Setting fire to the reign.
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 journey back to a time not far ago. In fact, it’s been just one year since these songs were making moves on the chart. Here’s a look at my top 40 from November 11, 2012:
40. CONOR MAYNARD featuring NE-YO, “Turn Around”
39. MAROON 5, “Daylight”
38. TAYLOR SWIFT, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
THE SCRIPT, “Six Degrees Of Separation” (37-29) (8 spots)
10. ROBBIE WILLIAMS, “Candy”
Virgin America may have stopped promoting his new music here by 2003, but that doesn’t mean Mr. Williams wasn’t enjoying his usual successes over in Europe. The now 39-year-old singer scored his first #1 single in eight years in his native United Kingdom, selling 137,000 copies in its first frame. On my top 40, it spent four weeks at #4 and was my #68 song on the year-end survey of 2012.
09. KEANE, “Disconnected”
After spending a week at #8, this British band was down to #9 on this particular chart. It was the third release taken from the group’s Strangeland album, though it wasn’t a particularly big hit in any territory. It would be the last release of the era to enter my chart. The group is currently climbing my top 40 with a song called “Higher Than The Sun”, the first single from compilation The Best Of Keane.
08. FUN., “Carry On”
What a year 2012 was for this trio. After two #1 songs in a row on my chart, “We Are Young” (two weeks) and “Some Nights” (eight weeks), “Carry” was also bound for that top spot, up to #8 in its fifth week on. It would also lead for eight weeks and I have a good feeling that the song will be doing particularly well on my forthcoming 2013 year-end chart. You’ll have to wait and see what happens.
07. ONEREPUBLIC, “Feel Again”
Used in Save The Children‘s Every Beat Matters campaign, a portion of the song’s sales were donated to the charity. With a Platinum certification, topping 1 million copies, that was a whole lot of money going to a good cause. Unfortunately, its chart results weren’t so good — it barely reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. Now, the band is “Counting Stars” and soaring upward.
06. WALK THE MOON, “Anna Sun”
From the Queen City of Cincinnati, Ohio, the indie pop quartet was holding steady at #6 for a third week with a song that went top ten on Alternative radio. It was taken from the band’s self-titled album, their first release on a major label: RCA Records. Followup single “Tightrope” missed my chart, but would also break the top 20 on Alternative. The band’s next album should be released early next year.
05. THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame”
This former chart-topping single from the Irish trio and the California-born singer was just coming off a four-week run at the top, which marked the band’s fourth time there following “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, “Breakeven” and “Nothing”. Though it went to #1 in the United Kingdom, “Hall” was only a moderate hit in the States. They’re set to release their fourth studio album in 2014.
04. TAYLOR SWIFT, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Well, that’s a mouthful. The Swifties were out in full force when this song hit iTunes, taking it to #1 in just under an hour. On the Hot 100, “Together” vaulted from #72 to #1 in its second week on, one of the largest jumps ever into the top spot. On my survey, it was spending its third non-consecutive week at #4. Followup single “I Knew You Were Trouble” would do one better, peaking at #3 in 2013.
03. ONE DIRECTION, “Live While We’re Young”
It was the hyped-up lead single from the band’s second album, Take Me Home, and it did not disappoint on the charts. During a quick rise, quick fall run, “Young” managed top 3 placement in many countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. It would peak at #2 on my survey before falling. They are currently climbing on my top 40 with “Story Of My Life”.
02. ANDY GRAMMER, “Miss Me”
Third time was the charm for Grammer on my survey. Lead single “Keep Your Head Up” spent a painful eight weeks at #2, which was followed by two weeks at #4 for single “Fine By Me”. However, the singer-songwriter led my chart for two frames with this song, which also became a moderate hit on Hot AC radio. The singer is currently in the studio laying down tracks for his sophomore album.
01. ADELE, “Skyfall”
What hasn’t been said about the singer born in Tottenham, England? She saved the music industry with Diamond-certified album 21 and hit singles like “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You”. Taken from the James Bond film of the same name, “Skyfall” was yet another smash, peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 and at #1 on my chart for three weeks. The song also won her a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Song, which means EGOT, here she comes. Will we see new music from her in the new year? I sure hope so.
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