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Top 5 Hot Best-Selling Music Genres of 2010

Updated on March 23, 2017
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Patty was the first middle school student to win a high-school level John Philip Sousa Award in Ohio. She also sang and became a pro critic.

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What's Hot in Music?

What is the most popular type of music in America? During the last week of each year, radio stations ready their Top 100 Hits for the ending twelve months. Radio stations specializing in genres from Classical to Rock and Roll, Alternative Jazz, and Country will produce a Top 100 List for their radio stations to play on New Year's Eve, backwards from 100 to 1. Some stations even put together a Top 100 Novelty Songs.

Billboard Magazine publishes a weekly Hot 100 list, and offers a roundup of 100 or 200 each December in each of its genre charts (there must be 50).

For example the Top 10 Most Popular Hits from the Billboard Hot 100 list during the final week of 2010 are presented in the table below.

Amoeba Music record store on Haight street, San Francisco.
Amoeba Music record store on Haight street, San Francisco.

Billboard Top 10 from the Hot 100 for 12/26/10

Katy Perry 
Firework - advocates against teen suicide
Top 10 in Pop, Dance/Club, Radio, Digital, and Ringtones 
Bruno Mars 
What's my Name?
R & B 
Raise Your Glass - advocates for diversity
Ke$ha - Billboard Hot 100 Artist of the Year
We R Who We R - advocates against teen suicide
Bruno Mars
Just The Way You Are
Only Girl (In The World)
Electro-R & B 
The Black Eyed Peas
The Time (Dirty Bit)
Hip Hop 
Lil Wayne
6 Foot 7 Foot
Hip Hop
Just a Dream
Hip Hop, R & B 
Data Provided by Billboard Online on December 26, 2010.

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Firework - Katy Perry

You don't have to feel like a waste of space

You're original, cannot be replaced

If you only knew what the future holds

After a hurricane comes a rainbow

— Katy Perry: "Firework"

Katy is a hard worker and dedicated performer, especially concerned with encouraging the youth of the world. At the age of 30, she had been popular for years already. Watching her perform as always for younger teens, even through the heartbreak of her separation and divorce was impressive. Her documentary film and this song/album show her dedication,


Top Song - Singing About the Human Spirit

Firework is a refreshing Pop number that appears in the Top 10 Listings for several music genres, as indicated on the first line of the above table. The song, tune and lyrics, are upbeat and give hope to anyone that feels different, left out, or belittled. For everyone else, it is still uplifting and gives new spark to one's own spirit.

There is hope for a country that would send this song shooting to the tops of the charts, with 60,000,000 YouTube hits by the end of 2010.

Teen suicide is a growing concern in America for several reasons, but remarkably for cyberbullying and physical abuse for GLBT identity. Other causes are bullying for being overweight, intelligent, or shy.

There is no justification for any abuse, not Biblical, not any. Nowhere can I find in the original language/literal translation of the New Testament any phrase that says to bully or beat everyone that is different.

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Lyrics - Firework

The following are some of the lyrics are from the song Firework, the third single on Katy Perry's 2010 album Teenage Dream [Clean Version].

Listen with the video above. I've no idea what's on the Explicit Version

FIREWORK by Katy Perry

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there's still a chance for you
Cause there's a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em fallin' down-own-own

You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow


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iPod Nano

Music Benchmarking: Top Billboard Performance Charts

According to Billboard, the hottest hits are on nearly 100 Billboard Charts that the organization maintains every day.

Specific genres alone cover over 50 of these performance charts and it is not possible to determine from the lineup, the 5 most popular genres in the USA overall. In addition, Billboard also offers a couple of Canadian top hits charts.

Looking at the ten most popular songs from the Billboard Hot 100 in the table above, beginning with Katy Perry's Pop hit, the genres of the 10 most popular songs are

  • Pop,
  • Hip Hop,
  • Pop/Rock,
  • R&B, and
  • Dance-Rock.

This listings includes five music genres just in the first top ten songs and these genres are popular with a wide range of listeners, but particularly our pre-teens to late 30s people.

