REWIND: A Labor Day Look Back At Adam’s Top 40

If you’re a fan of my weekly top 40 chart, Adam’s Top 40, then thanks for following along! I know not everybody can keep up a weekly survey, so I’m doing my best to keep the personal chart alive. I don’t do nearly as much as I should with it on the blog, so I figured for the holiday today, instead of the usual crew of Bastille, Passenger and Pink, it’s time to travel back to the days when iTunes and YouTube were just starting up, MTV still played music videos (allegedly) and my singer-songwriter stan card was all punched-out for Daniel Powter. There were some crazy eras and a few shockers as you’ll read along. So, on this Labor Day 2013, here are all the top tens on my personal chart from the past ten Labor Day weekends, presented in chronological order. Enjoy!

August 31, 2003 — see full chart

Makin' "Paper".

“Bigger” than the rest.

1. John MayerBigger Than My Body (1) (fourth week at #1)
2. Fountains Of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom (3)
3. Hilary Duff – So Yesterday (2)
4. Maroon 5 – Harder To Breathe (4)
5. Vertical Horizon – I’m Still Here (7)
6. Christina Aguilera featuring Lil’ Kim – Can’t Hold Us Down (5)
7. Fefe Dobson – Take Me Away (8)
8. Liz Phair – Why Can’t I? (11)
9. 3 Doors Down – Here Without You (10)
10. Dido – White Flag (12)

Biggest Mover: Mandy Moore – Have A Little Faith In Me (30-15, +15)
Highest Debut: O.A.R. – Hey Girl (#25)

September 5, 2004 — see full chart

Topless time warp.

Topless time warp.

1. Bowling For Soup1985 (1) (fourth week at #1)
2. Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved (2)
3. Christina Aguilera featuring Missy Elliott – Car Wash (17)
4. Switchfoot – Dare You To Move (4)
5. Darren Hayes – Pop!ular (3)
6. Vanessa Carlton – White Houses (6)
7. Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway (7)
8. Avril Lavigne – My Happy Ending (5)
9. Toby Lightman – Real Love (10)
10. Modest Mouse – Float On (11)

Biggest Mover: Christina Aguilera featuring Missy Elliott – Car Wash (17-3, +14)
Highest Debut: Nelly featuring Christina Aguilera – Tilt Ya Head Back (#27)

September 4, 2005 — see full chart

It ain't easy being green.

It ain’t easy being green.

1. Daniel PowterBad Day (3) (fifth week at #1)
2. D.H.T. – Listen To Your Heart (2)
3. Rob Thomas – This Is How A Heart Breaks (1)
4. Josh Kelley – Only You (4)
5. Hootie & The Blowfish – One Love (5)
6. Kelly Clarkson – Because Of You (6)
7. Jack Johnson – Good People (7)
8. Fefe Dobson – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head (8)
9. The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done (9)
10. Duran Duran – Nice (10)

Biggest Mover: Nickelback – Photograph (32-14, +18)
Highest Debut: James Blunt – You’re Beautiful (#39)

September 3, 2006 — see full chart

"High" and low.

“High” and low.

1. Daniel PowterJimmy Gets High (1) (sixth week at #1)
2. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars (2)
3. Teddy Geiger – These Walls (3)
4. John Mayer – Waiting On The World To Change (4)
5. JoJo – Too Little Too Late (5)
6. Daniel Powter – Bad Day (6)
7. Nickelback – Far Away (7)
8. Daniel Powter – Free Loop (One Night Stand) (9)
9. Under The Influence Of Giants – Mama’s Room (8)
10. The Fray – How To Save A Life (12)

Biggest Mover: Rob Thomas – Streetcorner Symphony (32-25, +7)
Highest Debut: Clay Aiken – Without You (#28)

September 2, 2007 — see full chart

The sonic sound of Tonic.

The sonic sound of Tonic.

