Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Adult Album Alternative (AAA): Top 100+ Songs

First posted 12/10/2017; updated 4/15/2020.

Adult Album Alternative, 1996-2020:

Top 100+ Songs

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.

Here are the top 100+ AAA songs 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. Matchbox 20 “Bent” (2000)
  6. The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (1996)
  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. Portugal, the Man “Feel It Still” (2017)
  17. Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” (2012)
  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. The Black Keys “Fever” (2014)
  24. Death Cab for Cutie “Soul Meets Body” (2005)
  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)
  32. The Black Keys “Go” (2019)
  33. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “You Worry Me” (2018)

    8 weeks:

  34. Lorde “Royals” (2013)
  35. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  36. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006)
  37. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
  38. Coldplay “Paradise” (2011)
  39. Milky Chance “Stolen Dance” (2013)

  40. R.E.M. “The Great Beyond” (1999)
  41. Counting Crows “Hanginaround” (1999)
  42. The Lumineers “Stubborn Love” (2012)
  43. The Head and the Heart “All We Ever Knew” (2016)
  44. Norah Jones “Sunrise” (2004)
  45. Tracy Chapman “Telling Stories (There Is Friction in the Space Between) (2000)
  46. Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010)
  47. Death Cab for Cutie “You Are a Tourist” (2011)
  48. Death Cab for Cutie “Gold Rush” (2018)
  49. David Gray “You’re the World to Me” (2007)
  50. Serena Ryder “Stompa” (2013)
  51. Nathaniel Rateliff “And It’s Still Alright” (2020)

    7 weeks:

  52. The Fray “You Found Me” (2008)
  53. Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun” (2002)
  54. New Radicals “You Get What You Give” (1998)
  55. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” (2011)
  56. Eric Clapton “My Father’s Eyes” (1998)
  57. U2 “Staring at the Sun” (1997)
  58. U2 “Window in the Skies” (2006)
  59. Coldplay “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” (2011)
  60. Kings of Leon “Radioactive” (2010)

  61. U2 “You’re the Best Thing About Me” (2017)
  62. Dave Matthews Band “Stay (Wasting Time)” (1998)
  63. Dave Matthews Band “Where Are You Going?” (2002)
  64. Vampire Weekend “Harmony Hall” (2019)
  65. Natalie Merchant “Kind and Generous” (1998)
  66. Dave Matthews Band “Everyday” (2001)
  67. Spoon “Hot Thoughts’ (2017)
  68. Snow Patrol “Crack the Shutters” (2008)
  69. John Butler Trio “Better Than” (2007)

    6 weeks:

  70. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
  71. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014)
  72. Phillip Phillips “Home” (2012)
  73. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change” (2006)
  74. Goo Goo Dolls “Slide” (1998)
  75. John Mellencamp “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)” (1996)
  76. U2 “Electrical Storm” (2002)
  77. Sheryl Crow “A Change Would Do You Good” (1996)
  78. The Killers “Read My Mind” (2006)
  79. Arcade Fire “Everything Now” (2017)
  80. Jack Johnson “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (2005)

  81. Mumford & Sons “Guiding Light” (2018)
  82. Blues Traveler “Most Precarious” (1997)
  83. Norah Jones “Chasing Pirates” (2009)
  84. Daid Gray “The One I Love” (2005)
  85. Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs “Beg, Steal or Borrow” (2010)
  86. Pete Yorn “Life on a Chain” (2001)

    5 weeks:

  87. U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (2004)
  88. Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” (1996)
  89. Coldplay “Adventure of a Lifetime” (2015)
  90. The Verve Pipe “The Freshmen” (1996)

  91. Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” (2008)
  92. Mumford & Sons “Believe” (2015)
  93. Gin Blossoms “Follow You Down” (1996)
  94. Sheryl Crow “My Favorite Mistake” (1998)
  95. Counting Crows “Accidentally in Love” (2004)
  96. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man “Human” (2016)
  97. Sarah McLachlan “Fallen” (2003)
  98. The Black Keys “Lo/Hi” (2019)
  99. Collective Soul “Run” (1999)
  100. John Mellencamp with India.Arie “Peaceful World” (2001)

  101. Shery Crow “Anything But Down” (1998)
  102. The Lumineers “Gloria” (2019)
  103. R.E.M. “Supernatural Superserious” (2008)
  104. Dave Matthews Band “I Did It” (2001)
  105. John Mayer “Bigger Than My Body” (2003)
  106. The Avett Brothers “Ain’t No Man” (2016)
  107. Paolo Nutini “New Shoes” (2006)
  108. John Mayer “Who Says” (2009)
  109. Leon Bridges “Bad Bad News” (2019)
  110. Beck “Uneventful Days” (2019)

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