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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 12, 1999 (15th Anniversary Edition)

Cherishing the first chart ever.

Cherishing the first chart ever.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on 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 is a very special edition of the Flashback as it marks the fifteenth anniversary of my first official top 40 chart. Back in the day, I would write the chart down with pen and paper as I listened to Kiss 108 in Boston or American Top 40 early on Sunday morning. Things have definitely changed since then… never did I think I would still be ranking my favorites weekly fifteen years after I first began my chart. Obviously, it’s been an amazing run that will continue onward. However, let’s go back once more to that very first top ten from this week in 1999:

10. *NSYNC featuring GLORIA ESTEFAN, “Music Of My Heart”
Album: Music Of The Heart: The Album (1999, Sony Music Soundtrax/Epic Records)
Chart History: Though this was Estefan’s only single to reach my top 40, the Florida quintet would go onto four #1 songs between 2000 and 2002. JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake both went top ten as solo acts.

09. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “Bailamos”
Album: Enrique and Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Wild Wild West (1999, Interscope Records)
Chart History: Four singles in total from Iglesias’s debut English effort climbed aboard my chart, though his biggest hit to date remains the 2001 single “Hero”, which made it to #1. He has not charted since the fall of 2011.

08. LOU BEGA, “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)”
Album: A Little Bit Of Mambo (1999, RCA Records)
Chart History: After the success of “Mambo”, followup “Tricky Tricky” also made my top ten. He’s not been top 40 since that song, though he’s had some minor success in parts of Europe with a handful of other single releases.

07. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “If You Had My Love”
Album: On The 6 (1999, WORK Group)
Chart History: Lopez was a mainstay on my top 40 for several years at the beginning; “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” remains her sole #1. Despite a well-received comeback a few years back, 2005’s “Get Right” was her last single to chart.

06. SUGAR RAY, “Someday”
Album: 14:59 (1999, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Chart History: The California group had a few other big singles after their summer classic. 2001’s “When It’s Over” gave them their highest peak to date, climbing up into the #2 spot. Their last top 40 came in 2005 with “Shot Of Laughter”.

05. TAL BACHMAN, “She’s So High”
Album: Tal Bachman (1999, Columbia Records)
Chart History: Bachman never repeated the crazy success of “High” in the U.S. nor in his native Canada, but a few singles were released after it, including the minor Hot AC entry “If You Sleep” in the spring of 2000. “Sleep” bubbled under my top 40 around then.

04. GOO GOO DOLLS, “Black Balloon”
Album: Dizzy Up The Girl (1998, Warner Bros. Records)
Chart History: Still huge on the charts at that point, the Dolls continued to break my top ten with “Broadway” and “Here Is Gone”, which went to #1 in 2002. A series of Hot AC hits have kept them around on my top 40 as recently as last year, going to #18 with “Rebel Beat”.

03. SMASH MOUTH, “All Star”
Album: Astro Lounge (1999, Interscope Records)
Chart History: It was an anthem that lit up the #1 spot at both CHR and Hot AC radio and even rose to #2 on Alternative radio. It’s been quite a while since the format’s spun them. Their cover of “I’m A Believer” spent four weeks at #1 on my survey in 2001. They last charted with “So Insane” in 2006.

02. 98 DEGREES, “I Do (Cherish You)”
Album: 98 Degrees and Rising (1998, Motown Records) and Notting Hill: Music From The Motion Picture (1999, Universal Records)
Chart History: Out of all the boy bands on my first top 40, this one ranked the highest, charting with a song that was first a hit on the Country survey a year prior for Mark Wills. The quartet’s version was heard across multiple formats and ties their highest peak on my chart with “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)”, a #2 in 2000.

01. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Genie In A Bottle”
Album: Christina Aguilera (1999, RCA Records)
Chart History: It’s a perfect piece of pop; what else can you say about “Genie”? It launched Aguilera into superstar status and gave her a string of hits on my top 40, including the #1 songs “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” in 2000 and “Beautiful” in 2003. Though the glory days are long behind her, she still goes top 40 from time to time as a featured act.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 24, 1999

A little bit of... what's on the charts.

A little bit of… what’s on the charts.

