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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 18, 2004

A reasonable 2004 chart.

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 17 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 18, 2004…

Debuts:
39. USHER, “Confessions, Part II”

38. NICKELBACK, “Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good”
36. LENNY KRAVITZ, “Where Are We Runnin’”
29. SHERYL CROW, “Light In Your Eyes”

Biggest Mover(s):
CHERIE, “I’m Ready” (34-25)
JESSICA SIMPSON, “Take My Breath Away” (24-15, nine spots)

10. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (down 5)
Album: Permission To Land (2003, Must Destroy/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

09. HOOBASTANK, “The Reason” (up 3)
Album: The Reason (2003, Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

08. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You” (down 4)
Album: Three Days Grace (2003, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

07. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything” (up 2)
Album: So-Called Chaos (2004, Maverick/Reprise Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

06. BLINK-182, “I Miss You” (up 2)
Album: Blink-182 (2003, Geffen Records)
Peak: #5

05. HANSON, “Penny & Me” (up 6)
Album: Underneath (2004, 3CG Records)
Peak: #2

04. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (up 2)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. MAROON 5, “This Love” (steady, second week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live” (down 1)
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Red Blooded Woman” (up 1)
Album: Body Language (2004, Parlophone/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 8, 2017

Rhett’s a good bet.

Keep it country with this week’s batch of hot new releases, featuring several hitmakers from the genre, both old and new. There’s plenty more from outside of that world, so check out this week’s notable albums and singles:

THOMAS RHETT – Life Changes (iTunes)
Rhett’s star continues to rise in the Country world, with a number of chart-topping singles to his credit since 2013. His new set is already off to a good start, containing the Maren Morris-assisted “Craving You” (a #1 single at Country radio) and his latest hit at the format, “Unforgettable”, which is just below the top ten. It could very well be next week’s highest new entry.

JACK JOHNSON – All The Light Above It Too (iTunes)
Johnson is back and riding a wave into the top ten at the Triple A format with “My Mind Is For Sale”, and his latest studio album is also for sale (and streaming) at your favorite digital platform. Johnson’s last four studio releases, including one soundtrack, all went to #1 on the Billboard 200. We’ll see if this makes it five.

DUSTIN LYNCH – Current Mood (iTunes)
Lynch just scored his latest #1 at the Country format with “Small Town Boy”, with previous single “Seein’ Red” topping the list in February. Both songs are featured on this set, which should be one of the top new entries on both the overall and country charts.

More albums out this week: Gregg Allman‘s Southern Blood (iTunes), Hanson‘s Middle Of Nowhere – The Greatest Hits (iTunes), Kip Moore‘s Slowheart (iTunes), Leikeli47‘s Wash & Set (iTunes), Odesza‘s A Moment Apart (iTunes), The National‘s Sleep Well Beast (iTunes), Toby Keith‘s The Bus Songs (iTunes), Tori Amos‘s Native Invader (iTunes), Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TOMI‘s Used To (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2U (Seeb Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Another Shot”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“Be Real”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Bringing It Home” and “Lookin’ Up”, Barenaked Ladies (iTunes)
“Come Together”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“Craving”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Dusk Till Dawn”, ZAYN featuring Sia (iTunes)
“Echoes”, Theory Of A Deadman (iTunes)
“Everyday”, The Americanos featuring D.R.A.M & Kyle (iTunes)
“Fantasy”, George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers (iTunes)
“Flowers”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
“Go To Work”, Nadine (iTunes)
“Holding Your Tongue”, Terror Jr. (iTunes)
“Hurry Up!”, Superfruit (iTunes)
“I Believe I’m Fine”, Robin Schulz & Hugel (iTunes)
“I’ll Name The Dogs”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
“Let Me Go”, Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt (iTunes)
“Love”, iLoveMakonnen featuring Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“Love So Soft” and “Move You”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Mattress (Valley Girl Remix)”, Leland featuring Allie X (iTunes)
“Miles (Acoustic)”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“More More More”, Dagny (iTunes)
“More Than You Know (Acoustic)”, Axwell /\ Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Never Going Back”, The Score (iTunes)
“Out Of My Head”, Loote (iTunes)
“Red Bow”, Union Moon (iTunes)
“Rocket”, Miriam Bryant featuring NEIKED (iTunes)
“Say It To My Face”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Selfish Love (Acoustic)”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Swerve”, Starrah & Diplo (iTunes)
“The Line”, Foo Fighters (iTunes)
“Too Good At Goodbyes”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, Beck (iTunes)
“What Good Is Love”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“You’re The Best Thing About Me”, U2 (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from the Foo Fighters, Galantis and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 9, 2004

"Me" in 2004.

“Me” in 2004.

