BILLCS Top 30 #439 – September 8/14

While I have three sharp debuts on this new edition of my personal chart, most of the big activity takes place in the upper half of the chart.  The top of the chart stays the same and all those newcomers from the last few weeks are jammed in line waiting for their turn to advance 🙂

WordPress also kindly reminded me that it was five years ago that I started this blog! 🙂


  • 1, 2, 3 BLAM!  All held tight by Bright Light Bright Light’s “I Believe”, Anton Ewald & Medina’s “This Could Be Something” (video is right here), and “Time Has Come” by Finland’s Hannis.  Let’s see who’s going to give up their place in two weeks as other songs below will advance!  Bright Light Bright Light also returns to North American for another leg of his tour with Elton John!  Check online for dates!
  • Sam Smith has already had three songs which have reached #1 here this year – “Money On My Mind”, “Latch” (with Disclosure), and “Stay With Me”.  Can he do the same with “I’m Not The Only One”?  It soars 13-4.  What kind of bet would you make? 🙂

  • The Presets are coming back to North America (in Toronto at Danforth Music Hall on October 29), and I’m hoping a new album or EP will follow that tour.  “No Fun” is close to matching the #4 peak of “If I Know You” from 2009 as it climbs 8-5.
  • The fastest riser on the chart, not surprisingly, is last week’s highest debut, the pensive and thoughtful “Afterglow” by new UK sensation Harriet.  It vaults 16-6 and Top 5 is an immediate destination!
  •  I was a bit late on this song but it does resonate long-term!  “Ten Feet Tall” by Afrojack featuring Stephen Wrabel moves up 11-8.
  • Just as former #1 “Electrify The Night” leaves the Top 10, the team of Davis Redfield & Carl Man and their songwriting crew continue on as “Music Gods” leaps 15-9!

  • The fourth song new to the Top 10 is the bouncy and fun “Big City Girls (Don’t Fall In Love With Small Town Boys)” by the mysterious Zorro Blakk at #10.


  • Some nice five point jumps happening for three songs.  The fine collab between Corey Niles & Ish on “Get To Know You” soars 17-12 (already matching the peak of “Rollercoaster”!), while Brandyn Burnette’s entertaining kiss-off “Thanks For Nothing” and Eli Lieb’s retro-pop “Zeppelin” move up 20-15 and 21-16 respectively!

  • Other recent entries seem to be off to slower starts but could pick up in the coming weeks.  So there are three point moves for the re-entry of Adam Tyler’s “I Can’t Let You Go” in an Aron Friedman remix (22-19), Nashville-based singer Lyonn with “Just Say Hello” (23-20) (below), and Aussie sensations 5SOS with “Amnesia” (24-21).

  • The remaining two of last week’s debuts are also off to deceiving starts – “Criminal” by Adam Tyler climbs 27-23 and Jamie Scott’s “Unbreakable” (below) rises 28-24, but they should also get into full gear on subsequent charts!


  • Mikky Ekko’s “Smile” is one of the most stunning new songs of the year and arrives at #17.  Its sights are set for #1 so watch out!  Mikky’s also featured on Chris Malinchak’s funky and fresh “Stranger” at #11.

  • “Play For Me” by Chromatone debuts at #26 for the talented singer/songwriter/dancer.  Be sure to click on the picture on the chart to watch the video, which is filled with all kind of great dance moves and choreography.

  • The last debut is “Killer Whales” by Smallpools at #28, which I first heard in concert when they opened for Neon Trees this summer.  The quartet initially made the song available for free download, and I’m looking forward to their sophomore album which should arrive this Fall.

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

01 01 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
02 02 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
03 03 TIME HAS COME Hannis
13 04 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
08 05 NO FUN The Presets
16 06 AFTERGLOW Harriet
07 07 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
11 08 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
15 09 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
14 11 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
17 12 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
04 13 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
05 14 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
20 15 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
21 16 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
New 17 SMILE Mikky Ekko
06 18 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
22 19 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
23 20 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
24 21 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
09 22 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
27 23 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
28 24 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
New 26 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
18 27 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
New 28 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
19 29 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
25 30 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri

Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on!

As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂

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