is on the most charts (55), 10 more than “Driver’s License”. Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Wolf Alice also enter the top 10 at #9 and #10 with 6 and 8 adds, respectively.
A nice move from 40-12 was made by the Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra, with the propulsive “Bed Head”. The song is top 20 on AAA radio chart. In 2017 they reached #2 on that chart with “The Gold”. Another “Bed” shows up in the top 15 with DJ Joel Corry’s collaboration with Raye and David Guetta landing at #14.
It looks like Pop radio in the States is jumping on Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” as the next focus track from his just released #1 album “Justice” but it’s the internationally focused “Hold On” that jumps 55-16 (it is also receiving Pop airplay in the States). “Peaches” also debuted atop Billboard’s Hot 100, while the song “Anymore” sits just outside the Pop top 10, giving 3 songs in the top 40.
On the other side of the spectrum is another song with a similar move, 58-19. “This Is Heaven” by Nick Jonas has virtually no radio support anywhere but got 15 personal chart adds this cycle. IMO a better song than “Spaceman” though to be fair that has no support either. ‘Heaven’ is certainly formulaic but has a nice laidback retro vibe and arguably would sound good on the radio.
Part of the beauty and purpose of Beyond Radio is to give a mixed view of what music, from all genres, is making inroads with a passionate audience that focuses on the music instead of corporate decisions. This harkens back to the day when Pop/Rock/R&B etc. could co-exist on a chart and on radio. The BR250 represents the diversity of the music that is actually out there for our consumption. To some degree it equalizes the many facets of the industry but that is only determined by the diversity of the personal chart community. And to be clear, the BR250 strives to be a representative sample of this universe. I don’t have the capacity to process all available personal charts which is why it is great to have other forums that process charts as a subset of the entire panel.
The highest debut in the top 100 is St. Vincent’s “Pay Your Way In Pain”, a quirky left-of-center song from the acclaimed artist. Annie Clark is the niece of Tuck Andress, of jazz duo Tuck & Patti, and she was a roadie for them during her teenage years. Before embarking on her solo career in 2007 she was a member of the ensemble Polyphonic Spree and spent time in Sufjan Stevens touring band. In 2015 she won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album, “St. Vincent” which includes her best-known song “Digital Witness”. That album also appeared at #1 on 7 best-of 2014 lists and #2 on another.
Another Podcast and My Personal Chart Blog, 1991, The Land Down Under
Beyond Radio Presents: Castlist 006, Ep 9 - The Strings of The Soul, Part 2
We continue our discussion about the connection between early '70s R&B and Soul and the more recent revival of the style. As with the last episode and a late connection to the Grammy nominated Black Pumas, our 2 year old discussion relates to a new song by Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak that fits into the narrative nicely.
During our discussion we found an exception to a Jeff rule of thumb, we analyze how my capacity for absorbing music relates to my creation of a weekly personal chart, and discover a website that may have become one of Jeff's favorites.
Artists discussed include the Staple Singers, Hozier, Leon Bridges, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and Tone Loc. The companion playlist of Spotify, "The Strings of the Soul" features 50 songs discussed over the 2 episodes in this arc.
I’ve Got Australia On My Mind, Part 2-Don’t Crowd the Icehouse, Best Sellers and U2 Bookends.
February 23, 1991
The companion Spotify playlist has all the songs discussed in the blog.
My favorite Australian act of the era was Crowded House. Their debut album from 1986 is my #1 album of the ‘80s. In 1987 they placed 6 songs in my top 100 of the year. One of my favorites was the moody deep cut “Hole In The River” which employs a great dissonant change bridge of piano and horns. I’ve charted all 11 songs from that album. That same year U2 came out with my #2 album of the decade. “Joshua Tree” had 5 songs in my top 100 and my #1 song of the year “Red Hill Mining Town”, one of the most gorgeous songs I’ve ever heard. It still gets me and brings a tear to my eye. Originally it was slated to be the follow-up to “With Or Without You”. It was shelved because Bono could not hit the high notes during rehearsals for the tour. A video was filmed for the song as well, but the band was unhappy with it. Of course, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” became the choice and a classic was born.
Crowded House was born out of the ashes of the seminal New Wave band Split Enz. Hailing from New Zealand, the band’s biggest song was 1980’s “I Got You” but they had 9 studio albums from 1975-1984 and 5 top 10 singles in New Zealand and Australia including “History Never Repeats” and “Six Month In A Leaky Boat”. The band was originally formed in 1972 by Tim Finn and Phil Judd as an acoustic band called Split Ends. By 1974 they had changed the name to Split Enz and had their first charted single, the #93 “Late Last Night”. That song owed more to their acoustic beginnings albeit with some quirkiness, but the next charter, the #15 “My Mistake”, more explicitly showed the direction the band was moving towards.
Tim’s brother Neil joined in 1977 and became a major focal point of the band, and drummer Paul Hester was a member is their waning years. After the Enz split (get it), these two formed Crowded House with bassist Nick Seymour. In the short term they became a bigger international band because of the song “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, reaching #2 on the Hot 100. In 2001 the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) for its 75th anniversary had a panel pick the 30 best New Zealand and Australian songs of the previous years. ‘Over’ made both lists, #2 for New Zealand and #7 for Australia. The New Zealand list included 4 Split Enz songs (‘Leaky Boat’ #15, “I Got You” #11, “I Hope I Never” #25, and “I See Red” #28) and 2 from Crowded House (“Weather With You” #16).
By 1991 Crowded House was on their third album, “Woodface” and rose to #1 on my chart for the eighth time with the lead single “Chocolate Cake”. All 8 of those songs made my top 30 of the year in their respective years with the best showing #3 in 1987 with the effervescent “Mean To Me”, their first single in Australia. It managed minor airplay in the States (kind of a shame), but it was one of 5 songs that made the top 100 at my 1988 music party. ‘Over’ clocked in at #3 at that party and their other major hit that year, “Something So Strong” was #17. “Now We’re Getting’ Somewhere” at #71 and “World Where You Live” at #80 rounded out those 5.
On “Woodface” the other Finn brother, Tim, joined the group. The brothers had been working on songs for their own album but when Neil Finn submitted songs to the record company for a new Crowded House album, they were rejected. Neil asked Tim if they could use the songs from their work and Tim asked to be part of the group. This resulted in their biggest UK hit (‘Weather’) and Alternative hits “It’s Only Natural” and “Fall At Your Feet”. The album reached #2 in Australia and in a 2010 book “100 Best Australian Albums” it ranked as #3, behind Midnight Oil’s “Diesel And Dust” (which includes my favorite Oil song “Sometimes”) and AC/DC’s “Back In Black”. Pretty great company. The final single “Four Seasons In One Day” is a common phrase used in Melbourne to describe it’s changeable weather.
Another song that used a phrase to describe Australian weather is “Cool Change” by Little River Band. I only learned this relatively recently from a rider when driving Uber. While the band was hugely popular in their homeland with 5 top 10 albums and 2 more in the top 20, as a singles artist they were more successful in the States. Only 2 of their singles made the Australian top 10, “Help Is On Its Way”, a #1 and 1982’s “Down On the Border”, a song that did not chart stateside. In the U.S. LRB reached the Pop top 20 10 times, reaching #1 with “Lonesome Loser” and #2 with “Reminiscing”. The band has been in my top 10 of the year 5 times. ‘Help’ and ‘Change’ are joined by “Lady”, “Man On Your Mind” and “The Night Owls”. Strangely, “Cool Change” was never released In Australia but did make the APRA top 30 list in 2001.
During the later years of LRB, between 1982-85, the original lead vocalist Glenn Shorrock was replaced by John Farnham, who had been a teen idol during the late ‘60s and ‘70s. After his stint in the band, he went back to his solo career and had a defining song with “You’re The Voice” and the accompanying album “Whispering Jack” became the second biggest selling album in Australian history. The song was my #2 song of 1987 and is his only Hot 100 entry in the States, reaching #82 in early 1990. Even without real success here, the song was an international hit. In 1991, Heart released a live version of the song that made it to #20 on the Rock chart but it failed to reach the Hot 100. In 1995 the Alan Parsons Project included it on a live album, with vocal from Chris Thompson, one of the actual songwriters. He is best known as the vocalist for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and “Blinded By The Light” as well as for the 1979 song “If You Remember Me” from the movie “The Champ”. Thompson initially did not want Farnham to record ‘Voice’ because of his teen idol image from the ‘70s.
To exemplify Farnham’s importance in his homeland, he has had a #1 record in 5 consecutive decades. One of those was 1988’s “Age Of Reason” a #1 single and the best-selling album in Australia that year. This song also made my top 10 of the year, #4 of 1990. This spiritual song has lyrics that are appropriate for our time:
“So why can't we be still, why can't we love each other
Is kindness an ancient skill buried by our blindness
And if we look behind us there's a wind blowing in
To create the age of reason”
In 1989-90 he also reached my top 20 with “Two Strong Hearts”, a song that made the Adult Contemporary chart in the U.S. and led to the re-release of “You’re The Voice”, and “Beyond The Call”. ‘Voice’ is one of only a handful of pop songs that feature bagpipes. It was actually written as a protest song about nuclear disarmament. It has been used at rallies against COVID-19 lockdowns in Australia over the last year.
“How long can we look at each other
Down the barrel of a gun?
