Top 30 Songs for February 5-11, 2023

The Star Crumbles came to be rather serendipitously last year when singer-songwriter Brian Lambert, who’s based in Denton, Texas, reached out to singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marc Schuster, who lives in suburban Philadelphia, for some help with his song “Kids”. The two originally met on Twitter, but had never previously worked together on a music project. Well, they immediately hit it off, so much so that they decided to collaborate together on more music projects, eventually leading to their creation of a new music act they dubbed The Star Crumbles. Last fall, they released their marvelous debut album The Ghost of Dancing Slow (which I reviewed). One of my favorite tracks from that album, “Shadows in the Dark”, has spent 15 weeks and counting on my Top 30 chart, and at long last ascends to the top spot. The darkly beautiful song has a strong retro 80s vibe that borders on darkwave, with moody synths and brilliant guitar work, highlighted by a scorching little guitar solo and Brian’s fervent vocals, which have never sounded better. The cool video, created by Marc, features pixelated renditions of the band trapped in an eight-bit Atari nightmare.

In other chart highlights, the beautiful “Backpatters and Shooters” by astonishingly talented British four-piece The Zangwills enters the top 10. Two equally gorgeous songs make big upward moves: “Just Before the Morning” by L.A.-based indie alt-rock band Local Natives climbs six spots to #19, and “Transmitter” by British band Sea Power leaps eight spots to #21. The lone debut this week is “Pepper”, the latest single by veteran alternative pop-rock band Death Cab for Cutie, entering at #30.

  1. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (2)
  2. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (1)
  3. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (3)
  4. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (4)
  5. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (6)
  6. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (8)
  7. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (7)
  8. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (9)
  9. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (10)
  10. BACKPATTERS AND SHOOTERS – The Zangwills (12)
  11. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (5)
  12. DISORDER – Columbia (13)
  13. WILD AS THE WIND – HULLAH (15)
  14. MAYFLY – Callum Pitt (16)
  15. PAGES – White Reaper (17)
  16. KILL BILL – SZA (18)
  17. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (11)
  18. STICK SEASON – Noah Kahan (22)
  19. JUST BEFORE THE MORNING – Local Natives (25)
  20. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (14)
  21. TRANSMITTER – Sea Power (29)
  22. LUX ÆTERNA – Metallica (23)
  23. EVERYTHING I OWN – Dom Thomas (24)
  24. SLEEPWALKING – All Time Low (27)
  25. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (19)
  26. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (20)
  27. YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO – Darksoft (30)
  28. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (21) 19th week on chart
  29. SNAP – Rosa Linn (26)
  30. PEPPER – Death Cab for Cutie (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 29-February 4, 2023

Paramore maintain their firm grip on the #1 spot for a third week on my Top 30 with “This Is Why”, while The Star Crumbles‘ “Shadows in the Dark” holds at #2 for a second week. Taylor Swift‘s “Anti-Hero” (which recently spent eight non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100) moves up a notch to #3. Entering the top 10 are “The Loneliest” by Italian rock band Måneskin, at #9, and “Dance For Me” by talented Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sam Rappaport, at #10.

I’m thrilled to add two fantastic new songs I’ve fallen in love with this week: The first is “Transmitter” by British alt-rock band Sea Power. Though they formed in the mid-90s and have been putting out great music since 2001 (originally as British Sea Power, which they shortened to Sea Power in 2021 due to, in their words, “a rise in a certain kind of nationalism in this world – an isolationist, antagonistic nationalism we don’t want to run any risk of being confused with“, I only recently became aware of them when I heard their brilliant 10th studio album Everything is Forever, which was hailed by many critics as one of the best albums of 2022. It’s certainly one of mine!

The second debut this week is the dreamy “You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do” by Portland, Maine-based artist Darksoft. The song is from his latest album Beigeification, a gorgeous work I recently reviewed. It’s his second song to appear on my Weekly Top 30, the previous being “Wannacry”, which spent three months on my chart, and ranked at #84 on my 100 Best Songs of 2019 list.

