Swift is the first woman to top the Hot 100 in 2017, with hits by women-only accounting for only 14 percent of all top 10s this year.
Despite that dominance, 2017 has seen a substantial drought for women in the Hot 100's upper reaches. As previously noted, Swift, here in September, is the first woman to lead the Hot 100 this year.
Through the first eight-plus months of 2017 (on charts dated Jan. 7 through Sept. 16), just seven of 50 total Hot 100 top 10s, or 14 percent, have been by women unaccompanied by men, a new low since Nielsen Music data began powering the Hot 100 just more than 25 years ago. In fact, never before since 1992 have fewer than 11 songs, or 17 percent of a year's top 10 hits, by women-only (billed as by soloists, girl groups or all-female collaborators) reached the region in a January-December span. So, 2017 could challenge for the lowest such share, as well as the first year in which top 10 Hot 100 hits by women without male co-stars fail to reach a double-digit count.