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Radio 2 Top 20: The smooth ascent of Lake Street Dive

Editorial Staff

By Garvia Bailey

The smooth sounds of Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive is the kind of band that oozes swing-era meets Motown cool. The skilled musicians have crafted an essential summer listening album called Bad Self Portraits. They're shooting up the R2-20 chart with their tune "You Go Down Smooth." Check out the video that put them on the map a couple years back and watch as these cats teach the world a master class in swagger.

Vance Joy shows his urban side

Vance Joy's "Riptide" has become a huge hit worldwide and sits in the third position on the R2-20. Check out Joy teaming up with a fellow Australian, the hip-hop MC Illy, as they reimagine the mega-hit.

Hang the DJ

The latest chart-topping tune from Coldplay was produced by superstar electronic dance (EDM) music producer and DJ, Avicii. Not everyone has bought into the growing cult of DJ culture, where fans pay hundreds of dollars to watch a DJ and wait for the "bass to drop." Last week, Saturday Night Live took a shot right across the bow of EDM DJs and it was hilarious.

Radio 2 Top 20 for May 23, 2014:

1. Black Keys, "Fever" (same)

2. Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars" (up three)

3. Vance Joy, "Riptide" (down one)

4. Arkells, "Never Thought That This Would Happen" (up four)

5. Jeremy Fisher, "Uh Oh" (up four)

6. Passenger, "Scare Away the Dark" (down three)

7. Hozier, "Take Me to Church" (down three)

8. Tegan and Sara, "I'm Not Your Hero" (down two)

9. David Gray, "Back in the World" (up one)

10. Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, "I Lost Myself" (up four + most online votes)

11. Slow Leaves, "Life of a Better Man" (up one)

12. Lake Street Dive, "You Go Down Smooth" (up eight + hot shooter)

13. Sarah McLachlan, "In Your Shoes" (down six)

14. Sam Roberts Band, "Shapeshifter" (down one)

15. Emma-Lee, "What Would Tom Petty Do?" (down four)

16. Matthew Barber, "Lose your Love" (new entry)

17. Good for Grapes, "Skipping Stone (new entry)

18. The Both, "Milwaukee" (new entry)

19. Paolo Nutini, "Numpty" (down two)

20. Robyn Dell'Unto, "Sidecar" (new entry)

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