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

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Lady Gaga Knocking on the Door of #1


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: