Sunday, December 31, 2023

Mel's Top 100 Hits of 2023


Mel’s Top 100 Hits of 2023.

The following chart was compiled from data pulled from my Current Top 20 weekly lists that are posted to M4B Charts, my website and on this blog.

"Angry" by The Rolling Stones was a surprise 2023 entry for me when it debut in early September. From that point on it was the battle of senior bands for the latter quarter of 2023. The Rolling Stones took "Angry" to #1 for 9 weeks. That was good enough to crown the Grammy nominated song as the #1 track of the year.

The Beatles followed next with their last ever song, "Now And Then" which is well known for using A.I. for removing background noise on the original John Lennon cassette recording.  

"Now And Then" became a #1 song for 5 weeks. The Rolling Stones then reclaimed the #1 spot for the last two weeks of 2023 with "Mess It Up".

Taylor Swift placed several records in the Top 100 including two #1 songs: The Grammy nominated "Anti-Hero" is #3 for the year after holding on to #1 for 5 weeks at the end of 2022 and into 2023. The song was on the chart for 25 weeks.

Swift's second #1 song of 2023 was a track called "Karma". Both songs were taken from one of three incarnations of Taylor Swift's Midnights album.

The Linda Lindas hit #1 with "Resolution/Revolution" for three weeks in late summer. 

Rapper Tom MacDonald broke out of his rap genre and greeted 2023 with an ode to his girl friend Nova Rockafeller titled "Ghost". The song is an unexpected thing of beauty that held the #1 spot on the Current Top 20 for 7 non-consecutive weeks, good enough to end up at #2 for the year.

The rest of the Top 100 follow below. 

No.              Song TitleArtistPeakWAPWO
1AngryThe Rolling Stones1916
2GhostTom MacDonald1721
3Anti-HeroTaylor Swift1523
4Now And ThenThe Beatles158
5Resolution/RevolutionThe Linda Lindas1315
6PointlessLewis Capaldi1216
7When I DieFanny Lumsden1215
8Wish You The BestLewis Capaldi1215
9I Feel Like DancingJason Mraz1214
10Karma / Karma (featuring Ice Spice)Taylor Swift1213
11FlowersMiley Cyrus1213
12End of the WorldTom MacDonald featuring John Rich1210
13Try That In A Small TownJason Aldean1210
14Love AgainThe Kid LAROI1210
15Mess It Up The Rolling Stones129
16Lux ÆternaMetallica129
17Heavenly Kind of State of MindLewis Capaldi1114
18CurtainsEd Sheeran1114
19LostLinkin Park1114
20Eyes ClosedEd Sheeran1112
21Rich Men North of RichmondOliver Anthony Music2413
22Need A FavorJelly Roll2216
23Blind For LoveAmerican Authors2314
24Be MoreStephen Sanchez2216
25Get Her BackMichael Ray119
26I Can See You (Taylor's Version)Taylor Swift2210
27Atomic CityU22112
28I'll Be Seeing YouIam Tongi219
29HoudiniDua Lipa214
30EvangelineStephen Sanchez3213
31Sweet Sounds of HeavenThe Rolling Stones3112
32BejeweledTaylor Swift3112
34Lavendar HazeTaylor Swift3111
35I'm Feelin' Good (Steve Miller Band)King Calaway3111
36Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)Bruce Springsteen319
37How I'm Feeling NowLewis Capaldi319
38Paradise (Universal Sound Version)Stick Figure449
39SeasonsBebe Rexha & Dolly Parton318
40Fast CarLuke Combs4218
41Night OwlThe Dollyrots4210
42VampireOlivia Rodrigo4210
43Thank GodKane & Katelyn Brown4127
44Calm Down (featuring Selena Gomez)Rema4114
45Bad Idea Right?Olivia Rodrigo428
46Until I Found You (Em Beihold Version)Stephen Sanchez & Em Beihold4113
47Giddy Up!Shania Twain4112
48I'm Good (Blue)David Guetta & Bebe Rexha4111
49BillyThe Shang Hi Los5212
50JoleneOlivia Newton-John & Dolly Parton417
51No Bad Days (featuring Collett)Macklemore528
53Dirty MoneyTom MacDonald5110
54Cruel SummerTaylor Swift519
55One More TimeBlink-182517
56Is It Over Now? (Taylor's Version)Taylor Swift516
57Thunder RumblesThe Cat Empire6211
58Why Kiki?Iam Tongi6210
59If the Loneliness Don't Kill MeWhitehorse6111
60Made You LookMeghan Trainor629
61American TownEd Sheeran619
62Hey Girl / I Touch MyselfThe Dollyrots618
63Until I Found YouStephen Sanchez7222
64Save Me (with Lainey Wilson)Jelly Roll719
65Loving YouCannons8213
66Too Many ThingsThe Linda Lindas718
67Boom BoomThe Cat Empire718
68Dreamin' All The TimeTrevor Beid Jimenez8210
69Silver FishDengue Fever818
70TQG (featuring Shakira)KAROL G818
71Your AmericaTom MacDonald816
72MotherMeghan Trainor816
73American Flags (with Adam Calhoun)Tom MacDonald815
74Songbird (Orchestral Version)Christine McVie9110
75Thank God I DoLauren Daigle9110
76Everyone and EverythingRingo Starr917
77I Remember Everything (w/ Kacey Musgraves)Zach Bryan916
78Get Him Back!Olivia Rodrigo916
79Hold OnThe Strumbellas916
80Island in the Sun (featuring American Authors)Smallpools1039
81MonstersCourtney Hadwin10210
82I Like The RainTiffany1027
83Single SoonSelena Gomez1025
84I Won't Back DownThe Goo Goo Dolls + O.A.R.1017
85What's Up (featuring Linda Perry)Dolly Parton1017
86PepperPanic at the Disco1016
87Padam PadamKylie Minogue1016
88The American Dream is Killing MeGreen Day1016
89Groovy ChristmasThe Linda Lindas1015
90Catalonia (Live at the Sydney Opera House)Vance Joy1125
91Rockin' Around the Christmas TreeBrenda Lee1012
92The NewsParamore1118
93Save Me The TroubleDan + Shay1116
94Your Side of TownThe Killers1116
95Gonna Be YouDolly Parton, Belinda Carlisle,
Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan,
Debbie Harry
96Better Days (from Trolls Band Together)*NSYNC1114
97That Girl Don't Live HereCourtney Hadwin1227
9874-'75 (2023 Remaster)The Connells1226
99Let It Be (with Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr)Dolly Parton1226
100Life Goes OnEd Sheeran & Luke Combs1216

