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.
009. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JESS GLYNNE, “Rather Be” (663 points)
Writers: Jack Patterson, James Napier, Nicole Marshall, Grace Chatto / Producers: Chatto, Patterson
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
Debut Date: March 16, 2014
Peak Date: June 22, 2014
Peak: #3 for one week
Weeks on Chart: 26
After a minor U.K. top 40 single last year with the song “Mozart’s House” and a couple of other underperforming singles, the debut set from this English quartet was delayed several times. However, the school mates were determined to break through, and they did it in a massive way, thanks in part to one of this year’s top female newcomers. Combining the sophistication that lives in classical music and a dose of glossy 90’s diva house, it was a hit from “Kyoto to the Bay.”
Released in Europe in January, “Rather” spent four weeks at #1 with phenomenal sales numbers for a traditionally slow sales period after the Christmas holiday. Taking advantage of iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) and their On The Verge artist integration program, airplay and sales numbers soared in the U.S. this past summer after a slow start, which allowed it a peak of #10 on the Hot 100. Sometimes it’s all about a pop palate cleanser, and this refreshing record had legs everywhere.
Lightning struck twice for both the quartet and Glynne when “Real Love” went to #2 in the U.K. recently, and with a U.S. run likely in the new year (it was serviced via promotional discs this month), the two acts should carry on well into 2015. Glynne should also get a greater chance to step out of that featured spot, as she did with the top ten single “Right Here”. ‘Til then, #9 is right where she’ll be on the countdown.