Song of the Day #4,701: ‘Leave the Door Open’ – Silk Sonic

At the #2 spot on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 is ‘Leave the Door Open,’ a smooth R&B jam by Silk Sonic.

If you’re like me, this is the first you’ve heard of Silk Sonic, which you’ll quickly realize is a super-duo formed by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. Paak opened for Mars a few years ago and the two began a collaboration that culminated in the surprise drop of this song and a promise of a future album.

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Song of the Day #3,189: ‘That’s What I Like’ – Bruno Mars

At #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week is Bruno Mars with ‘That’s What I Like,’ the second single from 24K Magic.

I like this song better than the album’s title track, which aimed for ‘Uptown Funk’ status but fell short. This one is sweeter and catchier. It has a hell of a cool video, too.

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Song of the Day #3,064: ’24K Magic’ – Bruno Mars

bruno_mars_24k_magicRounding out Billboard’s top five are two more blog repeats — twenty one pilots with ‘Heathens’ and DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber with ‘Let Me Love You.’ It’s been two months since I last did a Billboard countdown and yet half the top ten is intact. I guess you don’t see a lot of chart movement in the fall.

At #6 is Bruno Mars with ’24K Magic,’ his claim to retake the pop music throne after the runaway success of ‘Uptown Funk.’ And given that that track was actually a Mark Ronson tune, it’s actually been four years and two Super Bowl performances since Mars released his last album.

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Song of the Day #2,426: ‘Uptown Funk (Live on Ellen)’ – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

bruno_mars_uptown_funkTwo and a half months into 2015, I’m kicking off my first installment of ‘What are the Kids Listening To?,’ wherein I feature ten songs ranking high on Billboard’s Hot 100.

A glance at the chart reveals that the music business is a lot like the movie business, in that the first quarter of the year is sloooow. Most of the songs atop the Hot 100 are from 2014.

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Song of the Day #2,335: ‘Uptown Funk’ – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

bruno_mars_uptown_funkWith just 16 days left in 2014, it’s time for me shift into year-end mode. So here’s how the next few weeks on the blog will go.

This week and next I’ll feature my final look at the Billboard charts for 2014. The week of New Year’s Eve, my family and I will be out of town so I’ll put the blog in vacation mode (with some nice tracks to fill the time, I hope). Then I’ll come back in the first week of 2015 and count down my top 20 songs of the year.

Sound good? Great!

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