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Who’s Had the Best Year Ever on the Hot 100? The Chart Beat Podcast Analyzes, From The Beatles to Drake & More

The Beatles in 1964? Michael Jackson in 1983? Drake … in 2018?

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what’s on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.

This week, Gary and Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger (filling in for Trevor) cover Drake‘s record-breaking week on the Billboard Hot 100, as “In My Feelings” rules for a 10th week. As Drake has now led the Hot 100 for 29 weeks this year (over three No. 1 hits), he passes Usher for the most weeks at No. 1 in a single year; Usher notched 28 weeks at the summit in 2004.


As Drake claims the honor, Gary and Andrew discuss where the superstar’s 2018 fits among prior dominant years over the Hot 100’s 60-year history, musing about The Beatles‘ breakthrough in 1964, Michael Jackson‘s thrilling 1983, and commanding runs by Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and more.

Plus, a flashback to an all-female charity song scaling the Hot 100 this week 10 years ago, and who would likely make the roster if it were remade now.

Enjoy the latest Billboard Chart Beat Podcast and remember that you can be a part of it by calling the new Chart Beat Podcast hotline: 212-493-4021 (aka, “40-to-1” … like a countdown!) Call with your chart questions and/or observations for us to play back and respond to, and check back for additional upcoming episodes with artists, label executives, radio programmers and personalities, songwriters, producers and more. And, to receive every episode automatically in your inbox, subscribe to (and rate) the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast on iTunes!

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