You're the voice, try and understand it
Make a noise and make it clear
We're not gonna sit in silence
We're not gonna live with fear”
A funny side note, Farnham passed on the song “We Built This City” for his “Whispering Jack” album and we all know how that played out. Another co-writer of ‘”You’re The Voice” was Andy Qunta, who also co-wrote the song “Crazy” from his band Icehouse. This is one of my favorite songs of all-time, it was my #1 song of 1987 (this blog so much more about 1987 than 1991) and my #3 of the entire decade of the ‘80s. The atmospheric quality of this song just sends me for some reason. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to be powerful. The album it comes from, “Man Of Colours” was another massive album in Australia, their best-selling overall and Australian’s #1 album of 1988. It was also the first album to have 5 songs reach the top 30 in Australia. “Electric Blue”, their biggest song in the States (Hot 100 #7, “Crazy” #14 and both Rock chart top 10’s), was co-written by John Oates from Hall & Oates.
The band was originally called Flowers and had an early song called “Icehouse”. The word is an Australian term for an insane asylum and became the band’s name after conflict with a Scottish band Flowers. That song and “We Can Get Together” got the band stateside Alternative airplay in 1981. The early band in essence then split up. Frontman Iva Davies recorded a solo album and released it under the Icehouse name. It spawned 2 hits, “Hey Little Girl” and “Great Southern Land”, and to promote it brought a band together with a mix of old and new members.
Their highest charting song on the Rock chart in the U.S. was “No Promises” in 1986. “Man Of Colours” generated 3 more top 10 songs on my chart in 1988 with “My Obsession” (#1), “Heartbreak Kid” (#2) and “Nothing Too Serious” (#9). In late 1989 they returned to #2 with “Touch The Fire” and in1991 this week they had 2 songs on my chart “Jimmy Dean” (63) and “Miss Devine” (92). In February 2020, right before COVID lockdown, the band played the St. Kilda Festival in Melbourne, 40 years after Flowers played at the first festival.
There are 2 other male artists who fronted earlier bands that were enjoying solo success during the late ‘80s-early ‘90s era. Daryl Braithwaite had been the lead singer of arguably the most successful Australian pop band of the ‘70s, Sherbet. They were relative unknowns in the States, save for a minor hit in 1976, “Howzat”. That song and the 1975 song “Summer Love” both reached #1 in Australia. I remember “Howzat” and I’m just listening to “Summer Love” now. I would have enjoyed that one as a teenager. The band moved from Little River Band style music in the ‘70s to a more New Wave approach in the early ‘80s and that came with a name change to the Sherbs. It did not gel in their homeland but in the States, they managed 2 moderate Alt hits with “I Have The Skill” and “We Ride Tonight”.
Braithwaite re-surfaced in 1988 with a solo album and scored a string of hits including the top 10 “One Summer”. In 1991, like Icehouse and John Farnham, he earned the best-selling album of the year in Australia with the 1991 album “Rise”. That was fueled by the #1 hit “The Horses” (78). That song was written by Rickie Lee Jones of “Chuck E’s in Love” fame, along with Walter Becker of Steely Dan. Jones released the song on her 1989 album “Flying Cowboys” and though it was not released as a single people may remember it from the 1996 movie “Jerry Maguire”.
James Reyne rose to fame as the leader of Australian Crawl who enjoyed success during the first half of the ‘80s with 4 albums, 2 of which reached #1. The band name is derived from a swimming technique that was developed by a swimmer in the 1890’s. Though their music is not patterned after the Beach Boys, they earned a reputation as the Melbourne version of that band because of their beach culture vibe. I own their 1982 album “Sons Of Beaches” but I do not recall any of the songs from it. The lead single from it was “Shut Down” but listening to it I got nothing. They did not receive much airplay in the U.S, and definitely didn’t reach any national charts here. I bought so much stuff from used record stores back in college for like $1 or $2 and probably listened to some of those once, if at all.
I did not discover Reyne as a solo artist until 1993 when his 1991 album “Electric Digger Dandy” was re-packaged in the States as “Any Day Above Ground”. It yielded 2 #1’s on my chart, “Slave” and “Some People” and 2 other appearances with the title track and “Reckless”, a reworking of Australian Crawl’s biggest hit from 1983. The first 2 songs ended up as my #8 and #5 of 1993. He also had a song on the album “Company of Strangers” that would become the name of a one album Australian supergroup featuring Reyne, Braithwaite and Simon Hussey. Hussey had also been in Australian Crawl and was married to Reyne’s sister Elisabeth at the time. In addition, he was the producer of both solo artists. As a band they did not have the same impact as their solo careers, managing 3 top 40 singles including the chugging “Motor City (I Got Lost)” but none reaching past #21.
In 1990 the best-selling album in Australia belonged to Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. It was straightforward pub Rock as evidenced by the top 10 hits “Cry In Shame” and “Don’t Need Love”. Diesel (real name Mark Lizotte) was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and his family moved to Perth when he was 5. He was sort of discovered by the wife of Jimmy Barnes (who I wrote about in the last post), Jane. Diesel eventually married her sister. My exposure to Diesel (he dropped Johnny for his moniker as a solo artist) came with the next album, the #1 “Hepfidelity”, a nice mix of Rock, Blues and Funk that brought the song “Man Alive” to #1 on my chart in 1992. “Tip Of My Tongue” was the bigger hit in Australia, reaching #4. In 1993 he won Album of the Year and Best Male Artist at the ARIA Music Awards. He would also nab Best Male Artist the following 2 years. He did not make an impact stateside though (strange aside) there was a band from the Netherlands with the same name that scored a U.S. hit in 1981 with “Sausalito Summer Night”.
Another Aussie band that could not translate their homegrown success to the States was 1927. Their debut album “…ish” was huge in Australia, going 5 times platinum and generating 4 top 20 singles. 2 of those made my top 5, “You’ll Never Know” and their first single “That’s When I Think Of You”. That song was their only Billboard Hot 100 entry, barely making it at #100. Their brand of solid Pop Rock veered between the post new Wave vibe of INXS/Icehouse and the Pop sheen of Little River Band. They had 3 songs from their second album on my chart this week, “Don’t Forget Me” (31), “The Other Side” (58) and “Tell Me A Story” (38) that had just peaked in my top 10. I’ve been groovin’ on ‘Story’ lately and it is back in my current top 10. By the third album things had fallen apart.
Going back to a band that is closer to the pulse of Crowded House, we land on Hunters and Collectors. Interestingly, that band’s frontman Mark Seymour is the brother of Crowded House member Nick Seymour. Their biggest songs on my chart were the same 2 that made the U.S. Alternative Top 10 in 1998 and 1990, “Back on The Breadline” and “When The River Runs Dry”. These songs brimmed with the Jangle Rock sound of the time, but their early music was more influenced by bands like Kraftwerk. The song “Judas Sheep”, from the second album “The Fireman’s Curse” in 1983, is pretty raw comparatively. In a way it reminds me of how some of the early Split Enz music was, adventurous and off-kilter. “42 Wheels” the lead track from their third album, “The Jaws Of Life”, is decidedly Talking Heads.
The 1984 song “Throw Your Arms Around Me” alluded to the musical direction they would move towards and become a signature song for them. I would equate their evolution through the ‘80s to that of R.E.M. Though in hindsight R.E.M. was less experimental, to me when I saw them on Landsdowne St. across from Fenway Park in 1982, I felt I was experiencing something completely new. Songs like “Wolves, Lower” and “1,000.000” we’re really exciting to me at the time. Hunters and Collectors would become one of the best live acts in Australia and I can imagine if I saw them early on, I would have had a similar experience. This was also true when I saw U2 at CBGB’s in New York City in 1980. “I Will Follow, “The Electric Co.”, and ”A Day Without Me”; the energy was unbelievable. I feel extremely fortunate to have seen both of these iconic bands at the beginning of their careers.
Trending March, a Surprise debut, a Big Return, plus Beds, Heads, and Hearts
These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
Beyond Radio’s Trending 100, March 2021
1 WOLF ALICE The Last Man On Earth
In a big surprise to me Wolf Alice crash onto the BR250 at #16 on the strength of 23 adds. This is a much more subdued song then their biggest hit, 2014’s “Moaning Lisa Smile”.
2 BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON.PAAK & SILK SONIC Leave The Door Open
Hot off their Grammy performance this retro homage also debuts high on the BR250 at #25. Fully 12 titles debut in the top 100 from outside the top 250 this week and 74 songs make their debut on the BR250. Not sure if that is a record but it certainly seems like a spring cleaning.
3 JOEL CORRY f/ RAYE & DAVID GUETTA Bed
The third out of the box entry on the BR250 at #30, this track could follow Corry’s “Head & Heart” into the top 10. He was featured on the British version of “Jersey Shore” called “Geordie Shore” between 2011-13.
4 DUA LIPA We're Good
I was disappointed that Lipa did not win Album of the Year at the Grammys but at least she won Pop Vocal Album. I thought this could compete for #1 on the BR250 this week but it only managed to reach #5. “Drivers License” is already losing ground so on the next chart it’s anyone’s guess.
5 JUSTIN BIEBER Hold On
6 NICK JONAS This Is Heaven
Two more out the box entries at #55 and #58 on the BR250, both songs reference heaven, for Bieber it’s not too far away and for Jonas, he has found it. Both have a light groove with Bieber winning the race at radio so far. Jonas is also on the Trending chart at #36 with “Spaceman”. He also just got some exposure announcing the Oscar nominations with his wife this morning.
