Hit FM, one of the most popular music radio stations in Taiwan, has been releasing its annual Top 100 Singles since 1998. The results are based on weekly charts, sales volume and online polls, and the 2010 edition was announced last month. At number one was Taiwan's unofficial Queen of Pop, Jolin Tsai (蔡依林, pinyin: Cài Yīlín, pictured right) with the electronic dance number Honey Trap (美人计). The single was the first released from her Myself album, and came with an impressive music video by Korean MV director Cha Eun Taek.
It's the third time Jolin has had the number one song of the year; she also achieved the feat in 2007 (Sun Will Never Set), and in 2006 with her duet with David Tao, Marry Me Today. Jolin had another two songs in this year's top 100: Nothing Left To Say (无言以对) at number 20, and Love Player (玩爱之徒) at number 55.
Jay Chou (周杰伦, pinyin: Zhōu Jiélún) had to settle for the number two spot, with his single Superman Can't Fly (超人不会飞 - and another song with a great video). The Chairman, who finished top of the singles charts in 2002, 2004 and 2005, has now had a song in the annual top three an amazing nine times in the past ten years. He was also the only artist in 2010 to have more than one song in the top ten. Rain Falls All Night (雨下一整晚) was placed at number 10. A third song, the title track from The Era album (跨时代), came in at number 39.
Justin Bieber was the highest-ranked foreigner on the Top 100, with the ubiquitous Baby, and Korean superstar boy band Super Junior also finished in the top five with Bonamana (Beauty). Sandwiched between them at number 4 is the Taiwan-born, Canadian-raised Elva Hsiao (萧亚轩, pinyin: Xiāo Yǎxuān) with the ballad Wrong Man (错的人). The song was from her Miss Elva album, another album to provide three songs to the top 100 - the other two were Miss Cool (潇洒小姐) and Rhapsody (狂想∙曲).
The top 10 were as follows:
1. Honey Trap (美人计) - Jolin Tsai
2. Superman Can't Fly (超人不会飞) - Jay Chou
3. Baby - Justin Bieber
4. Wrong Man (错的人) - Elva Hsiao
5. Bonamana - Super Junior
6. All The Things You Never Knew (你不知道的事) - Leeholm Wang (王力宏, pinyin: Wáng Lìhóng)
7. SHERO - S.H.E
8. Love The Way You Lie - Eminem and Rihanna
9. The Leading Role (爱的主场秀) - Show Luo (罗志祥, pinyin: Luó Zhīxiáng)
10. Rain Falls All Night (雨下一整晚) - Jay Chou
The full Top 100 can be found here, but only in Chinese.