Top 30 Songs for January 24-30, 2021

  1. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (2)
  2. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (1)
  3. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (4)
  4. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (5)
  5. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (3)
  6. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (8)
  7. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (9)
  8. DIRTY – grandson (10)
  9. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (11)
  10. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (6)
  11. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (12)
  12. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (13)
  13. 1ST TIME – Bakar (14)
  14. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (7)
  15. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (16)
  16. SOFIA – Clairo (17)
  17. COLD – Chris Stapleton (18)
  18. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (N)
  19. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (23)
  20. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (15)
  21. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (24)
  22. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (25)
  23. SLEEP – The Frontier (28)
  24. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (29)
  25. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (20) 22nd week on list
  26. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (22)
  27. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (19)
  28. SHAME – Saboteurs (30)
  29. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (N)
  30. FIRE – Two Feet (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 17-23, 2021

  1. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (1) 3rd week #1
  2. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (3)
  3. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (4)
  4. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (5)
  5. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (6)
  6. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (2)
  7. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (7)
  8. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (9)
  9. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (10)
  10. DIRTY – grandson (11)
  11. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (12)
  12. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (13)
  13. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (14)
  14. 1ST TIME – Bakar (15)
  15. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (8)
  16. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (19)
  17. SOFIA – Clairo (20)
  18. COLD – Chris Stapleton (22)
  19. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (16)
  20. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (17) 21st week on list
  21. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (18)
  22. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (21)
  23. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (23)
  24. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (24)
  25. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (27)
  26. MY WAY, SOON – Greta Van Fleet (26)
  27. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (25)
  28. SLEEP – The Frontier (30)
  29. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (N)
  30. SHAME – Saboteurs (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 10-16, 2021

  1. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (1)
  2. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (2)
  3. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (4)
  4. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (5)
  5. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (6)
  6. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (9)
  7. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (7)
  8. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (3)
  9. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (10)
  10. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (11)
  11. DIRTY – grandson (14)
  12. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (15)
  13. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (16)
  14. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (17)
  15. 1ST TIME – Bakar (18)
  16. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (8)
  17. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (12) 20th week on list
  18. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (13)
  19. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (23)
  20. SOFIA – Clairo (24)
  21. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (22)
  22. COLD – Chris Stapleton (30)
  23. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (25)
  24. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (27)
  25. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (19)
  26. MY WAY, SOON – Greta Van Fleet (28)
  27. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (29)
  28. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (20)
  29. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (21)
  30. SLEEP – The Frontier (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 3-9, 2021

  1. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (2)
  2. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (1)
  3. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (3)
  4. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (5)
  5. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (6)
  6. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (7)
  7. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (10)
  8. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (4)
  9. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (14)
  10. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (12)
  11. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (13)
  12. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (8)
  13. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (9)
  14. DIRTY – grandson (17)
  15. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (18)
  16. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (19)
  17. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (20)
  18. 1ST TIME – Bakar (23)
  19. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (11)
  20. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (15)
  21. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (16)
  22. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (23)
  23. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (24)
  24. SOFIA – Clairo (26)
  25. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (27)
  26. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (22)
  27. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (28)
  28. MY WAY, SOON – Greta Van Fleet (29)
  29. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (30)
  30. COLD – Chris Stapleton (N)

Top 30 Songs for Dec. 27, 2020-Jan. 2, 2021

  1. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (1)
  2. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (4)
  3. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (3)
  4. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (2)
  5. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (8)
  6. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (9)
  7. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (10)
  8. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (5)
  9. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (6)
  10. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (16)
  11. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (7)
  12. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (14)
  13. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (15)
  14. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (19)
  15. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (11)
  16. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (12)
  17. DIRTY – grandson (18)
  18. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (20)
  19. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (21)
  20. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (22)
  21. 1ST TIME – Bakar (23)
  22. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (13)
  23. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (25)
  24. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (26)
  25. NERVOUS – Au Gres (17)
  26. SOFIA – Clairo (29)
  27. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (30)
  28. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (N)
  29. MY WAY, SOON – Greta Van Fleet (N)
  30. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 20-26, 2020

  1. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (2)
  2. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (1)
  3. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (6)
  4. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (7)
  5. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (3)
  6. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (4)
  7. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (5)
  8. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (9)
  9. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (10)
  10. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (11)
  11. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (8)
  12. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (12)
  13. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (13)
  14. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (15)
  15. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (16)
  16. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (17)
  17. NERVOUS – Au Gres (18)
  18. DIRTY – grandson (19)
  19. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (20)
  20. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (23)
  21. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (24)
  22. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (25)
  23. 1ST TIME – Bakar (27)
  24. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (14) 21st week on list
  25. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (26)
  26. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (28)
  27. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (21)
  28. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (22)
  29. SOFIA – Clairo (N)
  30. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 13-19, 2020

