Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - February 25, 2013

This week's hot debut... "Devil's Got a Gun" by Whitehorse from Canada.

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of February 25, 2013.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1Change (2nd Week @ #1!)Churchill1
2Little TalksOf Monsters And Men2
3DaylightMaroon 53
4Between The RaindropsLifehouse5
5I Will WaitMumford & Sons8
6Carry OnFun4
7TornadoLittle Big Town7
9Ho HeyThe Lumineers10
10DowntownLady Antebellum11
12When I Was Your ManBruno Mars20
13CloserTegan and Sara15
14Put the Gun DownZZ Ward18
15Now Is the StartA Fine Frenzy9
16We Both KnowColbie Caillat13
17Where Are We Now?David Bowie14
18Stubborn LoveThe Lumineers--
19Devil's Got a GunWhitehorse--
20Out Of My LeagueFitz and The Tantrums--


Churchill holds at #1 for a second week with "Change" as does Of Monsters and Men with "Little Talks" holding for a sceond week at #2. At #3 we have Maroon 5's former #1 song holding at #3 for a second week in a row with "Daylight".

Mumford & Sons move up 3 points to get into the top 5 this week with "I Wil Wait" from their album Babel. New in the top 10 this week we find Lady Antebellum with their latest track "Downtown" moving up 1 from #11 to #10. The song debut at #19 two weeks ago.

Fastest mover in the top 20 is Bruno Mars' latest single "When I Was Your Man" jumping 8 notches from last week's debut of #20 to #12 this week. Looks like this will be another Top 10 hit for Mars.

The 3 debut songs this week are "Stubborn Love" by The Lumineers at #18 (who also have the #9 most popular song, "Ho Hey"), "Devil's Got a Gun" by Whitehorse from Canada at #19 and the latest by Fitz and The Tantrums titled "Out of My League" coming in at #20. 

We'll see how these and all songs fare in the next few weeks on the Weekly Top 20. Thanks for stopping by!

Songs That Went to #1 in 2013

Daylight - Maroon 5 (2)
Carry On - Fun (3)
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding (2)
(x) = Total weeks @ #1

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - February 17, 2013.

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of February 17, 2013.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1 Change Churchill 2
2 Little Talks Of Monsters And Men 3
3 Daylight Maroon 5 1
4 Carry On Fun 4
5 Between The Raindrops Lifehouse 7
6 Mermaid Train 5
7 Tornado Little Big Town 8
8 I Will Wait Mumford & Sons 12
9 Now Is the Start A Fine Frenzy 6
10 Ho Hey The Lumineers 11
11 Downtown Lady Antebellum 19
12 Heartbeat Jjamz 13
13 We Both Know Colbie Caillat 15
14 Where Are We Now? David Bowie 16
15 Closer Tegan and Sara 17
16 Two Black Cadillacs Carrie Underwood 9
17 Clouds Zach Sobiech 10
18 Put the Gun Down ZZ Ward 20
19 I Knew You Were Trouble Taylor Swift 14
20 When I Was Your Man Bruno Mars --


Got a change at #1. Churchill's debut single "Change" finally makes it to #1 after a two week pit stop at #2. For me this is my current, most played song so far of 2013. Good song, not getting that much airplay but still good. The group has two videos for this. Check them out.

Of Monsters and Men climbs up one to #2 this week with "Little Talks". The track is more than a year old, but only now has it found its place on the Weekly Top 20.

Another old track making it into the top 10 this week is "I Will Wait" from Mumford and Sons. The group just won the Grammy for album of the year... Babel. This is one of the best tracks off that album. It charted mostly in 2012 but only now has it made its stride for 2013, checking in at #8 this week.

Chalk one up for longevity: The Lumineers' track "Ho Hey" has spent the past 24+ weeks bouncing up and down this chart. Several weeks ago it looked like "Ho Hey" would get the "heave ho" as it sunk to #16 on the chart after peaking at #3 in December. Over the past few weeks however, "Ho Hey" has inched its way back up the top 20 making it once again into the top 10 at #10 this week... and that's up from #11 of last week.

Only one song makes a first week entry into the Weekly Top 20. That song is the latest by Bruno Mars.... "When I Was Your Man" checks in at #20.

Songs That Went to #1 in 2013

Daylight - Maroon 5 (2)
Carry On - Fun (3)
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding (2)

(x) = Total weeks @ #1


This is the original video of "Change" before the track became a hit.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - February 10, 2013.

