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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #60-41

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.

In the next 20 songs on the countdown, two singers named Jamie (neither of which Ray Parker, Jr. sang about in 1984), a quintet that’s no longer together after just one major-label single, a recent On The Verge track at CHR/Top 40 radio, a song title that is a word away from being a hot Moody Blues remake, and one of the year’s top fidelity anthems that many people deemed “good”. If you’re ready to be tempted with some tantalizing tunes, sit back and listen to the songs ranked #60 through #41:

FLETCHER
060. FLETCHER – “War Paint”
Label: Snapback Entertainment
Album: (single only)
Peak: #12 for two weeks

Jamie Lawson
059. JAMIE LAWSON – “Wasn’t Expecting That”
Label: Gingerbread Man/Elektra
Album: Jamie Lawson
Peak: #12

Mika
058. MIKA – “Talk About You”
Label: Casablanca/Republic
Album: No Place In Heaven
Peak: #11

Fancy Reagan
057. FANCY REAGAN – “Knock Me Out”
Label: Republic
Album: (single only)
Peak: #12 for two weeks

Lions Head
056. LIONS HEAD – “Begging”
Label: Tanz Dich Glücklich/Columbia
Album: (single only)
Peak: #10

Jamie Scott
055. JAMIE SCOTT – “Unbreakable”
Label: Capitol
Album: My Hurricane
Peak: #1 for six weeks [2014 CY]

Mat Kearney
054. MAT KEARNEY – “Billion”
Label: Republic
Album: Just Kids
Peak: #9 for two weeks

Olly Murs
053. OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY – “Wrapped Up”
Label: Columbia
Album: Never Been Better
Peak: #5 for two weeks

Maroon 5
052. MAROON 5 – “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…”
Label: 222/Interscope
Album: V
Peak: #5

Hoodie Allen and Ed Sheeran
051. HOODIE ALLEN featuring ED SHEERAN – “All About It”
Label: Atlantic
Album: People Keep Talking
Peak: #8 for two weeks

Nate Ruess
050. NATE RUESS – “Great Big Storm”
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Album: Grand Romantic
Peak: #9 for two weeks

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
049. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “High Dive”
Label: Vanguard
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Kelly Clarkson
048. KELLY CLARKSON – “Heartbeat Song”
Label: RCA
Album: Piece By Piece
Peak: #9 for three weeks

Matt Woods
047. MATT WOODS – “In The Dark”
Label: Sticky Company
Album: In The Dark (EP)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

Gavin James
046. GAVIN JAMES – “Bitter Pill”
Label: Capitol
Album: (single only)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

Conrad Sewell
045. CONRAD SEWELL – “Hold Me Up”
Label: 300 Entertainment
Album: (single only)
Peak: #9

Andy Grammer
044. ANDY GRAMMER – “Honey, I’m Good”
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Album: Magazines Or Novels
Peak: #9 for two weeks

Matt Nathanson
043. MATT NATHANSON – “Gold In The Summertime”
Label: Vanguard
Album: Show Me Your Fangs
Peak: #9 for three weeks

Taylor Swift
042. TAYLOR SWIFT – “Wildest Dreams”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Album: (single only)
Peak: #2

Take That
041. TAKE THAT – “These Days”
Label: Polydor (U.K.)
Album: III
Peak: #1 for one week

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 40 through 31, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 16, 2015

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“Cool” keeps this era burning.

