It wasn’t too long ago that ladies ruled the charts. In late 2014, solo female artists occupied the top five positions on the Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks. Thanks to features, as many as eight women occupied the top five at once, with Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”; Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”; Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora; Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)”; and “Bang Bang” by the triple threat of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.
With just-released tracks from Kesha, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, perhaps the pendulum could swing back toward women residing in the Hot 100's upper reaches. And while it’s impossible to predict, here are 13 ladies we’d like to see crash the Hot 100 sausage party.
Few artists are as buzzworthy as the St. Louis-born SZA. Her debut studio album Ctrl snagged the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 (July 1 chart) upon its arrival, and her video for “Drew Barrymore” has drawn viral attention thanks to a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo from the song’s namesake. If there’s any justice in this world, the raspy R&B singer-songwriter will be boxing chart heavyweights like Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars in no time.
With 18 million monthly Spotify listeners, it’s shocking that Dua Lipa’s highest Hot 100 notch is No. 72, with “Blow Your Mind (Mwah).” That peak could perhaps be bested soon: her latest music video, “New Rules,” premiered July 7 and has already logged over 13 million views globally on YouTube. While the visual -- which features an expertly choreographed routine -- is fantastic, it’s Dua’s low alto voice that’s most exciting. Not since P!nk have we heard a rising pop star with such a neat, smoky tone.
Paramore. No Doubt. Evanescence. Female-fronted bands are a rarity on the Hot 100 -- but when they do chart, they often make an impact. Alt-rock may not be a strong force in today’s musical climate, but Imagine Dragons and twenty one pilots have proven that the genre isn't dead. With a cool blend of dark, synth-heavy rock and lead singer Lynn Gunn’s soaring voice, Pvris could be the next big alt act.