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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 12, 2017

A Stylish chart-topper.

Choose your musical direction, even a member of One Direction, and you shall be rewarded this week. With so many new albums and singles to choose from, there’s no way to go wrong. Here’s all the action from this week’s schedule:

HARRY STYLES – Harry Styles (iTunes)
Styles is the second member of One Direction (following ZAYN) to put out a solo album, and the highly-anticipated set could get a brisk sales week at the top of the chart. It’s led by the epic track “Sign Of The Times”, which is climbing towards the top ten at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio. With a residency on James Corden’s late night show coming next week, the latest in some larger looks for the performer on television, as well as plenty of digital and streaming promotion, the album’s progress will be interesting to watch.

PARAMORE – After Laughter (iTunes)
Released just under a month after the debut of single “Hard Times”, this trio’s fifth studio album marks the return of drummer Zac Farro, who left the band in 2010. (Feel free to insert your best “they’ve had more band members than hits” one-liner.) Recorded in Nashville, this release is looking to debut in the top five, which would be their third album in a row to hit the region.

MACHINE GUN KELLY – Bloom (iTunes)
After a chart-topping collaboration with Camila Cabello and a solid follow-up with Hailee Steinfeld, the Texas rapper is out to reach the top three on the Billboard 200, having previously peaked at #4 twice, with his third studio album. Expect him to continue to perform well at radio with this set through the end of the year.

ZAC BROWN BAND – Welcome Home (iTunes)
Going back to their roots on their latest studio release, this Georgia group is currently in the top 20 on the Country radio chart with the lead single from that effort, “My Old Man”. Brown and the boys likely won’t capture their fourth #1 on the Billboard 200, but at least the set will break the top ten.

More albums out this week: Dreamcar‘s Dreamcar (iTunes), LeToya Luckett‘s Back 2 Life (iTunes), Scott Helman‘s Hôtel de Ville (iTunes), Hello, Dolly! (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Goo Goo Dolls‘s You Should Be Happy (iTunes), Ingrid Michaelson‘s Alter Egos (iTunes), New Kids On The Block‘s Thankful (iTunes), Seramic‘s I Got You (iTunes), Tom Walker‘s Blessings (iTunes), Wrabel‘s We Could Be Beautiful (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Friend Like You”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Aye”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
“Coloring Outside The Lines”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Creatures Of The Night”, Hardwell featuring Austin Mahone (iTunes)
“Don’t You Know”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Drama”, AJR (iTunes)
“Everybody Lost Somebody”, Bleachers (iTunes)
“Friday Night Majic”, Kat Dahlia (iTunes)
“Hard To Love”, Kacy Hill (iTunes)
“Heart Break”, Lady Antebellum (iTunes)
“Hot2Touch”, Felix Jaehn featuring Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Hungry Eyes”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“I Know You Won’t”, Rascal Flatts (iTunes)
“Invisible”, Linkin Park (iTunes)
“Keep It From You”, Glades (iTunes)
“Laugh”, Mackenzie Sol (iTunes)
“Legs Crossed”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Malibu”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Mama Say (Scavenger Hunt Remix)”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Never Change”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Oh Lord”, In This Moment (iTunes)
“Raincoat”, Timeflies featuring Shy Martin (iTunes)
“Renegade”, Axwell /\ Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Right Now”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Rollin”, Calvin Harris featuring Future & Khalid (iTunes)
“Symphony (R3hab Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“That Would Be Nice”, Floduxe featuring Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“The Long Way”, Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (NOTD Remix)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“These Days”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“Whatever It Takes”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Work Is A Four Letter Word”, THØSS (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Linkin Park, Rascal Flatts and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 6, 2008

Fall back "In Love" with 2008.

Fall back “In Love” with 2008.

