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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Five, 5-1

The top five is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2017! Can you believe it? Out of all the songs that came out in 2017, these five had the biggest impact on me and my personal chart. So, for the last day, here’s the conclusion of Adam’s Top 100 of 2017…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

05. JULIA MICHAELS, “Issues”
Album: Nervous System (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 25
Points: 675

This year marked Michaels’s transition from hit songwriter to hit singer, as the 24-year-old performer had no issues making her first run up my chart a very memorable one! Not only did “Issues” spend a week at #1 in April, as well as 13 weeks in the top ten and 25 in the top 40, but Michaels also becomes the highest-ranking woman on my year-end chart. Not a bad way to end 2017, right? Though her follow-up singles haven’t been nearly as successful, the Best New Artist nominee is still slaying.

04. BLEACHERS, “Don’t Take The Money”
Album: Gone Now
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for five weeks
Weeks: 25
Points: 707

After three consecutive chart-toppers with the trio fun., Jack Antonoff and Bleachers returned to #1 on my personal chart in May 2014 with “I Wanna Get Better”. Things got even better for the multi-talented writer, producer and musician in the last year, with three of his co-writes/productions (songs for Lorde, ZAYN & Taylor Swift and Swift solo) spending time at #1 between February and October. Of course, that doesn’t even include his own lead single from Gone Now, which had a pretty solid five-week run during the month of May and early June. I’m sure Antonoff will continue to make great music next year.

03. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
Album: Illuminate (Deluxe)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 27
Points: 762

I’ll admit it: I wasn’t a fan of “Life Of The Party”. I didn’t really get it at the time, and it still doesn’t get much play at all from me now. Luckily, since that release, Mendes has been making the case for me to stan for his singles, and this song got plenty of love on the countdown earlier this year. Taken from a reissue of his chart-topping Illuminate album, “Nothing” held at #1 for three weeks on my chart and spent 27 weeks in the top 40, making it the teenager’s first #1 and longest-running single of his career so far on Adam’s Top 40. With 2018 just around the corner, will Mendes strike again with another #1 on my chart or even several chart-topping hits from an upcoming release? Nothing’s been announced yet, so stay tuned for more details.

02. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human”
Album: Human
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks: 29 (25 applied to 2017 ranking)
Points: 770

Prior to 2016, I didn’t know much about Rory Graham or his music. However, when I first listened to “Human” sometime in September of last year, as it crossed over to the many European charts, I knew it was meant to be a worldwide hit. Though it did spend several weeks at #1 on the Alternative and Triple A charts here, it could’ve done way better at other radio formats. Alas, I’m biased. The musical monster that is “Human” spent six weeks at the top of my chart in January and February, with a total of 29 weeks in the top 40, a run that began in November 2016. Two follow-up singles from the Human album, “Skin” and “Grace (We All Try)”, failed to enter my list, though the former track did achieve some moderate success in a handful of countries. (Don’t call him a one-hit wonder yet, kids.) Though it fell short of the top spot on my year-end Top 100, “Human” remains a winner in my book, a very strong runner-up that will certainly get some play for me for some time to come.

01. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for seven weeks
Weeks: 29
Points: 870

If you’ve been watching my chart closely over the last year, you knew that One Direction‘s Niall Horan was on my radar in a big way. Two of his singles with the group, 2013’s “Story Of My Life” and 2015’s “Drag Me Down”, reached #1 on my chart. Then, in December of last year, “This Town” landed at the summit for one week. However, as much as I like the guy’s music, I never expected the young Irish singer/songwriter to dominate the summer months and the year with a dirty little ditty like this. At seven weeks on top, “Slow” was the longest-running #1 song of 2017, narrowly missing out on 30 weeks inside of the top 40. The big question now, of course, is will “Too Much To Ask” hit #1 after seemingly stalling at #2 for weeks now? Can’t say I have a definitive answer to that yet, but we’ll all know soon enough. For now, I’m so glad that Horan gave the world the quality singles and album (and tour) that he did in 2017; he really delivered in every aspect. Now, enshrined in the great hall of musical memories and spectacular singles, hangs a special recognition of the bop that was (and is) “Slow Hands”, proudly taking the title of my #1 song of Adam’s Top 100 of 2017.

A big thank you for checking out my Top 100 of 2017! Here’s to more awesome chart adventures in 2018. Happy holidays!


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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 10, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Trust me, it’s more refreshing than having a dozen Diet Coke beverages per day. Here are this week’s results:

TRES-PASSING ALLOWED: Working its way towards 19,000 plays for next week, “Havana” from Camila Cabello and Young Thug settles just below that spin threshold for the week, but it’s more than enough to grant the single tres semanas (or three weeks) at #1 on the Top 40 radio chart. Once again, Cabello’s biggest solo hit to date is up at most formats, most notably on the Hot AC (12-9) and Spanish (16-14) lists. On Thursday, the performer released a pair of new songs, “Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends”, the latter of which impacts at the format on January 9. (It’s already gaining some traction at the format, but isn’t close to the top 50.) At this point, the song should hold off its nearest competitors to secure a fourth week at the top, but we’ll see if anything changes soon.

