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 was the first full week back from Winter Break for Sophomore Year of college, which meant class was in session and my radio show, The Pop Stop, was back on the air. Here’s a look at my top 40 from January 31, 2010:
40. SADE, “Soldier Of Love”
BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away” (38-28) (10 spots)
10. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Fifteen”
Here’s a girl who likes to have fun with numbers; she’s one of the only acts to make the charts with two numerical titles. Last year, she entered with “22”, which took a slow rise up to #12. In 2010, it was this hit, which would rise even higher than #15 and peak at #9. It was the lowest peaking of the three pop releases from the Fearless era on my survey.
09. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet”
Last time I did an update from the fall of 2009, this was at #2 on the weekly chart just before a five-week run at the #1 spot. It’s a classic, and still gets a significant amount of Adult Contemporary play today. Bublé just won a GRAMMY Award a week ago for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for To Be Loved. He remains on tour through summer 2014.
08. NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates”
In 2002, Jones burst onto the scene with Come Away With Me, a pop and jazz album that swept that GRAMMYs in 2003. “Pirates” was her last chart hit to date, although she did release a solo album two years ago titled Little Broken Hearts and an Everly Brothers tribute album with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Foreverly, late last year.
07. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me”
He’s one of the most successful runner-ups in American Idol‘s history, and it doesn’t hurt that we share the same first name. “Whataya” was the second single from For Your Entertainment and it entertained me to the point of two weeks at #1 that year. Thus far, Lambert’s charted four songs. His most recent, “Never Close Our Eyes”, hit #15 in 2012.
06. OWL CITY, “Fireflies”
Here’s another Adam in the countdown – you can’t have too many of them, or maybe you cane. Adam Young was 23 at the time when he totaled six weeks at #1 with his debut on my survey, “Fireflies”, which at this point was on the decline. The Minneapolis singer would return to the #1 spot for two weeks with Carly Rae Jepsen on “Good Time” in 2012.
05. DAUGHTRY, “Life After You”
Here’s the second act from American Idol in the top ten this week; Chris Daughtry came in fourth place on the fifth season of the program. He and his band were right in the middle of his second album era, Leave This Town, their second effort to reach the top of the Billboard 200. Leadoff “No Surprise” was #1 for two weeks, and this was at its peak.
04. ORIANTHI, “According To You”
Remember this Australian singer and musician who was picked as the lead guitarist for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It tour? After his death in 2009, she released an album several months later, Believe, and this first single from it rose to #2 on my top 40. She then charted with two other minor singles, “Shut Up And Kiss Me” (#26) and “Courage” (#20).
03. LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone”
Their days of climbing up the top 40 with this song were certainly “Gone”; it was spending its sixth of eight weeks at #3. The group has since parted with their longtime record label, Geffen, after an unsuccessful album, Almería, last year. Jason Wade has also expressed putting out a solo effort given the band’s hiatus, but that has yet to see the light of day.
02. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven”
Coming off a huge chart-topper in “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, an eight-week #1 in 2009, the trio based out of Dublin would also go to the top with this, albeit only for one frame this time around. The group is currently in the studio, presumably putting the finishing touches on their fourth studio album, due later this year. I’m looking forward to it.
01. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now”
Grab your ten gallon hat and some twang in your talk because this week back in 2010, Country was king, or shall I say queen. To date, “Need You Now” is the biggest Country crossover ever on my personal chart, spending 11 consecutive weeks at #1 and ending the year 2010 in that same position. “Now” those are some stats. The trio last entered with “Downtown”, which peaked at #23 in March. Their current single, “Compass”, is climbing up the Country chart.
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