In this column, I provide brief notes and reviews for all of the number one songs in the United States according to the Billboard charts. In addition to the #1 overall song (as per the Hot 100 chart), the top songs on Billboard’s primary genre charts are also featured.
This week (issued for 5/17/2014), the reign of “Happy” is over.
Hot 100, Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop: John Legend – “All of Me”
No longer content with merely replacing “Happy” on the Pop chart, John Legend has completely removed “Happy” from the top spot on every major chart on which it is eligible. It’s been a long time coming for “All of Me,” which has been on the charts for 30 weeks. It is the R&B star’s first #1 on the Hot 100. Legend should not get too comfortable, as Ariana Grande’s new single “Problem” debuted at #3 this week. “All of Me” is too sentimental for my tastes and offers little beyond Legend’s vocals and earnestness. Listening to it from beginning to end is a struggle for me. The music video certainly does not help matters.
Country: Luke Bryan – “Play It Again”
Bryan maintains his #1 spot on the Country chart for the fourth consecutive week. It’s a solid song.
Rock: Bastille – “Pompeii”
These guys again, still hanging around in the Hot 100 top ten and still besting all of their competitors on the Rock genre chart.
Dance/Electronic: DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
It peaked at #5 last week on the Hot 100 and still has a comfortable lead over the other tracks on the Dance/Electronic chart. However, a potential challenger has emerged: Disclosure’s “Latch” has been gaining momentum the last few weeks and has the potential to become the summer jam that it should have been last year, but it still has a long way to go (currently #52 on the Hot 100).
Latin: Enrique Iglesias – “Bailando (feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona)”
The complete displacement of “Happy” is the most obvious change that happened on the charts this week, but it was not the only long-term #1 song to drop to #2. On the Latin charts, Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” has bumped Romeo Santos’ “Odio” from the top spot. “Bailando” is livelier than “Odio,” and Iglesias’ collaborators actually make positive contributions to the track (sorry Drake). Iglesias’ vocals are still too slick sounding, but he carries the melody well.
Hot 100: John Legend – “All of Me” [*]
Pop: John Legend – “All of Me” [*]
Country: Luke Bryan – “Play It Again” [***]
Rock: Bastille – “Pompeii” [**]
R&B/Hip-Hop: John Legend – “All of Me” [*]
Dance/Electronic: DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down for What” [***]
Latin: Enrique Iglesias – “Bailando (feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona)” [***]