1.(1) Someone Like You - Adele
Adele spends a fifth week at #1 with "Someone Like You." I think her days at #1 are numbered. The song has started to drop off in both sales and airplay, slipping from #1 to #3 on Digital Songs and, at radio, losing its bullet at top 40 (where it looks like it has peaked at #2). It's still #2 with a bullet on Radio Songs, but it just can't seem to dislodge "Moves Like Jagger" at radio. Billboard has reported that since this song has now spent 5 weeks at #1, that makes Adele the fourth female artist to rule #1 for at least 5 weeks twice within a calendar year, after Mariah Carey in 1995 with "Fantasy" (8 weeks) and "One Sweet Day" (16 weeks, 5 of which were in 1995), Monica in 1998 for "The Boy Is Mine" (with Brandy, 13 weeks) and "The First Night," and Beyonce in 2003 for "Crazy in Love" (8 weeks) and "Baby Boy" (9 weeks). If you count featured appearances, you can also include Rihanna in 2010 for "Rude Boy" (5 weeks) and her appearance on Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" (7 weeks).
2.(6) We Found Love - Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)
I suspect that shortly Rihanna will collect her 11th #1 hit. She's up four this week with the first single from her forthcoming sixth (!) album. She's also making good strides at radio. In the UK, this is the #1 hit for a third week.
4.(4) Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
This stupid song (which I actually kinda like), holds at #4 but is this week's airplay gainer. Depending on how it plays out with Rihanna, this could have a shot at #1, but it's going to be tight. At radio though, it has the upper hand.
9.(97) Make Me Proud - Drake (feat. Nicki Minaj)
Canadian rapper Drake makes an incredible (but not record-breaking) 88-spot jump to #9, scoring his 7th top 10 hit. The song, featuring of-the-moment female rapper Nicki Minaj, must owe some of this to the duo's Saturday Night Live appearance from about 2 weeks ago. "Make Me Proud" out-charts Drake's other recent single, "Headlines," which is bulleted at #16 this week but peaked so far at #13. The song is this week's Digital Gainer.
11.(NEW) Mistletoe - Justin Bieber
It's too soon to be thinking about Christmas! But apparently not for the Biebster, whose seasonal-themed single becomes both his third-highest charting single and, according to Billboard, the third-highest-charting seasonal single ever after the Chipmunks' 1958 #1 hit "The Chipmunk Song" and New Kids on the Block's 1989 #7 hit "This One's for the Children."
15.(38) Paradise - Coldplay
Nice jump for Coldplay, up 23 notches to #15 this week on the eve of their album's release. This is the group's fourth top 40 hit, charting just a notch below where their summer hit, "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" peaked. The group may get a nice surprise next week, as cherry-picking has Xylo Myloto album track (and reported future single) "Princess of China" currently #4 at iTunes.
19.(24) Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson
Also seeing a nice bump on the eve of her album's release is Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All," which is still threatening to go down as the lowest-charting first single from a Kelly Clarkson album, having peaked at only #18.
20.(25) 5 O'Clock - T-Pain (Lily Allen)
T-Pain and Lily crack the top 20 this week. Awesome.
21.(27) Ni**as in Paris - Jay-Z and Kanye West
I'd thought the fervor of Watch the Throne had died down, but apparently not, as the album is possibly going to score its second top 20 hit.
28.(34) Fly - Nicki Minaj (feat. Rihanna)
Here's the song that represents over 10 percent of this week's top 40. Nicki Minaj and Rihanna both have two other singles in the top 40, meaning that 1 out of every 8 top 40 hit this week features one or both of them.
33.(47) It Will Rain - Bruno Mars
Mars's new single rebounds this week. It initially peaked at #28.