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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 21, 2004

“Everything” you need to bop to.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. 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 stroll back 15 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 21, 2004…

Debuts:
(none)

Biggest Mover(s):
(see #10 below)

10. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything” (up 16)
Album: So-Called Chaos (2004, Maverick/Reprise Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

09. USHER featuring LUDACRIS and LIL’ JON, “Yeah!” (down 4)
Album: Confessions (2004, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (up 1)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

07. SARAH CONNOR, “Bounce” (up 1)
Album: Sarah Connor (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

06. NELLY FURTADO, “Try” (up 1)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #6

05. JOHN MAYER, “Clarity” (down 1)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (up 2)
Album: Permission To Land (2003, Must Destroy/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Three Days Grace (2003, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live” (steady, fourth week)
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. MAROON 5, “This Love” (steady, seventh week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 23, 2003

No doubt, these songs are great!

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. 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 stroll back 14 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 23, 2003…

Debuts:
39. ROD STEWART featuring CHER, “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered”
23. TRAIN, “When I Look To The Sky”

Biggest Mover(s):
P!NK, “God Is A DJ” (24-15, nine spots)

10. LINKIN PARK, “Numb” (up 7)
Album: Meteora (2003, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

09. SARAH MCLACHLAN, “Fallen” (steady, second week)
Album: Afterglow (2003, Arista Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. CLAY AIKEN, “Invisible” (down 1)
Album: Measure Of A Man (2003, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (up 5)
Album: Fallen (2003, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. BRITNEY SPEARS featuring MADONNA, “Me Against The Music” (steady, second week)
Album: In The Zone (2003, Jive Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. DIDO, “White Flag” (down 2)
Album: Life For Rent (2003, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “The Voice Within” (up 1)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

03. DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, “Hands Down” (up 1)
Album: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003, Vagrant Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. NELLY FURTADO, “Powerless (Say What You Want)” (steady, second week)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. NO DOUBT, “It’s My Life” (steady, fourth week)
Album: The Singles 1992–2003 (2003, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 3/26 – 4/1/17

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…
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NELLY FURTADO – “Sticks And Stones” (iTunes) (Spotify)
“What? She’s back?” Yes, she is, and she’s going the independent route this time. This set is pretty raw at times, but it also feels like a true artistic record. Of course, I feel that Jamie Scott can do wrong, and this wouldn’t sound out of place on Graffiti6’s second album.

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NICK WILSON – “Bare” (iTunes) (Spotify)
At the beginning of the year, I heard a really interesting remake of Ariana Grande’s “Into You” performed by this U.K. singer, and I’m glad I took down the name. This original song is a very solid indie pop track, influenced by a funky guitar line and synthpop elements.

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VÉRITÉ – “When You’re Gone” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Streaming darling Kelsey Byrne has been slaying major playlists effortlessly across a number of services in the past few months, with her latest tune receiving adds on some prominent lists focused on new releases. The edgy pop winner is bold, but quite hooky as well.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Bantug – “Just Like A Dream” (SoundCloud)
Bruno Major – “Second Time” (SoundCloud)
Jesse Hale Moore – “Ringing In Your Ears” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 31, 2017

Black is back.

We’ve made it through a quarter of the year, and the hits just keep on coming in this week’s report. Let’s check out all the action right here:

KODAK BLACK – Painting Pictures (iTunes)
The 19-year-old Florida performer is riding the success of the viral hit “Tunnel Vision” with his debut album, which follows his set of mixtapes over the last few years. The song just impacted at Urban radio, and should be charting rather soon. With a healthy amount of sale and stream equivalent units being added to its total, it should have a large debut on the album survey next week.

TRACE ADKINS – Something’s Going On (iTunes)
This is the fifteenth studio album for the Country star, who made his debut in 1996 and topped the chart with tracks like “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” and “You’re Gonna Miss This”. His current album features the song “Watered Down”, which is in the lower rungs of the survey. Look for it somewhere in the top 40.

LA’PORSHA RENAE – Already All Ready (iTunes)
Former American Idol runner-up Renae is out with her debut album, which features the top ten Urban AC hit “Good Woman”. It’s at #9 currently. Though the buzz from the show is largely gone, there should still be some interest in the release.

