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. Freshmen Year was all sorts of brutal, especially during the second half of it, from an 8:30 AM math lab to lousy meals in the dining hall at night. Yikes. Here’s a look at my top 40 from February 8, 2009:
39. RYAN STAR, “Last Train Home”
KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (23-15) (8 spots)
10. KAISER CHIEFS, “Good Days Bad Days”
Two years after rising into my top ten with “Ruby”, the English quintet from Leeds finally made it back in early 2009 with this second single from their album Off With Their Heads. Lead singer Ricky Wilson is a judge on the third season of the U.K. edition of The Voice. The band is out with a new effort, Education, Education, Education & War, on April 1.
09. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear”
Her latest single called “Air Balloon” is out in the United Kingdom early next month, but back in 2009, Allen was just beginning her It’s Not Me, It’s You era. “Fear” went to #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for four consecutive weeks, while it managed a peak of #5 on my own survey. Allen last charted as a featured act on Pink’s #1 song “True Love” last year.
08. COLDPLAY, “Lovers In Japan”
After the massive success of “Viva La Vida”, a #1 on my top 40 for two weeks the previous year, this four man band was turning Japanese. (I really think so!) Originally featured on their big album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, then remixed in hit form as the Osaka Mix on the EP Prospekt’s March, “Lovers” climbed to a peak of #5 on my survey.
07. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Circus”
Don’t call it a comeback – or perhaps do. After the disaster that was the Blackout era, which yielded no top 40 singles on my chart, previous single “Womanizer” became Spears’s first hit on my top 40 since “My Prerogative” in 2004. This title song from Circus also climbed into the top ten, at its peak this week. She’s currently selling out shows in Las Vegas.
06. PINK, “Sober”
This title almost hit the CHR top 40 back in 1999 when Jennifer Paige released a song of the same name; it topped out at #48 in February of that year. From the girl who sang “Crush”, I’m sure she was crushed. Ten years later, the singer born Alecia Moore easily carried it up the charts as the followup to “So What”. On my survey, it spent two weeks at #4.
05. TAKE THAT, “Greatest Day”
They sell bucket loads of albums in Europe, but here in the States, would you believe that they’re still a one hit wonder? It was 1995’s “Back For Good” that did the trick. Luckily, I kept up with most of their European efforts. This first single from The Circus spent four weeks at #4. Two additional singles, “Up All Night” and “Said It All”, also charted in 2009.
04. DAVID COOK, “Light On”
If you’re looking for your American Idol fix, look no further than this former #1 single on my chart. Cook had two of them in a row, and then a #2 hit in “Come Back To Me”, making his debut era one of the most successful in my chart’s history. Cook last appeared in my top 40 in January 2012 with “Fade Into Me”, his fifth hit, which went as high as #15.
03. THE FRAY, “You Found Me”
Of all the acts represented in this week’s top ten, this is the only one that also has a current top ten single on my chart. That would be “Love Don’t Die”, the leadoff release from the band’s forthcoming Helios album, due on the 25th of this month. “Found” would become my top single of the year 2009, spending three weeks at #1 and 37 within the top 40.
02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Love Story”
It’s off to the land of Country crossovers for this hit in the countdown. Young Miss Swift had previously peaked at #3 with “Teardrops On My Guitar” in early 2008; thus, “Story” marked a new peak for her, settling on three frames at #1. New music is coming from the gal later this year; can she capture her fourth #1 with a song from it? We’ll find out soon.
01. NICKELBACK, “Gotta Be Somebody”
It’s easy to hate on these guys, but no matter what poll you try to bring up, I still enjoy listening to their music. There, I said it. It was the leadoff single from the 3x Platinum album Dark Horse, and thus far, it’s the quartet’s last top ten single on the Hot 100 with a #10 peak. Their tour has come to an end, and perhaps they’ll be back in the studio to work on a new album. Meanwhile, their first greatest hits effort, The Best of Nickelback, Volume 1, was released last November.
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