WAP = Weeks at Peak | WO = Total Weeks on Chart

The Mel’s Top 100 of 2023 Hits on Spotify

Monday, December 11, 2023

Best of 2023: A #1 Song 65 Years After Release

 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Went to #1

I'm happy that BRENDA LEE made it to #1 with her 65 year old holiday hit, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree". The song came out in 1958 and has shown up on every Billboard Hot 100 chart since Christmas music was regularly listed during the holiday season. 

The song also charted on the 1960 and 1961 Hot 100s. "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" has never been a number one record until the Billboard Hot 100 was released on December 5, 2023. 

UPDATE: Billboard announced that "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" will top the Hot 100 for a second week in a row! Congratulations Brenda Lee (December 11).

With that accomplishment, Brenda Lee became the oldest person to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, eclipsing a record Louis Armstrong had since 1964's "Hello Dolly" when he was 64. Today (December 11) Brenda Lee turned 79.

In 1960 she had two #1 songs... "I'm Sorry" and "I Want To Be Wanted" both ballads in a lush, country crooning style. Most of her early records were produced by Owen Bradley, who also produced country music records for Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

My favorite Brenda Lee song is "Sweet Nothins'" a rock n roll track reached #4 on the Hot 100 in 1959. That track along with "I'm Sorry" and several others appeared on her great 1960 album release, Brenda Lee. We had that record in our family's collection since the 1960s. The whispering intro of "ah ha honey, alright..." grabbed it for me on "Sweet Nothins'".

This year a new video was produced for "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" which appears in the link below (YouTube). She also sang the song at the Grand Ole' Opry on December 2023 telecast shown on NBC TV.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Best of 2023: The Beatles Now And Then


The Last Song by The Beatles

"Now And Then", the song recorded by The Beatles was released on November 2. The song written by John Lennon was given to Paul McCartney by Yoko Ono, John's widow in 1994 along with the songs "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love".

In 1994 George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney worked on the three songs releasing two of them on the Anthology I and Anthology II albums that came out in 1995 and 1996. "Now And Then" laid on the back burner for more than 25 years due to technical reasons. You can learn more about "Now And Then" by watching the short video documentary below:

"Now And Then" made its debut on my Current Top 20 chart at #3 on November 3. By the next week it jumped to #1, replacing "Angry" by The Rolling Stones at that position. "Now And Then" has been the #1 song on my Current Top 20 for the four weeks now. The latest chart as of December 1 is shown below.

"Now And Then" is one of my favorite songs of 2023 and we'll see where it ends up in my end of the year Top 100 for 2023.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Best of 2023: Mel’s Spotify Wrap

 Spotify Wrap 2023

I became a paid Spotify subscriber after using the service off and on in the free ad supported tier since 2011. What prompted me to subscribe to Spotify is the fact that they have a very deep and up to date library of more than 90 million songs, many of which I will never listen to.

