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Top Flights – October 2021


On September 17, 2021, Daughtry released their sixth album, “Dearly Beloved”. It is the follow up to 2018’s “Cage To Rattle” which was their first real disappointment for me. I felt like Chris Daughtry was trying to do his Adele impression. No offense to Adele, but that isn’t what Daughtry does best. “Cage To Rattle” was their first album to not hit (#1) on Byrdbored.

“Dearly Beloved” is a return to the Rock group’s roots, however, and it debuted on top of the SongByrd 60. It has spent six non-consecutive weeks on top and has already produced a (#1) hit, “The Victim”, which spent three weeks on top. “Dearly Beloved” has been certified 2x Platinum to date and looks to be an album I will be playing all the way through 2022.

The new album has most definitely sparked my interest in listening to all Daughtry’s early music. In October 2021, I went back to the very beginning roughly 15 years ago when the self-titled debut album absolutely blew up Byrdbored. The album re-entered the Byrdy Dozen to spend an additional week at (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart. That brings the total to (27) weeks on top and (113) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen on the Albums Chart to be certified 19x Platinum. The Daughtry self-titled debut is now ranked as the (#4) album in Byrdbored history. Daughtry has also moved to the (#11) artist in Byrdbored history, and with a great new album look for that position to only move higher in the coming months and years.

One of the classic songs from the 1980’s got a slight bump up in October 2021 as Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” received some Vault chart action in the month. The song has spent a total of four weeks at (#1) and (23) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. The hit has also spent (16) weeks as the top Rock song. It is featured on the (#16) album in Byrdbored history, “Frontiers”, and was originally released in 1983. “Separate Ways (World’s Apart)” is now ranked as the (#60) song in Byrdbored history.

Another 1980’s hit song, “Rough Boy”, by ZZ Top also received some additional points in October hitting (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart. The hit has now spent two weeks at (#1) since it also was a (#1) hit originally in 1986. It has spent a total of (25) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and became the group’s second Diamond certified single in October. It has moved up to (#151) in Byrdbored history. ZZ Top moved to the (#76) artist in Byrdbored history during October as well.

Whitesnake has had a great couple of years since the release of their last new album, “Flesh & Blood” in May 2019. The album helped the guys rack up (552) points and score six Byrdy Dozen hits including the (#1) hit, “Hey You (You Make Me Rock)”. “Flesh & Blood” spent six weeks on top of the Albums chart and finished 2019 as the (#3) album of the year.

The end of October, Whitesnake released their 25th anniversary edition of “Restless Heart” which was originally released in 1996. However, it was never released in the United States. The album debuted at (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart and helped give the Rock group the points they needed to hit the minimum amount of points earned to be eligible for the Nest Of Fame. Whitesnake now have (2,054) points, and The Snake will now be on the hunt for the Nest Of Fame in the next few years. Whitesnake are now ranked as the (#57) artist in Byrdbored history.

Another band that has been getting close to the minimum amount of points needed for the Nest Of Fame are Duran Duran. The group did release their new album, “Future Past”, which peaked at (#10) in October. The album has also produced the (#6) hit single, “Invisible”, which peaked earlier in 2021. Despite what looks to be minor impact for the new album, Duran Duran’s past catalog does have some major hits that can earn some more points over the next year or so. Duran Duran does move up to the (#63) artist in Byrdbored history with (1,974) points all time.

The Foo Fighters have really made a killing in 2021 and scored a major Vault (#1) hit single with 2007’s “The Pretender” which spent two weeks on top. The song should finish the year as one of the top Vault Rock songs and their album, “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace”, also peaked at (#3) during October 2021. The Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this year and have moved up to the (#77) artist in Byrdbored history with (1,661) points.

At the beginning of 2020, I set out on a mission to listen to all of George Strait’s albums from the very beginning. I have always liked King George, but admittedly have never listened to all of his early 1980’s albums. I generally didn’t listen to a ton of Country at that time. I can definitely say it is making an impact and his 1983 album, “Right Or Wrong”, hit (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart. King George has been slowly moving up the all-time artists list and has now hit (#88) as of October 2021. I would expect George Strait to continue his slow but steady move up Byrdbored in the coming years.

