Friday, January 25, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - January 20, 2013.

Mel's Weeky Top 20
Week of January 20, 2013.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1Carry On (2nd Week @ #1!)Fun1
2I Knew You Were TroubleTaylor Swift2
3DaylightMaroon 54
4Now Is the StartA Fine Frenzy5
6Anything Could HappenEllie Goulding3
7Little TalksOf Monsters And Men8
8CloudsZach Sobiech9
9Rock & Roll Love AffairPrince7
10TornadoLittle Big Town10
11Ready or NotBridgit Mendler11
12Locked Out Of HeavenBruno Mars12
13Two Black CadillacsCarrie Underwood14
14Ho HeyThe Lumineers16
16Mr. MellowAnuhea17
19We Both KnowColbie Caillat--
20Between The RaindropsLifehouse--


Fun holds at #1 for a second week with "Carry On". Holding for a second week at #2 is Taylor Swift and "I Knew You Were Trouble". Will this song have enough momentum to climb into the #1 spot or will Fun hold on for another week? Check this chart next week.

Elsewhere its been mostly incremental movements between most of the songs with some older tracks showing upward gains while newer ones have started to turn downward. Among the movers up are Of Monsters and Men moving up from #8 to #7 with "Little Talks". Zach Sobiech's internet hit "Clouds" also climbs up one from #9 to #8. Dropping a couple of notches is Prince and "Rock n Roll Love Affair". Apprently the song has peaked at #7 and is now at #9 this week. It is unfortunate that "Rock n Roll Love Affair" is getting very little chart action or airplay elsewhere. It's a good song.

Two songs make their chart debut: Colbie Caillat is teamed with Gavin DeGraw on "We Both Know" at #19.Lifehouse is paired with Natasha Bedingfield on its latest single "Between the Raindrops" entering at #20. Both are sleeper hits as far as I know that are not exactly burning up any chart. They are however, fairly good songs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - January 13, 2013.

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of January 13, 2013.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1Carry OnFun2
2I Knew You Were TroubleTaylor Swift3
3Anything Could HappenEllie Goulding1
4DaylightMaroon 54
5Now Is the StartA Fine Frenzy5
7Rock & Roll Love AffairPrince8
8Little TalksOf Monsters And Men9
9CloudsZach Sobiech10
10TornadoLittle Big Town11
11Ready or NotBridgit Mendler12
12Locked Out Of HeavenBruno Mars7
14Two Black CadillacsCarrie Underwood18
16Ho HeyThe Lumineers16
17Mr. MellowAnuhea19
18Ice CreamHyuna20


It's Fun at number one! Yes, Fun the band is back on the top with their latest single "Carry On". The track is taken from their album Some Nights which also saw its title song go to #1 on this chart last fall. "Carry On" moves up from #2 this week to #1.

Many other songs on The Weekly Top 20 have moved up one into the current position they hold this week. Among the significant one point movers are Taylor Swift and "I Knew You Were Trouble" up from #3 to #2. Moving up from number 8 to number 7 is Prince and "Rock n Roll Love Affair". Following him we find Of Monsters and Men moving up from #9 to #8 with "Little Talks", and Zach Sobiech up from #10 to #9 with "Clouds". New to the top 10 we find "Tornado" the latest by the country group Little Big Town, moving up from #11 to #10.

The biggest mover? A 4 point jump for Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs" which debut last week at #18 now at #14.

Only one song makes its debut this week. Newcomers Churchill score a top 20 hit with "Change" at #20.

Songs That Went to #1 in 2013

Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding (2)*
* = Total weeks @ #1

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 Returns for 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of January 6, 2013.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1Anything Could Happen (2nd week @ #1!)Ellie Goulding1
2Carry OnFun2
3I Knew You Were TroubleTaylor Swift5
4DaylightMaroon 54
5Now Is the StartA Fine Frenzy6
7Locked Out Of HeavenBruno Mars3
8Rock & Roll Love AffairPrince10
9Little TalksOf Monsters And Men9
10CloudsZach Sobiech12
11TornadoLittle Big Town13
12Ready or NotBridgit Mendler15
16Ho HeyThe Lumineers14
17Christmas In The SandColbie Caillat11
18Two Black CadillacsCarrie Underwood--
19Mr. MellowAnuhea--
20Ice CreamHyuna--


Ellie Goulding holds at #1 for a second week with "Anything Could Happen". Also holding for a second week at #2 is Fun with "Carry On" the latest single from their album Some NightsTaylor Swift moves to the #3 spot with "I Knew You Were Trouble". Who will be at #1 next week? Can Ellie hold for a 3rd week or will Taylor leap-frog over Fun and take #1? Or will they all stay the same? Check this chart again next week.

Zach Sobiech's "Clouds" moves up 2 and into the top 10 at #10. The song's video has surpassed a million YouTube views, yet still lacks mainstream radio airplay despite being mentioned in numerous publications.

Three songs debut this week. They include Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs" at #18, Anuhea's latest single "Mr. Mellow" at #19 and a K-Pop single called "Ice Cream" from Korean artist Hyuna at #20.

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of December 30, 2012.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1Anything Could HappenEllie Goulding2
2Carry OnFun3
3Locked Out Of HeavenBruno Mars1
4DaylightMaroon 55
5I Knew You Were TroubleTaylor Swift10
6Now Is the StartA Fine Frenzy8
9Little TalksOf Monsters And Men11
10Rock & Roll Love AffairPrince12
11Christmas In The SandColbie Caillat6
12CloudsZach Sobiech14
13TornadoLittle Big Town15
14Ho HeyThe Lumineers7
15Ready or NotBridgit Mendler20
17One More NightMaroon 516
18We Are Never Ever Getting Back TogetherTaylor Swift17
20I Could Be A KingThe Dunwells13


Ellie Goulding tops the chart at the start of a new year with "Anything Could Happen". The single climbs up from #2 to #1. Will it stay there or will Fun (up to #2 with "Carry On") or Taylor Swift take #1?

Taylor Swift moves into the top 5 with "I Knew You Were Trouble" up from #10 to #5.

Elsewhere in the top 20 we find Of Monsters and Men as well as Prince breaking into the top 10 with the tracks "Little Talks" at #9 and "Rock n Roll Love Affair" at #10. Both moved up 2 positions from their previous rankings.

Zach Sobiech's, "Clouds" moves up to #12 from last week's #14. Zach is dying from cancer. Hopefully this song will become a huge hit before he passes. Read more about Zach at the song's YouTube video link.

As we enter the new year we find that there are no new songs entering the chart this week. We'll be back next year to see what's new.

Songs That Went to #1 in 2012

Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Diamonds - Rihanna
One More Night - Maroon 5
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
Gangnam Style - PSY
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
One More Night - Maroon 5
Good Time - Owl City featuring Carly Rae Jepsen
Some Nights - Fun
She's So Mean - Matchbox Twenty
Set Fire to the Rain - Adele
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Payphone - Maroon 5
Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye featuring Kimbra
Glad You Came - The Wanted
Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye featuring Kimbra
Drive By - Train
The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith
Someone Like You - Adele
It Will Rain - Bruno Mars
Run For Your Life - Matt Cardle

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Top 100 of 2012 Countdown Part 10

The Top 10 Hits of 2012
Numbers 10 to 1

We're here at the top 10 hits of 2012 on the Top 100 Hits of 2012 countdown.

10 - Some Nights by Fun: The title song from Fun's album Some Nights is also the #10 highest ranked single in the countdown. Here's Fun and "Some Nights".

9 - Set Fire to the Rain by Adele - Of all the songs on Adele's Grammy Award winning 2010 album release 21, this song is by far my most favorite. This is "Set Fire to the Rain" shown in the following clip at a live Royal Performance concert.

8 - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift: The lead single off Taylor Swift's #1 album Red was her first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Here on my Weekly Top 20 chart, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is her second song to top this chart. She previously went to #1 in late 2010 with "Back To December". Both are good songs and the latest #1 hit is here:

7 - Diamonds by Rihanna: I think the last time Rihanna has a song with only one word in its title was back in 2008 when "Umbrella" topped the charts. This year she was back with another one word title song... "Diamonds" which went to the top of the chart in late 2012 and stayed at #1 for 3 weeks. Here is Rihanna's "Diamonds".

