Sunday, July 30, 2023

Fanny Lumsden @ #1 on the Currrent Top 20


Fanny Lumsden, contemporary country star from Australia tops The Current Top 20 chart this week with her single "When I Die". The song is from her forthcoming album New Dawn that is slated for release this coming Friday, August 4. Two other singles have also been previously issued prior to the album's release. They include "Millionaire" and "Ugly Flowers".

She first hit the top 20 back in 2021 with her #4 hit "Dig". All of her videos are filmed in Australia.

Ms. Lumsden is currently on tour in the land down under. You can find more about her by visiting her website.


Hot Tracks That Should Be Hits

As of July 28, 2023.

TW                         Title ArtistLW
1When I DieFanny Lumsden1
2Heavenly Kind of State of MindLewis Capaldi2
3Try That in a Small TownJason Aldean15
4VampireOlivia Rodrigo6
5I Can See You (Taylor's Version from the Vault)Taylor Swift9
6CurtainsEd Sheeran3
7Need A FavorJelly Roll11
8Fast CarLuke Combs5
9Save Me (with Lainey Wilson)Jelly Roll7
10Loving YouCannons8
11Island in the Sun (featuring American Authors)Smallpools12
12Until I Found You (Em Beihold Version)Stephen Sanchez & Em Beihold4
13Karma / Karma (featuring Ice Spice)Taylor Swift10
14A Beautiful GameEd Sheeran18
15Silver FishDengue Fever19
16I Won't Back DownGoo Goo Dolls & O.A.R.20
17Padam PadamKylie Minogue13
18Wish You The BestLewis Capaldi14
19American Flags (with Adam Calhoun)Tom MacDonaldnew
20Save Me The TroubleDan + Shaynew

More videos by Fanny Lumsden.

I love her vintage 1980s Toyota Celica in this video.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

WOP Your Jaws CMT


Jason Aldean Burn Up The Charts With Latest Single Release

I LOVE this new Jason Aldean song. It's called "Try That in a Small Town" and addresses serious social issues regarding respect, crime, law and order and honoring the American flag (by not burning it).

Ever since the song was pulled from the Country Music Televison (CMT) video music channel, sales and streams of the single have soared 1000% from the previous week. Sales were so high that "Try That In A Small Town" became the #1 selling country song on the Billboard and iTunes Top 100 country music charts. Today it made its chart debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at #2. WOW! Not bad for a controversial song that has been embraced by many people.

On my personal Country 5 + 5 chart "Try That in a Small Town" debuts at #2, just behind Fanny Lumsden's #1 hit, "When I Die". The song also debut this weekend at #15 on my Current Top 20 weekly chart of pop and rock hits.

THE COUNTRY 5 + 5 CHART - As of July 25, 2023.

TW TitleArtistLR
  1When I DieFanny Lumsden  1
  2Try That In A Small TownJason Aldeannew
  3Need A FavorJelly Roll  2
  4Save Me (featuring Lainey Wilson)Jelly Roll  3
  5On The Boat AgainJake Owen  5
  6Save Me The TroubleDan + Shay  9
  7Fast CarLuke Combs  4
  8Good Lookin'Dixon Dallas  8
  9Bury Me in Georgia (Single Edit)Kane Brown  7
10Life Goes OnEd Sheeran & Luke Combs  6

Saturday, July 15, 2023

You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat


Jaws - Main Title by John Williams

Video by the Film Symphony Orchestra

Composer John Williams is well known for his many film scores and title themes. "Jaws" was his major film score breakout hit, as it became the signature song that totally identifies with the shark in the film. The "Jaws Main Title" theme evokes a feeling of fear, looming doom... that something awful is going to happen to you. The music was effectively used in the opening of the film where you see a young lady swimming in the night time ocean, and suddenly becomes prey and a meal for yet unseen shark. The theme carries throughout the movie.

"Jaws" is popular musical piece for orchestras to perform on stage. The video above is from the Film Symphony Orchestra and the one below is from the Boston Pops orchestra, conducted by John Williams himself. Sit back and enjoy the Themes from Jaws.

You won't want to get into the water and will definitely need a bigger boat if you do.

Monday, July 10, 2023

Best of the 1990s: “Joey” by Concrete Blonde

Starting in the 1980s, I grew more and more aware of alternative rock music. MTV’s 120 Minutes showcased many neat alternative rock tracks in the mid to late 1980s and onward to the 1990s.

One of the bands that were part of the scene in 1990 was Concrete Blonde. I became aware of them when their third album Bloodletting became a hit on one of our local alt rock radio stations. The song leading the charge of hits from Bloodletting was “Joey”.

“Joey” was Concrete Blonde’s biggest hit and their only record to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 singles list. It peaked at #19 on that chart in 1990, and spent four separate weeks on Billboard’s Alternative Rock chart, where it peaked at #1. “Joey” is an angst ridden song about the writer’s ex-boyfriend.

As for the album Bloodletting, it is an album that I have liked through the years. Best tracks are “Joey”, “Caroline” “Darkening of the Night” and the long and brooding “Tomorrow Wendy”.

Listen to Bloodletting at the following links:


JOEY - YouTube Enhanced Audio

Friday, July 7, 2023

Mel's Top 20 Hits So Far of 2023.

 OK... Posting of the weekly Current Top 20 charts are not happening here.... at least on this blog's main pages. I tried, but am utterly a failure here. 

That said, both Mel's Current Top 20 Chart and The Country 5 + 5 Chart are regularly posted on their own pages within the confines of this blog site. You can find links to the latest charts by accessing them at the right hand column on this and every blog page here.

I will eventually create bigger graphics with links going to those pages on the blog's right hand columns.

Stay tuned.

Resuming our blog, it is time to kind of re-cap the top 20 songs so far that have made it on Mel's Current Top 20 chart. Not surprisingly Tom MacDonald and his long running hit "Ghost" tops the half-way chart so far this year at #1.

Rank                     TitleArtistPeakWAPTotal Weeks
1GhostTom MacDonald1721
2Anti-HeroTaylor Swift1523
3Love AgainThe Kid LAROI1210
4End of the WorldTom MacDonald featuring John Rich1210
5Wish You The BestLewis Capaldi1211
6FlowersMiley Cyrus1213
7I Feel Like DancingJason Mraz1213
8PointlessLewis Capaldi1216
9Karma / Karma (featuring Ice Spice)Taylor Swift128
10Lux ÆternaMetallica129
11Eyes ClosedEd Sheeran1112
12LostLinkin Park1114
13Get Her BackMichael Ray119
14Blind For LoveAmerican Authors2314
15I'll Be Seeing YouIam Tongi216
16EvangelineStephen Sanchez3213
17Lavendar HazeTaylor Swift3111
18I'm Feelin' Good (Steve Miller Band)King Calaway3111
20BejeweledTaylor Swift3112

Key - Rank | Peak Position | Weeks at Peak (WAP) | Total Weeks on Top 20