Hot 100 Chart Moves: Bad Wolves Bring Back The Cranberries' 'Zombie' & Taylor Swift Hits a Milestone
"Zombie" is the chart's top debut, while Swift claims a solo share of 10th place for the most Hot 100 entries all-time.
Plus, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" rises 5-4 on the Hot 100, marking a new career-best rank for Rexha. FGL matches its highest placement, first set by the duo's debut hit "Cruise" in 2013.
Who else makes notable Hot 100 chart moves this week?
"Zombie," Bad Wolves
"It's about honoring her legacy. We love The Cranberries," Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext says of the late Dolores O'Riordan.
Her band's classic "Zombie" spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in 1994. Bad Wolves had recorded its cover and sent it to O'Riordan, who replied that she wanted to sing on it. She was set to add her vocals on Jan. 15, but died that day in London at age 46. On Jan. 19, the group released its version, with partial proceeds benefiting O'Riordan's family.
Fueled by continued appreciation for her music, which has inspired viral videos of fans singing the alternately brooding and explosive, and socially-conscious, song, Bad Wolves' cover enters the Hot 100 at No. 54, the week's highest debut. It surges 27-2 on the Digital Song Sales chart, up 189 percent to 44,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music. It also drew 5.1 million U.S. streams (up 27 percent), while its 1.7 million rock radio impressions (up 42 percent) spark its No. 40 debut on Rock Airplay.
Bad Wolves, who formed in 2017, will release their debut album, Disobey, May 11.
"The fact that all these people are falling in love with the song for the first, or second, time is a testament to her songwriting, and her timelessness," Vext says of O'Riordan. "Her work is carrying on."
"Delicate," Taylor Swift
Following the March 11 premiere of its official video, the fourth proper single from Reputation gains by 416 percent to 6.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 15 and enters the Hot 100 at No. 84.
The set's lead single, "Look What You Made Me Do," spent three weeks at No. 1; "…Ready for It?" reached No. 4; and "End Game," featuring Ed Sheeran and Future, rose to No. 18. Two other songs have hit the top 40: "Gorgeous" (No. 13) and "Call It What You Want" (No. 27).
With the bow of "Delicate," Swift breaks out of a tie with Ray Charles to claim 10th place all to herself for the most entries in the Hot 100's 59-year history. Here's an updated count of the acts with the most visits:
207, Glee Cast
137, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley (whose career predates the Hot 100's inception)
91, James Brown
89, Chris Brown
84, Nicki Minaj
81, Kanye West
76, Taylor Swift
75, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin
71, The Beatles