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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 6, 2015

“Run Away” into the past with us!

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 two years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 6, 2015…

Debuts:
40. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “High Dive”
39. MAROON 5, “Feelings”

Biggest Mover(s):
GAVIN JAMES, “Bitter Pill” (30-20, ten spots)

10. X AMBASSADORS, “Renegades” (up 1)
Album: VHS (2015, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

09. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard” (steady, second week)
Album: Jukebox The Ghost (2015, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

08. WALK THE MOON, “Different Colors” (down 1)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. RØMANS, “Uh Huh” (down 2)
Album: Overthinking – Pt. 1 (EP) (2015, Roc Nation Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. ONE DIRECTION, “Drag Me Down” (up 2)
Album: Made In The A.M. (2015, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. SHAWN MENDES, “Stitches” (up 1)
Album: Handwritten (2015, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #5

04. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Run Away With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: E·MO·TION (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Hold Each Other” (steady, second week)
Album: When The Morning Comes (2015, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. JOHN NEWMAN, “Come And Get It” (steady, third week)
Album: Revolve (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS, “Pressure Off” (steady, third week)
Album: Paper Gods (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 20, 2017

Lucky seven for Niall.

DEBUTS
40. Sabrina Carpenter – Why
39. Phillip Phillips – Miles | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (38)
28. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (33)
24. P!nk – What About Us (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Lights – Giants (24)
15. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (20)
10. The Script – Rain (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Rain (17) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (06) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Kesha – Praying (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (7)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. LP – No Witness (1)
4. Wrabel – The Village (4)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (6)
6. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
7. HAIM – Little Of Your Love (-)
8. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (5)
9. Paramore – Fake Happy (-)
10. OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind (new)
BØRNS – Faded Heart
Grouplove – Remember That Night (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song
Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (new)
The Struts – One Night Only

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the fifth top 40 song for former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. He’s new at #39 with “Miles”, the first single from his upcoming third album. Phillips last hit my personal chart with “Unpack Your Heart”, which spent four weeks at #3 in October and November 2014. “Miles” was co-written with Kevin Griffin, a regular on my top 40 as both a writer and the leader of Better Than Ezra.
  • The only other debut this week is from 18-year-old Sabrina Carpenter, breaking in at #40 with “Why”. Carpenter charted on Top 40 radio earlier this year with “Thumbs”, which reached #26. After making it in the Disney world, she’s poised to get a bigger audience with her latest material.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 13, 2017

Niall’s been here a while.

DEBUTS
39. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me
38. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
35. P!nk – What About Us | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Dua Lipa – New Rules (39)
25. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (31)
24. Lights – Giants (29)
20. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (25)
17. The Script – Rain (23)
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16)
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16) | PEAK: #10
09. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (07) | PEAK: #02
08. HAIM – Want You Back (05) | PEAK: #05
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | PEAK: #07
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (10) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
4. Wrabel – The Village (6)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (9)
7. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (-)
8. Sabrina Carpenter – Why (-)
9. Phillip Phillips – Miles (-)
10. Olivia O’Brien – RIP (-)

In The Mix:
BØRNS – Faded Heart
HAIM – Little Of Your Love (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Paramore – Fake Happy (new)
Passenger – Simple Song
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the 29th top 40 hit on my chart for a singer who made her debut in 2000 with the song “There You Go”. 17 years later, pop superstar P!nk climbs aboard at #35 with “What About Us”. This cut is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, which is due October 13. When it premiered on Thursday, “What” topped the iTunes charts in over a dozen countries, including the United States.
  • Singer Ed Sheeran has three top ten songs to his credit from the chart-topping ÷ album: “Castle On The Hill” (#2), “Shape Of You” (#8) and “Galway Girl” (#10). This week, his potential fourth top ten single from the set enters at #38. “Perfect” has a bit of early support at three Hot AC stations, though that total is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
  • Finally, at #39, is the third top 40 entry for 19-year-old singer/songwriter James TW. “Please Keep Loving Me” follows his recent #3 song called “Ex”, though his biggest hit came last fall with a seven-week #1 titled “When You Love Someone”. This single was recently serviced to the Hot AC format, where “When” reached the top 30.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 6, 2017

Horan keeps scorin’.