I love the fact that I can create as many custom playlists as I want to on Spotify and share them with anyone with the link or an embed to a website. I have more than 250 playlists that cover many music genres and eras. Check them out at my Spotify Profile page.

Like last year, Spotify issued their annual "Spotify Wrap" which is a compilation of the most played tracks from their library to my username macprohawaii. For 2023 my top 5 artists were 1. The Beatles 2. Ed Sheeran 3. Lewis Capaldi 4. The Rolling Stones and 5. Taylor Swift. "Angry" by The Rolling Stones was my most played song on Spotify.

Here for your listening pleasure is my Spotify Wrap playlist and brief stats.

Spotify Wrap playlist for 2023:

Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Rolling Stones Angry Comeback


The Rolling Stones Are Not Angry

They are happy for “Angry”... the first single off their new, upcoming album Hackney Diamonds, scheduled for release this coming Friday, October 20.

The Rolling Stones hit song “Angry”, the first single off Hackney Diamonds, is holding the #1 position for the sixth consecutive week on Mel’s Current Top 20 chart. It shows no signs of slowing down.

It’s worth noting that “Angry” made an impressive debut at #1 six weeks ago and has maintained its top spot ever since. This achievement is particularly noteworthy because no other song has ever debuted at #1 on the Current Top 20, except for The Rolling Stones’ 2020 hit “Living in a Ghost Town.” At that time, the chart was reset after a few years of inactivity.

This week’s Current Top 20 features an impressive lineup of rock tracks, with five of them claiming spots in the Top 5. Alongside “Angry” at #1, we have The Linda Lindas “Resolution/Revolution” at #2, Stephen Sanchez’s “Be More” at #3, U2’s “Atomic City” at #4, and The Dollyrots’ “Night Owl” at #5. This abundance of rock hits in the top 5 is a rare occurrence for the chart.

In addition to “Angry”, The Rolling Stones also placed the second single, “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” on the chart last week, debuting at #18. This week the song moved up to #14. Accompanied by Lady Gaga on additional vocals and Stevie Wonder on keyboards, “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” is destined for the Top 10 on Mel’s Current Top 20 chart.

Some fresh additions to the Current Top 20 include *NSYNC’s “Better Place” debuting at #19 and Lauren Daigle’s “These Are The Days” entering at #20. These new singles bring a fresh dynamic to the chart and offer listeners a diverse range of musical styles.

Overall, The Rolling Stones’ “Angry” continues to reign supreme on Mel’s Current Top 20 playlist, showcasing the band’s enduring popularity. With a strong presence of rock hits in the top 5, this week’s chart reflects the diverse musical landscape and the ongoing evolution of the chart.

In the meantime the wait is almost over for their new Hackney Diamonds album.

Mel’s Current Top 20 Chart

As of October 13, 2023.

TW                   TitleArtistLW
1Angry (6th Week @ #1)The Rolling Stones1
2Resolution/RevolutionThe Linda Lindas2
3Be MoreStephen Sanchez3
4Atomic CityU210
5Night OwlThe Dollyrots7
6Rich Men North of RichmondOliver Anthony Music4
7One More Time Blink-18212
9Calm Down (with Selena Gomez)Rema11
10Need A FavorJelly Roll6
11Why KikiIam Tongi13
12Let It Be (with Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr)Dolly Parton14
13Your Side of TownThe Killers15
14Sweet Sounds of HeavenThe Rolling Stones18
15Bad Idea RightOlivia Rodrigo8
16I Remember Everything (w/ Kacy Musgraves)Zach Bryan9
17What's Up? (featuring Linda Perry)Dolly Parton19
18Monsters Courtney Hadwin20
19Better Place*NSYNCNEW
20These Are The DaysLauren DaigleNEW

Keep up with the latest version of Mel’s Current Top 20 at these links: Mel’s Current Top 20 Page | Mel’s Current Top 20 Chart

Mel’s Current Top 20 also streams on Spotify. | LINK

Check this interview out on CBS Sunday Morning for October 15.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

#TBT - Mel's Top 100 Hits of 1968



Unlike the Billboard Top 100 Hits of 1968, my chart differs in that a lot of songs listed there are not listed here. As a long time Beatles fan, this chart contains several Beatles tracks that are acknowledged as part of their greatest hits ever. The Billboard year end chart lists only three songs. This chart expands on that, and features several other rock tracks that The Beatles recorded that did not make the official year end chart for various reasons. On this chart, The Beatles have placed seven tracks.

1968 was also a big year for instrumentals, with 5 of them listed on the chart.

