No more Mr. Brightside.
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 first year of high school was an awkward one, especially in the spring, with physics labs and algebra tests galore. Let’s say I preferred experimenting with music and calculating my tastes. Here’s what was happening on my chart dated April 3, 2005:
40. BETTER THAN EZRA, “A Lifetime”
38. BRYAN ADAMS, “This Side Of Paradise”
KELLY CLARKSON, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (35-21) (14 spots)
10. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Chariot”
So, the Make A Move era went a little awry… but we can still remember the classics, including this, which was charging its way up into the top ten and eventually into the #2 spot. It remains DeGraw’s biggest single to date on my top 40, which I don’t think will be changing anytime soon. You can currently find the singer/songwriter on the road through the summer.
09. INGRAM HILL, “Almost Perfect”
Probably the most obscure out of this week’s top ten songs, this group from Tennessee was signed to Hollywood Records when they released June’s Picture Show, featuring “Will I Ever Make It Home?” (which just missed my chart) as well as this. It was at its peak, spending two weeks at #9. They haven’t charted since “Almost”, but they’re still together as a trio.
08. U2, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own”
After shooting to the top with their international hit, “Vertigo”, the Irish band changed the pace a taste with their second single from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. Leader Bono wrote the song as a tribute to his father, who passed away four years before this single saw its release. “Sometimes” spent four weeks in a row at #8 and went to #97 on the Hot 100.
07. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home”
It’s hard to believe that the Canadian crooner has been making my top 40 for over a decade now, but it was back in 2003 that his remake of “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” peaked just outside the top 20. His first original song to chart became his first top ten, climbing to #3. He’s now been to #1 four times, most recently with 2013’s “It’s A Beautiful Day”.
06. JACK JOHNSON, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”
Surf’s up! Surfer turned singer Johnson had just released his new album, In Between Dreams, a few weeks before this and caught a tasty wave into the runner-up spot behind 50 Cent’s The Massacre. “Sitting” remains Johnson’s only #1 to make my chart, though he’s gone top ten six times since 2002. The last, “You And Your Heart”, spent two weeks at #2 in 2010.
05. ROB THOMAS, “Lonely No More”
It was one of the most hyped-up releases during the spring of 2005, and it hit my chart with a bang. “Lonely” is Thomas’s second-longest running #1 on my survey at six weeks total, just eclipsed by the eight weeks that “Her Diamonds” led atop in 2009. Parent album Something To Be also went to #1 on the Billboard 200. He continues on a solo tour through May.
04. HOWIE DAY, “Collide”
This may just be one of the musical equivalents of The Little Engine That Could. Co-written with Kevin Griffin of the trio Better Than Ezra, “Collide” slowly crept up the charts and topped my own for three weeks. Day is one of a handful acts to break nationally from the Pine Tree State, Maine. The others are Rick Pinette & Oak, Spose and Anna Kendrick.
03. TIM MCGRAW, “Live Like You Were Dying”
Yeehaw, kids. McGraw’s powerful ballad was the only Country hit in the top 40 that week, a huge #1 on that airplay chart during the prior year. Of course, he was also featured on Nelly‘s “Over And Over”, a chart-topping CHR record, but that didn’t end up on my list. “Live” is his biggest song to date. He’s now gaining on Country radio with “Lookin’ For That Girl”.
02. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow”
Talk about a huge surprise! After leadoff “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” barely missed the top ten in 2004 with a still very respectable peak, “Tomorrow” became a monster smash and spent six weeks at #1. This enabled it to be ranked as the top song on my Top 100 of 2005. It also became a moderate entry on the Hot AC airwaves. The quartet last charted in 2011.
01. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside”
Somebody told me that this song was riding high on my chart for a second week in a row. Gee, I wonder who it was? Well, the second charting single for this band from Las Vegas was indeed their biggest on my top 40, managing to hold onto the top spot for three weeks. The group’s had a pretty consistent output since then, including a few more top ten records, but “Brightside” remains their signature hit. Leader Brandon Flowers went to #1 for three weeks with “Crossfire” in 2010.
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