One of the other bright spots from this week’s top ten on the CHR chart is the 11-9 move for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, making it her first single to reach the region at the format. The English singer, who first charted here during the fall of 2016, made the top 40 with three other singles, but all three missed the top 20. Of course, this one has already been a huge hit across Europe, reaching #1 in the United Kingdom in August. “New” also appears at #18 on the Hot AC and #43 on the Rhythmic chart, respectively, up on both lists.

IN THE BLINK OF AN “I”: After narrowly missing the top 50 on last week’s published report, G-Eazy and Halsey score a giant debut at #32 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Him & I”, a single from G-Eazy’s upcoming album The Beautiful & Damned. This hit marks the seventh top 40 entry for G-Eazy and the sixth for Halsey, who rises 4-3 with her own “Bad At Love”. As mentioned on the PGTC Instagram feed, songs with the titles “Him” and “i” have both reached the top 40 at the CHR format, the former single hitting #2 in 1980 for Rupert Holmes, and the latter release hitting #30 in 2014 for an artist who might be mentioned in the next part of our weekly post. Hmmm, wonder who it could be…

Following “Him”, the three additional entries in this week’s top 40 are all collaborations. Climbing from 42-34, “Love.” gives rapper Kendrick Lamar his eighth top 40 hit, while newcomer Zacari has his first. The single is currently at #2 on the Rhythmic survey, while landing one notch lower on the Urban chart. Soaring from 50-38, K-pop septet BTS makes a major splash with their remix of “MIC Drop”, the group’s first top 40 entry and featured artist Desiigner‘s second. The boys are now the first band (but not the first act) based in South Korea to make the top 40, besting the #44 peak of the Akon-assisted “Like Money” by the Wonder Girls from 2012. Finally, moving up 43-40, “I Miss You” adds another top 40 single for Clean Bandit (their fourth) and Julia Michaels (her third). Michaels also has one uncredited top 40 song on which she performed the lead vocal, “Surrender” by Cash Cash, which had a #36 peak in 2015.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 19, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. This weekend, we’re mourning the losses of AC/DC rocker Malcolm Young and country singer Mel Tillis, both of whom charted for several decades. We’re also thinking of TV and music star David Cassidy, who remains in critical condition in a Florida hospital. Here’s this week’s report:

IMAGINE THAT: Congrats to Imagine Dragons who now have their second #1 at the pop format with “Thunder”, soaring from 4-1 this week. Previously, the Las Vegas band led for one week in December 2013 with “Demons”, which wasn’t necessarily the most memorable chart-topper this decade. (I suppose that’s because most people think “Radioactive” was some massive pop #1, though it actually spent three weeks at #2 behind Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., in July and August 2013.) A second week at the top is possible for “Thunder”, though Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug, up 5-3) could crash the party next week, given its gain of 2,500 spins in the last seven days.

Given the slower-than-normal week at the format, most likely due to the proximity to Thanksgiving, just a couple of singles take big leaps up the chart. One of them, the Selena Gomez and Marshmello collaboration called “Wolves”, howls up ten notches to #19. It’s Gomez’s fourth single to reach the region this year. However, sporting an even more impressive move is “End Game”, jumping a massive 17 spots from 50-33 for Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future. “End” becomes the 28th top 40 hit for Swift, the 15th for Sheeran and the fourth for Future, all of which have come via features for the lattermost act. Will it reach the top spot? Stay tuned.

SOMEWHERE TO WALK: Whether it’s on water or the moon, there’s a whole lot of walking when it comes to top 50 debuts, and the two entries walking it out land back-to-back on this week’s chart. Ohio’s Walk The Moon are looking for their second chart hit in the top 40 with “One Foot”, which comes in at #43. It’s the first single from the quartet’s What If Nothing album, and it currently stands at #9 and #35 on the Alternative and Hot AC lists, respectively. Eminem‘s latest single with Beyoncé, “Walk On Water”, is one notch below that at #44. The rapper’s forthcoming Revival album had a reported November 17 release date across several trade sites, but has yet to surface at any retailer.

This week’s chart also gets collaborative with debuts from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, new at #47 with “I Miss You”, and a N.E.R.D and Rihanna single called “Lemon”, which squeezes in at #49. The latter song is N.E.R.D’s first to make the top 50 at the Top 40 format, though 2004’s “She Wants To Move” just missed charting in April 2004. (It peaked at #52 early that month.) One of the group’s members, Pharrell, has sung on twelve top 40 hits on the Top 40 airwaves, nine of which were featured appearances.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 7, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Selena Gomez and Marshmello are on the pop prowl once again, with several other collaborations in the mix, both by new and established acts. Here’s what’s hot on this cold November night:

“WOLVES” AT THE DOOR: No surprise to see “Wolves” from Interscope’s Selena Gomez and RCA’s Marshmello leading a for a second week on this week’s CHR/Top 40 report, picking up 72 more stations on impact, which adds to its pre-impact number of 36 stations from last Tuesday. Having just soared from 47-33 on this past Sunday’s official update to become her 17th top 40 hit since 2010, a new top 30 placement this weekend seems very likely. NF‘s “Let You Down” (30 adds) and Liam Payne‘s “Bedroom Floor” (23 adds) round out the top three, the former of which ranked at #31 on Sunday and is also trending toward the top 30.

