Top 30 Songs for October 17-23, 2021

Los Angeles-based Lord Huron have become one of my favorite bands over the past year, and I think their gorgeous album Long Lost is one of the very best of 2021. “Mine Forever”, the second single to be released from the album, is my new #1 song this week. It’s their second song to top my chart this year, the first being “Not Dead Yet”, the first single from Long Lost.

Entering the Top 10 this week are “Never Looked Back” by British band The Zangwills, and “Distorted Light Beam” by Bastille. Continuing their climb up the charts are “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)” by the Glass Animals and “Bitter Taste” by the legendary Billy Idol, both leaping seven spots. The lone debut this week is “Beggin'” by Italian rock band Måneskin, entering the chart at #30, and giving them two songs on this list (the other is “I Wanna Be Your Slave”, at #14).

  1. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (2)
  2. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (1)
  3. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (4)
  4. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (5)
  5. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (3)
  6. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (8)
  7. NEVER LOOKED BACK – The Zangwills (11)
  8. BAD DREAM – Cannons (7)
  9. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (10)
  10. DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM – Bastille (14)
  11. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (6)
  12. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (9)
  13. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (15)
  14. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (13)
  15. I DON’T WANNA TALK (I JUST WANNA DANCE) – Glass Animals (22)
  16. BITTER TASTE – Billy Idol (23)
  17. NDA – Billie Eilish (20)
  18. HUSH – The Marías (21)
  19. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (12)
  20. FREAKS – Surf Curse (24)
  21. DEVIL – Two Feet (19)
  22. TALK TO ME – Bealby Point (25)
  23. COLORADO – Milky Chance (28)
  24. PIGS IN THE SKY – Grabbitz (26)
  25. HOW NOT TO START A FIGHT – Caitlin Lavagna (27)
  26. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (16)
  27. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (17)
  28. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (18)
  29. SURVIVOR – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (30)
  30. BEGGIN’ – Måneskin (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 10-16, 2021

Willow Smith and Travis Barker’s bombastic “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” stays on top of my Weekly Top 30 for a second week, with Lord Huron’s gorgeous “Mine Forever” knocking on the back door. Cold War Kids enter the top 10 with their rousing “What You Say”, and British band The Zangwills anthemic “Never Looked Back” continues it’s climb up the chart to #11. Glass Animals leap eight spots to #22 with their delightful “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)”, while Billy Idol’s “Bitter Taste” jumps five spots to #23. It’s taken me a while to get into Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats’ latest single “Survivor”, which debuts at #30.

  1. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (1)
  2. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (3)
  3. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (2)
  4. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (4)
  5. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (5)
  6. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (8)
  7. BAD DREAM – Cannons (9)
  8. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (10)
  9. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (6)
  10. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (12)
  11. NEVER LOOKED BACK – The Zangwills (16)
  12. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (7)
  13. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (13)
  14. DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM – Bastille (19)
  15. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (18)
  16. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (15)
  17. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (11)
  18. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (17)
  19. DEVIL – Two Feet (14)
  20. NDA – Billie Eilish (20)
  21. HUSH – The Marías (21)
  22. I DON’T WANNA TALK (I JUST WANNA DANCE) – Glass Animals (30)
  23. BITTER TASTE – Billy Idol (28)
  24. FREAKS – Surf Curse (24)
  25. TALK TO ME – Bealby Point (25)
  26. PIGS IN THE SKY – Grabbitz (26)
  27. HOW NOT TO START A FIGHT – Caitlin Lavagna (27)
  28. COLORADO – Milky Chance (29)
  29. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (22)
  30. SURVIVOR – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 3-9, 2021

I just love “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”, wherein 20-year-old WILLOW (the daughter of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, for those who don’t already know) goes off on fake and duplicitous people with scathing lyrics, raging guitars and the pummeling drumbeats of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The lead single from her fourth solo studio album Lately I Feel Everything, it’s my new #1 song this week, displacing twenty øne piløts’ “Saturday”, which falls to #2. Entering the top 10 is “Take the L” by Texas alt-rock band Roadkeeper, one of my favorite indie bands who’ve become regulars on my Weekly Top 30. “Take the L” is their fourth song to appear on my list, all of which have made the top 10. Two songs make their debut this week: “Colorado” by German alternative pop-rock band Milky Chance, and the delightful “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)” by British electro psych-pop band Glass Animals.

  1. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (2)
  2. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (1)
  3. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (3)
  4. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (6)
  5. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (8)
  6. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (5)
  7. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (4)
  8. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (9)
  9. BAD DREAM – Cannons (10)
  10. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (12)
  11. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (7)
  12. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (13)
  13. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (16)
  14. DEVIL – Two Feet (11)
  15. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (17)
  16. NEVER LOOKED BACK – The Zangwills (21)
  17. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (18)
  18. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (19)
  19. DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM – Bastille (20)
  20. NDA – Billie Eilish (22)
  21. HUSH – The Marías (23)
  22. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (15)
  23. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (14)
  24. FREAKS – Surf Curse (26)
  25. TALK TO ME – Bealby Point (27)
  26. PIGS IN THE SKY – Grabbitz (28)
  27. HOW NOT TO START A FIGHT – Caitlin Lavagna (29)
  28. BITTER TASTE – Billy Idol (30)
  29. COLORADO – Milky Chance (N)
  30. I DON’T WANNA TALK (I JUST WANNA DANCE) – Glass Animals (N)

Top 30 Songs for September 26-October 2, 2021

Not a lot of changes on this week’s Top 30. twenty øne piløts hold the top spot for a second week with “Saturday”, while Willow Smith’s rousing kiss-off anthem “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”, closes in at #2 and Lord Huron’s “Mine Forever” climbs two spots to #3. Two songs enter the top 10: “Gang of Youth’s “the angel of 8th ave.” and Cannons’ “Bad Dream”. The lone debut track this week is “Bitter Taste”, a comeback of sorts for 65-year-old Billy Idol. It’s good to have him back on one of my music lists after a long absence. The autobiographical song addresses his near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1990, in which he nearly lost his right leg.

  1. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (1)
  2. TRANSPARENT SOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (4)
  3. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (5)
  4. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (2)
  5. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (3)
  6. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (8)
  7. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (6)
  8. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (11)
  9. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (10)
  10. BAD DREAM – Cannons (12)
  11. DEVIL – Two Feet (7)
  12. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (14)
  13. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (13)
  14. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (9)
  15. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (16)
  16. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (18)
  17. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (19)
  18. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (20)
  19. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (21)
  20. DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM – Bastille (22)
  21. NEVER LOOKED BACK – The Zangwills (25)
  22. NDA – Billie Eilish (23)
  23. HUSH – The Marías (24)
  24. ENNUI – Dawning (15)
  25. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (17)
  26. FREAKS – Surf Curse (27)
  27. TALK TO ME – Bealby Point (28)
  28. PIGS IN THE SKY – Grabbitz (29)
  29. HOW NOT TO START A FIGHT – Caitlin Lavagna (30)
  30. BITTER TASTE – Billy Idol (N)

Top 30 Songs for September 19-25, 2021

twenty øne piløts have been my favorite band since around 2015, and though I’m not quite as enamored with their latest album Scaled And Icy as I am with their previous offerings Trench, Blurryface and Vessel (all masterpieces in my not so humble opinion) I do love two of its tracks: “Shy Away” (which spent 3 weeks at #1 on my Weekly Top 30 this past May), and “Saturday”. Though much more pop-oriented than a lot of their previous music, “Saturday” is a sweet tune with an irresistible dance groove, and my new #1 song this week, dislodging The Neighbourhood’s “Stargazing” after a two-week run. Otherwise, no other significant changes to this week’s list. Possible future #1’s are Willow Smith’s bombastic gem “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”, which climbs a spot to #4 and Lord Huron’s gorgeous “Mine Forever”, which climbs two spots to #5. Debuting this week are three songs: “Talk to Me” by Canadian alt-rock band Bealby Point, the trippy “Pigs in the Sky” by electronic artist Grabbitz, and “How Not to Start a Fight” by Welsh singer-songwriter Caitlin Lavagna.

