Clay Aiken – 45 Weeks On The Charts!



I am a day late, but we can’t skip over this wonderful anniversary!

The following tweet was published on Monday:

THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY 2003 – American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken went to No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with This Is The Night!

Isn’t it fun to see that this amazing accomplishment is still remembered and important!


Were you watching American Idol when Clay sang This Is The Night for the first time?  I was watching and it certainly made me smile.

Clay also sang the song at The Miss America Pageant

And…on May 28, 2003

Good Morning America

  • Clay Aiken released This Is The Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water as a CD single on June 10, 2003.
  • According to USA Today, US sales of the single sold 1,012,000 units –as of June, 2009.
  • The single was RIAA certified Gold and Platinum on July 13, 2003.
  • The single was at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles for 11 non-consecutive weeks.  It left the chart after 45 weeks.
  • This Is The Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water had the biggest first-week sales of any single since Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind (1997). It was also easily the best-selling single of 2003.

When was the last time you listened to This Is The Night?

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  1. As we know, the "physical single CD" is a thing of the past! I think this was the last one to actually sell a million physical copies in a store but I'm not sure. Does anyone know for sure?

    • I'll see if I can find more about it. The music field has changed in so many ways, hasn't it.

  2. I remember when Clay performed this song on American Idol and Randy said that he hopes that it wasn't going to be his first single! Was he ever wrong, I hope he ate crow for that statement! I only watched the Miss America pageant for Clay. He performed two songs. What a night! Thank you, musicfan for the memories!

  3. Love all those early days of Clay's journey, he's just special to me. Love the video you posted.Thanks Martha xo

  4. I didn't buy the single because I bought the album. Bridge Over Troubled Waters was a additional selling point. I recall checking the Saturday paper for weeks when SoundScan posted the #1 hits and Clay was there week after week. It broke the record for longest time at #1as I recall.

  5. i remember clay singing this is the night on miss amercia pagent and on idol i havent herd this is the night in ages

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