More albums out this week: Aimee Mann‘s Mental Illness (iTunes), Bob Dylan‘s Triplicate (iTunes), Fleetwood Mac‘s Tango In The Night (Deluxe) (iTunes), Goldfrapp‘s Silver Eye (iTunes), Jackie Evancho‘s Two Hearts (iTunes), Jamiroquai‘s Automaton (iTunes), Jennifer Paige‘s Starflower (iTunes), MercyMe‘s Lifer (iTunes), Nelly Furtado‘s The Ride (iTunes), Phantoms‘s Phantoms (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Matt Maeson‘s Who Killed Matt Maeson? (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“9 (After Coachella)”, Cashmere Cat featuring & SOPHIE (iTunes)
“Always Summer”, Jordan Fisher (iTunes)
“Breathe (HEDEGAARD Remix)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Do You Love Me”, Jay Sean (iTunes)
“Don’t Love Me”, Janine (iTunes)
“Don’t Take The Money”, Bleachers (iTunes)
“Ex (Acoustic)”, James TW (iTunes)
“Fault Line”, Michelle Branch (iTunes)
“Good Morning (Acoustic)”, Grouplove (iTunes)
“Happy Love”, ROMANS (iTunes)
“Humble.”, Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
“In Cold Blood”, alt-J (iTunes)
“Keep In Line”, Maybird (iTunes)
“Low Blows”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Need You Now”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“No Promises”, Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Oh Love”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Plastic”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Same Dark Place”, JR JR (iTunes)
“Same Mistakes”, Seramic (iTunes)
“Sunrise Sunset”, Benny Cassette (iTunes)
“The One”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“The Other (Stripped)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Ultralife”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“Vitamin D”, Ludacris featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“When You’re Gone”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Michelle Branch, PentatonixThe Chainsmokers and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 2, 2003

"Down" and up this week's chart.

“Down” and up this week’s chart.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. 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 stroll back 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 2, 2003…

Debuts:
40. MICHAEL MCDONALD, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
35. LINKIN PARK, “Numb”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see below, #9)

10. SHERYL CROW, “The First Cut Is The Deepest” (steady, second week)
Album: The Very Best Of Sheryl Crow (2003, A&M Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “The Voice Within” (up 22)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

08. DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, “Hands Down” (up 6)
Album: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003, Vagrant Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. BRITNEY SPEARS featuring MADONNA, “Me Against The Music” (up 1)
Album: In The Zone (2003, Jive Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (down 3)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

05. CLAY AIKEN, “Invisible” (steady, second week)
Album: Measure Of A Man (2003, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. NELLY FURTADO, “Powerless (Say What You Want)” (steady, second week)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (down 2)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. DIDO, “White Flag” (steady, second week)
Album: Life For Rent (2003, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. NO DOUBT, “It’s My Life” (up 5)
Album: The Singles 1992–2003 (2003, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 14, 2004

Big "Bounce" into the top ten.

Big “Bounce” into the top ten.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest 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. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the middle of March and take a look at my favorite songs from this week at age 14 in 2004…

Debuts:
40. OUTKAST, “Roses”
39, FINGER ELEVEN, “One Thing”
38. HOOBASTANK, “The Reason”
37. USHER, “Burn”
36. D12, “My Band”
26. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see #8 and #9 below)

10. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (down 1)
Album: Fallen (2003, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

09. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (up 8)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

08. SARAH CONNOR, “Bounce” (up 8)
Album: Sarah Connor (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. NELLY FURTADO, “Try” (up 3)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #6

06. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (steady, second week)
Album: Permission To Land (2003, Must Destroy/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

05. USHER featuring LUDACRIS and LIL’ JON, “Yeah!” (steady, second week)
Album: Confessions (2004, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. JOHN MAYER, “Clarity” (steady, second week)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You” (steady, third week)
Album: Three Days Grace (2003, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live” (steady, third week)
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. MAROON 5, “This Love” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 9, 2003

The “Life” of the charts.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest 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. Alright, let’s get a move on to the fall of eighth grade and my middle school days and revisit the top songs from this week in 2003…

Debuts:
40. KELIS, “Milkshake”
32. PINK, “God Is A DJ”
26. LILLIX, “Tomorrow”

Biggest Mover(s):
WILLA FORD featuring LADY MAY, “A Toast To Men” (27-15, twelve spots)

10. SARAH MCLACHLAN, “Fallen” (up 2)
Album: Afterglow (2003, Arista Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

09. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (down 3)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

08. CLAY AIKEN, “Invisible” (down 3)
Album: Measure Of A Man (2003, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. BRITNEY SPEARS featuring MADONNA, “Me Against The Music” (steady, second week)
Album: In The Zone (2003, Jive Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (down 3)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

05. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “The Voice Within” (up 4)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

04. DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, “Hands Down” (up 4)
Album: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003, Vagrant Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. NELLY FURTADO, “Powerless (Say What You Want)” (up 1)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

02. DIDO, “White Flag” (steady, third week)
Album: Life For Rent (2003, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. NO DOUBT, “It’s My Life” (steady, second week)
Album: The Singles 1992–2003 (2003, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 17, 2002

This chart (tastes so sweet.)

