Chart Commentary (Past and Present)

June 12, 2021


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


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.


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” 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.


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


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.


“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)