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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 18, 2002

“You” know these 2002 hits.

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 fifteen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 18, 2002…

Debuts:
39. THICKE, “When I Get You Alone”
33. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Like I Love You”

Biggest Mover:
WESTLIFE, “World Of Our Own” (35-26, nine spots)

10. ELVIS PRESLEY vs. JXL, “A Little Less Conversation” (up 6)
Album: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #7

09. SEVEN AND THE SUN, “Walk With Me” (down 2)
Album: Back To The Innocence (2002, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5

08. DANIEL BEDINGFIELD, “Gotta Get Thru This” (up 5)
Album: Gotta Get Thru This (2002, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. BBMAK, “Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (up 1)
Album: Into Your Head (2002, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. BRYAN ADAMS, “Here I Am” (down 4)
Album: Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There” (up 1)
Album: Gravity (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

04. NELLY featuring KELLY ROWLAND, “Dilemma” (steady, second week)
Album: Nellyville (2002, Fo’ Reel/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. PINK, “Just Like A Pill” (steady, fourth week)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2

02. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Goodbye To You” (up 3)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. VANESSA CARLTON, “Ordinary Day” (steady, second week)
Album: Be Not Nobody (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 25, 2002

“Just A Little” touch of 2002.

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 fourteen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 25, 2002…

Debuts:
40. SAMANTHA MUMBA, “I’m Right Here”
39. AMANDA LATONA, “Can’t Take It Back”
36. CAM’RON featuring JUELZ SANTANA, FREEKEY ZEEKEY and TOYA, “Hey Ma”
32. NICK CARTER, “Help Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Like I Love You” (33-18, fifteen spots)

10. BRYAN ADAMS, “Here I Am” (down 4)
Album: Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. NELLY featuring KELLY ROWLAND, “Dilemma” (down 5)
Album: Nellyville (2002, Fo’ Reel/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

08. ELVIS PRESLEY vs. JXL, “A Little Less Conversation” (up 2)
Album: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #7

07. BBMAK, “Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (steady, second week)
Album: Into Your Head (2002, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. DANIEL BEDINGFIELD, “Gotta Get Thru This” (up 2)
Album: Gotta Get Thru This (2002, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. AMY STUDT, “Just A Little Girl” (up 6)
Album: False Smiles (2003, 19/Universal Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There” (up 1)
Album: Gravity (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

03. VANESSA CARLTON, “Ordinary Day” (down 2)
Album: Be Not Nobody (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. PINK, “Just Like A Pill” (up 1)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2

01. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Goodbye To You” (up 1)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 11, 2002

No "Ordinary" countdown.

No “Ordinary” countdown.

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 a few weeks before the start of middle school (7th grade!) and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2002…

Debuts:
40. LEANN RIMES, “Life Goes On”
39. OAKENFOLD featuring SHIFTY SHELLSHOCK, “Starry Eyed Surprise”
37. JUSTINCASE, “Don’t Cry For Us”
35. WESTLIFE, “World Of Our Own”

Biggest Mover:
NO DOUBT featuring LADY SAW, “Underneath It All” (25-15) (ten spots)

10. JACK JOHNSON, “Flake” (down 3)
Album: Brushfire Fairytales (2001, Enjoy/Universal Records)
Peak: #7

09. ANASTACIA, “One Day In Your Life” (down 5)
Album: Freak Of Nature (2002, Daylight/Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. BBMAK, “Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (up 3)
Album: Into Your Head (2002, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

07. SEVEN AND THE SUN, “Walk With Me” (down 2)
Album: Back To The Innocence (2002, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5

06. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There” (up 2)
Album: Gravity (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

05. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Goodbye To You” (up 5)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. NELLY featuring KELLY ROWLAND, “Dilemma” (up 2)
Album: Nellyville (2002, Fo’ Reel/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. PINK, “Just Like A Pill” (steady, third week)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2

02. BRYAN ADAMS, “Here I Am” (down 1)
Album: Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. VANESSA CARLTON, “Ordinary Day” (up 1)
Album: Be Not Nobody (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 6, 2002

Goin' "Thru" the archives.

Goin’ “Thru” the archives.

