Chart Commentary (Past and Present)

SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

“WAS” 14 THE LUCKY NUMBER…?

Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” adds a 14th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The song’s latest frame at the summit marks another milestone, as it ties for the fourth-longest command in the chart’s 64-year history.

It boasts the longest command since Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (also on Columbia), ruled for a record 19 weeks in 2019.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100:

19, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, beginning April 13, 2019

16, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017

16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995

14 (to date), “As It Was,” Harry Styles, April 16, 2022

14, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015

14, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009

14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005

14, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997

14, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996

14, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994

14, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992

Notably, “As It Was” ties for the longest Hot 100 domination among singles by artists with no accompanying acts. (Of those seven songs above with 14-week commands, “As It Was” is one of four by solo artists, joining the hits listed by Mariah Carey, Elton John and Whitney Houston.)

Most Weeks Ever in Hot 100’s Top Two & Top Three

“As It Was” extends its record for the most weeks spent in the Hot 100’s top two positions, having logged 23 weeks, of its 24 total weeks on the chart, in the top two, from its April 16 debut at No. 1 through the newest, Sept. 24-dated survey.

Meanwhile, the song passes The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay,” beginning in July 2021, for the most weeks, 24, tallied in the Hot 100’s top three in the chart’s history.

Further, “As It Was” is the first song ever to spend its first 24 weeks on the Hot 100 all in the top three.

No. 1 on Hot 100 for 14 Weeks Over 24 Weeks

“As It Was” has now placed atop the Hot 100 for 14 weeks over a span of 24 weeks, from its debut through the current chart. (In its other 10 weeks on the list, it ranked at No. 2 for nine weeks and No. 3 for one frame.) The song extends the longest span of a title leading the list in a single release cycle. (Overall, Mariah Carey’s 1994 carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You” holds the record for the longest stretch from a song’s first to its most recent week at No. 1: two years and three weeks [Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 8, 2022]).

A ”HAPPIER” TOP 5

Post Malone’s “I Like You (A Happier Song),” featuring Doja Cat, climbs 6-5 for a new best. Post Malone notches his eighth top five Hot 100 hit, and first since “Circles,” which led for three weeks in 2019-20, while Doja Cat claims her third and first since “Kiss Me More” (No. 3 peak, July 2021).

“PROOF” OF A HIT

Aided by the Sept. 9 premiere of its official video, Morgan Wallen returns to his highest Hot 100 rank, as “You Proof” jumps 10-6, its peak first set upon its debut on the May 28-dated chart. It concurrently rules the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart for a fifth week. Wallen first hit a No. 6 Hot 100 high with the launch of “7 Summers” in August 2020.

GLASS ANIMALS WON’T BREAK

Glass Animals‘ former five-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Heat Waves” continues its impressive run on the survey, as it ties Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” for the second-most weeks spent on the chart in the list’s history.  “Heat Waves” spends an 87th total week on the latest Hot 100 (dated Sept. 24), at No. 17, matching the stay of “Radioactive,” in 2012-14.

The only song with more time spent on the Hot 100 is The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” which ran up 90 weeks in 2019-21. Of those 90 frames, four were spent at No. 1; a record 43 in the top five; a record 57 in the top 10; a record 80 in the top 20; and a record 86 in the top 40. Its longevity eventually helped it earn the distinction as the No. 1 title on Billboard‘s Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs chart.

“Heat Waves” debuted at No. 100 on the Hot 100 on Jan. 16, 2021. The No. 1 song that week was Taylor Swift’s “Willow.” Since then, an additional 25 songs (excluding “Heat Waves”) have reached the summit. From the Jan. 16, 2021-dated Hot 100 to the current Sept. 24, 2022, chart, “Heat Waves” has ranked alongside a whopping 1,241 other songs.

Of the 87 weeks that “Heat Waves” has spent on the Hot 100, 66 weeks were shared with The Weeknd and Ariana Grande’s “Save Your Tears,” the most of any song. Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” follows with 64 shared weeks, then The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” (62).

Notably, “Heat Waves” already holds a key longevity record on the Hot 100: the longest climb to No. 1. The song reached the summit on the March 12, 2022, tally in its 59th week on the chart, far surpassing the 35 chart weeks needed for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

SEPTEMBER 17, 2022

“TALKING” STYLES

Harry Styles’ follow-up single, “Late Night Talking,” along with his 13 nonconsecutive week #1, “As It Was,” becomes the first artist with two songs in the chart’s top three spots simultaneously this year.  He’s the first since Drake dominated with a record nine simultaneous top 10s, including the entire top five, on the Sept. 18, 2021, chart.

LUCKY NUMBER 13

“As It Was” becomes one of just 13 songs in the Hot 100’s history, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception, to reign for at least 13 weeks. It boasts the longest command since Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, ruled for a record 19 weeks in 2019.

19: Old Town Road/Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (2019)

16: One Sweet Day/ Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men (1995-96)

16: Despacito/Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (2017)

14: I Will Always Love You/Whitney Houston (1992-93)

14: I’ll Make Love to You/Boyz II Men (1994)

14: Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)/Los del Rio (1996)

14: Candle in the Wind 1997 / Something About the Way You Look Tonight/Elton John (1997-98)

14: We Belong Together/Mariah Carey (2005)

14: I Gotta Feeling/the Black Eyed Peas (2009)

14: Uptown Funk!/Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (2015)

13: End of the Road/Boyz II Men (1992)

13: the Boy Is Mine/Brandy & Monica (1998)

13: As It Was/Harry Styles (2022 and counting)

TOP 2 HOLDOUTS

“As It Was” breaks the record for the most weeks spent in the Hot 100’s top two positions, having logged 22 of its 23 weeks on the chart in the top two, from its April 16 debut through the newest, Sept. 17-dated survey.

Most Weeks in the Hot 100’s Top Two:

22: As It Was/Harry Styles, beginning April 16, 2022 (13 weeks at No. 1, 9 weeks at No. 2)

21: Stay/the Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, Aug. 14, 2021 (7, 14)

19: Old Town Road/Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, April 13, 2019 (19, 0)

18: Uptown Funk!/Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015 (14, 4)

17: Despacito/Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017 (16, 1)

“AIN’T WORRIED”

OneRepublic‘s “I Ain’t Worried” jumps from No. 14 to No. 8 on the Hot 100, marking the band’s fourth top 10 and first since 2014. The Ryan Tedder-fronted act also becomes the latest to have notched top 10s in the 2000s, ’10s and ’20s, and one of just three groups to earn the honor following Maroon 5 and Aerosmith (‘70s, ‘80s, 90s, and ‘00s)

The band notches its fourth Hot 100 top 10 and first since 2014, when “Counting Stars” hit No. 2. The group also reached No. 8 with “Good Life” (2011) and No. 2 as featured on its breakthrough hit “Apologize” by Timbaland (2007). OneRepublic becomes the 18th act with top 10s in the 2000s, ’10s and ’20s – and one of just three groups in those ranks, joining Coldplay and Maroon 5.

“Worried” is the first Hot 100 top 10 from the Top Gun: Maverick Soundtrack, released in May; the set’s “Hold My Hand” by Lady Gaga reached No. 49 in June. (The original Top Gun soundtrack yielded Berlin’s No. 1 ballad “Take My Breath Away,” which led the list dated Sept. 13, 1986, plus Kenny Loggins’ No. 2-peaking “Danger Zone” and Loverboy’s No. 12 hit “Heaven in Your Eyes” the same year.)

SEPTEMBER 10, 2022

LIVING IN HARRY’S HOUSE Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” rules the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a 12th week. The song claims outright the longest stay at the summit this decade, breaking out of a tie with Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” which led for 11 weeks in 2020.

“As It Was” boasts the longest Hot 100 domination since Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, reigned for a record 19 weeks in 2019.
Here’s a recap of the longest commands so far this decade:
12 weeks at No. 1, “As It Was,” Harry Styles, beginning April 16, 2022
11, “The Box,” Roddy Ricch, Jan. 18, 2020
10, “Easy on Me,” Adele, Oct. 30, 2021
10, “Butter,” BTS, June 5, 2021
8, “Drivers License,” Olivia Rodrigo, Jan. 23, 2021
8, “Mood,” 24kGoldn feat. iann dior, Oct. 24, 2020
Notably, four of the six songs above were released on Columbia (with “The Box” on Atlantic Records and “Drivers License” on Interscope Records). (“Old Town Road,” as noted above, is also a Columbia release.)Most weeks ever in Hot 100’s top two
In addition to logging the longest Hot 100 rule of the 2020s so far, “As It Was” ties the record for the most weeks spent in the chart’s top two positions over the list’s entire 64-year history, having logged 21 of its 22 weeks on the chart in the top two, from its April 16 debut through the newest, Sept. 10-dated survey.
Here’s a look at the titles to post the most weeks in the Hot 100’s top two spots:

21 weeks in the top two, “As It Was,” Harry Styles, beginning April 16, 2022 (12 weeks at No. 1, 9 weeks at No. 2)
21, “Stay,” The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, Aug. 14, 2021 (7, 14)
19, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, April 13, 2019 (19, 0)
18, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015 (14, 4)
17, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017 (16, 1)
16, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, Jan. 28, 2017 (12, 4)
16, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009 (14, 2)
16, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005 (14, 2)
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995 (16, 0)
The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” added its 21st week in the Hot 100’s top two on the chart dated this April 9, a week after becoming the first song to spend 20 weeks in the top two. 
ELTON & BRITNEY ARE “CLOSER”Elton John and Britney Spears‘ “Hold Me Closer” bounds onto the chart at No. 6. The latter, the latest mash-up of John classics, marks his 29th Hot 100 top 10 and Spears’ 14th, and her first in nearly 10 years. Earlier this year, John added his first top 10 since 1998, when his previous multi-song reworking of his own catalog, “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix),” with Dua Lipa, reached No. 7.  The new mash-up blends the chorus of his 50-year-old “Tiny Dancer” and the verses of his 30-year-old “The One.” It also includes elements of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” his four-week 1976 Hot 100 No. 1 with Kiki Dee.  While not outranking “Breaking,” “Hold Me Closer,” upon its No. 6 start, marks new Hot 100 highs for the songs that make up the bulk of the mash-up: “Tiny Dancer” fell a spot shy of the top 40, reaching No. 41 in April 1972, and “The One” rose to No. 9 in September 1992.  
“The One,” meanwhile, marks John’s impressive fifth song to have hit the Hot 100’s top 10 via two interpretations each.

John has logged the seventh-most Hot 100 top 10s. Among solo males, he has earned the third-most, after Drake and Michael Jackson, as he breaks out of a tie with (his good friend) Stevie Wonder.

Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s:

59, Drake
38, Madonna
34, The Beatles
31, Rihanna
30, Michael Jackson
30, Taylor Swift
29, Elton John
28, Mariah Carey
28, Stevie Wonder
27, Janet Jackson
John sports his highest Hot 100 rank since the chart dated Jan. 24, 1998, when his “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” placed at No. 5 after 14 weeks at No. 1. Additionally, John has now achieved two top 10s in a single year for the first time since 1992 (with “The One” from that year playing into his latest top 10, as well; see below).

John also expands his span of Hot 100 top 10s to 51 years, seven months and three weeks, dating to his first frame in the top 10 with “Your Song” (Jan. 23, 1971) – the longest such span among all acts not involving holiday titles.

Meanwhile, Spears achieves her 14th Hot 100 top 10 and her first since “Scream & Shout,” with will.i.am, hit No. 3 in 2013. She first appeared in the top 10 on the chart dated Dec. 12, 1998, when her debut smash “…Baby One More Time” surged 18-9 (before becoming her first of five No. 1s). Overall, Spears places on the Hot 100 for the first time since the chart dated Dec. 10, 2016.
Spears also joins John and 10 other stars with Hot 100 top 10s in at least four decades, padding her résumé to include top 10s in the 1990s, 2000s, ’10s and now ’20s. The other acts in the exclusive (and eclectic) club: Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Cher, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Barbra Streisand and Andy Williams.  Of those artists, Carey, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and now Spears have all tallied Hot 100 top 10s in the ’90s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s.
John charts his fourth top 10 duet, and his fifth top 10 collaboration, on the Hot 100, as “Hold Me Closer” follows “Cold Heart”; “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” with George Michael (No. 1 for one week, 1992); and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” He also led for four weeks in 1986 with “That’s What Friends Are For,” credited to Dionne & Friends, the foursome of Dionne Warwick, John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder.

Spears scores her fourth accompanied Hot 100 top 10, after “Scream & Shout”; “Till the World Ends,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Kesha (No. 3, 2011); and her featured turn on Rihanna’s “S&M” (No. 1, one week, 2011).

SEPTEMBER 3, 2022

BOOMERANG #1 Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, rebounding from No. 2 for an 11th total week at No. 1. It claims the longest stay at the summit since Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” also ran up 11 weeks at No. 1 in January-March 2020. No song has led longer since Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, ruled for a record 19 weeks in April-August 2019.

Meanwhile, “As It Was” logs its unprecedented fifth distinct run at No. 1 on the Hot 100, after it first reigned upon its debut in April. It has since yo-yoed among the top three spots and last led, until the latest list, in July.  Here’s a recap of the titles to top the tally dating to the song’s debut. (In every week that it wasn’t No. 1 in the weeks noted below, the track ranked at No. 2, except for on the Aug. 13 chart, when it placed at No. 3.)

