Checkout the below listed top 10 new Australian songs of February 2017, In order for a song to be placed on the Billboard Top chart, there are some collectively and individual key fan interactions with music that must happen. There must also be sufficient album sales, radio airplay, track downloads, and the band must have completed tours as well. The measurements of these activities are tracked all year by Billboard. The artists and their songs must be ranked among specific metrics to compile the charts methodologies and be placed on Billboards Top Chart. These are the top 10 Australian songs February 2017 that met those metrics.
- 10. “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur
- 9. “Fresh Eyes” by Andy Grammer
- 8. “Call On Me- Ryan Riback Remix” by Starley
- 7. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd Feat Daft Punk
- 6. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers
- 5. “Stranger” by Peking Duk
- 4. “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
- 3. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn & Taylor Swift
- 2. “Starboy” by The Weeknd
- 1. “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit
Here we present the list of top 10 best Australian songs of February 2017
10. “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur
James Arthur is a British songwriter and singer born in 1988. His debut hit, “Impossible” hit number one on the UK Singles Chart during its first week of release. This single has sold over 1 million copies making it the most successful winner’s single in the show’s history. His second single reached number 2 on the UK charts and the album it came from debuted and peaked number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. After the release of this album, Arthur became involved in a series of controversies. iTunes offered to refund customers for those who had purchased his album.
“Say You Won’t Let Go” was released in September of 2016 by Columbia Records. The song peaked at UK’s Singles Chart and maintained the top slot for three weeks. In Australia, Singapore, Sweden, and New Zealand it also topped the charts. This is Arthur’s first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 charts where it has reached number 50 and it has made him the biggest-selling British male artist of the year.
9. “Fresh Eyes” by Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer was born in 1983 and is an American record producer, songwriter, and singer. His album, “Andy Grammer” debuted in 2011 and earned him the hit single, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me”. Grammer’s most successful hit to date is from his second album, “Honey, I’m Good” which is his single that hit number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Grammer began his songwriting career when he was 15 after learning how to play guitar and trumpet as a child.
“Fresh Eyes” became available to digital download in July of 2016. It is a charity single as all proceeds from the single go to the Union Rescue Mission in, Los Angles, California. This is a private homeless shelter on skid row in downtown Los Angeles. The song’s video was filmed in Los Angles and was released in October of 2016. It is a documentation of Grammer’s visit to the mission as the residents received makeovers. Gramer also performed this song on the “Today Show” in August of 2016.
8. “Call On Me- Ryan Riback Remix” by Starley
Starley is an Australian songwriter and singer and gained her fame with the single, “Call on Me” in 2016. She was born and raised in Syndey, Australia and later went on to pursue her career in London. She returned to Australia and signed with the label, Tinted Records. Starly was featured on a single by Odd Mob which was released in April 2016. She then released her debut single in July 2016, which was re-released in October 2016 by Epic Records.
“Call On Me” was written by Starly and Peter Wadams and was made available for digital download in July 2016 through Tinted Records and then through Epic Records in October 2016. It is a remix by a number of DJs on the “Call On Me” and the remix done by Ryan Riback found success in Australia, Europe, and New Zealand.
7. “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd Feat Daft Punk
The Weekend Feat otherwise known as Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born in 1990. He is a Canadian record producer, songwriter, and singer. He anonymously uploaded some songs to You Tube using the name, The Weekend and then released three nine-track mixtapes in 2011. The next year, he released, “Trilogy” consisting thirty tracks of the remastered mixtapes and three more songs. His debut album, “Kiss Land” was released in 2013, and the second one, “Beauty Behind the Madness” became his first number one album on US Billboard 200.
“I Feel It Coming” features the electronic due Daft Punk and comes from Weekend Feat’s third album, “Starboy” that was released in 2016. The song was co-written and co-produced with Doc McKinney and Cirkut. It was released for digital download in November of 2016. The song was first sent to a British contemporary hit radio and then released to US rhythmic contemporary radio in December 2016.
6. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers are an American duo made up of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. Their song released in 2014, “Selfie” reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 3 in Australia, and number eleven in the UK. Pall was born in 1985 and grew up in Westchester County, New York. Taggart was born in 1989 and was raised in Freeport, Maine. Taggart describes the duo’s sound as “blurring the lines between pop music, indie, dance music, and hip-hop. Their first live performance opened in September 2014 at Terminal 5 for “Timeflies”.
