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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 21, 2013

“Easy” choices for my top picks.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 21, 2013…

40. TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, “New Constellation”
39. ONE DIRECTION, “Best Song Ever”
36. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN, “Everything Has Changed”

Biggest Mover(s):
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Take Back The Night” (37-25, twelve spots)

10. SHEPPARD, “Let Me Down Easy” (steady, second week)
Album: Sheppard (EP) (2012, Empire Of Song Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises” (up 2)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “What If” (up 4)
Album: Bookmarks (2013, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. MAROON 5, “Love Somebody” (steady, second week)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone/Interscope Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. BRUNO MARS, “Treasure” (down 2)
Album: Unorthodox Jukebox (2012, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

05. SARA BAREILLES, “Brave” (steady, third week)
Album: The Blessed Unrest (2013, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

04. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (down 1)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

03. P!NK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER, “True Love” (up 3)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (steady, second week)
Album: Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (steady, eleventh week)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 18, 2013

What if we head back to 2013?

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 18, 2013…

40. SHANE FILAN, “Everything To Me”
39. SHEPPARD, “Hold My Tongue”

Biggest Mover(s):
KATY PERRY, “Roar” (40-25, 15 spots)

10. GROUPLOVE, “Ways To Go” (up 1)
Album: Spreading Rumours (2013, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4

09. FAMILY OF THE YEAR, “St. Croix” (steady, second week)
Album: Loma Vista (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

08. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (steady, second week)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

07. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (down 2)
Album: Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. PASSENGER, “Holes” (up 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

04. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (down 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve weeks

03. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “What If” (steady, second week)
Album: Bookmarks (2013, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. BASTILLE, “Pompeii” (up 2)
Album: Bad Blood (2014, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. P!NK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER, “True Love” (steady, third week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 8, 2016

New Music Friday is 'neer at hand.

New Music Friday is ‘neer at hand.

A musical Alternative makes its return on this April week, bringing electronic, folk and rock music back to the forefront. Grab a banjo, a guitar and a synthesizer, because here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • THE LUMINEERS — Cleopatra (iTunes)
    • No, they aren’t just the “Ho Hey” trio anymore, even if that remains their signature song. The lead single from the new album is “Ophelia”, a current top ten hit at Alternative radio, which gives them their third single at the format to reach those heights. Without a crossover single, this probably won’t do as well as their debut effort in 2012, but we’ll see what happens as the era goes on.
  • DEFTONES — Gore (iTunes)
    • This California band has been putting out music for two decades now, and they have their first hit in three years at Alternative radio with “Prayers/Triangles”. They scored four top ten albums between 2000 and 2010, but they’ve had much more radio and sales support in the past. Can this bring them back to the region, or fall short again?
  • M83 — Junk (iTunes)
    • This French group had a big Alternative hit several years ago with “Midnight City”. Their latest release, “Do It, Try It”, isn’t quite charting at the moment, but there’s still time. Their latest album will perhaps score a top 20 entry, a career-high peak if they achieve it.
  • More albums out this week: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals‘s Call It What It Is (iTunes), Eliza And The Bear‘s Eliza And The Bear (iTunes), Filter‘s Crazy Eyes (iTunes), Frightened Rabbit‘s Painting Of A Panic Attack (iTunes), Gallant‘s Ology (iTunes), MAX‘s Hell’s Kitchen Angel (iTunes), Mayer Hawthorne‘s Man About Town (iTunes), Skizzy Mars‘s Alone Together (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: PHASES‘s Afterparty (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t Your Mama”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
  • “Boyfriend” and “U-turn”, Tegan & Sara (iTunes)
  • “Champagne Problems”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, Lido (iTunes)
  • “Crazy For You”, Michael Franti & Spearhead (iTunes)
  • “Falling”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
  • “Friends”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
  • “I Want You”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
  • “If Your Man Only Knew”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Be Standin’ Tall”, Josh Kelley (iTunes)
  • “I’m Born To Run”, American Authors (iTunes)
  • “Lake By The Ocean”, Maxwell (iTunes)
  • “So Alive”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “That’s The Thing About Love”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
  • “Ugly”, Fantasia (iTunes)
  • “Wristband”, Paul Simon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bear HandsSturgill SimpsonWild Belle and more.

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

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

The 1975
THE 1975 – “The Sound” (March 1) (Alternative)
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Their album is titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Try to say that five times fast. The new set is looking like it’ll debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, which is great to hear. Previous single “Love Me” cracked the top 20 on the format, their biggest U.S. hit so far, but they still deserve more. With a notable debut week ahead, their “Sound” is loud and clear.

TRYON – “Somebody To Love Me” (March 1) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Noiseblock/Alert/Lakeside
Already making its way up my chart (#32 on the latest update) is the first radio single from this Nashville duo. Brothers Justin and Stephen Kirk are already getting some airplay at Hits 1 and Radio Disney ahead of the song’s impact date, and look to pick up a few more believers as their radio tour continues. “Somebody” was written by the two Kirks and Canadian songwriter Karen Kosowski.