7 MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Bed Head
The word bed gets a second appearance in the top 10 on Trending and I’m sure the large bed Cardi B was upon at last night’s Grammy awards is trending somewhere else. This is an excellent, percolating track from the Atlanta band’s upcoming sixth album “The Million Masks Of God”, due for release at the end of April. Tis will likely be the band’s second song to reach my top 10. “I’ve Got Friends” reached #2 on my chart in early 2010.
8 AVA MAX My Head & My Heart
This song is currently in the Pop top 15 in the States and top 5 in Britain. 20 years ago the song “Around The World (La La La La La)”, from which this song was born, also made the Pop top 15 and was a major international hit.
9 STEPS & MICHELLE VISAGE Heartbreak In This City
Visage has been a part of Rupaul’s Drag Race franchise since 2011 and 30 years ago was a member of the girl group trio Seduction, who scored 4 top 25 singles on the Hot 100 including the #2 “Two To Make It Right”. Debuting at #68 on the BR250 this week, this could be Steps 4th top 25 on the chart.
10 ZARA LARSSON Look What You've Done
Last week Larsson released the album “Poster Girl” which includes 6 singles she released from 2018 through early this year. Debuting at #56 this album track has performed better on the BR250 than all the singles except “Ruin My Life” which reached #42. She also appears at #95 Trending with “Need Someone”.
11 ELLA HENDERSON & TOM GRENNAN Let's Go Home Together
Another top 5 UK track, both artists now have 2 top 40 hits on the BR250. Henderson peaked at #38 last year with “Take Care Of Me” and Grennan moves up to #23 this week with “Little Bit Of Love”.
12 PAUL WOOLFORD f/ AMBER MARK Heat
13 PURPLE DISCO MACHINE & MOSS KENA & THE KNOCKS Fireworks
These two DJ/producers have come off a pair of big international hits. Woolford reached #57 on the BR 250 with “Looking For Me” last fall and Purple Disco Machine’s “Hypnotized” has been in and out of the BR250 numerous times over the last year, reaching as high as #49. Both have made the European top 25.
14 BEBE REXHA Sacrifice
15 CONAN GRAY Overdrive
These two songs are currently getting traction at Pop radio. Rexha started out as a songwriter and has reached the top 10 on the Hot 100 three times via collaborations with G-Eazy, David Guetta, and Florida Georgia Line. Gray started out as a YouTube personality and has been improving over the last three BR250 entries, this being his first to hit the top 100, currently #72.
16 DJ SNAKE F/ SELENA GOMEZ Selfish Love
17 POST MALONE Only Wanna Be With You
18 ELENA TSAGRINOU El Diablo
19 ST. VINCENT Pay Your Way In Pain
20 KERO KERO BONITO The Princess And The Clock
21 THE OFFSPRING Let The Bad Times Roll
22 KALI UCHIS Telepatia
23 THE REYTONS Broke Boys Cartel
24 MAROON 5 f/ MEGAN THEE STALLION Beautiful Mistakes
25 KINGS OF LEON Echoing
The Strings of the Soul, Part 1. Our Latest Beyond Radio Presents Podcast
The first half of this 2-parter starts to explore the connection between early '70s Soul and R&B and more recent artists that have been reviving the style. We cover a lot of ground from later Motown to Quiet Storm to Funk and '90s Hip-Hop with a total of 31 songs mentioned.
Jeff helps me to identify a sound and I show him how a voice can sound like a guitar. In the end he finds 2 songs he loves, 2 that appeal to him overall and 2 possible throwaways.
As is appropriate for an episode the day before the Grammys, the songs that bookend the episode are by an artist that is up for Record and Album of the Year.
Here is the companion Spotify playlist for the episode.
And this is the playlist for the entire Pod-Castlist 006. As I explain in the episode a Pod-Castlist is the playlist for all the songs in this arc of episodes.
I’ve Got Australia On My Mind, Part 1-The World Around INXS, a Music Party, and Pub Rock
My Personal Chart Blog, 1991
February 23, 1991
The companion Spotify playlist has all the songs discussed in the blog.
INXS/Bitter Tears (18)
The era of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s was infiltrated by a good number of Australian bands and male artists. INXS was one of the bigger bands on my chart throughout the previous decade, starting in 1983 with “The One Thing”, their first American hit reaching #30 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Rock chart. It also was their first to make the top 100 of the year at my annual music party, #92 at the inaugural party in January 1984. After 37 years, this year we took a gap year from the party because of COVID but I look forward to having a great one this summer to coincide with my 60th birthday.
At The 15th anniversary of the music party, I tabulated the top 200 artists of the first 15 years based on the songs that made the top 500 each year (my obsessive music nature on display). INXS was the #4 artist with 33 songs that made the top 500 throughout the years, 6 of those reaching the top 20; the 4 big hits from 1987’s album “Kick”, “What You Need”, and “Suicide Blonde”. “Need You Tonight” was the #1 song at the 1989 party, their best year with 4 songs in the top 11 (“Devil Inside” #6, “New Sensation” #7 and “Never Tear Us Apart” #11). There are 4 podcast episodes dedicated to the music party and one of those features what I call the “INXS Party” extensively (Castlist 002. Ep 4 released Dec. 28, 2018). The biggest artist during the first 15 years was U2 with 58 songs overall and 3 #1’s of the year, “Bad” in 1986, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” in 1988 and “One” in 1992. 3 others (“Mysterious Ways”, “Without Or Without You” and “Pride (In The Name Of Love”) placed at #2 in their respective years.
“Bitter Tears” was #29 at the 1992 party and was my favorite song from the album “X” as it would reach my top 5. “Suicide Blonde” (#3 at the 1991 party) and “Disappear” (62) both made my weekly top 15, and both reached the top 10 on the Hot 100. The band got its start in 1977 while 3 members were still in high school, Michael Hutchence and 2 of the 3 Farriss brothers (that was the band’s name at the time). It was Midnight Oil’s manager who ended up bringing the boys on as an opening act and one of that band’s members suggested the name change to INXS, party inspired by the band name XTC. The band was born out of the Pub Rock scene but certainly evolved throughout their career, first with New Wave edges, then Dance Rock beats but it was ultimately the stage and video presence of frontman Hutchence that secured them superstar status.
It’s always difficult to follow-up a career defining album like “Kick”, and this is true of INXS and “X”, though the album still managed to go double platinum in the States. After the first 2 top 10 singles, “Bitter Tears” only reached #46 (but top 10 at Rock and Alternative). The ballad “By My Side” had moderate success in Australia and the UK but failed to chart in the States. The final single “The Stairs” did not make any major charts. I, however, found this one as compelling as any of their previous releases, ironically more U2-esque in my opinion. It followed ‘Tears’ into my top 10.
Also, on my chart this week was “Good Times” (39), their collaboration with Jimmy Barnes, that was featured in the 1987 film “The Lost Boys”. It had originally peaked at #48 on my chart that year and saw a new life when it was released in the UK in 1991. Barnes had been the lead singer of the Pub Rock band Cold Chisel from the mid-70s until the early ‘80s when he went solo. That is when I discovered the rough voiced belter. Between the band and his solo career, he has amassed more top 40 albums than any artist in Australia, homegrown or international. 10 of his solo albums went to #1.
To me, Australian Pub Rock is akin to the style of Bruce Springsteen (the music party’s #6 artist), Bob Seger and John Mellencamp (party #55). This is evidenced in Barnes 1985 song “Working Class Man”, one of several songs by him that reached #1 on my chart in the mid-80s including “I’d Die To Be With You Tonight”, his first top 10 single in Australia with an assist from Kim Carnes (his female counterpart?). In 1986 he got some exposure on U.S. Rock radio with ‘Man’ (written by Journey’s Jonathan Cain) and “No Second Prize”. “Good Times” brought him to #3 on that chart and he repeated at that number in 1988 with “Too Much Ain’t Enough Love”, but it was “Waitin’ The Heartache” that brought him back to #1 on my chart. The album those are from, “Freight Train Heart”, features Cain. Neal Schon (also of Journey), Huey Lewis, Randy Jackson, and Jon Farriss of INXS. In 1991 his songs “Lay Down Your Guns”, “Let’s Make It Last All Night” (co-written by hit-makers Diane Warren and Desmond Child) and “Little Darling” all had marginal success on my chart.
Midnight Oil (party artist #61) got their start in the early ‘70s, like INXS, as Farm, a high school endeavor. By 1978 they released their debut album as Midnight Oil and in 1982 saw their first international success with “Power And The Passion”. The band was always more politically and socially charged then others around them, their biggest hit “Beds Are Burning” (#2 at the 1989 music party) criticizes the handling of the Aboriginal population in Australia and ‘Power’ mentions the dismissal of a former prime minister.
