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)

Top 30 Songs for April 3-9, 2022

It’s hard to believe we’re already into April, as 2022 seems to be rushing by at a breakneck speed. All of the songs in last week’s top five remain in that rarefied group, with a bit of shuffling around, however, the seductive “Caviar” by Two Feet holds onto it’s #1 spot for a second week, while Portugal. The Man‘s “What, Me Worry?” moves up to #2. There’s lots of movement on the rest of the chart, though, as older songs move down to make way for newer songs on their way up. Entering the top 10 is the dramatic and haunting “Deception”, by British producer/composer Noodle Beard, with vocals by Hannah Reem.

A whopping five new songs make their debut this week, three of them by veteran acts who’ve had numerous appearances on my chart: “Wild Child” by The Black Keys, “Wild” by Spoon (replacing “The Hardest Cut”, which drops off after a 15-week run), and “My Love” by Florence + The Machine. The other two new entries are by acts making their first appearance: “On My Knees” by Australian alternative electronic band RÜFÜS DU SOL and “The Hurt Within” by Welsh psychedelic rock band Holy Coves, another act I learned about as a guest moderator for Fresh On The Net.

  1. CAVIAR – Two Feet (1)
  2. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (3)
  3. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (2)
  4. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement (5)
  5. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (4)
  6. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (7)
  7. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (8)
  8. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (6)
  9. DECEPTION – Noodle Beard & Hannah Reem (14)
  10. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (10)
  11. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (16)
  12. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (17)
  13. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (15)
  14. LOVE DIES YOUNG – Foo Fighters (13)
  15. CHAPSTICK – COIN (9)
  16. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (20)
  17. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (22)
  18. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (23)
  19. ONCE TWICE MELODY – Beach House (21)
  20. SLEEP – Gooseberry (24)
  21. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (25)
  22. ONE AND THE SAME – Future Theory (11)
  23. TWO CAR FAMILY – Apollo Junction (12) 19th week on chart
  24. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING/POINTS OF LIGHT – Secret Postal Society (18)
  25. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (N)
  26. WILD – Spoon (N)
  27. MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine (N)
  28. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (30)
  29. ON MY KNEES – RÜFÜS DU SOL (N)
  30. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 27-April 2, 2022

Well, it was only a matter of time until my favorite artist Two Feet landed atop my Weekly Top 30 again. This week, his hauntingly beautiful song of a futile unrequited love “Caviar” becomes his ninth single to reach #1 on my weekly chart. I love the song’s smoldering trip hop groove, captivating Latin-style guitars, cinematic synths, and his vocals that transition from seductive purr in the verses to vulnerable falsetto in the choruses. Like many of his recent videos, this one was also created by Allison Michael, and features vintage black and white film noir footage that nicely captures the song’s moody vibes. Two Feet is currently on tour in South America.

On a very sad note, like millions of others I’m shocked and heartbroken over the untimely death of Foo Fighters‘ beloved drummer Taylor Hawkins, which happened while the band was also on tour in South America. It’s a terrible and tragic loss not only for the Foos and Taylor’s family, but also the entire music world. Their latest – and rather prophetically-titled song “Love Dies Young” moves up a notch to #13.

In other chart developments, Portugal. The Man‘s “What, Me Worry?” leaps 10 spots to #3, and the enchanting “B-Side” by the amazing Texas duo Khruangbin, with silky vocals by equally incredible fellow Texan Leon Bridges, enters the top 10. “Deception”, by British producer/composer Noodle Beard, with dramatic vocals by Hannah Reem, continues its rapid ascent, climbing six spots to #14. The lone debut this week is the lovely and mellow “La Cienega” by British post-rock band Chief Springs, one of the many acts I discovered as a guest moderator for Fresh On The Net.