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 twelve years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 9, 2004…

Debuts:
31. FEFE DOBSON, “Don’t Go (Girls & Boys)”
29. ASHLEE SIMPSON, “Pieces Of Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
RYAN CABRERA, “On The Way Down” (32-12, twenty spots)

10. MAROON 5, “This Love” (down 3)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, J/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

09. YELLOWCARD, “Ocean Avenue” (steady, third week)
Album: Ocean Avenue (2003, Capitol Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. CHERIE, “I’m Ready” (up 3)
Album: Cherie (2004, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. JESSICA SIMPSON, “Take My Breath Away” (up 3)
Album: In This Skin: Collector’s Edition (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. BLINK-182, “I Miss You” (down 1)
Album: Blink-182 (2003, Geffen Records)
Peak: #5

05. HANSON, “Penny & Me” (up 1)
Album: Underneath (2004, 3CG Records)
Peak: #2

04. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything” (steady, second week)
Album: So-Called Chaos (2004, Maverick/Reprise Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Red Blooded Woman” (down 2)
Album: Body Language (2004, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. HOOBASTANK, “The Reason” (up 2)
Album: The Reason (2003, Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 23, 2004

"Ready" for another top ten countdown.

“Ready” for another top ten countdown.

It is time for yet 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’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. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the end of May and the weekend before Memorial Day for my favorite songs from this week in 2004…

Debuts:
39. KEVIN LYTTLE, “Turn Me On”
34. EAMON, “I Love Them…”
31. COUNTING CROWS, “Accidentally In Love”

Biggest Mover(s):
BRITNEY SPEARS, “Everytime” (27-20, seven spots)

10. LOS LONELY BOYS, “Heaven” (up 1)
Album: Los Lonely Boys (2004, Epic/OR Records)
Peak: #4 for five weeks

09. JOJO, “Leave (Get Out)” (up 3)
Album: JoJo (2004, BlackGround/Universal Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

08. HANSON, “Penny & Me” (down 3)
Album: Underneath (2004, 3CG Records)
Peak: #2

07. ASHLEE SIMPSON, “Pieces Of Me” (up 3)
Album: Autobiography (2004, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. JESSICA SIMPSON, “Take My Breath Away” (steady, second week)
Album: In This Skin: Collector’s Edition (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. RYAN CABRERA, “On The Way Down” (up 3)
Album: Take It All Away (2004, E.V.L.A./Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

04. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (down 2)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. CHERIE, “I’m Ready” (up 1)
Album: Cherie (2004, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything” (up 1)
Album: So-Called Chaos (2004, Maverick/Reprise Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. HOOBASTANK, “The Reason” (steady, third week)
Album: The Reason (2003, Island/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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Adam’s Top Albums of 2013 — Part One (20-11)

Some say that the album is dead thanks to the usual excuses: complaints about filler and lackluster quality, the down trend of sales in the single heavy market we’re currently trapped in and fewer and fewer artists getting signed to major labels. To that I say, nonsense! Plenty of awesome albums came out this year chock full of great songs from both commercially successful acts and independent DIY musicians. From pop to rock to dance and everything in-between, I’ve ranked 20 of my favorites from the year that was.

For this survey, dozens of albums were considered, both those released this year and those released last year that I heard for the first time this year. (I did not compile any sort of albums year-end list in 2012.) About 30-35 made the shortlist, then that was eventually crammed down to the 20 you’re about to see over the next two days.

Just missing the chart:
25. The Band PerryPioneer
24. Barenaked LadiesGrinning Streak
23. New PoliticsA Bad Girl In Harlem
22. Jessie WareDevotion
21. John NewmanTribute

Let’s check off the first ten on the list and let you in on what ranks between 20-11 for 2013:

One step "Closer" to a hit.

“Closer” to the charts.

20. TEGAN & SARA – Heartthrob
Sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have had their share of musical ups and downs in the past 15 years; this year featured a change of sound into the pop world rather than their usual indie rock fare with the help of producer Greg Kurstin. The effort was both a critical and commercial success, including the hit “Closer” and the solid followup single, “I Was A Fool”.

Pop the Bublé.

Pop the Bublé.

19. MICHAEL BUBLÉ – To Be Loved
The Canadian crooner delivered another good effort, becoming his latest #1 album on the Billboard 200. Leadoff single “It’s A Beautiful Day”, adult contemporary speak for a four letter word followed by a “you”, topped my survey for four weeks, while remakes of “Somethin’ Stupid” (with Reese Witherspoon) and “Who’s Lovin’ You” were keeping it smooth.

Down with the kids.

Down with the kids.

18. TOM ODELL – Long Way Down
Odell just turned 23 in November, and a what year 2013 was for him. His first album debuted at #1 went Gold in his native U.K., with third release “Another Love” becoming a top ten record on the Singles Chart. It also ascended into the top 20 on my survey. From the mellow “Grow Old With Me” and title track to the rockier “Hold Me”, it’s a great start for the singer.

