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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 21, 2018

Is he “Granted” permission to the top?

Will you cross the bridge to musical memories with us this Friday? There are plenty of big releases in the mix. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

JOSH GROBAN – Bridges (iTunes)
Groban’s new album, his first since 2015, is boosted by the radio single “Granted”, which is flying towards the top ten on the AC list. With three #1 albums since 2004 and several other top ten titles in the nearly 17 years he’s been charting, this set should easily take a seat in the upper region of the list.

MACHINE GUN KELLY – BINGE (iTunes)
Featuring the explosive single “Rap Devil”, which hit #1 on iTunes and is sticking around the top five, Kelly’s latest set should excite his fanbase. Given the album’s large streaming potential, it’s likely to become his third top five entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

Notable albums out this week: AJR‘s The Click (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), BROCKHAMPTON‘s iridescence (iTunes), Christine & The Queens‘s Chris (iTunes), Macy Gray‘s Ruby (iTunes), Metric‘s Art Of Doubt (iTunes), Prince‘s Piano & A Microphone (1983) (iTunes), St. Lucia‘s Hyperion (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bright Light Bright Light‘s Tough Love (iTunes), French Montana‘s No Stylist (iTunes), Mahalia‘s Seasons (iTunes), Noah Cyrus‘s Good Cry (iTunes), The Band Perry‘s Coordinates (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s Ever Changing (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Song With No Name”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“All I Am (Acoustic)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“All That Acid”, Mickey Kojak (iTunes)
“Back Together”, Loote (iTunes)
“Backin’ It Up”, Pardison Fontaine featuring Cardi B (iTunes)
“Beyond (Live)”, Leon Bridges featuring Luke Combs (iTunes)
“Bottled Up”, Dinah Jane featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“California Snow”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Dear Yessie”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me (Wideboys Remix)”, Captain Cuts & Zookëper featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Do You Wanna Get Lucky”, Daniel Powter (iTunes)
“Emoji”, Au/Ra (iTunes)
“Fake It”, Prince Fox (iTunes)
“Falling Down”, Lil Peep & XXXTentacion (iTunes)
“False Confidence”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Focus (Yaeji Remix)”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Give A Little (Mokita & Goldhouse Remix)”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Gold Rush (Mansionair Remix)”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Grace”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Grace”, Rod Stewart (iTunes)
“Guiding Light”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“Havana (Live)”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Head Above Water”, Avril Lavigne (iTunes)
“Here Comes The Change”, Kesha (iTunes)
“I Wish You Were Here”, HRVY (iTunes)
“I’m With You (Single Edit)”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“I’ve Been Waiting”, Briston Maroney (iTunes)
“Imaginary Friend”, (iTunes)
“It’s Not This”, Bearson featuring Lemaitre & Josh Pan (iTunes)
“Last Summer”, Johnny Orlando (iTunes)
“Let You Love Me”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Little Things”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
“Losing My Mind”, Betcha (iTunes)
“Lover, Leaver”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“Made It Out Alright”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Naturally Pretty Girls”, Elle King (iTunes)
“One Of Us”, Cher (iTunes)
“Outstanding”, Lido (iTunes)
“Radar”, Whethan featuring HONNE (iTunes)
“Rare”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Run To Me”, Causes (iTunes)
“Say It Back”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“She Knows”, NAWAS (iTunes)
“Signs”, Starley (iTunes)
“Snatching It Back”, Kid Rock (iTunes)
“Stranger”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Thinking 2 Much”, Jeremy Zucker (iTunes)
“This Feeling”, The Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“TOOGOODTOBETRUE”, Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens and Rebecca Sugar (iTunes)
“Two Punks In Love”, bülow (iTunes)
“Venice Bitch”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“When Bad Does Good”, Chris Cornell (iTunes)
“Zero”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from CherKanye West, Logic and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 25, 2016

Hymn for The Weeknd.

Hymn for The Weeknd.

