Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Tops Pop Songs Chart
Hitting No. 1 in just five weeks, the track makes the quickest climb to the top in 10 years.
Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," featuring Kendrick Lamar, hits No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, rising 2-1 on the Nielsen Music-based list. Reaching the top in just its fifth week on the list, the track completes the quickest climb to No. 1 in more than 10 years.
The last song before "Bad Blood" to crown Pop Songs in five or fewer weeks? Nelly's "Over and Over," which reigned in its fourth frame on Nov. 6, 2004. The track features Tim McGraw, an artist whom Swift, of course, has scored hit singles about and with. (And, at the time, Swift was just about to turn 15.)
Here's a look at the singles to make the fastest flights to No. 1 on Pop Songs, with "Bad Blood" tying for the second-speediest sprint. (The chart launched on Oct. 3 1992; the list below includes only songs that were not on the first ranking.)
Fastest Climbs to No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Songs Chart
"Over and Over," Nelly feat. Tim McGraw, 2004
"I'll Be There for You," the Rembrandts, 1995
"Dreamlover," Mariah Carey, 1993
"I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, 1992
"Bad Blood," Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, 2015
"One Sweet Day," Carey & Boyz II Men, 1995
"I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men, 1994
"I Swear," All-4-One, 1994
"All That She Wants, Ace of Base, 1993
"That's the Way Love Goes," Janet Jackson, 1993
"Blood" marks Swift's sixth No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart, tying her with Beyonce, Carey and Britney Spears. The acts with more: Katy Perry, Rihanna (11 each), P!nk (nine), Maroon 5 (eight), Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake (seven each). Lamar lands his first Pop Songs No. 1.
"Blood" is additionally the fourth Pop Songs No. 1 from Swift's blockbuster 1989 album, following "Shake It Off" (for two weeks), "Blank Space" (six) and "Style" (three). Only three albums had previously generated at least four No. 1s: Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006-07), Lady Gaga's The Fame (2009) (four each) and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, which yielded a record six (2010-12).
Four singles, and four Pop Songs No. 1s, deep into 1989, it's clear that reaction has been as welcoming as possible to Swift's "first documented, official pop album."