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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Three, 30-11

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2017 was certainly a year of considerable change in many different industries: media, politics, etc., and that change was reflected in much of the music that was released this year. In fact, “Never Change” gives a new Irish duo, Picture This, their first song to reach my year-end survey. Luckily, “Love” was still felt throughout the year, featured in the titles of songs from Andy Grammer, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson and more. “Money” was on the mind of Jack Antonoff from Bleachers, as well as the four guys from Foster The People. You already know that I played songs from Harry Styles and Paramore about a million “Times”, while Lorde and MUNA found “Places” to rest on the survey earlier this year, but where will they “Place” here?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get back to the countdown. Check out the next 20 songs on my 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.

30. HAIM, “Want You Back”
Album: Something To Tell You
Label: Columbia
Peak: #5
Weeks: 22

29. DUA LIPA, “New Rules”
Album: Dua Lipa
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 20+ (17 applied to 2017 ranking)

28. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Doing It For The Money”
Album: Sacred Hearts Club
Label: Columbia
Peak: #6
Weeks: 20

27. PARAMORE, “Hard Times”
Album: After Laughter
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Peak: #4
Weeks: 20

26. NOAH KAHAN, “Young Blood”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #5
Weeks: 21

25. NEW POLITICS, “One Of Us”
Album: Lost In Translation
Label: Crush Music/Warner Bros.
Peak: #5
Weeks: 21

24. JOHN MAYER, “Love On The Weekend”
Album: The Search For Everything
Label: Columbia
Peak: #3
Weeks: 21 (19 applied to 2017 ranking)

23. P!NK, “What About Us”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 19+ (16 applied to 2017 ranking)

22. THE SCRIPT, “Rain”
Album: Freedom Child
Label: Columbia
Peak: #2
Weeks: 23 (20 applied to 2017 ranking)

21. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu”
Album: Younger Now
Label: RCA
Peak: #2
Weeks: 21

20. JULIA BRENNAN, “Inner Demons”
Album: Inner Demons (EP)
Label: Columbia
Peak: #3
Weeks: 24 (23 applied to 2017 ranking)

19. GEORGE EZRA, “Don’t Matter Now”
Album: TBA
Label: Columbia
Peak: #2
Weeks: 22

18. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer”
Album: EVOLVE
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #3
Weeks: 22

17. LP, “Lost On You”
Album: Lost On You
Label: Vagrant/BMG/RCA
Peak: #2
Weeks: 25 (20 applied to 2017 ranking)

16. JAMES TW, “Ex”
Album: TBA
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #3
Weeks: 23

15. ADELE, “Water Under The Bridge”
Album: 25
Label: XL/Columbia
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 27 (21 applied to 2017 ranking)

14. KATY PERRY featuring SKIP MARLEY, “Chained To The Rhythm”
Album: Witness
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 21

13. ARCADE FIRE, “Everything Now”
Album: Everything Now
Label: Columbia
Peak: #2
Weeks: 23

12. LIAM PAYNE, “Strip That Down”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #2
Weeks: 23

11. LORDE, “Green Light”
Album: Melodrama
Label: Lava/Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 23

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Two, 60-31

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2017 was certainly a year of considerable change in many different industries: media, politics, etc., and that change was reflected in much of the music that was released this year. In fact, “Never Change” gives a new Irish duo, Picture This, their first song to reach my year-end survey. Luckily, “Love” was still felt throughout the year, featured in the titles of songs from Andy Grammer, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson and more. “Money” was on the mind of Jack Antonoff from Bleachers, as well as the four guys from Foster The People. You already know that I played songs from Harry Styles and Paramore about a million “Times”, while Lorde and MUNA found “Places” to rest on the survey earlier this year, but where will they “Place” here?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get back to the countdown. Check out the next 30 songs on my 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.

60. LORDE, “Perfect Places”
Album: Melodrama
Label: Lava/Republic
Peak: #10

59. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “So Close”
Album: Zombies On Broadway
Label: Crush Music/Vanguard
Peak: #11

58. JAMES ARTHUR, “Say You Won’t Let Go”
Album: Back From The Edge
Label: Columbia
Peak: #10

57. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Miles”
Album: Collateral
Label: Interscope
Peak: #9

56. MAROON 5, “Cold”
Album: Red Pill Blues (Deluxe)
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #9

55. CAPTAIN CUTS featuring NATEUR, “Love Like We Used To”
Album: TBA
Label: Epic
Peak: #5

54. ED SHEERAN, “Galway Girl”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #10

53. JOHN MAYER, “Still Feel Like Your Man”
Album: The Search For Everything
Label: Columbia
Peak: #9

52. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #6

51. ED SHEERAN, “Shape Of You”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #8

50. NIALL HORAN, “This Town”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for one week

49. LIGHTS, “Giants”
Album: Skin & Earth
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #10

48. JULIA MICHAELS, “Uh Huh”
Album: Nervous System (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #4

47. TRAIN, “Drink Up”
Album: a girl a bottle a boat
Label: Columbia
Peak: #9

46. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft”
Album: Meaning Of Life
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2

