Tag: Top 30

Wednesday 3/9/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Paul Revere & The Raiders with Mark Lindsay Top 30 Hits

Paul Revere & the Raiders (also known as Raiders) were an American rock band formed in Boise, Idaho in 1958. They saw considerable U.S. mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and early 1970s, with music veering from garage rock to psychedelic pop, but their early sound combined fast-paced, guitar-and-vocal-dominated rock and roll with an intimidating R&B flavor. The band was known for including Revolutionary War-style clothes in their attire.

Originally an instrumental rock combo called the Downbeats, the Raiders were formed in 1958 by organist Paul Revere, and included singer Mark Lindsay. After charting in 1961 with the minor hit “Like, Long Hair” and then in late 1963 just missing Billboard’s Hot 100 with a cover of “Louie Louie”, the band was signed to Columbia Records, under the tutelage of producer Terry Melcher. In January 1966 the single “Just Like Me” — propelled by exposure on Dick Clark’s shows such as Where The Action Is — reached no. 11 on the Hot 100, followed by the consecutive Top Tens “Kicks” and “Hungry”, thus establishing the band as national stars. Clark’s TV shows showcased Lindsay as a teen idol and Revere as the “madman” of the group, and between 1966 and ’69 they reached the top 30 with 12 hits. Bolstered by the success of the singles, the three 1966 albums Just Like Us, Midnight Ride and The Spirit of ’67 all were gold-certified by the RIAA.

However, by the end of the decade, personnel changes and changing tastes contributed to a marked decline in the band’s popularity. Mark Lindsay replaced Terry Melcher as the Raiders’ producer, and the band did manage to score with the 1969 US no. 20 hit “Let Me” and its parent LP Alias Pink Puzz, though most of the output from this period did not sell well. Lindsay embarked on a solo career while still a member of the group, charting with two 1970 top 30 singles including the Top Ten hit “Arizona”. From early 1970 the band were credited as simply Raiders.

In 1971 the hugely successful cover of the song “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” provided the Raiders with a comeback (albeit non-representative), reaching number one in both the US and Canada; the single was certified platinum in 1996. But their failure to repeat the record’s success led to the band being dropped by Columbia in 1975, when Lindsay opted out. In 1976, following Paul Revere’s retirement from the music industry, the Raiders broke up.

Revere’s retirement was short-lived. In 1978 he went back to live performances with a new line-up of musicians that now includes Revere’s son Jamie and lead vocalist Darren Dowler. In 2014 Revere died of cancer, and the band’s name was changed to Paul Revere’s Raiders.

The garage rock revival and grunge movements – and individual acts such as the Paisley Underground – have cited the Raiders as an influence. In 2004 “Kicks” ranked no. 400 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Paul Revere & the Raiders and their manager Roger Hart were inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame on 13 October 2007. In 2010 the band was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, set in 1969, featured three of the band’s hit singles – “Hungry” (1966), “Good Thing” (1966) and “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon” (1969) – and the 1968 B-side “Theme From It’s Happening”.

Mark Lindsay (born March 9, 1942) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders.

1 – Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) – 1971
2 – Kicks – 1966
3 – Good Thing – 1966
4 – Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be? – 1967
5 – Hungry – 1966
6 – I Had A Dream – 1967
7 – Too Much Talk – 1968
8 – Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon – 1969
9 – Birds of a Feather – 1971

10 – Let Me – 1969
11 – And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind (Mark Lindsay) – 1970
12 – The Great Airplane Strike – 1966
13 – Just Like Me – 1965
14 – Ups and Downs – 1967
15 – Don’t Take It So Hard – 1968
16 – We Gotta All Get Together – 1969
17 – Steppin’ Out – 1965
18 – Country Wine – 1972
19 – Powder Blue Mercedes Queen – 1972

20 – Cinderella Sunshine – 1968
21 – Arizona (Mark Lindsay) – 1969
22 – Just Seventeen – 1970
23 – Love Music – 1973
24 – First Hymn from Grand Terrace (Mark Lindsay) – 1969
25 – Song Seller – 1972
26 – Problem Child (Mark Lindsay) – 1971
27 – Gone Movin’ On – 1970
28 – Miss America (Mark Lindsay) – 1970
29 – Louie Louie – 1963
30 – Louie Go Home – 1964

Thursday 3/3/22 3pm ET: Artist Countdown: Bon Jovi Top 30 Hits

Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald. Original bassist Alec John Such quit the band in 1994, and longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora left in 2013. The band have been credited with “[bridging] the gap between heavy metal and pop with style and ease”.