  1. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (1) 3rd week at #1
  2. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (2)
  3. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (4)
  4. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (3)
  5. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (5)
  6. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (7)
  7. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (6)
  8. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (10)
  9. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (11)
  10. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (12)
  11. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (8)
  12. BACKPATTERS AND SHOOTERS – The Zangwills (16)
  13. DISORDER – Columbia (15)
  14. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (9)
  15. WILD AS THE WIND – HULLAH (18)
  16. MAYFLY – Callum Pitt (19)
  17. PAGES – White Reaper (20)
  18. KILL BILL – SZA (21)
  19. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (14)
  20. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (17)
  21. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (13)
  22. STICK SEASON – Noah Kahan (25)
  23. LUX ÆTERNA – Metallica (27)
  24. EVERYTHING I OWN – Dom Thomas (28)
  25. JUST BEFORE THE MORNING – Local Natives (29)
  26. SNAP – Rosa Linn (22)
  27. SLEEPWALKING – All Time Low (30)
  28. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (23)
  29. TRANSMITTER – Sea Power (N)
  30. YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO – Darksoft (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 22-28, 2023

Paramore‘s defiant “This Is Why” remains at the top spot for a second week on my latest Top 30 chart, while The Star Crumbles‘ darkwave beauty “Shadows in the Dark” slides into second position. Entering the top 10 are “Trouble With This Bed” by Beach Weather, jumping five spots to #7, and “Night Bus” by Welsh singer-songwriter Caitlin Lavagna, moving up one spot to #10. Two songs make their debut: the beautiful “Just Before the Morning” by L.A.- based indie alt-rock band Local Natives, entering at #29, and “Sleepwalking” by American pop/punk rock band All Time Low, at #30.

  1. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (1)
  2. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (3)
  3. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (2)
  4. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (5)
  5. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (4)
  6. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (7)
  7. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (12)
  8. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (9)
  9. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (6)
  10. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (11)
  11. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (15)
  12. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (13)
  13. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (8)
  14. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (10)
  15. DISORDER – Columbia (16)
  16. BACKPATTERS AND SHOOTERS – The Zangwills (18)
  17. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (20)
  18. WILD AS THE WIND – HULLAH (21)
  19. MAYFLY – Callum Pitt (22)
  20. PAGES – White Reaper (23)
  21. KILL BILL – SZA (25)
  22. SNAP – Rosa Linn (14)
  23. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (17)
  24. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (19) 21st week on chart
  25. STICK SEASON – Noah Kahan (26)
  26. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (24)
  27. LUX ÆTERNA – Metallica (29)
  28. EVERYTHING I OWN – Dom Thomas (30)
  29. JUST BEFORE THE MORNING – Local Natives (N)
  30. SLEEPWALKING – All Time Low (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 15-21, 2023

Well, never would I have ever imagined that Paramore would have a #1 song on my weekly top 30 chart, but their single “This Is Why” has made its way to the top this week. Though the Nashville trio, consisting of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro, have been around since 2004, I’ve never much cared for their music. But “This Is Why” really resonates with me, both musically and lyrically, and is now my current favorite song. Their first new single in four years, the defiantly honest song is the lead single from their forthcoming sixth album, also to be titled This Is Why.

About the single, Williams told NME “‘This Is Why” was the very last song we wrote for the album. To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics but Taylor convinced Zac and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album. It summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the roller-coaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last three or four years. You’d think after a global pandemic of fucking biblical proportions and the impending doom of a dying planet, that humans would have found it deep within themselves to be kinder or more empathetic or something.”

Moving into the top 10 this week are “Out of My System” by British singer-songwriter and One Direction alumnus Louis Tomlinson and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” by Australian band Crystal Cities. There are no new debuts this week.

  1. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (3)
  2. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (1)
  3. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (4)
  4. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (2)
  5. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (7)
  6. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (6)
  7. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (8)
  8. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (5)
  9. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (11)
  10. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (12)
  11. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (13)
  12. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (14)
  13. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (15)
  14. SNAP – Rosa Linn (9)
  15. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (17)
  16. DISORDER – Columbia (16)
  17. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (10)
  18. BACKPATTERS AND SHOOTERS – The Zangwills (21)
  19. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (20) 20th week on chart
  20. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (23)
  21. WILD AS THE WIND – HULLAH (24)
  22. MAYFLY – Callum Pitt (25)
  23. PAGES – White Reaper (26)
  24. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (22)
  25. KILL BILL – SZA (27)
  26. STICK SEASON – Noah Kahan (28)
  27. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (18)
  28. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (19)
  29. LUX ÆTERNA – Metallica (29)
  30. EVERYTHING I OWN – Dom Thomas (30)

