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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #100-81

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 first 20 songs on the countdown, our entries include a boy band who just gave their last live performance before a hiatus, a high school student with some boy trouble, the first fully a cappella track on the pop radio survey since the mid-90’s, a singer and songwriter that kept it smooth on my very first chart in 1999, and a bunch of singles that aren’t Cheap Trick, Lionel Richie and/or Morris Albert remakes. Confused? Let’s clear it all up, from #100 to #81:

Songs with a + denote chart peaks as of the top 40 dated November 29, 2015
Ties broken by: 1) chart peak (and) 2) number of weeks to reach peak points

One Direction
100. ONE DIRECTION – “Perfect”
Label: Syco/Columbia
Album: Made In The A.M.
Peak: #8+

Lawson
099. LAWSON – “Roads”
Label: Global Entertainment
Album: (single only)
Peak: #20

Jake Owen
098. JAKE OWEN – “Real Life”
Label: RCA Nashville
Album: (single only)
Peak: #21 for two weeks

James Blunt
097. JAMES BLUNT – “When I Find Love Again”
Label: Atlantic
Album: Moon Landing – Apollo Edition (or) Smoke Signals (EP)
Peak: #11

Boy & Bear
096. BOY & BEAR – “Walk The Wire”
Label: Nettwerk
Album: Limit Of Love
Peak: #20

Prince Royce
095. PRINCE ROYCE featuring SNOOP DOGG – “Stuck On A Feeling”
Label: RCA
Album: Double Vision
Peak: #19

Pentatonix
094. PENTATONIX – “Can’t Sleep Love”
Label: RCA
Album: Pentatonix
Peak: #15+

Maroon 5
093. MAROON 5 – “Animals”
Label: 222/Interscope
Album: V
Peak: #5 for two weeks [2014 CY]

DNCE
092. DNCE – “Cake By The Ocean”
Label: Republic
Album: SWAAY (EP)
Peak: #11+

The 1975
091. THE 1975 – “Love Me”
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Peak: #7 for two weeks+

Take That
090. TAKE THAT – “Let In The Sun”
Label: Polydor (U.K.)
Album: III
Peak: #17

Maroon 5
089. MAROON 5 – “Feelings”
Label: 222/Interscope
Album: V
Peak: #15

Daya
088. DAYA – “Hide Away”
Label: Artbeatz/RED
Album: Daya (EP)
Peak: #19 for two weeks

Phases
087. PHASES – “I’m In Love With My Life”
Label: Warner Bros.
Album: For Life
Peak: #18 for two weeks

Adam Lambert
086. ADAM LAMBERT – “Ghost Town”
Label: Warner Bros.
Album: The Original High
Peak: #19 for two weeks

Brandon Flowers
085. BRANDON FLOWERS – “Can’t Deny My Love”
Label: Island/Republic
Album: The Desired Effect
Peak: #17

Christina Perri
084. CHRISTINA PERRI – “The Words”
Label: Atlantic
Album: Head Or Heart
Peak: #17

Rob Thomas
083. ROB THOMAS – “Hold On Forever”
Label: Atlantic
Album: The Great Unknown
Peak: #12+

Conor Maynard
082. CONOR MAYNARD – “Talking About”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: (single only)
Peak: #15 for two weeks

Adele
081. ADELE – “Hello”
Label: XL/Columbia
Album: 25
Peak: #1 for two weeks+

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 80 through 61, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 22, 2015

A new "Love" for Ellie.

Showered with more “Love”.

