Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #04 – Passenger, “Scare Away The Dark”

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

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.

Stop and "Scare".

Stop and “Scare”.

004. PASSENGER, “Scare Away The Dark” (769 points)
Writer: Mike Rosenberg / Producers: Chris Vallejo, Mike Rosenberg
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

Debut Date: March 30, 2014
Peak Date: June 29, 2014
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks on Chart: 28

The 30-year-old performer from Brighton, England pretty much defined 2013 on my personal top 40 when he scored with a triple punch of #1 singles, including my top song of last year, “Let Her Go”. It held firm at the summit for twelve huge frames, the longest consecutive run (at that point) in five years. Sadly, it remained the only U.S. single to be taken from All The Little Lights, but it certainly made a well-deserved impact at radio, retail and in the media. For a fan (or stan if you choose) like me, “Go” was only the start of an immensely successful string of songs for him, which continued into his latest era.

When Rosenberg was on the usual radio tour towards the beginning of the Hot AC run for “Let Her Go” during the summer of 2013, he played this song in an acoustic setting, which I identified at the time as being really good, though I wasn’t sure if that would become a single. I wasn’t sure if people would “get it”. Lo and behold, it became the leadoff single from Whispers in the U.S. and Canada in March of this year and quickly shot to #1, becoming his fourth song to reach the top on my chart. Though it wasn’t a national success, it did rank on two radio surveys (the aforementioned Hot AC and AAA, where “Go” went to #1.) I guess my chart stats win again.

Two other songs from the album have also reached my chart; neither has been as successful as it: “Heart’s On Fire” peaked at #9, while “27” looks to break the top ten in the next few weeks. Still, Whispers remains one of my favorite albums of the year and one that should endure into 2015. Rosenberg begins a small Australian tour in January, and then a smaller South African tour in February. Who knows what will happen beyond then? As far as I’m concerned, he may be a passenger by name, but he is a driver when it comes to my musical tastes.

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