10 Biggest 'Shake' Singles in Billboard Hot 100 History

Taylor Swift in "Shake It Off" video
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Taylor Swift in her "Shake It Off" video released in Aug. 2014.

After leaving country music in the dust and crafting her first unabashed pop single, Taylor Swift scored her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Shake It Off."

Aside from the fact that "Shake It Off" is an undeniable earworm, you can credit part of its immediately success to a promo blitz that included a Yahoo! live stream and an MTV VMA performance. Production and writing credits from Max Martin and Shellback certainly don't hurt, either. 

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Then again, maybe people just really like songs with the word "shake" in them. From Mariah Carey to Bauuer to Bob Seger, many "shake" singles have shimmied their way into pop music history.

Using an inverse point system methodology (see below), Billboard rounded up the 10 most successful songs in the history of the Hot 100 with the word "shake" in their titles. Each song is listed with the week it reached its peak chart position.

As for Taylor's "Shake It Off," only time will tell if the first single from 1989 could crack (or perhaps even top?) this list.

1) "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," KC And The Sunshine Band -- No. 1 for one week, 9/11/1976

2) "Shake You Down," Gregory Abbott -- No. 1 for week, 1/17/1987

3) "Shakedown," Bob Seger -- No. 1 for one week, 8/1/1987

4) "Shake Ya Tailfeather," Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee -- No. 1 for four weeks, 9/6/2003

5) "Rump Shaker," Wreckx-N-Effect -- No. 2, 12/26/1992

6) "Shake Your Love," Debbie Gibson -- No. 4, 12/19/1987

7) "Shake It Off," Mariah Carey -- No. 2, 9/10/2005

8) "Shake It Up," The Cars -- No. 4, 2/27/1982

9) "Harlem Shake," Baauer -- No. 1 for five weeks, 3/2/2013

10) "Milkshake," Kelis -- No. 3, 12/27/2003

Methodology: This list is ranked based on each title's performance on the Billboard Hot 100 from Aug. 4, 1958 (its first week) through the chart dated Aug. 23, 2014. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits across multiple decades, time frames have been weighted to account for fluctuating chart turnover rates due to different methodologies utilized.

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