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Top 10 Hot Pop Songs July 31, 2012

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These are the hottest 10 pop songs of the week as determined by About Top 40. This chart is compiled consulting data from various music industry charts and sources. It is intended to indicate the hottest rising hits. Recordings that have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart are disqualified from this chart.

1. No Doubt - "Settle Down"

No Doubt - "Settle Down"
Courtesy Interscope

"Settle Down" became No Doubt's ninth top 40 pop hit single in its debut week of release. Momentum is picking up for the song as it has entered the top 30 at mainstream pop, adult pop, alternative, and rock radio. "Settle Down" has received acclaim for matching the classic ska-influenced sound of No Doubt from a decade ago.

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2. fun. - "Some Nights"

fun - Some Nights
Courtesy Fueled By Ramen

fun's album Some Nights is approaching sales of 500,000. It peaked at #3 on the overall album chart and topped both the rock and alternative album charts. The song "Some Nights" has become the band's second consecutive single to top the alternative songs chart.

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3. Justin Bieber - "As Long As You Love Me" featuring Big Sean

Justin Bieber - Believe
Courtesy Island

Justin Bieber's second official single from the album Believe contains elements of both R&B and dubstep. It also features a rap from Big Sean. "As Long As You Love Me" has reached #30 on the UK pop singles chart.

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4. Alex Clare - "Too Close"

Alex Clare - "Too Close"
Courtesy Island Records

British singer-songwriter Alex Clare grew up listening to jazz, blues and soul music. However, in recent years he has drifted into drum and bass as well as dubstep circles. His debut album The Lateness Of the Hour was released in the UK in July 2011. Following disappointing sales, Alex Clare was dropped from his recording contract. However, the use of "Too Close" in Internet Explorer 9 commercials has brought worldwide commercial success.

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5. Cher Lloyd - "Want U Back"

Cher Lloyd - "Want U Back"
Courtesy Syco

Did anyone really see Cher Lloyd's runaway succes in the US with "Want U Back" coming? She is 18, a fourth place finisher on the UK's X Factor, and now is one of the breakout new pop artists of the year on these shores. A new remix of the song featuring rapper Snoop Dogg has recently been released.

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6. Phillip Phillips - "Home"

Phillip Phillips - "Home"
Courtesy Universal

Strategic inclusion of the song in Summer Olympics coverage has given "Home" a big burst in sales for Phillip Phillips. It remains to be seen whether pop radio airplay will follow to turn "Home" into a sizable pop hit.

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7. Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen - "Good Time"

Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen - "Good Time"
Courtesy Universal Republic

"Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen is being seen by many as a worthy follow up to Carly Rae Jepsen's mega-hit "Call Me Maybe." It is beginning to climb pop singles charts around the world and has reached #1 in Belgium and New Zealand.

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8. Neon Trees - "Everybody Talks"

Neon Trees - "Everybody Talks"
Courtesy Mercury Records

"Everybody Talks" has become the second top 20 pop hit in the US for the band Neon Trees. It is also the group's second platinum selling hit. "Everybody Talks" has had success across a range of genres just like the earlier hit "Animal." It has reached the top 10 on the alternative and adult pop charts.

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9. Maroon 5 - "One More Night"

Maroon 5 - "One More Night"
Courtesy A&M / Octone

Maroon 5's lead vocalist Adam Levine appears as a boxer in the music video accompanying "One More Night." Film director Peter Berg, known for the movies Friday Night Lights and Battleship, director the clip. Some have seen the music video as being closely tied to Adam Levine's own difficulties balancing his personal and professional lives.

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10. Havana Brown - "We Run the Night" featuring Pitbull

Havana Brown - "We Run the Night" featuring Pitbull
Courtesy Universal

Australian DJ and singer Havana Brown has claimed Janet Jackson as her biggest influence. Havana Brown's debut EP was released in both Australia and the US earlier this month. It is titled When the Lights Go Out.

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