Swimming Pools (Drank); F**kin' Problems; Never Catch Me; i; The Blacker The Berry; King Kunta; No More Parties In LA; untitled 08 l 09.06.2014; l untitled 02 l 06.23.2014; untitled 06 l 06.30.2014; Freedom; Really Doe; HUMBLE.; The Heart Part 4; LUST.; DNA.; XXX.; Don't Don't Do It!; Tints; Mona Lisa
Birds of Tokyo
Silhouettic; Broken Bones; Wild Eyed Boy; White Witch; Head In My Hands; An Ode to Death; The Saddest Thing I Know; Plans; In the Veins of Death Valley; Wild at Heart; Circles; This Fire; Lanterns; When The Night Falls Quiet; Brace
Map of the Problematique; United States of Eurasia; Uprising; Resistance; Unnatural Selection; MK Ultra; Undisclosed Desires; Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever); Survival; Madness; Follow Me; Panic Station; Psycho; Dead Inside; Reapers
It Can Wait; Raiders; Faces; Crystalised; Love Run Dry; Closure; Nightswim; Find Out; Something About Us; Heart Attack; On Me; Sometime; You And I; You Don't Know Love
Alors on danse; Ni**as In Paris; Black Skinhead; Thank You; Only One; All Day; Blessings; Real Friends; No More Parties In LA; Ultralight Beam; Champions; Ghost Town; Reborn; everything
Kids; Electric Feel; Weekend Wars; The Youth; Of Moons, Birds & Monsters; Flash Delirium; It's Working; Siberian Breaks; Alien Days; Little Dark Age; When You Die; Hand It Over; Me And Michael; In The Afternoon
Sick Muse; Gold Guns Girls; Gimme Sympathy; Eclipse (All Yours); Youth Without Youth; Synthetica; Speed The Collapse; The Shade; Cascades; Too Bad, So Sad; Fortunes; Dark Saturday; Dressed To Suppress
GUMMY; QUEER; SWEET; BOOGIE; ZIPPER; STUPID; SISTER / NATION; 1999 WILDFIRE; 1998 TRUMAN; HONEY; NEW ORLEANS; BOY BYE; NO HALO
Myth; Lazuli; Wild; Sparks; Space Song; The Traveller; Majorette; Chariot; Lemon Glow; Dive; Drunk In LA; Alien
Soon We'll Be Found; You've Changed; Stop Trying; Bring Night; Never Gonna Leave Me; Elastic Heart; Eye Of The Needle; Burn The Pages; Alive; Bird Set Free; Cheap Thrills; Genius
Not far behind
Kimbra, Tame Impala
British India, Grimes
Kings Of Leon, Samsaruh
The National, SAFIA
Arcade Fire, Silversun Pickups
Beyonce, Chairlift, Lorde, Sampa The Great, Tkay Maidza
Boy & Bear, Samsaruh, The Temper Trap, Wolf Alice
Anderson .Paak, Arctic Monkeys, Art vs. Science, Children Collide, Foster The People, Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Montaigne, MS MR, Rise Against, WAAX
Dead Letter Circus, Disclosure, Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz, Lorde, Radiohead, Stonefield, Tired Lion
KUČKA makes chart history with the first ever song to be #1 during two decades, as I had a new #1 at the start of 2010. "Real" stands a 3rd week at #1. If its feat were to be matched, CHVRCHES would be the ones to do it given their former #1 "Death Stranding" still sits at #2. Billie Eilish is primed for takeover though as "everything i wanted" climbs up to #3, overtaking BABYMETAL who move to #4, and Owl Eyes at #5. Climbing into the top 10 for the first time ever is FKA twigs, whose "sad day" is up to #9 this week ahead of a series of hopefuls. I'm also obliged to point out that "Dirty Laundry" and "Fresh Laundry" are next to each other this week.
I have been beavering away in making an End Of Year list which often involves listening to things that passed me by in their moment of relevance. In the past week I've been listening to a lot more of Yuna's album which I previously only listened to two songs from, possibly due to the ominous G-Eazy feature. Finally getting to it though and I really like it, even the G-Eazy feature, and I feel it's prime time to give her a 2nd top 40 hit, lest she be the only non-Grimes collaborator in the last 2 years to get to #1 with their only entry. What I've got here is actually the latest single from the album, and the opening track "Castaway", which also features Tyler, The Creator though it's admittedly not the stellar verse that I was hoping for. It still passes the test though, and gives Yuna her 2nd entry, and Tyler his 4th at #20. For the first time in a while, there is a new artist arriving on the chart! And it's another one who is brutally younger than me, and not much older than this chart itself. You can tell it's a newer artist though because their capitalisation prerogative cannot be grasped by my feeble millennial mind, but kenzie's got, kenzie's got, kenzie's got "MOTIVES" I'm sure, in at #31. Just missing out by a week on having 3 consecutive years of chart entries, this week sees the return of Lil Uzi Vert and the extremely vague nostalgic production styles of "Futsal Shuffle 2020", which would be a prime time to set it up as a 2020 hit but no, it's going in the 2019 list. This is his 3rd entry to date, and in a way gives Tyler two in one week as he's sampled briefly in the song, which debuts at #38.