In 1984 and 1985, Bon Jovi released their first two albums and their debut single “Runaway” managed to crack the Top 40. In 1986, the band achieved widespread success and global recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet, which sold over 20 million copies and included three Top 10 singles, two of which reached No. 1 (“You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer”) Their fourth album, New Jersey (1988), was also very successful, selling over 10 million copies and featuring five Top 10 singles (a record for a glam metal album), two of which reached No. 1 (“Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There for You”). After the band toured and recorded extensively during the late 1980s, culminating in the 1988–1990 New Jersey Tour, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora released successful solo albums in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

In 1992, the band returned with the double-platinum Keep the Faith. This was followed by their biggest-selling and longest-charting single “Always” (1994) and the album These Days (1995), which proved to be a bigger success in Europe than in the United States, producing four Top Ten singles in the United Kingdom. Following a second hiatus, their 2000 album Crush, particularly the lead single, “It’s My Life”, successfully introduced the band to a younger audience, and the band considered this their comeback album. The band followed up with Bounce in 2002. The platinum albums Have a Nice Day (2005) and Lost Highway (2007) saw the band incorporate elements of country music into some of the songs, including the 2006 single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”, which won the band a Grammy Award and became the first single by a rock band to reach No. 1 on the country charts. The Circle (2009) marked a return to the band’s rock sound. The band also enjoyed great success touring, with both the 2005–2006 Have a Nice Day Tour and 2007–2008 Lost Highway Tour ranking among the Top 20 highest-grossing concert tours of the 2000s and the 2013 Because We Can Tour ranking among the highest-grossing of the 2010s. After recording and releasing Because We Can in 2013, lead guitarist Richie Sambora left the band just before an April concert during the Because We Can Tour to spend more time with his family. The band released their thirteenth studio album, Burning Bridges, in 2015 which is their first album without Sambora. Bon Jovi continues to tour and record, as in 2016, Bon Jovi released This House Is Not For Sale, which hit No. 1 and was considered a strong record by the band and primarily reminiscences Bon Jovi’s history. They went on their most recent tour This House Is Not for Sale Tour supporting its album, encompassing 2016–2019. Their most recent album is called 2020, being released in 2020.

Bon Jovi has released 16 studio albums, five compilations and three live albums. They have sold more than 130 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling American rock bands, and performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. Bon Jovi was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The band received the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004, and Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

1 – Always – 1994
2 – This Ain’t a Love Song – 1995
3 – It’s My Life – 2000
4 – Keep the Faith – 1992
5 – Have a Nice Day – 2005
6 – Everyday – 2002
7 – Livin’ on a Prayer – 1986
8 – Blaze of Glory – 1990
9 – Bed of Roses – 1993
10 – Something for the Pain – 1995
11 – Bad Medicine – 1988

12 – Lie to Me – 1995
13 – We Weren’t Born to Follow – 2009
14 – Miracle – 1990
15 – You Give Love a Bad Name – 1986
16 – In These Arms – 1993
17 – Thank You for Loving Me – 2000
18 – Midnight in Chelsea – 1997
19 – (You Want To) Make a Memory – 2007
20 – Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night – 1995
21 – Misunderstood – 2002
22 – I’ll Be There for You – 1989

23 – All About Lovin’ You – 2003
24 – Wanted Dead or Alive – 1987
25 – Lay Your Hands on Me – 1989
26 – Born to Be My Baby – 1988
27 – Real Life – 1999
28 – Who Says You Can’t Go Home – 2006
29 – Living in Sin – 1989
30 – Welcome to Wherever You Are – 2006

Monday 2/28/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Train Top 30 Hits

Train is an American rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. As of 2021, the band consists of Pat Monahan (lead vocals), Taylor Locke (guitar, vocals), Hector Maldonado (bass, vocals), Jerry Becker (keyboards, guitar), Matt Musty (drums), Sakai Smith (backup vocals), and Nikita Houston (backup vocals).