The pop princess of Prism.

This is how she do.

17. KATY PERRY – PRISM (PGTC Review)
This year, Perry came back with a bang, or should I say a “Roar”, and filled the pop charts once again with joyous jams. While the first half of the album shines with a ton of potential radio-ready tracks like “Birthday” and “International Smile”, it falls off significantly in the second half, leading to an uneven album. It’s no Teenage Dream, but it’s no nightmare either.

"Girl", you know it's true.

Where’s the love?

16. HANSON – Anthem
Long after the days of the 1997 pop anthem “Mmmbop”, the Oklahoma trio are still cranking out great music in 2013 on what could be their best album yet. Lead single “Get The Girl Back” rose to #11 on my chart, their biggest hit in nine years. Mixing elements of rock and soul with their nice nostalgic touch, tracks like “Fired Up” and “You Can’t Stop Us” shine on.

So far Gone.

So far Gone.

15. HAIM – Days Are Gone
You saw them appear on Saturday Night Live in November and a few months prior to that, their first album debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200. The brilliantly constructed ode to fun 80’s pop is felt throughout the entire effort, especially on the first few songs like “Forever”, “The Wire” and “Don’t Save Me”. Do save a place for this on your 2013 list, however.

Don't Walk away from this one.

Don’t Walk away from this one.

14. WALK OFF THE EARTH – R.E.V.O.
Their YouTube videos rank them highly in the viral community, and earlier this year, the quintet released their first album through Columbia Records. The Canadian band managed to put a pair of singles into my top ten this year: “Red Hands” (#5) and “Gang Of Rhythm” (#10). Mixing flavors of pop, reggae and ska, their breezy sound is as sunny as a summer day.

A page-turner.

A page-turner.

13. FIVE FOR FIGHTING – Bookmarks (PGTC Review)
48-year-old John Ondrasik took his time when recording his new album, and for the most part, the end product was satisfactory. Produced by longtime collaborator Gregg Wattenberg, the set captures great moments, including single “What If” and the soaring “Heaven Knows”, but also has its share of odd sequences and cheesy lyrics. It’s still worth a read.

Bravely entering the release ring.

Bravely entering the countdown.

12. SARA BAREILLES – The Blessed Unrest (PGTC Review)
Probably the most surprising nomination for a GRAMMY Award for Album Of The Year as announced last week, Bareilles’s third major label LP on Epic Records is a collection pleasant pop tunes mixed with a pinch of experimental choices. While it falls short of her previous albums, songs like “Chasing The Sun” and “I Choose You” are lovely selections.

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

They’ll be “Counting” spots.

11. ONEREPUBLIC – Native
The band who said it’s too late to apologize doesn’t have to be sorry for this. Delayed until March, Native was their most critically successful album yet, and they’ll be “Counting Stars” for a while. While single “If I Lose Myself” is their highest ranked song on my Top 100 of 2013, I’m also a fan of “Burning Bridges” and “I Lived”, which haven’t seen a wide release.

Look out for my top ten albums of 2013 coming tomorrow on the blog. Until then, if you’re liking any of my choices so far, comment below or find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 18)

Yeezus take the wheel.

Yeezus take the wheel.

It’s a rapper’s delight this week as three of them go head-to-head on the charts. Only one can wrap themselves around the top spot. Here’s what is in stores this week, June 18:

  • Both his album and his new baby with Kim Kardashian leaked over the weekend, but that’s not going to stop Kanye West from being the highest new entry on next week’s album chart. His Yeezus is released today, one of the most-highly anticipated releases this summer. (iTunes)
  • Rapper J. Cole is out with his second album, Born Sinner, which features recent R&B hit “Power Trip” with Miguel and new single “Crooked Smile” with TLC. His last album debuted at #1 and was certified Gold. (iTunes)
  • Currently featured on Ariana Grande‘s hit “The Way”, Mac Miller serves up his second album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Two digital singles from the effort have charted just below the Hot 100. (iTunes)
  • Former Destiny’s Child singer and now solo artist Kelly Rowland is giving us lessons on how to Talk A Good Game this week. The effort features “Dirty Laundry” and “Kisses Down Low”. (iTunes)
  • Country cutie Hunter Hayes is back with an Encore edition of his self-titled debut album, which features the current Country radio single, “I Want Crazy”. (iTunes)
  • They took the world by storm with “Mmmbop” back in 1997. Now, Hanson return with their latest studio set, Anthem. (iTunes)
  • Pop and rap duo 3OH!3 are back with their third major label album and first in three years, Omens. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: BWB‘s Human Nature (iTunes), Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark‘s Blind, Crippled and Crazy (iTunes), a self-titled album by the LoCash Cowboys (iTunes) and Kveikur by Iceland’s Sigur Rós. (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Best I Ever Had”, the first single from Gavin DeGraw‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Bourbon In Kentucky”, a new one from Dierks Bentley featuring background vocals from Kacey Musgraves. (iTunes)
  • “Made In America”, a new song from the family band Cimorelli. (iTunes)
  • “Ooh La La”, from the soundtrack to The Smurfs 2, from pop goddess Britney Spears. (iTunes)
  • “Paper Doll”, the highly anticipated new single from John Mayer. (iTunes)
  • “Woman’s World”, a return to music for legend Cher. (iTunes)

