Friday, August 7, 2020

What's On Top of the Current Top 20?


BLACKPINK Tops the Chart

For only the second time in the history of doing this chart thing, a K-Pop song tops my Current Top 20. BLACKPINK is one of the hottest K-Pop groups from South Korea. They are a quartet of young ladies with a lot of style, sass and moves. They can also sing too.

"How You Like  That" is a very catchy song with an electro pop/dance beat. The lyrics are in broken English and Korean. Makes for an interesting mix.

What stands out the most is the very stylish music video. BLACKPINK is all about style, attitude and sass. The video brings this out in a pleasantly tasteful way, yet still makes any guy yearn to be in the presence of these women.

The music video has set some new world records for 2020:

  • Most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours
  • Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours
  • Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group
  • Most viewers for the premiere of a video on YouTube
  • Most viewers for the premiere of a music video on YouTube

"How You Like That" is BLACKPINK's first single from the group's forthcoming debut album BLACKPINK: The Album set for release on October 2.

"How You Like That" has gone to #1 on the charts in Malaysia, Singapore, three charts in South Korea (Goon, Goon Albums, K-Pop Hot 100) and the U.S. World Digital Song Sales (Billboard). It has been a top 20 pop hit in Japan, Canada, Australia, Hungary and New Zealand. It peaked at #33 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart last month.

CHIQUIS, TAYLOR SWIFT and TINA TURNER Have Top Hits

Chiquis and Becky G's remake of "Jolene" got the blessing from songwriter and original performer Dolly Parton to do this song as a new Spanish language hit. It's a great cover with a good video. The record makes it to #2 this week.

Taylor Swift surprised her fans two weeks ago when she unexpectedly released a new album. Her latest album is called Folklore, and is a departure from the recent style of her pop albums of recent years. The first single "Cardigan" with its compelling video, is at #3 this week after making its chart debut at #8 last week. Could be a big hit for Swfit.

Eighty year old Tina Turner is back on the charts with a remix of her 1984 #1 hit "What's Love Got to Do With It" by Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo. The song is a top 10 hit on the U.S. dance chart and is bubbling under the Billboard Hot 100. On the Current Top 20 it's at #10 this week up from last week's debut of #19.

Here is this week's Current Top 20 chart which can also be checked out weekly at this page and this link. The link to the permanent chart is at this page: M4B Charts Central Mel's Current Top 20



VIDEOS: Chiquis, Taylor Swift & Tina Turner w/ Kygo







Friday, July 31, 2020

Diana Ross & The Supremes

Flashback Friday




Every week, Scrivener on his Facebook page asks us to rate our favorite songs by different rock and pop artists. I answer those every week and decided to share and preserve these answers on my blog. So first up, we have Diana Ross with and without her group The Supremes. Here goes:

TOP 5 + 5 by Diana Ross

Diana Ross & The Supremes 1960s

1. Stop in the Name of Love
2. Reflections
3. Love Child
4. You Can't Hurry Love
5. Someday We'll Be Together
6. I Hear a Symphony
7. Baby Love
8. You Keep Me Hanging On
9. The Happening
10. My World is Empty Without You

Diana Ross 1970 onward

1. Upside Down
2. Touch Me in the Morning
3. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
4. Theme From Mahogony
5. Love Hangover

Worst - Endless Love with Lionel Richie - too sappy.

So what do you think. Leave me your list of a comment about your favorite and least favorite Diana Ross song.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Jolene and Her Covers

Jolene....


In 1973 Dolly Parton released her big country hit that put her on the map. "Jolene" was a hit country single that made it to #1 on the Billboard Country chart and #1 in Canada. It also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #60 and #44 on the Adult Contemporary Music chart. Since then, it has become her signature song and has been covered several times over many years by many other artists. The linked audio file above (from YouTube) is the original track that became the hit in early 1974.

In recent years the following covers appeared:

Dolly Parton & Pentatonix (2016) - This version made it to #18 on the Billboard Country Chart.


This version came out in 2012 by Miley Cyrus as part of the Backyard Sessions video album on YouTube. I like this one.



Alternative rock duo The White Stripes recorded this version which charted well in Europe, 2004 & 2005.


A new version was released earlier this summer by Chiquis with Becky G. This version has started its chart climb on Mel's Current Top 20.






Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Classic Island Hits Are Back































Radio M.I.U. (Mel's Internet Universe) is back with the recent re-opening of the 8Tracks.com streaming website. Once again you can stream 17 music genre playlists for free on the Radio M.I.U. portion of 8Tracks.com.

