Top 20 Songs for August 6-12, 2017

1. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (1)
2. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (3)
3. HIGH – Sir Sly (2)
4. THE MAN – The Killers (5)
5. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (4)
6. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (6)
7. RUN – Foo Fighters (9)
8. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (8)
9. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (7)
10. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (11)
11. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (13)
12. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (14)
13. J-BOY – Phoenix (10)
14. ONE OF US – New Politics (15)
15. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (12)
16. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (17)
17. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (18)
18. DIG DOWN – Muse (16)
19. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (20)
20. COLD LITTLE HEART – Michael Kiwanuka (N)

Top 20 Songs for July 30-August 5, 2017

1. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (1)
2. HIGH – Sir Sly (2)
3. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (3)
4. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (4)
5. THE MAN – The Killers (7)
6. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (6)
7. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (5)
8. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (9)
9. RUN – Foo Fighters (16)
10. J-BOY – Phoenix (8)
11. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (12)
12. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (10)
13. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (13)
14. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (14)
15. ONE OF US – New Politics (15)
16. DIG DOWN – Muse (11)
17. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (19)
18. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (18)
19. BELIEVER – Imagine Dragons (16) 21st week on list
20. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (N)

Top 20 Songs for July 23-29, 2017

1. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (3)
2. HIGH – Sir Sly (1)
3. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (4)
4. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (2)
5. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (5)
6. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (7)
7. THE MAN – The Killers (9)
8. J-BOY – Phoenix (8)
9. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (10)
10. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (6)
11. DIG DOWN – Muse (12)
12. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (13)
13. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (14)
14. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (15)
15. ONE OF US – New Politics (17)
16. RUN – Foo Fighters (18)
17. BELIEVER – Imagine Dragons (11) 20th week on list
18. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (19)
19. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (20)
20. IN COLD BLOOD – alt-J (16)

Top 20 Songs for July 16-22, 2017

1. HIGH – Sir Sly (1)
2. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (2)
3. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (4)
4. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (5)
5. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (3)
6. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (6)
7. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (8)
8. J-BOY – Phoenix (9)
9. THE MAN – The Killers (11)
10. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (10)
11. BELIEVER – Imagine Dragons (7)
12. DIG DOWN – Muse (12)
13. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (13)
14. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (15)
15. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (18)
16. IN COLD BLOOD – alt-J (14)
17. ONE OF US – New Politics (19)
18. RUN – Foo Fighters (N)
19. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (N)
20. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (N)

Top 20 Songs for July 9-15, 2017

1. HIGH – Sir Sly (1)
2. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (2)
3. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (3)
4. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (4)
5. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (5)
6. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (7)
7. BELIEVER – Imagine Dragons (6)
8. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (8)
9. J-BOY – Phoenix (10)
10. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (11)
11. THE MAN – The Killers (12)
12. DIG DOWN – Muse (14)
13. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (15)
14. IN COLD BLOOD – alt-J (9)
15. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (20)
16. REDBONE – Childish Gambino (16)
17. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (19)
18. WOLVES – Wide Eyed Boy (13) 18th week on list
19. ONE OF US – New Politics (N)
20. REVEREND – Kings of Leon (17)

Top 20 Songs for July 2-8, 2017

1. HIGH – Sir Sly (2)
2. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (1)
3. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (4)
4. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (5)
5. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (6)
6. BELIEVER – Imagine Dragons (3)
7. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (7)
8. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (9)
9. IN COLD BLOOD – alt-J (10)
10. J-BOY – Phoenix (11)
11. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (17)
12. THE MAN – The Killers (18)
13. WOLVES – Wide Eyed Boy (8)
14. DIG DOWN – Muse (14)
15. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (15)
16. REDBONE – Childish Gambino (16)
17. REVEREND – Kings of Leon (13)
18. GIVE ME REASON TO DIE – Dyslexic Postcards (12)
19. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (20)
20. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (N)

Top 20 Songs for June 25-July 1, 2017

1. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (1)
2. HIGH – Sir Sly (3)
3. BELIEVER – Imagine Dragons (2)
4. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (5)
5. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (6)
6. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (8)
7. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (7)
8. WOLVES – Wide Eyed Boy (4)
9. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (11)
10. IN COLD BLOOD – alt-J (12)
11. J-BOY – Phoenix (14)
12. GIVE ME REASON TO DIE – Dyslexic Postcards (13)
13. REVEREND – Kings of Leon (9)
14. DIG DOWN – Muse (16)
15. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (18)
16. REDBONE – Childish Gambino (19)
17. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (N)
18. THE MAN – The Killers (N)
19. THE VIOLENCE – Rise Against (20)
20. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (N)

Top 100 Songs of 2014

2014 was an incredible year for music, especially alternative and indie rock. In my opinion, it was the best year for music since 1990, and I was actually hard-pressed to limit my list to only 100 songs. A number of great new albums were released, including “Ghost Stories” from Coldplay, “Supermodel” from Foster the People, “Turn Blue” from The Black Keys, “X” from Ed Sheeran, “Morning Phase” from Beck, and “In the Lonely Hour” from Sam Smith.

