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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2016: Part Four, 10-6

All the top tunes from the year that was.

All the top tunes from the year that was.

Here we are, the top ten songs of the year: nine #1 songs, and one #2 that managed to sneak in there by a handful of points. A mix of artists and genres greet us, sharing one thing in common: I love all of these songs. From pure ballads to pop bops, let’s take a ride on the feel-good freeway to that musical moment we’re all awaiting, my #1 track of 2016…

The 2016 chart year encompasses the period of 52 charts from the list dated December 6, 2015 to the list dated November 27, 2016. Peaks provided reflect the highest position reached by the final chart of the survey year. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks stayed in the top 40. 168 songs in total had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 165 that did so in 2015.

10. SHAWN MENDES, “Treat You Better” (634 chart points)
Writer(s): Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris
Album: Illuminate
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #2
Weeks: 24

It’s been just about a decade since co-writer Geiger peaked at #3 on my weekly chart with “These Walls”, the larger of his two chart singles. Well, earlier this year, “Treat” peaked one spot higher and stayed there for two weeks. A #1 hit still eludes both artist and co-writer, at least on my chart, but I think it’ll eventually happen. We’ll see how “Mercy” does on next year’s listing.

9. ZAYN, “Pillowtalk” (671 chart points)
Writer(s): Malik, Levi Lennox, Anthony Hannides, Michael Hannides, Joe Garrett
Album: Mind Of Mine
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 24

In the spring of 2015, we all shed a tear (or screamed in all caps on Twitter) when Zayn Malik left One Direction, leaving them to carry on as a quartet. While they landed further down in the Top 100 with “History” and “Perfect”, their former member’s first solo single, which held at #1 for three weeks, lands at #9 for 2016. We’ll see if Malik hits #1 once more with Taylor Swift.

8. ADELE, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (676 chart points)
Writer(s): Adele, Max Martin, Shellback
Album: 25
Label: XL/Columbia
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 24

I sent this hit (to the top spot) in late May and early June, just before a song that’s coming in the top five stormed the #1 spot. It was the seventh chart-topping single for the English superstar, who now holds the record for Most #1 Songs with eight. It’s quite an achievement to score two Diamond albums in a row, but she did it with two great sets. She’s back in the top ten soon.

7. TROYE SIVAN, “Youth” (687 chart points)
Writer(s): Sivan, Brady Riley, Bram Inscore, Dann Hume, Brett McLaughlin, Allie X, Alex Hope
Album: Blue Neighbourhood
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 27

Sivan is one of the newcomers to this year’s top ten, a 21-year-old performer who reached #1 on his first try. Though I knew a little bit about his rise on YouTube and a couple of his EPs, mostly from noting their opening frames on the album chart, this year gave me the opportunity to really dive into his album, which I think is great. Another cut, “Wild”, also made the top 100.

6. THOMAS RHETT, “Die A Happy Man” (718 chart points)
Writer(s): Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur
Album: Tangled Up
Label: Valory/BMLG/Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 25 (27 total, including 2015 weeks)

The biggest Country crossover in this year’s Top 100 came in its original form on Rhett’s second studio effort, but that single would soon become available in a pop mix, a duet version with Tori Kelly and as a cover by Nelly, the latter of which made its way to #30 on the CHR/Top 40 listing before Rhett’s version could debut! Still, it exposed the musician to a larger audience.

Stay tuned for the final five songs on the Top 100 of 2016 tomorrow…

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2016) (Part One)

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 January from four different radio formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*), HOT AC (**)

CAM – “Burning House” (January 5) (**)
Label: Arista Nashville/RCA
A recent #1 hit on the Country chart, “Burning” is losing its flame on that survey, but here’s hoping that it becomes a hit on Hot AC radio as well. Born Camaron Ochs, the 31-year-old singer faces at least two other crossover singles that are currently racking up an increase in airplay at the format, but she’s the only solo female in the bunch. This Gold-certified single is definitely worth the love.

Shawn Hook
SHAWN HOOK – “Sound Of Your Heart” (January 5) (*)
Label: Hollywood
Hook’s had a handful of charting records in his native Canada, but this one has been his most successful thus far. Last year, it went into the top ten at both CHR and Hot AC radio up north. After a shift in his U.S. record label, Hook looks to, well, hook the people here with his catchy single. With the large amount of Canadian artists dominating lately, it’ll be nice to see a new face on the chart.

AUDIODAMN! – “Radar” (January 12) (* + **)
Label: Epic
24-year-old singer Oliver Wimmer, the leader of this German trio, first gained notoriety as the winner of the show Starmania, the Austrian equivalent of an American Idol type of show. A few years later, he and friends Ali Grumeth and Daniel Mudrack formed a new group called AmsterDamn!, and after a name change in 2015, here they are. They recently performed this on the Today Show.

Ben Rector
BEN RECTOR – “Brand New” (January 12) (**)
Label: Caroline/Capitol
Nashville’s Rector has had a presence on the independent music scene for some time now, with several successful albums on Aptly Named Recordings, his own label. About two years ago, his song “Beautiful” registered some adds at the Triple A format, but with no radio promoter backing it, it couldn’t go far. Now, with a major label on his side, he may have the perfect spring Hot AC record.

Hailee Steinfeld
HAILEE STEINFELD – “You’re Such A” (January 19) (*)
Label: Republic
“You’re” is the second single taken from the EP HAIZ, with first single “Love Myself” becoming a notable streaming hit. Despite an unusually high debut on the pop radio chart thanks to its On The Verge status, it quickly fell apart, hitting a brick wall in the top 15. While this track isn’t the strongest from the EP, and it isn’t eligible for iHeartMedia’s program, it should do moderately well here.

Troye Sivan
TROYE SIVAN – “YOUTH” (January 19) (*)
Label: Capitol
South African singer and YouTuber Sivan is headed to pop radio for the first time with this single from Blue Neighbourhood, a set that recently debuted and peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. That full-length album followed two successful EPs, both entering in the top five on that same chart. Early action on the single seems to be positive and a lot of growth lies ahead of it. Watch out for it.

Mike Posner
MIKE POSNER – “I Took A Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix)” (January 26) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It’s been nearly five years since Posner last hit the top 40 on the CHR chart with “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”. Since mid-2011, the guy just hasn’t had much luck at the format, with four of his main-credited singles and an additional feature failing to make the top 40. (Three of the five made the top 50.) This particular remix is already a hit in countries like Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Which of these new singles 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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