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. This is one more chart from my high school days, just a day after Christmas, and it was bitterly cold in the heart of another New England winter. Here’s a look at my top 40 from December 26, 2004:
CARBON LEAF, “Life Less Ordinary” (38-27) (11 spots)
10. GWEN STEFANI featuring EVE, “Rich Girl”
Taking a large leap into the top ten this week from #18 was this second single from Love. Angel. Music. Baby., Stefani’s first solo album. First single “What You Waiting For?” spent a week at #1 on my chart, though it experienced a fast rise and fast fall at radio and retail. Teaming up with producer Dr. Dre and rapper Eve, “Rich” took in some riches and led to the album’s biggest hit, “Hollaback Girl”.
09. JOHN MAYER, “Daughters”
It’s weird to think that Mayer never wanted this as a single, because this bluesy ballad became the most successful one from his second album, Heavier Things, cracking the Hot 100’s top 20. It remains his biggest era for me with two other top 5 hits: “Bigger Than My Body” (#1 for 6 weeks) and “Clarity” (#4). He has yet to make my chart with any of the three singles off his latest album, Paradise Valley.
08. SOULDECISION, “Kiss The Walls”
After hitting it big in 2000 with “Faded”, this trio took some time off before coming back as a quartet for second album Shady Satin Drug. Co-produced by Nile Rodgers, it tanked, but two of its singles reached my chart: “Cadillac Dress” and this, which peaked at #5. They’ve since split, but leader Trevor Guthrie recently appeared on a single with DJ Armin Van Buuren, “This Is What It Feels Like”.
07. KELLY CLARKSON, “Since U Been Gone”
It’s the song that put producer Dr. Luke on the map and gave Clarkson one of the biggest hits of her career — at least on a national level. With a #2 peak on the Hot 100 and seven weeks at #1 on CHR radio in the spring of 2005, we were jamming out to this anthem for some time. On my top 40, “Since” fizzled out at #7 for two weeks before dropping. Even bigger hits would be down the line for her.
06. NAOMI STRIEMER, “Fall Behind”
This is probably the most obscure song in the top ten, but a lot of members on the one of the message boards I posted on rallied behind this New York singer’s debut release. Striemer, unfortunately, was another victim of Epic Records, with a single that went nowhere at radio and an album that was shelved. Now independent, “Fall” was finally released on her The Green Album in the fall of 2009.
05. TYLER HILTON, “When It Comes”
You may remember this guy from acting on The WB’s One Tree Hill or perhaps from movies like Walk The Line, but it was back in 2004 that a then 21-year-old Hilton was climbing high with his debut single. He made my chart two times after “When”; in 2005, “How Love Should Be” got as high as #12, and in 2006, a cover of John Waite‘s “Missing You” went to #25. He still records independently.
04. SEAL, “Walk On By”
With his take on a classic as originally performed by Dionne Warwick, the British soul singer gave the song some new life to a new audience. “Walk” was first featured on the performer’s greatest hits compilation, Best 1991–2004, and garnered some minor sales in several countries. It also went to Adult Contemporary radio in the U.S. to little notice. His last album thus far, Soul 2, was issued in 2011.
03. MAROON 5, “Sunday Morning”
Earth, Wind & Fire and No Doubt both took the title into the pop top 40 in the 90’s and Maroon 5 just wanted to join the party with a “Sunday” of their own. Following “She Will Be Loved”, this climbed at a moderate clip before stalling out at #3 for five straight weeks, becoming the fourth consecutive top 5 single from their Songs About Jane album. The band is still very much active today.
02. DARREN HAYES, “Darkness”
To be “Pop!ular”, I helped Hayes be popular on my top 40 chart when that first single from 2004’s The Tension And The Spark spent three non-consecutive weeks at #1. This followup release didn’t do nearly as well internationally, but after some time at #2, it would also spend a couple of frames atop of my survey in early 2005. He last charted in 2012 with another top ten hit, “Stupid Mistake”.
01. GREEN DAY, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”
Spending a fourth week on top was this monster smash which you couldn’t avoid on both the Alternative and CHR airwaves; not bad for a band who was ten years into their charting days at that point. “Boulevard” would prove to be the trio’s biggest hit ever, spending a total of seven weeks at #1 on my top 40. It was certified 2x Platinum and boosted sales of parent album American Idiot to the tune of 6 million copies in sales as of earlier this year. They last charted in the fall of 2012 with “Oh Love”, which just missed the top 20.
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