OneRepublic released their fifth studio album, “Human”, on August 27, 2021. The album peaked at (#4) for four weeks and has been a steady performer late this year. The album features “Run” which peaked at (#2) on the SongByrd 60 and is the third top five hit from “Human”. Ryan Tedder and company have really made an impact and seem to be gaining a ton of momentum with their past music as well. They have now moved to the (#110) artist in Byrdbored history with (1,125) points. With a strong new album and some great older music, I expect OneRepublic to continue their march up Byrdbored.

There is no doubt 2021 has been the year of Dua Lipa on Byrdbored. This young lady has torched her way up the Byrdbored charts with the front-runner for Album of the Year with “Future Nostalgia”. She has scored a total of seven hit singles on Byrdbored (including Vault hits) in the year. “Future Nostalgia” was certified 6x Platinum in October 2021 and is currently ranked as the (#123) album in Byrdbored history. The album is still currently in the top ten on the Albums chart and easily can make it’s way much higher on the list on into 2022. Dua Lipa has racked up (914) points so far in 2021 and is currently ranked (#133) in Byrdbored history. Her current top ten song is “Cool” and is her fifth hit from “Future Nostalgia”.

Darius Rucker is having a resurgence on Byrdbored led by his (#2) SongByrd 60 hit single, “My Masterpiece”. Rucker has also earned points on the Vault charts as his debut Country album, “Learn To Live”, hit (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart and produced the (#2) Vault Single, “History In The Making”. If Rucker releases a new album early in 2022 he could really get on a roll. Darius Rucker is currently ranked as the (#147) artist in Byrdbored history.

Be sure to check out the Byrd Notes category for any questions about the point & certification system along with info about how Byrdbored works or any updates about changes coming down the road.

Top Flights – September 2021


Metallica has been getting a ton of press lately about the 30-year anniversary of their classic album, “Metallica” (The Black Album). Byrdbored also saw the album re-enter the Vault Albums Chart during August and September. However, the biggest impact was with their classic Rock hit, “Enter Sandman”. The song would peak at (#2) on the Vault Singles Chart, but overall “Enter Sandman” has spent five weeks at (#1) while spending (12) weeks as the top Rock song. The hit has spent (33) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and with the recent Vault activity moves up to (#21) in Byrdbored history.

Another hit song that received some Vault points in August and September was Santana’s “Smooth” which features Rob Thomas. “Smooth” actually spent another week at (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart which gives it six total weeks on top and (31) total weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. The release of a new song from Santana and Thomas, “Move”, also hit (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart which really was the inspiration for playing the original hit from the dynamic duo. “Smooth” has now moved to the (#29) song in Byrdbored history.

The passing of ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill, definitely has inspired listening to a great deal of their classic music. During August and September their album, “Eliminator”, has remained on the Vault Albums Chart and one of the hits from the album has been on the move up Byrdbored. “Gimme All Your Lovin’” spent another three weeks at (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart bringing the total to four overall weeks on top. It has spent (30) total weeks in the Byrdy Dozen along with (12) weeks as the top Rock song. “Gimme All Your Lovin’” has now moved to (#33) in Byrdbored history.

Halestorm debuted a new song, “Back From The Dead”, in late August which peaked at (#3) for two weeks on the SongByrd 60. The song has been certified Gold and gave the Rock group a slight boost on the all-time artists listing. They also received some song plays from their self-titled album which was certified 4x Platinum. Halestorm has now moved to (#51) in Byrdbored history with (2,174) points to date. Halestorm is one of sixty artists with (2,000) or more points earned and should receive another healthy boost in 2022 with a new album.

Halestorm’s touring partners, Evanescence, also recently scored a (#2) Byrdbored hit single, “Better Without You”. The song has been certified Gold and is the Rock band’s 15th Byrdy Dozen hit. It is their 11th Gold certified single and gives them a boost on the all-time artists listing. Evanescence is now ranked as the (#54) artist in Byrdbored history, and they should continue to receive some points on into 2022 with their former (#1) album, “The Bitter Truth”, continuing to deliver the hits on Byrdbored.

A Rock band that had been out of the Byrdbored spotlight since 2014 or so has returned in 2021 with new music. Fuel was huge in the 2000’s scoring five (#1) singles and four (#1) albums. Their biggest hit was 2000’s “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” which spent six weeks at (#1) and nine weeks as the top Rock song. It is currently ranked as the (#59) song in Byrdbored history. Fuel returned in July with their new song, “Hard”, which peaked at (#4) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart to help move the band up to the (#75) artist in Byrdbored history. With their new album, “Anomaly”, set for an October 22nd release, the guys should continue to move up that list on into 2022.

