Sometimes you gotta just tip your cap to an icon. Say what you want about T-Swift (I'm not like anti-T Swift, but I definitely don't follow her like I did 8-10 years ago), but this is an accomplishment I never thought was possible. The ENTIRE Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 is made up of Taylor Swift songs.
For the first time in the 64+ year history of the Billboard Hot 100, one artist has a monopoly on the Top 10. Apparently, Drake held 9/10 spots last September, which is crazy in its own right (although streaming has completely changed how the charts are determined). According to Billboard, the Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay, and sales data. Streaming changed the game for artists to truly control the charts.
Back in the day (which, according to the top comedian of 2006, Dane Cook, was a Wednesday), nobody released ten songs at once. I mean, sure, technically, albums sort of do that, but I'm talking about releasing tracks as singles. That's why the Beatles holding the entire Top 5 in 1964 (something I've referenced many times in the seven calendar year history of DOL) was such a monumental accomplishment. Taylor Swift literally just doubled that.
Times have changed. The Beatles were the first artist to hold the Top 5 in 1964, and nobody replicated that until 2021. Artists used to drag out singles to promote an album for like two years. Look at any significant album from 1980-2015~ on Wikipedia that had more than three singles, they're usually released months apart.
That's not to discount Taylor's accomplishments; it's just to give a little history and background to how the music industry once operated.
I've heard some of Taylor's latest album because I had passengers request/force me to play the album, or they'd threaten to jump out of the 'scape, and I'll admit I don't hate it. I'm not gonna bash the people who make Taylor Swift their personality because you could probably say the same about me with Tame Impala, reefer, Boston Sports, wanting to work for Barstool, being a hashtag good guy, or using food to cope with mental health issues. People are out here just trying their best, and if Taylor Swift makes you happy, good for you. Credit to her fans for stuffing the ballot with their dedication. Hopefully, they'll show up on election day to help defeat fascism, but if they don't, at least we know their streams set a pretty cool record!
These are the 10 tracks that helped Taylor set this record with their respective data.
Rank, Title: Streams / Airplay Audience / Sales:
No. 1, “Anti-Hero”: 59.7 million streams / 32 million in airplay audience / 13,500 sold
No. 2, “Lavender Haze”: 41.4 million / 2.4 million / 2,800
No. 3, “Maroon”: 37.6 million / 471,000 / 2,900
No. 4, “Snow on the Beach,“ feat. Lana Del Rey: 37.2 million / 615,000 / 2,600
No. 5, “Midnight Rain”: 36.9 million / 449,000 / 2,200
No. 6, “Bejeweled”: 35.5 million / 1.6 million / 16,100
No. 7, “Question…?”: 31 million / 425,000 / 21,400
No. 8, “You’re on Your Own, Kid”: 34.1 million / 498,000 / 1,500
No. 9, “Karma”: 33 million / 1.9 million / 3,400
No. 10, “Vigilante Shit”: 32.2 million / 424,000 / 6,400
S/O Chad and Josey getting some love here.