Chart Commentary (Past and Present)

November 27, 2021

In the last qualifying week of the calendar year of 2021, a woman who is a superstar by all accounts wants to tell you her “version” of her story.  And it’s our turn to listen to…

TAYLOR’S VERSION

Taylor Swift blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version).” The song, long considered a classic among her catalog, is from her new re-recorded LP, Red (Taylor’s Version), which concurrently launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

A SPOT SHE KNOWS “WELL”

Swift scores her eighth Hot 100 leader.

Here’s a recap:

  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” three weeks at No. 1, beginning Sept. 1, 2012
  • “Shake It Off,” four weeks, beginning Sept. 6, 2014
  • “Blank Space,” seven weeks, beginning Nov. 29, 2014
  • “Bad Blood,” feat. Kendrick Lamar, one week, June 6, 2015
  • “Look What You Made Me Do,” three weeks, beginning Sept. 16, 2017
  • “Cardigan,” one week, Aug. 8, 2020
  • “Willow,” one week, Dec. 26, 2020
  • “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” one week to-date, Nov. 27, 2021

Swift is the 20th artist and seventh solo woman in the Hot 100’s history with at least eight No. 1s. The Beatles lead all acts with 20 No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey with 19.

TAYLOR’S TOP 10s

“All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” is also Swift’s 30th Hot 100 top 10, as she becomes just the sixth artist to reach the milestone.

Most Hot 100 Top 10s:

  • 54, Drake
  • 38, Madonna
  • 34, The Beatles
  • 31, Rihanna
  • 30, Michael Jackson
  • 30, Taylor Swift

2 X 3

Swift is the first artist to debut atop the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously as many as three times. (The Billboard 200 began on March 24, 1956, and the Hot 100, on Aug. 4, 1958.)

Swift became the first act to swoop in with such a double when Folklore and “Cardigan” bowed atop the Billboard 200 and Hot 100, respectively, on Aug. 8, 2020. She repeated the feat with “Willow” and Evermore on Dec. 26, 2020.

BTS, Justin Bieber and Drake have scored one such simultaneous start each.

“ALL TOO” LONGEST #1

Given the (dominant) 10-minute, 13-second version of “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” the song can now be considered the longest No. 1 by run time in the Hot 100’s history. Don McLean’s “American Pie (Parts I & II),” at 8 minutes, 37 seconds, held the mark for nearly a half-century, dating to its first of four weeks at No. 1 in January 1972.

“ALL TOO” LONG BETWEEN REMAKE #1s

With the original “All Too Well” having charted on the Hot 100, at No. 80, for a week in November 2012, Swift notches the first No. 1 cover of a previously-charted Hot 100 hit (not counting samples or interpolations) in over 20 years, since Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk’s “Lady Marmalade” started its five-week rule on the June 2, 2001, survey. The original by Labelle led for a week in March 1975.

“ALL TOO” FAMILIAR #1 REMAKES

Meanwhile, Swift is the first artist to update an own act prior Hot 100 hit to No. 1 since Elton John, whose “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” dominated for 14 weeks in October 1997-January 1998. His live version of “Candle” rose to No. 6 in January 1988, after he’d first released its studio recording in 1973.

John also logged the prior such Hot 100 leader, when his live take of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” with George Michael, reigned for a week in February 1992. John’s solo original studio version hit No. 2 in July 1974.

WEEKLY TOP 40 YEAR-END MADNESS!

As stated earlier, this is the last qualifying week for 2021.  Our year spans from weeks ending December 5, 2020 to November 27, 2021.  So any song that charted in that time frame and has amassed enough overall points will end up in our Top 100 songs of the year.  Also, points are given to the individual artists and will be tallied to come up with the Top 50 artists of 2021.  Lists are created to be compared and contrasted so we can’t wait to see what you have to say about this year’s lot.  We should have these posted before Christmas.  Meanwhile, let’s start to slowly turn our eyes to the upcoming future nostalgic hits of 2022. 

From all of us here at Top 40 Weekly, have a wondrous Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2021

DYNAMIC DUOS

There are four male duos in this week’s Top 10 who, usually record as solo artists.