  1. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (3)
  2. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (1)
  3. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (2)
  4. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (5)
  5. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (7)
  6. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (6)
  7. DEVIL – Two Feet (4)
  8. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (9)
  9. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (8)
  10. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (11)
  11. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (17)
  12. BAD DREAM – Cannons (14)
  13. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (15)
  14. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (16)
  15. ENNUI – Dawning (12)
  16. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (13)
  17. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (10)
  18. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (20)
  19. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (21)
  20. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (22)
  21. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (23)
  22. DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM – Bastille (26)
  23. NDA – Billie Eilish (27)
  24. HUSH – The Marías (28)
  25. NEVER LOOKED BACK – The Zangwills (30)
  26. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (18)
  27. FREAKS – Surf Curse (29)
  28. TALK TO ME – Bealby Point (N)
  29. PIGS IN THE SKY – Grabbitz (N)
  30. HOW NOT TO START A FIGHT – Caitlin Lavagna (N)

Top 30 Songs for September 12-18, 2021

L.A. band The Neighbourhood hold the top spot for a second week with their beautiful single “Stargazing”. Moving up to #2 is “Missing Piece” by Vance Joy. Though I’ve liked the Australian singer-songwriter ever since hearing his 2014 hit “Riptide”, it took a while for “Missing Piece” to grow on me. But it’s such a sweet love song, it’s hard not to like it. A band I’ve really come to love is Lord Huron, and their song “Mine Forever” leaps 14 spots to #7. Imagine Dragon’s poignant “Wrecked” jumps 10 spots to #9. Debuting this week are “Freak” by L.A. band Surf Curse and “Never Looked Back” by British alt-rock band The Zangwills.

  1. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (1)
  2. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (3)
  3. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (4)
  4. DEVIL – Two Feet (2)
  5. TRANSPARENT SOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (6)
  6. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (7)
  7. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (21)
  8. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (9)
  9. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (19)
  10. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (5)
  11. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (13)
  12. ENNUI – Dawning (12)
  13. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (8)
  14. BAD DREAM – Cannons (16)
  15. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (17)
  16. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (18)
  17. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (20)
  18. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (11)
  19. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (9)
  20. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (23)
  21. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (24)
  22. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (25)
  23. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (26)
  24. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (14) 20th week on list
  25. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (15)
  26. DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM – Bastille (28)
  27. NDA – Billie Eilish (29)
  28. HUSH – The Marías (30)
  29. FREAKS – Surf Curse (N)
  30. NEVER LOOKED BACK – The Zangwills (N)

Top 30 Songs for September 5-11, 2021

I’m going to try something different for my Weekly Top 30 posts. Because they get little engagement, I’ll start providing a brief narrative introduction at the beginning to hopefully generate a bit more interest.

After Two Feet’s four-week-long reign at the top with his darkly smoldering “Devil”, Los Angeles alternative rock band The Neighbourhood take over the top spot with their dreamy love song “Stargazing”. Ever since the release of their gorgeous monster hit “Sweater Weather” in 2013 (which ranks at #4 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s), The Neighbourhood have been one of my favorite bands. I love just about every song they’ve released, and I’m happy to see them still flourishing after eight years. The sweet video shows the band as their alter-egos Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones, and features cameos by Lana Del Rey, Blake Griffin, Jaden Smith, Benny Blanco, Devon Carlson, Mac DeMarco and Alexa Demie.

Debuting on this week’s list are “NDA” by Billie Eilish and “Hush” by The Marías.

