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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 24, 2005

Another Day, another hit.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 24, 2005…

Debuts:
40. MARIAH CAREY, “We Belong Together”
38. THE WALLFLOWERS, “Beautiful Side Of Somewhere”
29. CARBON LEAF, “What About Everything”

Biggest Mover(s):
BACKSTREET BOYS, “Incomplete” (28-22)
AVION, “Beautiful” (20-14)
LOW MILLIONS, “Statue” (18-12, six spots)

10. KEANE, “Everybody’s Changing” (steady, second week)
Album: Hopes And Fears (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

09. BRYAN ADAMS, “This Side Of Paradise” (up 3)
Album: Room Service (2004, Mercury Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside” (down 4)
Album: Hot Fuss (2004, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. TIM MCGRAW, “Live Like You Were Dying” (down 4)
Album: Live Like You Were Dying (2004, Curb Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

06. HALL & OATES, “I Can Dream About You” (up 2)
Album: Our Kind Of Soul (2004, U-Watch Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “American Baby” (up 2)
Album: Stand Up (2005, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

04. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Chariot” (up 2)
Album: Chariot (2003, J Records)
Peak: #2

03. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (up 2)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. HOWIE DAY, “Collide” (steady, second week)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (steady, second week)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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Take You “Downtown”: A Top 40 Travelogue

Top of the "Shop".

Top of the “Shop”.

If you’re a big fan of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, you likely know that their track with Ed Sheeran, “Growing Up”, is at six million plays on YouTube and two million streams on SoundCloud, where you can download it for free. With a substantial total through both services, radio has also welcomed the track, launching it into the top 40 at two different formats without any sort of paid sales data or a large airplay push. That strategy is most likely in place due to the official first release (and second overall single) from the duo’s forthcoming set, titled “Downtown”, going to radio next week.

As Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘s “Uptown Funk” was climbing the charts, I revisited all the “uptown” titles to rank on the radio, so I figured that it was only fitting to do the same for the “downtown” titles. No matter which way you’re headed, there is a great list of music to enjoy. Let’s travel on and examine the picks of the pop radio listing, shall we?

Hot 100 (pre-1973)
“Downtown”, Petula Clark (#1, 1965)

If the 2015 “Downtown” doesn’t become a classic, we’ll always have this one to look back on. English singer Clark just turned 22 when her first U.S. single entered the charts and it was a smash, spending two weeks at #1 in January 1965. “My Love” followed it to the top for two weeks in 1966. She last reached the Hot 100 in 1981.

Clark’s signature song was parodied by comedy star Allan Sherman as “Crazy Downtown”, which became his second and final top 40 hit. It peaked at #40 on the Hot 100 about three months after her song peaked, though it rose to #25 on Cashbox.

Radio & Records
“Downtown Life”, Daryl Hall and John Oates (#32, 1988)

This “Downtown” title was the third single from the duo’s Ooh Yeah! album, the same one that also gave them their last top five single ever, “Everything Your Heart Desires”. It barely missed the top 30 during the fourth quarter of 1988, giving the two guys their last top 40 hit of the 80’s. They would return in the fall of 1990.

“Downtown”, One 2 Many (#29, 1989)

You may be asking, who? The late 80’s were full of these kinds of international acts, this trio being from Norway, who landed in the top 40 for a brief few weeks. Though their album and single were successful in their native country, they did very little here, and the trio broke up in the middle of the promotional run for the set.

“Downtown Train”, Rod Stewart (#1, 1990)

Originally released by Tom Waits on his 1985 album Rain Dogs, several covers of his song charted nationally, including a minor one by Patty Smyth in 1987. Stewart’s version, taken from a greatest hits set, spent one week at the top of the pop radio chart in January 1990 and turned into one of his biggest singles of that decade.

“Downtown”, SWV (#37, 1993)

After three successful top five radio singles from their It’s About Time album, including the #1 song “Weak”, the female trio out of New York City couldn’t lift their fourth release to the same heights. However, it was a chart-topping R&B hit for seven weeks as one half of a double a-side single with “Right Here/Human Nature”.

“Downtown Venus”, P.M. Dawn (#19, 1995)

Brothers Attrell and Jarrett Cordes, originally from New Jersey, comfortably found a place at radio beginning in 1991 with such songs as “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” and “I’d Die Without You”, taken from soundtrack to the movie Boomerang. By the time this single appeared on the radio charts in 1995, their career was fading.

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Didn’t Win The Powerball Jackpot? Here’s A Playlist That’s On The Money

A little dinero would be nice.

Yes, it was a sad time for all as we watched the 11 o’clock newscast only to find that our $10 worth of lottery tickets didn’t get us any prizes. That’s okay, though, I’m sure you’ll hit the jackpot next time. In the meantime, here are sixteen tunes (since 16 was one of the lucky numbers) I enjoy on the wins and woes of money for you to savor while your fortune awaits.

BARRETT STRONG – “Money (That’s What I Want)” (1960)
One of Motown’s earliest releases, this straight-forward R&B tune has a simple lyric that resonates with many people. This was Strong’s only charting hit, but he became a successful songwriter in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, writing many hits for groups like The Temptations. This song was most notably covered on the cheap in 1979 by The Flying Lizards, who turned it into, well, something different. That version peaked in early 1980 but did not make the top 40.

“Money (That’s What I Want)” reached #23 on the Hot 100 way back in 1960.

PINK FLOYD – “Money” (1973)
Empty out your cash registers because we’re taking a trip to the Dark Side Of The Moon. An epic six-minute song from the landmark album, it still gets quite a bit airplay today.

For some time, “Money” was the group’s only top-40 hit, peaking at #13 in 1973. That is, until “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” stormed the top of the Hot 100 in 1980.

