Week Ending May 13, 2012. Songs: Slow Train To The Top 10
Train's "Drive By" inches up from #11 to #10 in its 18th week on the Hot 100. It's the slowest-rising top 10 hit since Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Must Go On" cracked the top 10 in its 21st week in May 2011. This is Train's third top 10 hit. All three songs have taken their sweet time to get there. "Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)" took 14 weeks to crack the top 10 in June 2001. "Hey, Soul Sister" took 16 weeks to break through in January 2010. "Drops Of Jupiter" wound up peaking at #5. "Hey, Soul Sister" reached #3. Both songs won Grammys. "Drops Of Jupiter" was voted Best Rock Song of 2001. "Hey, Soul Sister" won for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for 2010.
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra is #1 for the fifth straight week. This equals the number of weeks the song spent at the top of the U.K. chart in February and March. It's the third song to spend five or more weeks at #1 in both countries in the past 15 months. It follows Adele's "Someone Like You" (five weeks on top in both countries) and "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris (10 weeks in the U.S., six in the U.K.)
"Somebody That I Used To Know" tops the 4 million mark in digital sales in its 19th week on Hot Digital Songs. Only one other song in digital history has sold that many copies so quickly. "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West topped 4 million when it was in its 18th week on the chart.
"Somebody…" tops the 300K mark in digital sales for the sixth straight week. Only one other song in digital history has achieved that feat: "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae, which topped 300K for seven weeks. Will "Somebody" tie this record next week? Stay tuned.
"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa jumps to #2 in its fourth week. It's vying to become the group's third #1, following "Makes Me Wonder," which reached the top spot in its fourth week in April 2007, and "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera), which hit the top in its 10th week in August 2011.
The line "One more stupid love song I'll be sick" is ironic, given Adam Levine's long history of love songs, such as "This Love," "She Will Be Loved" and last year's "Stereo Hearts." The line (and the irony) echoes Wings' 1976 smash "Silly Love Songs," which opened with Paul McCartney singing "You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs."