Top 25 Songs for the Week of November 24, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

2. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

5. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

6. Elephant in the Corn by Nickel Creek
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: November 19, 2014
Album: A Dotted Line
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

7. Gods of the West by American Scarecrows
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: November 6, 2014
Album: Yesteryear
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Rock

8. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

9. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Last Week: 15
Tweeted: November 3, 2014
Album: X
Released: June 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

10. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

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Best Weeks of the Link

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Mark Cuban’s 12 Rules for Startups by Mark Cuban in Entrepeneur

Get organized to run meetings effectively by David Caolo at unclutterer.com

No One Can Tell You How Much Snow We’ll Get This Winter — At Least Not Yetnby Harry Enten at fivethirtyeight.com

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “City of Immigrants” by Brent Bill

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “Good Light” by Brent Bill at holyordinary.blogspot.com

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “If Only Avenue” by Brent Bill at holyordinary.blogspot.com

Stewarding Ideas by Stephen Brewster at stephenbrewster.me

The Bible’s Special Word about Singleness by Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of November 17, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

2. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

5. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

6. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

7. Elephant in the Corn by Nickel Creek
Last Week: –
Tweeted: November 19, 2014
Album: A Dotted Line
Released: April 1, 2014
Genre: Bluegrass

8. My Sweet Summer by Dirty Heads
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: October 27, 2014
Album: Sound of Change
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Alternative

9. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

10. Gods of the West by American Scarecrows
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: November 6, 2014
Album: Yesteryear
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Rock

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

The 4 Pillars of Disney Tradition by Stephen Brewster at stephenbrewster.me

How to Prevent Unnecessary Conflict by Dan Rockwell at leadershipfreak.com

You See Sneakers, These Guys See Hundreds Of Millions In Resale Profit by Lisa Chow at fivethirtyeight.com

This Pastor Crowdfunded $4 Million To Help Sponsor 982 Adoptions by Nathan Pyle at Buzzfeed

Eight Trends about Church Members on Social Media by Thom Rainer at thomrainer.com

Catholics Are More Progressive Than The Vatican, And Almost Everyone Else by Carl Bialik at fivethirtyeight.com

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of November 10, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. I’m Not the Only One by Sam Smith
Last Week: –
Tweeted: November 13, 2014
Album: In the Lonely Hour
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Pop

3. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

4. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

5. Demon by Tin Can Gin
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: October 6, 2014
Album: Tin Can Gin
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Alternative

6. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

7. My Sweet Summer by Dirty Heads
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: October 27, 2014
Album: Sound of Change
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

9. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

10. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

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I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

A Storytelling Refresher for Your Church by Kevin D. Hendricks at churchmarketingsucks.com

I would fail Abraham’s test (and I bet you would too) by Rachel Held Evans at rachelheldevans.com

Three Reasons Why We Should Read Books Instead of Blog Posts by Amy Julia Becker at Christianity Today

The Bird’s Revenge by Jessica Hagy at Indexed

25 Ideas to Transform Ho-Hum Infographics into Something Extraordinary by Barry Feldman at copyblogger.com

Pumpkin-Orange Tipsy Cake by Suzanne McMinn at chickensintheroad.com

Seven Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Practice Fasting by Chuck Lawless at thomrainer.com

The Top Ten Attitudes of Healthy, Long-term Pastors by Thom Rainer at thomrainer.com

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of November 3, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

3. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: 20
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

5. Demon by Tin Can Gin
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: October 6, 2014
Album: Tin Can Gin
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Alternative

6. I Am the Best by 2NE1
Last Week: –
Tweeted: November 7, 2014
Album: 2nd Mini Album
Released: July 28, 2011
Genre: K-Pop

7. My Sweet Summer by Dirty Heads
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: October 27, 2014
Album: Sound of Change
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

9. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

10. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

The terrible truth about cannabis by Ben Spencer in the Daily Mail

American Gusher: The United States of Oil by Anne VanderMey in Fortune

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “All My Favorite People are Broken” by Brent Bill at holyordinary.blogspot.com

Hymns for Imperfect Saints: “A Light in the Window” by Brent Bill at holyordinary.blogspot.com

Ten beads: protestant meditations on the Ave Maria by Ben Myers at Faith and Theology

Idolatry Is Alive Today: Why Modern Church Leaders Still Fight an Old Battle by Ed Stetzer at Christianity Today

“Girls” and the Conservatives by Alissa Wilkinson at Christianity Today

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of October 27, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. I’m Only Joking by Kongos
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 31, 2014
Album: Lunatic
Released: January 27, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

