Pop Charts 5/31/2014

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 5/31/2014), Coldplay takes over the rock chart.



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

This is the third week at #1 for “All of Me.” It is #1 on the radio chart, but trails on digital sales and streaming charts, suggesting that its hold on #1 on the overall chart is tenuous. Of course that could just be wishful thinking on my part.

Rating: 2

Country: Luke Bryan – “Play It Again”

This is the sixth week at #1 on the country charts for “Play It Again.” It continues to slide a bit (down to 21) on the Hot 100, but there are no real threat to depose it this week on the Country chart, as “Play It Again” is #1 on the Country radio, digital, and streaming charts.

Rating: 7

Rock: Coldplay – “A Sky Full of Stars”

Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” was the best Rock #1 in quite some time, so naturally MOR stalwarts Coldplay had to knock it off. “A Sky Full of Stars” is #1 by consensus rather than by domination, as it does not top any of the rock charts that factor into the overall rock song chart. “A Sky Full of Stars” jumps 33 spots to #10 on the Hot 100, just edging out “Ain’t It Fun” which is down to 12 this week. It finds Coldplay in gentle piano rock mode, with Chris Martin’s quiver building to a sustained high note at the end of each verse, eschewing a traditional chorus. It sets itself apart from the majority of Coldplay’s oeuvre by incorporating light EDM and house influences, but this is not enough to make it memorable. “A Sky Full of Stars” is pleasant, but it is not anything else.

Rating: 5

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

The Dance/Electronic chart is the only chart which has had the same #1 since I have been doing this column. In addition to topping the Dance/Electronic chart again, “Turn Down for What” gains one spot on the Hot 100 for a second consecutive week, now equaling its peak of #5 from about a month ago. Meanwhile, Calvin Harris’ “Summer” is up three positions to #11 on the Hot 100 and Disclosure’s “Latch” drops two spots to 36. However, both could get a boost post-Memorial Day as the USA enters its colloquial summer.

Rating: 7

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

“Bailando” solidifies its hold on the Latin chart by topping the Latin radio, digital, and streaming charts and moves up nine positions on the Hot 100 to #75. It is #1 without a challenge for another week.

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: Coldplay – “A Sky Full of Stars” [5]

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:

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good” [#9, up from 22]

Coldplay – “Magic [#14, up from 53]

Magic! – “Rude” [#28, up from 39]

Coldplay – “Midnight” [#29, re-entry]

Rascal Flatts – “Rewind” [#38, up from 48]

5 Seconds of Summer – “Don’t Stop” [#47, debut]

Sam Smith – “Stay with Me” [#49, up from 69]

Sia – “Chandelier” [#62, up from 75]

Ed Sheeran – “One” [#87, debut]

Dierks Bentley – “Drunk on a Plane” [#91, debut]


Link: Billboard



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