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. This week, we settle into my sophomore year of high school. It wasn’t really my favorite year, but the music of that era got me through it. Here’s a look at my top 40 from November 20, 2005:
40. SHAKIRA, “Don’t Bother”
38. KT TUNSTALL, “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree”
LINDSAY LOHAN, “Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)” (25-16) (9 spots)
10. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day”
Long before it was featured on American Idol and became a smash in the United States, Powter’s song was a hit the year prior in countries like the United Kingdom and his native Canada. At the time, it was coming off a six-week run at #1 on my chart, but as soon as a U.S. release was announced, it would launch back up my top 40 for an additional ten weeks at the top in 2006. Not “Bad” at all.
09. HOWIE DAY, “She Says”
After the ballad “Collide” spent three weeks at #1 earlier that year, Day’s label, Epic, reissued this initial second single from Stop All The World Now in a newly recorded version. Though it didn’t do nearly as well on the radio charts, it spent a week at #4 on my survey. The singer born in Brewer, ME would chart once more in 2009 with “Be There”. He’s currently on a small tour around New England.
08. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Save The Last Dance For Me”
This Canadian crooner was on his way to big success. His debut era was full of remakes, including “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” by the Bee Gees and “Kissing A Fool” by George Michael, but this was his first to break into my top ten. The song first done by The Drifters holds the record for most weeks spent at #3 — nine consecutive frames. Luckily, he’s gone onto four #1 singles here.
07. MADONNA, “Hung Up”
Time goes by so slowly… although this song came and went in the U.S. for the “Material Girl” after a disappointing American Life era two years prior. Sampling the 1979 ABBA track, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”, “Hung” spent a week at #1 on my top 40, followed by “Sorry”, which peaked at #3 a few months later. Parent album Confessions On A Dance Floor went Platinum.
06. SANTANA featuring MICHELLE BRANCH and THE WRECKERS, “I’m Feelin’ You”
Lightning doesn’t strike twice, though it was close enough. After collaborating on “The Game Of Love”, a #1 on my chart in late 2002, “I’m” peaked at #3. This was both Branch and Santana‘s last top ten single on my chart; she would go top 20 solo in the fall of 2011 with “Loud Music”, the same year the band peaked with a top 20 cover of Def Leppard‘s “Photograph” with Chris Daughtry.
05. JAMIE CULLUM, “Get Your Way”
The jazz man from Rochford, England kept it classy and cool on his Twentysomething album, released here in 2004, but it was his followup, Catching Tales, that swung him in a soulful direction. Cullum’s song would peak at #4 during a 20 week run, by far his most successful single to rank on my chart. He entered the top 40 earlier this year with the minor entry, “Everything You Didn’t Do”.
04. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten”
It was used as the theme song to The Hills and it was all over the airwaves back in 2005 and 2006. “Unwritten” spent ten big weeks at #1, the second-longest run at the top by a female performer in my chart’s history. Bedingfield last hit the top ten late in 2012 on a duet with Lifehouse, “Between The Raindrops”, which went as high as #7. A new album may be forthcoming from her in the new year.
03. DARREN HAYES, “So Beautiful”
Formerly with the duo Savage Garden, who went to #1 on my chart in 1999 with “I Knew I Loved You”, this was featured on the act’s best of compilation titled Truly Madly Completely. “Beautiful” is Hayes’s last of five singles to reach the top of my chart (thus far), a six-week #1, making him the most successful Australian performer in my records. He’s been in the top 40 as recently as last year.
02. JAMES BLUNT, “You’re Beautiful”
After serving six years in the British Army from 1996-2002, Blunt pursued a career in music, releasing Back To Bedlam in the fall of 2004 in the United Kingdom. As the third single, it became a smash, reigniting the era with a run of five weeks at #1 in that territory. On my chart, it would spend eight non-consecutive weeks at #1 beginning the next week. He recently charted with “Bonfire Heart”.
01. KELLY CLARKSON, “Because Of You”
It’s the biggest of the big ballads on the chart, and what a phenomenal song it is. The Breakaway era was an astounding one for Clarkson, as she racked up a 6x Platinum certification and six top 40 singles on my chart before it was all over. Two went to #1, one being “Because”, which was in its third and final week at the top, and “Behind These Hazel Eyes”, which managed four weeks. She recently released an all-Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, and last week, single “Underneath The Tree” debuted at #40. See where it lands on this week’s chart tomorrow.
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