25 Songs Spinning on My iPod

After several months away from my Songs Spinning series, I’m back to share the latest batch of radio-ready songs that are seeing the most plays on my iPod over the last few weeks. From country to mainstream Top 40, feel free to enjoy the entire playlist via YouTube or enjoy the individual songs via Dropbox. As always, comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Brandy – Wildest Dream

Riding high after the success of her Top 5 R&B hit lead single “Put It Down” the industry veteran puts forth this laid-back follow-up reminiscent of her mid-90s heyday.

Carly Rae Jepsen – This Kiss

With Owl City duet single “Good Times” solidifying its Top 10 positioning, Jepsen looks to build on her “Call Me Maybe” solo success with this indelible sweet-as-sugar follow-up produced by LMFAO’s RedFoo.

Cher Lloyd featuring Becky G – Oath

One of three new tracks off her re-packaged debut record stateside, Lloyd maintains her positioning as a Ke$ha meets Jessie J artist on this pleasantly catchy Dr. Luke-produced single.

Christina Aguilera – Your Body

The lead offering from her fifth full-length release “Lotus”, Aguilera collaborates for the first time with industry mogul Max Martin on this provocative single that is tailor made for radio resurgence.

Ciara – Livin’ It Up

Coined as a “buzz” track off the artist’s latest album, this sunny pop track is a welcomed departure from the generic R&B fodder previously issued.

Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo – Turn Around

The third single from the UK’s answer to Justin Bieber, Maynard collaborates with producers Stargate and songwriter Ne-Yo on this appealing dance track that should find success stateside.


Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen

Served to radio after the interminable run of breakthrough single “Lights”, the single rides a similar icy groove and a stuttering hook that sounds both primed for spins and artist-appropriate.

Enrique Iglesias featuring Sammy Adams – Finally Found You

Continuing his foray into poppy electronic dance music, Iglesias’ latest offers the same sonic template as past singles “I Like It” and “Tonight” – auto-tuned verses followed by anthemic chorus.

Flo Rida – I Cry

Interpolating not one but two songs – Bingo Players “Cry (just a Little” and Brenda Russell’s “Piano in the Dark” – producers soFLY & Nius still find a way to make Flo Rida’s fourth “Wild Ones” single sound fresh and current.

Hunter Hayes – Wanted

Serving as the second single from his eponymous country debut, Hayes became the youngest solo reach the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, breaking a record that stood since 1973. This earnest acoustic ballad is now being served to pop radio with a bullet.

Kanye West, Big Sean & Jay-Z – Clique

The fourth offering from West’s collaboration album “Cruel Summer”, this Hit-Boy produced track features an ominous bass line and some effective turns at the mic from accomplished MCs.

Ke$ha – Die Young

Looking to prove herself something other than a one-album wonder, Dr. Luke protégé Ke$ha returns to the charts with this surefire, arena-ready pop hit that was co-written by Fun.’s Nate Russ and featuring an undeniable chorus.

Nelly Furtado – Parking Lot

While her aggressive, unorthodox approach to pop/hip-hop may not fit the Top 40 landscape in the same way it did during her “Loose” album days, Furtado still knows how to churn out a club-thumper.

No Doubt – Looking Hot

Rushed as the third single from the veteran group’s first album in eleven years, this aggressive rocking “Push and Shove” cut is reminiscent of the band’s “Hella Good” and has a reasonable chance at chart success.

One Direction – Live While We’re Young

Striking while the iron is still hot, One Direction announces the release of their second full-length record in 6 months with “Live While We’re Young” – a rinse-and-repeat of “What Makes You Beautiful” that, while lacking originality, retains the same addictive qualities.

OneRepublic – Feel Again

Released as the lead single from their third album “Native”, the uplifting rock song features familiar Ryan Tedder production and a soaring hand-clapping chorus.

P!nk – Try

Prepared as the second single from her chart-topping album “The Truth About Love”, P!nk offers an expectedly emotive vocal on this guitar-laden ballad about perseverance. Look for this one to extend her run of Top 10 success on the pop charts.

The Ready Set – Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)

After cracking the Billboard Top 40 with debut single “Love Like Woe”, one-man-band The Ready Set has been hitless since. While unabashedly a nod to current radio trends, “Give Me Your Hand” is still undeniably a slice of pure pop fun.

Rihanna – Diamonds

Again uniting with frequent production team collaborator Stargate, Rihanna offers this moody mid-tempo track as the lead single off of her seventh (?!) full-length album in seven years. Co-written by singer/songwriter Sia, consider this one a surefire smash hit.

Sean Paul featuring Kelly Rowland – How Deep Is Your Love

With previous “Tomahawk Technique” singles “Got 2 Luv You” and “She Doesn’t Mind” failing to ignite stateside, the artist hopes that third time’s the charm at Top 40 radio with this Stargate produced duet.

The Script featuring will.i.am – Hall of Fame

Straying away from their at times derivative balladry, The Script offer up a surprisingly effective duet mid-tempo with unexpected collaborator will.i.am that will appease current fans and likely attract new ones.

Taylor Swift – Begin Again

Appealing squarely to Top 40 radio with her Max Martin-produced lead single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, Swift returns to her country roots with this softly sentimental ballad that will surely regain her status as the female tour-de-force atop the Hot Country charts.

Usher – Numb

Sticking with the electronic dance music (EDM) trends that have pervasively taken over Top 40 radio, this Swedish House Mafia / Alesso collaboration – which is one of two on Usher’s latest full-length release “Looking 4 Myself” – is sure to rapidly ascend the Hot 100 charts.

The Wanted – I Found You

After barely reaching the top 50 with previous single “Chasing the Sun”, the UK boy band looks to recapture their chart topping “Glad You Came” success with this latest offering, a fun if a bit sound-a-like dance track that finds the group embracing their falsetto.

Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd – Remember You

The “Work Hard, Play Hard” rapper returns to the Top 40 scene with this contemplative track, featuring a sparse beat and a haunting guest vocal from The Weeknd. Look for this sleeper single to buck the EDM trend on radio and find a following with radio programmers.

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