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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 2, 2013

Counting down those top ten treasures.

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 June 2, 2013…

40. P!NK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER, “True Love”
39. LAWSON, “Brokenhearted”

Biggest Movers:
MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (37-25, twelve spots)

10. BRUNO MARS, “Treasure” (up 6)
Album: Unorthodox Jukebox (2012, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

09. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Out Of My League” (down 2)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

08. WALK OFF THE EARTH, “Red Hands” (up 2)
Album: R.E.V.O. (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. MICHAEL BUBLE, “It’s A Beautiful Day” (down 2)
Album: To Be Loved (2013, Reprise/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. KELLY CLARKSON, “People Like Us” (up 2)
Album: Greatest Hits – Chapter One (2012, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. DANIEL POWTER, “Crazy All My Life” (down 2)
Album: Turn On The Lights (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring NELLY, “Cruise (Remix)” (steady, second week)
Album: Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll (2013, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (up 3)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

02. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Mirrors” (steady, third week)
Album: The 20/20 Experience (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

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

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2015) (Part Two)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in July on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:


Brandon Flowers
BRANDON FLOWERS – “Lonely Town” (July 14) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was very disappointing to see “Can’t Deny My Love” being, well, denied entrance into the Alternative top 40 after a tough battle earlier this year. With the second single from his The Desired Effect album, 34-year-old Flowers appeals for the format’s support with another tasty new wave inspired cut with a lovely kick of brass for good measure. It might be his only chance to save this era.

Death Cab For Cutie
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” (July 14) (*)
Label: Atlantic
With “Black Sun” having recently gone recurrent at the format after climbing as high as #2, the Washington trio follows it up with a spooky single about a prior relationship from Gibbard’s past. Beverly Drive, of course, refers to the street that runs through the California cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. It is a needed change of pace and should pump that pedal as the fall approaches.

Family Of The Year
FAMILY OF THE YEAR – “Make You Mine” (July 14) (* + **)
Label: Warner Bros./Nettwerk
It’s been quite a ride for this quartet and their single “Hero” over the past three years. Originally an Alternative and Triple A hit in the spring of 2013, months after the summer 2012 release of their album Loma Vista, the track returned last summer when it was used to promote the film Boyhood. Hopefully, their latest single also sticks around, a classic California record that is burning hot.

Jarryd James
JARRYD JAMES – “Do You Remember?” (July 14) (**)
Label: Interscope
Six months ago, James was totally unknown to fair amount of people and quietly released a single that was produced by the noted Joel Little, best known for his work with singer Lorde. Then, he pulled off an awesome feat: a #2 chart peak in his native Australia without any major label backing. Of course, one has picked it up for a U.S. release. It’s a record to watch for the fall, so stay tuned.

Lianne La Havas
LIANNE LA HAVAS – “What You Don’t Do” (July 14) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
The English singer/songwriter from London got the critics buzzing with her debut album from 2012, Is Your Love Big Enough? It was a top five success in the U.K. despite a trio of singles that stalled underneath the top 100 in that country, while both the songs and the album went largely unnoticed here. Her album Blood will be seeping into our musical veins later this month. It’s a winner.

MUSE – “Mercy” (July 21) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
From the concept album Drones, which recently became the trio’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200, this single is already doing well on streaming platforms and will no doubt bolt its way up the Alternative survey in mere weeks. However, the adds date listed is only for Triple A radio, where “Dead Inside” was just a mid-charting hit at best. Nevertheless, it’s a great choice from the effort.

Walk Off The Earth
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Hold On (The Break)” (July 21) (**)
Label: Columbia
Rather than ruling the world with their last single, this Canadian band was ruling the headlines when singer Sarah Blackwood and her son were kicked off a United Airlines flight because of his fussy behavior. Luckily, since the story has faded, the quintet is able to return to what they do best and perform. “Hold” is a mellower choice, but one that lends itself well to a potential crossover hit.

Ryan Corn
RYAN CORN – “White Flag” (July 28) (**)
Label: Curb
Missouri singer/songwriter Corn got his first taste of radio play last year when an original song called “Wonderful Things” briefly touched the top 40 at the Triple A format before Christmas. Now, he’s heading back to radio with a remake that’s become a staple in his recent sets, “White Flag”, originally a hit for Dido in 2003. Corn puts a nice pop/rock spin on the track. I’ll be rooting for it.