Jordan Smith
JORDAN SMITH – “Stand In The Light” (March 7) (Hot AC)
Label: Republic
Smith is the latest winner of The Voice, which doesn’t exactly have a great track record at this format. Only one winner has ever hit the top 50 (Javier Colon), and one additional finalist (Vicci Martinez) had a top 20 single that’s largely forgotten about today. So, I don’t think we should be getting our hopes up about this one. That being said, it’s a pretty number that should get a few adds here.

Mayer Hawthorne
MAYER HAWTHORNE – “Love Like That” (March 7) (Triple A)
Label: Vagrant
The diverse musical palette that is Hawthorne’s discography has shined for years now. It was Where Does This Door Go in 2013, a super album that was definitely overlooked, that gave him a breakthrough era on my chart. Now, his Man About Town album, out on April 8, is ready to capture my attention. I’m looking forward to it. “Love” was the highest debut on my chart this past weekend.

Avicii / Zac Brown
AVICII (featuring ZAC BROWN) – “Broken Arrows” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
It’s an unusual musical pairing, to say the least, but the two men actually work well together. Unfortunately, “Broken” is headed to radio at a time when the Swedish producer’s star has faded a bit. His last top ten hit at the format was nearly two years ago, and an ongoing chain of pulled singles and flat-out flops is not a good look for the artist nor his label. Can this single save the era? Maybe.

That Poppy
THAT POPPY – “Lowlife” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
This new act grew up in Nashville and began her musical career several years ago under a slightly different name, but after signing her record deal, That changed. Still, her poppy music sounds great, and it’s attracted pop stations in Chattanooga and Nashville to add her song before it officially impacts in a week. (It’s been pushed back several times now.) Her recent EP release is Bubblebath.

Barns Courtney
BARNS COURTNEY – “Fire” (March 14) (Triple A)
Label: Capitol
This London-based newcomer had an exciting 2015, and it could be an even bigger 2016. His first single in the U.S. was featured in the film Burnt last year. “Fire” is now over 250,000 streams on Spotify. It also debuted last weekend on my own survey. Courtney was just on tour in England and Scotland in February and is scheduled to play some music festivals during the spring and summer.

BIRDY – “Keeping Your Head Up” (March 14) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
This English performer has chalked up plenty of followers and praise in her native U.K., but in the U.S., we’ve yet to fully embrace the 19-year-old. Two radio pushes for her cover of “Skinny Love” came up with skinny results, though it did earn a Platinum single certification last summer. “Keeping” is one of 14 tunes included on her upcoming Beautiful Lies album, which is due out March 25.

The Rubens
THE RUBENS – “Hoops” (March 14 / 15) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Warner Bros.
Many Australian groups have tried to break the U.S. in the past few years, and the latest band carries a lot of buzz with them. They recently topped the annual Hottest 100 countdown on radio station Triple J, and their album, also titled Hoops, reached a peak of #2 on the ARIA chart, one notch higher than their previous effort. The U.S. may not know them now, but watch out for this single.

Melanie Martinez
MELANIE MARTINEZ – “Pity Party” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Atlantic
Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby was released last August to a top ten debut on the Billboard 200, but there’s been a notable lack of radio support since then. “Dollhouse” (the title cut from a prior EP) hit #49 on the Hot AC chart a year ago, and the original run for “Pity” at pop radio, scheduled for September of last year, was cancelled. We’ll see if the party gets going in the next few weeks.

Oh Wonder
OH WONDER – “Lose It” (March 22 / 28) (Alternative / Triple A)
Label: Republic
Those Hype Machine wonders are finally heading to radio with one of the cuts that topped the music blog aggregator’s main list. It was the sixth single to be released in their monthly song project, and has over nine million streams on Spotify. Though a self-titled debut album based on their project was fairly unsuccessful last year, perhaps this push will drive some new sales in their direction.

We The Kings
WE THE KINGS – “The Story Of Tonight” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
This group from Florida is back on the scene and looking to score their first top 40 single in just over four years. Of their five prior chart singles, “We’ll Be A Dream” was the biggest, reaching a peak of #21 in 2010. Extremely slow chart runs have always hindered the quintet’s potential at CHR radio. Their last entry, “Say You Like Me”, took 21 (!) weeks of crawling up the top 50 to get to #32.

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

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 28, 2016

Haven't met you Rhett.

Haven’t met you Rhett.

40. Barns Courtney – Fire
39. Mayer Hawthorne – Love Like That | HIGHEST DEBUT

31. Taylor Swift – New Romantics (39)
24. The 1975 – The Sound (30)
15. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (25) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

10. Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Ben Rector – Brand New (07) | PEAK: #06
05. A Great Big World – Oasis (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Adele – When We Were Young (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Troye Sivan – Youth (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (3)
2. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (1)
3. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (4)
4. Anderson East – Devil In Me (7)
5. Daughtry – Torches (8)
6. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (9)
7. Lucius – Born Again Teen (5)
8. BANNERS – Start A Riot (-)
9. DNCE – Toothbrush (-)
10. New District – Closer (-)

