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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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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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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #40-31

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 #40…

A Great Big World
040. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Say Something” (#2 for two weeks)
Writers: Ian Axel, Chad Vaccarino, Mike Campbell / Producer: Dan Romer
Label: Epic

Karmin
039. KARMIN, “I Want It All” (#9 for two weeks)
Writers: Amy Heidemann, Nick Noonan, Ester Dean, Ryan Williamson / Producer: Williamson
Label: Epic

Phillip Phillips
038. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Raging Fire” (#3 for two weeks)
Writers: Phillip Phillips, Todd Clark, Gregg Wattenberg, Derek Fuhrmann / Producer: Wattenberg
Label: Interscope

The 1975
037. THE 1975, “Settle Down” (#5 for two weeks)
Writers: George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald / Producers: Daniel, Healy, Hann, MacDonald, Mike Crossey
Label: Interscope

Mary Lambert
036. MARY LAMBERT, “Secrets” (#8)
Writers: Mary Lambert, Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette, MoZella / Producers: Rosse, Cassette
Label: Capitol

Milky Chance
035. MILKY CHANCE, “Stolen Dance” (#9 for two weeks)
Writers/Producers: Clemens Rehbein, Philipp Dausch
Label: Republic

Boy & Bear
034. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (#8 for three weeks)
Writers: Dave Hosking, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart, Jon Hart, Dave Symes / Producer: Wayne Connolly
Label: Nettwerk

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
033. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Cecilia And The Satellite” (#3 for three weeks)
Writers: Andrew McMahon, James Flannigan, Anders Grahn / Producers: McMahon, Flannigan, Mike Viola
Label: Vanguard

Foster The People
032. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age” (#3 for two weeks)
Writers: Mark Foster, Isom Innis, Jacob Fink, Sean Cimino, Paul Epworth / Producers: Epworth, Foster
Label: Columbia

Phillip Phillips
031. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Unpack Your Heart” (#3 for four weeks)
Writers: Phillip Phillips, Todd Clark, Gregg Wattenberg, Derek Fuhrmann / Producer: Wattenberg
Label: Interscope

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #60-41

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 #60…

One Direction
060. ONE DIRECTION, “You & I” (#11 for two weeks)
Writers: Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan / Producers: Bunetta, Ryan
Label: Columbia

Eric Hutchinson
059. ERIC HUTCHINSON, “Tell The World” (#10 for three weeks)
Writers/Producers: Eric Hutchinson, Jerrod Bettis
Label: Let’s Break/Kobalt

American Authors
058. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Best Day Of My Life” (#1 for one week – 2013)
Writers: Zac Barnett, James Shelley, Dave Rublin, Matthew Sanchez, Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta / Producers: Goodman, Accetta
Label: Island/Republic

Ingrid Michaelson
057. INGRID MICHAELSON, “Girls Chase Boys” (#12)
Writers: Ingrid Michaelson, Trent Dabbs, Barry Dean / Producers: Cason Cooley, Katie Herzig
Label: Cabin 24/Mom + Pop

Coldplay
056. COLDPLAY, “True Love” (#11)
Writers: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin / Producers: Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin, Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic

Bleachers
055. BLEACHERS, “Rollercoaster” (#3 +)
Writers/Producers: John Hill, Jack Antonoff
Label: RCA

Taylor Henderson
054. TAYLOR HENDERSON, “Borrow My Heart” (#10)
Writers: Alex Hope, Hayley Warner, Louis Schoorl / Producer: Schoorl
Label: Sony Music (AUS)

Oh Honey
053. OH HONEY, “Be Okay” (#10)
Writers/Producers: Christian Medice, Phoebe Ryan, Mitchy Collins, Danielle Bouchard, Denis Lipari, Lawrence Principato
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic

Walk The Moon
052. WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance” (#1 for one week +)
Writers: Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, Eli Maiman, Benjamin Berger, Ryan McMahon / Producer: Tim Pagnotta
Label: RCA

American Authors
051. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Believer” (#8 for two weeks)
Writers: Zac Barnett, James Shelley, Dave Rublin, Matthew Sanchez, Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta / Producers: Goodman, Accetta
Label: Island/Republic

DJ Cassidy, Jessie J and Robin Thicke
050. DJ CASSIDY featuring JESSIE J and ROBIN THICKE, “Calling All Hearts” (#6 for two weeks)
Writers: Cassidy Podell, Jessica Cornish, Claude Kelly, Gregory Cohen, Robin Thicke / Producers: Podell, Cohen
Label: Columbia

Passenger
049. PASSENGER, “The Wrong Direction” (#1 for two weeks – 2013)
Writer: Mike Rosenberg / Producers: Chris Vallejo, Mike Rosenberg
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

The Griswolds
048. THE GRISWOLDS, “Beware The Dog” (#9 for four weeks)
Writers: Daniel Duque-Perez, Christopher Whitehall / Producer: Tony Hoffer
Label: Wind-Up

Fitz & The Tantrums
047. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Fools Gold” (#10 for four weeks)
Writers: Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs, Joe Karnes, James King, Jeremy Ruzumna, John Wicks, Dave Bassett / Producer: Tony Hoffer
Label: Elektra/Atlantic

Young Rising Sons
046. YOUNG RISING SONS, “High” (#8 for two weeks)
Writers: Andy Tongren, Dylan Scott, Julian Dimagiba, Steve Patrick, Christian Medice, Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta / Producers: Goodman, Accetta
Label: Dirty Canvas/Interscope

Passenger
045. PASSENGER, “Heart’s On Fire” (#9)
Writer: Mike Rosenberg / Producers: Chris Vallejo, Mike Rosenberg
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

Andy Grammer
044. ANDY GRAMMER, “Back Home” (#10 for two weeks)
Writers: Andy Grammar, Ryan Met / Producers: Met, Jon Levine
Label: S-Curve

The 1975
043. THE 1975, “Girls” (#1 for one week – 2013)
Writers: George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald / Producers: Daniel, Healy, Hann, MacDonald, Mike Crossey
Label: Interscope

Gary Barlow
042. GARY BARLOW, “Let Me Go” (#5 for two weeks)
Writers: Gary Barlow / Producer: Steve Power
Label: Polydor (U.K.)

SecondCity
041. SECONDCITY, “I Wanna Feel” (#8 for four weeks)
Writers: Bryce Wilson, Toni Braxton, Adam Fenton, Kenneth Edmonds, Rowan Harrington, Daniel Bedingfield / Producer: Harrington
Label: Columbia

Check back tomorrow for 40-31 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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