These songs listed on Billboard Hot 100 are as of January 12, 2014
10. Demons by Imagine Dragons from Album Night Visions [Deluxe Edition]
This song is a nice throwback, and a fresh song unlike most of the pop drizzle painted on the billboard charts. It’s filled with a hearty beat and strong lyrics, and it is highly deserving of being in the top 10 even though it doesn’t match up with their single “Radioactive”.
9. Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus from Album Bangerz [Deluxe Edition]
I’m not going by the video but instead just the actual song. The song itself is pretty good. It’s a little bit off beat from your typical pop songs and has a strong chorus. This song is not for everybody, but if you can ignore the singer’s crude tactics, then you’ll enjoy this song.
8. Wake Me Up! by Avicii from Album Wake Me Up
A fun electronic dance song that is played at every club out there by now. It’s been around for a long time but for good reason. When it begins you’re not sure exactly where this song is going, but then it kicks in with it’s catchy sped up beat and you’ll be sold.
7. Let Her Go by Passenger from Album All the Little Lights
This is a gentler song that’s extremely smooth and a personal favorite. The lyrics are more meaningful than other songs, and it’s a mix between somber and happiness. The tune is light and pleasant to your ears and one you can easily sing to.
6. Dark Horse by Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J from Album Prism [LP] [Bonus Tracks]
It’s an okay song by Katy Perry standards and somewhat different from most of her material. It’s nowhere near as impressive as “Roar” and much less meaningful. The tune is rather slow and hypnotic with a decent hook, but the lyrics are just a step up from generic. The rap versing is nothing special either. Personally this song is more top 20 than top 10, but it’s far from a bad entry on the charts.
5. Say Something from Album A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
It’s a slow but potent song that’s well deserving of a top five spot. It’s one of my favorites because of it’s simplicity and subtlety. The lyrics are not extravagant but are more than strong enough to carry through. Christina’s touch in the background is excellent and gives it power and strength because of how well it matches up with the singer and lyrics.
4. Royals by Lorde from Album Pure Heroine
A song that’s been controversial because of it’s eye-popping lyrics, but it’s definitely a breath of fresh air. Whether one likes the song or not, you can’t deny that it’s something a lot newer than most. The tune itself is not heart stopping, but it’s fresh enough to go along with the song’s best assets. This song has the best and most original lyrical content even though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
3. The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna from Album The Marshall Mathers LP 2
This is definitely a reflection of a different Eminem than we’re used to seeing, but that doesn’t mean he’s not as good as he was. His verses are fairly enjoyable and are pretty self aware to his lifestyle and life events. Rihanna’s sung chorus is catchy enough to grab your attention, but it’s not necessarily a song that’s repeatable or memorable. In fact without Eminem’s rap verses, this song would be fairly generic and it belongs more to the top 15-20 than top five.
2. Counting Stars by OneRepublic from Album Native
Starts off slow but ramps up pretty quickly and stays the course throughout. The song has a nice hook, the verses are solid, and it doesn’t try to become something it’s not. The song is very mainstream and even people who are not fans of One Republic are more than likely to enjoy and listen to this tune. It’s been climbing the charts for weeks, and I think it’s deserving enough to be in the top five finally.
1. Timber by Pitbull Featuring Ke$ha from Album Timber
Personally I love this song because it’s ridiculously catchy and addicting, but I don’t know about it being number one. The lyrical content is pretty pitiful but that’s okay because it’s just a fun song for people to listen to. It’s not a song about content but more so about melody, the tune, and it’s club nature. The song may not be terribly original and Pitbull’s add-ons are nothing new, but it’s likely number one because it’s a song that’s really hard to resist.
Source: Billboard The Hot 100