Top 10 Hot Pop Songs May 6, 2014

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. 

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Ariana Grande - "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea

Ariana Grande - Problem featuring Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande - "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea. Courtesy Republic

20-year-old Ariana Grande has emerged in the past year as one of the hottest of young pop stars. Her single "The Way" debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 a year ago.  It was followed by a #1 opening for her album Yours Truly.  Now, "Problem" has blasted on to charts as the hottest pop song of the week just in advance of a powerful Billboard Hot 100 opening.

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Katy Perry - "Birthday"

Katy Perry - Birthday
Katy Perry - "Birthday". Courtesy Capitol

Katy Perry says that "Birthday" grew out of an effort to write a song that Mariah Carey might have recorded for her debut album. It is the fourth single from the #1 hit album . "Birthday" has stormed into the top 40 at adult pop radio.

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Calvin Harris - "Summer"

Calvin Harris - Summer
Calvin Harris - "Summer". Courtesy Columbia

Calvin Harris debuted at the top of the UK pop singles chart this week with "Summer." It is his sixth song to go clear to the top of the UK pop singles chart. Here in the US his success has been somewhat more muted. "Summer" is his sixth top 40 pop hit. The song has already climbed into the top 5 on the dance songs chart.

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Rixton - "Me and My Broken Heart"

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart
Rixton - "Me and My Broken Heart". Courtesy Interscope

The band Rixton are led by actor Jake Roche who is known for his role in the British soap opera Emmerdale. The group came together in 2012 and were originally known as Relics before changing their name. Rixton first gained major attention after posting their video for the song "Make Out" to YouTube.  It include spoofs of a number of 2013 music videos by other artists.

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Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake - "Love Never Felt So Good"

Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good
Michael Jackson - "Love Never Felt So Good". Courtesy Epic

"Love Never Felt So Good" was co-written by Michael Jackson and legendary 1950s pop singer Paul Anka. It was first recorded as a demo in 1983. Those vocals became the foundation for this re-worked version of the song that has become the first single from the posthumous Michael Jackson album Xscape. The radio hit includes added vocals from Justin Timberlake.

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Ed Sheeran - "Sing"

Ed Sheeran - Sing
Ed Sheeran - "Sing". Courtesy Atlantic

Ed Sheeran's lead single from his upcoming second studio album has exploded on pop charts around the world. It has already gone to #1 in Australia and Sweden. Here in the US both adult pop and adult contemporary radio have jumped on the song as well as mainstream pop. "Sing" ranks second only to "The A Team" among Ed Sheeran's top pop hits.

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Paramore - "Ain't It Fun"

Paramore - Ain't It Fun
Paramore - "Ain't It Fun". Courtesy Fueled By Ramen

"Ain't It Fun" is now officially Paramore's top charting hit single on the Billboard Hot 100, and it continues to have upward momentum. The song has already reached the top 5 on the rock songs chart, and it has strong momentum at adult pop radio.  It is one of the most critically acclaimed songs of the band's nearly 10 year chart career.

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MKTO - "Classic"

MKTO - Classic
MKTO - "Classic". Courtesy Columbia

MKTO takes its name from the initial of the duo's members Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. "Classic" is their mainstream pop breakthrough, and it has made a slow climb having been initially released nearly a year ago. The song has been certified gold in the US for sales.

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Naughty Boy - "La La La" featuring Sam Smith

Naughty Boy - La La La featuring Sam Smith
Naughty Boy - "La La La" featuring Sam Smith. Courtesy Capitol Records

"La La La" was a #1 pop smash at home in the UK in 2013.  It has hit the top 10 on pop singles charts around the world. Now it has become the breakthrough pop hit for producer and artist Naughty Boy here in the US. The song is also a top 20 hit on the dance songs chart.

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Nico & Vinz - "Am I Wrong"

Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong
Nico & Vinz - "Am I Wrong". Courtesy Warner Bros.

Norwegian hip hop influenced duo Nico & Vinz look set for world pop stardom. "Am I Wrong" has broken into the pop top 10 across Europe. Here in the US it's a top 30 hit at both adult pop and mainstream pop radio.