April 16, “As It Was,” Harry Styles

April 23, “First Class,” Jack Harlow

April 30, “As It Was”

May 7, “As It Was”

May 14, “Wait for U,” Future feat. Drake & Tems

May 21, “First Class”

May 28, “First Class”

June 4, “As It Was”

June 11, “As It Was”

June 18, “As It Was”

June 25, “As It Was”

July 2, “Jimmy Cooks,” Drake feat. 21 Savage

July 9, “As It Was”

July 16, “As It Was”

July 23, “As It Was”

July 30, “About Damn Time,” Lizzo

Aug. 6, “About Damn Time”

Aug. 13, “Break My Soul,” Beyoncé

Aug. 20, “Break My Soul”

Aug. 27, “Super Freaky Girl,” Nicki Minaj

Sept. 3, “As It Was”

With “As It Was” having now made five distinct runs atop the Hot 100, beginning on, as noted above, the charts dated April 16, April 30, June 4, July 9 and now Sept. 3, it surpasses three songs that each logged four separate No. 1 stints: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (from December 2019 through this January); 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior (2020-21); and Drake’s “Nice for What” (2018).

AUGUST 27, 2022

NICKI’S “SUPER” #1

“Super Freaky Girl” by Nicki Minaj bows as the 1,141st No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 64-year history. It’s the 63rd to enter on top, and the first by a woman in a lead role this year. Notably, it’s the first No. 1 debut for a hip-hop song by a solo female and no accompanying acts since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998.

Minaj earns her first Hot 100 No. 1 as an unaccompanied artist and her third overall. She previously reigned with her 6ix9ine collab “Trollz,” which bounded in at No. 1 on the June 27, 2020, chart, and her featured turn on Doja Cat’s “Say So,” which topped the May 16, 2020, tally.

“Super Freaky Girl” is additionally Minaj’s 21st Hot 100 top 10, and her second this year, after “Do We Have a Problem?,” with Lil Baby, debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Feb. 19-dated chart.

Minaj posts her 124th overall Hot 100 entry, dating to her first in February 2010. She boasts the seventh-most appearances in the chart’s archives.

SLICK RICK RETURNS

Rick James’ “Super Freak,” which “Super Freaky Girl” samples, hit No. 3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in September 1981, while M.C. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” which also samples James’ original, spent a week at No. 1 in June 1990. On Hot Rap Songs, which originated in 1989, “Touch” reached No. 2. (Among other notable reimaginations of “Super Freak,” Jay-Z’s “Kingdom Come” hit No. 52 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 98 on the Hot 100 in 2006 and Gucci Mane’s “Freaky Gurl” rose to Nos. 19 and 62 on the respective charts in 2007.)

LADIES FIRST

“Super Freaky Girl” follows Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul,” which led the Aug. 13 and 20-dated Hot 100 charts, and Lizzo’s “About Damn Time,” which topped the July 30 and Aug. 6 tallies. The tracks combine for the first streak of three songs each hitting No. 1 for the first time by solo women and no accompanying artists since Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Swift’s “Blank Space” in September 2014-January 2015. (Before that, Katy Perry’s “Roar,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Lorde’s “Royals” reigned consecutively in September-December 2013.)

4 OUT OF 5 ARE WOMENWith Nicki Minaj at #1, Lizzo at #3, 

Beyoncé at #4 and Kate Bush rounding out the Top 5 with “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God),” the Top 5 is ruled by solo female artists.

While researching to find out the last time that solo women had this much control on the Top 5, I did uncover the fact that the Top 5 was dominated by eight(!) women.  During the week ending November 1, 2014, the chart read like this…

1 1 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS –•– Meghan Trainor -15 (1) (7 Weeks at #1)
2 2 SHAKE IT OFF –•– Taylor Swift -9 (1) (2 Weeks at #1)
3 5 BANG BANG –•– Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj -12 (3)
4 3 BLACK WIDOW –•– Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora -16 (3)
5 4 HABITS (STAY HIGH) –•– Tove Lo -21 (4)

AUGUST 20, 2022

“STAYING ALIVE” RESUSCITATES

DJ Khaled’s “Staying Alive,” featuring Drake and Lil Baby, bounds onto the Hot 100 at No. 5.  The song interpolates the Bee Gees’ classic “Stayin’ Alive,” which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks in 1978 (while reworkings by N-Trance and Wyclef Jean featuring Refugee Allstars hit No. 62 in 1996 and No. 45 in 1997, respectively). All three Bee Gees – Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb – wrote the original and Barry and the late Robin receive their first writing credits on a Hot 100 top 10 since Destiny’s Child’s version of “Emotion” – originally a No. 3 hit in 1978 for Samantha Sang – reached No. 10 in December 2001. (The Bee Gees’ original “Stayin’ Alive” was released from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which ruled the Billboard 200 for 24 weeks in 1978; Samantha Sang’s “Emotion” was recorded for the film but ultimately not included.)  The late Maurice Gibb, meanwhile, draws his first Hot 100 top 10 credit as a writer since the Bee Gees’ last of 15 top 10s as a recording act, “One,” which all members of the trio wrote, hit No. 7 in September 1989.

DRAKE BREAKS (AND EXTENDS) RECORDS

On the Hot 100, Drake achieves his record-extending 59th top 10, Lil Baby logs his 10th and DJ Khaled earns his seventh. (The first top 10 among the three together, “Staying Alive” is the fourth shared top 10 between DJ Khaled and Drake, as well as the fourth between Drake and Lil Baby.)

Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s:

59, Drake

38, Madonna

34, The Beatles

31, Rihanna

30, Michael Jackson

30, Taylor Swift

28, Mariah Carey

28, Elton John

28, Stevie Wonder

27, Janet Jackson

Plus, “Staying Alive” marks Drake’s landmark 30th top five Hot 100 hit – as he breaks out of a tie with The Beatles for the most in the chart’s 64-year history.

Most Top Five Billboard Hot 100 Hits:

30, Drake

29, The Beatles

28, Madonna

27, Mariah Carey

24, Janet Jackson

23, Rihanna

21, Elvis Presley (with the start of his career predating the Hot 100’s inception)

20, Justin Bieber

20, Michael Jackson

20, Stevie Wonder

SNOOP’S NOT SO “BAD DECISIONS”

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, benny blanco, BTS and Snoop Dogg’s “Bad Decisions” roars in at No. 10.  The track starts as Snoop Dogg’s 12th Hot 100 top 10, BTS’ 10th – as the group becomes the first South Korean act with at least 10 Hot 100 top 10s – and benny blanco’s second (after “Eastside,” with Halsey and Khalid; No. 9, 2019). 

Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg has now notched Hot 100 top 10s in the 1990s (two), 2000s (six), ’10s (three) and ’20s (one). He joins Mariah Carey and Jay-Z in having ranked in the top 10 in each of the past four decades. (Carey reached the milestone thanks to the annual resurgence of her holiday chestnut “All I Want for Christmas Is You”; additionally, Beyonceģ has appeared in the top 10 in each of the last four decades, although in the ’90s as a member of Destiny’s Child, followed by top 10s – and No. 1 ranks, like Carey – in the ’00s, ’10s and ’20s as a soloist.)

Snoop Dogg tallies his first Hot 100 top 10 as a lead artist in over 10 years, since his and Wiz Khalifa’s “Young, Wild & Free,” featuring Bruno Mars, hit No. 7 in March 2012. He first reached the region with his own “What’s My Name?” (No. 8, January 1994) and, until this week, had last ranked in the tier in August 2014 as featured on Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” which hit No. 5 that June.

Further, Snoop Dogg extends his span of Hot 100 top 10s to 28 years, seven months and three weeks (Dec. 25, 1993-Aug. 20, 2022) – now the longest among rappers in the chart’s history, surpassing Jay-Z’s (24 years, five months and three weeks; March 29, 1997-Sept. 18, 2021).

AUGUST 13, 2022

THE RENAISSANCE BEGINS (A/K/A THE BEYONCE SHOW)…

8th #1 AND TOTAL WEEKS COUNTING

Beyonceì lands her eighth Hot 100 No. 1 as a soloist. Here’s a recap:

“Crazy in Love,” feat. Jay-Z, eight weeks at No. 1, beginning July 12, 2003

“Baby Boy,” feat. Sean Paul, nine, Oct. 4, 2003

“Check on It,” feat. Slim Thug, five, Feb. 4, 2006

“Irreplaceable,” 10, Dec. 16, 2006

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” four, Dec. 13, 2008

“Perfect” (Ed Sheeran duet with Beyonceì), five (on which she was credited; the song led for six weeks total), Dec. 23, 2017

“Savage” (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyonceì), one, May 30, 2020

“Break My Soul,” one week to-date, Aug. 13, 2022

Additionally, Destiny’s Child, with Beyonceì as a member, notched four Hot 100 No. 1s: “Bills, Bills, Bills” (for one week in 1999); “Say My Name” (three weeks, 2000); “Independent Women (Part 1)” (11, 2000-01); and “Bootylicious” (two, 2001).

Beyonceì boasts the seventh-most weeks spent atop the Hot 100, as “Soul” ups her count to 43 in her solo career.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100:

87, Mariah Carey

60, Rihanna

59, The Beatles

54, Drake

50, Boyz II Men

47, Usher

43, Beyonceì

37, Michael Jackson

34, Adele

34, Elton John

34, Bruno Mars

Further, Destiny’s Child spent 17 weeks at No. 1 among their four Hot 100 leaders, making for 60 weeks at the summit for Beyonceì if we were to combine her solo and the group’s songs. (Among the acts above, Paul McCartney [89 weeks total; 30 solo], both George Harrison and John Lennon [65; six] and Ringo Starr [61; two] would also sport higher sums of weeks at No. 1 mixing their solo leaders and those by The Beatles with them as members, while Michael Jackson’s total would extend to 47, thanks to 10 weeks at No. 1 for the Jackson 5.)

SPANNING THE #1s

From the first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for “Crazy in Love” through, now, the coronation of “Soul,” Beyonceì spans 19 years and one month of appearing atop the chart – the ninth-best mark in the ranking’s archives.

Longest Spans of Hot 100 No. 1s:

Mariah Carey – 31 years, five months, one week (Aug. 4, 1990-Jan. 8, 2022)

Cher – 28 years, five months (Nov. 6, 1971-April 3, 1999)

Elton John – 24 years, 11 months, one week (Feb. 3, 1973-Jan. 10, 1998)

Beach Boys – 24 years, four months (July 4, 1964-Nov. 5, 1988)

Michael Jackson – 22 years, 10 months, three weeks (Oct. 14, 1972-Sept. 2, 1995)

Stevie Wonder – 22 years, six months (Aug. 10, 1963-Feb. 8, 1986)

Rod Stewart – 22 years, four months (Oct. 2, 1971-Feb. 5, 1994)

Aretha Franklin – 19 years, 10 months, two weeks (June 3, 1967-April 18, 1987)

Beyonceì – 19 years, one month (July 12, 2003-Aug. 13, 2022)

George Harrison – 17 years, three weeks (Dec. 26, 1970-Jan. 16, 1988)

Madonna – 15 years, nine months, one week (Dec. 22, 1984-Oct. 7, 2000)

Notably, in looking at acts’ group and solo careers combined, Beyonceì’s span of appearing atop the Hot 100 stretches over 23 years and three weeks, from the first week at No. 1 for Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” (July 17, 1999) through this week’s takeover on top for “Soul.” Similarly among the acts above, Cher’s career span including Sonny & Cher and her solo No. 1s would encompass (a record) 33 years, seven months and two weeks (1965-99); Michael Jackson’s Jackson 5 and solo output would span 25 years, seven months and a week (1970-95); and George Harrison’s time with The Beatles and as soloist would amount to a No. 1 span of 23 years, 11 months and two weeks (1964-88).

Meanwhile (as first noted when Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” featuring Beyonceì, hit No. 1), Beyonceì and Mariah Carey are the only acts to place atop the Hot 100 in four distinct decades – the 1990s, 2000s, ’10s & ’20s for both – thanks to the former’s runs at No. 1 with Destiny’s Child in the ’90s and solo in the ’00s-’20s, and Carey’s reigns in each decade, including in the ’10s and ’20s with “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

WAITS BETWEEN #1s

With “Soul,” Beyonceì scores her first Hot 100 No. 1 in a lead role in 13 years and seven months, since “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in 2009. That gap marks the longest among acts with lead billing on both bookending leaders since Cher, whose “Believe” ascended to the top of the chart in March 1999, a record 10 days shy of 25 years since she’d last led with “Dark Lady” in March 1974.

“BREAK”-ING DOWN “SOUL” MUSIC AT #1

Beyonceì’s new Hot 100 No. 1 marks the latest with the words “break” or “soul” in a song title. Here’s a recap of each:

“Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You,” Connie Francis, 1962

“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” Neil Sedaka, 1962

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John & Kiki Dee, 1976

“Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton, 1996-97

“Heartbreaker,” Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z, 1999

“Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris, 2010

“Break My Soul,” Beyonceì, 2022

(Beyonceì joins husband Jay-Z for the distinction.)

“(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” The Righteous Brothers, 1966

“Crank That (Soulja Boy),” Soulja Boy Tell’em, 2007

“Break My Soul,” Beyonceì, 2022

(Beyonceì is, thus, the … sole … woman with a Hot 100 No. 1 with “soul” in its title, with all due … respect … to the Queen of Soul.)

AUGUST 6, 2022

AROUND THE CHART IN 80 WEEKS

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” descends 8-10, following five weeks at No. 1 starting in March. Notably, it logs its 80th week on the chart, becoming just the third title in the chart’s 64-year history to reach the milestone (and is the only one of those hits to have ranked in the top 10 as late as its 80th frame).