DEBUTS
40. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
39. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (40)
33. BØRNS – Electric Love (39)
30. Lawson – Roads (36)
29. Conor Maynard – Talking About (34)
17. Mat Kearney – Billion (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Scott Helman – Bungalow (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maroon 5 – Sugar (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Style (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (1)
2. Eden XO – The Weekend (2)
3. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (3)
4. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (6)
5. Matt Woods – In The Dark (-)
6. Olly Murs – Seasons (8)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (7)
8. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (-)
9. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (10)

In The Mix:
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There (new)
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (new)
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Madonna – Ghosttown (new)
Mumford & Sons – Believe
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Parachute – Crave (new)
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
Shift K3y – Name And Number
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Tuxedo – Do It (new)
U2 – Song For Someone (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Leading off this week’s top ten is the first hit for Scott Helman, “Bungalow”, up 12-10 in its 11th week. The song is now in the top 40 across three formats up north after first breaking on the Alternative airwaves. Helman is the first Canadian newcomer to reach my top ten since the Toronto group MAGIC! entered the region with “Rude” in January of last year. That song topped out at #2 for a week. We’ll see if the singer, based in the same city, can match or eclipse that peak.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second charting single for English singer/songwriter Martin Luke Brown. His recent top ten hit “Nostalgia” is still making its home in the top 20 as “Take Out Of Me” bows in at #39 after a video premiere in the earlier part of the week. The single and title track from Brown’s forthcoming EP is due in his native U.K. on April 26, though a U.S. release date has yet to be announced. (Let’s hope that it’s real soon!)
  • A new quartet who call themselves Causes have a song that keeps on growing in The Netherlands titled “Teach Me How To Dance With You”, and that tune now enters on my chart at #40. Though it has yet to be picked up here, it is available for download and it sure sounds like it could do something. Lead singer Rupert Blackman, originally from London, was a solo act for a few years before the band formed.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 80-61

They're here...

They can’t stop, and they won’t stop…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, forget about Christmas, it’s time for another Top 100 of the year based on my personal charts for the 2013 chart year! It’s everything from the year that was, from “Crazy All My Life” to “I Want Crazy” to “Keep Me Crazy”. We had passengers, pits and punks all rank among the top 40 this year, as well as dolls, dragons and more. We travelled to “Pompeii” and “St. Croix”, and now we’re on our way to the “Best Song Ever” on the “Best Day Of My Life”. It could very well be the “Best I Ever Had”. Alright, enough of my yapping, now.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

Now, let’s get back to the countdown and pick it up at #80 with one of Canada’s most successful exports…

Just like that title, they keep comin' around.

080. Barenaked Ladies – “Boomerang” (#14)
Writer: Zac Maloy, Ed Robertson/Producer: Gavin Brown

Related Posts: Single Review (March 21, 2013)

Turn the "Beat" around.

079. Goo Goo Dolls – “Rebel Beat” (#18)
Writers: John Rzeznik, Gregg Wattenberg/Producer: Wattenberg

Related Posts: On The Rebound (January 23, 2013)

History in the making.

078. Bastille – “Laura Palmer” (#13)
Writer: Dan Smith/Producers: Mark Crew, Smith

**First of two songs in the top 100

Andy Grammer

077. Andy Grammer – “Miss Me” (#1 for two weeks, 2012)
Writer: Andy Grammer, Boots Ottestad / Producers: Adam Pallin, S*A*M & Sluggo

Related Posts: Concert Review (December 10, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)

Daughtry

076. Daughtry – “Waiting For Superman” (#9+) [2014 chart year: #6]
Writers: Chris Daughtry, Sam Hollander, Martin Johnson/Producers: Daughtry, Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 16, 2013), Album Review of Baptized (November 13, 2013)

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
075. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – “Lose Yourself To Dance” (#15)
Writers: Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams/Producers: Daft Punk

Related Posts: Just Got Lucky (July 5, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (both acts)

Down with the kids.

074. Tom Odell – “Another Love” (#16)
Writers: Tom Odell / Producers: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Time to "Rock" it.

073. Avril Lavigne – “Here’s To Never Growing Up” (#13)
Writers: David Hodges, Martin Johnson, Jacob Kasher, Chad Kroeger, Avril Lavigne / Producer: Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 8, 2013), Growing Pains (April 22, 2013), Album Review of Avril Lavigne (October 26, 2013)

Everybody plays the "Fool".

