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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 2, 2018

Charts like buttah.

It’s Wall or nothing on this week’s release report, as we enter the month of November with plenty of top titles hitting the market. These are the notable digital and physical releases for your entertainment this Friday:

BARBRA STREISAND – Walls (iTunes)
76-year-old Streisand is searching for her third chart-topper of the decade and her twelfth total to extend her lead as the woman with the most #1 albums on the Billboard 200. The set is led by the single “Don’t Lie To Me”. Will politics and pop music make a mighty musical match? Stay tuned.

TAKEOFF The Last Rocket (iTunes)
From the rap trio Migos, the latest solo effort by one of its members should perform well at the major streaming services. Could it debut at #1 on the Billboard 200? With Quavo’s recent solo outing just missing the top, we’ll see what happens.

Notable albums out this week: Action Bronson‘s White Bronco (iTunes), Glades‘s To Love You (iTunes),
Jacob Banks‘s Village (iTunes), Matt Corby‘s Miracle Love (iTunes), Metro Boomin‘s Not All Heroes Wear Capes (iTunes), Pistol Annies‘s Interstate Gospel (iTunes), Poppy‘s Am I A Girl? (iTunes), Swizz Beatz‘s Poison (iTunes), Tenacious D‘s Post-Apocalypto (iTunes), The Prodigy‘s No Tourists (iTunes), VHS Collection‘s Retrofuturism (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: David Archuleta‘s Winter In The Air (iTunes), Sia‘s Everyday Is Christmas (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Allie X‘s Super Sunset (iTunes), Des Rocs‘s Let The Vultures In (iTunes), H.E.R.‘s I Used To Know Her – Part 2 (iTunes), Jacob Sartorius‘s Better With You (iTunes), Kris Wu‘s Antares (iTunes), Maisie Peters‘s Dressed Too Nice For A Jacket (iTunes), Pretty Sister‘s Z-Funk Era, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Saint Motel‘s saintmotelevision B-sides (iTunes), WILD‘s Lace & Layers (iTunes), Wolfgang Gartner‘s Medicine (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1994”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“A No No”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“AF1s”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“All Is Well”, Jordan Smith featuring Michael W. Smith (iTunes)
“All Out Life”, Slipknot (iTunes)
“Baby”, Clean Bandit featuring Marina & Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Back On The Dance Floor”, Mark Knopfler (iTunes)
“Back To Life”, Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Back When We Were Kids”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Bad Time”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Before I Go”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“Better Together”, Hayden James featuring Running Touch (iTunes)
“Brighter Day” and “Misty Morning Skies”, State Of Sound (iTunes)
“Changed My Mind”, Samuraii featuring Loote (iTunes)
“Chromatic”, Liv Miraldi (iTunes)
“Crave”, Ruth B (iTunes)
“Cry For Me”, Violet Skies (iTunes)
“Dreamer”, Martin Garrix featuring Mike Yung (iTunes)
“Emoji”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Eyes On The Prize”, John Mellencamp (iTunes)
“Fading”, Alle Farben & ILIRA (iTunes)
“GHOST”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Great For You”, Noelle Scaggs featuring BRÅVES (iTunes)
“Great Unknown (Acoustic)”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Hold My Girl (Acoustic)”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Hotel Room”, Blake Rose (iTunes)
“I Found You”, Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“I’m A Woman”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Joan Of Arc”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Know Me”, NAV (iTunes)
“Know You”, SUMif (iTunes)
“Land Of Hope And Dreams (Broadway)”, Bruce Springsteen (iTunes)
“Life In My Bones”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Little Things”, Lemaitre (iTunes)
“Machine”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Mark On My Heart”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Mountains”, LSD (iTunes)
“No Budget”, Kid Ink featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Nobody’s Home”, gnash (iTunes)
“Nothing Compares 2 U”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“One Shot (Acoustic Room / Remix)”, Mabel (iTunes)
“Party For One”, Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Perfect To Me”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Photographs”, Professor Green with Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Polaroid (R3HAB Remix)”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“P***y Is God”, King Princess (iTunes)
“Sad Still”, Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Say Something”, Jay Sean (iTunes)
“So Close”, NOTDFelix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Soldier”, James TW (iTunes)
“Something Strange”, Vicetone featuring Haley Reinhart (iTunes)
“Stupid Deep”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Sweet But Psycho (Acoustic)”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“The Greatest Show”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“The Other Team”, Upsahl (iTunes)
“The Worrying”, Oli Fox (iTunes)
“Theodosia Reprise”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Waving Through A Window”, Katy Perry (iTunes)
“Way Way”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“White Christmas”, Mason Ramsey (iTunes)
“You Belong”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“You Only Live Once”, Isaac Gracie (iTunes)
“Youngblood”, Angus & Julia Stone (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Imagine Dragons, Kane BrownSteve Aoki and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 8, 2017

“You” better know this one.

