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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Four, 10-6

The top ten is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2017! The cream of the pop is ready for you, so enjoy all the great music ahead…

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.

10. KESHA, “Praying”
Album: Rainbow
Label: Kemosabe/RCA
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 24+ (21 applied to 2017 ranking)
Points: 621

The triumphant return of Kesha to my top 40 chart was one of the top comebacks of 2017, and what an emotional single she shared with the world on July 6. With four weeks at #1 from late August to mid-September, and its #10 ranking on my year-end countdown, the lead single from Rainbow (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200) was embraced by many listeners.

09. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2 for four weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 632

Sheeran’s highest entry of four on my year-end chart made its debut on January 6, the same date as “Shape Of You”, though its run into the runner-up spot (the only #2 song ranking in my top ten) took it much higher than “Shape”, which burned on me shortly after hitting the top ten. Sheeran’s most recent single, “Perfect”, is at #1 on the newest Billboard Hot 100 update.

08. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times”
Album: Harry Styles
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 23
Points: 634

“Sign” marks the first of three entries in the top ten by members of the original One Direction lineup gone solo. Styles has plenty to be thankful for this year: his album debuted at #1 in many countries, including the U.S., his tour continues to have a successful run, and, more importantly, he lands at #8 on my Top 100 of 2017! “Sign” had a single week on top of my chart, after settling for five weeks at #2 behind an entry that’s still to come in the top ten. In a world full of pop, Styles really rocks.

07. ZAYN & TAYLOR SWIFT, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
Album: Fifty Shades Darker (Soundtrack)
Label: UStudios/BMR/RCA-Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 23
Points: 645

In a move that shook the Twitterverse, this collaboration, the highest track from a movie on my year-end survey, debuted as a surprise in the early hours of December 9 of last year. The single spent a heartbreaking five weeks at #2 on the Top 40 list, just short of making it the first male/female duet from a motion picture to go to #1 at the format since 1993’s “A Whole New World” by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. (That giant ballad, from Disney’s Aladdin, spent three weeks at #1 on R&R.)

06. MUNA, “I Know A Place”
Album: About U
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 646

The highest entry by a female duo/group on this year’s survey comes from the California trio of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson. Though they narrowly missed my chart in 2016 with “Loudspeaker”, their second radio single was a total bop with a great message. “Know” spent two weeks at #1 on my list in March, while also spending two non-consecutive weeks at #40 on the Hot AC chart in April. They have yet to chart with a follow-up, but their album is one of this year’s best.

Stay tuned for the last five songs of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 9, 2017

Katy and Skip don’t slip.

DEBUTS
38. Train – Drink Up
34. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (36)
29. Sheppard – Keep Me Crazy (34)
22. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (29)
21. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. New Politics – One Of Us (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Cold (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (11) | PEAK: #09
08. James TW – Ex (09) | PEAK: #08
07. MUNA – I Know A Place (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Imagine Dragons – Believer (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Lorde – Green Light (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Julia Michaels – Issues (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. New Kids On The Block – One More Night (1)
2. Bobby Bazini – Never Let Go (4)
3. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (3)
4. Mike Posner – In The Arms Of A Stranger (7)
5. Fastball – I Will Never Let You Down (5)
6. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (9)
7. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (-)
8. Sheryl Crow – Halfway There (6)
9. LANY – ILYSB (10)
10. Oh Wonder – Ultralife (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios (new)
Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato – No Promises
DREAMCAR – Kill For Candy
Ruth B. – If This Is Love (new)
The Cranberries – Why
Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris – Craving You
Tom Walker – Just You And I (new)
Weezer – Feels Like Summer
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • There are five notable movers in the countdown this week, up five or more spots, and all five are from different countries. A nice move of twelve notches, jumping 33-21, makes “Don’t Take The Money” by New Jersey’s Bleachers the Biggest Mover. From outside of the U.S., there’s England’s Ed Sheeran and “Galway Girl”, up 29-22, Canada’s Scott Helman and “Kinda Complicated”, up 36-30, Denmark’s New Politics and “One Of Us”, up 23-18, and finally, Australia’s Sheppard and “Keep Me Crazy”, up 34-29. Keep up with all the global gems every Sunday here on PGTC!
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the first solo top 40 hit for Harry Styles, with “Sign Of The Times” coming in at #34. Styles is prepping for the release of his first album outside of One Direction, which is due sometime later this year. Since 2016, the group’s Zayn Malik, now just ZAYN, and Niall Horan have also reached my chart; in fact, both spent some time at #1. Will Styles hit the top and make it 3-for-3 this summer? Stay tuned!
  • A little further down, landing at #38, is the second top 40 hit from Train‘s most recent album, a girl a bottle a boat. “Drink Up” follows “Play That Song”, which spent two weeks at #2 earlier this year. “Drink” marks the 25th song to reach my top 40 for the band since 1999, and the 26th for lead singer Pat Monahan, who scored a solo #1 in 2007 with “Her Eyes”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 2, 2017