DEBUTS
40. Why Don’t We – Something Different
39. Dua Lipa – New Rules | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (36)
30. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
25. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (31)
16. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (23) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
15. Kesha – Praying (20)
(see #6 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Andy Grammer – Give Love (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (08) | PEAK: #07
08. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
07. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (04) | PEAK: #02
06. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (12) | PEAK: #06
05. HAIM – Want You Back (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (4)
3. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
4. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (5)
5. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (-)
6. Wrabel – The Village (-)
7. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (7)
8. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (-)
9. Neon Trees – Feel Good (-)
10. BØRNS – Faded Heart (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song
Sabrina Carpenter – Why
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • Just ahead of its August 22 impact at Top 40 radio, this week’s Highest Debut belongs to Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, which is new at #39. Of course, its viral video has been viewed millions of times on YouTube, some of which are definitely mine. The song is featured on her self-titled debut album, which hit the top ten in several countries in Europe. Will Lipa finally get her first top ten at the format with her potential fourth top 40 single? We’ll see soon.
  • The only other debut this week is by a new five-member boy band who call themselves Why Don’t We. Their first entry on my chart is “Something Different”, which shakes up the #40 spot. It heads to Top 40 radio on Tuesday. One of the five guys, Daniel Seavey, was a contestant on American Idol in 2015.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 30, 2017

Four-an for Horan.

DEBUTS
40. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
37. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals – Back To You
36. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. The Script – Rain (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
23. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
12. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Tom Walker – Just You And I (07) | PEAK: #07
07. HAIM – Want You Back (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (3)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
4. BANNERS – Someone To You (5)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (4)
7. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (6)
8. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (9)
9. Why Don’t We – Something Different (-)
10. Dua Lipa – New Rules (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Why (new)
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by the group who had the third-biggest song on Alternative radio in 2015 with “Renegades”. It spent 11 weeks at #1. Two years later, X Ambassadors is looking for a chart-topper on both that radio list and my own top 40 with “Ahead Of Myself”, which is taken from their forthcoming album. It enters at #36. Their Cayuga Sound Festival is a little less than two months away, and I’m sure they’ll be playing plenty of new material at it.
  • The four members of the final (well, at least for now) lineup of One Direction are now in my top 40 as soloists, with Niall Horan at #1, Liam Payne at #2 and #24, Harry Styles at #18 and #23, and coming in at #37, Louis Tomlinson‘s first solo entry on my personal chart, “Back To You”. The song features Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Hey ZAYN, where are you? Let’s make it all five original members on the chart at the same time!
  • Finally, at #40, is the first entry on my chart for a new boy band called PRETTYMUCH. “Would You Mind” was released a week ago, getting all sorts of New Music Friday playlisting across the globe, while it impacts at Top 40 radio on August 22.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2016)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in May in this month’s Radio Report:

Ingrid Michaelson
INGRID MICHAELSON – “Hell No” (May 2) (Hot AC)
Label: Cabin 24/RED
If you use the app Snapchat, you’ll probably love the music video for Michaelson’s latest track, which features her having some fun with the many filters on the service. “No” is already on many radio stations in large markets, so expect a nice first week of adds. It’s the first single to be taken from It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, but what does make sense is that it will be released later this year.

Marian Hill
MARIAN HILL – “I Want You” (May 2 / 3) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Photo Finish/Republic
This Philadelphia duo of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol first released music together in 2013, but it wasn’t until late last year that they first made the Alternative top 40 with “One Time”. It stalled in the 30’s, and fell off after the Christmas freeze. Now, they soldier on with this single, taken from their album ACT ONE. The June 24 release date should give this enough time to get started.

Disturbed
DISTURBED – “The Sound Of Silence” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
A few weeks ago, I highlighted “Sound” and many of the other chart-topping Active Rock crossovers since 2000. Record Store Day brought us a 12″ picture disc of the single, which I may have purchased a copy of. This is the closest the four men have come to pop success in their long career, and it’s performing in the few markets that have been playing it (and their label wants you to know it!)

Sofia Carson
SOFIA CARSON – “Love Is The Name” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Hollywood/Republic
Nothing says “song of the summer” like a looped sample of Opus’s 1986 hit “Live Is Life”… at least that’s what Carson and her team are hoping. The Austrian act’s only U.S. entry topped out at #36 on the Radio & Records pop listing, but it was a much bigger hit in Europe. Carson was previously featured on the soundtrack to Descendants, which entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list last year.