“Closer” was released in July 2016 by Columbia Records and Disruptor Records. It was written by Taggart, Frangipane, Frank, Kennett, Slade, and King but the production was handled by The Chainsmokers. In the United States, this song became their number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. It stayed at number one for 12 consecutive weeks. The Chainsmokers have had four songs that topped the Dance/Electronic Songs and passed Calvin Harris who previously held the title.
5. “Stranger” by Peking Duk
Peking Duk is an Australian electronic music group consisting of two disc jockeys, Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles. The first gained attention in 2012 when they released, “Passion Pit” remix. Their biggest hit was “High” and reached number 5 on the Aria Singles Chart which gained them triple platinum certification. The duo formed in 2010 in Canberra, Australia after growing up in the suburbs. Styles had previously played bass in a local band before joining up with Hyde. The release of their remix, “Passion” gained them attention from music blogs which has since led to their international success.
“Stranger” was written late in 2015 between Peking Duk and Elliphant. It was redone by the trio several times over a year. Elliphant is grateful Peking Duk ignored her request to give this song to another artist. They initially weren’t satisfied with her vocals so she suggested they get someone else to do it. Today, she says she would be very annoyed if she heard someone else singing it.
4. “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars was born in 1985 and is a choreographer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and an American singer. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii with a family of musicians. He began making music when he was young and performed in a variety of musical venues in his hometown. When he graduated from high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career. When he was dropped by Motown Records, he signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. Mars has received a lot of awards and nominations and was named one of “Time’s” 100 most influential people in the world in 2011.
“24K” id pronounced “twenty-four karat magic” is the lead single on Mars third album and was released in October of 2016. It was a digital download and was streamed by Atlantic Records. For those who pre-ordered 24K Magic, they received is as an instant grant track. The song was written by Mars, Brody Brown, and Phillip Lawrence while the production was handled by them known as, Shampoo Press & Curl formerly known as The Smeezingtons.
3. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn & Taylor Swift
Zayn Malik was born in 1993 and is an English songwriter and singer. He auditioned for the British reality television music competition as a solo artist. When he was eliminated as a performer, Malik came back to the competition with Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson to form a boy band, “One Direction“. During Malik’s time in the band, his bandmates released four albums. He left the band in March of 2015. He signed a solo recording contract with RCA Records and made his debut album, “Mind of Mine” which he released in March of 2016.
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” was recorded with Taylor Swift for a soundtrack to the 2017 film, “Fifty Shades Darker”. The song was written by Swift, Sam Dew, and Jack Antonoff and this single was released in December of 2016 by Universal Music Group. The song was written and composed based on situations of the upcoming film. On the track, the two trade romantic overtures while Zayn uses a falsetto during certain parts of the song.
2. “Starboy” by The Weeknd
The Weekend is also known as Abel Makkonen Tesfaye and was born in 1990. He is a Canadian record producer, songwriter, and singer who anonymously uploaded several songs to You Tube in 2010 under the name of, “The Weekend”. His debut album was released in 2013, “Kiss Land” which earned him hit singles, “Kiss Land” and “Live For”. His second album became his first number one album on the US Billboard 200. In September of 2016, his third album, “Starboy” was released along with the release of the hit single, “Starboy”. This song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Starboy” was released as the lead single from The Weekend’s third album in September of 2016. They co-wrote and co-produced the song with Doc McKinney, Henry Walter, and Jason Quenneville. The song is an electropop song with lyrics containing themes of extravagance experienced in the life of a celebrity.
1. “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit was formed in England in 2008 and is a British electronic musical group. It is comprised of Grace Chatto, Luke Patterson, and Jack Patterson. The band’s 2010 single, “Mozart’s House” reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart. They earned a number one single in January 2014 with the release of “Rather Be”. This song stayed at the top of the charts for four weeks. The band has sold over 13 million singles worldwide along with 1.6 albums.
“Rockabye” features Jamaican dancehall singer Sean Paul and Anne-Marie a British singer. The song was released in October of 2016, their first single since Armin-Smith’s departure from the group. It tells about hardships of single mothers and refers to the nursery rhyme, “Rock-a-bye-Baby”.
These top 10 Australian Songs February 2017 reflect the same charts across the globe with what people have found to be great music. Some of these artists you may recognize and others may be new. All of it represents great music and artists.