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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2016: Part Three, 25-11

All the top tunes from the year that was.

All the top tunes from the year that was.

75 songs have come and gone, and now, we’re headed into the top 25 on my Top 100 of 2016. All 25 titles reached the top five at some point during their runs, which deserves a “HandClap” or two. From the U.K. to Canada and back to the U.S., we have a diverse group of acts coming to you in the next 15 songs. So, take the “Adventure Of A Lifetime” and scroll down to see what singles were powerful enough to rank just below the top ten on my year-end survey…

The 2016 chart year encompasses the period of 52 charts from the list dated December 6, 2015 to the list dated November 27, 2016. Peaks provided reflect the highest position reached by the final chart of the survey year. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks stayed in the top 40. 168 songs in total had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 165 that did so in 2015.

25. THE 1975, “The Sound”
Writer(s): The 1975
Album: I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Peak: #3
Weeks: 23

They keep falling short of the top ten on Alternative radio, but this English quartet has five top ten singles on my own survey.

24. PHANTOGRAM, “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
Writer(s): Eric Frederic, Phantogram, Dan Wilson, Edwin Bocage, Alfred Scramuzza
Album: Three
Label: Republic
Peak: #2
Weeks: 21

Though I was familiar with this duo’s music before 2016, this track was their first to make my list. The production is amazing.

23. SERENA RYDER, “Got Your Number”
Writer(s): Todd Clark, Derek A.E. Fuhrmann, Ryder
Album: TBA
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2
Weeks: 22+

“Stompa” made my top 20 in 2013, but I’m a much bigger fan of this lovely single. It went top ten on Hot AC radio in Canada.

22. SHAWN HOOK, “Sound Of Your Heart”
Writer(s): Todd Clark, Hook, Stephen Kozmeniuk
Album: TBA
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #4
Weeks: 23

Todd Clark strikes again! He just knows how to craft an excellent tune. Hook’s been charting in Canada for several years now.

21. ADELE, “Hello”
Writer(s): Adele, Greg Kurstin
Album: 25
Label: XL/Columbia
Peak: #1 for seven weeks (2015/2016)
Weeks: 19 (25 total, including 2015 weeks)

Yes, it would’ve done better if those six weeks had counted for the 2016 year, but it’s a smash! She has two songs left on here.

20. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “HandClap”
Writer(s): Fitz & The Tantrums, Sam Hollander, Eric Frederic
Album: Fitz & The Tantrums
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Peak: #3
Weeks: 22

Months after it reached the top five on Alternative radio, the crossover craze has begun for this single. Get your hands ready.

19. GWEN STEFANI, “Make Me Like You”
Writer(s): Stefani, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Album: This Is What The Truth Feels Like
Label: Interscope
Peak: #2
Weeks: 22

Stefani’s comeback album gave her three top 40 hits on my personal chart, with this outstanding single becoming the biggest.

18. INGRID MICHAELSON, “Hell No”
Album: It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense
Writer(s): Michaelson, Barry Dean, Luke Laird
Label: Cabin 24/Sony RED
Peak: #4
Weeks: 23

Michaelson touched my top ten once before with 2009’s “Maybe”, but this ear candy was more than just a “maybe” this year.

17. JORDAN FISHER, “All About Us”
Writer(s): Rory Andrew, Jenna Andrews, Dylan Pace-Rodriguez, Francesco Yates
Album: Jordan Fisher (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 23

Best known for roles in Grease: Live and Teen Beach Movie, Fisher scored with a sensational set (his debut EP) during 2016.

16. THE STRUMBELLAS, “Spirits”
Writer(s): The Strumbellas
Album: Hope
Label: Glassnote
Peak: #2
Weeks: 25

Whether you have “guns” or “dreams” in your head, depending on the version, this Canadian sextet had a nice breakout year.

15. COLDPLAY, “Adventure Of A Lifetime”
Writer(s): Coldplay, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen
Album: A Head Full Of Dreams
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 20 (24 total, including 2015 weeks)

The English band scored their seventh huge #1 on my chart this year, a record at the time, but it’s since been passed by Adele.

14. BEN RECTOR, “Brand New”
Writer(s): Rector, David Hodges, Abe Stoklasa
Album: Brand New
Label: Aptly Named/Capitol/Caroline
Peak: #5
Weeks: 25

Rector’s first hit on my chart was a giant, and it certainly had some longevity. Bandmate Cody Fry’s “Go” also hit the top 100.

