Top 30 Songs for October 30-November 5, 2022

Photo by Kirsten Barnett

It’s not often I fall in love with a song the moment I hear it (it usually takes a couple of listens for most songs to grow on me, even from artists and bands I love), but I fell head over heels for the gorgeous “Sex, Drugs, Etc.” by Beach Weather the instant it hit my ears. I’m certain I’ve listened to it over 100 times on Spotify! Interestingly, the song was originally recorded in 2016, and was featured on their debut EP Chit Chat. After releasing a second EP What a Drag, the band went on hiatus as the three members – Nick Santino, Reeve Powers, and Sean Silverman – relocated to different cities and began working on their own solo projects.

They reunited late last year, and began recording their forthcoming debut album Pineapple Sunrise, featuring their single “Unlovable”, which dropped August 11, their first release in five years. In the meantime, “Sex, Drugs, Etc.” went viral on TikTok, and started getting airplay on AltNation and alternative radio stations. I was immediately struck by the song’s dreamy melody, Nick’s captivating vocals and the guys’ beautiful harmonies, and it debuted on both the Billboard Alternative Airplay and my own Top 30 chart in early September. Now, after hovering in the top 5 the past few weeks, the song takes over the #1 spot on my Weekly Top 30. It’s also now #1 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart. “Floating on my low-key vibe” indeed!

In other chart developments, Wet Leg‘s delightfully cheeky “Wet Dream” enters the top 10, while the lovely “SNAP” by Rosa Linn is this week’s biggest upward mover, climbing seven spots to #19. Four songs enter my chart this week. Debuting at #26 is The 1975‘s “I’m in Love With You”, replacing “Part of the Band” which dropped off the chart; “I.N.V.U.” by British band Kid Kapichi at #28; “Shadows in the Dark” by the amazing duo The Star Crumbles at #29; and “Scared Together” by Silversun Pickups at #30.

  1. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (2)
  2. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (1)
  3. MY BABE – Spoon (3)
  4. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (6)
  5. BOY – The Killers (4)
  6. HERE TO FOREVER – Death Cab for Cutie (5)
  7. PARTY4ONE – dwi (9)
  8. THE ECHO – A.A. Williams (10)
  9. PLEASE WRITE RESPONSIBLY – Granfalloon (7)
  10. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (11)
  11. SISTERS – pMad (13)
  12. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (14)
  13. TEK IT – Cafuné (8)
  14. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (17)
  15. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (18)
  16. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (19)
  17. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (20)
  18. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (22)
  19. SNAP – Rosa Linn (26)
  20. BITTER – Wild Horse (16)
  21. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (27)
  22. SUPERMODEL – Måneskin (12)
  23. TIPPA MY TONGUE – Red Hot Chili Peppers (25)
  24. BONES – Imagine Dragons (15)
  25. NATURAL BORN KILLER – Highly Suspect (28)
  26. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (N)
  27. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (30)
  28. I.N.V.U. – Kid Kapichi (N)
  29. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (N)
  30. SCARED TOGETHER – Silversun Pickups (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 23-29, 2022

Steve Lacy remains at #1 for a second week on my Top 30 chart with his endearing single “Bad Habit”, while Beach Weather‘s dreamy “Sex, Drugs, Etc.” moves up to #2, with Spoon‘s “My Babe” right behind at #3. Entering the top 10 are the delightful “Party4One” by the wildly creative Canadian artist dwi, climbing three spots to #9, and the magnificent “The Echo” by immensely talented British singer-songwriter A.A. Williams, leaping eight spots to #10.

Two songs make their debut this week: the lovely ballad “SNAP” by Armenian singer-songwriter Rosa Linn (aka Roza Kostandyan), who represented her country with the song at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, enters at #26; and “Offcuts” by British alternative pop-rock band Mount Famine, which enters at #30. It’s their second appearance on my Top 30 chart this year; their previous single “Distance” spent 11 weeks on my chart this past April-June.

