TOP TEN: One Summery Summary

Four reasons to love the season.

Four reasons to love the season.

With Memorial Day Weekend in full swing, the unofficial start of summer has begun. It’s time to get out the swimsuit, the shades and the sunblock, because looking like a lobster is so not in style (unless, of course, you are a lobster, but then you wouldn’t be at a computer reading this.) Summer may be about fashion and fitness, but it’s also a season of great music. The turnover on my list has been pretty striking from week-to-week recently, as those summer song contenders make themselves known, but it appears a dominant “summer” title song won’t be around on pop radio this year. (You’ll have to go to the country chart for that one.)

We’ve handled topics about summer songs before: national hits from past decades, radio races, etc. However, I haven’t covered a countdown of the top “summer” hits from my own personal chart. After all, the results of my top ten songs are different from the usual set of classics. A lot of these songs came and went, some without much life at all, but it’s still nice to give them a spin or two. So, if you’re ready for some vacation vibes, jump into this pop pool with some splashy stats from my survey:

(List is based on total chart points during the full run of each song.)

10. JESSIE JAMES, “Boys In The Summer” (2010)
Album: (single only) (Mercury Records)
Peak: #27

09. SEALS & CROFTS, “Summer Breeze ’04” (2004)
Album: (single only) (Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #27

08. JON MCLAUGHLIN featuring SARA BAREILLES, “Summer Is Over” (2012)
Album: Promising Promises (Razor & Tie Records)
Peak: #23 for two weeks

07. MATTHEW MORRISON, “Summer Rain” (2011)
Album: Matthew Morrison (Mercury Records)
Peak: #18 for two weeks

06. THE CORRS, “Summer Sunshine” (2004)
Album: Borrowed Heaven (Atlantic Records)
Peak: #13 for three weeks

05. AEROSMITH, “Girls Of Summer” (2002)
Album: O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (Columbia/Geffen Records)
Peak: #9

04. MATT NATHANSON, “Gold In The Summertime” (2015)
Album: Show Me Your Fangs (Vanguard Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

03. KID ROCK, “All Summer Long” (2008)
Album: Rock N Roll Jesus (Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8

02. MAROON 5, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…” (2015)
Album: V (reissue) (Interscope Records)
Peak: #5

01. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, “Summertime” (2008)
Album: The Block (Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 29, 2016

Send my song (to your new record book.)

Send my song (to your new archiver.)

DEBUTS
40. A Great Big World – Won’t Stop Running
39. LÉON – Tired Of Talking
38. FRANKIE – New Obsession | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Gwen Stefani – Misery (40)
33. Parachute – Without You (39)
31. Coldplay – Up&Up (37)
20. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go (27) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Zayn – Pillowtalk (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
09. DNCE – Toothbrush (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (10) | PEAK: #08
07. BANNERS – Start A Riot (08) | PEAK: #07
06. The Strumbellas – Spirits (02) | PEAK: #02
05. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (03) | PEAK: #03
04. P!nk – Just Like Fire (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Barns Courtney – Fire (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MUNA – Loudspeaker (1)
2. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (2)
3. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (3)
4. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (6)
5. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (5)
6. AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over (8)
7. Dagny – Backbeat (-)
8. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (-)
9. Sara Hartman – Satellite (9)
10. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (10)

In The Mix:
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall
Haley Reinhart – Better
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
Max Jury – Beg & Crawl
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Tyler Glenn – Trash

Chart Notes:

  • In what may be the least-surprising announcement of the year, for its second time, Adele has one more #1 single to add to her files on my personal chart. Leaping from #4 to #1, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is the third consecutive #1 off her 25 album, which matches the same number of chart-toppers she had from 21. No artist or band has done that before in the time I’ve been compiling my survey. Also, “Send” represents her seventh #1 overall, which ties her with Coldplay for a heated battle in the category of Most #1 Songs. (The band is currently climbing with “Up&Up”.) What else can I say? She is still the queen.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to FRANKIE, who comes in at #38 with “New Obsession”. It’s featured on an EP titled Dreamstate. Only three chart hits with “obsession” in their titles have gone top 40 on CHR radio since that listing began in 1973, and should this title make it four, it’ll be the first since another Frankie — Frankie J, that is. The Mexican singer had his biggest hit with “Obsession (No Es Amor)”, which went to #3 in the spring of 2005. (Mariah Carey did hit #8 with her “Obsessed” in 2009, but with its use as a verb rather than a noun, I’ve counted it separately.)
  • Swedish singer LÉON makes her chart debut this week at #39. She may be “Tired Of Talking”, but I think she knows that a lot of people aren’t “tired” of hearing her music. In fact, more of them will be exposed to it when her first radio single goes for Hot AC adds in two weeks. You can find “Tired” on her Treasure EP, which has done big streaming numbers.
  • Lastly, at #40, is the duo A Great Big World and “Won’t Stop Running”. It follows “Oasis”, which went to #3 earlier this year. This is the first “running” title to sprint onto the survey in three years. Do you remember “We Come Running” by the band Youngblood Hawke? The top ten Alternative hit peaked at #34 on my chart in early 2013.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 29, 2005

"Eyes" on 2005.