Be sure to check out the Byrd Notes category for any questions about the point & certification system along with info about how Byrdbored works or any updates about changes coming down the road.

Top Flights – August 2021


Journey had a great August with a new song, “The Way We Used To Be”, making some waves. The hit peaked at (#2) and gave the group another Gold single which raises their total to (18). With a new album possibly on the horizon, Journey should continue to make impact on into 2022.

The band also has one of their classic hits, “Any Way You Want It”, move up the all-time list. The song was originally released on 1980’s “Departure” album and originally charted on Byrdbored in 1981. The hit spent a week on top of the Vault Singles Chart making a total of seven weeks at (#1). It has now spent a total of (31) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and is now ranked as the (#11) song in Byrdbored history. Journey is currently ranked as the (#16) artist in Byrdbored history and was inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2006.

With the passing of Dusty Hill, ZZ Top music had another solid month. The band have moved up to the (#79) artist in Byrdbored history. Their classic hit, “Gimme All Your Lovin’” spent three weeks on top of the Vault Singles Chart for a total of four weeks all-time. The song currently remains at (#3) on the chart and could receive even more points, but currently is ranked as the (#41) song in Byrdbored history.

The Rock band’s highest charting album, “Eliminator”, also spent three weeks on top of the Vault Albums Chart which makes a total of four weeks all-time. The album has spent a total of (77) weeks in the Byrdy dozen and moves up to the (#92) album in Byrdbored history. It has been certified 7x Platinum to date.

Metallica recently started a celebration related to 30 years of “The Black Album”. It doesn’t seem real that it has been that long, but it was most definitely an opportunity to give the album a few more listens. I have never considered myself a huge fan of Metallica, but the self-titled “Black Album” was a game changer for me.

The album did spend one week on top of the Vault Albums Chart giving it a total of four weeks on top of Byrdbored all-time. The album has now spent (52) total weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and has been certified 5x Platinum. It is currently ranked (#159) in Byrdbored history.

The album, of course, produced one of the greatest Rock songs ever (in my opinion) with “Enter Sandman”. The hit single re-entered Byrdbored on the Vault Singles Chart and has been garnering more points of late. “Enter Sandman” is currently ranked as the (#25) song in Byrdbored history and most definitely could move up even higher in September.

Another Rock band has been majorly capitalizing on a fantastic new album which has generated a ton of interest in their past music. AC/DC has continued to earn some points from their new effort, “PWR/UP”, which has charted in the Byrdy Dozen most of 2021 and produced a (#1) hit, “Realize”, and two more (#2) hits, “Demon Fire” and “Witch’s Spell”.

Their classic Rock catalog has also received a great deal of Vault interest as their 1979 album, “Highway To Hell”, hit the top of the Vault Albums Chart. It also produced a (#1) Vault single as “Touch Too Much” hit the top.

As AC/DC pushes toward the Nest Of Fame, they have definitely been one of the top artists of 2021 remaining in or very near the Byrdy Dozen artists on the SongByrd 60 Chart most of 2021. The band have moved up to the (#37) artist in Byrdbored history and could continue to move up as 2021 comes to a close.

Despite Prince’s new album, “Welcome 2 America”, making minimal impact on Byrdbored coming in at (#7), he continues to receive Vault points. His classic hit, “When Doves Cry”, moves up to the (#40) song in Byrdbored history after charting on the Vault Singles Chart. The song has spent four total weeks at (#1) and (32) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen. In June 2021, Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” moved to the (#8) song in Byrdbored history. Prince is currently ranked as the (#21) artist in Byrdbored history and was inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2008.

Another classic hit song, “Smooth”, by Santana featuring Rob Thomas received some new life in August thanks to a new hit song, “Move”. With “Move” hitting the top of the SongByrd 60 for two weeks, their 1999 hit also hit (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart for a sixth overall week. “Smooth” has also spent a total of (30) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and has now moved up to the (#36) song in Byrdbored history.

Without a doubt, MercyMe is one of the top Christian Contemporary groups ever. They have continually cranked out high quality music for almost 20 years now. During 2021, the band released their latest album, “Inhale (Exhale)”, which peaked at (#2) and last week it was certified Platinum.

