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Kings Of The Hill: Touring The Top 40 Terrain

Chill with the Hills.

Chill with the Hills.

After some massive gains all week long at the CHR/Top 40 format, the Philadelphia duo Marian Hill, consisting of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol, soars into the top 40 with the song “Down”. You’ve probably heard it in the latest Apple commercial. When the spot first began to air, the track shot into the top five on iTunes, and it continues to sit in the top ten as of the published time. I think it’ll stick around, even if it was initially released nearly a year ago. (Don’t we all just to want to dance on walls and cars while a song like that plays?)

As the latest Hill act collects their first top 40 single, let’s take a look back at some of the other musical mounds to reach the king of the hill, a dune full of ditties that we call the pop chart:

(All chart data is taken from the CHR/Pop listing published by trade magazine Radio & Records, which ran from 1973 to 2009.)

Toronto’s Hill was on Canada’s national charts by the mid-70’s, but it wasn’t until 1977 that “Sometimes When We Touch” touched U.S. radio, reaching #2 on the CHR list in February 1978. By September 1987, he returned to the top ten with a surprise hit: “Can’t We Try”, a #8 duet with Vonda Shepard. “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” (#36, February 1988) marked his last chart song.

She made her debut on the Country chart in 1993 with “Wild One”, but it wasn’t until 1998 that she crossed to the CHR survey with a catchy track called “This Kiss”. It peaked at #12 in October 1998. In April 2000, she achieved her only top ten single at the format with “Breathe”, a #8 hit. “The Way You Love Me” (#19, January 2001) and “There You’ll Be” (#22, June 2001) also had good runs.

This Hill was 17 when her first (and only) top 40 hit, “Remember Me This Way”, was featured on the soundtrack to Casper. Well, a friendly ghost couldn’t quite help her get a friendly reaction at CHR radio, and the song stalled at #36 in July 1995. A second entry, “For The Love Of You”, did even worse, topping out at #48 nearly a year later. She would find some larger success on the AC chart.

After rising to #1 in June 1996 with “Killing Me Softly”, as a part of the Fugees, Hill reached the top 50 two times on her own. Just as her cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” peaked at #46 in September 1998, single “Doo Wop (That Thing)” entered and began a slow climb to #29 by January 1999. The two singles were featured on her chart-topping album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

Of course, you can always count on some “Hill” hits to extend your Top 40 excursion: “The Fool On The Hill”, “The Hills”, etc., but I’m sure these Hill acts are more than enough to get you started.

So, where will Marian Hill‘s “Down” peak at the format? Only time will tell. However, I’ll be telling you all over our social feeds…

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