It’s the last chart of 2018 for me, and the new entries continue to be bountiful as 4 more songs are added to the chart. It’s been a busy, fun-filled year for pop music and 2019 doesn’t look like it will let up. There’s far too much talent out there and not enough forums in which it can be showcased en masse.
My Christmas #1 though is new to the top and it’s “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” by my fellow Canadian A-Trak and legendary house producer and remixer Todd Terry. Did you know that Todd was behind the innovative classic mid-80’s slammer “Can You Party” under the name Royal House? I’m predicting more classic dance music vibes will seep into the mainstream in 2019 to make people feel so good.
The Rest of the Top 10
- France’s Mercer made some of my most favourite house music of 2018, and “Fireworks” (above), currently #3, is right up there. The prolific producer just dropped a new one for Armada with ATFC called “Twisted” (below).
- PatrickReza’s heavy remix of Illenium’s “Crawl Outta Love” is perfectly in sync with the intent of the original song (and Illenium-approved) so it advances 5-4. Also, in a similar alt.dance mode and with a heavy rock flavour is Patrick’s brief (1:50!) and eerie “Tip Toe”, below.
- Sam Dickinson scores his biggest chart entry to date with “Wild Sun” in its Handbag House radio edit, climbing 9-5 from his EP From The Glass House: Part One. Check out the remix up top and the video below.
- Two very different songs featuring great UK women vocalist move up into the Top 10. Jessie Ware’s “Overtime” (above) is very Lisa Stansfield-ish with a lot of 80’s funk elements, and it climbs 11-9. Leona Lewis packs a punch with her vocal on Hellberg’s “Headlights” (below) which jumps 12-10. It’s Hellberg’s 4th Top 10 entry and Leona’s 3rd.
Movin’ On Up
- Mahalo and Le:Blanc’s insanely catchy 2:28 ear candy “In My Arms” is on the move and climbs 18-13.
- Ending 2018 with rave reviews for his live shows, San Holo rises 17-14 with “Brighter Days” from album1 featuring the distinct voice of Bipolar Sunshine.
- The fastest riser on the chart is the disco-tastic “Mister Love” from Luxembourgeois producer White Chocolate, which soars 25-16.
- When she’s not providing vocals from many top dance music producers, Anna Yvette is writing and producing her own, and the uplifting “Shining Star” advances 22-18.
- I’m looking forward to what Brandyn Burnette, now known as EMAN8, has up his sleeve for his debut album in 2019. “Amen” is a soulful, psychedelic, diverse slice of pop music that climbs 23-19. Check out the attention-grabbing video above.
- UK producer Jax Jones turns back the clock a bit to what Years & Years sounded like at the time of their debut almost 4 years ago with the joyous pop/dance vibes of their collaboration “Play”, which rises 24-20.
- “Closure” by Steve Void and Andy Marsh, is a hard one to get out of your head, and a song to which so many of us can relate, and to which we can dance away our troubles. It arrives on the chart at #24 and is talented Dutchman Steve’s 4th chart entry as a performer.
- A voice to listen for in 2019 is NYC-based singer/songwriter Ryan Gibeau. His gorgeous voice shows off his lower octaves in “Flying High”, an emotional song written on a plane after a relationship ended. It’s from Ryan’s new album Quiet Fall and bows at #25.
- Dutch duo The Him return to the chart after a successful 2018 releasing songs for Spinnin’ and getting to #1 on this chart with “Broken Love”. Steven and J are at #26 with “Look At Us Now”, with some big synth riffs designed for festivals, their 7th entry since 2016.
- Molly Moore also makes a welcome return to the chart with “Be Here Now”, which is one of her most passionate and compelling songs in the aftermath of personal tragedy. It arrives at #29 and is her 5th solo chart entry. Of course Molly is one half of Cosmos N Creature with EMAN8 and her songs feature prominently with them as well.
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