With a lineup that included original members Monahan, Rob Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford, Scott Underwood, and Charlie Colin, the band achieved mainstream success with their debut album Train. The album was released in 1998 with the hit “Meet Virginia”. Train’s 2001 album, Drops of Jupiter, contained the lead single “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)”. The single won two Grammy Awards in 2002, and the album was certified double platinum. Train’s third studio album, My Private Nation, released in 2003, was certified platinum in the United States with the hit “Calling All Angels”. Following the departures of Hotchkiss and Colin, the band released their fourth album, For Me, It’s You in 2006, with Brandon Bush (keyboards) and Johnny Colt (bass). Despite a generally positive reception from critics, the album was commercially unsuccessful. Because of this, Train went on a two-year hiatus from recording any new music.

Train has sold over 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide.

1 – Hey, Soul Sister – 2009
2 – Drive By – 2012
3 – Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) – 2001
4 – Angel in Blue Jeans – 2014
5 – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye – 2012
6 – Play That Song – 2016
7 – If It’s Love – 2010
8 – Calling All Angels – 2003
9 – Meet Virginia – 1999
10 – Bruises (featuring Ashley Monroe or Marilou) – 2012
11 – Marry Me – 2010
12 – When I Look to the Sky – 2004
13 – Mermaid – 2012
14 – She’s on Fire – 2002

15 – Save Me, San Francisco – 2011
16 – Something More – 2001
17 – Get to Me – 2005
18 – Cab – 2005
19 – Drink Up – 2017
20 – Cadillac, Cadillac – 2014
21 – Bulletproof Picasso – 2015
22 – Feels Good at First – 2012

23 – Give Myself to You – 2006
24 – I Am – 2000
25 – Give It All – 2015
26 – Ramble On – 2001
27 – Working Girl – 2016
28 – The News – 2017
29 – Lottery – 2017
30 – Whole Lotta Love – 2016

Friday 2/25/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: George Harrison Top 30 Hits

George Harrison MBE (February 25, 1943 – November 29, 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Sometimes called “the quiet Beatle”, Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles’ work. Although the majority of the band’s songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group include “Taxman”, “Within You Without You”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something”.

Harrison’s earliest musical influences included George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry were subsequent influences. By 1965, he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in Bob Dylan and the Byrds, and towards Indian classical music through his use of Indian instruments, such as sitar, on numerous Beatles songs, starting with “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”. Having initiated the band’s embracing of Transcendental Meditation in 1967, he subsequently developed an association with the Hare Krishna movement. After the band’s break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, a critically acclaimed work that produced his most successful hit single, “My Sweet Lord”, and introduced his signature sound as a solo artist, the slide guitar. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Indian musician Ravi Shankar, a precursor to later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. In his role as a music and film producer, Harrison produced acts signed to the Beatles’ Apple record label before founding Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founding HandMade Films in 1978.

Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer. In 1988, he co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. A prolific recording artist, he was featured as a guest guitarist on tracks by Badfinger, Ronnie Wood and Billy Preston, and collaborated on songs and music with Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Tom Petty, among others. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004. Traveling Wilbury tunes appear on this chart.

Harrison’s first marriage, to model Pattie Boyd in 1966, ended in divorce in 1977. The following year he married Olivia Arias, with whom he had a son, Dhani. Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58, two years after surviving a knife attack by an intruder at his Friar Park home. His remains were cremated, and the ashes were scattered according to Hindu tradition in a private ceremony in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He left an estate of almost £100 million.