THE O’JAYS – “For The Love Of Money” (1974)
Here’s one that trumps them all… at least when it comes to The Apprentice. This socially-conscious hit about the effects of money packs a lot of funk into this R&B number.

“For The Love Of Money” rose to #3 on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1974.

STEVE MILLER BAND – “Take The Money And Run” (1976)
When they weren’t watching the tube, Billie Joe and Bobbie Sue decided to have some adventures, shot a man, and then took his money on the run with them. Kids these days. The Steve Miller Band are still rocking and rolling on Classic Rock radio today and have even put out some new material in the past few years.

“Take The Money And Run” got as high as #11 on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1976.

HALL & OATES – “Rich Girl” (1977)
There is something about that Philadelphia sound that’s extra smooth. There’s no denying that Daryl Hall is one of the best and charismatic vocalists of all-time and this song about a girl with rich parents is also rich in flavor.

“Rich Girl” hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in March 1977.

ABBA – “Money, Money, Money” (1977)
The Swedes just know how to make those great Pop tunes. ABBA stands among the best, and this song shows it, a dark tale of a woman who desperately wants a little bit of dough to compete “in a rich man’s world.” Key change included!

“Money, Money, Money” was the third and final release from Arrival, which provided the group’s first and only #1 on the Hot 100, “Dancing Queen”. It topped out at #56 in the fall of 1977.

DIRE STRAITS – “Money For Nothing” (1985)
The sultans of swing returned six years after their first hit only to find themselves critiquing the music video business. Their catchy sound, along with Sting’s of “I want my MTV”, propelled them back to commercial status with Brothers In Arms, which launched three singles into the top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

“Money For Nothing” spent three weeks at #1 in September and October 1985.

RUSH – “The Big Money” (1985)
The Canadian trio led by Geddy Lee shocked more than a few fans when this ditty came out, a distinctively more glossy sound than previous records, similar to The Police’s Synchronicity or Yes’s 90125. Lyrically, it’s holds up with the best of their material: “It’s the power and the glory/It’s a war in paradise/It’s a Cinderella story/On a tumble of the dice.”

“The Big Money” went as high as #45 on the Hot 100 in January 1986.

ABC – “(How To Be A) Millionaire” (1986)
ABC’s penultimate top-40 hit in the States was an energetic number about a man eager to earn his money and build it up. Unfortunately, the song didn’t earn them a lot of riches, but it remains one of the group’s best.

“(How To Be A) Millionaire” went to #20 on the Hot 100 in the spring of 1986.

PET SHOP BOYS – “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)” (1986)
One of the biggest Dance acts of all-time scored their second U.S. hit with this positive Pop track about a twosome who is one-half brains and one-half looks. Together, they’ll make it big, just like their stacks of bills.

“Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)” was a #10 hit on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1986. It was the followup to “West End Girls”, which hit #1.

SIMPLY RED – “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)” (1986)
Mick Hucknall and the boys of Simply Red first hit the U.S. shores with their #1 hit “Holding Back The Years”, but this was the song that launched them in their native U.K., an attack on the Ronald Reagan era economic reforms. Did the Earth move for you, Nancy? Heavy stuff, but oh, but you can dance to it!

“Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)”, a remake of a minor early 80’s R&B entry for The Valentine Brothers, hit #28 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1986.

CALLOWAY – “I Wanna Be Rich” (1990)
This duo became one of the biggest one-hit wonders of the 90’s with this song about a guy who wants some mean green. Looking for their “pie in the sky”, they got it, at least for one brief moment in Pop history.

“I Wanna Be Rich” made the runner-up spot on the Hot 100 in the spring of 1990.

TONY! TONI! TONE! – “If I Had No Loot” (1993)
One of the last big New Jack Swing hits, the song became the trio’s biggest crossover success. Once you start earning those dollars, “friends” just want your cash; the message seemed to resonate with a lot of people.

“If I Had No Loot” got as high as #7 on the Hot 100 in 1993.

BARENAKED LADIES – “If I Had A Million Dollars” (1996)
The boys of BNL liked to have a little fun and this one was no exception. Originally a hit in Canada in 1992, it never received a single release in the United States, but garnered some unsolicited airplay beginning in 1996 after a version recorded live at the Bryant Street Theatre in Chicago was featured on their release Rock Spectacle. You wouldn’t have to eat Kraft Dinner, but you would.

“If I Had A Million Dollars” hit #13 on Canada’s National Singles Chart in 1992 and was rereleased in the United Kingdom in 1996.

WHITNEY HOUSTON – “Million Dollar Bill” (2009)
The late Miss Houston may have passed away earlier this year, but she still managed to get up and boogie on one of the highlights from her last studio album, I Look To You. It’s a retro-tinged jam that’s more about feeling like a million rather than making it, but it’s still an anthem.

“Million Dollar Bill” only hit #100 on the Hot 100 back in September 2009. It became a top-20 R&B and number-one Dance hit as well.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “MoneyGrabber” (2011)
This group from Los Angeles have made a name for themselves recalling that classic Stax Records sound. “MoneyGrabber” was their breakout song, where the protagonist is fed up of their lover and kicking them to the curb. Way to go.

“MoneyGrabber” hit the top-40 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart in 2011 and also hit #1 for a week on my own personal chart.

Further listening:
SHALAMAR – “Take That To The Bank” (1978)
DONNA SUMMER – “She Works Hard For The Money” (1983)
CYNDI LAUPER – “Money Changes Everything” (1985)
PRINCE & THE NEW POWER GENERATION – “Money Don’t Matter 2Night” (1992)
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE – “Strapped For Cash” (2007)

Did I miss anything? Have suggestions for other songs? Comment below or contact me: @AdamFSoybel on Twitter.

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