ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #04 and #03

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

Now, the two former #1 songs from my personal chart that rank at #4 and #3 for the year!

Ellie Goulding
004. ELLIE GOULDING – “Love Me Like You Do”
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope/Republic
Album: Fifty Shades Of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 28

In the history of the pop radio survey, only twice has there been a period where three songs from the movies consecutively hit #1. In 1978, it was three cuts from the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever. In 1998, two singles from City Of Angels hit the top spot, followed by one from Armageddon. This past May, Goulding’s Fifty Shades Of Grey song started another three song chain, which was followed by The Weeknd‘s “Earned It” (FSOG) and then Furious 7‘s “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

On My Chart: Goulding’s track was one of the big Q1 records at both radio and retail, and thus, it bypassed my sections beneath the chart and landed as the #40 debut on my chart dated January 11. It reached the top ten in its fifth week (February 8) and got a lift to the top on the chart dated March 15, its tenth week on. Its 28-week total is the longest chart run for a solo female this year.

On The Charts: Given the film and soundtrack’s success, it’s no surprise that “Love” was a global smash and is currently up for a Golden Globe nomination and several Grammy Award categories. It became a top ten hit in over two dozen countries, going to #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on several U.S. radio charts. It’s up to 412 million plays on Spotify.

Saint Motel
003. SAINT MOTEL – “My Type”
Label: Elektra/RRP
Album: My Type (EP)
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 28

In 1982, Martha Davis and her group called The Motels hit #5 on the pop radio chart with a tender ballad, “Only The Lonely”. It hasn’t been easy for motel music since they, well, checked out of the charts in 1985. (They had a total of four top 40 songs, for the record.) Luckily, these four men from Los Angeles know how a chart vacancy comes and goes, and they rocked a reservation into a long stay at radio this year. It took them six years to experience a true U.S. breakthrough, but their time and effort was worth it.

On My Chart: The group’s first chart hit entered the Mix during the week of January 18. It made the top 40 two weeks after that and quickly climbed into the top ten by March 1, its fifth week on. It slowed down from there, but made it to #1 by the last week of April (26) in its 13th week on. After holding at the top for four weeks, it held onto the countdown for another 12 before falling off.

On The Charts: “Type” hit the top five on AAA radio and cracked the top ten on the Alternative chart during the summer. Sadly, it didn’t become a crossover single. It also registered top 40 peaks in Italy (#14) and the United Kingdom (#34) during 2014. That international presence has launched it to 33.5 million streams on Spotify since its release.

Tomorrow, we arrive at the top two, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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