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

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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.