Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 30-21

They're here...

Oh, what fun it is to ride while these acts sleigh.

Single bells, single bells, singles all the way! Oh, what fun is to rank all my favorites from the past 365 days. You’ve seen the songs from 100-31 so far, and now, we keep on climbing into the top 30. It’s the cream of the pop as we head towards the top. All the big songs are here, from a “Restless Heart” to “True Love”. Get ready to “Cruise” until the countdown is “Gone, Gone, Gone”. So, be “Brave” and read on through this jungle of jams into the house of hits.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

We start off this section with a Country cutie with a crossover, his biggest pop hit to date…

Hunter Hayes

030. Hunter Hayes – “Wanted” (#5)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Originally a #1 hit on the Country chart in September 2012, Atlantic Records managed to bring this young star onto the CHR and Hot AC airwaves with a minor entry on both formats. In total, three of his songs ranked in my top 40 during 2013.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

029. Bruno Mars – “Treasure” (#3)
Writers: Phredley Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars / Producers: The Smeezingtons

The planets of pop aligned when this jam was released, becoming Mars’s biggest hit on my chart. He’s onto his fifth single from Unorthodox Jukebox, “Young Girls”, and he will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLVIII in early February.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Train and Ashley Monroe

028. Train featuring Ashley Monroe – “Bruises” (#6)
Writers: Amund Bjørklund, Espen Lind, Patrick Monahan / Producers: Espionage, Butch Walker

As “Mermaid” went to mainstream radio during the winter months, this song became the trio’s first song to chart at Country radio, barely missing the top 40. Their California 37 era may be over now, but with four charting singles, it was a good one.

**First of two songs in the top 100 (Train)

A page-turner.

027. Five For Fighting – “What If” (#3)
Writer: John Ondrasik / Producer: Gregg Wattenberg

Last time he charted, he was looking for a “Slice” of the action. This time around, he was a little more inquisitive. “What” became Ondrasik’s fifth top ten release on my survey. A second single from album Bookmarks has not been released yet.

Related Posts: Single Review (June 8, 2013), Album Review of Bookmarks (September 11, 2013)

"Are" you keeping up with her?

026. Pink – “Try” (#2)
Writers: Busbee, Ben West / Producer: Greg Kurstin

The first two singles from her album The Truth About Love peaked at #2: “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and this, which spent four weeks in the runner-up spot. Next time we’ll see this colorful singer in the countdown is when the digits turn singular.

**First of three songs in the top 100

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

025. OneRepublic – “If I Lose Myself” (#3)
Writers: Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Benjamin Levin, Ryan Tedder / Producers: Kutzle, Levin, Tedder

No matter what it is, there will always be winners and “lose”-rs. Though it tanked in the U.S., it was the biggest hit from Native on my chart, going to #3. It’s now the band’s new single in the U.K. with a release during the first week of February.

Related Posts: Single Review (December 18, 2012)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Blame it on the "Girls".

024. The 1975 – “Chocolate” (#2)
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

The indie rockers hit it big this year, especially in their native U.K., where their self-titled album went to #1. The U.S. hasn’t been as receptive to the song, rising to a minor peak at Alternative radio, though it’s off to an OK start on the CHR airwaves.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Don't Walk away from this one.

Don’t Walk away from this one.

023. Walk Off The Earth – “Red Hands” (#5)
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Giovanni Nicassio, Thomas Salter / Producers: Blackwood, Nicassio, Salter

The YouTube darlings based in Canada made their debut on my chart this year with two of their original songs, this one ranking the highest at a peak of #5. It did particularly well at AAA radio, where it spent five weeks at #1 during the summer.

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Bravely entering the release ring.

022. Sara Bareilles – “Brave” (#4)
Writers: Jack Antonoff, Sara Bareilles / Producer: Mark Endert

Say what you wanna say about this one, but it’s become a sleeper hit, especially at the CHR format and on iTunes after the release of Katy Perry‘s “Roar”. Yes, go on about how the two sound similar, but Bareilles clearly won my year-end battle.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 17, 2013), Album Review of The Blessed Unrest (July 10, 2013)

A good day for Mr. "Bad Day".

021. Daniel Powter – “Crazy All My Life” (#3)
Writer: Daniel Fields, John Fields, Bleu McAuley / Producer: Howard Benson

Powter may be a one hit wonder to most of the world, but big hit “Bad Day” was only just the start of the 42-year-old singer’s adventures on my survey. He’s now accumulated ten entries, nine of which have gone top ten. That’s “Crazy”, huh?

Related Posts: Ready To Pop (March 11, 2013)

Check back tomorrow for 20-11 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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  1. Pingback: Life’s Playlist….. Year-End Classics… Hallelujah performed by Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen | Notes from a Southern Kitchen

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