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. Sixth grade was halfway over by the time I posted this chart, which pretty much mirrored the pop airwaves at the time. Here’s a look at my top 40 from January 6, 2002:
*NSYNC featuring NELLY, “Girlfriend” (28-20) (8 spots)
10. AEROSMITH, “Just Push Play”
Who would have thunk that the band who produced big 70’s hits like “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” would be rocking steady in the 00’s? Well, these guys easily made it up my chart into the #10 spot this week. The legendary Boston band would hit my top ten once more in 2002 with “Girls Of Summer” and then wouldn’t chart again until 2012’s “What Could Have Been Love”, which got to #12.
09. SHAKIRA, “Whenever, Wherever”
In 2001, this successful Columbia performer decided to record her first English language album, Laundry Service, after a series of big albums in Spanish-speaking territories. Not only did the effort go 3x Platinum, but this single would also got top ten on the Hot 100. On my chart, it climbed as high as #2. The singer is expected to release a new single in a few weeks and an album later this year.
08. THE CALLING, “Wherever You Will Go”
From the “You Couldn’t Escape It” department comes this pop/rock ballad, which took several months to break at radio in later 2001 and then just stuck around like it was glued onto every single radio playlist. AAA, AC, Alternative, CHR, Hot AC… it literally followed you wherever you would go. After a few other minor entries, the band split up in 2005, though they reunited in mid-2013.
07. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring JA RULE, “Ain’t It Funny”
Remember when Lopez was scoring hit after hit on the pop charts? She was quite the music machine during her J. Lo days. For the second song in a row, she was assisted by rapper Ja Rule in creating a more urban image for her material and that Murder Remix was a big sell. It was yet another chart-topper for the two on the Hot 100. Lopez will be releasing a new single titled “Same Girl” soon.
06. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
She ruled over the Australian and European buying public for decades, but surprisingly enough, this was Minogue’s first song to break my chart. After all, she hadn’t made the Hot 100 since 1989, and this was her first big attempt at a U.S. hit since then. Thankfully, it worked. “Can’t” would go top 5 on CHR radio and was on its way to five weeks at #1 on my survey. She last charted in early 2013.
05. PINK, “Get The Party Started”
Written and produced by Linda Perry, the singer born Alecia Moore had herself a poppin’ party with a big leadoff track from her second album, Missundaztood. Released on Arista, the song went to #4 on the Hot 100 and to #2 on my personal chart, tied for her second biggest hit at the time. Three further singles from it crashed the top 5. She recently placed two songs in my top ten of 2013.
04. NICKELBACK, “How You Remind Me”
Roadrunner Records already established the Canadian band at Alternative radio with 2000’s The State, but by the end of the following year, “Remind” was all over the mainstream airwaves and rising fast. It landed as the #1 Hot 100 song of 2002 and as the most played song of the decade, with 1.2 million spin detections between 2001 and 2009. They last made my chart in 2012 with “Lullaby”.
03. CRAIG DAVID, “7 Days”
In 2000, David took the U.K. charts by storm with multiple hits on the subsidiary Wildstar Records. In the U.S., Atlantic Records pushed his album in 2001, which featured “Fill Me In” (#6) and this, which was peaking. Third single “Walking Away” would also go top ten before a sharp slide during his next era, charting with two minor releases, 2002’s “What’s Your Flava?” and 2003’s “Hidden Agenda”.
02. LINKIN PARK, “In The End”
It was the fourth and final single from their debut album on Warner Bros., Hybrid Theory, and the California band did not disappoint. Mixing rock and rap, “End” remains their biggest song to reach my chart. Surprisingly, they haven’t made my top 40 since 2004 when “Numb” peaked at #3. They recently ranked on the Alternative survey with a Steve Aoki collaboration, “A Light That Never Comes”.
01. NO DOUBT featuring BOUNTY KILLER, “Hey Baby”
Interscope’s darlings had one of the big Q4 album releases of 2001 with Rock Steady, and steady it was, producing three significant hits on my top 40 and earning a 2X Platinum certification. This was the first, at #1 for its second of three weeks. They would go back to the top one last time in 2003 with “It’s My Life”. After an unfortunate failed comeback in 2012, the band is back on hiatus, though lead singer Gwen Stefani is in the process of recording a third solo album, her first in eight years. We’ll see how it turns out.
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