From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. We’ve got 70 more songs to count down, so, what am I waiting for? Let’s pick it back up at #70.
070. Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child (247 points) (PEAK: #15)
Eighteen of Billboard’s Dance Club/Play number-one singles made my top 40 this year, peaking on that chart and my own within two weeks of one another. It also hit #1 in Australia and in the United Kingdom.
069. Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Between The Raindrops (247 points) (PEAK: #11)
This one peaked at #11 for three weeks at the chart year cutoff, but it has since climbed to #8. On their own, both artists have hit #1 on my chart; Lifehouse took “Whatever It Takes” to the top in 2008 and Bedingfield did it with “These Words” in 2005 and “Unwritten” in 2006.
068. Robbie Williams – Candy (266 points) (PEAK: #6)
Williams made a major comeback in the United Kingdom this year when this single became his first #1 hit since 2004. His album, Take The Crown, also took the top spot. He’s touring the U.K. with opener Olly Murs, who has two songs coming up in the top 50. Though it ended the chart year at #6, the song went onto peak at #4 a few weeks ago.
067. John Mayer – Shadow Days (270 points) (PEAK: #16)
After two #3 hits during his last era, Battle Studies, this one struggled up to a peak of #16 before falling off the radar. This era was plagued by Mayer’s throat condition, which led to a canceled tour and limited promotion for his album, entitled Born and Raised.
066. Kelly Clarkson – Dark Side (271 points) (PEAK: #16)
The first ever American Idol winner did moderately well with this third single that slowly crawled up my top 40. All three of them made the year-end chart. It was recently covered on the television show Glee.
065. Marina & The Diamonds – Primadonna (280 points) (PEAK: #15)
This one-woman band, originally born in Wales, made her debut on my chart this year, reaching its peak back in July. Second single “How To Be A Heartbreaker” just missed the top 100. Parent album Electra Heart hit the #1 spot on the album chart in the United Kingdom.
064. Kelly Clarkson – Mr. Know It All (288 points) (PEAK: #3)
“Know” was my #57 song of 2011 and ended up with about 90 more points in that position. It was the third song to make my chart to address a Mr. in the title, following “Mr. Bartender (It’s So Easy)” by Sugar Ray (#17, 2003) and “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers (#1, 2005).
063. Adele – Someone Like You (289 points) (PEAK: #1 for three weeks)
“Someone” peaked at #1 way back in October 2011 and was the #13 song of last year. It’s from her now Diamond-certified album, 21, which sold ten million copies in the U.S. alone in less than two years. 700,000 copies in sales the week after she won the Grammy Award for Album Of The Year didn’t hurt either.
062. Nickelback – When We Stand Together (292 points) (PEAK: #2)
They may be one of the most hated bands in the world, but that didn’t stop them from placing two songs in my year-end top 100. This peaked at #2 in November 2011 and was my #67 song of that year.
061. Christina Aguilera – Your Body (300 points) (PEAK: #10)
The proper comeback that was supposed to be the Lotus era has not lived up to such high expectations and the downward spiral of Aguilera continues. Just like “Not Myself Tonight”, the leadoff single from Bionic, this peaked at #10. Aguilera is taking a break from The Voice during its next cycle.
060. Karmin – Hello (301 points) (PEAK: #13)
The duo of Amy and Nick strike again with their second of three songs in the top 100. This was the fourth song to make my top 40 with “hello” in the title; compare that ten that charted with “goodbye”. Their only top ten hit on the weekly chart is somewhere in the top 40 of the year.
059. Aerosmith – What Could Have Been Love (301 points) (PEAK: #12)
Here’s the second act in a row from Boston, a legendary band that’s been charting since the 1970’s. This was the first mainstream single from Music From Another Dimension. One of the co-writers of the song, Russ Irwin, is a one-hit wonder on the national scene; his only charting single, the ballad “My Heart Belongs To You”, reached #28 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1991.
058. One Direction – Gotta Be You (311 points) (PEAK: #11)
The first ballad single by the band proved to be a front-loaded single in the United Kingdom, debuting at #3 but crashing downwards fast. It just missed the top ten on my chart.
057. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful (311 points) (PEAK: #3)
Whataya know? We have back-to-back One Direction tunes in the countdown. “Beautiful” peaked at #3 for two weeks in October 2011, but gained a little bit of ground back when a Stateside release of the single was announced. It ended up with a total of 28 weeks in the survey. Two more songs by the band will set you in the right Direction soon.
056. Adele – Skyfall (313 points) (PEAK: #1 for three weeks)
This was the only song written from a movie soundtrack to hit the top spot on my chart this year. However, it’s not the highest one in the year-end top 100. She has one more song to go, which is quite a bit higher.
We’ll be back tomorrow on Christmas Eve with #55 through #41 on the chart, including two more movie hits, another high-profile flop, and a little bit of royalty on our way to the throne and the #1 song of 2012.