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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Three, 30-11

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2018 may have been a doozy on the political front, but in the musical world, plenty of great singles and performers made their mark on my listening habits this year. “Love” was a constant presence in the top 40 for much of the last twelve months, from “Love So Soft” to “Love Someone” to “Say Love” and many others. We also found a “New” perspective from big titles like “New Light” and “New Rules”. “High Hopes”, “High Horse” and “Hell Or High Water” kept us in the heights of a diverse year for sounds, while “You”, “Me” and everybody in-between got their equal share of pop pronouns. Phew… that was a lot, and there’s much more to come! Who will spread the word and have my #1 song at the end of the countdown?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get to counting. Check out the next 20 songs on my Top 100 of 2018…

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.

30. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate”
Album: Reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #8
Weeks: 22

29. JAMES TW, “Say Love”
Album: Chapters
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #4
Weeks: 21

28. BEN RECTOR, “Drive”
Album: Magic
Label: OK Kid/AWAL
Peak: #5
Weeks: 22

27. JASON MRAZ, “Have It All”
Album: Know.
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #4
Weeks: 21

26. MAROON 5, “Wait”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #5
Weeks: 22

25. THE SCRIPT, “Arms Open”
Album: Freedom Child
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 24 (19 during 2018 Chart Year)

24. DEAN LEWIS, “Be Alright”
Album: (single only)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 17+

23. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes”
Album: Pray For The Wicked
Label: Fueled By Ramen/EMG
Peak: #2
Weeks: 19+

22. LISSIE, “Best Days”
Album: Castles
Label: Lionboy/Thirty Tigers
Peak: #4
Weeks: 23

21. SHEPPARD, “Coming Home”
Album: Watching The Sky
Label: Schoolboy/Republic/in2une
Peak: #4
Weeks: 23 (20 during 2018 Chart Year)

20. KELLY CLARKSON, “I Don’t Think About You”
Album: Meaning Of Life
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #5
Weeks: 23

19. KACEY MUSGRAVES, “High Horse”
Album: Golden Hour
Label: MCA Nashville/Capitol
Peak: #2
Weeks: 23

18. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural”
Album: Origins
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #3
Weeks: 19+

17. NIALL HORAN & MAREN MORRIS, “Seeing Blind”
Album: Flicker
Label: Neon Haze/Capitol
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 23+

16. BRUNO MARS & CARDI B, “Finesse”
Album: 24K Magic
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2
Weeks: 22

15. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot”
Album: What If Nothing
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2017/2018 Chart Year)
Weeks: 32 (22 during 2018 Chart Year)

14. SHAWN MENDES, “In My Blood”
Album: Shawn Mendes
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 23

13. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #2
Weeks: 24 (23 during 2018 Chart Year)

12. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!”
Album: Bloom
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 25

11. CALUM SCOTT, “You Are The Reason”
Album: Only Human
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2
Weeks: 26 (25 during 2018 Chart Year)

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2018 tomorrow…

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 16, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. We certainly have the highest of hopes for a great 2019, but there are a couple of more weeks until the calendar changes. Until then, here’s what’s popping this week:

NO NEED TO PANIC: Panic! At The Disco leads the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for the second week in a row with the song “High Hopes”, a cut from their album Pray For The Wicked. Individually, it’s spending its sixth, third and second weeks on top of those respective formats. So, there’s no need to panic (other than with Panic!) this holiday season… look for the song to hold at #1 for the duration of the usual freeze, remaining firmly ahead of the competition at all three formats. On the Top 40 airwaves, Ariana Grande‘s hit “Breathin” is waiting in the wings, remaining at #2, while Halsey‘s “Without Me” sticks it out at #4 again this week.

With several songs being purged this week ahead of the holidays, there are four new titles entering the top 40 this week. The highest is in at #36, the fourth top 40 hit for the Danish band Lukas Graham. “Love Someone” can be found on 3 (The Purple Album), the latest set by the act, which was released in late October. Their biggest hit at the format, “7 Years”, spent a week at #1 in May 2016. In at #38, Rita Ora returns to the top 40 with her sixth entry, “Let You Love Me”. The single has already reached the top ten in quite a few countries, including Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom. “Wake Up In The Sky”, a recent #1 song on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, jumps in at #39 this week, giving Gucci Mane his fourth top 40 single (and the first in a lead role), Bruno Mars his 20th and Kodak Black his first. Mane’s album Evil Genius should debut in the top five on the upcoming Billboard 200 list. Finally, at #40, “I Found You” pairs Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris together, giving the former his second chart hit as an artist

