All the hits, to be Blunt.
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. We move up in time from elementary school to Junior Year of college, which, all things considered, was a pretty decent second semester. Here’s a look at my top 40 from January 9, 2011:
40. TINIE TEMPAH featuring ERIC TURNER, “Written In The Stars”
36. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell”
PINK, “F–kin’ Perfect” (34-27) (7 spots)
10. TRAIN, “Marry Me”
It was just a simple little song about love, but peaking just in time for all those spring weddings, Train‘s third single from Save Me, San Francisco provided just the right soundtrack for the big day. Already firmly on the comeback trail, “Marry” was their third top 40 hit in a row on the Hot 100, which never happened before. The band recently claimed a spot in my top ten of 2013 with “Mermaid”.
09. RYAN STAR, “Start A Fire”
This performer recently celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this week, and what better way to celebrate than to look back on his biggest single to reach my chart. After reaching the top 20 with “Last Train Home”, this song would rise to #2 for two weeks. At this point, it had already peaked and was descending. Star’s latest album, the independently released Angels + Animals, is due this Tuesday.
08. MAROON 5, “Give A Little More”
If you forgot about this single from the band’s Hands All Over album, I think it’s safe to say you’re not the only one. It barely broke the CHR top 40 and the Hot AC top ten, and with a #86 peak on the Hot 100, it was certainly less rather than “more”. Though the era slowed to a crawl, it was revived by a collaboration with Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger”, and happy days are here again.
07. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep”
Before this singer took over the world, saved music sales, and almost established world peace with the just the sound of her voice, she was just looking to grab a good peak in the U.K. with the leadoff single from her sophomore album, 21. Well, she did… and then some. It went to #2 there and to #1 in many countries. It topped my chart for six weeks and also took the #1 spot on my 2011 year-end list.
06. LEE DEWYZE, “Sweet Serendipity”
Remember when this guy won the ninth season of American Idol back in 2010? Though he got a lot of support during the competition itself, his record sales faltered, his radio play was minimal, and he was soon without a label to call home. DeWyze now records on Vanguard Records; a single from his latest album, 2013’s Frames, simply titled “Fight”, is currently garnering some Hot AC airplay.
05. THE SCRIPT, “For The First Time”
Written about returning to the basics of life during the hard economic times, “Time” struck a nerve with many audiences, first in Europe in the summer of 2010 before making it to the U.S. in 2011. After two consecutive #1 singles on my survey, this managed to peak at #3, but they’ve since returned to the top spot on two other occasions. There is new music is coming from the trio later this year.
04. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Hello World”
In 2010, this Country trio based in Nashville was living the good life with their Need You Now era; not only was the title track their biggest crossover hit to date on the Hot 100, but their album was certified 4x Platinum. It was an amazing feat. Four singles from the effort ranked on my top 40, this being the fourth, which rose to #3. They are currently moving up the Country chart with “Compass”.
03. JAMES BLUNT, “Stay The Night”
He was Some Kind Of Trouble alright with this new-found breezy sound of his. “Night” was Blunt’s second #1 on my chart, holding for five weeks there. It’s his second biggest single behind ballad “You’re Beautiful”, which spent eight weeks at the top in 2005 and 2006. The British singer-songwriter is currently on my top 40 with “Heart To Heart”, the second release from his latest effort, Moon Landing.
02. PINK, “Raise Your Glass”
Bringing the party back to the pop charts, our favorite sassy singer was in the middle of promoting Greatest Hits… So Far!!! and enjoying the successes of it. This was the fifth of seven weeks at #2 for “Glass”, which ties it for second place for the most weeks in the runner-up spot only behind the eight-week #2 “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer. Her U.S. tour returns in February in Phoenix, AZ.
01. KATY PERRY, “Firework”
It was an inspirational anthem, and just like its title, it shot up and away into the sky and lit up my survey for five weeks. This was the second frame at the top for this third single from Teenage Dream, a song that would eventually be certified 6x Platinum and earn the biggest single sales of that album’s releases. Perry made my chart a few months ago with “Roar”, which quickly peaked at #3, but further singles “Unconditionally” and “Dark Horse” failed to make the top 40. The shine from that Prism is wearing off quickly.
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