From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Well, this is where we start to slow it down. We’ve made it to rarefied air, people. These are my top ten songs of the year. Out of the 177 songs that spent at least one week in the top 40 this year, these ones are the ten biggest among them. Let’s get to ’em.
010. GROUPLOVE – “Tongue Tied”
ALBUM: Never Trust A Happy Song // LABEL: Canvasback/Atlantic
PEAK: #1 for two weeks // WEEKS ON: 27 // POINTS: 785
Greece is the word, it’s got groove, it’s got meaning. Take two New Yorkers, three Californians, have them meet up in Crete for the female singer’s artist residency and wha-la, you have Grouplove, the quintet with their very first hit on my chart. After releasing an EP in early 2011, they released their full-length LP, Never Trust A Happy Song, in September of that year. The first single, “Colours”, didn’t do a ton of a damage on the charts, but it was the next single that really got things rolling for the band. “Tongue Tied” initially made the In The Mix section back in December 2011, staying in for five weeks before disappearing. It was featured in an iPod Touch advertisement around that time, and though I liked the song, I didn’t think it was anything outstanding and I had no intention of charting it. Fast forward about three months and the song is a top five hit on Alternative radio, so I reconsidered it with a blank slate and I guess that was all it needed. Reappearing on April 8, 2012, it took just two weeks to make the top 40, and by June, it was firmly in the top ten. Never did I think it would hit the top spot, but it did, for two weeks in early-to-mid July. It descended the chart from there, exiting in October after a 27-week run. Followup single “Itchin’ On A Photograph” failed to chart, though it made the top ten on Alternative radio. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more new material from the band in 2013.
009. ADELE – “Set Fire To The Rain”
ALBUM: 21 // LABEL: XL/Columbia
PEAK: #1 for two weeks // WEEKS ON: 27 // POINTS: 787
What can you say about Adele that hasn’t been said? She’s a Grammy winner, a Diamond-certified recording artist, and a new mom. It’s her world and we’re just living it. 21 was still a massive seller into 2012 and we can at least partially attribute that to the success of this single which wasn’t going to be the third release at first. A few early stations came on board for “Rumour Has It” back in October 2011, but a statement from Columbia Records was issued stating, in part, that more radio programmers had a better reaction to “Set Fire To The Rain”, and thus, the choice was changed about a month later. Meanwhile, I was already charting “Rumour Has It”, so quickly got that off while preparing to enter this one. It was an instant impact record, debuting at #31 on the chart dated November 13, 2011 at #31, bypassing the Next In Line and In The Mix sections. It hit #1 in its twelfth week on (January 29, 2012) and stayed on top for two weeks, marking the singer’s third number-one single on my chart. It was in the top ten until late March and fell off in mid-May after 27 weeks on the chart. 2013 will likely see no new music from Adele, though “Skyfall” will be charting into the new year and make the year-end chart in 2013. She deserves a break, though, so take it, girl, and for pete’s sake, can you let us know the name of your newborn already? Inquiring minds want to know…
008. FUN. featuring JANELLE MONAE – “We Are Young”
ALBUM: Some Nights // LABEL: Fueled By Ramen
PEAK: #1 for two weeks // WEEKS ON: 27 // POINTS: 788
A few years ago, I had an internship with another girl who was a big fan of a band called The Format. I wasn’t familiar with them, but she played me a few of their songs, and I thought they had some potential. What I didn’t know at the time was that the band had broken up and one of the members had gone on to form another band, which turned out to be a trio, which we today know as Fun., featuring ex-Format member Nate Reuss on lead vocals. They had a seasonal release called “Believe In Me” out a few years ago which I heard maybe once or twice, but nothing happened with the song or them, until late last year. “We Are Young” was another one that started off just as “Tongue Tied” did. It too made my In The Mix in December 2011 after it was featured as the closing number on the Glee episode “Hold On To Sixteen”. The show really hadn’t broken any new acts at that point, so it was a surprising choice to be performed since very few had heard of them, but it was the song’s sentiment that resonated with a whole lot of people. On January 8, 2012, it hit the Top 10 Next In Line and stayed there for six weeks, climbing, then reversing direction, then holding, and finally climbing again before debuting on my top 40 at #38 on February 19. One of the things that finally sold me on debuting it was when it was used in a commercial for Chevrolet during the Super Bowl. It was clear then that it was destined to become a hit being an exposed to an audience of more than 100 million people, and it did. It spent its first of two weeks at #1 on April 29 and found itself in the top ten until the end of June. By the middle of August, it was exiting the chart, again, after 27 weeks. Four weeks into the new chart year, “Carry On” is in the lead for the top song for 2013, but there are another 48 weeks to turn things around.
We knock down another three on the update tomorrow. Be sure to look out for it.