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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #07 – Neon Trees, “Sleeping With A Friend”

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.

Were you "Sleeping" on this one?

Were you “Sleeping” on this one?

007. NEON TREES, “Sleeping With A Friend” (715 points)
Writers: Tyler Glenn, Tim Pagnotta / Producer: Pagnotta
Label: Island/Republic

Debut Date: January 12, 2014
Peak Date: March 2 to April 6, 2014
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks on Chart: 26

After ruling my chart for four weeks in 2010 with “Animal”, the Utah quartet led by Tyler Glenn cooled off a bit as their next four singles, two from 2010’s Habits and the two from 2012’s Picture Show, all failed to break into my top ten. By the fall of 2013, things came to a halt once again when Glenn posted a frustrated social media rant regarding the executives responsible for the group’s artist development deal. It could’ve been pretty ugly. Luckily, they came back with a pretty great song, a tune that took them to the top for the second time.

“Sleeping” was an instant impact record on the countdown when it debuted at #39 during the second week of January, hitting #1 in its eighth week on the chart. Though it logged six weeks at the top, two weeks more than the run for “Animal”, it quickly fell and lacked in the longevity department. However, at 26 weeks, it did manage to spend half a year on the survey. Its chart peaks nationally in both the U.S. and Canada were not as notable, though it did rank on five distinct radio format lists.

Though the Pop Psychology era was derailed over the summer by a last-minute single change (“Love In The 21st Century” to “Text Me In The Morning”, which ultimately bombed) and a lightly promoted third single, “First Things First”, the Trees still grew their roots and their audience in the States. The album did go top ten upon its debut. The new year may not be the most active one for the band on the charts, but I’m sure that neon will be glowing even brighter soon.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #08 – Bastille, “Bad Blood”

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.

Eight out of ten ain't "Bad".

Eight out of ten ain’t “Bad”.

008. BASTILLE, “Bad Blood” (663 points)
Writer: Dan Smith / Producers: Smith, Mark Crew
Label: Capitol

Debut Date: December 22, 2013
Peak Date: March 23 to April 13, 2014
Peak: #2 for four weeks
Weeks on Chart: 25

Dan Smith and the guys hit a major milestone this year when their song “Of The Night” became their second #1 on my top 40 and spent two weeks there, matching the peak of “Pompeii” in 2013. You may as well call them Twin Peaks. (ba-dum-tss) I’m here all week. However, it’s their lower peaking single (by a spot) that gets a higher ranking on the Top 100 of 2014. (“Night” garnered points that were split between two chart years.) I guess I just wanted more gore.

“Bad” became the first charted release in the band’s native U.K. during the summer of 2012, but it could only reach as high as #90 for a week. A subsequent rerelease during the summer of 2014 couldn’t push it any further, but that was only after it got to #2 for five weeks at Alternative radio in the U.S. during the same period. It spent one less week at #2 here on my personal chart, but it spent enough time in the top 40 at 25 weeks to land them a top ten year-end song for the second year running.

The English quartet is now in the process of making their next studio album; no doubt, the set will be a substantial success on both sides of the Atlantic. I’m sure the pressure is on to create another “Pompeii”, and even if they don’t, the haunting nature of their music, dramatic and mysterious from beginning to end, will continue to draw their passionate fan base to stores. Will they make it onto Showtime too? Dale Cooper might need some extra help.

Check back tomorrow for next part of the top ten 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 2014: #09 – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”

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.

No place they'd "rather be" than in the top ten.

No place they’d “rather be” than in the top ten.

009. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JESS GLYNNE, “Rather Be” (663 points)
Writers: Jack Patterson, James Napier, Nicole Marshall, Grace Chatto / Producers: Chatto, Patterson
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic

Debut Date: March 16, 2014
Peak Date: June 22, 2014
Peak: #3 for one week
Weeks on Chart: 26

After a minor U.K. top 40 single last year with the song “Mozart’s House” and a couple of other underperforming singles, the debut set from this English quartet was delayed several times. However, the school mates were determined to break through, and they did it in a massive way, thanks in part to one of this year’s top female newcomers. Combining the sophistication that lives in classical music and a dose of glossy 90’s diva house, it was a hit from “Kyoto to the Bay.”

