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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #20-11

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

In the next ten songs on this year’s Top 100, two cuts from one of my favorite albums of the year, the U.K. hit that should’ve gone to radio this summer and didn’t, the case of two “Heartbeat” hits and their battle for airtime, plus, a whole lot more. So, shall we? Let’s get back into the Top 100 of 2015 at #20…

John Newman
020. JOHN NEWMAN – “Come And Get It”
Label: Republic
Album: Revolve
Peak: #2 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Shortly after Newman’s leadoff single debuted and peaked at #5 in his native U.K., an adds date at CHR/Top 40 radio was posted for the song at the end of August. I was pretty excited, as were a few other people. Then, his U.S. label, Republic Records, decided to pull it, and an impact week was never rescheduled. No additional singles from the album have entered so far.

Life Of Dillon
019. LIFE OF DILLON – “Overload”
Label: Disruptor/Epic
Album: Prologue (EP)
Peak: #2

Top 40 Trivia: Though their act mentions a Dillon, no members of this trio are actually named that. David, Joe and Robert find themselves telling the story of their band name’s origin quite a bit, recalling the memory of meeting a carefree surfer in Brazil. An unexpected encounter with the man, named Dillon, and the travel stories he shared to the three guys led to the name of their trio.

One Direction
018. ONE DIRECTION – “Drag Me Down”
Label: Syco/Columbia
Album: Made In The A.M.
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: 2015 marked the year that this boy band’s #1 streak on the Billboard 200 album chart came to an end, thanks to a boy by the name of Bieber. Justin Bieber‘s Purpose gave the young singer a major career boost and a strong #1 set, leaving an upset fan base to take in the disappointment of a, still very solid, #2 entry for the four. It’s their last studio album before a hiatus.

Carly Rae Jepsen
017. CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “I Really Like You”
Label: Interscope
Album: E•MO•TION
Peak: #1 for one week

Top 40 Trivia: You couldn’t miss actor Tom Hanks in the music video for Jepsen’s former #1 on my chart, but did you know the 59-year-old star was in another video earlier this year? It was a short cameo filmed for his wife Rita Wilson’s “Girls Night In” clip, which was released as a stand-alone single in March. Could the Big and Forrest Gump actor participate in more videos next year?

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
016. MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS – “Uptown Funk!”
Label: RCA
Album: Uptown Special
Peak: #3 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: The number of writers in this single’s credits grew quite a bit during its time in the national spotlight. I guess it’s not the biggest surprise given its nostalgic sound. The total currently stands at 11, five of which belong to The Gap Band for the sampling of “Oops! Upside Your Head”, a 1980 R&B hit. Mars and Ronson are credited as both writers and producers on “Funk”.

Mat Kearney
015. MAT KEARNEY – “Heartbeat”
Label: Republic
Album: Just Kids
Peak: #2 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: In January of this year, American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson released a single titled “Heartbeat Song”, and as her leadoff singles do, it quickly soared into the top ten at Hot AC radio. Well, Hot AC is the format that Kearney does the best at, and his single was pulled several weeks later. It was a crushing blow for sure, but it did end up higher on my Top 100 for the year!

Carly Rae Jepsen
014. CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “Run Away With Me”
Label: Interscope
Album: E•MO•TION
Peak: #2 for four weeks

Top 40 Trivia: In perhaps one of the weirder chart runs this year, this single managed a week at #50 in August on the pop radio survey, then began to crash downward. Several weeks later, the song began to rise again thanks to a very late block add by the two dozen or so stations that are owned by Cumulus Media. Sadly, it didn’t do much in its second run, but Jepsen’s track is still lovely.

A Great Big World
013. A GREAT BIG WORLD – “Hold Each Other”
Label: Black Magnetic/Epic
Album: When The Morning Comes
Peak: #1 for four weeks

Top 40 Trivia: When “Hold” hit the top spot in September, this New York duo, made up of Ian Axel and Chad King, became the latest twosome to have two #1 hits on my survey. Those duos include the brother-sister act named Boomkat (“The Wreckoning” and “What U Do 2 Me”) and England’s Graffiti6 (“Free” and “Stare Into The Sun”.) Will the two guys find an “Oasis” at #1 next?

Taylor Swift
012. TAYLOR SWIFT – “Style”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Album: 1989
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This is the last of Swift’s four songs to make my Top 100 of the year, which makes her the top solo female on my chart for 2015. The most stylish hit on my chart until her chart-topper reached the summit was “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” by Blu Cantrell, which peaked at #2 during the summer of 2001. Unfortunately, Swift never welcomed her on stage for a surprise duet.