They are listed below with each of their Top 10s:

  • Stay/the KID Laroi (2) & Justin Bieber (25)
  • Industry Baby/Lil Nas X (5) & Jack Harlow (2)
  • One Right Now/Post Malone (10) & the Weeknd (14)
  • Smokin Out the Window/Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars [18] & Anderson.Paak [2])

“SUMMER” DAZE

Summer Walker claims a share of Billboard Hot 100 history, as she floods the chart with 18 songs from her new album, Still Over It.

Walker joins Taylor Swift as female artists in the chart’s 63-year history to simultaneously place as many as 18 songs on the survey.

Swift sent 18 songs onto the chart last Sept. 9, 2019, as her album Lover debuted atop the Billboard 200.

November 13, 2021

“WAVES” IN THE TOP 10

Glass Animals wrap an unprecedented climb to the Hot 100’s top 10, as “Heat Waves” ascends from No. 13 to No. 10. The song, the group’s first Hot 100 top 10, reaches the region in its 42nd week on the chart, completing the longest trip to the tier in the list’s 63-year history.  Here’s a list other songs that took at least 30 weeks to hit the Top 10 – along with where they eventually peaked.

42, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, reached top 10 on chart dated Nov. 13, 2021 (#10, so far…)
38, “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood, June 2, 2007 (#8)
36, “Higher,” Creed, July 8, 2000 (#7)
34, “I Hope,” Gabby Barrett feat. Charlie Puth, Aug. 29, 2020 (#3)
31, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, April 13, 2013 (#3)
30, “Better,” Khalid, April 20, 2019 (#8)
30, “Rockstar,” Nickelback, Sept. 15, 2007 (#6)
30, “Amazed,” Lonestar, Feb. 26, 2000 (#1)
30, “This Kiss,” Faith Hill, Oct. 10, 1998 (#7)

November 6, 2021

6 MONTHS OF ADELE

All five of Adele’s Hot 100 No. 1s have led for multiple weeks, as “Easy on Me” follows “Rolling in the Deep” (seven, 2011), “Someone Like You” (five, 2011), “Set Fire to the Rain” (two, 2012) and “Hello” (10, 2015-16). Adele spends her 26th cumulative week atop the chart (thus, the equivalent of six total months at the summit). Dating to her first week at No. 1 (May 21, 2011), Adele ties Rihanna for the most weeks atop the chart among women in that span; overall, they trail only Drake (52) and Justin Bieber (32).

October 30, 2021


HELLO, ADELE.  IT’S BEEN A WHILE…

“Easy on Me” becomes Adele’s fifth Hot 100 leader. Here’s a rundown:

“Rolling in the Deep,” for seven weeks beginning May 21, 2011
“Someone Like You,” five, beginning Sept. 17, 2011
“Set Fire to the Rain,” two, beginning Feb. 4, 2012
“Hello,” 10, beginning Nov. 14, 2015
“Easy on Me,” one, to-date, beginning Oct. 30, 2021

“Easy on Me” is also Adele’s seventh Hot 100 top 10. In addition to her five No. 1s, “Skyfall” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” each reached No. 8, in October 2012 and September 2016, respectively.

Adele adds her 11th top 40 Hot 100 hit, dating to her debut entry “Chasing Pavements,” which rose to No. 21 in February 2009.

“EASY” JUMP TO #1

“Easy on Me” makes the eighth-greatest vault to No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history. It logs the biggest jump since Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” surged 77-1 in September 2017, also after its first full tracking week.

SOLO BRITS AT THE TOP

The London-born Adele becomes one of six British-born soloists with at least five Hot 100 No. 1s (with Liverpool-formed The Beatles pacing all acts with 20 leaders).

Adele also ties Olivia Newton-John for the most Hot 100 No. 1s among women born in the U.K. (Newton-John was born in Cambridge and moved to Australia during childhood.)

Here’s an updated leaderboard of the most Hot 100 No. 1s by British-born solo acts:

9, Elton John
9, Paul McCartney
8, George Michael
7, Phil Collins
5, Adele
5, Olivia Newton-John

3 FOR 3

Adele has sent the first single from each of her three most recent albums to No. 1 on the Hot 100, with “Easy on Me” following “Hello” and “Rolling in the Deep.”

“Easy” is the lead single from 30, Adele’s fourth studio album, and first in six years, due Nov. 19. It follows 25, which houses “Hello” and topped the Billboard 200 for 10 weeks beginning in December 2015. 21, which includes her first three Hot 100 No. 1s, led the Billboard 200 for 24 weeks starting in March 2011 and reigns as the top title in the chart’s entire history. (Her debut LP, 19, entered the Billboard 200 in June 2008 and reached a No. 4 high in March 2012.)