Most Weeks Totaled on the Billboard Hot 100:

90, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, No. 1 peak (for four weeks), beginning April 4, 2020

87, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, No. 3, July 6, 2013

80, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, No. 1 (five weeks), beginning March 12, 2022

79, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, No. 17, Oct. 12, 2013

77, “Levitating,” Dua Lipa, No. 2, May 22, 2021

76, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2008

69, “Save Your Tears,” The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, No. 1 (two weeks), beginning May 8, 2021

69, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, Dec. 13, 1997

68, “Counting Stars,” OneRepublic, No. 2, Jan. 18, 2014

68, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, No. 1 (six weeks), beginning July 16, 2011

JULY 30, 2022

INTERPOLATING IT’S “ABOUT” “DAMN” “TIME”

Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” becomes the 1,139th Hot 100 No. 1 in the chart’s nearly 64-year history after completing a 14-week ascent to the summit, after it debuted at No. 50 on the April 30-dated chart. 

Noting that her new No. 1 brings the word “damn” to the summit for the first time. Previously, YoungBloodz, featuring Lil Jon, reached a No. 4 best with “Damn!” in 2003. Honorable mention to rock group Damn Yankees, which hit No. 3 with “High Enough” 1991. Lizzo scores the first No. 1 with “about” in its title since … just March, when the ensemble Encanto hit “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” spent its fifth and final week on top. Much more time passed between No. 1s with “time” in their titles: Lizzo achieves the first such leader since Ja Rule’s “Always on Time,” featuring Ashanti, ruled for two weeks in 2002.

Also notably, “Time” interpolates “Hey! DJ,” which the World’s Famous Supreme Team took to No. 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 1984 and has now been reimagined in two Hot 100 No. 1s: prior to “Time,” Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” which samples “Hey! DJ,” notched three weeks in the lead in September 1997.

“HILL” CLIMBING

“Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God),” Kate Bush’s first Hot 100 top 10 which moves up a notch to #3, wraps the longest run to the chart’s top three in terms of years from a debut on the chart to the top five – 36 years, 10 months and three weeks – for a non-holiday hit in the list’s history, and the third-longest such rise overall.

Longest Climbs to the Billboard Hot 100’s Top Three (from debut date):

61 years, two weeks: “Jingle Bell Rock,” Bobby Helms, Dec. 22, 1958-Jan. 4, 2020

59 years, one week: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee, Dec. 12, 1960-Dec. 21, 2019

36 years, 10 months, three weeks: “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” Kate Bush, Sept. 7, 1985-July 30, 2022

19 years: “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey, Jan. 8, 2000-Jan. 5, 2019

16 years, four months, one week: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen, Jan. 3, 1976-May 9, 1992

Three of the songs above are holiday tracks, spurred in recent years by the growth of streaming, while Queen’s classic, like Bush’s, benefited from its own sync, in the 1992 hit Saturday Night Live spinoff film Wayne’s World.

FEEL THE “HEAT”

Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” dips 7-8 on the Hot 100, following five weeks at No. 1 starting in March. It logs its 79th week on the chart, tying for the third-longest run in the list’s history (and is the only one of those hits to have ranked in the top 10 as late as its 79th frame).

Most Weeks Totaled on the Billboard Hot 100:

90, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, No. 1 peak (for four weeks), beginning April 4, 2020

87, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, No. 3, July 6, 2013

79, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, No. 1 (five weeks), beginning March 12, 2022

79, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, No. 17, Oct. 12, 2013

77, “Levitating,” Dua Lipa, No. 2, May 22, 2021

76, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2008

JULY 23, 2022

THE 10+ CLUB

“As It Was” becomes the 42nd song in the history of the Hot 100, which launched on Aug. 4, 1958, to reign for at least 10 weeks, a feat that just 4% of all No. 1s (1,138 total) have achieved.

While “As It Was” marks Styles’ first Hot 100 leader of at least 10 weeks (after his other No. 1, “Watermelon Sugar,” ruled for a week in August 2020) – it’s the 10th for Columbia Records, the most among all labels over the chart’s history. Arista and Atlantic follow with five such No. 1s each.

Here’s a recap of Columbia’s 10 Hot 100 No. 1s to reign for at least 10 weeks, with the label having logged the last three, as Adele and BTS’ latest leaders preceded Styles’ command:

“One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, 16 weeks at No. 1, beginning Dec. 2, 1995

“Independent Women Part I,” Destiny’s Child, 11, Nov. 18, 2000

“Irreplaceable,” Beyonceì, 10, Dec. 16, 2006

“Happy,” Pharrell Williams, 10, March 8, 2014

“Hello,” Adele, 10, Nov. 14, 2015

“Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, 12, Sept. 3, 2016

“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, a record 19, April 13, 2019

“Butter,” BTS, 10, June 5, 2021

“Easy on Me,” Adele, 10, Oct. 30, 2021

“As It Was,” Harry Styles, 10, April 16, 2022

DRAKE’S NEAR MISSES

Honestly, Nevermind now ups Drake’s count to peaks at 91 rungs on the Hot 100. The only ranks at which he hasn’t peaked so far? Nos. 31, 43, 46, 59, 77, 93, 96, 98 and 99. He’s peaked at every position between Nos. 1 and 30, and every number in the top 40 except 31.

Plus, Drake has ranked at every position on the Hot 100, even if he hasn’t peaked at each spot.

Meanwhile, as of the latest, July 16-dated Hot 100, Drake has placed a record 276 total entries on the chart, 157 in the top 40 and 58 in the top 10.

THE “HILLS” ARE ALIVE

With Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” having risen to No. 4 on the Hot 100, helped by its placement in Stranger Things, it has passed “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran and “The Fool on the Hill” by Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 as the second-highest-charting song with “hill” (or “hills”) in its title. “Castle” hit No. 6 in 2017 and “Fool” peaked at No. 6 in September 1968 (after The Beatles first recorded the song for their 1967 Magical Mystery Tour album).

The only higher-charting such hit? The Weeknd’s “The Hills,” which logged six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2015.

Hills have made for a popular motif in music over the years, with their built-in inspirational imagery of aspiring to higher ground, of any kind. Here are the highest-charting Hot 100 hits with “hill” (or “hills” or any other variation) in their titles.

No. 1 (six weeks), 2015, “The Hills,” The Weeknd
No. 4, 2022, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” Kate Bush
No. 6, 2017, “Castle on the Hill,” Ed Sheeran
No. 6, 1968, “The Fool on the Hill,” Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66
No. 7, 2022, “Silent Hill,” Kendrick Lamar & Kodak Black
No. 10, 2005, “Beverly Hills,” Weezer
No. 10, 1981, “The Theme From Hill Street Blues,” Mike Post feat. Larry Carlton (an instrumental, although not always)
No. 15, 1969, “Cherry Hill Park,” Billy Joe Royal
No. 19, 2001, “Purple Hills,” D12
No. 20, 1961, “I Dreamed of a Hill-Billy Heaven,” Tex Ritter
No. 23, 2022, “Churchill Downs,” Jack Harlow feat. Drake
No. 25, 1995, “Sugar Hill,” AZ
No. 28, 2021, “hunger.on.hillside,” J. Cole & Bas
No. 36, 1980, “King of the Hill,” Rick Pinette & Oak
No. 40, 2010, “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton feat. Trace Adkins
No. 40, 2008, “Violet Hill,” Coldplay

JULY 16, 2022

ANIMALS RUNNING LONG

Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” lifts 9-8 on the Hot 100, following five weeks at No. 1 starting in March. It adds its 77th week on the chart, tying for the fourth-longest run in the list’s history, which dates to August 1958 (and is the only one of those hits to have ranked in the top 10 as late as a 77th frame).

Most Weeks Totaled on the Billboard Hot 100:
90, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, No. 1 peak (for four weeks), beginning April 4, 2020
87, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, No. 3, July 6, 2013
79, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, No. 17, Oct. 12, 2013
77, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, No. 1 (five weeks), beginning March 12, 2022
77, “Levitating,” Dua Lipa, No. 2, May 22, 2021
76, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2008

Plus, “Heat Waves” spends a 34th week in the Hot 100’s top 10, passing Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B, for the most among groups. Overall, “Heat Waves” has now solely logged the fourth-most top 10 weeks, after The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (57), The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” (44) and Lipa’s “Levitating” (41).

JULY 9, 2022

BOOMERANG #1

Harry Styles’ “As it Was” scores its record-tying fourth distinct stay atop the Hot 100, after it debuted at No. 1 on the April 16 chart; led again on April 30 and May 7; and added four more weeks on top on the charts dated June 4, 11, 18 and 25, ahead of its return to No. 1 on the new, July 9, ranking. (The songs that have interrupted its reign: Jack Harlow’s “First Class,” April 23 and May 21 and 28; Future’s “Wait for U,” featuring Drake and Tems, May 14; and Drake’s “Jimmy Cooks,” featuring 21 Savage, July 2.) “As It Was” is the fourth to log as many as four separate No. 1 stints, after Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (2019-22), 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior (2020-21), and Drake’s “Nice for What” (2018).

“BREAK MY” 20

With “Break My Soul,” Beyonceì banks her landmark 20th solo Hot 100 top 10 and first since Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” on which she’s featured, became her seventh No. 1 in May 2020. Beyonceì notches her first top 10 in a lead role since “Formation” debuted and peaked at No. 10 in May 2016.

Here’s an updated rundown of the elite 23 artists with 20 or more Hot 100 top 10s, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception:

58, Drake

38, Madonna

34, The Beatles

31, Rihanna

30, Michael Jackson

30, Taylor Swift

28, Elton John

28, Mariah Carey

28, Stevie Wonder

27, Janet Jackson

26, Justin Bieber

25, Elvis Presley (with his career having predated the Hot 100’s start)

25, Lil Wayne

23, Whitney Houston

23, Paul McCartney

23, The Rolling Stones

22, Eminem

22, Jay-Z

20, Beyonceì

20, Chicago

20, Nicki Minaj

20, The Supremes

20, Kanye West

Beyonceì first appeared in the Hot 100’s top 10 as a soloist when Jay-Z’s “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” on which she’s featured, rose 11-8 on the Dec. 7, 2002, tally.

Meanwhile, Beyonceì now has twice as many top 10s as Destiny’s Child, the group in which she broke through: the act notched 10 top 10s (including four No. 1s) in 1998-2005.

Also impressively, Beyonceì joins select company among artists with at least 20 solo top 10s and 10 as a member of a group. The exclusive club, of which she’s the first female member: Paul McCartney, with 23 solo top 10s (including his work with Wings), in addition to 34 with The Beatles; Michael Jackson, with 30 solo top 10s along with 11 as a member of the Jackson 5/Jacksons; and, now, Beyonceì (20 solo, 10 with Destiny’s Child).

“HEAT” RISES

Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” rises 10-9 on the Hot 100, following five weeks at No. 1. It adds its 76th week on the chart, tying for the fifth-longest run in the list’s history (and is the only one of those hits to have ranked in the top 10 as late as a 76th frame).

Most Weeks Totaled on the Billboard Hot 100:

90, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, No. 1 peak (for four weeks), beginning April 4, 2020

87, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, No. 3, July 6, 2013

79, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, No. 17, Oct. 12, 2013

77, “Levitating,” Dua Lipa, No. 2, May 22, 2021

76, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, No. 1 (five weeks), beginning March 12, 2022

76, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2008

JULY 2, 2022

“JIMMY COOKS” AS DRAKE EXTENDS RECORDS

Drake‘s “Jimmy Cooks,” featuring 21 Savage, blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The collaboration marks Drake’s 11th Hot 100 No. 1 and 21 Savage’s second.  The track (seemingly an ode to the character of Jimmy Brooks that Drake portrayed on the CTV drama Degrassi: The Next Generation from 2001-08) arrives as the 1,138th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 63-year history, and the 62nd to enter on top.

Drake adds his 11th Hot 100 No. 1. He ties Whitney Houston for the seventh-most leaders among all acts and passes Stevie Wonder to claim the second-most among male soloists.

Most Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s:

20, The Beatles

19, Mariah Carey

14, Rihanna

13, Michael Jackson

12, Madonna

12, The Supremes

11, Drake

11, Whitney Houston

10, Janet Jackson

10, Stevie Wonder

Meanwhile, here’s a recap of Drake’s 11 Hot 100 No. 1s:

“What’s My Name?,” Rihanna feat. Drake (one week at No. 1, beginning Nov. 20, 2010)

“Work,” Rihanna feat. Drake (nine weeks, beginning March 5, 2016)

“One Dance,” Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla (10 weeks, beginning May 21, 2016)

“God’s Plan” (11 weeks, beginning Feb. 3, 2018)

“Nice for What” (eight weeks, beginning April 21, 2018)

“In My Feelings” (10 weeks, beginning July 21, 2018)

“Toosie Slide” (one week, April 18, 2020)

“What’s Next” (one week, March 20, 2021)

“Way 2 Sexy,” Drake feat. Future and Young Thug (one week, Sept. 18, 2021)

“Wait for U,” Future feat. Drake & Tems (one week, May 14, 2022)

“Jimmy Cooks,” Drake feat. 21 Savage (one week to-date, July 2, 2022)

Plus, “Jimmy Cooks” is Drake’s record-extending seventh song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100, following “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What,” “Toosie Slide,” “What’s Next,” “Way 2 Sexy” and “Wait for U.”

For those keeping score at home, this is Drake’s 54th career week at #1 (…and counting).

87, Mariah Carey

79, Elvis Presley

60, Rihanna

59, the Beatles

54, Drake

50, Boyz II Men

47, Usher

42, Beyonce

37, Michael Jackson

34, Adele

34, Elton John

34, Bruno Mars

Further, Drake ties The Beatles for the most top five Hot 100 hits: 29 each. Madonna (28) and Mariah Carey (27) follow.

