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Every month or so, I’ve given you a glimpse from the past from Star 94, Dave FM, V-103 and Kicks 101.5, courtesy of Mediabase 24/7, which tracks airplay going back to 1998. This month, we take a look at what Q100’s top 10 songs were the week of Sept. 26, 2001, ten years ago.
Since Q100 focuses on newer songs, it’s no surprise not a single song on this list is on Q100’s current playlist. Just one of the songs has even been played on Q100 this calendar year: Alicia Keys’ classic “Fallin’ ”
1. “I’m Real” Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule. A year ago, I would have said both these acts were no longer relevant, but Lopez landed a judge spot on “American Idol” and voila! She has two current hits under her belt. Ja Rule? Still absent. As for this song, it was during the peak of her music career and I actually liked it, as did plenty of other folks at the time because it hit No. 1 on the Billboard top 100. But I haven’t heard it in years. Only 24 stations nationwide measured by Mediabase 24/7 spun the song last week, none in Atlanta.
Spins to date on the station: 2,352
Last heard on Q100: 3/21/2008
2. “Hit ‘Em Up Style” Blu Cantrell. This was a classic one-hit wonder, produced by Atlantan Dallas Austin. It was catchy and fun, with an insouciant revenge theme. It peaked at No. 2 at the time on the top 40 charts at the time. Forty-six stations from all types of formats spun it last week nationwide, none in Atlanta.
Spins to date: 1,930
Last heard on Q100: 10/13/2008
3. “Fallin” Alicia Keys. If one song on this list has endured, it’s this one. It has become a staple on radio for years and an oversung audition tune on “American Idol” to boot. It has enduring melodies, vocals and thematics. As noted earlier, it’s the only song from this list Q100 played this year. And it was spun 782 times last week on more than 230 stations. Kiss 104.1 and B98.5 both played it four times last week. That’s impressive given the song’s relative age.
Spins to date: 1,850
Last heard on Q100: 3/31/2011
4. “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” Eve featuring Gwen Stefani. If you think there are a lot of rappers/singer combos in 2011, there were plenty in 2001, too. This was certainly one of the better ones, arguably better than “I’m Real.” It was a huge hit in the summer of 2001, peaking at No. 2 on the top 40 chart and Q100 ate it up at the time. It isn’t the type of song, though, that has been kept on radio to any degree. Only 47 stations (none in Atlanta) spun the song 107 times last week.
Spins to date: 3,087 (most of any of the songs in this top 10)
Last heard on Q100: 11/7/2010
5. “It’s Been Awhile” Staind. This is the only rock song that made the top 10 back when Q100 was much more of a rhythmic top 40 station. It was a big crossover hit that originated on stations such as 99X and epitomized the mopey, dark, post-grunge tunes of the era. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent a whopping 20 weeks at the top of the mainstream rock radio chart and 16 on the modern rock chart. Project 9-6-1 and Star 94 both still have the song on their playlist. Surprisingly, this song was spun 785 times last week on radio, three more spins than Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’ ” It obviously still tests well a decade later. Almost every active rock station still plays it while significant majorities of alternative stations do as well. And nearly half of Hot AC stations played it, too.
Spins to date: 2,399
Last heard on Q100: 3/30/2007
6. “Someone to Call My Lover’ Janet. Why did Janet Jackson decide to just call herself Janet for this song? No idea! I haven’t heard this tune in many moons but in listening to it again on YouTube, it’s really a delightfully sweet summer tune that borrows a bit from America’s song “Ventura Highway.” It was the last single to reach the top 10 for Janet Jackson. Sadly, it has had virtually zero staying power. Only seven stations nationwide (none in Atlanta) spun it just 15 times last week.
Spins to date: 1,850
Last heard on Q100: 10/15/2006
7. “I Do” Toya. I barely remember this song by an artist who only had two top 20 hits. This one peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 100. It’s perfectly danceable but her career vanished soon after. Not surprisingly, radio has completely forgotten about this song. Only two stations played it among all stations measured by Mediabase 24/7 last week.
Spins to date: 1,768
Last heard on Q100: 8/25/2004
8. “I’ll Fly With You” Gigi D’Agostino. This was a big international dance hit and reflected Q100’s desire to be a Atlanta’s dance station at the time. It barely made a dent otherwise on the top 40 charts and never really became a regular on radio stations. It was spun six times nationwide last week.
Spins to date: 505
Last heard on Q100: 1/12/2008
9. “U Remind Me’ Usher. Atlanta’s already legendary R & B singer was on his second big album in 2001. This slinky pop song became his third big hit and landed at No. 1. He’d have plenty more, so much so that this wasn’t one of his more lasting hits on radio. Notably, his former squeeze Chilli was in the video. Last week, 53 stations spun the song 85 times, none in Atlanta.
Spins to date: 811
Last heard on Q100: 11/7/2008
10. “Clint Eastwood” Gorillaz.. This was an animated cat, like the Archies, but much cooler. It only peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard Top 100 but was a No. 3 hit on the modern rock chart and No. 6 on the dance club chart. Again, Q100 was playing more dance hits than it is now. I liked this tune. It’s got a cool vibe, even ten years later. Interestingly, 49 out of 69 alternative rock stations spun it last week, including Alt Nation on Sirius/XM.
Spins to date: 527
Last heard on Q100: 11/26/2005
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