Remembering 15 Forgotten Adult Pop Songs

U2's The Edge, Adam Clayton and Bono took a collective leap of faith while performing at ANZ Stadium on Dec. 13 in Sydney, Australia.

For the 15th anniversary earlier this month of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, we presented the Top 40 Adult Pop Songs 1996-2011 ranked retrospective.

How about some (very) deep countdown extras?

Here is a look (and listen) at 15 other songs that, despite not having reached the weekly 40-position chart's top half, or crossing over, for the most part, to other formats, still sound deserving of having been bigger hits.

See how many you can remember and add your own suggestions in the comments section below or by e-mailing askbb@billboard.com.


"Four Leaf Clover," Abra Moore
No. 23, 1997

Moore's sole charted format hit coincided with her participation in the original Lilith Fair boom. She later co-wrote the album track "You Get Me" on Michelle Branch's debut set "The Spirit Room."

"Brian Wilson," Barenaked Ladies
No. 37, 1998

Two of BNL's best-known classics stopped at No. 37; "If I Had 1,000,000" peaked at the same spot two years later. Still, two of the group's songs rose to No. 2: "One Week" (1998) and "Pinch Me" (2000).

"Snow on the Sahara," Anggun
No. 22, 1998

The Indonesian singer/songwriter brought her ethereal sounds to U.S. shores with this title cut from her album that also sports a cover of David Bowie's "Life on Mars."

"That I Would Be Good (Live)," Alanis Morissette
No. 24, 2000

Although one of just five of her 15 Adult Pop Songs chart entries to fall short of the top 20, the pensive song remains a fan favorite, especially for Kelly Clarkson, who has covered it in concert.

"Camera One," Josh Joplin Group
No. 22, 2001

"Camera One," which thanks to Joplin's vocals evoked comparisons to R.E.M., enjoyed extra exposure (no pun intended) courtesy of usage in an early episode of "Scrubs."

For the 15th anniversary earlier this month of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, we presented the Top 40 Adult Pop Songs 1996-2011 ranked retrospective.

How about some (very) deep countdown extras?

Here is a look (and listen) at 15 other songs that, despite not having reached the weekly 40-position chart's top half, or crossing over, for the most part, to other formats, still sound deserving of having been bigger hits.

See how many you can remember and add your own suggestions in the comments section below or by e-mailing askbb@billboard.com.


"Unforgiven," Go-Go's

No. 22, 2001

The group's third reunion, following comebacks in 1990 and 1994, yielded its first album of new material, "God Bless the Go-Go's," since 1984. This first single's co-writer? Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," Eddie Vedder
No. 28, 2002

The all-Beatles-covers soundtrack to the Sean Penn/Dakota Fanning hit film "I Am Sam" generated Vedder's only solo Adult Pop Songs entry. Pearl Jam has placed three titles on the tally: "Wishlist" (No. 39, 1998), "Last Kiss" (No. 5, 1999) and "Just Breathe" (No. 20, 2010).

"Save Yourself," Sensefield
No. 27, 2002

The California indie rockers made their sole appearance on a Billboard song survey with this gently-strummed single that appeared on the "Roswell" soundtrack. The group disbanded in 2004.

"Thinking Over," Dana Glover
No. 22, 2003

You might remember a song of hers that wasn't a single better: the tender, flute-inflected "It Is You (I Have Loved)" serves as the love theme to "Shrek." Glover is currently charting on Jazz Songs as the vocalist on Dave Koz's "Start All Over Again." The cut, which peaked at No. 9, was featured on ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

"Something That You Said," Bangles
No. 40, 2003

As with the Go-Go's, adult pop stations, many of which feature '80s flashback programming, warmly welcomed back the decade's other beloved girl group. The song ushered in the Bangles' first new studio album, "Doll Revolution," since 1988.

For the 15th anniversary earlier this month of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, we presented the Top 40 Adult Pop Songs 1996-2011 ranked retrospective.

How about some (very) deep countdown extras?

Here is a look (and listen) at 15 other songs that, despite not having reached the weekly 40-position chart's top half, or crossing over, for the most part, to other formats, still sound deserving of having been bigger hits.

See how many you can remember and add your own suggestions in the comments section below or by e-mailing askbb@billboard.com.


"White Houses," Vanessa Carlton
No. 27, 2004

This lyrically vivid first single from Carlton's second set, "Harmonium," followed her debut smash "A Thousand Miles" (No. 2, 2002) and the No. 5-peaking "Big Yellow Taxi," on which she joined Counting Crows, in 2003.

"City of Blinding Lights," U2
No. 40, 2005

Although the band's catalog of '80s and '90s hits infuses format playlists, U2 has, surprisingly, scored only three top 10s since the Adult Pop Songs chart's 1996 launch: "Beautiful Day" (No. 4, 2001), "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (No. 9, 2001) and "Vertigo" (No. 9, 2005). The group has actually tallied more top 10s on Dance/Club Play Songs (four) in that span, including two No. 1s.

"Seven Days of Lonely," I Nine
No. 24, 2007

Cameron Crowe tapped the South Carolina-formed band, led by vocalist Carmen Keigans, to appear on the soundtrack to his 2005 movie "Elizabethtown." In 2007, the group released the album "Heavy Weighs the King." Equally melodic follow-up single "If This Room Could Move" was produced by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.

"99 Times," Kate Voegele
No. 22, 2009

Voegele, who has released two albums on the MySpace imprint, augmented promotion for this track with her role as Mia Catalano on the CW's "One Tree Hill."

"Satisfy," Vedera
No. 36, 2010

The single helped propel the Kansas City-based band's "Stages" to No. 2 on Heatseekers Albums. "We've been writing for a bit now. Excited to get into the studio!!," the group recently Tweeted.