Pop Charts 5/24/2014

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 5/24/2014), mostly status quo, but my new 1-10 based rating system hopes to shake things up.



Hot 100, Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop: John Legend – “All of Me”

The sappy balladry of John Legend enjoys its second week at #1, holding off Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” at #2 and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” at #3. In case you missed last week’s column, I am not a fan.

Rating: 2

Country: Luke Bryan – “Play It Again”

“Play It Again” is now in its fifth week at #1 on the country charts, but slipped five positions on the Hot 100 to #19.

Rating: 7

Rock: Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”

Until “All of Me” came along, Bastille’s “Pompeii” was my least favorite #1 since I started this column. Fortunately, Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” has managed to knock Bastille from the top of the Rock chart. In addition to being #1 on the Rock chart, it has moved up to #10 on the Hot 100, becoming the band’s first top 10 single. “Ain’t It Fun” has a playful zest to it, thanks to its pop-rock hooks, Hayley Williams’ vocals, and the gospel choir toward the end. It’s exuberant, but has a restraint that keeps the saccharine independence jam (or kissoff directed at former band mates) from becoming overbearing. This is a song I would not mind hanging around at #1 for a month or two, especially if it does so at the expense of Bastille and American Authors.

Rating: 7

Dance/Electronic: DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”

“Turn Down for What” is #1 for yet another week on the Dance/Electronic chart, moving up one spot to #6 on the Hot 100. I’m wishfully tipping Disclosure’s “Latch” to eventually challenge “Turn Down for What” for this position. “Latch” jumped 18 spots to #34 on the Hot 100 and moved up to #3 on the Dance chart. A more likely usurper is Calvin Harris’ “Summer” (#2 Dance, #14 Hot 100), with its seasonally convenient title and superior chart pedigree.

Rating: 7

Latin: Enrique Iglesias – “Bailando (feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona)”

“Bailando” dropped three spots to #84 on the Hot 100 this week, but is still comfortably #1 on the Latin chart. Now in its second week as the Latin #1, it has managed to inch up to #3 on the Latin Airplay chart and maintains its #1 spot on the Latin Streaming and Latin Digital charts. This all suggests that Mr. Iglesias will likely enjoy a long spell at the top of the Latin chart.

Rating:  6

In Review:

Hot 100: John Legend – “All of Me” [2]

Pop: John Legend – “All of Me” [2]

Country: Luke Bryan – “Play It Again” [7]

Rock: Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun” [7]

R&B/Hip-Hop: John Legend – “All of Me” [2]

Dance/Electronic: DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down for What” [7]

Latin: Enrique Iglesias – “Bailando (feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona)” [6]

Notable Hot 100 Movers and Debuts:

Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong” [#18, up from #26]

Jason Derulo – “Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)” [#24, up from #68]

Disclosure – “Latch (feat. Sam Smith)” [#34, up from #52]

5 Seconds of Summer – “She Looks So Perfect” [#37, up from #45]

Rude – “Magic” [#39, up from #62]

Usher – “Good Kisser” [#70, debut]

Sia – “Chandelier” [#75, debut]

Pharrell Williams – “Come Get It Bae” [#82, debut]


Link: Billboard


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