Thursday, March 31, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1998 (2 Weeks at #1)

All HUGE hits today on Throwback Thursday. I can't believe that all of these songs only spent 2 weeks at #1. They're all great (Yes, even that Celine song is great in small doses) so I'm not going to do individual intros. Enjoy!

Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing) (11/14-11/21)

Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On (2/28-3/7)

Usher - Nice & Slow (2/14-2/21)

Janet Jackson - Together Again (1/31-2/7)

Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply (1/17-1/24)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Meghan Trainor "No"

It's amazing what a big difference a big video budget can make. There's almost too much happening in this one. I like the message, but it's not exactly my cup of tea in terms of style, I guess.

Still, cool that Ms. Trainor has made it back to the Top Ten

Saturday, March 26, 2016

New Countdown: 1000 Posts!!!

Cold War Kids
Well on one hand I'm really proud of my accomplishment of reaching 1000 blog posts. On the other hand, it's taken almost just shy of 9 years, but I mean there were a couple of years before the podcast started that I didn't do very much blogging at all.

So here is the 1000th post, which serves as home base for the 286th podcast. My how far we've come!

Countdown #286

Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Empire of the Sun
Kings of Leon
Nothing But Thieves
The Strumbellas
A Tribe Called Quest
twenty one pilots
X Ambassadors

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1999 (2 Weeks at #1)

If there's a song that spent, for instance, 1 week at #1 in one calendar year and then a second week in the subsequent calendar year, I'll post it in the first year it peaked.

Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z - Heartbreaker (10/9-10/16)

What a weird combination of elements. Jay-Z, Good/Evil Mariah Carey, Jerry O'Connell, Bathroom Kung Fu Fights, Olivia Newton-John Mariah Carey. I mean, this video has everything, doesn't it?

Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos (9/4-9/11)

This was from when he was still mostly known as "Julio's son", if I recall correctly. I think "Hero" in 2001 was what changed that. Let the rhythm take you over...

Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time (1/30-2/6)

How on EARTH can this late 90's staple have only spent 2 weeks at #1?? That is insane. It feels like this one should have been up at the top for months!

Brandy - Have You Ever? (1/16-1/23)

If "...Baby One More Time" became a staple of 1999 MTV, then I feel like this Brandy song was all over VH1 at around the same time. This is a song you don't hear very often anymore.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ariana Grande "Dangerous Woman"

So this song doesn't have a video yet, but it's premiering on the chart at #10, so I wanted to post about it. So, here's Ariara..... from SNL (you'll get it if you watch the SNL video) and then I'll post the official audio.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

New Countdown: Late Night

Nothing But Thieves

You know, it's been a long time since I've posted so late. Wowee. Haha. I hope that you guys enjoy this one, because it's great.

Countdown #285

Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Empire of the Sun
Nothing But Thieves
Sean Lennon
The Strumbellas
twenty one pilots
X Ambassadors

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1990 (1 Week at #1) (Part 2)

In 1990, there were 12 songs that only spent 1 week at #1. Last week we looked at 6 songs that did it in the last 3 months of the year. (Amazing!) Here are the rest!

Nelson - (Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection (9/29)

So they're twins and they're the only ones in their band with blonde hair. This is a pretty straightforward example of the kind of stuff that Nirvana took out, right? I did like the part where the one guy wanted to play and the other guy wanted to look at girls. And then they started singing and looked around when their voices were amplified.

Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory (9/8)

I've never seen either of the Young Guns movies. Are they worth checking out? This song was the theme to Young Guns II. I've previously mentioned that I love music videos that feature shots from the movie they're from. This is no exception. Though it does make me wonder: Why would you put a drive-in theater THERE?

Sweet Sensation - If Wishes Came True (9/1)

Another in the long procession of #1 songs by a trio of R&B women (see also: The Supremes, TLC, Destiny's Child).  This isn't the most groundbreaking song, but it's not terrible.

Wilson Phillips - Hold On (6/9)

I'm astounded that this only spent 1 week at #1. I guess it's taken on more of a nostalgia presence, but this feels like it was a HUGE song. And I still love it.

Tommy Page - I'll Be Your Everything (4/14)

So, I'm not making fun, but have we checked that Neville Longbottom didn't travel back in time and change his name to Tommy Page?

Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back (4/7)

Think about all those years Taylor Dayne spent living the high life as THE "Taylor" of pop music (First Name Division). And then...SHE came along and ruined EVERYTHING!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Lukas Graham "7 Years"

A very simple, lovely song that I hope will be on the radio for a long while. It's nice to have chill songs like this to offset some of the more energetic ones. Although, this does remind me of twenty one pilots (also on the Top Ten) and I wonder if there's a movement of introspective rap coming our way.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

New Countdown: Superposition

twenty one pilots

We have some shakeups this week and some new music by a musician that has been on the "Artists of the Year" countdown since its inception in 2010. So get excited for that! Woo!

