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

October 2020

POS/ARTIST/SONG/POS ON BR250/POINTS

1              ROYAL BLOOD   Trouble’s Coming             8              2851.6

Whoever thought Royal Blood would add a dance edge to their bluesy rock music? Well here it is, and it is quite groovy. They were trying to achieve a Daft Punk meets rock vibe and I think they found it. By blasting onto the BR250 this week at #8 it seems likely that they will surpass the #6 peak of 2017’s “Lights Out”.

2              KYLIE MINOGUE               Magic    13           2495.85

The other out of the box BR250 splash (#13 debut) comes from Queen Kylie.  The second single from the upcoming “Disco” album would keep me on the dance floor after the Royal Blood song. It has a wonderfully happy groove. This has been a great year for dance-pop. This week Dua Lipa tops my personal chart with “Hallucinate”, the first in that genre in a long time.

3              SHAWN MENDES              Wonder               71           1198.15

This new single has a grand Sam Smith-ian chorus and is quite introspective from a lyrical standpoint. It’s already top 20 Pop in the States and top 10 in the UK. For some reason, his voice has always somewhat irked me. He has only made my top 100 once.

4              AC/DC   Shot In The Dark               78           1144.15

It has been 5 years since AC/DC’s last release and Rock radio was clamoring for it. It debuted at #5 on that chart last week. Funny, in an interview with Mike Kerr of Royal Blood, he talked about AC/DC and their connecting of rock and dance music. The band’s 17th album “Power Up” will be released in November. This song also marks the return of vocalist Brian Johnson.

5              SAM SMITH        Diamonds            18           2238.65

Oh look, Sam Smith right here. He’s also right behind Mendes on the Mediabase Pop airplay chart right now. I’ve always been hot and cold with Smith but on this dance track I’m liking what I hear. This has already surpassed the BR250 peak of his 3 other singles over the last year. His third album “Love Goes” is scheduled for release at the end of the month.

6              DAVID GUETTA f/ SIA      Let’s Love            9              2822.65

This duo has teamed up on numerous tracks over the years including the smash “Titanium”. I hear shades of A-Ha’s “Take On Me” but I don’t see a songwriting credit. The song is currently top 10 in the UK and top 15 in Australia.

7              LADY GAGA        911         29           1860.2

The frenetic techno pulse of the third single from Chromatica fits the theme of the song quite well. I have a different take on the song now that I understand it. The song talks about her relationship with taking an antipsychotic drug, thus the lyric “pop a 911”.

8              TRAVIS SCOTT f/ YOUNG THUG & M.I.A. Franchise             102         958.15

Scott made Billboard history with this song, it being his third to debut atop the Hot 100 in less than one year. It made it with one week to go. “Highest In The Room debuted at #1 on Oct. 19, 2019 and this on Oct. 10, 2020. In-between the song “The Scotts” with Kid Cudi was the third.

9              JUSTIN BIEBER f/ CHANCE THE RAPPER   Holy       57           1348.35

The gospel influenced track actually features gospel artist Kirk Franklin in the choir at the end of the song. It is an across the globe hit, already top 5 on the Hot 100, Australia and in the UK plus top 15 across Europe.

10           BASTILLE              Survivin’               100         968

This UK band does not typically get a song on Pop radio in the States out of the box but it is already charting at Pop, Hot AC, AAA and Alternative. The thing that makes this song unique is the saxophone line that almost seems out of place.

11           OF MONSTERS AND MEN              Visitor   24           2111.35

This Icelandic band has had an impressive run on Alternative radio over the last decade, landing 10 songs on that chart. This driving electro-pop song becomes their first top reach the top 25 on the BR250. In 2019 “Alligator” peaked at #36 and “Wars” topped out at #32.

12           BLACKPINK         Lovesick Girls     122         829.1

This single co-written by David Guetta is the fourth to make the BR250. 2 of those are still on the chart, “Ice Cream” at #44 and “How Like That” #147 after a #20 peak.

13           KYGO & DONNA SUMMER           Hot Stuff              36           1656.75

I like this re-working much better than the recent Tina Turner remix.

14           ROMY   Lifetime               144         757.2

15           FLEET FOXES      Can I Believe You              135         787.3

16           INTERNET MONEY & GUNNA f/ DON TOLIVER      Lemonade          153         706.9

17           KEITH URBAN f/ PINK     One Too Many  55           1378.8

Urban looks to possibly have his biggest pop hit with an assist from Pink.

18           SMASHING PUMPKINS  Cyr         23           2114.65

19           24KGOLDN f/ IANN DIOR              Mood    7              2948.85

20           SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR     Crying At The Discotheque           108         922.5

21           BEABADOOBEE Worth It               49           1522.3

22           ROXETTE              Let Your Heart Dance With Me   176         629.8

23           MIRANDA LAMBERT       Settling Down    141         765.75

24           ZAYN     Better   181         613.3

25           AVA MAX            Naked   130         814.1

26           BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     Ghosts  189         592.6

27           MACHINE GUN KELLY f/ HALSEY Forget Me Too   215         554.3

28           ELLA HENDERSON & ROGER SANCHEZ     Dream On Me    217         551.9

29           MILEY CYRUS     Midnight Sky      1              7339.6

30           NOTHING BUT THIEVES  Impossible          94           1006

31           BECKY HILL          Space    259         492.9

32           ONEREPUBLIC   Wild Life              264         488.6

33           STEPS    What The Future Holds  20           2192.15

34           DJANGO DJANGO            Spirals   103         952.6

35           ALICIA KEYS        Love Looks Better            171         641.3

36           MARSHMELLO & DEMI LOVATO Ok Not To Be Ok               51           1446.2

37           CHRIS STAPLETON           Starting Over     109         917.5

38           LONDON GRAMMAR      Californian Soil  289         463.5

39           WHY DON’T WE Fallin’     291         462.55

40           BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     Letter To You     66           1242.45

41           TOM PETTY         Leave Virginia Alone       305         449.45

42           BONOBO & TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS  Heartbreak         308         448.4

43           PHOEBE BRIDGERS          Kyoto    25           2042.65

44           DEFTONES           Genesis 170         642.5

45           MASTER KG f/ BURNA BOY & NOMCEBO ZIKODE Jerusalema         260         492.75

46           SLOWTHAI f/ JAMES BLAKE & MOUNT KIMBIE     Feel Away           209         560.4

47           HARRY STYLES    Golden 269         482.7

48           SUNFLOWER BEAN          Moment In The Sun        285         467.2

49           MATT SIMONS  Better Tomorrow             238         520.8

50           JANELLE MONAE              Turntables          115         872.5

51           IDLES     War        350         396

52           THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA  Impossibile         309         448.2

53           MILEY CYRUS     Heart Of Glass   356         387.7

54           BRING ME THE HORIZON f/ YUNGBLUD  Obey     62           1286.75

55           BRANDY CLARK f/ BRANDI CARLILE           Same Devil          360         384.1

56           USHER  Bad Habits           196         578.7

57           EVERGLOW         La Di Da                381         370

58           NAO f/ LIANNE LA HAVAS             Woman 385         365.8

59           KATIE PRUITT     Look The Other Way       387         365

60           GORGON CITY   Burning 396         354.4

61           PIXIES   Hear Me Out      428         338.2

62           BABY QUEEN      Pretty Girl Lie     431         336.8

63           MXMTOON f/ CARLY RAE JEPSEN              Ok On Your Own              192         585

64           CHRIS STEPHEN Home    241         516.7

65           RUN THE JEWELS              Out Of Sight        212         558.2

66           THE BLUE STONES            Let It Ride            247         503.25

67           LESS THAN JAKE Lie To Me            442         324.2

68           NO MUSEUMS  Hotel     447         324

69           SUNDARA KARMA           Kill Me  458         320

70           JORJA SMITH f/ POPCAAN            Come Over         460         319

71           SASHA SLOAN    Lie          221         549

72           SOFT SET              7 On Up               208         561.6

73           DELTA GOODREM            Solid Gold            416         345.2

74           CHRIS PETERSEN               Cowboy Coming Home  299         451.3

75           MORGAN WALLEN          7 Summers         226         545.85

76           THE BARE MINIMUM     Scars And Stripes              473         307.4

77           SAARA ALTO & BAGA CHIPZ         When The Sun Goes Down           199         577.7

78           THE AVALANCHES           Take Care Of Your Dreaming       421         343

79           DIXIE D’AMELIO Be Happy             280         475.05

80           ALOK f/ TOVE LO               Don’t Say Goodbye         494         296.2

81           SHAKIN’ STEVENS             I Need You Now 497         294.6

82           THIS IS THE KIT  Coming To Get You Nowhere     505         290.6

83           GORILLAZ f/ ELTON JOHN & 6LACK           The Pink Phantom           510         289

84           CLIFF RICHARD  Falling For You   519         284.2

85           NOTHING            Bernie Sanders  524         282.2

86           KURT VILE            How Lucky          527         279.85

87           TIFFANY WOYS  Loved By You     370         378

88           MEG MYERS       Any Way You Wanna Love            535         275.4

89           THE VAMPS        Better   540         273.4

90           220 KID f/ JC STEWART  Too Many Nights              475         306.8

91           SIR SLY  Material Boy      204         574.2

92           MAREN MORRIS               Better Than We Found It               544         271.2

93           STEVIE NICKS     Show Them The Way      556         264.8

94           ROYAL REPUBLIC              Superlove           145         746.4

95           TATE MCRAE      You Broke Me First          58           1335.7

96           THE VOYD           Be There              570         257.6

97           COLD YEARS       Life With A View               134         794.1

98           BITCH FALCON  Test Trip               583         253

99           LABRINTH            No Ordinary       589         251.8

100         TRAVIS f/ SUSANNA HOFFS          The Only Thing  150         712.75

 

 

September 2020

POS/ARTIST/SONG/POS ON BR250/POINTS

1              MILEY CYRUS     Midnight Sky      1              3274.85

There was no touching Miley on the trending chart this week as the song also goes to #1 on the BR250 this week. The pulsating dance-pop preview to her 7th album “She Is Miley Cyrus” addresses pansexuality and debuted at #10 in the UK and #14 on the Hot 100.

2              24KGOLDN f/ IANN DIOR              Mood    27           1660.5

Following the streaming success of “Valentino” last year and reaching the top 15 on Alternative radio earlier this year with “City Of Angels”, the singer and rapper has exploded onto the Pop chart in the last few weeks. He has also hit #1 or #2 on numerous charts around the world as well as the Rock and Alternative songs chart in Billboard. He also shows up on the #25 song by Clean Bandit “Tick Tock” this week.