13. P!NK, “Just Like Fire”
Writer(s): P!nk, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster, Oscar Holter
Album: Alice Through The Looking Glass (Soundtrack)
Label: RCA
Peak: #3
Weeks: 23

2016 was another great year for soundtracks. This song gave the pop superstar her third top ten hit from a movie since 2001.

12. WALK THE MOON, “Work This Body”
Writer(s): Walk The Moon
Album: Talking Is Hard
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 23

Three #1 hits, three different calendar years, all from the same album. It’s a rare feat, but a cool one for this great Ohio band.

11. PASSENGER, “Somebody’s Love”
Writer(s): Passenger
Album: Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Label: Nettwerk
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 23

You know how I love his music so, and the fifth #1 hit on my chart from this English musician was no exception. Great album!

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2016 tomorrow, when I reveal the first half of my top ten songs from the list…

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2016: Part One, 100-51

All the top tunes from the year that was.

All the top tunes from the year that was.

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! Whether you were listening to tropical house or Cam’s “Burning House”, music made a big impact on all of us this year. Chances are you were probably streaming your favorite hits rather than purchasing them in 2016, though we still spin some on the turntable now and then. This year, the deaths of David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Leonard Cohen, Maurice White and Prince, among many other musicians, were overwhelming at times. A healthy dose of music likely got you through the political season, regardless of who you voted for. (It’s okay, I didn’t vote him either, but I did vote for plenty of top artists and songs this year.) Music will always be there, and so will numbers, and thus, I shall marry the two again, but without the vows and the cake, etc.

What was the “Sound” of 2016? Look no further than chart songs by Alabama Shakes, Disturbed, Shawn Hook and The 1975. There was a whole lot to “Like” about top ten hits from Captain Cuts/Nateur, Gwen Stefani, Jordan Fisher, P!nk and ZAYN. I traveled to a “Goldmine” and an “Oasis”, courtesy of Colbie Caillat and A Great Big World, respectively, and turned a “Hello” to Adele into a “Hell No” to Ingrid Michaelson. It was a “Brand New” year, Ben Rector would agree, and there was much new music to love. So, let’s start the countdown and find out where my favorite songs of the year rank…

The 2016 chart year encompasses the period of 52 charts from the list dated December 6, 2015 to the list dated November 27, 2016. Peaks provided reflect the highest position reached by the final chart of the survey year. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks stayed in the top 40. 168 songs in total had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 165 that did so in 2015.

100. DAUGHTRY, “Torches”
Album: It’s Not Over… The Hits So Far
Label: RCA
Peak: #19

99. ANDRA DAY, “Rise Up”
Album: Cheers To The Fall
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #21

98. MAROON 5, “Don’t Wanna Know”
Album: TBA
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #10

97. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Wildest Dreams”
Album: 1989
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #2 (2015)

96. MELANIE MARTINEZ, “Pity Party”
Album: Cry Baby
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #19

95. TAKE THAT, “Hey Boy”
Album: III
Label: Polydor (U.K.)
Peak: #13

94. THE SCORE, “Oh My Love”
Album: Where Do You Run (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #17

93. CALUM SCOTT, “Dancing On My Own”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #9+

92. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “H.O.L.Y.”
Album: Dig Your Roots
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #17

91. THE STRUMBELLAS, “We Don’t Know”
Album: Hope
Label: Glassnote
Peak: #13

90. MIIKE SNOW, “Genghis Khan”
Album: iii
Label: Jackalope/Atlantic
Peak: #17

89. ROB THOMAS, “Hold On Forever”
Album: The Great Unknown
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #9

88. PARACHUTE, “Without You”
Album: Wide Awake
Label: Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #19

87. CAM, “Burning House”
Album: Untamed
Label: Arista/RCA
Peak: #19

86. THAT POPPY, “Lowlife”
Album: Bubblebath (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #16

85. ANDY GRAMMER, “Fresh Eyes”
Album: TBA
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Peak: #17

84. CODY FRY, “Go”
Album: TBA
Label: Independent
Peak: #18

83. TORI KELLY, “Hollow”
Album: Unbreakable
Label: Capitol
Peak: #15

82. NICK FRADIANI, “Get You Home”
Album: Hurricane
Label: Dot/BMLG/Republic
Peak: #14

81. DAGNY, “Backbeat”
Album: Ultraviolet (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

80. ELLIE GOULDING, “Still Falling For You”
Album: Bridget Jones’s Baby (Soundtrack)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #14

79. GOO GOO DOLLS, “So Alive”
Album: Boxes
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #16

78. TRAIN, “Play That Song”
Album: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat
Label: Sunken Forest/Columbia
Peak: #6+