This chart (tastes so sweet.)

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. By March of sixth grade, we were all itching to get out and head off to middle school. It was just a few months away. Meanwhile, here’s a look at my top 40 from March 17, 2002:

Debuts:
40. LENNY KRAVITZ, “Stillness Of Heart”
39. P. DIDDY featuring USHER and LOON, “I Need A Girl (Part 1)”
34. NO DOUBT, “Hella Good”
33. NICKELBACK, “Too Bad”

Biggest Mover:
ALICIA KEYS, “How Come You Don’t Call Me?” (40-27) (13 spots)

10. SHAKIRA, “Underneath Your Clothes”
After shaking her hips and rolling around in the mud until “Whenever, Wherever” became a worldwide hit and her debut English one as well, our favorite Columbian singer slowed it down a bit for her followup single. Luckily, it was also pretty big, going top ten on the Hot 100 and my own chart. Today, you’ll find her on The Voice and promoting her new album.

09. NELLY FURTADO, “…On The Radio (Remember The Days)”
Remember the days when Furtado ruled the airwaves? The performer’s 2000 debut, Whoa, Nelly! went 2x Platinum in the U.S. alone. After two pretty big hits here, “Radio” failed to secure much airplay, and missed the Hot 100 completely. Her next era, 2003’s Folklore, was severely under-appreciated worldwide, but became her biggest to date on my survey.

08. MICHELLE BRANCH, “All You Wanted”
18-year-old Branch became the newest superstar on Madonna‘s Maverick Records in the summer of 2001 with her top ten CHR and Hot AC single “Everywhere”, but “Wanted” did even better at both formats during this spring season. She last made my chart in 2011 with “Loud Music” and has been struggling to release an album, West Coast Time, since then.

07. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
After five weeks at #1 on my chart, the U.S. comeback smash for this lovely lady was slowly falling down my top ten. It made waves across the world, and lifted Fever to Platinum status here. Minogue’s latest album is Kiss Me Once, in stores on Tuesday. First single “Into The Blue” looks to break the top 20 in the U.K., her biggest hit there in nearly four years.

06. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “Escape”
In 2002, Iglesias still had his trademark mole and could still deliver the hits on his own, like this track from his album of the same name. You may remember the video in which tennis star Anna Kournikova played his lover, which turned into a real-life thing. He’s still nursing the damage from three consecutive CHR radio flops from his latest effort, Sex + Love.

05. *NSYNC (featuring NELLY), “Girlfriend”
Whether you enjoyed the rap remix of this or not, it’s clear that it helped the boy band garner their third big single from the album Celebrity and showcased a more urban side to them. Unfortunately, it would also be their last appearance on the Hot 100. The five went on a “hiatus” shortly after the run for this and the subsequent PopOdyssey Tour wrapped up.

04. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Hands Clean”
Under Rug Swept was the name of this singer and songwriter’s album at the time, but someone must’ve left the broom in the closet because it entered at #1 on the Billboard 200. “Hands” performed the best from it, though followup “Precious Illusions” also entered my chart. Morissette last made it on during the summer of 2012 with “Guardian”, peaking at #17.

03. PINK, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”
When in doubt, call out the head of your label and a fellow pop star and you may just get yourself a huge song. L.A. Reid and Britney Spears may have been her targets, but so was the coveted top spot. This was her second #1 following her contribution to 2001’s massive “Lady Marmalade” from the film Moulin Rouge. She recently performed at The Oscars.

02. IIO, “Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)”
When I was 12, I just wanted to dance… I think. Once again, the U.S. was late to the party with this global dance hit, and it peaked just outside the top 40 on the Hot 100. However, it was hot in the clubs and on my chart, where it was holding at its peak. It was the biggest single on my chart for the New York duo of Markus Moser and Nadia Ali, who left in 2005.

01. DARREN HAYES, “Insatiable”
From Savage Garden to his solo material, I’ve always loved Hayes’s music; he could sing the phone book and I would consider charting it. (Maybe that’s going a little too far.) It was this week in 2002 that “Insatiable” was atop my chart for a fifth frame as it also graced the AC and CHR radio surveys. Parent album Spin was one of my favorites that year. The 41-year-old Brisbane born performer last ranked on my top 40 in 2012 with “Stupid Mistake”, which got as high as #9.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 26, 2000

It wasn't them... or was it?

