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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #30 to #21 (Post 6 of 11)

What becomes of the "brokenhearted".

What becomes of the “brokenhearted”.

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. Back to the hits, starting off at #30…

030. Katy Perry – Part Of Me (547 points) (PEAK: #5)
Kety Perr might not have much luck on The Nekci Menij Show, but the real Perry has a whole lot of it, placing three songs in my top 40 for the year. Featured on deluxe rerelease of Teenage Dream, it was also the inspiration for the title of her 3D movie that was released last summer. It ended up peaking at #5 and stayed on the charts for 20 weeks. The song was initially recorded in 2010 and a demo leaked on the internet before this finalized version came out two years later with some minor lyric changes.

029. Coldplay – Paradise (555 points) (PEAK: #1 for four weeks)
This former number-one single was my #58 song of 2011, spending the entire month of November that year in the top spot. Well, it cuts that year-end position in half for this year’s chart, ending up at #29. It stayed on the chart until early April during an impressive 29-week run, 18 of which counted for the data compiled for the year-end chart. The band is already working on their followup to Mylo Xyloto, which could be released next year.

028. Karmin – Brokenhearted (558 points) (PEAK: #7)
26-year-olds Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan took the internet by storm last year with their covers of songs like “Look At Me Now” and “Super Bass”, and in 2012, their original music was taking my chart by storm. All three of their radio singles made my chart, this one being the highest, which hit #7 for three weeks starting in late May. They may as well be the modern-day version of the Captain and Tennille, though I’m guessing they won’t be singing about muskrats anytime soon.

027. Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight (563 points) (PEAK: #3)
Hey, Olly! Dion called. He wants his song back. An early 60’s swing throwback reminiscent of songs like “Runaround Sue”, this has been Murs’s biggest hit to date on my chart, peaking at #3 for three weeks in January. However, that title is being threatened by his most recent single, “Troublemaker”, which has now been at #3 on my chart for two weeks. We’ll see how that ends up in the next few weeks. “Dance” is one of four singles by Murs to go to #1 on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom.

026. Chris Wallace – Remember When (Push Rewind) (573 points) (PEAK: #4)
The first top-40 hit on the chart for the former lead singer of The White Tie Affair was a big one, peaking at #4 for three weeks in August and September before completing a twenty-two week run. He’s the first artist signed to ThinkSay Records, which formally went public in the summer with Ben Singer and Brad Davidson at the helm. Look for the label to expand in the new year as Wallace’s single gets a major push at radio. (Here’s a post I wrote on Wallace several weeks ago.)

025. Andy Grammer – Miss Me (594 points) (PEAK: #1 for two weeks)
You can’t make this one up. The two men who signed Chris Wallace are Grammer’s manager (Singer) and promotion handler (Davidson), and they’re back-to-back on the year-end chart. Third time was the charm for Grammer as this third single was his very first #1 on my chart, spending two weeks there in late October and early November. It’s currently in the top 15 and will most definitely be in next year’s top 100 chart. Here’s hoping for a new album in 2013 as well.

024. Katy Perry – Wide Awake (597 points) (PEAK: #4)
Here’s the highest of Perry’s three songs on the countdown. It has the distinction of being in the top ten for two weeks with Gotye‘s “Eyes Wide Open”, which meant the top-tier of the chart was stretched pretty far around that time. Two other “wide” titles have made my chart in the past: 2000’s “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed and 2006’s “World Wide Suicide” by Pearl Jam. “Awake” spent three weeks at #4 during a 22-week chart run.

023. Matchbox Twenty – She’s So Mean (600 points) (PEAK: #5)
Rob Thomas charted with three solo singles between 2009 and 2010, which all climbed into the top 3, but it’s been four years since the band charted last as a whole (2008’s “These Hard Times”, which peaked at #2) and ten years since they put out a full-length studio release. The first single from North was a quick riser, but brick-walled at the #5 position for five consecutive weeks. Followup single “Overjoyed” is taking a slower rise, but may end up around the same peak as “Mean” or slightly lower. The band’s had two number-one singles on my chart, “Bent” in 2000 and “How Far We’ve Come” in 2007.