3. Take Me to Church by Hozier
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: March 27, 2014
Album: Take Me to Church
Released: December 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

4. Demon by Tin Can Gin
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 6, 2014
Album: Tin Can Gin
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Alternative

5. Every Morning by J Mascis
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 10, 2014
Album: Tied to a Star
Released: June 10, 2014
Genre: Alternative

6. Secrets by Mary Lambert
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 29, 2014
Album: Secrets
Released: August 19, 2014
Genre: Pop

7. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

8. My Sweet Summer by Dirty Heads
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 27, 2014
Album: Sound of Change
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Alternative

9. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

10. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

11. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

12. Hideaway by Kiesza
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: September 16, 2014
Album: Hideaway – EP
Released: July 7, 2014
Genre: Dance

13. I’m On Fire by Nico Vega
Last Week: 14
Tweeted: September 2, 2014
Album: Lead To Light
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Alternative

14. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

15. i by Kendrick Lamar
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 28, 2014
Album: i
Released: September 23, 2014
Genre: Hip-Hop

16. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 17
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

17. A Long Day by Mally
Last Week: 12
Tweeted: July 4, 2014
Album: The Colors of Black
Released: April 8, 2014
Genre: Hip Hop

18. Fireball by Pitbull ft John Ryan
Last Week: 13
Tweeted: September 17, 2014
Album: Fireball
Released: July 23, 2014
Genre: Pop

19. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 15
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

20. The Days by Avicii
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 30, 2014
Album: The Days
Released: October 3, 2014
Genre: Electronic

21. San Francisco Baby by Dom Flemons
Last Week: 18
Tweeted: October 14, 2014
Album: Prospect Hill
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Folk

22. Wish I Was Here by Cat Power and Coldplay
Last Week: 21
Tweeted: August 22, 2014
Album: Wish I Was Here
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Alternative

23. Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version) by Bill Withers & Studio Rio
Last Week: 16
Tweeted: October 7, 2014
Album: Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
Released: May 12, 2014
Genre: Jazz

24. Flicker by Atmosphere
Last Week: 19
Tweeted: August 25, 2014
Album: Southsiders
Released: May 6, 2014
Genre: Rap

25. Too Long I’ve Been Gone by Dom Flemons
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: September 23, 2014
Album: Prospect Hill
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Folk

 

Dropping off (Last Week’s Rank, Song, Date Tweeted):
• 20. Alexandra by Hamilton Leithauser (October 21, 2014)
• 22. So What by Avi Buffalo (October 24, 2014)
• 24. Spiritual Provisions by Aan (October 23, 2014)
• 25. All I Want by SW/MM/NG (October 20, 2014)
• 23. Digsaw by The Wytches (October 22, 2014)

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

What Kind of Introvert Are You? by Scott Barry Kaufman in Scientific American

Everything is a lesson if you look at it the right way. by Jon Acuff at acuff.me

Why you need more than a personal relationship with Jesus by Joel J. Miller at Two Cities

A Celebration of Singleness by Khristi L. Adams at CBE International

Fourteen Symptoms of Toxic Church Leaders by Thom Rainer at thomrainer.com

men who say sexism doesn’t exist by David Hayward at Nakedpastor.com

 

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of October 20, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Demon by Tin Can Gin
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: October 6, 2014
Album: Tin Can Gin
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

3. Every Morning by J Mascis
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: October 10, 2014
Album: Tied to a Star
Released: June 10, 2014
Genre: Alternative

4. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

5. Hideaway by Kiesza
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: September 16, 2014
Album: Hideaway – EP
Released: July 7, 2014
Genre: Dance

6. Take Me to Church by Hozier
Last Week: – (reentry)
Tweeted: March 27, 2014
Album: Take Me to Church
Released: December 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

7. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

9. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

10. Too Long I’ve Been Gone by Dom Flemons
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: September 23, 2014
Album: Prospect Hill
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: Folk

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Because You Are a Commodity by Jessica Hagy at Indexed

It’s 99.999% boring until the BOOM by Jessica Hagy at Indexed

Top Ten Qualities of High Performance Teams by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

7 Ways to Thrive with a Bad Boss by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

Spurious Correlations at tylervigen.com

Garlic & Herb Potato Skins with Crispy Prosciutto and Arugula at KitchenSimplicity.com

Marriage Isn’t Dead — Yet by Ben Casselman at fivethirtyeight.com

Top 10 Sermon Introduction Mistakes by Eric McKiddie at Pastoralized

All Men Should Be Farmers [satire] by Elesha Coffman at Chrisianity Today: Her-meneutics

 

Have a great weekend!

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