If you feel that you tend to run into the song "Secrets" nearly everywhere, it's probably not your imagination. OneRepublic's hit has been featured in a wide range of TV shows as well as advertising by Ralph Lauren and for Apple's iPhone 4. It is a grand, sweeping ballad in the tradition of the group's first major hit "Apologize."
This lead single from Justin Bieber's second album My World 2.0 gets a lot of the credit for making him truly a world pop superstar. "Baby" rolled into the top 5 in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. It proved he can deliver a hit single that instantly sounds timeless in its appeal.
The lead single from Sara Bareilles' album Kaleidoscope Heart delivers more of the literate piano-based pop that animated her breakthrough "Love Song." It was inspired by her frustration with the amount of unsolicited advice she has received from others on how to live her life.