KUČKA has retained the top spot for 4 weeks now with "Real". Just behind her is Billie Eilish who is aiming for her 2nd #1 hit with "everything i wanted" at #2. CHVRCHES drop to #3, while Tkay Maidza scores back to back top 4 hits as "IDC IF U BE DED" moves to #4. BABYMETAL close out the top 5 with "Arkadia" at #5, while the only new arrival in the top 10 is Leprous with "I Lose Hope" at #10.
While we await to find the first genuine 2020s artist to make their entrance on the chart, we've still got more 2010s artists still making their first appearance. This week's top debut is a long time coming for an artist who I've been aware of for about 8 years now, but it's actually the first time in the top 40 for Allday. The two songs sound absolutely nothing alike, but I still want to compare it to "Futsal Shuffle 2020" for blending trap production with pronounced synths. "All Da Way" gets him to #25 this week. But what's almost as good as a 2020s artist is a 2020s song, and we have the first of those to make the chart, with Georgia's recently released single "24 Hours", which just like "About Work The Dancefloor" is actually an edit and I haven't learnt what the album version is like. She's starting to build a hit streak though entering at #31, giving her 3 entries to her name. This would be a really fun time to speculate who could be the first artist to score new entries in 3 separate decades, mainly because we already have to put an asterisk on this one. Ladyhawke's only contribution to charting in the 2000s was her often uncredited role in Pnau's "Embrace", as she wasn't scoring entries of her own until 2012. She has surpassed all her efforts from her 3rd album instantly with "Colours In The Dark", which enters at #36, and gives her a 4th entry if you don't count "Embrace".
It's 5 weeks atop the chart now for KUČKA with "Real". Her closest competition continues to be Billie Eilish with "everything i wanted" at #2, but Tkay Maidza scores a new peak at #3 with "IDC IF U BE DED". CHVRCHES decline to #4 with "Death Stranding" while new to the top 5 is FKA twigs' "sad day", her first time in this highest section of the chart. That is also only on technical crediting levels, the case for 070 Shake, who scores her first top 10 hit with "Under The Moon" at #8.
For the most part, it's a very 2020 set of debuts this week, though that will only be purely on a release date sense because of course Mac Miller died a year and a half ago. This is his 3rd year in a row scoring posthumous chart entries though, having scored a top 10 hit last year alongside Free Nationals on "Time". This time around it's the extremely heavy emotions on "Good News" that see him enter at #17, a 4th chart entry to date. I am naturally just playing fully to my inhibitions at this point, which is to say I've been put across this track because it's totally my thing. I'll however keep the title in Japanese because it might make it easier for me to look at it and might also avoid anyone accidentally searching for something NSFW. Not to be confused with the TDE signee of a similar name, we have large idol group SIR in with their very late in December release "絶対束縛彼女" at #28. Just fresh from releasing her first solo EP with presumably presentable artwork, Hayley Mary has scored a 2nd solo entry on this chart. "The Piss, The Perfume" got to #29 late last year, but maybe she can get higher with "Like A Woman Should" which enters at #32. And lastly we have an artist whose own material I'm not sure I've been across before, as I best know her for featuring on a Zedd song. Nonetheless, Elley Duhé has impressed with "MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT" and scores her first ever chart entry at #36.
The stories were real, KUČKA is #1 for a 6th week. Billie Eilish is stuck behind at #2 for a 3rd week in a row with "everything i wanted", while Tkay Maidza also maintains "IDC IF U BE DED" at #3. FKA twigs reaches a new peak of #4 with "sad day", displacing CHVRCHES to #5. The only new arrival into the top 10 this week is a somewhat belated one for Grimes with 2019 holdover "4ÆM" creeping up at #10. This is her 6th top 10 hit.