  1. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (1)
  2. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (4)
  3. MY BABE – Spoon (5)
  4. BOY – The Killers (2)
  5. HERE TO FOREVER – Death Cab for Cutie (3)
  6. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (7)
  7. PLEASE WRITE RESPONSIBLY – Granfalloon (6)
  8. TEK IT – Cafuné (8)
  9. PARTY4ONE – dwi (12)
  10. THE ECHO – A.A. Williams (18)
  11. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (15)
  12. SUPERMODEL – Måneskin (9)
  13. SISTERS – pMad (16)
  14. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (17)
  15. BONES – Imagine Dragons (10)
  16. BITTER – Wild Horse (19)
  17. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (21)
  18. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (22)
  19. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (23)
  20. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (24)
  21. PART OF THE BAND – The 1975 (11)
  22. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (27)
  23. FREE – Florence + the Machine (13)
  24. SOMETHING LOUD – Jimmy Eat World (14)
  25. TIPPA MY TONGUE – Red Hot Chili Peppers (28)
  26. SNAP – Rosa Linn (N)
  27. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (30)
  28. NATURAL BORN KILLER – Highly Suspect (29)
  29. BROKEN RECORD – NAVE (20)
  30. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 16-22, 2022

Southern California-based singer-songwriter Steve Lacy has been making music since his teens, not only as a solo act and guitarist for alternative R&B band The Internet, but also as a producer who’s worked with such acts as Denzel Curry, Kendrick Lamar, Ravyn Lenae, Solange, Mac Miller and Vampire Weekend. But it’s his monster hit “Bad Habit”, from his second album Gemini Rights, that’s finally catapulted the 24-year old to stardom. Not only is it his first song as a solo artist to chart in the U.S., it’s gone all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, also becoming the first song ever to simultaneously top the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts. And this week, it also tops my own Top 30 chart.

It’s a sweet song, with lyrics directed to someone he finds attractive, but thinking he wasn’t good enough, never had to courage to make a move: “I bite my tongue, it’s a bad habit. Kinda mad that I didn’t take a stab at it. Thought you were too good for me, my dear. Never gave me time of day, my dear. It’s okay, things happen for reasons that I think are sure, yeah.” But later in the song, he calls her out for toying with his emotions: “You grabbin’ me hard ’cause you know what you found. It’s biscuits, it’s gravy, babe.” It has an irresistible lo-fi funk-pop vibe, and as someone on YouTube put it so perfectly, it’s “one of those songs that feels nostalgic even though it’s new”.

In other chart developments, “Cracker Island” by Gorillaz, featuring Thundercat, finally enters the top 10 at #7, and three songs make their debut at #s 28-30: “Tippa My Tongue” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (which just reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart, but took a while to click with me), “Natural Born Killer” by Highly Suspect, and “Tonight” by Phoenix, featuring Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. I didn’t care for their odd previous single “Alpha Zulu”, but really like “Tonight”, and Ezra Koenig’s pleasing vocals are a nice addition.

  1. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (3)
  2. BOY – The Killers (1)
  3. HERE TO FOREVER – Death Cab for Cutie (2)
  4. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (4)
  5. MY BABE – Spoon (5)
  6. PLEASE WRITE RESPONSIBLY – Granfalloon (7)
  7. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (11)
  8. TEK IT – Cafuné (6)
  9. SUPERMODEL – Måneskin (8)
  10. BONES – Imagine Dragons (9)
  11. PART OF THE BAND – The 1975 (10)
  12. PARTY4ONE – dwi (16)
  13. FREE – Florence + the Machine (13)
  14. SOMETHING LOUD – Jimmy Eat World (14)
  15. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (19)
  16. SISTERS – pMad (18)
  17. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (21)
  18. THE ECHO – A.A. Williams (22)
  19. BITTER – Wild Horse (20)
  20. BROKEN RECORD – NAVE (12)
  21. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (24)
  22. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (25)
  23. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (26)
  24. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (27)
  25. UNTIL I FOUND YOU – Stephen Sanchez (15)
  26. GIANTS – WALK THE MOON (17)
  27. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (30)
  28. TIPPA MY TONGUE – Red Hot Chili Peppers (N)
  29. NATURAL BORN KILLER – Highly Suspect (N)
  30. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 9-15, 2022

Not a lot of big changes on my latest Weekly Top 30. The Killers remain on top for a third week with “boy”, and Death Cab for Cutie‘s “Here to Forever” holds at #2. It’s interesting that the top two artists have rather malevolent-sounding names, yet make such lovely music. Steve Lacy‘s “Bad Habit” inches up a notch to #3, and Beach Weather‘s “Sex, Drugs, Etc.” moves into 4th place. Spoon continue their rapid climb up my chart with “My Babe”, jumping five spots to #5, and indie pop duo Cafuné‘s “Tek It” inches up to #6. Granfalloon‘s wonderful “Please Write Responsibly” moves up two spots to #7, and The 1975 finally enter the top 10 with their cerebral “Part of the Band”. In contrast to last week’s jackpot of six new entries, only one song makes its debut this week, the beautiful “Weird Goodbyes” by The National featuring Bon Iver. Such a marvelous melding of two distinctive voices!