022. Andy Grammer – Fine By Me (602 points) (PEAK: #4)
Grammer had the misfortune of sticking it out for eight weeks at #2 with his debut single, “Keep Your Head Up”, which also ended up in the #2 spot on last year’s top 100 behind Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep”. This second single spent two weeks at #4, one of which was while Adele sat at the top with “Set Fire To The Rain”. Still, it managed a 25-week run in the top 40, pretty great for a song that didn’t hit the top. Perhaps someday he’ll join singers like Andy Gibb, Andy Kim and Andy Williams at the top of the national charts.

021. The Script featuring will.i.am – Hall Of Fame (611 points) (PEAK: #1 for four weeks)
This Irish trio came so close to capturing my #1 song of 2009 with “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, which hit the top spot for eight weeks, but it ended up at #3 for the year. This ties for their second-longest running #1 on my chart at four weeks, the same length of time “Nothing” remained there last year. The followup single, “Six Degrees Of Separation”, recently made my weekly top ten.

The top 20 is on the horizon with some familiar faces from some familiar places: Canada, England, Ireland and, of course, the United States. That’s all coming up tomorrow on the blog.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #40 to #31 (Post 5 of 11)

Good first name you got there.

Good first name you got there.

Merry Christmas! 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. These are the forty biggest hits as determined by those qualifications. Who will have the #1 song of the year? There’s only one way to find out. Let the countdown continue…

040. Gotye – Eyes Wide Open (456 points) (PEAK: #7)
You might “Know” his other hit coming up on the countdown, but this was the follow-up release to it. As you can imagine, it did pretty poorly, but it did earn the singer a second top ten hit on my chart, peaking at #7 for three week during a twenty-week stay. He’s one of the top newcomers of 2012.

039. Walk The Moon – Anna Sun (457 points) (PEAK: #6)
This quartet is one of the few bands from Ohio to make my chart, a list which includes 98 Degrees and Blessid Union Of Souls. “Anna” was the first single from their debut self-titled album and became a big hit at Alternative radio, while crossing over some in the past few months. It spent three weeks at #6 recently and as of most recent survey, is still hanging around in the top 30.

038. Adele – Rumour Has It (458 points) (PEAK: #9)
I originally charted this one in the fall of 2011 when it was issued as the third single from 21, but it was pulled several weeks later in favor of “Set Fire To The Rain”, which will be coming up later. However, it was back to single status several months later when “Fire” ended its run on the charts. It peaked at #9 for two weeks, marking the singer’s fifth top ten hit on my chart, though it was also a disappointment as the followup to three consecutive #1 hits. What’s she got to worry about, though? She’s rolling in the millions as we speak.

037. Adam Lambert – Better Than I Know Myself (467 points) (PEAK: #8)
From the outer depths of the Glam Nation comes the highest of Lambert’s two songs to make my year-end top 100. It was the leadoff single from Trespassing, which became his first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He is one of four singers named Adam to hit #1 on my chart, the other three being Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne) and Adam Young (Owl City). Adam Duritz of Counting Crows got as high as #2 in 2003 with a cover of “Big Yellow Taxi” featuring Vanessa Carlton.

036. Emeli Sandé – Next To Me (483 points) (PEAK: #8)
This Scottish singer made her debut on my chart in 2012, though she’s been charting in the United Kingdom for several years. “Next” spent two weeks at #8 and received minor airplay at Urban AC and AAA radio during the summer. It will get a full-fledged release here in the States early next year. (For my profile on her from a few weeks back, take a look here.)

035. Katy Perry – The One That Got Away (509 points) (PEAK: #1 for two weeks)
For lessons in milking your album dry, please see Perry’s 2010 release Teenage Dream. “One” was the sixth single to be released off of it, reaching #1 on my chart for two weeks in December 2011. It was also a #1 hit at CHR radio, though it ended up at #3 on the Hot 100 in a hotly contested chart battle at the time to see if Perry would overtake Michael Jackson‘s record of five consecutive #1 singles from his album Bad in 1987-88. Two singles from the rerelease of the album are coming up soon.

034. Mat Kearney – Ships In The Night (510 points) (PEAK: #8)
34-year-old Kearney made his chart debut back in 2006 when “Nothing Left To Lose” had to settle for the runner-up position on the countdown for two weeks. So far, it’s been his biggest hit to date, but this one became his fourth top ten hit on my chart. It spent four weeks at #8 during a twenty week run, which is the shortest overall chart life of the four.