Top 30 Songs for January 8-14, 2023

The ebullient earworm “Tonight” by French pop-rock band Phoenix featuring Vampire Weekend front man Ezra Koenig, holds at #1 for a second week. Sliding into the #2 spot is “I’m In Love With You” by The 1975, becoming their highest-charting song ever on my Weekly Top 30. “This Is Why” by Paramore moves up to #3, also making it their best-performing song ever on my chart. The haunting new wave gem “Shadows in the Dark” by The Star Crumbles moves up three spots to #4. Three songs make their debut this week: “Stick Season” by Vermont singer-songwriter Noah Kahan, “Lux Æterna” by metal rock veterans Metallica, and “Everything I Own” by Welsh singer-songwriter Dom Thomas, which I reviewed this past November.

Fun fact: Once again this week, there are three songs on this list by guys named ‘Sam’.

  1. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (1)
  2. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (4)
  3. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (5)
  4. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (7)
  5. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (2)
  6. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (8)
  7. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (9)
  8. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (10)
  9. SNAP – Rosa Linn (3)
  10. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (6)
  11. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (14)
  12. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (16)
  13. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (17)
  14. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (18)
  15. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (19)
  16. DISORDER – Columbia (20)
  17. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (21)
  18. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (11)
  19. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (12)
  20. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (13)
  21. BACKPATTERS AND SHOOTERS – The Zangwills (24)
  22. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (15)
  23. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (26)
  24. WILD AS THE WIND – HULLAH (27)
  25. MAYFLY – Callum Pitt (28)
  26. PAGES – White Reaper (29)
  27. KILL BILL – SZA (30)
  28. STICK SEASON – Noah Kahan (N)
  29. LUX ÆTERNA – Metallica (N)
  30. EVERYTHING I OWN – Dom Thomas (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 1-7, 2023

Happy New Year! A new #1 song to start off the new year, as “Tonight” by French pop-rock band Phoenix, featuring added vocals by Vampire Weekend front man Ezra Koenig, takes over the top spot. For those unaware, Phoenix formed back in 1995 in Versailles, while its members were all in their teens, and still consists of the original lineup of Thomas Mars (lead vocals), Deck d’Arcy (bass/keyboards/backing vocals), Christian Mazzalai (guitar/backing vocals) and Laurent Brancowitz (guitar/keyboards/backing vocals), with Thomas Hedlund serving as their session and live drummer since 2005.

“Tonight” is from their seventh album Alpha Zulu, which was recorded at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a studio located within the Louvre Palace in Paris. About the collaboration with Koenig, band frontman Thomas Mars told NMEThere’s always been a synchronicity with us and Vampire Weekend.” Guitarist Laurent Brancowitz added that he was initially hesitant of the format: “I was saying ‘show me one classic song that’s a duet’. I was resisting, and then Thomas came back with a list of duets that were classics and I had to admit I was wrong.” I think it’s a terrific duet, as Mars’ and Koenig’s voices harmonize together beautifully. I also love the bass and energetic drumming on the track.

Here’s a performance of the song by just Phoenix on the British TV show Later with Jools Holland, which nicely showcases Thomas Hedlund’s impressive drumming:

In other chart developments, three songs enter the top 10 this week: “Shadows in the Dark” by The Star Crumbles, “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift, and “Sail Away” by lovelytheband. Two songs make their debut: “Pages” by American rock band White Reaper, at #29, and “Kill Bill” by American R&B singer-songwriter SZA, at #30.

  1. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (3)
  2. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (1)
  3. SNAP – Rosa Linn (2)
  4. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (8)
  5. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (9)
  6. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (6)
  7. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (11)
  8. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (10)
  9. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (12)
  10. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (13)
  11. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (4)
  12. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (5)
  13. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (7)
  14. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (16)
  15. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (15)
  16. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (18)
  17. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (19)
  18. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (21)
  19. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (22)
  20. DISORDER – Columbia (23)
  21. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (24)
  22. PARTY4ONE – dwi (14)
  23. EDGING – Blink-182 (20)
  24. BACKPATTERS AND SHOOTERS – The Zangwills (27)
  25. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (17)
  26. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (25)
  27. WILD AS THE WIND – HULLAH (29)
  28. MAYFLY – Callum Pitt (30)
  29. PAGES – White Reaper (N)
  30. KILL BILL – SZA (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 25-31, 2022

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and/or Happy Holidays everyone! We’ve arrived at the final week of 2022, and I like that it’ll be a clean break, with the New Year starting on a Sunday. British artist Art Block remains at #1 for a second week with his hauntingly beautiful “White Horses”. Rosa Linn‘s “SNAP” holds at #2 for a second week after spending two weeks at #1, and the jaunty gem “Tonight” by French band Phoenix, featuring the dulcet tones of Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, climbs two spots to #3.

