1. Heroes - The X Factor Finalists
2. Your Song - Ellie Goulding
Despite wide critical derision, The X Factor Finalists' single remains at #1 a second week, which means Ellie Goulding has to settle for a second week at #2 for her, in my opinion, clearly superior remake of "Your Song."
3. Poison - Nicole Scherzinger
A few years ago when Nicole Scherzinger tried to have a solo career, it didn't work out. So much so that the album she recorded was shelved. She did manage to land at #14 with what would have been that album's second single, "Baby Love," but both it and its predecessor, "Whatever U Like," failed to chart in the US. Back to the Pussycat Dolls for her. Credit her for trying again though, and "Poison" is a much more promising start, reaching #3 this week, which is just as good as the last PCD album's biggest hits achieved (that would be Doll Domination/Doll Domination 2.0's "When I Grow Up" and "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)").
6. The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas
This song has yo-yo'd from #11 to #7 to #11 and now back up to a new peak of #6.
7. Only Girl (in the World) - Rihanna
8. What's My Name - Rihanna feat. Drake
9. Who's that Chick? - David Guetta feat. Rihanna
Clearly, Rihanna is one of the biggest pop stars of 2010, a point she proves many times over this week, as she appears three times in the top 10, back-to-back-t0-back with her recent #1 hit "Only Girl," her new single, "What's My Name," and a guest turn on David Guetta's new single, "Who's that Chick," her fifth top 10 hit this year. This is David Guetta's 8th top 10 hit.
18. Christmas Lights - Coldplay
Coldplay offers up a surprise seasonal treat--a one-off Christmas song, "Christmas Lights." The song wasn't available until Wednesday, so it didn't get a full week of sales. Will this take off and become a seasonal hit in the next couple weeks? At #18, it's a pretty low start for a Coldplay single.
29. Lose My Mind - The Wanted
This had been scheduled for a January release, but it's been moved up to late December, although charting early as an album cut. This follows The Wanted's #1 hit, "All Time Low" and #2 hit "Heart Vacancy."