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50 Blue And Yellow
The Used
Forty Foot Echo - Forty Foot Echo Cover ArtSave Me
Forty Foot Echo

This Canadian group landed on the pages of Alternative Addiction in the spring of 2003 with their single "Save Me"  The song did considerably well on Canadian radio stations, but never caught on in the American market.  Hollywood records also pushed the single "Brand New Day" later in the year.  Despite the bands lackluster exposure, Save Me was able to reach number six on Top 20, and comes in at 48 for the best of 2003.
49 Inside Out
VonRay
48 Save Me
Forty Foot Echo
47 Girls Not Grey
AFI
46 Breathe In
Paloalto
45 Run
Kutless
44 Boys of Summer
The Ataris
Ataris - So Long, Astoria Cover ArtThe Boys of Summer
The Ataris

The second song off their major label debut, So Long Astoria, The Boys of Summer was a radio hit in the summer of 2003 conjuring up memories from when this song was a hit years ago for Don Henley.  The Ataris never intended for the song to be a single, but were pressured from their record label to release it.
43 The First Single
The Format
42 Fighting With Myself
Never On Sunday
41 Until The Day I Die
Story Of The Year
40 See The Sun
Black Lab
39 Sad Songs
Matt Nathanson
Nathanson, Matt - Beneath These Fireworks Cover ArtSad Songs
Matt Nathanson

After spending years on the Unknown Top 10, Matt Nathanson made the jump into the spotlight in 2003, signing with Universal Records.  His brilliant debut album, Beneath These Fireworks, featured the single, Sad Songs, which climbed to number one on the Top 20 in just two months.  Expect a big year for Matt in 2004.
38 Just The Way I'm Feeling
Feeder
37 Feel
Matchbox Twenty
36 Sober
Butch Walker
35 Secondhand Heart
Will Hoge
34 Dim Halo
Greenwheel
Train - My Private Nation Cover ArtCalling All Angels
Train

Train returned in 2003 with their long awaited follow up to "Drops Of Jupiter".  We got our first taste of the new album in April with the single "Calling All Angels".  The song was an immediate hit on both Alternative Addiction and mainstream radio and went on to launch the bands third album "My Private Nation" into multi-platinum status.
33 (I Hate) Everything About You
Three Days Grace
32 Calling All Angels
Train
31 Perfect Time of Day
Howie Day
30 Cradle
The Rising
29 Caught In the Rain
Revis
Closure - Closure Cover ArtAfterglow
Closure

Perhaps the most overlooked band of 2003 was TVT Records up and coming band Closure.  The bands incredible self titled debut record launched a couple of hit singles, the biggest being their song "Afterglow" which reached number one on the AA Top 20 in the summer of 2003.
28 Someday
Nickelback
27 On Saturday
The Clarks
26 Afterglow
Closure
25 Freeze
Pay The Girl
24 Girlfriend
July For Kings
Eve 6 - It's All In Your Head Cover ArtThink Twice
Eve 6

Eve 6 returned in 2003 with their release titled "It's All In Your Head".  Ironically enough, front man Max Collins got in the head of a close friend to find the inspiration for the first single "Think Twice".  The emotional and angst filled ballad hit number one on the AA Top 20 in the fall, and was the only hit off the bands disappointing album.
23 Think Twice
EVE 6
22 And Then You Went Away
Brian VanderArk
21 Head On Straight
Tonic
20 Good
Dakona
19 Didn't I
Jayy Mannon
Radford - Sleepwalker Cover ArtFake A Smile
Radford

Perhaps the biggest surprise of 2003 was the return of Radford.  Debuting in 1999 on Alternative Addiction, Radford had been all but left for dead at the start of year.  But in the fall of 2003, news of signing with Universal and a resurrection of the band began to spread as the song "Fake A Smile" debuted on the AA Top 20 in Sept.
18 Times Like These
Foo Fighters
17 Sympathy
Goo Goo Dolls
16 The Remedy
Jason Mraz
15 Fake A Smile
Radford
14 Blinded
Third Eye Blind
Something Corporate - North Cover ArtSpace
Something Corporate

The much anticipated return of Something Corporate came late in 2003, as the band released its second album, North.  The first single "Space" quickly grabbed the attention of the fans at Alternative Addiction as the song quickly climbed the AA Top 20.  Expect to hear a lot more from this incredibly tallented young band in 2004.
13 Harder To Breathe
Maroon 5
12 Your Mistake
Sister Hazel
11 Falls On Me
Fuel
10 Space
Something Corporate
9 Sincerely, Me
Better Than Ezra

Live - Birds Of Pray Cover ArtHeaven
Live

When it seemed like all had given up on Live after their hiatus from the spotlight, Ed Kowalczyk and the boys returned in 2003 with an incredible album, and a brilliant first single.  The inspirational lyrics of "Heaven" provided such a stark contrast to the angry and dark sounds that oversaturated radio this year.  The result was a number one hit for Live on both Alternative Addiction, and radio.  Perhaps its only fitting that a year that was defined historically by War and Economic struggles, the inspirational lyrics of Live's "Heaven" shined through in a way that only a great song can.

8 Swing, Swing
All American Rejects
7 Vacuum Bag
Stroke 9
6 I'm Still Here
Vertical Horizon
5 Unwell
Matchbox Twenty
4 Here Without You
3 Doors Down
3 Meant To Live
Switchfoot
2 Take Me Away
Lifehouse
1 Heaven
Live

Former Songs
Of the Year:

2002:
Somewhere Out There
by Our Lady Peace

2001:
Drops of Jupiter
by Train

2000:
Sugarbuzz
by Marvelous 3

1999:
Shimmer
by FUEL

1998:
Iris
by Goo Goo Dolls

1997:
Push
by matchbox20

 

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