Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Back' At No. 1 For The First Time
Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Back' At No. 1 For The First Time

An all-Taylor Swift edition of Weekly Chart Notes, in honor of her first Hot 100 topper.

TAYLOR-MADE TOPPER: Add Swift to the select list of Taylors (all unrelated to each other) who've topped the Hot 100.

James Taylor sent "You've Got a Friend" to No. 1 the week of July 31, 1971, and Johnnie Taylor began a four-week command with "Disco Lady" the week of April 3, 1976.

Since, three artists whose first names are Taylor have ruled the Hot 100. Prior to Swift this week, Taylor Dayne led with "Love Will Lead You Back" the week of April 7, 1990 (when Swift was three months and three weeks old), and 2006 "American Idol" champion Taylor Hicks bowed at No. 1 with "Do I Make You Proud" the week of July 1, 2006.

Coincidentally, as Hicks topped the Hot 100, Swift made her Billboard chart debut the same week. Her debut single, "Tim McGraw," entered the July 1, 2006, Country Songs chart at its No. 60 anchor position. The ballad became her first of 15 Country Songs top 10s, reaching No. 6, 31 weeks later.

LUCKY SEVEN: At seven words, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" boasts the most words for a Hot 100 No. 1 since Beyonce's equally-lengthy "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" began a four-week stay at No. 1 the week of Dec. 13, 2008 (Swift's 19th birthday).

No Hot 100 No. 1 has contained more words since Christina Aguilera's "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" - nine - in 2000. The last leader as long as seven words without parentheses until "Never"? Aerosmith's 1998 smash "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." The last such longer topper (excluding double-sided No. 1s)? George Michael and Elton John's eight-words-long "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" in 1992.

The Hot 100 No. 1 with the most words - 12 - remains Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.'s "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)," which led the week of Jan. 8, 1977.

(Perhaps most notable about "Never" is that in an era of texting and Tweeting, Swift didn't simply title it "WANEGBT.")

LUCKY 13: As previously reported, the No. 13 entrance of "Never" on Country Songs is the best among women in the 22 years that Nielsen BDS data has powered the chart. It passes Carrie Underwood's "So Small," which launched at No. 20 the week of Aug. 18, 2007.

Of course No. 13 grants Swift a record: it's her lucky number, as her Twitter handle - @taylorswift13 - would indicate.

"I was born on the 13th (Dec. 13, 1989). I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No. 1 (country) song had a 13-second intro," she has explained.

"Every time I've won an award, I've been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter.

"Basically whenever a 13 comes up in my life, it's a good thing."

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