77. KUNGS vs. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS, “This Girl”
Album: Layers
Label: Casablanca/Republic
Peak: #12

76. ONE DIRECTION, “History”
Album: Made In The A.M.
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #12

75. KATY PERRY, “Rise”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #10

74. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “High Dive”
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Label: Crush/Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #1 for two weeks

73. STING, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
Album: 57th & 9th
Label: A&M/Interscope
Peak: #5+

72. NIALL HORAN, “This Town”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #3+

71. THE 1975, “Love Me”
Album: I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Peak: #6

70. SECRET WEAPONS, “Something New”
Album: Secret Weapons (EP)
Label: Epic
Peak: #12

69. GROUPLOVE, “Welcome To Your Life”
Album: Big Mess
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
Peak: #12

68. JORDAN FISHER, “Lookin’ Like That”
Album: Jordan Fisher (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #10

67. THE GRISWOLDS, “Out Of My Head”
Album: High Times For Low Lives
Label: Wind-up/Concord
Peak: #12

66. ST. LUCIA, “Dancing On Glass”
Album: Matter
Label: Columbia
Peak: #14

65. BON JOVI, “This House Is Not For Sale”
Album: This House Is Not For Sale
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #10

64. LUKAS GRAHAM, “7 Years”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #13

63. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Fire Escape”
Album: Zombies On Broadway
Label: Crush/Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #4

62. KELLY CLARKSON, “Piece By Piece”
Album: Piece By Piece
Label: RCA
Peak: #10

61. ZAYN, “Like I Would”
Album: Mind Of Mine
Label: RCA
Peak: #10

60. BAHARI, “Dancing On The Sun”
Album: Dancing On The Sun (EP)
Label: Bahari Beach/Interscope
Peak: #10

59. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Make Me…”
Album: Glory
Label: RCA
Peak: #8

58. ELLIE GOULDING, “On My Mind”
Album: Delirium
Label: Interscope
Peak: #2 (2015/2016)

57. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “What We Live For”
Album: What We Live For
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #9

56. BANNERS, “Shine A Light”
Album: BANNERS (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #4

55. EMELI SANDÉ, “Hurts”
Album: Long Live The Angels
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2

54. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Mama Said”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #9

53. TAYLOR SWIFT, “New Romantics”
Album: 1989
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #7

52. ELLIE GOULDING, “Something In The Way You Move”
Album: Delirium
Label: Interscope
Peak: #10

51. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Pride”
Album: What We Live For
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #10

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2016 tomorrow…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 27, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

More “Love” to close out the chart year.

DEBUTS
40. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light
39. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Daya – Words (37)
31. Milky Chance – Cocoon (38)
24. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (29)
19. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (27) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (14) | PEAK: #08
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Train – Play That Song (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – This Town (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (1)
2. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (4)
3. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith (8)
4. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (7)
5. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (10)
6. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (9)
7. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (-)
8. Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (-)
9. Lolo – Shine (-)
10. Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party (-)

In The Mix:
Calum Scott – Rhythm Inside (new)
Coldplay – Everglow
DNCE – Truthfully (new)
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Måns Zelmerlöw – Glorious (new)
Matt Nathanson – Bill Murray (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (new)
Passenger – When We Were Young
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Ryan Corn – The Pressure (new)
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by a newcomer, Minnesota native Julia Brennan. She’s new at #39 with “Inner Demons”. It’s been a big year for Brennan, who recently signed to Columbia Records after her song was aired (and now, added) on KDWB, the influential CHR/Top 40 station in the Minneapolis area. “Demons” has also been spun during specialty programming on SiriusXM station The Pulse.
  • London singer Martin Luke Brown has his fifth top 40 entry on my chart with “Shadow & Light”, illuminating at #40. His biggest chart hit so far is “Nostalgia”, which reached #7. Though he’s back to independent status, Brown continues to make a lot of great (and meaningful) songs.
  • That’s it for the 2016 Chart Year, and what a year it’s been. Check back for more details on my Top 100 of 2016 soon!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 20, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

“Someone” is still at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Sheppard – We Belong
38. Milky Chance – Cocoon
27. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go (39)
29. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (31)
24. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors & Elle King – Not Easy (30)
16. LP – Lost On You (21)
14. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (11) | PEAK: #10
09. OneRepublic – Kids (04) | PEAK: #03
08. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Train – Play That Song (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – This Town (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (8)
2. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (6)
3. Matt Simons – Lose Control (2)
4. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (1)
5. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light (10)
6. Nathan Sykes – Famous (4)
7. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (9)
8. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith (-)
9. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (-)
10. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (-)

