Top 30 Songs for April 11-17, 2021

  1. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (2)
  2. FIRE – Two Feet (1)
  3. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (9)
  4. SLEEP – The Frontier (6)
  5. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (7)
  6. LET DOWN – Michigander (8)
  7. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (3)
  8. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (11)
  9. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (4)
  10. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (12)
  11. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (13)
  12. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (14)
  13. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (15)
  14. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (17)
  15. 1ST TIME – Bakar (5)
  16. SOFIA – Clairo (10)
  17. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (18)
  18. TIME TRAVELER – Matt Jaffe (19)
  19. BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE – Melotika (20)
  20. DRIVERS LICENSE – Olivia Rodrigo (16)
  21. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (21)
  22. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (22)
  23. METRONOME – Polarizer (23)
  24. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (24)
  25. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (27)
  26. PEACHES – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon (28)
  27. YOU – Benny Blanco with Marshmello & Vance Joy (29)
  28. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (30)
  29. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (N)
  30. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 4-10, 2021

  1. FIRE – Two Feet (1) 4th week at #1
  2. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (5)
  3. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (4)
  4. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (2)
  5. 1ST TIME – Bakar (3)
  6. SLEEP – The Frontier (8)
  7. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (9)
  8. LET DOWN – Michigander (10)
  9. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, SilkSonic (17)
  10. SOFIA – Clairo (6)
  11. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (11)
  12. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (12)
  13. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (13)
  14. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (14)
  15. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (15)
  16. DRIVERS LICENSE – Olivia Rodrigo (7)
  17. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (19)
  18. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (20)
  19. TIME TRAVELER – Matt Jaffe (21)
  20. BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE – Melotika (22)
  21. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (23)
  22. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (24)
  23. METRONOME – Polarizer (26)
  24. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (27)
  25. DIRTY – grandson (16) 20th week on list
  26. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (18) 20th week on list
  27. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (N)
  28. PEACHES – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon (N)
  29. YOU – Benny Blanco with Marshmello & Vance Joy (N)
  30. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 28-April 3, 2021

  1. FIRE – Two Feet (1) 3rd week at #1
  2. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (3)
  3. 1ST TIME – Bakar (2)
  4. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (5)
  5. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (6)
  6. SOFIA – Clairo (7)
  7. DRIVERS LICENSE – Olivia Rodrigo (4)
  8. SLEEP – The Frontier (9)
  9. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (10)
  10. LET DOWN – Michigander (12)
  11. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (11)
  12. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (14)
  13. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (15)
  14. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (16)
  15. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (17)
  16. DIRTY – grandson (8)
  17. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (28)
  18. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (13)
  19. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (22)
  20. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (23)
  21. TIME TRAVELER – Matt Jaffe (24)
  22. BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE – Melotika (25)
  23. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (26)
  24. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (27)
  25. SHAME – Saboteurs (18)
  26. METRONOME – Polarizer (29)
  27. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (30)
  28. COLD – Chris Stapleton (19)
  29. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (20)
  30. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (21)

Top 30 Songs for March 21-27, 2021

  1. FIRE – Two Feet (1)
  2. 1ST TIME – Bakar (3)
  3. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (4)
  4. DRIVERS LICENSE – Olivia Rodrigo (2)
  5. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (6)
  6. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (7)
  7. SOFIA – Clairo (9)
  8. DIRTY – grandson (5)
  9. SLEEP – The Frontier (10)
  10. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (11)
  11. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (12)
  12. LET DOWN – Michigander (13)
  13. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (8)
  14. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (18)
  15. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (19)
  16. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (20)
  17. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (21)
  18. SHAME – Saboteurs (17)
  19. COLD – Chris Stapleton (14)
  20. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (15)
  21. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (16)
  22. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (24)
  23. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (25)
  24. TIME TRAVELER – Matt Jaffe (26)
  25. BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE – Melotika (27)
  26. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (29)
  27. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (30)
  28. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (N)
  29. METRONOME – Polarizer (N)
  30. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 14-20, 2021