1 – Got My Mind Set on You – 1987
2 – All Those Years Ago – 1981
3 – My Sweet Lord – 1970
4 – Bangla Desh – 1971
5 – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) – 1973

6 – What Is Life – 1971
7 – Handle with Care – 1988
8 – End of the Line – 1989
9 – When We Was Fab – 1988
10 – My Sweet Lord (reissue) – 2002
11 – Blow Away – 1979

12 – You – 1975
13 – Ding Dong, Ding Dong – 1974
14 – She’s My Baby – 1990
15 – Crackerbox Palace – 1977
16 – This Song – 1976

17 – Dark Horse – 1974
18 – This Is Love – 1988
19 – Nobody’s Child – 1990
20 – That’s What it Takes – 1989
21 – Inside Out – 1990
22 – Heading for the Light – 1989
23 – Wilbury Twist – 1991
24 – Teardrops – 1981
25 – Last Night – 1988
26 – Any Road – 2003
27 – Love Comes to Everyone – 1979
28 – Tweeter and the Monkey Man – 1989
29 – Wake Up My Love – 1982
30 – This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying) – 1975

Thursday 2/24/22 6pm ET: Artist Countdown: Sammy Kershaw Top 30 Hits

Samuel Paul Kershaw (born February 24, 1958) is an American country music artist. He has released 16 studio albums, with three RIAA platinum certifications and two gold certifications among them. More than 25 singles have entered Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including his only number one hit “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” and 10 more Top 10 hits: “Cadillac Style”, “Anywhere but Here”, “Haunted Heart”, “Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer”, “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore”, “National Working Woman’s Holiday”, “Third Rate Romance”, “Meant to Be”, “Vidalia”, and “Love of My Life”.

Kershaw tried to enter politics, running as a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Louisiana in 2007 and 2010. In 2007 he finished third in the jungle primary, but Democrat Mitch Landrieu won strongly in the general election. In 2010 he carried more parishes than any other candidate, but placed third. He endorsed Republican Jay Dardenne, Secretary of State, for the position, who won the general election.

1 – Love of My Life – 1997
2 – She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful – 1993
3 – National Working Woman’s Holiday – 1994
4 – Cadillac Style – 1991
5 – Meant to Be – 1996
6 – Queen of My Double Wide Trailer – 1993
7 – I Can’t Reach Her Anymore – 1994
8 – Third Rate Romance – 1994
9 – Don’t Go Near the Water – 1992
10 – Vidalia – 1996
11 – Haunted Heart – 1993
12 – Anywhere but Here – 1992
13 – Yard Sale – 1992
14 – Maybe Not Tonight (with Lorrie Morgan) – 1999
15 – If You’re Gonna Walk, I’m Gonna Crawl – 1995
16 – Southbound – 1994
17 – Matches – 1998
18 – Honky Tonk America – 1998
19 – Politics, Religion and Her – 1996
20 – Fit to Be Tied Down – 1997
21 – One Day Left to Live – 1998
22 – Me and Maxine – 1999
23 – When You Love Someone – 1999
24 – Your Tattoo – 1995
25 – I Want My Money Back – 2003
26 – He Drinks Tequila (with Lorrie Morgan) – 2001
27 – Tennessee Girl – 2006
28 – I’ve Never Been Anywhere – 2003
29 – Louisiana Hot Sauce – 2000
30 – I Finally Found Someone (with Lorrie Morgan) – 2001

Tuesday 2/22/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Smokey Robinson Top 30 Hits

William “Smokey” Robinson Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive director. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he was also chief songwriter and producer. He led the group from its 1955 origins as “the Five Chimes” until 1972, when he announced his retirement from the group to focus on his role as Motown’s vice president. However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year. After the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left the company in 1990.

Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and was awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music.