Which of these new songs 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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 16)

The original Taylor.

One of this week’s swift sellers.

The boys of summer are out to shine on this week with three male soloists all looking at notable debuts on the horizon. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of June 16:

  • “Today Today Today” is the day that the legendary James Taylor‘s latest album, Before This World, is out to the world. It’s his first set of original material since 2002’s October Road, though he’s released some covers and live albums since it. With Father’s Day fast approaching on Sunday, the older demo may drive his latest set to the top of the charts. (iTunes)
  • Former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert returns with his third studio album, The Original High, his first to be released with Warner Bros. Records. First single “Ghost Town” is currently haunting the homes of multiple formats. Will the set become his third top five album on the Billboard 200? It definitely has a shot. (iTunes)
  • From fun., singer Nate Ruess is out with his solo debut, Grand Romantic. It features “Nothing Without Love”, recently a minor hit on the CHR and Hot AC radio charts, and a collaboration with Beck. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Amos Lee and the Colorado Symphony‘s Live At Red Rocks (iTunes), Big Smo‘s Bringin’ It Home (EP) (iTunes), Giorgio Moroder‘s Déjà Vu (iTunes), Hilary Duff‘s Breathe In. Breathe Out. (iTunes), Hudson Mohawke‘s Lantern (iTunes), Jill Scott‘s Golden Moments (iTunes), Mika‘s No Place In Heaven (iTunes), Robert Glasper‘s Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios) (iTunes), Ryn Weaver‘s The Fool (iTunes), Smashing Satellites‘s SonicAluzion (iTunes), The SteelDrivers‘s The Muscle Shoals Recordings (iTunes), Third Eye Blind‘s Dopamine (iTunes), Walk Off The Earth‘s Sing It All Away (iTunes) and the compilation Dylan, Cash, and The Nashville Cats: A New Music City (iTunes).

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

  • “Dime Store Cowgirl”, an instant grat song from Kacey Musgraves. (iTunes)
  • “Dreams”, the new single from Beck. (iTunes)
  • “Get Better”, an instant grat track from Frank Turner. (iTunes)
  • “Golden”, a single from Travie McCoy and Sia. (iTunes)
  • “Look What We’ve Become”, new from Grace Potter. (iTunes)
  • “Pressure Off”, the new single from Duran Duran and Janelle Monáe. (iTunes)

Country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves is likely to score next week’s top new entry with Pageant Material, but how will other new albums from Tori Kelly and X Ambassadors chart? A full preview is coming in seven.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2015)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in April on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down” (April 7) (*)
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
It was last year that teenage Dutch DJ/producer Garrix took a fairly slow ride up to #12 on the pop survey with the instrumental titled “Animals”. How did he get some studio time with an R&B legend at his young age? No idea, but the unusual pair is working.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again” (April 7) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
The soundtrack to Furious 7 debuted a few weeks ago, and “Again” is currently seeing traction at multiple formats in advance of the film’s premiere this Friday. It’s Puth’s radio debut here and could become Khalifa’s fifth main-credited top 40 track on CHR.

NE-YO – “Coming With You” (April 14) (*)
Label: Motown/Capitol
Despite a last-ditch attempt to save “She Knows” at pop radio amidst its negative callout scores, that single is tumbling down and brings us to the follow-up from Non-Fiction. It’s far from the ideal era, but some initial moderate airplay should carry it upward.

Marlon Roudette
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out” (April 21) (*)
Label: Columbia
The 32-year-old singer and songwriter from London saw his song “New Age” become a big single across Europe in 2011, but that never made it to the States. Now, coming off a U.K. top ten entry, Roudette is ready for his “Beat” to bring the heat this summer.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King” (April 21) (*)
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Actor and singer Olly Alexander has been leading this trio for five years and their perseverance led them to a chart-topping song in the U.K. from just a few weeks ago. After a series of successful SXSW showcases, the royalty shall rule over the record charts.