Causes
011. CAUSES – “Teach Me How To Dance With You”
Label: RCA (U.K.)
Album: Under Bridges That You Built For Me
Peak: #2 for four weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This song was recently reissued at both retail and streaming platforms here ahead of the release of the quartet’s debut album. In its original chart run in The Netherlands, the song peaked at #21, but was certified Platinum and recently jumped past five million streams on Spotify. As the act looks forward to 2016, we’ll see how Causes and their effect play out on the charts.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #40-31

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

In the next ten songs on this year’s Top 100, a former American Idol winner, a young performer who auditioned for Idol and had her big break many years later, two songs from an English performer and the incredibly shrinking group that first made my chart as a quintet and is now a trio. Let’s enter into the top 40 with some added trivia and check out the next ten songs on the list…

Causes
040. CAUSES – “Walk On Water”
Label: RCA (U.K.)
Album: Under Bridges That You Built For Me
Peak: #6 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This quartet, led by Rupert Blackman, has one more song to go on the Top 100. Until we “dance” on over to the section of the chart, we have this miraculous musical moment, a title that’s been a hit on the Hot 100 two times before. In 1972, it was Neil Diamond who took his single to #17, and in 1988, Eddie Money took his song up to #9. That’s a whole lot of walking.

Kelly Clarkson
039. KELLY CLARKSON – “Invincible”
Label: RCA
Album: Piece By Piece
Peak: #7 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Clarkson remains the biggest contestant from any American Idol season to rank on my personal chart. 17 of her singles have hit the top ten on my chart, and 25 of her songs have become top 40 hits, way ahead of the act in second place. In my current chart, the title track from her latest album could extend that top ten total to 18 shortly. Stay tuned to see if that happens!

Martin Luke Brown
038. MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Take Out Of Me”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: Take Out Of Me (EP)
Peak: #8

Top 40 Trivia: So far, in his short career, Brown has managed to place four singles in my top 40 in a year. I’d say that’s a pretty good start, and one that will hopefully lead him to even more success on the national charts in 2016. Though he hasn’t reached #1 yet, there is a Brown singer that has. In May 2010, it was VV Brown that spent four weeks at the top with “Shark In The Water”.

Ed Sheeran
037. ED SHEERAN – “Photograph”
Label: Atlantic
Album: x
Peak: #10 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: When Sheeran’s song hit the top ten on the CHR/Pop chart earlier this year, it became the latest title to reach a top ten peak in three different decades. The other “Photograph” songs to do it were by Ringo Starr (#1, 1973) and Nickelback (#3, 2005). Additionally, “Photograph” by Def Leppard managed a #16 peak in 1983. I guess photos are popular in any decade.

Tori Kelly
036. TORI KELLY – “Nobody Love”
Label: Capitol
Album: Unbreakable Smile
Peak: #6 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Eight of the songs in this year’s Top 100 were a part of iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program, which gives radio stations at a given format a song to play for a minimum of 150 spins with special on-air branding. Kelly’s track is one of four from a CHR/Top 40 campaign, like the previously revealed Conrad Sewell and Prince Royce and a higher release by Nate Ruess.

Delta Rae
035. DELTA RAE – “Scared”
Label: Sire
Album: After It All
Peak: #7 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: They’ve been touring all over the States this year, but luckily, they get to take a breather over the holidays. This sextet from North Carolina is a fantastic live act, and their albums are certainly quality, including their latest set. In fact, it was in the spring that After became the group’s first album to make the Billboard 200. Here’s hoping that their profile continues to rise.

Scott Helman
034. SCOTT HELMAN – “Bungalow”
Label: Warner Bros. (Canada)
Album: Augusta (EP)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: 2015 wasn’t the biggest of years for Canadian-born artists on my top 40, but Helman, who lives in Toronto, had a solid debut with a track that just missed hitting the top ten on the Hot AC chart up north. Only Carly Rae Jepsen and Shawn Mendes managed to rank higher on my year-end list. Both “Machine” and “That Sweater” off his EP are now charting in Canada.

Years & Years
033. YEARS & YEARS – “Desire”
Label: Interscope
Album: Communion
Peak: #2 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This single from the English trio was the third to be released from their debut album and their first to break the top 40 in their native United Kingdom. That was in November of 2014. Almost a year later, in September, the song impacted pop radio in the U.S. and unfortunately tanked harder than their previous single, “King”. Can the trio have a proper U.S. hit in 2016?