AS “EASY” AS 1-2-3 FOR COLUMBIA

With “Easy on Me” at No. 1, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” at No. 2 and Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” at No. 3 on the Hot 100, Columbia Records ranks in the top three spots via three acts that the label promotes: Adele, The Kid LAROI and Lil Nas X.

NOT AS “EASY” AS IT LOOKS

Meanwhile, “Easy on Me” is the first song with “easy” in its title to top the Hot 100. Its hard-fought victory passes the prior No. 2 such best for Philip Bailey’s “Easy Lover,” with Phil Collins, in 1985.

Here’s a look at the highest-charting hits with “easy” in their titles:

“Easy on Me,” Adele, No. 1 (one week to-date), 2021
“Easy Lover,” Philip Bailey with Phil Collins, No. 2, 1985
“Easy,” Commodores, No. 4, 1977
“It Don’t Come Easy,” Ringo Starr, No. 4, 1971
“Easy to Be Hard,” Three Dog Night, No. 4, 1969
“It’s So Easy,” Linda Ronstadt, No. 5, 1977

Sidebar: There’s a connection between Adele’s “Easy on Me” and the Commodores’ “Easy,” after she and the group’s former lead singer, Lionel Richie, each topped the Hot 100 with songs titled “Hello.” Not to look too far ahead, but could Adele’s follow-up album to 30 include a song about dancing on a ceiling all night long (all night)?

October 23, 2021

HIT ME, “BABY”

Lil Nas X and Harlow add the 20th Hot 100 leader with “baby” in its title. Here’s a recap of all such songs that have bounced to No. 1:

“Take Good Care of My Baby,” Bobby Vee, 1961
“Hey! Baby,” Bruce Channel, 1962
“Baby Love,” The Supremes, 1964
“Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” Mac Davis, 1972
“Rock Your Baby,” George McCrae, 1974
“(You’re) Having My Baby,” Paul Anka, 1974
“Angie Baby,” Helen Reddy, 1974
“Baby Come Back,” Player, 1978
“Baby, Come to Me,” Patti Austin with James Ingram, 1983
“Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley,” Will to Power, 1988
“Baby Don’t Forget My Number,” Milli Vanilli, 1989
“Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice, 1990
“I’m Your Baby Tonight,” Whitney Houston, 1990
“Baby Baby,” Amy Grant, 1991
“Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-A-Lot, 1992
“Always Be My Baby,” Mariah Carey, 1996
“…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears, 1999
“Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You),” Christina Aguilera, 2000
“Baby Boy,” Beyoncé feat. Sean Paul, 2003
“Industry Baby,” Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow, 2021

(Honorable mentions to Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe,” in 1965; Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” in 1974; and Styx’s “Babe,” in 1979.)

October 16, 2021


“STAY” FOR THE MEN’S CLUB

For seven non-consecutive weeks, the Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber have been at #1 with “Stay.”  This ties for the second-longest No. 1 run for a song by two or more co-billed solo male leads over the chart’s 63-year history. Here’s an updated look at such songs that have reigned for at least three weeks (and which excludes duos or groups known for regularly recording together).

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artists, Peak date:
16, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (featuring Justin Bieber), beginning May 27, 2017
7, “Stay,” The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, beginning Aug. 14, 2021
7, “Ebony and Ivory,” Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder, beginning May 15, 1982
6, “Say Say Say,” Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson, beginning Dec. 10, 1983
4, “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee, beginning Sept. 6, 2003
3, “All for Love,” Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting, beginning Jan. 22, 1994

THE “ESSENCE” OF BIEBER

Bieber tallies his milestone 25th Hot 100 top 10, having joined Wizkid and Tems on the “Essence” remix released Aug. 13. Here’s an updated recap of the acts with the most top 10s, as Bieber matches the totals of Lil Wayne and Elvis Presley (with the chart having begun two years after Presley’s commercial breakthrough).

Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s:

54, Drake
38, Madonna
34, The Beatles
31, Rihanna
30, Michael Jackson
29, Taylor Swift
28, Mariah Carey
28, Stevie Wonder
27, Janet Jackson
27, Elton John
25, Justin Bieber
25, Elvis Presley
25, Lil Wayne

October 9, 2021

IT TOOK 13 YEARS

Coldplay get their second #1 13 years, three months and two weeks after they first hit with “Viva La Vida” on the chart dated June 28, 2008.  This ends the longest gap between chart toppers since Cher hit with “Believe” on the chart dated March 13, 1999, a record 10 days shy of 25 years when she last hit with “Dark Lady” in 1974.