The Rolling Stones managed to put two tracks on this chart, as did The Doors. Aretha Franklin bested them with three as did The Rascals. One of their tracks, "My Hawaii" is an album only track that was a huge hit in the 50th state in 1968. The song has endured over the decades, especially for "Baby Boomers".

The entire Top 100 list appears below and you can listen to the whole thing on my new Spotify Playlist "Top 100 Hits of 1968." Subscribe and enjoy!

TOP 100 HITS OF 1968

1Hey Jude / RevolutionThe Beatles
2Jumpin' Jack FlashThe Rolling Stones
3RevolutionThe Beatles
4Born to Be WildSteppenwolf
5Hurdy Gurdy ManDonovan
6People Got to Be FreeThe Rascals
7While My Guitar Gently WeepsThe Beatles
8(Sittin' On) The Dock of the BayOtis Redding
9Hello, I Love You / Love StreetThe Doors
10Love ChildThe Supremes
11Magic Carpet RideSteppenwolf
12Lady MadonnaThe Beatles
13I Love YouPeople
14Back in the U.S.S.R.The Beatles
15Those Were the DaysMary Hopkin
16Tuesday AfternoonThe Moody Blues
17BirthdayThe Beatles
18Mrs. RobinsonSimon & Garfunkel
19The Good, the Bad and the UglyHugo Montenegro
20My HawaiiThe Rascals
21Young GirlGary Puckett & The Union Gap
22A Beautiful MorningThe Rascals
23Angel of the MorningMerrilee Rush
24I've Gotta Get a Message to YouThe Bee Gees
25I Wish It Would RainThe Temptations
26Midnight ConfessionsThe Grass Roots
27Tighten UpArchie Bell & the Drells
28Ain't Nothing Like the Real ThingMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
29Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-DaThe Beatles
30Do It AgainThe Beach Boys
31A Hazy Shade of WinterSimon & Garfunkel
32Sky PilotThe Animals
33Time Has Come TodayThe Chambers Brothers
34Mony MonyTommy James and the Shondells
35Cry Like a BabyThe Box Tops
36Street Fighting ManThe Rolling Stones
37White RoomCream
38Harper Valley PTAJeannie C. Riley
39SpookyClassics IV
40MacArthur ParkRichard Harris
41Jennifer EcclesThe Hollies
42Dance to the MusicSly and the Family Stone
43All Along The WatchtowerJimi Hendrix
44Grazing in the GrassHugh Masekela
45Do You Know the Way to San JoseDionne Warwick
46Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)John Fred & His Playboy Band
47Lady WillpowerGary Puckett & The Union Gap
48ThinkAretha Franklin
49Piece of My HeartBig Brother and the Holding Company
50ValleriThe Monkees
51FireThe Crazy World of Arthur Brown
52The Mighty QuinnManfred Mann
53Woman, WomanGary Puckett & The Union Gap
54You're All I Need to Get ByMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
55La-La (Means I Love You)The Delfonics
56For Once in My LifeStevie Wonder
57I Say a Little PrayerAretha Franklin
58The HorseCliff Nobles
59Simon Says1910 Fruitgum Company
60Reach Out of the DarknessFriend & Lover
61ElenoreThe Turtles
62Bend Me, Shape MeThe American Breed
63This Guy's in Love with YouHerb Alpert
64Green TambourineThe Lemon Pipers
65Sunshine of Your LoveCream
66I Thank YouSam & Dave
67Girl WatcherThe O'Kaysions
68It's WonderfulThe Rascals
69Pictures of Matchstick MenStatus Quo
70Suzie Q.Creedence Clearwater Revival
71Love is BluePaul Mauriat
72Jennifer JuniperDonovan
73Hold Me TightJohnny Nash
74Master JackFour Jacks & A Jill
75HoneyBobby Goldsboro
76You Keep Me Hangin' OnVanilla Fudge
77Love Is All AroundThe Troggs
78I Wonder What She's Doing TonightTommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
79The Fool on the HillSérgio Mendes
80Classical GasMason Williams
81Sweet InspirationThe Sweet Inspirations
82Send Me A PostcardThe Shocking Blue
83Stoned Soul PicnicThe 5th Dimension
84Light My FireJosé Feliciano
85Yummy Yummy YummyOhio Express
86Indian LakeThe Cowsills
87Little Green ApplesO. C. Smith
88(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been GoneAretha Franklin
89If I Were A CarpenterThe Four Tops
90Slip AwayClarence Carter
91Nobody but MeThe Human Beinz
92The Look of LoveSérgio Mendes
93The Ballad of Bonnie and ClydeGeorgie Fame
94Sealed with a KissGary Lewis & the Playboys
95The UnicornThe Irish Rovers
96Bottle of WineThe Fireballs
97DelilahTom Jones
98The Unknown SoldierThe Doors
99Summertime BluesBlue Cheer
100In A Gadda Da VidaIron Butterfly

* "Revolution" by The Beatles is listed twice, once as a double sided single with "Hey Jude" and again as a standalone. Same song, two different rankings. It's my chart.

