Taylor Swift Scores Fifth No. 1 From '1989' on Pop Songs Chart
'Wildest Dreams' hits No. 1 on the airplay chart, becoming the fifth leader from '1989.' Only Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' has generated more toppers – six – on the list.
Another week, another No. 1 for Taylor Swift.
Swift scores a fifth No. 1 from her album 1989 on Billboard's radio-based Pop Songs airplay chart (dated Nov. 7), as "Wildest Dreams" lifts 2-1.
Prior to her latest leader on the Nielsen Music-measured Pop Songs chart, the first four singles from 1989 all reigned: "Shake It Off" (for two weeks); "Blank Space" (six); "Style" (three); and "Bad Blood," featuring Kendrick Lamar (five). ("Blood" also set the chart's record for the most plays in a week: 17,474 on the July 25 list.)
1989 is just the second album in the Pop Songs chart's 23-year history to yield at least five No. 1s, and the first such set churned out a record six: Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. The 2010 set bore the Pop Songs champs "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg (seven weeks); the title track (four); "Firework" (four); "E.T.," featuring Kanye West (six); "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (six); and "The One That Got Away" (one).
(Rereleased as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection in 2012, Perry added the four-week Pop Songs No. 1 "Wide Awake." That ballad and first single "Part of Me," which reached No. 3 on the chart, were not released on the original Teenage Dream.)
On the all-genre airplay, sales and streaming-based Billboard Hot 100, Teenage Dream is tied with Michael Jackson's Bad (1987-88) for the most No. 1s, five each, from a single set. 1989 has produced three Hot 100 No. 1s: "Shake," "Space" and "Blood." "Style" peaked at No. 6 and "Dreams" has also reached No. 6 so far.
"Dreams" is Swift's seventh No. 1 overall on Pop Songs (which ranks weekly plays on 170 reporting top 40 stations). She first led for a week in 2009 with "Love Story," from her album Fearless. (Perry and Rihanna pace all artists with 11 Pop Songs No. 1s apiece.)
Aiding airplay for "Dreams" at pop radio: R3hab's remix (released Oct. 15), which adds tempo to the original ethereal ballad version.
Last week, "Dreams" became the fifth No. 1 from 1989 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, tying Perry's Teenage Dream for the most leaders from a single album on the survey. This week, "Dreams" tops Adult Pop Songs for a second frame.
Check back later today to see where "Dreams" ranks on the latest Hot 100. All charts will update tomorrow (Oct. 27) on Billboard.com.