ehCharts is back

I am sure – well I hope – that you have all been waiting for the first official top 20 of ehCharts.com!

Your patience over the last few months will definitely be rewarded, though I must warn, that today’s list might look a bit boring, as every song is listed as new! This obviously will change over time, but since this is a brand new start I (and you!) do have to take it from here onwards.

It is still a shame that I had to say goodbye to Enrico’s Hitlist which had its presence over the past 14 years (!) but I will continue with some flashbacks, as my goal of posting every day over the past two weeks miserably failed due to (again) some unforeseen personal circumstances. C’est La Vie!

So here is to a better, brighter future with music which hopefully you enjoy as much as I do!

Welcome to ehCharts!

And the first official Number 1 goes to American newcomer group G.R.L. with an upbeat song called ‘Ugly Heart’. This tune has been a favourite of mine over the past few weeks and I am still amazed it plays so well. I would like to mention though that one of the singers sadly passed away this week.

 

This first week is also a demonstration for my international taste for music, and Slovenia predominantly strikes this week with four entries! A top 3 spot was earned with ‘Viski’ by Lidija Bačić. It kind of just shows as well the music theme of the year, which is still country-pop, albeit be this time from the Balkan and not America for once.

 

On Number 4 is a song splitting peoples opinion (well, according to my facebook). Meghan Trainor with ‘All About The Bass’ literally has 50% Likers and 50% Haters. I obviously count for the Likers as the high debut position for this young American song-writer, musician shows! International chart positions do back me up on this occasion as well!

 

I would almost say another Slovenian Pop ‘institution’ is Rebeka Dremelj who I well remember from Enrico’s Hitlist with her fabulous songs such as ‘Vrag Naj Vzame’, ‘Petek’ and Brez Sramu! However this time she scores a ‘new’ (y’all know how I am sometimes behind with music) hit called ‘Pod Mojo Kožo’ which sneaks in at a respectable Number 5. Very much easy pop/rock. The stuff we all like!

 

Week 1 (01/09-07/09/2014)

Rank

Last Week

Artist(s)/Band(s) Song Title

Weeks

1

NEW

G.R.L. Ugly Heart

1

2

NEW

Maldita Nerea Mira Dentro

1

3

NEW

Lidija Bačić Viski

1

4

NEW

Meghan Trainor All About That Bass

1

5

NEW

Rebeka Dremelj Pod Mojo Kožo

1

6

NEW

Nate Green Wild And Free

1

7

NEW

Dejan Vunjak Želim, Želim

1

8

NEW

Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain

1

9

NEW

Emmelie De Forest Rainmaker

1

10

NEW

MKTO Classic

1

11

NEW

The Saturdays What Are You Waiting For

1

12

NEW

The Common Linnets Calm After The Storm

1

13

NEW

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Bang Bang

1

14

NEW

Andy Grammer Back Home

1

15

NEW

Foxes Holding Onto Heaven

1

16

NEW

Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti

1

17

NEW

Mika Elle Me Dit

1

18

NEW

Sunday Hale, Hey Louise

1

19

NEW

Andreas Bourani Auf Uns

1

20

NEW

Hayden Panettiere We Are Water

1

 

Oh and here is a song from the past, which reached the Number 1 spot in Enrico’s Hitlist back in 2002. Sophie Ellis-Bextor stormed to Number 1 with ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, which eventually became the most played song that year in Europe, according to Wikipedia

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Down Memory Lane

Another crazy week has gone by, not just music but also travel wise as you might notice below! Not only do I have a ‘new’ number one, I also travelled across Germany going down memory lane being in my hometown of Senftenberg/Brandenburg, where this whole chart concept began some 13.5 years ago!

This means, that this week I shall go into history based entries than this weeks ‘new’ ones, because it is much more fun I think! Though I would like to point out that it is very rare for a song to jump to the top sport after 8 weeks in the charts! Actually I think this never happened before! However Glee’s U2 cover version of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ kind of sums up my feelings I’ve experienced travelling  across the nation I grew up in, having visited cities such as Hanover, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich.