 Songs listed with a / indicate a double sided single with the B side listed after the slash.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

#TBT - Mel's Top 100 Hits of 1991


1991: A Year of Transition

In 1991, I shifted from mainstream top 40 music to more alternative rock music. This was the year that pop music transitioned to more rap and hip hop songs, hence the transition to alternative rock. 

The songs on my Top 100 Hits of 1991 were all popular for different reasons. 

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was a cultural phenomenon that helped define the grunge movement and  generation. It turned out to be the band's first and only #1 hit and became their signature song.

"Valerie Loves Me" by Material Issue was a catchy power pop song that started the band's foray into titles named after women. R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" was a more thoughtful and introspective song that resonated with many people in 1991. 

Prince and the New Power Generation's "Cream" was a danceable and funky rock track that was perfect for parties. "Caribbean Blue" by Enya was a beautiful and ethereal ballad that transported listeners to another world. 

Seal's "Crazy" was a soulful and passionate love song that was sure to stir emotions, while EMF's "Unbelievable" was a quirky and experimental track that was ahead of its time. 

"Justified and Ancient" by The KLF and Tammy Wynette was a strange and unexpected collaboration that merged dance, funk and country into an unexpected but memorable hit. 

Sting's "All This Time" was a moving and heartfelt ballad about love and loss.

Yes, 1991 was a year of great musical transition. The rise of grunge and alternative rock challenged the dominance of synth-pop and hair metal, while hip hop and R&B continued to evolve. Meanwhile, genres like electronica and world music were also gaining ground.

THE TOP 100 HITS OF 1991

1Smells Like Teen SpiritNirvana
2Valerie Loves MeMaterial Issue
3Losing My ReligionR.E.M.
5Wicked GameChris Isaak
6Caribbean BlueEnya
8I've Been Thinking About YouLondonbeat
9CreamPrince and The New Power Generation
10Justified And AncientThe KLF with Tammy Wynette
11Groove Is in the HeartDeee-Lite
12Alice EverydayBook of Love
13Shiny Happy PeopleR.E.M.
14Tom's DinerDNA featuring Suzanne Vega
15Nothing Else MattersMetallica
16Something to Talk AboutBonnie Raitt
17Silent LucidityQueensrÿche
18Sadeness (Part I)Enigma
19Kiss Them For MeSiouxsie & The Banshees
20All This TimeSting
21Justify My LoveMadonna
22Right Here, Right NowJesus Jones
23Give It AwayRed Hot Chili Peppers
24QuiverBook of Love
25So You Think I'm in LoveRobyn Hitchcok & The Egyptians
27DianeMaterial Issue
28You Could Be MineGuns N' Roses
29Enter SandmanMetallica
30Here I Am (Come and Take Me)UB40
31Breaking the GirlRed Hot Chili Peppers
32I Touch MyselfDivinyls
33Mysterious WaysU2
34Baby BabyAmy Grant
35There She GoesThe La's
36I Wanna Sex You UpColor Me Badd
37Show Me the WayStyx
38Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance...)C+C Music Factory
39Black or WhiteMichael Jackson
40Near Wild HeavenR.E.M.
41Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me (live)Elton John with George Michael
42The Way You Do the Things You DoUB40
43Everybody Plays the FoolAaron Neville
44Learning to FlyTom Petty & The Heartbreakers
45The UnforgivenMetallica
46More Than WordsExtreme
47GirlfriendMatthew Sweet
48RushBig Audio Dynamite II
49MotownphillyBoyz II Men
50She Lives (In A Time of Her Own)The Judybats
51The Promise of a New DayPaula Abdul
52Don't Drop The BabyThe Judybats
54Wind of ChangeScorpions
56Summer Kisses Winter TearsJulee Cruise
57Rush RushPaula Abdul
58Sunny DayBook of Love
59Right NowVan Halen
60Under The BridgeRed Hot Chili Peppers
61Bitter TearsINXS
62Until The End of the WorldU2
63AlivePearl Jam
64Real Real RealJesus Jones
65I Can't DanceGenesis
66EmotionsMariah Carey
67Hole HeartedExtreme
68Good VibrationsMarky Mark And The Funky Bunch
69Live and Let DieGuns N Roses
70High EnoughDamn Yankees
71Kinky AfroHappy Mondays
72The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)Cher
73(Everything I Do) I Do It for YouBryan Adams
74I'm Your Baby TonightWhitney Houston
75I'm Too SexyRight Said Fred
76Into the Great Wide OpenTom Petty & the Heartbreakers
77Just Another DreamCathy Dennis
78It Ain't Over 'til It's OverLenny Kravitz
79Radio SongR.E.M.
80Rhythm of My HeartRod Stewart
81The Other Side of SummerElvis Costello
82The FlyU2
83O.P.P.Naughty by Nature
84It Hit Me Like a HammerHuey Lewis & The News
85November RainGuns N' Roses
86This HouseTracie Spencer
87Too Many WallsCathy Dennis
88Get A Leg UpJohn Mellencamp
89Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)Roxette
90SomedayMariah Carey
91Love Takes TimeMariah Carey
92The One and OnlyChesney Hawkes
93Love Will Never Do Without YouJanet Jackson
94SummertimeDJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
95Touch Me (All Night Long)Cathy Dennis
96I Adore Mi AmorColor Me Badd
97I'm Not in LoveWill to Power
98Coming Out of the DarkGloria Estefan
99Here We GoC+C Music Factory
100Something to Believe InPoison