GALANTIS – “Runaway (U & I)” (April 28) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw have been big as writers and in the dance world, but this marks their first song to go for adds here. “Runaway” was co-written by Cathy Dennis, who went to #1 on R&R’s CHR chart with 1991’s “Touch Me (All Night Long)”.

Olly Murs and Demi Lovato
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up” (April 28) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
“Wrapped Up” may have wrapped up its run in the U.S. without any big numbers, but “Up” has been waiting in the wings since it broke the top five (#4) in the U.K. in December of last year. At least this is enough to tide the Lovatics over until her next effort.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

HALSEY – “Ghost” (April 7) (*)
Label: Astralwerks/Capitol
19-year-old Ashley Frangipane has been honing her craft for some time now, but everything began to work out nicely during the past year as she signed her record deal and began getting regular play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel. A spooky summer awaits us.

Kaiser Chiefs
KAISER CHIEFS – “Falling Awake” (April 7) (**)
Label: ATO
The sounds of Education, Education, Education & War failed to light up the album and radio charts in the States like they did in Europe, but the quintet’s latest single might turn things around. It certainly blends in well with its hooky late 80’s pop influence.

Joy Williams
JOY WILLIAMS – “Woman (Oh Mama)” (April 14) (**)
Label: Columbia
Her days in a duo are, sadly, finished for now, but we haven’t seen a solo set from Williams in some time. Well, that changes with Venus, due out this summer. The tribal pop sound of it may stand out next to her past work, but it’s a total jam and sounds fresh.

Wolf Alice
WOLF ALICE – “Moaning Lisa Smile” (April 7) (*)
Label: RCA
Here’s a buzzworthy band based in London who have several early supporters behind them at Alternative radio. However, it was the BBC station network that aided them across the pond. As far as a U.S. breakthrough, they’re hungry like the… oh, you know.

twenty | one | pilots
TWENTY ONE PILOTS – “Tear In My Heart” (April 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are fairly local to Alternative radio after scoring with three top 40 singles from Vessel, including the #10’s “Holding On To You” and “House Of Gold”. Does this have the “Heart” to grow into their biggest song to date? Stay tuned!

KALEO – “All The Pretty Girls” (April 21) (**)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Iceland has given us a number of solid bands over the past few years, and this male quartet from the small southwestern town of Mosfellsbær may be the next to deliver a hit with their American debut. SiriusXM’s The Spectrum is leading the pack on “Girls”.

Walk Off The Earth
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Rule The World” (April 28) (*)
Label: Columbia
Several years ago, this Canadian quintet built up a following on YouTube after posting a series of well-received cover videos. An album followed, R.E.V.O., and “Red Hands” spread across AAA and Hot AC radio. Their anthemic new single could do the same.

Which songs would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 30-21

They're here...

Oh, what fun it is to ride while these acts sleigh.

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 100-31 so far, and now, we keep on climbing into the top 30. It’s the cream of the pop as we head towards the top. All the big songs are here, from a “Restless Heart” to “True Love”. Get ready to “Cruise” until the countdown is “Gone, Gone, Gone”. So, be “Brave” and read on through this jungle of jams into the house of hits.

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 a Country cutie with a crossover, his biggest pop hit to date…

Hunter Hayes

030. Hunter Hayes – “Wanted” (#5)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Originally a #1 hit on the Country chart in September 2012, Atlantic Records managed to bring this young star onto the CHR and Hot AC airwaves with a minor entry on both formats. In total, three of his songs ranked in my top 40 during 2013.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

029. Bruno Mars – “Treasure” (#3)
Writers: Phredley Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars / Producers: The Smeezingtons

The planets of pop aligned when this jam was released, becoming Mars’s biggest hit on my chart. He’s onto his fifth single from Unorthodox Jukebox, “Young Girls”, and he will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLVIII in early February.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Train and Ashley Monroe

028. Train featuring Ashley Monroe – “Bruises” (#6)
Writers: Amund Bjørklund, Espen Lind, Patrick Monahan / Producers: Espionage, Butch Walker

As “Mermaid” went to mainstream radio during the winter months, this song became the trio’s first song to chart at Country radio, barely missing the top 40. Their California 37 era may be over now, but with four charting singles, it was a good one.

**First of two songs in the top 100 (Train)

A page-turner.