In The Mix:
Addison Scott – I Came Alive (new)
Aurora – Conqueror
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Chef’special – In Your Arms
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Conrad Sewell – Remind Me
David Cook – Broken Windows
Demi Lovato – Stone Cold
Family Of The Year – Carry Me
Finish Ticket – Color
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (new)
Jukebox The Ghost – Hollywood
Julian Taylor Band – Just A Little Bit
Lawson – Money
Matt Nathanson – Giants
Oh Wonder – Lose It
R5 – Dark Side
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Lumineers – Ophelia
The Rubens – Hoops (new)
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • Just under five years ago, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” from Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson had a four-week run on top of my chart, marking the last time my survey and the national Country radio listing shared a #1. That changes this week, as Thomas Rhett finally climbs to #1 (after four weeks at #2) with “Die A Happy Man”. It recently became his fifth #1 at the format, and his new single “T-Shirt” could become his sixth this spring.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the 37-year-old Michigan musician who calls himself Mayer Hawthorne. He comes in at #39 with “Love Like That”, the first radio single from his forthcoming Man About Town album. His last album gave him four top 40 singles on my chart, including the #2 hit “Her Favorite Song”. We’ll see if he can make it to the top this time.
  • Just below Hawthorne is the first top 40 hit for Barns Courtney. He debuts at #40 with “Fire”. If you saw the film Burnt sometime last fall, then you’ve known about the song for a few months. It was featured in both a scene and the credits. In a few weeks, it impacts at Triple A radio. Courtney is currently based in London.

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Record Store Day 2014: Adam’s Top Picks

Viva la Vinyl.

Shop ’til you drop.

It’s time yet again for another round of setting your Saturday morning alarm clock for 7AM, hopping out of bed and taking a trip to the local independent record store for another edition of Record Store Day. The seventh edition of this massive music fest is on April 19, so get ready to add to your collection with another set of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces. Heck, it may be even better than Christmas. Just remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want!

Later today, you’ll be able to see the full of release on the official RSD website. For now, here are ten vinyl releases that are already confirmed that I hope to pick up! (Thanks to Wax Poetic for their coverage as well.)

AMERICAN AUTHORS & THE MOWGLI’S – “In A Big Country”/”You Make My Dreams”
Format: 7″ single

It’s been four months since “Best Day Of My Life” hit #1 on my chart, but the band originally from Boston and now based in Brooklyn puts their spin on the 1983 Big Country single, which they performed on The Carrie Diaries last fall. On the flip side, the California pop septet take on a 1981 classic from Hall & Oates, a live favorite of theirs. It should be a fun release.

BASTILLE – Of The Night”
Format: 10″ EP
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“Night” is a former #1 single on my top 40 for two weeks and it also went top 5 in multiple European territories. The lineup on here is the same as its release overseas, with the album cut, the Icarus and MNEK mixes, and a live version of “Oblivion” recorded at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood. This is also one of the few picture discs of the bunch. I highly recommend it!

BLEACHERS – I Wanna Get Better”
Format: 7″ single
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In addition to an EP I’m looking at by fun., which you’ll see later down in the list, this new Jack Antonoff led band is also putting out a release of their own. “Better” is already soaring towards the top 20 on my weekly list and I’m quite excited to hear what the full album sounds like. The 7″ features an album version and a remix by Vince Clarke from the duo Erasure.

Format: 10″ EP
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They were one of the biggest acts of the late 60’s and today, they’re all over Classic Rock radio. Celebrating 45 years since some of their greatest successes, this 10″ EP combines four consecutive hit singles from the band: “Proud Mary”/”Born On The Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”/”Lodi”, “Green River”/”Commotion” and lastly, “Down On The Corner”/”Fortunate Son”.

FUN. – Point And Light
Format: 10″ EP

In 2012, the trio released a RSD-exclusive EP titled The Ghost That You Are To Me. (I was able to find a copy of it.) Their latest vinyl EP, five tracks in total, is a collection of demos from their first album, Aim and Ignite, released on Nettwerk in fall 2009. The track list includes “At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)”, “I Wanna Be The One” and “The Gambler”.

MAYER HAWTHORNE & SHINTARO SAKAMOTO – Wine Glass Woman”/“In A Phantom Mood”
 Format: 7″ single

This split single featuring a cut from Hawthorne’s Where Does This Door Go? (a fantastic album, I might add) and a 2012 song from the Tokyo singer. Hawthorne has another RSD release this year as Jaded Incorporated, in which he partners with producer 14KT. That 7″ single, “Black Future”/”People Change”, is shaped like a triangle and costs significantly more.

NEON TREES – “Sleeping With A Friend”
Format: 7″ single
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This Utah band is also back for another RSD: two years ago, they issued a heart-shaped vinyl single of their hit “Everybody Talks.” However, not everybody was talking, because I was never able to find it. Very sad indeed. However, with this song being the current #1 single on my personal chart, I would hope there’s a better chance of locating this one. Stock up, folks.

