#BILLCSTop30 #475 – January 25, 2016

There is no shortage of great music out there right now, all you have to do is find it!  I’m actually having trouble ranking 30 songs every two weeks, I have so many new favourites that are challenging recent ones.  In addition, songs are literally flying on and off the chart, very few songs are lasting 10 appearances (20 weeks).  And there are some that I’m enjoying that don’t even make the chart.  So here’s the best of the best right now! 🙂

The Top 10

  • Brandyn Burnette’s emotional and steadfast “Nothing At All” from the Made Of Dreams EP (soon to be available on CD!) holds at #1.  The singer has bowed out of the “American Idol” TV experience, choosing to carve out his own path.  He also released a video for “Nothing At All” that seethes with thought and emotion, and is simply all Brandyn 🙂  “Lost” also holds at #2, while “Down” climbs to #18.

  • Mako’s “Smoke-Filled Room” continues to dominate the Dance Music Airplay charts in the US, while the duo released a new video with a story behind the song.

  • Bounding 13-5, and displacing his own “Ms Anonymous” (which tumbles to #19) is MAX (Schneider) featuring UK rapper Lil Uzi Vert on the very Prince-worthy “Wrong” from the EP of the same name.  #1 contender?  There’s lots of competition!

  • A song that has endured on the chart is Clinton Washington’s “Hearts Beat Loud” which inches up to #6.  Clinton has recently released a new single called “Frozen” and I’ll be following up on that.

  • It was a pleasure to meet and chat with the duo Sofi Tukker at The Knocks show on Friday night when vocalist/guitarist Sophie and vocalist/keyboardist Tucker were the opening act.  Highlights of the set which won over their Toronto audience were their singles “Matadora” and “Drinkee”, which climbs 9-7.  

  • I’m so pleased that “All I Ask” by Adele is the singer’s latest single from the 25 album.  It’s the other song on that album that sends shivers up my spine (in a good way of course).  A #1 contender?  We’ll see in the coming weeks.  For now, it rises 17-8 and ties as the Fastest Riser on the chart.  “When We Were Young” is also #23 this week.

  • Keeping dance music fresh but with a 90’s vibe is the one and only Rozalla, with DJ/producers House Of Virus, on “The Shadows Of The Moon”, which climbs 11-9.

  • Tying for the Fastest Riser on the chart, vaulting 19-10, to no surprise, is the redux of Simon Curtis’ “8bit Heart”, the original of which was in my Top 10 about 5 1/2 years ago.  I’m so pleased that the songs from the 8bit Heart mixtape get a second go round, as you’ll see further down. 

Movin’ On Up

  • Amid all of the activity, the very short, energetic and fun song that is “Make A Mess” from Matt And Kim’s latest album New Glow continues to climb the chart, moving 14-12.
  • Toronto singer Kendal Thompson recently released a soulful 90’s retro EP called One and the zinger on the record to me is “Secret”, which climbs 16-13.  The singer plays the Toronto bar No One Writes To The Colonel on Thursday January 28.  Listen to “Secret” by clicking here.

  • Molly Moore’s gorgeously dark and thoughtful “Blood. Sweat. Tears.” is from her recent EP Shadow Of The Sun and climbs 20-16 for the L.A.-based singer/songwriter.  Watch her duet with beau Brandyn Burnette above.

  • It’s really hard for me to determine which Troye Sivan song I like the most from Blue Neighbourhood, so they are back-to-back this time.  “Talk Me Down” is leading at #20, while “Wild” climbs to #21.  But so many good songs – “Fools”, “Heaven”, and “Suburbia” are all solid too.

  • In case you were wondering, I asked producer/DJ Elephante about the vocalist on his Billboard Top 20 Club Play hit “Age Of Innocence”.  He says his name is Jovany and his vocal packs the punch to give it a similar vibe to Zedd’s “Clarity”.  Also featuring Trouze and Damon Sharpe, “Age Of Innocence” moves up to #22 this week.


  • The Knocks should by all rights soar into the pop charts with their excellent pairing with Wyclef Jean on “Kiss The Sky”.  Regardless that I just saw them on Friday night, the song bows at a high #15, following the #3 “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)” with Matthew Koma.  The songs from upcoming album 55 all sounded great.  Put this one on your list to buy and you can pre-order it on iTunes, getting “Kiss The Sky” and “I Wish” in advance.  Wyclef’s only previous appearance on my chart was with Shakira on “Hips Don’t Lie” (#9 back in 2006).

  • One of the songs on Super 8bit Heart that gets a powerful new arrangement is “Super Psycho Love”, which debuts at #24.  I’m not labelling it as a redux because it never appeared on the chart before.  I like it as much as the original, which says a lot!  Props to Simon for having the songs reimagined to accompany his upcoming Boy Robot books.  They will find an entirely new audience.

  • Welcome back to chartland, Craig David!  Like DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean” (#26) or The Knocks’ “Kiss The Sky”, Craig’s pairing with UK hip hop performer Big Narstie on “When The Bassline Drops” is sheer fun, and it bows at #27.  Craig’s vocal chops and cool remain as vibrant as ever.  It’s his 4th appearance on this chart, succeeding past Top Tenners “7 Days” (#4, 2001) and my absolute favourite by him “Can’t Be Messing ‘Round” (#2, 2002).

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 chartGo on, have a look and listen/watch 🙂

Listen to the BILLCS Top 30 Songs on Spotify!  Click on this link to take you there, and follow me on Spotify 🙂 BILLCS Top 30 Songs

You can hear me online on http://www.planetradio.ca every Monday at 9:00 pm EST counting down a Toronto Top 10 chart from yesteryear, and then again every Wednesday in a rebroadcast at 7:00 a.m. EST on WROCK http://www.wlor.net!


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