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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 23, 2015

A World of chart hits.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 23, 2015…

Debuts:
40. CONNELL CRUISE, “Into The Wild”
39. JAMIE LAWSON, “Wasn’t Expecting That”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see #5 below)

10. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Go Big Or Go Home” (down 4)
Album: What We Live For (2016, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #4

09. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard” (down 2)
Album: Jukebox The Ghost (2015, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

08. GAVIN JAMES, “The Book Of Love” (down 3)
Album: Bitter Pill (2016, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. SHAWN MENDES, “Stitches” (up 1)
Album: Handwritten (2015, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #5

06. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Run Away With Me” (up 5)
Album: E·MO·TION (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

05. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Hold Each Other” (up 7)
Album: When The Morning Comes (2015, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. WALK THE MOON, “Different Colors” (down 1)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. RØMANS, “Uh Huh” (down 2)
Album: Overthinking – Pt. 1 (EP) (2015, Roc Nation Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. JOHN NEWMAN, “Come And Get It” (up 2)
Album: Revolve (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS, “Pressure Off” (up 1)
Album: Paper Gods (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Two, 60-31

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 30 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.

60. SHAWN MENDES, “Lost In Japan”
Album: Shawn Mendes
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #3

59. ROZZI, “Never Over You”
Album: Bad Together
Label: Small Giant/Columbia
Peak: #12

58. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman”
Album: Sweetener
Label: Republic
Peak: #11

57. SCOTT HELMAN, “PDA”
Album: Hôtel de Ville
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #7

56. DUA LIPA, “New Rules”
Album: Dua Lipa
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for two weeks (2017 Chart Year)

55. WALK THE MOON, “Kamikaze”
Album: What If Nothing
Label: RCA
Peak: #11

54. ONEREPUBLIC, “Connection”
Album: (single only)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #10

53. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “Again And Again”
Album: Come Tomorrow
Label: RCA
Peak: #6

52. MADDIE POPPE, “Going Going Gone”
Album: (single only)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #10

51. GAVIN JAMES, “Hearts On Fire”
Album: Only Ticket Home
Label: Capitol
Peak: #10

50. U2, “You’re The Best Thing About Me”
Album: Songs Of Experience
Label: Interscope
Peak: #3

49. NOAH KAHAN, “Hurt Somebody”
Album: Hurt Somebody (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #5

48. BASTILLE, “World Gone Mad”
Album: Bright: The Album (Soundtrack)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #8

47. P!NK, “Whatever You Want”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #9

46. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me”
Album: Tell Me You Love Me
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #8

45. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends”
Album: Speak Your Mind
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #10

44. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF”
Album: Dua Lipa
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #9

43. KYGO & IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Born To Be Yours”
Album: (single only)
Label: Ultra/RCA-KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #10

42. BASTILLE, “Quarter Past Midnight”
Album: (single only)
Label: Capitol
Peak: #7

41. NINA NESBITT, “Loyal To Me”
Album: The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change
Label: Cooking Vinyl/RED
Peak: #2

40. BLEACHERS, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”
Album: Love, Simon (Soundtrack)
Label: RCA
Peak: #7

39. MAROON 5, “Girls Like You”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #5

38. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes”
Album: ƎVOLVE
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #7

37. ELLE KING, “Shame”
Album: Shake The Spirit
Label: RCA
Peak: #6

36. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier”
Album: (single only)
Label: Astralwerks/Capitol
Peak: #1 for four weeks

35. JANELLE MONÁE, “Make Me Feel”
Album: Dirty Computer
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #6

34. ECHOSMITH, “Over My Head”
Album: (single only)
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #4

33. PASSENGER, “Hell Or High Water”
Album: Runaway
Label: Black Crow/Nettwerk
Peak: #6

32. PAUL MCCARTNEY, “Come On To Me”
Album: Egypt Station
Label: Capitol
Peak: #5

31. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask”
Album: Flicker
Label: Neon Haze/Capitol
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 26, 2018

“Someone” has a new release…

Tricks and treats and plenty of ear candy is on the schedule this week, as we enter the last Friday before Halloween. Who’s going to spook the top spot? These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LUKAS GRAHAM – 3 (The Purple Album) (iTunes)
Best known for the international smash “7 Years”, which topped the Hot AC and Top 40 radio charts here in the U.S., the Danish band is back with their newest album. It features the radio single “Love Someone”, which is currently climbing through top 20 at the former format and impacting at the latter this coming Tuesday.