This week’s New Music Friday is all about chart courage and musical morale, so pump up the pop with these sweet sets and more than two dozen other titles in the bunch. Here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • DEMI LOVATO — Confident (iTunes)
    • After Selena Gomez bowed at the top of the album chart, her former Disney mate is also looking for a #1 entry on the Billboard 200 with her fifth studio album. Two singles from the effort have already graced the charts: “Cool For The Summer” and the title track. Lovato usually opens well in her first frame, so expect this one to do the same.
  • PENTATONIX — Pentatonix (iTunes)
    • After years of covers and medleys, this a cappella act is out with their first album of predominantly original tunes. It also features guests like Jason Derulo and Tink, the latter of whom appears on a remix of first single “Can’t Sleep Love”. The set should register a top five debut on the album listing.
  • JAMIE LAWSON — Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
    • Lawson’s single “Wasn’t Expecting That” is a big #1 seller in the United Kingdom, and its recent status as the On The Verge song at Hot AC radio for radio giant iHeartMedia propelled into the top 20 at that format. Ed Sheeran gave him his seal of approval; will you?
  • OMI — Me 4 U (iTunes)
    • Singer Omar Paisley may like a “Cheerleader” or two, but he’s also hoping his debut set will get a rah-rah sis-boom-bah from music fans everywhere. The album also features followup single “Hula Hoop”, currently on the CHR radio chart.
  • More albums out this week: Andrew Ripp‘s Andrew Ripp (iTunes), Beach House‘s Thank Your Lucky Stars (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Dopamine (iTunes), Christine And The Queens‘s Christine And The Queens (iTunes), Coheed And Cambria‘s The Color Before The Sun (iTunes), Deerhunter‘s Fading Frontier (iTunes), Hillsong United‘s Open Heaven/River Wild (iTunes), India Arie & Joe Sample‘s Christmas With Friends (iTunes), Jenny & Tyler‘s Of This I’m Sure (iTunes), Joe Budden‘s All Love Lost (iTunes), Josh Ritter‘s Sermon On The Rocks (iTunes), Kidz Bop‘s Kidz Bop 30 (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s Today Is Christmas (iTunes), Machine Gun Kelly‘s General Admission (iTunes), Majical Cloudz‘s Are You Alone? (iTunes), Neon Indian‘s VEGA INTL. Night School (iTunes), Oh Hellos‘s Dear Wormwood (iTunes), Raury‘s All We Need (iTunes), Son Little‘s Son Little (iTunes), State Champs‘s Around The World And Back (iTunes), Stoney LaRue‘s Us Time (iTunes), Stryper‘s Fallen (iTunes), The Game‘s The Documentary 2.5 (iTunes), YACHT‘s I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler (iTunes), Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jake Worthington‘s Jake Worthington (iTunes), Young Rising Sons‘s The Kids Will Be Fine (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “C.U.R.E.”, Boots (iTunes)
  • “Perfect”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “Prey”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
  • “Renegade Runaway”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
  • “Second Hand Heart”, Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
  • “Way Back Home”, Rod Stewart (iTunes)
  • “When the Night Comes”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Carrie UnderwoodRod Stewart and a lot more. See you then!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 6, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

This “Pressure” test gets a passing grade.

DEBUTS
40. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive
39. Maroon 5 – Feelings | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That (34)
28. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (36)
20. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Years & Years – Desire (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. X Ambassadors – Renegades (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (09) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
08. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (07) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. ROMANS – Uh Huh (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. One Direction – Drag Me Down (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (04) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (03) | PEAK: #03
02. John Newman – Come And Get It (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Outasight – The Wild Life (6)
2. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (2)
3. Wylder – Sunstroke (5)
4. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (4)
5. Paul Rey – Good As Hell (9)
6. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (8)
7. Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other (-)
8. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (-)
9. David Cook – Criminals (-)
10. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New (new)
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Mitchell – Jitter
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
JoJo – When Love Hurts
JR JR – Gone (new)
Leona Lewis – Thunder
Lost Element – Twenty Five
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Max Frost – Withdrawal (new)
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Patrick James – Bugs
Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (new)
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After a couple of modest moves up the chart, Irish singer Gavin James has this week’s Biggest Mover with “Bitter Pill”. It’s a ten notch leap for the 24-year-old, up 30-20. The single is taken from James’s forthcoming album, due early next year. By the way, for all you chart enthusiasts who like a jaded jam or two, these are the previous “bitter” tracks to grab a place in the top 40: Dinah Washington‘s “This Bitter Earth” (#24, 1960), followed by “Bitter Bad” by Melanie (#36, 1973), then the 90’s brought INXS‘s “Bitter Tears” (#32, 1991), “Bittersweet Me” by R.E.M. (#25, 1996) and finally, The Verve and their hit “Bittersweet Symphony” (#22, 1998). (Peaks before Oct. 1973 are from the Hot 100; otherwise, peaks are from R&R.)
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the latest single from Maroon 5, “Feelings”, entering at #39. It is the band’s followup to “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…”, which recently peaked at #5, but came and went very quickly. The group’s been charting since the summer of 2003, and this marks their 23rd top 40 song to reach my chart, an amazing feat. The single heads to radio in just over a week, so listen for it on your local station.
  • It spent month after month climbing the Alternative radio listing, but Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness‘s “Cecilia And The Satellite” was finally sent recurrent recently after hitting #5 in July. That being said, it did peak at #3 on my top 40 last November (not to toot my own horn, but toot toot.) His followup, “High Dive”, bows in at #40 this week on my chart. It goes to radio at the format on October 13.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 30, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