With their 11th Byrdy Dozen album and (22) Byrdy Dozen hit singles they have moved up to the (#27) artist in Byrdbored history. They currently have another potential Byrdy Dozen hit with “Whiplash” which has moved into the top 20 on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. It could be earning the group even more points in the coming weeks.

Alan Jackson is definitely Country music royalty, and 2021 has been a great year for Alan. He released his new album, “Where Have You Gone”, and it peaked at (#2). It has been certified Platinum to date.

Jackson also has scored two Vault (#1) Albums, “Here In The Real World” and “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”, that have given him a ton more points during the year. With all the extra points, Jackson has moved up to the (#40) artist in Byrdbored history. With a solid new album and so much great older music, I would expect Alan Jackson to continue to move up in the coming months.

John Mayer is enjoying his 20th year of music in 2021 and the Nest Of Fame can actually hear his masterful guitar sounds as he closes in on his Byrdbored legacy. Mayer released his 8th album this year, “Sob Rock”, and it became his fourth (#1) spending two weeks on top. “Sob Rock” was just certified Platinum as well and includes the (#1) hit single, “Last Train Home”, which spent four weeks on top.

Mayer has also scored quite a few points on the Vault Charts with his “Battle Studies” album hitting (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart. Mayer has had the perfect combination of new and Vault music and has spent seven non-consecutive weeks as the top Byrdbored artist on the SongByrd 60. With all that activity, he has moved into the (#47) artist in Byrdbored history, and he shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.

One of the classic Rock bands that are on the brink of earning the minimum amount of points for the Nest Of Fame are Styx. They have been rocking for a lot of years, and the Byrdbored Vault Charts have enabled a great deal of the band’s 1970’s and early 1980’s music to earn some points.

Styx have scored a (#1) Vault Album with “Paradise Theatre” and landed a top five hit single from that album, “Rockin’ The Paradise”, which peaked at (#2). Both have contributed to inching the band even closer to the 2,000 points they need to qualify for the Nest Of Fame. Styx currently sits as the (#61) artist in Byrdbored history and only needs 20 more points to become the 61st artist to earn 2000 or more points.

With the group having a ton of classic hits under their belt, they should be able to get there. They will still have some work to do in order to get into the Nest Of Fame, but at least now it appears possible.

Be sure to check out the Byrd Notes category for any questions about the point & certification system along with info about how Byrdbored works or any updates about changes coming down the road.

Top Flights – July 2021


One of the biggest Byrdbored albums of all-time started moving up even higher in the month of July. With a recent re-entry onto the Vault Albums Chart, “Reckless” by Bryan Adams has now moved to (#3) in Byrdbored history behind only Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” and Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”.

It started with noticing Adams had released a 30-year anniversary issue of the album (can’t believe I missed it for that long). It includes additional tracks (of course), and one of those songs, “Let Me Down Easy”, hit (#2) on the Vault Singles Chart. “Reckless” also spent an additional week at (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart to bring it’s overall total to (32) weeks on top.

“Reckless” was the 1985 Album of the Year spending (31) of the (52) weeks on top of Byrdbored. The album has now produced seven Byrdy Dozen hits including the four (#1) hits, “Run To You”, “Heaven”, “Summer Of ‘69” and “Somebody”. Not sure if “Reckless” can catch Shania Twain at (#2) or not, but it has certainly been fun revisiting this classic album. Bryan Adams currently is ranked as the (#15) artist in Byrdbored history with (4,326) points and was inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2006.

Bryan Adams isn’t the only artist with classic music on the rise. Journey released a new song, “The Way We Used To Be”, which appears to have peaked at (#2), but the interest in the band’s classic music also got recharged in July with many of their songs and albums re-entering the Vault charts.

“Any Way You Want It” originally hit (#1) on Byrdbored for six weeks in 1981, but hit the top of the Vault Singles Chart in July for a seventh overall week. The song has also spent (30) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen since it’s release and climbs to the (#14) song in Byrdbored history as of the end of July. The song currently sits in the Vault top ten at (#6) so it could move up even higher in the month of August.

Journey has grabbed (33) Byrdy Dozen hits including (13) songs that hit the top along with seven (#1) albums. The band is currently ranked as the (#17) artist in Byrdbored history with (4,163) points and was inducted into the Nest Of Fame in 2006.

AC/DC has been on a major hot streak since the release of their new music starting in October 2020 with a new song, “Shot In The Dark”. The tune hit the top of Byrdbored for seven weeks and ended up the Song of the Year in 2020. The new album, “PWR/UP”, followed in November 2020 and would eventually spend ten weeks at (#1) on the Albums chart.