You made it through the turkey, the stuffing, the sweet potatoes and the pies. Now, we’ll make it through the end of November. A small set of releases are out this week, but some good names are in the mix. Here are the notable album and single releases:

THE WEEKND — Starboy (iTunes)
26-year-old Abél Tesfaye is back with one of the most anticipated albums of 2016, and it’s looking to do some crazy numbers next week. The title track recently went top ten at CHR/Top 40, Hot AC, Rhythmic and Urban radio, while “I Feel It Coming” is picking up some notable airplay in a number of major markets. It’ll certainly be at the top of the Billboard 200.

GARTH BROOKS — Gunslinger (AmazonMP3)
If you already bought Brooks’s updated The Ultimate Collection box set, then you have a copy of this album. However, the stand-alone edition is due this week. It includes the single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down And Dance”, which is dancing toward the top 20 on the Country radio chart.

PRINCE — 4Ever (iTunes)
A new greatest hits compilation, featuring the previously unreleased track “Moonbeam Levels”, debuted earlier this week. It’s not likely to do much on the charts, but if you need some essential tunes from The Purple One, this is a good set to check out.

More albums out this week: Josh Garrels‘s The Light Came Down (iTunes), Rumer‘s This Girl’s In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bon’Qui’Qui‘s Merry Hoodmas (iTunes), Flume‘s Skin Companion (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Winter Songs (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Bone Marrow”, G-Eazy featuring Danny Seth (iTunes)
“Damage Done”, Kita Alexander (iTunes)
“Easily”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Glorious”, Måns Zelmerlöw (iTunes)
“I Know Better”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Prodigal Son”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Real Slow”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Ride ‘Em On Down”, The Rolling Stones (iTunes)
“Rhythm Inside”, Calum Scott (iTunes)
“Shed A Light”, Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“Still”, G-Eazy (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from HamiltonJohn Legend, The Rolling Stones and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 22, 2016

Music royalty, gone too soon.

Music royalty, gone too soon.

It’s a sad New Music Friday for many of us in the music community, as we continue to mourn the death of Prince. Though he is no longer with us, his music and spirit continue to move and inspire so many people. Here are this week’s new releases:

  • R.I.P. PRINCE (1958-2016) (iTunes)
    • If nothing else is on your radar to purchase or listen to this week, give The Purple One’s catalog a spin. Albums like 1999 and the soundtrack from Purple Rain, as well as several hits collections, are his current top sellers digitally.
  • A$AP FERG — Always Strive And Prosper (iTunes)
    • The Harlem rapper is currently in the top 20 on Urban radio with “New Level”; it is also his highest-ranking single to date on the Billboard Hot 100. The performer’s 2013 album Trap Lord debuted in the top ten.
  • JORDAN FELIZ — The River (iTunes)
    • Feliz’s debut single was the title cut, a recent #2 hit on the Christian AC chart. He’s following it up with “Never Too Far Gone”. Look for it to grab a solid debut frame next week.
  • More albums out this week: Blue October‘s Home (iTunes), Candlebox‘s Disappearing In Airports (iTunes), NF‘s Therapy Session (iTunes), PVRIS‘s White Hoise (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Rufus Wainwright‘s Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets (iTunes), Sundy Best‘s It’s So Good Live (iTunes), The Strumbellas‘s Hope (iTunes), We Are Messengers‘s We Are Messengers (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Midnight Williams‘s From The Start (iTunes)

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

  • “Dancing On The Sun”, Bahari (iTunes)
  • “El Camino”, Frankie Ballard (iTunes)
  • “Empty”, Garbage (iTunes)
  • “Go Flex”, Post Malone (iTunes)
  • “Hey, I Won’t Break Your Heart”, Corinne Bailey Rae (iTunes)
  • “I Don’t Wanna Know”, Weathers (iTunes)
  • “Remember Boys”, Cole Swindell (iTunes)
  • “Satellite”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
  • “So Blue”, Fantasia (iTunes)
  • “Wake Up”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from DrakeMartina McBride and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 30)

Royalty on the record charts.

Royalty on the record charts.