1 – Being with You
2 – Just to See Her
3 – Tell Me Tomorrow
4 – One Heartbeat
5 – Cruisin’
6 – We’ve Saved the Best for Last (Kenny G with Smokey Robinson)
7 – Blame It on Love (Smokey Robinson with High Inergy)
8 – Ebony Eyes (Rick James featuring Smokey Robinson)
9 – Old Fashioned Love

10 – What’s Too Much
11 – Indestructible (Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson)
12 – Everything You Touch
13 – Baby That’s Backatcha
14 – Hold on to Your Love
15 – Baby Come Close
16 – Let Me Be the Clock
17 – The Agony and the Ecstasy
18 – There Will Come a Day (I’m Gonna Happen to You)
19 – Second That Emotion (with the Miracles)
20 – I Am I Am
21 – Tracks of My Tears (with the Miracles)

22 – The Way You Do (The Things You Do) (with Cee Lo Green)
23 – Sweet Harmony
24 – Daylight and Darkness
25 – Quiet Storm
26 – Open
27 – Pops, We Love You (Diana Ross, Marvin Gay, Stevie Wonder)
28 – Crazy About The La La La (with the Miracles)
29 – Tears of a Clown (with the Miracles)
30 – I Know You By Heart (with Dolly Parton)

Monday 2/21/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Mary Chapin Carpenter Top 30 Hits

Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958) is an American rock, folk, and country music singer-songwriter.[1][2] Carpenter spent several years singing in Washington, D.C. clubs before signing in the late 1980s with Columbia Records, who marketed her as a country singer. Carpenter’s first album, 1987’s Hometown Girl, did not produce any charting singles, although 1989’s State of the Heart and 1990’s Shooting Straight in the Dark each produced four Top 20 hits on the Billboard country singles charts.

Carpenter entered the 2000s with her seventh studio album Time* Sex* Love* (2001), debuting at number six on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The release was nominated by the Grammy Awards in 2002 for Best-Engineered Album. Three years later, Between Here and Gone (2004) was issued. The record was co-produced by Carpenter and pianist Matt Rollings. She returned in 2007 with her 10th studio album The Calling on Zoë Records. The project debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and sold 100,000 copies within its first few weeks. After recording a holiday album, Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas in 2008, Carpenter entered the next decade with The Age of Miracles in April 2010. Among other entries, The Age or Miracles debuted within the top 10 of the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. She followed with her 13th studio album Ashes and Roses (2012). Carpenter then collaborated with arranger Vince Mendoza to issue Songs from the Movie (2014), an album of orchestral music. In May 2016, The Things That We Are Made Of marked a return to traditional roots music and debuted a number eight on the Top Country Albums chart. Carpenter’s fifteenth studio album Sometimes Just the Sky (2018) contained new versions of previously-recorded material and debuted at number thirteen on the Billboard folk albums chart.

1Passionate Kisses
2I Feel Lucky
3Shut Up and Kiss Me
4He Thinks He’ll Keep Her
5I Take My Chances
6Tender When I Want to Be
7Down at the Twist and Shout
8Romeo (Dolly Parton & Friends)
9Never Had It So Good
10Quittin’ Time
11Let Me into Your Heart
12Something of a Dreamer
13You Win Again
14The Hard Way
15Going Out Tonight
16Not Too Much to Ask (with Joe Diffie)
17Right Now
18The Bug
19House of Cards
20Almost Home
21How Do
22I Want to Be Your Girlfriend
23Why Walk When You Can Fly
24The Way I Feel
25Wherever You Are
26Better to Dream of You
27Simple Life
28Keeping the Faith
29I Put My Ring Back On
30Soul Companion (with James Taylor)

Thursday 2/17/22 6pm ET: Artist Countdown: Green Day Top 30 Hits

Green Day is an American rock band formed in the East Bay of California in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band’s career, they have been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced John Kiffmeyer in 1990 before the recording of the band’s second studio album, Kerplunk (1991). Touring guitarist Jason White became a full-time member in 2012, but returned to his touring role in 2016. Green Day was originally part of the late-’80s/early-’90s Bay Area punk scene that emerged from the 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band’s early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, their major-label debut Dookie, released through Reprise Records, became a breakout success and eventually shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S. Green Day is credited alongside fellow California punk bands Bad Religion, the Offspring, Rancid and Social Distortion, with popularizing mainstream interest in punk rock in the U.S.