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 eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 6, 2008…

Debuts:
36. KID ROCK, “All Summer Long”
35. SECONDHAND SERENADE, “Fall For You”
11. DANIEL POWTER, “Next Plane Home”

Biggest Mover(s):
JON MCLAUGHLIN, “Beating My Heart” (21-14, seven spots)

10. DELTA GOODREM, “In This Life” (up 3)
Album: Delta (2008, Mercury/Decca Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “I Kissed A Girl” (steady, second week)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. GAVIN DEGRAW, “In Love With A Girl” (steady, second week)
Album: Gavin DeGraw (2008, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

07. COLDPLAY, “Viva La Vida” (steady, second week)
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008, Parlophone/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. DUFFY, “Mercy” (down 4)
Album: Rockferry (2008, Mercury/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (down 1)
Album: Spirit (2008 – U.S. release, Syco/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for fourteen weeks

04. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, “Summertime” (up 1)
Album: The Block (2008, Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. JASON MRAZ, “I’m Yours” (steady, second week)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic/RRP Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. DAVID COOK, “The Time Of My Life” (up 4)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Realize” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Coco (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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TOP TEN: One Summery Summary

Four reasons to love the season.

Four reasons to love the season.

With Memorial Day Weekend in full swing, the unofficial start of summer has begun. It’s time to get out the swimsuit, the shades and the sunblock, because looking like a lobster is so not in style (unless, of course, you are a lobster, but then you wouldn’t be at a computer reading this.) Summer may be about fashion and fitness, but it’s also a season of great music. The turnover on my list has been pretty striking from week-to-week recently, as those summer song contenders make themselves known, but it appears a dominant “summer” title song won’t be around on pop radio this year. (You’ll have to go to the country chart for that one.)

We’ve handled topics about summer songs before: national hits from past decades, radio races, etc. However, I haven’t covered a countdown of the top “summer” hits from my own personal chart. After all, the results of my top ten songs are different from the usual set of classics. A lot of these songs came and went, some without much life at all, but it’s still nice to give them a spin or two. So, if you’re ready for some vacation vibes, jump into this pop pool with some splashy stats from my survey:

(List is based on total chart points during the full run of each song.)

10. JESSIE JAMES, “Boys In The Summer” (2010)
Album: (single only) (Mercury Records)
Peak: #27

09. SEALS & CROFTS, “Summer Breeze ’04” (2004)
Album: (single only) (Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #27

08. JON MCLAUGHLIN featuring SARA BAREILLES, “Summer Is Over” (2012)
Album: Promising Promises (Razor & Tie Records)
Peak: #23 for two weeks

07. MATTHEW MORRISON, “Summer Rain” (2011)
Album: Matthew Morrison (Mercury Records)
Peak: #18 for two weeks

06. THE CORRS, “Summer Sunshine” (2004)
Album: Borrowed Heaven (Atlantic Records)
Peak: #13 for three weeks

05. AEROSMITH, “Girls Of Summer” (2002)
Album: O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (Columbia/Geffen Records)
Peak: #9

04. MATT NATHANSON, “Gold In The Summertime” (2015)
Album: Show Me Your Fangs (Vanguard Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

03. KID ROCK, “All Summer Long” (2008)
Album: Rock N Roll Jesus (Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8

02. MAROON 5, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…” (2015)
Album: V (reissue) (Interscope Records)
Peak: #5

01. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, “Summertime” (2008)
Album: The Block (Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

Have any older summer favorites? Still madly in love with the boys of NKOTB? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 29, 2008

"Kissed" by the "Summertime".

“Kissed” by the “Summertime”.

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 last weekend of June and check out my favorite songs from this week in 2008…

Debuts:
40. O.A.R., “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)”
39. RICK SPRINGFIELD, “What’s Victoria’s Secret?”

Biggest Mover(s):
JON MCLAUGHLIN, “Beating My Heart” (31-21, ten spots)

10. 3 DOORS DOWN, “It’s Not My Time” (steady, fourth week)
Album: 3 Doors Down (2008, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #10 for four weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “I Kissed A Girl” (up 2)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. GAVIN DEGRAW, “In Love With A Girl” (down 3)
Album: Gavin DeGraw (2008, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

07. COLDPLAY, “Viva La Vida” (up 1)
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008, Parlophone/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. DAVID COOK, “The Time Of My Life” (up 1)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, “Summertime” (up 1)
Album: The Block (2008, Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

04. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (down 1)
Album: Spirit (2008 – U.S. release, Syco/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for fourteen weeks

03. JASON MRAZ, “I’m Yours” (up 1)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic/RRP Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. DUFFY, “Mercy” (steady, third week)
Album: Rockferry (2008, Mercury/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Realize” (steady, third week)
Album: Coco (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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TOP TEN: The Music Of The (Nick and) Knight

New kids on the backstreet.