The 4th of May has not produced a great deal of new entries over Enrico’s Hitlist existence, which means I will focus more on a few of the first few titles back in the first week of my charts! And the biggest applause goes to Manchester Pop group Urban Cookie Collective with their most successful hit ‘The Key: The Secret’! With 135 weeks chart presence it is the second longest running hit in the Top 20 and All Time Number 7 having spent 2 weeks at the top spot. In my point of view it is definitely a classic these days and as soon as you’ll watch it you surely you will dance or at least sing to it!

 

Another classic of course is Australians sensation Vanessa Amorosis’ ‘Absolutely Everybody’, the first ever officially mentioned Number One in Enrico’s Hitlist! Simple Lyrics and Simple Melody is all what it takes sometimes to bring the Olympic movement together after one of the most amazing Games ever. Of course I am talking about Sydney 2000! Despite that, you can barely deny that it is an amazingly catchy song and has therefore rightfully spent an incredible 38 weeks in the Top 20 to be currently listed at All Time Number 88!

 

Loona shouldn’t be missed out that year either, especially since Luv became the first Number 1 Hit that year with ‘You’re The Greatest Lover’. Never mind! ‘Latino Lover’ which obviously was a cover version still was a proper summer hit despite being ‘released’ and mentioned in Enrico’s Hitlist on the 1st of January 2001! A respectable 119 points have been collected in its 9 weeks appearance and a pretty memorable song to which I’ll leave you with this memory weekend!

Week 18 (28/04/14 – 04/05/14)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1

18

Glee I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 8
2

1

Zac Brown Band Day For The Dead 3
3

2

Frozen Cast Fixer Upper 4
4

NEW

Ina Maria Federowski Gegensätze Ziehn Sich An 1
5

4

Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 11
6

8

This Silent War We Are Broken 15
7

5

Sugarland Stuck Like Glue 5
8

6

Glee Downtown 5
9

13

Idina Menzel Let It Go 4
10

7

Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 11
11

12

Glee Hold On 9
12

10

Rita Ora I Will Never Let You Down 4
13

14

Randy Edelman Rain Ride 2
14

NEW

Alice Per Elisa 1
15

16

Sugarland Something More 5
16

11

Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix) 2
17

15

Glee Raise Your Glass 6
18

9

Coldplay Hurts Like Heaven 4
19

3

Chris Young I Can Take It From There 2
20

20

Glee America 8

 

Double Bill

We have a so called double bill this week, because I wasn’t able to give you an update last weekend, due to some unfortunate circumstances. Some of you might think being stranded in New York is fun, and sure enough there are worse places to be stuck at, but still it is very different than it would be as when it is a planned holiday! I will actually spare you the details of being diverted to Paris on my attempt to get back to London!

However on the more positive note, I got to see the city of (country) music and went to Nashville / Tennessee in the south of the USA and had an amazing weekend, which you might notice from the charts below  as that had quite an impact, more so in this current week’s Top 20!

First though I should start with a new number one which debuted in Enrico’s Hitlist on top last week. Pixie Lott managed to kick away Glee’s cover version of Wilson Phillips ‘Hold On’ after just one week on top and earned her first number one single with ‘Nasty’. She’s been seen previously in my charts with her smash hit ‘Kiss The Stars’ back in 2012.

 

And of course country music was bound to re-enter the charts having been to this fabulous city! Highest re-entry goes to Jo Dee Messina with her single ‘Heads Carolina, Tails California’ which actually finished in a decent 48th position in the 2013 year end charts. A fact which helped her being the highest re-entry is that it was played sung upon my request in the fantastic bar called ‘Honky Tonk Central’.