“Off” keeps going on.

DEBUTS
39. Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire
36. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That (39)
23. Years & Years – Desire (28)
16. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (23) | BIGGEST MOVER
08. One Direction – Drag Me Down (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
09. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (09) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
08. One Direction – Drag Me Down (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (07) | PEAK: #06
05. ROMANS – Uh Huh (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (06) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (05) | PEAK: #03
02. John Newman – Come And Get It (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Maroon 5 – Feelings (1)
2. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (3)
3. The Heydaze – Dumb (2)
4. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (4)
5. Wylder – Sunstroke (6)
6. Outasight – The Wild Life (10)
7. Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) (5)
8. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (-)
9. Paul Rey – Good As Hell (-)
10. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)
David Cook – Criminals
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Mitchell – Jitter
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Leona Lewis – Thunder
Lost Element – Twenty Five
Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other (new)
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Patrick James – Bugs
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever
Ryn Weaver – Promises
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You (new)
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)

Chart Notes:

  • Boy band One Direction takes a five notch leap from 13-8 with “Drag Me Down”, the first single from their next studio set and last one before a hiatus next year. “Drag” is the group’s tenth top ten single on my chart, and of those ten, “Story Of My Life” remains their only #1. New to the top 20 is the week’s Biggest Mover, “Great Big Storm” by Nate Ruess. It rises from 23-16 in its sixth week on the chart. The single is currently rising on the Hot AC survey after making the top 40 this month.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the fifth top 40 song from Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album, which has sold in excess of five million units in the U.S. alone. “Wildest Dreams” bows in at #36, while former single “Bad Blood” looks to be out of the countdown next week. As expected, “Wildest” is exploding at both CHR and Hot AC radio, and once a music video debuts tonight, it will soar up to the top tier of the sales chart. The clip features actor Scott Eastwood.
  • In 2014, the Australian band Boy & Bear launched a pair of singles on my chart from their album Harlequin Dream, which was certified Gold down under. “Southern Sun” was the bigger of the two, peaking at #8 in February, while followup “Three Headed Woman” climbed to #12 in October. Their new single, “Walk The Wire”, enters at #39 this week. Their forthcoming album, Limit Of Love, is due in October.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 23, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

Their new era is “Off” to a good start.

DEBUTS
40. Connell Cruise – Into The Wild
39. Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. FLETCHER – War Paint (37)
28. Years & Years – Desire (34)
18. Causes – Walk On Water (23)
13. One Direction – Drag Me Down (18)
06. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (11)
05. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (12) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (06) | PEAK: #04
09. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (07) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
08. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (11) | PEAK: #06
05. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (12) | PEAK: #05
04. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
03. ROMANS – Uh Huh (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. John Newman – Come And Get It (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Maroon 5 – Feelings (2)
2. The Heydaze – Dumb (1)
3. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (7)
4. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (6)
5. Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) (5)
6. Wylder – Sunstroke (8)
7. Little Mix – Black Magic (3)
8. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (-)
9. Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire (-)
10. Outasight – The Wild Life (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night (new)
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (new)
Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (new)
Bon Jovi – We Don’t Run
Coasts – Oceans
Colbie Caillat – Never Gonna Let You Down
David Cook – Criminals
Day Wave – Drag
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Mitchell – Jitter (new)
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
JoJo – When Love Hurts (new)
Leona Lewis – Thunder
Lost Element – Twenty Five
Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (new)
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels (new)
Patrick James – Bugs
Paul Rey – Good As Hell (new)
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (new)
Ryn Weaver – Promises
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tyler Lyle – Feel Free
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)

Chart Notes:

  • I suppose proclaiming that Duran Duran has the #1 song on my chart in 2015 might provoke a few “What year is it again?” reactions, but a great song is a great song. “Pressure Off”, which also features Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers, climbs a notch from last week, giving the quartet their third #1 on my survey, Monáe her second (both as a featured act) and Rodgers his first. The band’s two previous chart-toppers were 2005’s “What Happens Tomorrow” and 2011’s “All You Need Is Now”. Look out for their new album, Paper Gods, in a little under three weeks.
  • Two hot singles soar into the top ten this week, as Canadian performer Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Run Away With Me” launches 11-6, while American duo A Great Big World‘s “Hold Each Other” holds the Biggest Mover title, leaping 12-5. Both singles should put up a good fight for #1 next month. Jepsen’s E•MO•TION album was released two days ago and could debut in the top 20 on the Billboard 200, while the duo’s sophomore set is due in November.
  • Of this week’s two new entries, 39-year-old English singer and songwriter Jamie Lawson grabs the Highest Debut with the #39 song on the countdown, “Wasn’t Expecting That”. First released in Ireland four years ago, where it peaked at #3, the cut rose to the same peak in Australia earlier this year. On Monday, it’s headed to Hot AC radio here. His self-titled album is due worldwide on October 9.
  • Connell Cruise‘s “Into The Wild” was playlisted beneath my top 40 last summer for a few weeks as it hit radio and retail in his native South Africa, but it disappeared by late July, and that could’ve very well been the end of the story. One year (and a U.S. record deal) later, Cruise makes a wild move onto my chart at #40 with his first hit. He’s currently on a U.S. radio tour.

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How About “That”: Will These Tunes Travel To The U.S.?

It’s another year of a big international presence at radio and sales as we continue to look to the overseas charts to see what’s in rotation across core playlists and services around the globe. Here in the U.S., George Ezra and James Bay are among many breakout stars in 2015, and already established European hits by Marlon Roudette and OMI are among this year’s Song Of The Summer contenders on the CHR radio chart. With so much new music out there in every country imaginable, the amount of acts and songs to go through can be overwhelming. However, here are three singles that are charting well elsewhere and not yet available in the States that I hope can make an impact later this year:

Jamie Lawson

JAMIE LAWSON – “Wasn’t Expecting That”
Origin: Plymouth, England

Opening for Ed Sheeran on his latest tour down under and being the first signing on his imprint, a label called Gingerbread, has some pretty nice benefits. Now, the 39-year-old English singer/songwriter is reaping the rewards of his cool connection with a major radio and sales hit in Australia and New Zealand. The tune originally charted in Ireland over four years ago, reaching its peak of #3 in February 2011. The understated song could break out here, much like “The A Team”. It’s perfect for AAA radio.

Leslie Clio

LESLIE CLIO – “My Heart Ain’t That Broken”
Origin: Berlin, Germany

Clio’s been making a name for herself overseas for several years now, releasing her first album in 2013 to modest numbers. At age 28, she’s moved onto her next album and her latest single in “Heart”, another moderate success in her home country and a more minor entry in nearby Austria and Luxembourg. Her sound is described as “bloodshot-eyed soul”, a modern twist on the classic vibe that many acts are embracing. However, this empowering pop song could easily sync and sit well on Hot AC radio.

Nickless

NICKLESS – “Waiting”
Origin: Zurich, Switzerland

There is not a lot out there on young Nickless, but he’s a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Zurich and this is his debut single there, a top 20 digital hit with an even higher Shazam ranking just beneath the top ten. Swiss press has tried to compare he and fellow Swiss singer Bastian Baker, who had several songs chart in 2011 and 2012. The two also toured together in 2014. Baker never made his mark in the U.S., but this singer’s charming sound and image are ready to win over more fans across the world.

Which of these three cuts will make it to the U.S. first and do the best here? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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