In The Mix:
Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (new)
Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party (new)
Capital Cities – Vowels
Coldplay – Everglow
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (new)
Lolo – Shine (new)
MAGIC! – No Regrets (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
Passenger – When We Were Young
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love

Chart Notes:

  • This week marks a huge return to the countdown for John Mayer, debuting all the way up at #27 with his new single “Love On The Weekend”. His forthcoming album, The Search For Everything, is due next year. Mayer last made my top ten with a single from the album Battle Studies, “Half Of My Heart”, which reached #3. Judging by his high entry this week, I think he’s due for a place in the top ten sometime next month.
  • The German act Milky Chance says “Guten tag” to the top 40 for the third time with “Cocoon”, new at #38. Their latest hit also jumps into the top 40 at Alternative radio this week. Will it reach the heights of their international hit “Stolen Dance” in the new year? Stay tuned!
  • Finally, at #40, is the fifth entry to reach my chart for Sheppard, the four-man, two-woman band from Brisbane, Australia. They’re in with “We Belong”, and no, it’s not a hot Pat Benatar remake. However, it is a great original song, so check it out.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 6, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

It’s all in the James.

DEBUTS
38. Maty Noyes – In My Mind
37. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors & Elle King – Not Easy
36. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. LP – Lost On You (38)
27. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (32)
23. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (28)
16. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (21)
15. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (30) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
(see #09, #08 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Train – Play That Song (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Niall Horan – This Town (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – Move (05) | PEAK: #05
04. OneRepublic – Kids (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (04) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (4)
2. Nathan Sykes – Famous (2)
3. Matt Simons – Lose Control (3)
4. Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over (5)
5. Maty Noyes – In My Mind (10)
6. Third Eye Blind – Company Of Strangers (8)
7. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go (-)
8. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (-)
9. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors and Elle King – Not Easy (-)
10. Daya – Words (-)

In The Mix:
Capital Cities – Vowels
for KING & COUNTRY – Priceless
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
Justin Klump – Keep On, Keepin’ On
Olly Murs – Grow Up
Ricky Reed – Express Myself (new)
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love (new)
The Last Bandoleros – Where Do You Go?
Tom Chaplin – Quicksand

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by a 31-year-old newcomer who calls himself Rag’n’Bone Man. His first chart hit is in at #36 on the countdown, and it’s called “Human”. The title has previously appeared in the top 40 for Christina Perri (#1, 2014), as well as The Killers (#5, 2008). This “Human” is currently #1 on iTunes in over a dozen countries, so make sure to check it out before it (hopefully) takes over the U.S. charts next year.
  • Producer Alex Da Kid has his first top 40 single as an artist this week, coming in at #37 with “Not Easy”. The song features X Ambassadors and Elle King. Upon release, the version issued to download and streaming platforms contains a section from rapper Wiz Khalifa, but as it heads for adds on Alternative and Triple A radio, that portion has been removed.
  • Also debuting this week is the first chart single for 19-year-old singer Maty Noyes. She’s at #38 with “In My Mind”, a single from her new EP Noyes Complaint. The set features five songs, including one with PGTC favorite Lostboycrow. You’ll see “Mind” in the top 50 on CHR/Top 40 radio soon.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 18, 2016

11 at the 1.

“Blocks” is alive at five.

DEBUTS
40. Fitz & The Tantrums – Roll Up
39. Emeli Sandé – Hurts
38. The Fray – Singing Low | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (38)
26. Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (33)
24. Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You (30)
13. Saint Motel – Move (19)
05. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (13) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara – Wild (07) | PEAK: #06
09. Gavin DeGraw – She Sets The City On Fire (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Colbie Caillat – Goldmine (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (13) | PEAK: #05
04. Serena Ryder – Got Your Number (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Bastille – Good Grief (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Score – Unstoppable (2)
2. Tegan And Sara – Stop Desire (1)
3. The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know (4)
4. Nick Fradiani – All On You (6)
5. COIN – Talk Too Much (3)
6. Matt Simons – Lose Control (8)
7. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own (-)
8. Idina Menzel – Queen Of Swords (-)
9. Nathan Sykes – Famous (-)
10. Tom Chaplin – Hardened Heart (10)

In The Mix:
Adele – Water Under The Bridge
Astrid S – Hurts So Good
Bastille – Send Them Off!
Celine Dion – Recovering
Five For Fighting – Born To Win
Johnnyswim – Let It Matter
JoJo – No Apologies
Joshua Radin – High & Low
Kris Allen – Love Will Find You
Matt Hires – Fighting A Ghost
New District – Ain’t Got Money
Royal Teeth – Kids Conspire
The Mowgli’s – Bad Thing
Third Eye Blind – Company Of Strangers
Tom Chaplin – Quicksand
Tyler Glenn – Shameless
Young Rising Sons – Undefeatable