ONE DIRECTION – “Midnight Memories”/“Rock Me (Live)”
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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I know what you’re saying: this can’t be right, Adam. However, it very much is. The quintet is putting out a 10″ picture disc for the big day, which features their current U.K. single on the a-side and a live version of a fan favorite from their concert picture, One Direction: This Is Us, on the b-side. Have you seen the cover? It’s totally tubular, for sure. I love the 80’s fun.

RAY PARKER, JR. – “Ghostbusters”
Format: 10″ single
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Speaking of the 80’s, I think you better call someone to pick up this release, which turns 30 years old in 2014! I apologize if that makes you feel old. Containing the original edit and dance mixes/dubs, along with an instrumental version, the record itself is also glow in the dark, which is a cute little novelty. Plus, who can resist a classic pop song? Let’s party like it’s 1984.

R.E.M. – MTV Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions
Format: 4 LP set
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This is bound to be one of the most sought after releases this season, which combines both performances by the band from Unplugged in 1991 and 2001. In addition to what aired on MTV, there are eleven unaired numbers on here: five from the former show and six from the latter. The trio’s always been pretty generous with their RSD givings, and this is no different.

More awesome pop choices:
BETTY WHO“Heartbreak Dream”/”Somebody Loves You (Acoustic)” (7″ single)
COLDPLAY“Magic”/“Midnight” (7″ single)
HAIM“Forever” (12″ single)
MKTO“Classic” (7″ single)
PARAMORE“Ain’t It Fun” (12″ single)
RAY LAMONTAGNE“Supernova”/”Pick Up A Gun” (7″ single)
THE STANDELLS“Dirty Water”/”Twitchin’ Clear” (7″ single)

Are you looking forward to the RSD celebration and is there another release not listed here that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for Packaging/Visual Media Fields

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

Gram bam, thank you, ma’am.

It’s finally here… the week before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, January 26 at 8PM Eastern on CBS. This week on POP! Goes The Charts, we’ll be taking a look at nearly half the categories on the list and laying out who I think will taking home a prize or two or five (maybe!) on the big day. Today, we start out with the fields for Packaging and Visual Media.

(For a full list of nominations, check it out on GRAMMY.com along with more interactive features. You can also order the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album, from Atlantic Records.)

56. Best Musical Theater Album

Kinky Boots (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Matilda: The Musical
Motown: The Musical

PREDICTION: Much like the Tony Awards back in June, I think Best Musical winner Kinky Boots will be the winner in this category. This would mark singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper‘s first GRAMMY win since claiming Best New Artist way back in 1985.

57. Best Companion Soundtrack for Visual Media

Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino, compilation producer

The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)
Baz Luhrman, compilation producer

Les Misérables (Deluxe Edition)
Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephan Metcalfe, compilation producers

Muscle Shoals
Stephan Badger & Greg Camalier, compilation producers

Sound City: Real To Reel
Butch Vig, compilation producer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: I was going back and forth between Luhrman and Vig for this Award, as both soundtracks have the star power to win, but I’ll give the edge to The Great Gatsby on this one. As a stand-alone work, it’s quite inspired and did well commercially.

58. Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Great Gatsby
Craig Armstrong, composer

Life Of Pi
Mychael Danna, composer

John Williams, composer

Thomas Newman, composer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Zero Dark Thirty
Alexandre Desplat, composer

PREDICTION: Five out of the six nominations (minus Danna) are by previous winners in the category; that is some serious competition. However, I’m giving it to Lincoln. The movie was fantastic and Williams did an exceptional job setting the mood for it.

59. Best Song Written for Visual Media

“Atlas” (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Performed and Written by: Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin)

“Silver Lining (Crazy ‘Bout You)” (Silver Linings Playbook)
Performed by: Jessie J
Written by: Diane Warren

“Skyfall” (Skyfall)
Performed by: Adele
Written by: Adkins & Paul Epworth (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“We Both Know” (Safe Haven)
Performed and Written by: Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

“Young And Beautiful” (The Great Gatsby)
Performed by: Lana Del Rey
Written by: Del Rey & Rick Nowels

“You’ve Got Time” (Orange Is The New Black)
Performed and Written by: Regina Spektor

PREDICTION: This is a pretty hard category – two of the selections in here went to #1 on my personal chart. As much as I want “Atlas” to take the prize, I am going with “Skyfall”. The GRAMMY’s wouldn’t be complete without an Adele win, would they?

63. Best Recording Package

Geneseo, Automatic Music Can Be Fun
Mike Brown, Zac DeCamp, Brian Grunert & Annie Stoll, art directors

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon
Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors  (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Jay Z, Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Brian Roettinger, art director

Metallica, Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)
Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat, Brian Steele & David Turner

David Bowie, The Next Day
Jonathan Barnbrook, art director

PREDICTION: All five sets have pretty unique artwork even though I don’t know two of the acts in the category. I do believe David Bowie has the best chance of a win here. I liked the campaign based around it; it’s a simple piece, yet it’s also mysterious.

64. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Rolling Stones, The Brussels Affair
Charles Dooher & Scott Sandler, art directors

Mayer Hawthorne, How Do You Do (Limited Edition Box Set)
Mayer Hawthorne, art director

Mumford & Sons, The Road To Red Rocks (Special Edition)
Ross Stirling, art director

Various Artists, The Smith Tapes
Masaki Koike, art director

Wings, Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: There’s some major GRAMMY darlings in here, and of course, my dream win would be for Hawthorne. Yet, I’ll be realistic here and say Wings Over the other four. Hey, I even got the “Maybe I’m Amazed” 12″ for Record Store Day last year.

81. Best Music Video

“Safe And Sound”, Capital Cities
Grady Hall, video director; Buddy Enright, Javier Jimenez, Danny Lockwood & Daniel Weisman, video producers

“Picasso Baby” (A Performance Art Film), Jay Z
Mark Romanek, video director; Shawn Carter & Aristides McGarry, video producers

“Can’t Hold Us”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Jon Jon Augustavo, Jason Koenig & Ryan Lewis, video directors; Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer & Jenny Koenig, video producers

“Suit & Tie”, Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“I’m Shakin'”, Jack White
Dori Oskowitz, video director; Saul Levitz & Candice OvaKnine, video producer

PREDICTION: Of the five entries here, only one music video helped me to like the song better, and that would be “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities. With a clip featuring dancers from multiple eras, the nostalgia should prove to be positive with the committee.

82. Best Music Film

Coldplay, Live 2012
Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer

Green Day, ¡Cuatro!
Tim Wheeler, video director; Tim Lynch, video producer

Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, I’m In, I’m Out And I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up!
Danny Clinch, video director; Ben Harper, video producer

Paul McCartney, Live Kisses
Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Mumford & Sons, The Road To Red Rocks
Nicolas Jack Davies & Frederick Scott, video directors; Dan Bowen, video producer

PREDICTION: I only own one of these (Coldplay), but I think Mumford & Sons will take it. I saw the special when it aired on HBO; besides being a fan of them, it’s a high quality film and edited together well. Their past GRAMMY history also helps the cause.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 20-11

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Packing on the pop hits.

Single bells, single bells, singles all the way! Oh, what fun is to rank all my favorites from the past 365 days. You’ve seen the songs from 100-21 so far, and now, the numbers keep on getting smaller as we take a ride into the top 20. It’s the cream of the pop as we head towards the top. All the big songs are here, but we’ve got a “Ways To Go” before we stumble upon that #1 position. Get ready to “Cruise” until the countdown is “Gone, Gone, Gone”, but don’t get “Carried Away” now: there are plenty of awesome tunes in this section that just missed going a little bit higher, So, let’s go!

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.

We start off this section with the performer who has my favorite album of the year, Where Does This Door Go? Turn the key and we find…

Is he your "Favorite"?

020. Mayer Hawthorne – “Her Favorite Song” (#2)
Writers: Andrew Cohen, Warren “Oak” Felder / Producers: Cohen, Felder, Steve “Ace” Mostyn

2013 was the year that this Detroit singer (bow wow) wowed me with his music; “Her” quickly climbed to a peak of #2, spending three weeks there. It features background vocals from Jessie Ware, who charted with “Wildest Moments” (#19).

Related Posts: Album Review of Where Does This Door Go? (July 8, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

This chart has taken control of them.

019. Maroon 5 – “Daylight” (#3)
Writers: Adam Levine, Mason Levy, Max Martin and Sam Martin / Producers: Levine, Martin and MdL

This is the highest showing for the California band this year, who once had my #1 song of the year back in 2004 with a nine-week #1, “This Love”. “Daylight” climbed as high as #3, their second-biggest single this era behind another #1, “Payphone”.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Passion Pit

018. Passion Pit – “Carried Away” (#4)
Writer: Michael Angelakos / Producer: Angelakos, Chris Zane

The former quintet and now quartet originally from Cambridge, MA scored their biggest hit to date on my chart with this bouncy number, reaching #4 for two frames. That’s far better than previous single “Take A Walk”, which only went to #26.

It suits him well.

017. Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie” (#2)
Writers/Producers: Writers: James Fauntleroy, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Justin Timberlake, Sly, Slick and Wicked (Charles Still, Terrence Stubbs, Johnny Wilson) for sample of “Sho’Nuff” / Producers: Harmon, Mosley, Timberlake

Dressing fashionably fierce for his return to the music scene, Timberlake not only looked the part but sounded it too. “Suit & Tie” took a soulful strut up the survey to #2 for two weeks and tumbled just as quickly as it rose. Go ‘head, be gone with it.

Related Posts: Single Review (January 13, 2013), Album Review of The 20/20 Experience – Part One (March 13, 2013)
**Second of three songs in the top 100

Ready, set, "Go".

016. Grouplove – “Ways To Go” (#5)
Writers: Grouplove (Sean Gadd, Hannah Hooper, Ryan Rabin, Andrew Wessen and Christian Zucconi) / Producer: Rabin

There was no other way to go but up for this quintet’s second hit, which peaked at #5 and stayed in the top 40 for nearly half a year. It’s the biggest single in the top 20 to not break the top 3. Followup release “Shark Attack” is currently climbing.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (June 10, 2013), Album Review of Spreading Rumours (September 10, 2013)

A girl in "Trouble" is a temporary thing.

015. Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (#3)
Writers: Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift / Producers: Max Martin, Shellback

From the two step to dubstep, the once Country singer ditched her roots for a mainstream pop sound on this track, which did big numbers at radio and on the sales charts. Of the four singles to rank from Red, this one remains the most successful.

**Third of three songs in the top 100

He drives himself... crazy.

014. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” (#2)
Writers/Producers: Writers: James Fauntleroy, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Justin Timberlake / Producers: Harmon, Mosley, Timberlake

Written about the relationship with his wife, Jessica Biel, along with his grandparents, Timberlake’s tender ode to love spent three weeks at #2 on my top 40 this year. Beyond the looking glass, there’s a successful tour continuing for him into 2014.

Related Posts: Album Review of The 20/20 Experience – Part One (March 13, 2013), Something To Reflect On (April 6, 2013)
**Third of three songs in the top 100

Hold the Line. (Crossovers aren't always on time.)

013. Florida-Georgia Line featuring Nelly – “Cruise” (#3)
Writers: Cornell Haynes, Jr., Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice, Jesse Rice / Producers: Moi, Jason Nevins

Once upon a time, this was just a #1 smash on the Country chart. Then, it took on a second run when remixed with rapper Nelly, becoming a huge crossover success. It was for sure a polarizing single, but I was definitely coming along for the ride.

Related Posts: Cruises and Caskets (February 19, 2013)

A "League" of their own.

012. Fitz & The Tantrums – “Out Of My League” (#2)
Writer: Noelle Scaggs / Producers: Michael Fitzpatrick, Tony Hoffer

The sextet based in Los Angeles started their chart career off right with a #1 for a week for debut single “MoneyGrabber” in 2011. “Out” spent five straight weeks at #2; it was a real heartbreaker. New single “The Walker” may go top ten very soon.

Related Posts: Single Review (February 7, 2013)

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

011. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky” (#2)
Writer: Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams/Producers: Daft Punk

This collaboration didn’t exactly do as its title suggests, and like “Out” at #12, it stalled out in the runner-up spot for five weeks after a quick rise. Still, it was one of the great records that helped relaunch Williams’s career, now stronger than ever.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 14, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100 (both acts)

Are you ready for this year’s top ten? I know I am. Prepare yourself for the madness starting tomorrow and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 60-41

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.

Now, let’s get back to the countdown and pick it up at #60 with the original American Idol

Kelly Clarkson

060. Kelly Clarkson – “Catch My Breath” (#9)
Writers: Kelly Clarkson, Jason Halbert, Eric Olson / Producers: Sound Kollectiv

**First of two songs in the top 100

They'll fight for this "Love".

059. Lawson – “Learn To Love Again” (#12)
Writers: Joakim Berg, Andy Brown, Carl Falk, Eric Turner, Rami Yacoub, Michel Zitron / Producer: Falk, Yacoub

Related Posts: Single Review (January 1, 2013)
**Third of three songs in the top 100

Third time lucky.

058. Passenger – “The Wrong Direction” (#1 for two weeks)
Writer: Mike Rosenberg / Producers: Mike Rosenberg, Chris Vallejo

Related Posts: Profile on Passenger (March 22, 2013), “The Wrong Direction” Hits #1 (November 24, 2013)
**First of three songs in the top 100

Read up on this "Story".

057. One Direction – “Little Things” (#10)
Writers: Fiona Bevan, Ed Sheeran / Producer: Jake Gosling

Related Posts: Kids These Days (December 4, 2012)
**Fourth of four songs in the top 100

Is he your "Favorite"?

056. Mayer Hawthorne – “The Stars Are Ours” (#11)
Writers: Andrew Cohen, Pharrell Williams / Producer: Williams

Related Posts: Album Review of Where Does This Door Go? (July 8, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Swingin' on by.

055. Robbie Williams – “Candy” (#4)
Writers: Gary Barlow, Terje Olsen, Robbie Williams / Producer: Jacknife Lee

Emeli Sandé

054. Emeli Sandé – “My Kind Of Love” (#7)
Writers: Emile Haynie, Emeli Sandé / Producers: Alex P, Haynie, Danny Keyz, RedOne

Related Posts: Emeli’s “Next” Move (December 8, 2012)

She's the eye in the sky looking at you.

053. Adele – “Skyfall” (#1 for three weeks, 2012)
Writers: Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth / Producer: Epworth

A Wicked collaboration.

052. Mika featuring Ariana Grande – “Popular Song” (#8)
Writers: Mathieu Jomphe, Mika, Priscilla Renea, Stephen Schwartz / Producers: Mika, Greg Wells

Related Posts: Pushing For “Popular” (May 1, 2013)

"Life" in the fast lane.

051. American Authors – “Best Day Of My Life” (#1 for one week)
Writers: American Authors (Zachary Barnett, James Shelley, Dave Rublin and Matt Sanchez) / Producers: Aaron Accetta/Shep Goodman

Related Posts: Profile on American Authors (August 9, 2013), “Best Day Of My Life” Hits #1 (November 17, 2013)

After the "Gold" rush.