Next week’s schedule isn’t particularly exciting, but do look for albums from Mavis Staples, Wale and more on our next update!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 19, 2013

Rosenbergs are red, violets are blue...

Rosenbergs are red, violets are blue…

DEBUTS
39. Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
38. Train featuring Ashley Monroe – Bruises | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
27. Sheppard – Let Me Down Easy (32)
26. Sara Bareilles – Brave (31)
24. Bruno Mars – Treasure (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. Hanson – Get The Girl Back (22)
13. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (08) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
09. fun. – Why Am I The One? (09) | PEAK: #06
08. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Matt Hires – Restless Heart (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Florida-Georgia Line featuring Nelly – Cruise (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League (02) | PEAK: #02
04. Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Daniel Powter – Crazy All My Life (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Passenger – Let Her Go (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lee DeWyze – Silver Lining (3)
2. Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper – True Love (5)
3. One Direction – Rock Me (2)
4. Jillette Johnson – Cameron (4)
5. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments (7)
6. Rod Stewart – She Makes Me Happy (1)
7. Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song (-)
8. Mika featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song (9)
9. Hunter Hayes – Somebody’s Heartbreak (-)
10. Sammy Adams featuring Mike Posner – L.A. Story (-)

In The Mix:
Bon Jovi – What About Now
Britney Spears – Ooh La La (new)
David Cook – Laying Me Low
Demi Lovato – Made In The USA
Lana Del Rey – Young And Beautiful (new)
Lawson featuring B.o.B – Brokenhearted (new)
OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Paramore – Still Into You
Quadron – Hey Love
Shinedown – I’ll Follow You
Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed
Tegan & Sara – I Was A Fool
The Script – Millionaires (new)
The Villians – (My) Rainy Day Girl

Chart Notes:

  • Passenger‘s “Let Her Go” spends its second week at #1 on my chart, the first single to make it on from his album All The Little Lights. The song is up to #2 in the United Kingdom this week, and is currently on four Hot Adult Contemporary stations in the United States, waiting for the magic to happen.
  • Scoring her fifteenth top ten single on my chart, Kelly Clarkson climbs from 11-8 with “People Like Us”, passing Britney Spears (14) on the all-time list of female artists with the most top ten hits. Only Pink (20) and Christina Aguilera (18) have more.
  • Up to #16 this week with a leap of six notches is Hanson with “Get The Girl Back”, which now becomes the trio’s biggest hit on my chart in nine years. It was back in 2004 that “Penny & Me” rose up to #2. They still have a ways to go, but it’s always good to see an act put out quality work nearly twenty years into their career.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to Train and newcomer Ashley Monroe with “Bruises”, at #38. The band’s former number-one, “Mermaid”, falls off this week. It’s the fourth single to reach my chart from their most recent album, California 37.
  • Also entering this week is “Dear Darlin'” from Olly Murs, which comes in at #39. Murs is the most successful act to make my chart from the U.K. version of The X Factor with six top 40 singles, pulling ahead of One Direction and their five.

See my full chart on the M4BCC message board.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Hanson – “Get The Girl Back” (+ Lyrics)

"Girl", you know it's true.

“Girl”, you know it’s true.

Quite a few of you recently have been searching my blog for this new song from our favorite Mmmboppers, Hanson, probably because I’ve been listing it in consideration for my personal chart for a couple of weeks now. So, I’m glad you found it and welcome, of course! It should make it into my Top 10 Next In Line in the next few weeks and then we’ll see if it’s strong enough to make my top 40. For now, here’s a look back at the tremendous trio and their past releases, as well as their new one. If you haven’t heard it yet, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.

As we know, the bodacious brothers that comprise the group are Isaac, Taylor and Zac. After performing together for some time, they signed to Mercury Records and released Middle Of Nowhere in 1997. They shined with their huge summer hit, “Mmmbop”, which spent nine weeks at #1 on the airplay chart. The album eventually rose to #2 and went 4X Platinum. The three followup releases to it were largely overshadowed by that massive song, which continued to secure airplay during the rest of the year. They were: “Where’s The Love?”, which quickly rose to #6 (but spent a paltry 12 weeks in the top 40), “I Will Come To You”, a ballad, which went to #17, and “Weird”, arguably their most mature release of the era, which only managed to climb to #32. Only “Mmmbop” and “Come” were issued with physical CD singles at a time when airplay-only songs couldn’t make the Hot 100, and both went top ten on that survey. A Christmas album, Snowed In, was released in November 1997.

