Monday, May 29, 2023

The Return of Mel's Current Top 20

 Mel's Current Top 20 | As of May 27, 2023.

Welcome to the resumption of weekly postings of Mel's Current Top 20 Chart. I've been doing personal charts of current pop and rock music for some years now and have occasionally posted them to this blog. Since 2020, the Current Top 20 has been regularly posted to the M4B Chart Central website. Prior to that a previous incarnation of these charts were posted there starting around 2009.

I love lists. Ranking favorite songs, movies, TV shows, cars, etc... overall and by genre. On this blog's pages you can see a music chart for both pop/rock music and a separate one for country music.
Through the years, special charts have been posted on favorite artists such as The Beatles and charts for the Christmas holiday season.

Now I'm bringing the weekly Current Top 20 chart back to these pages. Enjoy.

TW                              TitleArtist LW 
 1I Feel Like DancingJason Mraz  2
 2Eyes ClosedEd Sheeran  1
 3Wish You The BestLewis Capaldi  4
 4SeasonsBebe Rexha & Dolly Parton  6
 5Get Her BackMichael Ray  3
 6Hey Girl / I Touch MyselfThe Dollyrots  7
 7Too Many ThingsThe Linda Lindas  8
 8Dirty MoneyTom MacDonald  9
 9Karma / Karma (featuring Ice Spice)Taylor Swift 12
10End Of The WorldTom MacDonald ft. John Rich  5
11I'll Be Seeing YouIam Tongi new
12That Girl Don't Live HereCourtney Hadwin 13
13Thunder RumblesThe Cat Empire 15
14CurtainsEd Sheeran 20
15Dead To YouIMY2 16
16Until I Found You (Em Beihold Version)      Stephen Sanchez & Em Beihold         18
17BillyThe Shang Hi Los 10
18How I'm Feeling NowLewis Capaldi 11
19Heavenly Kind of State of MindLewis Capaldi new
20Loving YouCannons new


21. Worth It - Colbie Caillat
23. Fast Car - Luke Combs
27. World on Fire - Dolly Parton
30. More - The Warning
33. Show Me How - Foo Fighters
38. Bury Me in Georgia (single version) - Kane Brown


The #1 position changes again. This week Jason Mraz tops the chart with "I Feel Like Dancing." The single nudges up from last week's #2 position after its debut way back on April 1. Been nearly 2 months.

The biggest debut song is from American Idol. Iam Tongi, an 18 year old student originally from Hawaii won the nationally televised contest last weekend, propelling his debut single "I'll Be Seeing You" to debut at the #11 spot this week. He has been a media sensation in the State of Hawaii this past few weeks.

New last week was the highly anticipated new album Broken By the Desire to Be Heavenly Sent, from crooner Lewis Capaldi. Several singles including "Wish You The Best," currently #4 on this week have come and gone on this chart this past few months. The latest track from the album debuts at #19. It's called "Heavenly Kind State of Mind."

Cannons, the alternative rock music band who went to #1 last year with "Hurricane" are back this week with their latest track. It's called "Loving You." It debuts at #20 for the week.

Original Post on M4B Charts Central - Mel's Current Top 20 | As of May 27, 2023.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Iam Tongi Has a Great Opportunity to Create Worldwide Hits

Iam Tongi covers Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me" 

I am not a regular viewers of American Idol, the nationwide talent contest that just wrapped its 21st season on ABC-TV. I never took much interest in it until this past Sunday, when I watched the three hour long live broadcast Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm.

Like many viewers throughout the State of Hawaii and across the nation, the big draw to American Idol this year was singer William "Iam" Tongi, who is an 18-year old singer from Kahuku on Oahu's North Shore. Since his audition in February of this year, Iam has made an impact across the islands and the nation with strong and emotional voice covering well known songs such as "Monsters" by James Blunt, "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel and "Bring it on Home to Me" by Sam Cooke to name few. 

The talented singer gives his all to every song he sings, pouring his soul into the songs and bringing them to life, often in remembrance of his father, Rodney, who passed away in 2022. He brought American Idol judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie during his audition singing James Blunt's "Monsters" which he dedicated to his father. Judge Katy Perry stated, "you hit a nerve, that is what great story tellers do. Your voice is so magnificent."

From that point on, Iam Tongi made it through all of the subsequent rounds of the American Idol song competition until he was placed among the final three this past Sunday. When the final vote was counted, Iam Tongi was named the new American Idol for 2023. More than 17 million people voted in the ongoing poll that was taken throughout the three hour broadcast.

The new American Idol winner gets a recording contract with Hollywood Records and $250,000 to pursue his musical dream. Let's hope he can craft great new music that can reach all demographics throughout the nation and world.

Iam has released a new single called "I'll Be Seeing You" which for the past several days, has topped the iTunes Top 100 songs of the day at #1. Best wishes to Iam Tongi as he moves up higher in his music career.

For the past several days Iam Tongi's "I'll Be Seeing You" has been on the top of the iTunes Top 100 Songs. He has also been instrumental for bringing James Blunt's 2019 track "Monsters" back into prominence as it hovers at the #2 position.

Iam Tongi's American Idol audition brought the judges to tears.

Iam Tongi's "I'll Be Seeing You" has already topped the iTunes Top 100 chart. The song is available to stream on all platforms or purchased as a digital download from Amazon and Apple.