033. Nickelback – Lullaby (524 points) (PEAK: #8)
Chad Kroeger and his Canadian pals keep cranking out the top ten records. This was the second and final from Here and Now, meaning that for eleven of the past twelve years, the band has averaged at least one top ten record a year. 2003 was the lone holdout, but I wasn’t much a fan of “Someday” when it was released. “Lullaby” won’t be one of their more memorable singles going forward, but the band’s got plenty of more singles to make residuals off of.

032. Maroon 5 – One More Night (527 points) (PEAK: #7)
The song that has now become Maroon 5‘s biggest hit ever on the Hot 100 didn’t quite achieve that on my chart. It spent nine weeks at #1 there, but only three weeks at #7 on my chart in the middle of a twenty-two week run. Two other past Maroon 5 songs have spent that much time or more at #1 on my chart: “This Love”, which ruled for nine weeks in 2004, and “Makes Me Wonder”, which spent eleven weeks at the top in 2007.

031. Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (531 points) (PEAK: #4)
Alright, cool your jets, girl, you’re no Carly Simon. Swift has the longest title to chart this year at seven words in length, and it was the second highest debut of the year, entering all the way up at #21. (Only Adele‘s “Skyfall” surpasses it; that debuted at #16.) This is her only single on 2012’s year-end survey, but she’ll be to chart next year with her new top ten hit on my chart, “I Knew You Were Trouble”.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for #30 to #21 on the top 100, and it seems that Christmas is gonna leave us a little icy. Lots of ruined relationships on the way.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #55 to #41 (Post 4 of 11)

The thrill of the chill.

The thrill of the chill.

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…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 23, 2012

Holding up the #1 spot. Carry on, boys.

Girls just want to have fun., right?

DEBUTS
40. Train – Joy To The World

TOP GAINERS
32. Britt Nicole – Gold (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
31. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone (36)
25. Robbie Williams – Different (31)
21. Christina Aguilera with Blake Shelton – Just A Fool (26)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath (10) | PEAK: #09
08. The Script – Six Degrees Of Separation (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Between The Raindrops (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Adele – Skyfall (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Robbie Williams – Candy (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Pink – Try (02) | PEAK: #02
01. fun. – Carry On (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running (1)
2. Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw – We Both Know (7)
3. Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love (2)
4. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (-)
5. Of Monsters And Men – Mountain Sound (6)
6. Pink featuring Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason (9)
7. Taylor Swift – 22 (8)
8. The All-American Rejects – Heartbeat Slowing Down (5)
9. The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb (4)
10. Lawson – Learn To Love Again (-)

In The Mix:
Aerosmith featuring Carrie Underwood – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You
Cheyenne Jackson – Don’t Wanna Know (new)
Dido – Let Us Move On (new)
Josh Groban – Brave (new)
Owl City – Shooting Star (re-entry)

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #70 to #56 (Post 3 of 11)

What a girl flaunts.

What a girl flaunts.

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.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #85 to #71 (Post 2 of 11)

Open your chart to me.

Open your chart to me.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year as I’ve been tabulating over the past few weeks. 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. 177 songs ranked in the top 40 at some point this year, an increase of eleven from last year, which means that the pace picked up a little bit. 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. Everything from the top of the pops is in here: boy bands, bubblegum, country, dance, rock, and all the surprise hits and major under-performers in-between. Of course, I’ll be commenting on them as well, but I’m saving the good stuff until we get towards the top-tier of the top 100. We’re 15 songs down and have 85 more hits to go. Let’s pick back up at #85…

085. Kris Allen – The Vision Of Love (174 points) (PEAK: #21)
Here’s another Idol winner that was dropped by his label this year after his sophomore release, Thank You Camellia, underperformed. It’s a shame as this one was probably his catchiest single to date. The label credit on his recent Christmas EP is independent My T Mouse Records, a play on the cartoon superhero from the 1940’s.

084. Karmin – Crash Your Party (189 points) (PEAK: #16)
First of three singles in the top 100 for this so-called swag pop duo hailing from Beantown. This was essentially a “promotional single” as it didn’t appear on their major label debut, an EP entitled Hello. The title track is the next one up of the three.

083. Will Young – Come On (189 points) (PEAK: #12)
From his album Echoes, Young has one more song in the top 100, coming up in this section, in fact. Of the four singles from the album, only one made my top ten ten: “Jealousy”, which peaked at #3 last year.

