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Billboard Beats: 'Harlem Shake' Not Leaving No. 1 Anytime Soon

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Mar 07, 2013 | 1:01pm EST

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There comes a time in a song’s life where it simply becomes overplayed. Like an old pair of jeans, you want to throw it away and go shopping for the next fad. It would seem like that time is arriving soon for Baauer’s "Harlem Shake." Radio stations are playing the almost wordless song what seems like 100 times a day. Recent college graduates have the tune on repeat at parties. And late night hosts are making endless jokes about the YouTube videos people are posting. Yes, it would seem like the “Harlem Shake” has reached the apex of its popularity. But that doesn't seem to be the case — the song has reached No. 1 on Billboard.com’s Hot 100 Chart for the third week in a row.

I think it’s safe to say as a New Yorker, though, we have reached the breaking point with the "Harlem Shake." It seems like every store on Broadway and in Times Square is blasting the song. But I sometimes forget that what’s losing its flavor in New York is just starting to catch on in other places. Therefore, across America, people are still playing the song on YouTube, keeping "Harlem Shake" at the top of the chart. (If you didn’t know, Billboard recently started incorporating YouTube plays into it’s formula for calculating the Hot 100 list).

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See what other singles made the cut this week.

The Top 10 Songs on Billboard.com's Hot 100 Chart:

1. "Harlem Shake" by Baauer
Peak Position: 1
Last Week's Position: 1
Weeks on Chart: 3

2. "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Featuring Wanz
Peak Position: 1
Last Week's Position: 2
Weeks on Chart: 22

3. "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars
Peak Position: 3
Last Week's Position: 8
Weeks on Chart: 11

4. "I Knew You Were Trouble." by Taylor Swift
Peak Position: 2
Last Week's Position: 5
Weeks on Chart: 20

5. "Stay" by Rihanna, Featuring Mikky Ekko
Peak Position: 3
Last Week's Position: 7
Weeks on Chart: 4

6. "Started From The Bottom" by Drake
Peak Position: 6
Last Week's Position: 6
Weeks on Chart: 4

7. "Scream & Shout" by will.i.am and Britney
Peak Position: 3
Last Week's Position: 5
Weeks on Chart: 14

8. "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake
Peak Position: 4
Last Week's Position: 8
Weeks on Chart: 8

9. "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars
Peak Position: 1
Last Week's Position: 9
Weeks on Chart: 22

10. "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia, Featuring John Martin
Peak Position: 6
Last Week's Position: 12
Weeks on Chart: 24

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