Welcome back for the second edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback, now with a few added extra features. 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. This week, we’re going back to my sophomore year of college for a countdown full of singer-songwriters and the occasional euro-pop curveball. It’s my chart from October 11, 2009:
10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone”
Ah, yes, the single that never should’ve been. Clarkson wasn’t a fan of the song from the beginning, producer Ryan Tedder was declared unoriginal in a fiasco over it and Beyoncé‘s “Halo” and the music video for it fell flat, which director Joseph Khan also ranted about. However, it was a hit. “Gone” would eventually rise to a peak of #3, her last top ten single from the All I Ever Wanted era.
09. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me”
Some say she’s had as many boyfriends as she’s had hit singles. I say, let’s keep it centered on the music, people. After two weeks at #1, this fell from 5-9 this week. It was her second pop single from Fearless following another song that went to #1, “Love Story”, which began a three-week run in February. Swift is going strong, charting four singles (so far) from her most recent album, Red.
08. MIKA, “We Are Golden”
Taken from his album The Boy Who Knew Too Much, this first single was a top 5 success in the United Kingdom, but saw limited peaks in other countries. In the U.S., it was released to radio and picked up a handful of radio stations, but never charted at any format. This would be his last top 10 record (#6) on my chart until his “Popular Song” with Ariana Grande hit #8 this year.
07. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile”
He drifted away from the charts for several years after the disappointing sales of his 2004 Seventy Two And Sunny album, but he returned in a big way with this song, stuck at #7 for a third week. This remains his last song to crack the Hot 100. “Smile” was also remixed for Country radio and went top ten on that format, leading to a few other singles of his to pick up some airplay there.
06. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister”
Leader Pat Monahan‘s solo single, “Her Eyes”, went to #1 on my personal chart in 2007, although it and its parent album are largely forgotten about nowadays. Thus, this single of theirs, up 10-6, was Monahan and the band’s reintroduction into the national spotlight, thrusting them into the top ten in many countries. “Sister” would spend four weeks at #4 on my survey in later 2009.
05. ROB THOMAS, “Someday”
Taking a huge leap of 13-5 was the followup to “Her Diamonds”, which hogged the top spot for eight weeks earlier that year. It was still in the top 40 that week dropping to #26. Both of these singles originate on Cradlesong, one of my favorite albums of 2009. This song would end up locked at #2 for four weeks behind Michael Bublé‘s “Haven’t Met You Yet” before descending the top 40.
04. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You”
She was discovered off MySpace (remember when that could happen?) and signed to Universal Republic Records, who made her 2007 album Coco a major hit. This leadoff single from her next album, Breakthrough, was a strong seller and had some decent airplay across multiple formats. After two weeks at #3, “You” fell to #4 that week. Followup single “I Never Told You” went to #2.
03. GARY GO, “Wonderful”
Singer-songwriter Gary Baker took the name Gary Go and took this single of his all the way to #1 on my chart for three weeks, dropping out this week. During the song’s run here in the U.S., he actually stopped by the radio station I was working for to do a promotional appearance and he was quite nice in person. He would chart again earlier this year on Benny Benassi‘s “Cinema”.
02. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet”
Lifted from his 2009 album Crazy Love, this was the Canadian crooner’s third original song to make my chart following 2005’s “Home” (#3) and 2007’s “Everything” (#1). It climbed into the runner-up spot after only six weeks in the top 40 and would go to #1 later that month. It spent five weeks there, his longest run at the top. It’s also his biggest international hit thus far in his career.
01. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances”
After the Two Lights era gave him back-to-back number one singles on my survey, 2006’s “The Riddle (You And I)” and 2007’s “World”, this first single from Slice also made it to the top spot, advancing from 2-1 that week. Originally promoted by Columbia Records, their campaign to break Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” at radio left John Ondrasik’s song stalled out midway up the Hot AC chart, and he jumped to Wind-Up Records midway into the era. He’s currently on with a former #3 single, “What If”.
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