21 Savage previously topped the Hot 100 as featured on Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” which reigned for eight weeks beginning in October 2017.

Simultaneous Artist Debuts Atop the Billboard 200 & Hot 100

As Drake’s Honestly, Nevermind opens atop the Billboard 200 concurrent with the Hot 100-topping entrance of “Jimmy Cooks,” he makes the eighth-such double debut – and becomes the first male soloist to score the honor twice. Taylor Swift first achieved the feat in August 2020 and has made a record three such starts.

Drake: Honestly, Nevermind & “Jimmy Cooks,” feat. 21 Savage, July 2, 2022

Future: I Never Liked You & “Wait for U,” feat. Drake & Tems, May 14, 2022

Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version) & “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” Nov. 27, 2021

Drake: Certified Lover Boy & “Way 2 Sexy,” feat. Future & Young Thug, Sept. 18, 2021

Justin Bieber: Justice & “Peaches,” feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon, April 3, 2021

Taylor Swift: Evermore & “Willow,” Dec. 26, 2020

BTS: BE & “Life Goes On,” Dec. 5, 2020

Taylor Swift: Folkore & “Cardigan,” Aug. 8, 2020

Drake up to 58 Hot 100 top 10s

As “Sticky” debuts at No. 6 and “Falling Back” bows at No. 7 on the Hot 100, respectively, Drake, thanks to those tracks and “Jimmy Cooks,” pads his record career count to 58 top 10s.

Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s:

58, Drake

38, Madonna

34, The Beatles

31, Rihanna

30, Michael Jackson

30, Taylor Swift

28, Mariah Carey

28, Elton John

28, Stevie Wonder

27, Janet Jackson

JUNE 18, 2022

KEEP “RUNNING”

Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” bounds to No. 4 on the Hot 100, a week after it re-entered at No. 8 – blasting past its prior No. 30 high, reached in 1985 when it was first released – fueled by its sync in Netflix’s Stranger Things. The fourth season of the ’80s-set show, which premiered May 27, incorporates the song in multiple episodes. (Bush is a fan of the series, and, in a rare move for her music, approved the song’s usage in it.)

Notably, “Hill” wraps the longest run to the Hot 100’s top five in terms of years from a debut on the chart to the top five – 36 years, nine months and two weeks – for a non-holiday hit in the list’s 63-year history, and the third-longest such rise overall.

Longest Climbs to the Hot 100’s Top Five (from debut date):

61 years, two weeks: “Jingle Bell Rock,” Bobby Helms, Dec. 22, 1958-Jan. 4, 2020

59 years, one week: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee, Dec. 12, 1960-Dec. 21, 2019

36 years, nine months, two weeks: “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” Kate Bush, Sept. 7, 1985-June 18, 2022

19 years: “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey, Jan. 8, 2000-Jan. 5, 2019

16 years, three months, two weeks: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen, Jan. 3, 1976-April 18, 1992

Three of the songs above are holiday tracks, spurred in recent years by the growth of streaming, while Queen’s classic, like Bush’s, benefited from its own sync, in the 1992 box office hit Wayne’s World.

Meanwhile, as Bush solely wrote, produced and performs “Hill,” the song is the first top five Hot 100 hit by a solo singer, writer and producer and no accompanying credited talents since Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” which hit No. 2 in December 2014. Before that, Pharrell Williams’ self-performed, -penned and -produced “Happy” dominated for 10 weeks beginning in March 2014. “Hill” is the first such top five hit by a female artist in nearly 18 years, since Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” which reached No. 4 in July 2004.

A ”HAPPIER” MALONE

Post Malone’s “I Like You (A Happier Song),” featuring Doja Cat, debuts at No. 9 on the Hot 100.  Post Malone adds his 11th Hot 100 top 10 while Doja Cat adds her fifth.

JUNE 11, 2022

“RUNNING UP THAT HILL” TO A TOP 10 HIT

After almost 37 years and major inclusion in the fourth season of “Stranger Things,” Kate Bush lands her first top 10 – and her highest charting American hit – as “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” re-enters the entire chart at #8! 

The English singer-songwriter, who first appeared on Billboard‘s charts in 1979, hit #30 on the Nov. 30, 1985 survey. (That week, Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin’s “Separate Lives” rose to No. 1, dethroning Starship’s “We Built This City”; Eddie Murphy’s “Party All the Time” hit the top 10; Wham!’s “I’m Your Man” scored the list’s highest debut, at No. 55; and Madonna’s “Dress You Up” rounded out the chart at No. 100.)

The song, which Bush solely wrote and produced, completes the longest journey from a title’s Hot 100 debut to its first week in the top 10 – 36 years, nine months and a week – since Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run” jingled to the tier in the 2020 holiday season after a record wait of 62 years and two weeks. Among non-holiday catalog songs this decade, the resurgence of “Hill” is similar to that of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 No. 1 “Dreams,” which returned to the Hot 100, reaching No. 12, in October 2020 as it went viral on TikTok.

“STAY” RETURNS

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” returns to the region (12-10). It adds a 44th week in the top 10, second only to The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (57 weeks, 2020-21) for the most in the chart’s history; “Stay” spent its first 43 weeks on the tally in the top 10, a record for the most time spent in the bracket consecutively from a song’s debut.

JUNE 04, 2022

STYLIN’ & PROFILIN’

Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” rebounds for a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. It soared in at the summit seven weeks earlier.  Concurrently, three other songs from Harry’s House debut in the Hot 100’s top 10: “Late Night Talking” (No. 4), “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” (No. 8) and “Matilda” (No. 9).  Styles is the first British soloist to chart as many as four songs in the Hot 100’s top 10 simultaneously. Among all British acts, he joins only The Beatles, who achieved the feat for five weeks in 1964, including two frames in which they logged five each.

As Styles becomes the first British soloist with four concurrent Hot 100 top 10s, he’s the 12th act overall to land the honor, following Drake (a record nine on the Sept. 18, 2021, chart), Juice WRLD (five, July 25, 2020), The Beatles (five, April 4 and 11, 1964), Kendrick Lamar, Bad Bunny, Future, J. Cole, Post Malone, Lil Wayne, T-Pain and 50 Cent (highs of four each).

“TIME” FOR LIZZO

Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” reaches the Hot 100’s top five, leaping 9-5. All four of her top 10s have now reached the top five, as her latest follows “Truth Hurts” (seven weeks at No. 1, beginning in September 2019), “Good as Hell” (No. 3, November 2019) and “Rumors,” featuring Cardi B (No. 4, August 2021).

May 28, 2022

4 FOR LAMAR

Kendrick Lamar debuts four songs in the Hot 100’s top 10, led by “N95” at No. 3, as it opens from his new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers: “Die Hard,” with Blxst and Amanda Reifer, at No. 5; “Silent Hill,” with Kodak Black, at No. 7; and “United in Grief,” at No. 8.

Lamar logs the eighth week in which an act has posted four or more concurrent top 10 Hot 100 debuts – and the third in a row, a week after Bad Bunny bowed with four and two weeks after Future arrived with a quartet. Before that, Drake bounded in with a record nine top 10 chart entrances (Sept. 18, 2021), after J. Cole (May 29, 2021), Juice WRLD (July 25, 2020), Lil Wayne (Oct. 13, 2018) and Drake (July 14, 2018) each debuted four tracks in the top 10 simultaneously.

Lamar ups his Hot 100 top 10 total to 12. Blxst and Reifer each appear in the chart’s top tier for the first time and Kodak Black adds his fourth top 10.

4 FOR WALLEN

Morgan Wallen’s “You Proof” roars in at No. 6 on the Hot 100. The song was released May 13 – Wallen’s birthday.  Wallen notches his fourth Hot 100 top 10, all of which have debuted in the bracket, and ties “7 Summers,” which bowed and peaked at No. 6 in August 2020, for his highest placement. He returned to the top 10 with “Wasted on You,” which started at its No. 9 best in January 2021, and “Don’t Think Jesus,” which began at its No. 7 peak on the April 30, 2022, chart.

2022’s NEW MUSIC CRAWL

After a slow start for new music this year – as only two of the 26 songs to appear in the Hot 100’s top 10 between January and the April 9 chart were released in 2022 – a robust 17 top 10s released this year have reached the region in the seven weeks since, by Harry Styles, Jack Harlow, Wallen, Future, Lizzo, Bad Bunny and Lamar.

May 21, 2022

BAD BUNNY DOES GOOD

Bad Bunny debuts four songs on the Hot 100 in the top 10 paced by “Moscow Mule” at No. 4. It’s followed in the bracket by “Tití Me Preguntó” at No. 5, “Después De La Playa” at No. 6 and “Me Porto Bonito,” with Chencho Corleone, at No. 10.  Bad Bunny’s four new Hot 100 top 10s are historic, as four all-Spanish-language songs rank in the region simultaneously for the first time in the chart’s 63-year history. 

The Puerto Rico native doubles his top 10 Hot 100 total to eight – all of which have debuted in the region – after he previously hit the top 10 with “I Like It,” with Cardi B and J Balvin (one week at No. 1, July 2018); “MIA,” featuring Drake (No. 5, October 2018); “Dákiti,” with Jhay Cortez (No. 5, December 2020); and “Yonaguni” (No. 10, June 2021). Corleone collects his first Hot 100 top 10.

Meanwhile, Bad Bunny logs the seventh week in which an act has posted four or more concurrent top 10 Hot 100 debuts, a week after Future arrived with four. Before that, Drake blasted in with a record nine top 10 chart entrances (Sept. 18, 2021), after J. Cole (May 29, 2021), Juice WRLD (July 25, 2020), Lil Wayne (Oct. 13, 2018) and Drake (July 14, 2018) each debuted four songs in the top 10 simultaneously.

“DAMN” LIZZO

Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” vaults 19-9.  She lands her fourth Hot 100 top 10, following “Truth Hurts” (seven weeks at No. 1 beginning in September 2019), “Good as Hell” (No. 3, November 2019) and “Rumors,” featuring Cardi B (No. 4, August 2021).

May 14, 2022

2:10:1

The #1 debut of “Wait for U” becomes the second chart topper for Future (his first as a lead), the tenth for Drake (more on him below), and the first for Nigerian born Tems.

Future was featured on Drake’s #1 debut from September 2021 when “Way 2 Sexy” led on the 9/18/21 chart – along with Young Thug.

FUTURE HITS

Along with debuting at #1, Future has a total of four songs in the Top 10.  The track joins three others from the set that debut in the Hot 100’s top 10: “Puffin on Zootiez,” at No. 4, and “712PM,” at No. 8, and “I’m Dat N***a,” at No. 10.

Future logs the sixth week in which an act has posted four or more concurrent top 10 Hot 100 debuts, and the first since Drake bounded in with a record nine top 10 chart entrances (Sept. 18, 2021). Before that, J. Cole (May 29, 2021), Juice WRLD (July 25, 2020), Lil Wayne (Oct. 13, 2018) and Drake (July 14, 2018) each debuted four songs in the top 10 simultaneously.

Future’s I Never Liked You blasts in atop the Billboard 200, with his eighth leader, concurrent with the Hot 100-topping entrance of “Wait for U.” He makes the seventh such double debut; Taylor Swift first achieved the feat in August 2020 and, with three such starts, is the only artist to earn the honor multiple times.

Simultaneous Artist Debuts Atop the Billboard 200 & Hot 100

Future: I Never Liked You & “Wait for U,” feat. Drake & Tems, May 14, 2022

Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version) & “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” Nov. 27, 2021

Drake: Certified Lover Boy & “Way 2 Sexy,” feat. Future & Young Thug, Sept. 18, 2021

Justin Bieber: Justice & “Peaches,” feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon, April 3, 2021

Taylor Swift: Evermore & “Willow,” Dec. 26, 2020

BTS: BE & “Life Goes On,” Dec. 5, 2020

Taylor Swift: Folklore & “Cardigan,” Aug. 8, 2020

THE CHART ACCORDING TO DRAKE

This is Drake’s…

10th Number 1

55th Top 10

146th Top 40

261st Overall Chart Entry

The last three categories are record-extending totals.

Drake solely claims the record for the most No. 1 debuts on the Hot 100, as “Wait for U” is his sixth. He one-ups BTS and Ariana Grande, each with five.

First #1:  What’s My Name/Rihanna featuring Drake (1 week in November 2010)

First #1 as a lead:  One Dance/Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla (10 weeks beginning March 2016)

Drake becomes the 10th act in the Hot 100’s history with at least 10 No. 1s (an elite club that last inducted Rihanna, thanks to her 10th leader, of 14 to-date, “S&M,” featuring Britney Spears, on the chart dated April 30, 2011). Among solo males, Drake joins only Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder for the achievement.

Most Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s

20, The Beatles

19, Mariah Carey

14, Rihanna

13, Michael Jackson

12, Madonna

12, The Supremes

11, Whitney Houston

10, Drake

10, Janet Jackson

10, Stevie Wonder

WORTH THE “WAIT”

After a bit of a wait, Future, Drake and Tems bring the third song with “wait” in its title to No. 1 on the Hot 100. “Wait for U” follows “Right Here Waiting,” by Richard Marx (for three weeks in August 1989), and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael (two weeks, April 1987).

Notably, 20 weeks into 2022, sparked by Future’s four arrivals joining Harry Styles and Jack Harlow’s hits (“As It Was” and “First Class,” respectively), the Hot 100 hosts six songs in the top 10 that were released in 2022, marking the first week that more than half the top 10 consists of songs released this year.