Among the 17 channel playlists at Radio M.I.U. are the following:
  • Classic Island Radio Hits
  • Top Star Hits of 1970
  • Top Star Hits of 1971
  • Top Star Hits of 1972
  • Disco Trekkin'
  • You Can Dance
  • Classic Rock Tracks
  • Rock as You Remember It
  • Rock of the 80s Again
  • Super Golden Oldies
  • Super Golden Oldies 2
  • Ten From the 1990s
  • Sonic Alternatives 1
  • Sonic Alternatives 2
  • Uncle Mel's Classic Country Tracks
  • Uncle Mel's Popular Standards
The Classic Island Radio Hits list has been updated.

Track List

If you listened to Top 40 radio on 1380 KPOI, KKUA 69 or KORL 65 in the late 1960s and early 1970s you probably heard some if not all of these songs. Here they are once again, top 40 hits with an island flair!

1. Cheryl Moana Marie by John Rowles
2. Morning of Our Lives by The Arkade
3. If That's the Way That You Want It by Diamond Head
4. You And Me by Cecilio & Kapono
5. Nightbird by Kalapana
6. E Lei Ka Lei Lei (Beach Party Song) by Don Ho
7. My Little Japanese Boy by Linda Green & The Tempos
8. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying by Gerry & the Pacemakers
9. Forevermore by Tokyo Happy Coats
10. Love Can Make You Happy by Mercy
11. My Hawaii by The Rascals
12. Lahaina by Loggins & Messina
13. Summer Sun by Jamestown Massacre
14. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Middle of the Road
15. Lean on Me by Bill Withers
16. Ebony Eyes by The Stylistics
17. New Years Eve -1976 by Summer
18. Frisco Bay by Society Of Seven
19. Hawaii Five-O by The Ventures
20. Remember Mary (vinyl version) by Sweet Marie

Streams for FREE.

Link to 8Tracks Blog Notice
https://blog.8tracks.com/2020/04/19/welcome-back-8tracks/

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lady Gaga Knocking on the Door of #1


THE CURRENT TOP 20

It looks like Lady Gaga with her accomplice Ariana Grandé is on the verge of claiming the #1 spot from The Rolling Stones. The duo's top hit "Rain on Me" moves up this week from #3 to #2 this week. Will it make it to #1 next week? We'll see.

Not too far away from the top position we find Benee at #5 moving up 7 points from #12 last week with the bubbly track "Supalonely". One point behind her is Saint Motel, who roars up the chart from last week's #19 debut to #6 this week with "A Good Song Never Dies". This is a good song, but will it ever die? We don't know.

The Rolling Stones meanwhile hold on to #1 for the 8th week with "Living in a Ghost Town", one of the best rock songs released in the last year or so. Rock music is a rarity on the charts these days.

Here now is the latest Current Top 20 list:


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Catching Up with the Current Top 20


Another week and another chart. Let's see what's happening:

The Rolling Stones is still at #1 for the 7th week in a row with "Living in a Ghost Town". The song is so reflective of this times of restrictive movement and quarantines due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.

Movers on the chart include Lady Gaga's "Rain on Me" up from #8 to #3.... and Benee's "Supalonely" up from #15 to #12. Watch this one. I anticipate stronger moves soon.

Debuts: At #19 Saint Motel with "A Good Song Never Dies" and Dagney with "Somebody". Do I smell a chart refresh soon?





Saturday, June 20, 2020

Flawless Album B-Sides

From the Friday 5 website came this question: What album has a flawless B side?

The answer to this one is simple... any compilation or "Greatest Hits" type of album all have good B-sides that equal the A-side.

However in this day and age how many people actually play vinyl records or cassettes and have to flip the thing over to play a B-side?

You don't have to do that if you listen to CDs or MP3 albums. Everything is on the A side.


That all said some of my favorite albums with great B-sides that at least equal the A-side include the following:

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
2. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
4. Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
5. Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
6. Revolver - The Beatles
7. Abbey Road - The Beatles
8. Parallel Lines - Blondie
9. Ram - Paul & Linda McCartney
10. Double Fantasy - John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Moving on... This week's Top 10 Oldies that were submitted to the Classic Top 30 site for their weekly tabulation include the following:

June 17 Top 10 Oldies

1. In Your Letter - REO Speedwagon
2. Eat At Home - Paul & Linda McCartney
3. Seven Year Ache - Roseanne Cash
4. Twistin' USA - Chubby Checker
5. Only the Lucky - Walter Egan
6. Arms of Mary - Sutherland Bros. & Quiver
7. Jolene - Dolly Parton
8. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - Bee Gees
9. Talk it Over - Grayson Hugh
10. It's a Matter of Time - Elvis Presley

A\V: The following are songs from the lists above:



Friday, June 12, 2020

Give Me Fucking Zen - Ha Ha Ha


The line chorus line in this week's highest debuting song goes like this: "Someone give me fucking Zen". So it goes with X Ambassadors latest single which will probably not get that much airplay due to the unfriendly to radio lyrics. For your viewing and listening curiosity, we present the video along with the last two charts that are posted for Mel's Current Top 20.

