#BILLCSTop30 #656 – January 2/23

2022 saw me strip back my blog posts to a maximum of twice a week, and the start of 2023 brings us one of those weeks with the arrival of a new personal chart. It has helped me immensely with properly preparing for the weekly BILLCS New Music Report, which will return on Wednesday. I’ve also been pleased with the reaction to my year end Top 100 and the accompanying online radio program which was broadcast four times on three different online stations.  While the start of a new year doesn’t generally kick off with surprises, the influx of new tunes onto the chart is steady as I don’t allow songs to stay on the chart for more than 10 appearances (20 weeks) unless they are in an upward movement, which has only happened once and not now for almost 12 years.

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Conan Gray’s “Yours” finished out 2022 as my #7 song of the year, and gets a third appearance at the top to begin the new year.

It looks like a battle for #1 is brewing in the Top 5. JVKE’s pop-waltz “Golden Hour” (above) inches up 3-2, while Darin’s fresh and funky “Satisfaction” (also above) climbs 6-3, with “The Power” by Matoma (7-4, below) right behind it, which also becomes Matoma’s personal best on this chart. Or will another song further down the chart steal it away from them? Stay tuned in two weeks!

The only new entry to the Top 10 is Years & Years take on Crystal Waters’ “100% Pure Love”, which rises 13-9. It’s Olly Alexander’s 11th trip to my Top 10, after having three Top 10’s finish in my 2022 Top 100 (at #19, #49, and #57 respectively).

There’s lots of movement on the chart, with four songs moving up six spots or more. “Worst Day” (above) by Illenium and MAX continues to show what a magical collaboration this is, as it rises 19-13. The Fastest Riser is the hypnotic “Black Mascara” (also above) by Greyson Chance, up 25-16, indicating another promising run on the chart after having two Top 10’s last year, including #2 “My Dying Spirit” which slides to #8.  Armand Van Helden and Karen Harding’s revival of “Wings (I Won’t Let You Down)” (below) wastes no time in moving up 26-18, and Lena Leon’s #1 dance radio hit “Spiral” (also below) climbs 27-20.

With singer/songwriter JVKE eyeing #1 in two weeks, it’s timely to see him on the chart again, this time rather unexpectedly with Martin Garrix on the anthem “Hero”, which bows at #22, giving both artists two songs on the chart this week.  It’s also Martin’s 12th entry on this chart.

At #24 is the debut entry from Australian singer/songwriter Mallrat who has teamed up with The Chainsmokers to give us another song that goes down easily next to The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” and other gentle pop/dance releases. The thoughtful song is “Wish On An Eyelash, Pt. 2”, which bows at #24. It’s The Chainsmokers’ 13th appearance on my chart.

English singer/songwriter Benedict Cork returns to the chart with the haunting and melodic “Dream Of You” at #27. It’s his third time on my chart, and both of his previous entries reached the Top 5.

Returning to the chart with his second entry and his flair for ballads, Benson Boone puts his wonderful wordsmithing skills to use in “Before You” at #28. His first entry of course was last year’s “In The Stars”, which reached #2 and was my #21 song of 2022.


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Listen to The Big 20 from 10pm to Midnight EST on Wednesdays as “The Musicman” James Rogers and I bring you the latest in new songs.  The show also repeats on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. EST and Sunday mornings at 2:00 AM EST. You can hear past episodes of The Big 20 at this link.

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The 3D Variety Show by Planet Radio Canada

I’m featured Tuesdays between 7 and 7:30 pm EST with my New Music Pick of the Week which debuts every week on “The 3D Variety Show” with “The Musicman” James Rogers, and I also join occasionally for looks at music from our past through some live segments.  A repeat of “The 3D Variety Show” airs on Wednesdays at 7pm EST on Radio GTA.  My pick of the week airs 20 times during the week and you can view its schedule by clicking here.  You can hear past episodes of The 3D Variety Show at this link.

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