THE STRUTS Young & Dangerous (iTunes)
Featuring the Alternative radio hit “Body Talks”, which sits just below the top ten at the format, these rockers are turning up the volume on the chart with their new set. It should easily surpass the peak of their last album, which barely cracked the top 100.

TORY LANEZ Love Me Now? (iTunes)
With “Talk To Me”, a collaboration with Rich The Kid, now in the top ten at Urban radio, Canadian performer Lanez will likely have a good opening week for his second album of 2018. Will it continue his top five streak on the Billboard 200?

Notable albums out this week: Andrea Bocelli‘s (iTunes), Boy George & Culture Club‘s Life (iTunes), Causes‘s Wake Me Up So I Can Dream (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Holy Roar (iTunes), Dillon Carmichael‘s Hell On An Angel (iTunes), Eagle-Eye Cherry‘s Streets Of You (iTunes), Francesca Battistelli‘s Own It (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Only Ticket Home (iTunes), Joji‘s Ballads 1 (iTunes), Monsta X‘s Take.1 Are You There? (iTunes), Robyn‘s Honey (iTunes), Tom Odell‘s Jubilee Road (iTunes), Zayde Wølf‘s Modern Alchemy (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (Deluxe) (iTunes), Gwen Stefani‘s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe) (iTunes), Jessie J‘s This Christmas Day (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s On This Holiday (iTunes), John Legend‘s A Legendary Christmas (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s Christmas Is Here! (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bronze Radio Return‘s Check One (iTunes), FERGUS‘s Purple Road (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Songs From Primal Heart: Reimagined (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Kids At Play (iTunes), RAY BLK‘s Empress (iTunes), Royal Wood‘s Love Will Linger (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1%” and “L*** Is A Bad Word”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“A Million Dollars A Day” and “I Count On Me”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“A Million Dreams”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Armor”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Arms Around You”, XXXTentacion x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Bamboo”, Far East Movement featuring Jason Zhang & Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Below The Ceiling”, nicopop. featuring Tyler Mann (iTunes)
“Checklist” and “Slow Down”, Normani x Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Cool With It (Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Come Again”, Swizz Beatz featuring Giggs (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, David Cook (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Dream”, Birthday (iTunes)
“Electricity (Black Madonna Remix)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Faded/2AM”, Lila Drew featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Freak”, Black Caviar (iTunes)
“Girl”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“Girl Of The Year”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Good And Lasting”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Goodbyes (Yung Bae Remix)”, The Knocks featuring Method Man (iTunes)
“Got Love”, The Revivalists (iTunes)
“Grapevine”, Tiësto (iTunes)
“Happy Now”, Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Headlights”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heaven”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Human”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“If I Say”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“In Case I Don’t Feel”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“JT”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Killer Queen”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Lady Liberty”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Llegaste Tú”, CNCO & Prince Royce (iTunes)
“Made For Now (Benny Benassi x Canova Remix)”, Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Make Up”, Vice & Jason Derulo featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Medicine (Acoustic)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Money”, Cardi B (iTunes)
“Nervous”, L Devine (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“On The Way Up”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“One Last Time”, Tyron Hapi & Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“Paris”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Remember”, Gryffin with ZOHARA (iTunes)
“Rhythm In My Blood”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Savior”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Siren”, The Chainsmokers & AAZAR (iTunes)
“Song About You (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Survivor”, Daniel Powter & Kelly Yu (iTunes)
“Take Your Love”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“The Fear”, The Score (iTunes)
“The First Noel”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, R3HAB x MOTi featuring Fiora (iTunes)
“Walk Alone”, Rudimental featuring Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“Werewolf”, Quinn XCII featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? (Mike Crossley Mix)”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Wildest Dreams”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, Tyler, The Creator (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Barbra Streisand, the Pistol AnniesTakeoff and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 30, 2015

“Down” for some 2015 hits.

