Music video for Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"

Music video for Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" single released August 18, 2014.

A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more

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Hi Gary,

With Taylor Swift topping the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shake It Off," she's outperformed the No. 2 peak of Mariah Carey's 2005 hit of the same name.

So, it's time to update the list of song titles that have peaked at Nos. 1 and 2 by different artists.

Notably, and in a sign of how many big hits she's had, Mariah's name comes up multiple times:

"Shake It Off"
No. 1, Taylor Swift, 2014

No. 2, Mariah Carey, 2005

"We Are the World"
No. 1, USA for Africa, 1985
No. 2, Artists for Haiti, 2010

"Inside Your Heaven"
No. 1, Carrie Underwood, 2005
No. 2, Bo Bice, 2005

"Total Eclipse of the Heart"
No. 1, Bonnie Tyler, 1983
No. 2, Nicki French, 1995

"Endless Love"
No. 1, Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, 1981
No. 2, Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey, 1994

"Dreamlover"/"Dream Lover"
No. 1, Mariah Carey, 1993
No. 2, Bobby Darin, 1959

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
No. 1, UB40, 1993
No. 2, Elvis Presley With the Jordanaires, 1962

"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
No. 1, George Michael/Elton John, 1992
No. 2, Elton John, 1974

"Hold On"
No. 1, Wilson Phillips, 1990
No. 2, En Vogue, 1990

No. 1, the Association, 1966

No. 2, Madonna, 1989
No. 2, Kool & the Gang, 1985

"Wild Thing"
No. 1, the Troggs, 1966
No. 2, Tone-Loc, 1989

"(A) Groovy Kind of Love"
No. 1, Phil Collins, 1988
No. 2, the Mindbenders, 1966

"MacArthur Park"
No. 1, Donna Summer, 1978
No. 2, Richard Harris, 1968

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
No. 1, Marvin Gaye, 1968
No. 2, Gladys Knight and the Pips, 1967

An honorable mention: "Do You Want to Know a Secret" by the Beatles was a No. 2 hit in 1964. With its inclusion in Stars on 45's "Medley," it (basically) reached No. 1 in 1981.

And, despite Swift reaching No. 1 with a song title that Carey took to No. 2, their peaks are reversed with two similar-themed hits: I'm thinking about the song that Mariah released right before her "Shake It Off," her 14-week 2005 No. 1 "We Belong Together." Taylor reached No. 2 in 2009 with "You Belong With Me."

1, 2 stepping out,

Pablo Nelson
Oakland, California

Thanks Pablo,

Looking at Swift's new Hot 100 No. 1 through this lens adds yet more history to Swift's incredible week, which included a record launch at radio.

Of all the songs above, Swift and Carey join an even more exclusive club of like-titled Nos. 1 and 2 hits that are different compositions, placing alongside "Dreamlover"/"Dream Lover," "Hold On," "Cherish" and "Wild Thing." Meanwhile, three different songs called "Cherish" have risen to Nos. 1 or 2, by the Association, Kool & the Gang and Madonna.

Thus, for the songs above that reached No. 1 and 2 as originals and remakes ("We Are the World," "Can't Help Falling in Love"), their repeat trips up the Hot 100 reinforce their evergreen appeal. In cases like "Cherish" and, now, "Shake It Off," it's more merely coincidence (and a fun chart one at that) that identical titles ... fueled by undeniably catchy hooks ... became hits multiple times.