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  • Originally posted by JSparksFan View Post
    I was just thinking today that your #1s of 2017 and 2018 both have "Feel" in their titles: "Feel It Still" and "Make Me Feel". Interesting that a verb that literally describes the effect that our favourite songs have on us features so prominently in your previous years' faves.

    Your current #1 is interesting. I'll probably have to revisit it. I'm pleased to see "So Am I" soaring into the top 5, and "Old Town Road" fairly high.
    OMG, I did not notice that I have had feeling songs as my top songs the last two years - haha! I just checked and 17 songs have charted with the word feel in the title, six of them #1. Two of them involve acts currently in the top ten - Pink's Feel Good Time, which is one of her two #1s, and Madonna's "What It Feels Like For a Girl," which only got to #9.

    Really hope you enjoy the JID song. He seems underrated to me. And yes, I really like Old Town Road - the competition is really strong right now, but I think it will go higher as it's just getting started.

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    • Nice debut for "On My Way" this week. What are your thoughts about this song? Somehow I feel like it would have been better without Farruko

      Also good debut for "Medellin" and loving that climb for Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy"

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      • Originally posted by Tansike View Post
        Nice debut for "On My Way" this week. What are your thoughts about this song? Somehow I feel like it would have been better without Farruko

        Also good debut for "Medellin" and loving that climb for Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy"
        It's typical Alan Walker, but it works every time for me. he just connects with the right singers. I like that adding Farruko is a little bit of a departure for him, even if it serves some distraction as well.

        About to post the next chart and they are continuing to climb

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        • Chart Notes:

          For the week ending May 4:
          • Lost in the news last week was Pink, who managed to be in the top ten for the first time in nearly six years. Her last appearance was with Lily Allen on True Love in August of 2013. It's her first unaccompanied song to hit the top ten since February of 2011 when Perfect hit #3.
          • We'll see if Taylor can hit the top ten with ME! (All caps AND an exclamation point? - OK, Taylor ), but she has a pretty spotty record on here. She's hit the top 10 nine times so far, five of which made the top five. Look What You Made Me Do had a much more dazzling opening at #4, but it ended up peaking at #3.
          • Hailey Reinhart holds at #2 - she's the eighth American Idol contestant to get that far - five of which have hit #1 (Kelly Clarkson, Josh Gracin [see below], Bo Bice, Jennifer Hudson, and Daughtry) and the others got as far as #2 [Elliot Yamin, Blake Lewis - like you even remember who they are ] )




          We go back to 2004, and hmm, I was in the thick of an American Idol obsession. Josh Gracin remains the 2nd most successful act from that show on my chart. He got his first #1 with I Want to Live, and would hit #1 three more times in the next two years. It would take Kelly Clarkson until 2012 to match him before surpassing him at the end of 2013 with Underneath the Tree. The only song I still listen to from this set is This Love, which ended up being 2004's #1 song of the year.

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          • Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
            Yes, though Pink was lucky to also hit during that brief period were singles sales resurged. I am convinced that hip hop would have done better on the charts if it were not for downloads, but instead it was of huge benefit to pop.
            Ah, too true. The shifting tides of dominant genres in the US over the past 15-20 years have been interesting to follow: R&B and hip-hop/rap reigned supreme during the early-mid-00's, when the Hot 100 was almost completely airplay-driven (since physical singles were virtually obsolete, aside from American Idol winners, and paid downloads hadn't taken off yet). Then pop/dance (or pop/dance-leaning rap, like Flo Rida) benefitted the most during the heyday of paid downloads...and now streaming has brought hip-hop/rap back to the forefront.

            Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
            As for Madonna, you'd think Ghosttown would have at least merited play on the Halloween list, right? But no, she's only had three other songs this decade make the top ten - Give Me All Your Lovin' (#4), Turn Up the Radio (#2), and Living For Love (#8). Turn Up the Radio, incidentally, was held out by Whitney Houston, with a song from Sparkle! Such an 80s week.
            Huge "YES!" for "Turn Up The Radio" being Madonna's biggest hit of the 2010's It seemed like that song got a ton of hate back when it became a single for being too fluffy/vacant, but it felt like a fun throwback to her early, light-hearted pop bop days ("Holiday," "Lucky Star," "Into The Groove," etc).

            • I recognize Elliot Yamin and Blake Lewis, but not Josh Gracin Granted, I'm not the biggest country aficionado, and it looks like he made the most impact on country radio. I loved Blake's "How Many Words," but I haven't revisited it in quite a while.
            • I'd be down for a Billie VS Madge brawl for No. 1 glory in the coming weeks.
            • You'd mentioned not caring much for Taylor at some point, so I'm pleasantly surprised to learn that she has nine Top 10's to her name here! What were her Top 5's besides LWYMMD?

