You seemed to enjoy my Labor Day Special which involved ten years of my top ten countdowns over the Labor Day Weekend, so why not make it a regular feature on the blog? Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. We start off with this rewind to my first weeks as a seventh grader. These were the top ten songs on my personal chart eleven years ago this week for the chart dated October 6, 2002:
10. SANTANA featuring MICHELLE BRANCH, “The Game Of Love”
Coming off her first #1 on my chart, “Goodbye To You”, Branch took a fast ride up on this Santana single that served as the lead single from Shaman. Several weeks later, it would arrive at #1 and stay there through mid-December, when “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera took its place. The two acts would team up again on 2005’s “I’m Feelin’ You”, Branch being a part of The Wreckers, which went to #3.
09. LAS KETCHUP, “The Ketchup Song (Asereje)”
This trio from Córdoba, Spain got a lot of people up and dancing in 2002 with their novelty dance hit. There were a fair amount of people who thought this might be the next “Macarena” as it did extremely well internationally, but that didn’t translate into a U.S. hit despite some airplay in big markets. It would go to #1 on my chart in November and was kicked out by the Santana and Michelle Branch duet.
08. NICK CARTER, “Help Me”
After the Backstreet Boys took a hiatus at the end of 2001 following a single “Drowning” (a #1 on my chart) and their greatest hits collection The Hits: Chapter One, Carter was the first member to go solo. His Now Or Never album may have been certified Gold, but it’s not well-remembered; nor is this single, which received little airplay at CHR radio. Carter released another album in 2011 called I’m Taking Off.
07. WESTLIFE, “World Of Our Own”
They were huge in Ireland and in the United Kingdom, but RCA Records couldn’t break them in a bigger way here. Their biggest single to date here was 2000’s “Swear It Again”, a moderate radio single with better physical sales. This, however, didn’t muster up as much airplay and virtually no sales at all. The quintet turned quartet managed to stay together through last year, when they finally announced a split.
06. THICKE, “When I Get You Alone”
Before he was Robin Thicke, he simply used his last name on his first album, Cherry Blue Skies (renamed as A Beautiful World.) Sampling the #1 “A Fifth Of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band, a disco take on a segment of Beethoven‘s Fifth Symphony, the record never took off in the U.S., but with a hit like “Blurred Lines” earlier this year, he’ll never be alone without a few bucks.
05. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There”
These Canadian rockers had been around for almost a decade prior to this single; however, this was their only release to see any sort of significant crossover airplay in the States. Thus, this was my introduction to them, and the epic sound of their alternative and pop hit took a journey up to #2 before slowly making its way out of the top ten. The band last put out an album, Curve, in the spring of 2012.
04. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE featuring THE CLIPSE, “Like I Love You”
In 2002, *NSYNC took an urban direction by including Nelly on a remix of their last single ever, “Girlfriend”. This also influenced Timberlake on his first solo record later that year, Justified. After a high debut and a quick rise to #2, “Like” was surpassed by a few other hot singles, and his never regained the momentum to go to #1. However, his followup release, “Cry Me A River”, would spend a week there.
03. DANIEL BEDINGFIELD, “Gotta Get Thru This”
This former #1 single from Bedingfield featured a sped-up vocal and a pulsating rhythm. It was different from anything else on the airwaves at the time and due to this, it was a hit at CHR radio as well. In 2003, he made it to the runner-up spot with “If You’re Not The One” and then to #11 in 2005 with “Wrap My Words Around You”. He appeared as a judge on The X Factor in New Zealand earlier this year.
02. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring REDMAN, “Dirrty”
In 2002, we decided that inserting an extra letter “R” into words that didn’t need them was the hip thing to do, as evidenced by the #1 “Hot In Herre” by Nelly and then this single by a sexed-up Aguilera, whose clothing like her album title was Stripped. Alas, “Dirrty” had to settle in the #2 spot for a few weeks before flying down the chart. It was too shocking of an image change to get a widespread approval.
01. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Sk8er Boi”
If you loved that pop-punk realness that Lavigne was serving, then you were one of many back in 2002 digging her album Let Go. “Complicated” went to #1 a few months prior, so “Boi” became her second to pull off the rick despite its AOL speak which automatically dates it. I never was a skater boy (can I make it any more obvious?) but I was a fan of Rocket Power back then and that’s enough, right? Lavigne maintains a smaller presence on my chart, last making it on earlier this year with “Here’s To Never Growing Up” (#13).
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