These are the 40 current songs that the world is hearing. They are today's definition of pop music.
Ariana Grande's pop music career has been on a dramatic upward trajectory since she hit the top 10 a year ago with her debut single "The Way" featuring Mac Miller. "Problem" opened at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 just missing #1. It includes a featured performance by red hot Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.
The BBC picked Sam Smith as the winner of their annual Sound Of 2014 poll at the beginning of the year. As it turns out he has become one of the top breakout artists of the year. While featuring on the hits "La La La" and "Latch," his own solo song "Stay With Me" is quickly rising pop airplay and sales charts boosted by a triumphant Saturday Night Live performance.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is breaking into pop charts worldwide with this hit. The chorus sung by Charli XCX, who also featured on Icona Pop's "I Love It," has strong echoes of Gwen Stefani's solo work. Iggy Azalea is one of the biggest new pop starts of 2014.
The duo Disclosure are one of the most critically celebrated electronic dance music acts. At home in the UK they have released five top 40 pop hit singles. "Latch" was their first and it is the song that is breaking them into the pop mainstream in the US. It features the vocals of hot artist Sam Smith.
"Love Runs Out" was left off the first release of OneRepublic's album Native because the group couldn't figure out a proper chorus according to band leader Ryan Tedder. However, with the official re-release of the album it is turning into a major pop hit. The distinctive percussion heavy mix is pure OneRepublic.
Charli XCX is no stranger to the US pop charts. She is a featured performer on Icona Pop's top 10 breakthrough hit "I Love It" and sings the hook on Iggy Azalea's #1 smash "Fancy." Now it is her turn and the loud, brassy "Boom Clap" has become the first big Charli XCX solo smash.