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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #01 – Christina Perri, “Human”

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.

It was a Perri good year indeed.

It was a Perri good year indeed.

001. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (911 points)
Writers: Christina Perri, Martin Johnson / Producer: Johnson
Label: Atlantic

Debut Date: November 24, 2013
Peak Date: January 19 to February 23, 2014
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks on Chart: 36 (35 in 2014 Chart Year)

It was November 15 of last year in the late afternoon. I was loading some music files at the office when I noticed a tweet from SiriusXM’s The Pulse stating that this song was about to premiere. At that point, I was caught off-guard because the song was supposed to premiere and go on sale on Monday, and so I ran down to my car to see if I could hear it. Unfortunately, it ended before I was able to turn the dial. I knew I needed to find the song before it was officially out on the internet.

Two days later, that opportunity came when I was driving on the other side of the city I live in and, what do you know, on the air comes “Human” in all its glory. I remember feverishly trying to record it on my iPhone so that I could play it until it could be purchased the next day. It was beautiful. There was such an honesty to the lyric about the vulnerabilities of life and trying to fit a role that sometimes isn’t meant to be. It’s the insatiable thirst for perfection, yet the realization that flaws are a part of what make us who we are. Deep stuff, but I fell right into it, and I enjoyed the fall. I like songs that make you think. There are a few others like that on her gorgeous second album, Head Or Heart. Jake Gosling and Jamie Scott, among others, did a great job in the process as well.

“Human” officially entered the top 40 during the week of November 24 of last year at #38. During that period, Perri’s record was in direct competition with another solo female’s leadoff single, “Hold On” by Colbie Caillat. As we would later conclude in the spring, holding onto the chart wasn’t Caillat’s strong suit and the song created such little buzz that it fell off and couldn’t even land a spot on her album, Gypsy Heart. Meanwhile, Perri’s slow burner of a single made its way to the top 40 on the Hot 100 and earned a Platinum certification. On my chart, it held the #1 spot for six weeks in January and February, then took its time going down the top 40 to the tune of 36 weeks on, the longest overall run of the year. I’m very excited to crown it as my top song of 2014.

Perri is currently climbing my personal chart with the third single from her album, another ballad called “The Words”. A clip for the single should premiere in the new year. (She’s been teasing pictures with actor Colin O’Donoghue, who appears to play a role in it.) We’ll see where it shows up on 2015’s Top 100 survey. Until then, it’s a big congrats on this impressive feat. Well done, Christina, and happy holidays.

Well, that’s going to do it for the Top 100 of 2014. Thanks to everyone who has supported my blog in the past twelve months and for the two years that it’s been online. This has been an amazing year for me personally and, most importantly, proved to me that you never know who is actually looking out for you. I can’t wait to see what happens in 2015. I hope you’re ready. All my best to you and yours.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #02 – A Great Big World, “Already Home”

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.

They'll call #2 "Home" for the year.

They’ll call #2 “Home” for the year.

002. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Already Home” (805 points)
Writers: Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino / Producer: Dan Romer
Label: Epic

Debut Date: March 30, 2014
Peak Date: May 11 to June 22, 2014
Peak: #1 for seven weeks
Weeks on Chart: 29

“If only New York wasn’t so far away.” Simple words, yet a poignant statement. It’s a line that I quoted several times in 2014. The duo of Axel and Vaccarino got gleeful in early 2013 when their track “This Is The New Year”, first recorded by Axel as a solo act a few years ago, found a second life through the television show Glee. That led to a record contract and eventually to the huge ballad that was “Say Something”, first released as a solo version and then in a duet with singer Christina Aguilera. To many, “Say” remains the group’s signature song, and it remains an active recurrent on many radio stations across the Hot AC and CHR panels. Yet, for me, the sentiment of “Already Home” strikes a stronger chord because of who I am now. It’s the dream of the big city and the feeling of belonging and being loved. I feel like it was written for me, even if it really wasn’t.

I didn’t expect “Already” to move up so quickly, but when it hit, it hit hard. During the first week of April, it leaped from #39 to #24, and I guess it was obvious from there that it was going straight to the top. The duo take the title for the longest run at the top this year at a robust seven weeks, but that marks yet another year that the song that spent the most weeks at #1 is not at #1 on the annual Top 100. This last occurred in 2012. Nevertheless, it made a very nice impact on my personal chart. Hot AC radio, on the other hand, gets a slap on the wrist for having this stall out in the 20’s. Really, guys? Can we, you know, have a quality song chart well next time? Is that so much to ask?

Axel and Vaccarino are currently on my chart with their cover of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”, though given the proximity to the holiday, it’s not going to last beyond this week. Do check it out if you haven’t heard it already – their remake is exceptionally fun and a great fit for the season. I’m sure the guys will be recording once again in 2015, but whether we hear it or not, well, I’m not quite sure yet. I shall be anticipating it, regardless. Also, if the two ever get a chance to score a musical, I fully approve. (That idea is probably a ways off, but you never know.) Thanks for a lovely 2014, guys, and here’s to a more permanent “home” on my top 40 chart for many years to come.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #03 – Jamie Scott, “My Hurricane”

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.

In the chart of the storm.

In the chart of the storm.