027. Five For Fighting – “What If” (#3)
Writer: John Ondrasik / Producer: Gregg Wattenberg

Last time he charted, he was looking for a “Slice” of the action. This time around, he was a little more inquisitive. “What” became Ondrasik’s fifth top ten release on my survey. A second single from album Bookmarks has not been released yet.

Related Posts: Single Review (June 8, 2013), Album Review of Bookmarks (September 11, 2013)

"Are" you keeping up with her?

026. Pink – “Try” (#2)
Writers: Busbee, Ben West / Producer: Greg Kurstin

The first two singles from her album The Truth About Love peaked at #2: “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and this, which spent four weeks in the runner-up spot. Next time we’ll see this colorful singer in the countdown is when the digits turn singular.

**First of three songs in the top 100

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

025. OneRepublic – “If I Lose Myself” (#3)
Writers: Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Benjamin Levin, Ryan Tedder / Producers: Kutzle, Levin, Tedder

No matter what it is, there will always be winners and “lose”-rs. Though it tanked in the U.S., it was the biggest hit from Native on my chart, going to #3. It’s now the band’s new single in the U.K. with a release during the first week of February.

Related Posts: Single Review (December 18, 2012)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Blame it on the "Girls".

024. The 1975 – “Chocolate” (#2)
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

The indie rockers hit it big this year, especially in their native U.K., where their self-titled album went to #1. The U.S. hasn’t been as receptive to the song, rising to a minor peak at Alternative radio, though it’s off to an OK start on the CHR airwaves.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Don't Walk away from this one.

Don’t Walk away from this one.

023. Walk Off The Earth – “Red Hands” (#5)
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Giovanni Nicassio, Thomas Salter / Producers: Blackwood, Nicassio, Salter

The YouTube darlings based in Canada made their debut on my chart this year with two of their original songs, this one ranking the highest at a peak of #5. It did particularly well at AAA radio, where it spent five weeks at #1 during the summer.

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Bravely entering the release ring.

022. Sara Bareilles – “Brave” (#4)
Writers: Jack Antonoff, Sara Bareilles / Producer: Mark Endert

Say what you wanna say about this one, but it’s become a sleeper hit, especially at the CHR format and on iTunes after the release of Katy Perry‘s “Roar”. Yes, go on about how the two sound similar, but Bareilles clearly won my year-end battle.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 17, 2013), Album Review of The Blessed Unrest (July 10, 2013)

A good day for Mr. "Bad Day".

021. Daniel Powter – “Crazy All My Life” (#3)
Writer: Daniel Fields, John Fields, Bleu McAuley / Producer: Howard Benson

Powter may be a one hit wonder to most of the world, but big hit “Bad Day” was only just the start of the 42-year-old singer’s adventures on my survey. He’s now accumulated ten entries, nine of which have gone top ten. That’s “Crazy”, huh?

Related Posts: Ready To Pop (March 11, 2013)

Check back tomorrow for 20-11 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 80-61

They're here...

They can’t stop, and they won’t stop…

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 #80 with one of Canada’s most successful exports…

Just like that title, they keep comin' around.

080. Barenaked Ladies – “Boomerang” (#14)
Writer: Zac Maloy, Ed Robertson/Producer: Gavin Brown

Related Posts: Single Review (March 21, 2013)

Turn the "Beat" around.

079. Goo Goo Dolls – “Rebel Beat” (#18)
Writers: John Rzeznik, Gregg Wattenberg/Producer: Wattenberg

Related Posts: On The Rebound (January 23, 2013)

History in the making.

078. Bastille – “Laura Palmer” (#13)
Writer: Dan Smith/Producers: Mark Crew, Smith

**First of two songs in the top 100

Andy Grammer

077. Andy Grammer – “Miss Me” (#1 for two weeks, 2012)
Writer: Andy Grammer, Boots Ottestad / Producers: Adam Pallin, S*A*M & Sluggo

Related Posts: Concert Review (December 10, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)


076. Daughtry – “Waiting For Superman” (#9+) [2014 chart year: #6]
Writers: Chris Daughtry, Sam Hollander, Martin Johnson/Producers: Daughtry, Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 16, 2013), Album Review of Baptized (November 13, 2013)

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
075. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – “Lose Yourself To Dance” (#15)
Writers: Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams/Producers: Daft Punk

Related Posts: Just Got Lucky (July 5, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (both acts)

Down with the kids.