3              CALVIN HARRIS f/ THE WEEKND Over Now            39           1482.1

I would have expected this this easy-going slice of soul to make a bigger initial splash based on the caliber of the collaboration and The Weeknd’s radio dominance this year. However it is just at #25 on the Pop chart and debuted in the 30’s in the UK and on the Hot 100.

4              DEFTONES           Ohms    20           1444.45

This is the Sacramento alt-metal band’s first release since 2016 and already is at #20 on the BR250. This is their 14th song to reach the Rock top 40.

5              BTS         Dynamite            21           1356.5

6              BLACKPINK & SELENA GOMEZ    Ice Cream            91           946.25

Back to back K-Pop. The Hot 100 #1 by BTS is pure vintage boy band while Blackpink’s collab with Selena Gomez is a more current sound pop-hip-hop hybrid. “Dynamite” had the largest 1st day global streaming of 2020 with close to 8 million plays. “Ice Cream”, co-written by Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Victoria Monet is chock full of double entendres. Both songs are in the top 25 on Pop radio.


7              DUA LIPA f/ MADONNA & MISSY ELLIIOTT             Levitating            13           932.3

Another month, another Dua Lipa song in the Trending top 10. The remix is top 10 on the Dance chart but the question is what will be the next radio single in the U.S. after “Break My Heart”.

8              BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON    What You Gonna Do??? 6              890.05

All of last month’s top 10 have lost points in the tracking period this month except Bastille who only drops one position. The only other songs in this week’s top 25 to still see gains from last month are “WAP at #12 and Betty” at #22. “What You Gona Do???” is currently top 10 Alternative and top 25 Adult Alternative.

9              BIFFY CLYRO       Space    42           874

The Scottish band’s 9th album, “A Celebration of Endings” debuted at #1 on the UK album chart in August, their 3rd in a row. This ballad was written by Steve Mac who has had a longstanding relationship with Westlife and has written songs for artist like Pink, Demi Lovato and Ed Sheeran.

10           SMASHING PUMPKINS  Cyr         108         844

This mid-tempo electro-pop song just entered the Alternative top 40 and previews the band’s 11th album.

11           LONDON GRAMMAR      Baby It’s You      30           827.5

There is a subtle groove to the latest from this ethereal band whose 2017 album

12           CARDI B f/ MEGAN THEE STALLION           WAP      10           813.5

13           STEPS    What The Future Holds  136         729.3

14           MARIAH CAREY f/ LAURYN HILL  Save The Day     63           706.9

15           SIGALA & JAMES ARTHUR             Lasting Lover      151         705.8

16           EVERYTHING EVERYTHING           Violent Sun         28           700.3

17           PHOENIX             Identical               128         665.2

18           AGNES  Fingers Crossed 93           631.7

19           NOTHING BUT THIEVES  Unperson            194         586.4

20           DRAKE  Laugh Now Cry Later       86           582.75

21           STRUTS Another Hit Of Showmanship     198         575.1

22           TAYLOR SWIFT   Betty     18           571.45

23           BLOXX   Off My Mind      74           567.9

24           VISTAS  Stranger               212         552.6

25           CLEAN BANDIT & MABEL f/ 24KGOLDN   Tick Tock              51           547.8

26           I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME          Leave Me Alone 41           502.45

27           TAME IMPALA   Is It True              56           497.6

28           AVA MAX            OMG What’s Happening               240         492.2

29           TOPIC & A7S       Why Do You Lie To Me   242         490.6

30           DAVID GUETTA f/ SIA      Let’s Love            245         487.4

31           SZA f/ TY DOLLA $IGN     Hit Different      246         487.2

32           THE CHICKS        Sleep At Night   40           485.45

33           SG LEWIS f/ ROBYN & CHANNEL TRES      Impact  47           474.7

34           PALOMA FAITH Better Than This               265         465

35           NEW ORDER       Be A Rebel          267         462.8

36           MORGAN WALLEN          More Than My Hometown          153         462.8

37           IDLES     Model Village     189         433.2

38           SIXX AM               Maybe It’s Time 187         430.35

39           DUBSTAR             Hygiene Strip     305         422.4

40           JASON DERULO Take You Dancing             29           421.5

41           LUKE COMBS     Lovin’ On You     100         419.25

42           SWEATER CURSE              All The Same      315         412

43           COLD YEARS       Life With A View               193         411.5

44           ITZY        Not Shy 297         401

45           WEEZER                Beginning Of The End     118         389.4

46           SUFJAN STEVENS             Video Game       88           387.8

47           CIRCA WAVES f/ ALFIE TEMPLEMAN        Lemonade          350         383.2

48           BLINK 182            Quarantine         82           380.65

49           YTRAM vs ELDERBROOK Fire        356         375

50           EVANESCENCE  Use My Voice     96           353.8

51           VICTORIA MONET            Jaguar   294         352.9

52           SMASHING PUMPKINS  The Colour Of Love          377         349.8

53           SEMISONIC         All It Would Take              125         344.8

54           BRING ME THE HORIZON f/ YUNGBLUD  Obey     386         340.6

55           STRUTS f/ROBBIE WILLIAMS        Strange Days      388         339.6

56           BEABADOOBEE Worth It               389         339.6

57           CHRIS STAPLETON           Starting Over     390         338.85

58           COREY TAYLOR  Black Eyes Blue 158         335.25

59           THE HAPPY FITS Hold Me Down  393         334.4

60           SHERYL CROW   In The End           399         328.4

61           DEEP SEA DIVER f/ SHARIN VAN ETTEN   Impossible Weight           416         318.2

62           ZARA LARSSON WOW    418         316.95

63           KEITH URBAN    Tumbleweed     423         313.8

64           TRAVIS f/ SUSANNA HOFFS          The Only Thing  426         312.6

65           PAUL WOOLFORD & DIPLO          Looking For Me 57           304.1

66           THE GO-GO’S     Club Zero             83           302.6

67           ZEDD f/ JASMINE THOMPSON    Funny   85           300.6

68           VICIOUS BLOSSOM          May       290         299.4

69           CONAN GRAY    Heather               287         299.2

70           KATY PERRY        Cry About It Later             447         298

71           CLIPPING             Say The Name   448         298

72           THE KILLERS f/ WEYES BLOOD     My God 307         296

73           THE CRIBS           Running Into You              211         292.8

74           RANDY TRAVIS  Fools Love Affair               191         291

75           DISCLOSURE f/ KELIS       Watch Your Step              475         287

76           GLASS ANIMALS               Heat Waves        24           285.85

77           JADEN   Cabin Fever        482         285.4

78           FOWL SCIENCE  Samsara               332         279.4

79           TEMPLES              Paraphernalia    496         278.2

80           PORIJ    150         498         277

81           HIKI        The Snow Will Fall Again               519         269

82           HRVY & MATOMA           Good Vibes         520         268.6

83           THE DARCYS       Look Me In The Eyes       525         264.4

84           LOVE FAME TRAGEDY     5150       360         263

85           TRAVIS SCOTT    The Plan               527         263

86           GLASVEGAS       Keep Me A Space             273         262.6

87           BANNERS            Someone To You              140         261.7

88           GLASS ANIMALS               It’s All So Incredibly Loud              173         260.3

89           RYLAND JAMES Water   543         258.2

90           GIRL IN RED        Rue        550         255.6

91           MERCY MUSIC   Tuesday               552         255

92           AMY MACDONALD          The Hudson        554         253.6

93           DAUGHTRY         World On Fire    95           253.2

94           APOCALYPTICA f/ LZZY HALE        Talk To Me          558         250.6

95           GORILLAZ f/ ROBERT SMITH         Song Machine: Strange Timez     560         250.2

96           SMITH & THELL  Year Of The Young           466         247.8

97           CHEMIA               Modern Times   570         247.8

98           BLUE OYSTER CULT          That Was Me     574         246.6

99           TATE MCRAE      You Broke Me First          166         246.2

100         TEENAGE WRIST               Silverspoon        98           244.8

 

 

August 2020

POS/ARTIST/SONG/POS ON BR250/POINTS

1              KYLIE MINOGUE               Say Something  3              3427.95

The lead single from her 19th studio album “Disco”, surprisingly eclipses the surge of Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” to take the top spot on the Trending chart for August. Both songs were added to 29 charts, but Kylie sneaks out the win. Both also vault into the top 5 on this week’s BR250. In the UK ‘Something’ moves up to #11 on the airplay chart.

2              TAYLOR SWIFT   Cardigan              5              3388.25

Swift can claim a victory however as 8 songs from the surprise album “Folklore” make it into the top 60 on the Trending chart. The album is a departure for her, introspective with an Alternative-Folk bent to it, written and recorded during the pandemic. In addition to oft producer Jack Antonoff she enlisted Aaron Dessner of the Alternative band The National as producers.

3              BEABADOOBEE Care       10           2267.2

Like going back to the mid-90’s and listening to Veruca Salt and Liz Phair. Not necessarily a bad thing. After 5 EP releases her debut album “Fake It Flowers” is on track for an October release.

4              TAYLOR SWIFT f/ BON IVER          Exile       17           2128

I have never been a fan of Swift or Bon Iver but I will admit that I’ll be giving this and other tracks from the album more time to digest. This debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 last week, 1 of 13 songs from the album that debuted in the top 50 (“Cardigan” at #1 and “The 1” at #4). Speaking of not a fan, the current methodology for the Hot 100 makes me a little bit crazy but I am certainly an old school guy.

5              DUA LIPA             Hallucinate          4              1791.4

Radio single #4 is another Pop confection from the unstoppable Lipa. Already top 5 on the UK airplay chart, I’m sure it will follow suit in the States. She shows up again at #34 on the J. Balvin song “Un Dia (One Day)”. Her remix of “Levitating” with Madonna and Missy Elliott, just released, should impact on the next BR250 and bring the song back into the top 50 (or higher, it originally peaked at #44). A remix album is lsated for release at the end of the month.

6              KYGO & TINA TURNER    What’s Love Got To Do With It    13           1611.3

Now this remix seems to me to be a waste of time. I get that he brought Whitney Houston back from the dead on last year’s “Higher Love” but at least her original version was not well known, appearing on the Japanese version of the album, ”I’m Your Baby Tonight”. This modernizes the song slightly but to me is a big yawn.

