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FLASHBACK: Commanders-In-Chart, 2009-2017

On my ballot of bops.

On my ballot of bops.

Saying farewell to a President is hard after eight years in office. In fact, a number of us are saying “don’t leave.” Still, there are people out there who desire a change, someone who more accurately fits their views. Though I don’t get too political on here, I got to vote in my first election in 2008, and I was happy to vote for President Obama both then and in 2012. Needless to say, I appreciated his time and effort in office, and thank him for the work he did. (Let’s be respectful on here, kids, we can all have differing opinions.)

As January 20 brings new leadership and a new sense of uncertainty to many people in the U.S., I thought it would be nice to address something that is certain, at least when it comes my top 40. During the past eight years, a lot of memorable songs reached the #1 spot on my chart, but just a dozen claimed runs of seven weeks or higher at the summit. It takes strong leadership, whether you’re running the country or a personal chart, to build momentum and keep on top, and that’s what these excellent tracks did. Sure, at least a few of these songs didn’t get the national attention that I hoped they would, but as far as my musical universe goes, they’re all classics. What songs will hold this long at #1 during the next president’s time in Washington? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

For now, enjoy all these musical treasures from January 2009 to January 2017: the presidents of pop, the leaders of longevity and all the other members of the chart cabinet.

COLDPLAY, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
July 10, 2011 – August 21, 2011
Album: Mylo Xyloto
Label: Capitol

Gotye and Kimbra
GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
February 12, 2012 – March 25, 2012
Album: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic

A Great Big World
A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Already Home”
May 11, 2014 – June 22, 2014
Album: Is There Anybody Out There?
Label: Epic

Jukebox The Ghost
May 31, 2015 – July 12, 2015
Album: The Great Unknown
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope

ADELE, “Hello”
November 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Album: 25
Label: XL/Columbia

James TW
JAMES TW, “When You Love Someone”
October 23, 2016 – December 4, 2016
Album: First Impressions (EP)
Label: Island/Republic

The Script
THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”
March 29, 2009 – May 17, 2009
Album: The Script
Label: Epic

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds”
May 24, 2009 – July 12, 2009
Album: cradlesong
Label: Atlantic

FUN., “Some Nights”
July 22, 2012 – September 9, 2012
Album: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic

FUN., “Carry On”
December 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Album: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic

Lady Antebellum
January 17, 2010 – March 28, 2010
Album: Need You Now
Label: Capitol Nashville

May 12, 2013 – July 28, 2013
Album: All The Little Lights
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

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Inauguration Sensation: The Presidents of Pop

Mr. President, meet Mr. President.

Mr. President, meet Mr. President.

Today, January 21, 2013, marks the public ceremony of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Regardless of whether you voted the candidate or not, it’s always interesting to see the different performers during the event and hear what the President has to say during his speech. This year, the acts include Beyoncé (“The Star Spangled Banner”), James Taylor (“America The Beautiful”) and Kelly Clarkson (“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”.) In order to prepare for the big day, I thought I’d put together a list of some of the songs and artists that have charted nationally using the word “president” or any variation of it (presidents, presidential, etc.) There’s some intriguing finds in the bunch, so I hope you enjoy.

Surprisingly enough, out of the eleven Hot 100 singles to contain some form of the word “president”, none have made the top 40. Some were novelty songs like 1960’s “Alvin For President” by David Seville and the Chipmunks and 1968’s “Snoopy For President” by The Royal Guardsmen. Two were by young female singers: 1962’s “My Daddy Is President” by 7-year-old Little Jo Ann, supposed to be taken from the perspective of then 7-year-old Caroline Kennedy, and 1975’s “Please Mr. President” by 10-year-old Paula Webb, a spoken-word appeal to Gerald Ford from a young girl whose father had lost his job at an automobile plant.

Three made the top 50 while just missing a coveted spot in the top 40. In 1996, rapper Jay-Z scored his very first hit single with “Dead Presidents”, about the faces of presidents you see on dollar bills, which went as high as #50. In 1969, soul singer Johnnie Taylor got up to #48 with “I Could Never Be President”. However, it was the Godfather Of Soul, James Brown, who passed the closest to the top 40, peaking at #44. His charting entry was “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” in 1974, referring once again to Ford’s presidency just after Richard Nixon’s resignation from office.

By the way, the last presidential song to hit the Hot 100 was “President Carter” by Lil Wayne, an album track from Tha Carter IV that charted due to digital download sales. It peaked at #94 in the fall of 2011.

As for the acts, the first of them to chart was way back in the fall of 1970. They called themselves The Presidents, a soul group based out of the national’s capital. Over the Christmas holiday, they peaked at #11 with their only big hit, “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)”, before dropping out rather quickly after that. They made the Hot 100 with a followup single, “Triangle Of Love”, but it failed to climb higher than #68 and the group fell off the radar.

In the 90’s, a trio out of Seattle made some waves on Alternative radio, calling themselves The Presidents of the United States of America. In 1995, they hit the #1 spot on rock radio with “Lump”, which became a mainstream crossover, but failed to make the Hot 100 due to a lack of a physical CD or vinyl single at the time. However, their next release, “Peaches”, made up for that. It was another top ten record on the Alternative survey and gained about the same mainstream exposure as “Lump”, but with the added sales, it made it to #29 on the Hot 100 in 1996. The band is still together today and making music, though they haven’t broken onto any chart, genre-specific or overall, since 1997.

The last of the three presidential acts and most recent is from a one-man, two-woman trio out of Germany, Mr. President. The group was pretty successful in their native country for the latter half of the 90’s, scoring seven top-20 hits, including a #2 in 1996 called “Coco Jamboo”. It quickly spread across Europe and Asia, becoming a significant top ten hits in most of those countries. It eventually made it to the States in 1997, peaking at #21 on the Hot 100. It was the band’s only charting song here. They last hit the Austrian and German charts in 2003 and broke up in 2008.

Don’t forget to tune in to see all the coverage of the inauguration — check your local listings to see when the festivities begin in your respective time zone. In the meantime, thank you for casting your ballot for POP! Goes The Charts and follow the blog and my personal Twitter account (@AdamFSoybel) for more music news!

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