050. Britt Nicole – “Gold” (#10)
Writers: Jess Cates, Dan Muckala, Britt Nicole / Producer: Muckala

Related Posts: From Christian To Crossover (February 3, 2013)

No Taylor Swift remakes here.

049. Matchbox Twenty – “Overjoyed” (#10)
Writers: Kyle Cook, Paul Doucette, Rob Thomas / Producer: Matt Serletic

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Jason Mraz

048. Jason Mraz – “93 Million Miles” (#5)
Writers: Jason Mraz, Michael Natter / Producer: Joe Chiccarelli

A girl in "Trouble" is a temporary thing.

047. Taylor Swift – “22” (#12)
Writers/Producers: Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift

**Two of three songs in the top 100

Are you Experienced?

046. Justin Timberlake – “Take Back The Night” (#8)
Writers: James Fauntleroy, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Justin Timberlake / Producers: Harmon, Mosley, Timberlake

Related Posts: Single Premiere (July 12, 2013), Whose “Night” Is It Anyways? (July 15, 2013), Album Review of The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2 (September 24, 2013)
**First of three songs in the top 100

New Politics

045. New Politics – “Harlem” (#2)
Writers: New Politics (David Boyd, Søren Hansen and Louis Vecchio), Jake Sinclair, Mike Viola, The Dudes (Jack Ploch, Nelson Ploch, Roger Ploch, Sam Ploch and Sadler Vaden) for sample of “Saturday” / Producers: Hansen, Sinclair

Ed Sheeran

044. Ed Sheeran – “Lego House” (#7)
Writers: Jake Gosling, Chris Leonard, Ed Sheeran / Producer: Dea Hamilton

Related Posts: All Dolled Up (February 27, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Takin' it Shep by Shep.

043. Sheppard – “Hold My Tongue” (#1 for two weeks)
Writers: Jay Bovino, Amy Sheppard, George Sheppard / Producer: Stuart Stuart

Related Posts: Profile on Sheppard (April 27, 2013), CMJ Wrap Up (October 21, 2013), “Hold My Tongue” Hits #1 (November 3, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

The Hunger for more.

042. Coldplay – “Atlas” (#1 for three weeks)
Writers: Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin) / Producers: Coldplay, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 5, 2013), “Atlas” Hits #1 (October 13, 2013)

Imagination's got the best of you.

041. Imagine Dragons – “On Top Of The World” (#4)
Writers/Producers: Imagine Dragons (Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Dan Reynolds and Wayne Sermon), Alexander “Alex Da Kid” Grant

Check back tomorrow for 40-31 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Adam’s Top Albums of 2013 — Part Two (10-1)

Part Two is on of this special year-end survey! From pop to rock to dance and everything in-between, I’ve ranked 20 of my favorite albums from 2013 and we’ve just hit the midway point in the countdown.

For this chart, dozens of albums were considered, both those released this year and those released last year that I heard for the first time this year. (I did not compile any sort of albums year-end list in 2012.) About 30-35 made the shortlist, then that was eventually crammed down to the 20 that continues on today.

Of note, I own all ten albums on CD and seven of the ten, including the entire top six positions, on vinyl. Sometimes you have to get physical with these things.

Here they are, my top ten favorite albums of the past year:

Power to the "People".

Red it all before.

10. KELLY CLARKSON – Wrapped In Red
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except for Santa, who was sleighed by the richness of the best holiday release in years. The former American Idol winner is totally in her element on this set, and radio and retail have followed accordingly with a recent Platinum certification for it. If you get a chance, check out the adorable NBC special Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. It’ll get you in the holiday spirit.

Top Tracks: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “Please Come Home For Christmas”, “Underneath The Tree”

Play that Punky music.

Play that Punky music.

09. DAFT PUNK – Random Access Memories
Who knew two robots from France could deliver one of this year’s biggest albums? Well, they’re not actually robots, but Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have been dressing up for years. The dance album of the year gave the two far more coverage than at any other point in their career, including a #1 on the Billboard 200. Singles “Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself To Dance” (both with Pharrell Williams) hit my chart and will be appearing on my year-end survey.

Top Tracks: “Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell Williams), “Giorgio By Moroder”, “Give Life Back To Music”

Read up on this "Story".

Memories of the way they were…

08. ONE DIRECTION – Midnight Memories (PGTC Review)
Their songs are all over the radio and television and if you weren’t bopping along to the latest from the quintet, then you’re in de-Niall. Their third studio album was an overwhelming success and helped the guys evolve from the boy band sound into their own. Kudos to writers like Ed Drewett and Jamie Scott and producers Julian Benetta and John Ryan on a well-crafted effort. Growing on their solid pop base into the realms of folk and hard rock, there’s something for everyone.

Top Tracks: “Midnight Memories”, “Story Of My Life”, “Through The Dark”

Blame it on the "Girls".

Blame it on the “Girls”.

