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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 13, 2009

Drunk on the 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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 13, 2009:

Debuts:
40. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “You And Me”
39. INGRID MICHAELSON, “Maybe”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (37-29, eight spots)

10. MIKA, “We Are Golden” (up 2)
Album: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009, Casablanca/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (down 2)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

08. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile” (up 5)
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

07. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (down 1)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (up 2)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (steady, second week)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (steady, second week)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (steady, third week)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (steady, second week)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 20, 2009

A “Wonderful” look at 2009.

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 September 20, 2009…

Debuts:
40. MARIAH CAREY, “I Want To Know What Love Is”
39. NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (29-17, twelve spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (up 4)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

09. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (down 2)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile” (steady, second week)
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

07. MIKA, “We Are Golden” (up 3)
Album: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009, Casablanca/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (steady, second week)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (down 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (down 3)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (down 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (up 3)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (up 3)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 25, 2009

Chart and "Soul".

Chart and “Soul”.

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 and back to midterm season during my sophomore year of college with my top songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
38. NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates”
37. CREED, “Rain”
36. JOHN MAYER, “Who Says”
32. KRIS ALLEN, “Live Like We’re Dying”

Biggest Mover(s):
MUSE, “Uprising” (38-29, nine spots)

10. MIKA, “We Are Golden” (down 1)
Album: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009, Casablanca/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile” (down 2)
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

08. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (up 2)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

07. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (down 2)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (up 2)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

05. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (down 2)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister” (up 2)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

03. ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (up 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (down 1)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (up 1)
Album: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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TOP TEN: Three Is Better Than One

Cry Uncle.

One way to cry Uncle.

“B.Y.H.B. (Bring Your Hot Body)” (Listen) (Download)

If you ever programmed a Hot AC radio station in the last decade plus and thought about scheduling Better Than Ezra, Sugar Ray and Uncle Kracker back-to-back, congratulations. It’s 2015 and they’re all in one big group together. What’s the deal? The trio is a combination of the leaders of those two bands, Kevin Griffin and Mark McGrath, respectfully, as well as the singer. Their first single together as Uncle Ezra Ray, “B.Y.H.B.”, was released this past week through Tentative Music, owned by Griffin. It’s not likely to see much radio action (I’m looking at you, The Pulse) given that it is independent, but hey, nostalgia is nostalgia.

Speaking of the old days, in honor of the new single, I thought I would put together a top ten list of the biggest songs by the three to make my personal chart. Of course, my top 40 officially began in September 1999, so there’s several hits by the two bands that were too early to make it on here. That being said, it’s nice to see that my current workplace is represented quite well on here. (In fact, all three acts were in the Warner family at one point in their careers, with BTE on Elektra for three albums in the 90’s.) Let’s soak it all in, shall we?

*** Positions are based on adjusted chart runs as a result of the difference in turnover rates

10. SUGAR RAY, “Mr. Bartender (It’s So Easy)”
Album: In The Pursuit Of Leisure (2003, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #17 (2003)

09. BETTER THAN EZRA, “Absolutely Still”
Album: Paper Empire (2009, Megaforce Records)
Peak: #13 (2009)

08. BETTER THAN EZRA, “Crazy Lucky”
Album: All Together Now (2014, The End/ADA Records)
Peak: #14 (2014)

07. UNCLE KRACKER, “Follow Me”
Album: Double Wide (2000, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #11 (2001)

06. SUGAR RAY, “Is She Really Going Out With Him?”
Album: In The Pursuit Of Leisure (2003, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 (2003)

05. SUGAR RAY, “Falls Apart (Run Away)”
Album: 14:59 (1999, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 (2000)

04. BETTER THAN EZRA, “A Lifetime”
Album: Before The Robots (2005, Artemis Records)
Peak: #10 (2005)

03. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile”
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 (2009)

02. SUGAR RAY, “Someday”
Album: 14:59 (1999, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 (1999)

01. SUGAR RAY, “When It’s Over”
Album: Sugar Ray (2001, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 (2001)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 11, 2009

The golden boys of Fall.

The golden boys of Fall.