Ella Mai has the week’s highest new entry in the top 50 with “Trip”, climbing aboard at #46. It’s also the new #1 single at Rhythmic radio on the current update. Two notches lower, “Arms Around You” enters at #48, credited to four performers: XXXTentaction x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee. It’s another of the Rhythmic crossovers on the Top 40 list; “Arms” is rising through the top 20 there. “You Say” is also new to the top 50, coming in at #50 for Christian crossover star Lauren Daigle. It’s her first track at this format to chart, though she’s had plenty of hit songs in the religious music world.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from PGTC!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 25, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Black Friday may be over, but there are still plenty of hot sellers to be found here on the pop airwaves. Seeing green yet? Here’s all the action this Sunday:

HAPPIER THAN BEFORE: Leading the Top 40 chart for the second week, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille is still gaining nicely at the format, as the recent Alternative radio chart-topper stays at #2 on that list. With Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” holding steady at #1 there and climbing 5-2 on the Top 40 survey, the published charts at the two formats contain the same songs in the top two positions (in a different order) for the first time since May 2012. Yes, it’s been that long since “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra and “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe were present in the region. For “High” and its climb to #2 on the pop chart, another piece of chart history: the title now ties the 2006 peak for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” at the format that summer, an incredible feat for a band who hasn’t gone any higher than #30 in-between those two songs. Does the song become their first to reach the summit on the Top 40 airwaves? We think it’ll be a tragedy-free December for the smash.

This week’s debut action is very light, with AJ Mitchell‘s “Girls” climbing from 41-40 as the sole top 40 entry on the survey. It’s the teenage singer’s first top 40 song at the format. Further down, two collaborations land in the top 50 for the first time: “I Found You” enters at #47 for Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris, while “Wake Up In The Sky” comes in at #50 for Gucci Mane x Bruno Mars x Kodak Black. The latter song never received an adds date at this format, though it’s currently sitting at #1 on the Rhythmic chart and in the top five at Urban radio. Blanco’s “Eastside”, featuring Halsey and Khalid, re-enters the top ten here this week, up 11-8.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 2, 2013

Counting down those top ten treasures.

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 2, 2013…

Debuts:
40. P!NK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER, “True Love”
39. LAWSON, “Brokenhearted”

Biggest Movers:
MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (37-25, twelve spots)

10. BRUNO MARS, “Treasure” (up 6)
Album: Unorthodox Jukebox (2012, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

09. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Out Of My League” (down 2)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

08. WALK OFF THE EARTH, “Red Hands” (up 2)
Album: R.E.V.O. (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. MICHAEL BUBLE, “It’s A Beautiful Day” (down 2)
Album: To Be Loved (2013, Reprise/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. KELLY CLARKSON, “People Like Us” (up 2)
Album: Greatest Hits – Chapter One (2012, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. DANIEL POWTER, “Crazy All My Life” (down 2)
Album: Turn On The Lights (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring NELLY, “Cruise (Remix)” (steady, second week)
Album: Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll (2013, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (up 3)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

02. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Mirrors” (steady, third week)
Album: The 20/20 Experience (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (steady, fourth week)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve weeks

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 15, 2018

Still “on the” throne.

DEBUTS
40. Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely
39. In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)
38. ZAYN – Let Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (34) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. James TW – Say Love (28) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
(see #9 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Echosmith – Over My Head (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (05) | PEAK: #02
07. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Troye Sivan – My My My! (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
05. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Lissie – Best Days (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (04) | PEAK: #03
02. George Ezra – Paradise (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – On The Loose (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (2)
2. Loote – Your Side Of The Bed (3)
3. Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special (7)
4. Sigrid – Strangers (4)
5. Donovan Woods – Burn That Bridge (8)
6. Sheppard – Riding The Wave (-)
7. P!nk – Whatever You Want (9)
8. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (-)
9. James Bay – Us (-)
10. Alice Merton – Lash Out (10)

In The Mix:
King Princess – 1950 (new)
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me From Falling
Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
The Aces – Volcanic Love (new)
U2 – Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (new)
Years & Years – Sanctify

Chart Notes:

  • Former One Direction member ZAYN scores this week’s highest debut at #38 with his fifth solo hit, “Let Me”. The single is due on the performer’s forthcoming studio album, which is expected sometime later this year. He has two #1 songs thus far as a soloist: “Pillowtalk”, which topped my chart for three weeks in 2016, and “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, with Taylor Swift, which held at the top for two weeks in 2017. A spot below ZAYN, coming in at #39, is the boy band In Real Life with “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”. It’s the quintet’s first appearance on my chart, though they bubbled under with a song called “Eyes Closed” last August. Finally, at #40, is a duet from labelmates Andreas Moss and Melanie Pfirrman, “Lonely”. It’s the second top 40 song for Moss, who reached #21 in November with “Stuck In My Feelings”, and the first for Pfirrman.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 8, 2018

Still hangin’ “Loose”.

