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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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SINGLE PREMIERE: Matt Cardle – “When You Were My Girl” (+ Lyrics)

Matt's what matters.

Matt’s what matters.

Coming off his duet with Melanie C, “Loving You”, Matt Cardle is putting the pep back in his step with “When You Were My Girl”. “Girl” is the second single from Cardle’s forthcoming album titled Porcelain. It received its first full play on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 radio show this morning and now it’s available on YouTube via a video from Cardle. Thanks!

Listen to “When You Were My Girl”. / Purchase “When You Were My Girl” on U.S. iTunes.

“WHEN YOU WERE MY GIRL” (2:57)

(If there are any corrections, let me know below.)

[Verse 1]
You tell me that you want me
You’re thinking that you’ll walk back in my life again
Saying you need me
But I’ve been hearing stories from mistaken friends

[Bridge]
And someone said you sold me out, you sold me out
I try to shut it out, but it’s too late

[Chorus]
And all those tears I watched you fake
Thinking I was doing you wrong
But now I hear it’s my mistake
‘Cause you were never sleeping alone
When you were my girl (x2)

[Verse 2]
I told you I was sorry
How could you lie so easily right to the end?
You wanna hold me
But I don’t find it that easy to pretend

[Bridge – variation]
When someone says you sold me out, you sold me out
I try to shut it out, but it’s too late

[Chorus]
And all those tears I watched you fake
Thinking I was doing you wrong
But now I hear it’s my mistake
‘Cause you were never sleeping alone
When you were my girl (x3)

Oh, ooh
When you were my

[Chorus x2]
All those tears I watched you fake
Thinking I was doing you wrong
But now I hear it’s my mistake
‘Cause you were never sleeping alone
When you were my girl

When you were my girl
Oh, when you were my girl
Oh-oh-oh

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 20)

Makin' "Paper".

Another day in Paradise.

Whether you’re running to the rodeo or cuddling up at the coffee shop, it’s music connecting those two hot spots this week for your list of releases out today, August 20:

  • Biggest week of the release comes from GRAMMY-winning singer and songwriter John Mayer. His sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, features collaborations with Frank Ocean and girlfriend Katy Perry. Two singles from it have been released thus far: “Paper Doll” and “Wildfire”. It will likely open at #2 behind Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Party, though it does have a slight chance of debuting at #1. (iTunes)
  • He’s wasted away again, but not in Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffett continues his island party with Songs From St. Somewhere, featuring a recent duet with Toby Keith, “Too Drunk To Karaoke”. It’s a hot seller on Amazon and could be top ten next week.  (iTunes)
  • Denver-based band The Lumineers have already gone Platinum with their debut self-titled album; now, a deluxe edition is out this week featuring a few new tracks and[ a cover of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads. (iTunes)
  • Combining the talents of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, TGT is all over Urban AC radio with their first project together. Three Kings is out, which includes current hit, “I Need”. (iTunes)
  • Two movie soundtracks leap from the silver screen into stores this week: Kick Ass 2 (iTunes) and The Mortal Instruments. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include A$AP Ferg‘s Trap Lord (iTunes), Blue October‘s Sway (iTunes), Frames by Lee DeWyze (iTunes) and Where You Stand by Travis. (iTunes)

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

  • “Hurt You”, a classic R&B duet between Toni Braxton and Babyface. (iTunes)
  • “Loving You”, the first U.S. single release for Matt Cardle along with duet partner Melanie C. (iTunes)
  • “Next To Me”, already a hit in the U.S. for Emeli Sandé in a new mix with Alejandro Sanz. (iTunes)
  • “Pass Me By”, the latest single from the Lynch siblings, R5. (iTunes)
  • “That Girl”, the first solo single for Sugarland‘s vocalist Jennifer Nettles. (iTunes)
  • “Trying To Be Cool”, an Alternative hit for Phoenix as remixed by R. Kelly. (iTunes)

Rockers Avenged Sevenfold and rapper Big Sean top the list of new releases for next week… can either make it to #1? Stay tuned for our next update!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #100 to #86 (Post 1 of 11)

Don't "try" to knock her down.

Don’t “try” to knock her down.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year as I’ve been tabulating over the past few weeks. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. 177 songs ranked in the top 40 at some point this year, an increase of eleven from last year, which means that the pace picked up a little bit. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Everything from the top of the pops is in here: boy bands, bubblegum, country, dance, rock, and all the surprise hits and major under-performers in-between. Of course, I’ll be commenting on them as well, but I’m saving the good stuff until we get towards the top tier of the top 100. Let’s start the countdown!

100. Martin Solveig – The Night Out (138 points) (PEAK: #22)
Second top-40 hit on my chart for this French DJ, the first of which earned him a main credit without him singing a note. That was “Hello”, which featured vocals by Canadian band Dragonette; it peaked at #9 for two weeks last year.

099. Green Day – Oh Love (142 points) (PEAK: #22)
2012 was an eventful one for the band which saw their lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, go to rehab after a tantrum seen around the world at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. This was the band’s only charting single from the era.