“Rhythm” is gonna get you.

DEBUTS
40. Delta Rae – A Long And Happy Life
36. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated
33. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe (35)
29. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (36)
23. New Politics – One Of Us (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (09) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
09. James TW – Ex (10) | PEAK: #09
08. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. MUNA – I Know A Place (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Imagine Dragons – Believer (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Lorde – Green Light (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Julia Michaels – Issues (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. New Kids On The Block – One More Night (2)
2. Bea Miller – Song Like You (1)
3. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (4)
4. Bobby Bazini – Never Let Go (10)
5. Fastball – I Will Never Let You Down (9)
6. Sheryl Crow – Halfway There (7)
7. Mike Posner – In The Arms Of A Stranger (-)
8. Gavin DeGraw – Making Love With The Radio On (8)
9. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (-)
10. LANY – ILYSB (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask
Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato – No Promises (new)
DREAMCAR – Kill For Candy
Oh Wonder – Ultralife (new)
The Cranberries – Why (new)
Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris – Craving You (new)
Train – Drink Up (new)
Weezer – Feels Like Summer
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut shouldn’t be a surprise, as it comes from a performer that’s had four #1 hits on my chart between two different acts. He’s Jack Antonoff, who had four top 40 songs with fun. in 2012-13, and now has his fourth top 40 entry with Bleachers. “Don’t Take The Money” takes a seat at #33. Antonoff is also a writer and producer on two songs currently in my top ten: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (#8) by ZAYN and Taylor Swift, and “Green Light” (#4) by Lorde. Yeah, I’m a fan of his work, perhaps…
  • Canadian singer/songwriter Scott Helman last hit my chart two years ago with “Bungalow”. It peaked at #8 for two weeks. Now, he returns with the radio single from his forthcoming set titled Hôtel de Ville. “Kinda Complicated” is new at #36. The song also climbs into the top 40 at Hot AC radio in Canada this week, and is closing in on 200,000 streams on Spotify. We’ll see how it does on my chart in the coming weeks.
  • Finally, at #40, is the latest chart entry for North Carolina’s Delta Rae. “A Long And Happy Life” marks the first single, and title track, off the first EP under their new record deal with Big Machine. (They were previously signed with Sire.) It goes for adds at Country radio on April 17, and though there’s a bit of competition already, I think it’ll do just fine. Good luck, guys!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 26, 2017

“Rhythm” of the reign.

DEBUTS
38. Sheppard – Keep Me Crazy
36. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe (40)
32. New Politics – One Of Us (39)
24. Wrabel – Bloodstain (31)
22. MisterWives – Machine (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. JP Cooper – September Song (24)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. James TW – Ex (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (07) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
08. Lorde – Green Light (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Imagine Dragons – Believer (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (06) | PEAK: #06
05. MUNA – I Know A Place (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Julia Michaels – Issues (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bea Miller – Song Like You (1)
2. New Kids On The Block – One More Night (4)
3. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (-)
4. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
5. Skip Marley – Lions (2)
6. Delta Rae – A Long And Happy Life (-)
7. Sheryl Crow – Halfway There (7)
8. Gavin DeGraw – Making Love With The Radio On (9)
9. Fastball – I Will Never Let You Down (-)
10. Bobby Bazini – Never Let Go (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask
Celine Dion – How Does A Moment Last Forever
DREAMCAR – Kill For Candy
Mike Posner – In The Arms Of A Stranger
Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia – Waterfall
Weezer – Feels Like Summer

