Top 30 Songs for May 22-28, 2022

Not a lot of changes from last week on my latest Weekly Top 30. The Black Keys hold at #1 for a second week with their raucous “Wild Child”, while Florence + the Machine‘s “My Love” closes in at #2. British five-piece Chief Springs enter the top 10 with their lovely song “La Cienega”, named after the famous boulevard that runs through West Hollywood and Los Angeles. The lone new debut this week is “Lonely” by British band Sea Girls, who’ve been around since 2015, but I sadly didn’t learn about until a few weeks ago.

  1. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (1)
  2. MY LOVE – Florence + the Machine (3)
  3. AS IT WAS – Harry Styles (2)
  4. SLEEP – Gooseberry (6)
  5. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (7)
  6. WILD – Spoon (8)
  7. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (5)
  8. DECEPTION – Hannah Reem & Noodle Beard (4)
  9. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (10)
  10. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (13)
  11. VIRGINIA (WIND IN THE NIGHT) – The Head and the Heart (16)
  12. SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER – Sam Fender (19)
  13. ON MY KNEES – RÜFÜS DU SOL (14)
  14. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (15)
  15. WHAT, ME WORRY – Portugal. The Man (9)
  16. DISTANCE – Mount Famine (17)
  17. BLOODRUSH – The Amazons (18)
  18. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (11)
  19. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (12)
  20. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer (22)
  21. 2am – Foals (23)
  22. SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS – Bastille (24)
  23. SYNCHRONIZE – Milky Chance (25)
  24. THAT’S WHERE I AM – Maggie Rogers (26)
  25. TELL ME THE TRUTH – Two Feet (27)
  26. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (20)
  27. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (21)
  28. ANIMAL – Partisan (29)
  29. CLOSER – The Frontier (30)
  30. LONELY – Sea Girls (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 15-21, 2022

Though their latest album Dropout Boogie has gotten mixed reviews, I love The Black Keys‘ lead single “Wild Child”, which knocks Harry Styles’ “As It Was” from the #1 spot after a two-week run. The rousing stomper sees them going back to their blues rock roots, highlighted by Dan Auerbach’s gnarly guitars and Patrick Carney’s muscular drumbeats. Though the simple lyrics are directed to a woman the singer wants to love – “I just wanna hold you at the end of every day. Girl, I wanna please you, oh, I’m needing you to stay. The sun is gonna shine if you would just come out and play. Baby, won’t you show me your wild child ways” – the outrageous video portrays Auerbach and Carney as guys who show up for menial jobs at an out of control high school, then add to the ensuing mayhem.

In other chart news, Florence + the Machine‘s gorgeous “My Love” continues its march toward the top, climbing a notch to #3. “Sleep” by Brooklyn four-piece Gooseberry, “Chasing Trains” by British singer-songwriter HULLAH, and “Wild” by Spoon all climb three spots to #6, 7 and 8, respectively, and Fontaines D.C.’s haunting “I Love You” finally enters the top 10.

Three songs make their debut this week. The first is “Seventeen Going Under” by British singer-songwriter Sam Fender, which enters at #19. The beautiful song was released in July 2021, and I ranked it at #44 on my Top 100 Songs of 2021 list, so when it started getting a lot of airplay a few months ago, I resisted placing it on my Weekly Top 30. But now that’s it climbing up the Alternative charts, I’m compelled to add it to mine too. The other two debuts are “Tell Me The Truth” by my favorite artist Two Feet, who just dropped his fourth album Shape and Form, and “Closer” by another favorite artist of mine, singer-songwriter The Frontier.

  1. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (2)
  2. AS IT WAS – Harry Styles (1)
  3. MY LOVE – Florence + the Machine (4)
  4. DECEPTION – Hannah Reem & Noodle Beard (3)
  5. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (5)
  6. SLEEP – Gooseberry (9)
  7. CHASING TRAINS – HULLAH (10)
  8. WILD – Spoon (11)
  9. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (6)
  10. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (14)
  11. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (8)
  12. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (7)
  13. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (15)
  14. ON MY KNEES – RÜFÜS DU SOL (16)
  15. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (17)
  16. VIRGINIA (WIND IN THE NIGHT) – The Head and the Heart (18)
  17. DISTANCE – Mount Famine (19)
  18. BLOODRUSH – The Amazons (20)
  19. SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER – Sam Fender (N)
  20. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (12)
  21. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (13)
  22. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer (21)
  23. 2am – Foals (22)
  24. SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS – Bastille (26)
  25. SYNCHRONIZE – Milky Chance (28)
  26. THAT’S WHERE I AM – Maggie Rogers (29)
  27. TELL ME THE TRUTH – Two Feet (N)
  28. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (24)
  29. ANIMAL – Partisan (30)
  30. CLOSER – The Frontier (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 Carlisle (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 Carlisle (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 26-May 2, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (6)
2. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (1)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (5)
4. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (2)
5. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (4)
6. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (3)
7. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (9)
8. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (7)
9. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (11)
10. OH YEAH! – Green Day (12)
11. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (13)
12. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (14)
13. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (15)
14. DELETER – Grouplove (16)
15. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (10)
16. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (8)
17. MARIA – Two Feet (18)
18. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (19)
19. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (20)
20. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (24)
21. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (23)
22. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (17)
23. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (25)
24. HELL N BACK – Bakar (26)
25. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (N)
26. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (28)
27. RUN – Joji (30)
28. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (21)
29. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (N)
30. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 19-25, 2020

1. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (1)
2. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4)
3. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (2)
4. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (5)
5. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (6)
6. CAUTION – The Killers (10)
7. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (3)
8. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (8)
9. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (9)
10. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (12)
11. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (13)
12. OH YEAH! – Green Day (14)
13. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (16)
14. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (17)
15. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (18)
16. DELETER – Grouplove (20)
17. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (7)
18. MARIA – Two Feet (25)
19. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (24)
20. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (22)
21. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (11)
22. UNCHAINED – Devon Gilfillian (15)
23. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (26)
24. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (27)
25. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (28)
26. TEXAS SUN – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (19)
27. HELL N BACK – Bakar (30)
28. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (N)
29. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (21) 21st week on list
30. RUN – Joji (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 12-18, 2020

1. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (1)
2. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (2)
3. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (3)
4. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4)
5. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (6)
6. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (7)
7. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (5)
8. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (9)
9. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (11)
10. CAUTION – The Killers (22)
11. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (8)
12. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (15)
13. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (16)
14. OH YEAH! – Green Day (17)
15. UNCHAINED – Devon Gilfillian (10)
16. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (18)
17. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (19)
18. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (21)
19. TEXAS SUN – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (14)
20. DELETER – Grouplove (24)
21. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (12) 20th week on list
22. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (23)
23. COLORS – Black Pumas (13)
24. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (26)
25. MARIA – Two Feet (27)
26. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (28)
27. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (29)
28. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (30)
29. LIFE IN THE CITY – The Lumineers (20)
30. HELL N BACK – Bakar (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 5-11, 2020

1. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weekend (3)
2. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (1)
3. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (2)
4. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4)
5. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (5)
6. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (9)
7. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (11)
8. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (7)
9. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (8)
10. UNCHAINED – Devon Gilfillian (10)
11. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (12)
12. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (6)
13. COLORS – Black Pumas (15)
14. TEXAS SUN – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (16)
15. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (17)
16. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (19)
17. OH YEAH! – Green Day (20)
18. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (21)
19. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (22)
20. LIFE IN THE CITY – The Lumineers (13)
21. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (25)
22. CAUTION – The Killers (30)
23. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (24)
24. DELETER – Grouplove (N)
25. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (14) 20th week on list
26. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (29)
27. MARIA – Two Feet (N)
28. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (N)
29. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (N)
30. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 29-April 4, 2020

1. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (1)
2. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (2)
3. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (27)
4. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (5)
5. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (6)
6. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (3)
7. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (9)
8. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (10)
9. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (11)
10. UNCHAINED – Devon Gilfillian (12)
11. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (13)
12. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (14)
13. LIFE IN THE CITY – The Lumineers (8)
14. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (4)
15. COLORS – Black Pumas (16)
16. TEXAS SUN – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (17)
17. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (18)
18. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (7) 23rd week on list
19. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (22)
20. OH YEAH! – Green Day (23)
21. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (25)
22. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (26)
23. HOW WE LIVE – Mandalan featuring Cadence XYZ (15)
24. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (28)
25. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (30)
26. MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX – Lana Del Rey (19)
27. GO EASY – Matt Maeson (29)
28. CAN’T STOP – Vox Eagle (20)
29. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (N)
30. CAUTION – The Killers (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 22-28, 2020

We need some fun and exciting music to help rescue us from these rather depressing times, and Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” is the perfect song to do it! It leaps five notches to #1 this week.

1. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (6)
2. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (2)
3. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (3)
4. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (4)
5. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (5)
6. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (7)
7. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (1) 22nd week on list
8. LIFE IN THE CITY – The Lumineers (8)
9. LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers (9)
10. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (12)
11. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (13)
12. UNCHAINED – Devon Gilfillian (15)
13. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (16)
14. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (17)
15. HOW WE LIVE – Mandalan featuring Cadence XYZ (11)
16. COLORS – Black Pumas (19)
17. TEXAS SUN – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (20)
18. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (21)
19. MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX – Lana Del Rey (14)
20. CAN’T STOP – Vox Eagle (18)
21. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (10) 20th week on list
22. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (24)
23. OH YEAH! – Green Day (25)
24. REASONS I DRINK – Alanis Morissette (23)
25. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (27)
26. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (28)
27. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (N)
28. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (29)
29. GO EASY – Matt Maeson (30)
30. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (N)