Pop Singles Going Steady: May 2014
The May edition of chart-denting pop singles has a little something for everybody. Pop veterans enjoying yet another extended stay atop Billboard’s upper reaches? Check! John Legend’s “All of Me” has now spent 32 weeks in the Hot 100, while Katy Perry’s No. 1 “Dark Horse” is only slowly relinquishing its grip on the Top 5. Fresh-faced newcomers storming the gates? Check! Try Manchester boy band Rixton and their melancholic power ballad “Me and My Broken Heart.” Late-surging dance/club nonsense that continues to percolate? Check! DJ Snake & Lil John’s “Turn Down for What” shows little sign of turning anything down anytime soon.
We’ve also rustled around a bit outside the Hot 100 for a few surprises, like the sunshine vibe of smash hit “200%” from K-Pop duo Akdong Musician, or the lead single from Röyksopp & Robyn’s new mini album, an EDM banger titled “Do It Again.” Plus, Conchita Wurst offers the melodramatic “Rise Like a Phoneix,” recent winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, while Australian rapper/provocateur Iggy Azalea pops up everywhere, from her own album to guest spots with Ariana Grande. And what 2014 pop singles playlist could possibly be complete without yet another spin of Pharrell Williams’ unavoidable monster hit “Happy”? Yeah, we’re getting a little tired of it, too. But that chorus still can’t be denied.