Hot 100 Chart Moves: Rae Sremmurd Has Biggest 'Beatles' Tribute Since 1964
"Black Beatles" just passes The Carefrees' "We Love You Beatles" as the highest-charting hit name-checking the Fab Four in a song title (excluding hits by The Beatles themselves). Plus, moves for The Chainsmokers, Niall Horan, The Weeknd & Andy Grammer.
As previously reported, The Chainsmokers remain atop the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 22), as "Closer," featuring Halsey, leads for an eighth week. Meanwhile, The Weeknd rises to No. 2 with "Starboy," featuring Daft Punk, and gnash's "I Hate U I Love You," featuring Olivia O'Brien, enters the top 10.
Who else makes impressive moves? First up, more chart action for The Chainsmokers.
The Chainsmokers feat. Phoebe Ryan, "All I Know"
The collab arrives at No. 18 on the Hot 100, marking the EDM duo's fifth entry, all of which have peaked in the top 20; Ryan makes her first visit to the chart. The track starts at No. 5 on Digital Song Sales (59,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Oct. 6, according to Nielsen Music) and No. 9 on Streaming Songs (11.1 million U.S. streams).
Niall Horan, "This Town"
Horan's first solo single apart from One Direction charges 63-25 on the Hot 100 following its first full week of tracking. Released Sept. 29, the song launched at No. 6 on the Digital Song Sales chart dated Oct. 15 with 48,000 sold, while adding 679,000 million domestic streams and 11 million in radio audience. "Town" started with one day each of sales and streaming data and four days of airplay measurement.
On charts dated Oct. 22, following its first full week of tracking, "Town" rises 6-4 on Digital Song Sales (61,000), debuts on Streaming Songs at No. 33 (7 million) and boasts 13 million in radio audience.
Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, "Black Beatles"
Rae Sremmurd (plus Gucci Mane) bests a Beatles-related mark that had stood for 52 years. The duo's single "Black Beatles" becomes the highest-charting Hot 100 title to name-check The Beatles, by an act other than the Fab Four themselves, as it rises 41-38, one-upping The Carefrees' "We Love You Beatles," which peaked at No. 39 in April 1964 amid the heights of Beatlemania. Notably, none other than the actual Beatles scored the highest-peaking hit with their name in a song title, although via a bit of a technicality: "The Beatles' Movie Medley" reached No. 12 in 1982. (In fact, three of the titles below are by The Beatles.)
Here are the six Hot 100 hits that name-check The Beatles by in their titles, ranked by peak position:
Peak Pos., Title, Artist, Peak Date
No. 12, "The Beatles' Movie Medley," The Beatles, May 8, 1982
No. 38 (to date), "Black Beatles," Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, Oct. 22, 2016
No. 39, "We Love You Beatles," The Carefrees, April 11, 1964
No. 68, "4 – By the Beatles," The Beatles, March 27, 1965
No. 85, "A Letter to the Beatles," The Four Preps, April 4, 1964
No. 92, "Four by the Beatles," The Beatles, June 27, 1964
"Black Beatles" hits the Hot 100's top 40 driven largely by streaming, as it bounds 25-20 on the Streaming Songs chart (9.1 million, up 11 percent). In the song's video, Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi join with Mike Will Made-It and Gucci Mane for a modern-day hip-hop version of sorts of The Beatles.
The Weeknd, "False Alarm"
As "Starboy" shoots to No. 2 on the Hot 100, "False Alarm" debuts at No. 63, powered by its No. 27 entrance on Digital Song Sales (21,000) and its 4.7 million domestic streams. Helping spark the songs' momentum, The Weeknd performed them on NBC's Saturday Night Live Oct. 1. Both are from his album Starboy, due Nov. 25.
Andy Grammer, "Fresh Eyes"
The pop singer-songwriter, who scored his first Hot 100 top 10 with 2015's No. 9-peaking "Honey, I'm Good," debuts at No. 97 with his new single. Grammer says that, like "Honey," "Eyes" is an ode to fidelity. "When you're in a relationship with someone for a while, you have those moments that come periodically where, whether they put on a special dress or tell a joke, it catches you off guard, and you're just like, 'I love you!'"