Sunday, June 26, 2022

June 26, 2022 - New From Beyonce and Demi Lovato

 Mel’s Current Top 20

June 26, 2022: CHART NOTES

Two big movers leap 10 points in their second week. The first is "Catalonia" by Vance Joy, up from #19 to #9. Right behind him is the revival track of "Running Up That Hill," from Kate Bush, also up ten from #20 last week to #10 this week.

Right behind them is Envy of None with "Never Say I Love You" which was #18 last week and now #11 this week.

Two debut songs: "Break My Soul," the latest from Beyoncé is at #19. The lyric video for that is below. The showcase video this week is from Demi Lovato. It's her rock track "Skin of My Teeth, " first week on at #20.


TWSong TitleArtistLW
2Heat WavesGlass Animals3
3My LoveFlorence + The Machine4
4Hold My HandLady Gaga2
5BonesImagine Dragons5
6Out of TimeThe Weeknd7
7This HellRina Sawayama10
8EnemyImagine Dragons x J.I.D.       6
9CataloniaVance Joy19
10Running Up That HillKate Bush20
11Never Say I Love You Envy of None18
122StepEd Sheeran8
13No One Dies From Love  Tove Lo15
14Jiggle JiggleDuke & Jones & 12
15One LifeEd Sheeran17
16About Damn TimeLizzo9
17When You're GoneShawn Mendes11
18Western WindCarly Rae Jepsen13
19Break My SoulBeyoncenew
20Skin of My TeethDemi Lovatonew

For Beyoncé, we only have the lyric video for her chart debut.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Mel's Current Top 20 | June 16, 2022 | June 9, 2022.

Mel’s Current Top 20

Significant Songs You Don't Care About

As of June 16, 2022.

TWSong TitleArtistLW
2Hold My HandLady Gaga2
3Heat WavesGlass Animals4
4My LoveFlorence + The Machine6
5BonesImagine Dragons5
6EnemyImagine Dragons x J.I.D.3
7Out of TimeThe Weeknd8
82StepEd Sheeran9
9About Damn TimeLizzo7
10This HellRina Sawayama13
11When You're GoneShawn Mendes11
12Jiggle JiggleDuke & Jones & Louis Theroux14
13Western WindCarly Rae Jepsen12
14StrangeMiranda Lambert15
15No One Dies From LoveTove Lo16
16As It WasHarry Styles10
17One LifeEd Sheeran19
18Never Say I Love YouEnvy of None20
19CataloniaVance Joynew
20Running Up That HillKate Bushnew


Cannons hold at #1 for a second week with "Hurricane," a track from their album Fever Dream. Lady Gaga's former #1 hit "Hold My Hand" from the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack album holds at #2 this week.

As stated at the top of this post Rina Sawayama released a new video to her current hit "This Hell, " which moves up this chart from #13 to #10.

One of my favorite new songs this week is "Catalonia" by Vance Joy making its debut at #19.

Our second debut song is more than 30 years old. The Netflix TV series Stranger Things which I have never watched is responsible for the revival of this great oldie from Kate Bush... "Running Up That Hill" makes a very late debut to this chart just like the revival of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" back in 2020. "Running Up That Hill" originally came out in 1985. Wow!

I am all for old songs making a chart comeback when new audiences discover them.

Mel’s Current Top 20

Significant Songs You Don't Care About

This is last week's chart....

As of June 9, 2022.

TWSong TitleArtistLW
2Hold My HandLady Gaga1
3EnemyImagine Dragons x J.I.D.2
4Heat WavesGlass Animals5
5BonesImagine Dragons4
6My LoveFlorence + The Machine7
7About Damn TimeLizzo6
8Out of TimeThe Weeknd9
92StepEd Sheeran10
10As It WasHarry Styles8
11When You're GoneShawn Mendes13
12Western WindCarly Rae Jepsen12
13This HellRina Sawayama15
14Jiggle JiggleDuke & Jones & Louis Theroux16
15StrangeMiranda Lambert17
16No One Dies From LoveTove Lo19
17Zick ZackRammstein11
18BloodrushThe Amazons18
19One LifeEd Sheerannew
20Never Say I Love YouEnvy of Nonenew

Friday, June 10, 2022

Radio Free Hawaii Rewind - June 1, 1991.


The Hawaii Island Music Report #1 - June 1, 1991.

Radio Free Hawaii was a Honolulu/ Oahu based radio station broadcasting on KDEO 102.7FM through a time brokerage agreement with then station owner Robert Loew and operated by "Sheriff" Norm Winter who also owned Jelly's Books and Music at the time. The station was in operation from 1991 to 1997 with a brief hiatus and format change for a few months in late 1994.