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of February 10, 2013.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1Daylight (2nd Week @ #1!)Maroon 51
3Little TalksOf Monsters And Men4
4Carry OnFun3
6Now Is the StartA Fine Frenzy6
7Between The RaindropsLifehouse11
8TornadoLittle Big Town9
9Two Black CadillacsCarrie Underwood10
10CloudsZach Sobiech7
11Ho HeyThe Lumineers12
12I Will WaitMumford & Sons18
14I Knew You Were TroubleTaylor Swift8
15We Both KnowColbie Caillat15
16Where Are We Now?David Bowie19
17CloserTegan and Sara20
18Mr. MellowAnuhea13
19DowntownLady Antebellum--
20Put the Gun DownZZ Ward--


Daylight Holds Off Change: This would be the headline describing the top of this week's chart. Churchill's "Change" came charging up the chart this past few weeks, leaping from #17 to #8 to #2 last week. Well the song has stalled for now at #2 as "Change" yields to Maroon 5's "Daylight" which spends its second week at the #1 position. I love both songs, but for now, the music video version of "Daylight" featuring the voices and musicians of Playing For Change is strong enough to keep the hit single on top.

Elsewhere in the top 20: We see Lifehouse's single "Between the Raindrops" moving up 4 notches from last week's #11 to #7 this week. Mumford & Sons jump 6 points going from last week's debut position of #18 to #12 this week with their single "I Will Wait" which is taken from the Grammy nominated album Babel.

Two songs debut on the chart this week. They are "Downtown" by Lady Antebellum at #19 and "Put the Gun Down" by ZZ Ward at #20.

Songs That Went to #1 in 2013

Carry On - Fun (3)
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding (2)

Video Showcase: Spotlight on Maroon 5

This went to #1 in 2012, #2 on the year end chart.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Oh Whoopie Doo - Grammy Award Winners for 2013

List of 2013 Grammy Award winners

-- Record of the year: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra.

-- Album of the year: "Babel," Mumford & Sons.

-- Song of the year: "We Are Young," fun.

-- New artist: fun.

-- Pop solo performance: "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)," Adele.

-- Pop vocal album: "Stronger," Kelly Clarkson.

-- Pop/duo group performance: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra.

-- Traditional pop vocal album: "Kisses on the Bottom," Paul McCartney.

-- Rap performance: "N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris," Jay-Z, Kanye West.

-- Rap song: "N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris," Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West.

-- Rap/sung collaboration: "No Church in the Wild," Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream.

-- Rap album: "Take Care," Drake.

-- R&B performance: "Climax," Usher.

-- Traditional R&B performance: "Love on Top," Beyonce.

-- R&B song: "Adorn," Miguel Pimentel.

-- R&B album: "Black Radio," Robert Glasper Experiment.

-- Urban contemporary album: "Channel Orange," Frank Ocean.

-- Rock performance: "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys.

-- Rock song: "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys.

-- Rock album: "El Camino," The Black Keys.

-- Hard rock/metal performance: "Love Bites (So Do I)," Halestorm.

Alternative music album: "Making Mirrors," Gotye.
-- Dance recording: "Bangarang," Skrillex featuring Sirah.

-- Dance/electronica album: "Bangarang," Skrillex.

-- Latin pop album: "MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition," Juanes.

-- Latin rock, urban or alternative album: "Imaginares," Quetzal.

-- Latin jazz album: "Ritmo!," The Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band.

-- Tropical Latin album: "Retro," Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena.

-- Country solo performance: "Blown Away," Carrie Underwood

-- Country duo/group performance: "Pontoon," Little Big Town.

-- Country song: "Blown Away," Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins.

-- Country album: "Uncaged," Zac Brown Band.

-- Gospel song: "Go Get It," Mary Mary.

-- Gospel album: "Gravity," Leerae.

-- Blues album: "Locked Down," Dr. John.

-- Folk album: "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile.

-- Americana album: "Slipstream," Bonnie Raitt.

-- Bluegrass album: "Nobody Knows You," Steep Canyon Rangers.

-- Reggae album: "Rebirth," Jimmy Cliff.

-- World music album: "The Living Room Sessions Part 1," Ravi Shankar.

-- Children's album: "Can You Canoe?," The Okee Dokee Brothers.

-- Spoken word album: "Society's Child: My Autobiography," Janis Ian.

-- Comedy album: "Blow Your Pants Off," Jimmy Fallon.

-- New age album: "Echoes of Love," Omar Akram.

-- Jazz vocal album: "Radio Music Society," Esperanza Spalding.

-- Jazz instrumental album: "Unity Band," Pat Metheny Unity Band.

-- Large jazz ensemble album: "Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)," Arturo Sandoval.

-- Pop instrumental album: "Impressions," Chris Botti.

-- Compilation soundtrack album: "Midnight in Paris," various artists.

-- Score soundtrack album: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.

-- Song written for visual media: "Safe & Sound" (From "The Hunger Games"), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams.

-- Musical theater album: "Once: A New Musical," Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti.

-- Producer of the year, classical: Blanton Alspaugh.

-- Producer of the year, non-classical: Dan Auerbach.

-- Instrumental composition: "Mozart Goes Dancing," Chick Corea.

-- Orchestral performance: "Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine," Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony).

-- Opera recording: "Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen," James Levine and Fabio Luisi.

-- Choral performance: "Life & Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen," Charles Bruffy.

-- Short-form music video: "We Found Love," Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris.