Mitski is seemingly going grunge now for this one off soundtrack single and I am extremely here for it. "Cop Car" is at #16 which makes it the highest debut of this week and in fact this decade so far, and also Mitski's 4th entry to date. Speaking of 2020s stuff, we have the closest thing to what could be called a true 2020s band on this chart for possibly a while. Though The Lazy Eyes have seemingly been around for years, they're billing "Cheesy Love Song" as their debut single, and thus its Temples-like vibes cruise on in at #23. It's been quite a while since we last saw this pair of artists on the chart. Though making big splashes earlier in the 2010s, it's been 5 & 7 years respectively since Peking Duk or The Naked and Famous have been on the chart. Actually it's still been 7 years for The Naked and Famous because it's only Alisa charting this week, guesting on Peking Duk's "Move" to give them their 4th chart entry at #31. Lastly we have another debutant artist but one whose catalogue does span 2 decades. I still have this sneaking suspicion that this song will get super overplayed if it manages to seap through the cracks and I'll lose interest, but for now, fresh from all those synthwave soundtrack bangers and scolding people for insufficient tea preparation, Celeste is in at #36 with "Stop This Flame".
We have the first new #1 of 2020, though we are still waiting for the first 2020 #1, by which I mean Billie Eilish's long standing "everything i wanted" has finally climbed to the top. It was effectively this very week last year that "WHEN I WAS OLDER" climbed to #1, and so this is her 2nd #1 hit. KUČKA has swapped places with "Real" down to #2. Things stay the same elsewhere, Tkay Maidza holds #3 with "IDC IF U BE DED" while FKA twigs is #4 with "sad day". There aren't many 2019 songs still climbing, but one of them is 070 Shake's "Under The Moon" which now climbs into the top 5. This week also has 3 new songs into the top 10, mainly because they're all extremely catered to me. Mac Miller scores his 3rd top 10 hit with "Good News" at #8, which is also his highest ever charter. Last week's top debut from Mitski is making fast progress. "Cop Car" is up to #9 which gives Mitski her 2nd top 10 hit after "Geyser", and lastly SIR score their first top 10 hit at #10.
As seems to be the running theme in 2020, we have yet another artist charting for the first time. This is especially pertinent as it's another artist I'd never heard of before. But it is a familiar style, with the smooth grooves of Lucky Daye with his song "Fade Away" entering right away at #20. The rest of these are artists that I've been aware of for many, many years. In turn, we've got one of the longest gaps between entries for an artist, with Grouplove scoring their first entry in 8 years with "Deleter". They had a big run for a bit over a year and never charted again, despite me also liking some of their material since. Their 5th entry to date is at #29. A little less of a break between entries is Tame Impala, given that they've already charted 3 times in the past year. The hits keep coming and they don't stop coming as "Lost In Yesterday" is their 13th entry at #36. What would otherwise be an insanely long gap between entries is made less noteworthy by association, and the fact that they kind of had an entry just last week. But properly, The Naked and Famous were last seen in 2013, with a similar bunch up of chart entries to Grouplove. "Bury Us" enters at #37 and is their 6th entry to date.
A sort of historic chart this week. It's been about 3 years since A Tribe Called Quest hit #1 with "Dis Generation", from their final album which was released after Phife Dawg passed away. That's the only instance that could in some way be seen as a posthumous #1 hit, but this week there's no asterisks to it as Mac Miller scores his first #1 with "Good News", which is also the first 2020 released #1. This probably looks like a cry for help and maybe it is in a way but I won't act like I'm not surrounded by a lot of very supportive people in my life. The song is nonetheless very therapeutic to me. It deposes the similarly kind-of-a-downer in "everything i wanted" which moves down to #2. "Real" remains the highest Australian track for all of this year, while Tkay Maidza is just behind at #4 with "IDC IF U BE DED". 070 Shake retains her #5 slot with "Under The Moon".
Fresh from not getting into Eurovision, we've got a new debut from Jaguar Jonze. She's charted 3 times in the space of time that her first song charted, the latest of which is thus her 4th entry to date, "Rabbit Hole" at #22. There was a weird thing that happened in 2018 when I kind of charted a song by DMA'S which has been a good catalyst to me realising that actually they've come a long way and are generally pretty good (although "Silver" is one of the few songs in the Hottest 100 that I cannot recall a tune to at the moment). Anyway, proving it's not a fluke, 2nd entry "Life Is A Game Of Changing" is in at #29. I have recently found myself interested in far more of the soundtrack to a game I otherwise have not much interest in, and this now carries over to the world of movies, which makes sense as I don't really watch much of any of them. But anyhow, the Birds Of Prey soundtrack is pretty solid from what I've heard, and now it has a chart entry courtesy of the opening track from Doja Cat, "Boss Bitch", which is fortunately a song of hers not produced by Dr. Luke, in at #32. She's not the only debutant however, because we have another band that feel so ingrained in the mid-2010s that it's kind of strange to put them in the chart for the first time proper this week. I am talking about Gengahr who made moderate amounts of splashes many years ago, and are seemingly still around. Actually they've released a lot of singles lately, but the one I've cottoned onto is "Never A Low" at #37.