Chart Notes:

  • It’s Ed Sheeran‘s world, and we’re all living it. The singer/songwriter is now up to his third chart hit from ÷ on my chart. At #36, “Galway Girl” is the week’s Highest Debut, while “Shape Of You” slips to #12 and “Castle On The Hill” stays at #2 for its third week. Galway, of course, is a city in Ireland, though it’s unclear if the Galwegians are content with all the attention as of late. I guess we’ll see soon!
  • Aussie sextet Sheppard now has just as many chart entries as they do members. Their sixth song to reach my top 40, “Keep Me Crazy”, debuts at #38. Their single’s already hit in the top 40 in Australia. The group first made my chart in the spring of 2013 with “Let Me Down Easy”, which topped out at #10 that July.
  • In case you missed it, make sure to check out the new Crowncast, a podcast co-hosted by Crownnote owner Kurt Trowbridge and yours truly. It’s a fun listen, full of music statistics and shade, and we’d really appreciate your support. Thanks!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 19, 2017

A “Rhythm” divine.

DEBUTS
40. Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe
39. New Politics – One Of Us | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark (37)
31. Wrabel – Bloodstain (38)
24. JP Cooper – September Song (30)
18. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
13. Lorde – Green Light (21) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (08) | PEAK: #08
09. Daniel Powter – Delicious (06) | PEAK: #05
08. Imagine Dragons – Believer (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (05) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
06. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Julia Michaels – Issues (07) | PEAK: #05
04. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. MUNA – I Know A Place (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bea Miller – Song Like You (3)
2. Skip Marley – Lions (2)
3. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (1)
4. New Kids On The Block – One More Night (6)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (4)
6. Sheppard – Keep Me Crazy (10)
7. Sheryl Crow – Halfway There (7)
8. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (5)
9. Gavin DeGraw – Making Love With The Radio On (9)
10. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask
Celine Dion – How Does A Moment Last Forever
Delta Rae – A Long And Happy Life (new)
DREAMCAR – Kill For Candy
Mike Posner – In The Arms Of A Stranger
Saint Motel – Born Again
Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (new)
Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia – Waterfall
Steps – Scared Of The Dark
Weezer – Feels Like Summer (new)

Chart Notes:

  • In just its sixth week in the countdown, “Chained To The Rhythm” by Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley leaps from 3-1. It marks the fifth #1 on my chart for Perry, her first since 2011, and her 18th total week at the top since 2009. For Marley, well, there’s nothing like going to the top with your first chart hit! “Chained” should appear on Perry’s upcoming studio album. At the current time, we don’t know much about it, but I’m certainly eager to hear the set.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is a new top 40 hit for the Danish trio New Politics. “One Of Us” enters at #39. Their biggest hit to date, “Harlem”, spent a week at #2 in November 2013. Though the trio has seven top 40 entries to date on the Alternative chart, they have yet to reach the top, and nothing from their last album came close to a top ten peak. We’ll see if this one gets them any closer to #1.
  • Only one newcomer debuts on this week’s chart, and that would be Norwegian singer Sigrid. She breaks into the countdown at #40 with “Don’t Kill My Vibe”. The single impacts at CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio at the end of the month, so follow the blog and our socials for more details regarding its airplay status. “Don’t” recently surpassed 6.5 million streams on Spotify.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 12, 2017

Finding their "Place" at the top.

In the “Know”.

