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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #5, Bastille – “Pompeii”

Pomp up the jam.

Pomp up the jam.

First Chart Entry / Biggest Hit To Date: “Pompeii” (#1 for two weeks, 2013)

#1 for two weeks, 29+ weeks in the top 40

Music Video:

Oh, where do we begin? Let’s start here. Take a solo project, turn it into a band, get signed to Virgin Records and a few years down the line, you’re on top of the charts. It’s a little oversimplified, but it’s certainly not a bad progression for the British quartet Bastille, who dropped a historical hit on us this year in “Pompeii”.

The smash about the smashed up Roman city (thanks, Mount Vesuvius, we never liked you anyways) was written and co-produced by lead singer Dan Smith, as well as Mark Crew. With a distinctive sound and vocal, it’s no wonder it caught the attention of a lot of people during these past twelve months. However, you don’t see a lot of fourth singles becoming big hits after an initial string of underperforming releases, but that’s exactly what happened with this in the U.K., as it shot up to #2 during the spring. The tribal-meets-modern song then came onto my radar, leapt up my chart, and spent two weeks at #1 in August and September. It’s still descending on my top 40 and is just about to hit the 30 week mark.

In the U.S., like many British crossovers, the song has needed a little extra time to break out. It did manage to sneak in four weeks at #1 on Alternative radio in October and November and is now just crossing over to the mainstream formats. Looks like it’ll be huge into early 2014. A U.S. followup, the title track from Bad Blood, is now being worked at a few formats where “Pompeii” already peaked out. (“Bad Blood” originally went to #90 in the U.K. about a year and a half ago.)

Bastille may have just missed out on being this year’s Top Newcomer on my top 40, but they sure have a great future ahead of them. I’m sure you’ll be seeing their name all over my chart deep into 2014 to the point where you’ll question, “Does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all?” Congrats, guys!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #6, Passenger – “Holes”

Rosenbergs are red, violets are blue...

I sure fell into this one.

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

Music Video:

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.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #7, Train – “Mermaid”

Water you waiting for?

Water you waiting for?

First Chart Entry: “Meet Virginia” (#6, 1999)
Biggest Hit To Date: “Drive By” (#1 for three weeks, 2012)

#1 for three weeks, 25 weeks in the top 40

Music Video:

The lovely locomotive lads opted for a shiny boat in their highest-charting song on this year’s countdown and washed up on a woman who tickled leader Pat Monahan‘s fancy. What can I say? It’s the classic buoy meets girl tale.

Riding the tide of their successful 2012 California 37 album, this third radio single from it was co-written by Monahan and songwriting teams Espionage and Stargate, with Espionage and Butch Walker co-producing the track. In a bit of a twist, this song was actually on the airwaves during the winter months, although I guess it was a helpful reminder that summer would eventually show its face. Its rise up the charts was about average, climbing to #1 in its thirteenth week on and spending the first three weeks of March in the top spot. (I first wrote about it in November 2012.) I can’t say I’ve heard it in regular rotation on the radio since it was a current on the charts, though the song remains a fan favorite.

“Mermaid” did very little outside of the States, and even in the U.S., it missed the Hot 100 by a few spots, peaking in the Bubbling Under. It did, however, become the band’s latest top 20 entry on the Hot Adult Contemporary survey, a streak that likely has a few more years left in it. After all, the band is still a hot touring act, Monahan has a popular weekly podcast and their music is still all over the place. This one may have gone overboard, but it wasn’t a total loss.

2013 was yet another great year for Train and I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings, including a new album due to be released in the third quarter. Stay tuned.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 22, 2013

"Story" time.

Giving the chart “Life” once again.

40. Bastille – Bad Blood
39. Mayer Hawthorne – Reach Out Richard
38. Peter Thomas featuring Betty Who – All Of You | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. Karmin – I Want It All (40)
30. Grouplove – Shark Attack (35)
26. MAGIC! – Rude (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Boy & Bear – Southern Sun (29)
19. Colbie Caillat – Hold On (25)

10. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Daughtry – Waiting For Superman (08) | PEAK: #06
08. Christina Perri – Human (12) | PEAK: #08
07. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. The Fray – Love Don’t Die (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Bastille – Of The Night (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Passenger – The Wrong Direction (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. The 1975 – Girls (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. A Great Big World – Say Something (04) | PEAK: #02
01. One Direction – Story Of My Life (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gary Barlow & Elton John – Face To Face (10)
2. Strange Talk – Climbing Walls (1)
3. Kes – Gimme Your Love (-)
4. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith – Latch (5)
5. Kodaline – Love Like This (2)
6. Cher – I Hope You Find It (4)
7. Keane – Won’t Be Broken (-)
8. James Blunt – Heart To Heart (-)
9. Gavin DeGraw – Make A Move (3)
10. Lea Michele – Cannonball (-)

In The Mix:
Bruno Mars – Young Girls
Crosses – The Epilogue
Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas – Instant Crush
Daughtry – Battleships
Delta Rae – Chasing Twisters (new)
Gabriel Rios – Gold
James Durbin – Parachute (new)
John Butler Trio – Only One
Los Lonely Boys – Don’t Walk Away
Mary Lambert – She Keeps Me Warm (new)
MKTO – God Only Knows
Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith – La La La
New Politics – Tonight You’re Perfect
OneRepublic – Burning Bridges
OneRepublic – I Lived (new)
Parade Of Lights – We’re The Kids
Passenger – All The Little Lights
Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen – Dream A Little Dream
Sara Bareilles – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Live)
The Killers – Just Another Girl
The Wild After – Lesson Learned
twenty one pilots – House Of Gold
tyDi featuring Carmen Keigans – Live This Lie

Chart Notes:

  • Biggest Mover this week comes from newcomers MAGIC!, up 33-26 with their first hit, “Rude”. The quartet is originally from the Toronto area and are now based in Los Angeles. The song is currently charting in five countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. (My profile post on the group)
  • The Highest Debut this week is the first top 40 hit for two 22-year-old acts: producer and writer Peter Thomas and singer Betty Who. “All Of You” is available for free on Thomas’s SoundCloud account and enters this week at #38. Thomas hails from 45 minutes down the road from here via Route 146 in Rhode Island, while Who was born on the other side of the world in Australia.
  • His album ranked as my favorite of 2013; now, Mayer Hawthorne‘s fourth song to chart from it debuts at #39. A video recently premiered for “Reach Out Richard” using a series of GoPro cameras set at different angles, and those images from various Hawthorne shows were compiled into one video along with some home movies. The singer’s previous single, “Crime”, ranks at #25 this week.
  • Finally, at #40, is the fourth hit for the British quartet Bastille, and luckily enough, all four rank in the top 40 at the moment! That’s the first time that’s happened since 2006. “Bad Blood” was originally released in the U.K. last year, and now, it’s the second U.S. single from the album of the same name. I guess that means things aren’t so “bad” at all. Look for it at Alternative radio early next year.
  • Check back for my year-end chart continuing for a few more days and catch up on what you’ve missed by clicking the “Adam’s Top 100 of 2013” tab at right.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #8, Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper (Lily Allen) – “True Love”

Flower power.

Flower power in the top ten.

First Chart Entry for Pink: “There You Go” (#2, 2000)
Biggest Hit To Date: “So What” (#1 for six weeks, 2008)

First Chart Entry for Lily Rose Cooper (Lily Allen): “LDN” (#16, 2006)
Biggest Hit To Date: “True Love” (#1 for three weeks, 2013)

#1 for three weeks, 24 weeks in the top 40

Music Video:

No need to lie about this one, and that’s the cold hard truth. The bubbly song with just the right amount of angst was a winner, at least on my personal chart.

“True Love” marked the fourth consecutive hit on my chart from Pink‘s The Truth About Love, her first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. It was co-written by the two singers and producer Greg Kurstin. I first highlighted the song on the blog on May 2 when it was about to see some overseas action, but several weeks later, U.S. radio got on top of it. This was also the first chart hit in four years for Cooper; last time around, it was “The Fear” that broke into the top 5. About halfway through the chart run of this duet, Cooper began using her professional name, Lily Allen, once again, creating a whole bunch of confusion on how to actually credit it. Nevertheless, even that couldn’t stop it from spending three weeks at #1 on my survey, one of the top collaborations of the year.

After three significant radio and sales releases from her album, this particular song couldn’t match Pink‘s previous success on a national level in the States, missing the top 40 on the Hot 100. However, as the Queen of Australia (let’s face it, she is), she managed a #5 peak in that territory, as well as higher peaks in Belgium and the Czech Republic. In short, the “Love” fest went on.