2 weeks at #1 for Mac Miller. Aside from her week at the top, Billie Eilish has now spent 5 weeks at #2 with "everything i wanted", though that may be coming to an end as there's now serious competition waiting in the wings. Firstly there's Mitski who is potentially racing for a 2nd #1 hit as "Cop Car" vaults from #6 to #3. Seemingly the last 2019 entry to still be on the way up, 070 Shake also scores a new peak of #4 with "Under The Moon", and finally arriving in the top 5 is SIR's "Absolute Bondage Her", which means that just like 2 months ago, there are now two Japanese entries in the top 5 at the same time. There's more action lower down in the top 10, as The Lazy Eyes take their first ever release "Cheesy Love Song" up to #7, and also keeping the top 10 heavy on new artists, Lucky Daye also arrives in the top 10 with his first chart entry, "Fade Away" at #10.
Now we can stop the whole technicality of crediting thing from saying that 070 Shake has only one hit on this chart. Now she at the very least has 2, as "Guilty Conscience" arrives on the scene at #21. Last year, Halsey scored her first ever entry alongside YUNGBLUD on "11 Minutes", a relative left-field shift into a vaguely rock sound. That state of relativity has to be shifted severely as she's since worked with Bring Me The Horizon on her contribution to the "Birds Of Prey" soundtrack and yeah, it goes different places than I'm used to from her. "Experiment On Me" enters at #26 for her 2nd entry. Lastly, it's a completely new artist to the chart, who I had not heard of a few weeks ago but excels at the envious task of making a song that does indeed sound quite a bit like Mitski to me. That artist is Cardioid, and that song is "Old Records", which is new at #29.
Mac Miller makes it 3 weeks at #1 for "Good News". Competition heats up though, as Mitski now climbs to #2 with "Cop Car", and behind her, SIR's "Absolute Bondage Her" at #3. Billie Eilish retreats to #4 with "everything i wanted", while The Lazy Eyes take their first ever chart entry, "Cheesy Love Song" up to #5. Two new tracks climb into the top 10 this week too. After a long drought of close to 6 years, Peking Duk finally get their 2nd top 10 hit with "Move" up to #9, while Jaguar Jonze has a much shorter 4 week drought with "Rabbit Hole" bolting to #10, giving her a 3rd top 10 hit.
While it's usually fun to weigh up the different standings all the debuting artists have had on my chart up to this point, this week is a clean slate of sorts, every artist debuting this week has never charted before. The first of these is probably the one that could be described as well overdue. Kings of making songs that I get into way too late after the fact, Hockey Dad have recently released a song which is quite a bit different for them, like if "No Surprises" was post-grunge or something. "Itch" nonetheless makes a big impression as the week's highest new entry at #20. Speaking of song titles you probably associate with a different artist, the next highest entry is called "Runaway", which is of course a title I've already charted before via Mr Little Jeans, no relevant omissions. This time it's from REI AMI, who has released a few singles which I'm not sure I came across before this one, which makes a quick impression to enter at #25. A band I had heard of before are LOSER, who I mainly remember because the first song of theirs I heard was "Loser", which presumably was recorded by Richard Russell. In any case, I happened upon "Come To Terms (Meditate)" and it gives them their first ever entry at #29. Returning to the world of random indie pop artists who I've never heard of before making my chart. This time it's "Boring People" by one L Devine, in at #34. Lastly it's a song that possibly should have charted weeks ago, because it was released in January initially before being removed from the internet and re-released in February. I really liked it on that first release but didn't get to hear it again until a few weeks ago. Now Citizen Kay & Genesis Owusu are getting their first entries together on "Funny Business" at #37.
Good News...is still #1, notching up 4 weeks now. It leads off a very unique situation where the entire top 7 this week are residing at their peak positions. Mitski maintains #2 for "Cop Car" while SIR's "Absolute Bondage Her" is at #3, but moving on up we have The Lazy Eyes with "Cheesy Love Song" at #4, while Lucky Daye climbs to #5 with "Fade Away".
I had no reason to believe that Methyl Ethel would have new music out soon, even if you acknowledge that they pretty much do every year, but nonetheless, they have a new EP coming and thus can return to my chart relatively soon after a rather successful 2019. The new track sticks to their wheelhouse albeit very effectively, and it's hard to say no to a track called "Majestic AF". It's their 6th chart entry to date at #24. It's been a quiet few years for The Weeknd, well it hasn't really but his releases of late haven't really inspired me especially. Bucking that trend is latest track "After Hours", which is giving me serious "House Of Balloons" vibes, always a good thing since he owes close to 9 years and counting of good will through it. It's his 11th chart entry to date at #28. Lastly it's a return to the chart for King Princess, who scored two top 20 hits in 2018 and nothing else since, but finds favour with this curious literal mid-song pivot on "Ohio", which enters at #34.