  1. CAVIAR – Two Feet (2)
  2. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (1)
  3. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (13)
  4. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (6)
  5. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement (7)
  6. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (8)
  7. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (9)
  8. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (10)
  9. CHAPSTICK – COIN (3)
  10. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (11)
  11. ONE AND THE SAME – Future Theory (4)
  12. TWO CAR FAMILY – Apollo Junction (5)
  13. LOVE DIES YOUNG – Foo Fighters (14)
  14. DECEPTION – Noodle Beard featuring Hannah Reem (20)
  15. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (17)
  16. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (18)
  17. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (19)
  18. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING/POINTS OF LIGHT – Secret Postal Society (15)
  19. OH MY GOD – Adele (12)
  20. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (24)
  21. ONCE TWICE MELODY – Beach House (25)
  22. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (26)
  23. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (27)
  24. SLEEP – Gooseberry (28)
  25. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (29)
  26. THE HARDEST CUT – Spoon (16)
  27. WAKE ME UP – Foals (21)
  28. IF YOU EVER LEAVE, I’M COMING WITH YOU – The Wombats (23)
  29. I SEE THE SUN – Solar Eyes (22) 18th week on list
  30. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 20-26, 2022

Mitski‘s bouyant but lyrically compelling dance-pop single “The Only Heartbreaker” remains at #1 for a second week on my latest Top 30, while Two Feet‘s darkly beautiful and sultry “Caviar” closes in at #2. Entering the top 10 are “I’ll Call You Mine” by young Norwegian artist girl in red (aka Marie Ulven Ringheim) and “Broken Hearts” by L.A. pop-rock duo Ships Have Sailed, who’ve had numerous songs appear on my Weekly Top 30 lists over the past three years.

The biggest upward movers on this week’s chart are “What, Me Worry?” by Portland-based alt-rock band Portugal. The Man, which jumps seven spots to #13, and the haunting James Bond-esque “Deception”, by British producer/composer Noodle Beard, with captivating vocals by Hannah Reem, which climbs eight spots to #20. After 10 songs having made their debut over the previous three weeks, there are no new entries this week.

  1. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (1)
  2. CAVIAR – Two Feet (5)
  3. CHAPSTICK – COIN (4)
  4. ONE AND THE SAME – Future Theory (3)
  5. TWO CAR FAMILY – Apollo Junction (2)
  6. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (8)
  7. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement (9)
  8. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (10)
  9. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (11)
  10. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (12)
  11. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (13)
  12. OH MY GOD – Adele (7)
  13. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (20)
  14. LOVE DIES YOUNG – Foo Fighters (17)
  15. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING/POINTS OF LIGHT – Secret Postal Society (16)
  16. THE HARDEST CUT – Spoon (6)
  17. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (19)
  18. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (21)
  19. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (23)
  20. DECEPTION – Noodle Beard featuring Hannah Reem (28)
  21. WAKE ME UP – Foals (14)
  22. I SEE THE SUN – Solar Eyes (15)
  23. IF YOU EVER LEAVE, I’M COMING WITH YOU – The Wombats (22)
  24. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (24)
  25. ONCE TWICE MELODY – Beach House (25)
  26. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (26)
  27. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (27)
  28. SLEEP – Gooseberry (29)
  29. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (30)
  30. THE OUTSIDE – twenty øne piløts (18)

Top 30 Songs for March 13-19, 2022

Another week, another new #1 song, as there are so many great ones to choose from right now. Mitski‘s exuberant dance-pop gem “The Only Heartbreaker” takes over the top spot on my latest Weekly Top 30. From her latest album Laurel Hell, the brilliant track was co-written by Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson, marking the first time she’s ever teamed up with another songwriter. She told Apple Music that her collaboration with Wilson came about because she’d been struggling with the track for ages: “I was just sitting on it forever. I have so many iterations of it. Nothing felt right. He helped me solve so many of the problems and kind of lead me out of the labyrinth of it. And yeah, I’m really glad that I took that chance with him.

Mitski wrote most of the songs for Laurel Hell in 2018 before finishing the album during the covid lockdowns, and she struggled to find a coherent theme for the overall album. In an interview for Rolling Stone, she explained: “This album has been a punk record at some point, and a country record. Then, after a while, it was like, ‘I need to dance.’ Even though the lyrics [for ‘The Only Heartbreaker’] might be depressing, I need something peppy to get me through this.” For the recording of the song, she programmed synths and keyboards and her longtime producer Patrick Hyland played guitar and percussion.

Holding at #3 and #4 are “One and the Same” by British alternative psychedelic rock band Future Theory, which features some of the most stunning guitar work I’ve heard recently, and the sexy “Chapstick” by Nashville pop-rock band COIN. And speaking of stunning guitars, Two Feet‘s sultry “Caviar” jumps five spots to #5. Entering the top 10 are songs by three acts I’m particularly fond of: “Head in the Clouds” by Australian soul-funk band Thunder Fox, “Just Like Always” by British alt-rock band Oli Barton & the Movement, and “Redchurch Street Blues” by London singer-songwriter extraordinaire Philip Morgan Lewis.

