1. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
I can't say I'm surprised to see this track at #1. It seemed inevitable that 2011's most hedonistic pop hit would prove to be a summer #1. LMFAO knocks Pitbull from #1 after just 1 week. Like that track, this song has already been #1 in the UK and looks like it will likely be #1 at top 40 radio quite soon. The group had minor hits with "I'm in Miami Bitch" and "La La La," which both peaked in the 50s. That makes this song by far their biggest hit, and it's a hit that seemed inevitable for them to have, considering that they started their career with the EP "Party Rock EP" in 2008, followed by the album Party Rock in 2009 and their new album Sorry for Party Rocking.
4. Last Friday Night (TGIF) - Katy Perry
Katy Perry holds at #4, but don't think this is no longer a #1 contender. I think it still has a shot, if not next week, then in late July once LMFAO's airplay starts to fade a bit. Katy Perry's track is red-hot at radio as this week's Airplay Gainer. It's #5 at top 40 radio, where it's been the fastest gaining track for some time (with LMFAO just behind).
9. Good Life - OneRepublic
OneRepublic gets a nice boost up nine places to #9 this week. Surprisingly, this is only the group's second top 10 hit, after their massive 2007 #2 hit "Apologize" with Timbaland. Although they didn't reach the top 10, the group has had three other really big hits that, despite not charting as high, showed amazing chart longevity: "Stop and Stare," "All the Rights Moves" and "Secrets."
10. Tonight Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae
The first time I heard this song, I thought it was really ridiculous. But like many such things, it's managed to grow on me, so I don't disparage the fact that the Nashville-based pop band has scored its first top 10 hit. Bit of trivia: the band's guitarist, Nash Overstreet, is brother to (former) Glee cast member Chord Overstreet.
[Pause to express annoyance over the fact that Billboard.com is showing last week's chart for #11-#20. Plus there's some really annoying candy ad wrapped around the whole page. Billboard's website sometimes is really REALLY annoying.]
29. Best Thing I Never Had - Beyonce
Remarkably, this song hasn't appeared in the top 40 until this week, when it jumped 29 places to #29. This is exactly the peak position of her last single, "Run the World (Girls)." "Best Thing I Never Had" is Beyonce's 21st top 40 hit.
[Can I say again how thoroughly annoyed I am that Billboard.com thinks it's more important to advertise candy than tell me what songs are at #11 through #20 this week. What a bunch of amateurs.]