45. KELLY CLARKSON, “It’s Quiet Uptown”
Album: The Hamilton Mixtape
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #6

44. PASSENGER, “Anywhere”
Album: Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Label: Nettwerk
Peak: #9

43. ANDY GRAMMER, “Give Love”
Album: The Good Parts
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Peak: #5

42. JAMES TW, “When You Love Someone”
Album: First Impressions (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for seven weeks (2016 Chart Year)

41. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Cut To The Feeling”
Album: E•MO•TION: Side B (EP)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #8

40. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry”
Album: Tell Me You Love Me
Label: Hollywood/Island/Republic
Peak: #9

39. TOM WALKER, “Just You And I”
Album: Blessings (EP)
Label: Epic
Peak: #7

38. HARRY STYLES, “Two Ghosts”
Album: Harry Styles
Label: Columbia
Peak: #6

37. ONEREPUBLIC, “Let’s Hurt Tonight”
Album: Oh My My
Label: Interscope
Peak: #8

36. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Look What You Made Me Do”
Album: reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #1 for three weeks

35. DANIEL POWTER, “Delicious”
Album: TBA
Label: Unleashed!/Sony Music (SE)
Peak: #5

34. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2

33. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “I Believe In You”
Album: Nobody But Me
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #5 (2016 Chart Year)

32. SCOTT HELMAN, “Kinda Complicated”
Album: Hôtel de Ville
Label: Warner Music Canada
Peak: #4

31. TRAIN, “Play That Song”
Album: a girl a bottle a boat
Label: Columbia
Peak: #2

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 28, 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: Taylor Swift knows the “Game” well, but BTS knows how to “Drop” the surprise of the week! Time to drop some mics and a little add action on you:

IT’S NOT THE “END”: With the Thanksgiving break still on the minds of some pop programmers out there, action on this radio report is a bit limited. As expected, Taylor Swift‘s “End Game”, featuring Ed Sheeran and Future, is the Most Added single for the second week in a row, with another hefty sum of 44 stations. However, a week before its official impact, the Steve Aoki mix of “MIC Drop” by K-pop group BTS and rapper Desiigner is off to solid start, grabbing 25 adds for the runner-up spot. It is the first time that the septet has appeared this high on the adds results, though they’ve received some small airplay with other singles here.

Much of the bottom half of the top ten is loaded down with reactive collaborations, the only single making its first appearance here being Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato‘s “Échame La Culpa”, which delivers twelve new stations this week. Both Fonsi and Lovato’s “Despacito” and “Sorry Not Sorry”, respectively, hit #1 at the format earlier this year. Will they return together? Find out soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
3-T. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
3-T. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)
3-T. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
3-T. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
7-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
7-T. LORDE featuring KHALID, POST MALONE and SZA, “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
9-T. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
9-T. LUIS FONSI & DEMI LOVATO, “Échame La Culpa” (UMLE/Island/Republic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 12, 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. Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, ages and genders, but we’re celebrating them all this weekend, including all of our legendary chart veterans. Hey, they’re veterans too. Who’s going to be a part of our next crop of pop icons? They may be featured in the mix below…

“STILL” THE MAN: Two weeks ago, it topped the pop chart, following its runs at #1 on the Alternative, Hot AC and Triple A lists. Last week, it slipped a notch to #2. Now, it returns to the top, bringing Portugal pop to the masses. Of course, that’s Portugal. The Man and their crossover smash “Feel It Still”, spending its second nonconsecutive week at #1 here on the Top 40 airwaves. “Still” is the first song in a year to return to #1 after falling out, the last one being “Closer” by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, whose ten-week run at the top was interrupted for one frame by “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber. (Since 2010, a total of six #1 songs have completed the reversal.)

“Still” remains active across several radio formats, currently sitting at #2 and #3 on the Hot AC and Alternative lists, respectively. It also has a home in the top 40 on the Spanish survey, perhaps working the Portugal angle a little more than it needs to. (I’m not sure that we need a “Siéntalo Todavía” remix with Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam at this point.) Look for the band’s new song “Live In The Moment”, which soars from 50-35 on the Alternative chart this week, to potentially accumulate some crossover airplay in 2018.

“GAME” ON, TAYLOR: With her new album likely to open over the million mark in its first week, her fourth consecutive to reach that lofty goal, superstar Taylor Swift is in Top 40 heaven this week. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Swift continues to see action with multiple current songs on pop playlists across the U.S. from her top-selling reputation release. On the most recent chart at the format, second single “…Ready For It?” rises from 15-14, former chart-topper “Look What You Made Me Do” dips from 24-28 and album cut “Gorgeous” rebounds from 49-45 from unsolicited airplay. However, that’s just one part of the story.

