As the ides of August pass by, a close battle for the top on this new chart did not change too much.
For with the arrival of his new album Ascend, Illenium along with vocalist Jon Bellion once again take #1 with “Good Things Fall Apart”. That makes it 5 appearances – 10 weeks – at the top, which has only been achieved by one other record in this decade, and that is “I Wanna Be (Free)” by Brandyn Burnette (now recording as EMAN8, and in the chart at #9 with “Time”), my #1 song of 2015. After listening to Ascend, I am very lost for words and it needs another go through. But it’s an outstanding record sonically, musically, and lyrically, with many fine collaborations.
That means that “World At Our Feet” has another close call for #1 but stays at #2 for a 3rd appearance for Australia’s Timmy Trumpet. Still, it’s a true favourite of mine for ’19.
Unless “World At Our Feet” succeeds “Good Things Fall Apart” at #1, then it should be Push by Ukrainian dance music group Kazaky that gets there next. “Push” would sound great next to any late 80’s or early 90’s Depeche Mode song, and it climbs 8-3. And watch the video to see what these five guys do with choreography and huge stiletto heels!
The cool, relaxed vibe of “Monday Blues” helps send this dance track up 7-5 for L.A. producer Eric Sharp and vocalist Kenny Zhao. Play it after “Cola” by Camelphat and Elderbrook and you’ll see what I mean.
Showtek and Leon Sherman’s “Listen To Your Momma” (A-Trak remix) continues its journey into the Top 10 landing at #8.
Sam Dickinson’s beautiful and affecting “All We Are” will become the UK singer/songwriter’s fourth Top 10 entry on this chart in two weeks, but for now it climbs 14-11. Sam has a new single coming called “Diamond Skin” and Pt. 3 of his EP trilogy From The Glass House.
Cutting loose through the middle with a lovely orchestral hook is “Tough Love” by Avicii featuring Swedish chanteuse Agnes plus Avicii’s long time collaborators Vargas and Lagola. It rises 19-13.
It was never an issue if “Alone Again” by Mahalo and Milkwish would leave the lower 10, it was just a matter of time, amid fierce competition on the chart. “Alone Again” rises 21-16.
Right behind “Alone Again” again is “Flying On My Own” by Celine Dion, which also makes its presence known, climbing 22-17.
The Fastest Riser on the chart is “I’m Not Alright” by Canadians Loud Luxury with vocalist Bryce Vine. It’s one for the lazy, hazy end of summer days and moves up 26-18.
The Highest Debut belongs to Australian producer Throttle with “Dreamer” at #22. This one’s a real grower and you pick up the sincerity in the song as you hear it more. Plus it’s got a knockout beat to keep you grooving. It’s also a rare appearance on this chart for Canadian dance music label Monstercat, which previously charted with Hellberg’s “Synchronize” (#8) in 2016. “Dreamer” is Throttle’s second appearance on the chart following his playful take on Michael Bublé’s “My Kind Of Girl” (#21) in 2017, but don’t forget he also had a #1 remix with Troye Sivan’s “My! My! My!”.
The next new arrival is at #24, Nashville duo Apollo LTD’s “On The Way Up 2.0” from their wonderful album Out Of Body. These guys know how to write songs and put together an album that flows from song to song. The “2.0” in the title does signal a new version of a previous single that perhaps sounded initially too much like an Imagine Dragons kind of song. Keeping the anthemic appeal intact, “2.0” takes the song down a few notches and lets us bask in its fine melody and great vocal.
The third debut will become an easy go-to record for me. It’s “Ritual”, a collaboration of Tiësto, Jonas Blue and Rita Ora, which arrives at #26. While Tiësto and Jonas Blue are no strangers to the chart, it is Rita Ora’s first entry and definitely one of her best vocals. The hook in “Ritual” is just insane and had me singing along right away.
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