The time has come for a mighty mix of music releases to hit retailers in what can only be described as… epic. (The large amount of items, that is, not the record label.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 30:

  • Who needs just one new album when you can drop two in a week? That is the case with the legendary Prince, new to stores this week with a solo set, Art Official Age (iTunes), and a set of collaborations with the Purple One’s latest protégés, trio 3rdEyeGirl, titled PlectrumElectrum (iTunes). Neither release has produced any hit singles on the Hot 100, but the initial buzz should carry the two up the album survey.
  • For those of you loving some Country music, two new albums by superstar acts will be going for six figure opening weeks. “Neon Light” singer and longtime The Voice judge Blake Shelton is Bringing Back The Sunshine (iTunes) with his newest album, while Lady Antebellum is aboard a 747 (iTunes) to the #1 spot. Either one could enter at the top, though Shelton seems the more likely of the two.
  • Representing for the solo females on the schedule this week are California singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat with the delayed Gypsy Heart (iTunes), featuring recent single “Try”, while newcomer Tove Lo looks to be the Queen Of The Clouds (iTunes) with her debut full-length album. “Habits (Stay High)” is the hit from that one. Both might debut in the top ten when all is said and done.
  • Other releases out this week include: Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Tracks Of My Years (iTunes), Gerard Way‘s Hesitant Alien (iTunes), Jeff Bridges and the Abiders‘s Live (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s This Is M.E. (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future I (iTunes) and The Script‘s No Sound Without Silence (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “L.A.LOVE (la la)”, new from singer Fergie. (iTunes)
  • “Something In The Water”, a new single from Country star Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Steal My Girl”, a brand new single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat”, a soundtrack cut from Lorde. (iTunes)

Next week, the madness continues with a huge release from Jason Aldean, plus newcomers Betty Who, Hozier and Tinashe all hit the scene with their debut full-length albums. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Ahead Of Their Time: Song Titles From The Future

What year is it again?

What year is it again?

Already a sleeper top ten hit on the Rhythmic survey, “3005” by Childish Gambino is set to crossover to CHR radio in roughly a week and a half as the first pop release from his album of last year, Because The Internet. You might remember that in 2012, his song “Heartbeat” gained some pop play and wound up just below the top 40. We’ll see what happens with Glassnote’s latest attempt to break the rapper at the format. (Thus far, it’s just scratched the Hot 100.)

The year 3005, as found in the title, doesn’t occur for another 991 years, and it got me thinking about other chart hits that were ahead of their time. Of course, I mean in terms of a year in the title, not in terms of content; that’s a whole other post or five. So, enjoy as I go reelin’ in the years from some of these Billboard top 40 time predictors:

“In The Year 2525”, Zager & Evans (1969)
Denny Zager and Rick Evans formed their duo several years before recording their epic hit, the tale about a world plagued by the dangers of technology and the future of a dehumanized race. Despite a dark message, the single connected with the buying public. “Year” spent six weeks at #1 during the summer of ’69; a followup, “Mr. Turnkey”, just missed the Hot 100.

“1999”, Prince and the Revolution (1982-3)
A funky party from the future came into our lives three decades ago and it’s still all over the airwaves in 2014. As much of a classic as it is today, the first single from the Purple One’s album of the same name actually peaked just below the top 40 in its first chart run during the fall of ’82. In a rerelease the next summer, it rose to a better #12 before it was “out of time.”

“Year 3000”, The Jonas Brothers (2007)
Remember when these guys were still around? Before the underwhelming solo careers and the messy group split before a series of concerts last year, the trio of Joe, Kevin and Nick were riding high on the Hot 100 with this song, originally done by another trio – the U.K. band Busted. With a few minor lyric adjustments, the three Brothers took their version to #31.

“2012 (It Ain’t The End)”, Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj (2010)
After two big U.S. radio hits with “Down” and “Do You Remember?”, this British performer played into the theory that the world would end on December 21, 2012 for his third Stateside single. However, like that daunting event, the notion of this song blowing up didn’t actually happen. Released too early to make a significant impact, it quickly peaked at #31 that fall.