Four gorgeous new songs make their debut this week at #s 27-30: “I Love You” by Fontaines D.C., “Deception” by British producer/composer Noodle Beard, featuring breathtaking vocals by Hannah Reem, “Sleep” by talented and charismatic Brooklyn four-piece Gooseberry, and “Chasing Trains” by British artist HULLAH. I learned about Noodle Beard/Hannah Reem and HULLAH a week ago when I heard their wonderful songs as a guest moderator of Fresh On The Net.

  1. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (5)
  2. TWO CAR FAMILY – Apollo Junction (1)
  3. ONE AND THE SAME – Future Theory (3)
  4. CHAPSTICK – COIN (4)
  5. CAVIAR – Two Feet (10)
  6. THE HARDEST CUT – Spoon (2)
  7. OH MY GOD – Adele (9)
  8. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (11)
  9. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (12)
  10. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (13)
  11. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (14)
  12. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (15)
  13. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (16)
  14. WAKE ME UP – Foals (6)
  15. I SEE THE SUN – Solar Eyes (7)
  16. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING/POINTS OF LIGHT – Secret Postal Society (17)
  17. LOVE DIES YOUNG – Foo Fighters (19)
  18. THE OUTSIDE – twenty øne piløts (8)
  19. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (20)
  20. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (21)
  21. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (22)
  22. IF YOU EVER LEAVE, I’M COMING WITH YOU – The Wombats (25)
  23. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (26)
  24. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (27)
  25. ONCE TWICE MELODY – Beach House (28)
  26. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (30)
  27. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (N)
  28. DECEPTION – Noodle Beard featuring Hannah Reem (N)
  29. SLEEP – Gooseberry (N)
  30. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (N)

Top 30 Songs for February 27-March 5, 2022

Though they’ve been around since the mid 1990s, I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I didn’t come to fully appreciate the music of Spoon until 2017, with the release of their fantastic album Hot Thoughts. I love their distinctive sound that incorporates elements of rock’n’roll, art rock, post-punk revival and experimental rock, not to mention the raspy vocals of frontman Britt Daniel, who at 50 is still going strong. The Austin-based rock band’s gnarly stomper “The Hardest Cut” has been around awhile, and finally reaches the top of my Weekly Top 30. The song is from their 10th and latest album Lucifer on the Sofa, which was written by Daniel during lockdown.

Adele’s “Oh My God” enters the top 10, and both “B-Side” by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges and “Caviar” by Two Feet leap eight spots to #19 and #20, respectively. Three new songs debut this week: “Black Summer” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Love Brand New” by Bob Moses, and “Won’t Stand Down” by Muse. Though I really like Muse, most of their songs take a while to grow on me. I often dislike them upon the first few listens, but almost always end up liking or even loving them, and “Won’t Stand Down” is no exception.

  1. THE HARDEST CUT – Spoon (2)
  2. I SEE THE SUN – Solar Eyes (1)
  3. TWO CAR FAMILY – Apollo Junction (4)
  4. ONE AND THE SAME – Future Theory (6)
  5. WAKE ME UP – Foals (7)
  6. CHAPSTICK – COIN (8)
  7. THE OUTSIDE – twenty øne piløts (9)
  8. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (10)
  9. STARTS WITH YOU – Shimmer Johnson (3)
  10. OH MY GOD – Adele (14)
  11. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (13)
  12. CRUTCH – Band of Horses (5)
  13. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (15)
  14. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (16)
  15. MAGNIFICENT HURT – Elvis Costello & The Imposters (17)
  16. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (22)
  17. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (20)
  18. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING/POINTS OF LIGHT – Secret Postal Society (21)
  19. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (27)
  20. CAVIAR – Two Feet (28)
  21. LOVE DIES YOUNG – Foo Fighters (24)
  22. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (26)
  23. TIME IN DISGUISE – Kings of Leon (11)
  24. GOOD FRIEND – dwi (12)
  25. I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – The War On Drugs feat. Lucius (18)
  26. IF YOU EVER LEAVE, I’M COMING WITH YOU – The Wombats (29)
  27. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (30)
  28. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (N)
  29. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (N)
  30. WON’T STAND DOWN – Muse (N)