Parachute
032. PARACHUTE – “Crave”
Label: Vanguard
Album: (single only)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: “Crave” was co-written by the leader of a former Adam’s Top 40 act. It’s the Gabe Dixon Band, and their one charting song, “Till You’re Gone”, peaked at #35 in the fall of 2008. Dixon, who now releases as a solo artist, is currently based in Nashville. (Another co-writer, Jamie Hartman, just missed making my chart in late 2007 as the lead vocalist of Ben’s Brother.)

Martin Luke Brown
031. MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Nostalgia”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: (single only)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

Top 40 Trivia: A few of the acts that made this year’s Top 100 countdown were featured in the Introducing rotation slot on the weekly playlist compiled by the heads of BBC Radio 1. This slot, which a song holds for just a week, enables a new artist to receive seven spins across several different shows. Brown’s great song was played in October 2014 and led to his current record contract.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 11, 2015

Another Big #1 for Chad and Ian.

They’ve got a “Hold” on the top.

DEBUTS
40. The 1975 – Love Me
39. Grizfolk – Troublemaker | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (34)
28. BANNERS – Shine A Light (36)
24. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (33) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
19. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (25)
12. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Causes – Walk On Water (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Years & Years – Desire (07) | PEAK: #06
05. X Ambassadors – Renegades (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (04) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
03. One Direction – Drag Me Down (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (1)
2. Secret Weapons – Something New (10)
3. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (8)
4. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (7)
5. John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (5)
6. James Morrison – Demons (6)
7. Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me (9)
8. Patrick James – In New Light (-)
9. The Score – Oh My Love (-)
10. The Vamps – Wake Up (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
Causes – To The River (new)
Demi Lovato – Confident
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Green River Ordinance – Maybe It’s Time (Gravity)
Hippo Campus – South
HØØNCH – Top
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Martin Luke Brown – Knife Edge (new)
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Matt Woods – Blue Skies (new)
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Olly Murs – Kiss Me (new)
Phoebe Ryan – Mine (new)
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Ruen Brothers – Aces
Ryan Corn – White Flag
Sia – Alive
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Front Bottoms – HELP
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by an act out to prove that the third time’s the charm, at least on my personal chart. Their two previous releases bubbled under my top 40 last year, those songs being “The Struggle” and  “Hymnals”. Now, the Swedish-American band known as Grizfolk breaks into my countdown at #39 with “Troublemaker”, which is also on the rise on the top 50 at Alternative radio. That title was also a #1 hit on my survey for Olly Murs in early 2013.
  • At #40 is this week’s other debut, “Love Me” by The 1975. After its premiere on Thursday, it went as high as #2 on iTunes. The guitar work on the song is straight late 80’s funk/pop, inspired by an era that brought us music such as the 1987 singles “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel and “Need You Tonight” by INXS. You might also hear a nod to The Isley Brothers‘s “It’s Your Thing” in the lead melody of the chorus; no word on if it’s a credited interpolation or not.
  • Several recent blog and Spotify items are on the rise just below the top 40, with the New York duo Secret Weapons close to entering the chart with their debut single, “Something New”, while English singer/songwriter Matt Woods is new to In The Mix with “Blue Skies”. You may remember that he went to #10 earlier this year with “In The Dark”. We’ll see how these two songs do later this fall.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 4, 2015

Another Big #1 for Chad and Ian.

Two Great Big weeks at the top.