Which one of these top hits from the time machine leaps forward on your playlist? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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A Musical Mystery: Is Someone Dropping A Surprise Album?

Tunes for June?

Tunes for June?

It started out as a blind item Thursday night on the trade site HITS Daily Double — the potential for a surprise album to be issued at some point during the first week of June. Immediately, music message boards were buzzing as to whom could be behind such a release. Now, this obviously has no confirmation, it’s merely a suggestion of a rumbling inside this industry, but the potential is huge for another blockbuster dependent on the soloist or band with such an album. I, myself, haven’t a clue as to who it actually is. However, I’m here to give suggestions! Let’s sort this one out together…

  • It could be a diva with a flashy new release. Should the mystery item be something like Adele‘s 25, it could save a 15% drop in albums year-to-date. It may even be capable of selling 1 million copies in its first week as the followup to the Diamond certified 21. There’s also singer Taylor Swift, who is due for a new album at some point this year. Both the country and pop communities would be excited by new music from her. We also have Rihanna, who last year was reported to be involved with two albums seeing a 2014 release date rather than completing a new set for a 2013 date. Finally, there’s Lady Gaga; we’ve heard whispers of an ARTPOP 2 coming at some point, and we’re also likely to see her collaboration effort with Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, this year. Question is, will it be now?
  • It could be a solo rapper. Given the recent $3 billion deal between Apple and Beats By Dre, could we be upon the release of that decade-plus-in-the-making Detox by Dr. Dre? It certainly makes sense given all the news lately, but then again, it’s been pushed back so many times that it may never see the light of day. Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V is also in the running given that a leadoff single is now on the charts; so is his cohort Nicki Minaj with The Pink Print. Both are anticipated after an underperforming Young Money compilation. We also can’t forget about rapper Wiz Khalifa‘s Blacc Hollywood; with no date yet, it could fit in here. Kanye West may be an option as well.
  • It could be act that’s had decades of success and is looking to making some sort of comeback. Madonna‘s name has been thrown around quite a bit since the announcement of a surprise release; she and Katy Perry have been working together recently, and she’s been in the studio with both Avicii and Natalia Kills. Prince recently signed a new deal with his old label Warner Bros. – could this be the first of his new albums for them? There’s also U2, who have released a few tunes since the beginning of the year: “Invisible” and “Ordinary Love” (from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.) Was their album really pushed back to 2015… or is now the right time to put it out?
  • We also have the performers that could be the ultimate shock. Could you imagine if Gwen Stefani dropped an album out of nowhere? After all, she will be judging on The Voice this season and has been working on some sounds with the other new judge on the panel, Pharrell. Given all their playing at festivals in the last few months, wouldn’t it make sense for Outkast to release an album? Epic has a little momentum (can’t give them too much credit) with the Michael Jackson posthumous effort. What about Justin Bieber in his attempt to silence the critics? What about JoJo and her first album in eight years? Far too many options, so little time to analyze them all.

The curiosity factor is going to go on for some time and I’m not sure I’ve helped things totally, but we’ll see what happens this week! Think it may be someone else? Frank OceanJanet Jackson? Kesha? Let me know! Comment below or find me on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab above.

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FRIDAY FORTY: A Passion For Fashion

Dressed to impress.

Dressed to impress.

Happy Friday! Welcome to another special edition of an occasional segment I’m putting together called The Friday Forty. Consider it a definitive list on all sorts of music-related topics (and much better than those VH1 lists!)

I guess we’ve decided recently that if you want to have a big hit nowadays, it needs to be fashion forward. Look at “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. That one’s a formal affair. “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis recently topped the charts and explored the less expensive side of things. It wasn’t exclusively about clothing, but it’s so hard to ignore a bargain. So, inspired by these two songs, especially the former one, I give you the Top 40 Most Fashionable Titles of the Rock Era. The list contains those song titles that either mention a specific article of clothing (pants, shirt, etc.), a major component of it (a collar or a pocket, but not a button) or a style of clothing. So, you won’t be seeing titles with the generic word “clothes” in them (like Shakira‘s “Underneath Your Clothes”), songs with solely materials in the title (like “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles) or other songs that may otherwise use “dress” or “wear” but without something else to complete it (like “You Wear It Well” by Rod Stewart.) Oh, and no songs about a “sock” when its clearly meant to be a verb. Now, get ready to run down the aisles, ’cause this sale on singles won’t last long.

