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 this point in 2007, I was looking at colleges to apply to, and keeping busy with the Speech Team and our a cappella group, Uncommon Time. Meanwhile, here’s what was happening on my chart dated April 15, 2007:
MANDY MOORE, “Extraordinary” (33-25) (8 spots)
10. PAOLO NUTINI, “New Shoes”
Singer/songwriter Nutini was only 20 years old when his first single made my chart, which was at its peak position on this particular week. Though it just missed the Hot 100, it accumulated some minor airplay at the Hot AC format and landed in the #1 spot on AAA radio for four weeks. He recently entered my top 40 with new single “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”.
09. MODEST MOUSE, “Dashboard”
This band from Washington state broke my top ten three years prior with the song “Float On”, but it would take until their second album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, to return to their upper reaches of the chart. The sextet hasn’t released a full-length effort since it, but they still perform live. No word on when new material from them will be coming.
08. JOSS STONE, “Tell Me ‘Bout It”
She bubbled under my chart a few times in 2004 with songs like “Fell In Love With A Boy” and “You Had Me”, but in the spring of 2007, Stone finally made my top 40 and the top ten with this leadoff single from her third album, Introducing… Joss Stone. The introduction didn’t last for long. Though she’s still recording, none of her songs since “Tell” have charted.
07. NICKELBACK, “If Everyone Cared”
With the fourth single from their biggest selling album ever, 2005’s All The Right Reasons, the Canadian group’s rocking song with a more politicized message took a long trip up on my chart, eventually topping out at #2 later that spring. They may no longer be with Roadrunner, their longtime record label since 1999, but they still had a fine chain of hits with them.
06. DAUGHTRY, “It’s Not Over”
It certainly was not over for the former American Idol finalist and his group, climbing into the countdown with their first single. “Over” spent five weeks at #5, their second highest peak from the Daughtry era behind “What About Now”, which rose to #3. The sextet released an album last year, the very poppy Baptized; single “Waiting For Superman” peaked at #6.
05. DBCLIFFORD, “Simple Things”
Watching the charts up in Canada brought this single to my attention, which spent six weeks at #1 earlier in 2007. Clifford was born in France and eventually moved up north before shifting his focuses on the United Kingdom during the past few years. A followup, “Don’t Wanna”, peaked at #2 on my survey that same year. The performer has yet to chart since then.
04. THE FRAY, “Look After You”
Back when they were touring behind their debut era, the Colorado band was one of the hottest new acts to rank on my top 40. This was the third of three top five hits for the band from How To Save To Life, peaking at #2 for a week. Though “All At Once” would break the streak later in 2007, they’re still very much active, scoring with the recent hit “Love Don’t Die”.
03. ROB THOMAS, “Little Wonders”
From the soundtrack to the Disney animated flick Meet The Robinsons, this was Thomas’s fifth consecutive single to rise into the top 3 following four releases from his 2005 Something To Be album. That’s one hot streak. “Wonders” ended up in the runner-up spot for a few frames before falling down. A third solo effort is expected from the singer later this year.
02. JAMES MORRISON, “You Give Me Something”
He’s one of the most underrated vocalists on the survey this week, especially from an American perspective. “Something” was a big hit across Europe, but U.S. radio largely ignored it beyond a few outlets here and there. Morrison has not issued an album out in three years, but he’s been cooking up some new material as of earlier this year. Hope to hear it very soon!
01. MAROON 5, “Makes Me Wonder”
The hype was huge on this record from the California group, who were a month away from the release of their sophomore effort, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Needless to say, it zipped up the charts, both at radio and retail. “Wonder” was in its third of eleven weeks at #1 on my survey, and remains the last song in my chart’s history (at least thus far) to debut at the top spot. With six #1 songs and 18 entries since 2003, they’ll surely be reaching the 2-0 mark when their next album hits.
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