First Chart Entry / Biggest Hit To Date: “Let Her Go” (#1 for twelve weeks, 2013)
#1 for five weeks, 26+ weeks in the top 40
Can you dig it? I can dig it. No, we won’t be grazing in the grass for this entry in the countdown, but we may be crashing through craters and turning into some tunnels on the ride there. Call it a pit hit for the 29-year-old singer Passenger.
Born Mike Rosenberg in Brighton, England, he wrote and co-produced this second of his three songs on the chart, which was also co-produced by Chris Vallejo. You can find the original edit on his 2012 album All The Little Lights, ranked as my #2 album of this year. When serviced as a radio single, it was remixed with several added elements, including a prominent xylophone throughout the arrangement, a backing choir in the second verse and light strings during a repetition of choruses in the last 1/3 of the song. Yet, in any version, the best aspect of this song is the wordplay, which Rosenberg always does a fantastic job with. So, you’ll be able to find a hole in your pocket, your shirt, a promise, etc., but none in this post, of course.
With the immense attention “Let Her Go” received, “Holes” couldn’t garner the same reaction when released in Europe this year, especially when “Let” was still receiving consistent airplay and sales. It did crack the top 40 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Ireland and The Netherlands, but unfortunately, it likely won’t be remembered down the line. Still, a charting song is a charting song. As for where I think this should’ve peaked globally, well, that’s a hole other story.
Mr. Rosenberg still has one song left to chart in my special year-end chart; how high will I let it go? You’ll find out very soon.