Pink has one more song in this year’s top ten, which happens to be another duet with a male counterpart. Stay tuned as we continue to count them down tomorrow…

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #9, Phillip Phillips – “Gone, Gone, Gone”

Going, going, "Gone".

Going, going, “Gone”.

First Chart Entry: “Home” (#29, 2002)
Biggest Hit To Date: “Gone, Gone, Gone” (#2 for two weeks, 2013)

#2 for two weeks, 25 weeks in the top 40

Music Video:

“Like a drum, baby, don’t stop beating.” Way to be percussively persuasive right there, Phillip Phillips. The former American Idol winner rose up the charts again with the followup single to “Home”, another decent-sized success.

Lifted from his late 2012 release, The World From The Side Of The Moon, “Gone, Gone, Gone” was co-written by Todd Clark, Derek Fuhrmann and producer Gregg Wattenberg. (Wattenberg’s name has appeared a few times on this list so far.) I first wrote about the song in a rather punny review on December 10 of last year, long before it was pushed to Hot AC radio. It’s a solid pop/rock tune about being there for someone even when they’re out of your life. Amazingly enough, “Gone” managed to sneak past two #2 songs that each spent five weeks a piece in the runner-up slot, which seems sort of unusual. However, Phillips’s steadier run as opposed to a fast rise/fast fall situation balanced out his numbers and led him into the top ten this year.

His success has been limited to North America even though he’s charted elsewhere, but perhaps a bigger international push may be something to look into during the era for his second album. After a college tour this past fall, I’m sure he’ll be back in the studio in early 2014 laying down some new tracks. Whether he experiences the sophomore slump or survives through that crucial followup release, that’s yet to be determined.

Congrats Phillip on your biggest chart hit yet for me! American Idol may not have the same appeal it once did, but at least the show got a good winner out of it.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #10, Michael Bublé – “It’s A Beautiful Day”

Pop the Bublé.

Pop the Bublé ’cause it’s party time.

First Chart Entry: “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” (#21, 2003)
Biggest Hit To Date: “Haven’t Met You Yet” (#1 for five weeks, 2009-10)

#1 for four weeks, 24 weeks in the top 40

Music Video:

Why be sad over a breakup when you can just parade in the streets about it? That’s part of the concept of the video for this hit from Michael Bublé, a poppy and peppy track that just makes you want to smile and wipe those blues away.

From his #1 album To Be Loved, “Beautiful” was cowritten by Bublé, Alan Chang and Amy Foster, and produced by Bob Rock. The single debuted on February 25 and it immediately impacted my top 40, rising quickly to #1 on the chart dated April 14 and spending four weeks there, tied for his second-longest run at the top. (2007 single “Everything” also achieved the same amount of time there.) With a quick rise also came a quick fall as the song failed to make as significant an outcome nationally as “Haven’t Met You Yet” made three years prior. Still, it went top 10 on his core radio format, Adult Contemporary, and once again provided the soccer moms (and maybe even chart geeks) with something to sing along to.

“Beautiful” also garnered some pretty beautiful peaks worldwide, going top ten in several European countries like Belgium, Finland and the United Kingdom. The current U.S. single from the effort is “Close Your Eyes”, which is doing moderately well on the AC airwaves. “After All”, a duet with fellow Canadian Bryan Adams, and a cover of “You Make Me Feel So Young” have also received the single treatment in Europe, but to little chart activity.

Congrats Michael on another great hit! His worldwide tour picks up again January 11 in Paris, France.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 20-11

They're here...

Packing on the pop hits.

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 100-21 so far, and now, the numbers keep on getting smaller as we take a ride into the top 20. It’s the cream of the pop as we head towards the top. All the big songs are here, but we’ve got a “Ways To Go” before we stumble upon that #1 position. Get ready to “Cruise” until the countdown is “Gone, Gone, Gone”, but don’t get “Carried Away” now: there are plenty of awesome tunes in this section that just missed going a little bit higher, So, let’s go!

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 the performer who has my favorite album of the year, Where Does This Door Go? Turn the key and we find…

Is he your "Favorite"?

020. Mayer Hawthorne – “Her Favorite Song” (#2)
Writers: Andrew Cohen, Warren “Oak” Felder / Producers: Cohen, Felder, Steve “Ace” Mostyn

2013 was the year that this Detroit singer (bow wow) wowed me with his music; “Her” quickly climbed to a peak of #2, spending three weeks there. It features background vocals from Jessie Ware, who charted with “Wildest Moments” (#19).