  1. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (2)
  2. DEVIL – Two Feet (1)
  3. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (4)
  4. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (5)
  5. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (3)
  6. TRANSPARENT SOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (11)
  7. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (12)
  8. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (6)
  9. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (10)
  10. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (7)
  11. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (13)
  12. ENNUI – Dawning (14)
  13. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (16)
  14. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (8)
  15. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (9)
  16. BAD DREAM – Cannons (18)
  17. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (19)
  18. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (20)
  19. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (21)
  20. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (22)
  21. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (23)
  22. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (15)
  23. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (25)
  24. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (26)
  25. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (27)
  26. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (28)
  27. STICKY – The Maine (17)
  28. DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM – Bastille (30)
  29. NDA – Billie Eilish (N)
  30. HUSH – The Marías (N)

Top 30 Songs for August 29-September 4, 2021

  1. DEVIL – Two Feet (1) 4th week at #1
  2. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (2)
  3. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (3)
  4. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (8)
  5. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (9)
  6. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (4)
  7. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (6)
  8. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (5)
  9. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (7)
  10. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (11)
  11. TRANSPARENT SOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (12)
  12. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (17)
  13. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (15)
  14. ENNUI – Dawning (16)
  15. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (10)
  16. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (18)
  17. STICKY – The Maine (14)
  18. BAD DREAM – Cannons (20)
  19. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (21)
  20. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (22)
  21. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (23)
  22. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (24)
  23. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (25)
  24. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (13)
  25. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (26)
  26. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (27)
  27. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (29)
  28. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (30)
  29. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (19)
  30. DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM – Bastille (N)

Top 30 Songs for August 22-28, 2021

  1. DEVIL – Two Feet (1)
  2. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (4)
  3. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (5)
  4. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (3)
  5. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (2)
  6. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (9)
  7. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (7)
  8. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (10)
  9. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (11)
  10. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (6)
  11. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (12)
  12. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (13)
  13. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (8)
  14. STICKY – The Maine (15)
  15. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (16)
  16. ENNUI – Dawning (17)
  17. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (19)
  18. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (20)
  19. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (14)
  20. BAD DREAM – Cannons (23)
  21. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (24)
  22. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (25)
  23. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (27)
  24. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (28)
  25. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (N)
  26. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (29)
  27. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (30)
  28. SINNER – Young Decades (18)
  29. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (N)
  30. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (N)

100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #49: “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON

The song at #49 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is the rousing ear worm “Shut Up and Dance” by pop-rock band WALK THE MOON. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, the band was started in 2006 by singer-songwriter Nicholas Petricca while he was a student at Kenyon College. The inspiration for his band name came from the Police song “Walking on the Moon”. In addition to Petricca, who also plays keyboards, the band includes Eli Maiman on guitar, Kevin Ray on bass, and Sean Waugaman on drums. They first gained success on the Billboard Alternative and Rock charts with their 2012 single “Anna Sun”, but it was their massive hit “Shut Up and Dance” that brought them international fame.

The song was actually a bit of a sleeper hit. Released in September 2014 as the lead single from their second album Talking is Hard, the song first appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 in late November 2014, then fell off after spending only two weeks at #98. It re-entered a week later, and slowly climbed the chart, ultimately peaking at 4 in May 2015, however, it spent many weeks at #1 on the Alternative, Hot Rock Songs and Adult Top 40 charts. It was also named the #1 song of 2015 on the Hot Rock Songs and Adult Top 40 charts.

Petricca and Maiman had initially developed the infectious verse that formed the beginnings of the song, but it all came together the following weekend while Petricca was at a nightclub in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. The place was packed, it was taking forever to get a drink, and he was frustrated because he wanted to dance to the great music that was playing. His girlfriend told him to stop complaining and just dance with her, inspiring the title “Shut Up and Dance’. He envisioned the song “as an anthem for letting go of frustration and having fun”, and set the lyrics to a jubilant, catchy-as-hell dance beat, embellished with rolling riffs of jangly guitar, jazzy synths and thumping drums.

The endearing and funny video portrays Petricca as, in his own words, “an incredibly uncomfortable, awkward dork who is 100 percent me” at a bar, trying to look cool.