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.
Boy band One Direction debuted inside the top 10 in Canada with "What Makes You Beautiful." It also hit the top 10 in Australia and is starting to spread in popularity through Europe. The group's debut album Up All Night was released last week and will battle Adele for #1 on the album chart this week.
"Wild Ones" is the first major pop hit in the US for Flo Rida's featured artist, Australian singer-songwriter Sia. It also looks like the song may become Flo Rida's seventh top 10 pop hit in the US. All six of his previous top 10 hits have been certified platinum. "Low" has sold over six million copies.
Carly Rae Jepsen's popularity has begun to spread beyond North America. "Call Me Maybe" is now a top 10 pop hit in both New Zealand and Ireland. The homemade video for "Call Me Maybe" put together by Justin Bieber and friends has now been viewed nearly 25 million times.
"Feel So Close" is a #1 dance hit for Calvin Harris in the UK. It is climbing the dance charts in the US as well and has reached the top 40. The song was not only written and produced by Calvin Harris, it also features his singing. It is his first major pop hit in the US as lead artist.
"Drive By" is a hit single across pop, adult pop, adult contemporary, and rock radio formats. It is Train's fifth consecutive top 10 hit at the adult pop radio format. The group's sixth studio album California 37 will feature the song and hits stores April 17, 2012.
Adele's "Rumour Has It" was covered by Glee as a part of a mash-up of the song with "Someone Like You." They took it all the way to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to pop radio formats, "Rumour Has It" has also charted on the rock songs and alternative songs charts.
The success of "A Thousand Years" is abundant proof that Christina Perri is not a one-hit wonder. The song is a top 10 hit at adult pop radio and has also landed in the pop top 10 in Ireland. It has also sold more than a million digital copies in the US. "A Thousand Years" is included on the soundtrack for the hit movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
"Ass Back Home" is not only a strong follow up to the hit "Stereo Hearts" for Gym Class Heroes. It is also a big chart debut for UK singer Neon Hitch. She is a compelling presence with her singing on the chorus. It is the group's fifth top 10 pop hit single in the UK and their third major hit in the US.