Now that Billboard has revealed the 2014 year-end Billboard Hot 100 (among our menu of nearly 200 charts overall), it’s time to have a little more fun with the hottest songs of the year. So we’ve taken the chart and sliced it and diced it in some interesting ways.
Here’s a look at the year in Hot 100 action, singling out 14 key numbers for 2014:
1: The year-end rank for Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy.” Also, how many Hot 100 No. 1s he’s totaled as a lead artist. He’d previously topped the chart as a featured act three times, on Snoop Dogg‘s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (2004); Ludacris‘ “Money Maker” (2006); and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” (2013).
7: 2014 marked a record-breaking year for women on the Hot 100, as female soloists blocked men from the top five for an unprecedented seven straight weeks. The women who contributed to the historic run: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Tove Lo, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor, who ruled with her positive body-image hit “All About That Bass.” “If other girls can relate to the song, it makes me feel even better,” Trainor told Billboard in July. “It’s unreal that I’m kind of helping people.”
8: Number of weeks that Trainor’s “All About That Bass” posted at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It broke the record for the longest-leading Hot 100 leader in Epic Records history, passing two Michael Jackson classics: “Billie Jean” and “Black or White.”
57: Weeks spent on the Hot 100 for Katy Perry‘s four-week No. 1 “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J. For Perry, the top Hot 100 artist of 2014, it’s her only hit ever to chart on the Hot 100 for more than a year.
2: Number of songs that Azalea placed in the top two for five weeks in June/July. With her own “Fancy” and Grande’s “Problem,” featuring the Australian rapper, marking Azalea’s first two chart hits, she became the first act since the Beatles 50 years earlier to double up at Nos. 1 and 2 at the same time with two introductory Hot 100 entries.
33: The number of one-word song titles in the year-end Hot 100. The trend toward brevity has been on the rise in the past two decades, as, in the ’80s, fewer than 10 one-word titles regularly inhabited the weekly list. “Today, people are overloaded and constantly being sold on things,” says Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers, who reached No. 16 in April with their kitschy club track “#Selfie.” “We wanted a very direct message about what the song is. The word is so identifiable, so we knew less was more.”
5: The record-setting number of decades in which Michael Jackson has scored a Hot 100 top 10. “Love Never Felt So Good,” with Justin Timberlake, extended the late King of Pop’s mark, reaching No. 9 in May.
87: The record set by Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive” for most weeks ever for a song on the Hot 100.
13: The lucky number of Hot 100 top 10s for Republic Records in 2014, the most of any label, which reigns as the chart’s top label of the year. Columbia Records and Interscope Records share second place with seven each.
12: Number of years between Canadian bands topping the Hot 100. After Nickelback led in 2002 with “How You Remind Me,” MAGIC! broke the spell when “Rude” ruled for six weeks beginning in July. (Who says the frosty Great White North can’t produce sun-splashed reggae?)
22: Songs that have debuted at No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history. Swift scored the latest (no, not “22”) when “Shake It Off” soared in at the summit in September.
66: Number of hits that Swift has placed on the Hot 100, as she added seven more from her new album 1989. Among women, only Aretha Franklin has more: 73.
10: The peak Hot 100 position of Paramore‘s “Ain’t It Fun.” After first reaching the chart back in 2007, the Hayley Williams-fronted band scored its first top 10 at last.
99: The number that Jimmy Fallon would’ve been ecstatic to hit on the Hot 100. Instead, he launched all the way up at No. 26 with his novelty track “Ew!,” featuring will.i.am, in October. “This is unbelievable! No. 26? I’d be happy with 99!” he beamed to Billboard when he found out his rank. The goal of the song, whose proceeds have gone to benefit the SeriousFun Children’s Network and will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation: simply, “to make you smile.”