When your first high school reunion comes around, you start to realize that you might be getting just a little bit old. Sigh. Next month marks five years since I graduated from high school, but our Reunion Weekend happens to be this upcoming one. It’ll be great to see old friends again, catch up, have a fun time, etc. So, in honor of the Weekend to come and because this is a music blog, I give you a look back at the top songs in the nation when were last together for our Commencement on June 5, 2008. It reflected a mix of music, from pop to rap, and a lot of American Idol entries after the grand finale of season 7 wrapped up. We start off with the top ten:
#10: COLDPLAY – “Viva La Vida”
Ah, yes, the days when an advertisement Apple could give you all the exposure you needed. After falling back to #41 the previous week, “Viva” soared back up to #10 that week, becoming the group’s second top ten hit. It went to #1 for one week in late June. The group’s 2011 Mylo Xyloto album gave them three other top 40 singles, but this is by far their biggest single, having sold in excess of 3 million copies here.
#09: NATASHA BEDINGFIELD – “Pocketful Of Sunshine”
She had a pocketful of harmless pop ditties, including 2006’s “Unwritten” and this 2008 single, which both peaked at #5 on the Hot 100. This was the last time (to date) that Bedingfield had a top 40 single on the Hot 100, though her most recent appearance outside of it was last year on Lifehouse‘s “Between The Raindrops” (#79). She hopes to release a new studio album worldwide this year, her first in three years.
#08: MADONNA featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – “4 Minutes”
Her Madgesty was always a fan of keeping up with the youth, and so, she enlisted Justin Timberlake and Timbaland for her leadoff single from Hard Candy. Both a hit at retail and on the radio, it leapt to #3 on the Hot 100, which was her first top 5 hit in seven years (and her last to date.) Last year, she visited the top ten for a week with “Give Me All Your Luvin'” after a performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.
#07: RAY J featuring YUNG BERG – “Sexy Can I”
When he wasn’t making sex tapes with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian or writing songs about how he “hit it first”, Brandy‘s younger brother had his biggest solo hit with “Sexy”, the leadoff single from his album All I Need. It peaked at #3 and was his last top 40 hit to date; even “I Hit It First” couldn’t become a hit on its own. He’s still recording new music and no doubt, reeking of desperation while doing said action.
#06: USHER featuring YOUNG JEEZY – “Love In This Club”
Leaked on the internet in February of that year, “Love” garnered heavy airplay from the beginning and rose from 51-1 in one week in mid-March when it was released to digital retailers, selling a little under 200,000 downloads in its first week. It spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and also sent parent album Here I Stand to #1. Usher is currently serving as one of four judges on the television show The Voice.
#05: JORDIN SPARKS & CHRIS BROWN – “No Air”
Chris Brown and Rihanna would end up next to one another on our look back. Brown’s duet with the former American Idol winner Sparks gave her the biggest single of her career, peaking at #3, while Brown has gone on to several number-one singles. Though Sparks would see the top ten once more with 2009’s “Battlefield”, her career has been in decline since it. She’s currently romancing singer Jason Derulo.
#04: RIHANNA – “Take A Bow”
After hitting the top with 2006’s “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)” and 2007’s “Umbrella”, the Barbadian beauty took this ballad to #1 from the Reloaded edition of her Good Girl Gone Bad album. It was the second “Take A Bow” song title to hit the spot after Madonna‘s big ballad from 1995. Though her career has had its missteps, she’s still racking up the big hits, including her most recent, “Stay”, featuring vocalist Mikky Ekko.
#03: DAVID COOK – “The Time Of My Life”
It wouldn’t be an American Idol win without a big ballad to start it all off. David Cook won the battle over David Archuleta and this first single of his sold 236,000 copies in the three days after the Idol finale, enabling it to debut all the way up at #3 on the Hot 100, where it also peaked. Ten of his performances from the show also debuted that week, as network FOX withholds sales and chartings during the season.
#02: LEONA LEWIS – “Bleeding Love”
It was the international smash that broke Lewis in America after her win on the U.K. version of The X Factor. It spent four non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and went to the top in nearly three dozen countries. Lewis could never repeat the success of “Bleeding” in the States, though followup single “Better In Time” did gather significant airplay for a time. She is currently working on a fourth full-length album.
#01: LIL WAYNE featuring STATIC MAJOR – “Lollipop”
He may be in the middle of some health problems at the moment, but back in 2008, this rapper and singer were topping the charts, also at #1 on the Airplay survey. This song marked Lil Wayne‘s only time rising to #1 as a main-credited artist, as well as one of the only times a posthumous release (Major passed away three months before) went to #1, joining a list of others like Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.
David Cook: “The Time Of My Life” (#3), “Dream Big” (#15), “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (#22), “The World I Know” (#28), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#42), “Billie Jean” (#47), “Always Be My Baby” (#67), “Hello” (#73), “The Music Of The Night” (#77), “Eleanor Rigby” (#92), “I’m Alive” (#99)
David Archuleta: “Imagine” (#36), “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” (#58), “In This Moment” (#60)
“Should’ve Said No”, Taylor Swift (#84)
“That Song In My Head”, Julianne Hough (#88)
“Girls Around The World”, Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne (#93)
“Homecoming”, Kanye West featuring Chris Martin (#96)
Top 5 (or 6) Big Movers:
“Viva La Vida”, Coldplay (41-10) (+31)
“Dangerous”, Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon (76-51) (+25)
“I Kissed A Girl”, Katy Perry (40-21) (+19)
“Last Name”, Carrie Underwood (37-19) (+18)
“Apologize”, Timbaland presents OneRepublic (32-18) (+14, tie)
“Get Like Me”, David Banner featuring Chris Brown (88-74) (+14, tie)
Check out the full Hot 100 for June 7, 2008 at this link. Happy Reunion to all of you celebrating out there!