Every week on Grading the Charts, Molly Lambert examines a different musical top-10 list, covering the best-selling and most-played songs from specific genres in every corner of the world. This week, GTC takes on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart, which follows the tracks making the biggest weekly upward gains. Let's see what songs are poised to heat up the charts as the weather cools down.
Every week on Grading the Charts, Molly Lambert examines a different musical top-10 list, covering the best-selling and most-played songs from specific genres in every corner of the world. This week, GTC heads to Switzerland, where jazzy pop and folk rock are in style.
Every week on Grading the Charts, Molly Lambert examines a different musical top-10 list, covering the best-selling and most-played songs from specific genres in every corner of the world. This week GTC heads back to the U.S. for the Americana chart, where folk, bluegrass, blues, and country meet.
1. Jason Isbell, "Stockholm"
Isbell was a member of Drive-By Truckers, the neo-Southern rock stallions, but amicably split with Patterson Hood & Co. in 2007. As a solo artist, Isbell has opened for Ryan Adams, whose singing voice resembles Isbell's quite a bit. Isbell's latest album, Southeastern, is perfect if you like the various Uncle Tupelo spin-off bands and aren't too proud to admit that you were really into alt-country.
Best YouTube Comment: "I think you're on to something. I know JI's recovery from alcoholism features heavily on this album…Stockholm Syndrome, falling in love with something that's holding you prisoner. It's a beautiful comparison to addiction." —ArthorBearing
Duke Dumont is a British DJ and producer who runs a label called Blasé Boys Club. He's a protégé of Switch and has his own volume of the FabricLive series. He's remixed artists like Lily Allen, Santigold, and Bat for Lashes. The '90s house music revival continues with "Need U (100%)," which recalls Crystal Waters's 1994 classic "100% Pure Love." The vocals are by singer Aminata Kabba, better known by her stage name A*M*E.
Best YouTube Comment: "why didnt he just press the stop button whilst it was inside him?" — Dr00pysp00n
Farzana Naz is a singer from Kabul who sings in both of Afghanistan's official languages: Pashto and Dari. She is the current reigning queen of the Afghan charts. Tahir Shabab is a pop singer based out of Frankfurt who was born in Jalabad. He often collaborates with his brother Sediq, another musician. This song is already fantastic, but just imagine the possibilities for remixes.
Best YouTube Comment: "Beautiful song, two great singers" — poloman1964
1. Funny Song Factory, "#1 Banana Song Dance Remix, Despicable Me Minion Fun Song"
So I'm not sure exactly why this doesn't happen here, too, but in Europe it seems like novelty ringtones go to no. 1 sometimes. For whatever reason, Americans were immune to Crazy Frog disease. Anyway, there are a bunch of homemade fan videos on YouTube for this short ringtone remix of the Minions from Despicable Me singing a "Banana" version of "Barbara Ann," mostly made by groups of girls dancing around in their rooms. This video just got optioned to be a Sofia Coppola movie.
Best YouTube Comment: "Hahahaahahaha!!! Is that a podcast!! Xxxx" — emily kate
If you're a Lonely Island superfan, you might have heard of Kenyan rapper Kaka Sungura, a.k.a. Kevin Onimba, who is known professionally as Rabbit, since he collaborated with Jorma "Booth Jonathan" Taccone on a music video for AFAR magazine two years ago. This song is better than that song. This song is amazing! The beat sounds like artificial rain. Rabbit did not nick his nickname from 8 Mile, in case you were wondering. As a kid, he raised baby bunnies.
Best YouTube Comment: "the song maaaddd big ups bro" — Mwaila Ngali
Nogizaka46 is a girl group created to be the rivals of popular 90-member supergroup AKB48. It has a TV variety show called Where Is Nogizaka? and a radio program named "Nogizaka46no." Here they are performing new hit single "Girls Rule" with cheerleaders during the halftime show at the Pearl Bowl, the big spring game in Japan's corporate-sponsored league for American football, the X League.
Best YouTube Comment: "I like akb48 better" — Abrianadimplepeace
Naughty Boy is the nom de plume of British producer Shahid Khan, who has created hits for British stars like Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, and Wiley. "La La La" went straight to no. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart, ending the unholy monthlong run of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." "Get Lucky" still has the top spot in a chokehold on numerous worldwide charts, but "La La La" is the U.K.'s fastest selling single of 2013. Singer Sam Smith is having a year just as great as Pharrell's, who does the vocals on this song and Disclosure's "Latch." if you're over disco and ready for U.K. garage, "La La La" could be just your type of song. Also the video is about a crypto-historical creepypasta "Bolivian folk legend" and the dog is a chow chow.
Best YouTube Comment: "I think the kid is trying to stop an evil god or something that is cursing people" — JoshuaLeighton-Brook
YEAH OF COURSE IT'S THE REMIX. I still don't have very much love for this song, although I obviously love Nelly, and his classically sing-songy verse and cameo in the video makes it about 200 percent better. I may be responsible for most of the YouTube views for "Hey Porsche." Get that country-rap crossover money, Nelly! You look much better in double denim than the Florida Georgia Line dudes.
Best YouTube Comment: "I'm sure nelly's having more fun in this lane than he is in hip-hop" —ThePostTube
1. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, "Love Has Come for You" (Love Has Come for You)
Yes it's THAT Steve Martin on banjo, and the singer is Brickell of the New Bohemians. Martin has been playing banjo since he was 17. He was taught by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who played backup on Martin's hit novelty song "King Tut." Martin has focused more than ever in recent years on his bluegrass side career, touring with the Steep Canyon Rangers and establishing the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010, a $50,000 award for bluegrass musicians that he has awarded to less outrageously famous banjo players like Sammy Shelor and Noam Pikelny.
Best YouTube Comment: "I have been in love with her since she sang about hippy mushroom trips in the early 90's lol she is fantastic beautiful voice and damn if Steve can calm the wild and crazy guy and pick that banjo like he was born with it in his hands!" — R Rich