The new chart is in the end of the year/decade shake down mode, time for old favourites to depart and for new ones to find their way into the chart. The past few weeks have been relatively quiet new music-wise, given that most people were compiling end of the year/decade lists. Oh, and if you missed my BILLCS Top 89 of 2019, feel free to check it out as well as other previous years’ lists back to 2009 using the bottom tabs (it’s a Google spreadsheet). You can also listen to the songs on my Spotify playlist.
So, let’s get back to the music of 2020! The year and decade kick off with a brand new #1, and a unique one it is! Austin production duo Tritonal and Australian producer Henry Dark climb to the top with “Shivohum”. It’s sung in Sanskrit as an empowering mantra, one that deserves to get crowds reeling at festivals this winter.
Another unconventional song that soars 12-3 this week is “Flames” by R3HAB and Jungleboi featuring a potent vocal by Zayn. Could it follow “Shivohum” to #1?
L.A. singer/songwriter Brandon Colbein’s emotional gem called “Mad” becomes his second Top 5 hit, following 2016’s #1 “So Bad”, moving up 9-4.
Canadian singer/songwriter Peter Foldy may be a veteran of the music business but his contemporary, danceable fable of today called “Toxic World” fits right in the mix, climbing 11-8.
It should be no surprise to you that the Fastest Riser on the chart is by the performer who just finished three appearances (six weeks) at #1. It’s Harry Styles of course, from his startlingly good Fine Line album, with “Adore You” making short work of the chart by rising 21-9.
Rounding out the busy Top 10 is the first appearance on the chart for L.A. rockers Awolnation, whose majestic-sounding and danceable release “The Best” moves up 16-10.
Scotland’s Ben Davidson and England’s Sean Smith make a compelling duo as their joint, energetic effort “Dirty Mirrors” (in a Matt Pop edit) climbs 25-19.
“Ain’t Deep Enough” is satiny smooth deep house from Chicago duo Autograf featuring a stellar vocal by Jared Lee, and rises 26-20.
Leading the pair of new songs on the chart at #26 is “Starlight”, the delightful, gentle R&B/pop ballad by Germany’s ZEROBADDAYS and NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry. After a few releases together, this is their best collaboration to date. ZEROBADDAYS is one-half of production duo Saxity (aka Mr. Stan Sax) who worked with Victor on the #8 “You Found Me”, which was on the chart exactly two years ago (the second of three chart entries for Saxity). It’s also Victor’s sixth appearance on the chart overall (which includes his side project Labrose).
The second new entry picks up where former #1 “Dreamer” leaves off, as it departs the chart this week. Australian producer Throttle continues with songs from his EP Where U Are with the introspective and melodic “Japan” at #27.
A reminder that the music from my chart and blog are featured regularly on the new online radio station Radio GTA. You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings with ‘The Musicman’ James Rogers and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂 Scroll down the station’s main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades! I’m the new music consultant for the station so you can expect even more in 2020 🙂 You can start by joining our new interactive Facebook group too!!
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