Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1981

1. Don't Let Him Go
2. Keep On Loving You

3. Follow My Heart
4. In Your Letter
5. Take It On the Run
6. Tough Guys
7. Out of Season
8. Shakin' It Loose
9. Someone Tonight
10. I Wish You Were There

So in March/April of 1981, this album and the song featured were huge. The album spent 15 weeks at #1 and the song spent 1 week (but was replaced by Blondie's "Rapture", so I mean, it took what it could get.)

A couple of months later, "Keep On Loving You" was the 17th song ever played on MTV (Wikipedia has the full first day along with milestones and stuff HERE, because of course it does.) and the first song to have hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Watching it now, you definitely see how Video Killed the Radio star. Kevin Cronin is a great songwriter and a great singer, but he has the looks of a stereotypical 70's/80's college party movie nerd. And that's why the bands with the great songs but not attractive band members made way for bands like Duran Duran and Bon Jovi, who were more aesthetically pleasing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Walk the Moon "Shut Up and Dance"

YAY! I am so happy that this song has finally made the Top Ten!!! It's a fantastically catchy song that's been on the Countdown podcast all year (one of two songs to be on the countdown every week so far) and the video is, you'll surely agree, adorable and amazing. It's funny and touching and just really lovely! I know you're going to enjoy this one!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Countdown: More Than One Big Change This Week!


Hey, check this out! A post going up at the regularly scheduled time?! This is what I'm talking about!

Hopefully the cover photo doesn't give away any surprises, although, I don't know how it can't. Maybe it'll provide a sense of excitement? Like a teaser for the show!


Countdown #242

Death Cab For Cutie
Florence + the Machine
Foo Fighters
Milky Chance
Modest Mouse
Mumford & Sons
Robert DeLong
The Smiths
Walk the Moon

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1982

Well once again we find ourselves in the chart data desert, desperate for an oasis. But seriously, it looks like we've reached that part I warned you about where Billboard's site doesn't have the chart data anymore, so we're going to have to rely on Wikipedia's records of the Number One albums for the week in question. I guess I'm going to figure out a format and then stick with it?

Haha the number one album this week in 1982 was Vangelis's soundtrack to Chariots of Fire. Stuart, if you're cleaning your place right now, your cleaning just got a whole lot more epic.


1. Titles

2. Five Circles
3. Abraham's Theme
4. Eric's Theme
5. 100 Metres
6. Jerusalem
7. Chariots of Fire

Couple of things.

First, I love that the guy is smoking while making this soundtrack for this movie about Olympic runners.

Second, I guess it's better to label the video "Chariots of Fire" from Chariots of Fire as opposed to "Titles".

And third, this song went to #1 on the Hot 100, after climbing the chart for 5 months., nestled right in between "I Love Rock n Roll" and "Ebony and Ivory" because sometimes the charts are weird.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth "See You Again"

What an odd song to have to write. This song needs to be both reflective and respectful of Paul Walker's passing, looking fondly (perhaps wistfully?) back on his role in these movies (which I haven't seen, but am definitely planning to) but the song also needs to be cool to have on in the background when people drive cars on the screen. And I think it accomplishes that.

Zooming (get it? because of cars!) from 84 to 10 doesn't put it in the top ten biggest single week movements in Hot 100 history, but it's still pretty impressive.

And Charlie Puth is a guy who got famous on YouTube. I'm not sure if he always has that part of his eyebrow missing or what

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Countdown: I Want to See, Green on the Trees...

Milky Chance
Spring is in the air and so are the magnificent sounds of today's hottest Alternative Songs, according to Billboard! (That's how I think Casey would write my blog post)

So I hope you'll sit back and enjoy these 12 songs (two bonus songs?! has he gone mad??) perhaps with a window open and a gentle spring breeze wafting through your hair.

Countdown #241

The Beatles
Death Cab For Cutie
Florence + the Machine
Foo Fighters
George Ezra
Milky Chance
Modest Mouse
Mumford & Sons
New Order
Robert DeLong
Walk the Moon

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1983

As I did when I was covering the Hot 100 for this year, the year of my birth, I will play a video from each album.


And I just realized that 1983 is where Billboard's online Album Chart data falls off. It's super annoying. So all I know is that the #1 album for this week in 1983 was Thriller. So let's look at the videos for it!

I couldn't find videos for The Girl is Mine or PYT. Can anyone do better than me? Some of the songs are from the Wembley Stadium Concert he did in honor of my 5th birthday.

Billy Jean

Beat It

Wanna Be Startin' Something

 Human Nature