It wasn’t them… or was it?

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’re going way back to fifth grade for this countdown, and yes, I really shouldn’t have been listening to some of these songs at age ten. Here’s a look at my top 40 from November 26, 2000:

Debuts:
40. PINK, “You Make Me Sick”
39. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Christmas Time”
36. MYA, “Free”

Biggest Mover(s):
JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” (34-20) (14 spots)

10. USHER, “Pop Ya Collar”
It’s the song that sprung a leak and Napster was the culprit. After its surprise release via the service, “Collar” was serviced to U.S. radio in October and was off to a decent start, but was pulled in late November after parent album All About U was shelved and mixed reaction about his new pop sound. A 2001 release in several European countries, like Belgium and the U.K., landed him another top five hit.

09. NINE DAYS, “If I Am”
Best known for their big hit from earlier that year, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)”, this was the followup to it and charted on a few radio formats in the lower regions. Their album, The Madding Crowd, was certified Platinum. After a shelved second album with 550 Music (which was eventually released digitally), the band’s recorded on and off together independently, last putting out an EP earlier this year.

08. SPICE GIRLS, “Holler”
Released over two years after the departure of Geri Halliwell, album Forever marked the first and only full-length album that the girls released as a quartet. It went top 40 in the U.S., but was never certified. The single only received minor airplay here and missed the Hot 100. However, it was released in a double a-side single with “Let Love Find A Way” in their native U.K., marking their final #1 hit.

07. VITAMIN C, “The Itch”
The girl behind “Smile” and “Graduation (Friends Forever)” was scratching up the chart again. It was her last top ten on here, which was followed by “As Long As You’re Loving Me”, a minor hit. Album More was delayed until January and tanked given the post-Q4 market and singles underperforming. The singer now goes by her birth name, Colleen Fitzpatrick, today the VP of Music at Nickelodeon.

06. NELLY FURTADO, “I’m Like A Bird”
As you can tell, I was way early on this first single from the Canadian songstress. Furtado’s song debuted on the radio here in September and I was on it almost right away. Though it wouldn’t peak on the airplay charts until the summer of 2001, it was a massive hit across the globe, including a #1 peak in her native country. She’s had her ups and downs when it comes to sales and radio, but is still making music.

05. MIKAILA, “So In Love With Two”
The singer from Edmond, OK was just 13 when she entered my chart and the music industry on Island Records with her debut single. Followup “It’s All Up To You” was playlisted on a few stations with the release of her self-titled album in the spring of 2001, but both items tanked and the singer was dropped. She hasn’t charted since and ranks as one of the biggest one-hit wonders in my chart’s history.

04. RICKY MARTIN, “She Bangs”
With a crash, boom and a bang, the Latin heartthrob was topping the charts, including for four weeks on my own top 40. “Bangs” led Martin’s Sound Loaded album to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200. The song’s become a bit of a joke today, especially after an audition by American Idol contestant William Hung during the show’s third season in 2004, but the song is still good fun and a great throwback.

03. SHAGGY featuring RIKROK, “It Wasn’t Me”
Sometimes it’s wise to take the advice of a friend. This reggae song wasn’t intended to be a single, but after it was tested by a Hawaiian DJ, it became a smash, topping the Hot 100 for two weeks in February. This would be RikRok‘s only time ranking in my top 40; Shaggy would last chart in 2002 with the minor “Strength Of A Woman”, but continues to record original material that still charts overseas.

02. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Stronger”
Don’t you just remember her dancing with the chair in the music video? This self-empowerment anthem has been a favorite in her repertoire for some time now. It was the third consecutive top two hit from the Oops!… I Did It Again era on my chart and the last; “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know”, the followup, would stall out just below the top ten. Spears releases her latest album, Britney Jean, next week.

01. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Independent Women, Part One”
Throw your hands up at them! What a jam this song was. Featured on the soundtrack to Charlie’s Angels, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, “Women” was one of the biggest hits of the group’s career, topping the Hot 100 for eleven weeks in 2000-2001, and would be followed by the Survivor era, which also stormed the charts in 2001. The trio last made my chart in 2004 with “Lose My Breath”. They most recently reunited for a one-off performance at Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl halftime show early last year.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 18, 2003

Say what you want about these two.

Say what you want about these two.

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:

Debuts:
33. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (#1 for four weeks, December – January 2004)
22. NO DOUBT, “It’s My Life” (#1 for five weeks, November)

Biggest Mover(s):
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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