What’s going on in the lower end of the chart will be of most interest to my fellow chart makers and fans, as the new chart has five debuts for the second chart in a row. The Top 6 songs stay exactly the same, though a shakeup is likely in two weeks.
The Top 10
- There’s no denying that “Broken Love” by The Him featuring Parson James has a lock on #1. To my ears it’s the dance ballad of the summer and also one of the best songs of the year. The Him has quickly followed it up with “By Your Side” with Jordan Jay, which is somewhat different from what they’ve been producing lately. Check it out below.
- “Pink Lemonade” by James Bay (#3, above) and “No Place” by Rüfüs Du Sol (#5, below) are the most likely candidates to remain in the Top 5 in two weeks.
- “Jackie Chan” by the collaboration that is Tiësto, Dzeko, Preme and Post Malone glides into the Top 10 at #8, marking Tiësto’s first Top 10 placing as an artist since 2007, while it’s Dzeko’s second Top 10 of the year following the Tiësto-remixed cover of Seal’s “Crazy” (#2).
- RetroVision’s “Get Down” shares a Top 10 placing with the song from which its hook is primarily derived – “Lola’s Theme” by The Shapeshifters, which got to #1 in 2004 and is one of my all time favourite dance songs. “Get Down” advances to #9.
- Also new to the Top 10 and independent is UK singer/songwriter Lostchild’s “Blacklist”, which climbs 14-10. I’ll share the acoustic video version of the song once again with you, it really is as good as the much more produced dance version 🙂
Movin’ On Up
So many great new songs, and so little time to write…
- Tony Moran and Jason Walker are headed for the Top 10 for the third time together with the jubilant “I’m In Love With You”, which climbs 18-12. The song is already in the Top 5 of Billboard’s Club Play chart.
- Also looking for a third Top 10, following “Memories of You” and “Wake Up For the Night” is Miami-based producer/DJ Alyx Ander this time in a joint effort with Dutch producers Redondo with “Casually”, featuring vocalist and songwriter Maria Z. It’s the fastest riser on the chart, soaring 22-14.
- Singer/actor Keiynan Lonsdale’s great new song “Preach” rises 23-17. Check out the joyous and colourful video above.
- NYC-based indie producer Squired has hit the chart full on with his powerful song “Peace Out”, which rises 24-18.
- “Vacant Love” is a terrific sing-a-long that will also have you moving on the dance floor courtesy of L.A. producer Caden Jester and vocalist Blake Rose. It moves up 26-20.
- Turn the lights down low, relax your mind and sway to “Eyes”, the latest single from Philadelphia duo NiGHTS, which climbs a healthy 29-22. It’s the group’s second chart entry following last year’s “P A R T Y” (#3).
- I’m waiting for the international chart attack to happen, because it’s already happening here! Veteran producer Benny Benassi pairs up with new kids Sofi Tukker for “Everybody Needs A Kiss”, which features some of the most wonderous synth work of the year, and duly crashes onto the chart as the highest debut at #19. It’s Benny’s third appearance, the last being in 2011 concurrently with “Cinema” (#11) and “Beautiful People” (#10, with Chris Brown). It’s also Sofi Tukker’s third appearance, immediately following the #4 “Baby I’m A Queen” from their Treehouse album.
- Martin Garrix returns to the chart for the first time since last year’s collaboration with Troye Sivan on “There For You” (#3) with “High On Life” at #23. It’s one of the year’s most vibrant dance songs featuring an excellent vocal from newcomer Bonn.
- Russian producer Arty, like Benny Benassi, has also been absent from the chart for a while, when 2012 brought us “Must Be The Love” (#13) in collaboration with Nadia Ali and BT. He’s back with a beautiful instrumental tribute to Avicii simply called “Tim” at #25. This one will have you bouncing in no time.
- One of Minnesota’s finest, indie artist Call Me Karizma, returns to the chart with the spoken/sung “Life Of The Party” (#27), which with its minimal electronic arrangement is turning out to be a great companion song to The Chainsmokers’ “Sick Boy” and “Everybody Hates Me”. ‘Riz first appeared on the chart two years ago with the fun and pointed “u suck” (#9).
- The last debut is also independently released by Netherlands-based production duo Revelries with the bright and inviting “Infinitum”, featuring vocals by Australia’s Beamish Boys, at #28. Revelries has only appeared on the chart previously as remixers under another name last year for Welcome To The Hotel’s “Darlin'” (#10). “Infinitum” is a free download for now at the link above.
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