Laziness

A lot has happened since my last entry 132 days ago. Yes my dear readers from all over the world it is that long ago!

To be honest I am not even sure why I haven’t posted my weekly top 20. I guess I could blame my own pure laziness which over the past couple of months has overtaken my life in all sorts of aspects such as swim training, consumption of alcohol, gym and obviously not in a good way.

The only part where I haven’t been lazy is actually work which finally got rewarded 1.5 weeks ago with me being recognised within the firm with an award for outstanding customer service! Oh and I have travelled a bit as well and explored new destinations such as Miami, Las Vegas, Philadelphia the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. There will be more inside info to come over the next couple of weeks, with special mention of Dollywood (another childhood dream come true) of course!

But a key event happened two weeks ago which kind of opened my eyes and has changed my perception/view on certain things in life! So I do think I’m back on track and getting back to my old self which FINALLY has resulted in getting my lazy ass in front of the computer and show you the latest chart movements and from now on hopefully with some continuity again!

Before I give you the run down of the latest Top 20 I shall reveal the current standing after 34 weeks so far in 2014.

 

No. 5

Little Mix has entered ehCharts on the 15th of June and ‘Black Magic’ went straight to the top spot where it remained for 5 consecutive weeks. It was one of those Sunday’s were the song was played on TV and it just got stuck in my mind. A catchy perfect pop song which should have been released earlier to be even more successful than it has been.

 

 

No. 4

Do you remember a couple of months ago when I thought that ‘House Party’ by Sam Hunt could potentially become song of the year? Well things change fast in the world of music and even on ehCharts.com as the current 4th position just shows. Let’s see if in the remainder of the year the country newcomer can change this somehow!

 

 

No. 3

Lithuania’s Eurovision Entry suddenly developed to one of the biggest surprise hits of the year! Not only is has it stayed 3 weeks at Number one, but it also has stayed in the Top 20 since the Grand Final back in May and is a hot contender for the song of 2015, because the top 3 currently are very close together point wise and Monika + Vaidas certainly know how to entertain. A shame they didn’t get more recognition on the actual final in Vienna!

 

 

No. 2

A group name with Dolly in it is kind of automatically bound for success! 7 Weeks Number 1 (the longest so far) which would have also been a great Eurovision Entry for Sweden this year (but failed narrowly by literally a couple of votes in their pre-selection to advance further) is granted to ‘Hello Hi’ by Dolly Style. It is fighting for the overall top spot which is still up for grabs and by the looks of it ‘cheesy’ pop music is currently on the rise again. Nonetheless a great catchy pop song!

 

 

No. 1

A song first ‘discovered’ by me way before it became popular in Europe is currently leading ehCharts 2015. It recently has dropped out of the Top 20 but it’s 31 weeks in the charts and two of them being number 1 is giving OMI and ‘Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) a well deserved lead and as the current Top 20 proves RE-ENTRIES are possible at anytime for any song and artist!

 

Week 34 – 17/08-23/08/2015

Rank

Last Week

Artist(s)/Band(s) Song Title

Weeks

1

13

Pitch Perfect 2 Crazy Youngsters

2

2

NEW

Treblemakers Lollipop

1

3

2

Walk The Moon Shut Up And Dance

5

4

1

Eric Hutchinson Tell The World

4

5

3

Monika Lynké & Vaidas Baumila This Time

14

6

6

Samir & Viktor Success

9

7

4

Little Mix Black Magic

10

8

5

Jakob Karlberg Fa Van Bra

2

9

11

Morgan Sulele Bare Min

2

10

14

Pitch Perfect 2 We Belong

2

11

7

Ella Henderson Pieces

5

12

9

Dolly Parton & Queen Latifah Not Enough

3

13

19

The BBC BBC News Countdown (Regions)

2

14

RE-ENTRY

Dolly Parton Baby I’m Burnin’

1

15

16

The Young Romans Circles

2

16

10

Emmelie De Forest Rainmaker

13

17

12

Dolly Style Hello Hi

24

18

20

Alvaro Soler El Mismo Sol

2

19

8

HomeTown Where I Belong

2

20

17

Alabama Can’t Keep A Good Man Down

13

 

Pitch Perfect 2 has definitely had a big impact over the past two weeks culminating by climbing to this weeks Number 1 position with the incredible good feel song ‘Crazy Youngsters’ fighting off the Troublemakers (also featured in Pitch Perfect 2) with Lollipop which – a couple of years back – had been a huge success for pop sensation Mika.

 

Sweden is having a blast this year. Special mention goes to Samir & Victor (who also tried to represent their country at this years Eurovision Song Contest)! Their smash hit ‘Success’ remains steady in the charts and is just outside this years Top 10 after currently 9 weeks. A fun tune which will get everyone moving – hands down, not just because they’re good looking – well one of them. And on that note thanks for stopping by!

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The Newsroom

I finally caught up on a US TV-Show called ‘The Newsroom’ and this week I managed to watch a series finale. The reason I am mentioning it is that this weeks highest new entry is ‘That’s How I Got To Memphis’ storming up to the 4th position, which is pretty respectable given it’s ‘old’ nature and being a rather quiet country song. Though it did get a major push because of the HBO Entertainment show mentioned above, which featured a brilliantly Emily Mortimer alongside with Jeff Daniels.

Just realised I got a bit carried away here! As you will also see last weeks new entry ‘Cheerleader’ by OMI stormed to the top spot making it already the 3rd Number One of 2015. This is closely followed by another big gain going to The BBC and their Regions Intro. Looks like this year a lot of songs seem to attract more favouritism once they have been remixed. The Felix Jaehn Remix of Cheerleader is obviously one example which actually sits currently also at Number One in Australia’s Single Charts!

Miami Horror manages to sneak into this weeks Top 10 with ‘Holidays’! Maybe that is a sign for myself to look into booking some days of vacation for 2015 and a hint to go to Florida?!

Week 3 – 12/01-18/01/2015

Rank

Last Week

Artist(s)/Band(s) Song Title

Weeks

1

14

OMI Cheerleader

2

2

17

The BBC BBC News Countdown (Regions)

2

3

1

Scotty McCreery Feelin’ It

3

4

NEW

Bobby Bare That’s How I Got To Memphis

1

5

2

Trijntje Oosterhuis Walk Along

2

6

4

Sam Hunt House Party

3

7

6

Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud (Alex Adair Remix)

3

8

5

G.R.L. Ugly Heart

3

9

NEW

Miami Horror Holidays

1

10

12

Emmelie De Forest Rainmaker

3

11

10

Maldita Nerea Mira Dentro

3

12

3

Ruth Lorenzo Gigantes

2

13

8

Meghan Trainor All About That Bass

3

14

16

Neon Genesis Evangelion Opening Theme

3

15

15

Jennifer Lopez & French Montana I Luh Ya Papi

2

16

NEW

James Bay Hold Back The River

1

17

9

Helene Fischer Atemlos Durch Die Nacht

3

18

11

Sheppard Geronimo

3

19

7

Union J Tonight (We Live Forever)

3

20

19

Scotty McCreery Blue Jean Baby

2

I think it is a pretty brilliant performance by the Newsroom Cast and yet another great tv-moment created by Aaron Sorkin.

 

 

 

2014 – the 15th

Last weeks ‘surprise’ country-pop number one ‘Stuck Like Glue’ by Sugarland successfully defends the top position and fighting off two new entries at number two and three respectively!

Rita Ora who knows how to party according to last years single ‘How We Do (Party)’ managed to debut in Enrico’s Top 20 with her latest tune called ‘I Will Never Let You Down’. A very catchy pop song which I think will do very well – not just in my charts, but all over the world.