My favorite song is “Love Me Again” from John Newman, an amazingly talented soulful-voiced singer from Britain who has one of the best and most unique voices around today. He sings of the hurt he caused his lover, then passionately pleads for forgiveness to a driving breakbeat with powerful organ, drums and piano. The song is a musical masterpiece that was underrated in the U.S. It was released in 2013, but peaked on the charts during the first few months of 2014, so ends up on my list for that year.

Here is my list of the 100 best songs of 2014:

1. LOVE ME AGAIN – John Newman

2. DO I WANNA KNOW? – Arctic Monkeys

3. COME A LITTLE CLOSER – Cage the Elephant

4. TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier

5. HAPPY – Pharrell Williams

6. SEASONS CHANGE (WAITING ON YOU) – Future Islands

7. POMPEII – Bastille

8. A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay

9. FEVER – The Black Keys

10. COMING OF AGE – Foster the People

11. RIPTIDE – Vance Joy

12. THE WALKER – Fitz & the Tantrums

13. MAGIC – Coldplay

14. BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman

15. CHANDELIER – Sia

16. PSEUDOLOGIA FANTASTICA – Foster the People

17. RED EYES – The War on Drugs

18. COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS

19. STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance

20. BEST FRIEND – Foster the People

21. TEAM – Lorde
22. SING – Ed Sheeran
23. BAD BLOOD – Bastille
24. I WANNA GET BETTER – Bleachers
25. SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND – Neon Trees
26. LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic
27. WHY’D YOU ONLY CALL ME WHEN YOU’RE HIGH – Arctic Monkeys
28. GIANTS – Bear Hands
29. AFRAID – The Neighbourhood
30. STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith
31. BEST DAY OF MY LIFE – American Authors
32. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING – Foo Fighters
33. DON’T – Ed Sheeran
34. COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic
35. MY SWEET SUMMER – Dirty Heads
36. IT’S ABOUT TIME – Young the Giant
37. SOUTHERN SUN – Boy and Bear
38. DANGEROUS – Big Data featuring Joywave
39. LEFT HAND FREE – Alt-J
40. CAR RADIO – twenty one pilots
41. FALL IN LOVE – Phantogram
42. BLUE MOON – Beck
43. LATCH – Disclosure featuring Sam Smith
44. HABITS (STAY HIGH) – Tove Lo
45. WHO NEEDS YOU – The Orwells
46. RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
47. BACK TO THE SHACK – Weezer
48. SUMMER – Calvin Harris
49. CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy
50. ALL OF ME – John Legend
51. THUNDER CLATTER – Wild Cub
52. LAZARETTO – Jack White
53. GIRLS/BOYS/GIRLS – Panic! At the Disco
54. I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS
55. LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
56. FOOLS GOLD – Fitz & the Tantrums
57. CARDIAC ARREST – Big Suns
58. MIDNIGHT – Coldplay
59. TRUE LOVE – Coldplay
60. THIS IS GOSPEL – Panic! At the Disco
61. WAIT FOR ME – Kings of Leon
62. UNBELIEVERS – Vampire Weekend
63. DIGITAL WITNESS – St. Vincent
64. STORY OF MY LIFE – One Direction
65. RUDE – Magic!
66. AM I WRONG? – Nico & Vinz
67. TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Ke$ha
68. GOTTA GET AWAY – The Black Keys
69. CHOCOLATE – The 1975
70. MAPS – Maroon 5
71. COOL KIDS – Echosmith
72. LOVE DON’T DIE – The Fray
73. SAY SOMETHING – Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
74. AFTERLIFE – Arcade Fire
75. WEST COAST – Lana Del Rey
76. GIMME SOMETHING GOOD – Ryan Adams
77. TALK DIRTY – Jason Derulo
78. ALL THE RAGE BACK HOME – Interpol
79. NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake
80. BOOM CLAP – Charlie XCX
81. DO OR DIE – 30 Seconds to Mars
82. SUPERHEROES – The Script
83. DO YOU – Spoon
84. ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor
84. ANIMALS – Maroon 5
86. BURN – Ellie Goulding
87. ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities
88. GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson
89. FLAWS – Bastille
90. LET HER GO – Passenger
91. WEEKEND – Priory
92. HEY BROTHER – Avicii
93. MIND OVER MATTER – Young the Giant
94. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Cage the Elephant
95. SIRENS – Pearl Jam
96. I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE ANYMORE – Rise Against
97. ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train
98. YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars
99. AIN’T IT FUN – Paramore
100. JUST ONE OF THE GUYS – Jenny Lewis