  1. BOY – The Killers (1)
  2. HERE TO FOREVER – Death Cab for Cutie (2)
  3. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (4)
  4. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (5)
  5. MY BABE – Spoon (10)
  6. TEK IT – Cafuné (7)
  7. PLEASE WRITE RESPONSIBLY – Granfalloon (9)
  8. SUPERMODEL – Måneskin (3)
  9. BONES – Imagine Dragons (6)
  10. PART OF THE BAND – The 1975 (11)
  11. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (14)
  12. BROKEN RECORD – NAVE (8)
  13. FREE – Florence + the Machine (15)
  14. SOMETHING LOUD – Jimmy Eat World (17)
  15. UNTIL I FOUND YOU – Stephen Sanchez (12)
  16. PARTY4ONE – dwi (20)
  17. GIANTS – WALK THE MOON (19)
  18. SISTERS – pMad (22)
  19. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (24)
  20. BITTER – Wild Horse (23)
  21. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (25)
  22. THE ECHO – A.A. Williams (26)
  23. VIVA LAS VENGEANCE – Panic! At the Disco (13)
  24. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (27)
  25. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (28)
  26. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (29)
  27. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (30)
  28. FAILURE TO COMPLY – MISSIO (16)
  29. BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé (18)
  30. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 2-8, 2022

A particularly exciting Top 30 chart this week, with lots of movement and a ton of new music. The Killers keep a firm grip on the #1 spot for a second week with their hopeful anthem “boy”, and Death Cab for Cutie‘s “Here to Forever” advances to #2. “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy moves up two spots to #4, and Beach Weather‘s dreamy “Sex, Drugs, Etc.” jumps five spots to #5. Entering the top 10 are “Please Write Responsibly” by Granfalloon, from his wonderful album Calendar, which I just reviewed, and “My Babe” by Spoon, leaping 10 spots to #10, the highest upward mover for the second week. God, I love Spoon, and love that song!

A whopping six new songs enter my chart this week, more than I can remember in a very long time, and interestingly, four are by British acts. Beginning at #25, they are in order: “These Are the Days” by Irish band Inhaler, fronted by Elijah Hewson, the heartthrob son of U2 front man Bono Hewson; “The Echo” by immensely talented British singer-songwriter A.A. Williams, a hauntingly beautiful song I was alerted to by fellow blogger Robert Horvat (Rearview Mirror); “Spit of You” by British singer-songwriter Sam Fender (the guitars are absolutely gorgeous); the achingly beautiful “White Horses” by British singer-songwriter Art Block, who’s similarly-titled EP I reviewed last month; “Crest of the Wave” by British band Foals, one of my current top 10 favorite bands who can do no wrong when it comes to music; and “I Like You (A Happier Song)” by Post Malone & Doja Cat, currently at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. I’ve had several songs by the great Post Malone on my chart, but this is the first appearance for Doja Cat. 

  1. BOY – The Killers (1)
  2. HERE TO FOREVER – Death Cab for Cutie (3)
  3. SUPERMODEL – Måneskin (2)
  4. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (6)
  5. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (10)
  6. BONES – Imagine Dragons (5)
  7. TEK IT – Cafuné (8)
  8. BROKEN RECORD – NAVE (4)
  9. PLEASE WRITE RESPONSIBLY – Granfalloon (11)
  10. MY BABE – Spoon (20)
  11. PART OF THE BAND – The 1975 (12)
  12. UNTIL I FOUND YOU – Stephen Sanchez (7)
  13. VIVA LAS VENGEANCE – Panic! At the Disco (9)
  14. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (18)
  15. FREE – Florence + the Machine (17)
  16. FAILURE TO COMPLY – MISSIO (14)
  17. SOMETHING LOUD – Jimmy Eat World (19)
  18. BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé (13)
  19. GIANTS – WALK THE MOON (21)
  20. PARTY4ONE – dwi (22)
  21. WHAT’S THE TRICK? – Jack White (15)
  22. SISTERS – pMad (26)
  23. BITTER – Wild Horse (27)
  24. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (30)
  25. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (N)
  26. THE ECHO – A.A. Williams (N)
  27. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (N)
  28. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (N)
  29. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (N)
  30. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 8-14, 2022