Top 30 Songs for February 20-26, 2022

British psychedelic pop/rock band Solar Eyes retain a firm grip on the top spot on my latest Weekly Top 30 for a second week with their beautiful track “I See the Sun“, and Spoon’s “The Hardest Cut” slides up to #2. Entering the top 10 are twenty øne piløts’ “The Outside” and Mitski’s “The Only Heartbreaker”. Sometimes it takes a while for a song to really grow on me, and after a slow start, Adele’s “Oh My God” leaps 10 spots to #14. Four great songs by artists I love make their debut this week: “B-Side” by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, “Caviar” by Two Feet, “If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You” by The Wombats, and “What, Me Worry?” by Portugal. The Man.

  1. I SEE THE SUN – Solar Eyes (1)
  2. THE HARDEST CUT – Spoon (3)
  3. STARTS WITH YOU – Shimmer Johnson (2)
  4. TWO CAR FAMILY – Apollo Junction (5)
  5. CRUTCH – Band of Horses (4)
  6. ONE AND THE SAME – Future Theory (8)
  7. WAKE ME UP – Foals (9)
  8. CHAPSTICK – COIN (10)
  9. THE OUTSIDE – twenty øne piløts (11)
  10. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (12)
  11. TIME IN DISGUISE – Kings of Leon (6)
  12. GOOD FRIEND – dwi (7)
  13. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (15)
  14. OH MY GOD – Adele (24)
  15. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (18)
  16. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (19)
  17. MAGNIFICENT HURT – Elvis Costello & The Imposters (20)
  18. I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – The War on Drugs feat. Lucius (13)
  19. UNTIL I COME HOME – Two Feet & grandson (14)
  20. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (26)
  21. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING/POINTS OF LIGHT – Secret Postal Society (27)
  22. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (29)
  23. LEFT BEHIND – a million rich daughters (16)
  24. LOVE DIES YOUNG – Foo Fighters (28)
  25. U&ME – alt-J (22)
  26. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (30)
  27. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (N)
  28. CAVIAR – Two Feet (N)
  29. IF YOU EVER LEAVE, I’M COMING WITH YOU – The Wombats (N)
  30. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (N)

100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #29: “Bad Bad News” by Leon Bridges

The song at #29 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Bad Bad News” by American singer-songwriter and producer Leon Bridges. The talented Ft. Worth, Texas-based artist is like a breath of fresh air with his throwback R&B style that echoes some of the great soul singers of the 60s like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding. It’s a reflection of my advanced age perhaps, but though most of his songs are mellow and low-key, they excite me because they remind me of so many of the artists and music coming out of Detroit (Motown), Memphis and Philadelphia from the early 60s to the mid 70s that I loved.

“Bad Bad News”, from his second album Good Thing, is fantastic, with jazzy guitar, gorgeous brass, crisp percussion and a deep bass groove set to a soulful, hypnotic beat. Add Bridges’ smooth vocals that go from sensual to plaintive, and the result is sonic heaven. He sings about overcoming others’ lack of faith in him, and making it on his street smarts, honesty and belief in himself: “Ain’t got no riches, ain’t got no money that runs long. But I got a heart that’s strong and a love that’s tall. Ain’t got no name, ain’t got no fancy education. But I can see right through, a powdered face on a painted fool./ They tell me I was born to lose. But I made a good good thing out of bad bad news.

Though none of Bridges’ songs have appeared on the stinking Billboard Hot 100 nor even the R&B chart – which is a shocking travesty! – both of his albums have made the top 10 on the 200 Album chart, and two of his singles, “Smooth Sailin'” and “Bad Bad News” reached #1 on the Adult Alternative Chart. “Bad Bad News” spent three weeks at #1 on my own Weekly Top 30 in early summer of 2018.

The sexy video for the song was directed by Natalie Rae, and shows scenes of a woman following a man who she thinks whistled at her through an empty underground subway station and out into the streets at night, when she suddenly becomes overtaken by the song’s sensual grooves. Scenes of her are interspersed with footage of Bridges walking into an auditorium where he encounters a group of musicians jamming, and he then dances around them as he sings the song. At the end, the woman finally catches up to the man and silently confronts him before walking away.