098. Big Time Rush – Windows Down (143 points) (PEAK: #21)
Originally recorded as a demo by Ke$ha, this became the boy band’s biggest hit on my survey to date. It samples “Song 2” by Blur.

097. Neon Trees – Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night) (151 points) (PEAK: #18)
This Utah-based band just missed the top 100 with “Everybody Talks” (#101), a song that became their second big mainstream hit. “Lessons” peaked at #17 a week after the 2012 chart year ended. It also shares its main title with a #12 Hot 100 hit for Level 42 back in 1987.

096. Matt Cardle – Amazing (156 points) (PEAK: #21)
Final single from Cardle’s debut album Letters. It was the highest charting release from it.

095. Pink – Try (161 points) (PEAK: #7)
This was #7 at the close of the chart year in November, but has since gone onto make the top 3. Four of her songs have spent time at the top of my top 40. Nelly Furtado also appeared in the top ten with a separate song also called “Try” in 2004.

094. Bridgit Mendler – Ready Or Not (162 points) (PEAK: #21)
Mendler is the latest Disney kid to make my personal chart. This one also became a minor hit on the CHR survey; the first Disney-related act to make it there was quintet The Party, who made the top 20 in early 1992 with “In My Dreams”.

093. Taylor Swift – Eyes Open [from “The Hunger Games”] (162 points) (PEAK: #21)
First of a handful of songs written for motion pictures in the top 100 this year. The rest will be coming in a few posts’ time.

092. Jon McLaughlin featuring Sara Bareilles – Summer Is Over (164 points) (PEAK: #23)
Lowest peaking song in the top 100 of the year; it spent two weeks at #23. It was the third charting hit for McLaughlin and the seventh for Bareilles. It peaked during the Spring, a good enough reason for it to chart so low.

091. Lady Antebellum – We Owned The Night (165 points) (PEAK: #5)
This hit #5 back in November of 2011. The group has one other song in the top 100 of the year.

090. Javier Colon featuring Natasha Bedingfield – As Long As We Got Love (167 points) (PEAK: #20)
Colon made my New & Active between August and October 2003 with his major-label debut single, “Crazy”. (He was just credited as Javier back then.) Bedingfield has one more song to come.

089. Zedd featuring Matthew Koma – Spectrum (168 points) (PEAK: #19)
First charting single for the Russian-born and German-raised DJ and the New York-born singer. Koma’s current girlfriend, Carly Rae Jepsen, will be charting much later on with two entries.

088. David Cook – Fade Into Me (171 points) (PEAK: #15)
Last single for the American Idol winner before he was dropped by RCA Records. Of his five charting singles, this was the lowest ranking in terms of weekly peak.

087. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love (173 points) (PEAK: #20)
This is Cardle’s highest of two songs on the year-end survey. “Anyone Else”, his current single, should be a safe bet to make the top 100 next year.

086. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (173 points) (PEAK: #10)
This was at #10 at the close of the chart year in November. It has since risen to #7. Mraz has one more song to go in the top 100.

Join me back here tomorrow as I reveal #85 through #71. What’s coming up, you ask? How about a glam fam, pom-poms and shopping carts? Intrigued? Stay tuned…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 16, 2012

Holding up the #1 spot. Carry on, boys.

Another week at the top was fun.damental.

DEBUTS
40. Alex Clare – Up All Night
39. Britt Nicole – Gold
36. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Robbie Williams (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Christina Aguilera with Blake Shelton – Just A Fool (31)
24. Matt Cardle – Anyone Else (29)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath (11) | PEAK: #10
09. The Script – Six Degrees Of Separation (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Between The Raindrops (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Andy Grammer – Miss Me (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Robbie Williams – Candy (04) | PEAK: #04
04. Adele – Skyfall (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Pink – Try (03) | PEAK: #02
01. fun. – Carry On (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running (1)
2. Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love (5)
3. Train – Joy To The World (8)
4. The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb (2)
5. The All-American Rejects – Heartbeat Slowing Down (7)
6. Of Monsters And Men – Mountain Sound (10)
7. Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw – We Both Know (-)
8. Taylor Swift – 22 (-)
9. Pink featuring Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason (-)
10. John Mayer – Something Like Olivia (6)

In The Mix:
Aerosmith featuring Carrie Underwood – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (new)
Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You
Ellie Goulding – Figure 8
Lawson – Learn To Love Again (new)
Owl City – Shooting Star (re-entry)

Christmas Corner:
Christina Perri – Something About December
Colbie Caillat featuring Justin Young – The Christmas Song
Daniel Powter – Cupid (Christmas Remix) (re-entry)
Karmin – Sleigh Ride
Lady Antebellum – A Holly Jolly Christmas

See my full chart on the M4BCC message board.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Matt Cardle – “Anyone Else”

Matt Cardle; he didn't start the fire, did he?

He didn’t start The Fire.