Thursday, August 31, 2023

#TBT - The Name Game by Shirley Ellis


From my childhood way back in 1965 comes "The Name Game" by singer Shirley Ellis. We used to have this 45 on the old Congress label back in the day. My late sister and her friend used to love to sing this and substitute names of people they knew at the end of the song. This was a real long time ago... what almost 60 years now.

One thing I liked about "The Name Game" 45 was the killer B-side of that record. The song title was "Whisper To Me Wind". This could have also been a hit back in the day... though I never recall any radio station playing the song.

Shirley Ellis' real name was Shirley Marie O'Garra. She was born in 1929 and lived to 2005. During her career Shirley had three major Billboard Hot 100 hits. The first was "The Nitty Gritty" which came out in 1963 and topped off at the #8 position in October of that year. Her next hit single was "The Name Game" which peaked at #3, followed by "The Clapping Song (Clap Pat, Clap Slap)" which went to #8. Shirley Ellis had a total of 14 charted singles that appeared on the U.S. as well as the U.K. charts.

Check this playlist I created on Spotify featuring Shirley Ellis' music. The playlist tracks should play in full if you have a Spotify subscription.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight? | I Gotta Know

Throwback Thursday - 45 RPM Heaven

Much has been written about "The King of Rock n Roll", ELVIS PRESLEY. This little post on my music corner of nowhere is just another cog to add to that huge, growing wheel, more than 46 years ago today.

Elvis Presley passed away on August 16, 1977. He left a long musical legacy of hundreds of memorable singles and record albums, all of which have been brought up to date in the digital age when you can stream just about anything online.

One of the very first records I was exposed to in the rock n roll genre came very early in my life, probably before I was five years old. My Dad used to have a friend who ran a vending machine business. Among his many vending machines were jukeboxes that he loaned out to restaurants and other eating places. Periodically he would have to change out the records contained in the jukeboxes. Since he was a friend of my Dad, we would end up with dozens of old 45s that Dad brought home. How cool was that?

One of the first records I remember getting was Elvis Presley's single "Are You Lonesome Tonight" with "I Gotta Know" on the B-side. I think my Mom first played the record when we got it. She fell in love with the broken hearted ballad that was the featured A-side of the record. The song was one of several Elvis singles that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

As a kid I found the other side of the record to be much better. "I Gotta Know" was an upbeat song, more to my early rock n roll liking of faster tunes. So I played that side of the record more than the A-side which my Mom loved. 

That all said, both "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "I Gotta Know" both became radio hits, with "Lonesome" as previously stated peaking at #1 and "I Gotta Know" peaking at #20 on the Hot 100.

I love 45 rpm records, especially in the old days when both sides of a 45 could become hits. DJs had more flexibility in those days to flip a record over and figure that hey, the other side is just as good as the A-side being pushed by the record company.

The original 45 was on the black RCA label featuring Nipper the dog looking into the old gramophone record player. What a classic label and symbol. Sadly I no longer have that original 45.

Today "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "I Gotta Know" exist on CD or a digital playlist like I have at. Spotify.

"Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "I Gotta Know" appear on the CD Elvis Golden Records Volume 3.

You can listen to both songs on my Digital 45 playlist on Spotify.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Rich Men North of Richmond - Oliver Anthony


"Rich Men North of Richmond" is a rootsy, blue-collar song that came out of nowhere to become a huge viral video hit for its author and singer Oliver Anthony. Apparently this guy just does some home made recordings and this one has resonated a lot... so much that it debut at #1 on my country music chart. The song is available for streaming on various platforms as well as digital purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

"Rich Men North of Richmond" also tops the iTunes Top 100 and the iTunes Country Charts. Oliver Anthony's other songs are also charting on iTunes including "Ain't Gotta Dollar" which chimes in at #10 on my country chart. Check that out below:

The Country 5 + 5 Chart

As of August 15, 2023.