 

Disney has done it again. Do you remember a while ago when Tangled was high up in the ranks? This time it is music from the Oscar winning movie Frozen which I recently got to see on my flights to Nashville/Tennessee! But it’s not ‘Let It Go’ by Idina Menzel which entered at number 10 this week. Surprisingly enough it is the funny song called ‘Fixer Upper’ which is  performed by the Frozen Cast and a song I just can’t get out of my head. It almost ended up being number one this week, but due to it’s late entry it has to be satisfied with rank number three. My flatmate actually came to the conclusion that it has similarity to the Muppet’s ‘Fraggle Rock’ and I can certainly agree. Let me know if you can agree as well!

 

So after two years I finally decided to enter a swimming competition and went for the first time to Blackpool which lies on the coast Lancashire. During the lunch break they played some nice songs and one of them was Coldplay’s ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ which I never heard before. Immediately humming towards it in my head and feeling relaxed it had to enter this weeks Top 20 and surely did well enough at Number 13. An interesting video, I must say, which for some reason won’t display so I give you the youtube and soundcloud link. It is the groups first appearance since they were last seen in 2011 in Enrico’s Hitlist. Well done!

https://soundcloud.com/abdulardian/coldplay-hurts-like-heaven

I haven’t done one of the blast of the past moments in a while and decided to do one today! The way the song works actually fits the Slovenian entry ‘Ma Kje Si Ti’ by Natalija Verboten which combines traditional country folk with modern pop music in a very catchy way and you immediately get drawn into it! Steve Mac entered Enrico’s Hitlist on the 13th of April 2009 with ‘Paddy’s Revenge’. It currently is ranked 859 out of 2090 songs having spent 3 weeks in the charts whilst scoring a total of 55 points.

Week 15 (07/04/14 – 13/04/14)

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

1

Sugarland Stuck Like Glue 2
2

NEW

Rita Ora I Will Never Let You Down 1
3

NEW

Frozen Cast Fixer Upper 1
4

2

Glee Downtown 2
5

6

Natalija Verboten Ma Kje Si Ti 8
6

9

Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain 8
7

4

Glee Hold On 6
8

5

Pixie Lott Nasty 3
9

8

This Silent War We Are Broken 12
10

NEW

Idina Menzel Let It Go 1
11

14

Glee Raise Your Glass 3
12

7

Sugarland Something More 2
13

NEW

Coldplay Hurts Like Heaven 1
14

16

Glee America 5
15

3

Nathan Carter Wagon Wheel 2
16

10

Aubrey Peeples Tell Me 2
17

17

Mika Lola 14
18

15

Jo Dee Messina Heads Carolina, Tails California 3
19

RE-ENTRY

Katy Perry Roar 1
20

12

Glee I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 5

 

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

Even

Most of you probably didn’t notice that nothing was posted last night, and Wednesday night is usually time for my midweek report. But even I do get suddenly sick from time to time.  And yesterday was such a random day where I just felt ill the whole time (still managed to drag myself out of bed to go to work though!). I got home shortly after 5pm and then kind of slept through the night with some severe stomach pain. It wasn’t nice, whatever it was! I am all better now and did go to swim practice again tonight too – so I obviously must feel better then! Anyway I’ll try to keep it short tonight with a few look backs of what has previously entered the charts around this time of the year. I hope most of you will enjoy the long Easter Weekend! Sunday’s chart release for Week 13 of 2013 looks to be a very interesting one!

By the way: I am going to see my first ever Football (for my american fans – I’m referring to Soccer) match (don’t laugh) live this coming Saturday at the Emirates Stadium here in London. Premiere League giant Arsenal London plays Reading and I am really thrilled to experience the whole atmosphere et cetera. I doubt it will match anything like the Olympic Games 2012 which I was lucky enough to witness last year, but nevertheless I am still excited about the game and give you all the details very soon and perhaps even a few pictures!

First one up is another song from US-American singer Michael Franti & his group Spearhead, which I have introduced you to a couple of weeks back if you remember?! ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ managed to stay in the charts for a total of 10 weeks since it’s first appearance on the 28th of March 2011, whilst scoring 89 points. It is not his most successful song in Enrico’s Hitlist, but Rank 553 out of over 1900 songs in the All Time Charts is still a respectable position and it is a very moving video!