1. Emerson HartIf You’re Gonna Leave (1) (seventh week at #1)
2. Darren Hayes – On The Verge Of Something Wonderful (2)
3. Roz Bell – Yesterday Man (3)
4. Boys Like Girls – The Great Escape (4)
5. matchbox twenty – How Far We’ve Come (5)
6. Lifehouse – First Time (6)
7. Matt Nathanson – Car Crash (7)
8. Sara Bareilles – Love Song (10)
9. Pat Monahan – Her Eyes (11)
10. Michael Bublé – Everything (8)

Biggest Mover: Live On Arrival – Hello Goodbye (39-32, +7)
Highest Debut: I Nine – Seven Days Of Lonely (#38)

August 31, 2008 — see full chart

A good day for Mr. "Bad Day".

Powter Power… one last time.

1. Daniel PowterNext Plane Home (2) (first week at #1)
2. Coldplay – Viva La Vida (1)
3. Jon McLaughlin – Beating My Heart (3)
4. David Cook – The Time Of My Life (4)
5. Delta Goodrem – In This Life (5)
6. Leona Lewis – Better In Time (11)
7. O.A.R. – Shattered (Turn The Car Around) (9)
8. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours (6)
9. Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl (7)
10. Sara Bareilles – Bottle It Up (8)

Biggest Mover: David Archuleta – Crush (25-18, +7)
Highest Debut: Artists Stand Up To Cancer – Just Stand Up! (#35)

September 6, 2009 — see full chart

It's a yes for "No".

It’s a yes for “No”.

1. DaughtryNo Surprise (2) (first week at #1)
2. Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me (1)
3. Boys Like Girls – Love Drunk (3)
4. Gary Go – Wonderful (5)
5. Five For Fighting – Chances (11)
6. Green Day – 21 Guns (6)
7. Katy Perry – Waking Up In Vegas (4)
8. Colbie Caillat – Fallin’ For You (10)
9. Rob Thomas – Her Diamonds (7)
10. Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester – Good Girls Go Bad (9)

Biggest Mover: Bon Jovi – We Weren’t Born To Follow (38-30, +8)
Highest Debut: Michael Bublé – Haven’t Met You Yet (#37)

September 5, 2010 — see full chart

This chart has taken control of them.

Not so miserable at the top.

1. Maroon 5Misery (1) (sixth week at #1)
2. Brandon Flowers – Crossfire (2)
3. Neon Trees – Animal (3)
4. Taylor Swift – Mine (8)
5. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (6)
6. Enrique Iglesias – I Like It (5)
7. Katy Perry – California Gurls (4)
8. Sara Bareilles – King Of Anything (8)
9. Adam Lambert – If I Had You (9)
10. Lifehouse – All In (10)

Biggest Mover: The Script – For The First Time (38-29, +9)
Highest Debut: Natasha Bedingfield – Strip Me (#36)

September 4, 2011 — see full chart

No "Moves" at the top that week.

No more chart “Moves” that week.

1. Maroon 5 featuring Christina AguileraMoves Like Jagger (1) (second week at #1)
2. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (2)
3. The Script – Nothing (5)
4. Lady Antebellum – Just A Kiss (3)
5. Darren Hayes – Talk Talk Talk (4)
6. Adele – Someone Like You (7)
7. Reeve Carney with Bono & The Edge – Rise Above 1 (6)
8. Britney Spears – I Wanna Go (8)
9. Colbie Caillat – Brighter Than The Sun (9)
10. Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You (10)

Biggest Mover: Lady Antebellum – We Owned The Night (37-31, +6)
Highest Debut: Darren Hayes – Black Out The Sun (#35)

September 2, 2012 — see full chart

They don't call 'em mellow yellow.

The “Nights” of their lives.

1. fun.Some Nights (1) (seventh week at #1)
2. Train – 50 Ways To Say Goodbye (2)
3. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time (3)
4. Chris Wallace – Remember When (Push Rewind) (4)
5. matchbox twenty – She’s So Mean (5)
6. Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (6)
7. Grouplove – Tongue Tied (7)
8. Maroon 5 – One More Night (10)
9. No Doubt – Settle Down (9)
10. Katy Perry – Wide Awake (8)

Biggest Mover: Bridgit Mendler – Ready Or Not (35-28, +7)
Highest Debut: Daughtry – Start Of Something Good (#40)

Which year’s top ten is your favorite? Want to know where a specific song peaked? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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