Mac Miller is #1 for a 5th week and it's a total log jam at the top which is what happens when everything climbs there at the same time basically. There are new arrivals in the top 10 however, with Hockey Dad notching up their first top 10 hit with "Itch" at #8, and 070 Shake just behind them at #9 with "Guilty Conscious", either her 2nd or 3rd top 10 hit.
I am me and my adherence to the most obvious of things continues to be a frequent case. Case in point, Samsaruh has done yet another song with the Holy Holy guy and they've smashed it out again or maybe they're just expanding my favourite part of "Powerlines" to good effect. Either way, "I Am A Woman" enters at #22, her 10th chart entry to date. Now for the colourful new entrants. Next up is a song that may only be here because of a very lucky Tetris result that coincided with me listening to it for the first time. I was attempting to enter a Tetris 99 team game lobby in a team of 10 or less players and also win, the odds of the former are about 1% and the odds of the latter depends on how good your opposition is. If I hadn't won said game I might not have a good mood about this song, but since I did, "Desk Chair" by Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers enters at #29. The next one on the other hand just stood out to me as quirky in a few ways, enough so for me to give it a further shot, which worked out well for Alexander 23 and "I Hate You So Much" at #36. Lastly we have the occasional entry for the infamous acoustic guitar song. I have turned up in the universe where the guest vocalist is not Julia Michaels, but instead Julia Stone, who has never charted solo before but did chart with her brother on "Heart Beats Slow" many years back. The lead artist also has no credentials and I don't even know if he has a beard or not, but Garrett Kato enters at #40 with "Breathe It In".
Mac Miller now reigns for 6 weeks straight with "Good News". Mitski remains perched at #2 for a 4th week in a row, but there is actually movement this week as The Lazy Eyes move up to #3 with "Cheesy Love Song", swapping with SIR's "Absolute Bondage Her" at #4. Hockey Dad continue their ascent with "Itch" which now finds a spot at #5. New artists are continuing to make a mark on this new decade, as now REI AMI has her first top 10 hit with "Runaway" at #10, looks like it didn't miss the top 10 after all.
It's a quiet week but it's not an unnoteworthy one as we have two artists scoring their first ever entries this week. They're also both Australian and equally noteworthy no doubt. Which is where I cut to the chase and welcome 5 Seconds Of Summer to the fold who I've found myself warming up to a bit in recent times. It times well with the release of no longer the new single "No Shame" which grabbed me pretty quickly. It's in at #31 as the highest new entry. We've lost a Tame Impala song on the chart this week but Western Australia maintains representation via a replacement. It's been a long, slow climb for Arno Faraji, but the former Unearthed High winner has found a place in at #35 with "Bass Jumpin".
7 weeks now for Mac Miller's "Good News" at #1. He keeps Mitski at bay for a 5 weeks with "Cop Car". The Lazy Eyes maintain their standing with "Cheesy Love Song" at #3, while Hockey Dad climb to #4 with "Itch". SIR round out the top 5 with "Absolute Bondage Her" and this might be the last time I ever have to write that.
We have a new leader in the contest for the highest debut of 2020. Usually these come from songs whose notability extends beyond their standard release, but this time around, it's the simple manner of Shura's new song clicking with me that quickly. She's fairly quick to accumulate chart entries, now up to 7 thanks to "elevator girl" at #15. Let's see if her entries continue to come in pairs. Next up we have another big hitter from last year, as Lastlings have their first entry back since #2 hit "Last Breath". This new song is "Take My Hand" which enters at #25 as their 3rd entry. The clearest impact of the Hottest 100 is this last new entry, which is not actually "The Less I Know The Better", but instead this other song that just happened to come on while I was putting together commentary pieces. With that, we have an introduction to the chart for Max Leone, and his song "Cautious" at #30.
It is in fact the 8th week running for Mac Miller's "Good News", a reign as long as any other song other than "The Blacker The Berry". A new threat emerges however, as Hockey Dad's "Itch" is now up to #2, moving ahead of Mitski's "Cop Car", and The Lazy Eyes' "Cheesy Love Song" at #3 & #4 respectively. 070 Shake continues to perform well, as "Guilty Conscience" is now technically her 3rd top 5 hit at #5. Elsewhere we've got Methyl Ethel scoring their 3rd top 10 hit to date with "Majestic AF" at #10.
It's significant news this week as if Hockey Dad can get to #1, they'll at least for the time being, add to the list of artists with a #1 hit and no other entries, but on the flip side, this week that list has gotten smaller because Purity Ring finally score a second entry, after #1 hit "Begin Again". This time it's "peacefall" which enters at #24. Next up we've got some strong NZ action, as SACHI (who seem to bill themselves as being from NSW to be let onto triple j Unearthed) have their first ever entry with "Enchanté". They have in the past, teamed up with fellow Kiwi NÏKA, but not to make things confusing, they're now here with non-Kiwi Naïka at #31. Lastly, we have peak New Zealand with a collaboration between two artists, choicevaughan (which might be a pun on Troye Sivan) and MELODOWNZ. You might recall the latter for featuring on a hit last year with POETIK on "Lets Kick It", this time I think he's handling all the bars on "To Live And Die In AD" at #39.