DEBUTS
40. Ruth B. – Superficial Love
38. Wrabel – Bloodstain | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man (37)
26. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (31)
22. Take That – Giants (27)
21. Lorde – Green Light (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Maroon 5 – Cold (22)
16. James TW – Ex (21)
(see #9)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Imagine Dragons – Believer (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Julia Michaels – Issues (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Daniel Powter – Delicious (06) | PEAK: #05
05. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (04) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
04. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (03) | PEAK: #02
01. MUNA – I Know A Place (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (1)
2. Skip Marley – Lions (4)
3. Bea Miller – Song Like You (8)
4. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (6)
5. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (7)
6. New Kids On The Block – One More Night (-)
7. Sheryl Crow – Halfway There (-)
8. New Politics – One Of Us (-)
9. Gavin DeGraw – Making Love With The Radio On (-)
10. Sheppard – Keep Me Crazy (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask
Celine Dion – How Does A Moment Last Forever (new)
DREAMCAR – Kill For Candy (new)
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights
Mike Posner – In The Arms Of A Stranger (new)
Saint Motel – Born Again (new)
Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe (new)
Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia – Waterfall (new)
Steps – Scared Of The Dark (new)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

Chart Notes:

  • In 2016, Wrabel scored my #1 song of the year with “11 Blocks”, which spent five weeks at the top. This week, he’s back with his first chart entry of 2017, “Bloodstain”. It’s new at #38. The track made its radio debut on WIAD-FM in Washington, DC a few weeks ago, though it hasn’t been commercially available (to download or stream) until this past Friday. Will the 28-year-old singer make it two years in a row with the top song on my annual listing? This one’s just getting started, so stay tuned!
  • With her follow-up to “Lost Boy”, Ruth B. has her second top 40 single with “Superficial Love”, entering at #40. Of course, you’ll remember that “Lost” started out on Vine, led to her major-label contract and a #10 entry on my personal chart. It just so happens that “Superficial” also began on the service before becoming a tune on her EP The Intro in 2015. A new version is now available, and you can hear it on a handful of Hot AC stations.
  • There’s a lot of action beneath the chart this week, as a number of new tracks enter the Next In Line and In The Mix sections. Two New bands, who aren’t actually new acts, could debut quicker than the ones listed; they are New Kids On The Block and New Politics. You may also want to look out for Bea Miller‘s latest single, which takes a nice jump as well. Where will they land? Check back on Sunday to find out!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 5, 2017

Finding their "Place" at the top.

Finding their “Place” at the top.

DEBUTS
40. The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark
38. MisterWives – Machine
37. John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man
32. Lorde – Green Light | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Take That – Giants (33)
22. Maroon 5 – Cold (28)
14. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (21)
(see #5)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (11) | PEAK: #10
09. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Julia Michaels – Issues (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (04) | PEAK: #03
06. Daniel Powter – Delicious (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (10) | PEAK: #05
04. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
03. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (06) | PEAK: #03
02. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. MUNA – I Know A Place (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (2)
2. Skip Marley – Lions (4)
3. Wrabel – Bloodstain (10)
4. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (1)
5. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (3)
6. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
7. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (6)
8. Bea Miller – Song Like You (-)
9. Ruth B – Superficial Love (-)
10. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (7)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights
Gavin DeGraw – Making Love With The Radio On
Sheryl Crow – Halfway There (new)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

Chart Notes:

  • Josette Maskin, Katie Gavin and Naomi McPherson make up the trio MUNA, and they lead my chart with the week’s new #1 song, “I Know A Place”. It’s up 3-1. It’s taken from the album About U, which is one of my favorite sets of 2017 so far. “Place” recently climbed into the top 50 on the Hot AC format, where it continues to gain in spins from about a dozen stations. How long will the ladies stay at the top? Stay tuned!
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to 20-year-old singer and songwriter Lorde, debuting at #32 with “Green Light”. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Melodrama. We’ll see if the New Zealand performer zooms toward the top spot in a few weeks. The first act from the country to reach #1 on my list was Daniel Bedingfield, who spent three weeks there with “Gotta Get Thru This” in 2002.
  • He’s already on the chart with “Love On The Weekend”, and now, John Mayer enters the top 40 at #37 with “Still Feel Like Your Man”. It’s the first single from Wave Two of The Search For Everything, which is due in its entirety on April 14. Well, I may have to give up bread for a period around that time, but I sure hope he delivers some tasty new tunes…
  • Just below Mayer’s new hit are debuting records from MisterWives (“Machine”, #38) and The Band Perry (“Stay In The Dark”, #40) that look to make some moves up the chart through the spring. The former song is at Alternative radio later this month, while the latter entry went for Hot AC adds about a week ago.

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