            Yet another chart that's a work of art, cheap!
            last.fm

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            • Originally posted by phoenix98 View Post
              Huge "YES!" for "Turn Up The Radio" being Madonna's biggest hit of the 2010's It seemed like that song got a ton of hate back when it became a single for being too fluffy/vacant, but it felt like a fun throwback to her early, light-hearted pop bop days ("Holiday," "Lucky Star," "Into The Groove," etc).
              Your comment made me realize how unusual it was that it was her second single did better than the first - that is the ONLY time that has happened since I started my chart, which goes back to the Ray of Light days.

              Originally posted by phoenix98 View Post
              I recognize Elliot Yamin and Blake Lewis, but not Josh Gracin Granted, I'm not the biggest country aficionado, and it looks like he made the most impact on country radio. I loved Blake's "How Many Words," but I haven't revisited it in quite a while.
              Josh Gracin was the marine! He started off cute, but then as the season went on, he got a bit chunkier too much free food, I'm sure! I think he was in the second season, so he gets the credit as AI's first country artist to chart, ahead of Carrie Underwood. He as dropped from the label after his second album, which is incredible because he was getting decent airplay.

              Originally posted by phoenix98 View Post
              I'd be down for a Billie VS Madge brawl for No. 1 glory in the coming weeks.
              I see both of them staying the top five next week at least!

              Originally posted by phoenix98 View Post
              You'd mentioned not caring much for Taylor at some point, so I'm pleasantly surprised to learn that she has nine Top 10's to her name here! What were her Top 5's besides LWYMMD?
              #1 I Don't Want to Live Forever (her only #1!)
              #2 Christmas Must Mean Something More
              #2 Shake It Off
              #2 Blank Space
              #3 Look What You Made Me Do

              I do regret that Blank Space missed #1. The song that blocked it was totally forgettable - a song called Bright Lights by Syn Cole.

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              • Chart Notes:

                For the week ending May 11:
                • Not only in Billie Eilish the first artist born this century ever to appear on my list, but she's now the first from from this century to go to #1. She's the youngest to hit #1 since Lorde did so in 2013 just shy of her 17th birthday, and is the 4th youngest to hit #1 overall.
                • Lil Nas X, along with Billie, edges into the top five, and is one of only a handful of artists so far that were born after my chart was created. Zara Larsson was the first having been born just two weeks after my first chart. "Every Morning" by Sugar Ray was #1 when Lil Nas X was born and What's Going On?, a charity single by All-Star Tribute was #1 when Billie was born.
                • At the other end of the age scale and of the chart, Smokey Robinson appears as a feature at #20. He is the third oldest artist to chart, but the oldest to chart with a non-Christmas single - Loretta Lynn's To Heck With Old Santa Claus, and Tony Bennett's Baby It's Cold Outside (with Gaga) are the two older artists.




                We go back to 2005, and my son had just been born two weeks prior. Juanes had the #1 song when he was born in what ended up being the #1 song of the year and one of my favorite #1s in history. At the time, it was second song in a foreign language to top the list (following Asereje). As for the rest of the top five, well, it was a bunch of white guys singing mostly forgettable songs. Beverly Hills is the only other one I revisit.

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                • Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                  Your comment made me realize how unusual it was that it was her second single did better than the first - that is the ONLY time that has happened since I started my chart, which goes back to the Ray of Light days.
                  Ah, that's a fun factoid! When it comes to her post-RoL albums, there's at least a couple where I definitely prefer the later singles to the lead:

                  • "Nothing Fails" + "Love Profusion" > "American Life" (though it's a closer call if we count "Die Another Day")
                  • "Give It 2 Me" + "Miles Away" > "4 Minutes"

                  "Sorry" is nearly tied with "Hung Up," and same goes for "Turn Up The Radio" + GMAYL.

                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                  Josh Gracin was the marine! He started off cute, but then as the season went on, he got a bit chunkier too much free food, I'm sure! I think he was in the second season, so he gets the credit as AI's first country artist to chart, ahead of Carrie Underwood. He as dropped from the label after his second album, which is incredible because he was getting decent airplay.
                  Sounds like you were a pretty regular viewer for a while? I actively followed the first season, but only checked out the winners' singles or other noteworthy releases after that (like Jennifer Hudson). The show fell off my radar completely after Phillip Phillips's year (well, aside from all the cringeworthy Mariah-VS-Nicki headlines).

                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                  I do regret that Blank Space missed #1. The song that blocked it was totally forgettable - a song called Bright Lights by Syn Cole.
                  Glad you've seen the error of your ways I should've guessed there'd be a Christmas song in that bunch!

                  • Congrats to Billie for doing her generation proud! I've been getting back into "Bad Guy" lately thanks to Akini's "Your Billboard Top 10" game. Besides Billie and Lorde, who were those other young'uns to hit No. 1?
                  • Tacocat deserve some points for their name alone <3 After a brief browse through their Wiki page, they seem like a really fascinating (and witty) group. The visuals certainly stole the show during my first look at "Grains Of Salt," but I'm appreciating the song itself more and more with each successive listen. A lot of the lyrics hit home: "wasting so much time, only knowing doubt" ; "don't forget to remember who the f**k you are..."
                  • Really pleased to see "ME!" still gaining! You don't seem TOO enthusiastic about the track, so each week it manages to appear here feels like a triumph.
                  • I was kind of excited for the UglyDolls soundtrack, since it featured several recognizable names, but I'm pretty underwhelmed by the tracks I've checked out (though hearing them within the context of the movie would probably help). It also feels a little absurd having these ridiculously-gorgeous celebrities (Janelle, Nick Jonas, Bebe Rexha, etc) who clearly put great effort into their appearance sending messages about how looks are overrated/over-emphasized.