In 2001 both of these songs ranked in the top 30 Australian songs of all-time according to the Australasian Performing Rights Association. ‘Beds’ was #3, just behind the Easybeats “Friday On My Mind”. That band did the original version of “Good Times” in 1968. One of the fun things I’ve learned over the last year is that 2 members of the Easybeats, Harry Vanda and George Young, went on to become the late ‘70s, early ‘80s New Wave band Flash and the Pan. In addition, George Young is the older brother of Malcolm and Angus Young of AC/DC, who are on this week’s chart with “Moneytalks” (32). Vanda and Young also produced the early AC/DC albums and wrote the late ‘70s hit “Love Is in The Air” by John Paul Young (no relation). Talk about a hodgepodge of styles. Flash and the Pan have had a number of big songs on my chart including “Hey St. Peter”, Welcome To The Universe” and the #1 “Midnight Man”.
In 1991, Midnight Oil landed a a string of victories at the ARIA awards ceremony (Australia’s Grammys) winning Best Group, Best Video, and Best Album (among others) for “Blue Sky Mining”. 3 songs from that album were big Alternative and Rock hits in 1990. “Blue Sky Mine”, “Forgotten Years” and, “King Of The Mountain” also all made my weekly top 25. The next album stirred controversy with the song “Truganini” which supposedly supported a ‘white’ myth about the extinction of Tasmanian Aborigines. The album “Earth and Sun and Moon” was produced by Nick Launay, who had helmed earlier albums of theirs and also produced the album “The Swing” by INXS.
In 1992 their album “Welcome To Wherever You Are” was said to be more experimental and contains my second favorite INXS tune and Alternative #2 “Not Enough Time”, a slow burn single with a big ending that owes some thanks to the Simple Minds song “Alive And Kicking”. My favorite INXS track is “Mystify” from “Kick”. The album managed to produce 3 more top 10 Alternative hits with “Heaven Sent”, “Taste it” and “Beautiful Girl” plus the anthemic “Baby Don’t Cry, replete with orchestra.
After Hutchence’ tragic death in 1997 (officially reported as a suicide though many believe it was accidental due to autoerotic asphyxiation), the first new lead singer of the band was Jon Stevens, formerly of the Aussie band Noiseworks. In 1988 that band had a monster hit on my chart with the very INXS “No Lies”, my #3 song of the year. They followed that with a #2 on my weekly chart, “River Of Tears”, late in the year. Surprisingly, I did not chart the Australian top 10 single “Take Me Back”. This week in 1991 they were inching up my chart with “Freedom” (80). The songs “Miles And Miles” and “Hot Chilli Woman” would follow. ‘Chilli’ was their hardest rocking song and became their second, and last, top 10 in their homeland before splitting up. They also got an assist from Hutchence on the remake of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Take You Higher”, their final single. In 2009 there was a black comedy called “World’s Greatest Dad”, starring Robin Williams as the dad of a teenager who accidentally died from autoerotic asphyxiation. Yeah, that’s pretty black.
To be continued…
A Battle at the Top could be Brewing, but not Quite Yet. And Your Little Dog Toto, Too.
“Driver’s License” widens its lead, on 53 of the 182 charts tracked during this period. It’ll be interesting to see what happens on the next chart as Dua Lipa’s “We’re Good” debuts at #30 with one week under its belt. With her track record over the last year, it will be a battle for the top spot on the next chart. I don’t really see any other challengers between the two.
The Foo Fighters keep 2 songs in the top 10 as “Waiting On A War” moves up two to #4 and “No Son of Mine” drops one to #9. Taylor Swift almost has two titles in the top 10 with “No Body, No Crime” jumps 15-11.
Harry Styles inches closer to the top 10 (14-12) but may not have a fifth song from “Fine Line” reach that level. Though the song reached the top 10 in airplay in the UK recently, it did not make the official UK chart. Overall, it has performed best in Central and South America plus New Zealand.
Jessie Ware vaults 44-8 to become her third song to hit the top 10 from the album “What’s Your Pleasure?”. I overlooked this song at first but admit its slinky ‘70s vibe is a welcome addition to the chart.
DJ/Producer 220 Kid has his hands in 2 songs that enter the top 25 this week. The Tiesto song “The Business” (35-19) has been a major hit across the world and 220 Kid has provided a remix. There is also a version titled “The Business, Pt. II” featuring American rapper Ty Dolla $ign. The 19th century sea shanty song “Wellerman” (46-21) sung by Nathan Evans got the remix treatment from 220 Kid as well, which brought the song to #2 in the UK. The other contributors to the song, Billen Ted are a production duo that came from the world of Death Metal, of all things.
British songstress Celeste rises into the BR250 top25 for a second time with “Love Is Back” (26-22). The song is featured on Beyond Radio’s January Soul Pick list on Spotify, one of my favorite playlists to put together. It’s a mix of Retro Soul, Disco, Chill and anything that fits into a mellow, soulful groove. Last year her “Stop This Flame” peaked at #14.
Clean Bandit improves on the performance of their previous single ”Tick Tock”’s #30 peak, moving up to #24 with “Higher”, their collab with it guy Iann Dior who just came off the international smash “Mood” with 24KGoldn. Close behind, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man has the highest entry in the top 100 at #27. Highlighting again the disparity between airplay and chart performance, the song is top 5 in airplay in the UK but only managed to make it to #75 on the official UK chart.
The latest Podcast, 40 Years of Toto
The third in our Now and Then trilogy, we have some fun with Toto and Weezer. Though we start off with Jeff's refusal to listen to the first song we do find our happy place pretty quickly. In the end he finds his Toto sweet spot, especially with a song that wasn't included originally.
Another Now and Then Podcast plus the February 23, 1991 Personal Chart Blog
This is a nice quick episode with the question, are Night Ranger hair metal or are they not? We do manage a couple of asides from the main discussion. A country song kept a newer Night Ranger song from #1 on my personal chart which I did not subject Jeff to, but I do include it here.
My Personal Chart Blog, 1991
For this month’s blog, I thought I’d start with a comparison between by 1991 chart and my current week’s chart.
February 23, 1991
The companion Spotify playlist has all the songs discussed in the blog.
2 1 JELLYFISH That Is Why 1 10
The last time I was writing about this era in September I wrote a lot about Power Pop and Jellyfish specifically. This song was the first of theirs to reach #1 on my chart. It was their second top 20 on the Modern Rock radio chart, peaking at #11. This was preceded on my chart by 3 top 12 songs, “The King Is Half Undressed #8, “Now She Knows I’m Wrong” #12, and “The Man I Used To Be” #8. In the end, most of their debut album “Bellybutton” would hit my chart including “I Wanna Stay Home” (55), “Calling Sarah” (131-debut), and their biggest Pop hit “Baby’s Coming Back”, which would make my top 10 in the spring.
1 2 EMF Unbelievable 1(2) 13
An across-the-board international success, many would consider the band a one-hit-wonder though they had a number of songs do well in the UK and the follow-up single, “I Believe” (25) reached #1 on the Modern Rock chart. Andrew Dice Clay’s voice was sampled, the “Oh” at the beginning and in front of the chorus is him. This was a great time for Alt-Dance music and my chart this week reflects that with roughly 20-25 songs falling under that umbrella.
3 3 SEAL Crazy 3(3) 13
This song fits into that mold with its pulsating rhythm and its ebbing and flowing keyboard line. It also adds a Funk and Soul vibe to the mix, just a really intoxicating song. It was also a huge international success, #1 in numerous countries, #2 in the UK, and #7 on the Hot 100. The debut album was certainly more cutting edge than the rest of his ‘90s output with songs like “Killer”
5 4 BREATHE Does She Love That Man? 4 15
This ballad was the last single by the UK band and was aided by its bluesy guitar. Not a big hit here, only reaching #34 on the Hot 100. It didn’t even chart in the UK. The band actually did better in the States overall with 3 top 10 singles in 1988 and 1989 (“Hands To Heaven”, “How Can I Fall?” and “Don’t Tell Me Lies”), all of which did well for me. In the fall of 1990, they also made my top 10 with the horn-laden shuffler “Say A Prayer”.
8 5 THE FARM All Together Now 5 13
This Brit band’s debut album “Spartacus” was a #1 album in the UK after this song and “Groovy Train” (48) both went top 6 the previous year. This also made the Modern Rock top 10 in April ‘91. The band was also part of the Alt-Dance movement at the time.
9 6 INDIGO GIRLS Welcome Me 6 8
The harmonies of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray were favorites of mine from the release of “Closer To Fine” through the mid-90s. Their collaboration with Michael Stipe, “Kid Fears”, was my #1 song of the year in 1989. This one was my favorite from their album “Nomads, Indians, Saints”. “World Falls” (104) was falling from its #25 peak and the lead single “Hammer And A Nail” just missed my top 40 at #41.
6 7 CELINE DION Where Does My Heart Beat Now 6 12
In 1990 2 big female voices emerged on the scene, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. Though “Vision Of Love” was a great debut single, my relationship with Carey waned relatively quickly while Dion was a sustained chart performer for me. Carey clearly won the Pop battle (she stands as the #4 artist of all-time on the Billboard Hot 100 though Dion places at #87, so not shabby at all). 4 of Dion’s songs have made my top 25 of the year: “Tell Him” with Barbra Streisand, “Shadow of Love”, “Ain't Gonna Look The Other Way” and the fantastic “Taking Chances”.
4 8 DREAM WARRIORS My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style 1 14
Hip Hop is not a regular genre on my chart and usually when a song appeared it had a quirky bent to it. This is so true of this song from the Canadian trio, my #19 song of 1991. The early ‘90s was the time of a Jazz-Rap sub-genre that did have some gravitational pull with me. The instrumentation of this song is irresistible, bringing a ‘60s lounge vibe to it. It actually samples the 1962 Quincy Jones song “Soul Bossa Nova”. This was a huge song for husband John (he had a fascination with lounge music in the ‘90s) and our circle of friends. It did go top 25 on Modern Rock and top 15 the UK, Sweden, and Switzerland but it didn’t chart in their homeland.