April 30, 2022

“IT WAS” AN EXTENDED STAY

Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” rebounds to No. 1 after dipping to No. 2 last week.  Styles claims his first multi-week Hot 100 No. 1, after his prior leader, “Watermelon Sugar,” reigned for a week in August 2020.  He’s the first soloist from One Direction with a No. 1 to dominate for multiple weeks; beyond Styles’ two toppers, former 1D member Zayn has also led solo, for a week with “Pillowtalk” upon its debut in February 2016.

“JESUS” CHARTS

Morgan Wallen’s “Don’t Think Jesus” debuts at No. 7 on the Hot 100. Wallen adds his third Hot 100 top 10, and third to debut in the bracket, after “7 Summers” bowed and peaked at No. 6 in August 2020 and “Wasted on You” started at its No. 9 high in January 2021.

April 23, 2022

“FIRST” THINGS FIRST

“First Class” – which interpolates Fergie’s 2007 two-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Glamorous,” featuring Ludacris – starts as Jack Harlow’s second Hot 100 leader and first on his own, as well as his first to debut at No. 1, after Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby,” with Harlow, ascended to the summit for a week in October 2021.

“First Class” interpolates Fergie’s “Glamorous,” which became her second of three Hot 100 No. 1s, for two weeks beginning on the March 24, 2007, chart. (She also made three trips to the summit as a member of The Black Eyed Peas in 2009-10.)

“First Class” is the first Hot 100 No. 1 to rework another former leader – since Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy,” which ruled the Sept. 18, 2021, chart in its debut week; the latter reimagines Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy,” which reigned for three weeks in February 1992.

“FIRST” SONGS FIRST

“First Class” is the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 with, aptly, the word “first” in its title. Here’s an updated rundown, with the … first … having led just over 50 years ago:

“First Class,” Jack Harlow, one week to-date at No. 1, beginning April 23, 2022

“The First Night,” Monica, five weeks, beginning Oct. 3, 1998

“The First Time,” Surface, two weeks, beginning Jan. 26, 1991

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Roberta Flack, six weeks, beginning April 15, 1972

April 16, 2022

ONLY ONE DIRECTION

“As It Was” by Harry Styles is the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 by any act in 2022.

“As It Was” follows “Watermelon Sugar” as Styles’ second Hot 100 No. 1 – which completed a 20-week trip to the top on the Aug. 15, 2020, chart.  Styles adds his fourth Hot 100 top 10. “Sign of the Times” bounded in at No. 4 (his previous best starting point), its peak, in April 2017 and “Adore You” climbed to No. 6 in April 2020.

Thanks to “As It Was” and “Watermelon Sugar,” Styles is the first member of One Direction to tally multiple Hot 100 No. 1s. He one-ups Zayn, whose “Pillowtalk” ruled in its debut week (Feb. 20, 2016).  Styles and Zayn make One Direction the first group with two members that have debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with solo songs.

One Direction, which Zayn departed in 2015 and is on an indefinite break, has charted six Hot 100 top 10s, reaching a No. 2 high with “Best Song Ever” in August 2013.

THE BRITISH ARE HERE!

Styles — born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England — and Glass Animals, who formed in Oxford, England, combine for the first set of back-to-back Hot 100 No. 1s by British acts in lead roles in over 30 years. They follow George Michael and Elton John, whose “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down Me” topped the Feb. 1, 1992, chart and was supplanted by Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy,” which began a three-week reign on the Feb. 8 survey.

Meanwhile, British acts hold the top two spots on the Hot 100 simultaneously for the first time in over five years, with the last such occurrence also invoking a One Direction member gone solo. On the March 4, 2017, chart, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” notched its fourth of 12 weeks at No. 1 and Zayn’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” with Taylor Swift, rose to its No. 2 peak.

“STAY” WON’T GO

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” slips 2-4 on the Hot 100, after seven weeks at No. 1. As the track has spent all 39 of its weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10, dating to its entrance at No. 3 on the July 24, 2021, chart, it passes Post Malone’s “Circles” for the longest consecutive run in the top 10 from a debut; “Circles” logged its first 38 weeks on the list in the tier in 2019-20.

April 9, 2022

HIGH 5 FOR GLASS ANIMALS

With its fifth week atop the Hot 100, “Heat Waves” becomes one of only nine No. 1s by British groups to reign for at least that long in the chart’s archives (with five involving Paul McCartney, via The Beatles or Wings). The song boasts the longest command by a British group since UB40’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” which led for seven weeks in 1993.

9, “Hey Jude,” The Beatles, Sept. 28, 1968

8, “Every Breath You Take,” The Police, July 9, 1983

8, “Night Fever,” Bee Gees, March 18, 1978

7, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” UB40, July 24, 1993

7, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles, Feb. 1, 1964

5, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, March 12, 2022

5, “Silly Love Songs,” Wings, May 22, 1976

5, “Get Back,” The Beatles (with Billy Preston), May 24, 1969

5, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” The Beatles, April 4, 1964

(The Bee Gees were born on the Isle of Man and moved to the U.K. proper, Australia and back to the U.K.; The Police and Wings featured British frontmen and British and American members.)

Among all British acts (duo/groups and soloists), Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!” (featuring American Bruno Mars) and Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” share the longest Hot 100 domination: 14 weeks each, in 2015 and 1997-98, respectively.

“STAY” JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, after seven weeks at No. 1.  As the track has spent all 38 of its weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10, dating to its entrance at No. 3 on the July 24, 2021, chart, it ties Post Malone’s “Circles” for the longest consecutive run in the top 10 from a debut; “Circles” logged its first 38 weeks on the list in the tier in 2019-20. 

This song also hold ever-increasing record for most weeks ever at Nos. 1 and 2 Combined on the Hot 100.  Here’s the current breakdown…

21, “Stay,” The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber (7 weeks at No. 1/14 weeks at No. 2), 2021-22 (through the April 9, 2022, chart)

19, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus (19/0), 2019

18, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (14/4), 2015

17, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber (16/1), 2017

16, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran (12/4), 2017

16, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas (14/2), 2009

16, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey (14/2), 2005

16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (16/0), 1995-96

15, “Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage (8/7), 2017-18

15, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey (12/3), 2016

15, “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor (8/7), 2014

15, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men (14/1), 1994

15, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston (14/1), 1992-93

(As all those songs reached No. 1 on the Hot 100, two titles share the mark for the most weeks at No. 2 without rising to the top spot: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s “Work It” and Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” each of which spent 10 weeks peaking at No. 2, in 2002-03 and 1981-82, respectively.)

“ENERGY” ABOUNDS

Latto leaps to her first Hot 100 top 10, as “Big Energy” vaults 11-3.  The song bounds following the March 28 arrival of the song’s remix with Mariah Carey and featuring DJ Khaled. (Carey and DJ Khaled are not listed on “Big Energy” on the Hot 100, as the remix did not account for the majority of the song’s overall consumption during the tracking week.) Carey sings a portion of her 1995 eight-week No. 1 “Fantasy” in the remix; both songs interpolate Tom Tom Club’s classic “Genius of Love,” which hit No. 31 on the Hot 100 in April 1982.

DRAGON THEIR WAY TO ANOTHER TOP 5

Imagine Dragons and JID’s “Enemy” advances 7-5. Imagine Dragons notch their fourth top five Hot 100 hit (among five top 10s), following “Radioactive” (No. 3, July 2013); “Believer” (No. 4, August 2017); and “Thunder” (No. 4, December 2017). Rapper/singer JID earns his first top five hit on the chart.

April 4, 2022

4 AND COUNTING

Notably, with its fourth week atop the Hot 100, “Heat Waves” ties for the ninth-longest reign among songs by British groups in the chart’s 63-year history. The song boasts the longest command by a British group (since its second week at No. 1) since Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” also led for four weeks just over 25 years ago.

Longest-Leading Hot 100 No. 1s by British Groups

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1

9, “Hey Jude,” The Beatles, Sept. 28, 1968

8, “Every Breath You Take,” The Police, July 9, 1983

8, “Night Fever,” Bee Gees, March 18, 1978

7, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” UB40, July 24, 1993

7, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles, Feb. 1, 1964

5, “Silly Love Songs,” Wings, May 22, 1976

5, “Get Back,” The Beatles (with Billy Preston), May 24, 1969

5, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” The Beatles, April 4, 1964

4, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, March 12, 2022

4, “Wannabe,” Spice Girls, Feb. 22, 1997

4, “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II),” Pink Floyd, March 22, 1980

4, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen, Feb. 23, 1980

4, “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees, Feb. 4, 1978

4, “My Love,” Paul McCartney and Wings, June 2, 1973

4, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?,” Bee Gees, Aug. 7, 1971

4, “Honky Tonk Women,” The Rolling Stones, Aug. 23, 1969

4, “Yesterday,” The Beatles, Oct. 9, 1965

4, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones, July 10, 1965

(The Bee Gees’ members were born on the Isle of Man and moved to the U.K. proper, Australia and back to the U.K.; The Police and Wings featured British frontmen and British and American members.)

Among all British acts (duo/groups and soloists), Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!” (featuring American Bruno Mars) and Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” share the longest Hot 100 domination: 14 weeks each, in 2015 and 1997-98, respectively.

20 FOR THE BIEBS

Justin Bieber’s “Ghost” rises 6-5 for a new Hot 100 high, becoming his landmark 20th top five hit. He’s only the 10th act to reach the threshold.

Most Top Five Hot 100 Hits

29, The Beatles

28, Madonna

27, Mariah Carey

27, Drake

24, Janet Jackson

23, Rihanna

21, Elvis Presley (with the start of his career having predated the chart’s inception)

20, Justin Bieber

20, Michael Jackson

20, Stevie Wonder

19, Whitney Houston

19, Elton John

19, Taylor Swift

Meanwhile, with “Stay” and “Ghost,” Bieber is the first artist with two songs in the Hot 100’s top five simultaneously in over six months, since Drake, on the Sept. 18, 2021, chart, when he joined The Beatles as the only acts ever to infuse the entire top five in a single week.

5 FOR THE CAT

Doja Cat’s “Woman” hits the Hot 100’s top 10, climbing 12-9.  The song is Doja Cat’s fifth Hot 100 top 10 and third from her 2021 album Planet Her, following “Kiss Me More,” featuring SZA (No. 3, July 2021), and “Need to Know” (No. 8, November 2021). She previously reached the region with “Say So,” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 1, one week, May 2020), and as featured, with Megan Thee Stallion, on Ariana Grande’s “34+35” (No. 2, January 2021).

March 26, 2022

A CONTINUING “HEAT WAVE”

As “Heat Waves” reigns in its 61st total week on the Hot 100, it ties as the fifth-longest-charting No. 1 in the list’s history (and is almost assured of moving into second place within two months).

Longest-Charting Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s

90 weeks on Hot 100 (an overall record), “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd (2019-21; four weeks at No. 1)

68 weeks, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (2011-12; six weeks at No. 1)

65 weeks, “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele (2010-12; seven weeks at No. 1)

63 weeks, “Save Your Tears,” The Weeknd & Ariana Grande (2020-22; two weeks at No. 1; still on chart)

61 weeks, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals (2021-22; three weeks at No. 1 to-date; still on chart)

61 weeks, “Circles,” Post Malone (2019-20; three weeks at No. 1)

60 weeks, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio (1995-97; 14 weeks at No. 1)

“STAY” A LITTLE BIT LONGER

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” rebounds 5-2 on the Hot 100, after seven weeks at No. 1.  The track has spent all 36 of its weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10, dating to its entrance at No. 3 on the July 24, 2021, chart; only Post Malone’s “Circles” has linked a longer consecutive run in the top 10 from a debut: 38 weeks, in 2019-20.

IMAGINE YOUR “ENEMY” MOVING

Imagine Dragons and JID’s “Enemy” surges 12-8 on the Hot 100.  The song is showcased at the beginning of each episode of Netflix’s animated series Arcane: League of Legends, which premiered Nov. 6, 2021.

Imagine Dragons notch their fifth Hot 100 top 10, following “Radioactive” (No. 3, July 2013); “Demons” (No. 6, December 2013); “Believer” (No. 4, August 2017); and “Thunder” (No. 4, December 2017) – interestingly enough, all one word titles. Rapper/singer JID earns his first top 10.

March 19, 2022

60 AND COUNTING

In its second week at #1, “Heat Waves” becomes just the 20th title to have spent 60 or more weeks on the Hot 100 (among around 30,000 total entries since the chart originated in August 1958).

It’s the seventh No. 1 to chart for 60 or more weeks, joining…

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (an overall-record 90)

LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock (68)

Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” (65)

The Weeknd and Ariana Grande’s “Save Your Tears” (62; still charting)

Post Malone’s “Circles” (61)

Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (60).

And while not hitting #1, this song became the #1 song of 2021.  “Levitating” by Dua Lipa peaked at #2 and is currently in its 70th week on the chart.

BRITISH GROUPS AT #1

Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” is the first song by a British group to have topped the Hot 100 for multiple weeks in just over 25 years: since Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” led for four weeks beginning Feb. 22, 1997. (In between, the only other British group to reign – Coldplay – notched two No. 1s that led for a week each: “Viva La Vida,” in June 2008, and “My Universe,” with BTS, in October 2021.)

Among all British acts prior to Glass Animals, Adele most recently dominated for 10 weeks beginning in October with “Easy on Me.”

March 12, 2022

SHATTERED “GLASS”

Just a heads up that the bulk of this week’s trivia is going to be based on the British group, Glass Animals.  They formed in Oxford, England in 2010 and are currently up for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammys – which will be held on Sunday, April 3.

MARATHON RUN TO NUMBER ONE

“Heat Waves” tops the Hot 100 in its 59th week on the chart, soaring past the prior mark (almost by six months) for the lengthiest climb to No. 1.