                  Yet another chart that's the opposite of bad, cheap!
                  last.fm

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                  • Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                    It's typical Alan Walker, but it works every time for me. he just connects with the right singers. I like that adding Farruko is a little bit of a departure for him, even if it serves some distraction as well.

                    About to post the next chart and they are continuing to climb
                    True. He has a lucky hand when it comes to collaborations and he knows what works with his songs. Good to know you're enjoying Farruko's parts, maybe I just give the song another chance...

                    Fantastic new number one! Billie has a fantastic year so far and it's all so deserved. "Bad Guy" is such a bop

                    Loving that throwback feeling with "La camisa negra". Still a classic!

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                    • Between ascending to the US top 10 and my favourite RPDR queen this year performing it at every club she visits, "Bad Guy" has gotten enough free promo to really capture my attention. I gave it a proper chance recently, and I think I'm pretty much sold on it. Billie Eilish is hit or miss for me, but "Bad Guy" seems like a certified hit for me at this point.

                      "SOS" is okay. "Something Strange" is good. "Grains of Salt" is about a minute too long, but I didn't mind it.

                      Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                      OMG, I did not notice that I have had feeling songs as my top songs the last two years - haha! I just checked and 17 songs have charted with the word feel in the title, six of them #1. Two of them involve acts currently in the top ten - Pink's Feel Good Time, which is one of her two #1s, and Madonna's "What It Feels Like For a Girl," which only got to #9.

                      Really hope you enjoy the JID song. He seems underrated to me. And yes, I really like Old Town Road - the competition is really strong right now, but I think it will go higher as it's just getting started.
                      What a relationship with that verb!
                      Akini's Top 400 Songs of the Decade: [2-1!]

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                      • Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post

                        "Nothing Fails" + "Love Profusion" > "American Life" (though it's a closer call if we count "Die Another Day")
                        "Give It 2 Me" + "Miles Away" > "4 Minutes"
                        I count Die Another Day, only so I can say she has charted with at least one song from every album since Ray of Light. Technically, she kind ofscored with Hollywood too, as a part of the Into the Hollywood Groove, mash-up she did with Missy Elliot, which is embarrassingly, the last time Madonna was at #1. I thought Medellin' might break that very long streak, but now I'm not sure.

                        Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post

                        Sounds like you were a pretty regular viewer for a while? I actively followed the first season, but only checked out the winners' singles or other noteworthy releases after that (like Jennifer Hudson). The show fell off my radar completely after Phillip Phillips's year (well, aside from all the cringeworthy Mariah-VS-Nicki headlines).
                        Sounds like we got uninterested in American Idol around the same time! I stopped watching with the 2011 season, which is where Hailey Reinhart appeared. It was an all-country artist finale and I was like ok, this is basically Nashville Star now and kind of lost interest. Plus with Simon gone, it wasn't the same. I also lost patience for those shows, though I did follow the Voice for a few years after that. [/quote]

                        [QUOTE=crystalphoenix;7047516]
                        Congrats to Billie for doing her generation proud! I've been getting back into "Bad Guy" lately thanks to Akini's "Your Billboard Top 10" game. Besides Billie and Lorde, who were those other young'uns to hit No. 1?

                        I had a feeling someone would ask - well, speaking of The Voice - the youngest to ever hit #1 was a Voice contestant - well over a decade after hitting #1 on my chart! It was Billy Gilman, who I think was 11 or 12 when he had "I'm Gonna Email Santa" in 2000. The next youngest after that is Hillary Duff, who hit #1 with So Yesterday in 2002 when she was 15.

                        [QUOTE=crystalphoenix;7047516]
                        Tacocat deserve some points for their name alone <3 After a brief browse through their Wiki page, they seem like a really fascinating (and witty) group. The visuals certainly stole the show during my first look at "Grains Of Salt," but I'm appreciating the song itself more and more with each successive listen. A lot of the lyrics hit home: "wasting so much time, only knowing doubt" ; "don't forget to remember who the f**k you are..."

                        Ugh, I guess this is a spoiler alert, but you checked it out just as I completely burned out on it. I really loved the song and thought at one point, it would be a #1 contender, but I think I overplayed it. It really is a wonderful song though.

                        Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post

                        Really pleased to see "ME!" still gaining! You don't seem TOO enthusiastic about the track, so each week it manages to appear here feels like a triumph.
                        Yes, and I may be near my limit, but it does move up on the next chart...

