#BILLCSTop30 #658, January 30/23

Because the top of the national music charts are generally so static, change on the BILLCS Top 30 is the norm. And this was one of the closest calls between the top three songs for the number one spot.

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In the end, Darin gets his third #1 on my chart with “Satisfaction” (above). The song is such an important and fun way for the singer to embrace his sexuality and share a funky, upbeat song that recalls 80’s greats like George Michael and Culture Club. His previous #1’s were the ballad “Holding Me More” and the pop/dance “Can’t Stay Away”, which initiated this new era for Darin. In fact, “Can’t Stay Away” has recently been picked up by the BBC and is in the Top 40 airplay in the UK, so who knows where it will go now! Darin’s cover of Johnossi’s “What’s The Point” (below) is also a bonus this week, as it sails 14-10, making it five consecutive Top 10’s for Darin too!

While JVKE slides out of #1 by a hair, he and Martin Garrix’s “Hero” looks like it’s next in line as it leaps 8-3. I’m travelling to Las Vegas in late February and Martin Garrix is playing his residency at Omnia, so I look forward to seeing that show and perhaps hearing “Hero” in concert!!

“Black Mascara” by Greyson Chance is one of the most unique and compelling songs on this chart this week. From his album Palladium, the song jumps 11-5.

The remaining newcomer to the Top 10 is by two artists who have been here multiple times. Armand Van Helden and Karen Harding’s “Wings (I Won’t Let You Down)” rises 12-9. It’s Armand’s 6th visit to the Top 10 and first since 2007, and it’s Karen’s 7th time in the Top 10 since 2020.

The Fastest Riser on the chart is the gentle and heartfelt “Wish On An Eyelash, Pt. 2” by Australia’s Mallrat in collaboration with The Chainsmokers, and it soars 19-12. It’s a very balanced song that reminds me of when I first heard The Chainsmokers & Halsey’s “Closer”.

The song that debuted the highest on the last chart moves up the fastest from the other debuts and that is Timmy Trumpet and Tungevaag’s delightful and frenetic “La Danse”, which climbs 24-18.

The Highest Debut on the chart belongs to UK duo Everything But The Girl. The last time they appeared on this chart was in 2000 with “Temperamental”, the title track of their 1999 album, and that song reached #2, following two #1’s. Singer Tracey Thorn also got to #2 in 2007 with her solo release “It’s All True”. Their fresh new dance track is “Nothing Left To Lose” from the upcoming album Fuse, and it arrives at #24. And watch the video for the song, above, which was shot in one take!

Premiering at #26 is Amsterdam-based UK artist Waiting For Smith with his thoughtful, beautifully sung song “Heal”. The singer/songwriter’s name is Harry Lloyd – Smith was a drummer who never showed up for rehearsals – and a few years ago he suffered a broken back as a result of a skiing accident. It’s no wonder that his new music from his EP Trying Not To Try is so giving and humble. Check out the video for “Heal” above, in which he uses his body as a canvas for people’s various thoughts.

At #27 is the return of the French disco master Cerrone, most noted for his 70’s disco classics “Supernature” and “Love In C Minor”, with his latest release “The Only One”. It features British vocalist Brendan Reilly in an excellent Jamiroquai-like performance and is made in collaboration with fellow French producer Mercer, who has been to the top of my chart twice with “Aretha” last year and “Satisfy” in 2018. “The Only One” also has those signature Cerrone synth riffs that transport me back to the 70’s.

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