Coldplay
COLDPLAY – “Up&Up” (May 9 / 10) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
While “Hymn For The Weekend” continues to climb at Hot AC radio, “Up&Up” is scheduled to head to these two formats. For that single release, nearly three minutes of the track were shaved off the version found on A Head Full Of Dreams. Until “Adventure Of A Lifetime” hit the top spot earlier in 2016, the guys had been without a #1 at the format since 2011. Can they make it two in a row?

Bahari
BAHARI – “Dancing On The Sun” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Interscope
This California trio’s song has already been on my chart for a month now, and it’s looking to heat up the pop airwaves later in May. The group consists of members Natalia Panzarella, Ruby Carr and Sidney Sartini, and all three ladies met in California with a little help from the production duo Rock Mafia. They’re currently on an extensive radio tour (dubbed the Bahari Safari) at the moment.

Kiiara
KIIARA – “Gold” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Atlantic
“Gold” has been a huge hit on the blogs since its release last year. On Spotify, it’s accumulated nearly 84 million streams, which is a pretty large number for the little airplay it’s gained so far. The question is, will the online buzz translate into a pop radio hit for the summer? It’s hard to tell at this point, but there are several early believers spinning it. We’ll see if she, indeed, goes for the “Gold”.

Cobi
COBI – “Darker Than Dawn” (May 16) (Triple A)
Label: 300 Entertainment
Formerly of Gentlemen Hall, Cobi had a couple of SoundCloud songs that I enjoyed about a year ago called “Walking Through The Fire” and “First Snow”. (Both were credited to Cobi Mike at the time.) Since then, he’s signed with 300 Entertainment, and while it appears he won’t have the next “Trap Queen” on his hands, it’s certainly great to see that he’ll be getting another shot at some play.

BØRNS
BØRNS – “American Money” (May 17) (Alternative)
Label: Interscope
24-year-old Garrett Borns has a solid following and solid sales to date… so, why has a top ten single at the format eluded him? It is a little surprising that “Electric Love” stalled in the teens, given all the co-signs and acclaim. “10,000 Emerald Pools” never made a big splash when it charted late in 2015 and earlier this year. They say that third time is the charm, so let’s hope it’s on the “Money”.

St. Lucia
ST. LUCIA – “Help Me Run Away” (May 17) (Alternative)
Label: Columbia
South African musician Jean-Philip Grobler’s act is back for a second taste of the Alternative chart with a new song from Matter. It follows “Dancing On Glass”, which slowly hit top 30 at the format (but should’ve done way better!) The band performed “Help” on Jimmy Kimmel Live a month ago, and tour dates/steady summer festival dates should help the song grow at both radio and retail.

Zayn Malik
ZAYN – “Like I Would” (May 17) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: RCA
“Pillowtalk” is at the top of the CHR radio listing for the second week, but Malik’s record label is wasting no time in getting his next single out there and on the air. “Like” is featured on the deluxe edition of Mind Of Mine, a peculiar move, even if it was available as an instant grat song prior to the album’s release. It’s sure to be another notable radio hit for the 23-year-old singer from Bradford.

X Ambassadors
X AMBASSADORS featuring JAMIE N COMMONS – “Low Life” (May 24) (Alternative)
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
After an 11-week #1 in “Renegades” last year and a recent #3 in “Unsteady”, the Ithaca quartet is aiming high with “Low”. The track features Commons, who has previously worked with the band, and had a Triple A hit in 2013 with “Rumble And Sway”. Both of the previous singles continue to get substantial recurrent play, and that may become an issue during the “Life” of this one. Stay tuned!

May is an unpredictable month when it comes to A-list releases… so, expect a few surprises along the way!

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #30-21

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

In the next ten songs on this year’s Top 100, we go international with acts from Canada, England and Ireland. We’ll also recall the sweet year that was 2015, rev our engines to a rockin’ record, and hunt down a discotheque Juliet teenage dream. Sounds like the time is here to enter into the top 30 with some trivia bites and check out the next ten songs on the list…

The Script
030. THE SCRIPT – “Man On A Wire”
Label: Columbia
Album: No Sound Without Silence
Peak: #5

Top 40 Trivia: This Irish trio had a lot to celebrate with their latest era, as it continued to do very well on my survey. The three guys landed two number-one songs, one of which is still to come, and this additional top five, extending their top ten streak to ten in a row. The video, as well as the “Superheroes” clip, was filmed in South Africa, a country that gave us several chart acts in 2015.

