Friday, January 3, 2020


GREETINGS, COOL CATS! Once upon a time, my year-end countdown comprised 200 titles... Alas, in 2020, I squeezed out FIVE. My musical sustenance now primarily consists of SiriusXM 80s on 8, an endless stream of iHeartRadio's classic "American Top 40" w/Casey Kasem, and Amazon Prime throwback artist playlists.

In a world where something as gruesome as "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott is not only a No. 1 hit, but Grammy-nominated in 2019, I'm just fine with my archives, thank you. Obviously, top 40 radio is not targeted toward a middle-aged dude... mind you, I'm not exactly sure WHO today's sing-song melody-free CHR babble is aimed at... it sure is infantile, at best.

Lady Gaga scores her second year-end No. 1 on the 2019 TTT, following "Bad Romance," our top single 10 years ago, in 2009. Of course, Bradley Cooper is a newcomer to the charts—as are Hailee Steinfeld and Ava Max. Considering that I spun "Bohemian Rhapsody" (and much of Queen's catalog) 5 million times throughout 2019, it earns a Hall of Fame designation. Whoo-hooo!

Last year's No. 1 was "Granted" by Josh Groban. Ariana Grande, who scored back-to-back year-end No. 1s in 2014 and 2015, with "Love Me Harder" and "Break Free," has obviously lost her mojo, now that she's forgotten that melodies are what make memorable hits. All that talent wasted on the likes of "7 Rings." Waaah! *