59 weeks, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, hit No. 1 March 12, 2022

35 weeks, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey, Dec. 21, 2019

33 weeks, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996

31 weeks, “Amazed, Lonestar, March 4, 2000

30 weeks, “All of Me,” John Legend, May 17, 2014

27 weeks, “With Arms Wide Open,” Creed, Nov. 11, 2000

26 weeks, “Everything You Want,” Vertical Horizon, July 15, 2000

25 weeks, “Red Red Wine,” UB40, Oct. 25, 1988

All eight songs above except for “With Arms Wide Open” and “Everything You Want” logged their journeys to No. 1 over interrupted runs. “Heat Waves” debuted on the Jan. 16, 2021-dated Hot 100; after two weeks off the chart, the song returned on the Feb. 6 survey and has remained on since.

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM, NOW WE HERE!

As “Heat Waves” debuted on the Jan. 16, 2021-dated Hot 100 at No. 100, the track completes a rare 100-to-1 odyssey on the Hot 100.

Here’s a recap of all 11 singles that have summited the chart after starting on the first step (an eclectic list whose previous two entries, coincidentally, belong to Wiz Khalifa).

“Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, hit No. 1 March 12, 2022

“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, April 25, 2015

“Black and Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa, Feb. 19, 2011

“Kiss Kiss,” Chris Brown feat. T-Pain, Nov. 10, 2007

“Can’t Help Falling in Love,” UB40, July 24, 1993

“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” Vicki Lawrence, April 7, 1973

“When a Man Loves a Woman,” Percy Sledge, May 28, 1966

“Go Away Little Girl,” Steve Lawrence, Jan. 12, 1963

“Michael,” The Highwaymen, Sept. 4, 1961

“Teen Angel,” Mark Dinning, Feb. 8, 1960

“Kansas City,” Wilbert Harrison, May 18, 1959

TAKING THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO NUMBER ONE

Meanwhile, “Heat Waves” is just the 10th Hot 100 No. 1 to have topped Alternative Airplay, dating to the latter list’s launch in September 1988.  The song is the first to have topped both tallies since Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” which led the Alternative Airplay charts dated Aug. 10 and 17, 2019, and the Hot 100 dated that Aug. 24. Before Eilish, Lorde led both lists with “Royals” in 2013. 

Until this week, no group had ruled Alternative Airplay and the Hot 100 with the same song since fun., with “We Are Young” in 2012. (That track topped the Hot 100 before Alternative Airplay; “Heat Waves” is the first song by a group to lead Alternative Airplay and, subsequently, the Hot 100 since Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” in 2001.)

“Heat Waves,” Glass Animals, 2021-22

“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish, 2019

“Royals,” Lorde, 2013

“We Are Young,” fun. feat. Janelle Monae, 2012

“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye feat. Kimbra, 2012

“Viva La Vida,” Coldplay, 2008

“How You Remind Me,” Nickelback, 2001-02

“Butterfly,” Crazy Town, 2001

“One Week,” Barenaked Ladies, 1998

“Nothing Compares 2 U,” Sinead O’Connor, 1990

BRITISH NUMBER ONES

Glass Animals continue a recent trend of British artists leading the Hot 100. Half of the last six No. 1s, dating to October, include British acts, as “Heat Waves” follows Adele’s “Easy on Me,” which reigned for 10 weeks, and “My Universe,” by England’s Coldplay and South Korea’s BTS, a one-week No. 1.

SOMETHING ABOUT “GLASS” AND “HEAT” AND “WAVES”

Thanks to Glass Animals, the word “glass” shines atop the Hot 100 in an act’s name for the second time: Looking Glass led with “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” nearly 50 years ago, on the Aug. 26, 1972, chart.

Let’s also not gloss over the three songs with “glass” in their titles to top the Hot 100: “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses),” by John Fred and the Playboys, in 1968; “Heart of Glass,” by Blondie, in 1979; and “Raise Your Glass,” by P!nk, in 2010.

Meanwhile, another Glass-named animal act almost hit No. 1 on the Hot 100: Glass Tiger leapt to No. 2 with “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” in 1986. Also, Martha & the Vandellas’ “Heat Wave” hit No. 4 in 1963, while Linda Ronstadt’s cover rose to No. 5 in 1975. Plus, famed R&B group Heatwave notched three Hot 100 hits in 1977-78: “Boogie Nights” (No. 2), “Always and Forever” (No. 18) and “The Groove Line” (No. 7).

This week also marks the first in which a song with the word “heat” in its title is hottest on the Hot 100.

March 5, 2022

5 FOR “BRUNO”

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s hit animated film Encanto, rules the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a fifth week.

The song, by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast (all singing as the characters that they voice in the movie), extends its mark for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 ever for a hit from a Disney movie – and now claims more weeks on top than the other two leaders from Disney movies combined…  Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s “A Whole New World,” from Aladdin, led for a week in 1993 plus the three weeks for “All For Love,” by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting, from the live action The Three Musketeers, led for three weeks in 1994.

SOLO SONGWRITERS

Notably, the top two songs on the Hot 100 were written by a single writer each: as noted above, Lin-Manuel Miranda penned “Bruno,” while Glass Animals’ frontman Dave Bayley wrote “Heat Waves.” A week earlier, the songs marked the first solo-authored titles in the top two simultaneously since Matchbox Twenty’s “Bent,” written by the band’s Rob Thomas, and Vertical Horizon’s “Everything You Want,” written by the group’s Matt Scannell, placed at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on the chart dated July 29, 2000.

SPANNING THE “HEART”

Elton John and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” also revisits the region (12-10), after it hit No. 7. John expands his span of top 10s to 51 years, one month and one week, dating to his first appearance in the top 10 with “Your Song” (Jan. 23, 1971), the longest among all acts not involving holiday songs.

February 26, 2022

DISNEY SUPREMO

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s hit animated film Encanto, leads the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a fourth week.  The ensemble song – by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast (all singing as the characters that they voice in the movie) – claims outright the most weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 ever for a hit from a Disney movie, animated or live action, as it passes the three-week reign of “All for Love,” by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting, from The Three Musketeers, in 1994.

Peak position, Year Title, Artist, Disney production (* denotes live-action film) (Label)

No. 1 (four weeks to-date), 2022, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast, Encanto (Walt Disney)

No. 1 (three weeks), 1994, “All for Love,” Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting, The Three Musketeers* (A&M)

No. 1 (one), 1993, “A Whole New World,” Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle, Aladdin (Columbia)

No. 4, 2009, “The Climb,” Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie* (Walt Disney/Hollywood)

No. 4, 2006, “Breaking Free,” Zac Efron, Andrew Seeley & Vanessa Anne Hudgens, High School Musical* (Walt Disney)

No. 4, 1995, “Colors of the Wind,” Vanessa Williams, Pocahontas (Hollywood)

No. 4, 1994, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” Elton John, The Lion King (Hollywood)

No. 5, 2014, “Let It Go,” Idina Menzel, Frozen (Walt Disney)

NUMBER ONE SOUNDTRACK/ALBUM AND SONG SIMULTANEOUSLY

As “Bruno” tops the Hot 100 for a fourth week, its parent album, the Encanto soundtrack, leads the Billboard 200 albums chart for a sixth week (and fifth in a row).

Encanto and “Bruno” mark the first soundtrack and corresponding song to have led the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously for at least four weeks in 29 years, since Whitney Houston’s soundtrack to The Bodyguard and “I Will Always Love You” lined up atop the respective rankings for 12 weeks (Dec. 12, 1992-Feb. 27, 1993; coincidentally, “Always” was dethroned by “A Whole New World”).

Beyond soundtracks, Encanto and “Bruno” are the first album and corresponding song overall to have topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously for as many as four weeks since Drake’s Scorpion and “In My Feelings” on the charts dated July 21-Aug. 11, 2018.

“HEAT” RISES

Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” ascends 4-2 for a new Hot 100 best (after it charted as high as No. 3). The song reaches the runner-up spot in its 57th week on the chart, shattering the mark for the longest climb to the top two, previously held by Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (35 weeks, over multiple seasonal runs until the 1994 classic hit No. 1 for the first time in December 2019).

HE “WANTS” A TOP 10

Lil Nas X’s “Thats What I Want” returns to the Hot 100’s top 10, advancing 12-9 for a new high. The song debuted at its previous No. 10 best on the Oct. 2, 2021, chart as parent album Montero opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The track has remained in the Hot 100’s top half each week since its debut.

February 19, 2022

THREE FOR “BRUNO”

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s hit animated film Encanto, tops the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a third week.

The ensemble song – by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast (all singing as the characters that they voice in the movie) – ties for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 ever for a hit from a Disney movie, animated or live-action, matching the three-week reign of “All for Love,” by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting, from The Three Musketeers, in 1994.

Here’s a recap of the highest-charting Hot 100 hits from Disney movies, animated and live-action combined:

Peak position, Year Title, Artist, Disney production (* denotes live-action film) (Label)

No. 1 (three weeks to-date), 2022, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast, Encanto (Walt Disney)

No. 1 (three weeks), 1994, “All for Love,” Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting, The Three Musketeers* (A&M)

No. 1 (one), 1993, “A Whole New World,” Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle, Aladdin (Columbia)

No. 4, 2009, “The Climb,” Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie* (Walt Disney/Hollywood)

No. 4, 2006, “Breaking Free,” Zac Efron, Andrew Seeley & Vanessa Anne Hudgens, High School Musical* (Walt Disney)

No. 4, 1995, “Colors of the Wind,” Vanessa Williams, Pocahontas (Hollywood)

No. 4, 1994, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” Elton John, The Lion King (Hollywood)

No. 5, 2014, “Let It Go,” Idina Menzel, Frozen (Walt Disney)

Encanto and “Bruno” mark the first soundtrack and corresponding song to have led the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously for at least three weeks in over 26 years, since Dangerous Minds and Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” featuring L.V., aligned atop the respective rankings dated Sept. 9, 16 and 23, 1995.

NICKI AND BABY’S “PROBLEM”

Nicki Minaj and Lil Baby’s “Do We Have a Problem?” bounds onto the Hot 100 at No. 2. 

Minaj adds her 20th Hot 100 top 10. She’s the 22nd artist to reach the milestone over the chart’s history (which dates to 1958), and the seventh woman, after Madonna (38), Rihanna (31), Taylor Swift (30), Mariah Carey (28), Janet Jackson (27) and Whitney Houston (23). Drake leads all acts with 54 top 10s.

In Minaj’s two most recent trips to the Hot 100’s top 10 before “Problem,” she earned her first two No. 1s: as featured on Doja Cat’s “Say So,” which topped the May 16, 2020-dated chart, and with 6ix9ine on “Trollz,” which bowed atop the June 27, 2020, chart.

Lil Baby notches his ninth Hot 100 top 10 and ties his best rank and debut: he previously began at No. 2 as featured on two Drake tracks: “Wants and Needs” (March 2021) and “Girls Want Girls” (September 2021).

THE “GHOST” OF JUSTIN BIEBER

Justin Bieber’s “Ghost” reaches the Hot 100’s top 10, rising 12-9.  As it enters the Hot 100’s top 10 in its 20th week on the chart, it completes his longest trek to the tier, surpassing the 18-week journey of Skrillex and Diplo’s No. 8-peaking “Where Are Ü Now,” featuring Bieber, in 2015. Bieber banks his 26th Hot 100 top 10, pushing him into a solo share of the 11th-most top 10s in the chart’s history. (Of Bieber’s 26 top 10s, 17 have debuted in the top 10.)

February 12, 2022

WE’RE STILL TALKING ABOUT “BRUNO”

2 and Counting

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s Encanto, casts its spell atop the chart for a second week.

The ensemble song – by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast (all singing as the characters that they voice in the movie) – becomes the first song from a Disney animated film to lead the Hot 100 for multiple weeks. It one-ups the only other such song to have reigned: Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s Aladdin theme “A Whole New World,” which spent a week at No. 1 in 1993.

Meanwhile, “Bruno” is now the first soundtrack song to top the Hot 100 for multiple weeks since Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth, from Furious 7, tallied 12 weeks at No. 1 in April-July 2015. In between, three soundtrack hits led for a week each: Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” from Trolls (May 28, 2016); Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower,” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Jan. 19, 2019); and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow,” from A Star Is Born (March 9, 2019).

BOTH Soundtrack AND Single at #1

As “Bruno” crowns the Hot 100 for a second week, its parent album, the Encanto soundtrack, tops the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth week. 

Encanto and “Bruno” mark the first soundtrack and corresponding song to have led the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously for multiple weeks in over 19 years, since 8 Mile and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” ruled the respective rankings dated Jan. 11 and 18, 2003. Before that, the last such multi-week double domination belonged to Titanic and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” on the charts dated Feb. 28 and March 7, 1998.

An Encanto Sandwich

Encanto music bookends the latest Hot 100, as Carlos Vives’ “Colombia, Mi Encanto” debuts at No. 100. The song by the venerable star – like Gaitán and Castillo, from Colombia – is the eighth from the Encanto soundtrack to hit the Hot 100.

“STAY”ING IN THE TOP 10

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100, after seven weeks at No. 1. The collab has spent its first 30 weeks on the chart in the top 10, becoming just the fifth song to achieve the feat; Post Malone’s “Circles” set a record by logging its first 38 weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10.

February 5, 2022

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BRUNO!!!

“World” Meet “Bruno”

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” becomes only the second Hot 100 No. 1 from a Disney animated film. It follows Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s Aladdin theme “A Whole New World,” which topped the March 6, 1993, chart.