7              BASTILLE F/ GRAHAM COXON    What You Gonna Do??? 33           1586.1

The rockier edge on the latest Bastille single is a welcome change of pace and Alternative radio is responding, already in the top 20.

8              BILLIE EILISH       My Future           37           1521.2

The song starts in familiar Eilish territory and then goes full out “Miss Chatelaine” lounge. It debuted at #6 on the current Hot 100 chart. It is the second animated video on the chart, after “Hallucinate”. It is not vaulting up the airplay charts, so we’ll see how this one plays out. Her song “ilomilo” is also getting Alternative play right now.

9              KATY PERRY        Smile     14           1487.35

The title song from her upcoming album is all over TV, featured in the current crop of Target commercials.

10           TROYE SIVAN     Easy       41           1392.8

Australian Sivan had released a trio of songs from his upcoming EP, ”In A Dream”. They seem to like him in New Zealand. “Take Yourself Home” reached #9 this spring and this hit #11.

11           LITTLE MIX          Holiday 57           1299.35

12           TAYLOR SWIFT   Betty     73           1193.8

13           CHRIS CORNELL Patience              39           1100.25

14           MCFLY  Happiness           85           1076.6

15           AVA MAX            Who’s Laughing Now      88           1045.5

16           DOVES  Prisoners             55           1038.5

17           NOTHING BUT THIEVES  Real Love Song  9              1031.4

18           JOEL CORRY f/ MNEK      Head & Heart     7              1018.95

19           FUTURE ISLANDS              For Sure               28           966.35

20           JAMES BAY          Chew On My Heart          48           963.25

21           LOVE REGENERATOR      Live Without Your Love 104         908.1

22           JUICE WRLD & MARSHMELLO     Come & Go         43           889.6

23           MAROON 5         Nobody’s Love  102         841.75

24           DISCLOSURE f/ AMINE & SLOWTHAI         My High               58           820.7

25           MARILYN MANSON         We Are Chaos    129         808.1

26           YUNGBLUD         Strawberry Lipstick          133         798

27           SEMISONIC         You’re Not Alone              16           788.2

28           RAYE      Natalie Don’t      29           754.45

29           ALANIS MORISETTE         Ablaze  145         751.7

30           GORILLAZ f/ SCHOOLBOY Q          Pac-Man              130         736

31           JASON DERULO Take You Dancing             162         688.7

32           TY DOLLA $IGN f/ KANYE WEST, FKA TWIGS & SKRILLEX   Ego Death           56           679.9

33           SAM SMITH f/ BURNA BOY           My Oasis              168         673.7

34           J. BALVIN, DUA LIPA & BAD BUNNY f/ TAINY         Un Dia (One Day)             166         667.55

35           THE VAMPS        Married In Vegas              184         643.2

36           GLASS ANIMALS               Heat Waves        71           623.7

37           JESSIE WARE       What’s Your Pleasure?   25           613.5

38           TAYLOR SWIFT   The 1     203         602.3

39           TAYLOR SWIFT   Seven   218         581

40           JEFFERSON STARSHIP     It’s About Time  79           566.1

41           CARDI B f/ MEGAN THEE STALLION           WAP      226         563.6

42           MADDIE & TAE  Die From A Broken Heart              44           554.3

43           THE CHICKS        Sleep At Night   152         538.1

44           MELANIE C          In And Out Of Love          243         531.8

45           BON JOVI            Do What You Can             251         525.2

46           ZARA LARSSON Love Me Land    74           519.05

47           JIMMIE ALLEN f/ NELLY  Good Times Roll                262         508.1

48           TAYLOR SWIFT   The Last Great American Dynasty              263         507.4

49           EVERYTHING EVERYTHING           Violent Sun         271         498.8

50           NATHAN  DAWE f/ KSI    Lighter  272         497.9

51           BIFFY CLYRO       Weird Leisure    277         494.4

52           ANNE-MARIE f/ DOJA CAT            To Be Young       87           489.45

53           TAYLOR SWIFT   My Tears Ricochet           287         478.9

54           TAYLOR SWIFT   August. 220         475

55           JAYDA G               Both Of Us          291         471.6

56           THE GO-GO’S     Club Zero             292         471

57           FONTAINES DC  Televised Mind 49           464.8

58           BLACK HONEY    Beaches               302         462

59           MARGO PRICE   Letting Me Down             141         449.3

60           HEADIE ONE & DRAKE    Only You Freestyle          312         446.9

61           THE CHICKS        March March     98           446.2

62           SAINT MOTEL     Preach  68           445.7

63           BADFLOWER      30           171         440.95

64           NEON TREES       Nights   318         431.4

65           CHRIS PETERSEN               Edge Of Eighteen             193         425.6

66           BOHEMES            Von Fisennepark              327         424.6

67           ROISIN MURPHY               Something More              330         421.8

68           KEITH URBAN    Superman           338         418.6

69           LITTLE BIG TOWN             Sugar Coat          241         416

70           THE ROLLING STONES f/ JIMMY PAGE     Scarlet  299         412.25

71           JUICE WRLD        Wishing Well      306         411.6

72           ALTERED BY MOM           Pass The Crown 348         401.7

73           AVA MAX            Kings & Queens 35           401.55

74           CAROLINE JONES              All Of The Boys  315         398.1

75           BLOXX   Off My Mind      355         397.8

76           ZEDD f/ JASMINE THOMPSON    Funny   213         397.45

77           TRAVIS BARKER & RUN THE JEWELS          Forever 363         392

78           ALANIS MORISETTE         Reckoning           161         389.5

79           VICTORIA MONET            Experience         23           387

80           THURSTON MOORE         Cantaloupe         380         380.6

81           LP           The One That You Love  335         378.2

82           JORJA SMITH      By All Means      383         378.2

83           DELTA GOODREM            Paralyzed            167         377.45

84           WILL BUTLER      Surrender           391         373.6

85           LADY A  Champagne Night            69           368.1

86           MK         2AM      403         366.4

87           THREE DAYS GRACE         Somebody That I Used To Know 385         360.4

88           THE KNOCKS f/ MUNA   Bodies  419         354.2

89           JAWSH 685 f/ JASON DERULO     Savage Love       19           346.2

90           ASHE     Save Myself        429         345.8

91           CALLUM BEATTIE              Salamander Street           266         341.8

92           DMA’S  Criminals              176         335.9

93           THE LICKERISH QUARTET               Lighthouse Spaceship     447         332.6

94           ANOTHER SKY    Fell In Love with The City              303         330.6

95           GFRIEND              Apple    313         329.9

96           MICHAEL KIWANUKA     Final Days            454         326.9

97           HARRY STYLES    Watermelon Sugar          2              326.75

98           ABLEBODY           Rio De Janeiro   458         324

99           I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME          Leave Me Alone 463         321.8

100         BLINDLOVE         I Wanna Be Okay              333

 

July 2020

Pos./ARTIST/song/BR250 Pos./Points

1              HARRY STYLES    Watermelon Sugar          3              1399.9

Appropriately a song that sounds like a breezy summer wind is the #1 trending song of July. The latest single from Styles that is showing up in top 10’s around the world was already a Beyond Radio hit when the album “Fine Line” was 1st released. It reached #22 in December of last year and is now at #3 on the BR250.

2              THE KILLERS        My Own Soul’s Warning 7              1391.75

The 2nd official radio single from the Las Vegas band is already in the BR250 top 10 at #7 and top 15 at Alternative radio. It has that epic Killers sound, awash in synths and a driving beat.

3              BRING ME THE HORIZON              Parasite Eve        52           1318.15

You never know what to expect from this UK band. This song starts with African inspired chanting then goes into a sinister half-rap half-sung verse backed by ominous industrial flourishes and then an explosive chorus. In September 2018 they reached #24 on the BR250 with “Mantra”.

4              JOEL CORRY f/ MNEK      Head & Heart     69           1129.4

Corry rose to fame on an MTV reality series in the UK that was a spin-off of “Jersey Shore”. In 2019 he reached the UK top 10 with “Sorry” after it was featured in another UK reality series “Love Island”. This is his third single to reach the UK top 20.

5              BLACKPINK         How You Like That           62           975.4

The K-Pop girl group have received a number of Guinness World Records for this new single including the most viewed video on YouTube in a 24-hour period. Haha, How you like that?

6              CAMELPHAT f/ YANNIS      Hypercolour       76           965.4

This UK duo first appeared on Beyond Radio in late 2017 with “Cola” that peaked at #37 on the BR250 and made the top 20 in England. They have since reached the top 100 at Beyond Radio 6 times and just missed with a seventh, “Breathe” a #104 peak. This pulsating dance track )with Yannis, the vocalist from Foals) will be the first to reach my personal chart.

7              DOVES  Carousels            26           888.8

This ethereal indie rock trio from the UK had a #1 song on my personal chart in 2002 with “Caught By The River” and look to make their first appearance in my weekly top 150 since 2009 with the latest release “Prisoners” This moody percussive track should also follow suit.

8              NOTHING BUT THIEVES  Real Love Song  60           868.4

The second song to preview their upcoming album “Moral Panic” is a sweeping, synth-y mid-tempo ballad that reminds me of the Cure and other late 80’s bands. Once again the soaring vocals of lead singer Conor Mason take it to another level.

9              JESSIE WARE       Save A Kiss          8              834.45

Her fourth album “What’s Your Pleasure?” just debuted on the UK album chart at #3 and this week 5 songs appear in the BR250. Ware has eclipsed the #9 peak of “Spolight” earlier this year by moving to #8 with this breathy disco nugget. The synths evoke a more subdued Moroder feel than Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”.

10           ERIC CHURCH     Stick That In Your Country Song 136         777.55

On an almost opposite end of the spectrum, the most adventurous artist in country music previews an upcoming album with a socially conscious and relevant single. Co-written by prolific songwriter Jeffrey Steele, this undoubtedly with bring him back to my top 10, marking his seventh appearance (including 3 #1’s). It is a true rocker that I’m sure has already stirred up controversy at Country radio. Hard to believe this was written prior to the pandemic and racial tensions of late. And in an unusual turn, he did not assist in the writing of this.

11           RASCAL FLATTS How They Remember You            104         711.25

Jeffrey Steele is responsible for a number of this band’s big hits. They just recently cancelled their farewell tour for obvious reasons. A new EP is coming out at the end of July with a possible album to follow.

12           KANYE WEST f/ TRAVIS SCOTT    Wash Us In The Blood    133         700.6

The latest presidential candidate preview’s his 10th studio album “God’s Country” with the second song here with industrial influence. And like #10, plenty of social commentary.

