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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 5, 2001

Going "Up" the chart.

Going “Up” the chart.

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 first days of August and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2001…

Debuts:
39. CAKE, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”

38. GORILLAZ, “Clint Eastwood”
35. EDEN’S CRUSH, “Love This Way”
31. *NSYNC, “Gone”

Biggest Mover:
SAMANTHA MUMBA, “Don’t Need You To (Tell Me I’m Pretty)” (35-26) (nine spots)

10. SUGAR RAY, “When It’s Over” (down 4)
Album: Sugar Ray (2001, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

09. USHER, “U Remind Me” (down 1)
Album: 8701 (2001, LaFace/Arista Records)
Peak: #8

08. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Bootylicious” (down 1)
Album: Survivor (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. BLINK 182, “The Rock Show” (up 3)
Album: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001, MCA Records)
Peak: #7

06. JANET JACKSON, “Someone To Call My Lover” (down 3)
Album: All For You (2001, Virgin Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “I’m Real” (up 4)
Album: J. Lo (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. LFO, “Every Other Time” (down 2)
Album: Life Is Good (2001, J Records)
Peak: #2

03. THE WISEGUYS, “Start The Commotion” (up 2)
Album: Zoolander: Music From The Motion Picture (2001, Mammoth/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. BLU CANTRELL, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” (up 2)
Album: So Blu (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. SMASH MOUTH, “I’m A Believer” (steady, third week)
Album: Shrek: Music From The Motion Picture (2001, DreamWorks/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 12, 1999 (15th Anniversary Edition)

Cherishing the first chart ever.

Cherishing the first chart ever.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on 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 is a very special edition of the Flashback as it marks the fifteenth anniversary of my first official top 40 chart. Back in the day, I would write the chart down with pen and paper as I listened to Kiss 108 in Boston or American Top 40 early on Sunday morning. Things have definitely changed since then… never did I think I would still be ranking my favorites weekly fifteen years after I first began my chart. Obviously, it’s been an amazing run that will continue onward. However, let’s go back once more to that very first top ten from this week in 1999:

10. *NSYNC featuring GLORIA ESTEFAN, “Music Of My Heart”
Album: Music Of The Heart: The Album (1999, Sony Music Soundtrax/Epic Records)
Chart History: Though this was Estefan’s only single to reach my top 40, the Florida quintet would go onto four #1 songs between 2000 and 2002. JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake both went top ten as solo acts.

09. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “Bailamos”
Album: Enrique and Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Wild Wild West (1999, Interscope Records)
Chart History: Four singles in total from Iglesias’s debut English effort climbed aboard my chart, though his biggest hit to date remains the 2001 single “Hero”, which made it to #1. He has not charted since the fall of 2011.

08. LOU BEGA, “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)”
Album: A Little Bit Of Mambo (1999, RCA Records)
Chart History: After the success of “Mambo”, followup “Tricky Tricky” also made my top ten. He’s not been top 40 since that song, though he’s had some minor success in parts of Europe with a handful of other single releases.

07. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “If You Had My Love”
Album: On The 6 (1999, WORK Group)
Chart History: Lopez was a mainstay on my top 40 for several years at the beginning; “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” remains her sole #1. Despite a well-received comeback a few years back, 2005’s “Get Right” was her last single to chart.

06. SUGAR RAY, “Someday”
Album: 14:59 (1999, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Chart History: The California group had a few other big singles after their summer classic. 2001’s “When It’s Over” gave them their highest peak to date, climbing up into the #2 spot. Their last top 40 came in 2005 with “Shot Of Laughter”.

05. TAL BACHMAN, “She’s So High”
Album: Tal Bachman (1999, Columbia Records)
Chart History: Bachman never repeated the crazy success of “High” in the U.S. nor in his native Canada, but a few singles were released after it, including the minor Hot AC entry “If You Sleep” in the spring of 2000. “Sleep” bubbled under my top 40 around then.

04. GOO GOO DOLLS, “Black Balloon”
Album: Dizzy Up The Girl (1998, Warner Bros. Records)
Chart History: Still huge on the charts at that point, the Dolls continued to break my top ten with “Broadway” and “Here Is Gone”, which went to #1 in 2002. A series of Hot AC hits have kept them around on my top 40 as recently as last year, going to #18 with “Rebel Beat”.

03. SMASH MOUTH, “All Star”
Album: Astro Lounge (1999, Interscope Records)
Chart History: It was an anthem that lit up the #1 spot at both CHR and Hot AC radio and even rose to #2 on Alternative radio. It’s been quite a while since the format’s spun them. Their cover of “I’m A Believer” spent four weeks at #1 on my survey in 2001. They last charted with “So Insane” in 2006.

02. 98 DEGREES, “I Do (Cherish You)”
Album: 98 Degrees and Rising (1998, Motown Records) and Notting Hill: Music From The Motion Picture (1999, Universal Records)
Chart History: Out of all the boy bands on my first top 40, this one ranked the highest, charting with a song that was first a hit on the Country survey a year prior for Mark Wills. The quartet’s version was heard across multiple formats and ties their highest peak on my chart with “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)”, a #2 in 2000.

01. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Genie In A Bottle”
Album: Christina Aguilera (1999, RCA Records)
Chart History: It’s a perfect piece of pop; what else can you say about “Genie”? It launched Aguilera into superstar status and gave her a string of hits on my top 40, including the #1 songs “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” in 2000 and “Beautiful” in 2003. Though the glory days are long behind her, she still goes top 40 from time to time as a featured act.

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Not Enough Time: Short Singles In The Top 40

The stars of the show.

The stars of the show.

If you aren’t familiar with the folky sound of The Lumineers yet, then you might be living under a rock. Their first single, “Ho Hey”, has become a massive crossover hit from the Alternative chart and into the world of Pop. The song clocks in at a short 2:34, a rarity for a radio single nowadays, but that’s not the shortest top 40 ever. In fact, several decades ago, staying under 3:00 was the standard if you wanted to get any sort of play on AM radio. The shortest of the short was “Stay”, a #1 on the Hot 100 for Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs from November 1960; it was just 1:38 in length. Well, none of the songs on this list are quite as a quick as that, but here’s a list of eleven songs from the past twenty or so years that became charting singles on the airplay survey (Mediabase/Radio & Records CHR chart) that were even shorter than “Hey”:

ASHLEE SIMPSON – “L.O.V.E.” (2:33) (#29, 2006)
This pint-sized pop ditty became the last CHR airplay hit for the younger sister of Jessica Simpson. Followup single “Invisible” became a digital hit, but didn’t gain any significant ground on the radio. Simpson is still making music today under an independent label.

SMASH MOUTH – “You Are My Number One” (2:33) (#37, 2003)
In 2001, Smash Mouth had a hit remake of The Monkees‘ “I’m A Believer”, featured in the movie Shrek, which was co-written by Neil Diamond. In turn, Diamond helped the band co-write this song, which became their last CHR hit. They’ve had a few minor Hot Adult Contemporary entries since then.

JONAS BROTHERS – “S.O.S.” (2:32) (#23, 2007)
The second coming of Hanson scored their first top-40 hit in 2007 with this song. They had several bigger hits in the years to come, including 2008’s “Burnin’ Up”. They reunited recently after two of the brothers pursued solo projects and the other got married, and look to have an album out in 2013.

THE WISEGUYS – “Start The Commotion” (2:32) (#11, 2001)
DJ Touché, born Theo Keating, scored his only hit in the United States when it was featured in an advertisement for Mitsubishi. Followup single “Ooh La La” had a little bit of airplay, but failed to make the top 40. Today, he records under the name Fake Blood.

SMASH MOUTH – “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby” (2:30) (#17, 1998)
This is the only group with two songs on here. Originally a minor chart entry for ? and the Mysterians in 1967, the band updated this tune for the soundtrack to the film Can’t Hardly Wait, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt. They would score their biggest success the following year in 1999 with the #1 hit “All Star”.

BLINK 182 – “What’s My Age Again?” (2:27) (#24, 1999)
These punk rockers went pop beginning in the late 90’s, when this song became a minor hit on the CHR survey. You probably remember the music video of them running around naked everywhere. The trio would score their biggest hit with their next single, “All The Small Things”, which hit #9 on the chart.

THE CRANBERRIES – “Salvation” (2:24) (#36, 1996)
The first single from To The Faithful Departed was a bit of a dud on CHR radio, mainly because the song was too hard for the mainstream listeners. However, two other singles from the album, “Free To Decide” and “When You’re Gone”, made the top 20.

PATTI ROTHBERG – “Inside” (2:23) (#36, 1996)
Singer-songwriter Rothberg has one of the more obscure songs on this list, which was featured on her debut album, Between The 1 And The 9. It was also a minor Alternative hit.

THE B-52’s (as THE BC-52’s) – “(Meet) The Flintstones” (2:21) (#21, 1994)
If you couldn’t tell already, this was the theme song to the live action adaptation of the cartoon, which starred John Goodman as Fred Flintstone. The band also had a small cameo in the film. This was the band’s last CHR hit, though they’ve had a few releases since then, including a 2008 comeback single entitled “Funplex”, the title song from that album.

DEL AMITRI – “Roll To Me” (2:12) (#6, 1995)
Third time was the charm for this Scottish band; their third top-40 hit became a top ten record, peaking at #6 for three weeks. It also spent 37 weeks in the top 40. The band was dropped by their label in 2002 when no more big hits rolled in.

FOO FIGHTERS – “Big Me” (2:11) (#10, 1996)
From their debut self-titled release, this was the biggest crossover single for Dave Grohl in the boys, which was accompanied by a hilarious music video. The band would hit the CHR chart one other time in 1999 with “Learn To Fly”. Grohl and the living members of Nirvana recently performed with Paul McCartney at a Hurricane Sandy relief concert.

FRENTE! – “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1:59) (#33, 1994)
This Australian band managed to make a charting song under two minutes, an acoustic version of a single originally performed by New Order. They had several other big hits in their native Australia, but this was their only one to make the charts in the States.

To keep things short, hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at the shortest songs to become radio hits, and keep an eye on “Ho Hey” to see if it keeps climbing or gets cut… you know… short. I’m here all week.

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