It's been a long ride, but a top of the table transfer comes this week courtesy of Hockey Dad. It's been a moody year of #1's so far with "everything i wanted" and "Good News", and it's up to your interpretation if things really are okay with "Itch". The aforementioned "Good News" takes residence at #2 after 8 weeks at the top. Mitski still retains the #3 slot however, while REI AMI's debut hit "Runaway" makes a move into the top 5 at #4. 070 Shake finishes off the top 5 again with "Guilty Conscience" at #5. Some more regular faces join the top 10 however, with Shura picking up her 3rd top 10 hit to date with "elevator girl" at #8, and right behind her is Samsaruh's 7th top 10 hit "I Am A Woman" at #9.
Some things never change. In fact some things change so little that I'll make a chart and decide the positions and realise that by sheer chance, an artist debuts at the exact same position they did last time. Yep, naturally as you might expect, there is more Owl Eyes music on this chart with latest single "Tokyo" coming in at #23. This is now her 15th entry to date, putting her on level pegging with Birds of Tokyo and Muse, only Kendrick Lamar has more with 20. I await the opportunity where this chart starts to be filled with new artists whose discography is contained within this decade. Yet again we have an artist charting for the first time but in reality, they've been putting out music for quite a while by now. I'm talking about Alina Baraz but I suppose 6LACK qualifies that description as well. They've teamed up for "Morocco" which lands at #27. A pondering of when I last, if ever, had two songs of the same title charting simultaneously is not one I can be bothered looking into, but now I have two Hottest 100 hit streak entrants at once with songs called "Move" testing their reigns. Baker Boy is the new one, and in fact can lay claim to having one chart entry here per year, as he enters at #31 with his 4th chart entry. A bit less consistent with their charting periods, but still consistent in their own way is Glass Animals. It's taken them 6 years and 3 albums to get their 4th entry, but "Your Love (Déjà Vu)" does just that as it enters at #35. I just discovered this cool new band called Tame Impala, and I've gone for a bit of a deeper cut from them, in fact it's called "Breathe Deeper" and it's in at #38. In reality they're making their own claim for the throne as it's their 14th chart entry to date.
Tokyo is a jam so watch this space ofc. the Alina Baraz song is the only debut I haven't heard which I will hopefully rectify, the others are all good. wd rises for The Weeknd and Arno Faraji, I have the Purity Ring album on my to-do list this week. Itch is a good #1!
Hockey Dad arrive with a homely feeling at #1 with "Itch" now there a 2nd week. The nearest competition is still Mac Miller at #2, but REI AMI has now found her way to #3 with "Runaway", moving ahead of Mitski's "Cop Car" at #4. Shura's "elevator girl" is now her 2nd top 5 hit as it climbs to #5 this week. Meanwhile, it's been a decent while since his last one, but The Weeknd now has his 4th top 10 hit with "After Hours" at #10.
After a modest chart debut, Jessie Ware has proven a reliable hitmaker in the years since. That may seem to manifest in about 1 chart entry per year, but there's nothing wrong with that at all. "Spotlight" makes its slightly belated splash at #24. It's her 5th chart entry to date. Considerably less reliable is Troye Sivan, who had a similarly modest chart debut in 2015 with "TALK ME DOWN"...and nothing since. With that in mind, it's uncharted territory for him at this point as latest single "Take Yourself Home" lands at a new high of #27. Listening to a lot of new releases can prove to pay off sometimes. I would not instinctively finding myself seeking out the music of country singer turned guest vocalist on assorted pop hits Lennon Stella. But if it turns up on my radar and makes an impression, we get a worthwhile result, or more of just a question of how hard an artist can cater their sound to me. "Fear Of Being Alone" is a fresh debut at #30. While many artists have been delaying projects recently for obvious reasons, Laura Marling has done the opposite and quickly announced and released her 6th album. Her last two albums netted an entry each, and she's kept up this streak with "Held Down" being her 3rd entry at #33. Now for a serious throwback, it has been a supremely long time since Cub Sport last appeared on this chart. If nothing else, their chart history serves as a handy way to remember when they changed their name because their 2012 hit "Told You So" was under the name Cub Scouts, and then "Paradise" in 2013 was Cub Sport. Really though their evolution happened years after that, and their lack of chart appearances since then is more on my inability to latch onto songs when they're relevant. Nonetheless, the grand return for them is their 3rd entry, "Confessions" at #39, which reminds me startlingly of Kanye West's "Runaway", another song that I of course never gave its dues and even charted at all.
