Besides

Besides the worst hangover I have experienced in a long time I think 2018 has gone off to a fairly good start.

I say fairly good because work has surprisingly been crazy busy which has never been the case like this being the first week of the year and only a four day one as well. Additionally some building issues at the usual training pool has also forced me to do some altercations to my well planned out training programme for the coming months!

Nonetheless I still managed to keep going with my charts last year despite being well absent for the past 7 months or so, which means my present to you today is going to be my Top 10 of 2017 before I proceed to the first Top 20 of 2018 next week!

10: Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse ‘Katchi’ 297 points

 

 

9: Miley Cyrus ‘Malibu’ 351 points

 

 

8: Ilinca & Alex Florea ‘Yodel It’ 363 points

 

 

7: Djorkaeff & Beatzarre & Nico Santos: ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ 380 points

 

 

6: Mirela ‘Contigo’ 402 points

 

 

5: SaRaha ‘Kizunguzungu’ 472 points

 

 

4: Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Cut To The Feeling’ 484 points

 

 

3: Alma – ‘Requiem’ 772 points

 

 

2: Ace Wilder ‘Wild Child’ 847 points

 

 

1: Wiktoria ‘As I Lay Me Down’ 1226 points

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Eurovision Fever Has Hit – AGAIN

Well, what can I say, besides the obvious: Eurovision has taken over (yet again) Enrico’s Hitlist and it is a second year in a row that Spain manages to succesfully climb up to Number 1 despite only coming tenth overall in this amazing contest which was viewed by almost 200 million people world wide. It took Ruth Lorenzo 11 weeks and last nights magnificent performance to sneak up to the Top Spot in what it’s now its twelve week, being one of the longest chart sitters so far. I am also still mezmerised with the incredible stage and the way it was featured. Well done Copenhagen. Well done Denmark!

 

A surprise entry comes from last years winner, Denmark’s very own Emmelie De Forest. She performed a mix of ‘Only Teardrops’ & ‘Rainmaker’ which finished in an amazing finale where all ESC participants joined in and the whole arena went mental singing along. This actually was a very emotional moment to me, as I just find it incredibly fascinating how so many different countries, cultures, races etc. celebrate which makes the Eurovision Song Contest to me kind of like the Olympic Games of Music, a peaceful movement which tries to overcome tensions such as between the Ukraine and Russia and even the boo’s came less and less. The Power of Music.

 

Hungary did make it to the Eurovision Final this year, however another song connected to this country entering at number 6 this week. ‘Budapest’ by George Ezra outshines a song called ‘Running’ which actually ranked very high last night in Copenhagen.

 

What a surprise result for The Common Linnets and ‘Calm After The Storm’ representing the Netherlands last night. They already featured in this years charts and after an incredible performance deserve a re-entry at Number 16 this week. Other Eurovision related re-entries to be seen this week are from Malta, Slovenia, Romania & Finland! What a week and what a night last night and thanks for tuning in!

 

Week 19 (05/05/14 – 11/05/14)

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

10

Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 12
2

NEW

Emmelie De Forest Rainmaker 1
3

1

Glee I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 9
4

4

Ina Maria Federowski Gegensätze Ziehn Sich An 2
5

NEW

Glee I Melt With You 1
6

NEW

George Ezra Budapest 1
7

9

Idina Menzel Let It Go 5
8

2

Zac Brown Band Day For The Dead 4
9

6

This Silent War We Are Broken 16
10

NEW

Pollaponk No Prejudice 1
11

NEW

Basim Cliche Love Song 1
12

3

Frozen Cast Fixer Upper 5
13

5

Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 12
14

8

Glee Downtown 6
15

RE-ENTRY

Firelight Coming Home 1
16

RE-ENTRY

The Common Linnets Calm After The Storm 1
17

RE-ENTRY

Tinkara Kovac Round And Round 1
18

RE-ENTRY

Paula Seling & Ovi Miracle 1
19

RE-ENTRY

Softengine Something Better 1
20

7

Sugarland Stuck Like Glue 6

 

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 12 / 2014

It has been 853 days since Wilson Phillips stormed to number 1 with ‘Hold On’. And now 2 years, 4 months and 2 days later Glee climbs up to the top spot to become the 303rd number one in Enrico’s Hitlist with their very own brilliantly done version of this classic. For some who want do do the calculations. 21/11/2011 was when Wilson Phillips entered the Top 20. Though I might risk of being a spoiler to some of you, I have decided selfishly to present the Glee version to you and make up your own mind about this amazing tune.