072. Christina Aguilera featuring Blake Shelton – “Just A Fool” (#13)
Writers: Wayne Hector, Claude Kelly, Steve Robson / Producer: Kelly, Robson

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)

Lifehouse and Natasha Bedingfield

071. Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield – “Between The Raindrops” (#7)
Writers: Jude Cole, Jacob Kasher, Jason Wade / Producer: Cole

Don't Walk away from this one.

070. Walk Off The Earth – “Gang Of Rhythm” (#10)
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Giovanni Nicassio, Thomas Salter / Producers: Blackwood, Nicassio, Salter

**First of two songs in the top 100

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

069. Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man” (#13)
Writers: Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Andrew Wyatt / Producers: The Smeezingtons

**First of two songs in the top 100

Lawson

068. Lawson – “Brokenhearted” (#14)
Writers: Duck Blackwell, Andy Brown, Paddy Dalton, Ki Fitzgerald / Producers: Harry Sommerdahl

**Second of three songs in the top 100

Bon Jovi

067. Bon Jovi – “Because We Can” (#14)
Writers: Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon, Richie Sambora / Producer: Bon Jovi, John Shanks

Related Posts: Single Review (January 7, 2013)

Bust a Move.

066. Gavin DeGraw – “Best I Ever Had” (#13)
Writers: Gavin DeGraw, Martin Johnson / Producer: Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (June 17, 2013), Album Review of Make A Move (October 9, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

It's all in the Mix.

065. Little Mix – “Wings” (#12)
Writers: Tom Barnes, Iain James, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn, Little Mix (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall) / Producer: TMS

Related Posts: Winging It (March 7, 2013)

"Girl", you know it's true.

064. Hanson – “Get The Girl Back” (#11)
Writers/Producers: Hanson (Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson)

Related Posts: Single Review (March 30, 2013)

I think she'll have a chart attack.

I think she’ll have a chart attack.

063. Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack” (#13)
Writers: Mitch Allan, Sean Douglas, Jason Evigan, Demi Lovato, Aaron Phillips, Nikki Williams / Producers: The Suspex

Related Posts: Single Premiere (February 24, 2013)

Simply the "Best".

062. One Direction – “Kiss You” (#9)
Writers: Cagaanan, Carl Falk, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Savan Kotecha, Kristian Lundin, Albin Nedler, Shellback, Rami Yacoub / Producers: Falk, Yacoub

**Second of four songs in the top 100

"Story" time.

061. One Direction – “Best Song Ever” (#10)
Writers: Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, John Ryan / Producers: Bunetta, Matt Radosevich, Ryan

Related Posts: Single Premiere (July 17, 2013), Album Review of Midnight Memories (November 20, 2013), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)
**Third of four songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 60-41 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 100-81

They're here...

They’re here…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, forget about Christmas, it’s time for another Top 100 of the year based on my personal charts for the 2013 chart year! It’s everything from the year that was, from “Crazy All My Life” to “I Want Crazy” to “Keep Me Crazy”. We had passengers, pits and punks all rank among the top 40 this year, as well as dolls, dragons and more. We travelled to “Pompeii” and “St. Croix”, and now we’re on our way to the “Best Song Ever” on the “Best Day Of My Life”. It could very well be the “Best I Ever Had”. Alright, enough of my yapping, now.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

With all that in mind, let’s start that countdown!

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

100. OneRepublic – “Feel Again” (#7, 2012)
Writers/Producers: Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Noel Zancanella

**First of two songs in the top 100

Darling Nikki.

099. Nikki Williams – “Glowing” (#23)
Writers: Arnthor Birgisson, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Bebe Rexha, Sandy Vee / Producer: Vee

Related Posts: Profile on Williams (February 28, 2013)

Treat her like a Lady.

