It’s almost the middle of the summer, and the feel-good summer songs are definitely making their impact with me. Aside from a couple of great softer songs to have in the mix, the upbeat songs are flourishing on my stereo, and some debut this week and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. And in two weeks I’ll be visiting Las Vegas for the first time in six years and will have access to attend electronic dance music shows by The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Loud Luxury, Cash Cash, Dillon Francis, NGHTMRE, Tiësto and others for pool parties and evening events, which promises to be a vacation like I’ve never experienced before! It’s going to be extremely hot too so I will try not to get scorched. The next chart will be posted after I return, on Tuesday, August 2.
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The xx’s Oliver Sim hangs on to #1 for a second appearance (4th week) with his Prince-worthy “Romance with a Memory” (above). But he’ll be challenged in two weeks by Benson Boone’s captivating “In The Stars” (holding at #2) and Harry Styles’ glistening “Daydreaming” (9-3, below), which I hope will eventually be promoted at radio.
The Fastest Riser zips into the Top 5, and it’s the incredibly summery “Superstar” by Sweden’s Darin (14-5). It’s Darin’s third Top 5, following two #1’s, “Can’t Stay Away” and “Holding Me More”. Will it get its turn at #1 too?
henrikz and Danny Dearden inch up 7-6 with their beautifully sung house track “Mind of Mine”.
Also new in the Top 10 are: “Afterglow” (above) by Nicky Romero, GATTUSO and Jared Lee, rising 11-8. It’s the first Top 10 for Nicky and GATTUSO, but third for Jared following “Those Were The Days” (with Midnight Kids, #5) and “Ain’t Deep Enough” (with Autograf, #3). And Manila Killa and Lights soar 17-9 with their collaboration “Dusk” (below) which is the title track of Manila Killa’s new album, out on July 22.
Conan Gray scores his highest charting song to date as “Memories” (above), from his new album Superache, moves up 13-11. Listen to another thoughtful track from Superache called “Yours”, below.
Had there not been so many other songs that I love ahead of it, “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé would have jumped to a higher position. Instead it scores a not-too-shabby 21-14 leap which positions it well for the Top 10 in two weeks.
Also keep your eyes on the three other debuts from two weeks ago. Louis Pax’s “Ophelia” (27-21, new video above) is a real grower, Steve Void and Sharon Doorson’s cover of Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee)” (28-22, below) will keep you grooving, and Frankmusik’s redux of “Confusion Girl” (30-23, also below) turns it into a contemporary pop bop.
The Highest Debut is Francesco Yates’ impressive and addictive “Jimi” which bows at #24. The Toronto-born singer/songwriter/guitarist’s last two chart entries did well, “Bad Decisions” reached #5 in 2020 while the steamy “Late Night Love” peaked at #3 in early 2021. It’s his sixth chart entry overall.
After landing at #2 earlier this year with “Play It Cool” (featuring Island Banks), UK/Irish duo Menrva are back on the chart with “You”, a collaboration with American belter MOYA, which bows at #29. It’s also the duo’s first release in a new deal with Capitol Records!
Rounding out the chart is Canadian/German duo Lola Dutronic with their retrospective look at summers gone by with “Let’s All Dance (Our Last Summer)” at #30. It’s their first chart entry, though Lola Dutronic has been around for about 20 years in one form or another, with Canadian producer/songwriter Richard Citroen being the constant.
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