Due to a label restructuring in 1998, Hanson were transferred to Island Records and issued This Time Around in 2000. Reaction was mixed, though many complimented the band’s sound adjustment from bubblegum pop to a more pop/rock sound. It attained a Gold certification, but it was largely seen as a failure compared to their last album. “This Time Around”, the lead single, barely made the top 30 in airplay (#20 Hot 100), and “If Only” missed the top 40 completely. In the wake of this, label complications ensued, new material was rejected, and the boys eventually went independent in 2003 creating 3 Car Garage Records, or 3CG. The first album to come off of it, Underneath, came out in 2004. “Penny & Me”, which went to #2 on my personal chart, received minor airplay. It went to #10 in the United Kingdom. The Walk followed in 2007, followed by Shout It Out in 2010, which saw them introduce a soulful twist into their music. Two singles from it, “Give A Little” and “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin'”, made the top 30 on my chart.

Hanson is, no doubt, blossoming as the power pop band that they’ve turned into. They’ve always had it in them, but I’ve especially noticed it in their last few releases. Shout It Out is totally under-appreciated in terms of national success. Their new single, “Get The Girl Back”, is another moment of musical mastery. It’s not exactly R&B and it’s not a straight-up pop record either. It’s a sort of fusion of them, but that doesn’t do it justice. How do you categorize a track that has a lyric straight out of the 60’s, the big band sound of The Blues Brothers, the 90’s guitar riffs of Fountains Of Wayne and a vocal that’s modern-day Hanson? How about just “great”? With Taylor on lead vocal, the track is a full-out jam and soars to new levels for the band. The song is currently at Hot Adult Contemporary radio now, though it hasn’t picked up any significant airplay as of yet. It’ll probably take a few weeks for program directors to consider it, so, you know, don’t go bombarding them with e-mails and requests just yet. An album is to follow on June 18 entitled Anthem. Listen to the track below and let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. It’s a summer smash waiting to happen, and just maybe he’ll find that girl again with his new hit song.

Listen to Hanson‘s new single, “Get The Girl Back”. / Pre-order “Get The Girl Back” on iTunes.

[Verse 1]
She’s about to walk away
So if you’re gonna make her want to stay
Tell her she’s your moon and sun
Tell her that she’s always been the one
You’ve gotta say it from the heart
‘Cause she will know a fake right from the start

[Bridge 1]
A girl like that deserves the best, uh, yeah
You’ve got to show her (show her)
That you’re not like all the rest

[Chorus]
It’s about time that you put your cards back on the table
It’s about time that you show her you’re willing and able
It’s about time that you get the girl back
That you get the girl back on your side
You’ve got to get the girl back, get the girl back
Yeah

You’ve got to get that girl back

[Verse 2]
Tell her she was always right
You were in the wrong, you can’t deny
‘Cause when she’s caught somebody’s eye
It will be too late to apologize

[Bridge 2]
Before she shuts you out, oh yeah
You’ve got to tell her (tell her)
Tell her that there is no doubt

[Chorus]

[Post-Chorus]
You’ve got to get the, you’ve got to get the girl back
Get the girl back, you’ve got to

[Middle 8]
Get the girl back, get the girl back, back on your side
Get the girl back, get the girl back, you’ve got to, got to
Get the girl back, get the girl back, back on your side
‘Cause it’s, it’s

[End]
It’s about time, oh
It’s about time (Ooh oh no, ooh oh no)
Get the girl back, get the girl back, back on your side (x3)
Get the girl back, you’ve got to get the girl back

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THE FRIDAY FORTY: Top 40 Boy Bands of the Last 25 Years

Happy Friday! Welcome to a special edition of an occasional segment I’m putting together called The Friday Forty. Consider it a definitive list on all sorts of music-related topics (and much better than those VH1 lists!)

With newer boy bands all over the charts and older boy bands reuniting one after the other, I give you the list of the top 40 boy bands of the past 25 years as tabulated by myself. You may call them man bands or R&B groups, but in the end, these youngsters all comprised boy bands that we listened to on the radio or saw in concert. Rankings were based off of CHR airplay peaks from Radio & Records and Mediabase 24/7, and additional points were added in for #1 songs and main-credited solo or duo hits. Entries were not counted prior to January 1988, so some groups may not have their entire chart life counted. Also, worldwide success is not factored into this list; it’s solely U.S.-based data. With all that said, let’s get the chart started.

