I have a briefer blog post for you as a result of a combination of a busy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and illness. I will be back with more about the Top 30 for you in two weeks, and of course with blog posts in-between.
I am pleased to announce that music from my chart and blog will be featured regularly on the new online radio station Radio GTA. You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂 Scroll down the main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades!
“Push” by Ukrainian dance group Kazaky once again holds court at the top, giving the Depeche Mode-influenced song 4 appearances (8 weeks) at #1. We’ll see what this talented group plans as a follow up!
Looking to challenge in two weeks is “Dreamer” by Australian producer Throttle, which climbs 6-2, as Throttle’s first ever EP Where U Are is released. It uniquely mixes thoughtful lyrics and a variety of dance styles and genres which will appeal to fans of both pop and dance music. There are even vocals by Throttle himself! Check out the full EP below, and listen to the songs consecutively as he suggests, which include “Dreamer” and his other previous single “Japan”.
“I’m Not Alright” by Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine advances 5-4 and now has its own video, check it out above.
Also eyeing the top of the chart is the OKJAMES remix of UK indie electronic performer Lostchild’s “Like Like” (below), which zips into the Top 10, up 11-5. Check out the video of the original version of the song above.
Half of the Top 10 are independent releases with no label power, and one I’m happy to see climbing 12-8 is from Nashville duo Apollo LTD with the commanding “On The Way Up 2.0” from their must-hear album Out Of Body.
The other new entry to the Top 10 is a Top 30 hit in the UK and a dance hit as well. It’s “Ritual” by Tiësto, Jonas Blue and Rita Ora, moving 13-10.
The fastest riser on the chart is by another independent performer from the UK. The golden voice of Benedict Cork carries “Breaking Hearts” 20-12.
I’m sooo glad Pet Shop Boys and Years & Years teamed up for a record because it is absolutely a treat to listen to each time. “Dreamland” rises 21-14. Remixes are coming in all physical formats on October 25!
While other upward moving songs between 15 and 24 should break loose in some way or form in two weeks, you can’t deny the power of the highest debut at #25. Harry Styles’ “Lights Up” simply should be one of the biggest hits of 2019, and the signs will show in the coming weeks. Any vocalist should be in awe of his performance here, in such a different style from his previous album two years ago too. The video above has almost 20M views since October 11!
As “Good Things Falls Apart” tumbles off the chart after the maximum 10 appearances (20 weeks), 5 of which were at #1, it gives room for another Illenium song. “Broken Ones”, featuring the stunning voice of Anna Clendening, arrives at #26. If you saw one of Illenium’s recent shows, you also saw Annika Wells (known for her vocal on “Crawl Outta Love”) sing it as if she recorded it.
The last two premieres on the chart were hard to fill, but both artists have appeared on the chart a number of times. At #28 (above) is the infectious “Punching In The Dark” by Sweden’s Hellberg featuring the easily identifiable voice of Aloe Blacc. And arriving at #29 is “Walk Alone” (below), the early ’10’s and very welcome melodic house throwback by Dutch producers The Him. Both Hellberg and The Him have been to the top of the chart, Hellberg with Dzeko & Torres and “Care For Me” in 2016, and The Him in 2018 with Parson James and “Broken Love”.
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