(Statistics are from the Hot 100, 1958 to the present, with ** indicating Hot 100 Airplay peaks, thus releases like the original “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley from 1956 are left off.  You didn’t want to see “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy” at the top, did you?)

Just so you can make some room in your closet, the majority of these songs are about pants and shoes (10 each). Four are about hats, two mention sunglasses, another two dive into some swimwear, and I’ll let you figure out the rest.

40. Chris YoungGettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song) (#33, 2009)
39. TLCHat 2 Da Back (#30, 1993)
38. James BrownI Got Ants in My Pants (and I Want to Dance) (#27, 1973)
37. Dr. HookBaby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk (#25, 1982)
36. Morris DayFishnet (#23, 1988)
35. StyxBlue Collar Man (Long Nights) (#21, 1978)
34. Neil DiamondForever In Blue Jeans (#20, 1979)
33. Timbuk3The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (#19, 1986)
32. Eddie KendricksShoeshine Boy (#18, 1975)
31. Nigel OlssonDancin’ Shoes (#18, 1979)

30. David DundasJeans On (#17, 1977)
29. ApplejacksMexican Hat Rock (#16, 1958)
28. Elton JohnWho Wears These Shoes? (#16, 1984)
27. James BrownHot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants) (#15, 1971)
26. Alanis MorissetteHand In My Pocket (#15**, 1995)
25. The Ohio PlayersSkin Tight (#14, 1974)
24. RoxetteDressed For Success (#14, 1989)
23. The PretendersBrass In Pocket (I’m Special) (#14, 1980)
22. Joe South & The BelieversWalk A Mile In My Shoes (#12, 1970)
21. Adam AntGoody Two Shoes (#12, 1983)

20. Tommy TuckerHi-Heel Sneakers (#11, 1964)
19. GinuwineIn Those Jeans (#8, 2003)
18. David BowieBlue Jean (#8, 1984)
17. Jimmy ClantonVenus In Blue Jeans (#7, 1962)
16. Corey HartSunglasses At Night (#7, 1984)
15. Del ShannonHats Off To Larry (#5, 1961)
14. Natasha BedingfieldPocketful Of Sunshine (#5, 2008)
13. Connie FrancisLipstick On Your Collar (#5, 1959)
12. Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-ZSuit & Tie (#4, 2013)
11. TacoPuttin’ On The Ritz (#4, 1983)

The top ten:
10. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit WheelsDevil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly (#4, 1966)

I think I’ve heard this medley a few too many times on the local classic hits station. The original song, combined with the Little Richard hit, became the biggest of their five singles to make the top 40, hitting #4. Ryder also made the Hot 100 as a solo artist later in the decade. The Michigan native still tours in the U.S. and in Europe.

9. H-TownKnockin’ Da Boots (#3, 1993)

Named after their hometown of Houston, Texas, this trio catapulted to the #3 slot in 1993 with the first single. It led them to a win at the Soul Train Music Awards the following year in the category of Best R&B New Artist. They largely struggled to find a hit single after “Boots”, charting three other times below the top 40. They haven’t recorded any music during this decade… yet.

8. Helen ReddyLeave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) (#3, 1973)

Australia’s darling was taking over the charts here in the States in the early 70’s, which included three number-one singles like “Angie Baby” and “I Am Woman”. “Alone” only got to #3, but it was one of six top ten hits Reddy collected on the Hot 100. As disco infiltrated the mainstream, Reddy could no longer make the top 40 by 1977, and she last hit nationally in 1981. She occasionally performs today.

