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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Summer Songs 2014 Results: European Acts Dominate


For the past several years, I've published an annual feature that recaps the best performing singles of the summer season on CDS Music Chart Hot 50. This year's season began with the chart issue dated June 12th, and ending with the chart dated September 12th, reflecting the tracking period of Saturday, May 31st through Friday, September 5th. Within that 14 week period (which began and ended one week early when compared to previous years), 92 tracks were on the chart for at least one week each. That's up from the 86 that were on the list for at least one week during the Summer 2013 season. This year's season saw 17,923 points being doled out among the acts, down a noticeable 0.11% compared to last year's sum of 17,943 points.

How were the points listed below determined?
Every week, the CDS Music Chart Hot 50 ranks my personal favorite songs in order from #1-50... or not quite. New for this year, I allowed people to give me some personal input on their favorite music. Each week, the ten most voted songs by the public were given bonus points which helped boost their rank (and thus points) for that specific week. After counting my data and data from voters, the total points for each song was calculated. The song that scored the most points ranked at #1, with the song that ranked 50th in terms of points ended up in 50th place (the final slot). After being ranked, all  points earned during the week no longer have value. Instead, the songs in the top 50 are assigned a final value based on an inverse system; #1 receives 50 points and #50 receives 1 point. There's also a small set of additional points to award song for the amount of weeks they've spent on the chart. This can be a little bit confusing, so let me know if you want me to further explain this.

Among the top 10 songs of this year's season, only 3 of them had spent at least a week at #1 during any part of their run on the chart (January-September). That's down a noticeable 50% compared to last year, which saw 6 of the top 10 songs of the season claim at least a week at #1. In fact, only 6 songs in this year's top 50 spent at least a week at #1. Last year, 11 songs in the Summer Songs top 50 had spent at least a week at #1 sometime during their run.

Back to the top 10, this year's crop brought in a colossal sum of 5,767. That's up nearly 4% when stacked next to 2013's comparable sum of 5,557. While only one song passed 600 points (June-September points ONLY) this year, compared to two from last year, this year's #1 Summer song led my a massive 80 seasonal points. Last year, the top 2 were separated by a thin margin of 6 points.

What was most interesting to me, was that only one song in this year's top 10 wasn't recorded (or recorded in part) by a artist based outside the US. That song, was the 5 week #1 single "Maps" by Maroon 5. Last year saw 4 songs by United States based acts in the top 10. Canadian acts were un-surprisingly the most successful among songs in the top 10, coming in at #1, #4 and #6 (#11 was also recorded by a Canadian act). Swedish took 2nd place with two entries (#3 and #7), while tying the United Kingdom for the most acts with a song in the top 10 (3 each).

See the full top 75 best performing songs of Summer 2014 below, and stay tuned for the video version of the chart (which will contain the top 60).

Rank
Song
Performer
Summer 2014 Points
1
***SUMMER SONGS #1***
Hideaway
Kiesza
679.75
2
Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)
Clean Bandit
598.29
3
Undo
Sanna Nielsen
596.61
4
A+D
Vita Chambers
589.75
5
Maps
Maroon 5
575.78
6
Giant In My Heart
Kiesza
566.78
7
Do It Again
Röyksopp & Robyn
559.33
8
Chandelier
Sia
558.59
9
Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)
Iggy Azalea
521.59
10
Am I Wrong
Nico & Vinz
521.05
11
Satisfaction Guaranteed
Alyssa Reid
488.05
12
Pills N Potions
Nicki Minaj
478.33
13
Latch (feat. Sam Smith)
Disclosure
473.45
14
Dare (La La La)
Shakira
465.59
15
Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)
Ariana Grande
441.75
16
I Wanna Feel
Secondcity
426.66
17
A Sky Full of Stars
Coldplay
409.75
18
Love Runs Out
OneRepublic
384.03
19
Summer
Calvin Harris
365.33
20
Boom Clap
Charli XCX
359.78
21
Crying For No Reason
Katy B
311.66
22
She Came to Give It To You (feat. Nicki Minaj)
Usher
308.45
23
If I Go
Ella Eyre
298.19
24
It Was Always You
Maroon 5
294.21
25
Strange Enough
VÉRITÉ
291.36
26
***CURRENT #1***
Bang Bang
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
277.21
27
Flashlight
DJ Fresh & Ellie Goulding
274.36
28
Me & My Broken Heart
Rixton
272.66
29
Magic
Coldplay
264.85
30
2 On (feat. SchoolBoy Q)
Tinashe
264.55
31
All of Me
John Legend
264.05
32
Empire
Shakira
224.2
33
Don't
Ed Sheeran
208.66
34
No Mediocre (feat. Iggy Azalea)
T.I.
192.55
35
West Coast
Lana Del Rey
182.25
36
The Big Bang
Katy Tiz
180.14
37
Angel In Blue Jeans
Train
170.91
38
Everybody
Oceana
165.27
39
First Things First
Neon Trees
160.62
40
Marilyn Monroe
Pharrell Williams
160.1
41
Stay With Me
Sam Smith
151.45
42
Ain't It Fun
Paramore
147
43
Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora)
Iggy Azalea
146.25
44
Anaconda
Nicki Minaj
138.15
45
Ready For the Weekend (feat. Ayah Marar)
R3HAB & NERVO
136.28
46
It's On Again (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Alicia Keys
126.63
47
G.U.Y. (Girl Under You)
Lady Gaga
122.41
48
Rude
MAGIC!
112.36
49
Hey Brother
Avicii
110.99
50
My Love (feat. Jess Glynne)
Route 94
107.55
51
Glow
Ella Henderson
106.1
52
Team
Lorde
104.18
53
Break The Rules
Charli XCX
104.06
54
Goodness Gracious
Ellie Goulding
99.23
55
Superheroes
The Script
98.28
56
Animals
Maroon 5
82.03
57
Not A Bad Thing
Justin Timberlake
78.54
58
Shake It Off
Taylor Swift
77.06
59
XO
Beyoncé
68.02
60
Counting Stars
OneRepublic
67.5
61
Guts Over Fear (feat. Sia)
Eminem
64.03
62
Two Weeks
FKA twigs
61.1
63
Midnight
Coldplay
57.26
64
Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)
Usher
56.36
65
All About That Bass
Meghan Trainor
53.21
66
Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)
Beyoncé
49.81
67
Break Free (feat. Zedd)
Ariana Grande
47.45
68
Partition
Beyoncé
41.54
69
We Are Done
The Madden Brothers
41.35
70
F For You (feat. Mary J. Blige)
Disclosure
40.55
71
Happy
Pharrell Williams
39.66
72
Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)
Katy Perry
38.77
73
Jungle
Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors
38.21
74
Say Yes
Destiny's Child
36.09
75
Bass Like Home
Lily Allen
29.21

Which songs of Summer 2014 were you're favorites? Let me know below or on Twitter! The top 5 most voted will be announced as a part of the video chart this weekend, so hurry!
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