Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top Songs of 2008

Madonna & Justin Timberlake's "4 Minutes" might have spent the most weeks at #1 (10) on the THO 100 in 2008, but due to sheer staying power, Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" is THO's #1 Song of 2008. The Top Songs of 2008 chart is based on chart positions for all 2008 THO weekly charts, with an inverse exponential point system. "Viva" barely edges out Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love." If "Bleeding Love" had its full chart life in 2008, it would have been #1 for the year, but it was released in 2007 and even made #50 in the Top Songs of 2007 chart. Lewis was the only artist to have two songs place in the top 10, with "Better In Time" at #10. Rihanna had songs at #5, #12, #14, #48, and #73. She might be a frontrunner for the Top Artist of 2008, which will be published soon... MGMT had three songs on the chart, and two of them back-to-back at #52 and #53.

Alicia Keys' "No One" appeared on the 2007 and 2008 year-end charts, coincidentally in the same position of #37. Other songs to appear on this years' list that also appeared last year are: "Don't Stop The Music" by Rihanna (#12 in 2008, #51 in 2007), Timbaland's "Apologize" (#21 in 2008, #29 in 2007), Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" (#94 in 2008, #44 in 2007), and Linkin Park's "Shadow Of The Day" (#45 in 2008, #92 in 2007).

- Top Songs of 2008
- THO chart archive

Friday, December 19, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending December 13, 2008

Not much happened this week at the top end of the THO 100, as the top 5 songs maintained their same positions as last week. But crashing into the top 10 in only her third week on the chart is Leona Lewis. Her new single "Run" is receiving almost no airplay in the United States, yet the song is so popular elsewhere that it made the top 10 of many personal chart lists. Two weeks ago it was the highest debut at #34 and this week it moves from #16 to #10. A possible future number one song on THO? Maybe... especially since four of the top five lost points this week, while Britney's #1 single "Womanizer" made a very small gain. Enjoy the chart this week!

- Current THO 100
- Leona Lewis Chart History

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Dance Songs - December 2008

New songs recently receiving airplay on Dance radio stations in the U.S.:

Akon - Right Now (Na Na Na)
BenDJ f/ Sushy - Me And Myself
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
The B-52's - Juliet Of The Spirits
Da Groove Doctors - All We Need
Hilary Duff - Reach Out
Hercules & Love Affair (pictured) - You Belong
Jes - Imagination
Lasgo - Out Of My Mind
John Legend f/ Andre 3000 - Green Light
Kim Leoni - Medicine
Madonna - Miles Away (remixes)
Moby - Ooh Yeah
LeAnn Rimes - What I Cannot Change (remixes)
Sharam f/ Daniel Bedingfield - The One
Solange - Sandcastle Disco

- New Songs Google Gadget

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Girls Aloud

Many music fans in the United States may not be familiar with Girls Aloud, but across the ocean in the U.K., they are argueably the most successful group of the past six years. They were formed on the reality show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. On the official U.K. charts, they've had 19 top ten hits and four number ones. On the THO chart, they've been almost as successful, although their lack of attention in the U.S. kept them out of the top ten until late 2007. Now their last three singles have hit the top ten, and this week they enter the chart at #84 with "The Loving Kind." Maybe they will someday reach the same level of success in the United States as they have elsewhere. It would be a shame for one of the most successful groups in U.K. chart history to be unknown to so many music fans.

- Girls Aloud Poll
- Chart History
- Current THO 100

Saturday, December 13, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending December 6, 2008

Has there ever been an album that kept legions of fans waiting longer than Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy?" Probably not, but as it turns out, the legions of fans had severely dwindled over the years. If "Chinese Democracy" had been released 8 years ago, it would have probably sold a million copies in its first week of release. But last week it only managed 261,000 in one of the busiest album-shopping weeks of the year for consumers. At least the single "Chinese Democracy" is doing well with fans. This week on the THO 100 it is the highest-debuting song on the chart, beating debuts from heavyweights Coldplay, Girls Aloud, and Sugababes. The gap between #1 and #2 on the chart closed, and we could see a new #1 next week...

- Current THO 100
- THO 100 Archive

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Country Songs on the Radio - December 2008

New songs recently receiving airplay on Country radio stations in the U.S.:

Jason Aldean - She's Country
Rodney Atkins - It's America
Jason Michael Carroll - Where I'm From
Emerson Drive - Belongs To You
Adam Gregory - What It Takes
Toby Keith - That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy
Melissa Lawson - What If It All Goes Right
Martina McBride - Ride
Jeremy McComb - Cold
Heidi Newfield - Cry Cry ('Til The Sun Shines)
Jamie O'Neal - Like A Woman
Kellie Pickler (pictured) - Best Days Of Your Life
George Strait - River Of Love
Keith Urban - Sweet Thing

Sunday, December 7, 2008


On this week's chart, Rihanna collects the 15th hit of her career. "Rehab" enters the chart at #54, which would be enough for the highest debut in most weeks (but not this week with Leona Lewis' huge debut). Rihanna's real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Her first hit was only three and a half years ago: "Pon De Replay." Her first #1 song was "SOS (Rescue Me)" in early 2006, and has been followed by three more number ones: "Umbrella (featuring Jay-Z)," "Don't Stop The Music," and "Disturbia." She has had seven songs chart on the THO 100 during 2008 and is in the running for Top Artist of 2008, which we'll be publishing soon. We've also created a poll for you to name your favorite Rihanna track.

- Rihanna Poll
- Chart History
- THO 100

Friday, December 5, 2008

Top Holiday Songs of All-Time

With many radio stations playing holiday music continuously for several weeks now, it is time to begin THO's annual poll of the top holiday songs of all time. For the past two years, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has been the #1 song. Maybe this year we shouldn't expect anything different, since Mariah's hit is currently the most-played holiday song on radio stations according to Billboard's Top Holiday Songs chart. But as there are every year, there will be many votes for Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and Wham!

- New Poll
- 2007 Poll Results
- 2006 Poll Results

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Adult Alternative / Adult Contemporary Songs - December 2008

New adult alternative / adult contemporary songs recently receiving airplay on U.S. radio stations:

Adele - Right As Rain
Mariah Carey - Right To Dream
Coldplay - Lovers In Japan
Sheryl Crow - Detours
Death Cab For Cutie - No Sunlight
The Fray - You Found Me
Faith Hill - A Baby Changes Everything
Greg Medoro - Lost Melody
Meiko - Boys With Girlfriends
Plain White T's - 1, 2, 3, 4
LeAnn Rimes - What I Cannot Change
Snow Patrol - Crack The Shutters
Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream
Theory Of A Deadman - Not Meant To Be

- New Songs Google Gadget