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Radio 2 Top 20, Dec. 5: Alan Doyle is at the top of the chart with "So Let’s Go"

Pete Morey

This week on the chart: new music from Ryan Adams, and the New Basement Tapes make a massive jump into the top 5. Whitehorse and Coldplay also shimmy their way closer to the top, and a new artist takes the #1 spot.

In a new project called the New Basement Tapes, a collection of top-rate musicians breathe life into lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in 1967, but never used. Their song "Kansas City" is this week's biggest mover, climbing up the chart nine places into the top 5. Do you want to see Marcus Mumford cry? Of course you do. Just watch this video to the end.

The first time anyone heard this song was on a street corner. Colin Meloy from the Decemberists decided to side-walk test the bands new single by busking it on Bedford Avenue, known as "Hipster Central" in New York City. The final version of the song is up six places to #12 this week on the chart. Here’s the busking-approved “Make You Better," complete with honking car horns.

Here's your new #1: Alan Doyle's "So Let's Go." Check out the penny whistle power!

Radio 2 Top 20 for December 5, 2014:

1. Alan Doyle, "So Let's Go" (up 3 most on-line votes & new number 1)

2. Scott Helman, "Bungalow" (down one)

3. Hozier, "From Eden" (down one)

4. Coldplay, "Ink" (up six)

5. The New Basement Tapes, "Kansas City" (up nine + hot shooter)

6. Joshua Hyslop, "Living and Dying" (same)

7. TV on the Radio, "Happy Idiot" (up one)

8. Jenn Grant, "No One's Gonna Love You" (up one)

9. Lowell, "The Bells" (down six)

10. Whitehorse, "Downtown" (up five)

11. Elle King, "Ex's and Oh's" (down six)

12. Decemberists, "Make You Better" (up six)

13. Amelia Curran, "Somebody Somewhere" (down six)

14. Mo Kenney, "I Faked It" (down three)

15. Knox Hamilton, "Work it Out" (down two)

16. Hey Rosetta!, "Soft Offering (for the Oft Suffering)" (up three)

17. Wilderness of Manitoba, "Big Skies" (same)

18. Charlie Winston, "Lately" (re-entry)

19. U2, "Every Breaking Wave" (down three)

20. Ryan Adams, "Stay With Me" (new entry)

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