Most Credited Artists on a #1

The billing of Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast outpaces the quintet of DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, whose “I’m the One” topped the May 20, 2017, chart. Gaitán, Castillo, Adassa, Feliz, Guerrero and Beatriz each lead the Hot 100 for the first time. They voice Encanto characters, and Madrigal family members, Pepa, Félix, Dolores, Camilo, Isabela and Mirabel, respectively.

Notably, the superstar-infused “We Are the World,” which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks in 1985, was billed as by USA for Africa.

Single Writer on a #1 Single

“Bruno” was written by Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who achieves his first No. 1 writing credit on the Hot 100.  The song is the first Hot 100 No. 1 by only one writer in over four years, since Ed Sheeran’s self-penned “Perfect” wrapped its six-week reign in January 2018.  “Bruno,” is the first No. 1 of the 2020s by a single writer, follows four in the ’10s and nine in the ’00s.

Disney Soundtrack & Song BOTH at #1

As “Bruno” crowns the Hot 100, its parent album, the Encanto soundtrack, tops the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third week.  Notably, the Aladdin soundtrack, from which “A Whole New World” was released, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, in February 1993.  Thus, this week marks the first frame that a soundtrack to a Disney animated movie and one of its songs simultaneously lead the Billboard 200 and Hot 100, respectively.

Until this week, no soundtrack and corresponding song at all had led the charts simultaneously since A Star Is Born and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” ruled the respective rankings dated March 9, 2019.

Otras siete canciones de Encanto (or Seven other songs from Encanto)

John Leguizamo voices Encanto‘s Bruno Madrigal. While his character is the subject of the Hot 100’s new No. 1 and he’s not one of its singers, the acclaimed (and socially-conscious) veteran actor is scaling the chart with his first entry thanks to another Encanto song, “All of You.”

Seven Encanto tracks, all written solely by Miranda and produced by Miranda and Mike Elizondo, place on the Feb. 5 Hot 100, and all reach new highs:

No. 1, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast

No. 9, “Surface Pressure,” Jessica Darrow

No. 20, “The Family Madrigal,” Beatriz, Olga Merediz & Encanto Cast

No. 27, “What Else Can I Do?,” Guerrero & Beatriz

No. 36, “Dos Oruguitas,” Sebastián Yatra (up from No. 44, as the song, shortlisted for a best original song Oscar nomination, brings Yatra to the Hot 100’s top 40 in his first appearance on the chart)

No. 48, “Waiting On a Miracle,” Beatriz

No. 82, “All of You,” Beatriz, Merediz, John Leguizamo, Adassa, Maluma & Encanto Cast

Disney Giant Slayers

Just as “A Whole New World” dethroned a long-leading ballad (Whitney Houston’s 14-week No. 1 “I Will Always Love You”) atop the Hot 100, “Bruno” succeeds Adele’s “Easy on Me,” which ranks at No. 2 after 10 weeks on top.

“HEART” KEEPS ROLLING…

Elton John and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” (9-10) expands his span of top 10s to 51 years and two weeks, dating to his first appearance in the top 10 with “Your Song” (Jan. 23, 1971), the longest such stretch among all acts not involving holiday songs.

January 29, 2022

MAKING IT LOOK “EASY”

Adele’s “Easy on Me” claims its 10th non-consecutive week at Number One.  She equals her longest reign, previously established by the 10-week command of her 2015-16 smash “Hello.”

“Easy on Me” becomes the 41st single in the Hot 100’s 63-year history to spend 10 or more weeks at No. 1. It’s the first since BTS’ “Butter” logged 10 weeks on top in June-September 2021.

She is the seventh artist with at least two No. 1s that have each ruled for double-digit weeks, joining…

Boyz II Men (3)

1992: End of the Road (from “Boomerang”) – 13 weeks

1994: I’ll Make Love to You – 14 weeks

1995: One Sweet Day (with Mariah Carey) – 16 weeks

Drake (3)

2016: One Dance (featuring WizKid & Kyla) – 10 weeks

2018: God’s Plan – 11 weeks

2018: In My Feelings – 10 weeks

The Black Eyed Peas (2)

2009: Boom Boom Pow – 12 weeks

2009: I Gotta Feeling – 14 weeks

Mariah Carey (2)

1995: One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men) – 16 weeks

2005: We Belong Together – 14 weeks

Santana (2)

1999: Smooth (featuring Rob Thomas) – 12 weeks

2000: Maria Maria (featuring the Product G&B) – 10 weeks

Pharrell Williams (2)

2013: Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke featuring T.I.) – 12 weeks

2014: Happy – 10 weeks

Cumulative Weeks @ #1

Adele ties for the ninth-most cumulative weeks spent at No. 1 on the Hot 100, as she has totaled 34 frames on top among her five leaders; before “Easy on Me” and “Hello,” she reigned with “Rolling in the Deep” (seven weeks, 2011), “Someone Like You” (five, 2011) and “Set Fire to the Rain” (two, 2012).

  1. Mariah Carey – 87 weeks
  2. Rihanna – 60
  3. The Beatles – 59
  4. Drake – 52
  5. Boyz II Men – 50
  6. Usher – 47
  7. Beyoncé – 41
  8. Michael Jackson – 37
  9. Adele – 34

tie. Elton John – 34
tie. Bruno Mars – 34

CONTINUING THE “TALK ABOUT BRUNO”

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast, ascends 4-2 for a new Hot 100 high.  “Bruno “solely boasts the second-highest rank for a song from a Disney animated film, dating to the chart’s August 1958 start. It trails only Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s “A Whole New World,” from Aladdin, a No. 1 for one week in March 1993.

“COLD” SPAN

Elton John and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” rebounds 10-9 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 7. John expands his span of top 10s to 51 years and a week, dating to his first week in the top 10 with “Your Song” (Jan. 23, 1971), the longest such stretch among all acts not involving holiday songs.

“PRESSURE” TO BE THE FIRST

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Encanto track “Surface Pressure” by Jessica Darrow darts 14-10.  Darrow, who voices Encanto character Luisa Madrigal, scores a Hot 100 top 10 in her first visit to the chart. 

Meanwhile, thanks to “Bruno” and “Pressure” (both solo written by Lin-Manuel Miranda), Encanto becomes the first soundtrack from a Disney animated film to have yielded multiple Hot 100 top 10s. (The Lion King previously came closest to the achievement: Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” roared to No. 4 and follow-up “Circle of Life” reached No. 18 in 1994.)

January 22, 2022

“EASY” 9

“Easy on Me” moves to within a week of Adele’s longest Hot 100 domination: “Hello” reigned for 10 weeks in 2015-16.

LET’S “TALK ABOUT BRUNO”

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast, ascends 5-4 for a new Hot 100 highpoint.  It is now tied for the second-highest rank for a song from a Disney animated film, dating to the list’s August 1958 start. It trails only Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s “A Whole New World,” from Aladdin (No. 1, one week, March 1993), and matches the No. 4 highs for Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from The Lion King (August 1994), and Vanessa Williams’ “Colors of the Wind,” from Pocahontas (August 1995). One other song from a Disney animated film has hit the top five: Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go,” from Frozen (No. 5, April 2014).

“PUSHIN” ON THE CHART @ #7

Gunna and Future’s “Pushin P,” featuring Young Thug, bounds onto the Hot 100 at No. 7.  Gunna earns his third Hot 100 top 10, and first to debut in the region, following “Drip Too Hard,” with Lil Baby (No. 4 peak, October 2018), and “Lemonade,” with Internet Money and featuring Don Toliver and NAV (No. 6, November 2020).

Future and Young Thug add their fifth and sixth Hot 100 top 10s, respectively; it’s their second shared top 10, after Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy,” on which they’re both featured, roared in atop the Sept. 18, 2021, chart.

January 15, 2022

With this week’s chart, we have packed away the tree, ornaments and the Christmas music.  We’ll begin to retrieve them from the attic sometime in late November.  And with the removal of 20 holiday songs, we’re flush with a combination of 20 re-entries and new songs into the 40.  And with this flurry of activity, some songs have achieved new peaks.  Let’s take a look, shall we…?

“EASY” RETURN

Adele’s “Easy on Me” returns to the top spot for her eighth non-consecutive week.  She breaks the seven week tie with “Rolling in the Deep” (2011) to become her second longest #1, just behind “Hello” (2015-16) which reigned for ten weeks.

“STAY” ISN’T LEAVING

The Kid LAROI/Justin Bieber collab has spent their first 26 weeks (or, six months) on the chart in the Top 10.  “Stay,” which rebounds back to #2 (after spending seven non-consecutive weeks at #1), is just the sixth song to achieve the feat; Post Malone’s “Circles” set a record by logging its first 38 weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10.

“HEAT WAVES” SIZZLES

Heat Waves/Glass Animals move to #3 passing their prior #7 peak.  By doing this, they complete a record 51-week ascent on the chart to the top five; the single (which debuted at No. 100 on the Jan. 16, 2021, tally) bests the 45-week trek for Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope,” featuring Charlie Puth, in 2020.

SHEERAN “SHIVERS”

“Shivers” by Ed Sheeran warm up to the #4 slot besting its former #5 peak – where it debuted.

LET’S “TALK ABOUT BRUNO”

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from the Disney animated film, Encanto, is credited to Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast, blasts 50-5 in its second week on the Hot 100; all six soloists are among the Encanto voice cast and earn their first top 10 placements on the chart.  Notably, Encanto is just the sixth animated film soundtrack to top the Billboard 200 since the chart began publishing weekly in March 1956. Meanwhile, “Bruno” is only the fifth song from a Disney animated film to reach the Hot 100’s top five, dating to the list’s August 1958 inception. It follows Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s “A Whole New World,” from Aladdin (No. 1, one week, 1993); Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (No. 4, 1994), from The Lion King; Vanessa Williams’ “Colors of the Wind” (No. 4, 1995), from Pocahontas; and Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” (No. 5, 2014), from Frozen.

WELCOME BACK, ELTON

Elton John and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” roars 20-7 on the Hot 100, reaching the top 10 for the first time (and surpassing its prior No. 11 high).  “Cold Heart” brings elements of four John songs to the Hot 100’s top 10, including one that previously ranked in the region: In the mash-up, John sings part of his No. 18 1990 hit “Sacrifice” and Lipa reprises his No. 6-peaking 1972 classic “Rocket Man” and his No. 25-reaching 1983 hit “Kiss the Bride,” while his 1976 track “Where’s the Shoorah?” serves as its coda. The new combination also credits trio Pnau’s co-writing and co-production.

John achieves his 28th Hot 100 top 10 and first since “Candle in the Wind”/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” marked his ninth No. 1 in October 1997 through January 1998. As he had last appeared in the top 10 on the chart dated Jan. 31, 1998, he ends a break of 23 years, 11 months and two weeks between top 10s. While lengthy, it’s not a record: two weeks ago, The Ronettes’ wrapped a 58-year, two-month gap when “Sleigh Ride” dashed to No. 10, becoming the group’s first top 10 since “Be My Baby” in 1963. The seven longest breaks between top 10s all ended via holiday songs, and all since 2018; among nonseasonal hits (as with “Cold Heart”), Dobie Gray ranks first with a wait of 30 years, two months and a week between his original version of “Drift Away” in 1973 and Uncle Kracker’s remake, featuring Gray, in 2003.

John also ties Mariah Carey (atop last week’s Hot 100 with “All I Want for Christmas Is You”) and Stevie Wonder (his recent duet partner) for the seventh-most Hot 100 top 10s in the chart’s history:

Most Hot 100 Top 10s

1. Drake (54)

2. Madonna (38)

3. The Beatles (34)

4. Rihanna (31)

5. Michael Jackson (30)

5. Taylor Swift (30)

7. Mariah Carey (28)

7. Elton John (28)

7. Stevie Wonder (28)

10. Janet Jackson (27)

Plus, John now boasts Hot 100 top 10s in four distinct decades: the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and 2020s. He’s the 10th act to have placed in the top 10 in at least four separate decades; Michael Jackson became the first artist to have ranked in the bracket in as many as five decades, from the ’70s through the ’10s (and that’s not including his tenure in the Jackson 5, who first hit the top 10 in the ’60s), and Andy Williams joined him, thanks to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Hot 100 Top 10s in Four or More Decades

’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’10s, ’20s: Andy Williams

’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, 10s: Michael Jackson

’90s, ’00s, ’10s, ’20s: Mariah Carey

’90s, ’00s, ’10s, ’20s: Jay-Z

’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’20s: Elton John

’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’20s: Andy Williams

’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s: Whitney Houston

’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s: Madonna

’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s: Aerosmith

’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s: Cher

’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s: Barbra Streisand

As for his span of Hot 100 top 10s, John expands it to 51 years, 11 months and three weeks, dating to his first week in the top 10 with “Your Song” (Jan. 23, 1971). The stretch is the longest among all acts not involving holiday songs, surpassing Jackson’s (42 years, six months and a week); a week ago, thanks to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Andy Williams’ record for the longest top 10 span overall was extended to 62 years and three months, dating to his first week in the top 10 with “Lonely Street,” on the chart dated Oct. 12, 1959.

4 for DUA

“Cold Heart” marks Lipa’s fourth Hot 100 top 10, after “New Rules” (No. 6, February 2018); “Don’t Start Now” (No. 2, March 2020); and “Levitating” (No. 2, May 2021).

3 on BLACK

Kodak Black’s “Super Gremlin” surges 16-10 for its first week in the tier.  He earns his third Hot 100 top 10, following “Tunnel Vision” (No. 6, March 2017) and “ZEZE,” featuring Travis Scott and Offset (No. 2, October 2018).