New kids on the backstreet.

It’s not a full NKOTBSB reunion, but Jordan Knight from the New Kids On The Block and Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys are back as the duo Nick & Knight for their self-titled release. The album is currently in the top ten on iTunes in Canada and the top 20 on the U.S. survey, though it isn’t projected to be as high once the final Billboard 200 numbers are released. Nevertheless, fans are embracing the new project. A single from it, “One More Time”, saw its video premiere two weeks ago and was serviced to radio several weeks prior to that.

In honor of all the boy band love as of late, I give you my favorite ten songs from both acts: five from the New Kids, five from Backstreet, and as a bonus, my favorite solo single from each. Good enough? Let’s see how your picks match up to mine:

BACKSTREET BOYS
5. “Shape Of My Heart” (#7 CHR, 2000)
This one may not be a Sting cover, but it was certainly a risky (but solid) single as the leadoff release from Black & Blue.

4. “All I Have To Give” (#6 CHR, 1999)
The sixth and final single from their U.S. self-titled debut was yet another top ten, a lovely R&B pop tune from Full Force.

3. “The Call” (#17 CHR, 2001)
Released in the spring of 2001, both the original version and remix by The Neptunes propelled “Call” to #1 on my top 40.

2. “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely” (#1 CHR, 2000)
Sad, dark, but ultimately, it was gorgeous. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it went to #1 at radio very close to my tenth birthday.

1. “Larger Than Life” (#6 CHR, 1999)
I remember many a day watching Total Request Live in awe of this song’s clip. It’s classic Max Martin and just a pop jam.

Top solo cut: “Do I Have To Cry For You?” (#65 CHR, 2002)
“Help Me” may have been his solo song to go top 40 at CHR, but I always thought that this followup was a stronger effort.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
5. “Hangin’ Tough” (#1 CHR, 1989)
If you ever wanted to “get on the floor and do the New Kids dance”, this was your song back in the day. Nice edge to this.

4. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” (#6 CHR, 1989)
This was one of a handful of the quintet’s singles to go top 40 on the R&B chart. Can’t say I ever got that leg shuffle down.

3. “Tonight” (#6 CHR, 1990)
The Kids tried their hand at a baroque pop influence on this forgotten top ten single, which showed some needed growth.

2. “Cover Girl” (#3 CHR, 1989)
When music turned to magazines, this was a front page frenzy. Well, maybe not a full frenzy, but it is really a great single.

1. “Step By Step” (#1 CHR, 1990)
Sure, I was four months old when the song went to #1, but how can you deny a catchy tune like this one? Awesome song.

Top solo cut: “Give It To You” (#14 CHR, 1999)
My first ever CD single: can you believe it? It wasn’t the most appropriate song to listen to at age 9, but it’s still hot today.

Loving the Nick & Knight album? Do you prefer the guys with their own bands? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 2)

Can you "Dig" it?

They’re not “Done” yet.

This week’s crop of new releases is looking perry, perry nice, if you know what I mean. Here they are for the week of April 2:

  • This week’s biggest new release comes from the trio of siblings called The Band Perry. Their sophomore album, Pioneer, is chock full of more hit singles, like the former #1 Country song “Better Dig Two” and second release “Done.” Look for it to have a good shot of being next week’s top debut. (iTunes)
  • Like the Red Sox and baked beans, these guys just scream Boston. Former boy band, now man band New Kids On The Block are out with 10, featuring the single “Remix (I Like The)”. (iTunes)
  • Controversial rapper Tyler, The Creator puts out his third album today, Wolf. (iTunes)
  • A special tribute album to the late John Denver, entitled The Music Is You, rolls into stores today, featuring remakes by Dave Matthews, Train and more.  (iTunes)
  • The fifth studio album from Country singer Gretchen Wilson is released this week, Right On Time. She’s still independent, releasing on her own Redneck Records. (iTunes)
  • Metal band Killswitch Engage put out their first album since 2009, Disarm The Descent. First single “In Due Time” is at Active Rock radio now. (iTunes)
  • The #1 song on Christian CHR radio right now belongs to trio Hawk Nelson. “Words” comes from their new studio album Made. (iTunes)
  • 80-year-old (!) Petula Clark, best known for hits like “Downtown” and “My Love” in the 1960’s, is out with Lost In You. It recently hit the top 40 on the album chart in the United Kingdom. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Alkaline Trio proclaim that My Shame Is True, their first album in two years. (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

It’s Paisley vs. Paramore next week — the Bradster goes up against the band, but who will triumph? A preview is coming in seven!

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THE FRIDAY FORTY: Top 40 Boy Bands of the Last 25 Years

Happy Friday! Welcome to a special edition of an occasional segment I’m putting together called The Friday Forty. Consider it a definitive list on all sorts of music-related topics (and much better than those VH1 lists!)

With newer boy bands all over the charts and older boy bands reuniting one after the other, I give you the list of the top 40 boy bands of the past 25 years as tabulated by myself. You may call them man bands or R&B groups, but in the end, these youngsters all comprised boy bands that we listened to on the radio or saw in concert. Rankings were based off of CHR airplay peaks from Radio & Records and Mediabase 24/7, and additional points were added in for #1 songs and main-credited solo or duo hits. Entries were not counted prior to January 1988, so some groups may not have their entire chart life counted. Also, worldwide success is not factored into this list; it’s solely U.S.-based data. With all that said, let’s get the chart started.

Just missing the top 40 are 3T, BoyzoneBrother BeyondDru Hill and Immature.

40. THE BOYS (One entry)
(Biggest hit: “Dial My Heart”, #16 in 1989)

39. H-TOWN (One entry)
(Biggest hit: “Knockin’ Da Boots”, #15 in 1993)

38. PERFECT GENTLEMEN (One entry)
(Biggest hit: “Ooh La La (I Can’t Get Over You)”, #13 in 1990)

37. WESTLIFE (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Swear It Again”, #21 in 2000)

36. THE CLICK FIVE (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Just The Girl”, #17 in 2005)

35. 5IVE (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “When The Lights Go Out”, #15 in 1998)

34. 112 (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Peaches And Cream”, #15 in 2001)

33. TAKE THAT (One entry, plus two solo by Robbie Williams and one by Gary Barlow)
(Biggest hit: “Back For Good”, #9 in 1995)

32. SOUL FOR REAL (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Candy Rain”, #21 in 1995)

31. JAGGED EDGE (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Where The Party At?” [featuring Nelly], #11 in 2001)

30. ANOTHER BAD CREATION (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Iesha”, #21 in 1991)

29. MINT CONDITION (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)”, #10 in 1992)

28. BIG TIME RUSH (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Music Sounds Better With You” [featuring Mann], #26 in 2012)

27. JOE PUBLIC (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Live And Learn”, #2 in 1992)

26. NEXT (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Too Close”, #6 in 1998)

25. SOULDECISION (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Faded”, #6 in 2000)

24. SILK (Two entries)
(Biggest hit: “Freak Me”, #3 in 1993)

23. B2K (Four entries, plus two solo by Omarion)
(Biggest hit: “Bump, Bump, Bump” [featuring P. Diddy], #3 in 2003)

22. THE WANTED (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Glad You Came”, #1 in 2012)

21. NO MERCY (Three entries)
(Biggest hit: “Where Do You Go?”, #3 in 1996)

20. BLACKSTREET
Out of New York City, this quintet scored a #12 hit in early 1997 with “No Diggity”, which featured Dr. Dre. They remained hot on the R&B scene and scored two other top-40 hits on the pop survey, the last of them in 1999. They disbanded shortly afterwards, then came back for an album in 2003 before calling it quits again. Several members went onto solo success and hit records as a member of other groups.