1 – American Idiot
2 – Know Your Enemy
3 – Boulevard of Broken Dreams
4 – 21 Guns
5 – The Saints Are Coming (with U2)
6 – Wake Me Up When September Ends

7 – Basket Case
8 – When I Come Around
9 – Holiday
10 – Geek Stink Breath
11 – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
12 – Working Class Hero
13 – Jesus of Suburbia

14 – Minority
15 – Warning
16 – Hitchin’ a Ride
17 – Welcome to Paradise
18 – Oh Love
19 – The Simpsons Theme
20 – Brain Stew/Jaded
21 – Redundant

22 – Longview
23 – Bang Bang
24 – Stuck with Me
25 – Waiting
26 – Last of the American Girls
27 – East Jesus Nowhere
28 – Let Yourself Go
29 – Nice Guys Finish Last
30 – Still Breathing

Wednesday 2/16/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: The Weeknd Top 30 Hits

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and record producer. Known for his sonic versatility and dark lyricism, Tesfaye’s music explores escapism, romance, and melancholia, and is often inspired by personal experiences. He has received numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards, nineteen Billboard Music Awards, fifteen Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and an Academy Award nomination.

Born and raised in Toronto, Tesfaye began his recording career in 2009 by anonymously releasing music on YouTube. Two years later, he co-founded the XO record label and released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, quickly gaining recognition for his dark style of contemporary and alternative R&B, and for the mystique surrounding his identity. In 2012, Tesfaye signed with Republic Records and re-released the mixtapes in the compilation album Trilogy. His debut studio album Kiss Land was released in 2013, which saw him experiment with dark wave. His chamber pop and R&B single “Earned It”, from the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Tesfaye earned major critical and commercial success with his second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness (2015); it became his first number one album on the US Billboard 200, and became one of the year’s best-selling albums, while the singles “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” topped the US Billboard Hot 100. Beauty Behind the Madness also won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. His third studio album Starboy (2016), which included the number-one single of the same name, saw similar commercial success. Like its predecessor, Starboy won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Tesfaye explored new wave and dream pop with his fourth studio album After Hours (2020), which featured the number-one singles “Heartless” and “Save Your Tears”, as well as the chart record-setting “Blinding Lights”. His dance-pop inspired fifth studio album Dawn FM (2022) included the US top-ten single “Take My Breath”.

Among the world’s best-selling music artists, with over 75 million records sold, Tesfaye holds several streaming and Billboard chart records. He is the first artist to simultaneously debut on the top three on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while “Blinding Lights” is the longest-charting song in Billboard history. Considered an influential figure in contemporary popular music, Tesfaye was listed by Time as one of the world’s most influential people in 2020.

1 Blinding Lights
2 Starboy (featuring Daft Punk)
3 Can’t Feel My Face
4 Save Your Tears
5 Earned It

6 Call Out My Name
7 I Feel It Coming (featuring Daft Punk)
8 The Hills
9 Take My Breath
10 Pray for Me (with Kendrick Lamar)
11 Sacrifice
12 Moth to a Flame (with Swedish House Mafia)
13 In Your Eyes
14 After Hours

15 Love Me Harder (with Ariana Grande)
16 Try Me
17 Party Monster
18 One Right Now (with Post Malone)
19 Wasted Times
20 In the Night
21 Heartless
22 Lost in the Fire (with Gesaffelstein)
23 Over Now (with Calvin Harris)
24 You Right (with Doja Cat)
25 Gasoline
26 Out of Time
27 Reminder
28 Alone Again
29 Often
30 Elastic Heart

Friday 2/11/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Sheryl Crow Top 30 Hits

Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, jazz and blues. She has released ten studio albums, four compilations and two live albums, as well as contributed to several film soundtracks. Her most popular songs include “All I Wanna Do” (1994), “Strong Enough” (1994), “If It Makes You Happy” (1996), “Everyday Is a Winding Road” (1996), “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997, theme song for the James Bond eponymous film), “My Favorite Mistake” (1998), “Picture” (2002, duet with Kid Rock) and “Soak Up the Sun” (2002).

Crow has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and won nine Grammy Awards (out of 32 nominations) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television series including 30 Rock, Cop Rock, GCB, Cougar Town, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, One Tree Hill and NCIS: New Orleans.

