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Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending July 26

FILE - Naughty Boy and Sam Smith record 'La La La'  for BBC 1's Christmas Day Special in London on Dec. 7, 2013.
FILE - Naughty Boy and Sam Smith record 'La La La' for BBC 1's Christmas Day Special in London on Dec. 7, 2013.
Ray McDonald

This is the Top Five Countdown! We’re taking a look at the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending July 26, 2014.

You’ve no doubt heard the old expression “Good things come to those who wait.” That’s sure true this week, as our singles championship changes hands.

Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending July 26
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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending July 26

1. "Rude" MAGIC!
2. "Fancy" Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
3. "Problem" Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
4. "Am I Wrong" Nico & Vinz
5. "Stay With Me" Sam Smith
 

First, however - we need to begin at the beginning. Sam Smith spends another week in fifth place with “Stay With Me.” If you’re a fan, you’ll be happy to know another single is on the way. The 22-year-old sensation has pulled a fourth single from his debut album In The Lonely Hour. “I’m Not The Only One” arrives August 31 in the United Kingdom as a digital download, and the U.S. should soon follow.

Staying put in fourth place is the duo of Nico & Vinz, with “Am I Wrong.” Their upcoming album bears the title Black Star Elephant. They named it after the football teams from their ancestral countries: Nico’s from the Ivory Coast with their Elephants, while Vinz’s parents came from Ghana - home of the Black Stars.

Ariana Grande performing as part of The Believe Tour at Philips Arena on Aug. 10, 2013, in Atlanta.
Ariana Grande performing as part of The Believe Tour at Philips Arena on Aug. 10, 2013, in Atlanta.

Holding at number three are Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea with their double platinum hit “Problem” - it’s sold two million downloads in the United States. Ariana says she’s suffering from a problem of her own: noisy frogs. This week, she took to Twitter to complain about “insufferably loud frog sex” outside her bedroom window. She found respite through an iPhone app which simulates ocean sounds. Sleep well, Ariana.

Iggy Azalea performs on stage at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at the StubHub Center on May 10, 2014, in Carson, Calif.
Iggy Azalea performs on stage at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at the StubHub Center on May 10, 2014, in Carson, Calif.

Here’s where everything changes: seven-week champ Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX lose their Hot 100 title, as “Fancy” slips to second place. Comedian Weird Al Yankovic recently parodied the double platinum hit.  His song is titled “Handy,” and he says he got Iggy’s permission the old-fashioned way: by asking her in person. Al corralled Iggy after a performance in Denver…and says she agreed to it right away.

Canadian band MAGIC!
Canadian band MAGIC!

We have a new Hot 100 champion: MAGIC! takes the prize with “Rude.” The last reggae song to top the chart was Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” back in 2003. Furthermore, MAGIC! is a Canadian group - and the last bunch from north of the border to rule the Hot 100 was Nickelback with “How You Remind Me,” way back in 2001.

That’s all for today, but the charts never sleep! Join us next week for an exciting new lineup.

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