The new chart is here, after I wrote about 19 new releases during the last two weeks, some of them future chart contenders for sure!
Songs from some of the finest albums of the year dominate my Top 5. And that’s coming from me, who hardly listens to albums anymore. But in my days growing up and listening to my local radio stations and collecting their charts, I’ve always been a singles/song guy. I have my fair share of albums and CD’s, but my collection of 45’s, 12″ dance mixes, and CD singles (plus a few cassingles) likely equals them. And if you add a few thousand mp3’s from the last 20 years – well… my albums are far outnumbered. There are also four songs that debut on the chart.
Those albums I mentioned at the top by the way are called Chromatica, What’s Your Pleasure, and The Lasers.
The race for #1 was tighter than you think, but Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me”, from Chromatica, climbs 3-1. Strangely, Gaga has only reached #1 on my chart once, in 2010 with the KING5CAT remix of “Teeth”, and it’s Ariana’s first trip to the top. And also from Chromatica, “Sine From Above”, her duet with Elton John, climbs 18-13.
“You’ll Be OK” by Gareth Emery featuring Annabel slips to #2, but after watching his online set where he played all of the songs from his upcoming album The Lasers, I can’t wait to add it to my collection!
“Never Let Me Down” by German producers VIZE with British singer/songwriter Tom Gregory climbs 7-3. It’s a classic single where you simply cannot knock the hook and chorus.
What’s Your Pleasure is Jessie Ware’s best album since Tough Love in 2014. It’s fun and rhythmic, full of affection and romance… and dancing! “Save A Kiss” is the Fastest Riser of the week and climbs 14-4.
To keep us entertained until his full album Fun City arrives, Bright Light Bright Light not only holds steady at #5 with the 90’s house-flavoured “This Was My House”, but he’s released a third single and video from the album called “I Used To Be Cool”. Check out Rod’s escapades as a lusty houseboy below!
The only other new song in the Top 10 is a most deserving one. Alesso’s top notch “Midnight”, featuring Liam Payne on vocals, rises 11-9. It’s Alesso’s second Top 10 on this chart following “Falling” from a few years back.
From his brand new EP Rewind, which I wrote about last week, is “What I Deserve” by singer/songwriter Victor Perry. This unique, soulful, electronic song soars 25-16. The second single release, a more uptempo electronic track once again in partnership with German producer Levi, is called “Greenlight”, which you can hear below.
Toronto R&B/pop singer/songwriter Tafari Anthony continues a steady move up the chart with his cutting single “Centerfold”, rising 21-17.
While we’re without dance floors right now, you can always create your own in your living room or basement or wherever! Greyson Chance’s heartfelt “Dancing Next To Me” should then be added immediately to your playlist. It moves up 24-18.
Rufus Wainwright’s new album Unfollow The Rules arrives this week, and from it comes the jaunty and playful “You Ain’t Big”, which climbs 27-21.
The Highest Debut on the chart belongs to Toronto’s Francesco Yates, who has just released his fantastic new EP Superbad. It’s no-holds-barred second single “Bad Decisions” bows at #22. It’s Francesco’s 4th chart entry; his hit “Better To Be Loved” reached #6 five summers ago.
Next up is a blast of classic house done absolutely right. British producer Eli Brown’s “Desire” will pump you up for that eventual return to the clubs, and it debuts at #25.
American production duo Midnight Kids return to the chart after last year’s #5 “Those Were The Days” with Jared Lee. The thoughtful singalong electronic pop of “Monsters” arrives at #26 from their debut album called The Lost Youth.
As “Diamond Skin” exits the chart after reaching #6 a few weeks back, UK singer/songwriter Sam Dickinson continues his run on the chart with the second single from his upcoming album Off Script called “Cry Wolf”. It premieres at #28 and you can read my thoughts about it in the recent blog post. A third single from Off Script is on deck this month too.
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 Radio GTA’s new interactive Facebook group too!!
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