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 the last few months of high school and we were just wrapping up a run of the musical that year, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Meanwhile, here’s a look at my top 40 from March 9, 2008:
FERRAS, “Hollywood’s Not America” (35-28) (7 spots)
10. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare”
Their former hit “Apologize” couldn’t have been too sorry that it was falling down the chart when followup “Stop” was also making a decent run. Lifted from their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, the group’s newfound popularity, along with a particularly visual-driven clip brought it up to #6 for two weeks. It stopped, it stared; the goal here was fulfilled.
09. JOHN MAYER, “Say”
Originally written for the 2007 film The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, “Say” was included on a deluxe edition of Mayer’s album Continuum. Some may say it’s a little bit repetitive, and so they say what they need to say. What do you say? I say that #9 is where it peaked on my top 40 for two weeks. He last made my survey in 2012.
08. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar”
Young Miss Swift always seems to break up with someone every few months or so. This time, it’s her longtime publicist of seven years. However, six years ago, things were looking mighty fine for the singer as she scored her first crossover hit. “Teardrops” spent three weeks at #3, while it climbed to #2 on the Country radio chart during the summer of 2007.
07. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements”
Before she scored three #1 singles in a row from 21, “Chasing” was the first appearance on my chart for the Tottenham born singer, who is in the process of making her third album, due in the next few months. It peaked at #6 for two weeks. In the U.K., it rose to the runner-up spot on the Singles Chart, and also went top ten in Ireland and Italy, among others.
06. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “These Hard Times”
In 2008, the Orlando band were in the middle of promoting their greatest hits effort, Exile On Mainstream. Lead single “How Far We’ve Come” spent a total of five weeks at #1, and this followup would land at a solid peak of #2. Their recent North era is done after three singles, but Rob Thomas is currently recording for a new solo album, out later this year.
05. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You”
Adam Levine and the boys were riding high on my top 40 with the third single from their sophomore album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Though “Won’t” garnered significant play on the AC and Hot AC formats, as expected, it wasn’t a national hit on the Hot 100 like several of their singles. However, it did manage top ten peaks in Australia and Belgium.
04. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You”
Of the ten acts on the list this week, Hart is the only one currently in my top 40 with his latest single, “The Best That I Can Give”. It’s taken from his forthcoming album, Beauty In Disrepair, due April 15. Back in 2008, it was another “Best” that would rank as the best single on my chart for four weeks beginning in January. The 44-year-old is still going strong.
03. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days”
Coming off a three week run at #1, the Oklahoma singer/songwriter’s biggest song to make my chart to date was slowly falling out of the top 5. You may remember that it was featured on American Idol that season. Now an independent act, he recently released his latest album, Lonely Ones, and issued the single “Hands Untied” to AAA radio a few weeks ago.
02. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes”
Back in 2008, the group from Los Angeles (a trio at that point) was still racking up a lot of hits; in fact, their Who We Are era was their biggest on my top 40. “Whatever” lasted just one week at the top, dropping to #2. In 2013, the band parted ways with longtime home Geffen, but lead singer Jason Wade is recording music for his first solo album, due this year.
01. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love”
Leaping from #5 into the #1 position was this international smash that reached the top in nearly three dozen countries. That’s huge! Co-written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder, its U.S. success translated into Platinum single sales and a record (at the time) for the largest one-week spin record at CHR radio. Although she’s largely forgotten here, her European success continues. Last year, she released Christmas, With Love, featuring the #3 U.K. hit “One More Sleep”.
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