13           BECKY HILL & SIGALA     Heaven On My Mind       111         653.6

14           VICTORIA MONET            Experience         77           638.3

15           AJ TRACEY f/ MABEL       West Ten             176         628.6

16           KATY J PEARSON              Take Back The Radio       184         610

17           FONTAINES DC  Televised Mind 188         600

18           THE BETHS          Out Of Sight        189         599.4

19           SUFJAN STEVENS             America               194         594.4

20           MICKEY GUYTON              Black Like Me    16           555.7

21           JESSIE WARE       The Kill  215         555.6

22           JAWSH 685 f/ JASON DERULO     Savage Love       80           528.3

23           SEMISONIC         You’re Not Alone              143         518.7

24           EVANESCENCE  The Game Is Over            239         518.1

25           BEYONCE             Black Parade      54           514.6

26           SEETHER               Dangerous          120         498.55

27           MASSIVE WAGONS         House Of Noise 255         495

28           PS1         Fake Friends       262         486.5

29           CHARLIE PUTH   Girlfriend             192         484.9

30           JESSIE WARE       Step Into My Life              271         473.2

31           JACK HARLOW   What’s Poppin   186         459.55

32           JESSIE WARE       What’s Your Pleasure?   125         450.2

33           ARCA f/ ROSALIA              KLK         287         447.2

34           TY DOLLA $IGN Ego Death           288         446.4

35           ERASURE             Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)                 47           431.65

36           JUBEL f/ NEIMY Dancing in The Moonlight             299         429.75

37           CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS            Eyes Of A Child  314         418.8

38           MRS. PISS            Knelt     321         417

39           IZZY BIZU             Faded   324         416.6

40           HURTS  Suffer   267         406.6

41           POPPY  All The Things She Said   98           406.5

42           IDLES     Grounds              94           405.6

43           ROBIN SCHULZ f/ WES    Alane    135         405.5

44           WILL FERRELL & MY MARIANNE Double Trouble 334         405.1

45           BAD OMENS       Limits    344         395.3

46           THE PRETENDERS             Didn’t Want To Be This Lonely    190         393.55

47           LUKE BRYAN       One Margarita   148         384.75

48           SIGMA & JOHN NEWMAN            High On You       355         383

49           CREEPER              Be My End           230         380.6

50           DISCLOSURE f/ AMINE & SLOWTHAI         My High               361         376.6

51           MATERIAL GIRL Flood     374         370

52           KATY PERRY        Smile     376         366.2

53           SEEB f/ JULIE BERGAN    Don’t You Wanna Play    377         365.6

54           ELLA HENDERSON            Take Care Of You              100         362.5

55           JEFFERSON STARSHIP     It’s About Time  298         353

56           BRITNEY SPEARS               Mood Ring (By Demand)               51           352.1

57           RAYE      Natalie Don’t      392         348.6

58           WILL FERRELL & MY MARIANNE Husavik 396         344.8

59           ZARA LARSSON Love Me Land    400         343.6

60           IZ*ONE Secret Story Of The Swan             180         343.5

61           ANDERSON.PAAK            Lockdown           228         343.4

62           ARLO PARKS       Black Dog            83           333

63           HAIM    Los Angeles        424         329.2

64           TREVOR DANIEL f/ SELENA GOMEZ           Past Life               349         325.1

65           DON DIABLO & ANDY GRAMMER              Thousand Faces 241         325

66           LIELA MOSS        Atoms At Me     438         322

67           JESSIE WARE       Soul Control       195         318.5

68           SEEB f/ ZAK ABEL              Sad In Scandinavia           448         316

69           HYLA      Deserve               243         314.2

70           NECK DEEP          Fall         453         311.4

71           TYRON HAPI & JORDIE IRELAND f/ CASSADEE POPE           Make You Mine 446         302

72           MEGAN THEE STALLION Girls In The Hood             284         301.35

73           SPENCER CRANDALL       Summer Us         471         300.7

74           KAIRON An Bat None      477         297.6

75           THE CHICKS        March March     482         295.6

76           DABABY f/ RODDY RICCH              Rockstar               17           295.45

77           OLD DOMINION Never Be Sorry  483         295.2

78           DAY ACHES         After Glow          487         294.2

79           DOJA CAT f/ GUCCI MANE            Like That              158         294

80           TEMPESST           On The Run         491         293

81           LIL BABY               The Bigger Picture           224         289.6

82           CLOCKWORKS   The Future Is Not What It Was    351         286

83           JONAS BLUE & MAX        Naked                   283.8

84           WALK OFF THE EARTH    Oh What A Feeling          411         283.6

85           THE STRIKE         Nothing New                     283.4

86           DIMENSION       Saviour 281         281.6

87           SAINT MOTEL     A Good Song Never Dies               68           279

88           CLEWERSON       Notado                 278

89           HAIM    Don’t Wanna      33           275.25

90           JESSIE WARE       In Your Eyes                       272

91           HATCHIE & THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART               Sometimes Always                          270.6

92           ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER    Cameo  293         268

93           KLASS II Inovane                266

94           HAIM    3am                       264.6

95           CHRIS SCHWEIZER            Don’t Be Scared                263.6

96           KAREN HARDING              Undo My Heart 310         260.2

97           CARO EMERALD Wake Up Romeo                              255.6

98           CHRIS BROWN vs. YOUNG THUG               Go Crazy              279         255.4

99           E^ST      I Wanna Be Here                              255

100         THE LUKA STATE               Real Thing                           255

 

June 2020

1              LADY GAGA & ARIANA GRANDE Rain On Me        1              4814.45

With the debut of “Chromatica”, 12 of those songs make the Trending Top 100 for mid-June, including the top 2. The album also debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200, with Jimmy Buffet’s latest release coming in at #2! The strength of ‘Rain’ catapults it into the top position on the BR250 as well. Her collaborations don’t hurt either.

2              LADY GAGA f/ BLACKPINK            Sour Candy         28           1555

3              KATY PERRY        Daisies  11           1206.85

It’s an all-female trending top 5. It’s been a year since Perry was in the BR250 top 10 (#1 with “Never Really Over”) and she just misses it at #11 this week on the main chart.

4              MICKEY GUYTON              Black Like Me    71           1080.5

The Country singer debuts the timely “Black Like Me” and its release helps her other current single, “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” move into the top 100 on the BR250 just behind at #75.

5              ELLIE GOULDING              Power   42           1035.7

The English songstress interpolates Dua Lipa’s “Be The One” on the 5th single to precede her July album “Brightest Blue”. David Paich of Toto gets a songwriting credit on this one.

6              BIFFY CLYRO       Tiny Indoor Fireworks    52           956.3

This is the third song in the last 4 months by the Brit band to make the trending top 10 and to reach the BR250’s top 60.

7              WEEZER                Hero      15           921.65

COVID songs abound and this is one of them. A second preview into the upcoming “Van Weezer” album, after last year’s “End of The Game”.

8              TOPIC & A7S       Breaking Me      27           916.7

This is currently the #3 song on the European airplay chart. It’s driving me crazy, part of the song sounds like another I can’t place.

9              HARRY STYLES    Watermelon Sugar          24           900.05

With its release as a radio single this song moves back into the top 25 on the main chart. It peaked at #22 in December an should surpass that on the next chart. This one sounds like a summer song.

10           LADY GAGA        Babylon                114         805.8

11           TRAVIS A Ghost 116         798.6

Back after 4 years, strummy as ever, but that leads to an effervescent chorus. Not a bad return at all.

12           SHINEDOWN      Atlas Falls            41           790

This uplifting rock ballad was originally recorded during the sessions for the 2012 “Amaryllis”. It was released in March to raise money for COVID relief and has so far raised 300K.

13           TERRACE MARTIN f/ DENZEL CURRY, DAYLYT, KAMASI WASHINGTON & G PERICO               Pig Feet 129         750.2

Producer and oft collaborator with Kendrick Lamar released this song (like Mickey Guyton) in response to police brutality.