Released in Europe in January, “Rather” spent four weeks at #1 with phenomenal sales numbers for a traditionally slow sales period after the Christmas holiday. Taking advantage of iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) and their On The Verge artist integration program, airplay and sales numbers soared in the U.S. this past summer after a slow start, which allowed it a peak of #10 on the Hot 100. Sometimes it’s all about a pop palate cleanser, and this refreshing record had legs everywhere.

Lightning struck twice for both the quartet and Glynne when “Real Love” went to #2 in the U.K. recently, and with a U.S. run likely in the new year (it was serviced via promotional discs this month), the two acts should carry on well into 2015. Glynne should also get a greater chance to step out of that featured spot, as she did with the top ten single “Right Here”. ‘Til then, #9 is right where she’ll be on the countdown.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #10 – MAGIC!, “Rude”

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.

Could this be the MAGIC! at last?

Could this be the MAGIC! at last?

010. MAGIC!, “Rude” (662 points)
Writers: Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, Mark Pellizzer, Ben Spivak, Alex Tanas / Producer: Messinger
Label: RCA

Debut Date: December 8, 2013
Peak Date: March 16, 2014
Peak: #2 for one week
Weeks on Chart: 26

Just a few years ago, Canadians Nasri Atweh and Adam Messinger were known to the industry as a successful production duo called The Messingers, creating Adam’s Top 40 hits for acts like New Kids On The Block (“Summertime”, #4 – 2008) and Kris Allen (“The Vision Of Love” – #21 in 2012.) Last year, they became one half of a quartet that was heavily influenced by reggae rockers The Police when creating their own sound, a sound that would (ahem) magically move the needle.

What started as a huge hit in Australia and New Zealand sailed across the world and eventually made it to the States, where it spent six weeks at #1 over the summer. For many, it was the Song Of The Summer. Sure, a number of critics weren’t into the song, but why did they have to be so rude? It’s catchy, it’s fun, and a little bit goofy too. After debuting on my top 40 late last year, “Rude” spent a week at #2 in March and exited in June, spending a half a year on the chart.

It remains to be seen whether MAGIC! will have an international smash beyond their signature song. With the truncated run of “Let Your Hair Down” at U.S. radio and the minimal results it produced, this era is likely done for them. However, I would not count them out in the long run. Between the tried and true team of Atweh and Messinger and what they’re capable of, the group may cast their spell on us once again when it’s least expected.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 21, 2014

Spending their "Days" at the top.

Spending their “Days” at the top.

DEBUTS
39. Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
38. Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg – Stuck On A Feeling
37. Matt Simons – Catch And Release | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato – Up (39) BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
30. Rixton – Hotel Ceiling (35) BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (08) | PEAK: #06
09. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (12) | PEAK: #09
08. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (06) | PEAK: #03
06. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (04) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
05. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Take That – These Days (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (5)
2. Nick Gardner – Lose You (1)
3. Sheppard – Smile (3)
4. Scott Helman – Bungalow (8)
5. The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (6)
6. Maroon 5 – Sugar (-)
7. Smallpools – Karaoke (-)
8. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (4)
9. Lifehouse – Flight (-)
10. Coldplay – Miracles (-)

In The Mix:
Kim Churchill – Backwards Head (new)
Madonna – Living For Love (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One
Taylor Swift – Style (new)
Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Chart Notes:

  • Commentary will be back next week due to my ongoing Top 100 of 2014. Until next Sunday, you can check out what’s been revealed so far below:
  • 100-81
  • 80-61
  • 60-41
  • 40-31
  • 30-21
  • 20-11

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board)

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #20-11

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.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to rejoin the countdown at #20…

One Direction
020. ONE DIRECTION, “Story Of My Life” (#1 for three weeks – 2013)
Writers: Jamie Scott, John Ryan, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson / Producers: Julian Bunetta, Ryan
Label: Columbia