Of course the hot streak didn’t end there with the return of the Byrdbored Vault Charts in 2020. AC/DC has been one of the biggest benefactors of those charts allowing a great deal of their 1970’s music to chart on Byrdbored. Recently, the rock band scored another (#1) hit song with “Touch Too Much” hitting the top of the Vault Singles Chart along with their late 1970’s album, “Highway To Hell” which hit the top of the Vault Albums Chart.

As of the last week of July 2021, AC/DC scored their fourth (#1) Rock song from their new album as “Witch’s Spell” hit (#2) on the SongByrd 60 Singles Chart. The combination of current and Vault music has propelled AC/DC to the brink of the Nest Of Fame as they move to the (#43) artist in Byrdbored history with (2,348) points earned with a ton of points left to earn as 2021 comes to an end.

Another artist that has capitalized on both current and Vault charts on Byrdbored is Country legend, Alan Jackson. His May 2021 new album release, “Where Have You Gone”, peaked at (#2) and has been certified Platinum. It currently remains in the top ten on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart.

As much as the new album has helped Jackson, his Vault points are way up scoring two (#1) albums on the Vault Albums Chart with “Here In The Real World” and “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” both hitting the top. “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” has been certified Platinum while “Here In The Real World” has hit Gold status.

Alan Jackson is currently ranked as the (#44) artist in Byrdbored history with (2,347) points earned. He has seven overall (#1) hit singles and eight (#1) albums all-time. Jackson should be in position to push toward the Nest Of Fame in 2022 with more points left to earn the rest of 2021.

Even though John Mayer has cooled off some in the last decade, he scored a huge point increase in 2020 with the Vault Album of the Year with his 2006 release, “Continuum”. The album has spent a total of nine weeks at (#1) and (61) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen to be currently ranked as the (#72) album in Byrdbored history. Mayer has also earned more points in 2021 with another (#1) Vault album, “Battle Studies”, and a (#2) album with “Born And Raised”.

The surprise of 2021 for Mayer might be the current (#1) hit single, “Last Train Home”, which has spent four weeks on top and is his personal high for weeks on top of Byrdbored. Mayer’s new album, “Sob Rock”, also hit (#1) on the SongByrd 60 Albums Chart for two weeks.

With all of those points flowing around Byrdbored for Mayer, he is making a run at the Nest Of Fame. Mayer has scored eight (#1) songs and four (#1) albums and owns the distinction of having all eight of his albums land in the top five. He is currently ranked as the (#48) artist in Byrdbored history with (2,229) points earned as he hits his 20th official year at the end of 2021.

Duran Duran have always been fairly popular on Byrdbored, but they are also a band that have spent most of their time on the outside looking in as far as the Nest Of Fame is concerned. The band did announce a new album, “Future Past”, coming October 22nd, however, with a new song, “Invisible”, which hit the top ten peaking at (#6).

The band also gained some points on the Vault Charts with “Notorious” returning to (#1) on the Vault Singles Chart and the album of the same name also picked up some points as well.

With the new album coming in a few months, Duran Duran could see more points in their future on both the current and Vault charts. However, it will most likely be hard for the guys to make it in 2022 as they currently are ranked at (#61) with (1,941) points earned. With a good album, however, it might lead to quite a few points in 2022 which might make it possible for Duran Duran to eventually fly into the Nest Of Fame.

Much like Duran Duran, Styx has spent most of their days as a fairly popular rock band on Byrdbored. The key for Styx will definitely be the Vault charts as they allow the band to earn more points for their 1970’s music. Some of the band’s mid-to-late 1970’s albums in particular have never charted until the last year or so.

Styx has scored another (#1) album, “Paradise Theatre”, which spent three weeks on top of the Vault Albums Chart in July. The album still remains in the top ten and the hit single, “Rockin’ The Paradise”, also has peaked at (#2) on the Vault Singles Chart. Styx most definitely has an extensive catalog of music that should receive points in the coming years.

Unfortunately, the band’s new album, “Crash Of The Crowns”, only peaked at (#8) and dropped from the top ten after one week. Those (32) points won’t do much to help Styx into the Nest Of Fame, and most likely there will not be any major hits from the new album either.

