Thursday, July 31, 2008

imeem you meem

There has been a huge wave of new music websites that capitalize on the social networking revolution of the internet. One of the leaders is imeem. In terms of traffic, it is the #1 social networking music website and is in the top 150 websites overall worldwide. On imeem you can create a playlist from a huge selection of songs, and listen to that playlist as much as you want at no cost (imeem makes money from advertising). Of course you can also view others' profiles, playlists, and send them messages. You can also upload your own music, videos, and pictures to the site. For sharing and discovering new music, imeem is definitely worth checking out.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending July 26, 2008

It's a pretty quiet chart this week, with very little movement inside the top 10. Coldplay hangs on for a fourth week at #1 with "Viva La Vida," while Madonna and Katy Perry still sit at #2 and #3. One of the hottest songs on the chart is Kid Rock's "All Summer Long." It has been pushing up several international charts, including the US and UK. This might become Kid Rock's first THO number one hit. But he might have to eventually fight off this week's highest debut: Mariah Carey's "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time." It joins five other new songs onto the chart this week.

- Current chart
- Chart archive

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Personal Charts

Music fans have been keeping lists of their favorite songs ever since Elvis and The Beatles. For many people, it was something they did in private and didn't share with others. But with the rise of the Internet, people began to realize they weren't the only ones who kept these lists. Now with the ease of sharing information via social networking on the web, there is a huge community of people sharing their "personal charts" on a weekly basis. The THO 100 is based entirely on these personal charts. There are several websites that claim to have the largest community of personal chartkeepers, but our partner website,, has the largest compiled list of personal chart web pages. If you have a weekly personal chart on the web that isn't on that list, let us know!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Song Lyrics on the Web

There are hundreds websites where you can find lyrics for just about any hit song. Are any of them legal? Sadly, most are not. But the publishing companies turn their back to those sites because they know that the sites help to promote their own artists. (Plus they haven't figured out a good way to monetize lyrics yet themselves.) Most lyrics sites allow you to search by song title, artist, or words within the lyrics themselves. As long as you know at least a few words of a song, you should be able to find out who it is and where you can buy it. While we'd like you to help TopHitsOnline by using our own lyrics database (, here are two of our other favorite lyrics sites:


Friday, July 25, 2008


We've decided to take make some changes to this blog/subscription that we hope everyone will enjoy. First of all, we're going to try to post every day (no guarantees there). Second, when we aren't talking about the THO 100 chart, we are going to start highlighting some of the best music websites around the web. While you might not find all of the websites we mention useful or fun, we're sure that you'll be thanking us at least once in a while...

The first website we want to mention is one we have had bookmarked for a long time. Have you ever wondered where you can find full historical chart information for the Billboard Hot 100 and the Official UK Chart? It's not easy to find... usually you'll have to pay for it because Billboard keeps their chart information under wraps so that you WILL pay for it. However, there is one website that displays historical chart information by artist:

We're fairly certain the website is breaking copyrights, but it is there nonetheless. At the top of the site you can search by artist to see every song that they have charted in both the US and UK, as well as the US dance, modern rock, and r&b charts (with occasional comments). This website is sure to settle some arguments!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending July 19, 2008

Most people in the U.S. have not heard of Dizzee Rascal. But elsewhere in the world, the multi-talented Dizzee is becoming a superstar. He's a rapper, producer, actor, and he won the Mercury Prize for his 2003 album Boy in da Corner. This week his latest single, "Dance Wiv Me," is the largest point gainer on the THO 100 and moves from #37 to #14. At the top of the new chart, Coldplay hangs on at #1 for a third week, as Madonna's "Give It 2 Me" slides into the #2 slot. Once Coldplay gives up the crown, it will be interesting to see if it is Madonna who will grab another #1 hit, or newcomer Katy Perry with her smash "I Kissed A Girl."

- Current Chart
- THO 100 Archive
- THO 100 FAQ

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Top Songs of 2008... So Far

We are barely past the halfway point of 2008 - a good time to take a look at the year's top songs... so far. This list is compiled by adding each THO chart from 2008. The top 10 is dominated by female solo artists, but it is a male group that has two songs on the list. And two of the most popular artists of the past two decades are topped by a newcomer...

1. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
2. OneRepublic - Stop And Stare
3. Sara Bareilles - Love Song
4. Duffy - Mercy
5. Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
6. Madonna f/ Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes
7. Britney Spears - Piece Of Me
8. Timbaland f/ OneRepublic - Apologize
9. Jordin Sparks f/ Chris Brown - No Air
10. Mariah Carey - Touch My Body

- THO Chart Archive
- Current THO 100

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

THO 100 Update for the Week Ending July 12

No big surprise this week as Coldplay spends a third consecutive week atop the chart with "Viva La Vida," although it is "Vida's" second week at #1. (Remember that "Violet Hill" spent a single week at #1 during the week ending June 28.) Although "Viva" looks unstopable at the moment, there are some other big songs racing up the chart, including Madonna's "Give It 2 Me," Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl," and The Ting Ting's "Shut Up And Let Me Go." "Shut Up" is this week's largest point gainer. We are more than halfway through the year and next week we'll compile the top songs of the year to date.

- Current chart
- Chart archive

Saturday, July 5, 2008

New Pop/Top 40 Songs

New Pop/Top 40 songs recently appearing on U.S. radio stations:

New Kids On The Block - Summertime
Katy Perry (pictured) - I Kissed A Girl
Maroon 5 f/ Rihanna - If I Never See Your Face Again
Shwayze f/ Cisco Adler - Buzzin'
Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
Lee Carr - Stilettos
David Cook - The Time Of My Life
Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
Usher - Moving Mountains
Lesley Roy - I'm Gone, I'm Going
Boys Like Girls - Thunder
Rihanna - Disturbia
Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You
Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up
Menudo - Lost
Foreigner - Too Late
Mariah Carey - I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time


Thursday, July 3, 2008

THO 100 Update for the week ending June 28, 2008

It is hard to argue that Coldplay isn't the hottest band on the planet right now. They have one of the best-selling albums worldwide, two of the most downloaded songs, and now they collect their third number one hit on the THO 100. "Violet Hill" displaces Madonna's "4 Minutes" in the #1 spot after her 10-week run. The song follows "Clocks" in 2003 and "Talk" in 2006 as Coldplay number ones on the chart. In fact, "Talk" also displaced Madonna at #1 after her nine week run with "Sorry." But "Violet Hill" may not be at the top for long, as Coldplay's own "Viva La Vida" is the largest point gainer and moves up to #4 this week. Next week we could have the same band at #1 and #2. We'll have to check our records to find the last time that happened. Enjoy the chart!

- Current THO 100
- THO 100 Archive & Records