DEBUTS
40. Matt Simons – We Can Do Better
38. Jesse McCartney – Better With You
34. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Hall & Oates with Train – Philly Forget Me Not (40)
28. James TW – Say Love (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Snow Patrol – Don’t Give In (32)
23. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (29)
14. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (21)
13. Echosmith – Over My Head (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (08) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
09. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Lissie – Best Days (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (05) | PEAK: #02
04. Troye Sivan – My My My! (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (04) | PEAK: #03
02. George Ezra – Paradise (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – On The Loose (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You) (3)
2. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (1)
3. Loote – Your Side Of The Bed (5)
4. Sigrid – Strangers (4)
5. Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely (6)
6. Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (2)
7. Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special (8)
8. Donovan Woods – Burn That Bridge (10)
9. P!nk – Whatever You Want (-)
10. Alice Merton – Lash Out (-)

In The Mix:
James Bay – Us (new)
Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me From Falling
Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous (new)
Years & Years – Sanctify

Chart Notes:

  • Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa are responsible for this week’s Highest Debut with “One Kiss”, smooching its way into the #34 spot. Lipa’s “IDGAF” holds onto the #9 position for the third consecutive week, while also showing solid growth at the Hot AC and Top 40 radio formats. With his first top 40 single on my chart since “Superbad”, which went to #13 during the summer of 2014, Jesse McCartney comes in at #38 with “Better With You”. Look out for more new music from the performer later this year. Lastly, at #40, Matt Simons returns with his first hit in three years, “We Can Do Better”. In early 2015, his song “Catch And Release” peaked at #23, though it reached the top five on the Triple A radio chart a little over a year later.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 1, 2018

Stay a while, Niall.

DEBUTS
40. Hall & Oates with Train – Philly Forget Me Not
39. The Driver Era – Preacher Man
36. James TW – Say Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Snow Patrol – Don’t Give In (40)
29. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (35)
21. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (33) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (06) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Lissie – Best Days (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (03) | PEAK: #02
04. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Troye Sivan – My My My! (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. George Ezra – Paradise (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – On The Loose (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (1)
2. Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (2)
3. In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You) (3)
4. Sigrid – Strangers (5)
5. Loote – Your Side Of The Bed (6)
6. Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely (8)
7. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (7)
8. Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special (-)
9. Jesse McCartney – Better With You (-)
10. Donovan Woods – Burn That Bridge (-)

In The Mix:
Barenaked Ladies – Lookin’ Up
James Bay – Pink Lemonade
Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me From Falling
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl
Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
P!nk – Whatever You Want
Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan
Years & Years – Sanctify

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to One Direction‘s Niall Horan, who now goes 4-for-4 with chart-topping titles from his solo album Flicker. “On The Loose” rises 2-1 this week, making Horan’s set the first to accumulate four consecutive #1 songs on my top 40 since 25 by Adele. The other three, chronologically, are 2016’s “This Town” and 2017’s “Slow Hands” and “Too Much To Ask”. This chart achievement also makes Flicker the first release to land #1 songs in three different calendar years since 25, with the last of the four, “Water Under The Bridge”, spending its last week at the top on the chart dated the first day of January in 2017. (Her run began in November 2015 with lead single “Hello”.) There are three debuts this week, led by the fourth top 40 song for James TW, “Say Love”, at #36. His biggest entry here to date, “When You Love Someone”, spent seven weeks at the top in the fall of 2016. The Driver Era, two of the Lynch siblings from R5, are new at #39 with “Preacher Man”, marking their first chart hit. Lastly, at #40, is a collaboration from Hall & Oates and Train called “Philly Forget Me Not”, a preview of their forthcoming summer tour together. It’s the legendary duo’s first time on my chart since 2005, when their cover of “Ooh Child” went to #37 that June. Train’s last top 40 single here, “Drink Up”, spent three weeks at #9 last June.

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