TW                TitleArtistLR
1Rich Men North of RichmondOliver Anthony Music     new
2Try That In A Small TownJason Aldean1
3Need A FavorJelly Roll2
4When I DieFanny Lumsden4
5Fast CarLuke Combs5
6Bury Me In GeorgiaKane Brown7
7White HorseChris Stapleton9
8Save Me The TroubleDan + Shay3
9Save Me (featuring Lainey Wilson)      Jelly Roll6
10Ain't Gotta DollarOliver Anthony Musicnew

You can listen to all ten of the Country 5 + 5 hits on Spotify.

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Try That In A Small Town


Jason Aldean Tops the Current Top 20, Country 5 + 5, Billboard's Hot 100 and More

Jason Aldean tops Mel's Current Top 20 with his high profile hit, "Try That in a Small Town." The track has been the #1 best seller on iTunes for the past few weeks, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 onTuesday for the week of August 1. I would be thrilled to see if "Try That in a Small Town" can hold on to #1 for a few more weeks, especially on the Hot 100 chart.

Here are this week's Current Top 20 hits as posted on August 4, 2023.

TW                      TitleArtistLW
 1Try That In A Small TownJason Aldean3
 2When I DieFanny Lumsden1
 3I Can See You (Taylor's Version)Taylor Swift5
 4VampireOlivia Rodrigo4
 5Heavenly Kind of State of MindLewis Capaldi2
 6Need A FavorJelly Roll7
 7Fast CarLuke Combs8
 8CurtainsEd Sheeran6
 9Loving YouCannons10
10Island in the Sun (feat. American Authors)     Smallpools11
11American Flags (with Adam Calhoun)Tom MacDonald19
12Save Me (with Lainey Wilson)Jelly Roll9
13Silver FishDengue Fever15
14A Beautiful GameEd Sheeran14
15I Won't Back DownGoo Goo Dolls & O.A.R.16
16Resolution/RevolutionThe Linda Lindasnew
17Save Me The TroubleDan + Shay20
18Until I Found You (Em Beihold Version)Stephen Sanchez & Em Beihold  12
19Karma / Karma (featuring Ice Spice)Taylor Swift13
20Barbie Girl (Tiësto Remix)Aqua + Tiëstonew

Jason Aldean and his #1 hit video.

The Country 5 + 5
As of August 1, 2023.

TW               Tit          leArtistLR
1Try That In A Small TownJason Aldean2
2Need A FavorJelly Roll3
3When I DieFanny Lumsden        1
4Save Me The TroubleDan + Shay6
5On The Boat AgainJake Owen5
6Save Me (featuring Lainey Wilson)       Jelly Roll4
7Fast CarLuke Combs7
8Bury Me In GeorgiaKane Brown9
9Good Lookin'Dixon Dallas8
10World on FireNate Smithnew

Listen to the Current Top 20 on Spotify.

Awaiting: New Dawn by Fanny Lumsden from Bandcamp.

Also waiting from Bandcamp: Reissue of The Connells' 1993 album Ring with bonus tracks.

Listen to the Country 5 + 5 on Spotify.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Mel’s Top 100 Hits of 1969

 Get Back is My Favorite Song of 1969

I was only 12 back in 1969. The biggest event of that year was the manned landing on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins. 

Music wise 1969 was another year of great rock and pop music that wrapped the decade of the 1960s up. We had some great big classic hits by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many others.

In retrospect my favorite songs from 1969 are those by The Beatles. My #1 song of the year is "Get Back" and I list it with its 45 rpm B-side "Don't Let Me Down". My #2 song of the year is another Beatles song that was never released as a single. It is George Harrison's greatest song of all time... "Here Comes The Sun" from the Abbey Road album. He also showed up with The Beatles at #12 with "Something". John Lennon had Beatles tracks on my top 100 with "The Ballad of John & Yoko" at #9, "Come Together" at #21 and his first solo track, "Give Peace a Chance" at #58, which is shown on the record's label at John Lennon / The Plastic Ono Band. 

The Rolling Stones had a couple of big hits in 1969, with my favorite being "Honky Tonk Woman" at #3 for the year.

Several songs in my Top 100 of 1969 were not in the Billboard Top 100 of 1969. They include It's a Beautiful Day's "White Bird" at #4, The Youngbloods' "Get Together" at #11 (originally released in 1967), and "The Boxer" and "Baby Driver" 45 from Simon & Garfunkel. Several other songs that did not score high enough on the year end Billboard Chart of 1969 made this chart.