 

Another country related re-entry is Miranda Lambert’s ‘Baggage Claim’ which kind of fits with the ‘ordeal’ of having not been able to claim my luggage when I was stuck in New York City! Not sure who of you remembered a series called ‘Good Christian Bitches’ or short ‘GCB’ which aired on ABC a few years ago. It was featured in the beginning of the first episode showing some cool images of Dallas/Texas, which of course back in 2012 was reason enough for entering Enrico’s Hitlist!

Week 13 (24/03/14 – 30/03/14) + Week 14 (31/03/14 – 06/04/14)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 NEW Pixie Lott Nasty 1
2 1 Glee Hold On 4
3 2 Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 6
4 3 The Common Linnets Calm After The Storm 2
5 5 Glee I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 3
6 9 Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 6
7 6 Glee More Than A Feeling 3
8 8 Glee America 3
9 11 Martin Solveig & Dragonette Hello 2
10 18 Aubrey Peeples Gonna Get Even 24
11 4 This Silent War We Are Broken 10
12 RE-ENTRY Jo Dee Messina Heads Carolina, Tails California 1
13 NEW Glee Raise Your Glass 1
14 RE-ENTRY Dolly Parton Baby I’m Burning 1
15 7 Tinkara Kovac Round And Round 3
16 10 Paula Seling & Ovi Miracle 5
17 17 Mika Emily 13
18 20 Mika Lola 12
19 RE-ENTRY Miranda Lambert Baggage Claim 1
20 12 Glee I Love LA 3

 

This weeks charts are definitely more heavily influenced by country pop music, because I finally managed to track down some songs I heard last week whilst in Nashville! And of course I have to show you the next number one in Enrico’s Hitlist. ‘Stuck Like Glue’ stuck in my head ever since I heard it and now having seen the video even more! A pretty easy listening to tune which deserves the top spot. The video kind of reminded me of last year’s smash hit by Canadian singer Hayden Panettiere who rose to fame with ‘Telescope’. Do you agree?!

 

‘Downtown’ performed by the Glee Cast was surely influenced by me actually venturing into Downtown New York, which was despite being stranded fun of course. Strolling around Times Square, Chelsea, The Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and The Empire Building was amazing! However, due to not wanting to spoil anything I would like to present you the original song, which was a Number 1 Hit in my charts back in 2001! Petula Clark’s original song is one of those which is better than its various cover versions, but yet again Glee did a great job and rank 2 is obviously proof enough!

 

Last but not least for this week is Dolly Parton’s ‘Together You And I’! I actually went to the bridge in Nashville, where this video was filmed and it still kind of feels like a dream to actually have been there! I am sorry to be sentimental, but it was one of those things you had to tick of the bucket list and sure enough it re-entered the charts. It first was seen in summer of 2011 when the grand dame of country music promoted her album ‘Better Day’ and well what a day I had in Nashville!!!

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 NEW Sugarland Stuck Like Glue 1
2 NEW Glee Downtown 1
3 NEW Nathan Carter Wagon Wheel 1
4 2 Glee Hold On 5
5 1 Pixie Lott Nasty 2
6 3 Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 7
7 NEW Sugarland Something More 1
8 11 This Silent War We Are Broken 11
9 6 Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 7
10 NEW Aubrey Peeples Tell Me 1
11 10 Aubrey Peeples Gonna Get Even 25
12 5 Glee I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 4
13 14 Dolly Parton Baby I’m Burning 2
14 13 Glee Raise Your Glass 2
15 12 Jo Dee Messina Heads Carolina, Tails California 2
16 8 Glee America 4
17 18 Mika Lola 13
18 RE-ENTRY Dolly Parton Together You And I 1
19 RE-ENTRY The Barden Bellas Pool Mash-Up 1
20 4 The Common Linnets Calm After The Storm 3

And here is me on the Shelby Street Bridge in Nashville/Tennessee – EVIDENCE I was there.