Just missing the top 40 are 3T, BoyzoneBrother BeyondDru Hill and Immature.

40. THE BOYS (One entry)
(Biggest hit: “Dial My Heart”, #16 in 1989)

39. H-TOWN (One entry)
(Biggest hit: “Knockin’ Da Boots”, #15 in 1993)

38. PERFECT GENTLEMEN (One entry)
(Biggest hit: “Ooh La La (I Can’t Get Over You)”, #13 in 1990)

37. WESTLIFE (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Swear It Again”, #21 in 2000)

36. THE CLICK FIVE (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Just The Girl”, #17 in 2005)

35. 5IVE (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “When The Lights Go Out”, #15 in 1998)

34. 112 (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Peaches And Cream”, #15 in 2001)

33. TAKE THAT (One entry, plus two solo by Robbie Williams and one by Gary Barlow)
(Biggest hit: “Back For Good”, #9 in 1995)

32. SOUL FOR REAL (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Candy Rain”, #21 in 1995)

31. JAGGED EDGE (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Where The Party At?” [featuring Nelly], #11 in 2001)

30. ANOTHER BAD CREATION (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Iesha”, #21 in 1991)

29. MINT CONDITION (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)”, #10 in 1992)

28. BIG TIME RUSH (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Music Sounds Better With You” [featuring Mann], #26 in 2012)

27. JOE PUBLIC (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Live And Learn”, #2 in 1992)

26. NEXT (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Too Close”, #6 in 1998)

25. SOULDECISION (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Faded”, #6 in 2000)

24. SILK (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Freak Me”, #3 in 1993)

23. B2K (Four entries, plus two solo by Omarion)
(Biggest hit: “Bump, Bump, Bump” [featuring P. Diddy], #3 in 2003)

22. THE WANTED (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Glad You Came”, #1 in 2012)

21. NO MERCY (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Where Do You Go?”, #3 in 1996)

20. BLACKSTREET
Out of New York City, this quintet scored a #12 hit in early 1997 with “No Diggity”, which featured Dr. Dre. They remained hot on the R&B scene and scored two other top-40 hits on the pop survey, the last of them in 1999. They disbanded shortly afterwards, then came back for an album in 2003 before calling it quits again. Several members went onto solo success and hit records as a member of other groups.

19. NEW EDITION
After parting ways with Bobby Brown, the group managed a #8 peak with “If It Isn’t Love” in 1988 and three charting singles from a reunion in 1996. Solo efforts by Johnny Gill  and Ralph Tresvant were included in the total, though Brown’s solo efforts were not since he had left. If the countdown encompassed all of their releases, the group would’ve ranked much higher.

18. BELL BIV DEVOE
Speaking of New Edition, this side project by Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe was an instant success in 1990, with back-to-back top tens “Poison” and “Do Me!” Two other minor singles followed before the three took a break, eventually reuniting with their old band in 1996. They still perform together as a trio.

17. LFO
From Boston, the Lyte Funky Ones scored a big summer single with 1999’s appropriately titled “Summer Girls”. Of their six singles to make the airplay chart, “Every Other Time” was their biggest, reaching #10 in 2001. Though they attempted a comeback in 2009, it fizzled quickly. Lead singer Rich Cronin passed away in 2010.

16. BBMAK
These three Brits had a breakthrough in 2000 when they reached #8 with their first and biggest single, “Back Here”. Three other top-40 hits followed, the last one coming in 2002. All three members pursued music in some form after the band’s breakup, most notably Christian Burns, who took a solo dance route and Stephen McNally, who fronts a band called 10 Reasons To Live.

15. JONAS BROTHERS
With Disney aiding their career, these three brothers from New Jersey took the charts by storm in 2007 and accumulated four top-40 hits within a year. “Burnin’ Up” remains their biggest song, hitting #12 during the summer of 2008. Their last entry to date in 2009 brought their total to five, but the band is planning to release a new album this year. One minor solo single for brother Joe Jonas, “See No More”, is added into their total.

14. SHAI
The four men of this group all went to college together in Washington, D.C. and after passing on a demo tape to a local disc jockey who got it on air, their song blew up and became one of the only all a cappella singles to make the top 40: “If I Ever Fall In Love”, from 1992, reaching #3. Another single, “Baby I’m Yours”, hit the same position in 1993. After four pop hits, they charted several other songs on the R&B chart until 1996.

13. O-TOWN
Hey, hey, they’re not The Monkees, but this quintet formed on ABC’s Making The Band in 2000. Their first of five singles, “Liquid Dreams”, became a minor entry in early 2001, but it was their follow-up, a big ballad called “All Or Nothing”, that launched them into the #1 spot at CHR radio. They last hit the top 50 in 2003. One solo release by Ashley Parker Angel, “Let U Go” from 2006, is included in their total.