You seemed to enjoy my Labor Day Special which involved ten years of my top ten countdowns over the Labor Day Weekend, so why not make it a regular feature on the blog? 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 start off with this rewind to my first weeks as a seventh grader. These were the top ten songs on my personal chart eleven years ago this week for the chart dated October 6, 2002:

10. SANTANA featuring MICHELLE BRANCH, “The Game Of Love”
Coming off her first #1 on my chart, “Goodbye To You”, Branch took a fast ride up on this Santana single that served as the lead single from Shaman. Several weeks later, it would arrive at #1 and stay there through mid-December, when “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera took its place. The two acts would team up again on 2005’s “I’m Feelin’ You”, Branch being a part of The Wreckers, which went to #3.

09. LAS KETCHUP, “The Ketchup Song (Asereje)”
This trio from Córdoba, Spain got a lot of people up and dancing in 2002 with their novelty dance hit. There were a fair amount of people who thought this might be the next “Macarena” as it did extremely well internationally, but that didn’t translate into a U.S. hit despite some airplay in big markets. It would go to #1 on my chart in November and was kicked out by the Santana and Michelle Branch duet.

08. NICK CARTER, “Help Me”
After the Backstreet Boys took a hiatus at the end of 2001 following a single “Drowning” (a #1 on my chart) and their greatest hits collection The Hits: Chapter One, Carter was the first member to go solo. His Now Or Never album may have been certified Gold, but it’s not well-remembered; nor is this single, which received little airplay at CHR radio. Carter released another album in 2011 called I’m Taking Off.

07. WESTLIFE, “World Of Our Own”
They were huge in Ireland and in the United Kingdom, but RCA Records couldn’t break them in a bigger way here. Their biggest single to date here was 2000’s “Swear It Again”, a moderate radio single with better physical sales. This, however, didn’t muster up as much airplay and virtually no sales at all. The quintet turned quartet managed to stay together through last year, when they finally announced a split.

06. THICKE, “When I Get You Alone”
Before he was Robin Thicke, he simply used his last name on his first album, Cherry Blue Skies (renamed as A Beautiful World.) Sampling the #1 “A Fifth Of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band, a disco take on a segment of Beethoven‘s Fifth Symphony, the record never took off in the U.S., but with a hit like “Blurred Lines” earlier this year, he’ll never be alone without a few bucks.

05. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There”
These Canadian rockers had been around for almost a decade prior to this single; however, this was their only release to see any sort of significant crossover airplay in the States. Thus, this was my introduction to them, and the epic sound of their alternative and pop hit took a journey up to #2 before slowly making its way out of the top ten. The band last put out an album, Curve, in the spring of 2012.

04. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE featuring THE CLIPSE, “Like I Love You”
In 2002, *NSYNC took an urban direction by including Nelly on a remix of their last single ever, “Girlfriend”. This also influenced Timberlake on his first solo record later that year, Justified. After a high debut and a quick rise to #2, “Like” was surpassed by a few other hot singles, and his never regained the momentum to go to #1. However, his followup release, “Cry Me A River”, would spend a week there.

03. DANIEL BEDINGFIELD, “Gotta Get Thru This”
This former #1 single from Bedingfield featured a sped-up vocal and a pulsating rhythm. It was different from anything else on the airwaves at the time and due to this, it was a hit at CHR radio as well. In 2003, he made it to the runner-up spot with “If You’re Not The One” and then to #11 in 2005 with “Wrap My Words Around You”. He appeared as a judge on The X Factor in New Zealand earlier this year.

02. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring REDMAN, “Dirrty”
In 2002, we decided that inserting an extra letter “R” into words that didn’t need them was the hip thing to do, as evidenced by the #1 “Hot In Herre” by Nelly and then this single by a sexed-up Aguilera, whose clothing like her album title was Stripped. Alas, “Dirrty” had to settle in the #2 spot for a few weeks before flying down the chart. It was too shocking of an image change to get a widespread approval.

01. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Sk8er Boi”
If you loved that pop-punk realness that Lavigne was serving, then you were one of many back in 2002 digging her album Let Go. “Complicated” went to #1 a few months prior, so “Boi” became her second to pull off the rick despite its AOL speak which automatically dates it. I never was a skater boy (can I make it any more obvious?) but I was a fan of Rocket Power back then and that’s enough, right? Lavigne maintains a smaller presence on my chart, last making it on earlier this year with “Here’s To Never Growing Up” (#13).