Some have asked me how I come up with my Weekly Top 30 lists – i.e., what my song rankings are based on, and how and why I include the songs that I do. Well, it’s simple: it’s basically a list of my 30 current favorite songs for each week. If I had my own radio station, these are the songs I’d play most, along with favorite older songs, of course. I’m a big fan of alternative rock, dream rock, pop-rock and synthpop, so my lists are strongly influenced by the Billboard Alternative and Adult Alternative Airplay charts. I also write about and like to promote indie artists as much as possible, many of whom are putting out outstanding music, so each week I try to include at least 10 songs I really like by indie artists and bands.

It’s not often that a song that reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 also tops my chart, as a lot of them are crap, but every once in a while a great pop song comes along that I also love, such as last year’s “Drivers License”, “Levitating” and “Leave the Door Open”. Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” is another such hit song, now in its third week at #1 on the Hot 100, and #1 for a second week on my chart. The Black Keys‘ “Wild Child” closes in at #2, while Florence + the Machine‘s gorgeous “My Love” rises to #4. Entering the top 10 are songs by two indie artists I’ve come to really like: “Sleep” by Brooklyn four-piece Gooseberry, who just released their wonderful EP Broken Dance, and the achingly beautiful “Chasing Trains” by British singer-songwriter HULLAH. The lone debut this week is “Animal” by British rock group Partisan, a long-time favorite band of mine.

  1. AS IT WAS – Harry Styles (1)
  2. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (3)
  3. DECEPTION – Hannah Reem & Noodle Beard (2)
  4. MY LOVE – Florence + the Machine (6)
  5. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (5)
  6. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (4)
  7. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (7)
  8. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlile (8)
  9. SLEEP – Gooseberry (11)
  10. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (12)
  11. WILD – Spoon (13)
  12. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (9)
  13. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (10)
  14. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (17)
  15. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (18)
  16. ON MY KNEES – RÜFÜS DU SOL (19)
  17. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (20)
  18. VIRGINIA (WIND IN THE NIGHT) – The Head and the Heart (21)
  19. DISTANCE – Mount Famine (22)
  20. BLOODRUSH – The Amazons (23)
  21. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer (24)
  22. 2am – Foals (25)
  23. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement with Maella (14)
  24. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (15)
  25. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (16)
  26. SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS – Bastille (27)
  27. MIRACLE MILE – Head Noise (28)
  28. SYNCHRONIZE – Milky Chance (29)
  29. THAT’S WHERE I AM – Maggie Rogers (30)
  30. ANIMAL – Partisan (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 1-7, 2022

Harry Styles‘ delightful synthpop song “As It Was” takes over the top spot on my latest Weekly Top 30. Though I was not a fan of the boy band One Direction, I think that most of its members are pretty talented singers in their own right. That said, Harry Styles stands head and shoulders above the rest, and I’ve really liked a lot of his music as a solo artist. “As It Was” is the lead single from his forthcoming album Harry’s House, to be released on May 20.

In other chart highlights, entering the top 10 are Florence + the Machine‘s gorgeous “My Love”, which climbs five spots to #6, and Brandi Carlisle‘s haunting “Broken Horses”, which moves up four notches to #8. Two songs make their debut this week: “Synchronize” by German duo Milky Chance, and “That’s Where I Am” by the amazing American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers.

  1. AS IT WAS – Harry Styles (2)
  2. DECEPTION – Hannah Reem & Noodle Beard (1)
  3. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (4)
  4. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (3)
  5. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (6)
  6. MY LOVE – Florence + the Machine (11)
  7. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (5)
  8. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlile (12)
  9. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (7)
  10. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (10)
  11. SLEEP – Gooseberry (14)
  12. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (15)
  13. WILD – Spoon (16)
  14. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (8)
  15. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (9)
  16. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (13)
  17. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (19)
  18. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (20)
  19. ON MY KNEES – RÜFÜS DU SOL (21)
  20. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (22)
  21. VIRGINIA (WIND IN THE NIGHT) – The Head and the Heart (23)
  22. DISTANCE – Mount Famine (24)
  23. BLOODRUSH – The Amazons (25)
  24. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer (26)
  25. 2am – Foals (27)
  26. CAVIAR – Two Feet (17)
  27. SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS – Bastille (29)
  28. MIRACLE MILE – Head Noise (30)
  29. SYNCHRONIZE – Milky Chance (N)
  30. THAT’S WHERE I AM – Maggie Rogers (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 24-30, 2022