However, among groups, Coldplay ends the longest #1 drought since the Beach Boys went to “Kokomo” the week ending November 5, 1988, just a month short of 22 years since they took “Good Vibrations” to the top in 1966.

IT TAKES TWO

“My Universe” is the first #1 by two groups each given lead billing on a song.  (For clarification, it’s not labeled with a “featuring” or “with” credit.)  Prior to them, the closest was the #2 smash “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” by Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations in 1969.

October 2, 2021

IT TAKES TWO (OR MORE…)

As “Stay” tops the Hot 100 for a sixth week, it ties for the third-longest command for a song by two or more co-billed solo male leads over the chart’s 63-year history. Here’s an updated leaderboard of such No. 1s to reign for at least three weeks (and which excludes duos or groups known for regularly recording together, such as Daryl Hall & John Oates or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; notably, Bieber and Paul McCartney each factor into two of the top four titles):

  • 16 weeks at No. 1, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber), beginning May 27, 2017
  • 7 weeks at No. 1, “Ebony and Ivory,” Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder, beginning May 15, 1982
  • 6 weeks at No. 1, “Stay,” The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, beginning Aug. 14, 2021
  • 6 weeks at No. 1, “Say Say Say,” Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson, beginning Dec. 10, 1983
  • 4 weeks at No. 1, “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee, beginning Sept. 6, 2003
  • 3 weeks at No. 1, “All for Love,” Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting, beginning Jan. 22, 1994

Interestingly enough, of the titles listed, “Stay” is the only one that has spent non-consecutive weeks at #1.

September 25, 2021

DRAKE LOTTO

In case you need more Drake trivia, here we go.  As of last week’s chart (9/18/21), Drake has amassed an ever-increasing total of 258 entries (either as a lead or featured artist) on the Hot 100.  He has had a song peak in 90 of the 100 positions!  If you want to play PowerBall or Mega Millions, maybe these numbers will help: 31, 43, 59, 66, 77, 93, 96, 98, and 99 are the positions he has yet to peak. Thusly, he’s peaked at every rank in the Top 30 and all but #31 in the Top 40.  It is fair to say that all of his songs – on either their ascent or descent – have hit every rung.  Of those songs’ peaks, he’s hit #1 and #14 the most with nine songs each.

September 18, 2021

“21” SAVAGE SONGS

Not only did all 21 tracks from Drake’s new album, Certified Lover Boy, debut on the Hot 100, they ALL debuted within the Top 40!  This means that he has 52.5% of this week’s Top 40!

“WAY 2” MANY TOP 10s

These nine new Top 10s have increased Drake’s count 54.  Here’s the Top 10 of the Most Top 10s:

  1. Drake (54)
  2. Madonna (38)
  3. The Beatles (34)
  4. Rihanna (31)
  5. Michael Jackson (30)
  6. Taylor Swift (29)
  7. Mariah Carey (28)
  8. Stevie Wonder (28)
  9. Janet Jackson (27)
  10. Elton John (27)

KEEPING IN THE THEME OF “9”

With “Way 2 Sexy” debuting at #1, this becomes his ninth #1 – his fifth debut.  This ties him with Ariana Grande for the most #1 debuts.  In case you forgot, here’s a recap of his chart toppers:

  1. “What’s My Name?,” Rihanna feat. Drake (one week at No. 1, beginning Nov. 20, 2010)
  2. “Work,” Rihanna feat. Drake (nine weeks, beginning March 5, 2016)
  3. “One Dance,” Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla (10 weeks, beginning May 21, 2016)
  4. “God’s Plan,” Drake (11 weeks, beginning Feb. 3, 2018)
  5. “Nice for What,” Drake (eight weeks, beginning April 21, 2018)
  6. “In My Feelings,” Drake (10 weeks, beginning July 21, 2018)
  7. “Toosie Slide,” Drake (one week, April 18, 2020)
  8. “What’s Next,” Drake (one week, March 20, 2021)
  9. “Way 2 Sexy,” Drake feat. Future and Young Thug (one week to-date, Sept. 18, 2021)

For those keeping tabs, that’s a career total of 52 weeks and counting.  Again, this man has spent a year at Number One!