-- Long-form music video: "Big Easy Express," Mumford & Sons.

-- Historical album: "The Smile Sessions" (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - January 27 & February 3, 2013

Maroon 5 - Daylight (Playing for Change version)

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of February 3, 2013.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1 Daylight Maroon 5 2
2 Change Churchill 8
3 Carry On Fun 1
4 Little Talks Of Monsters And Men 5
5 Mermaid Train 4
6 Now Is the Start A Fine Frenzy 3
7 Clouds Zach Sobiech 7
8 I Knew You Were Trouble Taylor Swift 6
9 Tornado Little Big Town 10
10 Two Black Cadillacs Carrie Underwood 12
11 Between The Raindrops Lifehouse 18
12 Ho Hey The Lumineers 13
13 Mr. Mellow Anuhea 14
14 Heartbeat Jjamz 16
15 We Both Know Colbie Caillat 17
16 Anything Could Happen Ellie Goulding 9
17 Rock & Roll Love Affair Prince 11
18 I Will Wait Mumford & Sons --
19 Where Are We Now? David Bowie --
20 Closer Tegan and Sara --


Maroon 5 scores with their 3rd number one hit from their 2012 album Overexposed as "Daylight" climbs up 1 spot from #2 to #1 this week, largely on the strength of the "Daylight (Playing For Change version)" video and song remix. I like the world sound and clips presented in the video. It gives this song a new life. Overall, "Daylight" was a good song from the time it was released. The climb up to #1 was slow as this single debut on the Weekly Top 20 on November 11, 2012 while Maroon 5's second #1 single from Overexposed, "One More Night" was still holding at #1 for the 6th week at that time. That was 10 weeks ago!

More historical notes for Maroon 5: "Payphone" was the group's first #1 single from Overxposed as it spent 4 weeks at #1 in the summer of 2012. "One More Night" spent a total of 7 non-consecutives weeks at #1 in the fall of last year. Both songs prominently placed in the Top 100 Hits of 2012 chart with "One More Night" placing at #2 for the year, and "Payphone" placing at #4. For "Daylight" this is the first week at #1. We'll see how long it lasts at the top.

Right under "Daylight" at #2 we have my most favorite current song. That would be "Change" by Churchill which has been issued on the "Change EP" that is available at both iTunes and Amazon. The song is an alternative rock fave that is building momentum especially on this chart where it bolts once again from #8 to #2. The #1 spot surely is a target for "Change", but will Maroon 5's "Daylight" keep it from slipping past? Come back next week.

The other fast moving song up the chart this week belongs to Lifehouse who had a big hit in 2001 with "Hanging By a Moment". They're back now with additional vocals by Natasha Bedingfield on their latest single "Between the Raindrops" which jumps from #18 to #11 this week after debuting two weeks ago at #20.

Speaking of debut songs -- we have 3 this week. At #18 an aging but Grammy Nominated oldie, "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons makes it first chart appearance on the Weekly Top 20. The song has been a mainstay in pop, rock and alternative radio for months now, but I only recently got a copy of it and true to my policy of only listing music that I own did this song manage to make it to the chart... this week... months later than all the other charts.... so what?

Bowing in at #19 we find David Bowie's latest "Where Are We Now", a somewhat contemplative and maybe a bit of a boring song when you think this is the guy that made such spectacular hits out of the songs "Fame", "Golden Years", "Let's Dance", "Modern Love" and "Blue Jean" back in the day. On this single, and many other songs that haven't made the charts, Mr. Bowie sounds... well... a bit dated.

Finally at #20 Tegan and Sara get their latest single, "Closer" charted at #20 for its first week on the chart. I think they've been on this chart before but for now I can't remember what the song was!

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of January 27, 2013.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1 Carry On (3rd Week @ #1!) Fun 1
2 Daylight Maroon 5 3
3 Now Is the Start A Fine Frenzy 4
4 Mermaid Train 5
5 Little Talks Of Monsters And Men 7
6 I Knew You Were Trouble Taylor Swift 2
7 Clouds Zach Sobiech 8
8 Change Churchill 17
9 Anything Could Happen Ellie Goulding 6
10 Tornado Little Big Town 10
11 Rock & Roll Love Affair Prince 9
12 Two Black Cadillacs Carrie Underwood 13
13 Ho Hey The Lumineers 14
14 Mr. Mellow Anuhea 16
15 Madness Muse 15
16 Heartbeat Jjamz 18
17 We Both Know Colbie Caillat 19
18 Between The Raindrops Lifehouse 20
19 Ready or Not Bridgit Mendler 11
20 Locked Out Of Heaven Bruno Mars 12


Fun holds at #1 for third week with "Carry On".

The fastest moving song up the chart this week belongs to Churchill. "Change" is a song that is growing a lot on me, and this week it bolts from #17 to #8. The group also released a new video to go with this potentially huge single.

Other than that there are only incremental changes in positions within the rest of the top 20 and no new songs have made their debuts this week. Maybe next. Come back.