The mysterious and smoldering “Deception” by British singer-songwriter Hannah Reem, with stunning cinematic music by producer-composer Noodle Beard, is my favorite song for a second week. I think Hannah’s powerful, sultry vocals would hold their own up against many of today’s top-rated female singers. This song is so good – to my ears anyway – that I want it to keep going for nine or ten minutes. I guess I’ll just have to keep hitting replay!

Harry Styles jumps eight spots to #2 with his exuberant earworm “As It Was”. Though I was not a fan of One Direction (the boy band he was a member of in his teens, for those who are somehow unaware), I really like a lot of his music as a solo artist, and his latest single is terrific. According to an article in the webzine Stylecaster, though Styles hasn’t confirmed the song’s meaning, many believe it’s about his relationship with fame and how his life isn’t “the same as it was” since becoming a music star, expressed by the lyrics “In this world, it’s just us. You know it’s not the same as it was.” The song also alludes to his loneliness and concern from others as he isolates himself from the world, opening with a child’s voice (an actual phone recording of his goddaughter Ruby Winston) saying: “Come on, Harry, we wanna say goodnight to you,” and in the second verse Styles acknowledges “Answer the phone. ‘Harry, you’re no good alone. Why are you sitting at home on the floor? What kind of pills are you on?’

Otherwise, just the typical chart movement this week as older songs slowly move down to make way for newer ones on their way up. The Black Keys‘ “Wild Child” climbs four spots to #4, as does Florence + the Machine‘s “My Love”, which moves up to #11. Yet again, I wanted to add at least five new songs to this list, but only had slots for two: Bastille‘s delightfully upbeat Calypso-infused “Shut Off the Lights”, and the mesmerizing “Miracle Mile” by Welsh electro-punk band Head Noise, which enter at #29 and #30 respectively. I love Bastille lead singer Dan Smith’s distinctive vocals, and am glad they’re still going strong after 10 years. And I’ve been following self-described oddball band Head Noise for a couple of years, and for me, the epic “Miracle Mile”, from their recently-released EP SCRAM, is their best song yet.

  1. DECEPTION – Hannah Reem and Noodle Beard (1)
  2. AS IT WAS – Harry Styles (10)
  3. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (2)
  4. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (8)
  5. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (6)
  6. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (7)
  7. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (4)
  8. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (3)
  9. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (5)
  10. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (9)
  11. MY LOVE – Florence + the Machine (15)
  12. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (11)
  13. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (14)
  14. SLEEP – Gooseberry (16)
  15. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (17)
  16. WILD – Spoon (18)
  17. CAVIAR – Two Feet (12)
  18. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (13)
  19. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (19)
  20. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (22)
  21. ON MY KNEES – RÜFÜS DU SOL (23)
  22. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (24)
  23. VIRGINIA (WIND IN THE NIGHT) – The Head and the Heart (25)
  24. DISTANCE – Mount Famine (26)
  25. BLOODRUSH – The Amazons (27)
  26. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer (29)
  27. 2am – Foals (30)
  28. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (20)
  29. SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS – Bastille (N)
  30. MIRACLE MILE – Head Noise (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 17-23, 2022

This is my first post in a week, the longest stretch I’ve gone without writing a post in my blog’s nearly seven-year history, as I’ve been hit with another crippling bout of writer’s block. But I cannot miss sharing my latest Weekly Top 30, and this week brings a few exciting new developments. First of all, “Deception”, the stunning collaboration between soulful-voiced British singer-songwriter Hannah Reem and producer-composer Noodle Beard, takes over the top spot. The dramatic song is a dark and twisted love story about infidelity and the complexities surrounding painful choices, set to a smoldering, cinematic trip hop soundscape. Hannah explained her inspiration for writing the song: “I’ve felt fury and been forced to lose, I’ve been homeless and broke, felt like a joke, and cheated on by those that I choose. But I’ll get through.” As I’ve mentioned on previous posts, “Deception” would make a great James Bond theme song, and even after having it on repeat for the past month and a half, it still has the power to cover me with chills. It’s an incredible song that deserves to be a huge worldwide hit.