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 three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 30, 2015…

Debuts:
39. BOY & BEAR, “Walk The Wire”
36. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Wildest Dreams”

Biggest Mover(s):
NATE RUESS, “Great Big Storm” (23-16, seven spots)

10. GAVIN JAMES, “The Book Of Love” (down 2)
Album: Bitter Pill (2016, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard” (steady, second week)
Album: Jukebox The Ghost (2015, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

08. ONE DIRECTION, “Drag Me Down” (up 5)
Album: Made In The A.M. (2015, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. WALK THE MOON, “Different Colors” (down 3)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. SHAWN MENDES, “Stitches” (up 1)
Album: Handwritten (2015, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #5

05. RØMANS, “Uh Huh” (down 2)
Album: Overthinking – Pt. 1 (EP) (2015, Roc Nation Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Run Away With Me” (up 2)
Album: E·MO·TION (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Hold Each Other” (up 2)
Album: When The Morning Comes (2015, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. JOHN NEWMAN, “Come And Get It” (steady, second week)
Album: Revolve (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS, “Pressure Off” (steady, second week)
Album: Paper Gods (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 18, 2018

You go, “Woman”!

DEBUTS
40. Rozzi – Never Over You
39. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious
38. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Why Don’t We – Trust Fund Baby (37)
24. Niall Horan – On The Loose (30) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
17. George Ezra – Paradise (22)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Gavin James – Hearts On Fire (10) | PEAK: #10
09. The Script – Arms Open (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Sheppard – Coming Home (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Maroon 5 – Wait (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (05) | PEAK: #05
04. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Troye Sivan – My My My! (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bülow – Not A Love Song (2)
2. Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (1)
3. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (4)
4. Lights – We Were Here (10)
5. Craig David featuring Bastille – I Know You (6)
6. LANCO – Greatest Love Story (-)
7. Phillip Phillips – Into The Wild (-)
8. Coin – Growing Pains (-)
9. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (-)
10. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle (8)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – Girlfriend
Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely (new)
Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (new)
Barenaked Ladies – Lookin’ Up (new)
CHVRCHES – Get Out
Dean Lewis – Waves
Ed Sheeran – Happier
In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)
James Bay – Wild Love
Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl
Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special (new)
The Spencer Lee Band – Kissing Tree

Chart Notes:

  • A buzzing collaboration from DJ/producer Marshmello and singer Anne-Marie leads this week’s pack of three debuts, in at #38 with “Friends”. The song is approaching the top 40 at Top 40 radio, which follows a notable week of adds on Tuesday evening’s report. One notch lower, the first top 40 hit for Hayley Kiyoko comes in at #39. “Curious” is the first radio single off the upcoming set Expectations, due March 30. It, too, is approaching the top 40 at that radio format, though “Friends” is ahead of it. Finally, at #40, newcomer Rozzi starts her run for “Never Over You”, which just made the top 50 on the Hot AC chart. The singer and songwriter recorded under the name Rozzi Crane several years ago when signed to a different label.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 11, 2018

The Dap-Kings stay king.

DEBUTS
38. Jack & Jack – Beg
37. Why Don’t We – Trust Fund Baby | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Niall Horan – On The Loose (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. George Ezra – Paradise (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
15. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (20)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Gavin James – Hearts On Fire (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (12) | PEAK: #09
08. The Script – Arms Open (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Maroon 5 – Wait (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Troye Sivan – My My My! (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Sheppard – Coming Home (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (03) | PEAK: #03
02. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (1)
2. Bülow – Not A Love Song (7)
3. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious (6)
4. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (4)
5. Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting For The Tide (2)
6. Craig David featuring Bastille – I Know You (10)
7. Rozzi – Never Over You (-)
8. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle (8)
9. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends (-)
10. Lights – We Were Here (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – Girlfriend
CHVRCHES – Get Out
Coin – Growing Pains (new)
Dean Lewis – Waves
Ed Sheeran – Happier
In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)
James Bay – Wild Love (new)
Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life
Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something
LANCO – Greatest Love Story (new)
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl
The Spencer Lee Band – Kissing Tree
Toto – Spanish Sea