Three songs enter my top 10 this week: “I’m in Love With You” by The 1975, “This is Why” by Paramore, and “Offcuts” by Mount Famine, at #8, 9 and 10 respectively. Two beautiful songs by British artists make their debut: “Wild as the Wind” by HULLAH (which I reviewed last month), and “Mayfly” by Callum Pitt (which I also reviewed in November). It’s the second appearance on my Weekly Top 30 for both artists.

  1. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (1)
  2. SNAP – Rosa Linn (2)
  3. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (5)
  4. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (3)
  5. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (4)
  6. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (8)
  7. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (6)
  8. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (11)
  9. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (12)
  10. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (13)
  11. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (14)
  12. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (15)
  13. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (16)
  14. PARTY4ONE – dwi (7)
  15. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (10)
  16. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (18)
  17. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (9)
  18. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (19)
  19. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (20)
  20. EDGING – Blink-182 (22)
  21. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (24)
  22. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (25)
  23. DISORDER – Columbia (26)
  24. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (27)
  25. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (23)
  26. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (21)
  27. BACKPATTERS AND SHOOTERS – The Zangwills (30)
  28. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (17)
  29. WILD AS THE WIND – HULLAH (N)
  30. MAYFLY – Callum Pitt (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 18-24, 2022

I’ve been following London-based alternative folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who goes by the artistic name of Art Block for three years, and have featured him a number of times on this blog. A prolific artist who creates hauntingly beautiful music, he’s released an impressive number of singles, EPs and remixes since early 2015. His most recent work was a three-track EP White Horses, which I reviewed this past September, and the deeply moving title track “White Horses” takes over the top spot on my latest Weekly Top 30. The gorgeous piano-driven song was produced, mixed and engineered with Moog synthesizers by William Robertson aka Wheeliemix, who also played the subtle bass, Art Block played piano and sang vocals, and the gentle drums were played by Raphael Bouchara. 

In addition to beautiful melodies and captivating arrangements, a defining aspect of Art Block’s songs are his incredibly emotive vocals, which convey a deep sense of pain and sorrow. On “White Horses”, he nearly breaks our hearts. He says the song “was inspired by a beautiful place in England, but also by the attack in Mariupol Ukraine which was in the news, where I imagined I was going through the devastation there. Perhaps ‘White Horses’ is a metaphor for something else, greater, perhaps mystical or mysterious? The place I visited in England certainly had a mystical feel even though the White Horse itself etched into a hill was not ancient.” His lyrics are poetic and deep, touching on the terrifying randomness of death and suffering: “We bear our own cross. And the people may wonder why God’s left them alone? The wind is burning. There’s so much smoke cos’ you’re coughing up blood now. The poem has ceased. And the soil is all over me, I’m six feet deep.

In other chart news this week, “Unholy” by Sam Smith, featuring Kim Petras, enters the top 10 at #10, while the lone debut, entering at #30, is the beautiful “Backpatters and Shooters” by British indie rock band The Zangwills (which I featured last month in a Fresh New Tracks post).

  1. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (2)
  2. SNAP – Rosa Linn (1)
  3. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (6)
  4. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (7)
  5. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (8)
  6. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (4)
  7. PARTY4ONE – dwi (3)
  8. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (10)
  9. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (5)
  10. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (11)
  11. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (12)
  12. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (13)
  13. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (16)
  14. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (17)
  15. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (18)
  16. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (19)
  17. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (9)
  18. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (20)
  19. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (21)
  20. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (22)
  21. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (14)
  22. EDGING – Blink-182 (24)
  23. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (25)
  24. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (26)
  25. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (27)
  26. DISORDER – Columbia (28)
  27. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (30)
  28. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (15)
  29. SISTERS – pMad (23)
  30. BACKPATTERS AND SHOOTERS – The Zangwills (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 11-17, 2022