Styx has moved up some in 2021 as they are now ranked as the (#70) artist in Byrdbored history with (1,783) points. The minimum for the Nest Of Fame is (2,000) points and that is possible for the guys, but the new album being a disappointment did not help. The Vault charts can most definitely put the band in position down the road, but it may take some time.

ZZ Top is also a band that has a great deal of music from the 1970’s that until the Vault charts did not have a chance to earn points. The unfortunate passing of bassist Dusty Hill (the end of July) has most definitely inspired many of their classic songs and albums to receive listens. I expect that to continue into August and possibly longer. Deaths in the world of music most definitely cause me to reflect on the hits that shaped the artist over time, and I always love listening to the memories that each song bring to life.

I had actually already began listening to some of ZZ Top’s classic music in 2020, and the guys have received some points because of it. Most recently, however, their classic 1983 album, “Eliminator”, re-entered Byrdbored and hit (#1) on the Vault Albums Chart. Their huge (#1) hit, “Gimme All Your Lovin’”, also hit the top of the Vault Singles Chart. I would expect more songs and albums to continue to hit the Vault charts over the next few months.

The issue for ZZ Top is that they are still only ranked as the (#82) artist with only (1,493) points to date. It might be very difficult for the guys to receive another (507) points to be eligible for the Nest Of Fame unless a new album is released (and is really good). They do have some classic music that can earn points, but it will definitely take time to get there. When you consider that (2,000) points is the minimum (along with 20 years of recording) it still wouldn’t guarantee the Nest Of Fame anytime soon. Dusty Hill’s passing can inspire an incredible amount of music listening though, and I am truly enjoying the time capsule that is ZZ Top.

Another rock band that is very close to ZZ Top in the current rankings are the Foo Fighters. The Foo Fighters are currently ranked at (#84) with (1,484) points earned, but there is a major difference between the bands. The Foo Fighters are still recording solid new music and their catalog is only expected to grow.

Their new album, “Medicine At Midnight”, hit the top of the Albums Chart for three weeks and has already produced a (#1) hit, “Cloudspotter”. Another track, “No Son Of Mine”, peaked at (#2) earlier in 2021. The guys have potential to score more hits from the album, and there is no indication the Foo Fighters will be retiring anytime soon.

They also have quite a few songs over the course of their career that I am revisiting which can give them many more points on the Vault Charts down the road. For that matter, they have entire albums that never charted originally but could earn points thanks to the resurgence of their career in 2021.

Amy Grant is most likely not an artist that can make the Nest Of Fame, but nonetheless she has been on the move in July. She is celebrating the release of her classic 1991 album, “Heart In Motion”, and the album has been great to listen to once again. It had probably been a decade since I had given it substantial listens.

“Heart In Motion” originally spent five weeks at (#1) in 1991, and it re-entered the Vault Albums Chart peaking at (#2). The additional interest in the album was good enough to move the album to 6x Platinum. The album has produced another top ten hit, “Ask Me” which peaked at (#9) and spent six weeks as the top Vault Christian Contemporary song.

The album has produced six Byrdy Dozen hits including the (#1) hits, “Baby Baby” and “Good For Me” along with the (#2) hit “I Will Remember You” and the (#4) hits “Every Heartbeat” and “That’s What Love Is For”.

Grant has spent most of her career just outside the top 100 artists of all-time and currently sits at (#111) with (1,114) points. It is unlikely Grant could get to (2,000), but she could end up in the top 100 artists. She is most definitely a Christian Contemporary legend who just hasn’t had enough good new music in the last twenty years to move up very high in the all-time rankings.

Be sure to check out the Byrd Notes category for any questions about the point & certification system along with info about how Byrdbored works or any updates about changes coming down the road.

Top Flights – June 2021


Welcome to a new category for the Byrdbored site called Top Flights. I already have pages on the site which detail the Top Flights for particular years (2019 & 2020), as well as, the last decade (2010-2019). They are for the top songs, albums and artists for whatever time period is listed. The category, however, will focus on specific songs, albums or artists that are moving up the all-time ranks of Byrdbored history. This will most likely be a monthly feature. The return of the Vault charts in 2020 has made it possible for older music to still have a chance to move up the all-time rankings of Byrdbored and current artists are always moving up or down depending on how much I enjoy their new music. It is a very fluid situation as songs, albums and artists are all moving up or down based on the points they earn, but a once a month update should be reasonable (and fun). At some point, I may add a Top Flights page that does show all-time songs, albums and artists, but that may be tied into a 50th year celebration in 2030. I have always joked that if I make it to 50 years I might just retire from Byrdbored, but we will see if I make it nine more years.