Fitz & The Tantrums
019. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “The Walker” (#2 for three weeks)
Writers: Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs, Joe Karnes, James King, Jeremy Ruzumna, John Wicks / Producer: Tony Hoffer
Label: Elektra/Atlantic

Maroon 5
018. MAROON 5, “Maps” (#2 for three weeks)
Writers: Adam Levine, Ryan Tedder, Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik, Noel Zancanella / Producers: Levin, Tedder, Zancanella, Noah Passovoy
Label: Interscope

Bastille
017. BASTILLE, “Of The Night” (#1 for two weeks)
Writers: Benito Benitez, John “Virgo” Garrett III, Thea Austin, Giorgio Spagna, Francesco Bontempi, Annerley Gordon, Peter Glenister, Mike Gaffey / Producer: Dan Smith
Label: Capitol

Coldplay
016. COLDPLAY, “Magic” (#1 for three weeks)
Writers: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin / Producers: Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin, Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic

Christina Perri
015. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Burning Gold” (#2 for three weeks)
Writers: Christina Perri, Tom Hull /Producers: John Hill, Butch Walker
Label: Atlantic

Ed Sheeran
014. ED SHEERAN, “Don’t” (#2)
Writers: Ed Sheeran, Benjamin Levin / Producers: Rick Rubin, Levin
Label: Atlantic

Rixton
013. RIXTON, “Me And My Broken Heart” (#2 for three weeks)
Writers: Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik, Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Rob Thomas / Producers: Levin, Mac
Label: Interscope

The Script
012. THE SCRIPT, “Superheroes” (#1 for five weeks)
Writers/Producers: Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, James Barry
Label: Columbia

Bleachers
011. BLEACHERS, “I Wanna Get Better” (#1 for one week)
Writers/Producers: Jack Antonoff, John Hill
Label: RCA

Check back tomorrow for the start of the top ten 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 2014: #30-21

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.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to rejoin the countdown at #30…

Rixton
030. RIXTON, “Wait On Me” (#6 for five weeks)
Writers: Benjamin Levin, Charley Bagnall, Daniel Omelio, Danny Wilkin, Jake Roche, Lewi Morgan, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Wayne Hector / Producers: Levin, Omelio, Eriksen, Hermansen
Label: Interscope

The Fray
029. THE FRAY, “Love Don’t Die” (#3 for three weeks)
Writers: Isaac Slade, Ryan Tedder, Joe King / Producers: Tedder, Stuart Price
Label: Epic

Foster The People
028. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Best Friend” (#6 for three weeks)
Writers: Mark Foster, Isom Innis / Producers: Paul Epworth, Foster
Label: Columbia

Charli XCX
027. CHARLI XCX, “Boom Clap” (#4 for three weeks)
Writers: Charlotte Aitchison, Fredrik Berger, Patrik Berger, Stefan Gräslund / Producers: P. Berger, Gräslund
Label: Neon Gold/Atlantic

Grouplove
026. GROUPLOVE, “Shark Attack” (#3 for three weeks)
Writers: Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Ryan Rabin, Andrew Wessen, Sean Gadd / Producer: Ryan Rabin
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic

Jamie Scott
025. JAMIE SCOTT, “Unbreakable” (#1 for six weeks)
Writer: Jamie Scott / Producers: Scott, Toby Smith, John Ryan
Label: Capitol

Gary Barlow and Elton John
024. GARY BARLOW & ELTON JOHN, “Face To Face” (#4)
Writers: Gary Barlow, John Shanks / Producer: Steve Power
Label: Polydor (U.K.)

Taylor Swift
023. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Shake It Off” (#1 for two weeks)
Writers: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback / Producers: Martin, Shellback
Label: Big Machine/Republic

Train
022. TRAIN, “Angel In Blue Jeans” (#5 for two weeks)
Writers: Pat Monahan, Amund Bjørklund, Espen Lind / Producers: Bjørklund, Lind, Butch Walker
Label: Columbia

Ed Sheeran
021. ED SHEERAN, “Sing” (#2 for two weeks)
Writers: Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams / Producer: Williams
Label: Atlantic

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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