19. NEW EDITION
After parting ways with Bobby Brown, the group managed a #8 peak with “If It Isn’t Love” in 1988 and three charting singles from a reunion in 1996. Solo efforts by Johnny Gill  and Ralph Tresvant were included in the total, though Brown’s solo efforts were not since he had left. If the countdown encompassed all of their releases, the group would’ve ranked much higher.

18. BELL BIV DEVOE
Speaking of New Edition, this side project by Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe was an instant success in 1990, with back-to-back top tens “Poison” and “Do Me!” Two other minor singles followed before the three took a break, eventually reuniting with their old band in 1996. They still perform together as a trio.

17. LFO
From Boston, the Lyte Funky Ones scored a big summer single with 1999’s appropriately titled “Summer Girls”. Of their six singles to make the airplay chart, “Every Other Time” was their biggest, reaching #10 in 2001. Though they attempted a comeback in 2009, it fizzled quickly. Lead singer Rich Cronin passed away in 2010.

16. BBMAK
These three Brits had a breakthrough in 2000 when they reached #8 with their first and biggest single, “Back Here”. Three other top-40 hits followed, the last one coming in 2002. All three members pursued music in some form after the band’s breakup, most notably Christian Burns, who took a solo dance route and Stephen McNally, who fronts a band called 10 Reasons To Live.

15. JONAS BROTHERS
With Disney aiding their career, these three brothers from New Jersey took the charts by storm in 2007 and accumulated four top-40 hits within a year. “Burnin’ Up” remains their biggest song, hitting #12 during the summer of 2008. Their last entry to date in 2009 brought their total to five, but the band is planning to release a new album this year. One minor solo single for brother Joe Jonas, “See No More”, is added into their total.

14. SHAI
The four men of this group all went to college together in Washington, D.C. and after passing on a demo tape to a local disc jockey who got it on air, their song blew up and became one of the only all a cappella singles to make the top 40: “If I Ever Fall In Love”, from 1992, reaching #3. Another single, “Baby I’m Yours”, hit the same position in 1993. After four pop hits, they charted several other songs on the R&B chart until 1996.

13. O-TOWN
Hey, hey, they’re not The Monkees, but this quintet formed on ABC’s Making The Band in 2000. Their first of five singles, “Liquid Dreams”, became a minor entry in early 2001, but it was their follow-up, a big ballad called “All Or Nothing”, that launched them into the #1 spot at CHR radio. They last hit the top 50 in 2003. One solo release by Ashley Parker Angel, “Let U Go” from 2006, is included in their total.

12. ALL-4-ONE
Hailing from California, this quintet has the distinction of releasing three covers in a row, which all went top three: in chronological order, the #2 “So Much In Love” (The Tymes) from 1994, followed by the #1 “I Swear” later that year and the #3 “I Can Love You Like That” in 1995 (both by John Michael Montgomery.) After an original song tanked in 1996, they were done on pop radio, and were dropped a few years later. They’ve been between labels since, with some small AC and R&B singles every few years.

11. JODECI
When two groups of brothers got together in North Carolina, their soulful sound gave them a string of pop and R&B hits. Taken under the wing of then-executive P. Diddy, the quartet put three singles from their debut album, Forever My Lady, into the top 40. It wasn’t until 1993 that they attained their only top ten hit, a live version of “Lately” from MTV Unplugged. It peaked at #6. After one more top-20 single in 1994, the group’s crossover success was done, but brothers K-Ci & JoJo made their mark several years later with songs like 1998’s “All My Life” (#2). Four of their singles were mixed into the total.

…and now, for the top ten boy bands on the chart.

"Feels good" to rank up here.

“Feels good” to rank up here.