7 9 JUDE COLE House Full Of Reasons 1(2) 13
I wrote a bit about Jude Cole on last year’s blog page. I would say he was my favorite Pop-Rock artist during the first half of the ‘90’s. If you are a fan of Bryan Adams this album would totally appeal to you. This was the sixth song from his album “A View From 3rd Street” to chart and the first of his to go to #1. On it’s heals “This Time It’s Us” (35) would follow to the summit. The last 3 songs from the album would chart as well with “Get Me Through The Night” making it 3 at #1. In January this year he released his first album since 2000, “Coup De Main”, which is a bit folkier and I’m just starting to digest. On it he does a cover of the song “Starry Eyes” a 1979 almost top 40 song by the Records. He was briefly a member of that band in 1980.
11 10 JESUS JONES International Bright Young Thing 10 8
Coming out of the same Alt-Dance pool as EMF, this band had just come off the huge “Right Here, Right Now” which had spent 2 weeks at #1 on my chart in December. That song was about the end of the cold war and was originally titled Nelson as it was inspired by Prince (Roger Nelson’s) 1987 hit “Sign ‘O The Times”. The band was associated with an Alternative sub-sub-genre Grebo that had a short shelf-life. ‘Young Thing’ and “Who?, Where? Why?” (148-debut) were more indicative of the style, a mix of Punk, EDM, Hip-Hop and Industrial. 2 other Grebo bands land back-to-back further down the list. Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine’s “Bloodsport For All” (100) and Pop Will Eat Itself’s “X, Y & Zee” (101). That band took the moniker to heart with songs like “Grebo Guru” and “Oh Grebo, I Think I Love You”.
12 11 THE KLF 3 AM Eternal 11 7
The lines of these Alt-Dance sub-genres are so very blurry that they all fit under the larger umbrella. This time was probably one of my favorites for the melding of Alt-Rock and Dance. It had more of a bite than the earlier danceable New Wave, though some of the ‘80s product in that realm had a more sinister feel. The KLF started out in 1987 and the JAMS (Justified Ancients Of Mumu) and in 1988 scored a UK #1 as the Timelords with “Doctorin’ The Tardis”. That song was a mix of the “Doctor Who” theme song, Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll (part two)” and the song “Blockbuster” by Sweet. The JAMS label was named KLF Communications and that is what led to future songs under the name the KLF. This song was originally recorded in 1988 and ‘Ancients of Mumu’ is a predominant line in the song. The song reached #5 on the Hot 100 and in early 1992 they almost returned to the top 10 with the #11 “Justified and Ancient (Stand By The JAMS)” with Tammy Wynette. Clearly, they could not release their schtick, and the sub-title winks at her signature hit “Stand By Your Man”. Always achingly trying to be clever, the tongue in cheek of the sample-heavy KLF’s name is that it stands for Kopyright Liberation Front.
10 12 WHITNEY HOUSTON All The Man That I Need 10 12
The next 4 songs are all ballads. This song originally appeared on a 1982 Linda Clifford album and was written by the team of Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore who were responsible for much of the music from the movie “Fame” in 1980. 2 of the songs from that soundtrack were co-written by Lesley Gore (of the 1963 #1 hit “It’s My Party”), “Out Here On My Own” and “Hot Lunch Jam” (The KLF should have jumped on that remake). Michael Gore is Lesley’s younger brother. After Clifford contributed the vocal to the song “Red Light” for the soundtrack, the songwriters worked with her on her next album. Houston’s version totally took the song to another level.
17 13 HALL & OATES Don't Hold Back Your Love 13 9
In essence, this was the last hit by the powerhouse duo. It only peaked at #41 on the Hot 100, following the #11 “So Close” but it did make the top 5 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The original version of ‘Close’ was co-written by Hall and George Green who also co-wrote John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good”. The final version got an assist from Jon Bon Jovi and producer Danny Kortchmar who had been working on the “Blaze Of Glory” sessions. This one was co-written by Richard Page of Mr. Mister.
24 14 RICK ASTLEY Cry For Help 14 6
The lead single from Astley’s third album “Free” was his first real ballad to be a hit (and his last top 10 in the States). The gospel-tinged song was by far my favorite tune by Astley, ending up as my #15 of 1991 during its original run on my personal chart. In another co-writing scenario, his writing partner was Rob Fisher of Naked Eyes and Climie Fisher fame. In 1983 the Naked Eyes song “Promises Promises” was my #1 song of the year. Though I was only so-so on their hit “Always Something There To Remind Me”, the album was a standout for me, bringing 4 other songs into my top 10, including a second #1 “I Could Show You How”.
18 15 STYX Show Me The Way 15 12
Like Hall & Oates, 1991 saw the last appearances in the upper reaches of the Hot 100 for Styx. This inspirational ballad, written as a sort of hymn for Dennis DeYoung’s son, rode to #3 and became connected to the Gulf War and resurrected after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. It was the second single from “Edge Of The Century”, after “Love Is The Ritual” made the Rock top 10 in the fall of 1990. The third single, “Love At First Sight” brought them to #25 on the Hot 100.
February 21, 2021
The biggest difference between 1991 and 2001 on my chart is the lack of the Alt-dance that was prevalent back then and the introduction of Country, though there are a couple of danceable songs on this top 15. There is also, except for one juggernaut of a song, no songs that would be deemed as a current hit.
1 1 FEE WAYBILL Faker 1(3) 8
The lead singer of the Tubes surprised me with this blistering track co-written by Richard Marx. The beginning of 2021 was seeing an absence of big songs for me as songs had been lingering on my chart a little longer than normal. Once this one clicked a few weeks ago it made the jump from 25-1. 40 years ago, his band was experiencing their first real mainstream success with “Talk To Ya Later” becoming a top 10 Rock hit (surprisingly only bubbling under the Hot 100 at #101) and their top 40 pop entry “Don’t Want To Wait Anymore”. Through the latter half of the ‘70’s they had some underground success and one minor hit “Don’t Touch Me There”. With the 1981 album “The Completion Backward Principle” they teamed up with producer David Foster and on ‘Later’ Steve Lukather of Toto which led to a combo of Pop sheen and their well-known quirkiness (“Sushi Girl”), a winning combination.
2 2 ALL STAR UNITED Take Me Away 2 15
My blog writing and podcast production has brought me many songs from the past that were forgotten or are new to me. I just this month started an oldie’s chart on Beyond Radio as there are other personal charters that feature older songs on their charts as well. This late ‘90s Christian Rock band had 13 songs on my personal chart between 1998 and 2010. This track is from the 2007 album “Love And Radiation” and becomes the band’s highest-charting song for me, pushing past the #3 “Worldwide Socialites Unite” in 2000 (not available on Spotify).
6 3 MCFLY Tonight Is The Night 3 11
This British Pop band is named after Marty McFly from “Back To The Future”. This is their first top 10 on my chart. In the UK they have had 19 top 10’s with 7 of those going to #1 since 2004. One of those #1’s was “Baby’s Coming Back” in 2007, a remake of the 1991 Jellyfish song (not available on Spotify).
9 4 BLAKE SHELTON Minimum Wage 4 4
This song saw some controversy upon its release, a millionaire singing about minimum wage, but it was ill-conceived when listening to the lyrics; “your love is money, you make a man feel rich on minimum wage”. I was instantly drawn to the propulsive upbeat Country-Rock of this tune, a certain #1 for me. It would be his third #1 for me and already his ninth top 5.
3 5 HARRY STYLES Treat People With Kindness 1(4) 25
What was a year ago a moderately successful song on my chart, ‘Kindness” has turned into a major hit for me. The superbly adorable video released on January 1 brought me such joy and its message was undeniable after the year we have had. I also experienced some of the nuances of the song that I had missed (the bongos and fuzzy guitar towards the end), even with a feature on a podcast episode. A lyric like “I don’t need all the answers, feeling good in my skin, I’ll just keep dancing” just adds to the allure. I love his old soul vibe. The video also made me fall in love with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and made me watch “Fleabag” finally.
7 6 BLACK STONE CHERRY Again 6 13
This is a second-generation Southern Rock band; co-founder John Fred Young is the son of the Kentucky Headhunters Richard Young. Not always a go-to genre, in 2012 they spent 2 weeks at #1 with “In My Blood”, their highest charter on the Rock radio chart and their only top 10.
4 7 HOT CHIP f/ JARVIS COCKER Straight To The Morning 2 15
21 years in and the UK synthpop band finally makes my top 10 for the first time, peaking at #2 a couple weeks ago. Joe Goddard spends time between Hot Chip and 2 Bears who made my top 40 in 2016 with another disco-y track “Not This Time”. Member Alan Doyle also splits time with LCD Soundsystem. That band’s song “Tonite”, my #4 song of 2018, was extensively analyzed on the Dec. 26, 2019, episode of Beyond Radio Presents. See Alt-Dance has made its appearance in 2021.