Hockey Dad's "Itch" retains the top spot for a 3rd week running. It's a far cry from its predecessor but that's a tall order I suppose. If it wants to last those additional 5 weeks, then it may have competition from Shura who now has her highest charting single ever with "elevator girl" at #2, which is also the highest charting single called "elevator girl" or any capitalisation variations on that. Mac Miller drops to #3 with "Good News", taking REI AMI to #4 with him. Samsaruh is yet again finding her way into the top 5, this time with "I Am A Woman" at #5. Also this week are two new top 10 entrants, firstly Max Leone with "Cautious", his first entry now being his first top 10 at #8. King Princess also returns to the top 10 for a 2nd innings as "Ohio" has climbed to #10. She reached the same heights with "Talia" two years ago.
Just the two debuts this week, the first of which breaks the cycle set earlier this month, as the newly #1 artist Hockey Dad no longer has claim to that being their only entry. Instead they're back at it again quickly with latest single "In This State" becoming their second at #25. The other debut is in fact a true debut, because it's the first time in the chart for The Beths, continuing my long reign of charting more NZ artists than anyone can count. Their debut comes via "Dying To Believe" which enters at #32.
It is that occasionally not common time where a new #1 has been crowned. For the second time this year, it's a song that bares no capitalisation, which also serves as a great way not to need to disambiguate it from similarly titled songs. Shura has after a good 5 years, scored her first ever #1 with "elevator girl", displacing Hockey Dad's "Itch" to #2. No stranger to the #1 spot, Samsaruh continues to ascend the chart with "I Am A Woman" now at #3, while Mac Miller now lands at #4. Amidst all these familiar names, a new one emerges, with Max Leone's "Cautious" climbing up to #5 this week.
A song I heard on Spotify a couple weeks back and then was surprised to also hear it on triple j. Once again it's extremely my brand of twisted pop music often about being in some way twisted, it is called "Psycho" after all. Mia Rodriguez though gets her first ever entry at #25. To carry on from that, my preferences can mean I'm not at all above more unexpected entries. High up on this list would be this week's new entry for actual Dove actual Cameron, teaming up with fellow first timer BIA for the song "Remember Me", which is not related to Iyaz, but does land at #31. Delving elsewhere into the world of electronica, and for that matter, even more debuts as it's a first time for both London Topaz & Blush'ko, whose teaming of "Drown" is at #33. There's no liquor to be seen on this chart but in addition to the last entry there's also a "Swimming Pool" whose size cannot be determined in relation to that of Kanye West, Drake, The Wombats or any of Slowly Slowly's. Still, we round this week out with yet another debut, this time from Eliza & The Delusionals, who take "Swimming Pool" to #40.
Shura retains the top spot for a 2nd week in a row with "elevator girl". She may have competition however as Samsaruh has climbed to #2 with "I Am A Woman" and notably, she's had 3 #1 hits to date. Hockey Dad move down to #3 with "Itch", just ahead of Max Leone's "Cautious" at #4. Mac Miller closes out the top 5 with "Good News" at #5, an egregiously high ranking song to be the equal oldest on the chart this week. Soaring into the top 10 is predictably Owl Eyes who now has 14 top 10 hits courtesy of latest "Tokyo" at #6.
It's a relatively quiet week, so leading the small pack is a return to the chart for DVNA who I now know is pronounced with 2 syllables. She had a moderate sized hit with "Sushi In Tokyo" at the end of last year, and now seems quite content to forge a career out of reminding me of Madison Avenue's cover of "Reminiscing". "Half Past Sober" gets her in at #28. On the topic of slow crawls into the chart, it's been a while coming for Alaina Castillo's debut to the chart with "ocean waves", so much so that she has released several singles since this one already. But a hit is a hit and she gets one at #38 this week.
Shura retains the top spot for a 3rd week in a row with "elevator girl". Samsaruh is kept at bay for a 2nd week at #2, while Max Leone takes himself to new heights at #3 with "Cautious". Hockey Dad's "Itch" is at #4 this week, and Owl Eyes is up to #5 with "Tokyo". It's also a big week for new arrivals into the top 10, firstly Lennon Stella is another chart newbie who has her debut hit "Fear Of Being Alone" up 8 places to #6. SACHI are one and the same with "Enchanté" climbing to #9, while Jessie Ware is in familiar ground as "Spotlight" is her 4th top 10 hit at #10.
