Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Top 100 of 2012 Countdown Part 3

Numbers 80 to 71

The countdown of the Top 100 Hits of 2012 continues with Part 3 featuring songs number 80 to 71 today.

80 - These Times by SafetySuit - I don’t know much about this band, but they have been around for a few years placing songs on occasion in the Weekly Top 20. This year “These Times” is the first of two songs placed in the Top 100. 

79 - Good Girl by Carrie Underwood - It’s been years now since Carrie Underwood first broke into national prominence via Fox’s American Idol TV broadcast. Today Underwood is a well established country and pop artist having placed several songs on the pop and country charts over the years. This year Carrie manages to get two songs into the Top 100, the first of these being “Good Girl” which was the first single released from her latest album Blown Away.

78 - Me Without You by TobyMac - Toby McKeehan is better known from his stage name TobyMac. He’s Christian rapper, singer-songwriter who has been in the business for more than a dozen years. He first appeared on the Weekly Top 20 with his hit “City on Our Knees” in 2009. This year the Mac is back with “Me Without You” which peaked at #10 after enjoying a 9 week chart run.

77 - Starlight by Matt Cardle - 2012 was a good year for Matt Cardle. His rise to fame began in 2010 but really took off in 2011 after he winning the British X-Factor TV talent show. He had a #1 hit on the top 20 with “Run For Your Life.” This was the follow-up which charted for 8 weeks and peaked at #10 for 2 weeks.

76 - Do It Our Way (Play) by Alesha Dixon - This is another one of those songs that I heard first on BBC Radio #2. “Do It Our Way (Play)” was written for the Weight Watchers program. It was a minor hit in Britain hitting #53 on the U.K. pop charts. The song got no airplay in America. It did make my chart peaking at #10 for 2 weeks.

75 - Easy Come, Easy Go by the Great Lake Swimmers - I listen to a lot of music on BBC Radio #2. They play many songs that never get aired on U.S. radio. Case in point it this gem by the Canadian folk rock group Great Lake Swimmers. I heard it several times in early 2012 to a point that I seeked out and bought the single from Amazon. It charted and got as high as #10 for 3 weeks before tapering off. Good enough to be ranked at #75 for 2012.

74 - Mermaid by Train - This is the 3rd track off Train’s 2012 album California 37 to chart. I am not sure if this was released as a single. However it started to chart in late 2012 and has so far racked up enough weeks to chart it up as #9 on December 23. It’s been listed on a number of independent and personal charts though the internet. The song is still on its way up and will likely be listed on the 2013 Top 100 Hits.

73 - Too Close by Alex Clare - I don’t know much about this British singer-songwriter except that he had a big top 10 hit here in the U.S. “Too Close” was good enough to end up in the Weekly Top 20 and finishes the year at #73.

72 - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson - It’s incredible to believe that Kelly Clarkson’s win on the first American Idol TV show occurred 10 years ago in 2002. She has since been a hit making machine with her latest “Stronger” reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and other charts all over the USA and the world. For 2012 Clarkson’s big single checks in at #72 on this chart.

71 - Happy Pills by Norah Jones - Another young lady who has been on the music scene for at least the last 10 years is Norah Jones. She first came to prominence in 2002 with her single “Don’t Know Why” off her debut album Come Away With Me. The hit was huge and put her on the pop music map. Since then she has performed in numerous concerts, made TV appearances and released 5 solo albums and a number of collaborative LPs. Her most recent album Little Broken Hearts yielded two singles, the biggest, “Happy Pills” made it to the top 20 and got as high as #9 this year. Good song. Nice album in he best of Norah Jones’ “tradition”.

Tomorrow positions 70 to 61. Hope you are all having a great Christmas holiday!

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