8 8 THE TEMPER TRAP Thick As Thieves 8 11
Another older title discovered from my blog writing is from the Australian band’s 2016 album of the same name. The song “Alive” from that album was the band’s sole #1 on my chart, though “Fader” and “Sweet Disposition” made my top 10 in 2010.
46 9 OLIVIA RODRIGO Driver's License 9 4
The emotional impact of this massive hit is not lost on me. The anguish in her voice, especially towards the end, is impressive. The amount of sad and sad-sounding songs that are big hits these days does not speak to me (see Harry Styles) but sometimes it is appropriate.
15 10 MERCYME Say I Won't 10 6
This Oklahoma band has been a force on Christian radio for 2 decades now. This week they notch another top 10 for me. Of their 16 top 25 songs on my chart, 6 have risen to #1 and another to #2. This seems destined for at least the top 5.
20 11 KEITH URBAN Forever 11 4
Could my king of the Country genre score an 18th #1 song on my chart? I was thinking the latest album “The Speed Of Now, Part 1” might not even get a top 10 though “Out The Cage” snuck up to #9. Again, definitely looking at the top 5, we’ll know over the next month or so. If it does, it’ll be the big ending to the song that does it. Love me some wailing guitar.
5 12 RED RUM CLUB The Elevation 3(2) 15
Extensive use of trumpet sets this indie Brit-Pop band apart and adds a fun factor. Their first top 10 for me but they have reached my chart 4 times in the last 2 years
13 13 THE SCORE f/ AWOLNATION Carry On 13 20
This song has spent 10 weeks in my top 20 without making the top 10, an interesting circumstance. The L.A. duo has a decidedly Imagine Dragons vibe but this one is more enjoyable for me than any recent Dragons song.
14 14 STEPS What The Future Holds 14 16
The UK’s late ‘90s version of Abba came back in 2017 and again in 2020 with 2 back-to-back #2 UK albums. They perform reliable Dance-Pop but this is the first time they’ve reached my top 50.
10 15 HONORARY ASTRONAUT Final Dream Machine 5 20
A side project for the Dear Hunter’s mastermind Casey Crescenzo, this doesn’t feel that off from that band’s expansive theatrical rock. Once I discovered that band in 2016, they racked up 16 top 20’s on my chart by the end of 2019. Of those 6 went to #1.
It’s hard to say which top 15 is more diverse. One side note, even though they are not in my current top 15, members of Jellyfish are on my current chart as the Lickerish Quartet. They have 2 songs moving up my chart right now from their second EP “Threesome, Vol. 2”; “Sovereignty Blues” at #26 and “Do You Feel Better” at #47, while “Lighthouse Spaceship” spent 3 weeks at #1 in September. As a solo artist Roger Manning Jr. also reached #1 for 3 weeks in November with “The Quickening” and his “Operator” is still week’s #35. After a 25 year plus absence, it’s like an old friend has come back into your life.
New Beyond Radio Presents Podcast: Now and Then - Kim Wilde
The first in a series of 3 side stage episodes that feature music from different times of an artist's career. Kim Wilde came on the scene in 1981, has been releasing music for going on 40 years, her music recent new music in 2018, and a live album in 2019.We also sidestep into a conversation about radio in Boston in the '80s. It was a great time for radio and a great city for it.
This Month's Trending Chart Rocks out and Chills out Simultaneously, A New Chart, and the Alt Sub-Genres
These are the top 100 songs that are making gains at mid-month
Beyond Radio’s Trending 100, January 2021
1 ROYAL BLOOD Typhoons
While “Trouble’s Coming” sits atop the Rock airplay chart in the States, this second groovy single by the band makes a nice move from 172-11 on the BR250. Hungary seems to like the song, it made the top 10 there at #8. They also made the Trending 100 at #84 collaborating with Run The Jewels on “The Ground Below”.
2 FOO FIGHTERS Waiting On A War
The third single from “Medicine At Midnight” reached the Rock airplay top 10 this week while the album debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. The blistering “No Son of Mine” lands at #13 Trending while both songs move into the BR250 top 10 at #6 and #8. A third song, “Making A Fire” sneaks in at #87 this week.
3 CLEAN BANDIT f/ IANN DIOR Higher
This song debuts on the BR250 at #40 this week. Dior just came off a #1 song with 24KGoldn’s “Mood” and Clean Bandit’s previous “Tick Tock” went to #30 on the BR250 and #2 on the airplay chart in the UK. This song was co-written by Dan Smith, the lead singer of Bastille.
4 OLIVIA RODRIGO Driver's License
This juggernaut moved up to #1 on the BR250 this week. Part of the bedroom pop movement spearheaded by Billie Eilish, the song references her true-life circumstances, of which Sabrina Carpenter (at #30 trending with “Skin”) is a part of.
5 JESSIE WARE Remember Where You Are
The seventh single from Ware’s album “What’s Your Pleasure” returns to the BR250 at #44. The sultry tune is one of nine from the album that have appeared on the BR250, 5 of those making the top 50. The album appeared on a myriad of best of 2020 lists including Rolling Stone (#9 of the year) and USA Today (#3).
6 NATHAN EVANS, 220 KID & BILLEN TED Wellerman
A year ago, I doubt anyone would think a 19th century sea shanty song would reach #2 in the UK (well in the UK anything is possible). Evans started posting his versions of these songs on TikTok and a movement was born.
7 KINGS OF LEON The Bandit
Well, this month rock is not dead with 3 songs in the Trending top 10. The song is on the cusp on entering the Alternative airplay top 10 with Weezer’s “All My Favorite Songs” (#18) right on its heels.
8 ARLO PARKS Hope
This British singer-songwriter’s retro Soul has brought 5 titles to the BR250 over the last year, including AAA charting “Hurt” which peaked at #46 on the BR250. “Hope” bows at #84 this week on that list, with the song “Caroline” five places ahead at #79. Wiki also attributes bedroom pop to her genre list.
9 LONDON GRAMMAR Lose Your Head
Fitting into a similar lane, the ethereal dream pop of this trio, brings a third song to the BR250 top 30 in the last six months. Their album “Californian Soil’ is scheduled for release in early April.
10 SZA Good Day
More dreaminess here. The R&B songstress just made the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 for the third time (and first solo single) last week with this song. She had previously reached #7 collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on with “All The Stars” in 2018 and in 2017 with Maroon Five on “What Lovers Do”.
11 SILK CITY f/ ELLIE GOULDING New Love
Silk City is the superstar DJ duo of Diplo and Mark Ronson. In late 2018 they reached #3 on the BR250 with the Dua Lipa sung “Electricity”.
12 YEARS & YEARS It's A Sin
This week’s trending songs are heavy on the chill (and rock). This is a stripped down version of the Pet Shop Boys hit. Lead singer Olly Alexander is the lead character the TV series of the same name, depicting ‘80s era gay life.
13 FOO FIGHTERS No Son Of Mine
14 SAM FELDT f/ KESHA Stronger
15 RAG 'N' BONE MAN All You Ever Wanted
16 STEPS To The Beat Of My Heart
17 CELESTE Love Is Back
18 WEEZER All My Favorite Songs
19 PALE WAVES Easy
20 JASON DERULO f/ ADAM LEVINE Lifestyle
21 CARDI B Up
22 FKA TWIGS f/ HEADIE ONE & FRED AGAIN Don't Judge Me
23 LANA DEL REY Chemtrails Over The Country Club
24 CHEVELLE Self Destructor
25 BILLIE EILISH & ROSALIA Lo Vas A Olvidar
This week I introduce the Retro 100 which I started tracking in December. It will be a year to date chart and will also show the current week's position to the left. Below that is the top 25 this week. You can find the charts on their own page as well.
There are a handful of charts that track old songs and old titles show up occasionally on other charts, especially after an artist has passed. Also my chart has become increasingly influenced by older songs because of the podcasts and blog posts as I discover or re-discover them. Hopefully you'll dive into some of these older songs as well.
Retro Top 100 (Old songs showing up on current personal charts)
TW/ 2021 YTD
14 1 THIRD DAY What Good
44 2 THE STRUTS The Ol' Switcheroo
9 3 ALL STAR UNITED Take Me Away
27 4 THE STRUTS Who Am I?