Chart Notes:

  • New entries from Why Don’t We and Jack & Jack roll into the countdown, which means I could actually be a 14-year-old female in a 27-year-old male’s body. Who knows? Anyways, “Trust Fund Baby” from the pop quintet lands at #37, giving the boys their second top 40 hit on my chart. Their first, “Something Different”, got as high as #23 last fall. One additional song, “These Girls”, bubbled under the survey a couple of months ago. “Trust” was co-written by superstar Ed Sheeran. One spot lower, at #38, “Beg” becomes the first top 40 hit for the duo Jack & Jack. Jack Johnson and Gilinsky have worked together on both comedy bits and music for video platforms like Vine and YouTube for several years now, having accumulated nearly 165 million views on a personal account at the latter website. A new acoustic version of the release features labelmate Olivia O’Brien.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #10, #09 and #08

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.

Are we ready for the top ten, boys and girls? We’ll reveal three songs today, three tomorrow, two on Tuesday and the final two on Wednesday. Get excited, because here come the songs that rank at #10, #09 and #08 for the year 2015…

ROMANS
010. ROMANS – “Uh Huh”
Label: Roc Nation
Album: Overthinking – Part 1 (EP)
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 24

Singer, songwriter and producer Sam Roman has collaborated with acts such as Disclosure, Mary J. Blige, Naughty Boy and Olly Murs, but 2015 was his year to shine as a main-credited artist, and he did. “Uh Huh” was an exciting and energetic surprise.

On My Chart: “Uh Huh” immediately debuted at #3 Next In Line on the chart dated May 24, then came into the top 40 at #36 a week later. It hit the top ten in its sixth week and #1 in its 11th week (August 9) on the chart. After its run at the top, it began a slow descent down the top ten, then fell more rapidly once it exited that region. By the chart of November 15, it was out of the top 40.

On The Charts: This song went to two U.S. radio formats, Hot AC and Triple A, and though it picked up a handful of stations on both panels, it was not a hit on either one. However, it’s been spun nearly 1.3 million times on Spotify.

Gavin James
009. GAVIN JAMES – “The Book Of Love”
Label: Capitol
Album: Bitter Pill
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 25

24-year-old Dublin-born James made his debut on my chart this year, and the Irish singer managed to score two top ten singles in a row. (“Bitter Pill” came in at #46.) His album Bitter Pill recently debuted at #5 in his home country, though it’s not out here yet.

On My Chart: “Book” was first put into rotation beneath my chart during the last week of March and then made the top 40 four weeks later. It entered the top ten in its seventh week. On the chart dated July 19, it climbed 2-1 in its 13th week on. After a second frame at the top, it began falling down the top 40 until the week of October 18, when it fell out after a 25 week total on the chart.

On The Charts: Though “Book” was serviced to Triple A radio in the U.S., it didn’t chart at the format. However, it did make the top 40 on the Belgian and Dutch charts. It’s amassed over 9.2 million streams at Spotify across studio and live versions.

Walk The Moon
008. WALK THE MOON – “Different Colors”
Label: RCA
Album: Talking Is Hard
Peak: #1 for one week
Top 40 Weeks: 26

After hitting #6 on my survey in 2012 with “Anna Sun”, this Ohio quartet came back with a bang in the fall of 2014 with a giant hit, “Shut Up And Dance”, becoming one of the biggest crossover records of 2015. This splashy single followed it to the top of my list.

On My Chart: This hit from the band came in at #7 Next In Line for the week of April 26 and then entered at #40 the next week. Reaching the top ten in its eighth week, it took until its 14th week (August 2) to spend its sole frame at the top of my listing. By the week of November 1, it was off after a 26 week run, marking the group’s second consecutive single to reach the half-year mark.

On The Charts: “Different” was a success at the group’s core format, Alternative, where it peaked at #6 in October. It also made it to #40 on the Hot AC chart. In both cases, its performance was hindered by massive recurrent play of “Shut Up And Dance”.

Tomorrow, we go higher into the top ten, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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