The highest entry this week though belongs to Eurovision. It has been a while since we last saw a Dutch entry in the Top 20. ‘Calm After The Storm’ sung by the Common Linnets will be representing the Netherlands in Copenhagen in roughly two months time and I believe this song will do great, well I hope so. Some of you might recognise the female singer and yes Ilse De Lange has had an appearance in my charts back in 2008 with ‘So Incredible’.

Just looking at the ‘So Incredible’ video I actually see similarities to the de-throned Natalija Verboten’s video of ‘Ma Kje Si Ti’ which sadly loses the top position after 4 weeks being number one. Don’t you think so as well? Not necessarily the melody, but the theme, country style, guitar etc. Maybe it is just my crazy imagination. Despite that though, it is a great song!

Week 12 (17/03/14 – 23/03/14)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 3 Glee Hold On 3
2 1 Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 5
3 NEW The Common Linnets Calm After The Storm 1
4 15 This Silent War We Are Broken 9
5 2 Glee I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 2
6 9 Glee More Than A Feeling 2
7 5 Tinkara Kovac Round And Round 2
8 7 Glee America 2
9 8 Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 5
10 6 Paula Seling & Ovi Miracle 4
11 RE-ENTRY Martin Solveig & Dragonette Hello 1
12 4 Glee I Love LA 2
13 10 Tanja M Amazing 4
14 12 Glee Gloria 3
15 NEW The Tolmachevy Sisters Shine 1
16 11 Ellie Goulding Goodness Gracious 6
17 18 Mika Emily 12
18 16 Aubrey Peeples Gonna Get Even 23
19 13 Natalija Verboten Zapoj Slovenija 5
20 19 Mika Lola 11

Finland – 2014 – The 11th

Hello from Helsinki with an earlier chart update than usual out of the Finnish capital! I’ll be boarding my flight back to London soon, but I thought to seize the chance to present this weeks Top 20 to you!

‘Ma Kje Si Ti’ by Slovenian artist Natalija Verboten manages to stay at number one for a fourth week in a row but you might have also noticed quite a few new entries from Glee. I swear that the writers of the show do have a look into my charts, because just a few weeks ago ‘America’ by Neil Diamond featured in my Top 20. The cover version by the Glee Cast is quite amazing, but I don’t want to spoil anything for the people who haven’t seen the current episode so you have to be satisfied with the original!

Despite an incredible weekend here in the Olympic City of 1952 ‘I Love LA’ originally performed by Randy Newman and now greatly covered by the Glee Cast storms to number 4 becoming the second highest entry this week. Again you have to stick to the original video, which is actually quite amazing. I was thinking last night where else this song has featured and then suddenly I remembered. It was used during the baseball scene in the comedy movie ‘The Naked Gun’. Good times!!!

It’s not only Natalija who’s putting Slovenia on the map this week. Tinkara Kovac who will represent Slovenia at this years Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark/Copenhagen  enters closely behind ‘I Love LA’ with ‘Round And Round’. Other Eurovision entries this week see the downward spiral. Perhaps it is the last week for ‘Gonna Get Even’ by Nashville sensation Aubrey Peeples after 22 incredible weeks so far in Enrico’s Hitlist. You never know though.

Week 11 (10/03/14 – 16/03/14)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 1 Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 4
2 NEW Glee I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 1
3 5 Glee Hold On 2
4 NEW Glee I Love LA 1
5 NEW Tinkara Kovac Round And Round 1
6 2 Paula Seling & Ovi Miracle 3
7 NEW Glee America 1
8 3 Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 4
9 NEW Glee More Than A Feeling 1
10 13 Tanja M Amazing 3
11 7 Ellie Goulding Goodness Gracious 5
12 6 Glee Gloria 2
13 8 Natalija Verboten Zapoj Slovenija 4
14 RE-ENTRY Alex Gaudino & Kelly Rowland What A Feeling 1
15 10 This Silent War We Are Broken 8
16 9 Aubrey Peeples Gonna Get Even 22
17 11 Sam Bailey How Will I Know 16
18 12 Mika Emily 11
19 15 Mika Lola 10
20 16 Anna Gogola Ktoś Taki Jak Ty 3

2014 – The 10th

What a lovely end to the week we had over here in the UK! It is therefore with no surprise that Natalija Verboten holds onto the top spot for another week with her summer ish song ‘Ma Kje Si Ti’. There were also a few Eurovision shuffles this week with Romania being the strongest contestant by pushing last weeks biggest gainer Ruth Lorenzo from Spain down one rank into third place.