                        Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post

                        I was kind of excited for the UglyDolls soundtrack, since it featured several recognizable names, but I'm pretty underwhelmed by the tracks I've checked out (though hearing them within the context of the movie would probably help). It also feels a little absurd having these ridiculously-gorgeous celebrities (Janelle, Nick Jonas, Bebe Rexha, etc) who clearly put great effort into their appearance sending messages about how looks are overrated/over-emphasized.

                        Yet another chart that's the opposite of bad, cheap!
                        Me too ... and you've named yet another song that does not do well on the next chart. I really was so thirsty for a Janelle song, but it didn't even really sound like her.

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                        • Originally posted by Tansike View Post
                          True. He has a lucky hand when it comes to collaborations and he knows what works with his songs. Good to know you're enjoying Farruko's parts, maybe I just give the song another chance...

                          Fantastic new number one! Billie has a fantastic year so far and it's all so deserved. "Bad Guy" is such a bop

                          Loving that throwback feeling with "La camisa negra". Still a classic!
                          YESSSS someone who loves La Camisa Negra - If I did an all-time countdown on my chart, it would be vying for the top spot. I truly love it.

                          Really find Bad Guy amazing - there's just nothing out there like this on the Hot 100 - she's doing just what someone her age should be doing and it's fascinating.

                          Originally posted by JSparksFan View Post
                          Between ascending to the US top 10 and my favourite RPDR queen this year performing it at every club she visits, "Bad Guy" has gotten enough free promo to really capture my attention. I gave it a proper chance recently, and I think I'm pretty much sold on it. Billie Eilish is hit or miss for me, but "Bad Guy" seems like a certified hit for me at this point.

                          "SOS" is okay. "Something Strange" is good. "Grains of Salt" is about a minute too long, but I didn't mind it.



                          What a relationship with that verb!
                          Glad to see you made it to the Bad Guy train! I agree Billie is totally hit or miss - and some of the tracks really show her age but some of them are so listenable. I think Bad Guy is the best track, but All Good Girls Go To Hell should be a single, though who knows if it will be, because it seems like the whole release a single to keep interest up in the album is a dying concept anymore since album sales are basically gone.

                          As for Tacocat, well, as you'll see, you might have foreshadowed the next chart...

                          Really glad you like Something Strange - man, do I have tons of car karoke with that one. Do you remember her on AI?

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                          • Chart Notes:

                            For the week ending May 18:
                            • Tacocat does indeed fall from #7 off the chart - the biggest drop off the chart since, well, Saturday appeared for one week at #7. Guess #7 is unlucky this year!
                            • It's a busy chart week for Jack Savoretti, who sees one song move up, another song hold position, and another song debut. He is the first person to simultaneously chart three songs since Janelle Monae last September.
                            • An Eminem debut is not really news, but this is Logic's second appearance since with 1-800 hit, which ended up finishing high in my year end charts in 2017.




                            This week in 2006 saw the ascension of one of the hugest songs on my chart ever - it was the #1 song of 2006 and obliterated everything below it. A rare country appearance was at #2 in Tim McGraw, who had the second of his four top tens on my chart. And Rihanna was just getting started. SOS was her 2nd appearance after Pon De Replay the year.


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                            • Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                              I count Die Another Day, only so I can say she has charted with at least one song from every album since Ray of Light. Technically, she kind ofscored with Hollywood too, as a part of the Into the Hollywood Groove, mash-up she did with Missy Elliot, which is embarrassingly, the last time Madonna was at #1. I thought Medellin' might break that very long streak, but now I'm not sure.
                              Ah, so "Die Another Day" was the only American Life track to chart at all? (Besides "Into The Hollywood Groove" with an *). No shame in loving that one, btw - it's a cute collabo, and I feel like it got more promotion/attention here in the States than most of the actual AL singles, largely thanks to the whole Gap tie-in. Madonna's been one of my top-faves since junior high, but she's only scored one No. 1 on my chart so far (granted, Paulboard wasn't born until I was in college). The 2010's haven't exactly been her strongest decade in general (though I did enjoy both albums more than some of her previous ones).

                              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                              Sounds like we got uninterested in American Idol around the same time! I stopped watching with the 2011 season, which is where Hailey Reinhart appeared. It was an all-country artist finale and I was like ok, this is basically Nashville Star now and kind of lost interest. Plus with Simon gone, it wasn't the same. I also lost patience for those shows, though I did follow the Voice for a few years after that.
                              Ha, I'm a little surprised that an all-country-finale turned you off American Idol, since you seem more open to/receptive of country music than most posters around here (myself included). I followed the first season of The Voice too: I was pretty charmed by Dia (though it did seem a little unfair to have her on the show when she'd already released some albums), and I loved Javier's "Fix You" cover.

                              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                              I had a feeling someone would ask - well, speaking of The Voice - the youngest to ever hit #1 was a Voice contestant - well over a decade after hitting #1 on my chart! It was Billy Gilman, who I think was 11 or 12 when he had "I'm Gonna Email Santa" in 2000. The next youngest after that is Hillary Duff, who hit #1 with So Yesterday in 2002 when she was 15.
                              Get it, Hilary I love that you were supporting her that strongly back then! I was actually pretty dismissive of her when she first started releasing music but she won me over big time with "Come Clean." I also think she deserves more credit than she gets for setting the stage for the Hannah Montana/Miley phenomenon (especially having "Why Not" tied into The Lizzie McGuire Movie before launching a successful music career separate from that show/character).

