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Top 10 Pop Songs – Summer 2010

Summer 2010 was the summer of Katy Perry, Eminem, and men. Pop radio airwaves also welcomed some bright new voices. These are the 10 most successful pop songs based on chart performance for the summer of 2010.

1. Katy Perry – “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg

Katy Perry - "California Gurls" featuring Snoop DoggCourtesy Capitol Records

Katy Perry has had the biggest summer pop song for two of the last three years now, and she is the only artist to appear in the top 10 of the summer for each of the last three years. Upon release, her web site proudly announced, “Summer starts now!” and that statement was correct.

2. B.o.B. – “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams

B.o.B.  featuring Hayley Williams - "Airplanes"Courtesy Atlantic Records

Rapper B.o.B. turned to a more serious tone for his powerful follow up to the #1 hit “Nothin’ On You.” While “Airplanes” never hit #1, it remained prominent on the radio throughout the summer.

3. Usher – “OMG” featuring

Usher -  "OMG"Courtesy LaFace

Black Eyed Peas ruled the pop singles chart last summer, and this summer group member made his presence known by helping Usher to a huge #1 hit in the spring that stuck around through much of the summer.

4. Travie McCoy – “Billionaire” featuring Bruno Mars

Travie  McCoy - "Billionaire" featuring Bruno MarsSingle cover courtesy Fueled By Ramen

The honey sweet voice of Bruno Mars played counterpoint to the raps of Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy on his first solo single. The song seems to say it all for many of us, “I want to be a billionaire so f**king bad.”

5. Eminem – “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna

Eminem - "Love the Way You Lie" featuring RihannaCourtesy Interscope

Eminem proved the title of his album Recovery is accurate. He scored two consecutive #1 pop hit singles for the first time in his career. Rihanna’s voice on the chorus adds an additional note of authenticity to this intense song about domestic violence.

6. Mike Posner – “Cooler Than Me”

Mike Posner - "Cooler Than Me"Courtesy J Records

Just after college graduation Mike Posner blasted into the pop spotlight with this clever, sweet sounding song of mistreatment by the opposite sex. He is one of the top new artists of 2010

7. Drake – “Find Your Love”

Drake - "Find Your Love"Courtesy Young Money

Drake turns from rapping to singing here. He worked with Kanye West, one of his key inspirations, on songwriting and production. The accompanying music video ran afoul of government authorities in Jamaica for presenting a negative image of their country.

8. Eminem – “Not Afraid”

Eminem -  "Not Afraid"Courtesy Interscope

“Not Afraid” was Eminem’s first single from the Recovery album and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it was soon eclipsed by the runaway success of “Love the Way You Lie.” However, “Not Afraid” stuck around inside the top 20 all summer long, and may rise again as “Love the Way You Lie” relinquishes its hold on the top of the charts.

9. Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”

Taio  Cruz - "Dynamite"Courtesy Island Records

Taio Cruz’ follow up to the #1 smash “Break Your Heart” uses the same production and songwriting team behind “California Gurls.” The result is another huge hit single.

10. Ke$ha – “Your Love Is My Drug”

Ke$ha  - "Your Love Is My Drug"Courtesy RCA

Ke$ha continued her streak of major hits with this singalong ditty. The lyrics may be cute or supremely annoying depending on your tolerance of cute, obsessive infatuation.


September 26, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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