 

Week No. 20

Enrico’s Hitlist Week 20 (13/05/2013-19/05/2013)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 NEW Dina Garipova What If 1
2 1 Hayden Panettiere Hypnotizing 2
3 6 ESDM Contigo Hasta El Final 10
4 NEW Roberto Bellarosa Love Kills 1
5 NEW Moje 3 Ljubav Je Svuda 1
6 4 Icona Pop & Charli XCX I Love It 8
7 2 Jo Dee Messina  I’m Alright 3
8 5 Carlos Baute Loquitos De Amor 6
9 7 James Morrison I Won’t Let You Go 2
10 9 Paramore Still Into You 3
11 3 Carly Rae Jepsen Tonight I’m Getting Over You 3
12 NEW Zlata Ognevich Gravity 1
13 11 Eva Santa Maria Hombres 11
14 RE-ENTRY Gianluca Bezzina Tomorrow 1
15 10 Robin Stjernberg You 5
16 RE-ENTRY Alyona Lanskaya Solayoh 1
17 13 Martin Solveig & Dragonette Hello 3
18 NEW Birgit Õigemeel Et Uus Saaks Alguse 1
19 RE-ENTRY Emmelie De Forest Only Teardrops 1
20 RE-ENTRY Ryan Dolan Only Love Survives 1

A very warm welcome from New York! Yes you’re reading correctly! My 40th blog entry is coming live from the United States of America! As most of you will notice Eurovision took over this week and even though me being in the big Apple did not stop me from following this massive event! I even found a great pub in Hell’s Kitchen were the final from Malmo in Sweden was broadcasted live! This was actually the second time I watched the Final outside of Europe – the first time being back in 2006 when I was living in Sydney/Australia. It certainly was the most memorable one for me as well.

The only time I experienced so many different nationalities peacefully together celebrating, singing along, clapping etc was last year at the London Olympics! I was totally mesmerised having spoken about the different entries to ladies from Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Iceland, Germany, Russia, the Ukraine, the Netherlands etc. Anyway! I better continue my travel and leave you with my favourite Eurovision songs from the past weekend! It is Russia’s first Eurovision Number 1 in case anyone is interested to know! Hopefully I’ll be able to give you an update midweek from my next travel destination – Chicago!

 

 

 

Different

I have decided, that I shall present you tonight a somewhat different look into chart entries from previous years! It is however kind of related to my evening at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park yesterday here in London. Me and my work colleagues were invited to actually see a few rooms and suites so we can get a better understanding for the property and be more proactive in promoting it to our clients. It is a five star luxury hotel directly opposite of the capitals famous Hyde Park and I was lucky enough to get to see the Royal Suite. I am still amazed about the size and style of this magnificent room (well flat!) and if no one of the sales reps would have been in there with us I probably would have been lost. Seriously, it is that big. If I ever win the lottery I might treat myself to one night there. However that lottery win has to be a very big one!!!

Another personal highlight from my point of view I would like to share is that I was able to impress the reps and a few colleagues with my (geeky) knowledge about the Eurovision Song Contest, the Olympic Games & Italian Geography! So this is what todays chart entries will be relating to and hence why the difference compared to the past few months. I do hope you’re enjoying them as much as I do and as usual, feel free to leave any feedback either via email or as a comment below this article!

On the 10th of September back in 2007 ‘One Moment In Time’ by Whitney Houston first appeared in Enrico’s Hitlist! This song is in relation to my Olympic Games knowledge I’ve demonstrated last night. Always been fascinated by the Summer edition, I seem to have memorised where the biggest sport event has been staged since their revitalisation in Athens/Greece back in 1896! This song became the official theme for the Summer Olympics in Seoul/South Korea in 1988 and discovering this particular performance by one of the greatest singers of all time at the Grammy’s in 1989 catapulted her into my charts. I am still getting goose bumps watching it and would rank it as one of the best live performances of any song I have ever seen! Even though it has only spent 11 weeks in the Top 20, it still managed to become Whitney’s second most successful tune by scoring 166 points in total. This leaves her at this stage in time on Rank 264 in the All Time list.