14           KIM PETRAS        Malibu  50           739.1

15           ROSALIA & TRAVIS SCOTT             TKN        135         724.8

16           FOXES   Love Not Loving You       136         722.6

17           HAIM    Don’t Wanna      123         690.8

18           MELANIE C          Blame It On Me 149         676.6

19           IDLES     Mr. Motivator   84           656

20           DADI FREYR         Think About Things          64           645.8

21           EVERYTHING EVERYTHING           Arch Enemy        121         634.2

22           LADY GAGA        Alice      161         627.5

23           MACHINE GUN KELLY     Bloody Valentine             77           605.1

24           LADY GAGA & ELTON JOHN          Sine From Above              174         595.9

25           JAKE BUGG         Rabbit Hole         182         582.2

26           LADY GAGA        Enigma 156         579.6

27           FIONA APPLE     Shameika            22           573.4

28           HURTS  Voices   92           571.6

29           LENNON STELLA f/ CHARLIE PUTH             Summer Feelings             146         566.9

30           PERFUME GENIUS           On The Floor      33           549.05

31           HAYLEY WILLIAMS           Dead Horse         95           541.3

32           RUN THE JEWELS f/ PHARRELL WILLIAMS & ZACK DE LA ROCHA   Ju$t        207         538.6

33           TONES AND I      Ur So F**** Cool             218         522.6

34           NIKO B  Who’s That What’s That 223         514.1

35           LADY GAGA        Fun Tonight        224         509.8

36           MARTIN GARRIX f/ JOHN MARTIN             Higher Ground  172         499.5

37           KYGO f/ ONEREPUBLIC  Lose Somebody 89           497.2

38           SOFI TUKKER & GORGON CITY    House Arrest      240         479.7

39           POPPY  All The Things She Said   256         460.8

40           CHARLI XCX        Detonate             259         457

41           TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB           Tiptoes 268         447.8

42           LADY GAGA        Replay  269         445.3

43           INHALER              Falling In              212         439.65

44           CARLY RAE JEPSEN           This Love Isn’t Crazy        111         435.7

45           ALEC BENJAMIN               Match in The Rain            283         429

46           TION WAYNE      I Dunno 288         424

47           FOSTER THE PEOPLE        Lamb’s Wool      219         423

48           ZHU & TINASHE Only       289         422.6

49           CAMDEN COX    Apart     290         421.6

50           LADY GAGA        1000 Doves        334         376

51           REGARD f/ RAYE               Secrets 62           375.95

52           LADY GAGA        911         335         375.8

53           JONAS BROTHERS f/ KAROL G     X             81           375.35

54           KYGO f/ VALERIE BROUSSARD    The Truth            336         375

55           CHLOE & HALLE Do It      186         373.1

56           SURF MESA f/ EMILEE     ILY          148         364.25

57           ASHLEY TISDALE                Lemons 357         360.6

58           RAY LAMONTAGNE         Strong Enough  366         351.4

59           DOLLY PARTON When Life Is Good Again               372         343

60           THE ROOP           On Fire 83           340.9

61           RUN THE JEWELS              Walking In The Snow      376         340

62           TWICE   More & More    378         338.3

63           BLOXX   Lie Out Loud       157         337.9

64           NEON TREES       New Best Friend               201         336.8

65           HAYLEY WILLIAMS           Sugar on The Rim             385         335.6

66           THE LUKA STATE               Feel It    137         333.9

67           BRITNEY SPEARS               Mood Ring (By Demand)               231         331.2

68           DEADMAU5 & THE NEPTUNES    Pomegranate    392         330

69           CARLY RAE JEPSEN           Summer Love    356         323.35

70           LADY GAGA        Free Woman      400         323

71           TKAY MAIDZA    Shook   344         320.9

72           GRAVEYARD CLUB           Valens  325         316.4

73           GJON’S TEARS    Respondez-vous               408         314

74           CHVRCHES          Forever 25           312.55

75           VISTAS  Everything Changes In The End   416         308.4

76           TREVOR DANIEL Falling   164         303.65

77           GREEN DAY         Dreaming            196         301.2

78           THE 1975              Guys      120         297.6

79           TRAVIS DENNING             After A Few        311         297.55

80           WE ARE SCIENTISTS         I Cut My Own Hair            320         293.8

81           INGRID ANDRESS             The Stranger      175         292.9

82           LADY GAGA        Plastic Doll          447         291.8

83           JESSIE WARE       Save A Kiss          56           290.9

84           ALICE COOPER   Don’t Give Up    262         288.15

85           LITTLE SIMZ        Might Bang, Might Not  326         287.2

86           LEVELLERS           Calling Out          457         285.6

87           BLOXX   Thinking About Yourself 467         281.8

88           KYGO f/ KIM PETRAS       Broken Glass      471         280.2

89           DECLAN MCKENNA         The Key To Life On Earth               44           280.1

90           ERASURE             Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)                 472         280

91           YUNGBLUD         Weird    159         279

92           SCOTT HELMAN Wait No More   477         278.2

93           OLIVER HELDENS              Rave Machine    478         278

94           THE 1975              Tonight (I Wish I Was Your Boy) 482         275.6

95           THE PROTOTYPES & KUDU BLUE Oxygen 484         275

96           GALANTIS f/ FAOUZIA    I Fly        487         274.6

97           TOMORROW X TOGETHER            Can’t You See Me?          331         272.7

98           MICKEY GUYTON              What Are You Gonna Tell Her?   75           272.4

99           BOB MOULD      American Crisis  492         270.3

100         MOUNT MURAL               World    284         270

 

 

May 2020

POS/ARTIST/SONG/OVERALL IN TOP 500/POINTS

 

1              THE 1975              If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) 13           1884.9

Strangely all 3 of the 1975’s albums have gone to #1 in the UK but this is the highest charting single on the UK singles chart (#14). The next album, “Notes On A Conditional Form” is coming out on May 22. They have released 7 of the songs from the album already, starting last year with the atypical “People”. Currently “Me & You Together Song” is in the Alternative top 20.

2              THE ROLLING STONES    Living In A Ghost Town  17           1645.35

There are a plethora of Covid-19 related songs that have been released in the last few weeks. This puts the Stones in good form; sort of bluesy reggae-rock. There is also a pop remix by Alok that is not bad.

3              MARSHMELLO & HALSEY               Be Kind 65           1066.25

I have not been a fan of Halsey, but this mid-tempo pop song will be her second to reach my top 100. It has just reached the Pop top 25.

4              MEGAN THEE STALLION f/ BEYONCE        Savage  28           1062.85

The new Beyonce remix has brought this song to #2 on the Hot 100. This is her first Beyond Radio top 100 song, this week entering at #28.

5              EVERYTHING EVERYTHING           In Birdsong         79           814.6

This avant-garde UK outfit has been around since 2010. This is currently #1 on the Underground 100 chart. They were not intending to release the song yet, but it felt appropriate for the time. They have reached the BR250 numerous times over the years.

6              THE KILLERS        Fire In Bone        95           743.8

While “Caution” sits at #2 on the BR250, this second preview into the new album cracks the top 100 at #95. The 80’s influence on this song is evident. During the verses it reminds me of the Cure (though not as dark), but the soaring chorus is anything but Cure-like. It’s a nice mix of quirk and accessibility.

7              BILLY TALENT     I Beg To Differ (This Will Get Better)        74           728.15

I’m not sure this was supposed to be a coronavirus song but it certainly falls into the mold. The Toronto rockers are feeling positive on this driving, energetic song. All 3 of their latest singles have made the BR250.

8              OASIS    Don’t Stop           126         727.6

Released April 30, this demo from the mid-2000’s has a coronavirus backstory. Noel Gallagher found this on a blank cd and thought it was lost forever. Because of the lockdown he was going through old things like so many of us. Ironically, I was looking for a song from 2000 for my personal chart playlist and it was not available online anywhere. I found it on a blank cd in my basement. More on that in my next blog entry.

9              EVANESCENCE  Wasted On You 88           716.2

This is a welcome return from the band after the lackluster remake of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”. It debuts ion the BR250 at #88 this week. It should be an easy top 10 for me and potential chart-topper.

10           AVRIL LAVIGNE We Are Warriors               103         656.4

Re-recorded final track from her album “Head Above Water”, proceeds go to Project HOPE. The original was about her own health struggles. Another charity song sits at #20. A great remake of the Foo Fighters song “Times Like These”, featuring more than 25 mostly UK artists. It reached #1 on the UK singles chart in its second week on the chart.

11           THE SCOTTS        The Scotts           155         623.85

12           REGARD f/ RAYE               Secrets 159         618.3

13           AJ TRACEY           Dinner Guest     164         604.6

14           ALANIS MORISETTE         Diagnosis             144         601.9

15           THE WEEKND     In Your Eyes       4              592.05

16           FIONA APPLE     Shameika            73           590.35

Apple recently hit #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart with “Fetch The Bolt Cutters”, her first album in 8 years. It is a singular record, very experimental in nature. 10 songs from the album appear on charts from the Beyond Radio personal chart panel, 5 of those in the Trending 100 this week. This one is #30 on the current Mediabase AAA chart.

17           CHVRCHES          Forever 55           578.9

18           BILLIE JOE            I Think We’re Alone Now              45           568.55

19           JACK GARRATT  Better   193         551.2

20           LIVE LOUNGE ALLSTARS Times Like These              110         539.5

21           LADY ANTEBELLUM         Champagne Night            154         525.45

22           ARIANA GRANDE & JUSTIN BIEBER            Stuck With U      212         506.8

23           DECLAN MCKENNA         The Key To Life On Earth               102         504.2

24           THE GO SET         Mixed Tapes      217         498.7

25           HAIM    I Know Alone     218         498.4

26           JESSIE WARE       Save A Kiss          220         495.9

27           THE ALLERGIES  Felony  151         495.1

28           JAMES BLAKE     You’re Too Precious        224         493.2

29           DUA LIPA             Break My Heart 1              490.7

30           SAM SMITH & DEMI LOVATO      I’m Ready            41           487.75

31           BRETT ELDREDGE             Gabrielle              124         475

32           JESSIE WARE       Ooh La La             120         473.3

33           WHITE REAPER  Real Long Time  236         468.05

34           DAGNY Somebody          237         467.6

35           SEA GIRLS            Do You Really Wanna Know         257         445.8

36           TIESTO & BECKY HILL       Nothing Really Matters  127         437.4

37           JUICE WRLD        Righteous            270         431.7

38           NZCA LINES         Pure Luxury        272         424.6

39           REZZ & GRABBITZ             Someone Else    238         421.25

40           AVA MAX            Salt         206         417.25

41           BRIGHT EYES       Forced Convalescence   286         411.2

42           KELSEA BALLERINI & HALSEY        The Other Girl    96           409.7

43           TOVE LO               I’m Coming         113         393

44           HAILEE STEINFELD            I Love You’s         68           387.1

45           TOPIC & A7S       Breaking Me      177         385.85

46           RECLAIM VIENNA             Change The Echo              157         385.6

47           SEEB f/ GOODBIYS & HRVY           Unfamiliar           311         385

48           TOM GRENNEN Oh Please            320         374.8

49           MARTINA MCBRIDE        Girls Like Me      338         360.4

50           THOMAS RHETT Be A Light            98           359

51           5 SECONDS OF SUMMER              Wildflower          23           358.15

52           PEARL JAM         Retrograde         252         355.05

53           KEHLANI              F&MU   348         353.1

54           HOCKEY DAD      In This State       280         350.2

55           DMA’S  The Glow             130         348.95

56           CHARLI XCX        Claws    273         346.5

57           FLORENCE & THE MACHINE         Light Of Love      145         346.2

58           KELLY CLARKSON             I Dare You           29           340.3

59           GERRY CINNAMON         Where We’re Going        78           337

60           FIONA APPLE     For Her 374         330

61           DEARS   I Know What You’re Thinking And It’s Awful         382         323.2

62           SAINT MOTEL     A Good Song Never Dies               129         320.2

63           ISAIAH RAHSAD Why Worry         388         317.2

64           RUN THE JEWELS              Ooh LA LA           122         313.8

65           220 KID & GRACEY           Don’t Need Love              277         313.65

66           SIA         Saved My Life    396         313.4

67           MADDIE & TAE  Die From A Broken Heart              76           311.5

68           NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK             House Party        417         305.4

69           CHER LLOYD        Lost        426         300.6

70           CAMELPHAT f/ RHODES For A Feeling      427         297.6

71           SARA EVANS      If I Can’t Have You            90           296.2

72           FLYNN   One Of Us           431         295.2

73           GABBY BARRETT f/ CHARLIE PUTH             I Hope   31           287.75

74           MICHAEL KIWANUKA     Rolling   460         282.75

75           GLASS ANIMALS               Dreamland          476         276.2

76           BENEE f/ GUS DAPPERTON          Supalonely          15           272.55

77           DIXIE CHICKS      Julianna Calm Down        485         272.4

78           ROBBIE DOHERTY             Pour The Milk    487         272

79           WITHIN TEMPTATION    Entertain You     489         271.05

80           BAD BUNNY       Safaera 492         271

81           FIONA APPLE     I Want You To Love Me  250         269.4

82           JAKE BUGG         Saviours Of The City        500         268

83           GALANTIS f/ WRABEL     The Lake              507         263

84           RINA SAWAYAMA            XS           72           261.5

85           FONTAINES DC  A Hero’s Death  525         257.8

86           POWFU f/ BEABADOOBEE            Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head)            18           257.55

