“Red” ’em and weep.
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. The end of sophomore year of college was approaching and I was writing up a storm for final projects and such. Meanwhile, here’s what was happening on my chart dated April 18, 2010:
40. MIKE POSNER, “Cooler Than Me”
39. CHARICE, “Pyramid”
38. SCOUTING FOR GIRLS, “This Ain’t A Love Song”
34. JOHN MAYER featuring TAYLOR SWIFT, “Half Of My Heart”
KEANE featuring K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” (25-14) (11 spots)
10. JOHN MAYER, “Heartbreak Warfare”
Mayer’s got double duties on the countdown this week with a debuting tune in “Half” and this former #3 hit, which was on its way down the top 40. Both singles were featured on his 2009 album Battle Studies, his second album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Though his mainstream heights are behind him today, he’s still doing great on the road overseas.
09. ERIK HASSLE, “Hurtful”
This Swedish singer was only 21 when he made his debut on my chart with this, quickly breaking the top ten and climbing up to #8 for two weeks. “Hurtful” was also a minor entry on the Hot AC survey. Hassle is currently with RCA and released an EP, Somebody’s Party, in March. A single from it, titled “Talk About It”, made my chart for a few weeks late last year.
08. CAVO, “Let It Go”
While Idina Menzel is still casting a chill on the charts with the same song title from the soundtrack to Frozen, this hard rocking band from Missouri was in the top ten with their first and only song to reach my chart. Two of their singles hit the Alternative top 40, while this managed a little traction on the Hot AC airwaves. The group remains together as a quartet.
07. LA ROUX, “Bulletproof”
Nobody said it was easy to climb up the rankings; ask the Louisiana band Le Roux. The English duo of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid with the same name, save for one letter, debuted in late December and was still climbing on this chart. The duo resurfaced recently with news of a new album, Trouble In Paradise, due in July. A first single should be issued soon.
06. BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away”
What happens when one of your lead vocalists decides to leave the group? Well, for this Canadian band, the departure of Steven Page could have led them to break up, but they soldiered on and have now released two studio albums playing as a four piece band. This single peaked at #5. They also made my top 40 last year with “Boomerang” and it peaked at #14.
05. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water”
Born Vanessa Brown, the singer and songwriter from England made her chart debut with this track, which was a minor hit in several countries, including the United States, where it ranked on a few radio charts. After a shelved second album, she left her major label deal and independently released Samson & Delilah last year, which gained some buzz on music blogs.
04. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You”
Caillat’s been a mainstay on my chart for several years now and this was one of her biggest singles, rising to #2 for a week. The California singer/songwriter was originally discovered through MySpace, but in recent weeks, she hasn’t really found a space on the charts. With the underperformance of “Hold On” earlier this year, her latest album has yet to see a release.
03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now”
Hey, Lady! It was the massive Country crossover smash of the year and took home several GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year. You can’t really get any bigger than that. Actually, maybe you can. “Need” spent a huge 11 weeks at #1 on my chart, easily becoming the year’s top single. They recently hit #1 on the Country chart with “Compass”.
02. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me”
With the second single from his first album post-American Idol, titled For Your Entertainment, Lambert took a slow ride up to the top spot for two weeks, this week falling to #2. It remains his biggest entry to make my top 40. He begins a tour with Queen in June. He can also be heard on Avicii‘s “Lay Me Down”, the DJ/producer’s latest single down in Australia.
01. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red”
Produced by Mark Ronson, this week’s #1 song back in 2010 was a really pretty one about a not so pretty subject: as the singer puts it, “the blindness of war and the absence of compassion displayed by western administrations.” Although “Red” was a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, it didn’t do nearly as much damage here, securing a small amount of Hot AC airplay before descending. Love & War remains his most significant project to date, though he is back in the studio and recording.
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