Right around the time of an announcement about a new unreleased album from Prince, “Welcome 2 America”, I got this strange urge to listen to his classic “Purple Rain” album. That is how it starts many times as new music by an artist often inspires me to listen to their older music. The “Purple Rain” album is so classic, and every Prince fan loves it. However, the side benefit from listening to the album is that “Let’s Go Crazy” also had a re-birth on Byrdbored. With the Vault charts on Byrdbored now every song and album has a chance to chart no matter what I play. “Let’s Go Crazy” started it’s run on the SongByrd 60 Vault Singles Chart in late April and by the time the smoke cleared the end of June 2021, it had moved up the all-time songs listing to (#8). “Let’s Go Crazy” has now spent eight overall weeks at (#1) and an amazing (37) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen which is tied for second all-time with Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. The overall leader for weeks in the Byrdy Dozen is Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name” which has spent (39) weeks on the chart.

The “Purple Rain” album has moved up to (#50) all-time, but could definitely see more weeks in the Byrdy Dozen by the end of 2021. So far, the album has spent ten weeks at (#1) and (72) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen and has been certified 9x Platinum. The album is only (16) points away from becoming the 44th Diamond certified album in Byrdbored history. Prince was inducted into the Nest of Fame in 2008 and is currently ranked at (#21) all-time. Despite his passing in 2016, Prince is one of the few artists of his time that certainly can move up even higher. I am not even close to listening to all his older albums. Some of which I have never heard to be honest. He has so much music it would be almost impossible to listen to it all. That doesn’t even consider any new releases that do see the light of day like “Welcome 2 America” which is due out July 30, 2021. I may not like any of the new album, but it is Prince. The name says it all, and there will never be another Prince.

Another benefit of having the Vault charts is that music before 1981 can also chart. Byrdbored began in 1981 so in the past anything before that year would have never had a chance to earn points. One band that is benefiting from that now is AC/DC who had many songs and albums in the 1970’s that have never charted on Byrdbored. They also have an incredible new album, “PWR/UP”, which isn’t exactly hurting them, but the Bon Scott years are definitely a bonus. “PWR/UP” has been certified 5x Platinum so far and may continue to earn points throughout the rest of 2021. Their 1979 release, “Highway To Hell”, was certified Platinum the week ending June 26, 2021 and can also continue to earn points for quite some time.

I had never listened to the final album featuring original lead singer, Bon Scott, and it is a very good album from the guys. Without the addition of the 1970’s songs and albums I am not sure AC/DC would be eligible for the Nest of Fame. However, as of this year they did finally earn enough points to be eligible and have a solid chance to be inducted in 2022. AC/DC is currently ranked (#44) all-time with (2,277) points earned. To be inducted into the Nest of Fame an artist needs at least (2,000) points and must have twenty years under their belt since their first official album (boy do the guys have that!). (2,000) points is the minimum to be eligible, but (2,500) along with 20 years is an automatic induction so the Australian rockers are very close with plenty of potential points to be had in the next six months.

Another artist that has definitely benefited from the Vault charts is John Mayer. He has racked up the points over the last year and a half thanks to his 2020 Vault Album of the Year, “Continuum”. The album has now produced five (#1) singles. “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room”, “Vultures”, “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)”, “Gravity” and “Belief” have all had their time on top. “Continuum” has spent a total of nine weeks on top and (61) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen to be currently ranked as the (#72) album in Byrdbored history.

As of the week ending June 26, 2021, Mayer becomes the 60th artist to earn (2,000) points or more and is currently ranked as the (#56) artist in Byrdbored history with (2,069) points. By the end of 2021, Mayer will officially have twenty years since the release of “Room For Squares” which will make him eligible for the Nest of Fame and possible induction in 2022. However, it might be a tougher road for Mayer than AC/DC to make it in 2022. His new album is due out July 16, 2021 so he does have some points he can earn for sure, but he is still (431) points away from an automatic induction for 2022. I have been playing a ton of his older music though so it is entirely possible Mayer could rack up those points in six months. Whether it is 2022 or 2023, Mayer should be in the Nest of Fame unless his new album is horrible and kills his momentum. I already like the new song, “Last Train Home”, which is in the top ten so he should get some points from it no matter what the rest of the album does. Although Mayer isn’t as hot as he was in his early recording years, he is still someone very worthy of the Nest of Fame and that normally takes care of itself with time.