Needless to say, with an event record like this one, airplay of additional album cuts from the record was pretty overwhelming. Radio giant iHeartMedia aired all 15 songs from the effort hourly (one per hour) for much of Friday across its Hot AC and Top 40 stations, then featured an album release party on both formats later that evening. Combined with additional spins from stations belonging to both small and large groups, a handful of songs are showing potential as choices for future singles from the album. Leading the way, “End Game” (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future) looks like it could be a future chart-topper, coming in at #50 at the Top 40 chart, with “Delicate” and “I Did Something Bad” landing just below the top 50. Stay tuned to see how they develop into next year.

THE “FRIEND” OF THE BEGINNING: If you bought Apple’s new iPhone X, or are thinking about it, you may already know the hot track that’s been all over the commercials for it, though perhaps not the artist or the title. Debuting at #44, “Best Friend” by duo Sofi Tukker gives the New York act their first song on the pop chart, though they’ve been buzzing in the streaming world since last year. Members Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern joined forces with NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno for the single, which originally came out in September. The situation is reminiscent of another New York duo, Marian Hill, whose single “Down” was incorporated into an Apple ad, reacted and quickly peaked at #10 in March. We can only hope for the best results for this song.

“Friend” isn’t the only multi-act collaboration entering on this week’s pop survey. Two other songs making their first appearances in the top 50 include “Homemade Dynamite” by Lorde, at #47, in a remix featuring Khalid, Post Malone and SZA, and “No Limit” by G-Eazy, at #58, featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B. Lorde’s Melodrama, a #1 album earlier this year, was responsible for one additional chart single, “Green Light”, which reached #19 in April. Meanwhile, the pre-order for G-Eazy’s new album, The Beautiful & Damned, went live on Friday. It’s due for release on December 15, just in time for your last-minute Christmas wish list. (We know you want it. Well, maybe not. Socks and underwear could be your thing, but the gift of music is just dandy too.)

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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!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
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 (October 23-24, 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 seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA – “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Both soloists are newcomers here. Cardona’s song “Jennifer” has some minor airplay from the Rhythmic panel.

BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
EP: All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (2017)
Past T40 History: Rexha’s had ten top 40 titles since her first in 2014, one going to #1. The country duo has three pop hits to date.

CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP – “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song in “No Promises”, while the New Jersey rapper looks for his sixth pop hit.

CNCO & LITTLE MIX – “Reggaetón Lento (Remix)” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: Primera Cita (2016) (original version)
Past T40 History: The male quintet is new here, while the female quartet has three top 40 singles to date. In the U.K., it got to #5.

LIAM PAYNE – “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Payne topped the pop chart two weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, which falls to #4 on the most recent survey.

LORDE featuring POST MALONE, KHALID & SZA – “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
Album: Melodrama (2017) (original version)
Past T40 History: The New Zealand performer has four top 40 songs to date. Her previous entry, “Green Light”, hit #19 in March.

NF – “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
Album: Perception (2017)
Past T40 History: “Down” just made top 50 at this format, becoming his first chart single. His latest album recently entered at #1.

Next week: The latest singles from Avicii and Rita Ora, as well as Harry Styles, are among next Tuesday’s top contenders.

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: July 30, 2017

Four-an for Horan.

DEBUTS
40. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
37. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals – Back To You
36. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. The Script – Rain (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
23. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
12. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Tom Walker – Just You And I (07) | PEAK: #07
07. HAIM – Want You Back (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (3)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
4. BANNERS – Someone To You (5)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (4)
7. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (6)
8. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (9)
9. Why Don’t We – Something Different (-)
10. Dua Lipa – New Rules (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Why (new)
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by the group who had the third-biggest song on Alternative radio in 2015 with “Renegades”. It spent 11 weeks at #1. Two years later, X Ambassadors is looking for a chart-topper on both that radio list and my own top 40 with “Ahead Of Myself”, which is taken from their forthcoming album. It enters at #36. Their Cayuga Sound Festival is a little less than two months away, and I’m sure they’ll be playing plenty of new material at it.
  • The four members of the final (well, at least for now) lineup of One Direction are now in my top 40 as soloists, with Niall Horan at #1, Liam Payne at #2 and #24, Harry Styles at #18 and #23, and coming in at #37, Louis Tomlinson‘s first solo entry on my personal chart, “Back To You”. The song features Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Hey ZAYN, where are you? Let’s make it all five original members on the chart at the same time!
  • Finally, at #40, is the first entry on my chart for a new boy band called PRETTYMUCH. “Would You Mind” was released a week ago, getting all sorts of New Music Friday playlisting across the globe, while it impacts at Top 40 radio on August 22.

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