We also have three new entries, which two of them I’d like to share with you! However due to the potential spoiler alert I will not show the Glee versions as it wouldn’t be fair. Nevertheless, the Glee Cast did produce a very good cover version of Wilson Phillips ‘Hold On’ and deserve to be this weeks highest entry on number four. The original -which gained popularity again after it was featured in the smash hit movie Bridesmaids – entered ehcharts in November 2011 where it stormed to number one! During its 16 weeks chart appearance so far it has scored 356 points which makes it the 85th most successful song in Enrico’s Hitlist as of today! Simply enjoy.

 

Well, change of plans! Sadly I did not find a good enough version of ‘Gloria’. I’m saying that, because so far Australian pop group The Young Divas achieved the biggest success in my charts with their cover version of this Italian hit originally sung by Umberto Tozzi and then famously commercialised by Laura Branigan! Regardless, I’ve decided to do one of my flashbacks and the Saturdays appeared today five years ago for the very first time with their Comic Relief song ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, which funnily enough fits into this weeks new entries theme => cover songs, don’t you think? Despite being more successful than the original tune done by Depeche Mode – this version never made it to the top spot! Are you surprised as much as I am?!

 

Week 10 (03/03/14 – 09/03/14)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 1 Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 3
2 7 Paula Seling & Ovi Miracle 2
3 2 Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 3
4 NEW Glee Hold On 1
5 NEW Sasa Lendero Mamma Mia 1
6 NEW Glee Gloria 1
7 5 Ellie Goulding Goodness Gracious 4
8 3 Natalija Verboten Zapoj Slovenija 3
9 9 Aubrey Peeples Gonna Get Even 21
10 4 This Silent War We Are Broken 7
11 6 Sam Bailey How Will I Know 15
12 11 Mika Emily 10
13 13 Tanja M Amazing 2
14 RE-ENTRY Rebeka Dremelj Petek 1
15 15 Mika Lola 9
16 19 Anna Gogola Ktoś Taki Jak Ty 2
17 8 Natalie Cole Wild Women Do 4
18 12 Emeli Sande Imagine 6
19 10 Debbie Stivala Pin The Middle 3
20 17 Paul Evans Hello, This Is Joanie 8

2014 – The 9th

It has been quite a colourful week in Enrico’s Hitlist and I am still amazed that it has already been nine weeks into 2014! Last weeks hottest newcomer of the year – so far – Slovenian sensation Natalija Verboten manages to defend her top position for a second week in a row with ‘Ma Kje Si Ti’! If I’m not mistaken, it translates into ‘Where Are You’. The biggest gain however goes to Spain this week with ‘Dancing In The Rain’ sung by Ruth Lorenzo who climbs up six positions to number 2!

The highest new entry this week goes to a Eurovision representative. Romania who was hugely successful two years ago in the charts with ‘Zaleilah’ by Mandinga manages to sneak into the Top 20 onto a respectable 7th place in it’s debut week. ‘Miracle’ by Paula Seling & Ovi kind of reminds me of a mixture between The Lumineers and One Republic.

Estonia has also chosen their song which will represent this baltic country in this years song contest to be staged in Copenhagen/Denmark. I do think Tanja with ‘Amazing’ is a worthy well written pop song which should do very well if she can deliver a great live performance!

And one quick blast from the past. It is kind of fitting since it is a song relating to football and we have the World Cup in Brazil coming up this year! Shaggy first appeared with ‘Feel The Rush’ today 5 years ago and although the song remained only in the Top 20 for six weeks it still managed to score a respectable 145 points and stayed at the number 1 spot for 2 weeks! It will be interesting what samba rhythm we’ll get to hear in a few months time! Maybe another Macarena fever breaking out? Who knows!

Week 9 (24/02/14 – 02/03/14)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 1 Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 2
2 8 Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 2
3 4 Natalija Verboten Zapoj Slovenija 2
4 3 This Silent War We Are Broken 6
5 2 Ellie Goulding Goodness Gracious 3
6 6 Sam Bailey How Will I Know 14
7 NEW Paula Seling & Ovi Miracle 1
8 5 Natalie Cole Wild Women Do 3
9 7 Aubrey Peeples Gonna Get Even 20
10 10 Debbie Stivala Pin The Middle 2
11 11 Mika Emily 9
12 9 Emeli Sande Imagine 5
13 NEW Tanja M Amazing 1
14 13 The Beautiful South Old Red Eyes Is Back 5
15 15 Mika Lola 8
16 RE-ENTRY Glee Proud Mary 1
17 14 Paul Evans Hello, This Is Joanie 7
18 12 Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir Eftir Eitt Lag 5
19 RE-ENTRY Anna Gogola Ktoś Taki Jak Ty 1
20 RE-ENTRY George Michael & Aretha Franklin I Knew You Were Waiting 1