New York’s Top 40 Fans Discover This New Artist Named Timbaland

Dec 26th, 2007 // 12 Comments

timbaland.jpgIn years past, New York top 40 powerhouse Z100 turned over its Christmas programming to a commercial-free all-seasonal-music block, but they’ve abandoned that practice in recent years, no doubt because other stations had hopped on that bandwagon back in late November. (Although I would like to register a complaint about not hearing Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” at all this year until approximately 11:05 a.m. yesterday. In the NYC metro area, no less! What the hell?) In its place, the station is running its Top 100 of 2007 countdown on what seems to be endless loop, and given that I spent a lot of time in cars these past two days and this chart deviates just enough from the year-end Hot 100 to be kinda interesting, I figured I’d share it. Timbaland took the top two spots, with the “The Way I Are” placing at No. 1 and the still-not-very-good Scott Storch dis track “Give It To Me” somehow landing at No. 2.

THE GOOD: Two Pink tracks–”Who Knew and the oft-censored “U & Ur Hand”–placed in the top 10, as did Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right.” Also, Elliott Yamin wound up being the highest-charting American Idol alum of the year who wasn’t Daughtry*, with “Wait For You” (No. 19) just nosing out “Before He Cheats” (No. 20).
THE BAD: In a year that was pretty lackluster for rock-on-pop-radio to begin with, the highest-charting representative of the genre is… the limp, sub-CW-theme “The Great Escape” by Boys Like Girls, which landed at No. 8. Is it because they played the Jingle Ball? I’m seriously curious.
THE WHAAAA? At approximately 7 p.m. Monday, the Best New Artist voting (part of some listener polls that are running in conjunction with this list’s airing/trying to pad the station’s web stats before the year ends) was led by the moptopped Jonas Brothers, with Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana in second place. In third place? Timbaland. Hey, if he keeps it up in the polls, maybe he could get a Disney Channel show of his own!

1 Timbaland & Keri Hilson – The Way I Are
2 Timbaland & Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake – Give It To Me
3 Pink – U + Ur Hand
4 Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around Comes Around
5 Fergie – Big Girls Dont Cry (Personal)
6 Nelly Furtado – Say It Right
7 Pink – Who Knew
8 Boys Like Girls – The Great Escape
9 Kat DeLuna & Elephant Man – Whine Up
10 Daughtry – It’s Not Over
11 Diddy & Christina Aguilera – Tell Me
12 Fall Out Boy – Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
13 Justin Timberlake – Summer Love
14 Timbaland & OneRepublic – Apologize
15 Rihanna & Jay-Z – Umbrella
16 50 Cent & Justin Timberlake – Ayo Technology
17 Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Face Down
18 Kanye West – Stronger
19 Elliott Yamin – Wait For You
20 Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats
21 Gwen Stefani – The Sweet Escape
22 Plain White Ts – Hey There Delilah
23 Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold
24 Ne-Yo – Because Of You
25 Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder
26 Diddy & Keyshia Cole – Last Night
27 Daughtry – Home
28 T-Pain & Yung Joc – Buy U A Drank
29 Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
30 Colbie Caillat – Bubbly
31 Justin Timberlake – Lovestoned/I Think She Knows
32 Lumidee & Tony Sunshine – She’s Like The Wind
33 Fergie – Glamorous
34 Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls
35 Rihanna & Ne-Yo – Hate That I Love You
36 Good Charlotte – I Don’t Wanna Be In Love
37 Alicia Keys – No One
38 Yung Berg & Junior – Sexy Lady
39 Kelly Clarkson – Never Again
40 Britney Spears – Gimme More
41 Nickelback – Rockstar
42 Akon – Dont Matter
43 Jordin Sparks – Tattoo
44 Beyonce & Shakira – Beautiful Liar
45 Ciara – Like A Boy
46 Katharine McPhee – Over It
47 Beyonce – Irreplaceable
48 My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade
49 Rihanna – Shut Up And Drive
50 Fabolous & Ne-Yo – Make Me Better
51 Paramore – Misery Business
52 Paula DeAnda & Dey – Walk Away Remember Me
53 Avril Lavigne – When Youre Gone
54 Fergie – Clumsy
55 Akon & Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Love You
56 All-American Rejects – It Ends Tonight
57 Chris Brown – Wall To Wall
58 Daughtry – Over You
59 Hellogoodbye – Here In Your Arms
60 Omarion & Timbaland – Ice Box
61 Jonas Brothers – S.O.S.
62 Ludacris & Mary J. Blige – Runaway Love
63 Matchbox Twenty – How Far We’ve Come
64 Kanye West & T-Pain – Good Life
65 Nickelback – If Everyone Cared
66 Chris Brown & T-Pain – Kiss Kiss
67 Maroon 5 – Wake Up Call
68 Miley Cyrus – See You Again
69 Lloyd & Lil Wayne – You
70 Amy Winehouse – Rehab
71 Shop Boyz – Party Like A Rockstar
72 Boys Like Girls – Hero Heroine
73 Sean Kingston – Me Love
74 Avril Lavigne – Keep Holding On
75 Lloyd – Get It Shawty
76 Linkin Park – What I’ve Done
77 Soulja Boy – Crank That Soulja Boy
78 Fall Out Boy – I’m Like A Lawyer With The Way I’m Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You)
79 Hilary Duff – With Love
80 Enur & Nataja – Calabria
81 Dashboard Confessional – Stolen
82 Robin Thicke – Lost Without U
83 Finger Eleven – Paralyzer
84 Chenelle & Baby Cham – I Fell In Love With The DJ
85 Rihanna – Dont Stop The Music
86 Backstreet Boys – Inconsolable
87 Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
88 Sean Kingston – Take You There
89 Hinder – Better Than Me
90 Celine Dion – Taking Chances
91 Mims – This Is Why I’m Hot
92 Britney Spears – Piece Of Me
93 John Mayer – Waiting On The World To Change
94 Baby Bash – Cyclone
95 Linkin Park – Shadow Of The Day
96 Jennifer Lopez – Do It Well
97 Taylor Swift – Teardrops On My Guitar
98 Natasha Bedingfield & Sean Kingston – Love Like This
99 Ashley Tisdale – He Said She Said
100 Nelly Furtado – Do It

