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MUSIC NEWS, VIEWS AND REVIEWS

This page provides reviews of songs that are listed at or near the top on current music charts. The reviews strictly reflect my opinions and insights. This page will be updated as new songs become popular and older songs drop off the charts. I hope you find this information interesting and helpful. You are welcome to provide me with your feedback; my contact information is shown at the top of the page.  The complete Makin' Tracks music catalog is posted on the "Hit List" page of this site.   


The awards season has rolled around again, so it’s time for the Fifth Annual Makin’ Tracks DJ Service “TRACKIE AWARDS.” These awards go to my picks for the best song of 2018 in each of several genres. Big factors in the “TRACKIE AWARDS” selection are: how high the song went on the charts and how long it stayed during the year. Also considered are vocal, rhythm, instrumental and lyrical qualities, and whether or not I feel the song is suitable to play for all my audiences. Consequently, the biggest-selling, highest-charting and longest-lasting songs don’t necessarily turn out to be the “TRACKIE AWARD” winners. I proudly present these award winners because they are “…songs you don’t have to be ashamed for your children to hear…or your parents.” Here are the winners for 2018, by category:

TOP 100, Adult Contemporary and Downloads Charts (Multiple Chart Winner) 
“Perfect”/Ed Sheeran:  This great love song spent 3 weeks at #1 and 19 weeks in the top 10 of the Top 100 Chart, dominated the Adult Contemporary Chart (48 weeks in the top 10 including 22 weeks at #1) and was in the top 10 for 18 weeks, including 11 weeks at #1, on the Downloads Chart.

MODERN/ALTERNATIVE ROCK Chart:
“Broken”/lovelytheband spent 32 weeks in the top 10 and got as high as #2. Not the biggest hit on this chart but it won on a combination of clean lyrics and “catchiness.” 

COUNTRY Chart:
“You Make it Easy”/Jason Aldean: 22 weeks in the top 10 for this love ballad, including 1 week at #2 and 13 weeks at #3. Jason Aldean at his vocalizing best.

R&B/HIP-HOP Chart:
NONE: As in 2017, unfortunately, there were no songs in the top 10 on this chart in 2018 that I would play or recommend for my audiences due to some combination of profane, vulgar or otherwise inappropriate lyrics. I’m hoping for better choices next year.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY Chart (Honorable Mention):
“The Middle”/Zedd, Marin Morris and Gray Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” took top honors in this category. While the lyrics for “The Middle” are on the sad side and a little suggestive, it earns an Honorable Mention on the strength of Marin Morris’s vocals.

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN Chart):
“Reckless Love”/Cory Asbury: With top-notch vocals and lyrics, this song dominated the chart, spending 48 weeks in the top 10 with 18 weeks at #1.

DOWNLOADS Chart (Honorable Mention):
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” took top honors on this chart also, but, due to the number of downloads in tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” rates an Honorable Mention.

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Perfect”/Ed Sheeran is the obvious choice.

Congratulations to all of the Fifth Annual (2018) Trackie Awards winners, and Happy “Tracking” to everyone during 2019!