September 11, 2021

LOOKING OVER “DONDA”

As you peruse the album credits of Kanye West’s 10th #1 album, “Donda,” you’ll notice that 23 titles have debuted on the Hot 100 – twelve of which debuted within the Top 40.  He’s only second to rap nemesis, Drake, who landed at 23 titles in a single week three other times, with his 2018 release “Scorpion” filling out a record 27 songs on the Hot 100!  In other words, on the July 14, 2018 chart, Drake had 27% of the Hot 100 real estate!

TOP 40 “BUTTER”

“Butter” by BTS becomes the 40th single to log at least 10 weeks at #1.  The last to do it was “the Box” by Roddy Ricch when it ran for 11 weeks from January-March 2020.

“LIGHTS” OUT

After a record-setting 90 weeks on the Hot 100, “Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd has fallen off the chart.  

September 4, 2021

LEVITATUS CONTINUOSO

With 34 weeks in the Top 10 (and counting), Dua Lipa continues to be the female (either as a soloist or in a lead role) with the longest run within the Top 10.  Let’s see if the “Levitating” continues…

August 28, 2021

PSSSST

According to the “Rumors,” this is Lizzo’s third Top 10 and Cardi B’s 10th.  Pass it on…

Also, “Rumors” tops the R&B/Hip Hop Chart.  This is the second song with the exact title to hit #1.  The first was in 1986 by Timex Social Club, which also peaked at #8 on the Hot 100.  But you didn’t hear that from me…

THE LEVITATION CONTINUES

“Levitation” by Dua Lipa is spending its 33rd week in the Top 10.  This puts her in a three-way tie for third place for most weeks.  Among women in a lead role, Dua Lipa holds this record surpassing LeAnn Rimes and “How Do I Live” which spent 32 weeks.  Funnily enough, both songs peaked at #2.  Dua has a long way to go to catchup to and pass the 57 weeks spent just scored by the Weeknd and “Blinding Lights.”

August 21, 2021

LONGEST WEEKS AT #2…WITH AN ASTERISK

“Good 4 U” logs its record-tying 11th week at No. 2 on the Hot 100, encompassing the chart’s 63-year history. It matches Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” which also debuted at No. 1 before settling in at No. 2. “Good 4 U” has ranked directly below BTS’ “Butter” (for eight weeks) and “Permission to Dance” (one week) and now The Kid LAROI and Bieber’s “Stay” (two weeks). “Exhale” spent all 11 of its weeks at No. 2 a spot below Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” in 1995-96.

Songs to Spend the Most Weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100:
11, “Good 4 U,” Olivia Rodrigo, first week at No. 2: June 5, 2021
11, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” Whitney Houston, Dec. 2, 1995
10, “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish, June 8, 2019
10, “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars, April 1, 2017
10, “Work It,” Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Nov. 16, 2002*
10, “Freak Me,” Silk, March 27, 1993
10, “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” Foreigner, Nov. 28, 1981*

(*Five of the seven songs above hit No. 1 on the Hot 100; only “Work It” and “Waiting for a Girl Like You” peaked at No. 2.)

As a purist, Missy Elliott and Foreigner are the true record holders as they have peaked AND spent their 10 weeks solely at #2.

“LIGHT”ING UP THE 88s

“Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd now holds the record for the most weeks on the Hot 100.  It is currently spending its 88th week (and counting).  Let’s see how far it goes before the lights go out.

August 14, 2021

“STAY”…AGAIN

“Stay” by the Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber is the second song with the exact title to hit #1.  The first was way back in November 1960 when Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs spent a week at the top.  If you noticed, I said the exact title.  This does not include the Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories hit because of the parenthetical in the title – “Stay (I Missed You)”.

8:1 ODDS

“Stay” becomes the Kid LAROI’s first number one while this is Bieber’s eighth trip to the summit.

HE COMES FROM A LAND DOWN UNDER

the Kid LAROI is only the second solo Australian male to hit #1.  The first? Rick Springfield back in August 1981 with a little song called “Jessie’s Girl.”  The last Australian soloist to hit number one was Sia in August 2016 with “Cheap Thrills,” a song she did with Sean Paul.  What is this with Aussies and August #1s?!

WHAT WERE YOU DOING AT 17?