Two years before that – I am referring to 1986 – ‘Bello E Impossible’ was released by Italian pop sensation Gianna Nannini. It debuted in Enrico’s Hitlist at Number 1 on the 13th of October back in 2008 and managed to stay in the Top 20 the same amount of time, as ‘One Moment In Time’ by Whitney Houston did: 11 weeks. It was however ranked slightly higher a few times and  therefore accumulated 192 points which gives her rank 209 in the All Time Charts as of today. This reference today comes from last nights knowledge about Italians participation in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) and a few details about the geography of this southern European country. Not only did I manage to impress one of the reps by knowing that Italy won this prestigious contest twice so far back in 1964 and 1990, I also almost lectured about the San Remo Music Festival and cities near the Cinque Terre region, such as Bordighera, Imperia and Genoa! Another fact I revealed was that even though only coming 3rd in the ESC in 1958 ‘Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu’ by Italian representative Domenico Modugno was a massive worldwide hit better known as Volare (famously covered by the Gipsy Kings). It is one of the most popular Eurovision Songs of all time which also stayed at the helm of the US Billboard Hot 100 for an impressive five weeks. Anyway, since it hasn’t made an appearance in Enrico’s Hitlist – neither as the original or the cover version – this means, that I won’t share it tonight and instead you have to be satisfied with Gianna Nannini.

And to keep tradition alive and because I’m in such a good mood I also like to present a song which entered my Top 20 twelve years ago! On the 9th of April 2001 Dutch female pop group Luv appeared with their mega(!) hit single from 1978 ‘You’re the Greatest Lover’. It is one of the songs I have always heard in the radio and fancied but never actually got hold off until that particular day in April! It speaks volumes for how much I liked it, as it went on to spend 19 weeks at the Number 1 spot. It has also reached the Top 20 for 143 (!!!) weeks in total which makes it the longest chart sitter so far. From 2001 until 2005 and M People’s ‘One Night in Heaven’ it has dominated Enrico’s Hitlist having scored so far an astonishing 2109 points in total! But long are those days gone as it ‘only’ occupies position Number 4 in the All Time Rankings. Nevertheless it is a tune which still gets me into one of those happy cheerful moods. And with that I shall leave you for this evening until the next release of Enrico’s Top 20!

Week No. 14

Enrico’s Hitlist Week 14 (01/04/2013-07/04/2013)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 1 Icona Pop & Charli XCX I Love It 2
2 2 Glee Mamma Mia 3
3 3 ESDM Contigo Hasta El Final 4
4 5 Eva Santa Maria Hombres 5
5 4 Bastille Pompeii 4
6 RE-ENTRY The Cranberries Dreams 1
7 7 Glee Anything Could Happen 8
8 RE-ENTRY Neon Genesis Evangelion Opening Theme 1
9 6 Lindi Ortega The Day You Die 7
10 11 Pink & Nate Ruess Just Give Me A Reason 3
11 12 Dolly Parton Straight Talk 2
12 8 Jo Dee Messina Heads Carolina, Tail California 7
13 14 Glee Old Time Rock & Roll / Danger Zone 5
14 9 Emeli Sande Next To Me 7
15 10 Dolly Parton John Daniel 3
16 18 Honey Rider Marley’s Chains 10
17 RE-ENTRY Alison Krauss In The Palm Of Your Hand 1
18 RE-ENTRY Twenty 4 Seven Slave To The Music 1
19 15 Celine Dion Prière Paienne 6
20 17 Lady Gaga Fashion Of His Love 6

I am terribly sorry about todays late release of this weeks Top 20! Anyway better late than never though right?! I will try to keep it short this evening and focus more on the various re-apperances in the middle of the field and surely you have already noticed the unchanged top 3 positions which means Icona Pop & Charli XCX successfully defended their Number 1 spot for a second week in a row!

However – the biggest re-entry this week goes to Irish Rock Band The Cranberries and their hit single ‘Dreams’ which originally was released back in 1992. They first appeared in Enrico’s Hitlist back in March 2007, stayed in the Top 20 for 19 weeks in total and collected 189 points, which currently ranks them on All Time Spot 217! Such a wonderful song to listen to!