Welcome back for the second edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback, now with a few added extra features. 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, we’re going back to my sophomore year of college for a countdown full of singer-songwriters and the occasional euro-pop curveball. It’s my chart from October 11, 2009:

Debuts:
40. MUSE, “Uprising” (#8, January 2010)
39. MIKA, “Blame It On The Girls” (#11, November)
38. SNOW PATROL, “Just Say Yes” (#28, November)
37. SHINEDOWN, “If You Only Knew” (#17, December)

Biggest Mover(s):
ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (13-5) and THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (30-22) (8 spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone”
Ah, yes, the single that never should’ve been. Clarkson wasn’t a fan of the song from the beginning, producer Ryan Tedder was declared unoriginal in a fiasco over it and Beyoncé‘s “Halo” and the music video for it fell flat, which director Joseph Khan also ranted about. However, it was a hit. “Gone” would eventually rise to a peak of #3, her last top ten single from the All I Ever Wanted era.

09. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me”
Some say she’s had as many boyfriends as she’s had hit singles. I say, let’s keep it centered on the music, people. After two weeks at #1, this fell from 5-9 this week. It was her second pop single from Fearless following another song that went to #1, “Love Story”, which began a three-week run in February. Swift is going strong, charting four singles (so far) from her most recent album, Red.

08. MIKA, “We Are Golden”
Taken from his album The Boy Who Knew Too Much, this first single was a top 5 success in the United Kingdom, but saw limited peaks in other countries. In the U.S., it was released to radio and picked up a handful of radio stations, but never charted at any format. This would be his last top 10 record (#6) on my chart until his “Popular Song” with Ariana Grande hit #8 this year.

07. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile”
He drifted away from the charts for several years after the disappointing sales of his 2004 Seventy Two And Sunny album, but he returned in a big way with this song, stuck at #7 for a third week. This remains his last song to crack the Hot 100. “Smile” was also remixed for Country radio and went top ten on that format, leading to a few other singles of his to pick up some airplay there.

06. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister”
Leader Pat Monahan‘s solo single, “Her Eyes”, went to #1 on my personal chart in 2007, although it and its parent album are largely forgotten about nowadays. Thus, this single of theirs, up 10-6, was Monahan and the band’s reintroduction into the national spotlight, thrusting them into the top ten in many countries. “Sister” would spend four weeks at #4 on my survey in later 2009.

05. ROB THOMAS, “Someday”
Taking a huge leap of 13-5 was the followup to “Her Diamonds”, which hogged the top spot for eight weeks earlier that year. It was still in the top 40 that week dropping to #26. Both of these singles originate on Cradlesong, one of my favorite albums of 2009. This song would end up locked at #2 for four weeks behind Michael Bublé‘s “Haven’t Met You Yet” before descending the top 40.

04. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You”
She was discovered off MySpace (remember when that could happen?) and signed to Universal Republic Records, who made her 2007 album Coco a major hit. This leadoff single from her next album, Breakthrough, was a strong seller and had some decent airplay across multiple formats. After two weeks at #3, “You” fell to #4 that week. Followup single “I Never Told You” went to #2.

03. GARY GO, “Wonderful”
Singer-songwriter Gary Baker took the name Gary Go and took this single of his all the way to #1 on my chart for three weeks, dropping out this week. During the song’s run here in the U.S., he actually stopped by the radio station I was working for to do a promotional appearance and he was quite nice in person. He would chart again earlier this year on Benny Benassi‘s “Cinema”.

02. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet”
Lifted from his 2009 album Crazy Love, this was the Canadian crooner’s third original song to make my chart following 2005’s “Home” (#3) and 2007’s “Everything” (#1). It climbed into the runner-up spot after only six weeks in the top 40 and would go to #1 later that month. It spent five weeks there, his longest run at the top. It’s also his biggest international hit thus far in his career.

01. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances”
After the Two Lights era gave him back-to-back number one singles on my survey, 2006’s “The Riddle (You And I)” and 2007’s “World”, this first single from Slice also made it to the top spot, advancing from 2-1 that week. Originally promoted by Columbia Records, their campaign to break Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” at radio left John Ondrasik’s song stalled out midway up the Hot AC chart, and he jumped to Wind-Up Records midway into the era. He’s currently on with a former #3 single, “What If”.

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