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The Music Of Metropolis: Hail To These Heroic Hits

Goin' krypton and on.

Goin’ krypton and on.

He’s the superhero that’s been around since 1938 and he hasn’t aged a bit. He’s Clark Kent, reporter for the Daily Planet, but better known as the great Superman. With hundreds of comic books displaying his name and several television series and dozens of movies based off of his adventures, he’s one of the most well-known characters today. In addition to all of those media outlets, Superman has been the subject of at least fourteen song titles to make the Billboard Hot 100 since 1958, with a fifteenth on the way in the form of “Waiting For Superman”, the new single by Daughtry. It’s currently a top 20 digital hit and will likely go top 40 nationally. So, which of these heroic hits is the mightiest of them all? Here they are, both the top 40 singles and the more minor Hot 100 entries:

“Sunshine Superman”, Donovan (#1, 1966)
This piece of psychadelic pop was Donovan‘s only #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, spending a week there in September 1966. It also reached the top 5 in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. If you were a fan of pop music in the 90’s, you may remember the song “Legend Of A Cowgirl” by Imani Coppola, a minor top 40 hit in 1997 which sampled “Sunshine”.

“Black Superman – Muhammad Ali”, Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band (#21, 1975)
English musician Wakelin wrote this as an homage to the boxing champion after seeing the famous Rumble In The Jungle fight in 1974, which pit Ali against George Foreman, with Ali winning. It hit the top ten in his native United Kingdom and just missed the top 20 on the Hot 100 that fall. A followup single about the boxer, “In Zaire”, was also a hit in the U.K., going top 5, but it did not enter Billboard’s charts.

“Superman”, Herbie Mann (#26, 1979)
After over a decade of top 40 misses, flutist Mann finally made the top 40 in 1975 with “Hijack”, which went to #14. As the disco era danced away with the charts, Mann was able to tack on a second entry with this song, originally performed by Celi Bee and the Buzzy Bunch (see below). What originally didn’t make the top 40 its first time out did it for Mann, breaking into the top 30. It was his last hit.

“Superman (It’s Not Easy)”, Five For Fighting (#14, 2001)
After releasing an album in 1997 that went under the radar on EMI, it was singer John Ondrasik’s second album, America Town, that got him noticed in a big way. In the fall of 2001, this song became one of the anthems heard in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and its consistent radio play launched it into the top 15 on the Hot 100. A sixth Five For Fighting album, Bookmarks, came out this past Tuesday.

“Superman”, Eminem (#15, 2003)
After the huge success of 8 Mile‘s “Lose Yourself”, which spent 12 weeks at #1, this single came directly afterwards and was automatically going to be lost in the shadows of that big hit. From his 2002 album The Eminem Show, it ended up missing the top ten after peaking out very early in its run. However, it did go to #10 on the CHR airplay chart. The female vocals on this song are performed by Dina Rae.

“Superman”, Taylor Swift (#26, 2010)
In an era full of digital downloads, we were inevitably going to find an album track on this list that was never released as a single. Such is this case with this entry from Swift from her hit 2010 album, Speak Now. It peaked the week that the album arrived, then quickly descended the survey and fell off after a few weeks. It was the seventh-highest ranking song, regardless of single status, to chart from the release.

Other caped crusaders to hit the top 100:
“Superman”, Dino, Desi and Billy (#94, 1966)
“Superman”, The Ides of March (#64, 1970)
“Superman”, Donna Fargo (#41, 1973)
“Superman”, Celi Bee and the Buzzy Bunch (#41, 1977)
“(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman”, The Kinks (#41, 1979)
“I’m Your Superman”, All Sports Band (#93, 1981)
“Superman’s Song”, Crash Test Dummies (#56, 1991)
“Superman’s Dead”, Our Lady Peace (#74, 1997)

All of these acts, save for Bee and her group, had bigger singles rank on the Hot 100. Both of the 90’s entries were bigger hits on Canada, where the two groups formed.

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