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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Twenty Five

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

(Due to a busy schedule, commentary will return next week! Enjoy this week’s selections.)
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PICK OF THE WEEK: ONE
HANNAH JANE LEWIS – “Is It Even You?” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
HEARTS & COLORS – “I’m So Sorry” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

PICK OF THE WEEK: THREE
PARSON JAMES – “Minute” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

PICK OF THE WEEK: FOUR
PRETTY SISTER – “Come On Over” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
A GREAT BIG WORLD – “This Is Magic”
COREY HARPER – “Better”
EMILY BURNS – “PDA”
FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “Waking Up”
JACOB WHITESIDES – “Whole”
KEVIN MCHALE – “All I Want Is You”
KIM PETRAS – “Another One”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 1, 2014

“Home” is where the chart is.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of June 1, 2014…

Debuts:
40. YOUNG RISING SONS, “High”
39. JESSE MCCARTNEY, “Superbad”

Biggest Movers:
JAMIE SCOTT, “My Hurricane” (35-28, eight spots)

10. SECONDCITY, “I Wanna Feel” (up 3)
Album: I Wanna Feel (single) (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #8 for four weeks

09. COLDPLAY, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (down 2)
Album: Ghost Stories (2014, Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. BLEACHERS, “I Wanna Get Better” (down 2)
Album: Strange Desire (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. GRAFFITI6, “The Bridge” (up 2)
Album: The Bridge (2014, Independent)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Best Friend” (up 2)
Album: Supermodel (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

05. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JESS GLYNNE, “Rather Be” (steady, second week)
Album: New Eyes (2014, Big Beat/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

04. PASSENGER, “Scare Away The Dark” (steady, second week)
Album: Whispers (2014, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. ED SHEERAN, “Sing” (steady, third week)
Album: x (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. RIXTON, “Me And My Broken Heart” (steady, third week)
Album: Let The Road (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Already Home” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Is There Anybody Out There? (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 22, 2013

The “Best” bops of 2013.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of December 22, 2013…

Debuts:
40. BASTILLE, “Bad Blood”
39. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Reach Out Richard”
38. PETER THOMAS featuring BETTY WHO, “All Of You”

Biggest Mover(s):
MAGIC!, “Rude” (33-26, seven spots)

10. GARY BARLOW, “Let Me Go” (up 1)
Album: Since I Saw You Last (2013, Polydor Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

09. DAUGHTRY, “Waiting For Superman” (down 1)
Album: Baptized (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #6

08. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (up 4)
Album: Head Or Heart (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

07. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Best Day Of My Life” (down 2)
Album: Oh, What A Life (2014, Mercury Records/IDJMG)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. THE FRAY, “Love Don’t Die” (up 1)
Album: Helios (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. BASTILLE, “Of The Night” (up 1)
Album: All This Bad Blood (2013, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. PASSENGER, “The Wrong Direction” (down 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. THE 1975, “Girls” (steady, second week)
Album: The 1975 (2013, Dirty Hit/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Say Something” (up 2)
Album: Is There Anybody Out There? (2014, Black Magnetic/Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. ONE DIRECTION, “Story Of My Life” (steady, second week)
Album: Midnight Memories (2013, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Four, 10-6

The top ten is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2018! The cream of the pop is ready for you, so enjoy all the great music ahead…

The 2018 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 3, 2017 to the chart dated November 25, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 171 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 176 that did so in 2017.

10. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman”
Album: Rainbow
Label: Kemosabe/RCA
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 686

This year had so many important women in the news, with some calling it the “Year Of The Woman” after the midterm election season. On my year-end survey, the first of three female artists in the top ten for 2018 is Kesha, who also claimed my #10 song for 2017 with “Praying” and recently debuted on my chart with “Here Comes The Change” from the movie On The Basis Of Sex, based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Is Kesha due to have my #10 song of 2019 with that soundtrack cut? We’ll see what happens next December.

09. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry”
Album: Sweetener
Label: Republic
Peak: #2 for five weeks
Weeks: 25
Points: 689

After a horrible bombing at her 2017 concert in Manchester, England, Grande persevered and so did her fans. Three singles off her current album have hit #1 or #2 on the Top 40 radio chart, with “thank u, next” (the title cut off her forthcoming album) soaring at radio and retail through the holidays. Though “No” stalled at #2 on my chart for five weeks without hitting the top, that total is well below the record. With a new and exciting era ready to dominate the charts internationally next year, the singer won’t be shedding many tears at all anytime soon.

08. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Younger”
Album: A Great Big World
Label: Epic
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 690

One of the more consistent duos on my chart over the last few years is this act, comprised of Ian Axel and Chad King. This nostalgic tune is the first single off their forthcoming self-titled release, and it certainly brought back some memories for me, as it earned the two guys their third #1 hit on my list since 2014. In total, Axel and King have spent 15 career weeks at the top of my survey, following a seven-week run in 2014 for “Already Home” and a four-week run in 2015 for “Hold Each Other”. Will 2019 provide the men with another great big radio hit?

07. JOHN MAYER, “New Light”
Album: (single only)
Label: Snack Money/Columbia
Peak: #2 for two weeks
Weeks: 26
Points: 695

In a year that saw artists like Avril Lavigne and the Backstreet Boys reach #1 on my chart for the first time in well over a decade, this single by Mayer was well on its way to achieving the same. Unfortunately, it fell a bit short, but it was the performer’s highest-charting song since “Waiting On The World To Change”, a four-week chart-topper from October and November 2006 that ranked at #8 on that year’s list. Will the singer and songwriter finally have his next #1 track here in 2019, when he’s poised to release new music? Stay tuned for his “New” jam.

06. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss”
Album: Dua Lipa (Complete Edition)
Label: Columbia-Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for five weeks
Weeks: 27
Points: 729

Dua Lipa was pretty much everywhere in 2018, and rightfully so: the international superstar is making some incredible music right now. A collaboration with DJ/producer Calvin Harris becomes her highest-charting song of four on my year-end survey, which spent five weeks at #1 on my weekly list and topped plenty of national charts throughout Europe. Both performers have new music on the horizon, with Lipa’s soundtrack cut from Alita: Battle Angel (titled “Swan Song”) coming in the next few weeks. Until then, we can all “Kiss” this year goodbye.

Stay tuned for the final installment of the Top 100 of 2018 tomorrow…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 2, 2018

By George, I think he’s got it.

DEBUTS
39. KT Tunstall – The River
38. Bishop Briggs – Baby
37. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again
36. Barns Courtney – 99
34. Jukebox The Ghost – Fred Astaire | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Mat Kearney & RAC – Memorized (40)
25. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (34) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (29)
15. Elle King – Shame (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (13) | PEAK: #10
09. A Great Big World – Younger (07) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
08. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Imagine Dragons – Natural (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Ben Rector – Drive (05) | PEAK: #05
04. John Mayer – New Light (03) | PEAK: #02
03. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (02) | PEAK: #02
01. George Ezra – Shotgun (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady – Didn’t I (3)
2. Muse – Something Human (1)
3. Anna Clendening – Boys Like You (6)
4. Robyn – Missing U (4)
5. Picture This – When We Were Young (2)
6. Steve Perry – No Erasin’ (9)
7. Cher – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (7)
8. LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Thunderclouds (-)
9. Ariana Grande – Breathin (-)
10. Phillip Phillips – Magnetic (-)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell – Girls
Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (new)
Alesso – Remedy (new)
David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie – Don’t Leave Me Alone (new)
Eric Hutchinson – She Could Be The One
Janet Jackson – Made For Now
Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep
LP – Girls Go Wild
Matt Maeson – Cringe
Max Frost – Good Morning
The Revivalists – All My Friends
The Spencer Lee Band – River Water
Thomas Abban – Sinner
Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (new)

Chart Notes:

  • George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” extends its time at #1 on my personal chart by another week, now there for a third week, but the latest countdown is all about the debuts. There are five new tracks entering the top 40, a noticeably larger total than usual, led by “Fred Astaire” from Jukebox The Ghost at #34. This is the follow-up to “Everybody’s Lonely”, which peaked at #2 in April. The trio’s 2015 single “Postcard” spent seven weeks at #1 and became my top song of that year. Two steps below, at #36, Barns Courtney is back with “99”, the year my first official chart was published. (Oh, the nostalgia of it all!) Courtney logged four weeks at the top in 2016 with “Fire”, which remains his biggest hit to date. New at #37, with their second top 40 single from Come Tomorrow, the Dave Matthews Band is in with “Again And Again”. The group last made my top ten in late 2009 with “You And Me”, reaching #9. Bishop Briggs lands one notch lower at #38 with “Baby”, which marks her third entry to chart this year, following “Dream” (#15) and “White Flag” (#24). Finally, at #39, KT Tunstall scores her first top 40 entry in nearly eight years with “The River”. It was twelve years ago that Tunstall spent two weeks at #1 with “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree”, her only chart-topper to date.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 30, 2015

“Down” for some 2015 hits.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 30, 2015…

Debuts:
39. BOY & BEAR, “Walk The Wire”
36. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Wildest Dreams”

Biggest Mover(s):
NATE RUESS, “Great Big Storm” (23-16, seven spots)

10. GAVIN JAMES, “The Book Of Love” (down 2)
Album: Bitter Pill (2016, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard” (steady, second week)
Album: Jukebox The Ghost (2015, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

08. ONE DIRECTION, “Drag Me Down” (up 5)
Album: Made In The A.M. (2015, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. WALK THE MOON, “Different Colors” (down 3)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. SHAWN MENDES, “Stitches” (up 1)
Album: Handwritten (2015, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #5

05. RØMANS, “Uh Huh” (down 2)
Album: Overthinking – Pt. 1 (EP) (2015, Roc Nation Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Run Away With Me” (up 2)
Album: E·MO·TION (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Hold Each Other” (up 2)
Album: When The Morning Comes (2015, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. JOHN NEWMAN, “Come And Get It” (steady, second week)
Album: Revolve (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS, “Pressure Off” (steady, second week)
Album: Paper Gods (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 26, 2018

Who’s better than Ezra?

DEBUTS
40. Mat Kearney & RAC – Memorized
34. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. OneRepublic – Connection (35)
29. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Brynn Elliott – Might Not Like Me (34)
25. Snow Patrol – Empress (30)
21. Elle King – Shame (27)
16. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (08) | PEAK: #06
09. Imagine Dragons – Natural (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (10) | PEAK: #08
07. A Great Big World – Younger (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Ben Rector – Drive (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. John Mayer – New Light (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (05) | PEAK: #02
01. George Ezra – Shotgun (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Muse – Something Human (2)
2. Picture This – When We Were Young (3)
3. Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady – Didn’t I (4)
4. Robyn – Missing U (7)
5. Bishop Briggs – Baby (10)
6. Anna Clendening – Boys Like You (-)
7. Cher – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (9)
8. Jukebox The Ghost – Fred Astaire (-)
9. Steve Perry – No Erasin’ (-)
10. P!nk – Secrets (8)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell – Girls
Ariana Grande – Breathin (new)
Barns Courtney – 99 (new)
Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (new)
Eric Hutchinson – She Could Be The One
KT Tunstall – The River (new)
Janet Jackson – Made For Now
Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep
LP – Girls Go Wild
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Thunderclouds
Matt Maeson – Cringe
Max Frost – Good Morning
The Revivalists – All My Friends
The Spencer Lee Band – River Water
Thomas Abban – Sinner

Chart Notes:

  • It’s a second week at the top for George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” on my personal chart, as Kacey Musgraves‘s “High Horse” appears ready to lead the record rodeo next month, up 5-2 on the latest update. Last week’s top new entry from newcomer Nina Nesbitt makes a huge move from 39-29, as “Loyal To Me” secures the title of Biggest Mover. Two collaborations debut on the countdown this week, with “Happier” from DJ/producer Marshmello and rockers Bastille claiming the Highest Debut at #34. The British band has led by chart three times between 2013 and 2016, with their most recent chart single, “Quarter Past Midnight”, reaching #7 earlier this summer. The second debut is a single that pairs singer/songwriter Mat Kearney and DJ/producer RAC, coming in at #40 with “Memorized”. It’s the second top 40 entry from Kearney’s album CRAZYTALK, which follows “Kings & Queens”, a #21 song from the spring of this year.

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