4 5 ALY & AJ Potential Breakup Song (2020)
53 6 THIRD DAY Sky Falls Down
30 7 THE STRUTS These Times Are Changing
64 8 PARACHUTE Blame It On Me
3 9 MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE Famous Last Words
56 10 DEXTER FREEBISH Everybody Knows Somebody
61 11 KEITH URBAN God Made Woman
8 12 ARABESQUE Love Is Just A Game
21 13 THE TEMPER TRAP Thick As Thieves
19 14 ARCADE FIRE Everything Now
31 15 SONS OF SYLVIA 50 Ways
6 16 JOHN MAYER I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
48 17 CAT STEVENS Lady D'Arbanville
17 18 JOHN MAYER Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
35 19 THIRD DAY Otherside
63 20 CHRIS REA Fool If You Think It's Over
95 21 DOVES Broken Eyes
69 22 EVERCLEAR The New York Times
23 REBA MCENTIRE Rumor Has It
15 24 BERLIN A Matter Of Time
25 THE STRUTS Put Your Money On Me
60 26 CRYSTAL GAYLE You Never Miss A real Good thing
42 27 LORRAINE ELLISON Stay With Me (Baby)
67 28 STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN Dive
23 29 THE KLF f/ TAMMY WYNETTE Justified And Ancient
45 30 ALL STAR UNITED La La Land
31 GEORGE HARRISON All Things Must Pass
22 32 MIKE CURB CONGREGATION Burning Bridges
77 33 ELTON JOHN Come Down In Time
13 34 ABBA Summer Night City
35 MELISSA MANCHESTER Midnight Blue (2020)
73 36 A SILENT FILM Paralysed
86 37 GUSTER This Is How It Feels To Have A Broken Heart
7 38 JOE JACKSON Steppin' Out
39 AC/DC Rock 'N Roll Train
40 YVONNE ELLIMAN Love Pains
41 JOURNEY Lights
57 42 JIGSAW Sky High
71 43 TIMMY THOMAS Why Can't We Live Together
62 44 REBA MCENTIRE Fancy (Dave Aude Remix)
45 GARY ALLAN It Would Be You
46 LEN BARRY 1-2-3
59 47 BASH & POP On The Rocks
48 ACE OF BASE Happy Nation
28 49 GIRLS ALOUD I'll Stand By You
65 50 STEVEN TYLER (It) Feels So Good
84 51 KEITH URBAN Slow Turning
52 HEART Crazy On You
18 53 THE MONKEES Daydream Believer
54 CHARLEY PRIDE Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'
20 55 VAN HALEN I'm The One
56 MOTHER MOTHER Hayloft
1 57 SHINEDOWN Save Me
58 INSPIRAL CARPETS This Is How It Feels
81 59 LIT Night In The Life
2 60 FOO FIGHTERS Something For Nothing
61 ALPHAVILLE Big In Japan
62 KITCHENS OF DISTINCTION Drive That Fast
24 63 GENESIS In Too Deep
47 64 THE SEAHORSES Blinded By The Sun
65 MOUNTAIN Mississippi Queen
66 LONDON GRAMMAR Wasting My Young Years
52 67 DAVID BOWIE & PAT METHENY This Is Not America
70 68 BARBRA STREISAND Ordinary Miracles
68 69 GIANT Don't Leave Me In Love
32 70 BREAD It Don't Matter To Me
76 71 HOODOO GURUS Get Out Of Dodge
89 72 HONEYMOON SUITE Find What You're Looking For
5 73 LED ZEPPELIN Black Dog
74 BERLIN The Metro
10 75 BRAD PAISLEY Who Needs Pictures
11 76 CARLY SIMON You're So Vain
77 SILVERCHAIR Pins In My Needles
12 78 RICK SPRINGFIELD Love Is Gonna Come At Last
50 79 TOM JONES With These Hands
80 80 THE SEAHORSES Love Is The Law
16 81 THE RASPBERRIES Overnight Sensation
83 82 SLASH f/ FERGIE Beautiful Dangerous
83 GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS Ferry Across The Mersey
84 NEW SEEKERS Pinball Wizard
85 SKILLET The Resistance
78 86 DAVID NAIL Desiree
87 BLU CANTRELL Hit 'Em Up Style
25 88 FERRANTE & TEICHER Midnight Cowboy
26 89 BLUE PEARL Naked In The Rain
29 90 DARYL HALL Someone Like You
33 91 ZZ TOP Tush
34 92 ALPHAVILLE Forever Young
93 IKE & TINA TURNER River Deep-Mountain High
36 94 FLEETWOOD MAC Silver Springs
37 95 BILLY JOEL Tell her About It
38 96 SUPREMES Where Did Our Love Go
97 THE KLF 3 A.M. Eternal
39 98 ELTON JOHN Skyline Pigeon
99 BONE THUGS-N HARMONY Thuggish Ruggish Bone
40 100 FOO FIGHTERS Best of You
February 15, 20201
57 1 SHINEDOWN Save Me
60 2 FOO FIGHTERS Something For Nothing
9 3 MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE Famous Last Words
5 4 ALY & AJ Potential Breakup Song (2020)
73 5 LED ZEPPELIN Black Dog
16 6 JOHN MAYER I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
38 7 JOE JACKSON Steppin' Out
12 8 ARABESQUE Love Is Just A Game
3 9 ALL STAR UNITED Take Me Away
75 10 BRAD PAISLEY Who Needs Pictures
76 11 CARLY SIMON You're So Vain
78 12 RICK SPRINGFIELD Love Is Gonna Come At Last
34 13 ABBA Summer Night City
1 14 THIRD DAY What Good
24 15 BERLIN A Matter Of Time
81 16 THE RASPBERRIES Overnight Sensation
18 17 JOHN MAYER Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
53 18 THE MONKEES Daydream Believer
14 19 ARCADE FIRE Everything Now
55 20 VAN HALEN I'm The One
13 21 THE TEMPER TRAP Thick As Thieves
32 22 MIKE CURB CONGREGATION Burning Bridges
29 23 THE KLF f/ TAMMY WYNETTE Justified And Ancient
63 24 GENESIS In Too Deep
88 25 FERRANTE & TEICHER Midnight Cowboy
89 26 BLUE PEARL Naked In The Rain
Beyond Radio Alternative Sub-Genre Charts--February 15, 2020
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1 1 BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am
49 2 LONDON GRAMMAR Lose Your Head
5 3 GORILLAZ f/ BECK The Valley Of The Pagans
8 4 THE BLEACHERS f/ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Chinatown
9 5 THE KNOCKS f/ FOSTER THE PEOPLE All About You
12 6 CANNONS Fire For You
new 7 WEEZER All My Favorite Songs
4 8 PALE WAVES Change
new 9 PALE WAVES Easy
7 10 THE AVALANCHES f/ MGMT & JOHNNY MARR The Divine Chord
Retro Soul (R&B, Soul Pop, Jazz Pop, Disco, Throwback Hip Hop)
1 1 KYLIE MINOGUE & DUA LIPA Real Groove
4 2 SZA Good Days
16 3 LONDON GRAMMAR Lose Your Head
10 4 CELESTE Love Is Back
new 5 JESSIE WARE Remember Where You Are
6 6 ARLO PARKS Caroline
new 7 ARLO PARKS Hope
21 8 LOLA LENNOX La La Love Me
17 9 GABRIELS Love And Hate In A Different Time
2 10 KYLIE MINOGUE Magic
Adult Leaning Alternative
12 1 KINGS OF LEON The Bandit
4 2 GORILLAZ f/ BECK The Valley Of The Pagans
new 3 FOO FIGHTERS Waiting On A War
20 4 LONDON GRAMMAR Lose Your Head
2 5 THE BLEACHERS f/ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Chinatown
18 6 CANNONS Fire For You
new 7 WEEZER All My Favorite Songs
new 8 THE AVALANCHES f/ MGMT & JOHNNY MARR The Divine Chord
9 9 THE STROKES The Adults Are Talking
new 10 LANA DEL REY Chemtrails Over The Country Club
Alternative Hip Hop
new 1 FKA TWIGS f/ HEADIE ONE & FRED AGAIN Don't Judge Me
4 2 RUN THE JEWELS f/ ROYAL BLOOD The Ground Below
13 3 CLIPPING 96 Neve Campbell
41 4 SLOWTHAI f/ A$AP ROCKY Mazza
10 5 YVES TUMOR Kerosene
new 6 ASHNIKKO f/ KELIS Deal With It
6 7 SZA Good Days
14 8 ASHNIKKO Daisy
new 9 SERPENTWITHFEET Fellowship
new 10 MADLIB Road Of The Lonely Ones
new 1 FOO FIGHTERS Waiting On A War
8 2 KINGS OF LEON The Bandit
new 3 ROYAL BLOOD Typhoons
new 4 FOO FIGHTERS No Son Of Mine
1 5 ROYAL BLOOD Trouble's Coming
5 6 FOO FIGHTERS Shame Shame
3 7 TEENAGE WRIST Taste Of Gasoline
new 8 CHEVELLE Self Destructor
12 9 KENNYHOOPLA f/ TRAVIS BARKER Estella
7 10 TEENAGE WRIST Earth Is A Black Hole
new 1 MOGWAI Ritchie Sacramento
18 2 LIFE ON VENUS Everything Ends Here
new 3 FKA TWIGS f/ HEADIE ONE & FRED AGAIN Don't Judge Me
9 4 BIIG PIIG Feels Right
new 5 YUNG Friends On Ice
2 6 BICEP Saku
3 7 THOM YORKE, BURIAL & FOUR TET Her Revolution
16 8 THOM YORKE, BURIAL & FOUR TET His Rope
1 9 BICEP Apricots
165 10 TOPOGRAPHIES False Desire
Roots AAA (Roots Rock, Americana, Folk, Heritage Pop)
1 1 TAYLOR SWIFT Willow
2 2 TAYLOR SWIFT f/ HAIM No Body, No Crime
5 3 PAUL MCCARTNEY Find My Way
11 4 JULIEN BAKER Faith Healer
3 5 LIAM GALLAGHER All You're Dreaming Of
4 6 JADE BIRD Headstart
7 7 COLDPLAY Flags
8 8 CHRIS CORNELL Watching The Wheels
10 9 CHRIS STAPLETON Cold
6 10 FLEET FOXES Can I Believe You
Another Look back at the Heartland
My Personal Chart Blog January 11, 1981
Part 3, The Sound of the Heartland: A Cougar is Created and Jacksonville Means Everything to Southern Rock
DELBERT MCCLINTON/Giving It Up For Your Love (21)
By the time Delbert McClinton had his first and only Pop top 10 hit he was 40 years old. His first appearance on the Pop chart was in 1962 was playing harmonica on the #1 “Hey Baby” by Bruce Channel. It was Channel’s only top 40 hit. In 1965 the Lubbock, Texas native McClinton reached #97 as part of the duo The Ron-Dels with “If Really Want Me To I’ll Go” and in 1972 hit #90 as part of another duo Delbert & Glen with “I Received A Letter”. True to his Texas roots these songs all had a country bent to them.