098. Lady Antebellum – “Downtown” (#23)
Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby / Producers: Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott), Paul Worley

Related Posts: On The Rebound (January 23, 2013)

No Taylor Swift remakes here.

097. Matchbox Twenty – “Our Song” (#21)
Writer: Rob Thomas / Producer: Matt Serletic

Related Posts: Third Time Is The Charm (March 27, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

They'll fight for this "Love".

096. Lawson – “Juliet” (#21)
Writers: Andy Brown, Carl Falk, Eric Turner, Michel Zitron / Producer: Falk

Related Posts: Star-Crossed Singles (August 30, 2013)
**First of three songs in the top 100

A Great Big World
095. A Great Big World – “Say Something” (#8+) [2014 chart year: #4+]
Writers: A Great Big World (Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino), Mike Campbell / Producer: Dan Romer

Related Posts: Profile on AGBW (January 31, 2013), “Something” Is Better Than Nothing (September 7, 2013)

He wants what he wants.

094. Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” (#23)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Lori McKenna, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Related Posts: One Crazy Party (April 5, 2013), Single Premiere (April 7, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Feelin' the power of two.

093. Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie – “This Is What It Feels Like” (#22)
Writers: Benno De Goeij, John Ewbank, Trevor Guthrie, Luis Raposo, Armin Van Buuren, Jenson Vaughan / Producer: Van Buuren

Related Posts: Fall Into Dance (August 14, 2013)

Be my, be my beanie.

092. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – “Everything Has Changed” (#21)
Writers: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift / Producer: Butch Walker

Related Posts: “True” Twosomes (May 2, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (Sheeran) + **First of three songs in the top 100 (Swift)

Read up on this "Story".

091. One Direction – “Live While We’re Young” (#2, 2012)
Writers: Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub, The Clash (Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer) for sample of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” / Producers: Falk/Yacoub

**First of four songs in the top 100

If you don't Know them by now...

090. Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw – “We Both Know” (#18)
Writers/Producers: Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (DeGraw)

Sometimes you wanna go Ware everybody knows your name.

089. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments” (#19)
Writers: Tom Hull, Jessie Ware / Producers: Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu

He's not giving in.

088. John Newman – “Cheating” (#18)
Writers: John Newman, Emily Phillips / Producers: Newman, Mike Spencer, Ant Whiting

Related Posts: Profile on Newman (May 24, 2013)

She's got a ticket to Ryde.

087. Serena Ryder – “Stompa” (#17)
Writers: Jerrod Bettis, Serena Ryder / Producer: Bettis

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

086. Keane – “Higher Than The Sun” (#7)
Writers: Keane (Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley) / Producer: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 27, 2013)

Matt's what matters.

085. Matt Cardle – “Anyone Else” (#17)
Writers: Matt Cardle, Jeff Halatrax / Producer: Cardle

Related Posts: Single Review (December 14, 2012)

"Crazy" little thing called Chris.

084. Chris Wallace – “Keep Me Crazy” (#18)
Writers: Matt Radosevich, Chris Wallace / Producer: Radosevich

Related Posts: Wallace Keeps It “Crazy” (December 11, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)

Blame it on the "Girls".

083. The 1975 – “Girls” (#2+) [2014 chart year: #1 for one week]
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

Related Posts: “Girls” Hits #1 (December 8, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Oh say, can't you "See"?

082. The Script featuring will.i.am – “Hall Of Fame” (#1 for 4 weeks, 2012)
Writers/Producers: James Barry, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan

**First of two songs in the top 100 (The Script)

Olly olly oxen free.

081. Olly Murs – “Dear Darlin’” (#17)
Writers: Ed Drewett, Jim Eliot, Olly Murs / Producers: Drewett, Eliot

**First of three songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 80-61 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 8, 2013

It's not easy being green.

A hole lotta weeks at #1 ahead.