All of the songs on this chart can be streamed on my Spotify playlist. The Top 100 Hits of 1969 list is posted below. Enjoy!

1Get Back / Don't Let Me DownThe Beatles
2Here Comes The SunThe Beatles
3Honky Tonk WomenThe Rolling Stones
4White BirdIt's A Beautiful Day
5In the Year 2525Zager & Evans
6OneThree Dog Night
7Crimson and Clover (album version)Tommy James and the Shondells
8Bad Moon Rising / LodiCreedence Clearwater Revival
9The Ballad of John & Yoko / Old Brown ShoeThe Beatles
10Time of the SeasonThe Zombies
11Get TogetherThe Youngbloods
12SomethingThe Beatles
13Everyday PeopleSly and the Family Stone
14Fortunate Son / Down on the CornerCreedence Clearwater Revival
15DizzyTommy Roe
16HairThe Cowsills
17Crystal Blue PersuasionTommy James and the Shondells
18Green River / CommotionCreedence Clearwater Revival
19Eli's ComingThree Dog Night
20I Heard It Through the GrapevineMarvin Gaye
21Come TogetherThe Beatles
22Proud Mary / Born on the BayouCreedence Clearwater Revival
23Love (Can Make You Happy)Mercy
24Suspicious MindsElvis Presley
25Put a Little Love in Your HeartJackie DeShannon
26Someday, We'll Be TogetherDiana Ross & The Supremes
27It's Your ThingThe Isley Brothers
28Sugar, SugarThe Archies
29These EyesThe Guess Who
30Sympathy for the DevilThe Rolling Stones
31Hawaii Five-OThe Ventures
32Touch MeThe Doors
33Lay Lady LayBob Dylan
34Easy to Be HardThree Dog Night
35Hot Fun in the SummertimeSly and the Family Stone
36Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him GoodbyeSteam
37A Boy Named SueJohnny Cash
38Soul DeepThe Box Tops
39Time Is TightBooker T. & the M.G.'s
40More Today Than YesterdaySpiral Starecase
41Sugar on SundayThe Clique
42Spinning WheelBlood, Sweat & Tears
43The Boxer / Baby DriverSimon & Garfunkel
44Whole Lotta LoveLed Zeppelin
45Marakesh Express / Helplessly HopingCrosby, Stills & Nash
47LaughingThe Guess Who
48I'd Wait a Million YearsThe Grass Roots
49I Can Hear MusicThe Beach Boys
50My Cherie AmourStevie Wonder
51What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)Jr. Walker & The All Stars
52You've Made Me So Very HappyBlood, Sweat & Tears
53You Showed MeThe Turtles
54Smile a Little Smile for MeThe Flying Machine
55TracesClassics IV
56Ramblin' Gamblin' ManBob Seger System
57Tell All The PeopleThe Doors
58Give Peace A ChanceJohn Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band
59Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to TownKenny Rogers and The First Edition
60Aquarius/Let the Sunshine InThe 5th Dimension
61Backfield in MotionMel and Tim
62I Can't Get Next to YouThe Temptations
63Wishful SinfulThe Doors
64Build Me Up ButtercupThe Foundations
65This Magic MomentJay and the Americans
66Maxwell's Silver HammerThe Beatles
67In the GhettoElvis Presley
68Everybody's Talkin'Harry Nilsson
69Baby It's YouSmith
70The River is WideThe Grass Roots
71Too Busy Thinking About My BabyMarvin Gaye
72Good Morning StarshineOliver
73Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'Crazy Elephant
74Wedding Bell BluesThe 5th Dimension
75It's Getting BetterMama Cass Elliot
76Sweet CarolineNeil Diamond
77Games People PlayJoe South
78Baby, Baby Don't CryThe Miracles
79Take A Letter MariaR.B. Greaves
80IsraelitesDesmond Decker & The Aces
81Jingle JangleThe Archies
82GalvestonGlen Campbell
83UndunThe Guess Who
84Octopus's GardenThe Beatles
85GoodbyeMary Hopkin
86I'm Gonna Make You Love MeThe Supremes & The Temptations
87Bella LindaThe Grass Roots
88That's the Way Love IsMarvin Gaye
89Hooked on a FeelingB.J. Thomas
90This Girl Is a Woman NowGary Puckett & The Union Gap
91Only The Strong SurviveJerry Butler
92Ruben JamesKenny Rogers and The First Edition
93Time MachineGrand Funk Railroad
94Try A Little TendernessThree Dog Night
95Baby, I Love YouAndy Kim
96Mr. Sun, Mr. MoonPaul Revere & the Raiders
97Can I Change My MindTyronne Davis
98GitarzanRay Stevens
99Grazing in the GrassThe Friends of Distinction
100Keem-O-SabeElectric Indian