The biggest breakout from this week’s report comes from a duo that’s new to the Top 40 format, Sofi Tukker. Back in September, their single “Best Friend” was used in an introductory video for Apple’s new iPhone X model. Well, now that the phone is out, their track, featuring NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, is experiencing a second life at pop stations, landing 21 stations (coming in fourth place) this Tuesday. That total puts it just ahead of the 20 adds (fifth place) that Clean Bandit‘s “I Miss You” secured on the report, which features singer Julia Michaels. “Miss” recently debuted in the top 30 on the U.K.’s official singles chart. Does it have enough strength to become the trio’s third top ten single at the format? Stay tuned!

1. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
2. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
3. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
4. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
5. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “I Miss You” (Big Beat/RRP)
6-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. LORDE featuring KHALID, POST MALONE and SZA, “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
8. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
9-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
9-T. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 6-7, 2017)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are three new releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CLEAN BANDIT featuring JULIA MICHAELS – “I Miss You” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2017?)
Past T40 History: The trio’s “Rockabye” and Michaels’s “Issues” both got to #4 earlier this year. Will this collaboration go higher?

DEMI LOVATO – “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)
Album: Tell Me You Love Me (2017)
Past T40 History: Coming off her second #1 at the Top 40 format with “Sorry Not Sorry”, this performer wants even more “Love”.

SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO – “Wolves” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2017?)
Past T40 History: “Wolves” cracked the top 40 this past Sunday, and was last week’s Most Added single. Look for it to howl again.

Next week: Will Walk The Moon float to the top with “One Foot”? Fly by on Tuesday evening to see what’s up.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 27, 2017

Prayers have been answered!

40. OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love
39. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now
30. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Phillip Phillips – Miles (39)
23. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (32)
14. P!nk – What About Us (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

10. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (07) | PEAK: #04
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (08) | PEAK: #08
07. The Script – Rain (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Andy Grammer – Give Love (06) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
02. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha – Praying (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. Wrabel – The Village (4)
4. Paramore – Fake Happy (9)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (5)
6. LP – No Witness (3)
7. HAIM – Little Of Your Love (7)
8. Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (-)
9. Grouplove – Remember That Night (-)
10. Rod Stewart featuring DNCE – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
BØRNS – Faded Heart
Grace VanderWaal – Moonlight (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
In Real Life – Eyes Closed (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Magic Giant – Window (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
The Struts – One Night Only
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Kesha on her very first #1 on my chart, as “Praying” is up 3-1 this week. It’s the first single from Rainbow, with the set debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. (It’s one of my favorite albums of the year so far, so I would definitely take a listen to it, if you haven’t yet!) The performer hasn’t scored a #1 hit at the Top 40 format since the beginning of 2014, but a dose of extra support for the song is all it needs to continue climbing.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the one and only Taylor Swift with “Look What You Made Me Do”, doing its thing at #30. It’s her 25th entry on my chart, the latest in a run that began in 2007 with “Teardrops On My Guitar”, which hit #3. Of those 25, Swift has six #1 songs to date, including one from earlier this year, the duet with ZAYN titled “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”.
  • Further down in the top 40, we find another two fresh entries: Miley Cyrus‘s “Younger Now”, at #39, and OneRepublic‘s collaboration with Seeb, “Rich Love”, at #40. Cyrus’s new single is the follow-up to her #2 hit “Malibu”, which drops to #15 this week. The Colorado band was on my chart earlier this year with “Let’s Hurt Tonight”, which peaked at #8.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 20, 2017

Lucky seven for Niall.

40. Sabrina Carpenter – Why
39. Phillip Phillips – Miles | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (38)
28. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (33)
24. P!nk – What About Us (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Lights – Giants (24)
15. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (20)
10. The Script – Rain (17)

10. The Script – Rain (17) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (06) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Kesha – Praying (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (7)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. LP – No Witness (1)
4. Wrabel – The Village (4)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (6)
6. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
7. HAIM – Little Of Your Love (-)
8. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (5)
9. Paramore – Fake Happy (-)
10. OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind (new)
BØRNS – Faded Heart
Grouplove – Remember That Night (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song
Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (new)
The Struts – One Night Only

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the fifth top 40 song for former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. He’s new at #39 with “Miles”, the first single from his upcoming third album. Phillips last hit my personal chart with “Unpack Your Heart”, which spent four weeks at #3 in October and November 2014. “Miles” was co-written with Kevin Griffin, a regular on my top 40 as both a writer and the leader of Better Than Ezra.
  • The only other debut this week is from 18-year-old Sabrina Carpenter, breaking in at #40 with “Why”. Carpenter charted on Top 40 radio earlier this year with “Thumbs”, which reached #26. After making it in the Disney world, she’s poised to get a bigger audience with her latest material.

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