074. Tom Odell – “Another Love” (#16)
Writers: Tom Odell / Producers: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Time to "Rock" it.

073. Avril Lavigne – “Here’s To Never Growing Up” (#13)
Writers: David Hodges, Martin Johnson, Jacob Kasher, Chad Kroeger, Avril Lavigne / Producer: Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 8, 2013), Growing Pains (April 22, 2013), Album Review of Avril Lavigne (October 26, 2013)

Everybody plays the "Fool".

072. Christina Aguilera featuring Blake Shelton – “Just A Fool” (#13)
Writers: Wayne Hector, Claude Kelly, Steve Robson / Producer: Kelly, Robson

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)

Lifehouse and Natasha Bedingfield

071. Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield – “Between The Raindrops” (#7)
Writers: Jude Cole, Jacob Kasher, Jason Wade / Producer: Cole

Don't Walk away from this one.

070. Walk Off The Earth – “Gang Of Rhythm” (#10)
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Giovanni Nicassio, Thomas Salter / Producers: Blackwood, Nicassio, Salter

**First of two songs in the top 100

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

069. Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man” (#13)
Writers: Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Andrew Wyatt / Producers: The Smeezingtons

**First of two songs in the top 100


068. Lawson – “Brokenhearted” (#14)
Writers: Duck Blackwell, Andy Brown, Paddy Dalton, Ki Fitzgerald / Producers: Harry Sommerdahl

**Second of three songs in the top 100

Bon Jovi

067. Bon Jovi – “Because We Can” (#14)
Writers: Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon, Richie Sambora / Producer: Bon Jovi, John Shanks

Related Posts: Single Review (January 7, 2013)

Bust a Move.

066. Gavin DeGraw – “Best I Ever Had” (#13)
Writers: Gavin DeGraw, Martin Johnson / Producer: Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (June 17, 2013), Album Review of Make A Move (October 9, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

It's all in the Mix.

065. Little Mix – “Wings” (#12)
Writers: Tom Barnes, Iain James, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn, Little Mix (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall) / Producer: TMS

Related Posts: Winging It (March 7, 2013)

"Girl", you know it's true.

064. Hanson – “Get The Girl Back” (#11)
Writers/Producers: Hanson (Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson)

Related Posts: Single Review (March 30, 2013)

I think she'll have a chart attack.

I think she’ll have a chart attack.

063. Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack” (#13)
Writers: Mitch Allan, Sean Douglas, Jason Evigan, Demi Lovato, Aaron Phillips, Nikki Williams / Producers: The Suspex

Related Posts: Single Premiere (February 24, 2013)

Simply the "Best".

062. One Direction – “Kiss You” (#9)
Writers: Cagaanan, Carl Falk, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Savan Kotecha, Kristian Lundin, Albin Nedler, Shellback, Rami Yacoub / Producers: Falk, Yacoub

**Second of four songs in the top 100

"Story" time.

061. One Direction – “Best Song Ever” (#10)
Writers: Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, John Ryan / Producers: Bunetta, Matt Radosevich, Ryan

Related Posts: Single Premiere (July 17, 2013), Album Review of Midnight Memories (November 20, 2013), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)
**Third of four songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 60-41 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 One (20-11)

Some say that the album is dead thanks to the usual excuses: complaints about filler and lackluster quality, the down trend of sales in the single heavy market we’re currently trapped in and fewer and fewer artists getting signed to major labels. To that I say, nonsense! Plenty of awesome albums came out this year chock full of great songs from both commercially successful acts and independent DIY musicians. From pop to rock to dance and everything in-between, I’ve ranked 20 of my favorites from the year that was.

For this survey, 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 you’re about to see over the next two days.

Just missing the chart:
25. The Band PerryPioneer
24. Barenaked LadiesGrinning Streak
23. New PoliticsA Bad Girl In Harlem
22. Jessie WareDevotion
21. John NewmanTribute

Let’s check off the first ten on the list and let you in on what ranks between 20-11 for 2013:

One step "Closer" to a hit.

“Closer” to the charts.

20. TEGAN & SARA – Heartthrob
Sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have had their share of musical ups and downs in the past 15 years; this year featured a change of sound into the pop world rather than their usual indie rock fare with the help of producer Greg Kurstin. The effort was both a critical and commercial success, including the hit “Closer” and the solid followup single, “I Was A Fool”.

Pop the Bublé.

Pop the Bublé.

19. MICHAEL BUBLÉ – To Be Loved
The Canadian crooner delivered another good effort, becoming his latest #1 album on the Billboard 200. Leadoff single “It’s A Beautiful Day”, adult contemporary speak for a four letter word followed by a “you”, topped my survey for four weeks, while remakes of “Somethin’ Stupid” (with Reese Witherspoon) and “Who’s Lovin’ You” were keeping it smooth.

Down with the kids.

Down with the kids.

18. TOM ODELL – Long Way Down
Odell just turned 23 in November, and a what year 2013 was for him. His first album debuted at #1 went Gold in his native U.K., with third release “Another Love” becoming a top ten record on the Singles Chart. It also ascended into the top 20 on my survey. From the mellow “Grow Old With Me” and title track to the rockier “Hold Me”, it’s a great start for the singer.

The pop princess of Prism.

This is how she do.

This year, Perry came back with a bang, or should I say a “Roar”, and filled the pop charts once again with joyous jams. While the first half of the album shines with a ton of potential radio-ready tracks like “Birthday” and “International Smile”, it falls off significantly in the second half, leading to an uneven album. It’s no Teenage Dream, but it’s no nightmare either.

"Girl", you know it's true.

Where’s the love?

16. HANSON – Anthem
Long after the days of the 1997 pop anthem “Mmmbop”, the Oklahoma trio are still cranking out great music in 2013 on what could be their best album yet. Lead single “Get The Girl Back” rose to #11 on my chart, their biggest hit in nine years. Mixing elements of rock and soul with their nice nostalgic touch, tracks like “Fired Up” and “You Can’t Stop Us” shine on.

So far Gone.

So far Gone.

15. HAIM – Days Are Gone
You saw them appear on Saturday Night Live in November and a few months prior to that, their first album debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200. The brilliantly constructed ode to fun 80’s pop is felt throughout the entire effort, especially on the first few songs like “Forever”, “The Wire” and “Don’t Save Me”. Do save a place for this on your 2013 list, however.

Don't Walk away from this one.

Don’t Walk away from this one.

Their YouTube videos rank them highly in the viral community, and earlier this year, the quintet released their first album through Columbia Records. The Canadian band managed to put a pair of singles into my top ten this year: “Red Hands” (#5) and “Gang Of Rhythm” (#10). Mixing flavors of pop, reggae and ska, their breezy sound is as sunny as a summer day.

A page-turner.

A page-turner.

13. FIVE FOR FIGHTING – Bookmarks (PGTC Review)
48-year-old John Ondrasik took his time when recording his new album, and for the most part, the end product was satisfactory. Produced by longtime collaborator Gregg Wattenberg, the set captures great moments, including single “What If” and the soaring “Heaven Knows”, but also has its share of odd sequences and cheesy lyrics. It’s still worth a read.

Bravely entering the release ring.

Bravely entering the countdown.

12. SARA BAREILLES – The Blessed Unrest (PGTC Review)
Probably the most surprising nomination for a GRAMMY Award for Album Of The Year as announced last week, Bareilles’s third major label LP on Epic Records is a collection pleasant pop tunes mixed with a pinch of experimental choices. While it falls short of her previous albums, songs like “Chasing The Sun” and “I Choose You” are lovely selections.

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

They’ll be “Counting” spots.

11. ONEREPUBLIC – Native
The band who said it’s too late to apologize doesn’t have to be sorry for this. Delayed until March, Native was their most critically successful album yet, and they’ll be “Counting Stars” for a while. While single “If I Lose Myself” is their highest ranked song on my Top 100 of 2013, I’m also a fan of “Burning Bridges” and “I Lived”, which haven’t seen a wide release.

Look out for my top ten albums of 2013 coming tomorrow on the blog. Until then, if you’re liking any of my choices so far, comment below or find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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