  1. FIRE – Two Feet (6)
  2. DRIVERS LICENSE – Olivia Rodrigo (1)
  3. 1ST TIME – Bakar (5)
  4. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (4)
  5. DIRTY – grandson (2)
  6. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (7)
  7. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (8)
  8. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (3)
  9. SOFIA – Clairo (11)
  10. SLEEP – The Frontier (13)
  11. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (14)
  12. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (15)
  13. LET DOWN – Michigander (16)
  14. COLD – Chris Stapleton (9)
  15. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (10)
  16. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (12)
  17. SHAME – Saboteurs (18)
  18. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (19)
  19. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (20)
  20. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (22)
  21. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (23)
  22. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (17) 20th week on list
  23. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (21)
  24. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (27)
  25. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (28)
  26. TIME TRAVELER – Matt Jaffe (29)
  27. BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE – Melotika (30)
  28. GOOD DAYS – SZA (26)
  29. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (N)
  30. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 7-13, 2021

  1. DRIVERS LICENSE – Olivia Rodrigo (1)
  2. DIRTY – grandson (3)
  3. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (2)
  4. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (6)
  5. 1ST TIME – Bakar (7)
  6. FIRE – Two Feet (11)
  7. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (8)
  8. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (9)
  9. COLD – Chris Stapleton (4)
  10. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (10)
  11. SOFIA – Clairo (12)
  12. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (5)
  13. SLEEP – The Frontier (15)
  14. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (16)
  15. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (19)
  16. LET DOWN – Michigander (20)
  17. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (14)
  18. SHAME – Saboteurs (21)
  19. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (22)
  20. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (23)
  21. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (18)
  22. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (25)
  23. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (26)
  24. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (13)
  25. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (17) 21st week on list
  26. GOOD DAYS – SZA (24)
  27. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (30)
  28. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (N)
  29. TIME TRAVELER – Matt Jaffe (N)
  30. BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE – Melotika (N)

Top 30 Songs for February 28-March 6, 2021

  1. DRIVERS LICENSE – Olivia Rodrigo (2)
  2. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (1)
  3. DIRTY – grandson (3)
  4. COLD – Chris Stapleton (5)
  5. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (6)
  6. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (8)
  7. 1ST TIME – Bakar (9)
  8. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby(10)
  9. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (12)
  10. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (11)
  11. FIRE – Two Feet (15)
  12. SOFIA – Clairo (14)
  13. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (4)
  14. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (7)
  15. SLEEP – The Frontier (17)
  16. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (18)
  17. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (13) 20th week on list
  18. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (16)
  19. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (21)
  20. LET DOWN – Michigander (27)
  21. SHAME – Saboteurs (23)
  22. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (25)
  23. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (26)
  24. GOOD DAYS – SZA (24)
  25. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (29)
  26. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (30)
  27. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (22)
  28. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (19)
  29. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (20)
  30. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (N)

Top 30 Songs for February 21-27, 2021

  1. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (1) 3rd week #1
  2. DRIVERS LICENSE – Olivia Rodrigo (2)
  3. DIRTY – grandson (3)
  4. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (4)
  5. COLD – Chris Stapleton (12)
  6. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (6)
  7. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (5)
  8. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (8)
  9. 1ST TIME – Bakar (9)
  10. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (10)
  11. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (11)
  12. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (15)
  13. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (7)
  14. SOFIA – Clairo (16)
  15. FIRE – Two Feet (17)
  16. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (13)
  17. SLEEP – The Frontier (19)
  18. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (20)
  19. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (14)
  20. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (18)
  21. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (25)
  22. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (23)
  23. SHAME – Saboteurs (24)
  24. GOOD DAYS – SZA (27)
  25. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (28)
  26. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (29)
  27. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (21)
  28. LET DOWN – Michigander (N)
  29. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (N)
  30. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (N)

SHIPS HAVE SAILED – Single Review: “Breathe”