082. Dave Matthews Band – Mercy (195 points) (PEAK: #19)
Matthews and the band have always performed solidly on my chart, but this was the first DMB era without a top ten hit on my survey since 2002’s Busted Stuff. “Where Are You Going?” made my top twenty, but failed to make the top ten. It was sonically boring and after a while of just sitting there, I had to let it fall. Perhaps you can attribute this same sort of story with this year’s #82 song.

081. Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. – Give Me All Your Luvin’ (196 points) (PEAK: #15)
Despite a Clear Channel “artist integration” deal which enabled radio stations to play the song every hour on the hour for the better part of three days, this was a major disappointment for the Material Girl. Yes, the demo leaked late last year and yes, it did attain a peak of #9 on the Hot 100, but it got zero longevity beyond her Super Bowl performance. (A very good performance, by the way.) This is the only song by Her Madgesty in the year-end survey.

080. Eric Hutchinson – Watching You Watch Him (201 points) (PEAK: #20)
Remember when Perez Hilton’s influence was so big that he could break an act? That’s what happened with this guy and his 2008 album, Sounds Like This, which launched “Rock & Roll” up to #14 for two weeks. His second hit on my chart was a decent one, but just didn’t muster enough chart power to rank any higher than it did.

079. Will Young – I Just Want A Lover (202 points) (PEAK: #18)
Ever wanted to see a guy romancing a shopping cart? Take a look at the odd video clip for this song. Just last month, Young switched labels from 19/RCA to Island, and hopes to have a new record out in 2013.

078. fun. – Carry On (214 points) (PEAK: #2)
Though it was #2 back in November, it’s now gone on to spend three weeks at #1 on my personal chart. That makes fun. the first group to score three number-ones consecutively in a calendar year since the Backstreet Boys did it back in 2001 with “The Call”, “More Than That” and “Drowning”.

077. Conor Maynard – Vegas Girl (221 points) (PEAK: #18)
He’s another YouTube discovery who has now garnered three top ten hits in the United Kingdom, this one peaking at #4 over there. He’s not quite the British version of Justin Bieber in terms of fandom and sales, but he does make a solid Pop record. His album, Contrast, gets a U.S. release in early January.

076. Rebecca Ferguson – Nothing’s Real But Love (223 points) (PEAK: #19)
This gal from Liverpool brings some soulful sounds to the countdown, peaking at #19 for four consecutive weeks. Though she hasn’t amassed a huge following in the States, her album has had a decent run in the United Kingdom. Hey, she beat Matt Cardle, who beat her to take the X Factor crown, on my year-end survey for the year. That’s pretty impressive.

075. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own (236 points) (PEAK: #17)
What can you say about The Boss that hasn’t been said? He’s a legendary rocker, but, in terms of peak position, this is actually his best ranking song to make my top 40. It saw notable sales gains when promoted as a part of President Obama’s successful reelection campaign.

074. Colbie Caillat featuring Common – Favorite Song (239 points) (PEAK: #16)
This is the first time that a third single from any of Caillat’s three eras has entered the top 40. Caillat has had nine hits make my chart to date, with a tenth waiting in the wings: “We Both Know”, featuring Gavin DeGraw, from the soundtrack to Safe Haven.

073. Adam Lambert – Never Close Our Eyes (240 points) (PEAK: #15)
Alright, you Glamberts, here’s the first of two songs on the chart for the recent host of VH1 Divas 2012. Of his four songs to make my top 40, this is the only one that didn’t make the top ten, stalling out at that #15 peak for three weeks. The first single from Trespassing will be appearing in a little while.

072. Alanis Morissette – Guardian (245 points) (PEAK: #17)
After an era with no top-40 hits, Morissette landed one song in the survey this year, from her album Havoc and Bright Lights. She hasn’t scored a top ten hit on my chart since her remake of Seal‘s “Crazy” peaked at #8 for two weeks in January 2006.

071. Ellie Goulding – Lights (245 points) (PEAK: #9)
Goulding’s song was #78 on my 2011 year-end countdown with just five points less than it accumulated this year. It was off the charts months before it hit #1 on the CHR survey in August.