Billy Joel has also continued his march up the all-time artists listing thanks to the Vault charts. Joel hasn’t released any new music since 1993’s “River Of Dreams” album so the Vault charts are his only way he can move up. I have always loved Billy Joel. He was actually my very first Male Vocalist of the Year in 1981. The problem was that when I was very young I didn’t have money to buy every album he had, and I mostly decided to just buy his singles instead of albums. In my system, good albums are most definitely a huge advantage as they earn twice as many points as songs. That is on purpose, because I have always been an album driven music listener (and probably always will be as long as they exist). I believe an album that has many, many great songs should be rewarded more than just a couple of great songs individually.

Since I never really listened to any of Joel’s albums, the Vault charts allow me the ability to go back and chart them now. When you consider how many albums Joel has it is definitely safe to say he has a ton of points he can earn down the road. Since he straddles the 1970’s and 1980’s mostly, there would have been some 1970’s music I wouldn’t have listened to anyway since Byrdbored started in 1981. The bottom line for Joel is that he has now climbed up to (#69) as of the week ending June 26, 2021. He has earned (1,770) points to date, and he really does have a ton of potential points left on the board.

I have really only touched his 1970’s albums and a couple of 1980’s albums. He has quite a few more to listen to, and I could definitely see Joel with (2,000) points fairly easily down the road. I am finding that Billy Joel is someone that I just enjoy most of everything he has done, and I listen to something by him almost every week. I believe an artist that I still play their music all these years later deserves that credit, which is a large part of what the Vault charts give Byrdbored. The artists that are still played the most continue to earn points and whenever the Byrdbored journey ends I will have listings of songs, albums and artists that I truly love the most (which is the point).

It is safe to say the Foo Fighters have had a great year. They were just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for starters. That is always incredible and very deserving. I was a very early fan of the Foo Fighters and really liked their early music. At some point, my interest did slow down, and I wasn’t loving a lot of what they were doing. Their new album, “Medicine At Midnight” most definitely re-ignited my love for them, however, and it debuted on top of the Byrdbored Albums Chart. It eventually spent three weeks on top and has spent (19) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen so far. It has produced a (#2) hit in “No Son Of Mine” and “Cloudspotter” which hit the top the week ending June 26, 2021.

The new album success has sparked interest in their past music which has gotten a ton of Vault chart action in 2021. The Foo Fighters got so much interest that they spent six weeks atop the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart as well. The guys have a ton of momentum, and it should drive them though the end of 2021. They have moved up to the (#89) spot on the all-time artists listing with (1,400) points. At one point (in the last five years or so), I really thought they had no shot at the Nest of Fame, but I have to say now they might. I doubt the guys quit making new music which definitely helps, and they do have some older music I haven’t really tapped into as much as I want to. I would expect the Foo Fighters to continue their march up the all-time artists listing with Dave Grohl carrying the torch I am sure.

Another song that has benefited from some Vault chart action is Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” which has always been one of my 1980’s favorites. The release of the band’s new single, “Breakout”, which currently sits at (#17) on the SongByrd 60, has sparked my interest in their past music. Although “Sister Christian” didn’t get a long run in the Vault Byrdy Dozen, it still got enough points to move up to the (#34) song in Byrdbored history.

The 1984 hit has spent a total of five weeks at (#1) and (27) weeks in the Byrdy Dozen, and is obviously the biggest hit of Night Ranger’s career. However, I always let people that are particularly my age know about Night Ranger’s new music. They are doing some really good music especially for someone who loves rock music from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Night Ranger has always done what they do and never worry about sounding like someone else. They don’t try to be Shinedown, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch or The Pretty Reckless. They rock on their own terms, and I love that about them. I believe they have done some very good rock music over the 15 years with some of those songs actually in my top ten Night Ranger songs all-time. They have scored eight (#1) albums on Byrdbored and were inducted into the Nest of Fame in 2013.

In the end, “Sister Christian” will always be the claim to fame for Night Ranger, and it is still one of the 1980’s songs I still play quite often. Therefore (#34) might not be it’s final landing spot.

Be sure to check out the Byrd Notes category for any questions about the point & certification system along with info about how Byrdbored works or any updates about changes coming down the road.