                              Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                              Ugh, I guess this is a spoiler alert, but you checked it out just as I completely burned out on it. I really loved the song and thought at one point, it would be a #1 contender, but I think I overplayed it. It really is a wonderful song though.
                              It's probably my favorite discovery from your chart since "When I'm With Him."

                              • Jack's really making a splash! I'm still not totally sold on his voice/raspy style, but "Symmetry" might be my new favorite from him.
                              • That's an encouraging jump for "Ride." After one listen, I'm definitely inspired to add it to my library.
                              • I won't hold my breath for Top 10, but I'm glad that "ME!" still had enough gas left in the tank to earn a new peak!
                              • I'm a little surprised that Eminem's presence couldn't help "Homicide" enter any higher than No. 18. Em's one of (if not THE) most successful acts ever here, IIRC?

                              Yet another chart that's good for me, cheap!
                              last.fm

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                              • Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                Ah, so "Die Another Day" was the only American Life track to chart at all? (Besides "Into The Hollywood Groove" with an *).
                                AL was a huge disappointment for me coming off the Music album - unfortunately, her career just wasn't the same after that (with maybe the exception of 4 Minutes, though the success for that was probably because of JT). Madonna has five #1s on my chart, but they all occurred in the first years of the chart. (Frozen, Beautiful Stranger, American Pie, Music, and Into the Hollywood Groove)

                                Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                Ha, I'm a little surprised that an all-country-finale turned you off American Idol, since you seem more open to/receptive of country music than most posters around here (myself included).
                                Well, I didn't like THOSE artists for sure, though Lauren kind of came into her own later. It was probably more Simon leaving that made me leave AI. Every now and then a country song sneaks in there - sometimes I'm compelled to check some country songs out. I will say that that this week's retro chart has TWO Male country artists in the top five, and that is exceedingly rare. I can only think of that happening two or three times ever.

                                Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                Get it, Hilary I love that you were supporting her that strongly back then! I was actually pretty dismissive of her when she first started releasing music but she won me over big time with "Come Clean." I also think she deserves more credit than she gets for setting the stage for the Hannah Montana/Miley phenomenon (especially having "Why Not" tied into The Lizzie McGuire Movie before launching a successful music career separate from that show/character).
                                Come Clean is unfortunately Hillary's only other chart appearance, though I absolutely should have charted Sparks - that was a bop and a half! I think Hillary deserves ALL the credit for the Disney girl explosion of that decade! - Before Raven, before iCarly, before Victorious, all those shows were ways of continuing her legacy. That phenomenon seems to have died in recent years.

                                Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                It's probably my favorite discovery from your chart since "When I'm With Him."
                                I'm really happy you like that song tpo though! It really just was a case of me playing it too much, and then this last week, I found myself skipping it when it would come up on my playlists and I realized I had burned myself on it - it deserved a higher position.

                                Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                Jack's really making a splash! I'm still not totally sold on his voice/raspy style, but "Symmetry" might be my new favorite from him.
                                Symmetry is my favorite track on the album.

                                Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                That's an encouraging jump for "Ride." After one listen, I'm definitely inspired to add it to my library.
                                I won't hold my breath for Top 10, but I'm glad that "ME!" still had enough gas left in the tank to earn a new peak!
                                I'm a little surprised that Eminem's presence couldn't help "Homicide" enter any higher than No. 18. Em's one of (if not THE) most successful acts ever here, IIRC?
                                When I did my top 100 artists a year ago, Em edged out Lady Gaga by mere points for #1. I haven't redone the points since. They have each had two top tens in the year since, but Shallow was huge, so Gaga probably has the edge now. I think Homicide is just getting started.

                                The Ride video is what really sold me - just a cool, sexy vibe to that song.

                                As always thank you so much for checking in on my chart

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                                • Great chart. Top 3 all good songs.

                                  I like the Eminem/Logic debut too.
                                  Ste's Personal Chart 2020

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                                  • Originally posted by steophonic View Post
                                    Great chart. Top 3 all good songs.

                                    I like the Eminem/Logic debut too.
                                    Thanks, I can't get enough of any of them haha!

                                    Yay an Em fan

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                                    • Chart Notes:

                                      For the week ending May 25:
                                      • The top two remain the same, but changes are afoot as I've created a UK/France playlist for my trip next week!
                                      • Zimtron is the most immediate beneficiary as this becomes the second single from Shingai's upcoming album to debut in the top ten.
                                      • We also see Jack Savoretti making some big moves as a result, including the biggest jump of the week with Symmetry.




                                      It appears I was on a rock frenzy this week in 2007 as the top four songs were all by bands (and at #7, there was Fall Out Boy for good measure). Ozomatli only ever charted on my list one other time, but it was a doozy - a 7 week #1 for a song called Love and Hope. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 had just ended a run at #1, their second, after This Love in 2002.