The Kid LAROI was born Aug. 17, 2003, making him the most recently born artist to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100. Thus, his age as of the Aug. 14, 2021-dated chart: three days shy of his 18th birthday. He’s the youngest artist to lead the survey since Jawsh 685 was 17 years, 11 months, and two weeks old when “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat),” with Jason Derulo and BTS, topped the Oct. 17, 2020, chart.

“KIDS” WHO PLAY

The Kid LAROI is the fourth “Kid”-named act to top the Hot 100, after New Kids on the Block (three No. 1s), WizKid, and Kid Cudi (one each). No kidding.

NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH

As stated earlier, Justin Bieber scores his eighth number one; thus, tying him with Drake as the most chart-toppers by Canadians.  The Weeknd is a close third with six.  And since they are all actively charting, watch these numbers.

…SPEAKING OF THE WEEKND…

His massive “Blinding Lights” is spending its record-tying 87th week on the Hot 100 at #16.  After debuting on the December 14, 2019 chart AND spending four non-consecutive weeks at number one AND becoming the #1 song of 2020, how is it still hanging on while other #1s have come and gone?  Is it still receiving massive airplay?  Strong sales?  That cool reminiscent 1980s “Take on Me”/A-Ha vibe?  I dunno.  But here’s the song it’s tied with: Radioactive/Imagine Dragons which peaked at #3 in July 2013.

August 8, 2021

#9 DREAM

By sliding into their 9th non-consecutive week at #1, BTS’ “Butter” joins the ranks of these other almost double-digit #1s.  Here they are broken up by decade in chronological order.

Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin (1959)


Theme from “A Summer Place” by Percy Faith (1960)

Hey Jude by The Beatles (1968)


None in the 1970s


Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes (1981) – #1 song of 1981

Endless Love by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)


None in the 1990s


In da Club by 50 Cent (2003)

Baby Boy by Beyonce featuring Sean Paul (2003)

Hey Ya! by OutKast (2003-2004)

Let Me Love You by Mario (2005)

Candy Shop by 50 Cent featuring Olivia (2005)


TiK ToK by Ke$ha (2010)

Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)

One More Night by Maroon 5 (2012)

Royals by Lorde (2013)

Work by Rihanna featuring Drake (2016)


Butter by BTS (2021)

July 31, 2021

8 x 2-ISH

By rebounding 7-1, “Butter” by BTS now ties Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” for spending eight weeks at #1 – the most of 2021, so far.

“PERMISSION” TO RETURN

As “Butter” replaces “Permission to Dance” at No. 1 on the Hot 100, a week after “Permission to Dance” took over for “Butter,” BTS is the first act to displace itself at No. 1 with a new leader and then send the previous No. 1 back to the summit with no other acts holding the top spot in between. 

July 24, 2021

“PERMISSION” TO ENTER”

BTS replaces themselves at #1 as “Permission to Dance” moshes their way onto the chart at the top!  

TIED FOR SECOND

Of the 55 songs that have debuted at #1, four of them belong to BTS.  This puts them in a three-way tie with Drake and Justin Bieber for second place for most #1 debuts.  The leader is Ariana Grande with five.  Since all are still active on the chart, expect these numbers to rise.

FAST 5

It took BTS 10 months and two weeks to score five Number Ones!  That’s the fastest any act has done this trick since Michael Jackson racked up five in a row from September 1987 – June 1988 – or nine months and two weeks.  His list was…

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett) – September 19, 1987 – one week

Bad – October 24, 1987 – two weeks

The Way You Make Me Feel – January 23, 1988 – one week

Man in the Mirror – March 26, 1988 – two weeks

Dirty Diana – July 2, 1988 – one week


But even THIS is not the fastest.  That record belongs to the Beatles who hit five times from February 1964 – August 1964 – which equates to exactly six months!  Their legendary playlist consists of…

I Want to Hold Your Hand – February 1, 1964 – seven weeks

She Loves You – March 21, 1964 – two weeks

Can’t Buy Me Love – April 4, 1964 – five weeks

Love Me Do – May 30, 1964 – one week

A Hard Day’s Night – August 1, 1964 – two weeks

Fun fact: The first three were back-to-back-to-back totalling 14 consecutive weeks at #1.