Continuing with those stunning December releases, we frolic through finds of all kinds, from country to folk to pop to rap. With so much to explore, here’s the weekly look at the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

LUKE BRYAN – What Makes You Country (iTunes)
Well, it’s no surprise to see this country superstar at the top of his core format’s radio chart with “Light It Up” this week, so it’s a sure thing that Bryan’s latest album will have a strong showing in the marketplace in the coming days. Three of his releases, two studio albums and a compilation, have hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart during the decade. We’ll see if this becomes his fourth.

BIG SEAN & METRO BOOMIN – Double Or Nothing (iTunes)
Following the release of the 21 Savage-assisted track “Pull Up N Wreck”, which is currently in the top 40 on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts, the duo’s first full-length album together is now in stores. This set also features collaborations with acts like 2 Chainz, Travis Scott and Young Thug. Look for it to be a streaming winner, though it’ll likely sell a little bit as well.

More albums out this week: Anggun‘s 8 (iTunes), Barbra Streisand‘s The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic! (Live In Concert) (iTunes), Chris Thile‘s Thanks For Listening (iTunes), K. Michelle‘s Kimberly: The People I Used To Know (iTunes), Walker Hayes‘s boom. (iTunes), The Greatest Showman (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Dua Lipa‘s Live Acoustic (iTunes), Skrizzly Adams‘s Atlantic City (iTunes), Tom Speight‘s Waiting (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Ain’t That Why”, R3HAB & Krewella (iTunes)
“Arms Open (Benny Benassi x MazZz & Rivaz Remix)”, The Script (iTunes)
“Bedroom Floor (Acoustic)”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Before I Found You”, Van William (iTunes)
“Closest To Me”, Liza Anne (iTunes)
“Count To Five”, Rhye (iTunes)
“crash”, EDEN (iTunes)
“Danger”, Migos & Marshmello (iTunes)
“Darts In The Dark (FTAMPA Remix)”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Dembow”, Danny Ocean (iTunes)
“Discovery”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Don’t Call”, Lost Kings (iTunes)
“Don’t Say Goodbye”, Aaron Carter (iTunes)
“Dreamer”, Axwell /\ Ingrosso featuring Trevor Guthrie (iTunes)
“Escape”, Avi On Fire (iTunes)
“Face To Face”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Georgie”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Goodlove”, Justine Skye (iTunes)
“Good As Gold”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“House Party (Doorly Afterparty Re-Rub)”, The Knocks & Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Could Always”, Le Youth featuring MNDR (iTunes)
“I Do”, Morgan Evans (iTunes)
“I Might”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Acoustic/BLVK JVCK/Piano Version)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Ins And Outs (Bruno Martini Remix)”, Sofia Carson (iTunes)
“International Blue”, Manic Street Preachers (iTunes)
“Love You Like That (Mark McCabe Remix)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Low”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“Miss You (Luca Schreiner Remix)”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“No Fear”, Rudimental & The Martinez Brothers featuring Donna Missal (iTunes)
“O Holy Night”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Out Of My Head”, Charli XCX featuring Tove Lo and ALMA (iTunes)
“Personal (Jaded Remix)”, The Vamps featuring Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“…Ready For It? (BloodPop Remix)”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“rockstar (Remix)”, Post Malone featuring Nicky Jam and Ozuna (iTunes)
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, Frank Sinatra & Seal (iTunes)
“Sober”, G-Eazy featuring Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Space For Us”, Wingtip featuring Youngr (iTunes)
“Stargazing (Orchestral Version/Kaskade Remix)”, Kygo featuring Justin Jesso (iTunes)
“The Way”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“These Girls (Acoustic)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Waves”, Jeremy Loops (iTunes)
“Wonderful Christmastime”, The Beach (iTunes)
“YouWouldn’tLikeMeWhenI’mAngry”, Thom Yorke (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Eminem, G-Eazy and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 26, 2016

Keep tabs on Babs.

