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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #08 – Bastille, “Bad Blood”

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

Eight out of ten ain't "Bad".

Eight out of ten ain’t “Bad”.

008. BASTILLE, “Bad Blood” (663 points)
Writer: Dan Smith / Producers: Smith, Mark Crew
Label: Capitol

Debut Date: December 22, 2013
Peak Date: March 23 to April 13, 2014
Peak: #2 for four weeks
Weeks on Chart: 25

Dan Smith and the guys hit a major milestone this year when their song “Of The Night” became their second #1 on my top 40 and spent two weeks there, matching the peak of “Pompeii” in 2013. You may as well call them Twin Peaks. (ba-dum-tss) I’m here all week. However, it’s their lower peaking single (by a spot) that gets a higher ranking on the Top 100 of 2014. (“Night” garnered points that were split between two chart years.) I guess I just wanted more gore.

“Bad” became the first charted release in the band’s native U.K. during the summer of 2012, but it could only reach as high as #90 for a week. A subsequent rerelease during the summer of 2014 couldn’t push it any further, but that was only after it got to #2 for five weeks at Alternative radio in the U.S. during the same period. It spent one less week at #2 here on my personal chart, but it spent enough time in the top 40 at 25 weeks to land them a top ten year-end song for the second year running.

The English quartet is now in the process of making their next studio album; no doubt, the set will be a substantial success on both sides of the Atlantic. I’m sure the pressure is on to create another “Pompeii”, and even if they don’t, the haunting nature of their music, dramatic and mysterious from beginning to end, will continue to draw their passionate fan base to stores. Will they make it onto Showtime too? Dale Cooper might need some extra help.

Check back tomorrow for next part of the top ten on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #5, Bastille – “Pompeii”

Pomp up the jam.

Pomp up the jam.

First Chart Entry / Biggest Hit To Date: “Pompeii” (#1 for two weeks, 2013)

#1 for two weeks, 29+ weeks in the top 40

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Oh, where do we begin? Let’s start here. Take a solo project, turn it into a band, get signed to Virgin Records and a few years down the line, you’re on top of the charts. It’s a little oversimplified, but it’s certainly not a bad progression for the British quartet Bastille, who dropped a historical hit on us this year in “Pompeii”.

The smash about the smashed up Roman city (thanks, Mount Vesuvius, we never liked you anyways) was written and co-produced by lead singer Dan Smith, as well as Mark Crew. With a distinctive sound and vocal, it’s no wonder it caught the attention of a lot of people during these past twelve months. However, you don’t see a lot of fourth singles becoming big hits after an initial string of underperforming releases, but that’s exactly what happened with this in the U.K., as it shot up to #2 during the spring. The tribal-meets-modern song then came onto my radar, leapt up my chart, and spent two weeks at #1 in August and September. It’s still descending on my top 40 and is just about to hit the 30 week mark.

In the U.S., like many British crossovers, the song has needed a little extra time to break out. It did manage to sneak in four weeks at #1 on Alternative radio in October and November and is now just crossing over to the mainstream formats. Looks like it’ll be huge into early 2014. A U.S. followup, the title track from Bad Blood, is now being worked at a few formats where “Pompeii” already peaked out. (“Bad Blood” originally went to #90 in the U.K. about a year and a half ago.)

Bastille may have just missed out on being this year’s Top Newcomer on my top 40, but they sure have a great future ahead of them. I’m sure you’ll be seeing their name all over my chart deep into 2014 to the point where you’ll question, “Does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all?” Congrats, guys!

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