DEBUTS
40. Passenger – The Wrong Direction
39. Lawson – Juliet
38. John Newman – Cheating
31. Coldplay – Atlas | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Hunter Hayes – I Want Crazy (38)
30. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (35)
25. Emeli Sandé – My Kind Of Love (31)
23. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (28)
07. Katy Perry – Roar (14) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Family Of The Year – St. Croix (07) | PEAK: #07
09. Five For Fighting – What If (06) | PEAK: #03
08. Justin Timberlake – Take Back The Night (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Katy Perry – Roar (14) | PEAK: #07
06. Grouplove – Ways To Go (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper – True Love (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Passenger – Let Her Go (03) | PEAK: #01 for twelve weeks
03. The 1975 – Chocolate (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Bastille – Pompeii (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Passenger – Holes (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. John Mayer featuring Katy Perry – Who You Love (10)
2. Conor Maynard – R U Crazy (6)
3. Phillip Phillips – Where We Came From (1)
4. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker (2)
5. Olly Murs – Right Place Right Time (7)
6. Pet Shop Boys – Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (5)
7. Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile (8)
8. Bastille – Laura Palmer (-)
9. Eminem – Berzerk (-)
10. NONONO – Pumpin’ Blood (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Say Something (new)
Atlas Genius – If So
Avril Lavigne – Rock N Roll
Bruno Mars – Gorilla
Celine Dion – Loved Me Back To Life (new)
Daft Punk featuring Panda Bear – Doin’ It Right
Kaskade – Atmosphere
Marie Miller – You’re Not Alone
Michael Bublé featuring Bryan Adams – After All
OneRepublic – Something I Need
Serena Ryder – What I Wouldn’t Do
The Feeling – Rescue (new)
Tom Odell – Grow Old With Me (new)
Yuna – Rescue (new)

Chart Notes:

  • I was clearly lost without a Passenger song at #1, and this has been so for the past five weeks since “Let Her Go” let go of #1 after 12 weeks. Well, he’s back! The 29-year-old now makes it two for two as “Holes” advances 2-1 in its 11th week on the chart. The performer who was born Mike Rosenberg has now held the top spot for 13 total weeks during 2013, 1/4 of an entire year! This isn’t a record, but he may be in reach of it later this fall should “Holes” continue on at the top, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This, of course, displaces Bastille, who drop 1-2 after two weeks at the top with “Pompeii”.
  • There are backwards bullets galore this week — way too much good music out at the moment and it’s all trying to move up! A few records are breaking away from the pack, however, including “Roar” by Katy Perry, which vaults 14-7 and is looking towards the top, and “The Stars Are Ours” by Mayer Hawthorne, up 20-16. It should become his second top ten in a row following the #2 single “Her Favorite Song”. You can also expect Imagine Dragons (#21) and Sheppard (#23) to go top ten in the next month or two.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is one I’ve been anticipating for a while now, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Coldplay reach the top 40 for the 12th time with “Atlas”, debuting at #31. It’s the first single off the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The group’s had three number-one songs on my chart: could this be their fourth? Looks like it will rise quickly up the chart through October.
  • Two acts this week replace themselves in the top 40: Soul singer John Newman is not so loved this week as he’s out of the chart with “Love Me Again”, but debuts at #38 with the followup single “Cheating”. Likewise, boy band Lawson are broken charted as “Brokenhearted” finds itself beat out of the countdown, but their ode to “Juliet” takes a romantic rank at #39.
  • Shall we end on a Passenger note? It seems only fitting as he now charts with a third song, “The Wrong Direction”, debuting at #40. Luckily, this one’s going in the right direction. Initially released as the first single from All The Little Lights in the summer of 2012, it tanked, but now it’s being rereleased in some European countries like The Netherlands. He won’t be going away (at least from my chart) anytime soon, not that it wasn’t apparent already, and perhaps we’ll meet up again somewhere down the line. Never say never, people. He finished his recent U.S. tour last night in Orlando, FL.