Join me back here tomorrow as I reveal #70 through #56, packed with shadows, darkness and falling skies. Not too optimistic looking, huh?

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #100 to #86 (Post 1 of 11)

Don't "try" to knock her down.

Don’t “try” to knock her down.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year as I’ve been tabulating over the past few weeks. 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. 177 songs ranked in the top 40 at some point this year, an increase of eleven from last year, which means that the pace picked up a little bit. 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. Everything from the top of the pops is in here: boy bands, bubblegum, country, dance, rock, and all the surprise hits and major under-performers in-between. Of course, I’ll be commenting on them as well, but I’m saving the good stuff until we get towards the top tier of the top 100. Let’s start the countdown!

100. Martin Solveig – The Night Out (138 points) (PEAK: #22)
Second top-40 hit on my chart for this French DJ, the first of which earned him a main credit without him singing a note. That was “Hello”, which featured vocals by Canadian band Dragonette; it peaked at #9 for two weeks last year.

099. Green Day – Oh Love (142 points) (PEAK: #22)
2012 was an eventful one for the band which saw their lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, go to rehab after a tantrum seen around the world at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. This was the band’s only charting single from the era.

098. Big Time Rush – Windows Down (143 points) (PEAK: #21)
Originally recorded as a demo by Ke$ha, this became the boy band’s biggest hit on my survey to date. It samples “Song 2” by Blur.

097. Neon Trees – Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night) (151 points) (PEAK: #18)
This Utah-based band just missed the top 100 with “Everybody Talks” (#101), a song that became their second big mainstream hit. “Lessons” peaked at #17 a week after the 2012 chart year ended. It also shares its main title with a #12 Hot 100 hit for Level 42 back in 1987.

096. Matt Cardle – Amazing (156 points) (PEAK: #21)
Final single from Cardle’s debut album Letters. It was the highest charting release from it.

095. Pink – Try (161 points) (PEAK: #7)
This was #7 at the close of the chart year in November, but has since gone onto make the top 3. Four of her songs have spent time at the top of my top 40. Nelly Furtado also appeared in the top ten with a separate song also called “Try” in 2004.

094. Bridgit Mendler – Ready Or Not (162 points) (PEAK: #21)
Mendler is the latest Disney kid to make my personal chart. This one also became a minor hit on the CHR survey; the first Disney-related act to make it there was quintet The Party, who made the top 20 in early 1992 with “In My Dreams”.

093. Taylor Swift – Eyes Open [from “The Hunger Games”] (162 points) (PEAK: #21)
First of a handful of songs written for motion pictures in the top 100 this year. The rest will be coming in a few posts’ time.

092. Jon McLaughlin featuring Sara Bareilles – Summer Is Over (164 points) (PEAK: #23)
Lowest peaking song in the top 100 of the year; it spent two weeks at #23. It was the third charting hit for McLaughlin and the seventh for Bareilles. It peaked during the Spring, a good enough reason for it to chart so low.

091. Lady Antebellum – We Owned The Night (165 points) (PEAK: #5)
This hit #5 back in November of 2011. The group has one other song in the top 100 of the year.

090. Javier Colon featuring Natasha Bedingfield – As Long As We Got Love (167 points) (PEAK: #20)
Colon made my New & Active between August and October 2003 with his major-label debut single, “Crazy”. (He was just credited as Javier back then.) Bedingfield has one more song to come.

089. Zedd featuring Matthew Koma – Spectrum (168 points) (PEAK: #19)
First charting single for the Russian-born and German-raised DJ and the New York-born singer. Koma’s current girlfriend, Carly Rae Jepsen, will be charting much later on with two entries.

088. David Cook – Fade Into Me (171 points) (PEAK: #15)
Last single for the American Idol winner before he was dropped by RCA Records. Of his five charting singles, this was the lowest ranking in terms of weekly peak.

087. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love (173 points) (PEAK: #20)
This is Cardle’s highest of two songs on the year-end survey. “Anyone Else”, his current single, should be a safe bet to make the top 100 next year.

086. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (173 points) (PEAK: #10)
This was at #10 at the close of the chart year in November. It has since risen to #7. Mraz has one more song to go in the top 100.

Join me back here tomorrow as I reveal #85 through #71. What’s coming up, you ask? How about a glam fam, pom-poms and shopping carts? Intrigued? Stay tuned…

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