Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.
Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.
003. JAMIE SCOTT, “My Hurricane” (773 points)
Writer: Jamie Scott / Producers: Scott, Toby Smith
Debut Date: May 25, 2014
Peak Date: August 3 to 24, 2014
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks on Chart: 30 (28 in 2014 Chart Year)
Once upon a time, there was a young music blogger who was in New York City in mid-May eating lunch at Subway when a DM popped up on his Twitter app: “Adam where are you My Hurricane is streaming LITE ROCK MUSIC EMERGENCY.” He was stunned as he stared at the message on his screen while simultaneously crunching through a bag of Sun Chips. Quickly licking the cheese marks staining his fingers, he replied, “OH MY LORD I CAN’T LISTEN UNTIL LATER WHYYYYYY please bop 4 me in the meantime.” Sounds a bit like a horror story, right? Not being able to listen to one of your most anticipated songs of the year at the very moment it was streaming online? (cue the creepy music)
So, maybe I was a little excited when this single came out. It didn’t make the highest of debuts when it impacted my chart, but it moved up and eventually got caught with his duo’s song in the top three together. However, it was Scott’s entry that leaped ahead and gave him first solo #1 single on my survey, spending the month of August at the top. At this time, “Hurricane” also achieved some minor airplay at the AAA format, though it couldn’t reach the heights of “Free”, a top ten record in 2012. This also marked the singer/songwriter’s second song to reach the 30-week mark on the chart – it just fell off last week.
Scott’s solo album of the same name has been given four different release dates in the last few months, but the latest, January 20, seems to be holding. I’m so ready to listen to it, though it’s unfortunately coming off the lackluster run for “Unbreakable” at Hot AC radio, where it peaked below the top 40. (It spent six weeks at #1 on my top 40, not that you would expect Scott to underperform on here.) I do hope that even more people can appreciate him as a singer in 2015 and not just as the songwriter for acts A, B and C. No, he deserves to take his “hurricane” of hits onto all the national charts and blow everyone away.
The top two are in position and ready to be revealed. Come back tomorrow to see who grabs this year’s top title.