Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! 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. Time to go back to freshman year of college with this week’s post, just a few days after the big Thanksgiving meal. Here’s a look at my top 40 from November 30, 2008:
TAKE THAT, “Greatest Day” (34-22) (12 spots)
10. THE KILLERS, “Human”
“Are we human or are we dancer?” That was the question lead singer Brandon Flowers proposed in the leadoff single from the band’s album Day & Age. Co-produced with Stuart Price, the reviews for the song was generally positive and it became the group’s last top 40 hit on the Hot 100 to date. On my chart, it went as high as #5. They recently released a greatest hits compilation titled Direct Hits.
09. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Keeps Gettin’ Better”
It was the title of her 2008 singles compilation, which was certified Gold, and came along with this electro-pop hit. With a peak of #7 on the Hot 100, it remains her last top ten solo song to date, though she’s gone back to the region on “Feel This Moment” with rapper Pitbull and “Moves Like Jagger” with rockers Maroon 5. She’s currently featured on a new version of A Great Big World‘s “Say Something”.
08. O.A.R., “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)”
The college band turned jam band originally from Rockville, MD was already somewhat known on the airwaves with minor hits like “Hey Girl” and “Love And Memories”, but it was “Shattered” that gave the band a much more prominent place on the charts. So far, it’s their only top 40 hit on the Hot 100. The quintet just finished a small tour across the south; no word on when we’ll have new music from them.
07. DAUGHTRY, “What About Now”
This big ballad was another winner for Chris Daughtry and crew, with a video depicting everyday people making a difference in daily life. “What” was the fifth mainstream single from their self-titled debut album. A version by Irish boy band Westlife hit the runner-up spot in both Ireland and the United Kingdom the next year. The band currently ranks in my top ten with “Waiting For Superman”.
06. THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, “Gives You Hell”
Five years after going to #1 on my chart with the song “Swing, Swing”, Tyson Ritter and his rejected brothers from the Sooner State landed another hit in my top ten, an angsty anthem that went as high as #4. It’s also their biggest hit internationally, going 4x Platinum alone in just the United States. Ritter is currently pursuing a solo career on Interscope and just released a digital single called “Air”.
05. NICKELBACK, “Gotta Be Somebody”
Yes, they get a lot of flack, and yes, I still like them. Does that make me uncool? Perhaps. The first single from Dark Horse hit the top ten on the Hot 100 and helped lead the album to 3x Platinum status here in the States. However, despite being a hit on the Adult Contemporary formats, this was their first song to miss the CHR top ten in four years, and it began the slow decline of their overall radio airplay here.
04. PINK, “So What”
With her career reignited after the slow success of “U + Ur Hand” and a second run of “Who Knew”, both of which hit #1 at popular radio, she was back at the top with this bratty but really fun leadoff single from Funhouse. “So” was coming off a run of six weeks at #1 on my chart, her personal best. You’ll see her pop up on my 2013 year-end survey a few times with an additional two #1’s on my top 40 this year.
03. SIMON COLLINS, “Unconditional”
Before Katy Perry went around telling her lover that she would love him unconditionally, it was the son of the legendary singer and drummer Phil Collins who was in on the action with this moderate Adult Contemporary hit. It also hit the top 100 in Canada. Collins hasn’t released any solo material since 2008’s U-Catastrophe, but for a few years now, he’s been the leader of a band called Sound Of Contact.
02. DAVID COOK, “Light On”
Back in the spring of 2008, it was Cook who won the title of American Idol over David Archuleta, and appropriately, Cook also fared much better than his younger counterpart on my survey. After spending three weeks at #1 with “The Time Of My Life”, this would top my chart for five weeks. His self-titled debut album was certified Platinum. He’s currently recording for a new album due next year.
01. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Womanizer”
All eyes on her in the center of the ring… the Circus was in town and ruling my personal chart this week. After failing to make my top 40 at all during the Blackout era, “Womanizer” was deemed as Spears’s true comeback onto the scene, becoming her first hit on my survey in four years and her first to go to #1 in eight. The song also topped the CHR chart and the Hot 100, although it gets very little play today. Tuesday marks the release of Britney Jean, her latest album, featuring the singles “Perfume” and “Work Bitch”.
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