Top 100 of 2007 []
[Photo: Getty]

* OK OK I initially forgot about Daughtry’s Idol connection since he’s, you know, actually selling records these days. Hey, did you notice that there are no Taylor Hicks songs on this countdown either?

  1. Al Shipley

    Also, Elliott Yamin wound up being the highest-charting American Idol alum of the year, with “Wait For You” (No. 19) just nosing out “Before He Cheats” (No. 20).

    Motherfuckers act like they forgot about Daughtry!

  2. Maura Johnston

    @GovernmentNames: hahaha whooops

  3. Rob Murphy

    Wilco wuz robbed!

  4. Rilo-Andy

    God, did Timbaland EAT Nelly Furtado in that pic?

  5. Chris Molanphy

    Yeah, Z100 was all over Tim’s jock this year. If actual airplay is any indication, that top two is pretty accurate — they played the hell out of “The Way I Are” (which I’m basically okay with) and they were playing “Give It to Me” months after I forgot it existed. I think, with its inclusion of Timberlake and Furtado, that record hit a demographic sweet spot for them.

    As does a certain type of whiny boy-band emo. I mean, look at that Red Jumpsuit Apparatus track at No. 17 — I guarantee you that’s the highest that song will place on any year-end chart anywhere. Certain cheesy rock records, Z100 just jumps early and hangs onto forever; they were playing the current Good Charlotte hit about a month before it even hit the Hot 100.

    Thanks for posting this; brings back memories of late Decembers of yore when I’d listen to the Z100 countdown and the Casey Kasem countdown back-to-back the whole week of New Year’s.

  6. Maura Johnston

    @dennisobell: Yeah, I don’t think I ever remember hearing that Red Jumpsuit Apparatus track.

    Also, am I the only person who thinks that “Summer Love” is the weakest track off the Timberlake album? Yeesh. And hearing it yesterday just seemed to be a taunt.

  7. Rob Murphy

    @dennisobell: @maura: Talk about slow burns — I first heard “Face Down” when my friend gave me the RJA CD as a birthday gift in September ’06. Is the version getting radio love up there the “album version” or the acoustic version [which does sound good, BTW]?

  8. Chris Molanphy

    @maura: Weakest of the singles? Without a doubt. (Even “Until the End of Time” has a little more bite.) Weakest on the whole album? No, I can’t go there — “Damn Girl” and “Losing My Way” are easily lamer.

  9. Al Shipley

    @dennisobell: re: look at that Red Jumpsuit Apparatus track at No. 17 — I guarantee you that’s the highest that song will place on any year-end chart anywhere.
    Not so! Look at Billboard’s Modern Rock chart you mentioned in your column last week, it’s #6. And that song was totally ubiquitous on certain radio formats, although it definitely broke in ’06 more than ’07. @maura: Agreed, I hate “Summer Love.”

  10. Chris Molanphy

    @GovernmentNames: Touché.

  11. Anonymous

    Speaking of NYC radio and Timbaland, last night I heard One Republic’s “Apologize”…

    ON HOT 97.


  12. Maura Johnston

    @lastclearchance: i heard it tonight on hot 97!!! noooo

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