Sunday, December 10, 2017

Adult Album Alternative (AAA): Top 100 Songs

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In 1996, Billboard magazine lanched the adult album alternative (AAA) chart. The radio format is a spinoff of the album-oriented radio format rooted in music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. AAA includes some of that genre’s most noted acts (Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen), but expands to include a variety of genres generally broader than most other radio formats, encompassing alternative rock, alt country, folk, jazz, and blues.

As of December 9, 2017, here are the top 100 AAA songs. They are listed based on most weeks at #1. Songs with the same number of weeks on top are ranked based on most points in Dave’s Music Database.

    16 weeks:

  1. U2 “Beautiful Day” (2000)

    15 weeks:

  2. Coldplay “Clocks” (2002)
  3. Kings of Leon “Waste a Moment” (2016)

    14 weeks:

  4. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
  5. The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (1996)
  6. Matchbox 20 “Bent” (2000)
  7. Matchbox 20 “3 A.M.” (1996)

    13 weeks:

  8. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
  9. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
  10. Jack Johnson “Upside Down” (2006)
  11. Pearl Jam “Just Breathe” (2009)

    12 weeks:

  12. Train “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” (2001)
  13. Beck “Dreams” (2015)
  14. Dave Matthews Band “Funny the Way It Is” (2009)

    11 weeks:

  15. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008)
  16. Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” (2012)
  17. Portugal, the Man “Feel It Still” (2017)
  18. The Lumineers “Ophelia” (2016)
  19. Jack Johnson “You and Your Heart” (2010)
  20. KT Tunstall “Hold On” (2007)

    10 weeks:

  21. Sarah McLachlan “Building a Mystery” (1997)
  22. George Ezra “Budapest” (2013)
  23. Death Cab for Cutie “Soul Meets Body” (2005)
  24. The Black Keys “Fever” (2014)
  25. Jack Johnson “If I Had Eyes” (2007)
  26. Jack Johnson “Good People” (2005)
  27. David Gray “Fugitive” (2009)

    9 weeks:

  28. U2 “Vertigo” (2004)
  29. Coldplay “Speed of Sound” (2005)
  30. Train “Calling All Angels” (2003)
  31. Hootie & the Blowfish “Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)” (1996)

    8 weeks:

  32. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  33. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  34. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
  35. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
  36. Coldplay “Paradise” (2011)
  37. Milky Chance “Stolen Dance” (2013)
  38. R.E.M. “The Great Beyond” (1999)
  39. Counting Crows “Hanginaround” (1999)
  40. The Lumineers “Stubborn Love” (2012)
  41. Norah Jones “Sunrise” (2004)
  42. Tracy Chapman “Telling Stories (There Is Friction in the Space Between) (2000)
  43. The Head and the Heart “All We Ever Knew” (2016)
  44. Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010)
  45. Death Cab for Cutie “You Are a Tourist” (2011)
  46. David Gray “You’re the World to Me” (2007)
  47. Serena Ryder “Stompa” (2013)

    7 weeks:

  48. New Radicals “You Get What You Give” (1998)
  49. The Fray “You Found Me” (2008)
  50. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” (2011)
  51. Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun” (2002)
  52. Eric Clapton “My Father’s Eyes” (1998)
  53. U2 “Staring at the Sun” (1997)
  54. Coldplay “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” (2011)
  55. Kings of Leon “Radioactive” (2010)
  56. Dave Matthews Band “Where Are You Going?” (2002)
  57. U2 “Window in the Skies” (2006)
  58. Dave Matthews Band “Stay (Wasting Time)” (1998)
  59. Natalie Merchant “Kind and Generous” (1998)
  60. Dave Matthews Band “Everyday” (2001)
  61. U2 “You’re the Best Thing About Me” (2017)
  62. Snow Patrol “Crack the Shutters” (2008)
  63. John Butler Trio “Better Than” (2007)
  64. Spoon “Hot Thoughts’ (2017)

    6 weeks:

  65. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
  66. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  67. Phillip Phillips “Home” (2012)
  68. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change” (2006)
  69. Goo Goo Dolls “Slide” (1998)
  70. The Killers “Read My Mind” (2006)
  71. John Mellencamp “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” (1996)
  72. Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good” (1996)
  73. U2 “Electrical Storm” (2002)
  74. Jack Johnson “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (2005)
  75. Blues Traveler “Most Precarious” (1997)
  76. Arcade Fire “Everything Now” (2017)
  77. Norah Jones “Chasing Pirates” (2009)
  78. Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs “Beg, Steal or Borrow” (2010)
  79. Daid Gray “The One I Love” (2005)
  80. Pete Yorn “Life on a Chain” (2001)

    5 weeks:

  81. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2004)
  82. Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” (1996)
  83. The Verve Pipe “The Freshmen” (1996)
  84. Gin Blossoms “Follow You Down” (1996)
  85. Coldplay “Adventure of a Lifetime” (2015)
  86. Sheryl Crow “My Favorite Mistake” (1998)
  87. Mumford & Sons “Believe” (2015)
  88. Sarah McLachlan “Fallen” (2003)
  89. Counting Crows “Accidentally in Love” (2004)
  90. Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” (2008)
  91. Shery Crow “Anything But Down” (1998)
  92. Collective Soul “Run” (1999)
  93. John Mayer “Bigger Than My Body” (2003)
  94. John Mellencamp with India.Arie “Peaceful World” (2001)
  95. Dave Matthews Band “I Did It” (2001)
  96. R.E.M. “Supernatural Superserious” (2008)
  97. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man “Human” (2016)
  98. John Mayer “Who Says” (2009)
  99. The Avett Brothers “Ain’t No Man” (2016)
  100. Paolo Nutini “New Shoes” (2006)