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. It was my Junior Year of high school and I was about to turn 17 in a few weeks. It isn’t all it seems, at seventeen… so says Janis Ian. Here’s a look at my top 40 from February 19, 2006:
MECK featuring LEO SAYER, “Thunder In My Heart Again” (31-13) (18 spots)
10. A-HA, “Analogue (All I Want)”
Your eyes do not deceive you; that is, in fact, the Norwegian trio with a song in my top ten… in 2006. Best known for the 1985 classic, “Take On Me”, the band had been together all that time except for a short period of four years in the 90’s. “Analogue” went to #10 in the U.K. and #8 on my chart. They last performed live in public during the summer of 2011.
09. GOO GOO DOLLS, “Better Days”
The Buffalo rockers turned to a much softer side for this single, which saw placement on a number of television shows beginning in 2005. “Better” remains the last top 40 entry on the Hot 100 for the guys, who are now down to a duo after drummer Mike Malinin exited from the band in December. Their latest single, “Come To Me”, was a minor Hot AC hit.
08. TRAIN, “Cab”
There has been an endless amount of charting hits about automobiles, but when it comes to cabs and taxis, they may as well be stuck in Park on the freeway. The San Francisco band’s first single from For Me, It’s You wheely got going on the AAA and Hot AC charts, where it climbed into the top ten. Elsewhere, it wasn’t such a smooth ride for our fine friends.
07. BO BICE, “The Real Thing”
This former American Idol runner-up became the first to top my survey, spending three weeks at #1 during the spring. It was his debut release on my chart, though his take on “Inside Your Heaven” peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 in 2005 with strong sales. His The Real Thing album was certified Gold, but Bice was ultimately dropped after one album with RCA.
06. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Save The Last Dance For Me”
This is the only remake in the top ten this week, originally done by The Drifters in 1960, a #1 for three weeks in October and November. It subsequently also hit the Hot 100 for artists like The DeFranco Family in 1974 (#18) and Dolly Parton in 1984 (#45). Bublé’s take on it barely edged in there at #99, but it did some damage on the AC radio airwaves.
05. THE FRAY, “Over My Head (Cable Car)”
Long before they burst onto the scene with this big debut hit, lead singer Isaac Slade had to kick his brother Caleb out of the group, which led to a rift between the two siblings that lasted for some time. Hence, the existence of this song, which Slade wrote with his band mate Joe King. It paused for three weeks at #4 on my chart and began their road to stardom.
04. JAMES BLUNT, “You’re Beautiful”
His life was, no doubt, a little more brilliant after the release of this big ballad. After all, he may have lost a relationship with his girlfriend, but he gained a few million more fans out of it. “Beautiful” spent eight non-consecutive weeks at #1 on top 40, though Blunt’s signature song was slowly making its way down in early 2006. It spent 42 weeks in the top 40.
03. MADONNA, “Sorry”
It’s too late to apologize for this not making it to #1 on my chart, but a #3 peak is nothing to be ashamed of. The second single from Confessions On A Dance Floor was a pulsing pop/dance record that did well in the clubs, but barely touched radio lists here. It fared better internationally. The legend last made my survey in 2012 with “Give Me All Your Luvin'”.
02. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten”
Initially released in the U.K. in late 2004, Bedingfield’s song didn’t peak in the U.S. until 2006. “Unwritten” spent ten weeks at #1 on my chart; at this point, it was up to 3, but was interrupted for a few weeks by another female from across the pond. Bedingfield recently revamped her official site, which can only mean that some new music is on the horizon.
01. KT TUNSTALL, “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree”
She’s the Scottish lass who got your feet stomping eight years ago this week as her debut single made it to the top of my list for a second week in a row. During its Stateside run, “Black” got a huge boost when Katharine McPhee performed the song on an episode of American Idol. It remains her biggest international single. Tunstall released Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon last year and is on the soundtrack to Winter’s Tale in a collaboration with A.R. Rahman, “Miracle”.
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