DEBUTS
40. JR JR – Gone
39. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
29. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (34)
25. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. John Newman – Come And Get It (07) | PEAK: #02
09. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Years & Years – Desire (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Causes – Walk On Water (06) | PEAK: #06
05. X Ambassadors – Renegades (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
03. One Direction – Drag Me Down (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (5)
2. Grizfolk – Troublemaker (8)
3. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (2)
4. Wylder – Sunstroke (1)
5. John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (6)
6. James Morrison – Demons (7)
7. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (9)
8. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (-)
9. Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me (-)
10. Secret Weapons – Something New (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
David Cook – Criminals
Demi Lovato – Confident
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Green River Ordinance – Maybe It’s Time (Gravity)
Hippo Campus – South (new)
HØØNCH – Top (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Patrick James – In New Light (new)
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Ruen Brothers – Aces (new)
Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
Ryan Corn – White Flag
Sia – Alive
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Front Bottoms – HELP (new)
The Score – Oh My Love
The Vamps – Wake Up (new)
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash (new)
X Ambassadors – Unsteady (new)
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • Two female soloists are tied for the Biggest Mover title this week: both “On My Mind” by Ellie Goulding (31-25) and “She Used To Be Mine” by Sara Bareilles (39-33) climb a healthy six notches this week. They’ll also be competing on the album listing when the two release their new sets on the same date, November 6. For Goulding, it’s Delirium, and for Bareilles, it’s What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress. Both songs are off to good starts, but how will they do in the long run? Stay tuned!
  • This week’s Highest Debut at #39 is from the new band called DNCE. Their song is “Cake By The Ocean”. You may know by now that the leader of this quartet is Joe Jonas, who previously recorded with the Jonas Brothers and as a soloist. That middle Jonas sibling, along with bassist Cole Whittle, drummer Jack Lawless and guitarist JinJoo Lee, comprise the act. It’s a little early to tell when they’ll issue their debut album, but you’ll be hearing a lot of this song during the fall.
  • The only other new entry this week is from another act that’s new to the countdown, JR JR. They climb aboard at #40 with “Gone”. They previously released material as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. until the summer of this year. The track is also charting at Alternative radio, which marks their first record to rank there as well. Their self-titled album dropped last week.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 27, 2015

Another Big #1 for Chad and Ian.

A second Big #1 for Chad and Ian.

DEBUTS
40. BANNERS – Shine A Light
39. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine
38. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)
37. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (28)
13. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Years & Years – Desire (12) | PEAK: #08
07. John Newman – Come And Get It (05) | PEAK: #02
06. Causes – Walk On Water (07) | PEAK: #06
05. X Ambassadors – Renegades (06) | PEAK: #05
04. One Direction – Drag Me Down (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (03) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wylder – Sunstroke (1)
2. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (2)
3. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (-)
4. JR JR – Gone (-)
5. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (6)
6. John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (8)
7. James Morrison – Demons (9)
8. Grizfolk – Troublemaker (-)
9. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (-)
10. David Cook – Criminals (7)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up (new)
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
Demi Lovato – Confident
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Green River Ordinance – Maybe It’s Time (Gravity)
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline (new)
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me (new)
Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
Ryan Corn – White Flag (new)
Sia – Alive (new)
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • We have a new one at the top this week, which marks the second #1 for the New York duo A Great Big World. They climb 2-1 with “Hold Each Other”, the first release from their forthcoming album Won’t Stop Running, which is due on November 13. The last time the guys were at the top was with “Already Home”, a single that landed them at #1 for seven weeks in a row and earned it the runner-up slot on my Top 100 of 2014. Of course, member Chad King was still Chad Vaccarino at the time, but hey, some things are bound to change in the process. Can’t wait to hear more music from them!
  • This week’s Highest Debut on my chart is by the American a cappella group that had one of the biggest-selling albums of last year, a seasonal effort called That’s Christmas To Me. It reached Platinum status and will likely sell well once again during a period around the holidays, though none of its tracks made my survey. Now, the four men and one woman who call their act Pentatonix have an original tune getting airplay at two formats called “Can’t Sleep Love”, and it enters my chart at #37. An album full of all new songs from the five performers is due out on October 16.
  • 31-year-old singer Andy Grammer had a huge era on my chart with his self-titled debut album, which featured the singles “Keep Your Head Up” (#2), “Fine By Me” (#4) and “Miss Me” (#1 for two weeks). His sophomore era has been a little more, how should I say it… inconsistent, perhaps? “Back Home” (#10) and “Honey, I’m Good” (#9) saw lower peaks, and the latest single from him at #38, “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)”, still isn’t his best work. Nevertheless, it seems as though radio is at least starting it off well. How far will it go for me? Stay tuned.
  • Four years ago, a song called “Rise Above 1” made it up to #6 on my weekly top 40 for actor/singer Reeve Carney and two featured members of the group U2, leader Bono and guitarist The Edge. It was also a minor hit on the Hot AC chart. That release marked the last song from the score of a musical (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) to hit my chart… until now. Sara Bareilles enters at #39 with “She Used To Be Mine”, from the musical Waitress. Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics to the whole show.
  • Finally, down at #40, is the first chart hit for the singer/songwriter named BANNERS. His song is called “Shine A Light”, a glistening gem that hits radio in October. The act is just one person, Mike Nelson, who was raised in Liverpool and now lives in Toronto. You might remember his song “Ghosts” that debuted earlier this year under the name RAINES, though it’s been reissued recently under his new name.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 20, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

Making it five five weeks at the top top.

