Here's a fun chart fact: in AT40 history three songs have hit #1, fallen from that spot, returned a second time, dropped again, and returned to #1 for a THIRD time. And two of those have happened so far in 2020, they being "Circles" by Post Malone and "Blinding Lights" by the Weeknd.
And the third? "Le Freak" by Chic in 1978-79, the only song in the Casey era to do so. BUT...that was on the Billboard Hot 100. It didn't do that in Radio & Records (where "Le Freak" hit #1 for two consecutive weeks, plus it can be given two "frozen" end-of-year weeks), so Ryan won't cite it.
"On Bended Knee" by Boyz II Men also hit #1 three times, all of them before AT40 ended in early 1995. Shadoe even mentioned that in the song's backsell on the last AT40 show.
The song that "On Bended Knee" traded places with during that time also pulled off that feat on the second to last show: "Another Night" by Real McCoy.
Post by OnWithTheCountdown on Sept 26, 2020 8:38:31 GMT -5
Thought I'd put this in here...since I still catch the current shows, I thought I'd list the highlight of AT40's 50 years. On the current show (9/26), we heard an audio clip of Casey mentioning the chart highlight of the 4 ex-Beatles with solo hits in the 40 simultaneously, which occurred on 12/14/1974, and again on 1/11/1975, with John Lennon having a different hit while George, Paul and Ringo were still in with their same singles. (Not sure which show that clip was actually from.) Pretty neat feat, and feature that Ryan and his guest hosts have included on the shows since 7/4, and will continue through 7/3/2021.
I'll edit this post with the highlights from the shows.
2020-07-18: Ryan interviews Liam Payne from One Direction (from February 2012) 2020-07-25: Casey intros the longest-playing #1 single ("American Pie"), then Ryan plays the shortest, from 2019 ("Old Town Road") 2020-08-15: Ryan talks to Katy Perry (from 2008) 2020-08-29: Ryan plays bloopers from Steve Carell, who guest-hosted AT40 on 5/31/2008 (pretty funny; obviously these weren't in the original show) 2020-09-19: Ryan chats with Kerri Kasem about her dad, Casey 2020-09-26: Casey mentions the chart feat of all four ex-Beatles in the 40 at the same time (which Ryan also mentions happened in 2017 with One Direction) 2020-10-03: Ryan's first interview with Lady Gaga (2009) 2020-10-10: Casey introduces the first Norwegian act to hit #1 (10/19/1985) 2020-10-17: Ryan plays his chat with Maroon 5's Adam Levine when "Moves Like Jagger" tops the chart (2011) 2020-10-24: Casey plays the longest-charting single ("I Go Crazy" by Paul Davis, from 1978)