This 505th edition of the BILLCS Top 30 is brought to you once again by The Chainsmokers, except this time they share the #1 spot with Coldplay on “Something Just Like This”. This is a song that appeals to the good nature of everyone, and gets The Chainsmokers their third number one on this chart, while Coldplay gets their first (both “Talk” and “Clocks” got to #2). Can’t wait to hear more from The Chainsmokers’ upcoming album Memories…Do Not Open. These guys have not stopped and 2017 will continue to be huge for them.
Our Top 10 continues to seem like a revolving door as recent favourites depart to the lower parts of the Top 30.
The Rest of the Busy Songs on the Rise
- In a chart where there were no songs by The Chainsmokers, Germany’s Koni and US vocalist Danelle would be at #1 with the effervescent “Mad About You”, which climbs to #2, bypassing The Chainsmokers’ “Paris” which dips 1-3. “Mad About You” is one of those songs guaranteed to put a smile on your face, particularly if you happen to be someone crazy over someone else. With Callum McBride, Koni has also done a great job on a remix edit of Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl”, injecting just a tad of tropical flavour – give a listen below and download it for free.
- Another German producer and American vocalist soar into the Top 5 from outside of the Top 10. It’s Levi featuring Victor Perry on the timeless and effortless “Sail”, which vaults 13-4 and is the Fastest Riser on the chart for a second time in a row.
- A song I simply cannot get out of my head is “Be My Love” by Mahalo featuring Cat Lewis, so much so that even in its 8th appearance on the chart it still moves upward, bounding 9-5. The pair also have a second song taking off further down. “WTFYWF” climbs 22-15 (both below).
- Toronto’s Loud Luxury pairs up with Ryan Shepherd on “Something To Say”, the deep house redux-in-disguise of Craig David’s “Fill Me In”, which flies into the Top 10 15-8.
- If there weren’t as many songs as strong as DNCE’s “Naked” the song would be much higher on the chart but not as high as the #2 placing of “Cake By The Ocean” in late 2015. Nonetheless, DNCE reach the Top 10 a second time as “Naked” moves up 11-9.
- The last debut in the Top 10 belongs to the currently-touring Justin Taylor Phillips, aka Crywolf, who I will see in concert on March 25. The waltz-like epic “Windswept” jumps 14-10.
- One of the most unique songs of the year is “Manifest”, the progressive soul/hip hop flavoured song by Brandyn Burnette from his third EP Feature Films. “Manifest” rises 20-13.
5 Debuts (all with featured vocalists)
- I think young Dutch producer WRLD will become another Tiesto if song choices like “Stranded” keep coming his way. Paired up with American producers SMLE, the song benefits immensely from an outstanding, soaring vocal by Kiddo AI and bows at #21. It’s one-of-a-kind dance music for your ears and feet! It’s also currently available as a free download 🙂
- Right behind at #22 is “Stay” by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara. “Stay” is Zedd’s fourth appearance on the chart, but first in three years, and Alessia’s chart debut. Zedd is a refreshing change of electronic style for Zedd, and Canadian singer Alessia Cara to me gives her best vocal to date (she also is one of the song’s co-writers). All of Zedd’s three songs to hit the chart have made the Top 5, including a #1 with “Spectrum” (featuring Matthew Koma) in 2012. Will “Stay” follow suit? I think there’s a strong possibility!
- Dutch duo The Him are back after finding their way to #2 last year with “Balance” (featuring Oktavian) and opening on The Chainsmokers’ European tour. But “I Wonder” is far different from the deep house of “Balance”. It’s got a bright summery melody in stark contrast to a divine but forlorn vocal by singer LissA – and it all works beautifully. “I Wonder” arrives at #24. I will be checking out The Him’s own show on March 31.
- NYC duo The Knocks make their fifth entry on the chart with “Worship”, featuring UK singer MNEK, about whom I’ve written a number of times, and who first appeared on the chart in 2015 with Zara Larsson on “Never Forget You” (#17). I saw The Knocks on March 17 in concert and as usual they put on a dance party that you didn’t want to see end. Their new EP is Testify, and “Worship” is the Gospel-flavoured ear-ringer which debuts at #25. All of The Knocks’ previous entries have reached the Top 10, including a #1 last year with “Kiss The Sky”, featuring Wyclef Jean.
- Our final debut is also the third one from The Netherlands (a fourth Dutch entry is at #11, “Light” by San Holo). Lulleaux makes his song “Sinner” a winner featuring a top notch vocal by SVM, and it premieres at #27, the first entry for Florida’s Tipsy Records.
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