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Wherefore Chart Thou, Romeo? The Star-Crossed Singles

They'll fight for this "Love".

Shakin’ with Shakespeare.

The British band Lawson recently made it up to #6 in the United Kingdom with their single “Brokenhearted”, which features B.O.B. and is included on a forthcoming album. Now, the boys have a second single out, the power pop song that is “Juliet”. It’s out in the U.K. on October 13. Seems that the quartet had a little inspiration from ol’ William Shakespeare; Juliet, a main protagonist in the play Romeo And Juliet, is one of the most memorable characters in written history. So, as you might expect, she’s also been written into a handful of hit songs. Yet, her lover, Romeo, might be just a little bit jealous if she’s getting all the attention from the music makers of the world. So, who wins this single battle of the sweethearts? Drink down this look at the competition on both sides of the pond:

UNITED STATES
In the U.S., there’s been six top 40 hits since the Hot 100’s been around that mention either Romeo himself or the pair together. (Sorry, Juliet!) They come from three different decades, although many of them have become obscure over the years given some of these acts’ diminished careers. Remember any of these?

“Romeo’s Tune”, Steve Forbert (#11, 1980)
“Romeo”, Dino (#6, 1990)

“Tune” was Mississippi-born Forbert’s only top 40 hit; his followup made it to a lowly #85 later in 1980. Dino would continue to chart until 1993, when he scored with a cover of “Ooh Child”.

“(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet”, The Reflections (#6, 1964)
“Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet, Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (#1, 1969)
“Romeo & Juliet”, Stacy Earl featuring The Wild Pair (#27, 1992)
“Romeo And Juliet”, Sylk-E. Fyne featuring Chill (#6, 1998)

The Reflections never had a single as big as their first, but an additional two made the lower region of the Hot 100. Conductor and producer Mancini made the Hot 100 a handful of other times, most notably with a top 20 version of the theme from Love Story in 1971. Earl charted with one more non-top 40 single after this before her charting days were over thanks to a musical shift with more rock and rap. Both Sylk-E. Fyne and Chill remain one-hit wonders and that won’t change anytime soon.

In total, all six songs mention Romeo, while only four mention Juliet. Looks like the guy beats the gal in this race, although it is close.

UNITED KINGDOM
In the U.K., we raise it up to nine songs to officially make the top 40 between 1957 and now on the Official Singles Chart. Interestingly enough, nothing from the U.S. crossed over to the U.K. and vice versa, although some of the same act names pop up again in different incarnations. Hopefully, there weren’t any legal troubles along the way. Let’s see how the English do when it comes to Mr. William’s words:

“You You Romeo”, Shirley Bassey (#29, 1957)
“Romeo”, Petula Clark (#3, 1961)
“Romeo”, Mr. Big (#4, 1977)
“Romeo Me”, Sleeper (#39, 1997)
“Romeo”, Basement Jaxx (#6, 2001)
“Romeo Dunn”, Romeo (#3, 2002)

Bassey was yet to see her biggest success in the U.K. at that point, including two number-one singles in 1959 and 1961, respectively. Clark continued to enjoy pretty consistent success until the end of that decade. Not to be confused with the U.S. band, the U.K. Mr. Big only had other one charting single after their “Romeo” which just dented the top 40. Sleeper‘s single was the last of seven top 40 hits in a row, all charted in the 90’s. Basement Jaxx had a string of moderate charters following their hit and last made the top ten in 2005 with “Oh My Gosh”. The U.K. Romeo had top ten singles in a row, including “Dunn”, before the label he was on filed for bankruptcy.

“Romeo And Juliet”, Dire Straits (#8, 1981)

Though this single never entered the Hot 100, the band would return and in a big way with the #1 “Money For Nothing” from 1985.