Countdown #284

The Bluetones
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Nothing But Thieves
The Strumbellas
twenty one pilots
Vance Joy
X Ambassadors

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1990 (1 Week at #1) (Part 1)

12 Songs spent 1 week at #1 in 1990, so I split them into two halves. This half only goes until the beginning of October. Crazy.

Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight (12/1)

Whitney has so many songs that I forget are by her, because I think of them as staples of the era. This is one of them

Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (11/3)

I mean, what is there to say about this song that hasn't already been said. Yeah, it's cheesy. But it's also catchy as hell.

Janet Jackson - Black Cat (10/27)

Whoa. This is like Janet's "Beat It"! Listen to those guitars! Kind of upsetting that it got replaced by Vanilla Ice...

James Ingram - I Don't Have the Heart (10/20)

Look at him! Coming in and sitting down at the piano and just being like "Let's Do This."

George Michael - Praying For Time (10/13)

In the world where everyone is posting lyric videos on YouTube all the livelong day, this doesn't look like much, but imagine it among the flashy videos it would have been played among. It would have been pretty jarring.

Maxi Priest - Close to You (10/6)

So interesting to hear which songs that, like this one, have that classic early 90's pop production but actually spent a little time at #1. I feel like I'm 7 again...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Kelly Clarkson "Piece by Piece"

This lovely, catchy, sweet song debuts at #8 this week. Simple video, great song

Monday, March 7, 2016

P.O.S "Sleepdrone/Superposition" [NEW SONG]

It's almost 3 am as I'm typing this. I have to operate a motor vehicle tomorrow, so I should make this quick. I'm sure I'll be talking about this song all year long, so I don't need to be exhaustive in this post.

Eariler today (or, like, yesterday? Sunday.) P.O.S posted on Facebook (and probably other places too) that he would be releasing a new song on Monday. I was looking at Instagram when I saw that he had posted the album art.

Even though it's late, I realized it might be on iTunes. And it is.

And it's great. You guys. It's almost 9 minutes of P.O.S plus everyone from Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill (and Le Tigre) to Astronautilus to his son, Jake (who goes by the name Hard_R, which is a fantastic name).

It's weird and intense and great. And you should buy it.

Here's the iTunes link.

Here's the link to listen on Spotify

And here's the Bandcamp link 

Watch for more information about, like, a physical release or an album or something. You should be watching anyways.

Friday, March 4, 2016

New Countdown: Alien Twins

Imagine Dragons

The fun bonus Easter Egg for this episode is that you can gradually hear me get sicker and sicker as the countdown goes on!

Haha but seriously, this is a fun episode with some great music. Enjoy it!

Countdown #283

Alabama Shakes
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Imagine Dragons
Nothing But Thieves
twenty one pilots
Vance Joy
X Ambassadors

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1991 (1 Week at #1) (Part 2)

There were 13 songs that spent a week at #1 in 1991. This is the second week of covering them. These songs came from the first half of the year.

Extreme - More Than Words (6/8)

This song, along with "Be With You" by Mr. Big are the only two songs that you can play with just an acoustic guitar and till not feel at all vulnerable playing in front of your bros. Also, I want to learn how to play this on guitar.

Hi-Five - I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) (5/18)

I wasn't familiar with this song prior to posting it here, but it just goes to show that there will always be boy bands. I bet there are some people that grew up LOVING Hi-Five.

Roxette - Joyride (5/11)

A song I don't know by a band I KIND OF know. They sang "It Must Have Been Love". I think this was the follow-up.

Wilson Phillips - You're in Love (4/20)

Another follow-up single that I'm not really that familiar with. This has to be the follow-up to "Hold On", right?

Londonbeat - I've Been Thinking About You (4/13)

Here's a song that brings back memories of the early 90's, listening to the soft rock radio with my mom in Nebraska. I never remember this is one of those songs, but it totally is.

Timmy T - One More Try (3/23)

Here's a guy I've never heard of, but this song is better than I thought it was going to be. Like, if you wanted a good song to slow dance to or something, right?

Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You) (1/19)

This is her 5th #1 single and her 4th #1 single from Rhythm Nation (sigh. Ok. full title Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 but you know what I mean)

Top Ten Tuesday: DNCE "Cake By the Ocean"

Well, about 30 seconds into this incredibly catchy video, I find out that former Jonas Brother (but still current Jonas brother) Joe Jonas is the singer in this band. I'm not embarrassed that I can recognize a Jonas brother. I AM impressed that I haven't seen more about "FEATURING JOE JONAS". Good for him.