“Eyes” on 2005.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back eleven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 29, 2005…

Debuts:
40. HALL & OATES, “Ooh Child”
37. JACK JOHNSON, “Good People”

Biggest Mover(s):
CHARLOTTE CHURCH, “Crazy Chick” (38-25, thirteen spots)

10. JASON MRAZ, “Wordplay” (up 3)
Album: Mr. A-Z (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

09. WEEZER, “Beverly Hills” (up 3)
Album: Make Believe (2005, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

08. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (down 4)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

07. KEANE, “Everybody’s Changing” (up 1)
Album: Hopes And Fears (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

06. LOW MILLIONS, “Statue” (steady, second week)
Album: Ex-Girlfriends (2004, EMI/Manhattan Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. BRYAN ADAMS, “This Side Of Paradise” (steady, second week)
Album: Room Service (2004, Mercury Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. KELLY CLARKSON, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (up 3)
Album: Breakaway (2004, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (down 2)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Chariot” (up 1)
Album: Chariot (2003, J Records)
Peak: #2

01. HOWIE DAY, “Collide” (up 1)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 27, 2016

Puttin' in that "Work" for #1.

Putting in that “Work” for a #1.

It might be the start of Memorial Day Weekend on the calendar, but the date is a little different in the music world. In fact, we’ll be launching a full two months ahead… at least when it comes to the week’s biggest release. Here are all the notable new albums and singles:

  • FIFTH HARMONY — 7/27 (iTunes)
    • The female quintet, who formed on the U.S. version of The X Factor several years ago, is on the verge of their first #1 at pop radio with “Work From Home”. They may also have a chance at their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, but that’s going to depend on their stream counts and track sales during the week. Regardless of position, an exciting first week awaits them.
  • DIERKS BENTLEY — Black (iTunes)
    • Bentley recently hit #1 on the Country airplay listing with “Somewhere On A Beach”, which is a pretty popular spot on any holiday weekend. This is his eighth studio set under his major-label deal, and six of them (plus a seventh set in the form of a hits compilation) have gone top ten. Will that dark title see the light next week? Stay tuned.
  • CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN — The Ride (iTunes)
    • The British rockers have their biggest hit to date on our Alternative survey with “Soundcheck”, currently in the top 15. As far as album sales go, this group is much bigger in their homeland, but there should be a notable rise in sales and peak (compared to their last effort) on the Billboard 200.
  • More albums out this week: ABC‘s The Lexicon Of Love II (iTunes), Band Of Skulls‘s By Default (iTunes), Beth Orton‘s Kidsticks (iTunes), Flume‘s Skin (iTunes), Ro James‘s Eldorado (iTunes), The Monkees‘s Good Times! (iTunes), Alice Through the Looking Glass (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Barns Courtney‘s Hands (iTunes), The Rival‘s Waves (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “80’s Films”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
  • “All The Way Up (Remix)”, Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring Jay Z and French Montana (iTunes)
  • “Divorce Separation Blues”, The Avett Brothers (iTunes)
  • “Healing”, Vinyl Thief (iTunes) (available May 30)
  • “One Of Those Days”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
  • “Ramble On”, Train (iTunes)
  • “Solemn Oath”, Band Of Horses (iTunes)
  • “Unforgettable”, Sia (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Dan + ShayMaren MorrisTrain and more.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 22, 2016

Firing up the top spot.

A fiery four-week run for Barns.

DEBUTS
40. Gwen Stefani – Misery
39. Parachute – Without You
37. Coldplay – Up&Up | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. American Authors – What We Live For (38)
27. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go (36)
20. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (26)
18. Goo Goo Dolls – So Alive (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (11) | PEAK: #10
09. The 1975 – The Sound (05) | PEAK: #03
08. BANNERS – Start A Riot (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Zayn – Pillowtalk (06) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (10) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – Just Like Fire (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (03) | PEAK: #03
02. The Strumbellas – Spirits (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Barns Courtney – Fire (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MUNA – Loudspeaker (2)
2. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (6)
3. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (4)
4. Frankie – New Obsession (10)
5. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (7)
6. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (9)
7. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (-)
8. AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over (-)
9. Sara Hartman – Satellite (-)
10. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Won’t Stop Running (new)
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall
Haley Reinhart – Better
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
Max Jury – Beg & Crawl
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Tyler Glenn – Trash