I loved “Giving It Up For Love” and the b-side “My Sweet Baby”, both reaching the top 10 on my personal chart. ‘Giving’ was a blues/soul/pop confection, totally in the later Huey Lewis mode. ‘Baby’ employed a more prominent blues guitar, and both were heavy on the horns. At the time I thought ‘Baby’ would have been a great follow-up single choice (it’s not available on Spotify so seek it out on YouTube). Instead, they went with the more mid-tempo Country-Pop of “Shotgun Rider” which only managed a #70 peak. and then a ballad “Sandy Beaches” that just missed the Hot 100. He may have felt his blues chops were being diluted by the record company as he did not resurface until the late ‘80s when he was nominated for a Grammy for his 1989 live album “Live From Austin”.
Now 50, in 1991 he won a Grammy for his collaboration with “Bonnie Raitt” on the funky “Good Man, Good Woman” and in ’92 reached #13 on the rock chart with “Every Time I Roll The Dice”, while in ’93 his duet with Tanya Tucker “Tell Me About It” brought him to #4 on the country chart. Since then, he has won 3 more Grammys, the last in 2019. Nice later in life accomplishments. While cataloging all the music I own as I move things into my new music studio, I came across a cd single from another Texas blues rocker Ian Moore from 1993. It features 2 songs, “How Does It Feel” (which I remembered upon listening) and “Nothing”, plus 2 interviews. I’m surprised he did not make any inroads on the rock chart. I’ve added a couple of his songs to my current playlist including the slow burn “Satisfied”.
At this time in 1981, one of the biggest purveyors of heartland music was establishing his presence with his second album (well sort of). In late 1979 Indiana’s John Cougar (Mellencamp) debuted on the Hot 100 with “I Need A Lover”, which at the time, I was completely in love with. It was an interesting song in that the album version had a 2:28 instrumental intro that varied in intensity before kicking into the vocal. It was my #12 of the year back then but lost some of its luster when I re-did my 1980 charts last year.
In late 1980 the lead single from his album “Nothing Matters And What If It Did”, “This Time” (90) was an instant pleaser for me and reached #1 on my personal chart. It fits in nicely with the McClinton hit, no horns, but just an easy-going heartland slice of Pop-Rock. This was actually his fifth album. In 1976 his actual first, “Chestnut Street Incident”, was a commercial bomb, he was then known as Johnny Cougar. That name was bestowed on him by his manager Tony DeFries (who was also David Bowie’s manager), which he did not know about until he saw the album cover. He objected but was told it would not be released if they didn’t go with the name. He relinquished.
With the poor sales of that album, his label MCA refused to release his second album “The Kid Inside” and dropped him. He signed with UK label Riva Records (which he stayed with until 1985) founded by Rod Stewart’s manager Billy Gaff, and released “A Biography” in the UK and Australia only in 1978. That album included “I Need A Lover” and the song became a top 5 hit in Australia. It would also appear stateside on his next album, 1979’s “John Cougar”. Pat Benatar covered the song on her 1979 debut album as well. After the success of Mellencamp’s “American Fool” album in 1982 DeFries, his former manager, released the shelved “The Kid Inside” in 1983 to capitalize on his success while “A Biography” was remastered and released in the States in 2005.
Early songs like “American Dream” and “Born Reckless” are really not bad at all but Mellencamp is not a fan of his early music, and even with ‘Nothing Matters’ he said, “he takes no credit for that record” and of the label he said, “they thought I was going to turn into the next Neil Diamond”. “This Time” brought him into the top 30 on the Hot 100 for the second time at #27 (‘Lover’ reached #28). The second single “Ain’t Even Done With The Night” eclipsed that, going to #17. 3 other songs from the album would grace my personal chart, “Hot Night In A Cold Town” (56), “Don’t Misunderstand Me” and “Make Me Feel”. Of course, he really took off in ’82 with “Hurts So Good” and “Jack And Diane”, #2 and #1 respectively on the Hot 100. In total, he would make the top 10 on the Hot 100 10 times and the top 20 another 7 times. According to Joel Whitburn’s “Top Pop Singles” book, Mellencamp was the #9 artist of the ‘80s and #68 of all-time on the Hot 100 overall.
I could be hot and cold with his music, but he did make my top 60 of the year 4 more times with “Paper In Fire” in 1987, “Love And Happiness” in 1991, “Human Wheels” in ’93, and “Wild Night in ’94. Johnny Cash considered him one of the 10 best songwriters of all-time, and he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. In 1985 he was one of the organizers (along with Willie Nelson and Neil Young) of Farm Aid. The concert series has been going on yearly since then. The concerts have attracted a wide swath of artists from the Country, Rock, and Pop realms.
Another Indiana native, John Hiatt, shares a distinction with Mellencamp in that after his fourth album, 1980’s “Two Bit Monsters” failed to chart in the States (it did reach #41 in Sweden), he was dropped from his record label, MCA again. Over the years Hiatt has been associated with 6 different major labels before settling in with the label New West which focuses on Alt-Country, Indie Rock, and Americana claiming to be "for artists who perform real music for real people". Delbert McClinton has also been on that label. Hiatt came onto my radar in 1985 with the song “Living Just A Little, Laughing Just A Little”, a duet with Elvis Costello. Funny thing, his then record label Geffen dropped him after the album it was from failed to chart.
I just looked up the song’s chart performance on my own chart in 1985 and was surprised it only peaked at #34 the week of July 20, one position lower than another heartland rocker, “Tough All Over” by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band. The song had a weird descent, meaning it wasn’t a natural incremental drop. It fell to 83 and stayed there for 2 weeks, then to 143 and stayed there for 2 weeks. 2 weeks later it was off the chart but what that indicates to me is that I was not ready to get rid of it quickly. Listening to it today I have a fonder memory of it than its chart peak would indicate. Back to Rhode Island’s John Cafferty and his band. They had a nice run of 4 top Rock 10 hits between ’84-’85, starting with “On The Dark Side” from the movie “Eddie and the Cruisers”.
Beyond Radio Presents: A Look Back at 1970 and the January 2021 BR250 is Working for the Weeknd
In the final episode of our year in review we venture back 50 years to 1970 and I present some of my favorite songs of 1970 (and 1969) to Jeff. It begins and ends with 2 stories that are just 2 more of the myriad coincidences that have happened to me since beginning this adventure.
In the middle of the episode, we end up paying homage to a band that has been cranking out quality music for the better part of 3 decades. By the end of the episode we have discussed drugs a number of times, I decided that 2020 was a year of discovery and hope (for me), and folded in more discussion about Jeff's daughter Eva, Hanson, and AJR. Oh, and a newer song that has infiltrated my mind in a fantastic way.
Of the 43 songs featured we span from 1960-2020. Songs you know, songs you don't, and songs you should. I hope you find some joy out of the joy that I experience in putting these podcast episodes together.
On the BR250 The Weeknd nudges past Miley and Dua to claim the #1 spot. The song has been compared to songs as disparate as Post Malone's "Circles", Everything She Wants" by Wham and, ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky". The bigger news this week is the song "Drivers License" smashing into the top 5 pretty much out of the box. It was on 1 chart before this cycle and gained 37 adds for the explosive debut. The song and artist, Olivia Rodrigo, have broken many records globally, most notably becoming the female singer with the most weekly streams ever, surpassing Mariah Carey and "All I Want For Christmas Is You".
The other big debut this week belongs to Foo Fighters with the ballad "Waiting On A War" at #41. This song that ends in a raucous fashion and could be their biggest song in a long while. This makes 3 songs by the band in the top 50 as "Shame Shame" drops 7-10 and "No Son Of Mine" moves into the top 25 (42-22).
5 other songs enter the top 25 this week. The return of Kings of Leon with "The Bandit" flies from 66-14, a song not veering at all from their signature sound. Harry Styles' "Treat People With Kindness" gives him his 6th top 20 from "Fine Line" as it moves up to #18. It has been #1 on my chart for 4 weeks.
As Ariana Grande drops to #20 with "Positions" she lands at #21 with "34+35". Sorry but she bores me so. SZA makes a nice leap into the top 100 with "Good Days", moving 105-24. The song currently is #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Finally "The Valley of the Pagans", the collab between Gorillaz and Beck sneaks into the top 25, up 28-23. This is the 1st Gorillaz song to make my personal top 100 since "Dare" in 2006. It should make my top 40 at least.
One interesting note on this week's chart, AJR reaches their highest position with "Bang!" almost a year after debuting, entering the top 100 for a 3rd time at #90. On the May 31, 2020 chart it was #94 and on the Nov. 15 chart it returned at #96. The song is #9 on the Hot 100 this week and has been in the Pop top 10 for a few months now. As I said above, the trio is discussed again on the latest podcast.
My Personal Chart Blog, 1981