7. NellyAir Force Ones (#3, 2003)

The rapper from St. Louis took us to Nellyville back in 2002 and this song about Nike-brand shoes (rather than the presidential aircraft) from the multi-Platinum album went #3 in the early 2003. He’s recorded several albums since then and recently made the Hot 100 with his latest single, “Hey Porsche”. He’s also featured on a new remix of Florida-Georgia Line‘s “Cruise”.

6. Dodie StevensPink Shoe Laces (#3, 1959)

She was born Geraldine Pasquale, but was given her stage name on a local talent show. Stevens was just 13 years old when she found herself in the pop spotlight with her Gold-certified debut single about a wacky guy’s sense of clothes. It took her to #3 on the Hot 100, her highest charting position. She had several other minor singles make the big chart. She has a daughter and performs with her today.

No ordinary "Song".

No ordinary “Song”.

5. SisqoThong Song (#3, 2000)

After taking a break from Dru Hill, it was clear that Sisqo was the frontrunner from the group to achieve a solo career. The goals of a long career, however, were stunted rather quickly when his novelty “Thong Song” blew up. Whether you were at the beach or the club, you couldn’t ignore it. “Thong” went to #3 on the Hot 100, which was followed by the #1 “Incomplete”, which secured the spot thanks to big R&B airplay and strong physical sales. His second album ultimately tanked, and Dru Hill‘s next release couldn’t measure up to the success of their 90’s material. In other words, he bottomed out.

When "Cool" goes hot.

When “Cool” goes hot.

4. The HolliesLong Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) (#2, 1972)

After several charting records on the Hot 100 in the 60’s, including a handful of top-ten hits like “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, these Brits scored their biggest entry in 1972 with the #2 “Woman”, just stuck behind the monster that was “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan. It’s the highest song on this list about a dress. The group would have one more big single two years later, “The Air That I Breathe”, before largely disappearing from the U.S. charts. They last made the top 40 in 1983 and remain together with a few replacement members.

A man of many hats.

A man of many hats.

3. Prince & The RevolutionRaspberry Beret (#2, 1985)

Prince and his band The Revolution were on fire in 1985 after just coming off the success of Purple Rain and its corresponding soundtrack full of hits like “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry”. “Beret” was the first single from Around The World In A Day, which went to #1 on the Billboard 200, though the single itself only made it to #2. One other song from the album, “Pop Life”, went to top ten. The video for “Beret” was combination of both live performance and animation which the Purple One ended up editing himself. Let’s just say juggling all those berets didn’t quite help him on that one.

She won't be defeeted.

She won’t be defeeted.

2. Nancy SinatraThese Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (#1, 1966)

As the daughter of the iconic Frank Sinatra, Nancy was bound for big things once she decided to pursue a career in music. After a single failed to achieve a high position in 1965, Sinatra went to the top of the Hot 100 the next year with “Boots”, which became her signature song. She enjoyed some modest success with the occasional top ten single for the rest of the decade, last reaching the Hot 100 in 1969. She hosts a weekly show on a SiriusXM Radio channel named after her father, Siriusly Sinatra.

Taking the Hy-Road.

Taking the Hy-Road.

1. Brian HylandItsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (#1, 1960)

Watching the snow melt away day after day brings us closer to the summer season, and now, a musical memory from the summer of 1960. It’s the most popular song on this list about articles of clothing. 16-year-old Brian Hyland was objection of affection for many a young girl back then as he went to the top of the Hot 100 with his mouthful of a song title. Sales of the garment skyrocketed because of the song’s popularity, and it’s been featured in a number of movies and advertisements in the nearly 53 years since its release. Hyland went onto other top ten singles like “Sealed With A Kiss” (1962) and “Gypsy Woman” (1970), but he’ll always be remembered as the teen idol who sang the sweet sounds of swimsuits. Not surprisingly, it’s still his most requested song on his tours.

That’s going to do it for this Friday Forty. Hope you enjoyed this look back in the glamorous genre of pop music, and let me know if I missed any along the way! Or, suggest a topic for the next Friday Forty! Leave a comment below or contact me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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