Another re-introduction into my Top 20 comes from the Japanese Anime hit series Neon Genesis Evangelion with the ‘Opening Theme’! This is just another example of how international Enrico’s Hitlist really is! Not to sound silly, but this is actually a song I could listen to all the time. No wonder that it is ranked as All Time Top 20 and needless to say that it has spent 62 weeks in the charts since it was first seen in March 12 years ago! For those who are interested: this kind of rock tune song has accumulated 723 points so far, obviously the highest for an anime based TV series.

And I do have to post this song, because it gets me into such a good mood and don’t worry, I won’t dwell on about it too much! Last seen in 2005 Dutch Eurodance Band Twenty 4 Seven made a comeback on Position 17 with their smash hit ‘Slave To The Music’ which originally was released in 1993! The song so far has enjoyed 12 weeks of success in Enrico’s Hitlist since it first showed up back in April 2002. At this stage the song is listed at All Time position 241 with 138 points and I will let you go to bed with the question: Aren’t we all slaves to the music?!

Spring

Unfortunately I don’t have much to report this week, nor do I like to whine about the cold weather again. Yes it is still cold in London and there is still no sign of spring happening anytime soon. And we all know it is supposed to be kind of officially spring right now! Oops I swear I will give it a rest and maybe that will trigger some warm weather! Fingers crossed!!

So here is a little looking back and see what made an appearance in Enrico’s Top 20 in previous years around this time! I hope you enjoy!  Oh I’d also like to announce that next Monday I shall give you a little overview of the Top 10 songs so far after the first 12 weeks of 2013! Oh I’d also like to welcome Bahrain, Nepal, Thailand & Peru as the newest viewing countries on this website!

First one up is a song from dutch group Pussycat (no not the Pussycat Dolls, before you all get too excited – and they’re not dutch anyway!), which was originally released in 1975. ‘Mississippi’ became their sole number one hit in the United Kingdom in 1976, spending four weeks at number 1! Funny enough it entered my charts on the 20th of March 2006. Obviously I find it funny as it is almost 30 years after their first appearance and yet another typical example of an ‘oldie’ having an impact in my Top20. So far it has scored 202 points whilst been in the charts for a total of 12 weeks. This means it is currently ranked on position 195 in the All-Time charts. For all those freaking out right now with OMG in their heads – you might calm down knowing that it hasn’t reached the Top position in Enrico’s Hitlist. Still a good song though!

It seems that in that week back in 2006 all the so called ‘classic’ songs entered Enrico’s Hitlist, such as ‘Dolce Vita’ performed by Ryan Paris originally released and highly successful in 1983! Apparently (according to Wikipedia) the song is one of the biggest worldwide pop-dance successes created in Italy, which I find a very interesting fact. For those who are intrigued: the song did manage to reach the Number 1 spot in my charts, but was not even as closely good as ‘Mississippi’ by Pussycat. I was almost going to write Pussycat Dolls. Sorry it is one of those days and I am having a blonde moment or probably ‘inhaled’ too much chlorine at swim practice earlier on this evening. Ryan however only managed to stay in the Top 20 for 5 weeks, whilst securing 87 points which leaves him at this stage on All-Time Position Number 560. A very charming video being filmed in the french capital and city of love: Paris!

Last song ‘introduction’ for today has entered the charts on the 21st of March 2011. Michael Franti & Spearhead made their first appearance in my charts with a song called ‘Have A Little Faith’ which was introduced in the ABC Drama Series ‘Brothers & Sisters’ starring one of my favourite actresses Sally Field! Oh where was I? Yes right follow up single ‘Hey Hey Hey’ became the biggest hit in Enrico’s Hitlist for the American musician having spent 10 weeks in the Top 20 whilst scoring 182 points! This gives him rank number 225 out of currently 1902 songs listed in the All-Time Charts!