Ringtone roundup: Mario moves ahead

CNET's weekly tracking of hot ringtones sees a classic video game character jump into the top five.

Mario's doing well for a chubby plumber with no last name. ign.com

Each week, we track the most popular ringtones.

Maybe it's due to the success of the Nintendo Wii , or it could be some magic mushrooms, but Koji Kondo's "Super Mario Brothers Theme" has jumped to the third spot on Billboard's Hot Ringtone chart. The ringtone has been in the top 40 for more than two years, and gamers of all ages can't help but smile when that classic theme plays.

The mustachioed one is behind Rascal Flatt's "What Hurts the Most," and Unk's "2 Step" on the charts. T-Pain's "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" and Beyonce 's "Irreplaceable" round out the top five.

50 Cent's "Candy Shop" is tantalizingly close to falling out of the top 10, but for the second week in a row it's in the ninth spot. I hate to sound like a broken record, but let's move on from this song folks.

It's surprising to see Chris Brown's "Poppin'" at the tenth spot because that ringtone has been consistently closer to the top since the first ringtone roundup . But don't worry too much, Brown's only 18 years old and he has plenty of time to top the charts again.

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    Texas native Marin Perez had big culture shock when he moved to the Golden State. After first landing in Orange County, he then moved to San Francisco in 2005 to pursue a degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. He has worked at a few start-ups and dabbled in the print media as well. Marin watches far too much basketball, and he thinks Apple isn't really hip.

     

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