The core of the radio station's programming came in from weekly votes sent in by the listeners. The votes were compiled and a playlist was presented every Saturday morning during the station's run through most of the 1990s. It assured that the station would present a very eclectic mix of music ranging from rock, pop, alternative, metal to hip hop, oldies, reggae, country, Hawaiian, and even classical.

During the countdown show, the "Song Discovery of the Week" would be recognized. The most hated song of the week would also be "sledgehammered off the air forever" by Sheriff Norm Winter.

If you like this, I will occasionally be posting some of the Radio Free Hawaii charts as well as a corresponding Spotify playlist.

The following chart, video and Spotify link is the first of several that we will be presenting on this blog. Enjoy!

1.I Wanna Sex You UpColor Me Badd
2.Never Gonna Let You DownSurface
4.Fuck the PoliceN.W.A.
5.IeshaAnother Bad Creation
6.Do You Want Me Salt N Pepa
7.More Than WordsExtreme
8.Hard To FindStar Williams
10.Right Here Right NowJesus Jones
12.Talkin' BluesBob Marley & The Wailers
13.Baby BabyAmy Grant
14.Lover's MoonButch Helemano
15.Burn Baby Burn 2 Black 2 Strong
16.I'll Be WaitingThe Tamlins
17.Kailua KonaHo'Aikane
18.StopJane's Addiction
19.Jane SaysJane's Addiction
20.Fade To BlackMetallica
21.Strange Love (live)Depeche Mode
22.Close To Me (remix)The Cure
23.Been Caught StealingJane's Addiction
24.Promise MeReggae Philharmonic Orchestra
25.Losing My ReligionR.E.M.
26.Dead Skin MaskSlayer
27.I Like The WayHi Five
28.Hanger 18Megadeath
30.Written All Over Your FaceRude Boys
31.Bad BoysInner Circle
32.Man In The BoxAlice in Chains
33.Ready to GoBroken Silence
34.PlaygroundAnother Bad Creation
35.CrushedCocteau Twins
36.There She GoesThe La's

Sledgehammered off the Air (by "Sheriff" Norm Winter)
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

Song Discovery of the Week
I Don't Know Why I Love You - House of Love

Spotify Playlist - Radio Free Hawaii Rewind: June 1, 1991.

Here are Some of the Songs Not on the Spotify Playlist

Promise Me - Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

Kailua Kona - Ho'Aikane

Additional Links

Radio Free Hawaii Chart Archive (old website) - Melvin Ah Ching
Radio Free Rewind YouTube Playlist - Mel / The Hawaii Files Channel
I Love Radio Free Hawaii - Facebook Group

The first printed copy of the Hawaii Island Music Report
Issue #1 - June 1991.

End of post.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Mel's Current Top 20 | June 3, 2022

Lady Gaga Holds At #1 With 
Top Gun Maverick Ballad

I haven't done one of these in a while. There is a page with a weekly rolling chart, but for the record I just want to start resuming (again) the weekly chart posting. A lot of the older charts that I have posted are archived at the M4B Personal Chart site under my username macprohawaii. I have been posting personal charts off and on for quite a lot of years, first on paper and then later online. The old paper charts were long ago tossed, before the internet became a thing.

Here is the chart for this week.

TW Song TitleArtist LW 
   1Hold My Hand                                          Lady Gaga   1
   2EnemyImagine Dragons x J.I.D.   3
   3HurricaneCannons   5
   4BonesImagine Dragons   2
   5Heat WavesGlass Animals   6
   6About Damn TimeLizzo   7
   7My LoveFlorence + The Machine                    8
   8As It WasHarry Styles   4
   9Out of TimeThe Weeknd  10
 102StepEd Sheeran  12
 11Zick ZackRammstein  13
 12Western WindCarly Rae Jepsen  14
 13When You're GoneShawn Mendes  15
 14XMiss Li   9
 15This HellRina Sawayama  17
 16Jiggle JiggleDuke & Jones & Louis Theroux  18
 17StrangeMiranda Lambert  19
 18BloodrushThe Amazons  20
 19No One Dies From LoveTove Lo new 
 20I Can't Get EnoughCazzi Opeia  11

Since my last report, the #1 song has changed several times in the past few months. The current #1 song is from the Top Gun Maverick soundtrack. It has been #1 on this chart for three weeks in a row. That song s "Hold My Hand" from Lady Gaga.

The video for the song appears at the top of this posting.

The only debut song to the chart is "No One Dies From Love" by Tove Lo at #19. The video for that is below.

Be sure to also visit our Spotify page.