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’re presently at #55 on the chart, so let’s keep a-rollin’ up it.
055. Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven (314 points) (PEAK: #12)
This was the fourth Alternative radio release from Mylo Xyloto, though it didn’t see much action on that particular chart, peaking in the top 30. It stalled out in the top fifteen on my survey. This is the band’s first album era to place four songs in my top 40, two of which went to #1. One is coming up later.
054. Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up (316 points) (PEAK: #14)
Mraz saw a surprise digital hit early on in the year from this ballad, which debuted in the top ten on the Hot 100. It crawled up to #14 on my chart, but spent nearly four months in the top 40 on the strength of a more peppy version with added drums and guitar. One of them, “93 Million Miles”, is up to #6 on my chart this week.
053. No Doubt – Settle Down (327 points) (PEAK: #9)
This was one of hotly anticipated comebacks of 2012 that ended up being a dud. “Settle” was a moderate hit at radio, but had no longevity, and was followed by another mainstream single that was DOA because of a video controversy involving the portrayal of Native Americans. This spent three weeks at #9, the band’s first entry on my chart since their remake of “It’s My Life” was #1 for five weeks back in late 2003.
052. Bruno Mars – It Will Rain (331 points) (PEAK: #8)
One of two singles in this section from the soundtrack to Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1. The only other soundtrack in the franchise to produce a top-40 hit on my chart was Eclipse, which gave us “Neutron Star Collison (Love Is Forever)”, a minor entry for Muse from the summer of 2010.
051. One Direction – Live While We’re Young (355 points) (PEAK: #2)
Somehow the most popular boy band of the year managed to place three songs within just a few spots of one another. This quickly rose to #2 on my chart before being pulled as a single in favor of “Little Things”. The group still has one more song from the debut album coming up on the countdown.
050. The Killers – Runaways (363 points) (PEAK: #12)
This band returned with a new album called Battle Born this year, but it wasn’t quite ready for battle. The leadoff single only made it to #12. Last time around, lead singer Brandon Flowers scored a solo number-one hit with “Crossfire” in the fall of 2010. Before that, the band’s “Human” peaked at #5 in late 2008.
049. Keane – Disconnected (386 points) (PEAK: #8)
Keane had an awesome 2012 on my chart, scoring their first #1 single (which is coming up later) and this #8 hit, the third single from Strangeland. It marked the first of the band’s releases to produce top ten hits on the survey since their debut era, Hopes and Fears, which launched “Somewhere Only We Know” (#7, 2004) and “Everybody’s Changing” (#6, 2005).
048. Lady Antebellum – Dancin’ Away With My Heart (395 points) (PEAK: #12)
They’re remained huge on the Country scene, but I have to admit, they’ve been working with the same sound for a while now and I think they need to experiment a little more. This was their only non-top ten single from their album Own The Night. Nothing from their newest Christmas release entered my top 40.
047. OneRepublic – Feel Again (397 points) (PEAK: #7)
Back in the day, they were one of the big acts to be discovered on MySpace. Now, in 2012, they’ve had seven top-40 singles on my chart, this one being their fifth top ten hit. New single “If I Lose Myself” should be at least a moderate success in the new year.
046. Coldplay featuring Rihanna – Princess Of China (400 points) (PEAK: #10)
The second of three entries for Chris Martin and the boys is their first collaboration with another artist to make my chart. They seem to have a thing with Asia; it was back in 2009 that they hit #5 with “Lovers In Japan”, and now, we have “China”. What’s next? Indonesia? Syria?
045. Darren Hayes – Stupid Mistake (406 points) (PEAK: #9)
He’s been around since the early days of my chart in 1999, charting with three singles as part of the duo Savage Garden before reaching the top 40 with fourteen solo records, including #1’s like “Insatiable” and “Pop!ular”. This became the third top ten hit from Secret Codes and Battleships, which hit the #10 spot on Australia’s Albums Chart last year.
044. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years (406 points) (PEAK: #9)
Perri’s biggest hit on my chart is also the second of two songs from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 on here. It spent two weeks at #9. It’s the first “thousand” song to hit the chart since “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton, which was released back in 2002.
043. Olly Murs – Oh My Goodness (414 points) (PEAK: #7)
The third and final release from In Case You Didn’t Know was another top ten record for the former X Factor runner-up, charting at #7 back in April. He has one other entry left, which hit the #1 slot on the U.K. Singles Chart early this year.
042. The Fray – Heartbeat (427 points) (PEAK: #5)
Here’s another band whose time in the sun is drawing to close rather quickly. After two albums with one #1 single and three top ten hits a piece, this was the only major success from Scars + Stories, peaking for five weeks at #5. Followup single “Run For Your Life” barely reached the top 30 and missed the top 100 of the year.
041. Daughtry – Crawling Back To You (428 points) (PEAK: #1 for two weeks)
This was the first #1 of the chart year, spending the first two weeks of December 2011 there. It’s the band’s only entry in the top 100 as both followup singles to it failed to go beyond the top 30. “Crawling” was my #75 song of 2011.
After you’re done opening all your presents from Santa, come back on Christmas Day for #40 through #31 on the countdown, where two is better than “One”, and one actually got to Number One. Figured it out yet? If you haven’t, you will tomorrow…