6 - She's So Mean by Matchbox Twenty: Rock hits that make it to pop radio are not all too common these days. I can't remember if this song achieved mainstream pop radio success. However if I ran a station Matchbox Twenty's "She's So Mean" would have definitely topped my charts (it did here) and become a big hit.

5 - Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen: If you listened to the radio anytime this past summer it is more than likely that you heard Carly Rae Jepsen's #1 hit "Call Me Maybe" being played over and over and over and over again. Jepsen is that cute girl from Canada who is probably popular with every teen in America and elsewhere. Her video for this song has a surprise and for me a disappointing ending... but it endures. The song was the lead single for Carly Rae's freshman album release Kiss.

4 - Payphone by Maroon 5: Maroon 5 have two songs in the top 5 this year. This is the first one, the lead single off their 2012 album release Overexposed. This is "Payphone". The song stayed at #1 for 4 weeks and enjoyed a 16-week chart run.

3 - Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra: Australian recording artist Gotye released "Somebody I Used to Know" back in 2011 to a slow but steady popularity growth. In the time since its release, "Somebody I Used to Know" eventually became a 5 million unit platinum hit reaching #1 on nearly all of the Billboard genre as well as Hot 100 charts. The song which also features Australian singer Kimbra is featured in a video where both singers are nude and gradually painted to match the video's background which is based on a painting made by Gotye's father. The video became an international hit and has been viewed more than 361 million times. Gotye's real name is Wouter "Wally" De Backer. "Somebody I Used to Know" held the #1 position on the weekly top 20 for 5 non-consecutive weeks and stayed on the chart longer than any other song in 2012 for a total of 31 weeks. For the Top 100 Hits of 2012, Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" comes in at number 3.

2 - One More Night by Maroon 5: "One More Night" by Maroon 5 is the 2nd single released from the band's Overexposed album. The track turned out out to be one of my all time favorites by the band as well as for the year 2012. I played the thing on iTunes more than 70+ times since its release. It climbed the Weekly Top 20 chart fairly quickly achieving its #1 status for the first time in September 2012 where it held on for 3 weeks. "One More Night" was replaced at the top spot for a week by Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Getting Back Together" for one week after which that song was replaced at #1 with PSY's "Gangnam Style" dance single and then it was replaced again by the Taylor Swift song. Swift held on to #1 for 2 non-consecutive weeks. After Swift fell out of the #1 position, there was Maroon 5, back on top with "One More Night" in late October and most of November at #1 for another 4 weeks, accumulating in total 7 weeks at the top. The song stayed on the top 20 for 19 weeks which was good enough to land it in the #2 position in now enjoys for the year 2012. By the way, "One More Night" is also responsible for keeping PSY's "Gangnam Style" out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the time both songs were enjoying their popularity.

1- Drive By from Train: If there was one song that I totally loved for 2012 it has to be Train's "Drive By". From the time I first heard the song to the time I initially watched its video, I knew this was a hit. My hit. On my chart. Surely, "Drive By" is not Train's biggest hit ever, but on Mel's Weekly Top 20 it achieved status like no other song on the top 20. For starters it stayed on the chart for longer than any other song... 22 weeks except for Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" which enjoyed a chart run of 31 weeks. Unlike Gotye, Train's ride at #1 was an unbroken 7 weeks in the spring of 2012. The song simply ruled at the top... better than Maroon 5's non-consecutive 7 week stay later in the year with "One More Night" (just reviewed at #2)... "Drive By" got played more than 120 times on my iTunes and various iPods over the past 12 months and will still be played a lot over the next 12 months and years into the future. It is the song of the year, the best of 2012 in my opinion.

And there you have it... the blog countdown of Mel's Top 100 Hits of 2012. Over the past 10 days we've gone from song #100 to #1. From song #50 on, this countdown offered every video clip of each song featured. So in case you need to watch these again you can come here at any time. The following are links to the chart as well as each individual entry. Enjoy!

The Top 100 Hits of 2012
The Top 100 Hits of 2012 iTunes / iPod Play Counts

The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 100 to 91
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 90 to 81
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 80 to 71
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 70 to 61
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 60 to 51
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 50 to 41
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 40 to 31
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 30 to 21
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 20 to 11
The Top 100 Hits of 2012: Numbers 10 to 1

Mel's Weekly Top 20 Chart