THE REPLACEMENTS

With “Permission to Dance” replacing “Butter” atop the Hot 100, BTS is the first artist to dethrone itself since Drake, whose “In My Feelings” ended the eight-week reign of “Nice for What” on the July 21, 2018 chart. (Before that, on the April 21, 2018-dated survey, “Nice” soared in at No. 1, wrapping the rule of his “God’s Plan.”)

“DANCE” WITH US

BTS sends the ninth song with the word “dance” in its title to the top of the Hot 100. Here’s the full “dance” card:

Save the Last Dance for Me,” The Drifters, three weeks at No. 1, beginning Oct. 17, 1960
Let’s Dance,” David Bowie, one, May 21, 1983
Flashdance…What a Feeling,” Irene Cara, six, May 28, 1983
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston, two, June 27, 1987
Batdance,” Prince, one, Aug. 5, 1989
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” C+C Music Factory, two, Feb. 9, 1991
Just Dance,” Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis, three, Jan. 17, 2009
One Dance,” Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla, 10, May 21, 2016
Permission to Dance,” BTS, one week to-date, July 24, 2021

SIDE NOTE: Four songs with “dancing” in their titles have topped the Hot 100, all, unsurprisingly, at the height of the disco era: “You Should Be Dancing,” Bee Gees, 1976; “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,” Leo Sayer, 1977; “Dancing Queen,” ABBA, 1977; and “Shadow Dancing, Andy Gibb, 1978.

A YOUNG 100

With his duet “Stay” with the Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber becomes the youngest male artist to score 100 Hot 100 chart appearances at the ripe old age of 27 years, four months and three weeks, spanning from his March 1, 1994 birthday.  He beats out Drake, who was 28 years, 11 months and two weeks in 2015 (now #2) and Lil Wayne who was 29 years, five months and three weeks in 2012 (now #3).

July 17, 2021

7 Weeks for 7 Members

The seven-man K-pop group, BTS, spreads their “Butter” for a seventh week at #1.  Basically, each guy gets a week.Attachments area

July 10, 2021

CHURNING “BUTTER”

BTS churns their 6th week at #1.  “Butter” is one of nine titles to spend their first six weeks on the chart at #1 – with Mariah Carey doing it twice (Fantasy (8 weeks) and One Sweet Day (16 weeks with Boyz II Men)) in 1995-1996.  For those loving my percentiles, they are in that 17% quotient of songs to spend their first six weeks at #1.

EDWARD THE VIII

Ed Sheeran gains his eighth Top 10 as “Bad Habits” crashes onto the chart at #5.

July 3, 2021

1/5 OF”BUTTER”

Of the 54 songs to have debuted at #1, Butter/BTS is one of eleven to have spent their first five weeks at the top.  This equates to 20% overall.

THERE CAN BE ONLY “ONE”

While it’s not a record (I don’t think), there are five other former Number One songs just hanging out in the Top 10..

June 26, 2021


“BUTTER” SPREADS ANOTHER WEEK

BTS’ 4th #1 spends its 4th consecutive week at the top.  It is now the 13th song to do this or 24% of the 54 songs to debut and spend its first four weeks at #1.  Let’s see if they make it 5.

June 19, 2021

“BUTTER” SEE YOUR MATH

As stated in last week’s piece that 45% of songs that debuted at #1 spent their second week at #1.  Now, BTS’ “Butter” is part of that 28% (or 15 songs) that have scored with their first three consecutive weeks at the top.

BUNNY HOPS

Bad Bunny scores his fourth Top 10 as “Yonaguni” enters that chart at #10.  This is the first bilingual Top 10 where English is not featured.  This song is predominately sung in Spanish with additional lyrics in Japanese. 

This is his first time hitting the Top 10 with no accompanying acts.  His other appearances were “I Like It,” with Cardi B and J Balvin, began at No. 8 in April 2018 and spent a week at No. 1 that July; “MIA,” featuring Drake, debuted at its No. 5 peak in October 2018; and “Dákiti,” with Jhay Cortez, opened at No. 9 in November 2020 and hit No. 5 in December.

ASIAN GEOGRAPHY 101

Continuing on about “Yonaguni,” it is the westernmost island of Japan and is home to the endangered, yet protected Yonaguni pony.  Lo siento, Senor Bunny.

June 12, 2021


“BUTTER” ON A ROLL

Of the 54 songs that have debuted at #1, Butter is the 23rd title to have its first two consecutive weeks at the top.  For those really into stats, that’s a 43% second-week success rate.  Two others have done it this year: drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo and Rapstar by Polo G.  Will they make it three?