1) All I Wanna Do
2) If It Makes You Happy
3) My Favorite Mistake

4) Soak Up the Sun
5) The First Cut Is the Deepest
6) Strong Enough
7) Everyday Is a Winding Road
8) Good Is Good
9) Can’t Cry Anymore
10) Tomorrow Never Dies
11) Picture (with Kid Rock)
12) Love Is Free
13) Sweet Child o’ Mine

14) A Change Would Do You Good
15) Steve McQueen
16) Leaving Las Vegas
17) Always on Your Side (with Sting)

18) Easy
19) Anything but Down
20) Lean on Me (with Kid Rock & Keith Urban)
21) There Goes the Neighborhood
22) Hard to Make a Stand
23) Light in Your Eyes
24) Summer Day
25) Home
26) D’yer Mak’er
27) Run, Baby, Run
28) Building Bridges (with Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill)
29) Sign Your Name (with Justin Timberlake)
30) Halfway There (with Gary Clark Jr)

Friday 2/4/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Three Dog Night Top 30 Hits

Three Dog Night is an American rock band formed in 1967, with founding members consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards), Joe Schermie (bass), Michael Allsup (guitar), and Floyd Sneed (drums). The band had 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975, with three hitting number one. Three Dog Night recorded many songs written by outside songwriters, and they helped to introduce mainstream audiences to writers such as Paul Williams (“An Old Fashioned Love Song”) and Hoyt Axton (“Joy to the World”).

1 Mama Told Me Not to Come
2 Joy to the World
3 Shambala
4 Black and White
5 An Old Fashioned Love Song
6 Never Been to Spain
7 The Family of Man

8 The Show Must Go On
9 One
10 Out in the Country
11 Pieces of April
12 Til the World Ends
13 Liar
14 Easy to Be Hard
15 Eli’s Coming

16 Celebrate
17 One Man Band
18 Let Me Serenade You
19 Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here
20 Try a Little Tenderness
21 Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
22 Everybody Is a Masterpiece
23 Nobody
24 Your Song
25 Feeling Alright
26 Dance The Night Away
27 Billy The Kid
28 It’s a Jungle Out There
29 An Old Fashioned Love Song (With London Symphony)
30 Chest Fever

Wednesday 2/2/22 8pm ET: Artist Countdown: The Temptations Top 30 Hits

The Temptations are an American vocal group from Detroit, Michigan, who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. The group’s work with producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968, pioneered psychedelic soul, and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music. The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are among the most successful groups in popular music.

Featuring five male vocalists and dancers (save for brief periods with fewer or more members), the group formed in 1960 in Detroit under the name the Elgins. The founding members came from two rival Detroit vocal groups: Otis Williams, Elbridge “Al” Bryant, and Melvin Franklin of Otis Williams & the Distants, and Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams of the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin, who was the lead vocalist on a number of the group’s biggest hits, including “My Girl” (1964), “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966), and “I Wish It Would Rain” (1967). Ruffin was replaced in 1968 by Dennis Edwards, with whom the group continued to record hit records such as “Cloud Nine” (1968), “I Can’t Get Next to You” (1969), and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” (1970). The group’s lineup has changed frequently since the departures of Kendricks and Paul Williams from the act in 1971. Later members of the group have included singers such as Richard Street, Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, and Ali-Ollie Woodson, with whom the group scored a late-period hit in 1984 with “Treat Her Like a Lady” and in 1987 with the theme song for the children’s movement program Kids in Motion.

1 My Girl
2 Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone
3 I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (with Supremes)
4 Treat Her Like a Lady
5 Masterpiece
6 Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)
7 I Can’t Get Next to You
8 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

9 Cloud Nine
10 Psychedelic Shack
11 (I Know) I’m Losing You

12 Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
13 Power

14 Get Ready
15 It’s Growing
16 Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
17 Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
18 Standing on the Top (featuring Rick James)
19 I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
20 Runaway Child, Running Wild
21 You’re My Everything
22 I’ll Try Something New (With Supremes)
23 I Wish It Would Rain
24 Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
25 Take a Look Around
26 Please Return Your Love to Me
27 Don’t Let the Joneses Get You Down
28 Shakey Ground
29 All I Need
30 I’ll Be in Trouble

Monday 1/24/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Neil Diamond Top 30 Hits

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actor. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has had ten No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts: “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Longfellow Serenade”, “I’ve Been This Way Before”, “If You Know What I Mean”, “Desirée”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, and “Heartlight”. Thirty-eight songs by Diamond have been featured in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. He also played in movies such as The Jazz Singer, a musical drama film.

Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, and he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. In 2011, he was an honoree at the Kennedy Center Honors, and he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

In 2019, his 1969 signature song “Sweet Caroline” was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”

1 Song Sung Blue 1972
2 Cracklin’ Rosie 1970
3 I Am… I Said 1971
4 You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (with Barbra Streisand) 1978
5 Desiree 1977
6 Sweet Caroline 1969
7 Longfellow Serenade 1974
8 If You Know What I Mean 1976
9 Forever in Blue Jeans 1979
10 Love on the Rocks 1980

11 Heartlight 1982
12 Holly Holy 1969
13 Play Me 1972
14 Beautiful Noise 1976
15 September Morn’ 1979
16 Walk on Water 1972

17 Stones 1971
18 Soolaimón 1970
19 He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother 1970
20 Shilo 1970
21 Hello Again 1981
22 Yesterday’s Songs 1981
23 I’m a Believer 1971
24 I’ve Been This Way Before 1975

25 Skybird 1974
26 America 1981
27 Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon 1967
28 Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show 1969
29 Cherry, Cherry (live) 1973
30 Solitary Man 1970

Monday 1/17/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Ronnie Milsap Top 30 Hits

Ronnie Lee Milsap (born Ronald Lee Millsaps; January 16, 1943) is an American country music singer and pianist. He was one of country music’s most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He became one of the most successful and versatile country “crossover” singers of his time, appealing to both country and pop music markets with hit songs that incorporated pop, R&B, and rock and roll elements. His biggest crossover hits include “It Was Almost Like a Song”, “Smoky Mountain Rain”, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me”, “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World”, “Any Day Now”, and “Stranger in My House”. He is credited with six Grammy Awards and 35 number-one country hits, third to George Strait and Conway Twitty. He was selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

In October 2018, Billboard announced that Milsap would release a duets album, titled Ronnie Milsap: The Duets in January 2019. The album was released on January 18, 2019.

Milsap’s son, Ronald Todd Milsap, was found dead on February 23, 2019, on his houseboat. Ronald Todd’s son, who had not heard from his father for the past two days, found the body. Ronald Todd was 49.

Joyce Reeves Milsap, wife, died on Sept. 6, 2021 She was 81.

Friday 12/31/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Donna Summer Top 30 Hits

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known professionally as Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s and became known as the “Queen of Disco”, while her music gained a global following.

Influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. In 1968 she joined a German adaptation of the musical Hair in Munich, where she spent several years living, acting, and singing.[4] There, she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, and they went on to record influential disco hits together such as “Love to Love You Baby” and “I Feel Love”, marking Summer’s breakthrough into international music markets. Summer returned to the United States in 1976,[5] and more hits such as “Last Dance”, her version of “MacArthur Park”, “Heaven Knows”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” with Barbra Streisand, and “On the Radio” followed.

Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top-40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top-ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top-ten hits (10 were top-five hits), more than any other act during that time period. She returned to the Hot 100’s top five in 1983, and claimed her final top-ten hit in 1989 with “This Time I Know It’s for Real”. She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach the top of the US Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the US within a 12-month period. She also charted two number-one singles on the R&B Singles chart in the US and a number-one single in the United Kingdom. Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with “I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)”. While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned in subsequent decades, Summer remained a force on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart throughout her entire career.

Summer died on May 17, 2012, from lung cancer, at her home in Naples, Florida. She sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She won five Grammy Awards. In her obituary in The Times, she was described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” who reached the status of “one of the world’s leading female singers.” Moroder described Summer’s work on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music. In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In December 2016, Billboard ranked her sixth on its list of the “Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists”.