Billboard Hot 100: Top 10 Songs

August 14, 2012

The Billboard Hot 100 brings you the most popular songs of the week, from a large variety of music genres. They are ranked by radio airplay audience impressions, sales data, and streaming activity data. Check out this week’s hottest hits below:

#10- P!nk with “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”. Only 5 short weeks on the charts, but it did peak at #9. The single is described as an “up-tempo pop rock and dance-pop.” Andrew Hampp from Billboard stated the song was “an empowering breakup anthem in the vein of ‘So What’,” considering it to be “a welcome return to form for Pink at a time when everyone from Adam Lambert to Clarkson is co-opting her sound.” Great way to word it. Basically, classic P!nk is back and ready to rock our worlds!

#9- American Idol season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips, comes in at #9 with his début single, “Home”. Within its 6 weeks on the chart, this is the single’s highest peak, jumping a whopping 75 spots from last week! The song was featured twice during the Olympics this year, which egged on radio stations to start playing the original and various versions. The song is an indie folk genre, with a guitar strumming in the background during the verse. It’s a very soothing and reassuring song, stating, “If you get lost, you can always be found. Just know you’re not alone.” I can see why he was the only one of the night during Idol to receive a standing ovation.

#8- “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia charts at #8, as it did the week before. It has spent 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #7. “Titanium” is a ballad that includes the genres of pop, house, and urban-dance. It’s apparent that the lyrics are describing inner strength, “You shoot me down, but I won’t fall. I am titanium.” It’s a song I personally love and always catch myself singing.

#7- Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” is charted at #7. It didn’t move from last week’s charts, but during its 16 weeks of charting, it has peaked at #5. I’m sure many can agree that this song is just straight dance-pop and a bit of techno. It even has a few dub step breakdowns during the song. Rihanna sings about trying to find that perfect someone who “can please her and love her all night long”. Much like Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake”, “Where Have You Been” can pertain to many people out there, and if you’ve already got that special someone, it makes a great song to jam to!

#6- “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Goyte featuring Kimbra holds the number six spot this week. This tune has spent 31 lengthy weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #1 and continuing its #6 position from last week. “Somebody That I Used To Know” can be described as a “mid-tempo indie pop ballad song”. The song opens with a xylophone-type sound, followed by Goyte’s soft voice beginning to almost whisper the lyrics. Goyte sings about a relationship that is no more, but feels that the ex did many unnecessary things, such as treating him as a stranger and changing their number. “Somebody That I Used To Know” isn’t exactly like the other songs on the chart, but a little variety is always good.

#5- Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa come in at #5 with “Payphone”. 16 weeks on the Hot 100 and it has peaked at #2, but unfortunately, it has dropped two spots since last week. The song portrays a crumbling, and essentially ended, relationship. People love the catchy melody and Adam Levine’s exquisite vocals, but some seem to disagree on the relevancy of Wiz Khalifa’s verse. However, it is still deemed as “a radio success”.

#4- “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry. Last week it peaked at #2 after spending 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Listening close to the lyrics, you can feel the emotional message trying to be portrayed. She’s nostalgic of a break-up, but, as she sings, not losing any sleep, picked up every piece, and landing on her feet. The beat and vocals itself is just beyond gratifying, so the relatable lyrics are really a bonus.

#3- “Whistle” by Flo Rida. It’s spent 12 weeks on the charts and jumped up a spot from last week’s chart. Flo Rida has been known to deliver upbeat pop songs that just want to make you get up and dance.  Based on recent hits “Club Can’t Handle Me” and “Wild Ones”, it’s no wonder “Whistle” is joining the bandwagon on becoming another smash.

#2- Ellie Goulding with “Lights” comes in at #2. It has endured 33 long weeks on the chart and is still going strong. Just last week it was at #5. Maybe it’s the indie pop vibe of the song or Goulding’s magical ability with her voice that has made the song have such frequent radio play. Whatever it may be, people undeniably enjoy this song!

#1- Coming in at number one is Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. This hit summer song has stayed #1 for 10 weeks on Billboard out of the 24 weeks it has been on the chart. You can thank fellow Canadian native Justin Bieber for signing Miss Jepsen and allowing this song to take America by storm.

-Aisha R.



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