As the year winds down and we approach Christmas, the number of new music releases has slackened off. That said, I do have a sizable group of recently-released songs I plan to place on my Weekly Top 30 chart over the next few weeks as we transition into 2023, so stay tuned. For now, Armenian singer-songwriter Rosa Linn remains on top for a second week with her lovely song “SNAP”, while British singer-songwriter Art Block leaps six spots to #2 with his heart-wrenching “White Horses”. I just love his music. “I Like You (A Happier Song) by music superstars Post Malone and Doja Cat, and “Weird Goodbyes” by The National and Bon Iver, both enter the top 10 after a long, slow climb up my chart. The lone debut this week is “THE LONELIEST” by Italian band Måneskin.

  1. SNAP – Rosa Linn (1)
  2. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (8)
  3. PARTY4ONE – dwi (2)
  4. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (3)
  5. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (4)
  6. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (5)
  7. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (9)
  8. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (10)
  9. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (11)
  10. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (12)
  11. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (13)
  12. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (14)
  13. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (15)
  14. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (7)
  15. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (6)
  16. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (17)
  17. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (18)
  18. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (20)
  19. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (21)
  20. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (22)
  21. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (23)
  22. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (24)
  23. SISTERS – pMad (16)
  24. EDGING – Blink-182 (26)
  25. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (27)
  26. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (28)
  27. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (29)
  28. DISORDER – Columbia (30)
  29. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (19)
  30. THE LONELIEST – Måneskin (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 4-10, 2022

This is my first post in a week, as I’ve lost all enthusiasm or motivation for writing music reviews. But I can’t not post my Weekly Top 30. The beautiful poignant ballad “SNAP”, by Armenian singer-songwriter Rosa Linn (aka Roza Kostandyan), is my new #1 song. Rosa represented Armenia with the song at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 20th place. “SNAP” subsequently went viral on TikTok, reaching the top of the charts in Belgium, and the top ten in several European countries. In the U.S., the song also reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative Airplay chart, where it recently spent seven weeks on top, but peaked at only #82 on the dismal Hot 100 chart.

“SNAP” was co-written by Rosa with Larzz Principato, Courtney Harrell, Allie Crystal and Tamar Kaprelian, with writing sessions taking place in both Los Angeles and Yerevan, Armenia. In an interview for Wiwibloggs, Rosa stated that the song is a personal story everyone can relate to: “I think we’ve all been at a snapping point, where it felt like there’s no way out and that the entire world is just crumbling down around you. You start questioning everything, including yourself. I have been there. And what I realized was that I had the strength to shape my reality – it just took getting out of my own way and finding inner-peace. It’s all about self-love and accepting that you are enough. Writing ‘SNAP’ was a form of therapy for me and I hope that it can be that for others who are also going through hard times.

In other chart developments, “Crest of the Wave” by British band Foals, and “Tonight” by French alt-rock band Phoenix, with guest vocals by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, enter the top 10. Five songs make their debut this week: “EDGING” by Blink-182, entering my chart at #26. Though the song has spent the last five weeks and counting at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart (Billboard has far too many charts, which to me dilutes the importance of most of them, but I digress…), it’s only now starting to grow on me, as I’ve never been much of a Blink-182 fan. The sweet “Then It All Goes Away” by Dayglow enters at #27; “Trouble With This Bed” by Beach Weather debuts at #28, giving them two songs on this chart; “Dance for Me” by Brooklyn singer-songwriter and blog favorite Sam Rappaport enters at #29; and “Disorder” by Welsh rock band Columbia enters at #30.

  1. SNAP – Rosa Linn (3)
  2. PARTY4ONE – dwi (1)
  3. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (2)
  4. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (6)
  5. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (7)
  6. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (4)
  7. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (5)
  8. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (10)
  9. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (11)
  10. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (14)
  11. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (12)
  12. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (13)
  13. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (15)
  14. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (16)
  15. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (18)
  16. SISTERS – pMad (8)
  17. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (17)
  18. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (19)
  19. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (10)
  20. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (22)
  21. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (23)
  22. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (25)
  23. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYORE – Crystal Cities (24)
  24. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (27)
  25. I.N.V.U. – Kid Kapichi (20)
  26. EDGING – Blink-182 (N)
  27. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (N)
  28. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (N)
  29. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (N)
  30. DISORDER – Columbia (N)