I believe many music fans who disdain pop music do so not because the songs are bad, but because they're overplayed. I don't care how great a song is, if you hear it enough times, it can drive you mad. If you're a pop star, having your song overplayed is a good thing since it correlates directly to album and song sales, which in turn directly impacts the amount of money in your bank account.
Radio play = $$$
We all have our opinions on what songs qualify as overplayed, but when we actually look at the data, it's the R&B/hip-hop radio format that's the king of spinning songs into the ground.
This playlist includes the top ten most played songs in history based on a one week time frame, just in case you're not sick of 'em yet.
Peak Audience, Title, Artist, Peak Date
212.1 million, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, July 9, 2005
196.3 million, "Irreplaceable," Beyonce, Jan. 20, 2007
192.5 million, "No One," Alicia Keys, Dec. 22, 2007
189.6 million, "Let Me Love You," Mario, Feb. 5, 2005
175.6 million, "Gold Digger," Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, Oct. 22, 2005
172.8 million, "Yeah!," Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris, April 17, 2004
172.3 million, "My Boo," Usher and Alicia Keys, Nov. 20, 2004
171.4 million, "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige, April 1, 2006
170.2 million, "In Da Club," 50 Cent, March 29, 2003
167.7 million, "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland, Sept. 7, 2002