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                                      • "Love Is on the Line" is beautiful!

                                        Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                        Really glad you like Something Strange - man, do I have tons of car karoke with that one. Do you remember her on AI?
                                        Yeah, I particularly remember people saying her cover of "I (Who Have Nothing)" was the best the show had ever seen, to which I vehemently disagreed. She's a talented lady, though.
                                        Akini's Top 400 Songs of the Decade: [2-1!]

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                                        • Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                          AL was a huge disappointment for me coming off the Music album - unfortunately, her career just wasn't the same after that (with maybe the exception of 4 Minutes, though the success for that was probably because of JT). Madonna has five #1s on my chart, but they all occurred in the first years of the chart. (Frozen, Beautiful Stranger, American Pie, Music, and Into the Hollywood Groove)
                                          It's kind of refreshing to come across someone who likes Madonna, but doesn't talk about Confessions On A Dance Floor like it's a magnum opus. I enjoyed most of its singles, but it's among my least played/re-visited Madonna albums overall.

                                          Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                          Well, I didn't like THOSE artists for sure, though Lauren kind of came into her own later. It was probably more Simon leaving that made me leave AI. Every now and then a country song sneaks in there - sometimes I'm compelled to check some country songs out. I will say that that this week's retro chart has TWO Male country artists in the top five, and that is exceedingly rare. I can only think of that happening two or three times ever.
                                          This could be really tedious to look up, so noOo worries if you don't have the time/can't be arsed, but might you know the record for female country artists occupying the same Top 5?

                                          Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                          Come Clean is unfortunately Hillary's only other chart appearance, though I absolutely should have charted Sparks - that was a bop and a half! I think Hillary deserves ALL the credit for the Disney girl explosion of that decade! - Before Raven, before iCarly, before Victorious, all those shows were ways of continuing her legacy. That phenomenon seems to have died in recent years.
                                          Ouch Poor Hilz really dropped off a cliff after her debut era! No love for "Wake Up" or "With Love," even? I'm glad "Sparks" earned some belated admiration from you, though. <3

                                          Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                          I'm really happy you like that song tpo though! It really just was a case of me playing it too much, and then this last week, I found myself skipping it when it would come up on my playlists and I realized I had burned myself on it - it deserved a higher position.
                                          #justice4tacocat

                                          Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                          Symmetry is my favorite track on the album.
                                          Ooh, that's an awesome surprise (since we haven't been on quite the same wavelength with Jack in general).

                                          Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                          When I did my top 100 artists a year ago, Em edged out Lady Gaga by mere points for #1. I haven't redone the points since. They have each had two top tens in the year since, but Shallow was huge, so Gaga probably has the edge now. I think Homicide is just getting started.
                                          Ah, so Em's probably been relegated to a close-second. I imagine Gaga will continue to pull ahead, since I think her next album is on the horizon, and I wouldn't expect another Em LP so soon after both Revival and Kamikaze.

                                          • Not gonna lie - it's a little satisfying to watch "Old Town Road" get blocked here, after all the songs it's blocked on the Hot 100 lately.
                                          • That's a promising leap for "Symmetry." I definitely wouldn't mind if it became his second No. 1 (and he's English, which makes him a candidate for the vacation-effect).
                                          • Speaking of: hope you have an amazing time abroad!! Maybe snog a UKMIXer or two Will we get one more chart before you take off next week?

                                          Yet another chart that's bad to the bone, cheap!
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                                          • Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                            It's kind of refreshing to come across someone who likes Madonna, but doesn't talk about Confessions On A Dance Floor like it's a magnum opus. I enjoyed most of its singles, but it's among my least played/re-visited Madonna albums overall.
                                            I remember Confessions being marketed as a huge "return to dance" for Madonna, but it was also perceived as a "safe" move for her since she had alienated people with AL. I actually was excited for the album, but it really didn't have much in the way of tracks that I enjoyed.

                                            Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                            This could be really tedious to look up, so noOo worries if you don't have the time/can't be arsed, but might you know the record for female country artists occupying the same Top 5?
                                            Well, of course I had to find out - I thought maybe it would have happened in the early years when Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and Leann Rimes all populated the chart, but they never seemed to be in the top ten at the same time, much less the top five. It appears to be very rare to even have two female country artists in the top ten together, which has only happened four times.

                                            However, one of those instances does qualify! There is one solitary, unique instance of two female country artists in the top five and what's more - they held the top two! AND! It's the two charts that preceded my first ever posted chart on UKMix...

                                            12/24/16 - At #1 Kacey Musgraves (Ribbons and Bows)! And at #2 Loretta Lynn (To Heck With Ole Santa Claus)!
                                            12/31/16 - Kacey held at #1 and Loretta fell to #3.

                                            Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                            Ouch Poor Hilz really dropped off a cliff after her debut era! No love for "Wake Up" or "With Love," even? I'm glad "Sparks" earned some belated admiration from you, though. <3
                                            Yeah, I really dropped the ball on her. I love her much of her music now.