It’s hard to believe that just two years ago, 27-year-old Matt Cardle went from skateboarder to superstar, winning the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2010, beating out Cher Lloyd, One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson. Though he was part of several bands during the better half of the last decade, like Darwyn and Seven Summers, he is best known for wowing viewers on the show, taking the most votes each week since Week 2 of the ginals. He was on top of the world when his debut single, “When We Collide”, spent nearly a month at #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart, and to date, has sold over 1 million copies. His album, Letters, was also a success, entering at #2 on the Album Chart in 2011. However, during that era, it was clear that something just wasn’t clicking with the artist or his audience. Lead single “Run For Your Life” managed a modest #6, but declined pretty rapidly with no certification whatsoever. The next two singles, despite some promotional push, couldn’t even bust through the top 75. He was an obvious candidate for a contract cancellation, but that didn’t stop his passion for making music recording.

Now, being from the United States, I’ve seen some of his televised performances on YouTube and heard most of his single releases, but I don’t know a lot about the guy, although he does look like a cleaned-up version of Marcus Mumford if he wanted to go on the tribute band circuit. In all seriousness, he seems genuinely nice, though, and I’m sure he must have been disappointed and frustrated going from a major record label to no label and then to an independent one. There was much behind-the-scenes drama that I don’t need to go into (though you can view it in the comments below.) That being said, a lot of his stuff on his first album was glossy; overused strings was the main culprit, though vocally, it’s also a little bit overdramatic. His latest release, The Fire, finds Cardle in a most comfortable zone. It skews in a more alternative direction, which is probably what he wanted to do in the first place, and the use of less co-writers and producers makes it a more cohesive effort. It’s more real, more personal, more himself.

“Anyone Else”, Cardle’s latest single at an experienced 29-years-old, was written by he and Jeff Halatrax, who has produced for acts like Kevin Rudolf and Selena Gomez & The Scene in the past. It’s the followup to his leadoff single of a few months ago, “It’s Only Love”. With those names in mind, I’m guessing that maybe you thought he had gone for an electro-pop twist this time around. After all, it’s all the rage nowadays. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you if you’re we’re thinking that was the correct route. It’s not. “Only” treaded back into the more familiar territory of Cardle’s first album, though a little more restrained, but now, he provides a good balance of edgy vocals and pop/rock instrumentation in his latest release.

Right from the start, the guitar kicks in and you know this isn’t going to be a slow and sleepy ballad. No, this is a funky and a sassy number. Cardle shows a lot of growth particularly with this track over his last era; it’s a stomper with a pinch of an R&B throwback vibe, probably the closest that he flirts with the genre.  Speaking of flirting, how about those lyrics? That’s probably the biggest change if you’re a big fan of his and perhaps the focus of my draw to the song. To begin, “Get up, I’m ready, baby / For a little more if you’re feeling it / On top, go steady, baby / are you ready? are you ready?” There is far too much to dissect in just those few lines, but this no, “So, run for your life / Don’t leave me behind,” etc. This is a different kind of marathon, if you know what I mean. Let’s just say, I think that someone wasn’t satisfied with his other half at the time and decided that “the other woman” was an appropriate option to go to: “To make a little love to you was all I ever really needed.” Also, the intentional pause between “I don’t wanna” and “girls” in the next line… I see what you did there. Then, by the second verse, he’s already kicking out the girl and saying that he wants to go back to his girlfriend and rekindle the relationship. What gives? I mean, at least you could afford to pay for the taxi, maybe feed her something before she goes? She wasn’t good in bed, was she? Oh, I get it. Everybody has their standards, and writing about it is one way of dealing with the pain. I think that these days this is affectionately known as the Taylor Swift Method of writing. He, however, doesn’t need to sing about it in a immature manner to get across his point.

Cardle states that he wrote the song in Los Angeles and woke up one morning with a different take on some “stuff” that had gone on at the time. Much of the album, including “Anyone”, was inspired by a relationship with dancer Sarah Robinson.  (He’s now separated from her.) It would seem that she is the girlfriend/old lover figure in this story, but who is the other lady? We don’t know who Cardle actually chooses in the end, but I guess you can make your own mind up about that. He may tell his new lover to leave, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she won’t seduce him again. Hey, the girlfriend might not even want him back for breaking it off in the first time. All this time, he doesn’t seem upset in whatever decision he’s been making, so maybe he just wants to live the single life and fool around a bit. I don’t know, which means I’m reading too much into this song. It’s no “You’re So Vain”. However, this is absolutely his best single to date. From the harmonically on-point background vocalists to Cardle’s sweet (though sometimes strained) delivery and the solid group in his backing band, it’s an enjoyable whodunit of sorts. “Anyone” gets a single release in the U.K. on December 31. Don’t except this one to go soaring up the charts as it is an indie release, but if you’re looking for a quality single with a little bit of a punch, this may be the right choice before you starting looking for a similar track by “anyone else”. –AFS

Buy “Anyone Else” on AmazonMP3 (U.K. only.)

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