As of June 12, 2020.
As of June 4, 2020.



Lady Gaga and Ariana Grandé have a huge hit with "Rain on Me".


Monday, June 1, 2020

Mel's Current Top 20 - May 28, 2020 - Published June 1, 2020



The Rolling Stones Hold Strong at #1

Starting this week, the Current Top 20 static post will be issued here. The dynamic post appears on the Current Top 20 page at this blog and also on Mel's Current Top 20 website.

"Living in a Ghost Town" holds at #1 for a 4th week in a row since this chart was revived after a years-long absence. So far it is the new release song that I like best so far this year. The Rolling Stones are in full force with a catchy and timely tune that echo's back to the sounds of the music they put out in the 1980s and 1990s... which is pure, uptempo, radio friendly rock n roll.

Sadly I don't think this record is getting much airplay anywhere since many people say "rock music is dead". Really rock music dead? I refuse to believe that.

The song is currently at #12 on the current Global Top 100 Chart, which is a compilation chart tabulated from user generated, personal charts of those participating at the M4B Charts Central website.

Watch the video player above. Most of my Top 20 songs are on it in some chronological order along with new and recent past tracks.

The rest of my chart is posted below:




Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Classic Top 10 Votes - May 28, 2020



MEL'S TOP 10 OLDIES + ALBUMS

It's Throwback Thursday (#TBT) once more and for this week I have a chart and a couple of videos. Leading off with the video showcase is this 1981 gem by REO Speedwagon. It's called "In Your Letter". It is off their Grammy winning album Hi Infidelity and a modest hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #20.

I think it is a great song, with kind of an early 60s throwback for me. A good rock n roll vibe surrounding what is a "Dear John" type of letter. Watching the video (posted above), check out the ancient IBM Selectric typewriter. You'd think the lady typing the letter was doing it on a computer... but no, it's a typewriter and the screen is a TV showing the video. Simple but good enough for this song. Enjoy.

The weekly top 10 votes are submitted to the Classic Top 30 website for inclusion into his weekly tabulation of oldies.

TOP TEN OLDIES - MAY 28,  2020

1. Just An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night
2. In Your Letter - REO Speedwagon
3. Lazy Day -  Spanky & Our Gang
4. Eat At Home - Paul & Linda McCartney
5. Seven Year Ache - Roseanne Cash
6. Hearts - Marty Balin
7. White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day
8. Twistin' USA - Chubby Checker
9. Smiling Islands - Robbie Patton with Stevie Nicks
10. Only the Lucky -Walter Egan

LPs

1. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
2. FM - Original Soundtrack
3. Tom Tom Club -  Tom Tom Club







Saturday, May 23, 2020

Today's Vinyl Spin - Fleetwood Mac


Today's Vinyl Spin goes back to the very successful Fleetwood Mac line-up of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckinghman, John McVie, Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Fleetwood Mac is the first album to feature the then new line-up of the group.

Fleetwood Mac enjoyed moderate success as a blues band and a mainstream rock group with numerous membership changes. In 1974 after former lead singer and guitarist Bob Welch left the group, the duo of Buckingham-Nicks were recruited to take his place. The two new members proved to be the best thing that happened to Fleetwood Mac in terms of a new music direction and commercial success.

The band paved its way to becoming a major concert draw with Stevie, Lindsey and Christine showcasing various songs while McVie and Fleetwood provided a solid foundation. It is one of the few bands that I personally saw in concert not once, but twice.

Their debut album Fleetwood Mac with the new line-up slowly crawled to the #1 position on the charts by 1976 while its singles garnered more and more radio airplay. These included "Over My Head", "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me," and "Blue Letter". "Landslide" also became a hit after Fleetwood Mac recorded it again for their 1997 live album, The Dance.

I was first introduced to this album by an old college friend back in the day. I always knew of Fleetwood Mac but never paid much attention to them. I had only one track of theirs in my record collection which was "Stop Messin' Around" that appeared on a compilation LP. I later liked the song "Hypnotized" after hearing it on the radio. Was not enough for me to buy their records at the time (I was a starving high school student when this stuff first came out)....

Over the years I have owned 2 vinyl copies of Fleetwood Mac as well as 2 CDs of this. Made at least two cassette tapes off the vinyl and later the CD for portability before the digital age.