  1. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (1)
  2. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (4)
  3. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (2)
  4. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (3)
  5. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (5)
  6. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (7)
  7. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (8)
  8. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (6)
  9. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (10)
  10. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (12)
  11. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (11)
  12. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (13)
  13. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (14)
  14. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (9) 20th week on list
  15. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (17)
  16. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (18)
  17. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (19)
  18. NERVOUS – Au Gres (20)
  19. DIRTY – grandson (21)
  20. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (22)
  21. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (15)
  22. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (16)
  23. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (25)
  24. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (26)
  25. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (27)
  26. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (28)
  27. 1ST TIME – Bakar (29)
  28. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (30)
  29. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (23) 22nd week on list
  30. THE LET GO – Elle King (24)

Either WordPress or Spotify are being dicey, so the songs on this playlist may not be playable in certain countries.

Top 30 Songs for December 6-12, 2020

  1. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (3)
  2. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (1)
  3. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (2)
  4. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (4)
  5. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (6)
  6. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (7)
  7. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (8)
  8. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (9)
  9. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (5)
  10. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (13)
  11. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (15)
  12. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (16)
  13. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (14)
  14. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (17)
  15. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (10)
  16. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (11)
  17. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (19)
  18. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (20)
  19. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (23)
  20. NERVOUS – Au Gres (22)
  21. DIRTY – grandson (24)
  22. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (25)
  23. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (12) 21st week on list
  24. THE LET GO – Elle King (18)
  25. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (30)
  26. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (N)
  27. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (N)
  28. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (N)
  29. 1ST TIME – Bakar (N)
  30. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (N)

100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #45: “Pompeii” by Bastille

The song at #45 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Pompeii” by British alternative pop-rock band Bastille. Originally started in Leeds in 2010 as a solo project of singer-songwriter Dan Smith – who named his project after the French holiday that’s celebrated on his birthday of July 14 – Bastille later grew into a four-piece. In 2011, they released their debut EP Laura Palmer, featuring songs Dan had previously written. That December, they signed with Virgin Records, and began recording and releasing a series of singles that would become part of their debut album Bad Blood, which dropped in March 2013. One of those singles, “Pompeii”, would catapult Bastille to international fame. It reached #1 in Scotland and Ireland, and #2 in the UK, Italy and Mexico. In the U.S., it peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the Alternative, Adult Alternative and Rock Airplay charts.

Smith wrote the song in 2010 while still a student, after reading about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii. It made him think about all those who perished being forever frozen in time. He later told The Daily Telegraph that he imagined what those dead inhabitants might have to say to one another, and explained the song’s meaning “It is essentially about fear of stasis and boredom. Being quite a shy, self-conscious person, I was afraid my life might get stuck.” “Pompeii” is darkly beautiful, immediately grabbing our attention with its ominous opening chant of  “Eh, eheu, eheu…” (“eheu” is Latin for alas, which is an exclamation of grief, pain, or fear) that’s repeated throughout the track, ending as it started. It was one of the more unusual and haunting songs of the decade.

The fascinating and eerie video plays almost like a mini horror film, albeit not a terribly frightening one. Smith is shown frantically wandering about an empty-looking Los Angeles at night, discovering that the few people he encounters all have unnatural vacant black eyes that resemble the looks of the petrified remains of those who perished in Pompeii. He steals a car and flees to the desert to try and escape, but the car breaks down. The next morning, in a scene filmed next to the Whitewater River in north Palm Springs not far from where I live, he realizes he’s been infected too. In the final scene, he’s atop Mt. San Jacinto looking out at the view, then turns around to reveal his own eyes have turned black.

Top 30 Songs for October 25-31, 2020

  1. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (3)
  2. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (1)
  3. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (2)
  4. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (5)
  5. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (6)
  6. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (7)
  7. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (4)
  8. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (10)
  9. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (11)
  10. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (9)
  11. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (12)
  12. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (8)
  13. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (15)
  14. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (21)
  15. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior 22)
  16. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (13)
  17. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (14) 21st week on list
  18. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (19)
  19. FOR SURE – Future Islands (17)
  20. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (23)
  21. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (24)
  22. THE LET GO – Elle King (25)
  23. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (26)
  24. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (16)
  25. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (18)
  26. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (27)
  27. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (28)
  28. BEAUTIFUL ANYWAY – Judah & the Lion (29)
  29. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (30)
  30. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (20)