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. By March of sixth grade, we were all itching to get out and head off to middle school. It was just a few months away. Meanwhile, here’s a look at my top 40 from March 17, 2002:
ALICIA KEYS, “How Come You Don’t Call Me?” (40-27) (13 spots)
10. SHAKIRA, “Underneath Your Clothes”
After shaking her hips and rolling around in the mud until “Whenever, Wherever” became a worldwide hit and her debut English one as well, our favorite Columbian singer slowed it down a bit for her followup single. Luckily, it was also pretty big, going top ten on the Hot 100 and my own chart. Today, you’ll find her on The Voice and promoting her new album.
09. NELLY FURTADO, “…On The Radio (Remember The Days)”
Remember the days when Furtado ruled the airwaves? The performer’s 2000 debut, Whoa, Nelly! went 2x Platinum in the U.S. alone. After two pretty big hits here, “Radio” failed to secure much airplay, and missed the Hot 100 completely. Her next era, 2003’s Folklore, was severely under-appreciated worldwide, but became her biggest to date on my survey.
08. MICHELLE BRANCH, “All You Wanted”
18-year-old Branch became the newest superstar on Madonna‘s Maverick Records in the summer of 2001 with her top ten CHR and Hot AC single “Everywhere”, but “Wanted” did even better at both formats during this spring season. She last made my chart in 2011 with “Loud Music” and has been struggling to release an album, West Coast Time, since then.
07. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
After five weeks at #1 on my chart, the U.S. comeback smash for this lovely lady was slowly falling down my top ten. It made waves across the world, and lifted Fever to Platinum status here. Minogue’s latest album is Kiss Me Once, in stores on Tuesday. First single “Into The Blue” looks to break the top 20 in the U.K., her biggest hit there in nearly four years.
06. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “Escape”
In 2002, Iglesias still had his trademark mole and could still deliver the hits on his own, like this track from his album of the same name. You may remember the video in which tennis star Anna Kournikova played his lover, which turned into a real-life thing. He’s still nursing the damage from three consecutive CHR radio flops from his latest effort, Sex + Love.
05. *NSYNC (featuring NELLY), “Girlfriend”
Whether you enjoyed the rap remix of this or not, it’s clear that it helped the boy band garner their third big single from the album Celebrity and showcased a more urban side to them. Unfortunately, it would also be their last appearance on the Hot 100. The five went on a “hiatus” shortly after the run for this and the subsequent PopOdyssey Tour wrapped up.
04. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Hands Clean”
Under Rug Swept was the name of this singer and songwriter’s album at the time, but someone must’ve left the broom in the closet because it entered at #1 on the Billboard 200. “Hands” performed the best from it, though followup “Precious Illusions” also entered my chart. Morissette last made it on during the summer of 2012 with “Guardian”, peaking at #17.
03. PINK, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”
When in doubt, call out the head of your label and a fellow pop star and you may just get yourself a huge song. L.A. Reid and Britney Spears may have been her targets, but so was the coveted top spot. This was her second #1 following her contribution to 2001’s massive “Lady Marmalade” from the film Moulin Rouge. She recently performed at The Oscars.
02. IIO, “Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)”
When I was 12, I just wanted to dance… I think. Once again, the U.S. was late to the party with this global dance hit, and it peaked just outside the top 40 on the Hot 100. However, it was hot in the clubs and on my chart, where it was holding at its peak. It was the biggest single on my chart for the New York duo of Markus Moser and Nadia Ali, who left in 2005.
01. DARREN HAYES, “Insatiable”
From Savage Garden to his solo material, I’ve always loved Hayes’s music; he could sing the phone book and I would consider charting it. (Maybe that’s going a little too far.) It was this week in 2002 that “Insatiable” was atop my chart for a fifth frame as it also graced the AC and CHR radio surveys. Parent album Spin was one of my favorites that year. The 41-year-old Brisbane born performer last ranked on my top 40 in 2012 with “Stupid Mistake”, which got as high as #9.
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