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. Junior Year of high school feels like so long ago; this would’ve been around the time we had just ended our run of The Laramie Project as the fall drama and we were getting ready for the holidays. Here’s a look at my top 40 from December 17, 2006:
40. BOWLING FOR SOUP, “When We Die”
NICKELBACK, “If Everyone Cared” (36-25) (11 spots)
10. BLUE OCTOBER, “Into The Ocean”
The five-piece band from Texas led by singer Justin Furstenfeld was picking up steam in 2006 with the success of single “Hate Me”, which missed my chart. However, I was a fan of this followup, which got significant play on Hot AC radio and on music channel VH1. It was the band’s biggest hit to make my survey, going as high as #3 during the next year. They released an album Sway earlier this year.
09. MATT DUSK, “Back In Town”
Probably the most obscure entry on this list, Canadian jazz singer Dusk released independently for some time before signing with Decca Records. His 2006 album named after this single reached the top 20 on the Albums Chart in Canada, though it did nothing here in the States. After stalling out for four consecutive weeks at #9, “Back” descended the top 40 and Dusk never came back to the countdown.
08. MAT KEARNEY, “Nothing Left To Lose”
From a Matt to a Mat, we now go onto the first top 40 hit for this singer-songwriter, first known on the Christian music circuit before taking on mainstream radio. So far, “Nothing” is his highest-peaking song to rank on my chart, reaching #2. Three singles from his last album, 2011’s Young Love, made it on, the biggest of them being the #3 “Hey Mama”. We could hear new music from him in 2014.
07. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “World”
If you looked at my year-end Albums list posted earlier this week, this guy’s newest album, Bookmarks, up at #13. If this was 2006, however, Two Lights would’ve been in a much higher position. By far my favorite release from John Ondrasik, its first two singles went to #1: “The Riddle” and this, which rose to the top spot early in 2007. We’ll see where “What If” appears on my Top 100 of 2013.
06. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Hurt”
She’s played a whole lot of characters throughout her career, but it was during 2006 that “Baby Jane” came to life in a new two-disc concept album by Aguilera called Back To Basics. Both lead single “Ain’t No Other Man” and this pretty ballad peaked at #5 on my personal chart; she featured as a guest on a duet version of the current #4 song on my top 40, “Say Something” by A Great Big World.
05. JOHN MAYER, “Waiting On The World To Change”
His pop days may be behind him, and I guess the same could be said of his big sales weeks, as 2006’s Continuum gave him one of the bigger debuts of his career. The lead single from the set had a heavy political theme to it, which resonated with many people. One of them was me, as “Waiting” was coming off a four-week run at #1. His latest single is “Who You Love”, featuring girlfriend Katy Perry.
04. THE FRAY, “How To Save A Life”
It all started out as lyrics inspired by lead singer Isaac Slade’s experiences at a camp for troubled teenagers and years later, it was propelled into the national spotlight. From television placement to extensive radio airplay, you couldn’t escape it in 2006. “How” has the distinction of being the last song so far to hit #1 on my chart, fall out, and then return to the top spot, spending a total of four weeks there.
03. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately”
You know him best for “Bad Day”, but the 42-year-old singer’s had ten singles reach my list. “Love” originally held the record for the most weeks spent at #2 without hitting #1 (seven!) before Andy Grammer came along with “Keep Your Head Up”, which accumulated eight in 2011. Powter’s got one song in on my Top 100 of 2013 titled “Crazy All My Life”, a top 40 entry in his native Canada.
02. ROB THOMAS, “Streetcorner Symphony”
Of the four U.S. singles from Thomas’s 2005 album, …Something To Be, this seems to be the one that people forget about, mostly because it picks up so little play today. This fourth and final single features an uncredited John Mayer on lead guitar and backing vocals., and together, the pair spent a week atop my chart with this. A second Thomas solo effort was issued in 2009, titled Cradlesong.
01. AUGUSTANA, “Boston”
Leaping from 5-1 that week is one of the only remaining one-hit wonders in my chart’s history to reach the top spot with their debut single and then fail to break the top 40 again. This isn’t to say that songs like “Stars And Boulevards” and “Sweet And Low” didn’t capture my attention, but they could never impact the way this song did. It’s truly a classic, spending six weeks atop. The band is still together under a different lineup and record label and they’re currently in the process of recording their first album in three years.
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