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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Three, 30-11

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 20 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.

30. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate”
Album: Reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #8
Weeks: 22

29. JAMES TW, “Say Love”
Album: Chapters
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #4
Weeks: 21

28. BEN RECTOR, “Drive”
Album: Magic
Label: OK Kid/AWAL
Peak: #5
Weeks: 22

27. JASON MRAZ, “Have It All”
Album: Know.
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #4
Weeks: 21

26. MAROON 5, “Wait”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #5
Weeks: 22

25. THE SCRIPT, “Arms Open”
Album: Freedom Child
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 24 (19 during 2018 Chart Year)

24. DEAN LEWIS, “Be Alright”
Album: (single only)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 17+

23. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes”
Album: Pray For The Wicked
Label: Fueled By Ramen/EMG
Peak: #2
Weeks: 19+

22. LISSIE, “Best Days”
Album: Castles
Label: Lionboy/Thirty Tigers
Peak: #4
Weeks: 23

21. SHEPPARD, “Coming Home”
Album: Watching The Sky
Label: Schoolboy/Republic/in2une
Peak: #4
Weeks: 23 (20 during 2018 Chart Year)

20. KELLY CLARKSON, “I Don’t Think About You”
Album: Meaning Of Life
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #5
Weeks: 23

19. KACEY MUSGRAVES, “High Horse”
Album: Golden Hour
Label: MCA Nashville/Capitol
Peak: #2
Weeks: 23

18. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural”
Album: Origins
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #3
Weeks: 19+

17. NIALL HORAN & MAREN MORRIS, “Seeing Blind”
Album: Flicker
Label: Neon Haze/Capitol
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 23+

16. BRUNO MARS & CARDI B, “Finesse”
Album: 24K Magic
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2
Weeks: 22

15. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot”
Album: What If Nothing
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2017/2018 Chart Year)
Weeks: 32 (22 during 2018 Chart Year)

14. SHAWN MENDES, “In My Blood”
Album: Shawn Mendes
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 23

13. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #2
Weeks: 24 (23 during 2018 Chart Year)

12. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!”
Album: Bloom
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 25

11. CALUM SCOTT, “You Are The Reason”
Album: Only Human
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2
Weeks: 26 (25 during 2018 Chart Year)

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

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 13, 2016

Double “You”.

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 two years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 13, 2016…

Debuts:
40. DAYA, “Words”
39. JAMES ARTHUR, “Say You Won’t Let Go”
37. KELLY CLARKSON, “It’s Quiet Uptown”

Biggest Mover(s):
LP, “Lost On You” (up 29-21, eight spots)

10. ADELE, “Water Under The Bridge” (up 5)
Album: 25 (2015, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. SAINT MOTEL, “Move” (down 4)
Album: Saintmotelevision (2016, Elektra Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. STING, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (up 1)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

07. TRAIN, “Play That Song” (up 1)
Album: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat (2017, Sunken Forest/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Fire Escape” (steady, third week)
Album: Zombies On Broadway (2017, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Nobody But Me” (down 2)
Album: Nobody But Me (2016, Reprise/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. ONEREPUBLIC, “Kids” (steady, second week)
Album: Oh My My (2016, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. NIALL HORAN, “This Town” (up 4)
Album: Flicker (2017, Neon Haze/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. EMELI SANDÉ, “Hurts” (steady, second week)
Album: Long Live The Angels (2016, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. JAMES TW, “When You Love Someone” (steady, fourth week)
Album: First Impressions – EP (2016, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven 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: June 24, 2018

“One” more time!

DEBUTS
40. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind
39. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
38. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld – Colour (40)
32. Rex Orange County with Benny Sings – Loving Is Easy (37)
30. Lenny Kravitz – Low (36)
20. Ben Rector – Drive (30) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
16. George Ezra – Shotgun (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. John Mayer – New Light (13) | PEAK: #10
09. P!nk – Whatever You Want (10) | PEAK: #09
08. James TW – Say Love (07) | PEAK: #04
07. Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Jason Mraz – Have It All (04) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Younger (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Celine Dion – Ashes (1)
2. Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love (4)
3. Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo (3)
4. Josh Groban – Granted (10)
5. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (8)
6. Julia Michaels – Jump (2)
7. Train featuring Cam – Call Me Sir (6)
8. Lissie – Castles (-)
9. Plain White T’s – Your Body (-)
10. Daughtry – Deep End (-)

In The Mix:
Alessia Cara – Growing Pains
American Authors – Deep Water
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio
Gorillaz featuring George Benson – Humility
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
Little Big Town – Summer Fever
Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team
Picture This – When We Were Young (new)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark – Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You (new)
The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try

