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.
2. Pink - "Try"
The Lumineers met their third member Neyla Pekarek after posting a CraigsList ad looking for a cellist. After recording their first album, the folk rock band passed up major label offers in favor of a recording contract with independent label Dualtone. Increasing buzz for the group throughout 2012 has resulted in "Ho Hey" turing into an international pop hit.
"It's Time" has brought alternative rock band Imagine Dragons into the pop mainstream. The song has been certified gold for sales over 500,000. "It's Time" has been featured extensively in TV commercials. The song has spent more than half of 2012 in the top 10 of the alternative songs chart.
Singer-songwriter Christina Perri has re-recorded the song "A Thousand Years" with vocals from actor and singer Steve Kazee for the soundtrack to the film Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2. The original version was on the soundtrack for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1.
Ed Sheeran's debut single has been one of the sleeper hits of 2012. It has climbed slowly up the Billboard Hot 100 with occasional leaps forward. "The A Team" has reached the top 10 on the rock songs chart in the US while peaking at #3 on the pop singles chart in the UK and #2 in Australia where it has been certified three times platinum for sales.
Kelly Clarkson's first greatest hits album hit stores this week. It includes her 10 top 10 pop hit singles. Kelly Clarkson's five studio albums have all reached the top 3 on the album chart. She became the first champion of American Idol in the fall of 2002. "Catch My Breath" is already in the top 20 at adult pop radio.
Alicia Keys recorded three versions of the song "Girl On Fire." In addition to the original recording, there are two remixes. The first, the version now being played on pop radio, features Nicki Minaj on additional vocals. The second is titled "Bluelight" and features a stripped back mix bringing the bass line to the forefront. "Girl On Fire" has reached #3 on the R&B singles chart.