Chart Notes:

  • Coldplay have a split single on their hands to follow their hit “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, a two-week #1 on my survey. The run for “Hymn For The Weekend” is just beginning at a few mainstream formats, but I’m on Team “Up&Up”, which lands a nice debut in the Alternative top 40 this week. It’s also my Highest Debut, coming in at #37. All three songs are featured on the A Head Full Of Dreams album, which hit #2 on the Billboard 200 last year.
  • The Virginia group called Parachute has accumulated five chart hits on my top 40, four as a quintet and one as a trio. The sixth entry for them is their second as a trio, and it’s titled “Without You”. It’s new at #39 this week. Interestingly, there’s a second radio single by a trio called The Rua of the same name, both at Hot AC radio and both being promoted by the very same marketing group. Seeing double yet?
  • Finally, at #40, is the third top 40 hit from Gwen Stefani‘s This Is What The Truth Feels Like album. It’s “Misery”, which is not a hot Soul Asylum or Maroon 5 cover. It goes for adds at Hot AC radio on Monday. Stefani has two singles on this week’s chart, with “Make Me Like You” (#2) heading downward.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 20, 2012

"Come Back" to 2012 for a moment.

“Come Back” to 2012 for a moment.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 20, 2012…

Debuts:
39. LAWSON, “When She Was Mine”
38. MARINA & THE DIAMONDS, “Primadonna”
35. FUN., “Some Nights”

Biggest Mover(s):
ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Guardian” (40-31, nine spots)

10. THE SCRIPT, “If You Ever Come Back” (down 4)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. ADELE, “Rumour Has It” (steady, second week)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. TRAIN, “Drive By” (down 3)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. KARMIN, “Brokenhearted” (up 1)
Album: Hello (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

06. DANIEL POWTER, “Cupid” (up 1)
Album: Turn On The Lights (2012, International Solutions/Avex/Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

05. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Call Me Maybe” (up 5)
Album: Kiss (2012, Schoolboy/604/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (steady, second week)
Album: Making Mirrors (2012, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

03. ED SHEERAN, “The A Team” (steady, second week)
Album: + (2012, Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. FUN. featuring JANELLE MONÁE, “We Are Young” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. KEANE, “Silenced By The Night” (steady, second week)
Album: Strangeland (2012, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 20, 2016

One Dangerous debut.

One Dangerous debut.

Hold on tight, you know one of this week’s releases is a little bit hazardous, troubling… okay, just plain dangerous. (We warned you!) Luckily, there are plenty of risk-free options in the mix too. Here are this week’s new albums and singles:

  • ARIANA GRANDE — Dangerous Woman (iTunes)
    • She, perhaps, lost her “Focus” for a time last fall, but Q4 singles and brick walls are nothing new on the pop charts. However, Grande is back in the top ten with the title track from her latest set, and debuting at the top of the album chart would bring her count to three. Did we mention that Grande has a collaboration with Macy Gray?
  • BLAKE SHELTON — If I’m Honest (iTunes)
    • Shelton’s tenth studio album is quite the personal one, reflecting the major events of his past year, including a very public divorce. It features the single “Came Here To Forget”, a future #1 on the Country airplay list. It will likely do solid numbers in its first week; expect a top five debut.
  • More albums out this week: Against The Current‘s In Our Bones (iTunes), Bob Dylan‘s Fallen Angels (iTunes), Brett Dennen‘s Por Favor (iTunes), Eric Clapton‘s I Still Do (iTunes), Issues‘s Headspace (iTunes), Matt Wertz‘s Gun Shy (iTunes), Mudcrutch‘s 2 (iTunes), Saosin‘s Along The Shadow (iTunes), Yuna‘s Chapters (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jamie N Commons‘s Jamie N Commons (iTunes), River Matthews‘s Feels Like Morning (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Ammunition”, Krewella (iTunes)
  • “Boyz N’ Poizn”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
  • “Cherry Wine”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Feels Invincible”, Skillet (iTunes)
  • “Here I Am”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
  • “Kiss Me Goodbye”, ABC (iTunes)
  • “My P.Y.T.”, Wale (iTunes)
  • “One More Time”, Craig David (iTunes)
  • “Thank You”, Train (iTunes)
  • “The Show Must Go On”, Celine Dion featuring Lindsey Stirling (iTunes)
  • “Twice”, Catfish And The Bottlemen (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Catfish And The BottlemenDierks BentleyFifth Harmony and more.

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