ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Four, 10-6

The top ten is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2017! The cream of the pop is ready for you, so enjoy all the great music ahead…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

10. KESHA, “Praying”
Album: Rainbow
Label: Kemosabe/RCA
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 24+ (21 applied to 2017 ranking)
Points: 621

The triumphant return of Kesha to my top 40 chart was one of the top comebacks of 2017, and what an emotional single she shared with the world on July 6. With four weeks at #1 from late August to mid-September, and its #10 ranking on my year-end countdown, the lead single from Rainbow (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200) was embraced by many listeners.

09. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2 for four weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 632

Sheeran’s highest entry of four on my year-end chart made its debut on January 6, the same date as “Shape Of You”, though its run into the runner-up spot (the only #2 song ranking in my top ten) took it much higher than “Shape”, which burned on me shortly after hitting the top ten. Sheeran’s most recent single, “Perfect”, is at #1 on the newest Billboard Hot 100 update.

08. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times”
Album: Harry Styles
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 23
Points: 634

“Sign” marks the first of three entries in the top ten by members of the original One Direction lineup gone solo. Styles has plenty to be thankful for this year: his album debuted at #1 in many countries, including the U.S., his tour continues to have a successful run, and, more importantly, he lands at #8 on my Top 100 of 2017! “Sign” had a single week on top of my chart, after settling for five weeks at #2 behind an entry that’s still to come in the top ten. In a world full of pop, Styles really rocks.

07. ZAYN & TAYLOR SWIFT, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
Album: Fifty Shades Darker (Soundtrack)
Label: UStudios/BMR/RCA-Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 23
Points: 645

In a move that shook the Twitterverse, this collaboration, the highest track from a movie on my year-end survey, debuted as a surprise in the early hours of December 9 of last year. The single spent a heartbreaking five weeks at #2 on the Top 40 list, just short of making it the first male/female duet from a motion picture to go to #1 at the format since 1993’s “A Whole New World” by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. (That giant ballad, from Disney’s Aladdin, spent three weeks at #1 on R&R.)

06. MUNA, “I Know A Place”
Album: About U
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 646

The highest entry by a female duo/group on this year’s survey comes from the California trio of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson. Though they narrowly missed my chart in 2016 with “Loudspeaker”, their second radio single was a total bop with a great message. “Know” spent two weeks at #1 on my list in March, while also spending two non-consecutive weeks at #40 on the Hot AC chart in April. They have yet to chart with a follow-up, but their album is one of this year’s best.

Stay tuned for the last five songs of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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