June 5, 2021

BTS (BETWEEN THE SONGS)

This is BTS’ 4th #1 in 9 months and their 3rd to debut at #1

Dynamite” beginning September 5, 2020 for three non-consecutive weeks

Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” with Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo for a week in October 17, 2020

Life Goes On” for another week in December 5, 2020

Butter” for one week (and counting) beginning June 5, 2021.

BTS is the first group to have three #1 debuts.  Ariana Grande leads all acts with five.

BTS earned their first four #1s in exactly nine months (September 5, 2020 – June 5, 2021).  They are one of an elite seven acts to have their first four #1s in under a year.  Here are the others…

  1. The Beatles, four months (February 1 – May 30, 1964)
  2. The Supremes, seven months and one week (August 22, 1964 – March 27, 1965)
  3. Justin Timberlake, seven months and two weeks (September 9, 2006 – April 21, 2007)
  4. The Jackson 5, eight months and two weeks (January 31 – October 17, 1970)
  5. BTS, nine months (September 5, 2020 – June 5, 2021)
  6. Mariah Carey, nine months and three weeks (August 4, 1990 – May 25, 1991)
  7. Paula Abdul, one year (February 11, 1989 – February 10, 1990)

If you include all artists regardless of when it happened, Rihanna did it twice: Four in eight months all in 2010, then started another four-pack spanning nine months from 2010-2011.

RODRIGO’S RECORDS

With “good 4 u,” “deja vu,” and “traitor” all in the Top 10 simultaneously, Olivia Rodrigo is the first artist in Hot 100 history to have three concurrent songs in the Top 10 from a debut album (SOUR).

May 29, 2021

GOOD 4 U

“Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo is the 53rd song to debut at #1.  The first?  “You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson in September 1995.  The longest? “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men for 16 consecutive weeks!

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album Sour Is the first debut album since Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy to have two #1 songs.  “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and “I Like It” (with Bad Bunny and J Balvin) hit the top in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album Sour makes history as the first album to have two songs that have debuted at #1.  “Drivers License” revved in in January 2021.

Previous albums to have two #1 debuts are:

  1. Mariah Carey’s Daydream: Fantasy and One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men) in 1995-1996.
  2. Drake’s Scorpion: God’s Plan and Nice for What in 2018
  3. Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next: Thank U, Next and 7 Rings in 2018-2019

Fun fact: For each of these artists, it was their fifth album.

THE OFF SEASON

J. Cole storms onto the chart with songs from his #1 album, the Off-Season, with four of them landing in the Top Ten.

J. Cole is the fourth artist to score four simultaneous Top 10 debuts.  He follows Drake (July 14, 2018), Lil Wayne (October 13, 2018) and Juice WRLD (July 25, 2020).

Rodrigo’s #1 debut + J.Cole’s quartet = 5 songs that have begun their chart lives in the Top Ten (or a newly minted chart record).

May 22, 2021

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

This week spends its second non-consecutive week at #1.  There was a four week gap between weeks at the top.  Last time that happened was with Circles/Post Malone.  He spent his first two weeks in December 2019 and his third week in January 2020.

This is Bruno Mars’ 8th #1 following…

  1. Nothin’ on You (B.o.B featuring Mars) beginning May 2010 for two weeks
  2. Just the Way You Are beginning October 2010 for four weeks
  3. Grenade beginning January 2011 for four non-consecutive weeks
  4. Locked Out of Heaven beginning December 2012 for six weeks
  5. When I Was Your Man in April 2013 for one week
  6. Uptown Funk! (Mark Ronson featuring Mars) beginning January 2015 for 14 weeks
  7. That’s What I Like in May 2017 for one week
  8. Leave the Door Open (Silk Sonic [Mars & Anderson.Paak]) beginning in April 2021 for two non-consecutive weeks and counting
He has a career total of 34+ weeks at #1.

“DOOR” TO THE TOP 10

“Leave the Door Open” is the only title that has entered the #1 spot.  There have been only four others since 1955 to have gained entry into the Top 10.

Next Door to an Angel/Neil Sedaka (#5, 1962)

The Door Is Still Open to My Heart/Dean Martin (#6, 1964)

Lookin’ Out My Back Door/Creedence Clearwater Revival (#2, 1970)

Let My Love Open the Door/Peter Townsend (#9, 1980)