Related Posts: Album Review of Where Does This Door Go? (July 8, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

This chart has taken control of them.

019. Maroon 5 – “Daylight” (#3)
Writers: Adam Levine, Mason Levy, Max Martin and Sam Martin / Producers: Levine, Martin and MdL

This is the highest showing for the California band this year, who once had my #1 song of the year back in 2004 with a nine-week #1, “This Love”. “Daylight” climbed as high as #3, their second-biggest single this era behind another #1, “Payphone”.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Passion Pit

018. Passion Pit – “Carried Away” (#4)
Writer: Michael Angelakos / Producer: Angelakos, Chris Zane

The former quintet and now quartet originally from Cambridge, MA scored their biggest hit to date on my chart with this bouncy number, reaching #4 for two frames. That’s far better than previous single “Take A Walk”, which only went to #26.

It suits him well.

017. Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie” (#2)
Writers/Producers: Writers: James Fauntleroy, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Justin Timberlake, Sly, Slick and Wicked (Charles Still, Terrence Stubbs, Johnny Wilson) for sample of “Sho’Nuff” / Producers: Harmon, Mosley, Timberlake

Dressing fashionably fierce for his return to the music scene, Timberlake not only looked the part but sounded it too. “Suit & Tie” took a soulful strut up the survey to #2 for two weeks and tumbled just as quickly as it rose. Go ‘head, be gone with it.

Related Posts: Single Review (January 13, 2013), Album Review of The 20/20 Experience – Part One (March 13, 2013)
**Second of three songs in the top 100

Ready, set, "Go".

016. Grouplove – “Ways To Go” (#5)
Writers: Grouplove (Sean Gadd, Hannah Hooper, Ryan Rabin, Andrew Wessen and Christian Zucconi) / Producer: Rabin

There was no other way to go but up for this quintet’s second hit, which peaked at #5 and stayed in the top 40 for nearly half a year. It’s the biggest single in the top 20 to not break the top 3. Followup release “Shark Attack” is currently climbing.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (June 10, 2013), Album Review of Spreading Rumours (September 10, 2013)

A girl in "Trouble" is a temporary thing.

015. Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (#3)
Writers: Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift / Producers: Max Martin, Shellback

From the two step to dubstep, the once Country singer ditched her roots for a mainstream pop sound on this track, which did big numbers at radio and on the sales charts. Of the four singles to rank from Red, this one remains the most successful.

**Third of three songs in the top 100

He drives himself... crazy.

014. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” (#2)
Writers/Producers: Writers: James Fauntleroy, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Justin Timberlake / Producers: Harmon, Mosley, Timberlake

Written about the relationship with his wife, Jessica Biel, along with his grandparents, Timberlake’s tender ode to love spent three weeks at #2 on my top 40 this year. Beyond the looking glass, there’s a successful tour continuing for him into 2014.

Related Posts: Album Review of The 20/20 Experience – Part One (March 13, 2013), Something To Reflect On (April 6, 2013)
**Third of three songs in the top 100

Hold the Line. (Crossovers aren't always on time.)

013. Florida-Georgia Line featuring Nelly – “Cruise” (#3)
Writers: Cornell Haynes, Jr., Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice, Jesse Rice / Producers: Moi, Jason Nevins

Once upon a time, this was just a #1 smash on the Country chart. Then, it took on a second run when remixed with rapper Nelly, becoming a huge crossover success. It was for sure a polarizing single, but I was definitely coming along for the ride.

Related Posts: Cruises and Caskets (February 19, 2013)

A "League" of their own.

012. Fitz & The Tantrums – “Out Of My League” (#2)
Writer: Noelle Scaggs / Producers: Michael Fitzpatrick, Tony Hoffer

The sextet based in Los Angeles started their chart career off right with a #1 for a week for debut single “MoneyGrabber” in 2011. “Out” spent five straight weeks at #2; it was a real heartbreaker. New single “The Walker” may go top ten very soon.

Related Posts: Single Review (February 7, 2013)

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

011. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky” (#2)
Writer: Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams/Producers: Daft Punk

This collaboration didn’t exactly do as its title suggests, and like “Out” at #12, it stalled out in the runner-up spot for five weeks after a quick rise. Still, it was one of the great records that helped relaunch Williams’s career, now stronger than ever.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 14, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100 (both acts)

Are you ready for this year’s top ten? I know I am. Prepare yourself for the madness starting tomorrow and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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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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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 40-31

They're here...

They’re here…

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 100-41 so far, and now, we enter the coveted top 40. 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 some Men (and Women) At Work from a land “Down Under”…

Everybody's flocking to them.

040. Sheppard – “Let Me Down Easy” (#10)
Writers: Jason Bovino, Amy Sheppard, George Sheppard / Producer: Stuart Stuart

Night and day, I’ve been doing the math, to calculate… this countdown. What did you think I was going to say? The first hit  from this Australian sextet went to #10 for three weeks and top 20 on Australian radio. Their first album is out next year.

Related Posts: Profile on Sheppard (April 27, 2013), CMJ Wrap Up (October 21, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

This chart has taken control of them.

039. Maroon 5 – “Love Somebody” (#7)
Writers: Adam Levine, Nathaniel Motte, Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella / Producers: Tedder, Zancanella

From their 2012 album Overexposed, the band managed to score four top ten singles in a row from their latest effort. A fifth single, “Lucky Strike”, got as high as #27 a few weeks ago. Lead singer Adam Levine is still a judge on NBC’s The Voice.

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**First of two songs in the top 100

Life on Murs.

038. Olly Murs – “Army Of Two” (#5)
Writers: Iyiola Babalola, Wayne Hector, Darren Lewis, Olly Murs / Producer: Future Cut

Written as an anthem for his fan base, dubbed the Murs Army, “Two” soldiered onto the charts internationally, but only charted moderately well, just missing the top ten in his native United Kingdom. On my chart, it climbed to #5 for two weeks.

**Second of three songs in the top 100

Straight from the "Heart".

037. Matt Hires – “Restless Heart” (#7)
Writers: Amund Bjorklund, Alex Dezen, Matt Hires, Espin Lind / Producer: Espionage

After failing to reach the top 40 two years ago with “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song”, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter took the folksy route and went top ten with this single from This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend.

Kids in the "Hall".

036. The Script – “Six Degrees Of Separation” (#6)
Writers: Andrew Frampton, Steve Kipner, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan / Producers: Frampton/Kipner

The Irish trio led by singer and former The Voice U.K. judge Danny O’Donoghue took on that theory of connectivity in their biggest song of the year, which appropriately peaked at #6. A fourth album by the group will be released next year.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

The days of Delilah are long "Gone".

035. Plain White T’s – “Should’ve Gone To Bed” (#9)
Writer: Tom Higgenson / Producer: Tim Pagnotta

Originally released on an EP earlier this year, “Bed” also serves as the first single from the band’s forthcoming album American Nights, due February 11. It was the quintet’s first top ten single since 2010, when “Rhythm Of Love” went to #7.

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Kelly Clarkson
034. Kelly Clarkson – “People Like Us” (#6)
Writers: Blair Daly, James Michael, Meghan Kabir / Producer: Greg Kurstin

It was an anthem for the ages, a righteous celebration of “the damned” and “the lost and forgotten”, but radio and retail seemed to forget it was actually being released. Though it underperformed nationally, it still went top ten on my survey.

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**Second of two songs in the top 100

Does pop radio really love her "Unconditionally"?

033. Katy Perry – “Roar” (#3)
Writers: Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Katy Perry, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter / Producers: Cirkit, Gottwald, Martin

Remember when this leaked on a Saturday morning? I do. The hype was huge and “Roar” soared to #1 on the Hot 100 in a few short weeks. While second single “Unconditionally” quickly burned out, all eyes are on the third single, “Dark Horse”.

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Pretty "Young" things.

032. fun. – “Why Am I The One?” (#6)
Writers/Producers: fun. (Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess), Jeff Bhasker

After the big success of third single “Carry On”, the trio made a music video for this song, but it never ended up seeing a full release at radio, which was rather disappointing. Despite the very limited promotion, “Why” rose to #6 on my weekly chart.

All in the Family.

031. Family Of The Year – “St. Croix” (#7)
Writers: Family Of The Year (James Buckey, Joseph Keefe, Sebastian Keefe and Christina Schroeter) / Producers: Family Of The Year, WAX LTD

2013 was a big year for this California band as their song “Hero” topped the AAA radio chart for a week, their first ever significant hit. This followed it up during the summertime, but only achieved some minor airplay at the Alternative format.

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Check back tomorrow for 30-21 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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