My last chart of August is a transitional one, since I’ve had 10 songs debut in the last month. So plenty of songs continue to head up the chart, to compete with favourites that I’ve been savouring for a bit longer. In other words, you’ll find mainly small chart moves, aside from a couple that are breaking through and becoming successors to my current big favourites. But there are still four more debuts!!
The Top 10
- Continuing to play festival and club after festival and club, the very in-demand Dutch duo The Him hold with a fierce grip on #1 with “Broken Love”, featuring the enormously talented Parson James.
- James Bay’s Electric Light is one of my favourite pop albums of 2018 because it took risks to try a lot of different styles within the genre on one album. The result was with no one single that the industry could fawn over, but the 80’s new wave-influenced “Pink Lemonade” is also one of my favourite songs of 2018 and advances a bit belatedly to #2!
- More new Rüfüs Du Sol means that their album is finally coming! Check out “Underwater” below, while “No Place” (above) climbs 5-3.
- The contagious party feel of “Get Down” by French producer RetroVision has caused it to zip through the Top 10 this week, soaring 9 to 5 🙂
- “I’m In Love With You” by Tony Moran and Jason Walker reached the summit of the Billboard Dance Club Play chart this week in their third #1 pairing, and it also becomes their third Top 10 in this chart, rising 12-9.
- L.A.’s Bobby Nourmand has one of the most interesting repertoires as a dance producer. This week he has three songs in the Top 10, thanks to the double whammy former #1 EP of “Subterranean” and “Estranged” at #4. “The Sun” (above), featuring Blonde’s Adam Engle, rises a notch to #10 to become Bobby’s 3rd Top 10 entry this year and 5th overall! Bobby has also prepared a progressive remix for”Sparrows” by New Mystics (below), a new release on his DITN label below.
Movin’ On Up
- Benny Benassi and Sofi Tukker plough through the competition and set their sights on the top of the chart with “Everybody Needs A Kiss”. It’s the fastest riser this week, climbing 19-11.
- The fastest riser from the last chart continues to build momentum for the Top 10. And that’s “Casually” by Alyx Ander and Redondo featuring Maria Z, which advances 14-12.
- Evan and Corey, aka Philadelphia duo NiGHTS, are not holding back with their releases! Not only does “Eyes” (above) move up 22-19, but they’ve since released both “Tequila” and “Stranger”, both below.
- Two of the most inspiring songs on the chart should take off in two weeks. Martin Garrix and Bonn’s “High On Life” (below) is one of those songs that makes you think about all of the good times, and it rises 23-20. Right behind it is Arty’s heartwarming instrumental tribute to Avicii, appropriately called “Tim” (also below), moving up 25-21.
- Guy James Robin, aka UK producer Jonas Blue and immensely popular in Europe, may finally have his calling card in North America with the jubilant “Rise” at #26. Great to see US ‘Net sensations Jack & Jack carrying the song away with their spot-on vocals, it’s been a while since they’ve appeared in these blog pages! It’s Jonas’ second appearance on this chart following 2016’s cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” (#3).
- As “Lonely” by Matoma and MAX departs the chart after reaching #10, a new and somewhat unexpected duet replaces it! This time it’s with new buddy Enrique Iglesias with the insanely catchy “I Don’t Dance (Without You)”, which also features seasoning from the islands courtesy of vocalist Konshens. This one deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting, especially with Enrique giving one of his best vocals in years. It bows at #27 – it’s Enrique’s 9th appearance on this chart and first since 2011.
- New and independent and very worthy of your ears and dancing feet is “The Pain I Feel” by UK singer Marlon Percy and the UK/France production duo LoFrames. It’s a nice mix of soul, blues and house music, with stellar production, and arrives at #28.
- I think he may be the first Polish artist to appear in this chart, but veteran producer Gromee has a winner with “One Last Time”, featuring an appealing Shawn Mendes-like vocal by Norway’s Jesper Jenset, who got to #3 two years ago on the chart with “High” in a Young Bombs remix. “One Last Time” enters at #29. It’s also a good sonic companion to Jonas Blue’s “Rise” above 🙂
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