07. THE 1975 – The 1975
Here’s another act from England who have been playing together for over a decade, but 2013 became their breakout year. Besides the two instant singles, “Chocolate” and “Girls”, I’ll admit that the band’s album took some extra time to grow on me, but when I came around to it, something just clicked. A glistening collection of indie rock and bright 80’s pop, the hooks are big and the sound is tight. It’s a brilliant debut LP, but one that won’t get nearly as much attention as it should.

Top Tracks: “Girls”, “Heart Out”, “She Way Out”

Ready, set, "Go".

Spreading their songs around the globe.

06. GROUPLOVE – Spreading Rumours (PGTC Review)
I’d been anticipating this album since May when I posted this article about the group’s new material coming, which attracted their manager, Nicky Berger, and now we’re only Twitter amigos, people. (Not that that counts for much in the real world, but he’s a good guy.) It’s fortunate as well that the band’s album is a great listen, much stronger than their debut release and a bit more dance and pop-driven. You’ll be seeing single “Ways To Go” in a good spot on my Top 100 of 2013.

Top Tracks: “Raspberry”, “Shark Attack”, “Ways To Go”

It suits him well.

It suits him well.

05. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – The 20/20 Experience, Part 1 (PGTC Review)
The myth of Timberlake ever releasing an album again carried on for years, but during the year, he finally issued not one, but two albums within the same calendar year. He sure spoiled us, huh? Sort of. While the second half of the The 20/20 Experience had its fine moments, it was a disappointment when compared to Part 1. With shades of Al Green, Michael Jackson and Prince, his homage to the heart of 1970’s and 80’s R&B brought him back to the top spot in a gigantic way.

Top Tracks: “Let The Groove Get In”, “Mirrors”, “Pusher Love Girl”, “Tunnel Vision”

A "League" of their own.

A “League” of their own.

04. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – More Than Just A Dream
The six piece act originally from Los Angeles already had history on my chart when they went to #1 for a week with “MoneyGrabber” in 2011. While their debut album focused on the more traditional elements of jazz and soul, More Than Just A Dream twisted them up into a new wave and indie pop sound that gave them a new energy and focus. It’s also helped them commercially, giving the band their first #1 on Alternative radio, “Out Of My League”. It was a Dream turned reality.

Top Tracks: “6AM”, “Fools Gold”, “Out Of My League”, “The Walker”

History in the making.

Not so Bad; in fact, it’s great.

03. BASTILLE – Bad Blood
If you’re a fan of the dramatic yet elegant side of pop, this group’s the right one for you. Though their first two singles underperformed, Virgin Records issued “Pompeii” in February 2013 and the rest was history, or rather, history in the making. Not only did it hit #2 in the United Kingdom, but it also topped my personal chart for two weeks. It’s just one of the highlights on this collection, marked by the haunting but beautiful voice of leader Dan Smith and the group’s powerful productions. It’s a little Tears For Fears, a little Twin Peaks and a whole lot of greatness. Try to break free from its grip.

Top Tracks: “Daniel In The Dan”, “Flaws”, “Icarus”, “Laura Palmer” and “Pompeii” (and “Of The Night” on the rerelease, All This Bad Blood)

It's not easy being green.

Mike check, 1, 2.

02. PASSENGER – All The Little Lights
29-year-old singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg has been all over my blog and my chart for the past nine months, so I guess it’s no surprise that you’ll see him three times on my Top 100 of 2013. Though this album originally came out in August of last year, I didn’t hear it for the first time until April of this year, and let’s be honest, the list wouldn’t be complete without it. The twelve songs on All The Little Lights are wonderfully crafted and run the spectrum from mellow pop to country and bluesy rock, paired with Rosenberg’s witty lyrics and dry, in-the-moment accounts of his surroundings. Sometimes it comes off as depressing, and other times, there’s some good fun in it, but in the end, it’s a very fulfilling album to listen to.

Top Tracks: “Holes”, “I Hate (Live)”, “Let Her Go”, “Life’s For The Living”, “The Wrong Direction”, “Things That Stop You Dreaming”

Is he your "Favorite"?

Is he your “Favorite”? ‘Cause he’s mine.

01. MAYER HAWTHORNE – Where Does This Door Go? (PGTC Review)
In 2011, a pair of singles from Hawthorne’s How Do You Do album, “No Strings” and “The Walk”, popped up in my music collection, but were short-lived blips on the radar. Although it wasn’t much, it did give me some familiarity leading into this record, which captured my attention almost instantaneously. Where Does This Door Go? is literally jam after jam, influenced by legends like Boz Scaggs, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Steely Dan and more. Quite frankly, it’s a genius release, so crisp and so inspired than anything else I heard this year. There’s a soul to the music and a swagger to the singer, which makes the experience all the more delightful. With a clear direction matched with a sizzling set of tracks, Hawthorne has more than earned the #1 spot on my albums list for 2013. I guess where know now where the door went to.

Top Tracks: “Back Seat Lover”, “Crime”, “Her Favorite Song”, “Reach Out Richard”, “The Innocent”, “The Stars Are Ours” (but really, the whole album!)

Agree with my picks? Totally disagree? Did I miss something on my list? Sound off! Comment below or find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the “Get Social!” tab. See you for the Top 100 of 2013 beginning on Sunday!

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