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TOP TEN: A Very Merry Musical Month

Pass the eggnog.

Pass the eggnog.

In addition to this month’s regular Radio Report, I’ve compiled a special top ten listing of the top seasonal songs for this year. You may have noticed a few of them ranking just below my weekly top 40 in the past couple of weeks, but there are certainly more new releases than that both on the radio and at retail right now. It’s a fun mix of original pop and soul singles, and a few remakes of the standards. Let’s just hope you aren’t sick of hearing them yet; it’s only December 1, but some radio stations have been pumping up the endless “Jingle Bells” and “O Holy Night” covers for about six weeks now. Yikes.

Anyways, hope you enjoy the list, and visit the link below for our four-hour mix of merry and modern holiday cuts on Spotify.

10. JAMES TAYLOR, “SnowTime”
Album: Before This World
Label: Concord Music
Radio: T30 (Adult Contemporary)

09. STRAIGHT NO CHASER, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree/Winter Wonderland”
Album: (single only)
Label: Atlantic
Radio: –

08. A SILENT FILM, “Christmas At Our House”
Album: Indie For The Holidays
Label: Amazon/Sony Music
Radio: –

07. JIM BRICKMAN featuring CHARLIE ALAN, “Hitch A Ride With Santa”
Album: Comfort & Joy: The Sweet Sounds Of Christmas
Label: self-released
Radio: T40 (Adult Contemporary)

06. MARC BROUSSARD, “Almost Christmas”
Album: Magnolias & Mistletoe
Label: G-Man Inc.
Radio: –

05. SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS, “8 Days Of Hanukkah”
Album: It’s A Holiday Soul Party
Label: Daptone
Radio: –

04. MICHAEL BUBLE, “The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)”
Album: (single only)
Label: Warner Bros.
Radio: T50 (Adult Contemporary)

03. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Last Christmas”
Album: (single only)
Label: Interscope
Radio: –

02. BAND OF MERRYMAKERS featuring NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Wishlist”
Album: Welcome To Our Christmas Party
Label: Portrait/Sony Masterworks
Radio: T40 (Adult Contemporary)

01. TRAIN, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Album: Christmas In Tahoe
Label: Sunken Forest/Crush Music
Radio: T10 (Adult Contemporary)

Other great songs out this year:
LEANN RIMES with GAVIN DEGRAW/“Celebrate Me Home” (Prodigy Ent.)
MICKEY GUYTON/“Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” (Capitol Nashville)
SEAL/“This Christmas” (Warner Bros.)
TRAIN/“Merry Christmas Everybody” (Sunken Forest/Crush Music)
TUXEDO/“Holiday Love” (Amazon/Sony Music)

(Check out these songs and more on our Current Christmas playlist on Spotify!)

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POP! Goes The Country: Can These Tracks Hit Top 40 Radio?

Take a look at the current top 50 on the CHR chart and there’s not an ounce of country music to be found on the format. A few of the artists represented on the chart, like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson, have both charted at country radio, however, I don’t think they’ll be returning there during their respective eras this time around. Still, the potential remains for the next big country crossover act or single during the summer and fall months of 2015. Given the most recent chart data, here are choices that I think could do very well with the right opportunity:

Carrie Underwood
CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “Little Toy Guns”
Label: 19/Arista Nashville

Since her chart debut in 2005, Underwood has been the golden girl of the airwaves with an outstanding total of 20 top ten hits, including 18 main credits that have all peaked at #1, #2 or #3. That’s incredible. Though “Something In The Water” seemed to be accessible to stations on the AC panel, it never went beyond her core format (except for some airtime at Christian stations.) However, it’s the followup that very much fits the model of a classic Underwood crossover: stellar lyrics and good production.

Florida-Georgia Line
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Sun Daze”
Label: Republic Nashville

Before you start screaming in horror about the thought of these two guys having a third single chart at mainstream radio (after “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll”), this song is already getting enough flack from the country community, so maybe the pop outlets will jump on this one. Lyrical masterpiece, it’s certainly not, but is it catchy? Sure. It has the potential to serve between transition records (genre, tempo, etc.) well. KFMB/San Diego and WOMX/Orlando lead the way thus far on the Hot AC listing.

Kelsea Ballerini

KELSEA BALLERINI – “Love Me Like You Mean It”
Label: Black River Entertainment

One could say that a Swift co-sign is about to give this 21-year-old newcomer a great chance to go even further then she, or her label, expected to with the track, currently gaining in the top 25 at country radio. The song is already pop-driven in its original form and if sales and airplay numbers keep going in the right direction, AC and Hot AC radio could definitely pick up on this as well. Distribution for Black River is handled by RED; we’ll see if the label’s limited radio traction affects anything in the future.

Mickey Guyton
MICKEY GUYTON – “Better Than You Left Me”
Label: Capitol Nashville

Guyton is another newcomer on the scene, and with a huge impact week earlier this year thanks to an expansive radio tour, the  first time top 40 star is looking to solidly plant her feet in the upper rungs of the chart. She certainly has a powerful message in her debut single that is musically comparable to a more established mainstream name like Colbie Caillat. The singer needs to gain some country support in the next few months, but this is a relatable female record that shows major strength and courage.

Sam Hunt
SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time”
Label: MCA Nashville

If the Shawn Mullins‘s “Lullaby” formula ever sounded like it could be a country crossover hit, it would probably sound like the latest single from 30-year-old Hunt, who never managed to cross with his former #1 at the format, “Leave The Night On”. I still think that it would’ve been easier to push “Leave”, but it appears that “Take” is selling ever more than that song; lately, the track’s been hovering near the top 20 at iTunes. Hot AC station WBMX/Boston recently added the song into medium rotation.

Zac Brown Band
ZAC BROWN BAND – “Homegrown”
Label: Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big Machine

Though they moved after three albums with Atlantic Records into the Republic family last year, the Georgia octet is definitely due for another crossover single, which they had plenty of during their first three eras. Most recently, “Goodbye In Her Eyes” pulled off the trick during the spring of 2013 that garnered some play at Hot AC outlets, though it stopped just short of the top 40. People love a song about taking pride in one’s roots, and this has the feel to transcend several different types of audiences.

Which of these songs do you think will make the next best Country crossover? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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