87           DEPRESSION CLUB           Not Dead Yet     530         257

88           BRIGHT EYES       Persona Non Grata          255         256

89           FRONT BOTTOMS             Everyone Blooms             402         255.8

90           FIONA APPLE     Relay     537         255

91           LAUREN AQUILINA          Bad People         406         253.4

92           ALICIA KEYS        Good Job             547         250.4

93           MAGIC GANG    Take Back The Track        558         247.2

94           DRAKE  Demons               561         246

95           FLUME f/ TORO Y MOI   The Difference  114         245.7

96           ARLISSA               Healing 570         243.2

97           THE BRAINS        Satana Tarantula              572         240.8

98           LEON     Who You Lovin’ 575         239.6

99           FIONA APPLE     Newspaper        592         236

100         THE BLESSED ISLES           Gone     213         233.8

April 2020

POS/ARTIST/SONG/OVERALL IN TOP 500/POINTS

 

1                                          THE KILLERS           Caution 3              3049.55

The first single from the upcoming “Imploding The Mirage” is currently #2 on the Alternative chart. At Beyond Radio the song has doubled the number of charts since March, up to 60. The band got an assist from Lindsey Buckingham on this track.

2                                          DUA LIPA Break My Heart 14           2499.8

No surprise that the latest single release is making a big impact. The song is currently moving up through the top 20 on the Pop chart. The album “Future Nostalgia” was released at the end of March so 3 other tracks off the album are seeing impact (Levitating” #11, “Love Again” #30 and “Hallucinate” #32) in addition to “Physical” #17, which spends a third month with gains and is currently tracking as the #1 song of April.

3                                          NOTHING BUT THIEVES     Is Everybody Going Crazy?           25           1840.75

This is a great return for the UK band. They have reached my top 10 5 times since 2015, with an additional 4 songs reaching my top 40. Interestingly their biggest U.S. hit “Trip Switch” only reached #22 on my chart.

4                                          THE WEEKND        In Your Eyes       21           1768.25

While “Blinding Lights” hits #1 on U.S. Pop radio and continues in the top 5 at Beyond Radio, this slice of 80’s style sophisti-pop including the requisite sax solo (think Simply Red), is moving up in the top 30. The Weeknd collaborated again with Max Martin, who co-wrote “Blinding Lights” and “Can’t Feel My Face”. Martin, as a songwriter, has had 23 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since the late 90’s, starting with Britney Spears ‘Bay One More Time”.

5                                          LITTLE MIX             Break Up Song   69           1051.45

More 80’s synth-pop influence on the latest by the UK girl group. This is their 15th top 10 song in Britain since 2011. They won the 2011 installment of “X Factor”. Their first single, “Cannonball”, a cover of a Damien Rice song and sung on the show, went to #1.

6                                          LADY GAGA           Stupid Love        2              1033.8

Gaga’s album “Chromatica” was scheduled to be released last Friday but has been postponed due to the corona virus outbreak. The song debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 last month, making it her 12th appearance in the top 5. Guess who co-wrote the song with her. Yes it was Max Martin.

7                                          JESSIE WARE          Spotlight              9              954

This is proving to be her biggest song at Beyond Radio. Last month it was #5 on this chart and right now looking like it could make the top 10 this month. Though she has had 3 top 10 albums in the UK she only managed to reach the singles top 40 twice, both in 2014.

8                                          HAIM        The Steps            27           908.15

This California female sibling trio has had 4 songs reach the Beyond Radio top 100 in the last 9 months. Each of these has had a distinctly different sound. “Summer Girls” had jazz elements, “Now I’m In It” an electro-pop vibe, “Hallelujah” a folk ballad and this song the late 70’s breezy quality of a Fleetwood Mac song.

9                                          AVA MAX Kings & Queens 38           897.55

The Euro-disco sound of this song and the success of her singles over the last 2 years would indicate that she is from somewhere on that side of the Atlantic. Actually Max was born in Milwaukee and raised in Virginai, though she is of Albanian descent.

10                                        BIFFY CLYRO          End Of  45           845.9

This Scottish band’s 9th album “A Celebration of Endings” is coming out this summer. This is the second preview into the album, last month “Instant History” was #4 on this chart. This one veers towards their harder-edged side.

11                                        DUA LIPA Levitating            94           838.7

12                                        TROYE SIVAN        Take Yourself Home        104         821.9

13                                        BUSH        Flowers On A Grave        34           806.35

14                                        DIXIE CHICKS         Gaslighter           5              781.85

15                                        BENEE      Supalonely          57           764.5

16                                        NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS    Come On Outside            39           741.9

17                                        DUA LIPA Physical 1              735.35

18                                        PEARL JAM             Quick Escape      112         726.8

19                                        THE PRETENDERS The Buzz              100         726

20                                        ROISIN MURPHY  Murphy’s Law    59           707.2

21                                        TAYLOR SWIFT      The Man              15           706.95

22                                        5 SECONDS OF SUMMER  Wildflower          141         671.35

23                                        KIESZA     All Of The Feelings           51           638.8

24                                        FRATELLIS               Six Days In June 74           624.7

25                                        SZA f/ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE              The Other Side  13           613.15

26                                        DOJA CAT                Say So   6              577.45

27                                        MELANIE C             Who I Am            88           572.5

28                                        OZZY OSBOURNE & ELTON JOHN  Ordinary Man    19           572.05

29                                        DEMI LOVATO      I Love Me            52           560.8

30                                        DUA LIPA Love Again          176         554

31                                        PERFUME GENIUS               On The Floor      139         553.5

32                                        DUA LIPA Hallucinate          180         548.3

33                                        THE LEMON TWIGS             The One               80           543.2

34                                        TWENTY ONE PILOTS         Level Of Concern              195         515.25

35                                        JACK GARRATT     Time      155         503.6

36                                        CREEPER  Cyanide 92           501.7

37                                        LAUREN ALAINA  Getting Good     90           499.85

38                                        SPORTS TEAM       Here’s The Thing               41           477.4

39                                        THE DEARS             The Worst In Us 221         475.6

40                                        ALANIS MORISETTE            Smiling  23           469.1

41                                        CAYLEE HAMMICK              Small Town Hypocrite    114         468.8

42                                        ITZY           Wannabe            140         467

43                                        MID CITY Forget It               230         464.5

44                                        POWFU f/ BEABADOOBEE                Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head)            123         448

45                                        BLOXX      Coming Up Short              191         435.9

46                                        YVES TUMOR        Gospel For A New Century           265         417

47                                        RUN THE JEWELS Ooh LA LA           268         411.8

48                                        COLDPLAY              Trouble In Town               162         410.6

49                                        DEEP PURPLE        Throw My Bones              178         399.9

50                                        COLDPLAY              Champion Of The World                42           398.25

51                                        SAM HUNT             Hard To Forget  44           388.45

52                                        LINDSAY LOHAN   Back To Me         287         378.8

53                                        SQUID      Sludge  304         362.8

54                                        GREYSON CHANCE              Dancing Next To Me       148         360.8

55                                        TAME IMPALA      Lost In Yesterday             10           358.25

56                                        T78 & RAITO          Acid People        316         352

57                                        THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT          Come On Out     324         348

58                                        ONEREPUBLIC       Didn’t I  84           341.55

59                                        KILLING ROY          Applier 346         331

60                                        SCOTT STAPP        Survivor               371         312.35

61                                        CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS               People, I’ve Been Sad     53           311.2

62                                        SARA EVANS          If I Can’t Have You            378         308.9

63                                        PURITY RING         Stardew               267         306

64                                        SMITH & THELL     Goliath 121         305.7

65                                        MICKEY GUYTON What Are You Gonna Tell Her?   119         303.7

66                                        LAUV        Changes               392         302

67                                        LA ROUX Automatic Driver              232         298.4

68                                        ADAM LAMBERT f/ NILE RODGERS               Roses    50           297.8

69                                        BILLON f/ RATIONALE        Release Me        403         296

70                                        DAY WAVE             Starting Again    404         296

71                                        PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT A Good Day Is Hard To Find          406         295

72                                        WALLOWS              OK          410         291

73                                        DREAM WIFE         Sports! 411         291

74                                        THE CHAINSMOKERS f/ AMY SHARK            The Reaper         413         290.6

75                                        ADAM LAMBERT  Velvet   322         290

76                                        FLETCHER                Forever 417         287

77                                        SAINT JHN              Roses    22           286.8

78                                        BLEEKER  Give A Little Bit More (Disaster) 424         282

79                                        HAYLEY WILLIAMS              Over Yet               436         278.6

80                                        KENNYHOOPLA    How Will I Rest In Peace If I’m Buried by A Highway          71           278.2

81                                        MABEL     Boyfriend            46           277.25

82                                        LEON        In A Stranger’s Arms       439         277

83                                        KYGO f/ ZARA LARSSON    Like It Is                449         273.2

84                                        SURE         Morrows             451         272.6

85                                        KATIE PRUITT        Expectations      416         272.25

86                                        ROSALIA  Dolerme              458         269

87                                        IZ*ONE    Fiesta    246         266.5

88                                        DENNIS DEYOUNG              East Of Midnight              462         266

89                                        SWIM DEEP            World I Share     217         265.4

90                                        BAD WOLVES        Sober    327         263.35

91                                        LESNEU    Looking For You 472         263.2

92                                        ALL TIME LOW      Getaway Green 476         262.8

93                                        ODDITY ROAD       Talk All Night      484         260.6

94                                        THE SNUTS             Coffee And Cigarettes    277         259

95                                        SAM FELDT f/ ELLA HENDERSON   Hold Me Close   494         257.6

96                                        SEA GIRLS               Why Won’t You Admit   285         256.9

97                                        THE WEEKND        After Hours         26           254.85

98                                        HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS Her Love Is Killin’ Me      505         254.2

99                                        JJ WILDE  The Rush             329         253.9

100                                      THE BEACHES        Want What You Got        223         253.7

March 2020

POS/ARTIST/SONG/POINTS/OVERALL IN TOP 500

1              LADY GAGA        Stupid Love        2518.1   10

No surprise that a new dance pop nugget from Lady Gaga would be the #1 trending song. What is encouraging is that it is yet another song that bucks the EDM sound of the last 5 years. I guess it could be described as retro but it also sounds fresh and fun. Already top 10 on Hot AC and top 15 Pop.