12. ALL-4-ONE
Hailing from California, this quintet has the distinction of releasing three covers in a row, which all went top three: in chronological order, the #2 “So Much In Love” (The Tymes) from 1994, followed by the #1 “I Swear” later that year and the #3 “I Can Love You Like That” in 1995 (both by John Michael Montgomery.) After an original song tanked in 1996, they were done on pop radio, and were dropped a few years later. They’ve been between labels since, with some small AC and R&B singles every few years.

11. JODECI
When two groups of brothers got together in North Carolina, their soulful sound gave them a string of pop and R&B hits. Taken under the wing of then-executive P. Diddy, the quartet put three singles from their debut album, Forever My Lady, into the top 40. It wasn’t until 1993 that they attained their only top ten hit, a live version of “Lately” from MTV Unplugged. It peaked at #6. After one more top-20 single in 1994, the group’s crossover success was done, but brothers K-Ci & JoJo made their mark several years later with songs like 1998’s “All My Life” (#2). Four of their singles were mixed into the total.

…and now, for the top ten boy bands on the chart.

"Feels good" to rank up here.

“Feels good” to rank up here.

10. TONY! TONI! TONÉ!

Oakland’s finest had been working on records for several years before they finally made it onto the pop survey in 1990 with the #15 “Feels Good”, from their album, The Revival. The trio had their greatest success in 1993 when they mixed new jack swing and soul on their #2 hit, “If I Had No Loot”, which was a followed by a slower song, “Anniversary”, which topped out at #5. After one more top-40 hit in 1994 and a minor entry in 1996, Raphael Saadiq left the group, but they still continue on today with a replacement singer. He’s seen some minor R&B hits, but a whole lot of critical success. He’s even currently appearing in a car commercial. The group hasn’t recorded any new material since the 90’s.

Still playing hard to get.

Still playing, but not hard to get.

09. HI-FIVE

Five friends from Texas came together in 1989, got signed to Jive Records, and I’m sure there were high-fives all around. The group only managed to place four songs onto the airplay chart, the fewest of any act in the top tier of this list, but the first three all went top ten: 1991’s “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” (#2) and “I Can’t Wait Another Minute” (#9), plus 1992’s “She’s Playing Hard To Get” (#4). After an additional top-20 single the next year, the quintet scored several other moderate R&B hits before disbanding shortly afterwards. Lead singer Tony Thompson died in 2007. They band returned in 2012 with new members and a self-released single, but it failed to chart.

Sealed with a "Kiss".

Sealed with a “Kiss”.

08. ONE DIRECTION

Surprised to see them so high? The five boys who came together on the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2010 have a made a significant mark on the charts in just under a year in the States. Both their debut album Up All Night and second release Take Me Home entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart last year. Only one of their radio releases has gone top ten, however: “What Makes You Beautiful”, which peaked at #4 last June. Yet, each of their four followup releases have gone top twenty, and this has all happened within ten or eleven months. They’re huge. They just released a Comic Relief cover of Blondie‘s “One Way Or Another” this week. Unsurprisingly, it’s a smash. They’ll be around for a while.

Bopped 'til the dropped (off the charts.)

Bopped ’til the dropped (off the charts.)

07. HANSON

Take three brothers from Texas, given them six letters to play around with, and what do you get? A blockbuster hit. “Mmmbop”. It spent nine weeks at #1 from May to July 1997, and though radio wanted to get rid of it as quickly as they DJs put it on the air, you can’t help but recognize it as one of the key tracks that led to the growth of bubblegum pop in the late 90’s. The group had four top-40 hits following it, but not one matched the peaks that their biggest single rose to. (“Where’s The Love?” did hit the top ten, however.) After seven airplay entries ending in 2004, the boys are still together today recording on their own independent label.

Give them just one spot (un lugar.)

Give them just one spot (un lugar.)

06. 98 DEGREES

Things were just heating up with this four-man group from Ohio when their first single, “Invisible Man”, went to #10 in 1997. It wasn’t until 1999 that the group did considerably well on the teen circuit with songs like the #4 “The Hardest Thing” and the #5 “I Do (Cherish You)”. They reached their commercial peak by 2000 with Revelation and their last top ten, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” (#7) before their airplay and sales fell off quickly the next year. After the band broke up, Nick Lachey famously married Jessica Simpson, did a reality show, divorced, and wrote a whole album of breakup songs called What’s Left Of Me in 2006. The title track went to #5 and a followup to #25, both included in their total. The quartet is back together and releasing 2.0 in May on eOne Records.

Caught in a Badd romance.

Caught in a Badd romance.

05. COLOR ME BADD

Discovered by Robert Bell of Kool & The Gang, the quartet based out of Oklahoma made a name for themselves beginning in 1991 with the #2 single “I Wanna Sex You Up”, featured in the film New Jack City. The group has eight top ten singles to their credit, including one #1, “I Adore Mi Amor”, and another #2, “All 4 Love” (1992). After a failed album in 1998 that gave them their last of ten airplay charters, the group disbanded, but most went onto solo projects. The most successful of them, Sam Watters, produced and wrote/co-wrote singles for Anastacia, Jessica Simpson and Natasha Bedingfield. The three other members recently reunited and are looking to put out new music this year.

Can't block these boys out.

Can’t block these boys out.

04. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

After his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to try his luck with a caucasian version of the band, originally signed as Nynuk before changing their name. Sales were slow to start, but after 1988’s “Please Don’t Go Girl” became a national top ten hit, the group hit superstardom. In 1989, they placed six songs into the top 40, including #1’s “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” and “Hangin’ Tough”. Step By Step and its title track soon followed in 1990, but after a backlash and accusations of lip syncing, the five members parted in 1994 after ten hits. After a reunion in 2008 which brought in two other top-40 entries, the New Kids plan on releasing an album in April called 10 before going on tour. Two solo singles apiece by Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight also boosted their ranking.

It's gonna be them.

It’s gonna be them.

03. *NSYNC

Formed by Lou Pearlman in the mid-1990’s, they invaded Europe before capturing the hearts of millions of girls in the United States in 1998 with songs like “I Want You Back” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart”, both #5 hits. By 2000, they had hit their full potential with a huge #1 single for ten weeks, “Bye Bye Bye”, followed by “It’s Gonna Be Me”, which spent six weeks at the top. It propelled parent album No Strings Attached to 2.4 million copies in sales in its first week alone, a record which will likely never be beaten. Celebrity followed in 2001 with three additional top ten hits, bringing their total of top-40 hits to 11 before they broke apart in 2002. JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake pursued solo careers; the former has two top-40 singles to his credit, and the latter has eleven main credits (which are all included in the group’s total.) Timberlake’s also acted in several movies, including The Social Network.

Not quite the "end of the road."

Not quite the “end of the road.”

02. BOYZ II MEN

After looking up to New Edition all their lives, this quartet from Philadelphia got their big break in 1989 when the members of Bell Biv Devoe heard them at a local tour stop and were impressed. Michael Bivans eventually agreed to manage the group, leading to their 1991 debut album, Cooleyhighharmony, and the #5 smash “Motownphilly”. They were an overnight success, scoring three other top five singles by the end of 1992. They were perhaps best known for their songs that struck around for a while at the peak of the pop chart, even when the overall speed of the survey had a quick turnover. “End Of The Road” was #1 for six weeks in 1992, the same amount of time “On Bended Knee” stayed at the top in 1994 and into 1995. However, it was their duet with Mariah Carey, “One Sweet Day”, that managed the longest run at the top spot: eight weeks, from December 1995 to February 1996. Their last minor charting single came in 2000 and after a run of thirteen top-40 hits, they were finally done. They group downsized to a trio several years ago and made a few albums of cover songs. Their last original studio album, Twenty, came out in 2011.

All you could "Want" in a boy band.

All you could “Want” in a boy band.

01. BACKSTREET BOYS

Well, we’ve come to the cream of the pop, the top-ranking boy band of the latest twenty-five years based on airplay data. Another of Lou Pearlman’s acts, the quintet based out of Florida officially began their journey in 1993 and released their first single in the U.S., “We’ve Got It Goin’ On”, in the fall of 1995. It just dented the CHR top 40. After finding incredible success in Europe, the Boys gave it a second go in the States and produced a #2 hit in 1997’s “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)”, the first of ten consecutive top ten hits from the group. In that impressive chain, two number one singles: 1999’s “I Want It That Way” and 2000’s “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely”. Parent album Millenium sold 1.1 million copies its first week, a record at the time, and 9.5 million in its first year alone. Black & Blue opened with 1.6 million first week in the fall of 2000, but the singles had less of an impact on the charts and the album eventually sold less than half of what Millenium did. After going on a hiatus for several years, the band has put out several studio albums since 2005, but they clearly haven’t matched up in airplay or sales compared to their efforts at their peak. Nevertheless, they’ve been going strong as a group for twenty years now and have a total of 18 top-40 hits, and that’s something to be respected. They recently went the independent route for a Christmas single and plan to release new music in 2013. However, their legacy will always be their late 90’s hits, the videos, the TRL appearances, the pandemonium, etc. They truly deserve the #1 spot on the this list.

That’s going to do it for this Friday Forty. Hope you enjoyed this look back in boy band history, and let me know if I missed any along the way! Or, suggest a topic for the next Friday Forty! Leave a comment below or contact me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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