Keep tabs on Babs.

The old and the new converge on this last New Music Friday of August, and there’s plenty of time to sample all of that late summer rush of music. The question is, who will you listen to first? Here are the notable albums and singles released this week:

  • BARBRA STREISAND — Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (iTunes)
    • Several of the titles in this week’s report could end up at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week, with this new set of duets from the legendary Streisand and friends looking like it might follow 2014’s Partners to the top of the chart. She’ll be on The Tonight Show later this evening to promote the album with a performance featuring actor Alec Baldwin.
  • FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE — Dig Your Roots (iTunes)
    • The popular male duo has a crossover hit in “H.O.L.Y.”, a recent #1 on the Country radio chart that currently sits just under the top 20 at Hot AC radio, with “May We All” now racing up the top 40 at their core format. The set will likely have a solid first week, but will probably be under what 2014’s Anything Goes did in its debut frame.
  • BRITNEY SPEARS — Glory (iTunes)
    • After 2013’s Britney Jean and a series of radio singles failed to make a lasting impact on the charts, the superstar has a chance to reclaim her former chart glory with her ninth studio album. It’s led by “Make Me…”, a recent top 20 song on the CHR/Top 40 radio chart.
  • INGRID MICHAELSON — It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense (iTunes)
    • As “Hell No” remains in the top 20 on Hot AC radio, Michaelson is out with her seventh studio album. She’s hit a high of #5 on the Billboard 200 with her previous two releases. Can she make it three in a row?
  • CARLY RAE JEPSEN — E•MO•TION: Side B (iTunes)
    • Are we worthy of another pop music treasure? This set commemorates the first anniversary of E•MO•TION, released worldwide on August 21 of last year. It’s sure to be another fun listen.
  • More albums out this week: Banks & Steelz‘s Anything But Words (iTunes), Butch Walker‘s Stay Gold (iTunes), Cassius‘s Ibifornia (iTunes), Celine Dion‘s Encore Un Soir (iTunes), CNCO‘s Primera Cita (iTunes), DREAMERS‘s This Album Does Not Exist (iTunes), Futuristic‘s As Seen On The Internet (iTunes), Glass Animals‘s How To Be A Human Being (iTunes), Tesla‘s Mechanical Resonance (Live) (iTunes), Unspoken‘s Follow Through (iTunes), Young Thug‘s No, My Name Is JEFFREY (iTunes), XOXO (TV Soundtrack) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Prophets Of Rage‘s The Party’s Over (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Atlantis”, Bridgit Mendler featuring Kaiydo (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, James TW (iTunes)
  • “Homeland”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
  • “Hurt Like Hell”, The Heydaze (iTunes)
  • “La La”, Laura Marano (iTunes)
  • “Lose Control”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
  • “Nobody Better”, Jakubi (iTunes)
  • “Perfect Story”, Idina Menzel (iTunes)
  • “Quicksand”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
  • “Rhythm & Blues”, The Head And The Heart (iTunes)
  • “Something Wrong”, Timeflies (iTunes)
  • “Tag Team”, Lawrence Taylor (iTunes)
  • “Traumatized”, Grouplove (iTunes)
  • “Wish That You Were Here”, Florence + The Machine (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from A Day To Remember, Dagny, James Vincent McMorrow and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 16)

Meanwhile, back at Billboard...

Meanwhile, back at Billboard…

Q4 will be here before you know it, but some bigger names are getting in on the action this week, including a Country star and a legendary chanteuse. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 16:

  • Coming off a top-selling duet with wife Faith Hill in “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and gliding up the Country chart once again with “Shotgun Rider”, Tim McGraw has quite the momentum going into the release week for Sundown Heaven Town, his second studio album for Big Machine Records. I’d like to think that McGraw has a decent chance of picking up his fifth #1 album on the Billboard 200. We shall see next week. (iTunes)
  • Delayed several times over the last year or so and making its way into stores today is the sixth album by R&B singer Chris Brown, simply titled X. Singles like “Fine China”, “Love More” and “Loyal” have all garnered major play on Rhythmic and Urban radio, and new single “New Flame” is doing the same. Team Breezy will definitely get this one into the top two, but can it reach the top? (iTunes)
  • There’s a locomotive on the loose! That would be Train‘s latest studio effort, Bulletproof Picasso, their first album in two years. It features the current AAA and Hot AC top ten hit “Angel In Blue Jeans”, but all you soul sisters knew that already. Though it won’t have as big an opening week as California 37, it should register solidly in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In stores with her second set of duets and her 34th (!) studio album overall… who else but Barbra Streisand? It’s Partners, matching her with superstars like Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder and newer artists like Blake Shelton and John Legend. It should be another top ten album for Babs and sell nicely through the holidays. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Cannibal Corpse‘s A Skeletal Domain (iTunes), Flyleaf‘s Between The Stars (iTunes), George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (iTunes), Jimi Hendrix‘s soundtrack to Rainbow Bridge (iTunes) and The Cry Of Love (iTunes), Sir Sly‘s You Haunt Me (iTunes), Slash / Myles Kennedy‘s World On Fire (iTunes) and The Madden Brothers‘s Greetings From California (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Feels Like Vegas”, a digital single from R&B singer Tinashe. (iTunes)
  • “Love ‘Em All”, a new single from R&B singer K. Michelle. (iTunes)
  • “Nature Boy”, another digital single from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek album. (iTunes)
  • “Starshine”, new from the legendary Stevie Nicks. (iTunes)
  • “Surrender”, new from the New Jersey trio Cash Cash. (iTunes)

Kenny Chesney brings The Big Revival to the charts next week; will it revive the top spot or will Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett get Cheek To Cheek with it? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 25)

Read up on this "Story".

The time is now for Midnight.

Turn it up… Monday? For the last of three times this holiday season, it’s a manic Monday in the music industry as most new releases hit the shelves just in time for some turkey talk. (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of November 25:

  • They’ve been taking over iTunes all week with digital singles like “Diana” and “Strong” from their last album; now, One Direction is finally in stores with their third full-length release, Midnight Memories. The current radio single from it is the ballad “Story Of My Life”. Get ready for a massive sales week ahead for it. It will almost certainly eclipse the 500,000 mark here, and the ceiling is anyone’s guess (iTunes).
  • Last season on The Voice, young Country singer Danielle Bradbery won the competition for Blake Shelton‘s team. This week, her self-titled debut album is out, featuring the recent Country radio hit “The Heart Of Dixie” (iTunes).
  • Mr. 305 turned Mr. Worldwide, the rapper known as Pitbull, is warming things up for the holidays with the Meltdown edition of his 2012 release, Global Warming. You’ve probably heard new single “Timber”, a collaboration with Ke$ha, all over the radio. It’s available in both a deluxe edition (iTunes) and a stand-alone EP of just the new material (iTunes).
  • Recorded live last year at the Barclays Center, the legendary Barbra Streisand is out with Back To Brooklyn, featuring all the hits and then some. A physical edition includes an added DVD. (iTunes)
  • Is it an odd collaboration? Yes. Does it work? Surprisingly enough, yes. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and jazz singer Norah Jones team up for Foreverly, a collection of the Everly Brothers covers (iTunes).
  • Other albums in stores this week include Bill Cosby‘s Far From Finished (iTunes), Dido‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Florida Georgia Line‘s Here’s To The Good Times – This Is How We Roll edition (iTunes) and the soundtrack to the film Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Cried”, the first radio single from American Idol winner Candice Glover‘s forthcoming album, Music Speaks. (iTunes)
  • “Rollercoaster”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)

Next week, Britney Spears gets to “work bitch” as Britney Jean hits stores, but how will she fare against Jake Owen and the Carrie Underwood-led The Sound Of Music soundtrack? A preview is coming next Tuesday!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 19)

They're crawling back to us.

“Waiting For” their next #1 album.

In a week full of super releases by musical superheroes, there can only be one that tops the Billboard 200 album chart. Here are the high-flying and hot new releases for November 19:

  • Led by the Hot AC hit “Waiting For Superman”, pop/rockers Daughtry are storming into stores with their fourth studio album, Baptized. The band’s had two #1 albums and a third go top ten; how will this fare? I think we’ll be seeing them well within this region again this time around. (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, out this Friday, is in stores today. It features two singles currently ranking on the radio charts: “Atlas” by Coldplay and “We Remain” by Christina Aguilera. (iTunes)
  • American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is rereleasing his album, The World From The Side Of The Moon (iTunes), with a new three-track Live EP (iTunes), featuring in-concert versions of songs like “Gone Gone Gone” and current single “Where We Came From”.
  • They’re “Battle Born” and ready to fight with the release of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 2. Five Finger Death Punch (what a name) are rocking out and up for sale this week. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Yo Gotti just missed the top ten with his last album, Live From The Kitchen. His latest is I Am, featuring current single with T.I., “King Sh-t”. (iTunes).
  • Recorded back in April at Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and friends like Jeff Beck and John Mayer collaborate on Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Delta Rae‘s Chasing Twisters (EP) (iTunes), Jake Bugg‘s Shangri La (iTunes), Matthew Morrison‘s A Classic Christmas (EP) (iTunes) and Nickelback‘s The Best Of Nickelback, Volume 1 (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Diana”, a digital single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, a rendition of the holiday classic from Babyface and Toni Braxton. (iTunes)
  • “Hold On”, a new single from singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. (iTunes)
  • “Human”, the first single from Christina Perri‘s forthcoming second album. (iTunes)
  • “Last Christmas”, the first track released from Ariana Grande‘s new Christmas themed EP. (iTunes)
  • “PYD”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber and special guest R. Kelly. (iTunes)

One Direction are taking over next week with their third album, Midnight Memories. How high will it go? A preview is coming in seven!

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FRIDAY FORTY: Just A Fool Or Forty

Happy Friday! Welcome to another special edition of an occasional segment I’m putting together called The Friday Forty. Consider it a definitive list on all sorts of music-related topics (and much better than those VH1 lists!)

It’s still a few days before you have to put your April Fool’s Day pranks into action, so make it a good one this year. I’m sure you’ll come up with something extra special. In the meantime, there’s been some foolish behavior on the music charts for years, from dancing fools to fools in the rain. We’ve kissed them and believed them. We’ve even questioned ourselves about being the fool. Everybody plays the fool, and we played these records a lot, even if they didn’t peak around the Day. (Some of them indeed did.) So, instead of my yapping and fooling around, I present to you the Friday Forty: The Top 40 Fools of the Rock Era.

(I’m still figuring out the best way to compile these lists. In this case, songs are ranked by peak from the Hot 100 (1958-1973) or the CHR airplay chart (1974-present.) Ties in peak are broken up by year-end positions on the respective survey. Enjoy!)

40. The Impressions – Fool For You (#22, 1968)
39. James Ray – If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody (#22, 1961)
38. Lulu – Oh Me, Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby) (#22, 1970)
37. Styx – Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) (#21, 1978)
36. The Rolling Stones – Fool To Cry (#19, 1976)
35. Frankie Valli – I Make A Fool Of Myself (#18, 1967)
34. Eddie Money – Maybe I’m A Fool (#18, 1979)
33. Dino, Desi and Billy – I’m A Fool (#17, 1965)
32. Sammy Davis, Jr. – What Kind Of Fool Am I (#17, 1962)
31. Wilson Pickett – Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You (#17, 1971)

30. Larsen-Feiten Band – Who’ll Be The Fool Tonight (#16, 1980)
29. Quarterflash – Find Another Fool (#16, 1982)
28. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again (#15, 1971)
27. Foghat – Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was A Fool) (#14, 1980)
26. Andy Williams – A Fool Never Learns (#13, 1964)
25. Luther Vandross – Don’t Want To Be A Fool (#12, 1991)
24. Rick Nelson – Fools Rush In (#12, 1963)
23. Steve Perry – Foolish Heart (#10, 1985)
22. The Tams – What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am?) (#9, 1963)
21. Aaron Neville – Everybody Plays The Fool (#9, 1991)

20. Chris Rea – Fool (If You Think It’s Over) (#9, 1978)
19. Rick Springfield – What Kind Of Fool Am I? (#9, 1982)
18. Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb – What Kind Of Fool (#7, 1981)
17. Diana Ross – Why Do Fools Fall In Love? (#7, 1981)
16. Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 – The Fool On The Hill (#6, 1968)
15. George Michael – Kissing A Fool (#6, 1988)
14. Kenny Loggins – Nobody’s Fool (#6, 1988)
13. Lesley Gore – She’s A Fool (#5, 1963)
12. The Shirelles – Foolish Little Girl (#3, 1963)
11. Brenda Lee – Fool #1 (#3, 1961)

The top ten:
10. The Main Ingredient – “Everybody Plays The Fool”
PEAK: #3, 1972

9. Elvin Bishop – “Fooled Around And Fell in Love”
PEAK: #3, 1976

8. Elvis Presley – “A Fool Such As I”
PEAK: #2, 1959

7. Aretha Franklin – “Chain Of Fools”
PEAK: #2, 1968

6. Ashanti – “Foolish”
PEAK: #2, 2002

Not just a "Little" hit.

