1.(1) We Found Love - Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)
Rihanna spends a third week at #1 with "We Found Love." It surpasses "Take a Bow" and "Only Girl" to become her second-longest running #1 hit. It's got a long way to go if it were to surpass her biggest #1, "Umbrella," which spent a whopping 10 weeks at the top spot.
2.(NEW) Lightning - The Wanted
Early in the week it looked like The Wanted might have been headed for their third #1, but in the end, they will have to wait a bit longer for that, as "Lightning," was surpassed at midweek by Rihanna, who kept her momentum through the weekend. Thus the single lands at #2, following summer's #1 hit "Glad You Came." This makes The Wanted's chart run of late look a lot like how they performed last year, when their first single, "All Time Love," was a summer #1, followed by a fall #2, "Heart Vacancy." The group's second album, Battleground, is out in 2 weeks.
3.(7) Wherever You Will Go - Charlene Soraia
What seemed like a novelty has turned into a bona fide hit, as Charlene Soraia's "Wherever You Will Go" storms the top 5, up four this week to #3. It will be interesting to see if this sticks around for the holidays--seems like it definitely could. I wouldn't even count it out for a #1 contender. Despite the stiff competition, there are some weeks ahead where it's possible.
4.(2) Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 (feat. Christina Aguilera)
After 7 consecutive weeks at #2, Maroon 5 falls to #4 this week, ending the longest second-place streak since All-4-One's "I Swear" did the same thing in the summer of 1994. Can't tell you when a song has spent longer at #2, or even if one ever has. During the '80s, the longest run at #2 was Wham! with "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants (Remix)," which spent 5 weeks at #2.
6.(NEW) Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson scores her 11th top 40 hit with the forthcoming first single from her fifth album, Stronger. This is Clarkson's seventh top 10 hit.
9.(NEW) Video Games - Lana Del Rey
This is an unusual, but in my mind welcome sound in the top 10. Lana Del Rey, the stage name for American singer Elizabeth Grant, has created a haunting tune with a stirring acoustic arrangement, ironically free of the electronic enhancement its title might suggest.
10.(16) Without You - David Guetta (feat. Usher)
David Guetta scores his 12th top 10 hit as "Without You" climbs 6 spots. This is Usher's 16th appearance in the top 10, first so far this year.
11.(NEW) Got 2 Luv U - Sean Paul (feat. Alexis Jordan)
Beginning in 2002, Sean Paul had five top 10 hits early in his career, plus appearances on Blu Cantrell's #1 single "Breathe" and Beyonce's #2 hit "Baby Boy." But it's been 6 years now since he's appeared in the top 10. He misses out again this week, but just barely. This is the third chart appearance for Alexis Jordan.
18.(30) Lego House - Ed Sheeran
I was thinking that Ed Sheeran's third single might not follow his previous two into the top 10. But 3 weeks from its release, it's already #18 and rising fast. The song has grown on me a lot in last couple weeks and now might be my favorite from him.
21.(NEW) Mistletoe - Justin Bieber
It's WAYYYY to early for this. I think the low chart placing is proof of that.
22.(NEW) The One that Got Away - Katy Perry
Katy Perry scores her 12th top 40 hit, the sixth single from her 2010 album Teenage Dream. All of the album's previous five singles reached the top 10. I think this one will struggle to do so (and in fact, I expect that it won't).
23.(6) Run for Your Life - Matt Cardle
it's not looking good for Matt Cardle. Last year, Joe McElderry's single "Ambitions" debuted at #6 and then dropped to #21. This week, Matt Cardle's single, which debuted at the same spot, falls even farther. Nonetheless, he's done well on the albums chart, debuting at #2 with Letters.
32.(37) Crush on You - Nero
Nero follows his recent #1 hit "Promises" with a significantly lower chart placing for "Crush on You." Surprised this didn't chart higher. This is Nero's fourth but smallest top 40 hit.
37.(74) Natural Disaster - Laidback Luke vs. Example
Another single I'm surprised didn't chart higher.