See the full synopsis: #40-35, #34-29, #28-23, #22-17, #16-11
40. Brokenhearted – Karmin
39. We Are Young – Fun
38. Faded – Tyga/Lil Wayne
37. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
36. Too Close – Alex Clare
35. Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
34. Pop That – French Montana/Rick Ross/Lil Wayne/Drake
33. Glad You Came – The Wanted
32. Let Me Love You – Ne-Yo
31. Scream – Usher
30. Clique – Kanye West/Big Sean/Jay-Z
29. Leave You Alone – Young Jeezy/Ne-Yo
28. One More Night – Maroon 5
27. Want U Back – Cher Lloyd
26. I Don’t Like – Chief Keef/Kanye West/Big Sean/Jadakiss/Pusha T
25. Heart Attack – Trey Songz
24. Lights – Ellie Goulding
23. Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
22. Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
21. Live While We’re Young – One Direction
20. Ready or Not – Bridgit Mendler
19. Diamonds – Rihanna
18. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
17. Adorn – Miguel
16. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
15. Beez in the Trap – Nicki Minaj/2 Chainz
14. No Lie – 2 Chainz/Drake
13. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
12. Put It Down – Brandy/Chris Brown
11. Your Body – Christina Aguilera
10. Refill – Elle Varner
R&B newcomer Elle Varner burst onto the music scene with her debut single “Only Wanna Give It To You” with J. Cole, and wanted to give us another dose with “Refill.” Although the track did just barely missed out on the Hot 100, reaching #1 on the bubbling chart, it received heavy urban airplay reaching #10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. A “new-school” throwback, accompanied by Varner’s raspy voices, critics were delighted with Varner’s presence in R&B Her debut album Perfectly Imperfect was received with rave reviews, and it debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. Hopefully Varner will succeed beyond ‘Imperfect’.
9. Give Your Heart A Break – Demi Lovato
I was wary when Demi Lovato announced that “Give Your Heart A Break” would be released as her second single. However after listening and listening the song began to grow on me and I saw why they made such a great choice of a single. Reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, Demi had another hit on her hands and showed us why she was a super star when paired with The X Factor’s Fifth Harmony in a duet of the song. Here’s to hoping Demi releases more music like this in the future.
8. Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
So eclectic R&B newcomer Frank Ocean first leaked his demo of “Thinkin About You” on Tumblr in July 2011. Fast forward to a year later and Ocean is now a burgeoning R&B star hit album and hit single in “Thinkin’ About You.” A sparse, alternative approach to R&B was hailed my critics. The album was a huge hit, selling 131,000 copies in its introduction, solely from digital copies as it was not available in stories the first week. Ocean had everyone on to his music, with Beyonce even stating that she cried the first time she listened to “Thinkin About You” and everyone covering it, including Justin Bieber. Not to mention Ocean gave an epic VMA performance of the song. As of this week, the song is still making strides on Billboard, so far peaking at #32.
Fans were infuriated with Rihanna in Birthday Cake because the Barbadian singer only recorded the song as an interlude on her album Talk That Talk. However, she re-recorded a remix with Chris Brown and the song was all over radio! The song reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 — and it wasn’t even a single!!! Talk about smash hit! Insiders teased of a music video to come but that never came to fruition. Bass, bells, claps, and synthesizers powered his song that we could not just resist.
6. Home – Phillip Phillips
I was angry when Phillip Phillips won American Idol over Jessica Sanchez. Guess what? I didn’t like his single “Home” either. However this all changed when the song was used to promote the 2012 Summer Olympics. In between watching Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney do flips, I asked myself…oh what is this song, I like it. Then I realized it was the burgeoning mega hit by the Idol winner, which reached #7 on the Hot 100. Folk rock worked for Phillip Phillips. Time will tell if he can achieve career longevity.
Like the song above, I hated David Guetta & Sia’s Titanium. I mean, I knew it was another hit, but I thought it was like any other Guetta hit. This all changed when (Queen) Beatrice Miller performed the song on The X Factor. Then, I heard the song on radio and thought…this isn’t bad at all. Sia delivered some spot on vocals in this worldwide chart hit. Of course it got annoying after a while, but it is an undeniably good song.
The Biebs accused of swaggerjacking Justin Timberlake on “Boyfriend,” so he experimented with dubstep and brought Big Sean along for the ride. Combine this with a cinematic music video and you have yourself a Bieber-sized hit. “As Long as You Love Me” was something different from Bieber, and I feel as if this expanded beyond is demographic more than any other song recorded, which is why it was so successful. Bieber should expound upon this for his third album.
3. Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
Lamborghini Mercy, you’re chick she so…excuse me. Although there was speculation about devilish lyrics in the beginning of the song (which were sampled; believe me, I don’t play with no satantic stuff) Mercy was undeniable one of the songs of the summer and the biggest hits of the year. Kanye West rounded up Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz for this GOOD Music song which was unique yet a hip-hop classic. It reached #13 on the Hot 100.
2. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
I wasn’t unconvinced that Kelly Clarkson was about that life when she released the moderate hit “Mr. Know It All.” However, I found that in fact, Ms. Kelly was about that life when she released arguably one of the biggest songs of her career with “Stronger.” With empowering lyrics that help me every day, and a nice pop rock feel, Kelly Clarkson, I thank you for sharing this hit with us. This was a chart topper in multiple countries and yes, Kelly Clarkson ain’t done yet!
1. Climax – Usher
People were tired of Usher releasing strictly pop songs over and over again (and he still continues to even now) but for the first single from Looking 4 Myself, Usher tried to bridge the gap. By using dubstep and electronic elements with Diplo to make an quiet-storm R&B song, the undisputed #1 R&B song of the summer, “Climax” ruled the roost. It reached #17 on the Hot 100, and spent eleven weeks at the top of the R&B chart. In a dark video, Usher delivered as well and after proved that being in the game for so long, he still runs this.