It's the return of a chart regular, albeit one that hasn't been seen for longer than usual. Tired Lion sat out for 2019 after otherwise charting every calendar year. Seemingly with a line up change, they return in fine form with "Waterbed" which becomes their 8th entry at #23. It's been a good time for new artists on the chart lately and the latest contributor to this is Lolo Zouaï. She strikes through with "It's My Fault" landing at #29. Lastly it's another chart regular, as Two People are racking up an impressive discography in a short amount of time. They're now up to their 5th entry as "A Taste" breaks through at #33.
The four week reign of "elevator girl" is just that this week. Having seemingly fended off 'I'm you but with more letters', new competition comes at #2 from Max Leone's "Cautious", while the aforementioned Samsaruh declines to #3 with "I Am A Woman". Speaking of people who are indeed women, Lennon Stella now has a top 5 hit with "Fear Of Being Alone" at #4, while Owl Eyes maintains "Tokyo" at #5.
I will once again air my controversial opinion that the new Fiona Apple album is in fact quite good. I am not at all qualified to say that it is *merely* quite good, not would I be prepared to face the barrage of hate mail if I did do so. Either way, I am recognising it properly now through top debut "Shameika" coming in at #26. This is Fiona Apple's first ever chart entry. The rest of our entrants are varying levels of familiar. Most of all, Methyl Ethel, who now have 7 entries to their name with recent top 10 hit "Majestic AF" being followed through with "Charm Offensive" landing at #31 this week. Harder to call a chart mainstay, Charli XCX has a history of about 8 years on this chart but has only actually cracked the top 40 twice before, with "I Love It" in 2012, and "5 In The Morning" in 2018. Bringing her to 3 is latest entrant "forever" at #34. Lastly we have The Lazy Eyes here to prove their big debut to the chart this year with "Cheesy Love Song" was not a one off fluke, though "Tangerine" will have quite a bit of work living up to it. It enters at #38 this week.
Shura has now held the top spot for 5 weeks with "elevator girl". She leads two chart newbies behind her as Max Leone's "Cautious" holds #2 while Lennon Stella has "Fear Of Being Alone" at #3. Owl Eyes moves up to #4 with "Tokyo". Samsaruh has to contend with being a woman at #5. Moving into the top 10 this week, Hockey Dad now have their 2nd top 10 hit, simultaneously with their first, as now "In This State" moves to #9. Alina Baraz & 6LACK also both score their first top 10 hit with "Morocco".
The Beths are currently gunning for a top 10 hit with "Dying To Believe", but now they have a second song in play as "I'm Not Getting Excited" joins at #24, as their 2nd chart entry to date. Seemingly doing better on the chart than when she was actually relatively popular, Washington returns with a 3rd entry in 3 consecutive years. All up she's had 5 entries, with the latest being "Dark Parts" at #29. Speaking of having 3 entries across 3 consecutive years, that covers the entire charting history for Maddy Jane, whose latest entry now comes in the way of "Femme" at #34. We've had "Tokyo" in the chart for a while, so let's stay in that realm for Japan's former capital, "Kyoto". This comes from Phoebe Bridgers who I saw live earlier in the yea-actually no that was on another timeline. Anyway, it's her first ever chart entry, in at #40.
It is time for a new #1. If you want to count Ivy Sole's feature on "elevator girl" just for the sake of statistical intrigue, then we have the 3rd time in a row that an artist's first ever chart entry is what reaches #1 here. That artist is in fact Lennon Stella whose "Fear Of Being Alone" gets the job done this week moving up from #3. She displaces the aforementioned "elevator girl" to #2, while just behind at #3 is a new peak for Owl Eyes' "Tokyo". Max Leone retreats to #4 with "Cautious" while Jessie Ware moves into the top 5 at #5 with "Spotlight". Making their first ever top 10 appearance is The Beths whose "Dying To Believe" sits at #8 now this week.
It's a very rare occasion indeed this weekend as for the first time in over 7 years, Owl Eyes has actually put out a project. It may only be an EP and it may mostly comprise of songs that have been released across the last 18 months, but it's a pretty hype moment for me at least. From those previously unheard tracks comes the top debut, "Silver And Gold", which makes for a familiar pairing as it was produced by one half of Flight Facilities and also reminds me a decent amount of some of her 2013 material (especially "Open Up" and "Ivory"). It's in at #21 this week and gives Owl Eyes a 16th chart entry, now outright the 2nd most ever. Fresh off the back of two of her biggest hits to date, Tkay Maidza now has her first new entry for the year this week with "Shook". It's her 9th ever entry in at #29. This all leads me to say that it's been a good time for women on this chart because they've made up every single new entry both this week and last week. Finishing off that set is another familiar face, as Little Simz had one of the most impressive showings on this chart in 2019 with 2 #1 hits. Now we move onto her latest release which is also an EP incidentally, and from it is "might bang, might not" at #34, her 4th entry.