News / Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Dec. 21

Miley Cyrus performing as part of the Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2013  at Philips Arena on Dec. 11, 2013, in Atlanta.
Miley Cyrus performing as part of the Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2013 at Philips Arena on Dec. 11, 2013, in Atlanta.
Ray McDonald
We’re checking out the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending December 21, 2013.

Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Dec. 21
Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Dec. 21i
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Dec. 21

1. "The Monster" Eminem featuring Rihanna

2. "Timber" - Pitbull featuring Ke$ha

3. "Counting Stars"  - OneRepublic

4. "Royals" - Lorde

5. "Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus
Nothing new enters our charmed circle this week, but the list gets a good shaking up. Let’s open in fifth place, where last week’s champ, Miley Cyrus falls to fifth place with “Wrecking Ball.”  Miley has finally opened up about her relationship with ex-boyfriend, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, with whom she broke up after nearly four years. Speaking with Barbra Walters, Miley said that for a long time, she was scared of being alone - and that conquering that fear was among her biggest accomplishments this year.

Stepping back a slot in fourth place comes Lorde with another former title-holder, “Royals.” Last week, Lorde surprised her fans by releasing a new single, “No Better.” She also says she’s writing songs for her second full-length album, but hasn’t had a chance to hit the studio yet.

FILE - OneRepublic arrives at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
FILE - OneRepublic arrives at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Up two slots to third place goes OneRepublic with “Counting Stars.” This song has already hit number one in the United Kingdom, but how high has OneRepublic risen in its U.S. homeland?  Well, they haven’t had a U.S. number one single…yet.  Back in 2007, their debut single “Apologize” reached second place, while hitting number one in more than a dozen countries.

Ke$ha, left, and Pitbull perform at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Ke$ha, left, and Pitbull perform at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Up two slots to second place go Pitbull and Ke$ha with “Timber.” Pitbull tells radio host Ryan Secrest that Avicii’s international hit “Wake Me Up” inspired him to use a harmonica in this song. As for him working with Ke$ha - they’d sung and toured together before, and Pitbull says they became good friends.

Eminem performs at the BET Awards June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles
Eminem performs at the BET Awards June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles
Up at number one is a familiar duo: Eminem and Rihanna with “The Monster.” How many times have they collaborated? If you said twice, you’re wrong - This is their fourth collaboration. You probably remember their huge 2010 hit “Love The Way You Lie,” and they also sang together on its sequel, “Love The Way You Lie (Part II).” Finally, the pair worked together on “Numb,” which appears on Rihanna’s latest album, Unapologetic.

That’s it for now, but let’s reunite next week for a new lineup.

You May Like

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote a Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Soul Lounge

"Soul Lounge" host Shawna Renee catches up with soul singer and songwriter Russell Taylor to hear what he’s been up to since winning the VH1 "You Oughta Know" title in 2013. She also convinces him to share a few songs from his album "War of Hearts."