Chart Notes:

  • It looks like Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s reign at the top of my personal chart is coming to a close, though they do manage to spend a fifth week there with “One Kiss”. Ben Rector‘s “Drive” (up 30-20) and George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” (up 26-16) had a great week, as the two songs tie for the Biggest Mover on the list, the latter taking the title for the second straight week. There’s also a new record established this week, as Paul McCartney, at 76 years old, becomes the oldest performer to enter my chart. “Come On To Me”, released as half of a double a-side single, debuts at #38. McCartney’s Egypt Station is due September 7. It’s joined by Kacey Musgraves‘s “High Horse” (#39) and Niall Horan & Maren Morris‘s “Seeing Blind” (#40) as this week’s top 40 entries. Horan is looking to score his fifth consecutive #1 song as a solo artist, all from the same album, which may set a new record if it occurs.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 17, 2018

“One” four all.

DEBUTS
40. MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld – Colour
39. Years & Years – If You’re Over Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Scott Helman – Ripple Effect (37)
26. George Ezra – Shotgun (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (27)
15. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (21)
13. John Mayer – New Light (20)
(see #10 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. P!nk – Whatever You Want (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (07) | PEAK: #07
08. Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight (12) | PEAK: #08
07. James TW – Say Love (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Jason Mraz – Have It All (06) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Younger (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Celine Dion – Ashes (4)
2. Julia Michaels – Jump (3)
3. Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo (8)
4. Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love (10)
5. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (7)
6. Train featuring Cam – Call Me Sir (5)
7. The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try (6)
8. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (-)
9. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (-)
10. Josh Groban – Granted (-)

In The Mix:
Alessia Cara – Growing Pains (new)
American Authors – Deep Water
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio
Gorillaz featuring George Benson – Humility
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
Lissie – Castles
Little Big Town – Summer Fever
Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team
Plain White T’s – Your Body (new)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous

Chart Notes:

  • First-time collaborators Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa spend a fourth week at the top of my list with “One Kiss”, as the entire top five is bulleted and ready to fight for the top spot in the coming weeks. (Stay tuned to see who wins!) In the meantime, two songs debut on this week’s chart: the third top 40 single for the British trio Years & Years (“If You’re Over Me”) at #39 and a collaboration from British singer/songwriter MNEK and American actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld (“Colour”) at #40. Years & Years scored their biggest hit to date in April 2015, when “King” had a two-week run at #1. Neither of the soloists on the #40 song have charted here previously.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 10, 2018

Don’t kiss this thing goodbye…

DEBUTS
40. Lenny Kravitz – Low
39. Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings – Loving Is Easy
35. George Ezra – Shotgun | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Ben Rector – Drive (39)
27. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
21. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
20. John Mayer – New Light (26)
15. P!nk – Whatever You Want (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose (10) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
09. George Ezra – Paradise (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
08. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Jason Mraz – Have It All (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. James TW – Say Love (04) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Younger (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Years & Years – If You’re Over Me (1)
2. The Knocks featuring Foster The People – Ride Or Die (3)
3. Julia Michaels – Jump (2)
4. Celine Dion – Ashes (4)
5. Train featuring Cam – Call Me Sir (10)
6. The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try (8)
7. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (7)
8. Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo (-)
9. MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld – Colour (-)
10. Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love (-)

In The Mix:
American Authors – Deep Water
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio
Gorillaz featuring George Benson – Humility (new)
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There (new)
Josh Groban – Granted (new)
Kelly Clarkson – Heat (new)
Lissie – Castles (new)
Little Big Town – Summer Fever (new)
Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind
Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Troye Sivan – Bloom

Chart Notes:

  • With Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa spending a third consecutive week at #1 with “One Kiss”, and the new hits from Maroon 5 (“Girls Like You”) and Passenger (“Hell Or High Water”) tying for the Biggest Mover, both up ten places, we travel down to the bottom of the top 40 to dig for treasure among this week’s debuts. The highest of three, landing at #35, is the newest single for singer and songwriter George Ezra. “Shotgun” is third chart song from the album Staying At Tamara’s. It’s the follow-up to “Paradise”, a former #1 hit that falls four spots to #9 this week. Bowing at #39, “Loving Is Easy” marks the first top 40 entry for Rex Orange County, an English singer and songwriter, and Benny Sings, a Dutch musician. Given all of the success it’s had on various streaming services thus far, “Loving” is sure to pick up some added attention when it impacts at the Alternative format on Tuesday. Lastly, at #40, Lenny Kravitz scores his first top 40 entry on my survey since the fall of 2011 with “Low”, the first radio single off his forthcoming album Raise Vibration. The 54-year-old has narrowly missed the top ten with his past few chart songs here, including “Lady” (#13, 2005), “I’ll Be Waiting” (#14, 2007-08) and, most recently, “Stand” (#13, 2011).

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 3, 2018

“One” is two down.

DEBUTS
40. Scott Helman – Ripple Effect
39. Ben Rector – Drive
37. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (36)
21. P!nk – Whatever You Want (27)
12. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
(see #6 and #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Niall Horan – On The Loose (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
09. Taylor Swift – Delicate (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Jason Mraz – Have It All (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (09) | PEAK: #07
06. A Great Big World – Younger (12) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Paradise (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. James TW – Say Love (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Years & Years – If You’re Over Me (6)
2. Julia Michaels – Jump (4)
3. The Knocks featuring Foster The People – Ride Or Die (1)
4. Celine Dion – Ashes (2)
5. NOTD featuring Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (5)
6. Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings – Loving Is Easy (8)
7. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (3)
8. The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try (-)
9. Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team (10)
10. Train featuring Cam – Call Me Sir (-)

In The Mix:
American Authors – Deep Water
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio
Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo
Ed Sheeran – Happier
George Ezra – Shotgun (new)
Grace VanderWaal – Clearly
Lenny Kravitz – Low
Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (new)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Troye Sivan – Bloom

Chart Notes:

  • As Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa spend a second big week at #1 with “One Kiss”, while the Backstreet Boys climb up 24-12 with the week’s Biggest Mover, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, another three songs break into top 40. Leading the, Maroon 5 is new at #37 with “Girls Like You”, the current #1 song on iTunes. A music video for the release, featuring a remix with Cardi B, was released a few days ago and includes top women in entertainment from the worlds of film, music, sports and television. Two notches lower, at #39, singer/songwriter Ben Rector launches with “Drive”. It’s the first radio single off his forthcoming set Magic, due June 22. Rector went to #5 on my chart in the spring of 2016 with “Brand New”, which also reached the top ten on the Hot AC radio list. Finally, at #40, Canada’s Scott Helman is searching for his fourth consecutive top ten on my survey with “Ripple Effect”. You can find it on his album Hôtel de Ville, which also includes the singles “Kinda Complicated” (#4) and “PDA” (#7).

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 27, 2018

“One” is the one.

DEBUTS
38. Maddie Poppe – Going Going Gone
36. Passenger – Hell Or High Water | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato – Fall In Line (40)
24. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (36) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
18. Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight (28)
13. Jason Mraz – Have It All (18)
12. A Great Big World – Younger (24) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (07) | PEAK: #02
09. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – Delicate (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Niall Horan – On The Loose (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Echosmith – Over My Head (04) | PEAK: #04
05. James TW – Say Love (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (08) | PEAK: #04
03. George Ezra – Paradise (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Knocks featuring Foster The People – Ride Or Die (1)
2. Celine Dion – Ashes (2)
3. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (4)
4. Julia Michaels – Jump (6)
5. NOTD featuring Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (5)
6. Years & Years – If You’re Over Me (8)
7. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (7)
8. Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings – Loving Is Easy (10)
9. Grace VanderWaal – Clearly (9)
10. Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team (-)

In The Mix:
American Authors – Deep Water (new)
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio (new)
Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo
Ed Sheeran – Happier
Florence + The Machine – Hunger
King Princess – 1950
Lenny Kravitz – Low (new)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Train featuring Cam – Call Me Sir (new)
Troye Sivan – Bloom

Chart Notes:

  • On this Memorial Day Weekend, there’s a new song at the top from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa! “One Kiss” marks the first collaboration for the two soloists, soaring from 3-1 this week. It’s Harris’s first #1 on my chart and Lipa’s second, following her smash “New Rules”, which spent two weeks at the top in November. The current songs from A Great Big World (“Younger”) and the Backstreet Boys (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”) share the title of Biggest Mover this week, moving up a massive 12 notches to #12 and #24, respectively. (Expect both chart hits to vie for my own Song Of The Summer in the next few weeks.) A pair of new tracks enter the top 40 this week, led by Passenger‘s “Hell Or High Water” at #36. The single, which was recently serviced to the Triple A format, is the ninth chart entry for the singer, five of which have hit #1. Could this become his sixth? It may have a chance later this summer, especially as his upcoming set Runaway approaches. Two spots lower, at #38, the latest American Idol champ makes her chart debut: 20-year-old Maddie Poppe with “Going Going Gone”. It’s the third coronation song from the music competition show to make my survey since the start of the decade, following a pair of tracks from Phillip Phillips (“Home”, 2012) and Nick Fradiani (“Beautiful Life”, 2015).

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