                                            Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                            #justice4tacocat
                                            LOLLLLLLLL!
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                                            Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                            Not gonna lie - it's a little satisfying to watch "Old Town Road" get blocked here, after all the songs it's blocked on the Hot 100 lately.
                                            That's a promising leap for "Symmetry." I definitely wouldn't mind if it became his second No. 1 (and he's English, which makes him a candidate for the vacation-effect).
                                            Speaking of: hope you have an amazing time abroad!! Maybe snog a UKMIXer or two Will we get one more chart before you take off next week?
                                            No UKmixers have mentioned anything about trying to meet me - rude, right? The playlist will have an effect on next week's chart, but I can't rule Old Town Road out just yet. I think I will post my chart on Saturday night before I go!

                                            Thanks again for all the great comments

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                                            • Chart Notes:

                                              For the week ending June 1:
                                              • A little early this week as I leave for the UK in less than 12 hours! And the vacation playlist has an impact. Only one American artist - Anderson.Paak - moves up.
                                              • Jack Savoretti has a second number one this year with Symmetry, making a huge six point jump to the top spot.
                                              • The entire top five is led by non-US artists, which is to be expected given the playlist. Alan Walker is a huge beneficiary of the playlist after slowly rising for the last several weeks, he suddenly moves to #5.




                                              2008 and look, there's American Boy - which is on my playlist At #1 is a rare #1 for a local denver act - the Flobots, who had some moderate success on the rock stations with Handlebars. And I guess I was completely enamored of David Cook when he won American Idol that year, with that huge debut. I don't think he went any higher than #3 though.

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                                              • Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                                I remember Confessions being marketed as a huge "return to dance" for Madonna, but it was also perceived as a "safe" move for her since she had alienated people with AL. I actually was excited for the album, but it really didn't have much in the way of tracks that I enjoyed.
                                                **Nod** I think COADF was also praised for its consistency, but that kind of works against it for me, since a lot of the tracks just blur together in my mind (on top of the fact that each song literally blurs right into the next one to make the whole album sound like one continuous DJ set).

                                                Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                                Well, of course I had to find out - I thought maybe it would have happened in the early years when Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and Leann Rimes all populated the chart, but they never seemed to be in the top ten at the same time, much less the top five. It appears to be very rare to even have two female country artists in the top ten together, which has only happened four times.

                                                However, one of those instances does qualify! There is one solitary, unique instance of two female country artists in the top five and what's more - they held the top two! AND! It's the two charts that preceded my first ever posted chart on UKMix...
                                                Thanks for doing that research! Looks like it was a Country-flavored Christmas Crush that year. I'll have to add that festive Kacey tune to my library for future holiday use...

                                                • Get it, Jack! I was hoping he'd benefit at least somewhat from your journey to his homeland, but he managed this epic leap before you'd even left!
                                                • Your chart might be head of the class when it comes to showcasing diverse, totally-unfamiliar (at least to me) acts: from Empress Of, to The Sam Willows, to Saint Motel, Shingai, JID, Tacocat (among many others) - and now I've just given Zaska a listen for the very first time. The message/commentary they're offering in "It's Ridiculous" certainly resonates.
                                                • So this is the first chart without any new or re-entries since...mid-February. Looking forward to seeing how much turbulence your trip might cause...

                                                Yet another shapely chart, cheap!
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                                                • Another Jack Savoretti chart-topper, another library-worthy jam!
                                                  Akini's Top 400 Songs of the Decade: [2-1!]

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                                                  • Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                                    Get it, Jack! I was hoping he'd benefit at least somewhat from your journey to his homeland, but he managed this epic leap before you'd even left!
                                                    It got a huge bounce from the playlist, which benefit it in this week's chart and next. I'm still kind of playing the playlist because I just got back (it includes a lot of old songs too, so the new songs are getting a big boost as a result).

                                                    Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post

                                                    Your chart might be head of the class when it comes to showcasing diverse, totally-unfamiliar (at least to me) acts: from Empress Of, to The Sam Willows, to Saint Motel, Shingai, JID, Tacocat (among many others) - and now I've just given Zaska a listen for the very first time. The message/commentary they're offering in "It's Ridiculous" certainly resonates.
                                                    I'm so happy I have introduced you to some new music I love It's Ridiculous! It's got kind of a cool, jazzy vibe to it. Even though Zaska is Irish, I included the song in my playlist as well. It had such a slow burn going up on the chart, but then the playlist really helped it.

                                                    Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post

                                                    So this is the first chart without any new or re-entries since...mid-February. Looking forward to seeing how much turbulence your trip might cause...
                                                    Wow! Yes, it is unusual that a chart doesn't have any new entries, though in my older charts it was more common. The next chart rectifies that! And the next chart should as well! There's so much music I like right now, and my top 20 just doesn't support it all at the moment.

                                                    [MENTION=23802]JSparksFan[/MENTION] I'm so happy you enjoy Symmetry!