 

Next one up is a ‘Euro Dance’ classic originally released in the 90’s by German trance duo Jam & The Spoon. ‘Right In The Night’ was able to stay in the Top 20 for 10 weeks in total as well like ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ mentioned above! What a coincidence eh? Anyway, a total of 98 points secures them Rank 494 as of today, since they’ve appeared first on the 26th of March in 2001!

 

Last introduction for this evening will probably make a few people shake their heads (again), as it is one of those completely random songs, having entered and found its place in Enrico’s Hitlist. Funny enough out of the three presented tonight it is the best one ranked at position 401 with 118 points. I have never heard of Alison Krauss before I went to Los Angeles two years ago. A friend of mine, who now has returned to his hometown in Nashville/Tennessee and obviously knows about my Dolly Parton ‘obsession’ recommended me listening to her. So I did and the result was ‘In The Palm Of Your Hands’ entering the Top 20 on the 28th of March in 2011! The video is a live performance on the Letterman Show from 1995 and it doesn’t just shows her amazing voice, but also her great talent of playing the violin which I wasn’t aware of. Another interesting fact is that it was aired on Dutch TV on the 23rd of November, which was my 14th Birthday in case you’re interested. You can do your maths now… And who would have guessed that she won so far (according to Wikipedia) 27(!) Grammy’s out of 41(!) nominations?!

Week No. 8

Enrico’s Hitlist Week 8 (18/02/2013-24/02/2013)

Rank Last Week Artist(s) / Band(s) Song Title Weeks
1 NEW Lindi Ortega The Day You Die 1
2 NEW Emeli Sande Next To Me 1
3 5 Glee Anything Could Happen 2
4 4 Paloma Faith Never Tear Us Apart 2
5 2 Hayden Panettiere Telescope 4
6 1 Krista Siegfrids Marry Me 3
7 3 Nicole Scherzinger Boomerang 3
8 6 Sam Gray This Girl 3
9 12 Karmin Brokenhearted 27
10 8 Ke$ha C’mon 4
11 9 Hayden Panettiere & Charles Esten Undermine 2
12 7 Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson Ég á Líf 3
13 11 Labritnth & Emeli Sande Beneath Your Beautiful 7
14 13 Honey Rider Marley’s Chains 4
15 15 Csezy Nem Kell Neked Más 8
16 17 Glee Just Can’t Get Enough 2
17 14 One Direction Kiss You 3
18 10 Gianluca Bezzina Tomorrow 3
19 NEW Jo Dee Messina Heads Carolina, Tail California 1
20 16 One Direction I Would 13

The US TV show Nashville has taken over again and provided Enrico’s Hitlist with its latest Number 1 hit this week! However it is not Hayden Panettiere as you might have thought given the strong placing she had in the past few weeks with ‘Telescope’ (including her Number 1 position in Week 5)!

Lindi Ortegas ‘The Day You Die’ instead stole the show and jumped ahead of Emeli Sandes ‘Next To Me’ in a last minute surge. Contrary to the song title ‘The Day You Die’ is a rather upbeat country tune and I am confident once you start watching and listening to this great video you will be moving to it as well and you might understand why it became Enrico’s fifth Number One hit in 2013!

The Brit Awards left me with another song ‘discovery’ earlier this week. Emeli Sande sang ‘Next To Me’ to finish off the show after having received two prestigious awards. To me it is a newcomer as for some reason I have not heard this remarkable song when it was popular last year in the rest of the world … Ah well, c’est la vie. Besides these new discoveries there was one major trend in this weeks charts: most songs fell in their rankings with ‘Tomorrow’ by Gianluca Bezzina from Malta being the biggest free faller by plummeting eight ranks down from 10 to 18. Another painful drop was for Finish singer Krista Sigfried who dropped five places from 1 to 6! I wonder what’s happening in next weeks charts as we are already approaching March fast and furious. Stay awesome everybody and enjoy this weeks Number 1 & 2 of Enrico’s Hitlist!