DEBUTS
39. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind
38. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever
34. Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Outasight – The Wild Life (39)
30. Maroon 5 – Feelings (36)
28. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (22)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (13) | PEAK: #10
09. ROMANS – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Causes – Walk On Water (09) | PEAK: #07
06. X Ambassadors – Renegades (07) | PEAK: #06
05. John Newman – Come And Get It (04) | PEAK: #02
04. One Direction – Drag Me Down (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (03) | PEAK: #03
02. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wylder – Sunstroke (2)
2. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (3)
3. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (9)
4. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (8)
5. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (5)
6. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (10)
7. David Cook – Criminals (7)
8. John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (-)
9. James Morrison – Demons (-)
10. BANNERS – Shine A Light (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
Demi Lovato – Confident (new)
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (new)
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Green River Ordinance – Maybe It’s Time (Gravity) (new)
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
JR JR – Gone
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Ryan Adams – Bad Blood (new)
Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (new)
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • Nashville newcomer Marc Scibilia first released “How Bad We Need Each Other” in 2012, and three years later, the single is finally headed to Hot AC radio. He lands this week’s Highest Debut on my top 40 at #34. The track can currently be found on an EP entitled Out Of Style, but it’s only available on Spotify. However, his forthcoming album of the same name, due at both purchase and streaming platforms, is out on October 30.
  • We say goodbye to Rob Thomas‘s “Trust You” this week, a song that just missed cracking the top ten, but his next single is taking its place in the countdown. “Hold On Forever” is the second release from The Great Unknown and bows in at #38. In a few weeks, Thomas will be back on the road to play a number of U.S. dates in both the South and the Midwest.
  • It just premiered a few days ago, and now, the latest single from Ellie Goulding makes its way onto my survey at #39. “On My Mind” marks the leadoff single from her forthcoming album, Delirium, due on November 6. Earlier this year, the singer landed at #1 on my chart for four weeks with “Love Me Like You Do”. Can she make it two in a row? We’ll see.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 13, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

Four times the “Pressure”.

DEBUTS
40. Paul Rey – Good As Hell
39. Outasight – The Wild Life | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (40)
29. Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (28) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lions Head – Begging (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Causes – Walk On Water (12) | PEAK: #09
08. ROMANS – Uh Huh (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. X Ambassadors – Renegades (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (05) | PEAK: #05
05. One Direction – Drag Me Down (06) | PEAK: #05
04. John Newman – Come And Get It (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (04) | PEAK: #03
02. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other (7)
2. Wylder – Sunstroke (3)
3. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (6)
4. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (8)
5. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (4)
6. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (2)
7. David Cook – Criminals (9)
8. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (10)
9. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (-)
10. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day (new)
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
James Morrison – Demons (new)
John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
JoJo – When Love Hurts
JR JR – Gone
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Rachel Platten – Stand By You (new)
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • Two new songs make the top ten this week, including the second top ten in a row for the band Causes. They climb 12-9 with with “Walk On Water”, the same title that hit the top 40 in the past for Neil Diamond (#17, 1972) and Eddie Money (#9, 1988) on the Hot 100. We’ll see if the quartet’s splashy single can break the American charts soon. Also up a notch this week is the first hit for the duo Lions Head, climbing 11-10 with “Begging”. They’ve been roaring up a storm in concert overseas as of late.
  • 32-year-old Richard Andrew calls himself Outasight, but he’s in plain sight on my top 40 with this week’s Highest Debut at #39. “The Wild Life” is the first radio single from his forthcoming effort, Big Trouble, due on October 23. In 2011, “Tonight Is The Night”, his debut single, was featured in a Pepsi commercial. It went to #14 on the pop radio survey in March 2012. It was followed by “Now Or Never”, which peaked at #25 four months later. Neither song broke my chart.
  • A notch below that is this week’s only other debut, which comes from Swedish newcomer Paul Rey. “Good As Hell” grabs a good hold on the countdown, entering at #40. The musician, born Pauli Jokela, is originally from the city of Lund. That city is also the hometown of DJ/producer Axwell (from Axwell Λ Ingrosso) and recent Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

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