2              BILLIE EILISH       No Time To Die 1715.2   5

As a complete 180 degree contrast, this James Bond theme is as somber and downtrodden as the title would indicate at the start. It does go into movie theme territory in the second verse. Doubtful this is going to be pitched to radio in the U.S. It is however getting airplay in the UK and Europe. It has made the top 10 on both official charts.

3              THE STROKES     Bad Decisions    1280.3   28

The opening riff of this 7 years in the making single sounds like it was ripped right out of 1982. The chorus of course adds the signature Strokes-y sound. This is currently in the AAA top 10 and Alternative top 25.

4              BIFFY CLYRO       Instant History   1000.8   45

This is the 1st preview into the Scottish band’s 9th album since 2001, “A Celebration Of Endings”, that will be released in May. They have had marginal success on U.S. rock radio while 4 of their last 5 albums have reached the UK top 3.

5              JESSIE WARE       Spotlight              925.7     71

The latest single from the British songstress is a laid-back but throbbing disco nugget, reminiscent of Lisa Stansfield. The album “What’s My Pleasure?” is scheduled for release in early June.

6              SAM SMITH        To Die For            881.55   20

I’m not sure what to think of this song yet. At first, I was not even going to give it a second listen, just another depressing tune. Listening to it now, it might grow on me. And certainly, it has dance remixes that would play well on Pop radio.

7              THE WEEKND     After Hours         864.5     68

The dominance of “Blinding Lights” has been evident on the BR250 the last few months. It eclipsed the 1st single “Heartless” here, though they are currently both in the U.S. Pop top 10. This new single has a bit more of an alternative bent to it. He is definitely a singular artist.

8              PEARL JAM         Superblood Wolfmoon  799.5     42

Eddie Vedder and company replace last month’s #3 “Dance Of The Clairvoyants” with this more PJammy follow up.

9              SZA f/ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE          The Other Side  744.1     103

It seems inevitable that a Trolls sequel would include Justin Timberlake and here we are. A nice slice of R&B/Pop. This is SZA’s 6th R&B top 10 since 2017.

10           DUA LIPA             Physical 654.975                 2

11           ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER    Cars In Space     643.6     84

12           HARRY STYLES    Falling   635.6     112

13           NOVATINES        Come Alive         586.8     150

14           CARIBOU             Never Come Back             579.9     62

15           THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS     React     525.75   13

16           SAM FENDER      Hold Out              517.1     180

17           PURPLE DISCO MACHINE              In My Arms         500.9     159

18           NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Come On Outside            499.6     190

19           KING PRINCESS Ohio      488.2     140

20           THE STROKES     At The Door        478.6     69

21           DROPKICK MURPHYS      Smash Shit Up   476.9     132

22           TAYLOR SWIFT   The Man              455.075                 33

23           SPORTS TEAM    Here’s The Thing               430.5     234

24           BEST COAST        Different Light   426.9     237

25           PSYCHEDELIC FURS          Don’t Believe     420         89

26           DECLAN MCKENNA         Beautiful Faces  396.6     40

27           DEZZA   Close Your Eyes 394         266

28           ADAM LAMBERT f/ NILE RODGERS            Roses    390.3     109

29           COLD WAR KIDS Who’s Gonna Love Me Now        387         201

30           KENNYHOOPLA How Will I Rest In Peace 368.6     187

31           KHALID f/ DISCLOSURE  Know Your Worth            357.3     105

32           DIRK.     Artline  355         294

33           MABEL  Boyfriend            348.6     299

34           ALANIS MORISETTE         Smiling  337.2     102

35           JONAS BLUE & PALOMA FAITH   Mistakes              331.4     309

36           U.S. GIRLS           4 American Dollars           328.6     225

37           JAX JONES, MARTIN SOLVEIG & RAYE       Tequila 327         261

38           DIXIE CHICKS      Gaslighter           319.5     327

39           FRATELLIS            Six Days In June 319.2     276

40           GORILLAZ            Desole  315.6     334

41           THE ESTEVANS  Wrong Idea        314.9     335

42           JOJI        Run        313.45   86

43           CAGE THE ELEPHANT f/ IGGYPOP              Broken Boy         310.4     146

44           HAIM    The Steps            308         341

45           KALEO   I Want More      303.8     161

46           JULIPER SKY        Reflections Of The Winter Sun    303.2     349

47           JUSTIN BIEBER f/ QUAVO              Intentions           296.575                 110

48           BOWLING FOR SOUP      Alexa Bliss           294.9     360

49           TENNIS Need Your Love 294.6     147

50           KEY4050 & PLUMB          I Love You            290.6     369

51           BLUEPRINT         A Rose Between Two Thorns       287         373

52           THE PALE WHITE               Polaroid               286.6     375

53           REAL ESTATE      Paper Cup           286         356

54           MEDUZA              Born To Love      285.7     279

55           JAMES BLUNT f/ WARD THOMAS              Halfway                285.5     229

56           GLASS ANIMALS               Your Love (Deja Vu)        278.8     384

57           COLDPLAY           Champion Of The World                276.575                 121

58           SOCCER MOMMY             Circle The Drain 275.8     128

59           TWIN ATLANTIC Oh! Euphoria!    275.6     389

60           DUSKY  Seed Tray            273         392

61           SELENA GOMEZ Feel Me                272.5     212

62           RONAN KEATING & EMELI SANDE             One Of A Kind    271.65   284

63           GRIMES Delete Forever  270.65   199

64           ARLO PARKS       Eugene 266         406

65           DINOSAUR PILE-UP         Round The Bend               263.6     339

66           DEER GROVE      The Men On The Moon 252         429

67           LUCIA & THE BEST BOYS City of Angels    251.8     430

68           JAKE SHEARS      Meltdown           251         432

69           CAMILA CABELLO f/ DABABY       My Oh My           250.9     30

70           KATY PERRY        Never Worn White          250.4     434

71           HOT MILK            June Gloom        249.8     240

72           NIGHTWISH        Noise    241.8     164

73           AUNTY SOCIAL  Cortex  238.6     236

74           ALICIA KEYS        Underdog           237.15   19

75           CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS            People, I’ve Been Sad     233.9     44

76           NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Blue Moon Rising             233.6     113

77           BOY & BEAR       Wicked Game    233.6     470

78           MARLON HOFFSTADT     Hand In hand     230         482

79           MORRISSEY        Knockabout World           228.2     485

80           TAME IMPALA   Breathe Deeper 227.7     176

81           CILLA BLACK       You’re Sensational           227.6     487

82           TAME IMPALA   Is It True              226         489

83           BIFFY CLYRO       End Of  225.6     492

84           PORRIDGE RADIO             Sweet   224         497

85           HOCKEY DAD      Itch        223.4     394

86           I BREAK HORSES                I’ll Be The Death Of You 222         0

87           THE HEAD AND THE HEART          Honeybee           218.4     450

88           EATS EVERYTHING           Bill Murray          218         0

89           PET SHOP BOYS I Don’t Wanna   218         152

90           ROISIN MURPHY               Murphy’s Law    214.9     0

91           LOVELYTHEBAND             Loneliness For Love         214.4     104

92           JOHN (TIMESTWO)          Western Wilds   210.7     0

93           RINA SAWAYAMA            XS           209.9     0

94           FRAZEY FORD     Azad      209.6     0

95           THE MYSTERINES             Love’s Not Enough           205         0

96           070 SHAKE          Guilty Conscience            202.7     206

97           T78 & RAITO      Make You Feel  202         0

98           MUMFORD & SONS        Blind Leading The Blind  200         457

99           YOLA     Faraway Look     200         0

100         POLYGON            Feel The Good   200         0

February 2020

POS/ARTIST/SONG/POINTS/OVERALL IN TOP 500

1              DUA LIPA             Physical     2193.85            7

Another month, another Dua Lipa song in the top 5.  This is the official 2nd radio single, though I think “Future Nostalgia” would sound great on the radio. I hear shades of Patti Labelle’s “New Attitude” in this one.

2              GROUPLOVE      Deleter    1395.45             13

About 10 years into their career, Grouplove are back with this top 20 Alternative single, a frenetic stomper.

3              PEARL JAM         Dance Of The Clairvoyants           1381.2   19

Electronics and a groove! What’s happening? I think I like it. It’s nice to see bands well into their career take some risks. Another 3 decade old band, Green Day, are showing a new side as well with “Oh Yeah” and “Meet Me On The Roof”.



4              THE 1975              Me & You Together Song              1311.6   15

I’m sorry but the 1975 kinds of bores me. Maybe it’s his voice. This song is kind of jangly so exhibits a bit of a retro feel.

5              TAME IMPALA   Lost In Yesterday             1191.8   11

Kevin Parker has a similar lilting vocal quality. Maybe the psychedelic nature of his music raises this above the 1975. After 4 singles in 2019, the album “The Slow Rush’ (an appropriate title), came out on Feb. 14. Surprisingly “Patience” is not on the album.

6              HAYLEY WILLIAMS           Simmer 1141.85                 29

I’ve been hot and cold on Paramore during the years but this is a nice change of pace for Williams. The smoldering single has a Kate Bush vibe to it.

