Fifth Harmony 'Work' Their Way to a Historic No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs

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Fifth Harmony in the video for "Work From Home."

The new ranking marks the first time in 15 years that a girl group has topped the chart.

Billboard magazine cover artist Fifth Harmony earns its first No. 1 on an airplay chart (dated May 21), as “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, steps 2-1 on Rhythmic Songs.

The song breaks a 15 year drought for girl groups at the top of the list. Not since Destiny’s Child crowned the list in 2001 with “Survivor” has an girl group reached the chart's top spot. Fifth Harmony becomes the 12th female group overall to top the chart. (The chart launched on Oct. 3, 1992.)

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“Work From Home” reaches the top in its 10th charting frame, rising 18 percent in spins in the week ending May 8, according to Nieslen Music. The act had previously charted on Rhythmic Songs with “Worth It,” featuring Kid Ink, peaking at No. 19 in August, 2015. The climb bumps rapper Belly from a three-week topping run with “Might Not.”

Between 1992 and 2001, these all-female groups led the chart with 21 total songs. Here are the 12 acts that have topped Rhythmic Songs (by number of No. 1s, then alphabetical):

5, TLC
3, Destiny’s Child
2, En Vogue
2, Salt-N-Pepa
2, SWV
1, 702
1, Blaque
1, Fifth Harmony (NEW)
1, Jade
1, Mokenstef
1, Spice Girls
1, Xscape

​Listen to all of the No. 1 hits by the groups above here:

TLC was the first girl group to have a chart-topping hit on Rhythmic Songs when “What About Your Friends,” from the trio’s debut album Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip, reached No. 1 in 1992 -- the same year that the chart began. They went on to have four more crowning songs through 1999, including “No Scrubs” -- the longest running No. 1 in the chart’s history among all acts (15 weeks in 1999).

Destiny’s Child earned three No. 1s between 2000-2001; “Say My Name” spent 7 weeks at No. 1 in 2000, followed by “Independent Woman Part l” (4 weeks, 2000) and “Survivor” (2 weeks, 2001).

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Other notable hits; 702’s “Where My Girls At?” (1997), Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” (1997), and Xscape’s “Just Kickin’ It” (1993), each spent five crowning weeks on Rhythmic Songs.

Over on the Hot 100, Fifth Harmony scores its first top 5 as “Work From Home” hops 7-5, besting their previous No. 6 peak. An 8 percent climb at radio, to 10.5 million audience impressions (according to Nielsen Music), aids in the climb while 15.9 million weekly U.S. streams, through the week ending May 5 (down 1 percent), also contribute to the ranking.

"Work From Home" becomes the first top five Hot 100 hit by a girl group since Dixie Chicks' country hit "Not Ready to Make Nice" (No. 4) in 2007; the latter act offered its approval upon learning the stat, tweeting a hearty, "Congrats ladies!" "Work From Home" is the first Hot 100 top five by a pop girl group since the Pussycat Dolls' "Buttons," featuring Snoop Dogg (No. 3), in 2006.