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. I’m pretty sure this is my only personal chart ever that was dated February 29, and it came during the second half of eighth grade. Here’s a look at my top 40 from February 29, 2004:
3 DOORS DOWN, “Away From The Sun” (40-35) (5 spots)
10. EAMON, “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)”
No need to censor this description, although this song had a whole lot of editing for it to be played on the radio. More like a novelty song than a serious rap hit, the then 20-year-old spent three weeks at #1 on my top 40, and also topped a number of charts worldwide. The Staten Island native has yet to see another significant release reach the U.S. surveys.
09. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
These British glam rockers took the U.K. by storm in 2003 with their debut album, Permission To Land. In the fall of that year, “Believe” peaked at #2 on the Singles Chart there, but it took until 2004 to break the band here in the States. It would climb to #4 on my top 40. They would chart once more in 2005 with “One Way Ticket”, which peaked at #16.
08. JOHN MAYER, “Clarity”
Between “Bigger Than My Body” in the fall of 2003 and “Daughters” in the fall of 2004 came this single, which didn’t receive nearly the amount of play those releases did. Still, it remains one of my favorite releases from Mayer’s Heavier Things. It spent two weeks at #4 on my survey and went top 15 at Hot AC. Sorry, Zedd and Foxes, this “Clarity” rules.
07. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal”
Though the song’s earliest version dates back to 1997, the biggest hit for Amy Lee and the boys on my chart wasn’t out as a single until late 2003. After debuting in October, it spent four weeks at #1, and was a multi-format radio hit during the spring months. The band last charted with a pair of singles in 2011, but are currently on hiatus as of two years ago.
06. USHER featuring LUDACRIS and LIL’ JON, “Yeah!”
It wasn’t intended to be the lead single from Confessions, but once it hit the air, it took off like wildfire. Not only was it his biggest hit ever on the charts, but it also helped the album sell almost 1.1 million copies in its debut frame, his biggest opening to date. It was eventually Diamond. Now a judge on The Voice, new music is expected from the singer this year.
05. JANET JACKSON, “Just A Little While”
Shall we pretend that Nipplegate didn’t happen for a minute? It sure didn’t look that way when it came to my chart. The rise was quick on this one and went out at a pretty rapid rate as well. #5 would be its peak on my top 40, while it would only climb to #45 on the Hot 100. Jackson’s had a few songs bubble under since this, but none have reached my chart.
04. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Toxic”
After “Me Against The Music” quickly burned out at radio in late 2003, a #6 hit on my chart, Jive Records released this as the second single from Spears’s In The Zone album. The result was her first chart-topper at CHR radio since 2000’s “Oops!… I Did It Again”. On my chart, it went to #2, but it was the biggest song from that era. Take that, Britney Jean.
03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You”
With their debut single, the trio from Canada quickly leapt onto the rock charts and also managed to crossover to pop radio in early 2004. This was the peak of “Everything” on my chart, spending six consecutive weeks there, by far their largest single. Lead singer Adam Gontier left the group early last year; they have yet to find a permanent replacement.
02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live”
Beginning in the late 1990’s, this San Diego band catered to a Christian audience and achieved some minor positions on that album chart. Then, they signed to Columbia and released The Beautiful Letdown in spring 2003. With a new sound intact, the band scored two #1 singles on my chart, this and “Dare You To Move”. They are currently signed to Atlantic.
01. MAROON 5, “This Love”
They formed as the quartet Kara’s Flowers in 1994, but never found the momentum to hit the big time. However, under their current name and lineup, everything’s coming up roses. “Love” was the biggest #1 of the year, spending nine weeks at the top and landing at #1 for 2004. It’s their second longest running chart-topper on my top 40, just behind “Makes Me Wonder”, which spent 11 weeks there in 2007. Adam Levine and the guys continue to deliver the hits to this day.
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