7              BEST COAST        Everything Has Changed               985.8     61

8              SAINT JHN           Roses    954.55   50

9              CELESTE                Stop This Flame 804.35   21

10           JONAS BROTHERS            What A Man Gotta Do    802.85   26

11           CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS            People, I’ve Been Sad     753         99

12           GREEN DAY         Oh Yeah!             746.1     63

13           MAC MILLER       Good News        716         86

14           OZZY OSBOURNE & ELTON JOHN               Ordinary Man    696         28

15           GREY DAZE          What’s In The Eye            646.65   92

16           SEA GIRLS            Ready For More 638         126

17           GEORGIA             24 Hours              582.65   53

18           HALSEY You Should Be Sad           550.7     6

19           HOT CHIP             Positive 538.3     44

20           BECKY HILL          Better Off Without You  532.5     46

21           DMA’S  Life Is A Changing Game 522.2     173

22           CREEPER              Annabelle           517         179

23           MURA MASA     Teenage Headache Dreams         502         185

24           GORILLAZ            Momentary Bliss              494         192

25           MAC MILLER       Blue World          486.6     197

26           DIIV       The Spark            479         203

27           SPANISH LOVE SONGS   Kick        473.2     133

28           SELENA GOMEZ Rare       472.6     10

29           PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT             You And Me (Were Meant To Be Together)          468.4     98

30           THE BLACK KEYS                Shine A Little Light           468.3     35

31           WILL YOUNG      Forever 465.6     158

32           CAROLINE ROSE Feel The Way I Want       433.8     193

33           ASH        Darkest Hour Of The Night           411.2     248

34           FICKLE FRIENDS Pretty Great       407.4     249

35           ALICIA KEYS        Underdog           405.15   23

36           JOYWAVE            Half Your Age     402         222

37           MYSTERY JETS    Petty Drone        399         257

38           DECLAN MCKENNA         Beautiful Faces  398.8     258

39           BLOSSOMS         If You Think This is Real Life         396.6     260

40           NOBRO Marianna             394         265

41           BILLY TALENT     Reckless Paradise             388.8     273

42           DUKE DUMONT Therapy               386.25   91

43           TAYLOR SWIFT   The Man              385.25   124

44           TAYLOR SWIFT   Only The Young 378.1     281

45           5 SECONDS OF SUMMER              No Shame           372.5     286

46           FONTAINES DC  Liberty Belle       371         150

47           PET SHOP BOYS Monkey Business             370.85   30

48           DARKSOFT          Cybersecurity    362         242

49           KYGO, AVICII & SANDRO CAVAZZA           Forever Yours    360.25   111

50           THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS     React     359         301

51           NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS         And It’s Still Alright          354.2     274

52           DOJA CAT            Say So   347.85   64

53           PET SHOP BOYS I Don’t Wanna   342         324

54           DEMI LOVATO   Anyone 338.9     205

55           MARC ALMOND Slow Burn Love 335.8     255

56           BONIFACE           Oh My God         332         338

57           NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Blue Moon Rising             325.8     348

58           DOJA CAT            Boss Bitch            324.6     188

59           THE PALE WHITE               Swim For Your Life           324         201

60           THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA  Divinyls 318         100

61           OCEAN GROVE  Sunny   317         162

62           JOEL CORRY        Lonely   316.2     246

63           GAARDEN           Be Bent And Don’t Ascend           312         367

64           PSYCHEDELIC FURS          Don’t Believe     306.6     378

65           MOBY   Power Is Taken  299         388

66           CARIBOU             Never Come Back             294.4     397

67           AMTRAC f/ TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS   Radical  289         241

68           HAUSE PLANTS  City Vocabulary 287         407

69           GAFFA TAPE SANDY        My Desperate House     287         408

70           M!R!M Another Life Another Time           281.6     231

71           MILK TEETH         Transparent       277.3     296

72           THE KNOW         Hold Me Like You Know Me         277         420

73           070 SHAKE          Gulty Conscience             275         425

74           WORK DRUGS   Winter Keys       271         431

75           SHEPPARD          Phoenix 263         443

76           THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT  Medicine             262         447

77           EMINEM              Darkness             256.75   195

78           CIRCA WAVES    Move To San Francisco  256.6     112

79           KALEO   Break My Baby  250.2     463

80           TAYLOR JANZEN               What I Do            249         270

81           SURF ROCK IS DEAD         Diabolik                247.6     471

82           LOUIS TOMLINSON         Walls     242.7     230

83           EQUAL IDIOTS    16           241.4     247

84           ZUZU     What You Want 239         493

85           BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Is It Real               236.6     499

86           DAVID GUETTA Make It To Heaven          236         500

87           JAMES BLUNT    Monsters            235.4     237

88           LANTERNS ON THE LAKE                Baddies 235

89           PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS       Reducer               230.4

90           MAGIC GANG    Think     223.6

91           DIRTY HONEY     Rolling 7’s            223.4     184

92           ROACHFORD      Love Remedy     222         221

93           JON HOPKINS    Scene Suspended            221.6

94           BOIDS   Bike Thief            220

95           TONES AND I      Never Seen The Rain       218.55   149

96           NADA SURF        So Much Love    218.2     325

97           CAGE THE ELEPHANT f/ IGGYPOP              Broken Boy         214.6     409

98           NADINE COYLE  All That I Know  212

99           SQUAREPUSHER               Nervelevers       212

100         COURTEENERS  Hanging Off Your Cloud 210.6

January 2020

At this point in the month The Weeknd could snag #1 for January based on his trending points. “Adore You” does have a shot as nothing else in the top 10 has enough strength to compete. Harry Styles is still seeing 3 songs in the top 25 and has few other tunes from the new album “Fine Line” making some noise on a few personal charts. He continues to follow an interesting path as evidenced by the song “Treat People With Kindness”.


While Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” is starting to lose points she remains in the top 3 trending songs with the next release “Future Nostalgia”. Over the last year I feel she has made song choices that are thankfully a bit outside the current pop crop, creating a singular identity.

At #4 is the leftfield Grimes song “4 AEM”, an ethereal chant set to alt beats that gets more frenetic as the song goes on. In a similar left of center vein “In The Afternoon”, the return of MGMT, is much less mainstream then the place they started from in 2007.


The # on the left is the song’s current position in the top 500 at mid-month

Top500#  Trending#

1              1              THE WEEKND     Blinding Lights

4              2              HARRY STYLES    Adore You

17           3              DUA LIPA             Future Nostalgia

60           4              GRIMES 4 AEM

25           5              MGMT  In The Afternoon

46           6              CAMILA CABELLO f/ DABABY       My Oh My

23           7              BLOSSOMS         The Keeper

36           8              AVA MAX            Salt

89           9              PET SHOP BOYS Monkey Business

50           10           TAME IMPALA   Posthumous Forgiveness

122         11           DOJA CAT            Say So

3              12           BILLIE EILISH       Everything I Wanted

130         13           BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB I Can Hardly Speak

18           14           NIALL HORAN    Put A Little Love On Me

26           15           BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

32           16           ARIZONA ZERVAS             Roxanne

49           17           THE BIG MOON Take A Piece

124         18           ALAN WALKER f/ AVA MAX          Alone, Part II

187         19           HALSEY You Should Be Sad

7              20           ALANIS MORISETTE         Reasons I Drink

11           21           THE WEEKND     Heartless

190         22           HAILEE STEINFELD            Wrong Direction

198         23           FRANKY WAH f/ JESSIE WARE      Time After Time

31           24           CAMELPHAT       Rabbit Hole

205         25           DELTA GOODREM            Let It Rain

80           26           IDINA MENZEL   Into The Unknown

215         27           JUSTIN BIEBER   Yummy

216         28           SELENA GOMEZ Rare

223         29           BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB Racing Stripes

227         30           MARTIN SOLVIEG             Juliet & Romeo

45           31           STORMZY f/ ED SHEERAN & BURNA BOY Own It

232         32           RODDY RICH       The Box

74           33           MIRANDA LAMBERT       Bluebird

114         34           SAM FENDER      All Is On My Side

135         35           JON HOPKINS    Luminous Spaces

34           36           GABBY BARRETT               I Hope

38           37           FRIENDLY FIRES Offline

170         38           LA ROUX              Gullible Fool

67           39           ELLIE GOULDING              River

184         40           FREYA RIDINGS Love Is Fire

276         41           KEVIN KRAUTER Surprise

282         42           EYESUN Feel Something

294         43           GEORGIA             24 Hours

142         44           ALEC BENJAMIN               Mind Is A Prison

144         45           THE HIGHWOMEN           Crowded Table

302         46           TRENTEMOLLER Silent Night

169         47           TREVOR DANIEL Falling

119         48           KIM PETRAS        Icy

312         49           COURTEENERS  Better Man

318         50           NADA SURF        Looking For You

303         51           PETER THOMAS If You’re Happy Now

326         52           GABRIELLE APLIN & NINA NESBITT            Miss You 2

328         53           SPENCER CRANDALL       My Person

334         54           GOOM GUM      It’s A Lot

240         55           AVICII   Fades Away

91           56           STORMZY f/ HEADIE ONE              Audacity

105         57           KHALID Up All Night

176         58           JON PARDI          Heartache Medication

355         59           BRING ME THE HORIZON              Dead Dolphin Sounds

40           60           DAN & SHAY, JUSTIN BIEBER        10,000 Hours

360         61           BRING ME THE HORIZON f/ HALSEY          ?

366         62           ELTON JOHN & TARON EGERTON              (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again

201         63           MURA MASA f/ SLOWTHAI           Deal Wiv it

370         64           BRING ME THE HORIZON              Candy Truck

94           65           CAMILA CABELLO             Living Proof

264         66           SPORTS TEAM    The Races

257         67           LANY f/ LAUV     Mean It

56           68           BLACKBEAR        Hot Girl Bummer

385         69           THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA  Divinyls

387         70           ALICIA KEYS        Underdog

90           71           TWENTY ONE PILOTS      The Hype

29           72           SAM SMITH        I Feel Love

393         73           RED VELVET        Psycho

66           74           ENDOR Pump It Up

206         75           BREAKING BENJAMIN    Far Away

168         76           IGGY AZALEA & ALICE CHATER    Lola

248         77           CONAN GRAY    Maniac

218         78           JAMES BLUNT    The Truth

175         79           ADAM LAMBERT               Believe

290         80           LANA DEL REY    Norman F’ing Rockwell

329         81           USHER f/ ELLA MAI          Don’t Waste My Time

12           82           SELENA GOMEZ Lose You To Love Me

41           83           BRING ME THE HORIZON              Ludens

435         84           I FIGHT DRAGONS            A New Brain

439         85           LOUISE Hurt

165         86           MADDIE & TAE  Die From A Broken Heart

239         87           VUKOVI Run/Hide

280         88           SAM FENDER      The Borders

455         89           FRONT BOTTOMS             Camouflage

456         90           GARETH EMERY f/ KOVIC              Somebody

458         91           PETER, BJORN & JOHN   Reason To Be Reasonable

461         92           GEOWULF           He’s 31

462         93           BILLIE EILISH       Ocean Eyes

279         94           COLDPLAY           Champion Of The World

464         95           NORTH PARADE Keepthingscasual

465         96           VIM       Waiting

473         97           RADKEY Portraits

235         98           TWIN ATLANTIC Barcelona

346         99           DAN DEACON    City Of Love

313         100         LIAM PAYNE & CHEAT CODES      Live Forever