In other chart highlights this week, The Black Keys‘ “Wild Child” leaps eight spots to #8, and the hauntingly beautiful “My Love” by Florence + the Machine jumps seven spots to #15. As always, there’s so much great music out now, with about 10 songs I wanted to add to my list. Alas, I had room for only three new ones: Harry Styles‘ delightful “As It Was” enters high up the chart at #10 (it debuted at #1 last week on the Billboard Hot 100), while Weezer‘s “A Little Bit of Love” and Foals‘ “2am” enter at #29 and #30.

  1. DECEPTION – Hannah Reem & Noodle Beard (3)
  2. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (1)
  3. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement with Maella (2)
  4. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (5)
  5. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (4)
  6. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (8)
  7. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (9)
  8. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (16)
  9. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (10)
  10. AS IT WAS – Harry Styles (N)
  11. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (12)
  12. CAVIAR – Two Feet (6)
  13. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (7)
  14. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (14)
  15. MY LOVE – Florence + the Machine (22)
  16. SLEEP – Gooseberry (17)
  17. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (18)
  18. WILD – Spoon (21)
  19. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (15)
  20. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (11)
  21. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (13)
  22. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (25)
  23. ON MY KNEES – RÜFÜS DU SOL (26)
  24. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (27)
  25. VIRGINIA (WIND IN THE NIGHT) – The Head and the Heart (28)
  26. DISTANCE – Mount Famine (29)
  27. BLOODRUSH – The Amazons (30)
  28. LOVE DIES YOUNG – Foo Fighters (20)
  29. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer (N)
  30. 2am – Foals (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 10-16, 2022

I love the music of Portland-based Portugal. The Man (who are originally from Wasilla, Alaska, not Portugal), and their deliciously upbeat “What, Me Worry?” is my new #1 song this week. Co-written by the band, along with Jeff Bhasker and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, both of whom also produced the track, “What, Me Worry” is an antidote for overcoming the gloomy pall of the pandemic. The song’s title is a nod to long-time Mad Magazine cover boy Alfred E. Newman and his iconic phrase. And how about that fantastic bass line?

In other chart news, there’s lots of activity this week. Sliding into the #2 spot is the hauntingly beautiful “Just Like Always” by one of my favorite British acts Oli Barton & the Movement, featuring added vocals by British singer Maella. The dark and cinematic “Deception” by British producer-composer Noodle Beard and vocalist extraordinaire Hannah Reem, continues it’s rapid move up my chart, leaping six spots to #3. Moving into the top 5 are “I’ll Call You Mine” by Norwegian singer-songwriter girl in red and “Broken Hearts” by L.A. duo Ships Have Sailed. Three songs enter the top 10: “Black Summer” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Love Brand New” by Bob Moses, and “Give a Little Lovin'” by Jamie Alimorad. The Black Keys leap nine spots to #16 with their latest single “Wild Child”. And making their debut this week are the lovely “Virginia (Wind in the Night)” by The Head and the Heart, “Distance” by British dream rock band Mount Famine, and “Bloodrush” by British alt-rock band The Amazons.

  1. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (2)
  2. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (4)
  3. DECEPTION – Hannah Reem & Noodle Beard (9)
  4. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (6)
  5. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (7)
  6. CAVIAR – Two Feet (1)
  7. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (3)
  8. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (11)
  9. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (12)
  10. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (13)
  11. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (10)
  12. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (16)
  13. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (8)
  14. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (17)
  15. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (18)
  16. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (25)
  17. SLEEP – Gooseberry (20)
  18. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (21)
  19. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (5)
  20. LOVE DIES YOUNG – Foo Fighters (14)
  21. WILD – Spoon (26)
  22. MY LOVE – Florence + the Machine (27)
  23. ONCE TWICE MELODY – Beach House (19)
  24. CHAPSTICK – COIN (15)
  25. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (28)
  26. ON MY KNEES – RÜFÜS DU SOL (29)
  27. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (30)
  28. VIRGINIA (WIND IN THE NIGHT) – The Head and the Heart (N)
  29. DISTANCE – Mount Famine (N)
  30. BLOODRUSH – The Amazons (N)