FearlessRiOT’s Top 20 Songs of the Week! [Jan. 1st, 2016]

Like I said last week, the FearlessRiOT Top 20 Countdown doesn’t take a vacation, so even on the week where we usher in a new year, I’m keeping track of the music I listen to. And as we enter 2016, Drake and Adele still lead the Top 20 Countdown, albeit in switched positions. Drake heads up to #1 on the Top 20 Countdown with “Hotline Bling” while Adele’s “Hello” drops to #2. Meanwhile, Dove Cameron and Ryan McCartan launch into the Top 3 as their musical act The Girl and The Dreamcatcher head to #3 with “Written in the Stars”. (The second song with that title to ever enter the Top 5 of this countdown.) Alessia Cara‘s “Here” rebounds into the Top 5 at #4 on it’s 19th week on the countdown; it’s bound to make the 20-Week Club next week. Rounding out the Top 5 is Ellie Goulding‘s “On My Mind” at #5. Elsewhere on the countdown, Lauren Alaina has the biggest droppere (but remains in the Top 10) and there are two countdown debuts from Cam and J. Cole.

[Celebrity Birthdays This Week – Dec. 27th: Paramore’s Hayley Williams, WWE Superstar Cesaro, former WWE star Chyna, former wrestler Bill Goldberg, Once Upon A Time’s Emilie De Ravin, and pro wrestler Thea Trinidad. Dec. 28th: R&B singer John Legend, SNL’s Seth Meyers, actor Denzel Washington, comic book legend Stan Lee, actor Joe Manganiello, internet personality Kingsley, former TNA Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell, Sex&Drug&Rock&Roll’s Elaine Hendrix, actress Maggie Smith, singer David Archuleta, Demi Lovato’s sister Madison De La Garza, and 7th Heaven’s Mackenzie Rosman. Dec. 29th: Austin & Allys Ross Lynch, actress Alison Brie, actor Danny McBride, actor Mekhi Phifer, actress Mary Tyler Moore, actor Ted Danson, actress Jane Levy, and actress Patricia Clarkson. Dec. 30th: pop singer Ellie Goulding, R&B singer Tyrese, basketball player LeBron James, actress Eliza Dushku, actress Caity Lotz, golfer Tiger Woods, rapper Yelawolf, former boxer Laila Ali, TV actress Meredith Vieira, and singer Patti Smith. Dec. 31st: gymnast Gabby Douglas, singer PSY, and guitarist Scott Ian. Jan. 1st: pro wrestler Veda Scott, actor Morris Chestnut, R&B singer Tank, actor Verne Troyer, and DJ Grandmaster Flash. Jan. 2nd: Teen Wolf’s Shelley Hennig, singer Bryson Tiller, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., actor Taye Diggs, dancer Karina Smirnoff, and actor Dax Shepard.]

Check out the FearlessRiOT Top 20 Music Countdown for January 1, 2016!

BONUS SONG – #1 This Week A Year Ago: Tamar Braxton featuring Future “Let Me Know”.

#20. Cam “Burning House”
[DEBUT, PEAK: #20, 1st WEEK]

#19. J. Cole “No Role Modelz”
[DEBUT, PEAK: #20, 1st WEEK]

#18. Eric Church “Mr. Misunderstood”
[NON-MOVER, PEAK: #18, 3rd WEEK]

#17. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
[UP 2, PEAK: #17, 2nd WEEK]

#16. Taylor Swift “Wildest Dreams”
[DOWN 3, PEAK: #1, 15th WEEK]

#15. The Struts “Could Have Been Me”
[NON-MOVER, PEAK: #15, 5th WEEK]

#14. Justin Bieber “Sorry”
[UP 2, PEAK: #14, 4th WEEK]

#13. Prince “1,000 X’s and O’s”
[DOWN 2, PEAK: #10, 9th WEEK]
(Song not available online.)

#12. Stitched Up Heart “Finally Free”
[UP 2, PEAK: #12, 3rd WEEK]

#11. Selena Gomez “Same Old Love”
[UP 1, PEAK: #11, 6th WEEK]

#10. Lauren Alaina “Next Boyfriend”
[DOWN 4, PEAK: #2, 15th WEEK]

#9. Halestorm “I Am The Fire”

#8. Chris Cornell “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”
[DOWN 3, PEAK: #4, 11th WEEK]

#7. Pop Evil “Footsteps”
[UP 3, PEAK: #7, 8th WEEK]

#6. JoJo “When Love Hurts”
[DOWN 2, PEAK: #4, 14th WEEK]

#5. Ellie Goulding “On My Mind”
[DOWN 2, PEAK: #1, 15th Week]

#4. Alessia Cara “Here”
[UP 4, PEAK: #1, 19th WEEK]

#3. The Girl and the Dreamcatcher “Written in the Stars”
[UP 4, PEAK: #3, 10th WEEK]

#2. Adele “Hello”
[DOWN 1, PEAK: #1, 10th WEEK]

#1. Drake “Hotline Bling”
[UP 1, PEAK: #1, 11th WEEK]


Countdown Contenders to Watch For:
+ Adele “When We Were Young”
+ Chris Stapleton “Tennessee Whiskey”
+ Fall Out Boy featuring Demi Lovato “Irresistible” 
+ J. Cole “No Role Modelz”
+ Kendrick Lamar “These Walls”
+ Lacey Sturm “Impossible”
+ Maddie & Tae “Shut Up and Fish”
Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell Williams “WTF (Where They From)”
+ Pop Evil “Way to Get High”
+ Taylor Swift “Out of the Woods”
+ Tinashe “Player”
+ Tyrese “Shame”

What’s your favorite song right now? Is there a song listed you’d like to suggest for the countdown in the future? Tweet me at @FearlessRiOT or post a comment below, and remember to keep up with the weekly Top 20 into the new year!


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