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 back to eighth grade, probably the worst year of school ever. However, the music was still pretty good, with a lot of singer-songwriters and pure pop acts hitting it big on my survey. Here’s my chart from October 18, 2003:
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring MADONNA, “Me Against The Music” (29-18) (11 spots)
10. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “Bright Lights”
Rob Thomas and his band were still doing well in 2003 having just come off the success of the single “Unwell”. This third release from More Than You Think You Are was the biggest of the era on my chart, spending two weeks at #9 before falling to #10 this week. Four years later, the band would go to #1 for five weeks with “How Far We’ve Come”. They last charted earlier this year with the #21 single “Our Song”.
09. MARIA, “I Give, You Take”
Down from #5 after three weeks there, this was her only song to make my chart. “Take” garnered some airplay at the CHR format in the fall of 2003, but ultimately flopped after the folding of DreamWorks Records. There was a conspiracy theory for a while on one of the message boards I’m on that Maria was actually Samantha Mumba under another name, but that’s not true. They do look similar, however!
08. O.A.R., “Hey Girl”
After two weeks at #6, the first song to make my chart for this band from Rockville, MD fell to #8. After hitting it big with the college crowds, this was their first big attempt at breaking mainstream radio, and while it was a hit in some markets, it didn’t do well nationally. Luckily, “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” changed all that, becoming their biggest success to date, with a #2 peak on my own personal chart.
07. NELLY FURTADO, “Powerless (Say What You Want)”
Moving up from #13 last week, this single led off her album Folklore, and I was really into it during the fall of 2003. I still think that it’s the best body of work of her career so far. It would end up peaking at #2. Sadly, the song and the era never took off in the U.S., and the singer was largely forgotten about until she roared back with 2006’s “Promiscuous”. She is currently working on a second Spanish album.
06. CLAY AIKEN, “Invisible”
Here’s the American Idol portion of our countdown; hey, someone had to make it possible. Taking a leap from 10-6 was Aiken’s first top ten single on my top 40; he had just missed it a few months earlier with “This Is The Night” (#12). “Invisible” is actually a remake of a single that originally charted earlier that summer by the Irish boy band D-Side; the song went to #7 in the United Kingdom and in Ireland.
05. MANDY MOORE, “Have A Little Faith In Me”
Moore, Moore, Moore. How do you like her? Well, I liked her a lot, especially this song originally done by John Hiatt and which she covered for her 2003 album appropriately titled Coverage. “Faith” was up 7-5 this week, which tied 2001’s “In My Pocket” for her highest peaking song on my survey. She last made my top 40 in 2007 with the #7 “Extraordinary”. She’ll be appearing in an upcoming TV film, The Advocates.
04. PINK, “Trouble”
The album was Try This, but though she tried, she and her label couldn’t get America on board with this era. “Trouble” had a huge debut on my chart, but quickly peaked out after it was clear that the song was faltering nationally. #4 would be as high as it went. Followup single “God Is A DJ” also quickly went top ten, but was largely ignored by U.S. radio. What a difference ten years makes; she’s absolutely crushing it now.
03. DIDO, “White Flag”
Now, the singer from England who made a name for herself on both sides of the Atlantic. After “Here With Me” and “Thank You” went top ten in 2000 and 2001, respectively, this final single (thus far) to rank from her was holding steady that week, but would climb to #2. A new studio album from her, Girl Who Got Away, was out earlier this year on RCA Records and a Greatest Hits album will be released in November.
02. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe”
Ah, yes, it was the debut hit for that pop/rock group out of California who seems to be more popular now than they ever were before. “Breathe” would spent five consecutive weeks at #2 on my chart, with this particular week being its final at the position. They would follow this up with two number-one singles in a row, “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved”. They’re about to chart with a new single, “Lucky Strike”.
01. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom”
Here it is ! #1 for a fifth consecutive week on my top 40 this week in 2003 might be the only song you know from this power pop quartet based out of New York City. Alternative radio picked up a few of their singles in the mid-to-late 90’s, but it was “Mom” that quickly took off with a mainstream audience. The song charted moderately well in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and here in the U.S., going to #21 on the Hot 100. A followup single, “Mexican Wine”, missed the top 20 on my survey in 2004. They haven’t charted since then.
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