10. TONY! TONI! TONÉ!

Oakland’s finest had been working on records for several years before they finally made it onto the pop survey in 1990 with the #15 “Feels Good”, from their album, The Revival. The trio had their greatest success in 1993 when they mixed new jack swing and soul on their #2 hit, “If I Had No Loot”, which was a followed by a slower song, “Anniversary”, which topped out at #5. After one more top-40 hit in 1994 and a minor entry in 1996, Raphael Saadiq left the group, but they still continue on today with a replacement singer. He’s seen some minor R&B hits, but a whole lot of critical success. He’s even currently appearing in a car commercial. The group hasn’t recorded any new material since the 90’s.

Still playing hard to get.

Still playing, but not hard to get.

09. HI-FIVE

Five friends from Texas came together in 1989, got signed to Jive Records, and I’m sure there were high-fives all around. The group only managed to place four songs onto the airplay chart, the fewest of any act in the top tier of this list, but the first three all went top ten: 1991’s “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” (#2) and “I Can’t Wait Another Minute” (#9), plus 1992’s “She’s Playing Hard To Get” (#4). After an additional top-20 single the next year, the quintet scored several other moderate R&B hits before disbanding shortly afterwards. Lead singer Tony Thompson died in 2007. They band returned in 2012 with new members and a self-released single, but it failed to chart.

Sealed with a "Kiss".

Sealed with a “Kiss”.

08. ONE DIRECTION

Surprised to see them so high? The five boys who came together on the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2010 have a made a significant mark on the charts in just under a year in the States. Both their debut album Up All Night and second release Take Me Home entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart last year. Only one of their radio releases has gone top ten, however: “What Makes You Beautiful”, which peaked at #4 last June. Yet, each of their four followup releases have gone top twenty, and this has all happened within ten or eleven months. They’re huge. They just released a Comic Relief cover of Blondie‘s “One Way Or Another” this week. Unsurprisingly, it’s a smash. They’ll be around for a while.

Bopped 'til the dropped (off the charts.)

Bopped ’til the dropped (off the charts.)

07. HANSON

Take three brothers from Texas, given them six letters to play around with, and what do you get? A blockbuster hit. “Mmmbop”. It spent nine weeks at #1 from May to July 1997, and though radio wanted to get rid of it as quickly as they DJs put it on the air, you can’t help but recognize it as one of the key tracks that led to the growth of bubblegum pop in the late 90’s. The group had four top-40 hits following it, but not one matched the peaks that their biggest single rose to. (“Where’s The Love?” did hit the top ten, however.) After seven airplay entries ending in 2004, the boys are still together today recording on their own independent label.

Give them just one spot (un lugar.)

Give them just one spot (un lugar.)

06. 98 DEGREES

Things were just heating up with this four-man group from Ohio when their first single, “Invisible Man”, went to #10 in 1997. It wasn’t until 1999 that the group did considerably well on the teen circuit with songs like the #4 “The Hardest Thing” and the #5 “I Do (Cherish You)”. They reached their commercial peak by 2000 with Revelation and their last top ten, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” (#7) before their airplay and sales fell off quickly the next year. After the band broke up, Nick Lachey famously married Jessica Simpson, did a reality show, divorced, and wrote a whole album of breakup songs called What’s Left Of Me in 2006. The title track went to #5 and a followup to #25, both included in their total. The quartet is back together and releasing 2.0 in May on eOne Records.

Caught in a Badd romance.

Caught in a Badd romance.

05. COLOR ME BADD

Discovered by Robert Bell of Kool & The Gang, the quartet based out of Oklahoma made a name for themselves beginning in 1991 with the #2 single “I Wanna Sex You Up”, featured in the film New Jack City. The group has eight top ten singles to their credit, including one #1, “I Adore Mi Amor”, and another #2, “All 4 Love” (1992). After a failed album in 1998 that gave them their last of ten airplay charters, the group disbanded, but most went onto solo projects. The most successful of them, Sam Watters, produced and wrote/co-wrote singles for Anastacia, Jessica Simpson and Natasha Bedingfield. The three other members recently reunited and are looking to put out new music this year.

Can't block these boys out.

Can’t block these boys out.

04. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

After his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to try his luck with a caucasian version of the band, originally signed as Nynuk before changing their name. Sales were slow to start, but after 1988’s “Please Don’t Go Girl” became a national top ten hit, the group hit superstardom. In 1989, they placed six songs into the top 40, including #1’s “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” and “Hangin’ Tough”. Step By Step and its title track soon followed in 1990, but after a backlash and accusations of lip syncing, the five members parted in 1994 after ten hits. After a reunion in 2008 which brought in two other top-40 entries, the New Kids plan on releasing an album in April called 10 before going on tour. Two solo singles apiece by Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight also boosted their ranking.

It's gonna be them.

It’s gonna be them.

03. *NSYNC

Formed by Lou Pearlman in the mid-1990’s, they invaded Europe before capturing the hearts of millions of girls in the United States in 1998 with songs like “I Want You Back” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart”, both #5 hits. By 2000, they had hit their full potential with a huge #1 single for ten weeks, “Bye Bye Bye”, followed by “It’s Gonna Be Me”, which spent six weeks at the top. It propelled parent album No Strings Attached to 2.4 million copies in sales in its first week alone, a record which will likely never be beaten. Celebrity followed in 2001 with three additional top ten hits, bringing their total of top-40 hits to 11 before they broke apart in 2002. JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake pursued solo careers; the former has two top-40 singles to his credit, and the latter has eleven main credits (which are all included in the group’s total.) Timberlake’s also acted in several movies, including The Social Network.

Not quite the "end of the road."

Not quite the “end of the road.”

02. BOYZ II MEN

After looking up to New Edition all their lives, this quartet from Philadelphia got their big break in 1989 when the members of Bell Biv Devoe heard them at a local tour stop and were impressed. Michael Bivans eventually agreed to manage the group, leading to their 1991 debut album, Cooleyhighharmony, and the #5 smash “Motownphilly”. They were an overnight success, scoring three other top five singles by the end of 1992. They were perhaps best known for their songs that struck around for a while at the peak of the pop chart, even when the overall speed of the survey had a quick turnover. “End Of The Road” was #1 for six weeks in 1992, the same amount of time “On Bended Knee” stayed at the top in 1994 and into 1995. However, it was their duet with Mariah Carey, “One Sweet Day”, that managed the longest run at the top spot: eight weeks, from December 1995 to February 1996. Their last minor charting single came in 2000 and after a run of thirteen top-40 hits, they were finally done. They group downsized to a trio several years ago and made a few albums of cover songs. Their last original studio album, Twenty, came out in 2011.

All you could "Want" in a boy band.

All you could “Want” in a boy band.

01. BACKSTREET BOYS

Well, we’ve come to the cream of the pop, the top-ranking boy band of the latest twenty-five years based on airplay data. Another of Lou Pearlman’s acts, the quintet based out of Florida officially began their journey in 1993 and released their first single in the U.S., “We’ve Got It Goin’ On”, in the fall of 1995. It just dented the CHR top 40. After finding incredible success in Europe, the Boys gave it a second go in the States and produced a #2 hit in 1997’s “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)”, the first of ten consecutive top ten hits from the group. In that impressive chain, two number one singles: 1999’s “I Want It That Way” and 2000’s “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely”. Parent album Millenium sold 1.1 million copies its first week, a record at the time, and 9.5 million in its first year alone. Black & Blue opened with 1.6 million first week in the fall of 2000, but the singles had less of an impact on the charts and the album eventually sold less than half of what Millenium did. After going on a hiatus for several years, the band has put out several studio albums since 2005, but they clearly haven’t matched up in airplay or sales compared to their efforts at their peak. Nevertheless, they’ve been going strong as a group for twenty years now and have a total of 18 top-40 hits, and that’s something to be respected. They recently went the independent route for a Christmas single and plan to release new music in 2013. However, their legacy will always be their late 90’s hits, the videos, the TRL appearances, the pandemonium, etc. They truly deserve the #1 spot on the this list.

That’s going to do it for this Friday Forty. Hope you enjoyed this look back in boy band history, and let me know if I missed any along the way! Or, suggest a topic for the next Friday Forty! Leave a comment below or contact me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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