FearlessRiOT’s Top 20 Songs of the Week! [January 5th, 2016]

This entire Top 5 on the Top 20 Countdown belongs to hard rock and alternative music this week; as Canadian rapper/singer Drake and Disney Channel pop duo The Girl and The Dreamcatcher depart the Top 5, alternative bands Fall Out Boy (along with Demi Lovato) and twenty one pilots join hard rockers Stitched Up HeartPop Evil, and Halestorm in the highest echelon for the chart. “Finally Free” was able to knock Pop Evil’s “Footsteps” down to the #2 spot, granted the Mixi-fronted Stitched Up Heart their very first #1 song on the FearlessRiOT Top 20 Countdown. Halestorm sits at #3 with “I Am The Fire” while the FOB/Lovato collaboration “Irresistible” rises to #4 and “Stressed Out” rounds things out at #5. Early 2016 on the Top 20 is looking real good for rock and alternative acts. Elsewhere on the countdown, Alessia Cara‘s “Here” continues to hang on at it’s 24th week on the countdown while “Next Boyfriend” by Lauren Alaina and “On My Mind” by Ellie Goulding join it in the 20-Week Club, marking Ellie’s third song to pass the 20 week mark (after “Lights” and “Burn”) and Lauren’s fourth song to make it this long (after “Georgia Peaches”, “Eighteen Inches”, and “Barefoot & Buckwild”). Also, Tinashe has the biggest jumper, Ellie Goulding also has the biggest dropper, and the sole countdown debut comes from Rihanna and Drake.

[Celebrity Birthdays This Week: January 31st: Justin Timberlake (R&B/pop superstar), Jackie Robinson (late African-American baseball star), Portia de Rossi (actress), and Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line). February 1st: Harry Styles (One Direction), Ronda Rousey (UFC star), Lauren Conrad (The Hills), Heather Morris (Glee), Big Boi (OutKast), Rick James (late funk musician), Langston Hughes (late African-American poet), Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons), and Garrett Morris (2 Broke Girls and The Jamie Foxx Show). February 2nd: Shakira (Latin pop star), and Farrah Fawcett (Charlie’s Angels). February 3rd: Sean Kingston (pop singer), Daddy Yankee (Reggaeton star), and Isla Fisher (actress). February 4th: Rosa Parks (late civil rights activist), Gavin DeGraw (pop/rock singer), Alice Cooper (rock star), Cam’Ron (Dipset rapper), and Natalie Imbruglia (pop singer). February 5th: Bobby Brown (R&B singer), Darren Criss (Glee), Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer player), Sara Evans (country singer), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Madison Rayne (TNA Knockout), and Tim Meadows (SNL alum). February 6th: Tinashe (R&B singer), Bob Marley (late reggae legend), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Babe Ruth (baseball legend), Rick Astley (the RickRoll guy), Drita D’avanzo (Mob Wives), Brian Stepanek (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), and Natalie Cole (late jazz singer).]

Check on the FearlessRiOT Top 20 Countdown for the week of February 7th, 2016!

BONUS SONG – #1 This Week A Year Ago:
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”

#20. Rihanna featuring Drake “Work”
[DEBUT, PEAK: #20, 1st WEEK]
(Hopefully Rihanna provides an official video soon.)

#19. Ellie Goulding “On My Mind”
[DOWN 5, PEAK: #1, 20th Week]

#18. Cage The Elephant “Mess Around”
[UP 2, PEAK: #18, 2nd Week]

#17. Selena Gomez “Same Old Love”
[DOWN 4, PEAK: #10, 11th WEEK]

#16. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “S.O.B.”
[UP 2, PEAK: #16, 3rd WEEK]

#15. Taylor Swift “Out of the Woods”
[UP 2, PEAK: #15, 5th WEEK]

#14. The Struts “Could Have Been Me”
[DOWN 3, PEAK: #11, 10th WEEK]

#13. Maddie & Tae “Shut Up and Fish”
[UP 2, PEAK: #13, 4th WEEK]

#12. Tinashe “Player”
[UP 7, PEAK: #12, 4th WEEK]

#11. Lauren Alaina “Next Boyfriend”
[UP 1, PEAK: #2, 20th WEEK]

#10. Alessia Cara “Here”
[DOWN 2, PEAK: #1, 24th WEEK]

#9. Adele “Hello”
[DOWN 2, PEAK: #1, 15th WEEK]

#8. Drake “Hotline Bling”
[DOWN 4, PEAK: #1, 16th WEEK]

#7. Justin Bieber “Sorry”
[UP 2, PEAK: #7, 9th WEEK]

#6. The Girl and the Dreamcatcher “Written in the Stars”
[DOWN 3, PEAK: #1, 15th WEEK]

#5. twenty one pilots “Stressed Out”
[UP 5, PEAK: #5, 5th WEEK]

#4. Fall Out Boy featuring Demi Lovato “Irresistible”
[UP 2, PEAK: #4, 5th WEEK]

#3. Halestorm “I Am The Fire”
[UP 2, PEAK: #3, 12th WEEK]

#2. Pop Evil “Footsteps”
[DOWN 1, PEAK: #1, 13th WEEK]

#1. Stitched Up Heart “Finally Free”
[UP 1, PEAK: #1, 8th WEEK]

Top 20 - 2-5-16

Countdown Contenders to Watch For:
+ Adele “When We Were Young”
+ Beyoncé “Formation”
+ CFO$ “WWE: Phenomenal (AJ Styles)”
+ David Bowie “Lazarus”
+ The Girl & The Dreamcatcher “Glowing in the Dark”
+ Jessica Meuse “Rio Grande”
+ JoJo “Save My Soul”
+ Kacey Musgraves “Dime Store Cowgirl”
+ Kendrick Lamar “These Walls”
+ Lacey Sturm “I’m Not Laughing”
+ Lacey Sturm “Impossible”
Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell Williams “WTF (Where They From)”
+ Pop Evil “Way to Get High”
+ Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates “Sugar”
+ Shakehips, Tinashe, & Chance The Rapper “All My Friends”
+ Tori Kelly “Hollow”
Zendaya “Neverland”

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!

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