003. JAMIE SCOTT, “My Hurricane” (773 points)
Writer: Jamie Scott / Producers: Scott, Toby Smith
Label: Capitol

Debut Date: May 25, 2014
Peak Date: August 3 to 24, 2014
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks on Chart: 30 (28 in 2014 Chart Year)

Once upon a time, there was a young music blogger who was in New York City in mid-May eating lunch at Subway when a DM popped up on his Twitter app: “Adam where are you My Hurricane is streaming LITE ROCK MUSIC EMERGENCY.” He was stunned as he stared at the message on his screen while simultaneously crunching through a bag of Sun Chips. Quickly licking the cheese marks staining his fingers, he replied, “OH MY LORD I CAN’T LISTEN UNTIL LATER WHYYYYYY please bop 4 me in the meantime.” Sounds a bit like a horror story, right? Not being able to listen to one of your most anticipated songs of the year at the very moment it was streaming online? (cue the creepy music)

So, maybe I was a little excited when this single came out. It didn’t make the highest of debuts when it impacted my chart, but it moved up and eventually got caught with his duo’s song in the top three together. However, it was Scott’s entry that leaped ahead and gave him first solo #1 single on my survey, spending the month of August at the top. At this time, “Hurricane” also achieved some minor airplay at the AAA format, though it couldn’t reach the heights of “Free”, a top ten record in 2012. This also marked the singer/songwriter’s second song to reach the 30-week mark on the chart – it just fell off last week.

Scott’s solo album of the same name has been given four different release dates in the last few months, but the latest, January 20, seems to be holding. I’m so ready to listen to it, though it’s unfortunately coming off the lackluster run for “Unbreakable” at Hot AC radio, where it peaked below the top 40. (It spent six weeks at #1 on my top 40, not that you would expect Scott to underperform on here.) I do hope that even more people can appreciate him as a singer in 2015 and not just as the songwriter for acts A, B and C. No, he deserves to take his “hurricane” of hits onto all the national charts and blow everyone away.

The top two are in position and ready to be revealed. Come back tomorrow to see who grabs this year’s top title.

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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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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #05 – Coldplay, “A Sky Full Of Stars”

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.

Keep reaching for the "Stars".

Keep reaching for the “Stars”.

005. COLDPLAY, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (733 points)
Writers: Tim Bergling, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin / Producers: Bergling, Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin, Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic

Debut Date: May 4, 2014
Peak Date: July 6 to 27, 2014
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks on Chart: 28

If you were expecting this band’s Ghost Stories album to be a cheery and energetic effort, then I’m afraid you may have been disappointed when hearing it in full. Written and recorded in the middle of a conscious uncoupling between lead singer Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow, the songs are largely reflective of that mood, both experimental and particularly stripped back in arrangement. Yet, there was a spark in one track, and with the work of one of dance music’s top producers, positivity pulled through and launched their sound into the stratosphere.

After “Magic” quickly rose to #1 for three weeks before collapsing, “Sky” took slightly more time to reach the top and held it there for four weeks in July, giving the quartet their longest running #1 since 2011’s “Paradise”, which also spent four frames in the position. In many territories, it was the their biggest hit since the massive “Viva La Vida” in the summer of 2008. Did it irk some fans that the band released a full-on EDM track? Of course. However, I was really into it, and the seven months that the song spent in my top 40 is a strong indication of its impact.

2015 could mark the final studio album for the band. Martin revealed that its title is A Head Full Of Dreams, though a release date is not set in stone as of yet. Meanwhile, the four guys are still charting in some countries with “Ink” and a soundtrack cut called “Miracles”, taken from the Angelina Jolie directed film Unbroken. Their presence isn’t going away anytime soon, even if their original material does. (I’m sure that much could change as well. Stay tuned.)

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: #06 – Graffiti6, “The Bridge”

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.

#6 for the 6.

#6 for the 6.

006. GRAFFITI6, “The Bridge” (719 points)
Writers/Producers: Jamie Scott, Tommy Danvers
Label: Independent

Debut Date: April 27, 2014
Peak Date: July 13 to 20, 2014
Peak: #2 for two weeks
Weeks on Chart: 26

It was one of my most anticipated albums of last year, the album that would become The Bridge. I was eagerly waiting for the second effort from this English duo after falling in love with their music in 2011. Yet, the time passed, and though a few of the cuts made it up on YouTube, there was nothing further. I assumed that their U.S. label, Capitol, had shelved the album. Trust me, I would’ve said a few choice words to them had it not been for member Tommy Danvers releasing the masters on his own and giving us the most underrated album of 2014. It’s truly a gem.

An official single from the set wasn’t named before it dropped in April, so it was the title track that I decided upon to chart. It crashed into the top 30 upon its entry and quickly rose to #2 for two weeks, though it fell behind Scott’s own solo single, “My Hurricane”, as it also speedily moved up into the top spot for four weeks. Had that not occurred, I’m sure “The Bridge” could have given Danvers and Scott their third #1 as a duo (the other two being “Free” and “Stare Into The Sun” in 2012.)

Though the duo remains on a hiatus at this time given Scott’s budding career as a writer and his promotion of a much delayed solo album, now due in January, as well as Danvers’s own productions on some forthcoming releases, we really do need some sort of a reunion. Those jams are too hot to keep replaying on a record without hearing them live at least once. Still, given all the troubles trying to get this out in some form or another, I’m glad we got music period, quality music at that.

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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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