January 8, 2022

MARIAH CAREY: THE EXTENDED “CHRISTMAS” REMIXES

This week, Mariah Carey extends her already robust trivia count in the following ways – courtesy of “All I Want for Christmas Is You”…

Most weeks at #1 for a Holiday hit: 8

Career weeks @ #1: 87

Longest span atop the Hot 100: From this song’s first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 to its latest: two years and 18 days (Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 8, 2022).

Longest span @ #1 from the very first week: 31 years, five months and a week, dating to her first week at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 4, 1990, with her debut single “Vision of Love.”

Fifth for eighth: Carey claims her fifth Hot 100 No. 1 to rule for eight weeks or more, tying her with Drake for the most such leaders. She matches the mark thanks to “One Sweet Day,” with Boyz II Men (16 weeks, 1995-96); “We Belong Together” (14, 2005); “Christmas” (eight, 2019-22); “Fantasy” (eight, 1995); and “Dreamlover” (eight, 1993).

STILL “WONDERFUL”

Andy Williams’ 1963 classic “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” extends his record for the longest span of appearing in the Top 10 to 62 years and three months, dating to his first week in the top 10 with “Lonely Street,” on the chart dated Oct. 12, 1959.

January 1, 2022

MORE MARIAH TRIVIA…

5×7

Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The carol, released in 1994, adds its seventh total week on top, after notching three weeks at No. 1 beginning in December 2019 and two more starting in December 2020, before it returned to the summit a week ago.  “Christmas” is Carey’s fifth Hot 100 No. 1 to rule for seven weeks or more, tying her with Drake for the most such leaders. Adele, Beyoncé, Boyz II Men and Rihanna follow with three each.

#1 @ 50

As it spends its 50th week on the Hot 100, Carey’s “Christmas” is the first song to lead in as late as its 50th frame on the survey. A week earlier, when it reigned in its 49th week, it passed Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” which led through its 46th week on the chart in November 1996. (The latter also logged multiple runs on the Hot 100, first running up 20 weeks in September 1995-January 1996 before it resurged and returned in May 1996 and lasted on the list through February 1997.)

EXTENDING SEVERAL SPANS

Carey’s “Christmas” extends its mark for the longest span from a song’s first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 to its latest: two years and 11 days (Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 1, 2022).

Plus, the latest week atop the Hot 100 for “Christmas” extends Carey’s record for the longest span of an artist ranking at No. 1 on the chart: 31 years and five months, dating to her first week at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 4, 1990, with her debut single “Vision of Love.”

When “Christmas” first hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 21, 2019, Carey passed Cher, whose solo No. 1s span 27 years and five months, from “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” from its first week at No. 1 in 1971, through “Believe,” through its last week on top in 1999. (If Cher’s career as half of duo Sonny & Cher were combined with her solo output, her No. 1 span would cover 33 years, seven months and two weeks, from Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe,” which reached the top in 1965, through “Believe.”)

ANOTHER YEAR IN THE BOOKS

Carey has now placed at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in a record-extending 18 distinct years (per Hot 100 chart dates): 1990-2000, 2005-06, 2008 and, thanks to “Christmas,” 2019-22.

Next up are three acts that have each spent time atop the Hot 100 in 10 individual years: Paul McCartney/Wings (1971, 1973-76, 1978, 1980, 1982-84; additionally, The Beatles, with him as a member, led in eight years: 1964-70); Michael Jackson (1972, 1979-80, 1983-84, 1987-88, 1991-92, 1995); and Madonna (1984-87, 1989-92, 1995, 2000).

MOST WEEKS @ #1 FOR A HOLIDAY HIT

With its seventh week atop the Hot 100, Carey’s “Christmas” extends its record for the most time at No. 1 among holiday songs. The only other seasonal single to reign, “The Chipmunk Song,” by David Seville & the Chipmunks, spent four weeks on top beginning in December 1958.

OTHER NON-MARIAH CHRISTMAS-RELATED STOCKING STUFFERS

SLEIGH RIDING

The Ronettes‘ “Sleigh Ride,” moves up from No. 13 to No. 10 to make its first Top 10 appearance. The track was originally released in 1963, just after the group posted its lone top 10: its classic “Be My Baby,” which hit No. 2. The act’s return to the top 10 is record-breaking, as it ranks in the region after a break of 58 years and two months.  The act (whose original three members reportedly did not record together after the ’60s) rewrites the record for the longest gap between top 10s, previously held by Burl Ives, who went 56 years, seven months and two weeks from “Funny Way of Laughin’ ” in 1962 to “Holly Jolly Christmas,” which hit the top 10 for the first time during the 2018-19 holiday season.

In between top 10s, and despite the original lineup’s dissolution, The Ronettes maintained a notable pop culture presence, particularly via “Be My Baby.” The song was interpolated, spotlighting lead singer Ronnie Spector’s “oh-oh-oh-oh … be my little baby” signature lines, in Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight,” which hit No. 4 on the Hot 100 in November 1986. The next year, “Be My Baby” received prominent placement in the blockbuster film Dirty Dancing, and on its soundtrack which topped the Billboard 200 for 18 weeks in 1987-88.

IT’S WONDERFUL

The late Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” rises 7-6 on the Hot 100. Originally released in 1963, it hit a No. 5 high last holiday season. With the song’s latest week in the top 10, Williams’ record for the longest span of appearing in the tier is extended to 62 years, two months and three weeks, dating to his first week in the top 10 with “Lonely Street,” on the chart dated Oct. 12, 1959.

7 WHAMS A WHAMMING

Wham!’s “Last Christmas” jingles 9-7 for a new Hot 100 high. A year ago this week, the song, released in 1984, hit the top 10 for the first time, becoming the seventh top 10 for the duo of George Michael (who died Dec. 25, 2016) and Andrew Ridgeley. The pair charted its first six top 10s, including three No. 1s, in 1984-86; Michael subsequently notched 14 solo top 10s, including seven No. 1s, through 1996.

FELIZ FELICIANO

José Feliciano’s 1970 holiday chestnut “Feliz Navidad” returns to the Hot 100’s top 10, dashing 11-8. It hit a No. 6 high last holiday season, two weeks after becoming his second top 10.

December 25, 2021

A CHRISTMAS “CAREY” a/k/a “MARIAH” CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!

So, if you haven’t guessed, this installment of weekly trivia tips is centered around Mariah Carey.  So, here we go…

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS RECORDS

It’s not what you think.  In the rock era, along with this week, there have been nine other occasions where the week ending chart actually was dated December 25.  Here’s a list of those who had a Number One record in their stockings…

1960: Are You Lonesome Tonight?/Elvis Presley

1965: Over and Over/Dave Clark Five

1971: Brand New Key/Melanie

1976: Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)/Rod Stewart

1982: Maneater/Daryl Hall & John Oates

1993: Hero/Mariah Carey

1999: Smooth/Santana featuring Rob Thomas

2004: Drop It Like It’s Hot/Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell

2010: Firework/Katy Perry

2021: All I Want for Christmas Is You/Mariah Carey

If you notice, Mariah is the only one to have done this twice.

BOOKENDING 2021

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the only song in the rock era to be Number One the first (week ending January 2, 2021) and last (December 25, 2021) weeks of any calendar year.

#1 IN THREE SEPARATE CHART RUNS

Carey’s “Christmas” first topped the Hot 100 dated Dec. 21, 2019, and led again on the next two lists, dated Dec. 28, 2019, and Jan. 4, 2020.

The following holiday season, it returned to No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 19, 2020, and, after a week at No. 2 (below Taylor Swift’s “Willow”), topped the Jan. 2, 2021, dated tally.

As “Christmas” rules the latest, Dec. 25, 2021-dated chart, it claims its sixth total week at No. 1 in its third seasonal run at the summit, becoming the first song in the Hot 100’s 63-year history to lead in three distinct chart runs. The track has re-entered the survey each November or December dating to 2012.

BOOMERANG VISITS TO #1

As “Christmas” has made four interrupted climbs to the top of the Hot 100, on charts dated Dec. 21, 2019, Dec. 19, 2020, Jan. 2, 2021, and now Dec. 25, 2021, it ties 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, beginning in October 2020, and Drake’s “Nice for What,” in 2018, as the only songs with four separate ascents to No. 1; unlike “Christmas,” the latter two tracks logged their four distinct rises to No. 1 over unbroken chart stays.

LONGEST SPAN ATOP THE HOT 100

Carey’s “Christmas” now boasts the longest span from a song’s first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 to its latest: two years and four days (Dec. 21, 2019-Dec. 25, 2021).

It passes the only other song to lead the Hot 100 over multiple runs: Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” which topped the tally dated Sept. 19, 1960, before, thanks to new popularity among adult audiences, leading the lists dated Jan. 13 and 20, 1962, ruling again after a gap of a year, three months and three weeks. (Still, that break remains the longest between Hot 100 reigns.)

MOST WEEKS AT #1 FOR A HOLIDAY HIT

With its sixth week atop the Hot 100, Carey’s “Christmas” extends its record for the most time at No. 1 among holiday songs. The only other seasonal single to jingle to the apex, “The Chipmunk Song,” by David Seville & the Chipmunks, spent four weeks on top beginning in December 1958.

MOST CAREER WEEKS AT #1

With “Christmas,” Carey claims her record-extending 85th week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.  The others in the Top 10 are:

1. Mariah Carey (85)

2. Rihanna (60)

3. The Beatles (59)

4. Drake (52)

5. Boyz II Men (50)

6. Usher (47)

7. Beyoncé (41)

8. Michael Jackson (37)

9. Elton John (34)

10. Bruno Mars (34)

“Christmas” became Carey’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1, the most among soloists and one away from The Beatles’ overall record 20. It also made Carey the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 on the chart in four distinct decades, dating to her first week on top with her debut single, “Vision of Love,” in 1990.

Further, “Christmas” is Carey’s record fifth Hot 100 No. 1 to rule for six weeks or more. She one-ups Boyz II Men, Drake and Usher, each with four such leaders.

“STAY”…LITERALLY

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” slides 4-6 on the Hot 100, after seven weeks at No. 1. Notably, over its first 23 weeks on the chart, dating to its July debut at No. 3, the song has yet to rank below No. 6. It’s one of only three titles ever to have spent its first 23 weeks or more in the top six spots, after Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (27, in 2017) and Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage (also 23, in 2017-18).

7 GEORGE AND ANDREWS

Wham!’s “Last Christmas” dashes back to the Hot 100’s top 10, and its No. 9 high, first reached last holiday season. The song became the seventh Hot 100 top 10 for the duo of George Michael (who died Dec. 25, 2016) and Andrew Ridgeley, after the pair charted its first six in 1984-86, including the No. 1s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Careless Whisper” and “Everything She Wants.” Michael subsequently notched 14 solo top 10s, including seven No. 1s, through 1996.

December 18, 2021

Adele’s fifth Number One, “Easy on Me,” is her third to rule for at least seven weeks – following “Rolling in the Deep” (7 in 2011) and “Hello” (10 in 2015-2016). She is the sixth artist to have reached this rarified air with three or more such Number Ones. Adele joins Drake (5), Mariah Carey and Rihanna (4 each), Beyonce and Boyz II Men (3 each).

Also, Adele is the only act in this elite group that has had their lead singles from three consecutive albums: “Rolling in the Deep” from 21; “Hello” from 25; and “Easy on Me” from 30.

December 11, 2021

With “Easy on Me” spending its sixth non-consecutive week at Number One, Adele is spending her career 30th week in the top slot. It’s only fitting that the lead-off single from her album, 30, helps her achieve this feat.

Adele is the 17th artist – and 8th woman – to reach the 30 cumulative week summit. Here’s how the other ladies shake out…

  1. Mariah Carey (84)
  2. Rihanna (60)
  3. Beyonce (41)
  4. Janet Jackson (33)
  5. Katy Perry (33)
  6. Madonna (32)
  7. Whitney Houston (31)
  8. Adele (30)

And as you can see, Adele is poised to ride up this list as long as she spends a minimum of four more weeks (and counting) at the top.

December 4, 2021

SIX CAROLS CAROLLING

It’s the first week of December 2021 and there are six Christmas songs within the Top 40.

  • 12. All I Want for Christmas Is You/Mariah Carey (peaked at #1)
  • 14. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree/Brenda Lee (#2)
  • 20. Jingle Bell Rock/Bobby Helms (#3)
  • 27. A Holly Jolly Christmas/Burl Ives (#4)
  • 30. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year/Andy Williams (#5)
  • 40. Last Christmas/Wham! (#9)

It’s almost positive that by Santa’s visit, these will be back in the Top 10 – possibly with higher peaks.  Also, expect half of the Top 40 to celebrating the holiday season.

ADELE’S TOP FIVE

With its fifth week atop the Hot 100, the ballad ties for Adele’s third-longest Hot 100 reign among her five No. 1s:

  • “Hello,” No. 1 for 10 weeks, beginning Nov. 14, 2015
  • “Rolling in the Deep,” seven, May 21, 2011
  • “Easy on Me,” five (non-consecutive), to-date, Oct. 30, 2021
  • “Someone Like You,” five (non-consecutive), Sept. 17, 2011
  • “Set Fire to the Rain,” two, Feb. 4, 2012

ADELE THE VIII

Adele adds her eighth Hot 100 top 10. In addition to her five No. 1s and “Oh My God,” she reached No. 8 with both “Skyfall” (October 2012) and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (September 2016).

Plus, thanks to “Easy on Me” at No. 1 and “Oh My God” at No. 5, Adele boasts simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits for a second time; “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Rolling in the Deep” placed at Nos. 2 and 5, respectively, on the March 3, 2012, chart, after Adele performed the latter at that year’s Grammy Awards, while the song won for record and song of the year and parent LP 21 took the trophy for album of the year.

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)