This week Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” tops Billboard‘s Hot 100, marking the band’s third summiting of the charts, only 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder” and last year’s “Moves Like Jagger” having made it there first. The dippy and slightly ska-inflected “One More Night” is of course worthy, but we can’t help but wonder how Maroon 5’s serious Song of the Summer contender “Payphone” didn’t make it to the top spot first. According to Billboard, “Payphone” spent 19 weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10, including six weeks at No. 2, but was never able to break through to the top. Was this summer’s batch of singles — namely a little song called “Call Me Maybe” — too hot for Maroon 5 to handle? In order to claim No. 1 this week, “Night” first had to unseat Taylor Swift‘s strong-willed “Never Ever.” And considering the record breaking force with which that song entered the charts, doing so could not have been easy. Why do you think “One More Night” was able to do what “Payphone” couldn’t?
Elsewhere and of notice on the charts, Psy‘s viral hit “Gangnam Style” has jumped from 64 to 11, and still gangbusting after appearances on Ellen and Today this week, seems sure to break into the Top 10 soon. Assuming “Gangnam” has what it takes to raise to the top, the song would be the first foreign language No. 1 since Enrique Iglesias‘ “Bailamos,” though it might be argued that the song’s accompanying giddy-up horse dance is fairly universal. Anyways, we’re happy to see him rocking the charts like this.