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the 12th top 40 hit for The Fray, the Denver act that first made my chart with “Over My Head (Cable Car)” in December 2005. The quartet strikes again with “Singing Low”, entering at #38. It’s the first release from the hits collection Through The Years: The Best Of The Fray, out November 4. Of those 12 chart tracks, eight made the top ten, and two reached #1: 2006’s “How To Save A Life” and 2009’s “You Found Me”.
  • This week marks the return of singer Emeli Sandé to my top 40, debuting at #39 with her third charting single, “Hurts”. A new album from the 29-year-old star, Long Live The Angels, is due on November 11. Her first chart song, “Next To Me”, hit #8 for three weeks in the summer of 2012. In the fall of 2013, “My Kind Of Love” climbed to #7.
  • Finally, at #40, Los Angeles sextet Fitz & The Tantrums roll up to the countdown with “Roll Up”. It follows “HandClap”, which spent two weeks at #3 in May. Both singles are taken from their self-titled third album. On Tuesday, “Roll” impacts at Alternative radio. Good luck, guys!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 2016)

Radio Report - September 2016

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in September in this month’s Radio Report.

CHR/TOP 40

MARTIN GARRIX & BEBE REXHA – “In The Name Of Love” (RCA, September 6)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Garrix reached #12 in 2014 with the largely-instrumental dance hit “Animals”, while “Don’t Look Down” hit #31 in 2015. Some of Rexha’s featured appearances have charted well, but her main-credited songs usually hit a brick wall in the top 30.

JORDAN FISHER – “Lookin’ Like That” (Hollywood, September 13)
Album: Jordan Fisher – EP (2016)
Past CHR History: “All About Us” topped Adam’s Top 40 for a week, and despite a huge radio push, that song just didn’t get tagged or sell enough to warrant a run beyond the mid-20’s at CHR radio. I’m rooting for Fisher to get that big radio smash later this year.

ZARA LARSSON – “Ain’t My Fault” (Epic, September 20)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Her label was able to break “Never Forget You” at the format earlier this year, hitting #5, but a reissue of “Lush Life” lost its momentum upon reaching the top 40 (after an initial run outside the top 50 last fall.) We’ll see if this has a solid climb.

ALTERNATIVE

THE GRISWOLDS – “Out Of My Head” (Wind-up/Concord, September 13)
Album: TBA
Past Alternative History: These Aussie rockers made the top 20 in 2014 with the catchy “Beware The Dog”, a #9 hit on Adam’s Top 40, while “If You Wanna Stay” stalled in the 30’s for two to three months. “Out” has already seen some early action from the panel.

THE SCORE – “Unstoppable” (Republic, September 13)
Album: Unstoppable – EP (2016)
Past Alternative History: “Oh My Love” (which reached the Hot AC top 40) and “On And On” both failed to chart here. However, a number of syncs for this release, including YouTube’s Dude Perfect series, have helped it to surge in both sales and streaming stats.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Roll Up” (Elektra/Atlantic, September 20)
Album: Fitz & The Tantrums (2016)
Past Alternative History: Leadoff single “HandClap” recently high-fived the top five, peaking at #4. They led this chart with two #1 songs in a row, “Out Of My League” (2013, two weeks) and “The Walker” (2014, one week). Can they “roll up” to the top spot again?

TRIPLE A

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Wish That You Were Here” (Republic, September 6)
Album: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Soundtrack) (2016)
Past AAA History: Just last year, the English band sent two singles (“What Kind Of Man” and “Ship To Wreck”) to the top of the list here, so there’s a good chance that this soundtrack cut will post some solid numbers. The Tim Burton film opens on September 30.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, September 6)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past AAA History: Though the format plays plenty of his tracks with The Police and his first few solo albums, there should be some interest in this song. In the 2000’s, his hits here include “Desert Rose” (#1 for four weeks, 2000) and “Send Your Love” (#5, 2003).

BARNS COURTNEY – “Glitter & Gold” (Capitol, September 19)
Album: Hands – EP (2016)
Past AAA History: Courtney’s “Fire”, a former #1 on Adam’s Top 40, reached #2 at the format. That single is still making its way up the Alternative chart, where it sits in the top 20. Can one of my favorite newcomers of 2016 get his second U.S. radio hit? I hope so.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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