Not just a “Little” hit.

5. RICKY NELSON – “Poor Little Fool”
PEAK: #1 in 1958

Teen idol Ricky Nelson blew up at an early age, starring on the 50’s sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet along with the rest of his family. In 1957, Nelson began his recording career with a #1 album, Ricky, and a #2 single, “A Teenager’s Romance”. “Poor” was issued in the spring of 1958 and went to #1 for two weeks in August. It holds the distinction of being the first #1 song on the then newly introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nelson had a number of big singles into the early 60’s, but by the middle of the decade, his success experienced a sharp cutoff. “Garden Party” became his final top-40 hit in 1972, peaking at #6, his biggest single in nearly a decade. He had 35 top-40 hits total. Nelson died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, 1985.

"Somebody" familiar to the top ten.

“Somebody” familiar to the top ten.

4. CONNIE FRANCIS – “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”
PEAK: #1 in 1960

She was on the last Friday Forty about fashion-themed hits, and now, Connie Francis is back again. Like Nelson at #5, Francis also hit the charts for the first time in 1957 with the #4 “Who’s Sorry Now?” but her track record was a little more inconsistent. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” was originally the b-side of another single, “Jealous Of You”, which only went to #19. However, in this rare case, the song that was demoted to a b-side actually went to the top spot, spending two weeks there. Francis followed it up with “My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own”, which also went to #1. She last hit the top 40 in 1964, but she occasionally made the Hot 100 until the end of the decade. Francis is now 74 years old and sometimes performs.

Couldn't quite "Beat" the top two.

Couldn’t quite “Beat” the top two.

3. DEBBIE GIBSON – “Foolish Beat”
PEAK: #1 in 1988

New Yorker Debbie Gibson wanted to make it big very young, performing in community theater and playing multiple instruments. In 1987, Atlantic Records signed her, and her debut album Out Of The Blue became a multi-Platinum success. This fourth single from the effort became the only #1 hit from it, and, at the tender age of 17, made her the youngest act to write, produce and perform a chart-topping single. Electric Youth, released in 1989, went to #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of “Lost In Your Eyes”, but her sales slowly diminished at this point. Gibson last cracked the national charts in 1993, though she’s made some genre-specific surveys since then. She still performs today; in fact, I’ll be seeing her on April 12 at a local event here.

For your chart, your intuition...

“Games” people play.

2. JEWEL – “Foolish Games”
PEAK: #1 in 1997

After two big singles from her Pieces Of You album, this dark track from the Batman & Robin soundtrack was one of two from it to make the mainstream radio chart. (The other was the mid-charter “Gotham City” by R. Kelly.) “Foolish Games” spent four weeks at #1 in the fall, the most out of any song on the list. Jewel scored hits for a number of years afterwards, including 1998’s “Hands” and 2003’s “Intuition”, and also leaped into the world of Country music. Still, her days of big national hits are behind her. She recently put out a Greatest Hits album and a new song from it, “Two Hearts Breaking”, is receiving some minor airplay at the adult contemporary format. She’ll be on tour through the late spring and early summer.

You better "Believe" it.

You better “Believe” it.

1. THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – “What A Fool Believes”
PEAK: #1 in 1979

Now, the most foolish of the fools at #1 on the countdown. After lead singer Tom Johnston fell ill in 1975, The Doobie Brothers took on a different sound with new leader Michael McDonald. “What A Fool Believes” was the first single from Minute By Minute and was a huge and unexpected hit, spending three weeks at #1 on the airplay chart (including over April Fool’s Day) in the spring of 1979. (It only spent one week atop the Hot 100.) The group had a handful of other charting singles, then disbanded in 1982, until they reunited in 1987. They managed to take one more single into the top 40, 1989’s “The Doctor”, though McDonald had left the band at that point. The group still tours today with different lineups and Johnston reinstated as lead singer.

Thanks for logging on and checking out another of the Friday Forty posts and if you have any suggestions for themes or a favorite song on the list, let me know! Post away in the comments or find on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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