Maroon 5
029. MAROON 5 – “Sugar”
Label: 222/Interscope
Album: V
Peak: #4 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This year was extra… sugary at radio across all formats. At least five of them were serviced: following this was a song called “Sugar, You” by Oh Honey at Hot AC, then “Sugar” by Jennifer Nettles at Country, a different tune titled “Sugar” by Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds at AAA, and finally, “Sugar” by Robin Schulz and Francesco Yates at CHR/Top 40.

American Authors
028. AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Go Big Or Go Home”
Label: Island/Republic
Album: (single only)
Peak: #4

Top 40 Trivia: The phrase “go big or go home” originated from a piece of branding by a company called Porker Pipes. Based in California, they created a line of exhaust systems for Harley-Davidson motorcycles about two decades ago. Of course, we hear it a lot today, mostly in the context of sports. However, it was inevitable that those five words would show up in a song or two as well.

Shawn Mendes
027. SHAWN MENDES – “Stitches”
Label: Island/Republic
Album: Handwritten
Peak: #5

Top 40 Trivia: Mendes’s song took a lengthy 23 weeks to hit #1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart, longer than any other chart entry in 2015. If you’re wondering if that’s a record, it’s close, but not quite. That title still belongs to 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break” by Demi Lovato, which hit #1 in its 25th week. Mendes’s new duet with Camila Cabello could be a record to watch there in 2016.

One Direction
026. ONE DIRECTION – “Night Changes”
Label: Syco/Columbia
Album: FOUR
Peak: #5 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This boy band has one more song in the countdown that they recorded as a quartet, but it was “Night” that lives on as their last official single under their original lineup (including member Zayn Malik.) Malik quit the band pretty close to when this song peaked at radio, though it was already descending on my chart for several weeks. The group goes on a hiatus fairly soon.

Taylor Swift
025. TAYLOR SWIFT – “Blank Space”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Album: 1989
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Swift’s 1989 is going for a sixth #1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart next year, as “Out Of The Woods” will be, well, out on the charts in a big way. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream managed to accomplish the feat between 2010 and 2012, and perhaps the bad blood between them (allegedly) is serving as fuel for the 26-year-old singer. She has one more entry to come on the Top 100.

Sam Hunt
024. SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time”
Label: MCA Nashville/Capitol
Album: Montevallo
Peak: #3 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: 2015 was a great year for Country crossovers on my top 40. Four of them entered the chart, with one of them in the running to be a smash on next year’s Top 100 (Thomas Rhett‘s “Die A Happy Man”, which climbed to #32 on the weekly list at the close of the chart year.) Hunt’s release was the biggest, and he’s now competing for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards.

Walk The Moon
023. WALK THE MOON – “Shut Up And Dance”
Label: RCA
Album: Talking Is Hard
Peak: #1 for three weeks [2014 CY]

Top 40 Trivia: On the last chart of the 2014 Chart Year, this song began its run at the top. Had all of its weeks been included on this year’s survey, I’m sure it would have been way higher. Alas, “Shut” had a massive 36-week run on my chart and might be their biggest hit for me for some time. If you want to do some more dancing, the third and final of those titles is on the way tomorrow.

Nate Ruess
022. NATE RUESS – “Nothing Without Love”
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Album: Grand Romantic
Peak: #3 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Perhaps a new fun. era would have been better than what occurred this year for Ruess’s first solo outing. No, it wasn’t particularly grand or romantic to see his debut album dive after its first week or to see this single bottom out quickly, but I still thought it was solid. Past “Nothing” songs to go top ten on my list include ones by Mat Kearney, O-Town and The Script.

X Ambassadors
021. X AMBASSADORS – “Renegades”
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Album: VHS
Peak: #5 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: The letter X marks a tiny spot in top 40 radio history, as only one act (prior to this one) and one song beginning with the letter had ever reached that portion of the chart. In November 1993, the R&B group Xscape went to #8 with their debut single, “Just Kickin’ It”. In September 1980, “Xanadu”, by Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra, got to #2.

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 20 through 11, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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