Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 11, 2016

"Town" has the crown.

“Town” has the crown.

40. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand
38. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever
37. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith
35. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light (37)
28. Passenger – Anywhere (36) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
25. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (33) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

10. LP – Lost On You (12) | PEAK: #10
09. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (04) | PEAK: #04
07. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (06) | PEAK: #04
06. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (03) | PEAK: #02
04. Train – Play That Song (07) | PEAK: #04
03. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
02. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – This Town (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (3)
2. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (6)
3. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (4)
4. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (7)
5. Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (10)
6. DNCE – Truthfully (8)
7. Tyler Hilton – Next To You (-)
8. The Score – Unstoppable (-)
9. Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love (-)
10. MAGIC! – No Regrets (-)

In The Mix:
Alice Merton – No Roots (new)
A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away (new)
Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party
Broods – Heartlines (new)
Calum Scott – Rhythm Inside
Coldplay – Everglow
James Hersey – Miss You
Lolo – Shine
Måns Zelmerlöw – Glorious
Molly Kate Kestner – Good Die Young (new)
MUNA – I Know A Place (new)
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Ryan Adams – Do You Still Love Me? (new)
Ryan Corn – The Pressure

Chart Notes:

  • Three years ago this week, the band One Direction scored their first #1 on my chart with “Story Of My Life”. It spent three weeks at #1. Earlier this year, former member ZAYN reached the top spot with “Pillowtalk”. It, too, spent three weeks at #1. So, if this week’s new chart-topper also spends three weeks in the pole position, I guess it wouldn’t be so strange. We’ll see! A solo hit from the band’s Niall Horan is up 2-1, and it’s called “This Town”. Look for a solo album from Horan next year.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the third chart single from OneRepublic‘s Oh My My. “Let’s Hurt Tonight” comes in at #35. It heads for Hot AC radio adds on January 9, but it could very well reach the top 50 before its impact date. Leader Ryan Tedder is all over this week’s chart; not only does his group have a second hit in the countdown, “Kids” (holding at #16), but he’s also one of the writers on the song that debuts at #37. You’ll find more information on that single below…
  • One of the notable movie hits on the chart this week is taken from the animated film Sing, which opens on December 21. The legendary Stevie Wonder has his first credited hit on my survey in a collaboration with Ariana Grande. “Faith” comes in at #37. At age 66, Wonder is now one of the oldest performers to ever make my chart, and he’s one of two acts over 60 in the top 40 this week. (Sting, who recently turned 65, has “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” at #8.)
  • On Thursday night, a surprise collaboration from ZAYN and Taylor Swift was quickly spread over social media after Swift posted a picture of the single cover across her various accounts. Their song is “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, and it’s featured in the film Fifty Shades Darker. It’s new at #38. This is Swift’s third single to chart from a movie, following “Eyes Open” (The Hunger Games) and “Today Was A Fairytale” (Valentine’s Day).
  • Finally, at #40, is Tom Chaplin and his first single in the top 40 as a solo act, “Quicksand”. Between 2004 and 2014, he had a series of chart hits with the band Keane, including “Silenced By The Night”, which spent four weeks at the top in 2012. The Wave hit shelves in the U.K. in October, and it’s out in the U.S. on January 13.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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