“Juliet”, The Four Pennies (#1, 1964)
“Juliet (Keep That In Mind)”, Thea Gilmore (#35, 2003)

The British quartet never made it to the top ten again, although they charted in the top 40 until 1966. They never made it to the Hot 100. Gilmore released a followup that charted at #50, and would never go as high on the charts since then.

Looks like Juliet didn’t fare any better over here. Seven for Romeo, a mere three for Juliet. Well, Lawson will probably bring that number up to four come October. The majority of their songs have gone top ten in that territory, so potentially expect the same with “Juliet”. The ending of the play may be depressing, but the charts don’t have to be… or do they?

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 23, 2013

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DEBUTS
40. The Civil Wars – The One That Got Away
39. John Newman – Love Me Again
38. Tom Odell – Another Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Grouplove – Ways To Go (38)
21. Five For Fighting – What If (29) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
19. Lawson – Brokenhearted (25)
07. Sara Bareilles – Brave (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Daniel Powter – Crazy All My Life (08) | PEAK: #03
09. Plain White T’s – Should’ve Gone To Bed (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (07) | PEAK: #06
07. Sara Bareilles – Brave (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Walk Off The Earth – Red Hands (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Bruno Mars – Treasure (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Florida-Georgia Line featuring Nelly – Cruise (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Passenger – Let Her Go (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Passenger – Holes (-)
2. Andy Grammer – Crazy Beautiful (2)
3. Rudimental featuring John Newman – Feel The Love (9)
4. Sammy Adams featuring Mike Posner – L.A. Story (3)
5. Fitz & The Tantrums – 6AM (10)
6. Savoir Adore – Dreamers (-)
7. Austin Mahone – What About Love? (7)
8. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed (6)
9. Parachute – Can’t Help (5)
10. Tony Lucca – Never Gonna Let You Go (8)

In The Mix:
Backstreet Boys – In A World Like This (new)
Barenaked Ladies – Odds Are
Britney Spears – Ooh La La
Demi Lovato – Made In The USA
Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had (new)
Jack Johnson – I Got You
John Mayer – Paper Doll (new)
Jonas Brothers – First Time
Justin Timberlake – Tunnel Vision
Kelly Clarkson – Tie It Up
Megan & Liz – Release You
Michael Bublé – Close Your Eyes
Mike Posner – The Way It Used To Be
MKTO – Classic (new)
Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight (re-entry)
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
Skylar Grey – Wear Me Out
Tegan & Sara – I Was A Fool
Toad The Wet Sprocket – New Constellation

Chart Notes:

  • Leaping from 12-7, “Brave” becomes the fifth top ten single on my chart for Sara Bareilles, following “Love Song” (#8), “Bottle It Up” (#8), “King Of Anything” (#2) and “Uncharted” (#10). The 33-year-old singer will be releasing her latest album, The Blessed Unrest, on July 16.
  • For the second week in a row, Five For Fighting takes the Biggest Mover honor, climbing from 29-21 with “What If”. The song’s moved twenty spots upward in two weeks. He, John Ondrasik, also has the distinction of being the oldest musician in the countdown at age 48. Age is nothing but a number, people; it’s all about the quality of the music.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to newcomer Tom Odell from Chichester, England. His song recently went top ten on iTunes in the United Kingdom and this week enters my chart at #38, titled “Another Love”. His album, Long Way Down, is out Monday over there, and gets a release here in the United States in September.
  • Another new singer to the chart is John Newman, who comes in at #39 with “Love Me Again”. Last summer, he was featured on the Rudimental song, “Feel The Love”, which went to #1 in the U.K. and is just now being released here. “Again” has already charted in several European countries, including a top ten peak in Hungary.
  • Last but not least, duo The Civil Wars debut at #40 with “The One That Got Away”, a totally different song from the same title that went to #1 on my chart for Katy Perry in 2011. This single comes after the two cancelled their tour and broke up last year, although they’ve seemed to agree on a forthcoming album release, due August 6. It’s self-titled.

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