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                                                    • Chart Notes:

                                                      For the week ending June 8:
                                                      • Ugh, it's such a letdown when a vacation is over and you have to rejoin the real world. But I have returned as of Thursday. As this chart and next week's chart (which will be posted in the next couple of days) are both based on the weeks I was traveling, there's a UK rush in both. That said, this week's #1 actually doesn't go to a UK act - instead it's French-American Lolo Zouai, who edges out Jack Savoretti by the barest of margins. I was in Paris for a few days of this trip too, so this song made the playlist as well as a result.
                                                      • All four debuts are by UK acts, most of which are songs I heard on Brit radio while I was there. Flux has already outpeaked Ellie's last song to chart, Sixteen.
                                                      • Make It Better is the lone all-American act to move up this week, a feat Anderson.Paak claims for the second week in a row. (I guess Lolo also counts, though she's got the French thing going on too.)




                                                      For our retro chart, we go back exactly ten years, and Green Day dominated that summer. Between Know Your Enemy and 21 Guns they were in the top ten from April through August. Know Your Enemy spent 9 weeks in the top two and 12 weeks in the top five.

                                                      They also prevented Josh Gracin from what normally would have been another #1 for him, especially considering the name of the song is Telluride, a town here in Colorado. This was Josh's last appearance on the chart, but I see he just released a new single this week, so he may return after a decade long absence!

                                                      But the most interesting sight is Adele at #4, moving into the top five for the first time ever on the chart. This was her only single from 19 to chart and it was prompted by her performing it on the show Ugly Betty (of all places). When i tell people that Adele had a guest appearance on the show, they think I'm crazy, but it's true. No indication when I charted this that she was going to become one of the biggest all-time acts on my chart.

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                                                      • • Welcome back!! Could we get some stories/pictures/general impressions of the places you saw?
                                                        • So just as you've flown home, Lolo's ridden her way to No. 1!
                                                        • I love that you took the time to tune into some local stations during your stay, and I'm surprised that "Flux" was among what you heard (since it didn't seem to get much support at all when she released it back in March, so she moved onto "Sixteen" a while ago).
                                                        • I didn't closely follow Bastille's Wild World era, but I checked out the first three Doom Days preview tracks a few weeks ago and enjoyed them all. Now to see if "Joy" becomes as massive as "Happier"...
                                                        • "Cross Me" is the most exciting of these debuts for me, since I've really been feeling Ed's latest offerings, but I haven't seen them getting much love on UKMIX.

                                                        Yet another chart that takes us on a joyride, cheap!
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                                                        • Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                                          Welcome back!! Could we get some stories/pictures/general impressions of the places you saw?
                                                          Apparently, I can only attach five images per post, but of course would love to talk about the trip Thanks for asking )

                                                          I'll just pick the five biggest highlights and then answer your other items in the next post.

                                                          At Stonehenge, we signed up for a thing where you can go up to the stones after hours. During hours, they can only be viewed at distance. Our time was scheduled for closer to sunset and we got some great shots. I was excited about this one - managed to get a shot of the whole thing without any other people in the picture.
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                                                          This was taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
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                                                          The catacombs of Paris are super creepy. Basically, they ran out of room to bury people, so they dug up the old graves and stored the bones underground. In a very tidy fashion as you can see. it took longer to get in to the catacombs than the Eiffel Tower!
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                                                          By sheer coincidence, we arrived in Liverpool the day of the European Football championship, in which Liverpool was competing, kind of akin to the Super Bowl here. They ended up winning and they had a parade the next day for the team. Just crazy those were the exact days we had already planned to be there. Half a million people attended the parade, which is about the population of Liverpool proper!
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                                                          Our last day we did a road trip to the Cotswolds. The town of Birbery is basically Lord of the rings stepped out into real life.
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                                                          • Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                                            • So just as you've flown home, Lolo's ridden her way to No. 1!
                                                            I love that you took the time to tune into some local stations during your stay, and I'm surprised that "Flux" was among what you heard (since it didn't seem to get much support at all when she released it back in March, so she moved onto "Sixteen" a while ago).
                                                            • I didn't closely follow Bastille's Wild World era, but I checked out the first three Doom Days preview tracks a few weeks ago and enjoyed them all. Now to see if "Joy" becomes as massive as "Happier"...
                                                            • "Cross Me" is the most exciting of these debuts for me, since I've really been feeling Ed's latest offerings, but I haven't seen them getting much love on UKMIX.
                                                            I did - sometimes, it was just playing in the background of where we were but I paid attention and used Shazam if I didn't recognize something. As for Flux, well, that one didn't really got play. I only heard it once, but it was enough to have me add it to the playlist and jogged my memory that it even existed.

                                                            Joy and Cross Me both move up in the next chart as you might guess. The charts always use the Sunday to Saturday play, so the current chart actually captures May 26 - June 1. I prefer Cross me to I Don't Care - it's a nice evolution for Ed Sheeran!

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                                                            • Adding some more pics of my trip here as filler, so I can post the new chart at the top of the next page

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