Top 30 Songs for December 4-10, 2022

This is my first post in a week, as I’ve lost all enthusiasm or motivation for writing music reviews. But I can’t not post my Weekly Top 30. The beautiful poignant ballad “SNAP”, by Armenian singer-songwriter Rosa Linn (aka Roza Kostandyan), is my new #1 song. Rosa represented Armenia with the song at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 20th place. “SNAP” subsequently went viral on TikTok, reaching the top of the charts in Belgium, and the top ten in several European countries. In the U.S., the song also reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative Airplay chart, where it’s spent the past seven weeks and counting on top, but peaked at only #82 on the dismal Hot 100 chart.

“SNAP” was co-written by Rosa with Larzz Principato, Courtney Harrell, Allie Crystal and Tamar Kaprelian, with writing sessions taking place in both Los Angeles and Yerevan, Armenia. In an interview for Wiwibloggs, Rosa stated that the song is a personal story everyone can relate to: “I think we’ve all been at a snapping point, where it felt like there’s no way out and that the entire world is just crumbling down around you. You start questioning everything, including yourself. I have been there. And what I realized was that I had the strength to shape my reality – it just took getting out of my own way and finding inner-peace. It’s all about self-love and accepting that you are enough. Writing ‘SNAP’ was a form of therapy for me and I hope that it can be that for others who are also going through hard times.

In other chart developments, “Crest of the Wave” by British band Foals, and “Tonight” by French alt-rock band Phoenix, with guest vocals by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, enter the top 10. Five songs make their debut this week: “EDGING” by Blink-182, entering my chart at #26. Though the song has spent the last five weeks and counting at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart (Billboard has far too many charts, which to me dilutes the importance of most of them, but I digress…), it’s only now starting to grow on me, as I’ve never been much of a Blink-182 fan. The sweet “Then It All Goes Away” by Dayglow enters at #27; “Trouble With This Bed” by Beach Weather debuts at #28, giving them two songs on this chart; “Dance for Me” by Brooklyn singer-songwriter and blog favorite Sam Rappaport enters at #29; and “Disorder” by Welsh rock band Columbia enters at #30.

  1. SNAP – Rosa Linn (3)
  2. PARTY4ONE – dwi (1)
  3. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (2)
  4. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (6)
  5. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (7)
  6. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (4)
  7. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (5)
  8. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (10)
  9. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (11)
  10. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (14)
  11. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (12)
  12. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (13)
  13. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (15)
  14. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (16)
  15. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (18)
  16. SISTERS – pMad (8)
  17. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (17)
  18. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (19)
  19. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (10)
  20. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (22)
  21. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (23)
  22. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (25)
  23. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYORE – Crystal Cities (24)
  24. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (27)
  25. I.N.V.U. – Kid Kapichi (20)
  26. EDGING – Blink-182 (N)
  27. THEN IT ALL GOES AWAY – Dayglow (N)
  28. TROUBLE WITH THIS BED – Beach Weather (N)
  29. DANCE FOR ME – Sam Rappaport (N)
  30. DISORDER – Columbia (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 27-December 3, 2022

It’s hard to believe another holiday season is upon us, and we’re approaching the end of 2022! There are no significant changes to this week’s Top 30. “Party4One” by Canadian artist dwi holds the #1 spot for a second week, while Beach Weather‘s “Sex, Drugs, Etc.” holds at #2 for a second week after spending three weeks at #1. Rosa Linn climbs two spots to #3 with her bittersweet “SNAP”, and the haunting “White Horses” by British artist Art Block enters the top 10 at #10.

Despite lots of new music still being released late in the year, I have no new songs debuting on my chart this week, as I dislike having too many songs crossing over from one year to the next. There will be lots of chart movement in the coming weeks.

  1. PARTY4ONE – dwi (1)
  2. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (2)
  3. SNAP – Rosa Linn (5)
  4. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (3)
  5. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (4)
  6. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (8)
  7. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (9)
  8. SISTERS – pMad (7)
  9. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (6)
  10. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (11)
  11. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (12)
  12. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (13)
  13. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (14)
  14. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (15)
  15. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (16)
  16. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (17)
  17. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (18)
  18. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (22)
  19. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (20)
  20. I.N.V.U. – Kid Kapichi (19)
  21. THE ECHO – A.A. Williams (10)
  22. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (27)
  23. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (26)
  24. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (28)
  25. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (29)
  26. NATURAL BORN KILLER – Highly Suspect (21)
  27. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (30)
  28. MY BABE – Spoon (23)
  29. BOY – The Killers (24)
  30. HERE TO FOREVER – Death Cab for Cutie (25)

Top 30 Songs for November 20-26, 2022

One of the more fascinating artists making music today is dwi, the music project of Canadian singer-songwriter Dwight Abell. He’s also bassist for Canadian alternative/power pop band The Zolas. Based in Vancouver, B.C., the fearless and talented guy lets his creativity and imagination run totally wild with his zany alter ago, making outstanding music that’s innovative, quirky and fun. Last year, dwi released his brilliant debut album Mild Fantasy Violence, which I loved at first listen. One of the album’s tracks, “Good Friend”, spent four months on my Weekly Top 30, going all the way to #1 this past January. Now he reaches the pinnacle of my list for a second time with his wonderful “Party4One“. dwi says the song is “about falling in love with yourself during an intense state of cabin fever. Love yourself, make out with yourself, and for the love of gawd, scare yourself. The weirdos are in charge now!” Accompanied by a deliriously wacky video, it’s a riotous blast from start to finish, with an infectious bouncy groove and dwi’s relentlessly endearing vocals.