Fleetwood Mac is definitely one of my favorite albums of all time by them. It's an enjoyable, refreshing listen whenever I give it a spin.
























The back cover of Fleetwood Mac with track list, group members Nicks, Fleetwood, McVie, Buckingham and McVie.



















Fleetwood Mac would be the last of their albums to show up on the Reprise label.

Track List

Side 1

1. Monday Morning
2. Warm Ways
3. Blue Letter
4. Rhiannon
5. Over My Head
6. Crystal

Side 2

1. Say You Love Me
2. Landslide
3. World Turning
4. Sugar Daddy
5. I'm So Afraid
























"Rhiannon" was one of 4 singles released from the album. All 4 singles have different mixes from the versions on the album. When Fleetwood Mac was issued in a special edition CD in 2004, the single tracks were included as bonus material. Nice move on Warner / Reprise's part.

"Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac....






Friday, May 22, 2020

Top 10 Oldies of the Week - May 22, 2020.



Listen to Roseanne Cash 1980 hit "Seven Year Ache".

TOP 10 OLDIES OF THE WEEK - May 22, 2020.

1. Just An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night
2. In Your Letter - REO Speedwagon
3. White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day
4. Lazy Day -  Spanky & Our Gang
5. Eat At Home - Paul & Linda McCartney
6. Hearts - Marty Balin
7. Seven Year Ache - Roseanne Cash
8. Don't Do Me Like That - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
9. Twistin' USA - Chubby Checker
10. Got To Get You Into My Life - The Beatles

TOP 3 ALBUMS

1. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
2. Tom Tom Club -  Tom Tom Club
3. FM - Original Soundtrack

Used for tabulation of the Classic Top 30 chart.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Top 10 Albums That Made an Impact:
Arthur Lyman "Yellow Bird"

Arthur Lyman - Yellow Bird Graphic
The CD booklet from Arthur Lyman's "Yellow Bird" album.
















DAY #1: Your Top 10 Favorite Albums that had a big impact on you. This is the first of a series of posts that were originally made after being challenged to create such a meme on Facebook by a friend in 2018. This is the updated rewrite of the series with a link back to the original post.

Arthur Lyman - Yellow Bird - Originally posted to Facebook May 11, 2018.

I have compiled Top 10 lists of various records over the years, but on this series, the focus will be on those records that "had a big impact on you".

To start, I go way back to my childhood from 1961 or 1962. My parents bought the Arthur Lyman record, "Yellow Bird".

If you like instrumental music with a tropical flair, Yellow Bird is the album to get. Throughout, Arthur Lyman and his band treat listeners to an array of tropical flavored arrangements utilizing xylophone, marimbas and other percussion instruments plus bird calls for added flavor.

My favorite tracks are "Havah Nagilah", "Bamboo Tamboo", "Adventures in Paradise" (which was the theme music for some 1960s era TV show), and of course "Yellow Bird" which was a top ten hit in 1961 reaching the #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The original vinyl LP we had in our family over the years was played so many times that it badly wore out to the point that it was no longer playable. Years later while browsing Amazon, I purchased the CD reissue on Rykodisc. I think the CD is now out of print, though some of the songs have appeared on compilation albums over the years.

One thing I would like to get is a vinyl copy as released to HiFi Records in good to mint condition. It would be cool to listen to this on vinyl again.

Yellow Bird is highly recommended if you love lounge music and instrumental, tropical exotica.

Listen to Yellow Bird (from YouTube):


Listen to Havah Nagilah (from YouTube):





Friday, May 15, 2020

Mel's Top 10 Oldies of the Week


On the Classic Top 30 website, it's owner asks people to send in their weekly votes for the oldies of the week. I've participated off and on at this ongoing site for several years. The following are this week's best oldies:

TOP TEN OLDIES - May 15, 2020.

1. Just An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night
2. In Your Letter - REO Speedwagon
3. White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day
4. Lazy Day -  Spanky & Our Gang
5. The Rain The Park and Other Things - Cowsills
6. Eat At Home - Paul & Linda McCartney
7. Hearts - Marty Balin
8. Seven Year Ache - Roseanne Cash
9. Sweet Nothins' - Brenda Lee
10. I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues - Elton John

LPs

1. The Beatles - The Beatles (white album)
2. Tom Tom Club -  Tom Tom Club
3. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones

You can send your weekly votes to Chris, the site's publisher at the following email address: plannine@htdconnect.com.




Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mel's Current Top 20 Tracks



Mel's Current Top 20 is Back!

Check this page out every week to see what my favorite current single tracks are for the week. This is a resumption of the old Weekly Top 20 that was a posted to this blog. Hopefully we can continue in the tradition.