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. I was just about set to head onto Winter Break during my senior year of high school when I made these rankings. Here’s a look at my top 40 from December 9, 2007:
ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (37-28) (9 spots)
10. DARREN HAYES, “Me, Myself And (I)”
From his glorious double album, This Delicate Thing We’ve Made, this was one of three tracks by Hayes in the top 40 this week with the debuting “Casey” at #40 and a former #2 song, “On The Verge Of Something Wonderful”, falling to #39. “Me” would end up stuck at #10 for three straight weeks. Four songs from his most recent album, 2011’s Secret Codes And Battleships, ranked on my weekly chart.
09. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You”
Taking a leap up from #15, this is the first of two songs in the top ten for the band and their third consecutive top ten single from their first #1 album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. The era was led off by the funky “Makes Me Wonder”, which debuted in the top spot in April and stayed there for eleven weeks. “Won’t” was only a mid-charter on the Hot 100, but it did go top ten in Australia and Belgium.
08. CELINE DION, “Taking Chances”
The title track from Dion’s tenth English album was written by former American Idol judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi and Eurythmics‘s Dave Stewart and originally recorded for their band Platinum Weird. However, Dion ended up with the hit version during that fall, a big top ten single at her core radio format, AC. Her latest studio album, Loved Me Back To Life, was released in November.
07. MAROON 5, “Wake Up Call”
Here’s the second single by the band, which peaked at #3. A remix of the song featuring Mary J. Blige was released in November of that year as remixed by Mark Ronson. The band is currently receiving some limited airplay with “Lucky Strike”, an unofficial fifth single from their album, Overexposed. Lead singer Adam Levine is doing well on this season of The Voice with three finalists in the top 5.
06. DURAN DURAN, “Falling Down”
Co-produced and co-written by Justin Timberlake, who participated in a large chunk of their album Red Carpet Massacre, this was the first single from the set. While the single tanked globally, it did reach a surprisingly strong #2 in Italy. The parent album became the group’s ninth top 40 release on the Billboard 200. The now quartet last made my personal chart in 2011 with “Leave A Light On”.
05. ROZ BELL, “Papercut”
Canadian singer-songwriter Bell was one of the breakout stars on my chart in 2007, placing two consecutive singles in the top 5: “Yesterday Man” (#2) and this song, which got as high as #4. After one more minor entry in 2009 titled “Heart Attack”, which just missed the top 20, Bell has yet to make my chart again. However, he’s still uploading music on his SoundCloud account via his own label, Enacy.
04. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come”
Back in 2007, Rob Thomas and the guys were promoting their first greatest hits compilation titled Exile On Mainstream. The single was a radical shift in sound for them, an energetic and quick-paced number that totaled five weeks at #1 on my chart, their biggest hit as a band to date. They’ve charted since and have a pair of singles vying for placement in my Top 100 of 2013: “Our Song” and “Overjoyed”.
03. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize”
Originally out in 2006, “Apologize” didn’t become a hit until it was remixed by producer Timbaland and slapped onto his top 5 album Shock Value. Then, it burned up the radio charts, at one time holding an airplay record for the most spins in one week at the CHR format, and launched frontman Ryan Tedder‘s career as a star producer and writer. It topped my chart for three weeks, their only #1 thus far.
02. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days”
You might remember this song being featured on American Idol early on in its seventh season. “Best” remains Colton’s biggest single to reach my survey, spending three weeks at #1. In 2011, he rose to #5 with “Pacific Coast Eyes”, and that’s been his last charting to date. The Oklahoma singer is in the process of putting together a new album, Lonely Ones, due in 2014 after a successful fundraising project.
01. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash”
Topping it all this week back in 2007 was this song from a local guy, born about 45 minutes from here in Lexington, MA. “Car” was the first single issued from Nathanson’s album Some Mad Hope, and while it only did modestly well at the AAA and Hot AC formats, it took a slow ascent up my chart and hit #1 in its 23rd week in the top 40, the longest run to reach the top ever. Both “Kinks Shirt” and “Mission Bells” from his most recent album, Last Of The Great Pretenders, made my chart and peaked in the 20’s earlier this year.
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