In other chart news, the biggest upward movers this week are “SNAP” by Rosa Linn, climbing five spots to #5, and “Unholy” by Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras, jumping eight spots to #16. Debuting this week are “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift, finally entering my chart at #27 (the song has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the entire three weeks it’s been on that chart); “Out of My System” by former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson, at #29; and “Night Bus” by immensely talented Welsh singer-songwriter Caitlin Lavagna.

  1. PARTY4ONE – dwi (4)
  2. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (1)
  3. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (2)
  4. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (3)
  5. SNAP – Rosa Linn (10)
  6. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (6)
  7. SISTERS – pMad (7)
  8. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (8)
  9. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (9)
  10. THE ECHO – A.A. Williams (5)
  11. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (12)
  12. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (13)
  13. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (14)
  14. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (15)
  15. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (18)
  16. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (24)
  17. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (20)
  18. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (21)
  19. I.N.V.U. – Kid Kapichi (22)
  20. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (23)
  21. NATURAL BORN KILLER – Highly Suspect (19)
  22. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (26)
  23. MY BABE – Spoon (11)
  24. BOY – The Killers (16)
  25. HERE TO FOREVER – Death Cab for Cutie (17)
  26. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (28)
  27. ANTI-HERO – Taylor Swift (N)
  28. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (30)
  29. OUT OF MY SYSTEM – Louis Tomlinson (N)
  30. NIGHT BUS – Caitlin Lavagna (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 13-19, 2022

I still can’t get enough of Beach Weather‘s “Sex, Drugs, Etc.”, and it holds the #1 spot on my chart for a third week. They also dropped a gorgeous new single “Trouble With This Bed” last Friday, November 11th, and it might very likely be topping my chart in the coming weeks. Veteran artist Gorillaz slides into #2, inching ever closer to the top spot with “Cracker Island”, featuring Thundercat. The delightful “Party4One” by Canadian artist dwi, and the hauntingly beautiful “The Echo” by British singer-songwriter A.A. Williams, advance a notch to #4 and #5 respectively.

Three songs enter the top 10 as older ones move down after their long runs: the exuberant “These Are the Days” by Inhaler, the bittersweet “Spit of You” by Sam Fender” and the poignant “SNAP” by Rosa Linn, each climbing three spots to #s 8, 9 & 10. Two new songs make their debut this week: “This is Why” by Paramore, which enters at #26. I’ve never been much of a fan of theirs, consequently this song took a while to connect with me. But I have to concede it’s pretty good. And entering at #30 is “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”, by one of my favorite Australian bands Crystal Cities, which I reviewed a few weeks ago.

  1. SEX, DRUGS, ETC. – Beach Weather (1)
  2. CRACKER ISLAND – Gorillaz featuring Thundercat (3)
  3. BAD HABIT – Steve Lacy (2)
  4. PARTY4ONE – dwi (5)
  5. THE ECHO – A.A. Williams (6)
  6. WET DREAM – Wet Leg (9)
  7. SISTERS – pMad (10)
  8. THESE ARE THE DAYS – Inhaler (11)
  9. SPIT OF YOU – Sam Fender (12)
  10. SNAP – Rosa Linn (13)
  11. MY BABE – Spoon (4)
  12. WHITE HORSES – Art Block (14)
  13. CREST OF THE WAVE – Foals (15)
  14. I LIKE YOU (A HAPPIER SONG) – Post Malone & Doja Cat (16)
  15. WEIRD GOODBYES – The National featuring Bon Iver (17)
  16. BOY – The Killers (7)
  17. HERE TO FOREVER – Death Cab for Cutie (8)
  18. TONIGHT – Phoenix featuring Ezra Koenig (19)
  19. NATURAL BORN KILLER – Highly Suspect (22)
  20. I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU – The 1975 (23)
  21. OFFCUTS – Mount Famine (24)
  22. I.N.V.U. – Kid Kapichi (25)
  23. SHADOWS IN THE DARK – The Star Crumbles (26)
  24. UNHOLY – Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras (27)
  25. TIPPA MY TONGUE – Red Hot Chili Peppers (21)
  26. THIS IS WHY – Paramore (N)
  27. PLEASE WRITE RESPONSIBLY – Granfalloon (18)
  28. SAIL AWAY – lovelytheband (30)
  29. TEK IT – Cafuné (20)
  30. LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – Crystal Cities (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 6-12, 2022

The beautiful “Sex, Drugs, Etc.” by Beach Weather remains my favorite song again this week, while Steve Lacy‘s “Bad Habit” holds at #2 for a second week after spending two weeks at #1. “Cracker Island” by Gorillaz featuring Thundercat moves up a notch to #3, while “Party4One” by Canadian artist dwi, and “The Echo” by British singer-songwriter A.A. Williams, each climb two spots to #5 and #6. “Sisters” by Irish artist pMad enters the top 10 at #10. Debuting this week are the sultry and cinematic “Unholy” by British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, featuring German singer-songwriter Kim Petras, which enters at #27, and “sail away” by Los Angeles-based alternative pop trio lovelytheband, at #30 (I find it interesting that some artists and bands spell their names and songs in all lower-case letters).

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