Los Angeles-based alternative pop-rock duo Ships Have Sailed have long been among my favorite indie acts, and I’ve featured them on this blog a number of times over the past three years. (You can read those reviews by clicking on the links under ‘Related’ at the end of this post.) Consisting of singer-songwriter and guitarist Will Carpenter and drummer Art Andranikyan, they write thoughtful, uplifting lyrics, which they adorn with dreamy melodies and sublime arrangements, and deliver with outstanding instrumentation and Will’s stunning vocals. They’ve released quite a bit of music over the past eight years or so, and have been on a particularly creative streak since the beginning of 2019, starting with their gorgeous single “Escape”. They’ve subsequently released five more excellent singles, their latest of which is “Breathe“, a beautiful song of optimism and strength that dropped January 27th. The song was written by Will, Art and Kelsey Mira Duennes, and produced by Will. The exquisite strings were played by Dan Hange.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Will in person on two occasions, and follow him on social media, where he frequently connects with his followers and posts positive and hopeful messages. He sometimes opens up about his own fears and insecurities, which I and many of his followers can certainly relate to. He was inspired to write “Breathe” by reflecting back on his own dysfunctional family and difficult upbringing, as well as the incredible resilience people have shown throughout the pandemic that’s upended so many of our lives. He told the webzine Earmilk, “’Breathe’ is the exploration of what our traumas and our inner demons can do to us over time…how they can isolate us from those we need the most, and how they ultimately have the potential to be our biggest downfall.” The song urges us to step back and take a deep breath, face our personal demons and traumas with a clear head and the belief that we can – and will – get through this.

All Ships Have Sailed songs are wonderful, but I have to say “Breathe” immediately ranks among their finest. It starts off with a gentle, atmospheric feel, highlighted by hauntingly beautiful piano keys accompanied by gorgeous shimmery guitar, ethereal synths, finger snaps and subtle percussion. Will breathily croons “All those secrets we keep inside / Run, run, run, hide, hide, hide until we stumble in the dark of our lies.” The song expands in the bridge into a dramatic anthem with soaring strings and thunderous percussion, the emotion in Will’s vocals rising along with the music as he fervently sings “Heart is racing, running for the light, I got to keep on breathing.” The music eventually calms back to the languid, soulful vibe we heard at the beginning, and by song’s end I’m covered with goosebumps, always a sign of a beautiful song that touches me deeply.

I’ve shared both Spotify and Soundcloud links of the song, so take your pick!

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SHIPS HAVE SAILED – Single Review: “Low”

Ships Have Sailed

Los Angeles-based duo Ships Have Sailed are one of my favorite indie acts, and I’ve featured them on this blog a number of times over the past two years. (You can read those reviews by clicking on the links under ‘Related’ at the end of this post.) Consisting of singer-songwriter and guitarist Will Carpenter and drummer Art Andranikyan, they can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned when it comes to producing outstanding songs. They play a pleasing style of alternative pop-rock characterized by beautiful melodies, thoughtful, uplifting lyrics, and sublime arrangements and instrumentation. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Will twice, and his kindness and warmth shine through in his engaging vocals.

They’ve released quite a bit of music over the past eight years, and have been on a particularly creative streak since the beginning of 2019, beginning with their gorgeous single “Escape”. I love that song so much that it ended up at #19 on my Top 100 Songs of 2019 list. They’ve subsequently released several more great singles, their latest of which is “Low“, a beautiful song of hope that dropped July 22nd.

The song opens with Will’s sultry vocals accompanied by a somber piano riff, then the music expands to include heavier guitar, lush synths, and Art’s lively drums, all set to an infectious, pulsating melody. Will’s pleasing vocals become more impassioned along with the music as everything rises to a dramatic crescendo before calming down at song’s end.

The lyrics speak of not giving up when you feel you’ve hit bottom, instead remaining optimistic and hopeful, and cherishing those special people in your life who give you love and support in your goal of getting back up. Ships Have Sailed never fail to deliver superb songs, and “Low” is another winning tune.

Livin’ like there’s no tomorrow,
I had a dream and then I chased it,
But if I could I’d do it over,
For all the sweetness that I’ve tasted.

But sometimes livin’ don’t come easy,
It’s like you’re walking underwater,
One day you’re feeling like you’re close to the top, yeah…
And then you wake up at the bottom.

So pick me up I’m feeling low (oh),
I’m so afraid of letting go,
So pick me up again I’m feeling so low,
I’m just trying to live my life with no regret,
Trying to get to the top but I’m not there yet,
So baby can you pick me up again?

Meet me at the stroke of midnight?
Let’s find a fantasy and fake it…
So we’ll remember all the good and the bad times,
A memory is never wasted…

So pick me up I’m feeling low (oh),
I’m so afraid of letting go,
So pick me up again I’m feeling so low,
I’m just trying to live my life with no regret,
Trying to get to the top but I’m not there yet,
So baby can you pick me up again?

Since I published this review, Ships Have Sailed released a wonderful animated video for the song that was created by Ben Panfil:

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