Barnes and Nobles Album Best Sellers 12/26/2010

  1. Bruno Mars - DooWops and Hooligans
  2. Susan Boyle - The Gift
  3. Jackie Evancho - O Holy Night (11-year-old top singer)
  4. GLEE - Volume 4
  5. TRON Legacy soundtrack from Daft Punk
  6. Michael Jackson - Michael (posthumus)
  7. Taylor Swift - Speak Now
  8. Led Zeppelin - The Complete Studio Recordings
  9. Christina Aguilera - Burlesque soundtrack
  10. The Beatles Stereo Box Set

This current Top 10 includes Pop, Rock, Country, Electronic, and Christmas Music.

The current Top 10 Best Sellers for are nearly identical.

© 2010 Patty Inglish


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      Tom 6 years ago

      Quite a lot of music info here. Thanks for da share

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Found a quote partially about what I thought. From and Gil Kaufman:

      "Part of the reason Arcade Fire may have landed the coup, Powers said, is that there's a new generation of people working in the music industry who came of age during the indie-rock revolution of the 1980s and 1990s and who are inspired by the band because they represent a look to the future, instead of the Grammys' more familiar tendency to reward older career artists."

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Surprises at the Grammy's 2/13/2011. Esperanza Spalding, liked by the White House and great as a String Bass player won Best New Artist over Justin Beiber. Gaga and Katy Perry also lost a Grammy - to Arcade Fire.

      Rhianna's beautiful performance in a long tatter-edge gown in front of rows of fire recalled Scarlet O'Hara at Tara and scenes from Les Miserables. Then eminem and dr dre came out to join her and a full HALF of their song was bleeped out in my viewing area. At least Rhianna gave a great number for her part.

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      Jennifer Theories 6 years ago from Canada

      I like Tool, SOAD, Rage Against the Machine, among other things. I don't listen to anyone mentioned in this article except Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. I seriously don't like everyone else listed here. However, it's a great article with a lot of good information that is easily accessible.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for the hard work and the great summary. Wish you a Happy New Year.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      KKGals - Thanks very much. It was eye-opening to me!

      kashmir56 - I guess I listen to Prairie Home Companion too much ?

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patty, what a lot of great information. I listen to the radio for 50 minutes going to work and 50 minutes coming back. I'm not at all surprized that Katy Perry is on top. Great job.

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      wedding organisers in delhi 6 years ago

      A very awesome collection of information . A lot of work to put together a hub like this but that is what makes an outstanding hub!

      Great hub!!! Thumbs up !!!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Patty, I rarely listen to the radio so is so nice to read here what's hot in the music world, thanks!

      Awesome hub!!!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      That sounds like something I would listen to, bettybarnesb. Thanks for positng!

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      bettybarnesb 6 years ago

      I love jazz. did a paper in school last month on "Gospel Jazz." It is awesome music. Great hub!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Happy New Year, everybody!

      Jeff, thanks for that info. Forbes has their own ideas as well, but their top and Billboard's don't match.

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      Jeffrey Penn May 6 years ago from St. Louis

      I rely on my son to tell me his top ten for the year. But his tastes do not coincide with "top pop." His recommendations - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today, Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest, St. Vincent - Actor. He also goes on Pitchfork a lot.

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      kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK

      Cool hub. Thank you for sharing. :o))

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      Marie Landry 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great information! I don't listen to the radio all that often but I do like to know what new music is out there, then listen on YouTube while I'm working, so now I have some new ideas! :-)

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Happy New Year! I am always looking for information on music because I can't remember who sings what. Pandora helps me, but to see it in writing also helps me a lot, that and my wife an friends who pick radio stations, and you tube videos for me to watch. Thanks.

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      It's always refreshing, though very rare, when artists use their influence for something positive and good. As for my love, rock, I'm sad that not more rock songs get on the charts. Hmph.

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      Anas Shad 6 years ago from Pakistan

      great info great hub

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      LilliGrillzit - Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Thanks, nightbear! I was kind of surprised Lady Gaga was not in the Top 10.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Excellent information, well written and informative. Thank you very much!

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      Susan Kaul 6 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      Excellent amount of information. Good compilation