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, it’s one of my earliest official charts from the fall of 1999. I was 9, in fourth grade, and writing down all my charts on paper in my room. Those were the days. Here’s my chart from October 24, 1999:

Debuts:
40. STROKE 9, “Little Black Backpack”
39. 98 DEGREES, “This Gift”
37. VITAMIN C, “Me, Myself & I”

Biggest Mover(s):
WILL SMITH featuring K-CI, “Will 2K” (35-23) (12 spots)

10. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Waiting For Tonight”
She’s an actress, a dancer, a reality TV judge, and most importantly when it comes to this post, a singer. Coming off of debut single “If You Had My Love”, Lopez struck again with “Waiting”, taken from her 1999 album On The 6. Dancing her way to another success, the song landed at #8 on the Hot 100 later that year and also charted well internationally. Lopez is back judging on American Idol this season.

09. SAVAGE GARDEN, “I Knew I Loved You”
The duo of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones based out of Brisbane, Australia, racked up some major hits beginning in 1997 with “I Want You”. This big ballad was their last #1, spending four weeks atop the Hot 100 and five weeks leading the CHR airplay chart. It would also rank as the top song on my chart in December. The duo broke up in 2001, but Hayes has been charting solo on my top 40 since 2002.

08. SUGAR RAY, “Someday”
Mark McGrath and the boys from Newport Beach, CA, dominated the charts earlier that year with an Alternative and CHR radio smash, “Every Morning”, and this third single from 14:59 also provided a bit of airtime for them. Paired with a black-and-white video set on the beach, it had that perfect summer and early fall vibe. The group last made my chart in the summer of 2005 with “Shot Of Laughter”.

07. MANDY MOORE, “Candy”
Don’t you love those compositions from the confectionery? Moore was always one of the lessers in the Pop Princess Class of ’99 (with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson) but I liked her music, both as a pop act and singer-songwriter. She’s since publicly come out and trashed her first few albums. Still, we treasure that precious message of I’ll be forever yours, love always, Mandy.

06. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Genie In A Bottle”
From The Mickey Mouse Club to the Dance/Club Play charts, Aguilera is a superstar. She charted on the Adult Contemporary chart a year prior with “Reflection”, from the Disney movie Mulan, but “Genie” really put her on the map. Released in early summer, it was all over the radio by the fall and helped her self-titled debut album to sell over 9 million copies in the U.S. alone. It was my first official #1 in September.

05. BRITNEY SPEARS, “(You Drive Me) Crazy”
STOP! The needle spun out of the groove for a hot second, but then it was back to a poppin’ party hit for Spears, the third in a row from her …Baby One More Time album. It was also featured in the movie Drive Me Crazy, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier. “Crazy” would spend one week at #1 on my chart in November. Spears is currently promoting a new album, Britney Jean, due December 3.

04. LEN, “Steal My Sunshine”
From their album You Can’t Stop the Bum Rush (what a title) comes this lone hit of the band’s career, led by siblings Marc and Sharon Costanzo. It’s a great summer song and became a top ten hit in many countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and in the band’s native Canada, where “Steal” went to #1. They reunited in 2012 and released an album together; however, it did not chart.

03. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Larger Than Life”
Someone might have been glued to the TV when this music video came on Total Request Live, though I’m afraid I never quite learned the dance sequence. It was one of the most expensive clips in history, but it served its purpose. “Larger” was another big top ten radio single for the Boys, and would replace the song at #1 on this chart in two weeks. Parent album Millenium went 13x Platinum. Robot suit not included.

02. SANTANA featuring ROB THOMAS, “Smooth”
Everyone and their mother wanted a copy of Supernatural in 1999, leading to one of the greatest comebacks in pop music history for Santana. “Smooth” was one of the reasons for that, a huge #1 airplay and sales hit that you could not escape for some time. On my chart, it only went to #2. Shock, horror! Three years later, “The Game Of Love”, featuring Michelle Branch, went to #1 on my survey for three weeks.

01. LOU BEGA, “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)”
German-born David Lubega was just 24-years-old when he conquered the global music surveys with his infectious anthem, a remake of an old Pérez Prado instrumental from 50 years prior. “Mambo” would end up with a total of eight weeks at #1, this being his fifth, and would stay on through the spring of 2000. Followup single “Tricky Tricky” would also go top ten, and that would mark the end of his career on my top 40. He’s still active in his native country, releasing A Little Bit Of 80’s, a covers album, this past June.

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